September 10, 2008

Fun-N-Food Fest Fills Your Plate

THERE'S NO BETTER WAY to usher in the fall than with a good festival. One of the coolest around Western Branch is the Fun-n- Food Fest at the Church of St. Therese, 4137 Portsmouth Blvd. I make the annual trek for good international eating, craft shopping and listening to local musicians. Mark your calendar for Friday and Saturday. You'll have fun playing games and eating good food of every kind, including delicious desserts at the French Cafe. I think my favorite food at this festival is lumpia. That's an egg roll stuffed with vegetables and meat and then deep fried. There are vendors, a yard sale tent, cake walk, a $1,000 raffle, live entertainment, a dunk tank, a silent auction and a white elephant booth. The Dixie 7 will be performing New Orleans-style jazz Friday at 6 p.m. and the Ol-Hat band (country/bluegrass) will be featured at 7 p.m. Look for a police K-9 demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday and then the Tidewater Concert Band at 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Call 488-2553.

It was that time of year again for what I like to refer to as the annual teachers' pep rally, otherwise known as the Chesapeake Public Schools Convocation. Speakers included Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff and keynote speaker Anne Barab. The mayor's talk was a warm and entertaining message. After his speech, he was overheard softly telling someone to "smile" as he walked past. A former School Board member from Texas who has also served as CEO for a large mortgage bank, Anne Barab, continued with a humorous theme and ended with a message to ask those in your life what you can do to be a better ____. (You have to fill in the blank.) The moral of the story is self-improvement never ends.

Moving on to our furry friends, let's imagine you're a dog and your master's going away for a week. Panic time. What are your accommodations going to be and will you see the light of day all week? Well, if you're a lucky pooch, you've been going to Western Branch Veterinary Hospital where expansion is under way. In September, the three vets, Drs. Robert Porter, John Lewis and Caroline Bundy, will begin examinations and operations in a new section of the facility. Once the new section is open, the old part will be remodeled. On completion, there will be five examining rooms and three operating rooms. "There will be a dark room for doing eye exams as well," Dr. Porter said. "We will also have digital X-rays and an isolation ward." An inspection out back revealed a nice animal grooming area being built and construction on the kennel area. I thought it was great that each kennel has its own doggie door to the outside leading to individual and group runs. "We hope to have the kennels open by Thanksgiving," Porter said. A cat ward with exercise areas is also coming.

Ever wanted to play Bingo but didn't have anyone to play with? It's a great way to meet new people. Now's your chance because there are regular Bingo games at the McDonald's on Dock Landing Road. They play Mondays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feeling lucky?

Interesting sign in front of Covenant United Methodist Church on Dock Landing Road read, "Exposure to the Son prevents burning." I love driving around and reading different signs out front of churches in the area. They really are food for thought.

In my column two weeks ago, we mistakenly said a young woman holding a baby standing with Red Robin was the baby's mother. Brittani Gill from the Burbage Grant section of Suffolk was with 11- month-old Amira Gill, her niece.

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