Starvation Heroes! Foodbank challenges Hampton Roads organizations in meals, cash assortment competitors

For the fourth time, the Foodbank is holding its Hunger Heroes competition in southeast Virginia and the east coast. The demand for food is increasing in the region.

NORFOLK, VA. The Southeast Virginia Foodbank continues to confuse the question of how people can donate food and money to feed Hampton Roads neighbors struggling with food insecurity.

Hunger heroes is a food and fundraising contest open to local businesses, sports teams, clubs, youth groups, and families, starting on May 17th and culminating on June 11th.

Participants earn points for every pound of food donated or dollars raised, as well as other activities – such as volunteering, coordinating a food drive, posting on social media, and helping other teams register.

These points are added at the end of the competition and the organization with the most points wins.

Emma Inman, vice president of programs and development at the food bank, said Hampton Roads is no stranger to food security.

Foodbank expects food insecurity to increase by 17% for individuals and by 18% for children in southeast Virginia and the east coast in 2021 compared to 2019.

“We distributed about 17 million pounds of food at Hampton Roads during the pandemic. The average amount of food we distributed in the pre-pandemic years was typically 15 million,” Inman said. “This number only shows the great need in our region.”

Inman said it was a way to stir up excitement in a helpful effort, saying, “We want a little edge. This competition picks up on that spirit and puts everyone in a really friendly competition in order to be able to help our neighbors.”

At the end of the competition, the Foodbank will count donations and distribute them to families and individuals in Hampton Roads.

Inman said you still have time to check in before Monday. If you want to involve your organization, Click here.

7 high Cape Cod leisure concepts embrace live shows, heroes, artwork, owls


The film festival joins the observance of Black History Month

The Woods Hole Film Festival’s Virtual Screening Series 2021 continues with a program of short films, both short stories and documentaries, entitled Family Voices, presented in collaboration with the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative. The six short films by aspiring filmmakers offer snapshots of family life through the eyes of black parents and children in recognition of the initiative 2021 Black History Month Subject of “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” The festival will host a live online online Q&A with the filmmakers on Saturday.

When: Films that can be seen until Sunday; Questions and answers on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Where, information and reservations:

Black History Month program information:


The Cotuit Center offers live streaming concerts

The bands Melic Moon and Buoys of Summer will be staging live streaming concerts one after the other this weekend as part of a “Save our Stages and Feed our Musicians” series that will benefit the performers and the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Jim Gilbert will produce the shows from the center without an audience to give viewers the feeling of a concert experience from home. Melic Moon Singer / multi-instrumentalist Amalia Ververis, producer / multi-instrumentalist Mike Machaby and drummer / percussionist David Ellis play music with different influences and styles. The buoys of summer pay tribute to the “gently sailing SoCal sounds with silk stockings” of the 70s and early 80s.

When: Friday (Melic Moon) and Saturday (summer buoys) 7:30 p.m.

Where: streamed from the Cotuit Center for the Arts at https:

Tickets: $ 15 for Melic Moon ($ 25 for a digital album download); $ 25 for buoys of summer



High school graduates play theater online

The Academy Playhouse in Orleans is practically home to four high school theater groups for a “Festizoom” day, when schools are supposed to come together on a festival day similar to the usual state one-act competitions. The audience is invited to watch the Zoom performances.

When: 9:30 am, Nauset Regional High School, Eastham; 10:30 am, Attleboro High School; 1:30 pm, Scituate High School; 2:45 p.m., Hingham High School

Where and information:

Entry: Free


Find out more about and see owls in virtual conversation

Part book talk, part nature show, wildlife photojournalist author Mark Wilson and teacher-naturalist Marcia Wilson give a virtual behind-the-scenes look at “Owl Quest” and a slide show about Mark’s journey to produce photos and observations of all 19 species of owls, that breed in North America. The result was his book “Owling: Enter the mysterious world of the birds of the night”, published in 2019. Marcia will introduce viewers to six live New England owls and give a shooting lesson. The live streaming program is presented by the Harwich Conservation Trust.

When: Saturday 2 p.m.

Where and information:

Tickets: $ 5


Art exhibitions celebrated on the open house

The Cape Cod Cultural Center will host an open day for new art exhibitions in its five galleries. You can see “Faces and Nature”, art in various media by the student artist Torriann Matheney; “Cape Cod Solitude,” photographs by Rachel Jones showing the loneliness many felt during the COVID-19 pandemic; “Finding the Figure”, painting by Paul Schulenburg and members of his studio group; and “Ocean Compositions”, oil paintings by Livia Mosanu.

When: Saturday from 2pm to 5pm for the open day; Art can also be seen from 12pm to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday for most of the month

Where: Cape Cod Cultural Center, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth

Entry: Free

Information: or 508-394-7100


Hear fish stories across the canal

The South Yarmouth Library Association and the Cape Cod Salties will jointly host a zoom presentation of “East End Eddie Doherty Shares Fish Tales”. Doherty’s talk will focus on fishing the Cape Cod Canal for striped bass and will feature photographs by John Doble. Doherty is a retired Massachusetts District Court clerk and author of Seven Miles After Sundown, which was recognized by the 2019 International Book Awards in Los Angeles.

When: Saturday 2 p.m.

Where: About zoom

Entry: Free

Reservations (required): (the happenings page) or 508-760-4820, ext. 1


Expert Talks on the Chatham Coast

Ted Keon, Chatham’s director of coastal resources, will be speaking on Chatham’s Dynamic Shoreline as part of the Atwood Museum’s Tuesday Talks Lecture Series. Keon has been monitoring issues related to the marine and coastal environment since 1998 and will discuss how changes and developments are affecting life in Chatham.

When: Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Where: When zooming

Tickets: $ 10, free for members



Authors discuss history, science, heroes

Three authors will discuss their work in their virtual lectures as part of a series for Falmouth Museums on the Green. On Tuesday, Helen Rappaport will speak about “The Romanov Sisters” and little-known facts about the privileged and personal lives of the Russian Grand Duchesses – Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasis, the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra – before the Russian Revolution. On Wednesday, Jon Gertner’s “The Ice at World’s End” will discuss how scientists from around the world want to find out how the melting ice of Greenland affects ocean currents, weather systems, economies, migration patterns and coastal inhabitants. Robert Mrazek will showcase heroes of all shapes and sizes in his talk on “The Indomitable Florence Finch” about a housewife who became a passionate resistance fighter and helped hundreds of American prisoners of war in the Philippines.

When: Tuesday lunchtime (Rappaport); Wednesday 7 p.m. (Gertner); Thursday 7 p.m. (Mrazek)

Entry: $ 10, $ 5 for members

Registration: (Registrants will receive a link that will allow them to zoom in to access the presentations.)

Information: 508-548-4857

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