Parks and Recreation offers the following classes, events and activities in October: Aquatics Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. The registration period for October classes ends Oct. 7. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. Having trouble deciding which swim level is appropriate for your child? Our certified Water Safety Instructor will be available 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and Wednesday, Oct. 5 to provide free swim evaluations. For more information, please call 757-259-4185. Before/After School Program The REC Connect Before/After School program is available to youth ages 5-14 enrolled in grades K-8. The program operates Monday-Friday during the Williamsburg-James City County Public School school year. The Before School program, held at all WJCC elementary schools, is available 7 a.m. until school start time. The After School program is offered from school dismissal until 6 p.m. All middle schools combine for the After School program at the James City County Recreation Center (daily transportation from the schools to the Center is provided). For the complete list of fees and registration forms, visit jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation or call the hotline at 757-259-3170. You can reach Recreation Services at 757-259-5351. Discounts are available to any qualified resident based on total household gross income; please call 757-259-5414 for discount assistance details. Classes STEM Club: Engineering & Robotics (ages 7-12), New! Tuesdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 29 (no class Nov. 8 or Nov. 22), 5:30-6:30 p.m. $60; $55 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center Learn, Build, Program…in this hands-on class series! Develop critical STEM and problem solving skills! You’ll build different K.Nex® bridges based on bridge designs from around the world and complete LEGO® Robotics projects, building and programming robots for sound and motion. Instructor: Sylvan Learning. 211130-A Kidz Clay (ages 9-15) Mondays, Oct. 24-Nov. 28 (no class Nov. 21), 4-5 p.m. $45; $40 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center Make a mess, make some art, and make your mark… in clay! We’ll work on the potter’s wheel as well as hand build sculptural and functional pieces. Finished work is dishwasher and microwave safe. No experience needed. Class may be repeated. $15 materials fee due to instructor at first class. Work will be available for pick up after firing. Dress for mess! 210060-A Basic Horse Care (ages 9+) Saturday, Oct. 29, 2-4 p.m. $70; $65 for JC/W residents Stonehouse Stables, 2116-A Forge Road Learn the basics of horse care with this hands-on class. Grooming, nutrition, hoof and dental care, and all around good information about what it takes to properly care for a horse. You’ll also have the chance to ride one of our horses. 210107-A Red Cross Babysitting Course (ages 12+) Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $75; $70 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center Learn all the basics of babysitting –childcare, fire and home safety, and first aid-plus learn how to set up your business. Receive a babysitter’s textbook, babysitting certificate and first aid kit. Bring a bagged lunch. 610010-A College Readiness & Success (ages 13+), Free! New! Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-7 p.m. James City County Recreation Center Is college the next step for you? Find out what it takes to be ready –academically and socially and how to be successful. Registration required. Adults welcome. Instructor: College Ready, LLC. 210210-A Conversational Spanish (ages 18+) Thursdays, Oct. 20-Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24), 7-8 p.m. $70; $65 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center Follow along and learn the basics! You’ll take away many common words, phrases and questions in Spanish throughout this eight-week class. Be proud of your accomplishments with your classmates as you broaden your knowledge of a new language. 210110-A Adult Chocolate Dipping Class (ages 18+) Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon $25; $20 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center It’s all about Dipping! Learn how to roll out homemade buttercreams and prepare them for dipping in chocolate using proper dipping forks and spoons. Also, don’t forget the fruit – prepare fresh and dried fruits for dipping along with toppings to decorate. Please note any food allergies at time of registration. Instructor: The Williamsburg Chocolatier, Inc. 210101-A Club 55+ Art Series: Watercolor Resist (ages 55+) Friday, Oct. 21, 1:30-3 p.m. $20; $15 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center Get out and about and create…some art! Arts and crafts perfect for any age. You’ll be proud of your finished products. No experience needed. All supplies included. 210100-A Health/Wellness Fit Mama – Stroller Fit (all ages) Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $13; $8 for JC/W residents (310550-A) $65 (10 pack); $60 for JC/W residents (310550-B) James City County Recreation Center Want to get out of the house, do something fun, active and healthy for yourself and your child AND meet a group of amazing moms in your own town! Get a great 60 minutes of exercise using your own body weight, bands and balls as well as our outdoor walking trail! Class ends at the My Place Playground for your tots to play. Pre and postnatal workout for all levels. Jogging stroller not necessary. Bring water and a yoga mat or towel. Info: 757-259-4176. Meditation Practice (ages 16+) Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6:30-7:15 p.m. $5/participants 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 aide 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. Info: 757-259-4176. 310620-A Essential Wellness Class (ages 16+), New! Saturday, Oct. 29, 10-11:30 a.m. James City County Recreation Center Learn natural tools to support your health and wellness for the entire family! Many common issues will be explored such as immunity, pain relief, improved sleep, weight management, hormone balancing, cleansing, stress reduction and much more. 310630-A Inclusion & Therapeutic Recreation Days of Discovery After School Club (ages 5-22 with disabilities) Mondays & Wednesdays, Oct. 3-Dec. 7, 2:30-5:30 p.m. $40/week; $35 for JC/W residents Lafayette High School Sign up for one, multiple or all weeks! Experience FUN, arts and crafts, gym games and community outings! This exciting after school club will enhance mobility, socialization and leisure skills. A typical participant: • has a mild to moderate disability • can independently or with verbal cues, feed, bathe and toilet • is able to function successfully within a 1:3 staff to camper ratio • is able to adjust to changes in routine/environment with relative ease • has the ability to effectively communicate needs either verbally or with a communication device. For more information or to register, call 757-259-5354. Adventure Swim (ages 5-21 with disabilities) Tuesdays, Oct. 4-Nov. 11, 7-7:45 p.m. $30; $25 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center Want to learn how to swim? Join us for fun swimming activities and learn new skills from a Certified Water Safety Instructor. 100610-A Teensational Socials: Fall Fun Day at Pumpkinville (ages 13-21 with disabilities), Free! Saturday, Oct. 15, noon-1:15 p.m. Pumpkinville, 7691 Richmond Road, Toano Meet us at Pumpkinville for an afternoon full of fun! Please bring a bagged lunch and $3.50. No need to register, just come join us! Offered in partnership with Capernaum. For more information and a complete schedule of events, call Caitie Maloney at 757-784-6226 or Caitie.Maloney@yahoo.com. Indoor Sports Night (ages 13+ with disabilities), Free! Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7-9 p.m. James City County Recreation Center Swing, Kick, Spike! Join the William and Mary baseball team for a full evening of sports and fun! Offered in collaboration with The Arc of Greater Williamsburg. Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities), Free! Tuesday, Oct. 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 Arc events or to become a member call 757-229-3535 or visit thearcgw.org. Williamsburg Landing 5K for The Arc Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 a.m. Registration fee: $35/person; 9 and younger Free! Williamsburg Landing, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive Join us on the Williamsburg Landing campus on to help support The Arc. Register online at thearcgw.org. All proceeds benefit The Arc of Greater Williamsburg’s mission to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. Day Support Program Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays weekly, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail Offers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to receive educational, life skills and vocational training, as well as engage in social and recreational activities with their peers, instructors and the community. Info: call The Arc at 757-229-3535. Outdoor Adventures Forest Explorers Walk (all ages), Free! New! Saturday, Oct. 1, 9-11* a.m. Meet at the Freedom Park playground Join us on the first Saturday of every month this fall for a guided walk on the new Freedom Park nature trail! One of our expert nature guides will lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects and anything else we may encounter! *New walks begin every 30 minutes. Weather permitting. Women’s Mountain Bike Ride (ages 18+), Free! Saturday, Oct. 1, 9-11 a.m. Freedom Park Ladies, join the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association’s Dirt Divas on a women’s-only mountain bike ride! Come learn the trail system at Freedom Park, meet fellow female riders in the community and learn the ins-and-outs of mountain biking. The ride will be at a moderate pace and will take about two hours. Participants are welcome to stay after the ride and attend the monthly EVMA meeting and luncheon. Bike and helmet required. Water bottles and/or hydration packs encouraged. Riders meet at the Interpretive Center. For more information, email the EVMA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginner’s Mountain Bike Ride (ages 18+), Free! Saturday, Oct. 1, 9-11 a.m. Freedom Park Are you new to mountain biking and looking to ride with a group? Join the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association on this beginner’s ride! The two-hour ride will be specially designed for novice riders and led by volunteers from the EVMA. Participants are welcome to stay after the ride and attend the monthly EVMA meeting and luncheon. Bike and helmet required. Water bottles and/or hydration packs encouraged. Riders meet at the Interpretive Center. For more information, email the EVMA at email@example.com. Interpretive Paddles (ages 18+), Free! Monday, Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. James City County Marina Kayak historic Powhatan Creek and Jamestown Island. View birds and wildlife native to our area. Bring your own kayak or rent one of ours. Guided by James River Association. 16 participants max. To register: jrava.org. For more information, email Jamie Brunkow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Weather permitting. Ecological Lessons to be learned from Plant & Animal Interactions Saturday, Oct. 15, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; however a $5 donation is suggested Freedom Park Dr. Shawn Dash began collecting and studying specimens from the natural world at an early age. He has continued in the field through three graduate degrees and works at Hampton University in the Biological Sciences Department. He will discuss the evolution of plant and insect communities while exploring pollination, herbivory, hyperparasites and plant defenses. Special Events Capital Color Ride (all ages), New! Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Register by Sept. 30 - $5/person Register after Sept. 30/onsite - $10/person Chickahominy Riverfront Park Pedal your way through the Virginia Capital Trail with color surprises at every turn! Add a little color to your day pedaling roundtrip from Chickahominy Riverfront Park to your “Color Pit Stop” of choice. Make tracks riding this beautiful scenic trail as a family or at your leisure. Load up your bike, wear your white T-shirt and Get Colored at “color pit stops” which feature refueling stations of water, healthy snacks and recreational fun. Multiple riding options available: PURPLE – the Family Fun marker (1-mile ride); GREEN – 2-mile marker (4-mile ride); BLUE – 4-mile marker (8-mile ride); RED – 7-mile marker (14-mile ride); or return to Chickahominy Riverfront Park for the GOLD finisher color! Register your bikes and get bike safety checks by the James City County Police Department. Fee includes refreshments, maps, T-shirt, lunch, biking vendors and colorful FUN! Children age 9 and younger are free. Preregistration forms available at all Parks and Recreation payment locations or register online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. Weather permitting. 410400-A Halloween Tales (all ages), Free! Friday, Oct. 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jamestown Beach Event Park - NEW location! Enjoy a night in the outdoors for some Halloween fun! Trunk or Treating and arts and crafts (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and a family-friendly Halloween show (7:30 p.m.) – Mickey’s Monster Musical – will be the highlight of the night! Costumes are welcome. Trunk or Treating is for children ages 12 and younger. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Food available for purchase. Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sports Half Pint & Full Pint Soccer (ages 4-9) Half Pint (ages 4-5): Sat., Oct. 22-Dec.10 (no class Nov. 12 or Nov. 26) 9-9:45 a.m., 510150-A Full Pint (ages 6-9): Sat., Oct. 22-Dec.10 (no class Nov.12 or Nov. 26) 10-10:45 a.m., 510160-A $45/session; $40 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center GOAL! Dribbling, passing, field position and more will be taught in this FUN two-tiered introduction to soccer. Multi Sport Minis (ages 3-5) Saturdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 12 or Nov. 26), 11-11:45 a.m. $45; $40 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center From jumping hurdles, shooting a basketball, kicking a soccer ball to throwing a baseball, come have fun in the most assorted class of all! 510050-A Tot Shots (ages 3-5) Saturdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 19 (no class Nov. 12), 9-9:45 a.m. $35; $30 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center Time to lace up your basketball shoes and meet us on the court to learn how to dribble, shoot, pass and play some b-ball! 510070-A Sandlot Tots (ages 4-6) Saturdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 19 (no class Nov. 12) 11-11:45 a.m. $35; $30 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center Hitting, fielding, base running and throws! Come play in the dirt… and learn the fantastic game of T-ball. 510130-B Hut, Hut, Tots! (football) (ages 5-7), New! Saturdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 19 (no class Nov. 12), noon-12:45 p.m. $35; $30 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center In this ‘no pads/helmets’ introduction, you’ll learn the basics of offense and defense, basic passing and running, and how the game is played. Parent involvement encouraged! 510400-A Jump Shots (ages 6-8), New! Saturdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 19 (no class Nov. 12) 10-10:45 a.m. $35; $30 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center Time to take the skills from Tot Shots and get ready for team play! This introduction to basketball gets you oriented to the court, passing and dribbling and team play! 510080-A Quart’r Pint Soccer (ages 2-3 with parent) Saturdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 12 or Nov. 26) 8:30-9 a.m. $45; $40 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center This “parent-play” class engages toddlers and helps to develop balance, movement and soccer skills as well as helping parents provide a positive sports environment. Very active and fun! 510140-A Skateboarding for Grommits! (ages 6-9) Saturdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 19 (no class on Nov. 12), noon-1 p.m. $35; $30 for JC/W residents Skate Park, adjacent to the James City County Recreation Center Interested in being the next Tony Hawk and need a starting point? Lessons with JCC Parks and Recreation are a great place to begin! Safe, structured and FUN! Helmets required; elbow, knee and/or wrist guards recommended. Weather permitting. 511250-A Junior Lord Stanleys (ages 7-9), New! Saturdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 19 (no class Nov. 12), noon-12:45 p.m. $35; $30 for JC/W residents James City County Recreation Center From face-off to hitting one off the pipes, this four-week introduction to floor hockey will have you ready to take your game to the rink! Weather permitting. 510030-A Teen Tournaments (boys and girls ages 12-19), Free! Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. Abram Frink Jr. Community Center Come out for weekly Xbox game tournaments and competitive active game tournaments. These safe, free and fun nights challenge you to play in competitive tournaments against other competitors in your age group. Info: 757-887-5810. For the complete list of Parks and Recreation programs and events or registration information for all activities, please visit jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation 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. JC/W = James City County/Williamsburg resident.