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Posted on: December 30, 2019

January Events from Parks & Recreation

January Flash

Happy New Year! Take advantage of our many programs, special events and activities to get you on the path to a great 2020!

Aquatics

Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for February/March classes is open from Jan. 28-Feb.7. 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 staff will be available 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Wednesday, Feb. 5 to provide free swim evaluations. Classes/evaluations held at the James City County Recreation Center. Call 757-259-4185 for more information. Please Note: Work is continuing with our contractors to determine and correct the grounding issue at the Recreation Center indoor pool. We will update you again once a construction timeline is confirmed.

Arts & Special Interest

Kid’s Valentine Cupcake Decorating ∙ Ages 6-13
Friday, Jan. 31, 5-7 p.m., $20
James City County Recreation Center
Get introduced to basic cake decorating skills using buttercream icing. Decorate cupcakes in Valentine style–we’ll even use edible glitter and sprinkles. Please note any food allergies at time of registration. All cupcakes decorated are taken home. Note: Please tie back long hair and bring an apron. Fees includes all supplies. 202101-A

DIY Fashion Club-Intermediate/Advanced ∙ Ages 8-16 New!
Tuesdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 4:45-6:45 p.m., $100
James City County Recreation Center
For the future fashion designers who have some experience under their belt, this club is just for you! Build upon your fundamentals and create even more fashion accessories and clothes in this hands-on class series. Previous experience required. 201240-A

Kidz Clay ∙ Ages 10-15
Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 6, 4:15-5:15 p.m., $40
James City County Recreation Center
Make a mess, make some art, and make your mark...in clay! We’ll hand build and explore the potter’s wheel. A variety of topics will be presented, so students may repeat the class. No experience needed. $15 materials fee due to instructor during first class. Work will be available for pick up after firing. Dress for mess! 201060-A

Oil Painting ∙ Ages 16+
Tuesdays, Jan. 7 – March 24, 1-3 p.m., $125
James City County Recreation Center
Beginner and experienced painters welcome. Students will receive individual instruction based on skill level. Join us to create your own masterpiece while making new friends. Students provide own supplies. For the list, call 757-220-3755 or email annekushnick@gmail.com. 201020-A

Guide to Genealogy-Beginners ∙ Ages 16+ Free!
Tuesdays, Jan. 7 & 14, 5-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Have you ever wondered where your family came from? Or thought about an advertised DNA genealogy test? Anyone interested in learning about genealogy and DNA test results–this class is for you. Learn how to get started and the resources available. You don’t have to begin alone! Limited space. 201140-A

Pastels ∙ Ages 16+
Wednesdays, Jan. 8-March 25, 1-3 p.m., $125
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. 201030-A

Acrylic Painting ∙ Ages 16+
Thursdays, Jan. 9 - March 26, 1-3 p.m., $125
James City County Recreation Center
Join us to create your own masterpiece while making new friends. If you’ve never picked up a brush or have some skills in acrylics, this class is for you. Students provide own supplies. For the list, call 757-220-3755 or email annekushnick@gmail.com. 201470-A

Open Clay Studio ∙ Ages 16+
Fridays, Jan. 10 – March 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$10 (2-visit), 201180-A
$25 (5-visit), 201180-B
$40 (unlimited), 201180-C

Fridays, Jan. 10 – March 27, 6-8 p.m.
$10 (2-visit), 201180-D
$25 (5-visit), 201180-E
$40 (unlimited), 201180-F

Sundays, Jan. 12 – March 29, 2-4 p.m.
$10 (2-visit), 201180-G
$25 (5-visit), 201180-H
$40 (unlimited), 201180-I

James City County Recreation Center
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. Participant must sign-in in the craft room.

Before/After School Programs

REC Connect
Need before, after school or holiday break child care? The REC Connect program is open to youth ages 5-14, enrolled in grades K-8. One registration packet may be used for both the Before & After School 2019-2020 and Summer Camp 2020 programs. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis according to postmark date and space availability. Registration forms and program information is available online and at the James City County Recreation Centers, Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, Freedom Park Interpretive Center and Satellite Services Office in Toano. Weekly registration fees apply. For the complete list of fees and registration information, visit REC Connect or call the information hotline at 757-259-3170. Please allow up to 7 business days for processing. Discounts are available to any qualified resident based on total household gross income; please call 757-259-5414 for discount details.

Health & Wellness

Kids Storybook Yoga ∙ Ages 4-7
Wednesdays, 5:30-6 p.m.
$7/day
$25 (4 pack)
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. For information, call 757-259-4176.

Youth Yoga ∙ Ages 8-13
Wednesdays, 6-6:45 p.m.
$8/day
$30 (4 pack)
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. For information, call 757-259-4176.

Track Your Health/Know Your Numbers ∙ Ages 14+ Free!
Saturday, Jan. 18, 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 required.

Getting Back in the Swing-Golf Fitness & Flexibility ∙ Ages 14+ New!
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $10
James City County Recreation Center
This golf strength and flexibility class is designed for all golfers looking to improve their game. You’ll learn exercises to build your muscular strength and endurance where you need it while also working on mobility, flexibility and cardio to get you ready for the course! 301650-A

Intro to Yoga ∙ Ages 14+ New!
Thursdays, Jan. 30-Feb. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., $30
James City County Recreation Center
If you have always wanted to step into a group yoga class but haven’t for whatever reason, this four-week workshop is for you! We’ll break down the poses and you can ask as many questions as you need! 301610-A

Techniques of Meditation ∙ Ages 16+ Free!
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7-8 p.m.
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 aid 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. 301410-A

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation

Ooey, Gooey, Fun-Sensory Play ∙ All ages and abilities Free!
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Do you like to play with slime? Have you ever painted with spaghetti? Join us for fun evenings full of yucky, messy activities. Snacks and materials provided. Bring a messy shirt. Preregistration is appreciated. 903120-E

Family Health Fair ∙ All Ages Free!
Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Join The Arc of Greater Williamsburg at the James City County Recreation Center 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 email Pam McGregor at pam.mcgregor@thearcgw.org.

Yoga ∙ Ages 13+ with disabilities Free!
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 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 thearcgw.org.

Teensational Social: Bingo Night  ∙ Ages 13-21 with disabilities Free!
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Join us for Bingo, prizes and a night with friends. Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete event schedule, call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or email Caitie.Maloney@yahoo.com.

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” supports 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 757-229-3535.

Williamsburg Botanical Garden Program: Winter Pruning Clinic ∙ Ages 18+
Saturday, Jan. 18, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
An experienced team of local Master Gardeners will show you how to care for dormant trees and shrubs during the winter. Learn about the right tools for pruning, how to use and maintain them, along with the best time for pruning other plants. Seating is limited! Register to guarantee a spot. Program is free, but donations at the door help the garden continue its mission. Details and Register: www.bit.ly/growjan2020.

Special Events

Jr. NBA Skills Challenge ∙ Ages 6-13 Free!
Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-noon
Ages 11 & younger, 10-11 a.m. (born on or after Sept. 1, 2008), 502210-A
Ages 12-13, 11 a.m.-noon (born between Sept. 1, 2006 - Aug. 31, 2008), 502210-B
James City County Recreation Center
This nationwide program is a fun way to lace up the basketball shoes and test your skills against other local players! The competition consists of a one minute timed drill and shots from multiple, pre-determined locations around the court. The top three participants in each age group are eligible to move on to the regional tournament and from there to an all-expense paid trip to the skills challenge championships! Aging date for each participant is their age on Aug. 31, 2020, not their current age. Preregistration is highly recommended as spaces are limited.

Fitness Open House Lean in 2020 ∙ All ages Free!
Saturday, January 18, 9-11:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Now is the time! It’s a New Year for a new routine! Aquatic and land 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. Gait Analysis appointments will be held and fitness orientations conducted. No registration required. For information call 757-259-4176.

Family Health Fair ∙ All Ages Free!
Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Join The Arc of Greater Williamsburg at the James City County Recreation Center 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 email Pam McGregor at pam.mcgregor@thearcgw.org.

Sports/Athletics

Tot Shots ∙ Ages 3-5
Saturdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 9-10 a.m. (no class on Feb. 15) $30
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Time to lace up the basketball shoes for this introduction to basketball. Children will focus on individual skills and learn fundamental tactics and ball-handling skills. 501070-A

Multi Sport Minis ∙ Ages 3-5
Saturdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 22, noon-12:45 p.m. (no class on Feb. 15) $30
James City County Recreation Center
Bring your child and let them try our sports sampler! Children will be introduced to major sports including baseball, soccer, basketball and more. Each week introduces a new sport! 501050-A

Jump Shots ∙ Ages 6-8
Saturdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 10-10:45 a.m. (no class on Feb. 15) $30
James City County Recreation Center
Time to up the game! This course is designed to introduce players to team play and dynamics in addition to honing other fundamental, technical skills. 501080-A

Multi Sport Majors ∙ Ages 6-9
Saturdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 11-11:45 a.m. (no class on Feb. 15) $30
James City County Recreation Center
Bring your child and let them try out sports sampler! This new class presents an opportunity for older children to be introduced to major sports including baseball, soccer, basketball and more. Each week introduces a new sport! 501060-A

Quart’r Pint Soccer ∙ Ages 3-4
Saturdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 9-9:45 a.m.  (no class on Feb. 15) $30
James City County Recreation Center
Parents are encouraged to participate in Quart’r Pint where the focus is on honing motor skills and introducing basic elements of soccer. 501140-A

Half Pint Soccer ∙ Ages 4-5
Saturdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 10-10:45 a.m. (no class on Feb. 15) $30
James City County Recreation Center
Half Pint focuses on individual technical development. 501150-A

Full Pint Soccer ∙ Ages 6-8
Saturdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 22, 11-11:45 a.m. (no class on Feb. 15) $30
James City County Recreation Center
Full Pint is designed to hone individual technical skills and introduce dynamic team play. 501160-A

Teen Tournaments ∙ Boys and girls, Ages 12-19 Free!
Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for weekly competitive active game tournaments. These safe, free and fun nights challenge you to play in competitive tournaments against other in your age group. For information, call 757-887-5810.


Program locations:

For the complete list of Parks & Recreation programs and events and registration information for all activities, please visit our website or call 757-259-4200 (unless otherwise noted)

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