Updated: Hurricane upends weekend events in Virginia Beach and Norfolk

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With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on Florida and prompting a widespread evacuation order Thursday, Hampton Roads felt the impact through disruptions to scheduled weekend events. (Photo Courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on Florida and prompting a widespread evacuation order Thursday, Hampton Roads felt the impact through disruptions to scheduled weekend events. (Photo Courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

On or off? That’s the question, thanks to Hurricane Matthew.

With the storm bearing down on central Florida Thursday, prompting an evacuation order for an estimated 1.5 million people, Virginia is poised to escape the brunt of the impact. But the hurricane still managed to disrupt weekend happenings across Hampton Roads.

Generally speaking, if the event’s inside and geared toward people who stay there – model-train enthusiasts, writers, lovers of American symphonic music – it’s likely ON.

Take, for example, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to composer Aaron Copland Friday evening, at Tidewater Community College’s Roper Performing Arts Center.

And the Indie Author Day event at Norfolk’s Slover Library, 235 E. Plume St., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And a showing of “The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies 3-D” at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum, 717 General Booth Blvd., on Saturday at 7:50 p.m.

And the Tidewater Division Model Railroaders 27th Annual Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St.

All inside and all going forward, at least for now.

But don’t plan on heading to the Treasures at the Farm community yard sale, held by the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Department. It’s been cancelled due to predicted rain and wind, according to the city’s website. There is no alternate date.

Don’t head to Norfolk’s Household Hazardous Waste and E-waste Collection Facility, 1176 Pine Ridge Rd. It’s closed Friday through Monday.

And don’t count on checking out the 54th Annual Ocean View Art Show at Norfolk’s Ocean View Beach Park either. It’s been postponed until Oct. 29-30.

To be sure, check social media before heading anywhere.

And there’s always Netflix.

This story has been updated.

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