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Autumn is here and, with it, one of my favorite features of October:
the Blessing of the Animals at local churches. This year, the opportunities are a bit more spread out around the calendar, so you’ll have more options to choose a date and church that works for you. 

Saturday October 1st
Christ the King Catholic Church (school parking lot)…Norfolk………..9 – 10:30 AM

Sunday October 2nd
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd…Norfolk…………………..8 – 9 AM

Wycliffe Presbyterian Church…Virginia Beach……………………………..3 PM

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Virginia Beach…Virginia Beach………..3 PM

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church…Norfolk……………………………….4 PM

Historic St. Luke’s Church……..Smithfield…………………………………….2 – 4 PM


Tuesday October 4th
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church (picnic area)…Virginia Beach…4:30 PM

Saturday October 8th
St. Mary Catholic Church…Chesapeake………10 AM


Sunday October 9th
Episcopal Church of the Ascension…Norfolk……………..11 AM – 12:15 PM and 1 – 2 PM

Trinity Episcopal Church…Portsmouth……………………..4 – 5 PM

A Blessing for Animals 
Blessed are You, Lord God,
for all living creatures You have made. 

You keep them in Your care and not one of them
is lost without You knowing. 

They glorify You, each in its own way,
and speak to us of Your beauty and love. 

Bless them and keep them from harm.
They unquestionably accept their place
in the rhythm of Your creation. 

May we respect them and cherish them
for they are Your gift to us;
through them may we come to know You better
and praise You, their Creator. 

Blessed be the love and joy that they bring to us.
~ From



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May 20 – June 19 “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy”
at The Little Theatre of Norfolk

Showtimes: Friday / Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday matinee at 2:30 PM
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May 27 – 29 Community Carnival at St. Pius X Catholic Church (Norfolk)
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June 2 – 5  Community Fair at Church of the Holy Family (VB)
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Will Joaquin steal Francis’s thunder? We hope not. We’re praying this storm drifts out to sea and leaves the East Coast well alone. In the meantime, churches around Hampton Roads have scheduled Pet Blessings to take place this weekend, in memory of St. Francis of Assisi, a great friend to animals.

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Check with your favorite church to see if their event is continuing as planned.

Sunday, October 4th

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd……….…10:15 AM 

Episcopal Church of the Ascension………………..…11 AM 

Historic St. Luke’s Church………………………………..2 PM 

Wycliffe Presbyterian Church……………………..…….3 PM 

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church………………..3 PM 

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church……………………4 PM 

Sunday, October 11th

St. Mary Catholic Church……………………………………4 PM 

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Dr. Miele’s daughter, Alexandra Whiteside, is the sole artist exhibiting on the East Wall Gallery at Bishopsgate Design in Virginia Beach. All are welcome to the Opening Reception on Friday, June 12th from 6-9 PM.

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You are invited to the Opening Night reception for Alexandra Whiteside’s solo show at Bishopsgate Design in Virginia Beach.

3259 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach 23452
Alexandra “Alex” Whiteside
Alex has been professionally involved in the visual arts for over 30 years. Her formal education includes photography, dramatic arts, fine art and interior design. Alex is currently a part-time instructor in the Interior Design Program at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach where she teaches architectural drafting, working drawings, and detailing. Alex and her husband James also recently contracted with Creative Music studios in Chesapeake, Virginia, to offer youth and adult art workshops in drawing, painting and photography.
In 2013, after a long career of painting commissioned pieces for private clients through her interior design firm, Alex began to exhibit in public venues in Hampton Roads. Recent shows include Halls of Art XII at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, the 2013 and 2015 Artists Block Party at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Celebration of the Arts Gallery at First Baptist Church of Hampton. One of Alex’s abstract landscape paintings was part of the  silent auction fundraiser at the West Mercury Center for the Arts in May 2015.  In April 2015, Alex was invited to co-judge the visual arts category of the NAACP-sponsored Virginia Peninsula ACT-SO local competition, which determines who qualifies for National competition.
Alex specializes in non-representational abstracts, working in both oils and acrylics. Her paintings are typically large scale and convey color, mood, and movement while stripped bare of recognizable symbols, providing a unique experience and “story” for each viewer.

Looking to explore your own artistic talent?
Alexandra can help you with that!

Art lessons



Call Creative Music……………757-236-2609

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Sentinel Spectrum now available by special order
nvsentinelspectrum (250x250)Looking to upgrade your dog’s heartworm preventative?
Ask us about Sentinel Spectrum – the once-a-month chewable that protects against heartworms, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms, while preventing a flea takeover of your house.

If your dog is a current patient at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and is up-to-date on its heartworm blood test and preventative medicine*, making the switch is easy: just call us and tell us you’d like to order Sentinel Spectrum.
*Some pets may need a check-up and heartworm blood test before beginning Sentinel Spectrum.

Did You Know?
Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular dog in the U.S. for 24 years, according to the American Kennel Club. The breed originated in Newfoundland, Canada, and has been recognized by the AKC since 1917. 

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June 5,6,7,12,13,14th: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical at the Little Theatre of Norfolk. Get your tickets today for this hilarious romp based on the 1988 movie starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. Order online at

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Saturday, June 13th:  JazzBoy Memorial Dog Parade at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach, to raise funds for TeenAIDS. Space is limited; $20 per dog. Parade begins at noon. Register online

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Saturday, June 13th: The Catholic Arts Commission presents “Sister’s Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes A Vacation” to raise funds for local charities and Virginia Musical Theater. At Sandler Center in Virginia Beach, a one-night-only special performance. Tickets are $25 at

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Attention Norfolk-area parents of school-age children:

Do you have a shy reader at home? Has he tried reading to the cat, but found Mr. Sprinkles to be a most uncooperative audience? Then we’d like to offer an alternative:  Tales to Tales.

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Visit to register your child for this fun and effective reading program today — FREE from the Norfolk Public Library.

Hey Virginia Beach residents — feeling left out? There’s no need for that! Virginia Beach Public Libraries offer Pawsitive Reading With Therapy Dogs. Sign your kids up today!

Want to learn more about reading-therapy pets? (Maybe your dog is perfect for the program, too!) Check out this site:

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Not sure what you want to do for fun this weekend? We’ve got two ideas for you!

K-9 Karnival at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach (10 AM to 3 PM)
It’s a day for the dogs as they compete in the 2014 Hyperflite Skyhoundz Local Competition, canine disc contest , 22nd Annual Dog-Gonest  Dog Show, and the Agility Course.
Enjoy canine-related product and service exhibits, rescue organizations and canine demonstrations.
Best of all — admission is FREE.
Click here for more information.

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Bark in the Park at Harbor Park in Norfolk (Gates open at 12:05 PM)
Bring your dog to Harbor Park and enjoy a Sunday afternoon game of Tides baseball with your favorite dog. Tickets for dogs are just $5 each, and the Tides will donate all the proceeds to a local pet-friendly organization.
Humans must purchase their own tickets at regular rates!
Call 757-622-2222 for more information or click here.

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We’re still waiting on the massive snowstorm headed our way (I don’t want to jinx us, but we’re supposed to get 2-4 snowflakes this evening!), but you can start making plans for after the Great Winter Meltdown.

Mark your calendar for these local events:

Winter Wildlife Festival
WHEN:  Saturday, January 25…….10 AM to 4 PM
WHERE:  Princess Anne Recreation Center in Virginia Beach
WHO:  All ages

COST:  Free
Saturday, January 25 | 10 am – 4 pm | Free & Open to the Public
All ages | Be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center and speak with our Winter Wildlife Festival partners and exhibitors, including Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia State Parks, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Lynnhaven River NOW, and Virginia Beach Audubon Society. You’ll learn ways to get involved with local efforts and find out what environmental groups and businesses are up to. Also, check out the decoy carvers from the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, and walk next door for children’s activities at Princess Anne Library!





Pawsitive Reading with Therapy Dogs
WHEN:  Saturday, February 1……..10 to 11 AM
WHERE:  MEO Central Library, Virginia Beach
also at Princess Anne Library……..10:30 to 11:30 AM
WHEN:  Saturday, February 8……..10:30 to 11:30 AM
WHERE:  Oceanfront Library and Great Neck Library, Virginia Beach
WHO:  Kindergarteners through 5th Graders
COST: Free
REGISTER (required):
Practice your reading skills by sharing stories with therapy dogs. Bring your own book or choose one from our selection. Grades K-5. Call 385-2606 to register.


Boys Choir of Hampton Roads Concert
WHEN:  Sunday, February 9……..4PM, reception follows

WHERE:  Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Norfolk
WHO: All ages
Founded in 1997, this group of young men lift their voices in song as they
reinforce positive self-image for youth.



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When the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art called for artists to submit work for their Block Party exhibit, three of Dr. Miele’s family members answered the call. His daughters Alexandra Whiteside and Jennifer Miele, and son-in-law James (Jimi) Whiteside, each submitted a piece relating to Hampton Roads, as they see it.

Block Party opens on Thursday, September 12th with a reception from 6-8 PM. Look for “Sunday Stroll in Williamsburg” by Alexandra, “It’s a Jimmy” by Jimi, and “Fort Monroe/Child’s Play” by Jennifer.

While Jimi and Jennifer have not publicly exhibited artwork in the past, Jimi’s surrealist works are held in private collections, and he is known in Japan for his work on the Dragon Ball Z figurines.

Alexandra has exhibited her photography at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Waterside Festival Marketplace, and the Major Hillard Library in Chesapeake. Currently, seven of Alexandra’s photographs are on view in our clinic waiting area.

Join us this Thursday* at MOCA in Virginia Beach to view our version of Hampton Roads — we’d love to see you there!

*Can’t make it Thursday? Don’t worry — the show lasts through December 29th.

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     Have you seen the light?  If not, there’s still time to see some of the best holiday light shows in town.

     Start at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach and cruise through the McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach.  You’ll drive for 30 blocks along the Boardwalk, marveling at the 12 Days of Christmas, and sea creatures frolicking overhead.  A free CD provides the music.

     Next, take in a winding tour through the seasons, (and even under the sea) at the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Dominion Garden of Lights.  New this year: a light show synchronized to music (tune in to 94.5 FM.)

     Speaking of dancing lights, remember to drive by the locally famous Padgett family’s home at 314 Suburban Parkway (Norfolk) – you can see it from a block away.  Tune your radio in to 101.7 FM for the show.  And who’s that in the window above the garage?  It’s Santa – larger than life.  Better still – all donations go to CHKD.

     Finally, zip up 64 West to the Newport News Park’s Celebration in Lights for another winding drive – this one features ski jumpers flying across the road and deers leaping over the cars.  Look for the lights depicting bits and pieces of early colonial history, too.

     Pro tip (for passengers only):  Before heading out, stop by Bassett’s Christmas Shop or the Christmas Mouse and pick up your Holiday Specs.  These “magic glasses” turn holiday lights into elves, reindeer, candy canes, stars, Santa Claus, and more – you choose the design.

     I bought more than a dozen holiday specs to share with the kids in my family, and the grown-ups are just as dazzled by the glasses.  In fact, the kiddies may never get to use them at all!    ~~  Jen

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