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July Events Play is vital to our mental wellbeing, physical health and personal interactions - take a class and learn a new skill, meet your friends on our many playgrounds and at special events and visit our recreation centers to get fit and stay healthy. A variety of fun activities are planned for citizens and visitors of all ages and abilities. Some of our July offerings and adventures are listed below. For the complete list, see our Parks & Recreation Activity Brochure
AquaticsLearn to Swim, Free Swim EvaluationsThere are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for July/August classes is open June 28-July 7. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center, online or by calling 757-259-4185.U.S. Masters Adult Swim Program: Triathletes (ages 18+)Tuesdays/Thursdays, July 25-Aug. 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m.$80/session; $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? Don’t want to feel less important (not the fastest pool swimmers nor competitive swimmers but only swim freestyle or come to practice a couple of days a week? Then this class is for you! 107600-AU.S. Masters Adult Swim Program: Fitness Swimmers (ages 18+)Tuesdays/Thursdays, July 25-Aug. 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m.$80/session; $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. 107600-BArts/Special InterestsTeen/Adult Art Classes Oil Painting (ages 16+)Two sessions offered:Tuesdays, July 11-Aug. 29, 1-3 p.m., 206020-AWednesdays, July 12-Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-noon, 206020-B$105 session; $100 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterCreate your own masterpiece while making new friends. This class is for the student who has some experience painting in oils. Students provide own supplies. For the list, call 757-220-3755 or email email@example.com.Pastels (ages 16+)Wednesdays, July 12-Aug. 30, 1-3 p.m.$105; $100 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterLearn 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 206030-ASilverpoint (ages 16+) New!Thursdays, July 13-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-noon$130; $125 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterLearn the art of silverpoint drawing, one of several types of metal point used by scribes, craftsmen and artists since ancient times. Students provide own supplies. For the list, call 757-220-3755 or email email@example.com. 206070-ABeginning Oil Painting (ages 16+)Thursdays, July 13-Aug. 31, 1-3 p.m.$105; $100 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterIf you’ve never picked up a brush or you want to brush up on the basics, this is the class for you. Individual instruction. Students provide all supplies. For the list, please call 757-220-3755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 206010-ABefore/After School/Summer ProgramsREC ConnectNeed summer camp and before-and-after school programs for your child? Registration is underway! 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 picked up and then returned by mail or dropped off at the James City County Recreation, the 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 also be downloaded from the REC Connect homepage. For the complete list of fees and registration information, visit us online 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/FitnessBusy Bodies – Toddler Fitness Fun (ages 3-5)Monday/Wednesday, July 10 & July 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m.$15; $10 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterBurn toddler energy with fun, creative and ACTIVE preschool fitness games! Toddler bodies are born to move – 30 minutes of fitness games and 30 minutes of Storybook Yoga. Adult attendance required. Certified KiYo instructor. Info: 757-259-4176. 307510-AKids Storybook Yoga (ages 4-7)Thursdays, 4:30-5 p.m.$7/day; $5 for JC/W residents, 307502-C$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 307501-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.Busy Bodies – Kids on the Move (ages 6-8)Monday/Wednesday, July 10 & July 12, 11 a.m.-noon$15; $10 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterThe ultimate fitness outlet for young ones who like to shake, tumble and move! Class is 30 minutes of fun fitness exercises and 30 minutes of Kid Yoga. Certified KiYo instructor. Info: 757-259-4176. 307510-BBusy Bodies – Kids Fitness (ages 8-12)Tuesday/Thursday, July 11 & July 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.$15; $10 for JC/W residentsJames City County Recreation CenterWe’ll help you encourage the kids to get active, have fun and develop a love for fitness. Class is 30 minutes of fun fitness exercises and 30 minutes of Kid Yoga. Certified KiYo instructor. Info: 757-259-4176. 307510-CKids Yoga (ages 8-12)Thursdays, 5:15-6 p.m.$7/day; $5 for JC/W residents, 307502-D$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 307501-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.Health/Wellness Presentations, Workshops & TrainingsDiabetes Risk Assessment Screening & Blood Pressure Check, Free!Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m.-noonJames City County Recreation Center LobbyAre 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. Info: 757-259-4176.Inclusion/Therapeutic RecreationYoga (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free!Tuesday, July 25, 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.OutdoorsTake Your Kid Fishing (ages 5-12), Free!Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m.-noonLittle Creek Reservoir ParkWant to spend a fun day with your child fishing from the shores at Little Creek Reservoir Park? Let the Warhill Fishing Club teach you and your child the fundamentals of fishing. All equipment provided.Interpretive Paddle (ages 16+) Free!Monday, July 10, 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.Nature Musings & Missives (ages 18+) New! Free!Sunday, July 2, 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.Old & New Garden Favorites – If I Knew Then What I Know Now (ages 18+)Saturday, July 15, 10-11:30 a.m.Freedom ParkAssistant Director of Gardens and Grounds for The College of William and Mary (W & M), John McFarlane, will talk about his favorite plants and local garden treasures from the Williamsburg area and the W & M campus. He’ll share gardening insights from his 35+ years as a Virginia Horticulturist and his experience at W & M. During his 24 years working at the college, his department received numerous Arbor Day Beautification Awards. In 2010, he was honored with the Individual Arbor Day Award for his many contributions in enhancing the quality of the local environment. Info: email John at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited; please register by emailing email@example.com. A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.Forest Explorers Walk & Talk (all ages)Saturday, July 1Nature Program: Decomposers, 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.Campfire Social (all ages) New! Free!Saturdays – July 15, July 22 & July 29, 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. Visit jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation under “Parks & Trails, Chickahominy Riverfront Park” for more information.Caring for Animals (all ages)Saturday, July 22, 10-11 a.m.Williamsburg Botanical Garden, Freedom ParkDo you want to learn some helpful ways to care for dogs, cats and other animals? Be prepared to fall in love with some adorable adoptable animals. The Heritage Humane Society will help children learn about proper care, treatment, training and safety concerns with domestic animals. Space is limited; please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.Special EventsKaraoke in the Park (all ages), Free!Saturdays - July 1 & Sept. 2, 7-9 p.m.Chickahominy Riverfront ParkSing the night away while enjoying the park! All ages welcome; 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 for any changes in schedules.July 4th Celebration at the PoolsTuesday, July 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.Chickahominy Riverfront ParkUpper County ParkBeat the heat by visiting one of James City County’s two outdoor pools. Free icepops for everyone entering the pool (while supplies last). Pool rates apply. Info: Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway, 757-603-1114, Upper County Park, 180 Leisure Road in Toano, 757-566-1451 or jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation.Student Art Show & Exhibit, Free!…through 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.Park to Park Bicycle TourSaturday, July 15, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.Chickahominy Riverfront Park (CRP)Register now for this annual self-guided bicycle tour! Choose from a family ride (ride as little or as much as you’d like), 15 miles, 30 miles or the Half Century ride (50 miles)! The 50-mile ride includes visits to Veterans Park (formerly Mid County), Powhatan Creek Trail, Freedom Park (FP), Little Creek Reservoir Park and Upper County Park. Cool off after your ride in the CRP pool. Fee includes refreshments, pool admittance, maps, support vehicles to help out tired riders and lunch! Preregistration forms available at local bike shops, the Recreation Centers, Freedom Park, Satellite Services in Toano or online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. Offered in partnership with Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Activities Hotline at 259-3232 for any changes in schedules.Half Century 50-mile Ride, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 407800-A$20/person after June 30/onsite30-mile Ride, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 407800-B$15/person after June 30/onsiteFamily Ride or 15-mile Ride, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., 407800-C$10/person after June 30/onsiteInfo: 757-259-5353 or 757-259-4200.Family Splash Party, Free!Saturday, July 22, 6-9 p.m.Chickahominy Riverfront ParkJames City County Parks & Recreation is hosting two free family fun nights at the pools. Join us for games, prizes and fun. Children ages 12 & younger must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 757-603-1114. The second free night will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, 6-9 p.m. at Upper County Park. Info: 757-259-5360.Neighborhood Movie Night, Free!Saturday, July 29Movie starts at 8:30 p.m.Abram Frink Jr. Community CenterEnjoy a great movie under the stars! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and your favorite snack. Children 12 & younger must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled feature: Finding Dory (PG); movie subject to change.Sports/AthleticsTeen 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. Light snacks and drinks provided. Info: 757-887-5810.We’ve Got Camp…for the complete listing, visit us on the Parks & Recreation homepage Parks & Recreation homepage.
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.
Parks & Recreation departments directly contribute to reduced obesity rates, an improved ecosystem and increased property values. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park & Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation & Park Association, the month highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation departments, such as James City County, play in communities across the country. For more information on the NRPA, visit www.nrpa.org
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