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Posted on: December 27, 2016

[ARCHIVED] January Events

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Join Parks & Recreation in January, there’s so much to do:

Special Events

Fitness Open House (all ages), Free!
Lean in 2017
Saturday, Jan. 21, 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 required. Info: 757-259-4176 or email


Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for February classes is Feb. 1-10. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at 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, Feb. 7 and Wednesday, Feb. 8 to provide free swim evaluations. Info: 757-259-4185.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification (ages 15+)
Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$60; $55 for JC/W residents; does not include course materials
James City County Recreation Center
• Renew your Lifeguarding and CPR/AED for professional rescuers certifications
• 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
101750-A. Info: 757-259-4185.


Junior Picassos (ages 7-11)
Thursdays, Jan. 5-26, 4:30-6 p.m. 
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Explore your creative side with different art mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and more! This four-class series is educational and fun! All supplies included. Dress for mess! 201090-A

Oil Painting (ages 16+)
Two sessions offered:
Tuesdays, Jan. 3-March 21, 1-3 p.m., 201020-A
Wednesdays, Jan. 4-March 22, 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. 4-March 22, 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

Silverpoint (ages 16+), New!
Thursdays, Jan. 5-March 23, 10 a.m.-noon
$130; $125 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Come learn the art of silverpoint drawing. Silverpoint is one of several types of metal point used by scribes, craftsmen and artists since ancient times. Students provide own supplies. For the list, call 220-3755 or email 201070-A

Beginning Oil Painting (ages 16+)
Thursdays, Jan. 5-March 23, 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. Individual instruction. Students provide all supplies. For the list, please call 757-220-3755 or email 201010-A

Special Interests

STEM Club: Engineering & Robotics (ages 7-12), New!
Tuesdays, 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 and complete LEGO® Robotics projects, building and programming robots for sound and motion. Instructor: Sylvan Learning. 201130-A

Aviation Winter Camp (ages 9-13)
Saturdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-noon (no class Jan. 28)
$115; $110 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Want to learn about flying a plane? Get introduced to aerodynamics, airplane controls, design and more! Camp features a trip to the airport to experience the cockpit of a Cessna airplane, a visit to an aerospace museum and a rocket building contest. Info: or call 757-707-3876. Offered in partnership with the Youth Aeronautics Educational Foundation. 201300-A

Red Cross Babysitting Course (ages 12+)
Saturday, Jan. 14, 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. 601010-A

Pruning: Winter Tree Care (ages 18+)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park
James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners will discuss the basics of pruning trees and shrubs and will demonstrate the proper use of pruning tools. Email Barb Landa at for more information. Free; however, a $5 donation is suggested.

Before/After School Program 

The REC Connect Before/After School program is available to youth ages 5-14 enrolled in grades K-8. The program operates Monday-Friday during the Williamsburg-James City County Public School school year. Before School, held at all WJCC elementary school, is available 7 a.m. until school start time. After School is offered from school dismissal until 6 p.m. All middle schools combine for an After School program at the James City County Recreation Center (transportation from the schools to the Center is provided). For the complete list of fees and registration forms and information, visit or call the hotline at 757-259-3170. You can reach Recreation Services at 757-259-5351. Discounts are available to any qualified resident based on total household gross income; please call 757-259-5414 for financial discount details.


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.

Meditation Practice (ages 16+)
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 6:30-7:15 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 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

Gait Analysis (all ages), Free!
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 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. Call 757-259-4176 to schedule. 310668-D

Level 1 Yoga: 6-Week Workshop (ages 14+)
Thursdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23, 6-7 p.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
This six-week workshop is designed to establish a sustainable practice. It will also be 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. 301610-A

Track Your Health/Know Your Numbers, Free!
Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Come in for a free health screening that includes blood pressure, body mass index and non-fasting cholesterol check. Then work towards improving your numbers with your doctor’s advice, exercise and better eating. Testing and counseling “on-the-spot” by RN’s. No registration required (held during the Fitness Open House).

New Year, New You – Top Tips for Healthy Eating in 2017 (all ages), Free!
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 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.

Inclusion/Therapeutic Recreation

Buddy Art (ages 7+ with disabilities), Free!
Saturdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 18 & March 25, 3-4 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
A variety of art activities are offered based on participant age, ability level and interests. Children are assigned a volunteer “buddy” to work with them one-on-one. Info: visit or contact or 757-879-4328. Sponsored by Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center in partnership with volunteers from the College of William & Mary. 209090-B

Teensational Socials: Bingo! (ages 13-21 with disabilities), Free!
Thursday, Jan. 26, 7-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Join us for Bingo and a night out with friends. No need to register, just come join us! Offered in partnership with Capernaum. For more information and a complete schedule of events call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or

Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities), Free!
Tuesday, Jan. 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. Info: Arc events or to become a member call 757-229-3535 or visit

Day Support Program
Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
This program provides 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: The Arc at 757-229-3535.

Quart’r Pint Soccer (ages 2-3 with parent)
Saturdays, Jan. 21-March 11 (no class 2/18 or 2/25), 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 (ages 4-9)
Half Pint (ages 4-5): Saturdays, Jan. 21-March 11 (no class 2/18 or 2/25), 9-9:45 a.m., 501150-A
Full Pint (ages 6-9): Saturdays, Jan. 21-March 11 (no class 2/18 or 2/25), 10-10:45 a.m., 501160-A
$45/session; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center

GOAL! Dribbling, passing, field position and more will be taught in this FUN two-tiered introduction to soccer.

Multi Sport Minis (ages 3-5)
Saturdays, Jan. 21-March 11 (no class 2/18 or 2/25), 11-11:45 a.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
From jumping hurdles, shooting a basketball, 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)
Saturday, Jan. 21-Feb. 11, 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

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 competitors in your age group. For information, call 757-887-5810.

For the complete list of Parks and Recreation programs and events or registration information for all activities, please visit 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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