Volume 52 | November 2022

Connecting you to our urban, waterfront community.

Transforming Tidewater Gardens

Exciting things are going on around the Tidewater Gardens Transformation Project, including the release of People First's Year 3 Impact Report AND a brand new website where you can check out all the great work they're doing.

People First, the entity created by Urban Strategies, Inc., to fulfill the City's commitment to improving the quality of life for Tidewater Gardens families while the redevelopment of the community is underway, has supported 98% of families in the areas of housing, employment, health and wellness, and education since its inception in 2019.

Read the full Year 3 Impact Report.

Visit stpaulsdistrict.org to check out the new website!

Set Your Sails!

Carnival Cruise Line announced that it will more than double the fun and the cruises it offers from Norfolk in 2023 and extend sailings to a consecutive six-month period from May through October. The announcement is a first step toward a proposed year-round cruise program from Norfolk starting in 2025.

Read more.

Shoot for Your Dreams

Our Department of Parks & Recreation opened a new Dream Court in Ocean View in partnership with Old Dominion University legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. Nancy was joined by the ODU Women's Basketball team and their coach, Delisha Milton-Jones, who spoke about the importance of this court in inspiring and empowering Norfolk's youth. 

Mastering Your Money

Ready to take control of your finances? Check out our new series: Mastering Your Money! During this first class, learn how to improve your credit score. You'll receive a free copy of your credit report along with your credit score.

Saturday, Dec. 3

10:30 a.m.

Slover Library

Register now.

A Jazzy Christmas

December 17, 8 p.m.

Attucks Theatre

Garden of Lights

Through January 1

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Winterfest on the Wisconsin

Through January 1


Parks & Rec Hosts Seniors Holiday Cruise

Hop aboard the Spirit of Norfolk on December 16 at 11 a.m. Your $30 ticket includes an afternoon of food, music and prizes. This event is exclusively for those who are 55+. Register today.

Honoring a Pioneer

Kristen M. Lentz was the first female director of the Norfolk Department of Utilities and a pioneer for female professionals in male-dominated fields within the City.

Now, the department's water treatment plant on 37th Street bears her name. To commemorate the building's 100th anniversary, our Department of Utilities renamed the plant the Kristen M. Lentz Water Treatment Plant in her memory.

Lentz led the department for 19 years, helping both the plant and the overall operations system to grow into one that provides water services to over a million people in Norfolk and the greater Hampton Roads area. 

A Moment in Time

Holiday decorating in Downtown Norfolk looked a little different in December 1956. In this festive photo from Norfolk Public Library's Sargeant Memorial Collection, garland and wreaths deck the halls of Granby Street while holiday shoppers pack the sidewalks below. You can also see a lot of buildings in the photograph that are still standing and in use today. 

There's so much Norfolk history waiting for you to discover in Norfolk Public Library's Sargeant Memorial Collection. 

Start your travel back in time.

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Poplar Hall Dedicates Path

Poplar Hall Civic League and neighbors dedicated their walking path and installed a memorial bench to honor Ms. Delcina Owens, a beloved member of the community who passed away in 2016.

Owens was known for her daily walks on the neighborhood path and friendly spirit.


City leaders joined in the ribbon cutting to honor the walking path. The Booker T. Washington High School Drum Corps and Cheerleaders led the community along the path to a memorial bench honoring Owens.


Want to connect with your neighbors and community? Start by joining your civic league!

Need help finding the civic league that serves your neighborhood? Reach out to our Neighborhood Engagement team: (757) 664-4080.

Holiday Happenings

The holiday season is a whole mood at Norfolk Public Library! Make a unique gift for someone special at one of the Homemade for the Holidays workshops, build your own gingerbread house or celebrate with your favorite "ugly" sweater. The calendar is packed with festive fun for the whole family.

Click here to check out all the NPL happenings and make this season bright!

And get ready for the new year with the 2023 Norfolk Historical Calendar! Brought to you by the Norfolk Public Library Foundation, it's full of local images from the Sargeant Memorial Collection and great historical tidbits that are sure to delight Norfolk-lovers and history buffs alike.

Available for purchase at all Norfolk Public Library branches and online at norfolkpubliclibrary.org.

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