🌊Today in NFK: Grass Domes, Early Days, and Housing

Mid-week in NFK

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Howdy Folks, it’s time to wrangle up this week’s happenings.

Here’s what we’re watching today:

🏘️ YIMBY Hampton Roads Launches "Fight for 50k" Campaign to Tackle Housing Shortage🏘️

🖼️‘Early Days’ Explores Indigenous Art in New Exhibition 🖼️

🍃Landmark Rising in Five Points Park: A Grass Dome Illuminates Norfolk 🍃 

📆 Next Three Days of Events 📆 

🏘️ YIMBY Hampton Roads Launches "Fight for 50k" Campaign to Tackle Housing Shortage🏘️ 

In response to the pressing housing crisis in the region, YIMBY Hampton Roads has launched its "Fight for 50k" campaign. This grassroots initiative aims to address the region's housing shortage, estimated to be around 50,000 homes, which has led to escalating costs for both buyers and renters.

The campaign, announced at last Tuesday’s Norfolk City Council meeting, seeks to engage local officials, planners, and community leaders to advocate for policy reforms that will increase the housing supply and make housing more affordable.

"Hampton Roads is one of the most cost-burdened places for housing in the United States," said Grayson Orsini, a Lead with YIMBY Hampton Roads. "This means people are spending a disproportionate amount of their income on housing, which has far-reaching consequences for our region."

The "Fight for 50k" campaign proposes several key policy changes, including …

🖼️‘Early Days’ Explores Indigenous Art in New Exhibition 🖼️ 

The Chrysler Museum of Art has unveiled Early Days: Indigenous Art from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, a landmark exhibition showcasing the diversity and vitality of Indigenous art in Canada. Running from May 24th to September 1st, 2024, this internationally renowned exhibit is the first comprehensive survey of Canadian Indigenous art to be presented outside of Canada.

Organized in collaboration with Indigenous scholars, knowledge keepers, and artists, Early Days features a stunning array of 111 objects spanning from 18th-century ceremonial regalia to contemporary works by leading Indigenous artists. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience the richness and complexity of Indigenous artistic traditions through beadwork garments, ceremonial masks, stone carvings, and much more.

🍃Landmark Rising in Five Points Park: A Grass Dome Illuminates Norfolk 🍃 

This July, Five Points Park will welcome a striking new addition to its landscape: Grass Dome, a 22-foot illuminated sculpture designed to serve as a beacon of creativity and community gathering. This immersive artwork, conceived by Engineered Artworks, will transform the park's southeast entrance into a captivating gateway.

Inspired by Nature and Urban Form
Grass Dome, true to its name, draws inspiration from the natural world and the unique urban environment of Five Points. Its design echoes the shape and hue of local grasses, while also mirroring the nearby circular intersection. The sculpture's open canopy, formed by simulated grass blades, will arch over the pathway, inviting visitors to step inside and experience a moment of quiet contemplation.

📆 Next Three Days of Events 📆 

WEDNESDAY:
Klassic Doughnut Wednesday at Cova Brewing Company. 7:00 AM. Rip it.
Jr. Garden Artists: Bee & Butterfly Waterers at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 AM. Rip it.
NFK2050 Phase II Open House at Poplar Hall Park. 4:00 PM. Rip it.
Studio Ghibli: Princess Mononke screening at the Naro. 5:15 pm. Rip it. 
Velocity: Men's Health at Assembly. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
Global Running Day on ERT! at  Smartmouth Beer. 6:00 PM. Rip it.
Hofheimer Family Law Firm Girls Night Out at OV Fishing Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Intro to Pottery with Evan at  757 Makerspace. 6:00 PM. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Smartmouth. 6:00 PM. Rip it.
D&D Game Night at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 PM. Rip it.
Yu-Gi-Oh! at  Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 PM. Rip it.
Eff The Rules Slam w/ Verb Benders Slam Team. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Music Bingo at Sanctuary Lamberts Point. 6:30 PM. Rip it.
Pride Karaoke at Little Theater of Norfolk. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Run Club Wednesday Meetup at Smartmouth. 6:30 PM. Rip it.
Sunset Kayak Cruise with Norfolk Kayak Rentals. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Open Mic Night at Mudita Cafe & Bar. 7:00 PM. Rip it.
Vinyl Cutting: Graphic Tees at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 PM. Rip it.
“The Summer Sky” at ODU’s Kimthanh Lê Planetarium. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Trivia Night at MJ's Tavern. 7:00 PM. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Torch Bistro. 7:00 PM. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Stockpot Norfolk. 7:00 PM. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Sunset Yoga near the Pagoda. 7:15pm. Rip it. 
Joss Stone performs live at Chrysler Hall. 7:30 PM. Rip it.
X Ambassadors performs live at  The NorVA. 7:30 PM. Rip it.
Studio Ghibli: My Neighbor Totoro screening at the Naro. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 

THURSDAY:
Ghent Biz Association Meeting at Ohef Sholom Temple. 8:30 am. Rip it.
Bluebird Trail Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 AM. Rip it.
Garden Artists: Picnic Plates at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 AM. Rip it.
Mayor's Cup Blood Drive at The Slover. 10:00 AM. Rip it.
Olga Kern, piano with VAF Chamber Players at Robin Hixon Theater 10:30 AM. Rip it.
Sin Art Show at Not For The Weak Records. 6:00 PM. Rip it.
Open Mic Night at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 PM. Rip it.
Studio Ghibli: My Neighbor Totoro screening at the Naro. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Girl Who Wore Freedom Film Screening at MacArthur Memorial. 6:00 PM. Rip it.
Rainbow Circus at Chrysler Museum of Art. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Thrilling Thursday Evening Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 6:00 PM. Rip it.
SALT performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Ocean View Run Club Group Run / Walk at Bold Mariner. 6:00 PM. Rip it.
Family Bingo Night at Fairlawn Recreation Center. 6:30 PM. Rip it.
Crazy DJ Music Bingo at Smartmouth Beer. 6:30 PM. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Elation Brewing. 6:30 PM. Rip it.
Norfolk Storm Womxn's Rugby Club Practice at Lafayette Park. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Sunset Kayak Cruise with Norfolk Kayak Rentals. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Maritime Climates Wine Regions Tasting at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Sky’s the Limit Yoga at 9th Bay Beach. 7:00 PM. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Hank's Filling Station. 7:00 PM. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Baxter's. 7:00 PM. Rip it.
Trivia Night at Bold Mariner Brewing. 7:00 PM. Rip it.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch at 37th & Zen. 7:30 PM. Rip it.
Open Gym at Push Comedy Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Studio Ghibli: Kiki’s Delivery Service screening at the Naro. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Performers Playground Stage Workshop at The Venue on 35th . 9:00 PM. Rip it.
Triple Threat Thursdays Drag Show at 37th & Zen. 9:30 PM. Rip it.

FRIDAY:
Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo's Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it
GUD Morning, River: Sunrise Yoga at Ryan Resilience Lab. 6:30 am. Rip it. 
Writers Coffee Break at Cafe Stella. 10:00 am. Rip it
STORYBOOK TEA PARTY at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it
Norfolk Harborfest, Music, Food, and Maritime Festival at Town Point Park. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Aloha State of Mind: Happy Hour at Cova Brewing Company. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Modern Horizons 3 Prerelease at Atlantis Games & Comics. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Ghent Farmer’s Market at Blair Middle School. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Friday Night Live at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Amy Kaus performs live at Maker's Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Hopes & Dreams Pride Night at Smartmouth Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Evil Does Not Exist screening at the Naro. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Bay Rats performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it
DJ Redcarpet Cap at Uno Pizzeria & Grill. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Bad Movie Night at Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetariu. 6:30 pm. Rip it
New Moon Pride Market at Selden Market. 7:00 pm. Rip it
PechaKucha night at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Comedy Murder Mystery Party at the Granby Theater. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Open Build Night at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Hedwig and the Angry Inch at 37th & Zen. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at Little Theatre of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it
I Saw the TV Glow screening at the Naro. 8:15 pm. Rip it. 
Pajama Party: Improv Comedy and Storytelling at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it

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