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End your summer vacation with a bang — or a growl, hoot, or roar — with these fun things to do at the Virginia Zoo:

Thursday, August 23rd: Cocktails & Conservation
Take your networking to the next level. Specifically, with cheetahs!Join the Virginia Zoo at Cocktails & Conservation for a night of education, drinks and socializing with the area’s top professionals. The special attraction of the night will be three 3-month old cheetah ambassadors making an appearance after a fascinating presentation from Mary Wykstra, Director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, about the species in the wild and measures taken to protect their future.
GET TICKETS HERE

Saturday, August 25th: Bowling For Rhinos (at Pinboys in VB)
Come help us strike out extinction at Tidewater AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos! It will be a fun evening including bowling, a silent auction, door prizes and more! Bring your family and friends to this all ages event and contribute to international rhino conservation!
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Friday, August 31st: Zoovies Feat. “Zootopia”
Join the Zoo for a night the whole family will roar about! Bring the kiddos or your friends to Zoovies, an outdoor movie night at the Virginia Zoo. This month we feature Zootopia, a comedic animal tale that is fun for all ages.
GET ADVANCE TICKETS HERE

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Fun times with animals (yours and others’):

Friday, October 9th (Leave Fido at home for this one.)

Art Roar

Pack your blankets & chairs for a classic evening under the stars at the ROARchestra. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform family favorites at this outdoor, kid-friendly concert. Don’t miss out!
 
GATES OPEN at 6 pm
MUSIC BEGINS at 7 pm

Non-Members (ages 6+): $5
Zoo Members: FREE

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

Friday, October 9th (Bring your dog!)

Art Sparky

SPARKY! YOUR FAVORITE UNDEAD DOG

YNOT FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS TOMORROW: FRANKENWEENIE [PG]
Celebrate fall with your family and friends tomorrow night at our first outdoor movie  of October! Pizza, treats, lawn games, and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie will delight guests of all ages on the mysterious Hermitage lawn. Each admission also qualifies you to win 2 passes to Adventure Park, courtesy of 96x.

Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to watch the film with their family members.
View more info and the full lineup here.

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d'Art CenterJoin the fun at this FREE reception with yummy cake, pet contests, adoptable animals, and prizes for the best pet photographers in town!
The d’ART Center is located in the historic Selden Arcade in downtown Norfolk, at 208 East Main Street.
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Sunday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The Virginia Zoo presents the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
The Zoo’s events field will be transformed into a musical park so visitors can spread blankets or set up lawn chairs to enjoy a concert under the evening sky. Conductor Benjamin Rous will lead the orchestra in an evening of family favorites with animal themes ranging from the Pink Panther to The Lion King.
Gates Open at 6 p.m.
Concert Starts at 7 p.m.

Admission: $10
Zoo Members & Symphony Subscribers: $5
Ages 5 & Under: Free

Tickets can be purchased at the gate the evening of the concert. All pre-purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled concert.
This event is focused on music and animal exhibits will not be open.
Note that no outside food or beverages are permitted inside the Zoo. Zoo Grooves concert events will take place as scheduled, rain or shine. No coupons, discounts or passes will be accepted for this event, except as otherwise noted above.
For more information, visit www.virginiazoo.org.

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From my inbox:
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ZOO GROOVES IS BACK!
Saturday, June 22, 5:30 p.m.
 
Get ready for a rockin’ good time with tunes from the 50s and 60s at the Zoo on Saturday, June 22.
 
The Virginia Zoo, in partnership with the Chrysler Museum of Art, Monarch Bank and Troutman Sanders, kick off the 2013 Zoo Grooves summer concert series with The Rhondels; a variety band featuring music from artists like Elvis Presley, The Temptations and more!
 
It’s a fun and family-friendly environment to enjoy music, share some of your favorite summer foods, splash in the water fountains and take a Zoo Train ride.
 
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 6:00 p.m.
 
General Zoo admission applies for non-members – Adults: $11, Children: $9 and Seniors: $10 – but Zoo members get in FREE! Members of the Chrysler Museum get half off admission. Refreshments will be available for purchase until 8:00 p.m.
 
Join us for our final Zoo Grooves 2013 summer concert:
Saturday, August 24 – The Deloreans – 80s Pop
 
No outside food or beverages are permitted inside the Zoo. Zoo Grooves concert events will take place as scheduled, rain or shine. No other discounts, coupons or passes will be accepted for this event.

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News from the Virginia Zoo:

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Endangered Species Day at the Zoo is tomorrow!
Friday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 
Your actions make a difference for endangered species, and this event will highlight ways to help animals locally and around the world. You’ll also find out how the Zoo helps endangered birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.  Activity stations will feature hands-on activities and lots of easy ideas for how you can help!
 

ROARchestra: The Virginia Zoo presents the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. (gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
 
The Virginia Zoo presents the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in an outdoor concert 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013.
 
Conductor Benjamin Rous will lead the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in playing family favorites ranging from the Pink Panther to the Lion King.
 
“Concerts at the Zoo are a perfect evening activity for families,” said Greg Bockheim, the Virginia Zoo’s executive director. “It’s a safe environment for enjoying classical music together, while indulging in some of your favorite summer foods and beverages – and it’s a fantastic value!”
 
Special admission prices for the event are: General admission – $10; Zoo members and Symphony subscribers – $5; and Children 5 and under are FREE!
 
Visitors should pack their own blankets and lawn chairs. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m.
 
Note that no outside food or beverages are permitted inside the Zoo. This concert will take place as scheduled, rain or shine. No coupons, discounts or passes will be accepted for this event.
 

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It’s the Chesapeake Bay Bearcats!

And it’s time for another FREE concert hosted by Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Norfolk.

The Chesapeake Bay Bearcats, a jazz band formerly fronted by Tommy Newsom and Pat Curtis, wraps up Blessed Sacrament’s 2012-2013 Concert Series this weekend.

You’re invited to this special event!

DATE:  Sunday, April 7th

TIME: 4 PM

WHERE: 6400 Newport Ave., Norfolk

COST: FREE!!! Bring the whole family! Afterward, enjoy a dessert reception in the social hall.

Binturong, also known as a bearcat.

This bearcat doesn’t play jazz.

Now, about those bearcats — what are they, exactly?

A bearcat, also known as a binturong, is an Asian mammal that is neither a bear nor a cat. It hangs out in the trees in places like China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. For more information — and to find out if a binturong would dine on you, given the chance — visit the Virginia Zoo and get to know the bearcats living in downtown Norfolk.

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Image can be found here on Wikipedia.

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Halloween fun

Looks like someone’s stirring up trouble for the coast this weekend and possibly into next week. Can Halloween be saved? Or will the forces of Nature prevail? Stay tuuuuuuuned…

If you are looking forward to the Virginia Zoo’s Zoo Boo, take heart – it will take place on Saturday, November 3rd, instead of this weekend.

From my inbox:Virginia Zoo

In response to heightened weather concerns, the Virginia Zoo is moving Zoo Boo, the Zoo’s annual Halloween event, to the rain date Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, including both Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fright Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Pre-sale tickets will be honored on the new date.
 
Family Fun Day will start at 10 a.m. Guests can visit our animals at their habitats, as usual, and there will also be animal pumpkin smashing, costume contests and, of course, trick or treat candy stations. Admission for members—ages 2 and up—is $6; for nonmembers—ages 2 and up—is $11. Children under 2 are free.  Guests can take a Haunted Hayride for $1 per ride, or climb aboard the Zoo Boo Choo Choo for $3 per ride.
 
The Zoo will temporarily close at 3 p.m. and reopen for Fright Night at 6 p.m., when Zoo Boo will take on a more sinister tone, focused on thrilling adults and older children. There will still be costumes and candy, along with a Train of Terror, Haunted Hay Ride and more.  It’s so scary we have to put the animals inside! Admission for members—ages 2 and up—is $5; admission for non-members—ages 2 and up—is $8; children under 2 are free. 
 
For more information, visit http://www.virginiazoo.org
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The news is not as good from the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, where All Hallow’s Eve festivities have been cancelled for Sunday, due to the approaching storm. That’s unfortunate, since the Hermitage is a pet-friendly location – and this would have been a great excuse to haul out your dog’s Headless Horseman costume again.
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Meanwhile, our clinic will be open on Saturday this week, so be sure to stock up on your pet’s food and medicine, in case weather conditions deteriorate next week.

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