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Posted on: September 27, 2019

[ARCHIVED] October Events

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Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. Registration for November/December classes is open from Oct. 22-Nov. 1. 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, Oct. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 30 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, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., $55
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. 110750-A

Art & Special Interest Classes

DIY Fashion Club-Beginner • Ages 8-16 New!
Tuesdays, Oct. 15-Nov. 19*, 4:45-6:45 p.m. (*no class Nov. 5), $100
James City County Recreation Center
Calling all future fashion designers! Join us in the “sew” cool club. Learn how to sew and create our own fashionable accessories or household items. This hands-on club will build confidence and teach an important life skill, all while having fun. No experience needed. 210240-A

Kidz Clay • Ages 9-15
Thursdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 21, 4:15-5:15 p.m., $40
James City County Recreation Center
Make a mess, make some art, and make your 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 during first class. Work will be available for pick up after firing. Dress for a mess! 210060-A

Building Your Future: Starting Now! • Ages 15-18 Free! New!
James City County Recreation Center
Start on success by learning how to apply for a job, how to get the job and what to do with the money you’ll be making. This three session course will cover job skills, interview skills, money management and more! Our goal is to help teens get a job and to learn budgeting skills at an early age. Participants are asked to attend all three session. To register, call 757-259-4200.

  • Session 1: Job Readiness for Teens! Thursday, Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m. Covers resume writing, application preparation and how to dress for success! 660023-A
  • Session 2: Interview Readiness for Teens! Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-noon. Includes interviewing skills, mock interviews and interview feedback. 660023-B
  • Session 3: Financial Readiness for Teens! Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m. Now that you have the job, let’s talk about pay rates, taxes, building credit and savings! 660023-C

Before & After School Programs

REC Connect
Need to sign up for 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 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 is 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 7 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.

Fitness/Health & Wellness

Youth Yoga • Ages 8-13
Thursdays, 6-6:45 p.m., $8/day, $30 (5 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. KiYo certified instructor. Info: 757-259-4176.

Learn to Row • Ages 14+ Free!
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Have you ever wanted to learn the proper technique of rowing? Now is your chance! Join us for a free introduction where we’ll focus on proper rowing techniques using our indoor rowing machines (ergs). Unlike most activities, rowing incorporates the use of your legs, core and upper body. We’ll focus step-by-step on proper form so that you can learn and appreciate this complete full-body, low-impact, lifelong exercise. 310880-A

Intro to Kettlebells • Ages 14+ Free!
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Technique is key when it comes to kettlebell training, and mastering proper form takes both practice and quality instruction. This one-hour workshop will cover basic kettlebell exercises showing you how to use your body safely, effectively and efficiently. You’ll be amazed at what this universal tool can do with your body in strength training, core conditioning and cardio without any impact on your joints! Come learn how kettlebells will help get you in the best shape of your life with an AFAA & kettlebell certified instructor and personal trainer. 310852-A

R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense • Ages 14+ Free! 
Wednesdays and Fridays, Oct. 16-25 and Monday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.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, (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. 310625-A

Joint Freeing Yoga Series • Ages 14+ Free!
Monday, Oct. 28, 2-3:15 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! 310664-A

Techniques of Meditation • Ages 16+
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 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 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. Info: 757-259-4176. 310620-A

Spinal Injury Avoidance & Postural Improvement Workshop • Ages 18+ Free!
Fridays, Oct. 18-Nov. 1, 3-4 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Back pain? Want to prevent spinal injury? In this three-week workshop, you’ll focus on injury prevention and a 10-minute/day exercise program to improve balance, alignment and movement. Presenter: Dr. Daniel Carlson of The Spine Center of Williamsburg. 310670-A

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation

Ooey, Gooey, Fun-Sensory Play • Ages 5-22 with disabilities Free!
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 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 Social: Fall Fun Day at Pumpkinville • Ages 13-21 with disabilities Free!
Saturday, Oct. 5, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Pumpkinville, 7691 Richmond Road, Toano
Meet us at Pumpkinville for an afternoon full of fun!  Please bring a bagged lunch and $5 if you would like to purchase something. Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete event schedule, call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or

Indoor Sports Night • Ages 13-21 with disabilities Free!
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Swing, Kick, Spike!  Join the William and Mary baseball team for a full evening of sports and fun! Offered in collaboration with The Arc of Greater Williamsburg.

Yoga • Ages 13+ with disabilities Free!
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 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

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” supports 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.

Sensory Friendly Movie Night • All ages Free!
Friday, Oct. 25, 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 are included. Preregistration is appreciated. 905120-B

Outdoor Programs & Activities

Campfire Social • All ages Free!
Saturday, Oct. 5*, 6-7 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking the beautiful Gordon Creek at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! *Weather permitting.

State Park Passport Tour • Ages 12+ New!
High Bridge – A Tour through the Clouds: 
Friday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., $20
James City County Recreation Center
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 12+ (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. Fee include transportation to and from trip destination and all park admissions, amenities and excursion cost. Patrons are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch and any extra snacks and drinks that may be needed throughout the day. Meet in the James City County Recreation enter lobby at the time listed for your trip! 810107-B

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk: Hike at Dusk • All ages Free!
Friday, Oct. 18*, 6-7:30 p.m.
Freedom Park
Freedom Park usually closes at dusk, but on this night hike, the sights and sounds of dusk will be on full display. Prepare to walk approximately 1.5 miles on one of the park’s unpaved trails. *Weather permitting.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden • Ages 18+  New!
Friday, Oct. 18, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., $22
James City County Recreation Center
Join us for a trip to the beautiful Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond. The one-hour, guided walking tour will highlight the history of the garden. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lunch or be prepared to purchase lunch at one of the dining options including the Garden Café or the Tea House. After lunch, you can explore the remainder of the gardens until departure. Fee include trip transportation and trip amenities. 810500-A

Garden Learn-and-Grow Series: Bees in the Garden • Ages 18+
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Offered in partnership with the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Learn about honeybees and native pollinators, including the life of a hive and what you can do to help the endangered ecosystem. Seating is limited! Register to guarantee a spot. Program is free, but donations at the door help the garden continue its mission. Details and Register:

History of Jack-O-Lanterns and Pumpkin Painting • All ages Free! New!
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Freedom Park
Ever wondered why we carve pumpkins around Halloween and where that name Jack-O-Lantern came from? Come out and learn about the origins of this holiday tradition and paint your own pumpkin in the style of a Jack-O-Lantern. All supplies will be provided.

Special Events

10th Annual Williamsburg Landing 5K for The Arc • All ages
Saturday, Oct. 5, 7:30 a.m.
Williamsburg Landing, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive
Join us on the Williamsburg Landing campus to help support The Arc. All proceeds benefit The Arc of Greater Williamsburg’s mission to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. Minimum donation for pre-entries is $45/entrant. Registered entrants age 10 and younger are FREE! Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m.

Capital Color Ride • All ages
Saturday, Oct. 5*, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., $10
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
You’ve heard of The Color Run™, but how about a color ride? Enjoy this family-friendly biking event along a 15-mile stretch of the Virginia Capital Trail. Venture from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to the James City County Marina and back while encountering color stops, snacks, water and more at the rest stops. Registration includes a T-shirt (while supplies last) and lunch. For additional information and registration forms, visit *Weather permitting. 810102-A

Boo Bash at the Beach • All ages
Saturday, Oct. 19*, 1-4 p.m., $5/car (cash or check only)
Jamestown Beach Event Park
Enjoy a day at the beach with a Halloween twist! Costumes welcome. Trick-or-Treating onsite for ages 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Also enjoy hands-on activities, music, games, food for purchase and more! Pumpkin-carving and decorating ($) available first-come, first-served while supplies last. *Weather permitting.

Skate Jam After Hours • All ages
Friday, Oct. 25*, 5-8 p.m.
$5/participant before Oct. 18, $10/participant after/onsite
James City County Recreation Center
Check out the Skate Park in a whole different light! This glow-themed night will include a skate competition broken down into beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions where participants are judged on style, flow and difficulty of run. Warm ups begin at 4 p.m. Registration is required for admittance into the park. Preregistration is encouraged. *Weather permitting.  510251-A

Movie Under the Stars: The
Nightmare Before Christmas 
(PG) • All ages Free!
Friday, Oct. 25*, 7-8:15 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Enjoy a great box office title 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. Movies subject to change. *Weather permitting.


Pint-Sized Soccer Series • Ages 3-8
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 provides a positive sports environment.

Quart Pint Soccer • Ages 3-4
Two sessions offered:
Saturdays, Oct. 5-26, 9-9:45 a.m., $30, 509140-A
Mondays, Oct. 7-Nov. 4*, 9:30-10-15 a.m. (*no class Oct. 14), $30, 509140-B
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 Soccer • Ages 4-5
Saturdays, Oct. 5-26, 10-10:45 a.m., $30
Half-Pint focuses on individual technical development. 509150-A

Full Pint Soccer • Ages 6-8
Saturdays, Oct.5-26, 11-11:45 a.m., $30
Full-Pint is designed to hone those skills and introduce dynamic team play. 509160-A

Multi Sport Minis • Ages 3-5
Saturdays, Oct. 5-26, Noon-12:45 p.m., $30
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! 509050-A

Tot Shots • Ages 3-5
Mondays, Oct. 7-Nov. 4*, 10:30-11:15 a.m. (*no class Oct. 14), $30
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. 509070-A

One on One Basketball • Ages 6-13
Ages 6-9: Wednesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, 6-7 p.m., 508030-A
Ages 10-13: Wednesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, 7-8 p.m., 508030-B
James City County Recreation Center
A combination of positive, energetic and fundamentals-based coaching while maximizing the fun of real game action daily. During this eight-week session, players will learn and refine skills. Drills, games and competitions will keep the fun level high.


Teen Tournaments • boys and girls, Ages 12-19 Free!
Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for weekly 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. 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.

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