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Feb 21

Community Vendors Needed for Children’s Festival

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:29 AM by Communications Department

2-21 Childrens festNewport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism is accepting vendor applications from community and non-profit organizations for the 29th Annual Newport News Children's Festival of Friends on Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Newport News Park. The festival features over 100 hands-on activities including make-and-take crafts, rides, fitness activities, educational exhibits, entertainment, costume characters, and displays by City Departments and community organizations that serve children.

Participants should be prepared to provide a free, hands-on activity to approximately 1,000 children, ages 2 to 12 years. Each organization will be given one space free of charge, approximately 10’x10’ in an open area of the park.  Because the focus of this festival is on free, non-commercial activities for children, exhibitors are not permitted to sell merchandise, fundraise or solicit money on behalf of their organization at the festival. Businesses and for-profit organizations can participate as a sponsor in the festival by contacting Senior Promotions Coordinator, Renee Popernack at 757-926-1433. To participate as a community vendor click here to complete the application or contact Special Events Coordinator, Emily Nickerson at or 757-926-1470.
Feb 21

311 Is Now Taking Animal Control Calls

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:29 AM by Communications Department

8-22 311The same place you can report potholes and ask about trash collection is now taking calls for Newport News Animal Services, which provides animal control support for the cities of Newport News and Poquoson. Calls to the Animal Services phone number 595-PETS (7387) are now answered by a 311 Contact Center call taker. Residents can reach the Newport News 311 Center directly by dialing 311 within city limits or 933-2311 from outside of the city and speak to a live person anytime Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center can also be reached via email at

Citizens can call 311 to report a stray dog, a lost pet or a dead animal on a city road. An animal control officer is on duty daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will respond to afterhours emergency requests. 311 can also help with information about pet licensing requirements, the best way to keep your pets safe during disasters, and other helpful tips. To find more information on Newport News Animal services, visit their website

Feb 21

Sister Cities Accepting Team Registrations and Questions for Global Bee

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:29 AM by Communications Department

Sister Cities Newport News is hosting their Annual GlobalBee on Saturday, March 17 at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. teams of two to five players will compete for a trophy by answering a series of international trivia questions. Sister Cities is currently accepting registrations for teams. High school teams can register free and non-high school teams can participate for $50. Trophies are being awarded in three categories: high school, college, and overall top score.

Sister Cities of Newport News is also asking the public to submit questions to include in the Global Bee by March 1. At least 50 percent of this year’s GlobaBee quiz will consist of questions submitted. Question bank categories include world geography, current world events, sports, culture and customs, and world religions. 

The event is open to the general public and tickets to watch the competition are $10 and include lunch. Click here to register as a team or to volunteer for the event. To submit Global Bee trivia questions contact, call 757-926-1348 or visit
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