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Every day this month, come learn and play! Follow James City County Parks & Recreation on Facebook to discover our history, explore our parks and facilities and meet our professional staff who're committed to you! #jccparksrecArts & Special InterestFingerprint Pooch • Ages 3-6 NEW!Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m.-noon$35James City County Recreation Center Come ready for some mess-making fun! Participants will use their fingers to paint an adorable pooch. Please bring a light snack. Instructor: KidCreate Studio. Rainbow Fish • Ages 3-6 NEW!Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m.-noon$35James City County Recreation CenterThe wonderful children’s book Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister will be the inspiration as we create masterpieces inspired by the story – glittery scales and all! Bring a light snack. Instructor: KidCreate Studio.
Oil Painting • Ages 16+Two sessions offered - $100/sessionTuesdays, July 5 – Aug. 23, 1-3 p.m.Wednesdays, July 6-Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-noonJames City County Recreation CenterJoin us to create your own masterpiece while making new friends. This class is for students who have some experience painting in oils. Students provide their own supplies. For the list, call 757-220-3755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor: Anne Kushnick.
Pastels • Ages 16+ Wednesdays, July 6-Aug. 24, 1-3 p.m.$125James City County Recreation CenterLearn how to use this versatile and fun medium to create portraits and landscapes. Students provide their own supplies. For the list, call 757-220-3755 or email email@example.com. Instructor: Anne Kushnick. Conversational Spanish for Adults (beginner) • Ages 16+ FREE! VIRTUAL! Mondays, Aug. 8-26 (no class Sept. 5), 5:15-6 p.m. Register by July 29!Learn new vocabulary words to begin your journey into the Spanish language. We’ll learn terms for weather, months, days, animals, clothes, y mucho más! Each week will be something new with exciting activities! Class conducted via the Zoom application; register by July 29 to receive the Zoom meeting link. Instructor: Paula Harris Guerra. Before/After School, CampsAll summer camp sites for REC Connect and T.O.P.S are full. However, a waitlist has been started should cancellations arise. For more information, call 757-259-5351.
Camps!For the latest information on available camps, visit us online! Health/WellnessBonding Beats • Ages 6+Friday, July 15, 5-6 p.m.$5; each additional child $3Veterans Park This parent and child workshop includes guided practices in rhythm and mindfulness. Communicate and connect - through drumming! Learn rhythms, games and exercises that you can use to strengthen the bonds between you and your child(ren) for a lifetime. No musical experience needed! All instruments provided. Parent must register with child. Walk This Way: Williamsburg Walking Club • Ages 14+ FREE!Saturdays, July 2 & July 16, 9-10 a.m. Greensprings Interpretive Trail Being active is the secret to staying healthy, and walking is a great way to get moving! Let our walking coaches 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. New trail start location each month. Intro to Yoga • Ages 14+Mondays, July 11-25, 6-7:15 p.m.$30James City County Recreation CenterIf you’ve always wanted to step into a group yoga class, but haven’t, this three-week workshop is for you! We'll break down the poses, and you can ask as many questions as you need! Yoga for Arthritis and Joint Health • Ages 14+ NEW!Wednesday, July 20, 6-7:30 p.m.$8James City County Recreation CenterDuring this 90-minute workshop, we’ll work all the major joints gently and systematically through a full and natural range of motions to enhance joint mobility and reduce pain and stiffness. You’ll go home with practices to add to your everyday life! Group Fitness Classes • Ages 14+Get in shape for summer! 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.
Indoor Cycle 101 • Ages 14+ FREE!Saturday, July 30, 10-10:45 a.m. James City County Recreation CenterIndoor cycling classes can be overwhelming to jump into – music, seat settings, resistance level and to clip or not to clip. We’re here to help! Proper bike set-up can make or break your class experience and keep you injury-free. This intro class will teach you all you need to enter the “spin” world. Put things in full gear with our awesome tunes, control over resistance and speed, and overall intensity. No bike experience needed.
Techniques of Meditation • Ages 16+ FREE!Wednesday, July 6, 7-8 p.m. James City County Recreation CenterWhether 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. Drumming for Wellness • Ages 16+ FREE!Wednesday, July 13, 5:30-7 p.m.Freedom Park In this workshop, we’ll use the drum and the voice as a modality to practice mindfulness. Students will learn basic drumming and meditation techniques, and participate in drum circles and sound immersions to experience the use of drums and sound in ritual, ceremony and recreation. No musical experience necessary! All instruments provided.
Inclusion/Therapeutic RecreationSpring Formal Dance • Ages 13-21 with disabilities FREE!Saturday, July 9, 7-9 p.m.James City County Recreation CenterDance your way to the latest moves with great friends and light refreshments as the DJ rocks the top hits! Yoga • Ages 18+ with disabilities FREE!Tuesday, July 26, 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. Call 757-229-3535 for locations.
Outdoors Explore Powhatan Creek by Kayak • Ages 16+ FREE!Wednesday, July 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.James City County Marina Participants will learn about the natural and historic resources of Powhatan Creek and the James River with a specific focus on the native flora of Powhatan Creek. Registration required by visiting https://thejamesriver.org/whats-happening/connect-with-the-james/. Registration opens at least two weeks before the date of the program. Paddle craft, paddles and personal flotation devices provided.
Full Moon Hike • All Ages FREE!Wednesday, July 13, 8:28 (sunset)-9 p.m.Freedom ParkEver wondered what animals are lurking once the sun goes down? Come explore the PARK AFTER DARK during the full moon nights of summer! In this self-guided hike, the Park will be open late, past sunset, on select nights. After sunset, visitors may only use Multiuse Trail 3; the full moon hikes are a walking loop that start and end here. Users must depart the park by the closing time 9:30 p.m. and must stay on Trail 3 after sunset.
Forest Explorers Friday: Butterflies • All Ages FREE!Friday, July 15, 5:30-7 p.m.Freedom ParkJoin us as we explore the Williamsburg Botanical Garden for the different species of butterfly that call the park home. Programs are held on the third Friday of every month and feature our guides who present a nature program on a different topic and then leads children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else we may encounter! Weather permitting.
Campfire Social • All Ages FREE!Saturday, July 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Chickahominy Riverfront ParkCome celebrate summer with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking Gordon Creek.
Special Events July 4 Celebration at the Pools • All AgesMonday, July 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Chickahominy Riverfront Park & Upper County Park.Beat the heat by visiting one of our outdoor pools – Chickahominy Riverfront Park or Upper County Park. Pool fees apply. FREE ice pops to everyone entering the pool (while supplies last). Movies Under the Stars • All Ages FREE!Friday, July 29, 8:30 p.m. Chickahominy Riverfront Park Enjoy some of the great box office titles out under the sky! Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. We’ll bring the starts. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled feature: Encanto (PG); movies subject to change. Weather permitting.
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 Summer 2022 Destination Recreation Brochure! Hard copies of the brochure are available at the James City County Recreation Center, the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, public Parks & Recreation facilities, the Satellite Office in Toano and at the James City County and Williamsburg libraries.
Credit/Debit Card Convenience Fee:A convenience fee of 2.95% is applied to all credit and debit card transactions made to any James City County department. Parks & Recreation patrons will notice the 2.95% fee as a separate charge on their credit or debit card statement. The exact amount of the fee will not appear at the time of transaction, but can be calculated at 2.95% of the total cost. Look for the exact amount on your bank/credit card statement. Customers can continue to pay by check or in cash to avoid the fee. If a refund is requested, the fee is not recovered. For more information on the fee, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 757-253-6705.
Inclement Weather/Cancellations All Outdoor Events are weather permitting. Before heading out, please call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232 any changes in schedules.
Holiday ClosuresThe James City County Recreation Center and Abram Frink Jr. Community Center will be closed July 4 in observation of Independence Day and Sept. 5 for Labor Day. All County parks are open year-round.The Park Stores/Guest Services Offices at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Little Creek Reservoir Park, James City County Marina and Freedom Park are open during both holidays. Join the Parks & Recreation Team! We’re Hiring! Part-time and Full-time positions available. Parks: Lifeguards (outdoor pools) ● Park Attendants Recreation Center: Customer Service Representatives ● Fitness Attendants ● Lifeguards (indoor pools) ● Water Safety Instructors Programming/Before & After School: Assistant Recreation Supervisors ● Recreation Leaders ● Recreation Supervisors ● Therapeutic Recreation Leaders ● Instructors To learn more about current job openings or to apply online, visit jobs.jamescitycountyva.gov or follow us on social media.
Program SitesChickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler HighwayFreedom Park/Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville RoadGreensprings Interpretive Trail, 3751 John Tyler HighwayJames City County Marina 2054 Jamestown RoadJames City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill RoadVeterans Park, 3793 Ironbound Road
Media Contact:Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Specialistveda.firstname.lastname@example.org; 757-259-5415