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[ARCHIVED] Great Events Planned in March from Parks & Recreation

March Events

Aquatics

Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
Registration for April and May classes is open March 24 – April 3. 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, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1 to provide free swim evaluations. Classes/evaluations held at the James City County Recreation Center. Info: 757-259-4185.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification • Ages 15+
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., $60
James City County Recreation Center
Renew your Lifeguarding and CPR/AED for professional rescuers certifications. You must successfully complete the prerequisite skills, practical skills, first aid skills and written tests. Failure to complete all requirements does not guarantee a full refund. Cell phone use is not permitted in class and can be grounds for dismissal. Please bring current Lifeguard and CPR card for proof of certification. 103750-A

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course • Ages 15+
Friday, March 20, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Monday-Thursday, March 23-26, 4-9 p.m., $205
James City County Recreation Center
Includes First Aid and CPR certification. Must attend and pass a swim test (held first day of class): 300-yard continuous swim (100 yards of front crawl, 100 yards of breaststroke and 100 yards of choice of front crawl or breaststroke). Retrieve a 10-pound brick from a depth of 7-8 feet and return 20 yards, keeping both hands on the brick at all times; face must remain out of the water. Tread water for two minutes keeping arms out of the water. Must attend every class to earn certification. Failure to complete competency test does not guarantee a full refund. Must turn age 15 or older by the last class. 103710-A

Arts & Special Interest

Guide to Genealogy-Intermediate • Ages 16+ Free!
Thursdays, March 5 & 12, 5-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Do you want to improve your genealogy research skills? Whether a beginner or intermediate-level genealogist, you have room to advance your skills – making them more accurate and thorough so you can discover more about your ancestors. This is a hands-on class. Limited space. 203140-A

Oil Painting • Ages 16+
Tuesdays, March 31 – June 16, 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. 204020-A

Oil Painting • Ages 16+
Wednesdays, April 1 – June 16, 10 a.m. - noon, $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. 204020-B

Pastels • Ages 16+
Wednesdays, April 1 – June 17, 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 204030-A

Acrylic Painting • Ages 16+
Thursdays, April 2 – June 18, 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. 204470-A

Before/After School Programs

REC Connect
Need before, after school or spring break child care (see Spring Break camps below)? 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 are available online and at the Recreation Centers, 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 seven 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, 5-5:30 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. YoKID certified instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

Youth Yoga • Ages 8-13
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 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. YoKID certified instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

Youth Intro to Weights & Functional Training • Ages 12-15 Free!
Saturdays, March 14 & 21, 1-2 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Is your child ready to hit the weight room? Hold on! Let us teach them proper and safe techniques, etiquette of lifting and age appropriate lifts and functional training. Your child will learn to safely strength train, improve their balance and body control as well as proper form. We’ll perform functional lifts with body weight, focus on core strength and muscle toning for a total body workout. Class instructed by a certified personal trainer. 302530-A

Supercharge Your Chakras with Mindfulness & Yoga • Ages 14+ New!
Mondays, March 2-23, 6-7:30 p.m., $30
James City County Recreation Center
Could you use a little more balance in all areas of your life? Find out how to do just that in this fun and energizing workshop series! Chakras are energy centers in your body that affect you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Learn all about their properties, and explore postures, breathing practices and meditation techniques for each of the seven primary chakras. Students of all levels are welcome in this four-week series. 303661-A

Yoga for Better Sleep • Ages 14+ Free! New!
Thursday, March 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
We know that getting a good night’s sleep is important to our health – this workshop will introduce you to a Yoga Nidra practice where we’ll use yoga therapeutic principles to relax the nervous system – ready, set, relax, sleep! 303662-A

R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense • Ages 14+ Free!
Mondays & Wednesdays, March 9, 11, 16 & 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. & Saturday, March 21, 9:30-11:30 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 course (5 days) 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. Call 757-259-4200 to register. 303625-A

Diabetes Risk Assessment Screening & Blood Pressure Check • Ages 14+ Free!
Saturday, March 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Are 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.

Intro to Yin Yoga • Ages 14+ New!
Thursday, March 19, 7-8:30 p.m., $5
James City County Recreation Center
Curious what Yin Yoga is all about? This is the workshop to try the practice and get all your questions answered! Come with an open mind and leave with more flexibility! 303663-A

Techniques of Mediation • Ages 16+ Free!
Wednesday, March 11, 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. 303410-A

Inclusion/Therapeutic Recreation Services

Ooey, Gooey, Fun-Sensory Play • All ages and abilities Free!
Wednesday, March 25, 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-G

Sensory Friendly Movie Night • All ages and abilities Free!
Friday, March 27, 6-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Enjoy a feature film with family and friends in a safe and accommodating environment. The lights will be turned down low and special sensory seating areas will be provided. Popcorn and snacks provided. Preregistration is appreciated. 905120-C

TOPSoccer • Ages 4+ with disabilities
Saturdays, March 28-May 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (no class April 11)
Warhill Sports Complex
The Outreach Program for Soccer is a community-based for fun youth soccer program for athletes with disabilities provided by The Virginia Legacy Soccer Club and in partnership with The Arc of Greater Williamsburg and OneChild. Players are grouped based on size, ability level and age. Contact The Virginia Legacy Soccer Club at 757-253-8572 to register or email director Kendall Pressey at kendal@valegacysoccer.com.

Mad Hatter Tea Party • Ages 4+ with disabilities Free!
Saturday, March 14, 3-4:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
I’m late, I’m late…for a very important date! Dress up as your favorite Alice in wonderland character, or simply dress up and join us for an afternoon of snacks, games and tea. 904250-A

Days of Discovery Spring Break • Ages 5-22 with disabilities
(see Spring Break camps below for details)

Buddy Art • Ages 6+ with disabilities Free!
Saturdays, March 21 & 28, 3-4 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
A variety of art activities are offered based on the age, ability levels and interests. Children are assigned a volunteer buddy to work with them one-on-one. For more information, visit visitwcac.org/whate-we-do/community-activities/buddy-art/ or thiscenturyartgallery.org/BuddyArt or contact buddy.art.kids@gmail.com or 757-879-4328. Sponsored by Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center in partnership with volunteers from William & Mary and JCC Parks & Recreation. 209090-B

Teensational Social: Karaoke Dinner • Ages 13-21 with disabilities Free!
Saturday, March 21, 6-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Wow us with your incredible singing voice! Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete event schedule, call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or Caitie.Maloney@yahoo.com.

Yoga • Ages 13+ with disabilities Free!
Tuesday, March 31, 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.

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 began in 2016 to support 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.

Outdoor Programs & Activities

Forest Explorers Fridays: Decomposers • All ages Free!
Friday, March 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Freedom Park
How do trees that fall in the woods contribute to the life of the forest? Come find out about the fungus and insects that keep our forests healthy, plus enjoy a hike to see some decomposers for yourself.

Archery 101 • Ages 9-15
Saturdays, March 28-April 25, 1-2 p.m. (no class April 11), $45
Warhill Sports Complex
Designed for beginner to intermediate ability, learn the safe use and handling of a recurve bow in addition to proper range procedures. Equipment provided or bring your own (instructors will inspect for safety before approval for use during the session). Archery range is located behind baseball fields at Warhill Sports Complex. 804040-B

Stargazing with NASA Skywatchers Club • Ages 13+ Free! 
Saturday, March 28, 8-10:30 p.m.
Upper County Park
Come Stargaze with the NASA Skywatchers Astronomy Club! The Astronomy club will have an observing session to share their knowledge, experience and love of astronomy. Weather permitting.

Archery for Adults • Ages 16+
Saturdays, March 28-April 25, 2-3 p.m. (no class April 11), $45
Warhill Sports Complex
In this introduction to use, handling and shooting recurve bows, learn proper technique, tricks and focus on upper body strength. Equipment provided or bring your own (instructors will inspect for safety before approval for use during the session). Archery range is located behind baseball fields at Warhill Sports Complex. 804040-A

Compost is Garden Gold • Ages 18+
Saturday, March 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Recycle your kitchen scraps and fallen leaves into the best and cheapest soil amendment. Compost will make your garden thrive with less need for chemicals or fertilizer. Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Justin Diaz will explain the science behind making compost and help you get started with your own compost pile. Seating is limited! Register to guarantee a spot. Offered by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden; program is free, but donations at the door help the garden continue its mission. Details and Register: www.bit.ly/growmar2020.

Special Events

Fido Fest • All ages
Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Weather permitting)
Admission: $5/car (cash or check)
Jamestown Beach Event Park
Don’t miss the PAW-TY! Grab your leash and get to the park with your furry friend for a great time! Family and dog-friendly activities, games, contests, fabulous food ($) and more awaits you! Merchandise ($) and community vendors will also be present. Co-sponsored by the Heritage Humane Society.

Park Adventure Challenge • Ages 16+ New!
Saturday, March 7, 1-3 p.m., $20
Freedom Park
Join us for our first annual Park Adventure Challenge! Lace up your fastest shoes and bring your thinking caps for this play on the “Amazing Race.” Race against other teams to find clues, complete challenges, and overcome roadblocks which are hidden throughout the park. You may be tested physically and mentally throughout the challenge so be prepared! Top finishers will receive prizes. Register under your team captain’s name by Feb. 28. Maximum number of players per team is four – have more? Sign up two teams! 812724-A

Sports/Athletics

Spring Adult Dodgeball League • Ages 18+ New!
Thursdays, March 12-April 9, 6-8 p.m.
$150/team
James City County Recreation Center
Grab some friends, sweatbands and your best dodging, diving and ducking moves. Teams will play a best of five game set each night to determine a winner for that week of play. Game schedule based on the number of teams who commit to sarah.oreilly@jamescitycountyva.gov by March 1. Teams will play against opposing teams once in the regular season and then a playoff tournament will determine the overall league champion. 505090-A

Teens

Teen Tournaments • 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 others in your age group. Info: 757-887-5810.

ODU College Campus Tour • Ages 13-18 Free! New!
Friday, March 6, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Interested in applying for ODU? Come and explore the campus of Old Dominion University! There’ll be a presentation by a campus ambassador, followed by a 60-minute campus tour. Transportation will be provided and will depart from Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. Please meet in the Center lobby! Limited space, register now! 675240-A

Spring Break Camps! 

Elementary Programs • Ages 5 (must be enrolled in kindergarten) -10
Register by March 12, noon!
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., $35/day
Matoaka, Norge or Laurel Lane Elementary Schools
Exciting field trips, great games and outdoor activities! Come join the fun! Programs held at Matoaka, Norge and Laurel Lane elementary schools (register early, space is limited). Enjoy spring break fun with exciting trips and hands-on activities. Bring lunch daily. Activity calendars will be sent to parents prior to program start date.

• Flashback
Monday, April 6: Walk through history at Jamestown Settlement! Bring lunch.
Matoaka - 770405-A
Norge -770406-A
Laurel Lane - 770407-A

• Artsy Expressions
Tuesday, April 7: Paint your own masterpiece at Kidz Art! Bring lunch.
Matoaka - 770405-B
Norge - 770406-B
Laurel Lane - 770407-B

• Exploring Nature
Wednesday, April 8: Check out the animals at Maymont Park! Bring lunch.
Matoaka - 770405-C
Norge - 770406-C
Laurel Lane - 770407-C

• Hole in One
Thursday, April 9: Play a round of mini golf at Pirate’s Cove! Bring lunch.
Matoaka - 770405-D
Norge - 770406-D
Laurel Lane - 770407-D

• It’s Go Time
Friday, April 10: Get your jump on at Surge Adventure Park. Bring lunch.
Matoaka - 770405-E
Norge - 770406-E
Laurel Lane - 770407-E

Teens • Ages 10-14
Register by March 12, noon!
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., $35/day
James City County Recreation Center
Enjoy spring break with fun trips and activities. Each day will begin and end at JCCRC. Bring lunch daily. Register early, space is limited. Activity calendars will be sent to parents before program start date.

• Ice Skate into Spring!
Monday, April 6: Come and enjoy ice skating at the Hampton Roads Ice Plex in Yorktown. 604060-A

• Tag – You’re It!
Tuesday, April 7: Go on a fun-filled mission and complete a game of Laser Quest in Richmond. 604060-B

• Get Crafty!
Wednesday, April 8: Enjoy a trip to Kids n Art, where we’ll be creating masterpieces in Williamsburg.604060-C

• Discovering Williamsburg!
Thursday, April 9: Explore Williamsburg through a park trip and other Williamsburg attractions. . Lunch included. 604060-D

• Ending with a BANG!
Friday, April 9: Enjoy fun at the Recreation Center with food, swimming, crafts and much more! 604060-E

Days of Discovery Spring Break • Ages 5-22 with disabilities
Monday-Thursday, April 6-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$25/day/session
James City County Recreation Center
Experience FUN, arts and crafts, gym games and much more!
A typical participant has a mild to moderate disability; can independently or with verbal cues, feed, bathe and toilet; is able to function successfully within a 1:3 staff to camper ratio; is able to adjust to changes in routine/environment with relative ease; and has the ability to effectively communicate needs either verbally or with a communication device. For more information or to register, call 757-259-5354. Registration deadline: Thursday, April 2, 10 a.m. 

• Session 1: Play Time!
Monday, April 6: A visit to Soar365 Playground in Richmond. Bring lunch. 903460-A

• Session 2: Art Adventures
Tuesday, April 7: Take a trip to Kidz n Art in Williamsburg to create a masterpiece. Bring lunch. 903460-B

• Session 3: Hole in One!
Wednesday, April 8: Enjoy a round of mini golf at Lazer Rush in Newport News. Bring lunch. 903460-C

• Session 4: Sea Adventures
Thursday, April 9: Explore the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach. Bring lunch. 903460-D

Outdoor Experience with JRA • Ages 10-16 New!
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $220
James River Association Educational Center
Join the James River Association for a spring break week alternative! Come experience a week of outdoor adventure and education. Campers will canoe Powhatan creek, learn about and perform seine netting, perform water quality tests, bike the Virginia Capital Trail, and participate in fun environmental games tied back to learning about the James River and its watershed. Camp is held at the JRA Educational Center located at 1335 Colonial Parkway. 804210-A

One on One Basketball Spring Break Camp • Ages 6-14
Monday-Friday, April 6-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $250
James City County Recreation Center
A combination of positive, energetic and fundamentals-based coaching that maximizes the fun of real game action daily. Players will learn and refine skills and truly enjoy this total basketball experience appropriate for all skill levels. Learn fundamental skills that help players develop as athletes and teammates. Daily drills, games and competitions will keep the fun level high. Campers need to bring lunch and snacks daily. 504930-A

STEM Camp: Engineering & Robotics • Ages 7-12 New!
Monday-Thursday, April 6-9, 1-4 p.m., $160
James City County Recreation Center
Build different types of K’nex® bridges based on real bridge designs from around the world. Learn science, engineering and architectural concepts. There’ll also be fun, hands-on projects building and programming robots for sound and motion. Develop critical STEM and problem-solving skills. 204120-C

Spring Camp Chocolate • Ages 7-13
Monday-Thursday, April 6-9, 9 a.m.-noon, $115
James City County Recreation Center
Learn about chocolate-making and the history of chocolate along with games and lots of fun each day. We’ll focus on spring-themed treats including homemade Easter eggs, candy molds and more! Please note any food allergies at time of registration. Bring an apron and a small snack to class each day. Fee includes all supplies. 204120-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.

Program Locations:
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
Freedom Park/Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Road
Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road
James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
James River Association Educational Center,1335 Colonial Parkway
Laurel Lane Elementary School, 112 Laurel Lane
Matoaka Elementary School, 4001 Brick Bat Road
Norge Elementary School, 7311 Richmond Road
Upper County Park, 180 Leisure Road, Toano
Warhill Sports Complex, 4900 Stadium Road


Media Contact:
Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Coordinator
757-259-5415; veda.mcmullen@jamescitycountyva.gov

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