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The 5K run snakes its way through the beautiful, lush landscape of Norfolk Botanical Garden. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and on-site trainers from Onelife Fitness will happily assist with stretching prior to the 8 a.m. start. Though not included with today's Groupon, ForKids and Onelife will also host a 1-mile "Bud Run" for youngsters and 1/4-mile "Seedling Shuffle" for lil' tots after the 5K. Both are $10 per child.

6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk,
VA
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Founded in 1831, the same year chief justice John Marshall became its first president and former president James Madison its first honorary member, the Virginia Historical Society began amassing books, manuscripts, and historical objects to preserve the state's past. After moving its collections throughout the state during the Civil War, the society finally settled into the Lee House—the wartime home of General Robert E. Lee's family—in 1893 before moving to the Center of Virginia History in 1959.

The society showcases the state's heritage through long-term and temporary exhibitions such as The Story of Virginia, an American Experience, which contains artifacts from 16,000 years of Virginian history (from prehistory to the present) displayed in 10,000 square feet of galleries. Outside of its museum walls, Virginia Historical Society enlightens the public with educational programs and resources, publications, and rare nickels that caught Thomas Jefferson with his eyes closed.

428 N Boulevard
Richmond,
VA
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The Newport News City Council established the Newport News Green Foundation in 1998 in response to the vast urban development that had overtaken the city. The foundation became an independent nonprofit soon thereafter, and began landscaping along urban corridors to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Today, the Green Foundation acquires spaces within the city and beautifies them with plants to create wildlife habitats and sources of clean air. During regular service days, volunteers come together to beautify a space—clearing, digging, plowing, and planting. Since its inception, the Green Foundation has transformed spaces throughout the community, including 4.84 acres behind the Brentwood Shopping Center and 2 acres at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and McLawhorne Drive.

PO Box 120475
Newport News,
Virginia
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For more than two decades, Alexandria Art and Framing's knowledgeable staffers have meticulously enveloped and conserved images with expert framing services that transform personal memorabilia into elegant artwork. Elegant rectangles line store walls in an array of shapes, colors, and styles—including gold frames with antique appearances and stained wood etched with ornate motifs. Alexandria Art and Framing's artisan picture enhancers put their passion into practice to beautify each image with mat boards, mouldings (from such brands as Larson-Juhl and Roma Moulding), and box frames, a specialty of the frame shop. From valuable baseball cards to blue ribbons from hot-dog-eating contests to poster-size family portraits, any piece of artwork can be skillfully encased before proudly displayed.

820 N Fairfax St
Alexandria,
VA
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Iowa cartoonist Ding Darling was an avid waterfowl hunter when the Dust Bowl swept through the prairie. Frustrated by the destruction, he appealed to then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who appointed him head of the U.S. Biological Survey. He created the Federal Duck Stamp to raise money for waterfowl management, but wanted a bigger stick to tackle the problem of wildlife conservation. Then in 1936, Darling convinced the president to invite more than 2,000 hunters, anglers, and conservationists to the first North American Wildlife Conference, where they created the General Wildlife Federation to help protect the environment.

Today under a different name, National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, having inspired people to protect wildlife for our children’s future for more than 75 years. NWF focuses on connecting kids with nature, stopping carbon pollution, and protecting and restoring wildlife habitats. The organization represents the power and commitment of 4 million members and supporters joined by 48 state affiliates across the country.

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11100 Wildlife Center Dr
Reston,
VA
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Carefree Boat Club loads groups of up to eight explorers on an eager watercraft for a half day of cruising on the ocean waves. After arriving an hour early and completing a 45-minute training session, captains pocket four-hour boating and fishing licenses, select a seaworthy vessel—such as a Sea Ray 182 bowrider or a Triumph fishing boat—and putter across scenic waterscapes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fishermen can hook flounder and striped bass at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel while water-sports enthusiasts skim past landlubbers on water-skis or develop death grips as they tube within range of historic Williamsburg. After a morning or afternoon of sea skimming and arguing over who should call whom Ishmael, boaters can take shore leave at the various local beaches for a snack or a nap in the sun. Renters are responsible for picking up fuel costs, which can fluctuate daily; water sporters should bring their own equipment, as skis, tubes, and inflatable cabana bars are not available at the club.

2109 W Great Neck Rd
Virginia Beach,
VA
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