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Posted on: July 5, 2019

July Events

July Flash-06

Aquatics

Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for the July/August mini-session is open July 9-19. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online. 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, July 16, and Wednesday, July 17, to provide free swim evaluations. Classes/evaluations held at the James City County Recreation Center. Call 757-259-4185 for more information.

Art Classes

Oil Painting • Ages 16+
(2 sessions offered)
Tuesdays, July 9-Aug. 27, 1-3 p.m., 206020-A
Wednesdays, July 10-Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-noon, 206020-B
$105/session; $100 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Beginner and experienced painters welcome. Students receive individual instruction based on skill level. Create your own masterpiece while making new friends. Students provide own supplies. For the list, call 757-220-3755 or email annekushnick@gmail.com. Instructor: Anne Kushnick.

Pastels • Ages 16+
Wednesdays, July 10-Aug. 28, 1-3 p.m.
$105; $100 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Learn how to use this versatile and fun medium to create portraits and landscapes. Students provide own supplies. For the list, call 757-220-3755 or email annekushnick@gmail.com. Instructor: Anne Kushnick. 206030-A

Special Interest Classes

Strengthening Families Program • Ages 10-14 & their parents Free!
Wednesdays, July 10-Aug. 21, 5:30-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Join us for this seven-week program that focuses on enhancing positive relationships and communication within your family. Parents and youth (one child must be between 10-14 years old; older siblings may also participate) meet once a week, with sessions consisting of skill building, social bonding activities, games, projects and working together. This evidence-based program has been shown to help youth effectively resist peer pressure and develop a positive future orientation; parents learn and practice limit-setting and nurturing skills. Meals are provided each week as well as childcare for those under age 10, if needed. Please call or email Erin Ellis at 757-253-0111 or eellis@baconstreet.org, with any questions. Sign up online at baconstreet.org under “Programs and Registration.” Instructor: Bacon Street Youth & Family Services.

Guide to Genealogy - Intermediate • Ages 16+ Free!
Thursdays, July 18 & 25, 5-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Do you want to improve your genealogy research skills? Whether a beginner or intermediate-level genealogist, you have room to advance your skills–making them more accurate and thorough so you can discover more about your ancestors. Limited space. 207140-B

Health/Wellness

Diabetes Risk Assessment Screening & Blood Pressure Check • All ages Free!
Saturday, July 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Are you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Stop by to take the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Risk paper test and discuss your results with an RN. This assessment is based on individual risk factors. There is no blood test. Health and wellness information available. No registration required.

Yoga for Hip and Spinal Rejuvenation • All ages
Wednesdays, July 10-31, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
$35; $30 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
This is an alignment based practice for all levels of experience. We’ll take you through a four-week workshop to promote hip and spinal health by undoing the daily stressors on your spine and hips brought on by repetitive movement, tension, inactivity, injury or surgery. Come tone the spine, increase flexibility and improve posture! Participants must be able to get down to the floor and up at the end of class. Call 757-259-4176 for more information. Instructor: Julia Moffitt. 307663-A

Kids
Storybook Yoga 
• Ages 4-7
Thursdays, July 11-25, 5:30-6 p.m.
$10/day; $7 for JC/W residents
$30/5-pack; $25 for JC/W residents
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. Thursdays monthly. YoKID certified instructor. Call 757-259-4176 for more information.

Youth Yoga • Ages 8-13
Thursdays, July 11-25, 6-6:45 p.m.
$13/day; $10 for JC/W residents
$35 (5-pack); $30 for JC/W residents
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. Kid’s yoga increases strength and flexibility while helping them unwind, calm down, reduce stress and sleep better. Thursdays monthly. YoKID certified instructor. Call 757-259-4176 for more information.

Therapeutic Recreation

Yoga • Ages 13+ with disabilities Free!
Tuesday, July 30, 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 Yoga, any upcoming events or to become an Arc member, call 757-229-3535 or visit thearcgw.org.

Day Support Program • Ages 18+ with disabilities
Tuesdays-Fridays weekly, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
The “Arc of Abilities” began in 2016 to support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who do not have a Medicaid waiver. The Day Support Program provides continuing education, life skills and vocational training. In addition, clients are engaged in fitness, recreational and community service opportunities with peers, instructors and the community. Monthly tuition based on need. For information, call The Arc at 757-229-5353.

Outdoors

Movies Under the Stars: Ralph Breaks the Internet • All ages Free!
Friday, July 5, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Enjoy some of the great box office titles out under the sky! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. We’ll bring the stars. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Movies subject to change. Weather permitting.

Campfire Social • All ages Free!
Saturdays, July 13 & 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking beautiful Gordon Creek at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Weather permitting.

Forest Explorer Fridays: Butterflies • All ages Free!
Friday, July 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Freedom Park
The Butterfly Festival is in August! Come see the butterflies that live in the Botanical Garden in Freedom Park before the tents arrive next month. Join us on the third Friday of each month to explore the plants and animals of Freedom Park! Youth under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sports

Beginning Skate Clinic • Ages 6-15 Free!
Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Skate Park (adjacent to James City County Recreation Center)
Want to learn how to skateboard? A good starting place is here–come out and learn for free from a peer-lead skate clinic hosted by Triangle Skateboard Alliance. The clinic is designed for beginner skaters age 6-15. If needed, the TSA will provide a board, pads and a helmet for new skaters. 806080-B

Special Events

Student Art Show & Exhibit • All ages Free!
Monday-Sunday through July 19, during library hours
Williamsburg Library
Anne Kushnick’s oil painting and pastel students will display their talents in this annual exhibit. View many unique pieces with some available for purchase.

Park to Park Bicycle Tour • All ages
Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Preregistration Deadline: July 5
Four ride options!
Family/15-Mile Ride: $5/person by July 5; $10/person after July 5/onsite, 807221-A
30-Mile Ride: $10/person by July 5; $15/person after July 5/onsite, 807221-B
Half Century Ride: $15/person by July 5; $20/person after July 5/onsite, 807221-C
James City County Marina
Register for this annual self-guided bicycle tour! Choose from four ride options - Family, 15 miles, 30 miles or the Half Century Ride (50 miles)! All routes include visits to County parks where rest stops will allow you to cool down and power up. Fee includes refreshments, pool admittance to Chickahominy Riverfront Park Pool, maps, support vehicles to help out tired riders and, most importantly, lunch! All routes begin at the Virginia Capital Trail trailhead located near Jamestown Settlement. Then join us down at the James City County Marina near Billsburg Brewery for lunch, music and a game of cornhole after the ride! Preregistration forms available at local bike shops, the James City County Recreation Center, Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, Freedom Park Interpretive Center, Satellite Services in Toano or online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. Preregistration also allows you to receive digital gpx files that can be imported to your GPS devices. Weather permitting; call the activity hotline for event updates at 757-259-3232.

Family Splash Party at the Pools • All ages Free!
Saturday, July 20, 6-9 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park Pool
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. Weather permitting.

Jamestown Jams Tournaments • Ages 10+
Friday, July 26, 6-8 p.m.
Cornhole Tournament
$10/team
Jamestown Beach Event Park
Join us during select Jamestown Jams Concert Series to participate in tournaments put on by James City County and Williamsburg PickUp Games! Listen to live music, win prizes and enjoy food trucks and drinks (available for purchase), all while participating in friendly competition with family and friends. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Weather permitting. 806100-B

Gaming

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. Call 757-887-5810 for more information.


For the complete list of Parks & Recreation programs and events or registration information for all activities, please visit our website 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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