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Posted on: January 4, 2022

January Events

January Flash

Aquatics

Splash on Friday • All Ages FREE!
Friday, Jan. 14, 6-8 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
Dive into 2022 Night! Come enjoy family time with us in the pool! Free swim area and an area for our Wibit inflatable obstacle course available! Games and prizes included. Pick up your event flyer at the James City County Recreation Center. Non-swimmers are required to use a lifejacket, which is provided. Registration required. Info: 757-259-4185.

Arts & Special Interest

Winter Wonderland Cupcake Decorating • Ages 6-13
Friday, Jan. 21, 5-7 p.m. 
$25
James City County Recreation Center
Come decorate winter themed cupcakes using buttercream icing. 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. Please bring two large airtight containers to class to transport home the decorated cupcakes! Instructor: The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc.  

Maker Club • Ages12-25 FREE!
Saturdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Interested in electronics, microcontrollers, programming, robotics and more? Then join us for the Maker Club and let creativity take “control!” Preregistration preferred. Youth under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Facilitator: Steve Marciante, Revenue Control Systems. 

Virtual Genealogy • Ages 16+ FREE!
Monday, Jan. 24-Feb. 145:15-6:15 p.m. 
Do you want to improve your genealogy skills? Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate level genealogist, you can hone your skills to make your research better and more accurate. Come acquire more history skills and understand the world in which your ancestors lived. Ask questions – get answers! Class conducted via the Zoom application. Register by Jan. 18 to receive the Zoom meeting link. Instructor:Paula Guerra. 

Before/After School Program                                                             
Clara Byrd Baker, J. Blaine Blayton, Matoaka, Matthew Whaley, Norge and Stonehouse REC Connect locations are currently full for the school year. Please submit a completed registration packet to be added to the waitlist. Registration packets are available for download from the REC Connect website or for pickup at the James City County Recreation Center or any payment site location. Due to low enrollments and lack of transportation resources, a Middle School Teens On Point (T.O.P) after school program is not being offered at this time. 

A Spring Break program, for ages 5-14, will be held Monday-Friday, April 4-8, 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., $25/day. The elementary school sites are Matoaka, Norge and Laurel Lane; the teen program site is the James City County Recreation Center. Program details are available in the Winter/Spring Destination Recreation Activity Brochure – ages 5-10 and ages 10-14.

Health/Wellness

Walk This Way: Williamsburg Walking Club • Ages 14+ FREE!
 Saturday, Jan. 29, 10-11 a.m. 
 Freedom Park Multiuse Trail 3
 Being active is the secret to staying healthy, and walking is a great way to get moving! Let our walking coach guide you through the trails of James City County. Whether you bring a friend, family or meet a new neighbor, you’ll have a blast while having a positive impact on your health. Different trail location each month.

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.

Inclusion/Therapeutic Recreation

Got Goo? Fun & Sticky Sensory Play! • All Ages & Abilities
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 6:30-8 p.m. 
$5/family
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. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and individual sensory bins will be provided for each family who registers. Registration is required by Jan. 19.

Yoga • Ages 18+ with disabilities FREE!
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 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, upcoming events or to become a member call 757-229-3535 or visit thearcgw.org. 

Special Events

2022 Hit the Reset Virtual 5K Run/Walk • All Ages
Jan. 15 – Feb. 26
$20 until Jan. 31
$25 until Feb. 22
It’s time to put 2021 in the past and HIT THE RESET! We’re racing into 2022 with positive resolutions - let’s move forward together! Join James City County Parks & Recreation for their second annual virtual 5K! You can compete in this virtual 3.1 mile run/walk anywhere, with anyone and at any time between Jan. 15 and Feb. 26. 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 the County’s trails, submit your location photo and every participant will receive an extra entry into our raffle. Registration closes on Feb. 22 at 10 p.m. To register, visit runsignup.com/hitthereset Please call 757-259-4176 for more information.


To Register 
Unless otherwise noted, please visit us online or call 757-259-4200 for more details and registration information. For the complete list of Parks & Recreation activities, programs and events, check out our Winter/Spring Brochure

Inclement Weather
 All Outdoor Events are weather permitting. Before heading out, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 any changes in schedules.

Program Sites
Freedom Park/Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Road
James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road

Media Contact:
Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Coordinator
757-259-5415; veda.mcmullen@jamescitycountyva.gov

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