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Posted on: July 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] July Events

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Every day this month, come learn and play! Follow James City County Parks & Recreation on Facebook and Instagram to discover our history, explore our parks and facilities and try your luck at winning some P&R swag! #jccparksrec

ARTS & SPECIAL INTEREST 
 

Tie Dye Party • Ages 5-12 NEW!
Friday, July 14, 5-7 p.m., $25 
James City County Recreation Center
This is NOT a project you want your kids doing at home! Send your kids to class to make a tie-dyed shirt that they will wear all summer long. Children must bring their own white T-shirt to class. Pack a nut free snack and drink. Instructor: KidCreate Studio. 

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Register now for the Before & After School Program for 2023-24. Registration forms and program information are available for download here or for pickup at any payment site. For more information, call REC Connect at 757-259-5351.

CAMPS

For the complete list of summer camps, visit us online. 
Note: The Days of Discovery Summer Camp for children with disabilities is currently FULL. Applications are still being accepted as part of a wait list should cancellations occur. For more information, call 757-259-4200. 
Note:  ALL REC Connect Elementary and Middle School Teens On Point (T.O.P) summer camps are FULL. A waitlist is available for all sites; registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis according to space availability. For more information, call REC Connect at 757-259-5351.

HEATLH & WELLNESS

Family Zumba: Party in the U.S.A • Ages 5+ FREE!
Friday, July 14, 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. One Friday each month will be a different theme. Exciting music with easy-to-follow movements makes a perfect fitness class while having fun! 

Family BAM! Drum Party in the U.S.A
• Ages 5+ FREE! NEW!
Friday, July 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center 
Try something new with your crew! Drum fitness is a fun and active class for people of all ages and abilities. Drum away stress while increasing your fitness and listening to amazing music. You’ll leave this class feeling like a rockstar! 
 
Kids Bounce • Ages 8-13
Saturday, July 29, 10-10:45 a.m.; $5 
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. 
 
Grocery Store Guidance • Ages 13+ FREE!
Sunday, July 16, 2-3 p.m.
Do you walk up and down grocery store aisles lost sometimes? Join Registered Dietitian, Stephanie Militano MS, RD, CSSD on a grocery store tour. You’ll discover that healthy eating is possible on a budget. During this real-life guided practice you can ask questions and determine the best buys for you and your family. Registration required. Location to be announced. 

Walk This Way: Williamsburg Walking Club • Ages 14+ FREE!
Saturdays, July 8 & July 22, 9-10 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.

Walk with a Doc • Ages 14+ FREE! NEW!
Saturday, July 8, 9-10 a.m.
James City County Recreation Center 
Take a STEP toward better HEATLH! Join a doctor or health professional for a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends. 30 minutes of walking a day can increase your energy, help you sleep better, increase productivity, and make you feel happier within just 10 minutes. Let’s increase our physical activity together! One Saturday of every month a doc will take a few minutes to cover a health topic, then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk at your own pace. Questions? Call 757-259-4176. 

Learn to Row
• Ages 14+ FREE!
Saturday, July 22, 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? 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. 
 
Indoor Cycle 101 • Ages 14+ FREE! 
Saturday, July 22, 10:30-11:15 a.m.  
James City County Recreation Center
Indoor 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.
 
Breathing Practices for Stress, Anxiety and the Busy Mind • Ages 14+ 
Saturday, July 22, 1-3 p.m. $8 
James City County Recreation Center
Get introduced to several breathing techniques and the science behind the practices. Learn and practice several exercises, including box breathing, falling out breath, yogic three-part breathing and more! Now is the time to learn to breathe for better health. 
 
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.

Drumming for Wellness • Ages 16+ FREE! 
Wednesday, July 19, 5:30-7 p.m.
Freedom Park 
We’ll use the drum and the voice as a modality to practice mindfulness. 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. 

Techniques of Meditation • Ages 16+ FREE!
Wednesday, July 5, 7-8 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. 
 
INCLUSION 
 
Summer Bash Dance • Ages 18+ with Disabilities FREE!
Saturday, July 8, 7-9 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center 
Dance your way to the latest moves, with great friends and light refreshments as the DJ rocks the top hits! 

Yoga • Ages 18+ w/Disabilities FREE!
Tuesday, July 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. 
 
OUTDOORS 

Take Your Kid Fishing • Ages 5-12 FREE!
Saturday, July 22, 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. 

Forest Explorers Friday: Bats 
• All Ages & Families FREE!
Friday, July 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Freedom Park
We’ll explore the meadow and Free Black Settlement seeking out the resident bat population to learn about their foraging habits and benefits to humans. Note the changed program time. Join us on the third Friday of each month to explore the plants and animals that live in James City County parks. All programs are weather permitting. 

Freedom Park Full Moon Hikes: Buck Moon • All Ages FREE!
Monday, July 3, 8:30-9:30 p.m. 
Freedom Park
Come explore us AFTER DARK during the full moon! Freedom Park closes at sunset; however, Multiuse Trail 3 only reopens for this self-guided hike on select nights. After sunset, visitors may use Multiuse Trail 3 only, all other areas of the park are closed. The full moon hikes use an out-and-back one-mile, paved ADA-compliant trail winding through wooded forest and the Colby Swamp. Users must depart Multiuse Trail 3 by the closing time. No registration required. Weather permitting.  

Campfire Social • All Ages FREE!
Saturday, July 15, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 
Chickahominy Riverfront Park 
Come celebrate summer weather with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park! Enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking beautiful Gordon Creek. 

Outdoor Pools Open • All Ages
James City County’s two outdoor pools and splash pad are open for the summer! For locations, costs and operating hours, click here for details on the Outdoor Pools. Weather permitting. 
 
SPECIAL EVENTS 
 
Student Art Show & Exhibit • All Ages FREE!
 …through July 14* 
 Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland Street 
 Come view and admire the works of Parks & Recreation’s oil painting and pastel students! Anne Kushnick’s students will display their unique pieces with some available for purchase. 
 *Exhibit available during library hours 

Splash on Friday • All Ages FREE!
Friday, July 21, 6-8 p.m.
Upper County Park 
Come enjoy family time with us in the pool! Free swim area and an area for our Wibit inflatable obstacle course are available! Games and prizes included. Non-swimmers are required to use a lifejacket, which are provided. Registration required. Weather permitting.  

Movies Under the Stars
• All Ages FREE!
Friday, July 28, 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 stars. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Movies subject to change. Scheduled: Brian & Charles PG. 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 Spring/Summer 2023 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. 
 
HOLIDAY CLOSING: 
The James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center are closed on the Fourth of July. All County parks, including the Stores/Offices within the parks, are open.
   
PROGRAM SITES
Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway 
Freedom Park/Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Road
Greensprings Interpretive Trail, 3751 Greensprings Interpretive Trail 
James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
Little Creek Reservoir Park, 180 Lakeview Drive 
Powhatan Creek Trail, 3131 Ironbound Road 
Veterans Park/Kidsburg, 3793 Ironbound Road
Upper County Park,180 Leisure Road, Toano

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

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