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It is the end of February and cabin fever may be setting in, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of interesting events happening around town this weekend.
From sword-swallowing to legal symposiums, read on for all the possibilities.
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Expand Your Horizons
The College William & Mary Law School Journal of Women and the Law is hosting a symposium on “Advancing LGBTQIA Rights in a Post-Obergefell World” on Friday. The community is invited to enjoy the five dynamic speakers slated to appear at this event. Panels and speakers will address topics concerning LGBTQIA rights throughout the day. The first event begins at 9 a.m. and the symposium is free and open to the public.
The Virginia Coastal Policy Center and William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review are partnering up to host “And Justice for All: Current Developments in Environmental Justice” on Friday at the college’s law school. With recent national news coverage of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, environmental justice issues are at the forefront of the public’s consciousness, and this symposium will touch on both the history and current status of these types of issues. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday and admission is free and open to the public.
James City County is hosting a “Destination Recreation” expo Saturday at the county Recreation Center. People of all ages are invited to come out and learn about the upcoming programs that Parks and Recreation will be offering this summer, including camp opportunities, sports, aquatic programs and special events. There will also be interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids to enjoy. This event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and is free and open to the public.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a Virginia boating safety education classroom course at the Berkley Green Club House from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday. Once completed, this class certifies the participant to operate a motorboat, so get ready for the upcoming boating season and register for this free course now.
Black History Month
William & Mary’s Black Law Student Association is presenting its annual symposium on “Race and the Law” at 6 p.m. Thursday. This year’s theme explores systematic suppression with a panel on mass incarceration and voter disenfranchisement, with a reception to follow. This event will take place at the Sadler Center and is free and open to the public.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are presenting the stories of three black women who did not accept society’s limits on what they could accomplish in “To Be Seen as An American,” a new program that begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The work of these women spanned three centuries and opened the door to new opportunities for each subsequent generation. Come out and enjoy their stories. The event is free with the price of museum admission.
Visitors to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg can check out “This is Our War: A Tribute to the African-American USOs” at 5 p.m. Saturday. This program will focus on the African American soldiers living at Bruton Heights School during World War II and the contributions they made to the armed forces. Admission is included with a museum ticket.
Cheer on the Tribe
William & Mary’s women’s basketball senior night is taking over Kaplan Arena on Friday. Come cheer on the Tribe as they take on Towson at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased here.
Calling all Tribe lacrosse fans: This Sunday marks the first home game of the 2016 season for the women’s lacrosse team, so come cheer them on to victory as they take on Oregon at noon. Admission is free, so don your gold and green and come cheer on the Tribe.
This week’s Thursday afternoon movie at the Williamsburg Library is “How Green Was My Valley,” the story of a man looking back on his childhood growing up in a small Welsh mining town. This poignant 1941 classic stars Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O’Hara. The screening begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Parrotheads of the Phininsula will be hosting a social with live music at AleWerks Brewing Company on Friday. Renowned trop-rocker Dave McKenney will performing all evening so bring a dish to share and any friends who love Jimmy Buffett and beer to this fun event. The club will also be collecting donations for the Heritage Humane Society and FISH. The fun starts at 6 p.m.
Stop by the Toano Farmers Market on Saturday to pick up all your produce for the week. While you’re there, choose from a variety of items available at Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs and Heidi’s Home Grown. The market will begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up around noon.
You won’t believe your eyes at Saturday’s “Ripley’s Believe It of Not Sword-Swallowing Showcase.” A group of the greatest sword swallowers in the world will assemble for free performances at Ripley’s locations around the country, and Cyrus “The Sword” Pynn will be showcasing his skills at the Williamsburg location. His performance will begin at 2 p.m. and the show is included with the cost of admission.
Trained therapy dogs from K-9 Connection will be making a stop at the James City County Library at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. These furry friends will be listening to and encouraging your child’s reading skills, spurring their confidence through their uncritical attention. A signed permission form from a parent or guardian is required to participate.
The William & Mary’s Choir will be performing it’s annual pre-tour concert at 8 p.m. Sunday. The program, “The Things We Cannot See” will include works by Haydn, Rheinberger, Memley, Scheutz, Handl and Mendelssohn. This free concert will take place a the Catholic Campus Ministry Chapel and is open to the public.