Fronted by British-Nigerian lead singer Sade Adu, Grammy-winning band Sade has seduced eardrums with a potent mélange of R & B, soul, and jazz for nearly 30 years. Performing songs from the new compilation album The Ultimate Collection, Sade will delight fans with greatest hits as well as a smattering of brand-new songs, melding soul-stroking vocals with eye-tickling dancing and onstage spectacle. Special guest John Legend will also throw his honeyed voice into the ring, soothing ears damaged by the cacophony of city life and by wearing graphing calculators as earrings.
The award-winning instructors at Lessons In Ballroom Dance Center guide students of all skill levels through dance steps in a studio built with smaller areas off the main floor for semiprivate practice. Students can learn to cha-cha, swing, rumba, and tango, among other styles. On Friday nights, crowds converge for dance parties complete with nightclub-style light shows.
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.
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.
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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Our Military Kids, Inc. provides grants of up to $500 for children of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and Wounded Warriors. These grants pay for participation in sports, fine-arts, or academic programs to help reduce the children's stress within limited family budgets. Since its inception eight years ago, Our Military Kids has funded more than 34,000 grants for children's activities, totaling nearly $14 million, helping alleviate stress and anxiety for children in one of the most volatile periods of their lives.