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Posted on: December 28, 2017

[ARCHIVED] January Events

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Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for February classes is open Jan. 29-Feb. 7. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at Aquatics. 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, Jan. 30 and Wednesday, Jan. 31 to provide free swim evaluations. Classes/evaluations held at the James City County Recreation Center. Info: 757-259-4185.

Arts & Special Interest

Elementary Homeschool Art Class (ages 5-10) New!

Fridays, Jan. 5 - Feb. 2 (no class Jan. 26), 9-10 a.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Budding Picassos will have fun exploring different art techniques used by artists of the past. Work on a different project each week all while learning about the artist. Explore artists’ works to create your own. No previous art experience needed! 201200-B

Kidz Clay (ages 9-15)

Mondays, Jan. 8 – Feb. 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Make a mess, make some art, and make your mark… in clay! We’ll work on the potter’s wheel as well as hand build sculptural and functional pieces. Finished work is dishwasher and microwave safe. No experience needed. Class may be repeated. $15 materials fee due to instructor at first class. Work will be available for pick up after firing. Dress for mess! 201060-A

Middle & High School Homeschool Art Class (ages 10-17) New!

Fridays, Jan. 5 – Feb. 2, (no class Jan. 26), 10-11 a.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Work on creative, fun projects while learning different artist techniques. Create 2D and 3D projects while focusing on using your own visual “style.” Explore artists’ works to create your own. No previous art experience needed! 201200-A

Oil Painting (ages 16+)

Two Sessions offered:
Tuesdays, Jan. 2 – March 20, 1-3 p.m., 201020-A
Wednesdays, Jan. 3 – March 21, 10 a.m. – noon, 201020-B
$130/session; $125 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Create 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

Pastels (ages 16+)

Wednesdays, Jan. 3 – March 21, 1-3 p.m.
$130; $125 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 201030-A

Beginning Oil Painting (ages 16+)

Thursdays, Jan. 4 – March 22, 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 will receive individual instruction to begin a lifetime hobby. Students must provide all supplies. For the list, please call 757-220-3755 or email 201010-A

Kid’s Winter Cupcake Decorating (ages 6-12) New!

Friday, Jan. 12, 5-7 p.m.
$20; $15 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Get introduced to basic cake decorating skills using buttercream icing. Decorate cupcakes in Winter Wonderland style – from snowflakes to snowmen and more – we’ll even use edible glitter and sprinkles. Please note any food allergies with registration. All cupcakes decorated are taken home. Note: Please tie back long hair and bring an apron. Fee includes all supplies. Instructor: The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc. 201101-A

STEM Club: Engineering & Robotics (ages 7-12)

Wednesdays, Jan. 10-31, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
$60; $55 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Learn, Build, Program… in this hands-on class series! Develop critical STEM and problem solving skills! You’ll build different K’Nex® bridges based on bridge designs from around the world; complete LEGO® Robotics projects building and programming robots for sound and motion. Instructor: Sylvan Learning. 201130-A

Before- and After-School Programs & 2018 Summer Camp

Registration begins Friday, Feb. 2, for James City County and Williamsburg residents only. Nonresidents may apply starting Friday, Feb. 9. Parents, please plan ahead! One registration packet may be used for both Summer Camp 2018 and the Before- and After-School 2018-19 programs. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis according to postmark date and space availability. Registration forms and program information will be available at REC Connect and at the Recreation Centers, Freedom Park Interpretive Center and Satellite Services Office in Toano starting Monday, Jan. 29.


Fit Mama – Stroller Fit (all ages)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
$13 day; $8 for JC/W residents, 301550-A
$65 (10 pack); $60 for JC/W residents, 301550-B
James City County Recreation Center
Want 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.

Gait Analysis (all ages) Free!

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 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. Info: 757-259-4176. 301668-A

R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense (ages 14+) Free!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 1, 6 & 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Feb. 3 & 10, 9-11 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
The R.A.D. system (Rape Aggression Defense) is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. This comprehensive, 12-hour course (6 days, 2 hours/day) for women begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance then progresses on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Classes are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors with the James City County Police Department. Info/Registration: 757-259-4200 to register. 302210-A

Meditation Workshop (ages 16+)

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 6:15-7:15 p.m., $5
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. Info: 757-259-4176. 301620-A

Kids' Storybook Yoga (ages 4-7)

Thursdays, 4:30-5 p.m.
$7 day; $5 for JC/W residents, 301502-C
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 301501-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. KiYo certified instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

Kids' Yoga (ages 8-12)

Thursdays, 5:15-6 p.m.
$7 day; $5 for JC/W residents, 301502-D
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 301501-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. KiYo certified instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

Yoga Etiquette & Safe Practice Workshop (ages 12+) Free!

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2-3:15 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
New to Yoga, but anxious about even entering the studio? Do you travel and like to try out different studios? Just confused about the “In’s & Out’s” of the Yoga world, have questions, but hesitant to ask? In this 75-minute workshop, we’ll cover Asana Yoga safety which will be useful when taking a new class, or when having a new/substitute instructor. Anatomical alignment and basic modifications for common poses will be discussed. All levels and experience encouraged, please come with questions and a notebook is suggested to log alignment modifications. Questions? Call 757-259-4176. 301613-A

Level 1 Yoga: 4-Week Workshop (ages 14+)

Thursdays, Jan. 11 – Feb. 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
This four-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. Questions? Call 757-259-4176. 301610-A

Group Fitness Classes

When the temperatures turn cooler, it’s time to move your fitness routine indoors!  From Ageless Yoga to Zumba, you’ll find a class just for you at the James City County Recreation Center. Check out our full group fitness schedule for a complete list of the more than 60 classes offered weekly. Info: 757-259-4176.

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation Services

Teensational Social: Bingo! (ages 13-21 with disabilities) Free!

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Join us for Bingo and a night out with friends. Explore, Engage, Excel…socialize with peers and practice social skills through fun recreational activities and field trips in the community. No need to register…just come. Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete event schedule, call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or

Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free!

Tuesday, Jan. 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 Arc events or to become a member call 757-229-3535 or visit

Family Health Fair, Free!

Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m. – noon
James City County Recreation Center
Join The Arc of Greater Williamsburg and learn about the health benefits our community has to offer to you and your family! Enjoy activities for all ages, healthy recipes and cooking demonstrations, giveaways, nutrition workshops and Zumba and Yoga demonstrations. If you’re interested in presenting as a vendor or would like more information, please contact Pam McGregor at

Day Support Program (ages 18+)

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.

Pruning: Winter Tree Care (ages 18+)

Saturday, Jan. 20, 10-11 a.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
This workshop will provide instruction on early winter tree care. James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners will demonstrate the proper use of pruning tools and discuss the basics of pruning trees and shrubs. A $5 donation to help the Williamsburg Botanical Garden grow is appreciated.


Quart’r Pint Soccer (ages 2-3 with parent)

Saturdays, Jan. 20-March 3 (no class Feb. 24), 8:30-9 a.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
This “parent-play” class engages toddlers and helps to develop balance, movement and soccer skills as well as helping parents provide a positive sports environment. Very active and fun! 501140-A

Half Pint & Full Pint Soccer

Half Pint Soccer (ages 4-5): Saturdays, Jan. 20-March 3 (no class Feb. 24), 9-9:45 a.m., 501150-A
Full Pint Soccer (ages 6-9): Saturdays, Jan. 20-March 3 (no class Feb. 24), 10-10:45 a.m., 501160-A
$45/session; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
GOAL! Technical skills such as dribbling, passing, positioning and more will be taught in this FUN introduction to soccer.

Sport Minis (ages 3-5)

Saturdays, Jan. 20-March 3 (no class Feb. 24), 11-11:45 a.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Looking for variety for your child? From shooting a basketball to kicking a soccer ball to throwing a baseball, come have fun in the most assorted class of all. 501050-A

Tot Shots (ages 3-5)

Saturdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 10, 9-9:45 a.m.
$35; $30 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Time to lace up your basketball shoes and meet us on the court to learn how to dribble, shoot, pass and play some b-ball! 501070-A

Jump Shots (ages 6-8) New!

Saturdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 10, 10-10:45 a.m.
$35; $30 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Time to take the skills from Tot Shots and get ready for team play! This introduction to basketball gets you oriented to the court, passing and dribbling and team play! 501080-A

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.

Special Events

AFCC Movie Night, Free! New!

Friday, Jan. 5, 6-8 p.m., Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for free movies the first Friday night of every month! Movie Nights are held in the Frink Center multipurpose room. Popcorn and drinks provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled feature: Despicable Me 3 (2017), rated PG; movie subject to change. 

Fitness Open House (all ages) Free!

Lean in 2018!
Saturday, Jan. 20, 9-11 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Now is the time! It’s a New Year, time to start new healthy habits! Land and aquatic instructors will be available to discuss their classes, formats and typical modifications with you in a personal setting. Participate in mini classes throughout the morning. Sentara nurses will be available to administer health screenings. Raffle prizes and more! No registration needed. Info: or call 757-259-4176.

Track Your Health/Know Your Numbers, Free!

Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Come in for a free health screening that includes a simple finger stick for a non-fasting cholesterol reading, blood pressure and body mass index. Work towards improving your numbers with your doctor’s advice, exercise and healthier eating. Testing and counseling “on-the-spot” by RN’s. No registration needed.

New Year, New You Top Tips for Healthy Eating in 2018 (all ages) Free!

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Register by Jan. 18. Are you tired of losing the same 10 pounds over and over? Do you need a new approach to weight control? Come hear some tips you can use to help you lose weight the healthy way. Presenter: Megan R. Cordova, RDN, CDE, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator with Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes and Nutrition Outpatient Center. Info: 757-259-4176. 301511-A

Neighborhood Winter Carnival, Free!

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2-5 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Warm up with some winter fun! Come join us for an indoor carnival and see if you can earn a prize playing carnival games, hit a lucky streak during BINGO, marvel at the shapes a balloon can take or watch as faces are transformed into pieces of art! Enjoy games with family and friends, smell the popcorn in the air, and dance to the DJ sounds!


Vision Party (ages 13-17)

Saturday, Jan. 20, noon-3 p.m.
$25; $20 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Clip, glue and stick all the things you see for your future. Join this fun collage creating party, design a personal vision board of things you want and goals you want to achieve. Supplies and snacks included. 611070-B

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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