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Posted on: June 1, 2018

June Events

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Aquatics


Learn to Swim
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for June classes is open until June 8. Registration for July classes opens June 26-July 6. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at Aquatics. Classes are held at the James City County Recreation Center. Info: 757-259-4185.

Art & Special Interests


Intro: Discover Your Ancestors (ages 18+) Free!
Thursdays, June 21 & 28, 5-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Explore your family history in this intro genealogy class. Come and discover where your roots began! Learn about a variety of resources that can be used as well as how to input your information into a genealogical website, navigate your personal family tree and much more. Leave the gift of a family tree for your descendants! Limited space. 206140-A

Before/After School, Camps


REC Connect
Summer is almost here! Need camp or want to sign up for the fall Before/After School programs? The REC Connect program is open to youth ages 5-14, enrolled in grades K-8. One registration packet may be used for both Summer Camp 2018 and the Before & 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 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 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 financial details.

Health/Wellness


Fit Mama – Stroller Fit (all ages)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
$13/day; $8 for JC/W residents, 306550-C
$35 (5 pack); $30 for JC/W residents, 306550-D
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 post-natal workout for all levels. Jogging stroller not necessary. Jogging stroller not necessary. Bring water and a yoga mat or towel. Info: 757-259-4176.

Gait Analysis (all ages) Free!
Tuesday, June 12, 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 to schedule.

Level 1 Yoga: 4-Week Workshop (ages 14+)
Thursdays, June 7-28, 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. Info: 757-259-4176. 306610-A

Group Fitness Classes (ages 14+)
Get in shape for summer! 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.

Meditation Workshop (ages 16+)
Wednesday, June 6, 6:30-7:30 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. 306620-A

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation 


Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities)
Tuesday, June 19, 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.

Spring Fling Dance (ages 18+ with disabilities)
Saturday, June 2, 7-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Dance your way to the latest moves, with great friends and light refreshments as the DJ rocks the top hits! 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


Campfire Socials (all ages) Free!
Two socials in June!
Saturday, June 9 & 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Come celebrate summer with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking the beautiful Gordon Creek.

Camping Under the Stars (all ages/families)
Saturday, June 23, 1-3 p.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Pitch your tent (or borrow one of ours) and spend the night at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Learn to set up your tent, build a campfire, and cook in a Dutch oven…then the rest of the day is yours to explore the park! Rent a kayak, take a dip in the pool or check out our new splash pad! Gather around the campfire that evening for s’mores at our campfire social. One registration per family, limit six people per campsite. Campsite fees and pool pass included in registration. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the stay. 806600-A

Art in the Garden (ages 6+)
Saturday, June 9, 10-11 a.m.
Freedom Park (meet in the Botanical Garden)
Calling all children interested in botanical art! Sally Henderson, an art teacher at Matoaka Elementary School, will have a special art project for you at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. All materials will be provided, just bring your creativity! Registration is limited to 12 participants; register at wbgkids@gmail.com. Program will meet in the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.

Learn to Row (ages 12+) Free!
Two sessions offered:
Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m.-noon
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Learn the basics of rowing and then get out on the water for a row in a sleek racing shell along Gordon Creek. Instruction provided by the Williamsburg Boat Club. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register, contact mike.cowden@comcast.net.

Rafting the James with Riverside Outfitters (ages 14-18)
Friday, June 15, 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
$80; $75 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Pack your lunch and a towel, we’re headed to Richmond to join up with Riverside Outfitters for an afternoon of whitewater rafting along the James River. Registration by June 1, spaces are limited! 806120-B

Interpretive Paddle (ages 16+) Free!
Monday, June 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
James City County Marina
Kayak historic Powhatan Creek beside Jamestown Island. View and learn about birds and wildlife native to our area. Kayaks provided free, and trips are guided by James River Association. 16-person limit; must be 16 or older. To register, visit jrava.org. and click on “Interpretive Paddle Series” under “What’s Happening.”

The Art of Gardening with Rocks and Plants (ages 18+)
Saturday, June 16, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park (meet in the Botanical Garden)
Joseph Tychonievich, the author of “Rock Gardening: Re-imagining a Classic Style,” will inspire you to develop this type of garden in your own yard and appreciate it in other yards. Tychonievich is known as one of the top young horticulturists in the United States. Following the program, Master Gardeners will be available in the Williamsburg Botanical Garden to discuss what’s in bloom. For more information, e mail gsparrowgardens@gmail.com. A $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated.

Wildlife Mapping (ages 18+) Free!
Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m.-noon
Freedom Park
Team up with the Virginia Master Naturalists to learn about and catalog wildlife in our local parks! Enjoy a day of learning about data collection and animal identification to help better understand the distribution of wildlife in the area. Bring a camera and discover birds, frogs, butterflies and mammals! 806210-A

Special Events


Neighborhood Block Party (all ages) Free!
Friday, June 1, 5:30-8 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
James City County Parks & Recreation is offering a FREE community night of fun and food plus inflatables, arts and crafts, fitness demonstrations, a D.J. and dance music, big trucks, prizes and more!

National Trails Day Events
Saturday, June 2: 

  • Trek the Trail (all ages) Free! 9-11 a.m. at Freedom Park. Did you know that the first Saturday in June is National Trails Day? Get out, Get ACTIVE and Discover Freedom Park!  Join us for this self-guided family walk and bring along your furry friend to participate in “Tails on the Trail.” Weather permitting.
  • Tails on the Trail(all ages)  Free! 9-11 a.m. at Freedom Park. Are you up for a trail adventure with your dog? Join us and the Heritage Humane Society for this self-guided adventure which starts off at one of the eight trails open for your exploration throughout the summer. Pets and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit heritagehumanesociety.org. Don’t have a furry friend? Come out for “Trek the Trail." Weather permitting.
  • Women’s Mountain Bike Ride (ages 18+) Free! 10 a.m.-noon at Freedom Park (meet at the Interpretive Center). Ladies, join the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association’s Dirt Divas on a women’s-only mountain bike ride! Come learn the trail system at Freedom Park, meet fellow female riders in the community and learn the ins-and-outs of mountain biking. The ride will be at a moderate pace and will take about two hours. Bike and helmet required. Water bottles and/or hydration packs encouraged. Future ride dates and times will be posted at EVMA.org; please email president@evma.org for more information. Weather permitting.
  • Beginner’s Mountain Bike Ride (ages 18+) Free! 10 a.m.-noon at Freedom Park (meet at the Interpretive Center). Are you new to mountain biking and looking to ride with a group?  Join one of the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association’s group rides.  EVMA volunteers will offer basic mountain bike instruction and answer your questions. Volunteers will then lead a moderate pace ride, with stops for regrouping. The rides last about 60 minutes. Bike and helmet are required. Appropriate attire and water are recommended. Future ride information will be posted at EVMA.org; please email president@evma.org for more information. Weather permitting.
  • Forest Explorers Walk & Talk (all ages) Free! Join us 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 bats (9-10 a.m.), 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 (10 a.m.-noon) will begin at the Freedom Park playground, with a new walk starting every 30 minutes. Weather permitting.


Movie Nights (all ages) Free!
Friday, June 8, 6-8 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Bring a blanket/pillow and join James City County Parks & Recreation for FREE family friendly movie nights held inside the multipurpose room. Popcorn and drinks provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Stop by the front desk for a schedule of movies offered the first Friday of every month. Scheduled feature: Incredibles, rated PG for all ages; movie subject to change.

Outdoor Pool Season Passholder Splash Party (all ages)
Saturday, June 9, 6-8 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park Pool
This exclusive event is for our outdoor pool season passholders. Games, prizes and FREE popcorn for each passholder.

Project 547: JCC’s Longest Day of Play, Free!
Thursday, June 21, 5:47 a.m.-9 p.m.
Various County parks and facilities
Celebrate the longest day of the year by joining Parks & Recreation for the Longest Day of Play! On June 21, we cater to the sun and offer recreational activities all day long including extended hours, sport activities, fitness classes, scavenger hunts, and basketball competitions as well as other outdoor programming. The day kicks off at 5:47 a.m. and culminates with a variety of activities including the Jamestown Jams concert series featuring the band The Originals (acoustic singer-songwriter showcase), a sunset paddle and owl prowl. All Project 547 activities are free, no registration required. For more information on the day and a full schedule of programs, please visit http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16886/Longest-Day-of-Play-PDF. If inclement weather is in the forecast, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232.  

Student Art Show & Exhibit, Free!
Friday, June 22- Friday, July 13 (Exhibit available during library hours)
Williamsburg Library
James City County Parks & Recreation is hosting a free Student Art Show and Exhibit featuring the work of Anne Kushnick’s oil painting and pastel students. Visit this display of talented artists with many unique pieces in this annual art exhibit. Some of their work will be available for purchase.

Skate Jam (all ages/experience levels)
Skateboard: Friday, June 22, 5 p.m.
BMX: Saturday, June 23, 5 p.m.
$10 fee for participants
Skate Park (adjacent to the James City County Recreation Center)
Get hyped for this skateboarding and BMX competition. Skateboards, bikes, food, live local music and of course, prizes make this event one not to miss! Participants will be divided into experience categories and judged on style, flow and difficulty of the run. Registration and warm-ups begin at 4:30 p.m. each day. Spectators are free and welcomed. Preregistration is recommended, but not required. If inclement weather is in the forecast, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232.

Freedom Stories & More (all ages) Free!
Saturday, June 23, noon-3 p.m.
Freedom Park (Free Black Settlement area)
Join Williamsburg native Dylan Pritchett, best known as ‘The Storyteller,’ along with other Virginia Black Storytellers (VirBS) as they share with you Freedom Stories at Freedom Park! The Free Black Settlement area is the backdrop for this special event. Also featured are unique crafts for kids, music and food available for purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This FREE event is offered by James City County Parks & Recreation. If inclement weather is in the forecast, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232.  

Spencer’s Ordinary Ceremony & Presentation (all ages) Free!
Tuesday, June 26, 10 a.m.
Freedom Park & Interpretive Center
James City County Parks & Recreation and the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will conduct a wreath laying memorial service on June 26 in honor of the valiant Americans who gave their lives in the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary on that date in 1781. A series of skirmishes occurred in the woods and meadows of Freedom Park between the units of Lord Cornwallis and those of the French general, Marquis de Lafayette. Immediately following the wreath ceremony, join us in the Freedom Park Interpretive Center and discover the realities of Revolutionary War combat! Chris Bonin, historian and author, will examine the action at Spencer’s Ordinary through detailed drawings and first-hand accounts of the men who fought on both sides of the battle.

Teens


Red Cross Babysitting Course (ages 12+)
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$75; $70 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Learn all the basics of babysitting – childcare, fire and home safety and first aid – plus learn how to set up your business. Receive a babysitter’s textbook, babysitting certificate and first aid kit. Bring a bagged lunch. 606010-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. For information, call 757-887-5810.

We’ve got summer camp too! Please see Summer Camps in our brochure! 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).

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

Program Sites: 
James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway
James City County Marina, 2054 Jamestown Road
Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center Park, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland Street

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