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Posted on: April 1, 2018

April Events

April Flash_2017

Aquatics 


Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for May classes is open April 17-27. 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, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25 to provide free swim evaluations. Classes/evaluations are held at the James City County Recreation Center. Info: 757-259-4185.

Adventure Swim (ages 5-21 with disabilities)
Mondays, April 9-May 7, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Register by April 5. Want to learn how to swim? Join us for fun swimming activities and learn new skills from a Certified Water Safety Instructor. 100610-A

American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification (ages 15+)
Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$60; $55 for JC/W residents (course does not include materials)
James City County Recreation Center

  • Renew your Lifeguarding and CPR/AED for professional rescuers certifications
  • 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
  • 104750-A

Art Classes


Oil Painting (ages 16+)
Two sessions offered:

  • Tuesdays, April 3-June 19, 1-3 p.m., 204020-A
  • Wednesdays, April 4-June 20, 10 a.m.-noon, 204020-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 annekushnick@gmail.com.

Pastels (ages 16+)
Wednesdays, April 4-June 20, 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 annekushnick@gmail.com. 204030-A

Beginning Oil Painting (ages 16+)
Thursdays, April 5-June 21, 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 own supplies. For the list, please call 757-220-3755 or email annekushnick@gmail.com. 204010-A

Before- and After- School Camps
REC Connect
Looking for summer camp or Before/After School programs for your child? 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 is available online and at the Recreation Centers, Freedom Park Interpretive Center and the Satellite Services Office in Toano. Weekly registration fees apply. For the complete list of fees and registration information, visit RECConnect 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, 304550-C
$35 (5 pack); $30 for JC/W residents, 304550-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. Bring water and a yoga mat or towel. To register, call 757-259-4176.

Group Fitness Classes (ages 14+)
Get in shape for spring! 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, April 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m., $5/person
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. 304620-A.

Spinal Injury Avoidance & Postural Improvement Workshop (ages 18+) Free!
Tuesdays, April 10-24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Back pain? Want to prevent spinal injury? In this three-week workshop, we’ll focus on injury prevention and a 10-minute/day exercise program to improve balance, alignment and movement. 15 people max. Presenter: The Spine Center of Williamsburg. 304670-A

Thriving Beyond Arthritis: The Latest Treatment Options for Your Hips (ages 21+) Free!
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Is your hip pain limiting your healthy, active lifestyle? Join us for a seminar on the most advanced treatments available for your hip arthritis. Presented by Michael E. Higgins, M.D., who is board certified and fellowship trained, is a premier joint replacement surgeon. Info: 757-259-4176. 304663-A

Salsa & Cha Cha Ballroom Dance Class (ages 16+)
Mondays, April 2-May 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m.|
$35; $30 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
This six session dance course combines both smooth and lively movements with quickness and a touch of drama. The Cha Cha and Salsa are fun, cheeky and playful dances that will keep you moving to the rhythm of the music. Both of these dances are useful in today’s social settings and celebrations. Enjoy the health benefits of dance while learning a new skill! Open to all dancers and non-dancers. Info: 757-259-4176. 304530-A

West Coast Swing & Night Club Two Step Dance Class (ages 16+)
Tuesdays, April 3-May 8, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
$35; $30 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Want to add some dance “social time” to your weekly routine and make new friends? These dances are some of the most practical and versatile social dances ever conceived to almost any style of music. They are easy dance steps that anyone can learn! Open to all dancers and non-dancers. Info: 757-259-4176. 304531-A

Track Your Health/Know Your Numbers, Free!
Saturday, April 14, 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. 


Yoga


Kids Storybook Yoga (ages 4-7)
Thursdays in April, 4:30-5 p.m.
$7/class; $5 for JC/W residents, 304502-C
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 304501-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 in April, 5:15-6 p.m.
$7/class; $5 for JC/W residents, 304502-D
$22 (5 pack); $20 for JC/W residents, 304501-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.

Functional Yoga Workshop (ages 14+)
Four sessions available! You’re welcome to sign up for one,
two, three or all four 90-minute sessions. Save when you sign up for all fourclasses at the same time!

All Four Sessions:  

  • Wednesdays, April 18-May 9, 6-7:30 p.m., $35/four sessions; $30 for JC/W residents. 304664-A
  • James City County Recreation Center
  • In this four-week program, we’ll focus on techniques in Yoga that you can bring into your everyday practice for better health and wellbeing. Whether you’re an athlete or recovering from surgery, there is something here for everyone. Info: 757-259-4176. 

Single Sessions:

  • Yoga Poses -- Wednesday, April 18, 6-7:30 p.m., $15/session; $10 for JC/W residents. 304664-B
  • Breath -- Wednesday, April 25, 6-7:30 p.m., $15/session;
    $10 for JC/W residents. 304664-C
  • Mindfulness -- Wednesday, May 2, 6-7:30p.m., $15/session; $10 for JC/W residents. 304664-D
  • Myofascial Release -- Wednesday, May 9, 6-7:30
    p.m., $15/session; $10 for JC/W residents. 304664-E

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation Services


Buddy Ball (ages 5+ with disabilities)
Sundays, April 8-June 3 (no program May 27), 2-3 p.m., $20
Warhill Sports Complex
Buddy Ball is provided in partnership with the Williamsburg Youth Baseball League. Players are assisted one-on-one, where appropriate, by volunteer buddies who make it possible to adapt play to individual player needs. Two groups: ages 5 to middle school, and high school to young adult. Info: Joel Schwartz at 757-879-6222.

Adventure Swim (ages 5-21 with disabilities), see Aquatics. 

Teensational Socials: Karaoke Dinner Party (ages 13-21 with disabilities) Free!
Saturday, April 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Wow us with your incredible singing voice! Dinner provided. 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 Caitie.Maloney@yahoo.com.

Day Support Program (ages 13+ 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. Info: The Arc at 757-229-3535.

Fitness Field Day (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free!
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Freedom Park
Join us for a fun evening of hunting Easter eggs, playing games and testing your skills at a kickball tournament.

Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities) Free!
Tuesday, April 24, 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.

Outdoor Programs


Archery 101 (ages 9-15)
Saturdays, April 14-May 5, 1-2 p.m.
$50; $45 for JC/W residents
Warhill Sports Complex
In this course designed for beginner to intermediate ability, learn the safe use and handling of recurve bows and arrows in addition to proper range procedures. All equipment provided. 804040-A

Wildlife Mapping (ages 14-18) New! Free!
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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! 804210-A

Archery for Adults (ages 16+)
Two Sessions available:

  • Thursdays, April 12-May 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 804040-B
  • Saturdays, April 14-May 5, 2-3 p.m. 804040-C

$50/session; $45 for JC/W residents
Warhill Sports Complex
Do you remember shooting bows and arrows at camp when you were a kid, or maybe you’ve always wanted to? In this course, designed for beginner to intermediate ability, you’ll learn the safe use and handling of recurve bows and arrows as well as work on your concentration and upper body strength.

Gardening for Birds and Butterflies (ages 18+)
Saturday, April 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park
Award-winning nature photographer Bob Schamerhorn will share information packed with tips and experiences on how to improve any property for a diversity of wildlife. Schamerhorn will show specific examples and results of a suburban landscape becoming inviting to a variety of birds, butterflies, insects and mammals. Following the program, Master Gardeners will be available in the Williamsburg Botanical Garden to discuss what’s in bloom. A $5 donation to help the Williamsburg Botanical Garden grow is appreciated. Info: bob@iPhotoBirds.com.

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk (all ages) Free!
Nature Program - Reptiles: Saturday, April 7, 9-10 a.m.
Guided Walk: Saturday,April 7, 10 a.m. – noon
Freedom Park
Join us on the first Saturday of every month this spring for a nature program and
guided walk on the new Living Forest Interpretive Trail! One of our expertnature guides will present a nature program on a different topic each month,
then lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learnabout plants, wildlife, insects and anything else we may encounter! The nature
program will take place at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. The walks willbegin at the Freedom Park playground, with a new walk starting every 30 minutes. Weather permitting.

Native Plants Versus Nectar Plants (all ages) Free!
Saturday, April 18, 2-3 p.m.
Freedom Park
Most people who garden want to attract beneficial animals and insects to their yards. Native plants are often part of the plan, but sometimes non-natives work great as nectar plants for butterflies, bees and some birds. Stop by this session to learn about striking a balance in your yard by providing host plants as well as nectar sources for the wildlife you want to attract to your garden. 


Special Events

Movie Nights, New! Free!
Friday, April 6, 6-8 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Bring a blanket/pillow and join us for 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: Despicable Me 3PG; movie subject to change.

Bikes Out of Hibernation, Free!
Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain date April 8)
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Looking for an opportunity to get your bike out of “hibernation?” Free safety inspections, assistance for minor repairs, greasing, fitting as well as fun rides to “knock the rust off” after winter. Rides of 2, 5, 10 and 15 miles on the Virginia Capital Trail led by experienced leaders. Rides scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Riders younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments provided.

Singletrack Maniac 50k Trail Run (ages 18+)
Saturday, April 14, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
$65/runner
Freedom Park
Experience Freedom Park in a whole new way! The generous 10-hour
time limit (19 minute mile pace) for the 31-mile Ultra race is great forbeginners, but the singletrack trails are technical and challenging with
constant roots and elevation changes. If you’re looking to surpass the marathonand want to stay local, this is the first event of its kind in the area. No
onsite registration. 150 max. Call 757-259-4176 for more information. Registerat Maniac50K.

Family Fun Night (all ages)
Saturday, April 14, 7-9:30 p.m.

  • Ages 13+: $5/person, 403000-A
  • Ages 12 & youngerFree, 403000-B

James City County Recreation Center
Join us for a night of family fun and entertainment – enjoy structured games in the gym, create various craft projects together, splash in the pool, dance to the tunes, play racquetball, play old-fashioned board games and more! Pre-registration recommended but not required. If preregistering, please register everyone who is attending! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Movies Under the Stars, Free!
Friday, April 27, 8:30 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Enjoy some of the great box office titles out under the sky! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. We’ll bring the stars. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled feature: Despicable Me 3, PG; movies subject to change. Weather permitting.

Summer Camp Fair 2018, Free!
Friday, April 27, 3-7 p.m. & Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Want to sign up the kids for summer camp? Attend the 5th Annual Summer Camp Fair to learn about great camps and register your kids at the same time! Goodie bags for first 200
guests! Camps include:

  • Day (full-time and part-time)
  • Overnight camps
  • Sports, adventure, scouting
  • Dance, music, arts and theater
  • Vacation bible school, special needs
  • Academics-science, foreign language
  • History
  • Preschool to high school camps
  • And more!

Offered in partnership with WilliamsburgFamilies.com and The Virginia Gazette. For more information on the Fair, please contact Kristy Maynor at: kristy.wf@gmail.com.

Black Settlement Presentation & Book Signing (all ages), Free!
Saturday, April 28, 3-4 p.m.
Freedom Park
Join Col. Lafayette Jones Jr., a descendant of those that lived on the Free Black Settlement at Freedom Park for a presentation and book signing. You’ll experience 18th century life more than 60 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

Sports/Athletics

Quart’r Pint Soccer (ages 2-3 with parent)
Saturdays, April 28-June 9, 8:30-9 a.m. (no class May 26)
$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!  504140-A

Half Pint & Full Pint Soccer (ages 4-9)
Saturdays, April 28-June 9 (no class May 26)

  • Ages 4-5: 9-9:45 a.m., 504150-A
  • Ages 6-9: 10-10:45 a.m., 504160-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 two-tiered introduction to soccer.

Multi Sport Minis (ages 3-5)
Saturdays, April 28-June 9, 11-11:45 a.m. (no class May 26)
$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. 504050-A

Tot Shots (ages 3-5)

  • Abram Frink Jr. Community Center: Thursdays, April 26-May 17,6-6:45 p.m., 504070-A
  • James City County Recreation Center: Saturdays, April 28-May 19,
    9-9:45 a.m., 504070-B

$35/session; $30 for JC/W residents
Time to lace up your basketball shoes and meet us on the court to learn how to dribble, shoot, pass and play some basketball!

Sandlot Tots (ages 4-6)
Saturdays, April 28-May 19, 11-11:45 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
$35; $30 for JC/W residents
Hitting, fielding, base running and throws! Come slide in the dirt and learn the game of T-ball. 504130-A

Jump Shots (ages 6-8)

  • Abram Frink Jr. Community Center: Thursdays, April 26-May 17, 7-7:45 p.m., 504080-A
  • James City County Recreation Center: Saturdays, April 28-May 19, 10-10:45 a.m., 504080-B

$35/session; $30 for JC/W residents
Get ready for team play in this introduction to basketball. Get oriented to the court and hone basic fundamentals including passing, dribbling and shooting!

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.

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.

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

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