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N E W S   R E L E A S E

 

April 1, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

 

Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Specialist
757-259-5415; veda.mcmullen@jamescitycountyva.gov    

 

James City County Parks and Recreation April programs, events and activities


Special Events


Black Settlement Presentation and Book Signing (all ages), Free
Saturday, April 13, 2-4 p.m.
Freedom Park
Come experience 18th century life more than 60 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. Join Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendent of those that lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park, for a presentation and book signing. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

James River Family FANATICS: Springin’ UP!
Friday, April 19, 6-9 p.m.
$3/person; 12 & younger Free
James River Community Center
Entertain the entire family during this night of fun, crafts, racquetball, board games, snacks and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Movies Under The Stars (all ages), Free
Friday, April 26, 8-10 p.m.
Freedom Park
Enjoy some of the biggest family movies of 2011 and 2012, all under the stars! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Movies subject to change. Feature: The Lorax. Weather Hotline: 757-259-3232. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Bark in the Park
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pledge walk $35
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
This fun filled dog festival and pledge walk offers homeless pets a new leash on life! Great prizes for participants at every level. Vendors, games and rescue groups featured as well as adoptable dogs from Heritage Humane Society. Proceeds benefit the Society. Download your pledge sheet and get more information at heritagehumanesociety.org under the Auxiliary tab or email info@heritagehumanesociety.org. Weather Hotline: 757-259-3232. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Karaoke in the Park (all ages), Free
Saturday, April 27, 7-9 p.m.
Freedom Park
Sing the night away while enjoying your County parks! Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Weather Hotline: 757-259-3232. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

REC Connect
Register by May 3 to guarantee placement in Summer Camp 2013, open to youth ages 5-14 (must have completed kindergarten). Camp will be held Monday-Friday, June 17 - August 23, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. at five elementary schools and Berkeley Middle School. Weekly full-time fees (4-5 days) are $90/week ($85 for JC/W residents) and part-time (3 days or less) is $70/week ($65 for JC/W residents). Field trips fees extra. There is a $10 discount available for second and subsequent children attending full time. Registrations accepted after the deadline on a space available basis. Registrations forms are available online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation and at the Centers and the Satellite Services Office in Toano or call the REC Connect Info Line at 757-259-3170. Discounts available to qualified residents based on household total gross income, call 757-259-5414.

 

Youth & Teens


Chocolate Workshop (ages 3-5), New
Two sessions offered: Fridays, April 12-May 10 at 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.
$60; $55 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Learn all about chocolate with simple chocolate making projects each week. Use marshmallows, Oreos, pretzels and other fun treats to make your creations and then we’ll combine games and trivia to learn more. Please note any food allergies at the time of registration. Parent/guardian MUST attend class each week. Fee includes all supplies.  Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Friday Fun-days (ages 3-5), New
Fridays, April 12-May 3, 9-11 a.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
Freedom Park
We’ll learn what our natural world has to offer through playing, singing and more. Each class will include an outdoor hike and a craft to take home. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Wednesdays on Your Wheel Youth Bike Series (ages 3-17), New  
Sign up for the Full Series—all four sessions—and save!
$25/four sessions; $20 for JC/W residents
Priced separately, $10/session; $5 for JC/W residents
Wednesday, April 10, 5:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
Freedom Park
Off road bicycle “racing” in a casual spirit, designed to bring smiles and confidence to youth! Get the kids outside for this fun and short dirt loop (less than one mile) course. Parents must be present. Medals/ribbons awarded. Helmets required. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Kidz Clay (ages 8-13)
Mondays, April 15-May 13, 4-5 p.m.
$55; $50 for County residents
James City County Recreation Center
We’ll hand build and try the potter’s wheel. A variety of topics will be presented, so students may repeat the class. No experience needed. $20 due to instructor at first class for materials. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Trailside Bike Maintenance Classes (ages 10+), New
Saturday, April 20,10-11:30 a.m.
$20; $15 for JC/W residents
Freedom Park
Join Red Barn Bicycles for bike maintenance 101! Learn to change a flat tire, clean and lube your drivetrain, fix a broken chain and make the minor adjustments. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Archery 101 (ages 14+)
Wednesdays, April 10-May 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
$50; $45 for JC/W residents
Freedom Park
In this course designed for beginning to intermediate ability, you’ll learn the safe use and handling of recurve bows and arrows. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 14+), New
Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$90; $85 for JC/W residents
Jamestown Beach Park
New technology has made Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) even easier! Black Dog Paddle has the ONLY Certified ACA SUP Instructors in Central Virginia, so you’re sure to receive the best possible instruction! Lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, balance and include a shorter tour. All essential gear provided. Check out the calendar page at blackdogpaddle.com for additional items to bring as well as your downloadable waiver! Maximum weight limit is 235 due to equipment stability. Maximum eight participants. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Teens


In the Spot Light (grades 6-12), Free, New
Wednesday, April 24, 4-5:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Looking for a job? Let us help you build the skills that employers need. Participate in mock interviews, learn how to create a resume and complete applications. Sponsored by 4-Extension. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

In Style & Professional (girls ages 14-18), New
Saturday, April 13, 1-3 p.m.
$20; $15 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Do you want to keep your style, but look professional for job and college interviews? Come learn from a professional cosmetologist how to style your hair, apply make-up and what to wear for a professional appearance. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Inclusion


Buddy Ball (ages 5+ with special needs)
Sundays, April 7-June 2, 2-3 p.m.
Registration fee: $20
Warhill Sports Complex
Buddy Baseball is provided in partnership with the Williamsburg Youth Baseball League. Players are assisted by one-on-one volunteer buddies, who make it possible to adapt play to individual player needs. Leagues determined by age groups. Info: 757-879-6222.

 

Teensational Socials (ages 13-21 with disabilities), Free


■ Colonial Williamsburg Photo Scavenger Hunt: Saturday, April 13, 3-5 p.m. Meet on Duke of Gloucester Street in front of Wythe Candy. We’ll form into teams and meet back at Baskin Robins for ice cream (please bring ice cream money!)Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete activities schedule visit capernaumthrutheroof.com, email thrutheroofva@gmail.com or contact Kristen Lied at 724-816-8242.
■ 50’s Dance: Friday, April 19, 6:30-8 p.m. James City County Recreation Center. Dress up like you’re from the 50’s and dance together! Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Yoga (18+ with disabilities)
Tuesday, April 30, 7-9 p.m.
$15; $10 for JC/W residents or Free with Arc membership!
James City County Recreation Center
Learn to calm your mind, balance your body and connect to your inner strength and creativity through deep relaxation techniques. Offered in collaboration 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 Thursdays (ages 18+ with disabilities), Free
Thursdays, April 11 & 25, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park
Enjoy a wide variety of nature-influenced programs held in the Garden at Freedom Park. Offered in partnership with the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Info: contact Angela Cingale at arcingale@cox.net or call 565-4712.

 

Outdoors/Family


Women’s Mountain Bike Ride (all ages and abilities), Free, New
Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.-noon
Freedom Park
Ladies, join the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association’s (EVMA) Dirt Divas on a woman’s-only mountain bike ride! Explore the trail system at Freedom Park, meet fellow female riders in the community and learn the ins-and-outs of mountain biking. The rides include novice (with some instruction) and intermediate/advanced group levels. Bike and helmet required. Water bottles and/or hydration packs encouraged. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Freeride Bike Clinic! (all ages), New
Women Only: Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Co-Ed: Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
$35/session; $30 for JC/W residents
Freedom Park
Join Team Ruckus to learn the basics or to enhance your freeride skills. Through a series of safe and fun progressions, this half-day clinic is designed to give riders the techniques and skills to take their riding to the next level. Bike and helmet required. Bikes with suspension highly recommended. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Park Safety: What to Do If… (all ages and families), Free
Saturday, April 13, 4 p.m.
Freedom Park
Have you ever been walking along a trail and see a snake? Would you know if it was venomous or not? Do you know what to do if you see a wounded animal? Do you know what poison ivy looks like? Get the answer to these questions and more during a hike with our park ranger at Freedom Park. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Camping with the Stars (all ages and families)
Friday, April 19, 6 p.m. - Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.
$25/person; $20 for JC/W resident
$55/family of three or more; $50 for JC/W residents
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Bring your tent, sleeping bag and telescope and spend the night with the stars! Join staff from Richmond Astronomers as you star gaze, identify constellations and planets and learn about the moon! “Continental” breakfast included.  Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Barrels & Bins, Free, New
Saturday, April 20, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park
Grow healthy and delicious fresh vegetables and herbs using sustainable and environmentally friendly projects. See demonstrations on building a rain barrel, making a composter using readily available materials and constructing a self-watering container. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Special Interest


Pysanka: Eastern European Folk Art (ages 13+)
Mondays, April 22-May 13, 6-8 p.m.
$55; $50 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Learn a century-old process used in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania and Germany that transforms emptied eggshells into colorful treasures that last a lifetime! Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Oil Painting (ages 16+)
Three sessions offered:
Tuesdays, April 2-June 25, 1-3 p.m.
Wednesdays, April 3-June 26, 10 a.m.-noon
Wednesdays, April 3-June 26, 6-8 p.m.
$130/session; $125 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Create your own masterpiece while making new friends! This class is for students who have experience painting in oils. Students provide all supplies. For a list, call 757-220-3755. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Basic Drawing & Pastels (ages 16+)
Two sessions offered:
Wednesdays, April 3-June 26, 1-3 p.m.
Thursdays, April 4-June 27, 10 a.m.-noon
$130/session; $125 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Learn the basics of drawing or brush up on those skills you haven’t used in years. You’ll learn the basics of drawing the human figure. Also, learn how to use pastels to create portraits and landscapes. Students provide all supplies. For a list, call 757-220-3755.  Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Beginning Oil Painting (ages 16+)
Thursdays, April 4-June 27, 1-3 p.m.
$130; $125 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
If you’ve never picked up a brush or you want to brush up on the basics, this is the class for you. Students provide all supplies. For a list, call 757-220-3755. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Pottery (ages 16+)
Four sessions offered:
Mondays, April 8-May 20: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6-8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, April 9-May 21: 9:30 a.m.-noon or 6-8:30 p.m.
$95; 90 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Learn to turn raw clay into finished forms. Both hand building and the potter’s wheel explored. Appropriate for students of any experience level. $20 due to instructor during first class for one bag of clay and glazes. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Open Studio Time (ages 16+)
Fridays, April 12-May 24, 6-8 p.m.
Sundays, April 14-May 26, 2-4 p.m.
Practice can make the difference in how you progress in pottery. Uninstructed, this open studio time allows students to continue to work on pieces begun in class. Must be enrolled in current adult pottery class to register. No access to the kiln. A variety of pass options from $15-$30 are available. Info:jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Dance


Bellydance FUNdamentals (ages 13+)
Mondays, April 8-29, 7-8 p.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
In each session we’ll learn a new set of FUNdamentals that work together to create this unique style of dance! No previous dance experience required. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Adult Low Impact Tap (ages 18+)
Mondays, April 8-29, 2-3 p.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
This class will combine both seated and standing tap dance exercises that allows anyone to enjoy dancing! Tap shoes are recommended, but not required. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Adult Beginning Ballet (ages 16+)
Thursdays, April 11-May 2, 2-3 p.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
Designed for beginners, but appropriate for anyone who wants to enjoy a relaxing exercise class. Ballet shoes recommended, but not required. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Adults


Beginner Spanish Classes (ages 16+), New
Tuesdays, April 2-May 21, 7-8 p.m.
$55; $50 for JC/W residents
Learn to speak, read and write Spanish in this eight-week class! Also a good refresher for those who’ve learned Spanish, but may have forgotten many of the aspects of speaking the language. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Nature in Watercolor (ages 18+)
Wednesday-Friday, April 3-5, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
$95; $90 for JC/W residents
Freedom Park
Learn how to paint nature realistically beginning with transparent tea washes, working up to adding the finest details. Working with a limited palette, you’ll also learn color mixing for nature. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Little Known Secrets of Paying for College (ages 18+)
Tuesday, April 23, 6-8:30 p.m.
$30/set of parents; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
We’ll teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement. Discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships and strategies for minimizing your tax exposure. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Sports


Tot Shots (ages 3-5)
Two sessions offered:
Wednesdays, April 10-May 1, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Saturdays, April 13-May 4, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
$30/session; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Come learn the basic skills of basketball through games, drills and relays. Designed to introduce the sport in a fun atmosphere.  Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Tumble Tots (ages 3-5)
Saturdays, April 13-May 4, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Learn basic tumbling, motion skills and group cooperation through music and play. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Sandlot Tots & Sluggers (ages 3-9)
Tots (ages 3-5): Tuesdays, April 9-30, 10-10:45 a.m.
Sluggers (ages 6-9): Tuesdays, April 9-30, 11-11:45 a.m.
$35/session; $30 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Hitting, fielding, base running and throws taught in a fun atmosphere. No equipment necessary but if you have a favorite glove, please bring it. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

K-Stokes Sports Academy (ages 9-18), New
Two sessions offered:
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, April 9-12, 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, April 23-26, 7-9 p.m.
$100/session; $95 for JC/W residents
James River Community Center
Interested in becoming a highly recruited athlete? Join our academy to learn essential skills and knowledge to excel in competition in boys and girls basketball, baseball, football and soccer. We train like the PRO’s, because we are the PRO’s! Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Racquetball (ages 10-14), New
Saturdays, April 13-May 4, 4-6 p.m.
$65; $60 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Racquetball is a fast-paced, fun and rewarding game played indoors. We’ll teach the novice-c player the rules and basics of the game including stance, swing, serving and setting up to score. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Private Racquetball Lessons (ages 14+), New
Tuesdays, April 9-30, 6-8 p.m.
$30/lesson
James River Community Center
We’ll teach the rules and basics of the game including stance, swing, serving and setting up to score. Lessons are conducted on Tuesdays during the periods listed. One Tuesday equals one lesson, and each lesson has a different registration number. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Single-track Maniac 50K Training Run (ages 18+), Free
Saturday, April 13, 8-11 a.m.
Freedom Park
Get ready for the 31-mile race on May 4! The single-track trails are technical and challenging with constant roots and elevation changes. Come practice on the race course, get tips on Ultras and training. Onsite registration available. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Health/Wellness/Fitness


Yoga for Runners Workshop (ages 14+), Free
Saturday, April 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
With increased flexibility and core strength, you can take your training to the next level and keep running comfortably as you age. No yoga experience needed. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Improve Your Running Mechanics (ages 14+)
Sunday, April 28, 2-3:30 p.m.
$10
James City County Recreation Center
Let’s focus on your running form and work to correct flaws that could be causing pain and injury. Improve your efficiency through practicing drills and skills with a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Nutrition Series
Register for all of our nutrition talks at one time and receive a discount -just $40 for all five  talks—April to August! James City County Recreation Center. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200. Priced separately, $10/session
Saturday, April 27: Vitamins, Minerals &Supplements: Oh My!,  2-3 p.m. Learn about the vitamins, minerals and supplements you take. We’ll address some of the most popular supplements benefits and their risks.
Saturday, May 25: How to Make Over Recipes: Heart Healthy Options, 2-3 p.m.
Saturday, June 29: Help! My Kid Is a Picky Eater!, 2-3 p.m.
Saturday, July 27: Nutrition 101: What Everyone Should Know, 2-3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24: Eating Healthy on a Budget, 2-3 p.m.

 

Zumba® (ages 14+)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.
$20; $15 for JC/W residents
James River Community Center
Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba® is a fun and effective cardio workout with sculpting exercises designed to tone the entire body from top to bottom. Latin music and a combination of fast and slow dance moves are used. This high/low impact class has something to offer all fitness levels. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4200.

 

Aquatics


American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course (ages 15+)
Training Course:
Monday-Thursday, April 1-4, noon-6 p.m.
$225; $200 for JC/W residents and includes swim test, book and materials
James City County Recreation Center & Eastern State Hospital
Includes First Aid and CPR certification. Must attend and pass a prerequisite swim test. Must attend every class to earn certification. Info: jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4175. 

Lifeguard Review (ages 15+)
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$55; $50 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Renew your Lifeguarding and CPR/AED for professional rescuers certifications by successfully completing the prerequisite, practical and first aid skills and written test. Please bring your current Lifeguard and CPR card for proof of certification. For the complete list of requirements, visit jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4175.

 

Lifeguard CPR-PR AED Review (ages 15+)
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
$25; $20 for JC/W residents
Renew your CPR/AED for professional rescuers certification by successfully completing the practical skills and written test. Please bring your current Lifeguard and CPR card for proof of certification. For the complete list of requirements, visit  jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call 757-259-4175.

 

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