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Parks & Recreation welcomes you to a great month of fun and special events!AquaticsLearn to Swim, Free Swim EvaluationsThere are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for June classes is open May 31-June 9. 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, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 and again on Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21 to provide free swim evaluations. Info: 757-259-4185.U.S. Masters Adult Swim Program: Triathletes (ages 18+)Tuesdays/Thursdays, June 13-July 11 (no class July 4), 9:30-10:30 a.m.$80; $75 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterEmail USMS.org to join program before enrolling. Must show current card to register. Crave technique help to improve the swimming portion of a triathlon…then this class is for you! 106600-A. Info: 757-259-4185.U.S. Masters Adult Swim Program: Fitness Swimmers (ages 18+)Tuesdays/Thursdays, June 13-July 11 (no July 4), 1:30-2:30 p.m.$80; $75 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterFitness swimmers want a coach who will help them meet their fitness objectives. Swimmers may not understand the typical swimming language (such as repeat 100s, go on the next top, etc.) and can easily feel intimidated. Are you interested in competing and would do so with encouragement, then sign up for this course! 106600-B. Info: 757-259-4185.Before & After School/Summer ProgramsREC ConnectNeed summer camp and before & after school programs for your child? Registration is underway! Parents, please plan ahead. The 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.Classes, Special InterestPottery (ages 16+)Four sessions:Mondays, June 5-Aug. 14 (no class July 3), 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 206040-AMondays, June 5-Aug. 14 (no class July 3), 6-8:30 p.m., 206040-BTuesdays, June 6-Aug. 15 (no class July 4), 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 206040-CTuesdays, June 6-Aug. 15 (no class July 4), 6-8:30 p.m., 206040-D$125/session; $120 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterTurn raw clay into finished forms. Both hand building and the potter’s wheel explored. Appropriate for students of any experience level, although previous experience is helpful during shorter spring session. $20 due to instructor during first class for one bag of clay and glazes. Additional clay is $20/bag.Therapeutic Drum Circle (all ages and abilities); ages 5 and younger Free!Saturday, June 10, 3-4 p.m.$10; $5 for JC/W residentsFreedom ParkSing, Dance and Drum! Play a musical instrument while interacting with others and enhancing creativity and self-esteem. Fun for all ages. Families are invited to bring their children as drumming can also improve fine and gross motor skills, and is a great way to connect and enjoy time together. Senior citizens also benefit from the joy of the circle. Info: 757-259-5354. 904200-DHealth/WellnessFit Mama – Stroller Fit (all ages)Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.$13/day; $8 for JC/W residents, 306550-C$65 (10 pack); $60 for JC/W residents, 306550-DJames City County Recreation CenterWant to get out of the house, do something fun, active and healthy for yourself and your child AND meet a group of amazing moms in your own town! Get a great 60 minutes of exercise using your own body weight, bands and balls as well as our outdoor walking trail! Class ends at the My Place Playground for your tots to play. Pre and postnatal workout for all levels. Jogging stroller not necessary. Bring water and a yoga mat or towel. Info: 757-259-4176.Kids Storybook Yoga (ages 4-7)Thursdays, 4:30-5 p.m.$7/day; $5 for JC/W residents, 306502-C$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 306501-CJames City County Recreation CenterThis 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, 306502-D$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 306501-DJames City County Recreation CenterInspire 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, June 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.$5/personJames City County Recreation CenterWhether 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. Info: 757-259-4176. 306620-ALevel 1 Yoga: 6-Week Workshop (ages 16+)Thursdays, June 8-July 13, 6-7 p.m.$30; $25 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterThis six-week workshop is designed to establish a sustainable practice and is suitable for those who have never practiced before or had a daily home practice. We’ll methodically work through poses to strengthen the body, improve balance, flexibility and confidence, moving on as the class is ready. We’ll learn and progress together. All levels of practitioners are welcome. There is no such thing as beginner yoga, only yoga basics. Info: 757-259-4176. 306610-AGait Analysis (all ages) Free!Tuesday, June 13, 3:30-6:30 p.m.James City County Recreation CenterWhat 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 register: 757-259-4176.InclusionSpring Fling Dance (ages 13+)Saturday, June 3, 7-9 p.m.James City County Recreation CenterDance your way to the latest moves! Join your friends for light refreshments as the DJ rocks the top hits! 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.Therapeutic Drum Circle (all ages and abilities, ages 5 and younger Free!)Saturday, June 10, 3-4 p.m.$10; $5 for JC/W residentsFreedom ParkSing, Dance and Drum! Play a musical instrument while interacting with others and enhancing creativity and self-esteem. Fun for all ages. Families are invited to bring their children as drumming can also improve fine and gross motor skills, and is a great way to connect and enjoy time together. Senior citizens also benefit from the joy of the circle. Info: 757-259-5354. 904200-DYoga (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free!Tuesday, June 27, 7-9 p.m.James City County Recreation CenterMove 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 ProgramTuesdays-Fridays weekly, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas TrailOffers 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.OutdoorsForest Explorers Walk & Talk (all ages)Saturday, June 3Nature Program: Reptiles, 9-10 a.m.Guided Walk: 10 a.m. – noonFreedom ParkJoin us on the first Saturday of every month this fall for a nature program and guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive trail! One of our expert nature guides will present a nature program on a different topic each month, then lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else we may encounter! The nature program will take place at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. The walks will begin at the Freedom Park playground, with a new walk starting every 30 minutes. Weather permitting.Rafting the James with Riverside Outfitter (teens/families)Meet at the James City County Recreation CenterPack your lunch and a towel, we’re headed to Richmond to join up with Riverside Outfitters for an afternoon of Whitewater Rafting along the James River.Families – Class I and IISaturday, June 3, 11:45 a.m.-5 p.m.$65; $60 for JC/W residents, 806120-ATeens (ages 14-18) – Class II and IIISaturday, June 24, 12:30-6 p.m.$65; $60 for JC/W residents, 806120-BCampfire Social (all ages) New! Free!Saturdays – June 3, June 10, June 17 & June 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m.Chickahominy Riverfront ParkCome 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.BASE Camping (all ages/families)June 3-4, Saturday noon - Sunday noon$15; $10 for JC/W residentsChickahominy Riverfront ParkPitch your tent or borrow one of ours and spend the night camping! The instructional program will be held on Saturday, noon-6 p.m. We’ll help you set up your tent, build a campfire, learn to cook in a Dutch oven and take a nature hike around the park. After a day of fun, enjoy the great outdoors sleeping under the stars. 806050-AThe Hidden Lives of Backyard Birds (ages 6+)Saturday, June 10, 10-11 a.m.Freedom ParkWant to know what a day in the life of your favorite songbird is really like? What trick does the Blue jay use to get the most seeds from the birdfeeder? Why does the American Robin take more baths than other birds? Come and find out many more amazing facts about our backyard birds, then have some fun making a bird craft to take home. Presented by JCCW Master Gardeners Jordan Westenhaver and Karen Brooks. Program will meet in the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.Junior Learn to Row (ages 12-17), Free!
Chickahominy Riverfront ParkLearn the basics of rowing and then get out on the water for a row in a sleek racing shell along Gordon Creek. Instruction provided by the Williamsburg Boat Club and William and Mary Boat Club. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register, see the contacts below:Mike.Cowden@Ferguson.comSaturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-noonSunday, June 4, 10 firstname.lastname@example.orgSaturday, June 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Sunday, June 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Nature Musings & Missives (ages 18+) New! Free!Sunday, June 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.Freedom ParkDo you enjoy the natural world, and express those feelings through written word or art? Visit the Freedom Park Interpretive Center on the first Sunday of every month to share your nature poetry, prose, artwork, photography or anything else that inspires you! Come to share, or just to listen! Light refreshments provided.Interpretive Paddle, Free!Monday, June 5, 6-8 p.m.James City County MarinaKayak 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 email@example.com.How & Why of Rain Gardens (ages 18+)Saturday, June 17, 10-11:30 a.m.Freedom ParkMaster Gardener Carol Fryer has designed rain gardens for James City County homeowners and developments. With PowerPoint slides and demonstrations, she’ll provide information about their construction in home gardens and suggest suitable plants and locations in typical environments. For information, email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.Fairy Gardens (youth of all ages) New!Saturday, June 24, 10-11 a.m.$15; $10 for JC/W residentsFreedom Park Interpretive CenterCreate a whimsical Fairy Garden! Participants will build and take home their own garden with miniatures and natural elements for fairies to live and play! Participants must be accompanied by an adult. 806750-ASpecial EventsNeighborhood Block Party, Free!Friday, June 2, 5:30-8 p.m.Abram Frink Jr. Community CenterJoin us for a community night of fun and food plus inflatables, arts and crafts, fitness demonstrations, a D.J.and dance music, big trucks, prizes and more! In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 for any changes in schedules.Tails on the Trail, Free!Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.-noonFreedom ParkAre you up for a trail adventure with your dog? Join us and the Heritage Humane Society for this self-guided adventure which starts off at one of the eight trails open for your exploration throughout the summer. June 3 is National Trails Day – get active with your pet! For information, visit heritagehumanesociety.org. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 259-3232 for any changes in schedules.Skate Jam (all ages/experience levels welcome!)Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. skateboardersSunday, June 11, 10 a.m. BMXersSkate Park (adjacent to the James City County Recreation Center)$10/participant/daySkateboards, bikes, food, live local music and of course, prizes make this skateboarding and BMX competition one not to miss! Participants will be divided into experience categories and judged on style, flow and difficulty of the run. Registration and warm-ups begin at 10 a.m. each day. Skateboard: Sat 6/10, 506090-A; BMX: Sun 6/11, 506090-B. Spectators are free and welcomed. Preregistration is recommended, but not required. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 259-3232 for any changes in schedules.National Go Fishing Days, Free!Sunday, June 18, sunrise to sunsetLittle Creek Reservoir Park, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, James City County Marina, Brickyard Landing, Jamestown Beach Event Park, Powhatan Creek Park and Diascund Reservoir ParkTake time to celebrate Father’s Day with Dad or your family to bait a hook, cast a line and catch a fish or two in the County’s waterfront parks!Student Art Show & Exhibit, Free!June 23 - July 14Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland StreetAnne Kushnick’s oil painting and pastel students will display their talents in this annual exhibit. View many unique pieces with some available for purchase. Exhibit available during library operating hours.Freedom Stories (all ages), Free!Saturday, June 24, noon-3 p.m.Freedom ParkJoin Williamsburg native Dylan Pritchett, best known as ‘The Storyteller’ along with Baba Jamal Koram as they share with you Freedom Stories at Freedom Park! The Free Black Settlement area is the backdrop for this special event. Also featured are unique crafts for kids, music and food available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 for any changes in schedules.Spencer’s Ordinary Ceremony (all ages) Free!Monday, June 26, 10 a.m.Freedom ParkThe Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will conduct a memorial service on June 26 in honor of the valiant Americans who gave their lives in the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary on that date in 1781. A series of skirmishes occurred in the woods and meadows of Freedom Park between units of Lord Cornwallis and those of the French general, Marquis de Lafayette. Weather permitting. Immediately following the Spencer’s Ordinary wreath ceremony, discover the realities of Revolutionary War combat! Historian Chris Bonin, MA, a Revolutionary War expert, will examine the action at Spencer’s Ordinary through detailed drawings and first-hand accounts of the men who fought on both sides of the battle.Movies Under the Stars (all ages), Free!Friday, June 30, 8:30 p.m.Chickahominy Riverfront ParkEnjoy 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. Scheduled Feature: Storks (PG); movies subject to change. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 for any changes in schedules. Also scheduled: Sept. 1- Annie (2014) (PG).SportsTeen Tournaments (boys and girls ages 12-19) Free!Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.Abram Frink Jr. Community CenterCome 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.TeensRed Cross Babysitting Course (ages 12+)Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.$75; $70 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterLearn 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. 606010-AFor 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.