Parks & Recreation

Posted on: August 2, 2017

August Events

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August Events


Aquatics 

Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations 
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for August classes has closed. Registration for September classes is open Aug. 30-Sept. 8. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. Having trouble deciding which swim level is appropriate for your child? Our certified Water Safety Instructor will be available 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and Wednesday, Aug. 30 to provide free swim evaluations. Info: 757-259-4185.

Before/After School/Summer Programs

REC Connect
Still need summer camp or before-and-after school programs for your child? Registration is underway! The REC Connect program is open to youth ages 5-14, enrolled in grades K-8. One registration packet may be used for both Summer Camp 2017 and the Before and After School 2017-18 programs. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis according to date received and space availability. Weekly registration fees apply. Forms can be returned by mail or dropped off at the James City County Recreation, Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, the Freedom Park Interpretive Center or the Satellite Services Office in Toano. Please allow up to seven business days for processing. Forms can be picked up at any of the drop off locations listed above or downloaded from jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. For the complete list of fees and registration information, visit jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call the Hotline at 757-259-3170. Discounts are available to any qualified resident based on total household gross income; please call 757-259-5414 for financial details.

Health/Wellness/Fitness

Kids Storybook Yoga (ages 4-7)
Thursdays, 4:30-5 p.m.
$7/day; $5 for JC/W residents, 308502-C
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 308501-C
James City County Recreation Center
This 30-minute class offers your child a fun way to bring together imagination, creativity and movement! While interacting with the book’s characters and plot, Storybook Yoga helps children contemplate meaningful messages such as gratitude, peace, self-love, respect and confidence. Certified KiYo instructor. Info: 757-259-4176. 

Kids Yoga (ages 8-12)
Thursdays, 5:15-6 p.m.
$7/day; $5 for JC/W residents, 308502-D
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 308501-D
James City County Recreation Center
Inspire your kids to learn while they move! This 45-minute class helps your child learn techniques for relaxation, health and self-love in this hurry-up world. Kids yoga increases strength and flexibility while helping them unwind, calm down, reduce stress and sleep better. Certified KiYo instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

Meditation Practice (ages 16+)
Thursday, Aug. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
$5/person
James City County Recreation Center 
Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or brand new, all are welcomed to this open community meditation practice. We’ll explore different styles of meditation techniques as well as tools that aide the meditative process. You’ll be guided in and out of each session. Meditation can improve your physical, emotional and mental health and well-being. For more information, call 757-259-4176. 308620-A

Essential Wellness Class (ages 16+) Free!
Saturday, Aug. 19, 2-3 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Learn natural tools to support health and wellness for you and your entire family! Many common issues will be explored such as immunity, pain relief, improved sleep, weight management, hormone balancing, cleansing, stress reduction and more. 307630-A

Spinal Injury Avoidance & Postural Improvement Workshop (ages 18+) Free!
Tuesdays - Aug. 15, Aug. 22 & Aug. 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Back pain? Want to prevent spinal injury? In this three-week workshop, we’ll focus on injury prevention and a 10-minute/day exercise program to improve balance, alignment and movement. 15 people max. Presenter: Dr. Daniel Carlson of The Spine Center of Williamsburg. To schedule, call 757-259-4200. 308670-A

Track Your Health/Know Your Numbers Free! 
Saturday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Come in for a free health screening that includes blood pressure, body mass index and non-fasting cholesterol check.  Then work towards improving your numbers with your doctor’s advice, exercise and better eating.  Testing and counseling ”on-the-spot” by RNs.  No registration required. Presented by Sentara Healthcare.

Gait Analysis (all ages) Free!
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center 
What could be more basic than walking and running? Local sports chiropractor Dr. Daniel Shaye of Performance Chiropractic will be performing FREE gait analysis. You may learn why your knee hurts, or your back, or your hip... you may even catch injuries BEFORE they happen! Please wear shorts and a tank type shirt for the best analysis. To schedule, call 757-259-4176. 

Inclusion/Therapeutic Recreation

Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free!
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Move through a series of postures to allow the body to become flexible and healthy in a state of deep relaxation. Offered in partnership with The Arc of Greater Williamsburg. For more information on Arc events or to become a member call 757-229-3535 or visit thearcgw.org. 

Day Support Program
Tuesdays-Fridays weekly, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
Offers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to receive educational, life skills and vocational training, as well as engage in social and recreational activities with their peers, instructors and the community. Info: call The Arc at 757-229-3535.

Outdoors

Campfire Social (all ages) New! Free!
Saturdays – Aug. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Come celebrate summer with a good old fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking beautiful Gordon Creek. Visit jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation under “Parks & Trails, Chickahominy Riverfront Park” for more information. 

Interpretive Paddle (ages 16+) Free!
Monday, Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m.
James City County Marina
Kayak historic Powhatan Creek beside Jamestown Island. View and learn about birds and wildlife native to our area. Kayaks provided, and trips are guided by James River Association. 16-person limit. To register visit jrava.org. For more information contact Jamie Brunkow at jbrunkow@jrava.org

Living Large in Small Places –Creative Ideas for Little Yards & Small Gardens (ages 18+)
Saturday, Aug. 19, 10-11:30 a.m. 
Freedom Park
The program will be presented by Peggy Krapf, an award winning VSLD Certified Landscape Designer who has been working in the Williamsburg area for 24 years. For more information, contact Peggy at HeartsEaseLandscape.com or facebook.com/HeartsEaseLandscape. A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.

Special Events

Butterfly Festival (all ages) Free!
Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 5-6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Freedom Park 
Interact with hundreds of butterflies at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden! Drop in anytime during the two-day event to visit the butterfly tent with live specimens and to participate in fun educational programs and crafts. Learn first-hand about the life cycles of these beautiful insects! The event is free; however, a $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated. Weather permitting. 

Family Splash Party, Free!
Saturday, Aug. 5 6-9 p.m. 
Upper County Park
We’re hosting a free, family fun night at the pool! Join us for games, prizes and fun. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Sports/Athletics

Teen Tournaments (boys and girls ages 12-19) Free!
Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for weekly Xbox game tournaments and competitive active game tournaments. These safe, free and fun nights challenge you to play in competitive tournaments against other gamers in your age group. Info: 757-887-5810.

Adult Co-ed Soccer (men 30+ and women 18+)
Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 25.
Sundays, Sept. 10- Dec.10 (no games 10/8, 11/12, 11/26), 4-11 p.m.
$750/team 
Warhill Sports Complex
Offering recreational soccer with a focus on fun. League play culminates in an end of season tournament to decide the champion. Register your team under the Captain’s name. Roster forms can be picked up at the James City County Recreation Center. Registration by team only; deadline is Aug. 25. Captain’s meeting is Aug. 30, 6 p.m. at James City County Recreation Center. 509700-A 

Teens

Reality Store (grades 6-12) Free!
Thursday, Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m.
Berkeley Middle School 
Learn the reality of the adult world. Do you know what it takes to buy a car, pay rent or cover your own expenses? Develop the skills and knowledge that will help you succeed in the future with this hands on simulation activity. Sponsored by 4-H/Extension. Registration required. 608070-A

Red Cross Babysitting Course (ages 12+)
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
$75; $70 for JC/W residents 
James City County Recreation Center 
Learn all the basics of babysitting – childcare, fire and home safety, and first aid – plus learn how to set up your business. Receive a babysitter’s textbook, babysitting certificate and first aid kit. Bring a bagged lunch. 608010-A

We’ve Got Camp…for the complete listing, visit us online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-5351. 

For the complete list of Parks & Recreation programs and events or registration information for all activities, please visit jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200 (unless otherwise noted). For outdoor events, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 if inclement weather is in the forecast. JC/W = James City County/Williamsburg resident.

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