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Posted on: February 27, 2023

[ARCHIVED] March Events from Parks & Recreation

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We’re Hiring, Lifeguards Needed • Ages 16+ FREE!
Wednesday, March 22, 5-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center 
Parks & Recreation Aquatics is hosting this open interview for Lifeguards and Basic Swim Instructors! Potential candidates can stop by the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road for an interview and swim test (if not already certified). Swim tests for American Red Cross Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor are conducted as part of the interview process. Successfully completing the swim test does not guarantee employment; employment is determined by successfully completing the entire course of the position including interviewing for and passing post-hiring practices conducted through the County’s Human Resources Department. For the full list of job prerequisites, visit

Arts & Special Interest 

The Alphabet Song • Ages 18 months-6 years
Saturday, March 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
Get messy with clay while exploring the letters of the alphabet! Mash, smash, sculpt, stamp and coil air-dry clay into a letter masterpiece. A caregiver must accompany children. Instructor: KidCreate Studio. 

Easter Craft Party • Ages 5-12
Friday, March 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
 Hop on over to create Easter-themed art! Create an Easter Bunny bobblehead made from model magic clay. Instructor: KidCreate Studio. 

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Decorating • Ages 6-13
Two sessions offered; $25/session
Friday, March 10, 5-7 p.m. 
Saturday, March 11, Noon-2 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Celebrate by learning basic cupcake decorating skills using buttercream icing in St. Patrick’s Day colors. Participants can even add some edible glitter for a little touch of magic! Note food allergies at registration. Bring an apron and airtight container to class. Instructor: The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc. 

Kid’s Mini Easter Eggs Workshop • Ages 7-13
Two sessions offered; $25/session
Friday, March 24, 5-7 p.m. 
Friday, March 31, 5-7 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
Learn to make homemade Easter Eggs! Participants can make egg fillings, roll them out and shape them, and dip in chocolate. Decorate the eggs with flower decorations and chocolate drizzles. Note food allergies at registration. Bring an apron and airtight container to class. Instructor: The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc.

Oil Painting • Ages 16+
Two sessions offered; $125/session:
Tuesdays, March 28-June 13, 1-3 p.m. 
Wednesdays, March 29-June 14, 10 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Make new friends who share your passion for painting! Participants will hone skills and paint various subject matter. Some experience in oils needed. Students provide own supplies; contact 757-220-3755 or for the supply list. Instructor: Anne Kushnick. 

Pastels • Ages 16+
Wednesdays, March 29-June 14, 1-3 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Learn how to use this versatile and fun medium to create portraits and landscapes. Students provide own supplies. For the list, contact 757-220-3755 or Instructor: Anne Kushnick.

Before/After School

REC Connect  
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 J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School. Program details are available in the Winter/Spring Destination Recreation Activity Brochure – ages 5-10 and ages 10-14


For the complete list of Spring Break camps for youth, visit We’ve Got Camp!


Group Fitness Sampler • Ages 14+ FREE!
Four sessions offered!
Bounce & Barre: Saturday, March 4, 1-2 p.m.
Strength & Tai Chi: Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Xtreme Hip Hop & TRX: Saturday, March 18, 1-2 p.m. 
Zumba & Pilates: Tuesday, March 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
Are you considering trying a group fitness class or want to add something new to your routine? This Group Fitness sampler allows you to experience new formats and environments that will help you reach your goals without committing to a longer class. Come try a few sampler classes! We’re offering two 25-minute classes in one session. All levels welcome. 

Find Your Style Yoga • Ages 14+ FREE!
Power Yoga: Wednesday, March 1, 7:15-8:15 p.m. 
Gentle-Mat: Sunday, March 5, 2-3 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
Whether you’re looking for a practice to provide a sweaty workout, attracted to the restorative benefits, searching for an experience or needing relief from back pain—your discovery is here. Try one or a sampler to find what works best for you! All levels welcome.  

Walk This Way: Williamsburg Walking Club • Ages 14+ FREE!
Saturday’s, March 11 & March 25, 10-11 a.m. 
Powhatan Creek 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 every month. 


Family Zumba: Lucky Luau
• Ages 5+ FREE!
Friday, March 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center 
If you’re looking for something fun and healthy to do with your family, this is it! Family Zumba gives you and your family a chance to be active together. Exciting music with easy-to-follow movements makes a perfect fitness class while having fun!   

Kids Bounce • Ages 8-13
Wednesday, March 29, 5-5:45 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
This mini trampoline class is a unique experience for kids to burn energy and enjoy their own fitness class. There is something magical about bouncing on a trampoline that kids find incredibly engaging. They’ll enjoy 45 minutes of exciting bounce fitness to fun music. 

Gait Analysis • Ages 10+ FREE!
Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center 
What could be more essential than walking and running? Local sports chiropractor Dr. Daniel Shaye of Performance Chiropractic will be performing FREE gait analysis. You may learn why your knee hurts, or your back, or your hip – you may even catch injuries before they happen! Please wear shorts and a tank type shirt for the best analysis. Call 757-259-4176 to schedule your specific time slot. 

Intro to Yoga for Teens • Ages 13-18
Monday, March 6, 5:30-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center 
This practice is specifically designed for teens to help support them in managing a meaningful and enjoyable life. This class will build confidence in their yoga practice along with techniques of mindfulness and value. Poses curated to aid in deep stretching, dynamic flow and proper breathing techniques. The expectations on our youth are abundant, let’s give them a brain break! 

Healthy Eating - Nutrition for Teens • Ages13+ FREE!
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center 
This nutrition course is directed toward the teen lifestyle. Making better choices about nutrition and health will have a positive impact throughout teen years and into adulthood. Eating healthy foods not only contributes to self-confidence, but it also helps children and teens grow, develop, and do well academically. Come develop a love for healthy choices and have fun while learning! 

Learn to Row • Ages 14+ FREE!
Saturday, March 11, 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. 
Tai Chi for Beginners • Ages 14+ FREE!
Wednesday, March 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center 
Get introduced to the basic elements of Tai Chi. We’ll cover joint loosening exercises, breathing techniques, and other fundamental exercises. The practice of Tai Chi involves various postures, weight shifting and energy patterns, with an emphasis on balance, centering and brain health. 

Yoga for Arthritis and Joint Health • Ages 14+ 
 Tuesday, March 7, 5-6:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
This 1.5-hour workshop will work all the major joints gently and systematically through a full and natural range of motion to enhance joint mobility and reduce pain and stiffness. You’ll go home with practices to add to your everyday life! 

Sound Meditation (Nada Yoga) • Ages 14+
Saturday, March 25, 1-3 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Nada Yoga – the yoga of sound. This meditative practice incorporates sound with modalities such as vocal toning, singing bowls, drums and meditation on the Naad. Naad - stream of sound. This unique, yet entertaining workshop teaches the different ways to incorporate sound into your practice. Come try something new! 

Group Fitness Classes • Ages 14+
Get in shape for spring! 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.

Drumming for Wellness • Ages 16+ FREE!
Wednesday, March 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
We’ll use the drum and the voice as a modality to practice mindfulness. Students can 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 needed. All instruments provided. 
Therapeutic Recreation

Sensory Easter Egg Hunt FREE! • All Ages w/Disabilities FREE!
Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center 
Join us in a stress free, sensory friendly environment to hunt for Easter Eggs! Event held at “My Place,” the inclusive playground adjacent to the JCCRC. Registration required; specific time slots will be available upon registration completion. For more information, please call 757-259-5354.  

Buddy Art • Ages 6+ w/Disabilities FREE!
Saturday, March 4, 3-4 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center 
A variety of art activities are offered based on the ages, ability levels and interests. Children are assigned a volunteer “buddy” to work with them one-on-one. For more information, visit or contact or 757-879-4328. Sponsored by Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center in partnership with volunteers from William & Mary and JCC Parks & Recreation.  
Teensational Socials: Spring Craft Day • Ages 13-21 w/Disabilities FREE!
Saturday, March 4, Noon-2 p.m. 
James City County Recreation Center 
Create a nature scene out of flowers while singing songs and playing games. Offered in partnership with Capernaum. For more information and a complete schedule of events, email Anna Steiner at

Yoga • Ages 18+ w/Disabilities FREE!
 Tuesday, March 28, 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 


Forest Explorers Friday: Host Plants • All Ages FREE! NEW!
Friday, March 17, 5:30-7 p.m.
Freedom Park 
Come join us to learn about host plants for the butterflies that we all love to see fluttering around. Learn about what plants are preferred by some of our native butterflies. Plant some seeds so you can grow plants at home then take a walk to see some of the host plants that grow in Freedom Park. Join us monthly as we investigate a unique and different topic! Scout and youth groups welcome. Parent/ guardian/group leader must attend with children. Meet at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. Weather permitting.

Campfire Social • All Ages FREE!
Two evenings!
Saturday, March 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Saturday, March 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Chickahominy Riverfront Park 
Come celebrate spring weather with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering! Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking Gordon Creek. 

Freedom Park Full Moon Hike: Worm Moon • All Ages FREE!
Tuesday, March 7, 6-7 p.m.
Freedom Park 
Come explore the PARK AFTER DARK during the full moon! During this self-guided hike, Freedom Park will stay 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 along this trail which is a one-mile, paved ADA-compliant trail winding through wooded forest and the Colby Swamp. Users must depart the park by the closing time and must stay on Trail 3 after sunset. No registration required. Weather permitting.  

High Bridge Trail Trip • Ages 12+
Friday, March 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
High Bridge Trail, located in Farmville, VA, is the longest recreational bridge at 125 feet above the Appomattox River. Join us as we take in the views along this converted railroad line. Participants aged 15 & younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please pack lunch. 

Special Events 

Summer Job Fair • Ages 16+ FREE! 
Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
James City County Government Center, 101 Mounts Bay Road, Building F
Parks & Recreation is looking for job applicants with a passion for providing outstanding customer service! Staff will be onsite for SAME DAY interviews! Part-time, seasonal and on-call year-round positions are available for assistant recreation supervisors, instructors, lifeguards, park attendants, recreation leaders and Therapeutic recreation leaders. For more information, visit us online .

Fido Fest • All Ages
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jamestown Beach Event Park
$5/car (cash or check only)
Grab the leash and get to the park with your furry friend for a fun time! Family and dog-friendly activities, entertaining demos, games, contests, fabulous food ($) and community vendors will also be present. Co-sponsor: Heritage Humane Society.


Preschool Fine Motor Skills • Ages 2-4
Saturdays, March 4-25, 9-9:30 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center 
Put those busy bodies to work! Focus on fine motor control skills through a variety of fun and unique games while also learning sports including soccer and basketball. 

Multi-Sport Minis • Ages 3-5
Tuesdays, March 7-28, 5:15-6 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center 
Try out a sports sampler! Practice sports including baseball, soccer, basketball and more. Each week introduces a new sport! 

Tot Shots • Ages 3-5
Tuesdays, March 7-28, 6:15-7 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Learn the basics of basketball! Children will focus on individual skills and learn fundamental tactics and ball-handling skills. 

Pint-Sized Soccer Series • Ages 4-8
Saturdays, March 4-25; $30/session
Half Pint Soccer • Ages 4-5: 9:45-10:30 a.m.
Full Pint Soccer • Ages 6-8: 10:45-11:30 a.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
Develop balance, movement and soccer skills in a positive sports environment. Half Pint focuses on individual technical development while Full Pint is designed to hone those skills and introduce team play. 

Jump Shots • Ages 6-8
Tuesdays, March 7-28, 7:15-8 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Time to up the game! This basketball course is designed to introduce participants to team play and dynamics in addition to honing other fundamental and technical skills. 
Basic Bike Maintenance • Ages 16+ FREE! 
Saturday, March 18, 9-10:30 a.m. 
James City County Recreation Center
With our partners from Girls in Gear and BikeWalkWilliamsburg, learn to inspect and clean your bike, fix a flat, grease a chain and what tools are needed. 

Spring Adult Co-ed Soccer • Women Ages 18+, Men Ages 30+
Play starts April 16; Sundays 5-10 p.m. 
Warhill Sports Complex
Six weeks of league play culminates in an end-of-season playoff game. Team captains must commit before March 20 by emailing Players must all be listed on the team roster by signing up through PerfectMind/Xplor. A team payment of $750 will be due the first week of games. 

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/Cancellations
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
Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road
Powhatan Creek Trail, 3131 Ironbound Road
Warhill Sports Complex, 4900 Stadium Road 

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