Captains Field at Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, has been named Field of the Year by the 2,700-member Sports Turf Managers Association. The soccer field’s director is Chris Webb. “Chris and his team have done a wonderful job garnering some national attention, due to the university’s outstanding facilities,” said Colin McDonald, speaking for the association. "Every year, the group presents the industry’s highest honors, to members who manage baseball, football, soccer, softball and other sporting playing surfaces at the professional, collegiate, schools (K-12), and parks and recreation levels."
On December 9, Andrew Elsbury is opening a new Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Landstown, in Virginia Beach, at the corner of Princess Anne Road and Lancaster Centre Way, said Kayla Bodel, speaking for the spa. “After moving to the States from South Africa in 2009, Andrew decided to leave his sales director position at Arkadin, a French software company, and sign a multi-unit deal in Virginia, with Hand & Stone, to follow in his wife's footsteps of business ownership," said Bodel. "Ahead of the opening, Andrew is offering a free massage or facial to anyone that signs up for a monthly membership. There are currently 17 locations in Virginia and the brand has plans to expand to Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Norfolk, and in Virginia Beach’s Hilltop area in 2020."
"Out of the box" is an expression to describe creative and nonconformal thinking. This is exactly what you will discover with the nine unique local talents that are performing with the Out of the Box series at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Out of the Box, Emerging Artists Series is back for its ninth year. Support locally-curated artists on Thursdays, January through March, in the Miller Studio Theatre. In collaboration with Paul Shugrue and broadcast on 89.5 WHRV, this great after-work event is free and open to the public. Enjoy a night out, while listening to eclectic bands from right here in the 757, while enjoying food and drinks from California Pizza Kitchen. The event starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but VIP tables are available to purchase. To purchase a VIP table, call 757-385-2553. VIP tables seat four and include eight drink vouchers. Out of the Box benefits the Sandler Center Foundation's Local Heroes program, which provides tickets for Hampton Road's "Local Heroes" (first responders and military) and their families to attend a performance at the Sandler Center. Out of the Box is presented by the Sandler Center Foundation and 4ag.org. The 2020 scheduled performers include: January 9 - Jeremy Lasley and the Lastones
January 16 - Logan Vath
January 23 - Gratiot Lake Road
January 30 - The Jason Cale Band
February 6 - The Dustin Furlow Collective
February 13 - Court Street Company
February 27 - Ben Phelps Project
March 5 - Mosquito Cabaret
March 12 - Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos