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Posted on: December 31, 2020

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January Events 

As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt, we ask for your patience, flexibility and support. We depend on you, our patrons, to follow safety and social distancing guidelines as regularly released by the Governor of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Events are subject to change based on social distancing guidelines, please call the activities hotline at 757-259-3232 before heading out.

Arts & Special Interest

DIY Arts & Crafts • Ages 5-9
Mondays, Jan. 25-Feb. 15, 4:30-6 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Make art masterpieces out of common household items, recyclables and other unique objects! We'll use our imagination for "do-it-yourself" arts andcrafts during this fun-filled hands-on class! Dress for mess. No previous experience needed. Class fee includes all supplies. Instructor: Mary Griffith.

PeeWee Painting At-Home Kit • Ages 3-5 • New!
Let your kids get creative with this at-home kit they’re sure to enjoy. We’ll provide all the supplies – you provide the space! Kit includes 9”x12” canvas (with pre-taped elements), paints, brushes, disposable apron and instruction sheet. Please select desired painting at the time of registration including “geometric shapes,” “first initial art” or “house and yard.” You’ll be contacted via email for scheduling your kit pick-up.

Winter Wonderland Cookie Decorating • Ages 7-13 • New!
Friday, Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Decorate homemade cookies using buttercream icing in winter colors. We’ll decorate fun winter shapes such as snowflakes, mittens and more! Please note any food allergies at time of registration. All attendees should bring an apron or dress accordingly and tie back long hair. Fee includes all supplies. It’s going to be a winter-fun time! Please bring 2 large airtight containers to class to transport home the decorated cookies!

Guide to Genealogy – Beginners • Ages 16+ • Free!
Tuesdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 5-6 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
Have you ever wondered where your family came from? Or thought about taking one of those advertised DNA genealogy test? Learn how to get started and the resources available. This class is for beginners and not ideal for individuals who have already taken “Intermediate” or “Advanced” classes. Class conducted via the Zoom application; register by Jan. 15 to receive the Zoom meeting link. Instructor: Paula Guerra.

Health & Wellness

Learn to Row • Ages 14+ • Free!
Saturday, Jan. 30, 10-10:45 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 to indoor rowing 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.

Techniques of Meditation • Ages 16+ • Free!
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 7-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or brand new, all are welcome 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.

Intro to Yoga • Ages 14+
Monday, Jan. 25-Feb. 15, 6-7:15 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
If you’ve always wanted to step into a group yoga class, but haven’t, this four-week workshop is for you! We'll break down the poses, and you can ask as many questions as you need!

Group Fitness Classes • Ages 14+
James City County Recreation Center
Our instructors are certified by nationally recognized organizations such as AFAA, ACE, Spinning, Zumba, Barre, SilverSneakers®, Yoga Alliance and SCOTT Pilates. Purchase a Premier Pass, Group Fitness Monthly Pass or a 10-Tab Pass for access to classes. These allow you to take any land or aqua fitness class as long as space is available (first-come, first-served). Classes are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted. Our varied schedule includes core and flexibility classes like Pilates, Yoga and PiYo. For a full body workout, we offer Low Impact, Body Sculpt, Cardio Intervals and Indoor Rowing. For more of a physical challenge, try Cardio Kickboxing, Tabata, Kettlebell, Barre, TRX, Bootcamp, Circuit Training or Indoor Cycling. You’ll find something you love! Let us do the programming for you! View the current schedule of classes online or call 757-259-4200.

Outdoor Programs & Activities

Wintergreen Ski Trip • Ages 16+ • New!
Saturday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; $100
Thursday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; $70
James City County Recreation Center
Spend the day on the slopes! This day trip includes a four-hour lift ticket and transportation to and from Wintergreen resort. Lift tickets will be valid from approximately 12:30-4:30 p.m. and then we’ll depart back to Williamsburg. All ski or snowboard gear rentals will be on your own from the resort—for pricing visit the Wintergreen Resort website. Trip is weather permitting.

Special Events

New Year’s Day Park Scavenger Hunt • All Ages/Families • New! Free!
Friday, Jan. 1, sunrise-sunset
It’s a New Year and time to put 2020 behind us! Let’s celebrate the new year with some fun and friendly competition. There’ll be clocks hidden within our parks and facilities that you and your friends or family can seek out. If you find one, scan the QR to submit your entry into a raffle for a Parks & Recreation prize pack. Each code that is scanned and submitted will need to include your phone number and email in order to be eligible for prizes. Check the County’s Parks & Recreation Facebook page for more details and a listing of the parks that will be included in the hunt.

Fitness Open House • Ages 14+ • Free!
Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Virtual & James City County Recreation Center
Join us in the new year for Parks & Recreation's 2021 Fitness Open House! You can reserve time slots to meet our instructors virtually, with a 15-person limit per virtual session; or, you can reserve time slots to take an in-person demo class, with a 9-person limit for in-person classes. The event is free, but you must pre-register due to limited class sizes! Register online. Anyone that registers for a virtual meet and greet class will immediately get an alert informing them of when to expect the Zoom link. It's a great time to start a healthy new routine! For more information, call 757-259-4176 or 757-259-4200 or visit Parks & Recreation online.

2021 Hit the Reset Virtual 5K Run/Walk • All Ages
Jan. 16 – Feb. 20
$15/person; $20 after Jan. 1; $25 after Feb 1
Virtual Event
Put 2020 in the past and hit the reset! We’re racing into 2021 with positive resolutions; let’s move forward together! Join James City County Parks & Recreation for their first annual virtual 5K! You can complete this virtual 3.1 mile run/walk anywhere with anyone. Complete between Jan. 16-Feb. 20 and submit online. Race registration includes a commemorative medal and shirt. The County has some of the most beautiful trails in the state! If you choose to run your 5K on one of our trails, submit your location photo and receive an extra entry into our raffle. Registration closes on Feb. 18 at 10 p.m. Register at the RunSignup website. For more information, please call 757-259-4176.


Multi-Sport Minis • Ages 3-5
Tuesdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 2, 5-5:45 p.m.
Lafayette High School
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!

Tot Shots • Ages 3-5
Tuesdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 2, 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Lafayette High School
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.

Jump Shots • Ages 6-8
Tuesdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 2, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Lafayette High School
Time to up the game! This basketball course is designed to introduce players to team play and dynamics in addition to honing other fundamental and technical skills.

Pint-Sized Soccer Series • Ages 3-8
Lafayette High School
This soccer series engages kids and helps them develop balance, movement and soccer skills as well as provides 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.

Quart’r Pint Soccer • Ages 3-4
Thursdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 4, 5-5:30 p.m.
Lafayette High School

Half Pint Soccer • Ages 4-5
Thursdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 4, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Lafayette High School

Full Pint Soccer • Ages 6-8
Thursdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 4, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Lafayette High School

Jr. NBA Skills Challenge • Ages 6-13 • Free!
Saturday, Jan. 16, 10-11:30 a.m.
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
This nationwide program is a fun way to lace up your basketball shoes and test your skills against other local players! The competition consists of a one-minute timed drill and shots from multiple, pre-determined locations around the court. The top three participants in each age group are eligible to move on to the regional tournament and from there to an all-expense-paid trip to the skills challenge championships! Aging date for each participant is their age on 8/31/21, not their current age. Preregistration is highly recommended as spaces are limited.

Athletes Global Basketball Skills • Ages 6-14
Monday & Wednesday, Jan. 4-Feb. 10
Ages 6-10, 5:45-6:45 p.m.; Ages 11-14, 7-8 p.m.
Lafayette High School
Athletes will learn the fundamentals and foundations of basketball while building upon those skills each week. Participants will get a feel for the flow of each game while also focusing on strength and athleticism. Coaches also give out daily leadership development homework to help develop social, emotional and leadership skills.

Program Sites

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. Get your copy of the Winter/Spring 2021 Destination Recreation Activity Brochure! You can download the brochure from our website or pick up copies at the James City County Recreation Center, the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, the Satellite Services Office in Toano and at the James City County and Williamsburg libraries.

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Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Coordinator

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