Rudee Tours launches aspiring seafarers on thrilling excursions from Rudee Inlet through the Atlantic Ocean, illuminating aqua-tourists with frolicking wildlife and picturesque coastal scenery. Seasoned nautical navigator Captain Jeff Parks guides the double-decker Rudee Flipper in the hopes of spotting a pod of bottlenose dolphins off Virginia Beach. Each dolphin tour on the Rudee Flipper is narrated by an aquatic educator from the Virginia Aquarium, who'll enlighten passengers on dolphins' lifestyles and social hierarchy, made evident in their passion for afternoon teas. Those seeking high-velocity thrills may opt for boarding the 2,000-horsepower, 70-foot Rudee Rocket, which bolts alongside the shoreline past the historic Cape Henry Lighthouse.
Ocean View Fishing Pier extends 1,690 feet into Chesapeake Bay, enabling anglers to cast their lines into one of the East Coast's most bountiful fishing spots. An onsite bait house and tackle shop equips visitors with the necessary gear, from rods and reels to crab pots and minnow traps. Every day, custom-built vessel the Judith Ann offers the chance to coast away from the pier for half-day fishing adventures, and an onsite restaurant keeps grumbling bellies from scaring away finned targets.
Performers feed off the energy of their audience, and when there is no audience, there is no energy. To stop this problem before it starts, venues turn to FillASeat, a business that supplies its members with tickets to events with a number of open seats left. Members enjoy a year of entry to popular shows, sporting events, comedy shows, and concerts, bulking up the audience more suitably than a litter of chihuahuas dressed in tuxedoes. Upon joining FillASeat, members receive access to a list of upcoming events, which range from large-scale productions to events at local restaurants, golf courses, and coffee houses.
Coached by Hall of Fame nominee Marty Schottenheimer—one of the winningest coaches in NFL history—the Virginia Destroyers look to rush, tackle, and pass their way to a UFL championship in their first year in Hampton Roads. Going into their third game with a 2–0 record, the Destroyers will take on the 0–2 Mountain Lions, hoping to rack up another win at home before bandaging their hands, washing their jerseys in neighbors’ pools, and travelling to California for a rematch in Sacramento. Fans can watch as star quarterback Chris Greisen tries to add to his 5–0 starting record in the UFL while he tosses touchdowns with laser-guided precision. The game will take place at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, which features as many as 10,000 seats and can accommodate enough spectators to intimidate visiting teams and scare off wandering grizzly bears.
Julie Fabing Burleson and Suzy Vinson Nettles feel that the kitchen is just another place for kids to flex their creativity. They opened Young Chefs Academy to provide kids aged 3–18 with cooking programs targeted to preschoolers and kindergarteners, elementary schoolers, and older kids ready for trickier techniques and intricate recipes. Regardless of a student’s age, he or she is always taught the pillars of home cooking, including how to be safe in the kitchen, how to properly handle and prepare food, how to bake, and how to talk down an oven that constantly overheats. While participating in the entertaining cooking lessons, kids may not even realize that each class also allows them to practice their math, reading-comprehension, and communication skills.
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