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Parks and Recreation Announces April Events

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Aquatics

Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
James City County Recreation Center
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for April/May classes is open April 2-12. 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 will be available 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10 to provide free swim evaluations. Info: 757-259-4185.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification • Ages 15+
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$60; $55 for JC/W residents
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. Info: 757-259-4185. 104750-A

Art & Special Interest Classes 

Mini Monets • Ages 3-5
Wednesdays, April 10-May 15, 2-3 p.m.
$125; $120 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
You and your little artists will enjoy creating with a wide variety of process based art activities. Art making is open ended, allowing children to explore and create freely. There’ll be a different theme each week and along with art play and storytelling we’ll experiment with a variety of super fun materials and supplies. Parents will be required to participate with their child(ren). Instructor: Artfully Yours. 204200-A

Kidz Clay • Ages 9-15
Mondays, April 15-May 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
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 at first class (cash or check). Work will be available for pick up after firing. Dress for mess! Instructor: Dorothy Round. 204060-A

Oil Painting • Ages 16+
Two sessions offered:
Tuesdays, April 2-June 18, 1-3 p.m.
Wednesdays, April 3-June 19, 10 a.m.-noon
$130/session; $125 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Beginner and experienced painters welcome. Students receive individual instruction based on skill level. Create your own masterpiece while making new friends. Students provide own supplies. For the list, call 757-220-3755 or email annekushnick@gmail.com. Instructor: Anne Kushnick. 204020-A

Pastels • Ages 16+
Wednesdays, April 3-June 19, 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. Instructor: Anne Kushnick. 204030-A

Acrylic Painting • Ages 16+
Thursdays, April 4-June 20, 1-3 p.m.
$130; $125 for JC/W residents
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. Instructor: Anne Kushnick. 204470-A

Beginner/Intermediate Watercolor • Ages 18+
Thursdays, April 11-May 16, 10 a.m.-noon
$165; $160 for JC/W residents
Freedom Park
Enjoy and experiment with this beautiful medium while learning basic techniques and tips. Brush selection, paper options and brands of watercolors will be discussed. Discover the magic of liquid watercolors along with the traditional pan and tube type paint. Each week will include a combination of instruction, demonstration and student studio time. Fee includes all supplies. Instructor: Artfully Yours. 204800-A

Strengthening Families Program (ages 10-14 & their parents) Free!
Tuesdays, April 9-May 21, 5:30-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Join us for this seven-week program that focuses on enhancing positive relationships and communication within your family. Parents and youth (one child must be between 10-14 years old; older siblings may also participate) meet once a week, with sessions consisting of skill building, social bonding activities, games, projects and working together. This evidence-based program has been shown to help youth effectively resist peer pressure and develop a positive future orientation; parents learn and practice limit-setting and nurturing skills. Meals are provided each week as well as childcare for those under age 10, if needed. Please call or email Erin Ellis at 757-253-0111 or eellis@baconstreet.org, with any questions. Sign up online at baconstreet.org under “Programs and Registration.” Instructor: Bacon Street Youth & Family Services.

Health/Wellness

Fit Mama - Stroller Fit • All ages
Tuesdays, April 9-30, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
$10/single; $8 for JC/W residents, 304550-A
$35/4-pack; $30 for JC/W residents, 304550-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 post-natal workout for all levels. Jogging stroller not necessary. Bring water and a yoga mat or towel. Info: 757-259-4176.

Gait Analysis • All ages Free!
Saturday, April 27, 1:30-3:30 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 your appointment time. 304668-A

Infant & Child CPR and Choking Prevention • Ages 12+
Saturday, April 27, 9-11 a.m.
$30; $25 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
This two-hour class teaches basic life support techniques for infants and children who are experiencing choking, breathing difficulties or heart problems. It’s ideal for parents, school children, grandparents, babysitters and other community members who might be in a position to help a child in an emergency. This course is taught with American Red Cross materials and instructor – educational class only, does not provide a course certification. 304802-A

Group Fitness Classes • Ages 14+
Get in shape for fall! 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 101 • Ages 16+
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
$8; $5 for JC/W residents
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. Instructor: Asha McLaughlin. Info: 757-259-4176. 304620-A

Yoga

Kids Storybook Yoga • Ages 4-7
Thursdays, 5:30-6 p.m.
$10/single; $7 for JC/W residents
$30/5-pack; $25 for JC/W residents
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: Pauline Emmett. Info: 757-259-4176.

Youth Yoga • Ages 8-13
Thursdays, 6-6:45 p.m.
$13/single; $10 for JC/W residents
$35/5-pack; $30 for JC/W residents
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: Pauline Emmett. Info: 757-259-4176.

Track Your Health/Know Your Numbers • Ages 14+ Free!
Saturday, April 13, 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 RNs. No registration required. Info: 757-259-4176.

Joint Freeing Yoga Series • Ages 14+ Free!
Tuesday, April 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
This series of 22 poses completed in 90 minutes is accessible to all. Based on the practices developed by Makunda Stiles, this workshop will work all the major joints gently and systematically through full and natural range of motions to enhance joint mobility and reduce pain and stiffness. You’ll go home with practices you can add to your everyday life! 304664-A

Level 1 Yoga: 4-Week Workshop • Ages 14+
Tuesdays, April 23-May 14, 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, suitable for those who’ve never practiced before or had a daily home practice. We’ll methodically work through poses that will 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. Questions? Call 757-259-4176. 304610-A

Therapeutic Recreation 

Mad Hatter Tea Party • Ages 4+ with disabilities Free!
Saturday, April 6, 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, songs, games and tea. 904250-A

TOPSoccer • Ages 4+ with disabilities
Saturdays, April 13, April 20, April 27 & May 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
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 Alex Spirn.

Buddy Ball • Ages 5+ with disabilities
Sundays, April 7-June 2, 2-3 p.m.
Registration fee: $20
Warhill Sports Complex
Two age groups: Age 5 through middle school and high school through young adult. Buddy Baseball 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. For details, call Joel Schwartz at 757-879-6222.

Ooey, Gooey, Fun-Sensory Play • Ages 5-22 New! Free!
Wednesday, April 24, 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-B

Teensational Socials: Go Ape • Ages 13-21 with disabilities Free!
Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Meet at Freedom Park
Climb through the trees and experience zip lines, Tarzan swings and obstacles! Explore, Engage, Excel. . . your ability to socialize with peers and excel social skills through fun recreational activities and field-trips in the community. Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete event schedule, contact Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or Caitie.Maloney@yahoo.com. 904700-A

Yoga • Ages 13+ with disabilities Free!
Tuesdays, April 30, 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 Yoga, any upcoming events or to become an Arc member, call 757-229-3535 or visit thearcgw.org.

Fitness Field Day • Ages 13+ with disabilities Free!
Tuesday, April 16, 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.

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 757-229-5353.

Outdoors

Take Your Kid Fishing • Ages 5-12 Free!
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Little Creek Reservoir Park
Want to spend a fun day with your child fishing from the shores of Little Creek Reservoir Park? Let the park staff teach you and your child the fundamentals of this favorite pastime. All equipment provided.

State Park Passport Tour • Ages 8+
$15/day/tour; $10 for JC/W residents
Meet at the James City County Recreation Center

  • Kiptopeke - Interpretive Wagon Ride & Self-Guided Hike • Wednesday, April 10, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 804300-A
  • False Cape - Back Bay Tram Ride & Ship Wreck Historical Hike • Tuesday, May 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 804300-B
  • Belle Isle - Geocaching & Oyster Gardens •  Wednesday, June 12, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 804300-C
  • Chippokes -Tram Tour & Fossil Beach •  Friday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 804300-D
  • First Landing - Biking Through the Swamps • Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 804300-E

Join us for a tour of some of our Virginia State Parks. Each trip will highlight a unique activity, excursion or program specific to that park. Trips are open to patrons ages 8+ (16 & younger must be accompanied by adult) and are available first come, first served. Preregistration is required at least one week in advance of trip date. Fees include transportation to and from trip destination and all park admissions, amenities and excursion fees. Patrons are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch and any extra snacks and drinks needed throughout the day. Meet in the James City County Recreation Center lobby at the time listed for your trip. Please visit the Parks & Recreation homepage for specific park and tour information.

Archery 101 • Ages 9-15
Saturdays, April 6-May 4 (no class 4/27), 2-3 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 handing 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 Warhill Sports Complex baseball fields. 804040-C

Archery for Adults • Ages 16+
Two Sessions Offered:
Saturdays, April 6-May 4, 1-2 p.m., 804040-A
Tuesdays, April 9-30, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 804040-B
$50/session; $45 for JC/W residents
Warhill Sports Complex
In this introduction to proper use, handling and shooting recurve bows, you’ll learn 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 located behind Warhill Sports Complex baseball fields.

Feathered Friends in the Backyard All Year Long • Ages 16+ Free!
Saturday, April 27, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park
Providing habitat and food sources for birds throughout the year is beneficial to our feathered friends. Melinda Cousins of the Backyard Birder will share info and tips to enjoy a healthy bird population all year long - right in your own backyard! Offered by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden; a $5 donation is suggested to help the garden grow. For details/registration: bit.ly/growapr19.

Forest Explorer Fridays: Decomposers • All ages Free!
Friday, April 19, 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. Join us on the third Friday of each month to explore the plants and animals of Freedom Park! Youth under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Special Events

Skate Jam (all ages & experience levels welcome!)
Friday, April 5, 4 p.m.
$10/participant
Skate Park (adjacent to the James City County Recreation Center)
Skateboards, bikes, food, music and of course, prizes make this skateboarding and BMX competition 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 3:30 p.m. Spectators are free and welcomed. Preregistration is recommended, but not required. Register by April 4 and save $5. Co-sponsored with Triangle Skateboard Alliance. 506090-A

Movie Night: Peter Rabbit (PG) Free!
Friday, April 5, 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.

Bikes Out of Hibernation (all ages) Free! 
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
If you’re looking for an opportunity to get your bike out of “hibernation,” from beginner to a “little rusty,” this is for you. Free safety inspections, assistance for minor adjustments, greasing and fitting, as well as fun rides to “knock the rust off” after winter. Fun rides of 5, 10 and 15 miles available on the Virginia Capital Trail. Rides will leave at approximately 15 minute intervals. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments provided. Offered in partnership with Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. Rain date is April 20. Weather permitting; in the event of rain, visit wabonline.org or call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232.

Summer Camp Fair (all ages) Free!
Friday, April 12, 3-7 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Want to sign-up the kids for summer camp? Looking for something new this year? Attend the 6th 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) and overnight camps, sports, adventure, scouting, dance, music, arts and theater, vacation bible schools, special needs, academics – science, foreign language, history, preschool to high school camps and more! Offered in partnership with WilliamsburgFamilies.com. For more information on the Fair, please contact Kristy Maynor at kristy.wf@gmail.com or Olivia Bada at Olivia.wf@gmail.com.

Singletrack Maniac 50k Trail Run • Ages 18+
Saturday, April 13, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
$75/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 for beginners, but the singletrack trails are technical and challenging with constant roots and elevation changes. If you’re looking to surpass the marathon and want to stay local, this is the first event of its kind in the area. No onsite registration. 100 max. Register at maniac50k.com. Call 757-259-4176 for more information.

Sports

Quart’r Pint • Ages 2-3
Mondays, April 8-29, 9:30-10 a.m., $35; $30 for JC/W residents, 504140-B
Saturdays, April 27-June 8 (no class 5/25), 9:30-10 a.m. $45; $40 for JC/W residents, 504140-A

Half Pint • Ages 4-5
Mondays, April 8-29, 10-10:45 a.m., $35; $30 for JC/W residents, 504150-B
Saturdays, April 27-June 8 (no class 5/25), 10-10:45 a.m., $45; $40 for JC/W residents, 504150-A

Full Pint • Ages 6-9
Saturdays, April 27-June 8 (no class 5/25), 11-11:45 a.m., $45/$40 for JC/W residents, 504160-A
James City County Recreation Center
This soccer series engages kids of all ages and helps to develop balance, movement and soccer skills as well as provide a positive sports environment. Parents are encouraged to participate in Quart’r Pint where the focus is on honing motor skills and introducing basic elements of soccer. Half Pint focuses on individual technical development and Full Pint is designed to hone those skills and introduce dynamic team play.

Multi Sport Minis • Ages 3-5
Saturdays, April 27-June 8 (no class May 25), noon-12:45 p.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
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! 504050-A

Tot Shots • Ages 3-5
Saturday, April 27-May 18, 9-9:45 a.m.
$35; $30 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation 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. 504070-A

Jump Shots • Ages 6-8
Saturdays, April 27-May 18, 10-10:45 a.m.
$35; $30 for JC/W residents
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. 504080-A

Multi Sport Majors • Ages 6-9
Saturdays, April 27-May 18, 11-11:45 a.m.
$35; $30 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Bring your child and let them try our 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! 504060-A

Gaming

Teen Tournaments • Boys and girls, Ages 12-19
Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for weekly Xbox and PS4 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. Info: 757-887-5810.


Program Locations

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. 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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