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Posted on: October 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] November Events

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American Red Cross Lifeguard
• Ages 15+
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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. Call 757-259-4185 for more information. 111750-A

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course • Ages 15+
Friday, Nov. 8, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Monday-Thursday, Nov. 11-14, 4-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Includes first aid and CPR certification. Must attend and pass a swim test (held first day of class) which consists of:

  • 300-yard continuous swim (100 yards of front crawl, 100 yards of breaststroke and 100 yards of choice of front crawl or breaststroke)
  • Retrieve a 10-pound brick from a depth of 7-8 feet and return 20 yards, keeping both hands on the brick at all times; face must remain out of the water
  • Tread water for 2 minutes keeping arms out of the water

Must attend every class to earn certification. Failure to complete competency test does not guarantee a full refund. Must turn age 15 or older by the last class. Call 757-259-4185 for more information. 111710-A

Art & Special Interest Classes

STEM Club: Engineering and Robotics • Ages 7-12
Wednesdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
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. Register early, limited space. 211130-A

Before/After School Programs

REC Connect
Need before, after school or holiday break child care? 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 information 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 discount details.

Fitness/Health & Wellness

Learn to Row • Ages 14+ Free!
Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Have you ever wanted to try what many call one of the most efficient forms of exercise? 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. 311880-A

Techniques of Meditation • Ages 16+
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30-7:30 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 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. Call 757-259-4176 for more information. 311620-A

Functional Yoga Workshop • Ages 14+
Four Sessions Offered
Thursdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 5, 7-8:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 28)
$30/all four classes; $10/individual class
James City County Recreation Center
In this 4-week program, we’ll focus on techniques in Yoga that you can use in your everyday practice for better health and well-being. Whether you’re an athlete or recovering from surgery, there is something here for everyone. You’re welcome to sign up for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 90-minute sessions. Save when you sign up for all 4 classes!

  • All 4 Sessions: Thursdays, Nov. 7-21 and Dec. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., 311664-A
  • Yoga Poses: Thursday, Nov. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., 311664-B
  • Breath: Thursday, Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., 311664-C
  • Mindfulness:  Thursday, Nov. 21, 7-8:30 p.m., 311664-D
  • Myofascial Release:  Thursday, Dec. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., 311664-E

Holiday Peace and Meditation: Moving Meditation Basics • Ages 14+
Tuesdays, Nov. 19-Dec. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m., (no class Nov. 26)
James City County Recreation Center
Never meditated, but curious? Tried meditating but get frustrated? Have a longtime mediation practice and want to learn another modality to add depth to your practice? This class will teach the basics of moving meditation, which will lead into a brief mediation in stillness. Many use the techniques practiced in this class as their complete practice, and many use these methods to preface their still meditation. Come quiet your mind during the holiday madness. 311668-A

Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation

Ooey, Gooey, Fun-Sensory Play • Ages 5-22 with disabilities Free!
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 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-C

Teensational Social: Bowling Party • Ages 13-21 with disabilities Free!
Saturday, Nov. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
AMF Williamsburg, 5544 Olde Towne Road
Enjoy an evening of bowling at AMF Williamsburg! Extra spending money is optional. Offered in collaboration with Capernaum. For more information and a complete event schedule, call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or

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

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.

Outdoor Programs & Activities

Campfire Social • All ages Free! 
Saturday, Nov. 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking the beautiful Gordon Creek at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting.

Take Your Kid Fishing • Ages 5-12 Free!
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 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. Weather permitting.

State Park Passport Tour: False Cape State Park • Ages 12+ New!
Saturday, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center lobby
Join us on a tour of False Cape State Park - Explore the Coast on the Terra Gator. The trip will highlight a unique activity, excursion or program specific to the 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 includes transportation to and from park and all park admissions, amenities and excursion fees. Patrons are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch and any extra snacks and drinks that might be needed throughout the day. Meet in the Recreation Center lobby at 8:30 a.m. Weather permitting. Call 757-259-5355 for more information. 810107-C.

Irresistible Iris • Ages 18+ Free!
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10-11:30 a.m.
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
The Williamsburg Botanical Garden, located in Freedom Park, is offering this Garden Learn-and-Grow Series on topics for the home gardener. Cultivated for over 3,500 years, Iris are prized for their elegance and vivid colors. Learn about Iris species and hybrids, including cultivars that re-bloom in the fall, and how to bring their beauty to your garden. Seating is limited! Register to guarantee a spot. Program is free, but donations at the door help the garden continue its mission. Visit the Botanical Garden website for details and registration.

Special Events

Live Well Expo • All Ages Free!
Friday, Nov. 1, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Let us pamper your mind, body and spirit while you get free your vaccinations and take advantage of free preventive health screenings including vision, hearing, cholesterol and blood pressure checks. Learn about senior services available in the community such as nutrition, home health care, social and recreational services. Local pharmacists will be available to make medication checks, so please bring your medications! This free annual event is designed for ages 55+ and their caregivers. Call 757-259-5353 for more information.


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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