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East Coast Surfing Championship in VA Beach Celebrates 52nd Year Aug. 17-24

North America’s Oldest Running Surfing Competition will return to the shores of Virginia Beach.

More than 200 professional surfers come to compete for their share of a $125,000 total pro cash purse and ASP 4-Star points in the surfing competition at the heart of the Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships (ECSC) beach sports festival. And, with nearly 1,000 entries in a variety of competitive levels, ECSC more surfers participating than any event in the world.

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But ECSC is about more than just surfing. Over the past half century, ECSC has evolved into a unique weeklong celebration of beach sports, sounds and culture.  Recognized for years as one of the top events in the southeastern U.S., hundreds also take part in other competitions including BMX biking,  skimboarding, volleyball, an oceanfront 5K run, a swimsuit competition and more.
Live bands also perform for free on an oceanfront stage throughout the weekend. Country star Natalie Stovall and The Drive will perform Thursday night, Aug. 21, The Voice semi-finalist Bria Kelly will perform Friday evening, Aug. 22 and the Plain White Ts will take the stage Saturday night, Aug. 23.
There are fees to participate in competitions, but all other activities are free and open to the public.
For full details and a schedule of events, visit SurfECSC.com.

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Is Virginia Beach Ready for the Big Leagues?

From VBGov

Comcast-Spectacor, Live Nation and the Virginia Beach Development Authority recently made a presentation to the VA Beach City Council outlining the possibility of a 750,000-square foot, 18,500-seat arena adjacent to the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Comcast-Spectacor, Live Nation and the Virginia Beach Development Authority recently made a presentation to the VA Beach City Council outlining the possibility of a 750,000-square foot, 18,500-seat arena adjacent to the Virginia Beach Convention Center.Warren Harris, director of Virginia Beach Economic Development and Peter Luukko, president and CEO of Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, made the presentation to Council on behalf of their organizations as well as Live Nation. Live Nation is the leading entertainment and e-Commerce company comprised of Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts and other subsidiaries.

If the city can reach a satisfactory agreement with the two companies, the new arena would be slated to open in 2015 and would host a professional sports team. The deal is contingent upon this happening. If it does, Comcast-Spectacor would lease, manage and operate the arena for at least 25 years.

Exactly who the sports tenant might be is unknown at this point. “Right now, there have been no discussions with any teams. We’re just getting started, we’re very positive, but we’ve got a ways to go,” Luukko said.

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Surfs Up-The 50th Anniversary Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships in Va Beach

image_thumbThe Coastal Edge  East Coast Surfing Championships, got underway on Monday, August 20, 2012 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The event, which originally grew from a casual party for affluent teenagers in Gilgo Beach, New York during the summer of 1961, has evolved into a seven day beach sports festival.

The surfing contest will feature many of the big names, some of which the area hasn’t seen before.

That’s good news for surfing fans. But boards and waves aren’t the only reasons the ECSC has been attracting more than 100,000 to its yearly sessions.

Besides the pro surf contests, the weeklong competition features other surfing events, as well as skateboarding, BMX and motocross demos, beach volleyball clinics, exhibitions and competitions, flag football and cornhole tournaments, an 8K race, the annual Wareing’s Gym Beach Bum Classic and, of course, the Miss Coastal Edge ECSC Swimsuit Pageant hosted by the International Bikini Team.

ECSC will also feature a variety of bands – including singer/songwriter/surfer Donavon Frankenreiter, ’80s show band The Deloreans, ’70s party-centric The Right On Band and local favorites Butter and Cheap Thrills.

BMX Competition

ECSC will also feature the LXVI BMX Invitational presented by Vans on August 24th and 25th The LXVI BMX Invitational challenges twenty of the world’s best BMX riders including Scotty Cranmer, Ryan Guettler, Ryan Nyquist and Cory Nastazio as they compete in a triple box jump contest for their share of a $25,000 prize purse.

Hot off the Dew Tour in Ocean City MD expected Riders Include: Scotty Cranmer (2012 X-Games Gold BMX Park, 2012 Dew Tour Champion BMX Park), Ryan Guettler (2005 Dew Tour Champion BMX Dirt and Park, X-Games medalist), Pat Casey, Gary Young, Kyle Baldock, Cory Nastazio (X-Games medalist), Ryan Nyquist (numerous X-Games medals and Dew Tour championships), Brett Banasiewicz, Dennis Enarson, Jeremiah Smith, and Brandon Dosch.

BMX Contest Schedule – Best 2 out of 3 Runs

Thursday, Aug. 23rd 2PM – 4PM – Open Practice

Friday, Aug. 24th 12PM – 2PM – Qualifiers

Saturday, Aug. 25th 12PM – 1PM – Finals

BIG SCREEN SPORTS

The X-Life Film Festival will combine its stew of extreme-sports movies with the Coastal Edge ECSC. The film fest is screening seven films daily through Sunday at the Ramada Inn of Virginia Beach at 5th Street, along with special screenings at the Virginia Beach Aquarium IMAX.

Sporting events, musical entertainment and access to Vendor Village are open to spectators FREE of charge; individual sports contestants may pay entry fee.  Food and beverage concessions are available on site or at nearby resort restaurants.

ECSC is produced by volunteers of the Va. Beach Jaycees and managed by Resort Management LLC. Portions of the proceeds raised benefit the Jaycee’s many charitable projects.

WANT TO GO?

What Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Champion­ships presented by Vans

Where Virginia Beach Oceanfront

When Through Sunday, Aug. 26

Cost Free and open to the public (except where noted)

Note For surfing competition standings and the most current information and schedule updates go to www.surfusa.org.

Event Schedule: See the 2012 Coastal Edge ECSC Schedule of Events.

Additional Information: Coastal Edge ECSC Official Website

Va Beach Whole Foods to open in October 2012

Whole Foods Market but residents of Va Beach will be able to shop at their new Whole Foods earlier than expected. The  Virginia Beach store is now set to open on October 24th at 10 a.m, several months ahead of initial expectationsWhile Williamsburg VA still has no Whole Foods Market but residents of Va Beach will be able to shop at their new Whole Foods earlier than expected. The  Virginia Beach store is now set to open on October 24th at 10 a.m, several months ahead of initial expectations.

This is  the first Hampton Roads location for the popular grocer, known for its selection of specialty goods and organic and health products.

The closest Whole Foods store to Williamsburg at this time is in Richmond, in the Short Pump Area.

On opening day, the Va Beach  Whole Foods plans to provide free tastings, live music and cooking demonstrations, the company confirmed Thursday in a news release. The 40,000-square-foot store at 1800 Laskin Road will operate daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m

VA Flower & Garden Show Jan 20-22nd, 2012

The 2012 Virginia Flower & Garden Expo returns to the Virginia Beach Convention Center Jan. 20-22, in the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive event of its type. The Expo promotes horticultural education for everyone from professionals to the weekend enthusiast.The 2012 Virginia Flower & Garden Expo returns to the Virginia Beach Convention Center Jan. 20-22, in the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive event of its type. The Expo promotes horticultural education for everyone from professionals to the weekend enthusiast.
This year’s theme is “Creating The Beautiful Tomorrow.”

Show Director Laurie Fox says, “We’re very excited about our show returning to early in the calendar year. The timing is ideal as that’s when most people begin planning their landscapes and thinking of their flower gardens. More than a hundred vendors, exhibitors and displayers provide guests countless ideas and products they can use to help create the beautiful tomorrow of their own.

"The  big difference this year is that it’s not a home and garden show anymore. It’s a flower and garden show," show director Laurie Fox said. "It’s all green, all horticulture-focused."

image“It’s the one time each year when Hampton Roads residents can get information on virtually every aspect related to flowers and gardening, at a single climate-controlled location. Experts and knowledgeable professionals will be there to discuss plants, plans, products and practices,” Fox adds.

Ten landscape companies plan spectacular indoor demonstration gardens based on the show’s theme, "Creating the Beautiful Tomorrow!"

Pick out your favorite horticultural plans for your spring garden as you browse landscape displays, spectacular floral displays, a European-style flower market, garden speakers and demonstrations, an art show by local and regional artists and over 100 garden vendors, exhibitors and displayers. .

More info here

VA Beach Restaurant Week Starts Jan 15th, 2012- Norfolk Jan 22nd

Williamsburg VA started their Restaurant week on Jan 8th, 2012 Va Beach follows staring this Sunday, Jan. 15 to Sunday, Jan. 22  , more than 70 of Virginia Beach’s finest restaurants will be participating in – Virginia Beach Restaurant Week. Enjoy two-course prix fixe lunches for $11.12 and three-course prix fixe dinners for $20.12 and $27.12 throughout the week.

You can Indulge in pepper seared tuna, slow cooked prime rib, homemade crab bisque and unrivaled Lynnhaven oysters, not to mention desserts such as coconut flan and warm butter tortes. Appetizers and main dishes range from chicken and steak, to pasta, salmon, and many local deep-sea favorites.

Participants this year  Include: Abbey Road Pub * Baker’s Crust * Black Angus * Burton’s Grill * Casby’s Sea Grill * Catch 31 * Croakers Neighborhood Grill * Doc Taylors * Eat an American Bistro * Eurasia * Gordon Biersch Brewery * Hot Tuna * Icehouse Restaurant * Just George’s * La Bella Italia * Lucky Oyster * Lynnhaven Fish House * Mahi Mah’s * Murphy’s Irish Pub * New Moon Cafe * One Fish Two Fish * Pasta and Pani * Rockafeller’s * Saffron * Sonoma Wine Bar * Tautog’s * Terrapin * Yanni’s Casual Greek … and MORE

Menus and more can be found here for VA Beach

Norfolk Restaurant Week gets going on Jan. 22 and ends on Sunday, Jan. 29.

In Norfolk, 22 restaurants are featured. They’re offering three-course dinner menus for either $20 or $30, and some locations are also offering a 2-course lunch for $10.

Websites include full menus. Click   here for Norfolk.

Governor McDonnell & Board of Education Honor High-Performing Virginia Schools & School Divisions

2012 Virginia Index of Performance Awards Announced

Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education announced today that 447 schools and two school divisions earned 2012 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

“I congratulate the educators in these schools and divisions for their unwavering commitment to academic excellence and to the success of their students,” McDonnell said. “They put students first and maintain high expectations for instruction, learning and student achievement.”

The schools and school divisions earning 2012 VIP awards – which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2010-2011 – include:

  • 86 Virginia schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
  • 188 schools and two school divisions that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award;
  • 171 schools earned the Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award; and
  • 2 schools that earned the Board of Education Rising Star Award.

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