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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Free weekend shuttle service will be available at Buckroe Beach through Labor Day

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May 25, 2018 - Starting this weekend and continuing through Labor Day weekend, the city will offer free shuttle service for visitors to Buckroe Beach. While the park and nearby fishing pier offer more than 580 free parking spaces - which are sufficient fo...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Celebrated Blackbeard festival returning to downtown's Mill Point Park June 2, 3

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May 23, 2018 - The Blackbeard Festival is June 2 and 3, but the fun starts with the Grand Pirates Bash on Friday, June 1st. There will be games, fireworks and more on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. downtown, and the fun continues Sunday from noon-...

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Posted on: May 21, 2018

Hampton Performing & Creative Arts Center invites you to its final production, Seussical Jr.

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May 21, 2018 - Closing out the 2017-2018 season of #HamptonInColor, the Hampton Performing & Creative Arts Center cordially invites you to its final production, "Suessical Jr," this Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26, at 6 p.m.. Please call ...

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Posted on: May 21, 2018

History Museum's annual 'Steampunk' exposition will be June 2, 3

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May 21, 2018 - The 6th Annual “Steampunk: Visions of Futures Past” exposition will be held at the Hampton History Museum June 2, 3  during the 19th Annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction...

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Posted on: April 25, 2018

Registration open for Virginia Rules Camp to help teens learn about the law

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April 26, 2018 - Registration is now open for the Virginia Rules Camp, a statewide, law-themed summer day camp for rising students in grades 6 through 8. The camp, which will be held between August 27 to August 31, 2018, offers young people a fun and heal...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Help your child stay active and have fun by enrolling them in city camp this summer

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May 14, 2018 - Help your child have fun and stay active this summer by enrolling them in one of the many summer camps offered by the city's Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services Department. 

Kids 11-15 years of age can take part in swimming, ar...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers exhibit is now open at the Hampton History Museum

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May 17, 2018 - Commemorating the 300th anniversary the death of the notorious pirate Blackbeard  - and the 19th Annual Blackbeard Festival here in Hampton - the exhibit Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers is now open at the Hampton History Museum....

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Posted on: May 9, 2018

TNCC has summer camps available for students interested in science, technology

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May 9, 2018 - Thomas Nelson Community College has several summer camps scheduled for area students:

  • Summer Science Camp: July 23-26, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon, Hampton campus. It's free and open to middle school students. The camp is meant to unlock...
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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Registration open for Hampton's therapeutic recreation summer camps

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May 8, 2018 - Registration continues for Hampton's therapeutic recreation summer camps. Spend nine weeks of your summer vacation with your peers. Sign up for adventure and fun! Take trips, make some new friends, and learn some new things. The program is d...

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Posted on: April 26, 2018

Ribbon-cutting, opening ceremony planned for Waterwalk at Central Park

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April 26, 2018 – Waterwalk at Central Park, a 2¼-mile linear park that will connect Air Power Park and the Power Plant shopping area, will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. on May 12.

The new park will provide an expan...

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Mayor's ride, Words on Wheels, Tour de Fort highlight National Bike Month

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April 5, 2018 - May in National Bike Month, and Hampton is hosting several events that include fun locations and interesting routes for every skill level.

Words on Wheels is a tour of downtown, Phoebus and Fort Monroe on Sunday May 6. The idea is for rider...

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Posted on: March 13, 2018

Community Center Spring Break camps offer fun for students, quality for parents

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March 13, 2018 - Spring Break camps offers students an opportunity to participate in fun activities while schools are closed from April 2-6. And they offer working parents the comfort of knowing that fun is supervised.

Programs are available for youth ages...

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Posted on: February 23, 2018

Here's a chance to 'Walk Hampton Clean' and help the environment on April 21-28

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March 27,  2018 - Area individuals, businesses and groups are invited to Walk Hampton Clean April 21-28, anytime between sunrise and sunset.

Designed to coincide with Earth Day, which is April 22, and organized by Hampton's Clean City Commission, ...

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Posted on: March 22, 2018

International Children's Festival set for Saturday, April 21 at Mill Point Park

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March 26, 2018 - Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of more than 40 countries on Saturday, April 21, when the International Children's Festival is held at Mill Point Park in downtown Hampton. This year the city welcomes Colombia and Nepal to the fun...

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Posted on: March 20, 2018

Players, coaches, parents and advocates wanted to join Hampton Hoops this summer

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March 20, 2018 - Hampton Hoops, a free, five week, summer basketball league, is looking for players and volunteers.

Sponsored by the city's Office of Youth and Young Adults Opportunities, Hampton police and other city departments, Hampton Hoops promotes so...

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Posted on: March 13, 2018

Community Center Spring Break camps offer fun for students, quality for parents

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March 13, 2018 - Spring Break camps offers students an opportunity to participate in fun activities while schools are closed from April 2-6. And they offer working parents the comfort of knowing that fun is supervised.

Programs are available for youth ages...

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Posted on: March 9, 2018

Improvements to Ridgway Bark Park will cause temporary closures

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March 9, 2018 - Ridgway Bark Park is getting a facelift, with new sod to replace muddy areas created where grass has been worn. The park at 85 E. Mercury Blvd., a popular pet off-leash spot, will face some short-term closures during the work and to allow ...

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Posted on: December 21, 2017

Bluebird Gap Farm's beautiful new quarter horse colt is named ... Hamilton

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Dec. 21, 2017 - The voting is over and one of the latest additions to Bluebird Gap Farm is named... Hamilton. The colt was born earlier this year and the farm chose the name after more than 900 votes were counted. The name was announced Thursday afternoon...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Help name one of the newest additions to Bluebird Gap Farm - a quarter horse colt

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Dec. 14, 2017 - Help name this addition to the family at Bluebird Gap Farm - a beautiful quarter horse colt. Just click on this link and follow the instructions to cast your vote. A name will be announced on Dec. 21. The 60-acre farm has around 150 domest...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Parades by land and by sea highlight a long list of holiday events in Hampton

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Dec. 1, 2017 - From lift off to markets and mistletoe tours, Hampton has a number of upcoming events designed to keep you in the holiday mood.

Lift Off refers to the annual Holly Days parade, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 7 p.m. The the...

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Posted on: November 30, 2017

Operation Winter Break gives both kids, parents a break when school is out

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Nov. 30, 2017 - Operation Winter Break is a chance for kids to have fun in a supervised environment when schools are dismissed for winter break Dec. 21-29.

With programs for young people ages 6-15, and a therapeutic recreation program for those 5 1/2-22, O...

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

There's still time to sign up for 2nd annual community center decorating contest

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Oct. 18, 2017 - If you're a neighborhood organization and think your folks have a knack for hanging holiday lights, there's still time to sign up for the 2nd Annual "Blissful Lights" decorating contest. The goal is to get neighborhood organizati...

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Posted on: November 13, 2017

Celebrate season with Holly Days, holiday market, lighted boat parade and much more

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Nov. 13, 2017 - Celebrate the holidays in Hampton at the Peninsula's largest illuminated parade on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy high school bands, drill teams and Santa Claus. Also on Saturday, the Hampton History Museum will host the Holiday Mar...

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

Family Friendly Movies at Mill Point Park

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Aug. 23, 2017 - Join Hampton Parks, Rec & Leisure Services for an evening of free movie-themed activities and the feature presentation on the giant screen Thursdays in August from 7 – 9:30 p.m. Blankets and chairs are welcome!

Each week Mill ...

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Posted on: August 4, 2017

Parks, Recreation department is looking for instructors in more than 20 areas

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Aug. 4, 2017 - The city's Parks and Recreation department is looking for instructors in more than 20 areas, including gymnastics, music, theater, photography, martial arts, dance, aquatics, youth athletics and mature adult programs. The applications are r...

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

Hampton residents get discount on mid-week jet ski rental at Buckroe Beach

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July 10, 2017 -- Hampton Watersports, which offers recreational equipment for rent at the city's Buckroe Beach, is offering a deal for Hampton residents and city employees: 20% off jet-ski rentals Monday through Thursday (except holidays) through the rest...

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Posted on: July 3, 2017

Camp Hampton Updates

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*Week 2 of CAMP HAMPTON is in full swing and the following locations are FULL for the week. 

 

- Fort Monroe Community Center

- Little England Community Center

- Y.H. Thomas Community Center

 

 Additional Updates:

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Governor, wife, join mayor to launch 'No Kid Hungry' campaign in Hampton

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June 30, 2017 - Gov. Terry McAulifffe and his wife Dorothy McAuliffe will join Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck, representatives from No Kid Hungry Virginia and others Wednesday at the West Hampton Community Center to launch the summer meals program. 

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Posted on: June 16, 2017

Weekend Buckroe Beach shuttle service moves to Jones Magnet Middle School

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June 16, 2017 - Additional amenities at Buckroe Beach are drawing more Hampton residents and visitors to the bay beach this summer, and the city has moved its free shuttle service to better accommodate crowds.

The overflow parking and shuttle stop has been...

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Players, coaches and volunteers are wanted to take part in Hampton Hoops basketball

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May 25, 2017 - Players and coaches are wanted to take part in Hampton Hoops, a summer basketball program that will promote healthy communities and having fun in a safe environment. The focus is on improving social interaction and building character among ...

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

New cycle begins for receiving a "Love Your City" event grant

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June 13, 2017 - Applications are now being accepted for grants to help non-profit organizations with unique ideas for quality public gatherings. 

In 2016, the City of Hampton created the Love Your City Event Grant to help fund new, one-day events ...

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Hampton to open beach season with watercraft, food, fun and more parking for Buckroe Beach

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May 12, 2017 - Additional amenities at Buckroe Beach are expected to draw more Hampton residents and visitors to the bay beach this summer, and the city is opening an overflow parking lot and running a free weekend shuttle service.

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Posted on: May 1, 2017

National Bike Month includes a series of events that highlight the fun of bicycling

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May 1, 2017 - May is National Bike month, and a series of events are planned to highlight the importance and fun of bicycling. That includes Words on Wheels Saturday, May 6; Bike-to-Work Week May 15-19; and the Tour de Fort Sunday, May 21.

Take part in Wor...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

Public can start reserving new pavilions at Gosnold's Hope Park starting in late May

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April 12, 2017 - Four new pavilions have been built at Gosnold's Hope Park, just in time for late spring and early summer reservations. 

The Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Department staff has made sure that each pavilion is fully equipped...

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Posted on: April 4, 2017

City aids in funding 2 new events this summer: Adult soap box derby and kids' rock concert

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April 4, 2017 – Soap box derbies aren’t just for kids: Hampton will have its first Adult Soap Box Derby race this summer down the Booker T. Washington Memorial Bridge on Settlers Landing Road.

The race is the brainchild of restaurateur Carlyle Bland – who ...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Water sports rental operation approved for Buckroe, Mill Point Park, Bluebird Gap

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March 22, 2017 - Residents and visitors will be able to rent equipment such as kayaks, boats and jet skis this summer, as part of the city's efforts to expand recreational access to the water. The company will also sell concessions and beach items.

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

Grants available for one-day, community-building events in Hampton

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Feb. 7, 2017 – For the second year in a row, Hampton wants to help fund new, one-day events that build community and attract visitors to the city by offering grants of up to $10,000 to non-profits with creative ideas for quality public gatherings...

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Posted on: December 12, 2016

Winners announced in city's "Blissful Lights" competition for holiday light display

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Dec. 12, 2016 - The winners of the "Blissful Lights" competition were announced Saturday during the downtown holiday parade. Designed to bring neighborhood organizations together and lift spirits during the holiday season, the contest invited or...

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Posted on: December 10, 2015

Buckroe Fishing Pier renamed in honor of retiring Parks director

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Dec. 10, 2015 - Hampton City Council Wednesday renamed the Buckroe Fishing Pier to the James T. Wilson Fishing Pier in honor of the city's Parks and Recreation director (shown above with his wife Elizabeth and Mayor George Wallace). Wilson is retiring Jan...Read on...

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Posted on: March 13, 2018

Community Center Spring Break camps offer fun for students, quality for parents

March 13, 2018 - Spring Break camps offers students an opportunity to participate in fun activities while schools are closed from April 2-6. And they offer working parents the comfort of knowing that fun is supervised.

Programs are available for youth ages...

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Posted on: November 30, 2017

Operation Winter Break gives both kids, parents a break when school is out

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Nov. 30, 2017 - Operation Winter Break is a chance for kids to have fun in a supervised environment when schools are dismissed for winter break Dec. 21-29.

With programs for young people ages 6-15, and a therapeutic recreation program for those 5 1/2-22, O...

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Posted on: July 25, 2017

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

The Pirates will take over Downtown Hampton for their annual Blackbeard celebration!

On Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, 2018 from noon - 6:00 p.m., once again we shall have grand sea battles & skirmishes, much cannon fire from both ships and along the shoreline and the finest fireworks anywhere!

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