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Welcome to Currents. Your local highlights delivered weekly. 

Community.

You can set a local org to receive a donation for every Amazon purchase you make. It's called Amazon Smile. The Elizabeth River Trail is an available foundation. Rip it.

Google has completed its 4,000-mile sub-sea cable that terminates in the 757. It's enormous. Rip it. 

Keep Norfolk Beautiful is in drastic need of volunteers since the pandemic has kept folks inside. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk has refused to speak to the press regarding the latest with the St. Paul's development project. Rip it. 

Norfolk Public Schools will resume high school sports this week. Rip it. 

1,900 teachers are slated to get the covid-19 vaccine this week. Rip it. 

Norfolk State University, alongside two dozen other HBCUs, is receiving funds from Diageo beer and spirits manufacturer. Rip it. 

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will be getting a new president later this year. Will Baker leaves after 40 years. Rip it.

Culture.

Keep your eyes peeled while you're watching the tube. You might just see the Berkley Bridge, the CBBT, the Chrysler, and Downtown Norfolk in a Mercedes-Benz commercial. Rip it. 

Seven Venues is launching a Culture Club featuring monthly curated selections of art and culture. Rip it. 

Cosplaying While Black at the Slover Library Maker Studio in Selden Market. Rip it. 

Norfolk Botanical Gardens celebrates Black History Month and recognizes the contributions made by the Black community with free admission every Thursday. Rip it. 

Pick up a NatureKid To-Go Kit from the Botanical Gardens and learn about our region's "Growing Zone" with your kiddos. Rip it.  

Coming soon to MOCA: Nourish, an exhibition pairing artist with food experts. Rip it. 

Regeneration: Works from the Fall 2020 Glass Studio Assistants
at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.

Nauticus's National Geographic exhibit "Planet or Plastic" is amazing. Rip it. 

The Hermitage Museum and Gardens' Exhibit Whistler & Co: The Etching Revival is still on display. Rip it.
 

Commerce.

CMA CGM Group, the shipping goliath, is adding 400 employees and renovating their Norfolk office. Rip it.

Norfolk Company Wayne's Home has expanded by opening their second location. Rip it.

A new banking challenger approaches. Dollar Bank is expanding quickly in the region. Rip it. 

Valentine's Day is around the corner. Selden Market is leading the local retail game. Rip it.  

The business dream that never was. Granby Station Food Hall shuts down before it ever got to open. Rip it. 

Read the Dragas Center's 2021 Economic Forecast. Rip it. 

The Chamber's State of the City series has been announced. Rip it.

Port Stats. Labor Stats.
 

Crowds.

Our Daily Rundown of events is no longer just on Instagram. Get it in podcast form on Spotify.

**Don't forget that we're still in a pandemic. Gather responsibly.**


Friday
Pint for Pint Blood Drive at Smartmouth Brewing. 9:00 am. Rip it.   

Frogman Fridays at Bold Mariner. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 

Amy Kaus performs live at Maker's Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 

Clarissa & Co perform live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
 
Norfolk Social Cycling hosts Late Night Ladies Ride departing from Cafe Stella. (Weather Permitting) 8:30 pm. Rip it. 

Saturday: 
Norfolk City Democratic Committee Breakfast Meeting. 9:00 am. Rip it. 

Park Place and Kensington Community Cleanup Day. Munson Park 11:00 am. Rip it. 

Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 11:00 am. Rip it. 11:00 am. Rip it. 

Guided Mindfulness Walk at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 

The Heard performs live at O'Connor Brewing Co. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 

Doc Perkins performs live at Maker's Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.

BJ + JB perform live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 

Johnny Smallwood performs live at Grain. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 

Sunday:
Yoga + Brunch with The Caffeinated Yogi at Stockpot. 8:30 am. Rip it.

Meditation Session at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 10:00 am. Rip it. 

Public Pack Dog Walk in Downtown Norfolk. 11:00 am. Rip it. 

Matt Thomas performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.  

Chow.

Are you lucky enough to grab an Ube Croissant from the Chelsea Bakehouse before they sell out? Try your luck this weekend. Rip it.

La Brioche is whipping up the cutest Valentine's Day bake goods in the city. Rip it. 

Tired of the cold? Grab some Tom Yum soup from Rama Garden to warm your insides. Rip it. 

Get to Carmen's Pupseria in Ocean View for a mix of the culinary tastes of El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico. Rip it. 

Razzo moved to the old firehouse on Little Creek Road earlier this year and their refreshed menu is on point. Rip it. 

New Beers:
Smartmouth Drops Bandwagon Galaxy Single-Hop IPA. Rip it. 
O'Connor Brewing Drops Easy Breezy Golden Ale. Rip it.
Benchtop Drops Jouble Jeuce Pinapple Sabro. Rip it. 
Smartmouth Drops FruityToons: Very Dangerous Gose. Rip it. 

Food Truck Sightings:
Friday:
The Bumbling Bee at O'Connor Brewing. Rip it. 
Bear House Coffee Roasters at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Dula's Fish on the Fly at Maker's Craft Brewery. Rip it.
Avocargo Food Truck at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Saturday:
Hangry's VB at O'Connor Brewing. Rip it. 
Smoked Biscuit at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Prime 757 at Maker's Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
Crop Circle Gourmet at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Sunday:
Hashi Cow at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
The Colley Cantina at O'Connor Brewing. Rip it. 
Smoked Biscuit at Maker's Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
Commune Pop-up at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

The Ripcurrent.

Miss concerts? Relive the action with this insane mosh pit video from the Norva.

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