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Posted on: November 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] November Events

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Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session. The registration period for November classes is Nov. 2-11. Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at 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 Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Thursday, Nov. 10 to provide free swim evaluations. Info: 757-259-4185.

Arts & Special Interest
PeeWee Picassos (ages 5-6)
Thursdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 1 (no class Nov. 24), 4:30-6 p.m.
$45; $40 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Paint, Sculpt, Draw – simple and fun! There’ll also be a few other surprise projects in this four-class series! All supplies included. Dress for mess! 211090-A

Introduction to Riding (ages 5+)
Saturday, Nov. 5, 9-11:30 a.m.
$90; $85 for JC/W residents
Stonehouse Stables, 2116-A Forge Road
Learn the basics of being around horses in this hands-on class. Designed to let you learn horse safety and handling from the ground up. You’ll also take your first hunting riding lesson on one of our experienced horses. 211107-A

Before/After School Programs  
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. Before/After School, held at all WJCC elementary school, is available 7 a.m. until school start time. After School is offered from school dismissal until 6 p.m. All middle schools combine for an After School program only at the James City County Recreation Center (transportation from the schools to the Center is provided). For the complete list of fees and registration forms and information, visit 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 financial details

Fit Mama – Stroller Fit (all ages)
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
$13; $8 for JC/W residents (311550-A)
$65 (10 pack); $60 for JC/W residents (311550-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.

Gait Analysis (all ages) Free!
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
What could be more basic 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 may even catch injuries BEFORE they happen! Please wear shorts and a tank type shirt for the best analysis. To schedule, call 757-259-4176 to schedule. 310668-C

Diabetes Risk Assessment Screening & Blood Pressure Check, Free!
Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Are you on the path to diabetes? Drop by to take the Risk Assessment (paper test) and speak with the Sentara nurse. No blood test. This assessment is based on risk factors, controllable and uncontrollable. No registration required.

Community CPR (ages 12+)
Saturday, Nov.19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$80; $75 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
This hands-on skills training class prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. It also teaches the skills and knowledge needed to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Participants will also learn Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR/AED and Infant CPR/AED. Info: 757-259-4176. 111750-B

Meditation Practice (ages 16+)
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6:30-7:15 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 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. For more information call 757-259-4176. 311620-A

Essential Wellness Class (ages 16+), Free! New!
Saturday, Nov. 19, 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 Services
Days of Discovery After School Club (ages 5-22 with disabilities)
Mondays & Wednesdays, through Dec. 7, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
$40/week; $35 for JC/W residents
Jamestown High School
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.
  • Sign up for one, multiple or all weeks!  Info/registration, call 757-259-5354. 

Buddy Beats Music Therapy (ages 5+ with disabilities)
Saturdays, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 7 & Jan. 21, 1-2 p.m.
$40; $35 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center
Buddy Beats is a fun and interactive way to teach socialization and improve fine and gross motor skills, spatial and temporal relations, cognitive skills, mental alertness and concentration and memory skills. All of this while enhancing creativity, self-esteem and empowerment through the community of the drum circle. Info: 757-259-5354. 904200-D

Teensational Socials: Pool Party (ages 13-21 with disabilities), Free!
Saturday, Nov. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
James City County Recreation Center
Splash into an evening of swimming and games. 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

Day Support Program
Tuesdays-Fridays, 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.

Yoga (ages 13+ with disabilities), Free!
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 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

Outdoor Adventure Classes
BASE Camping (all ages/families)
Saturday, Nov. 19, noon-3 p.m.
$15; $10 for JC/W residents
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Have a child in scouts? Thinking about buying a tent and taking the family into the great outdoors? Are the kids just flat out begging for a camp out? In this one day class, learn the basics of picking and preparing a good camp site, fire safety and building, water sources and outdoor cooking! Weather permitting. 811550-A

Forest Explorers Walk (all ages), Free! New!
Saturday, Nov. 5, 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.

Archery 101 (ages 9-15)
Saturdays, Nov. 19-Dec. 17 (no class Nov. 26), 1-2 p.m.
$50; $45 for JC/W residents
Warhill Sports Complex
There’s nothing more exciting than taking your aim and hitting the bulls-eye! In this course designed for beginner to intermediate ability, learn safe use and handling of recurve bows and arrows. Weather permitting. 810040-A

Women’s Mountain Bike Ride (ages 18+), Free!
Saturday, Nov. 5, 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

Beginner’s Mountain Bike Ride (ages 18+), Free!
Saturday, Nov. 5, 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

Native Uses of Native Plants (ages 18+)
Saturday, Nov. 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
Free; however, a $5 donation is suggested.
Freedom Park
Helen Hamilton, author and former high school science teacher, will talk about the food, structures and medicines used by Native Americans. She’ll explore how the native materials provided the survival needs for early settlers of eastern North America, with an emphasis on the experience at Jamestown. Offered in partnership with the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.

Special Events
Live Well Expo, Free!
Friday, Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m.-noon
James City County Recreation Center
Pamper your mind, body and spirit while taking advantage of FREE preventive health screenings during this annual event! Get your vaccinations as well as vision, hearing, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. Learn about the services for ages 55+ available in the community; over 40 vendors are participating and providing information on nutrition, home health care, leisure and recreational services and more. Designed for those ages 55+ and caregivers of any age. For more information, visit or call 757-259-5415.

Splash In Movies (all ages/families)
Saturday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.
$10/person; $5 for JC/W residents
James City County Recreation Center pool
Join us for the best way to warm up a cool night at the Recreation Center pool! Bring a float or borrow a tube and jump in and relax, all while you take in a classic family film! Schedule feature is Zootopia, rated PG. Movies subject to change. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  811240-A

The Lounge/Excursions
National Museum of the Marine CORPS in Quantico (ages 55+)
Thursday, Nov. 17
Cost: $70; $65 for Lounge members
Registration deadline is Nov. 4. Trip departs/returns to the James City County Recreation Center
Celebrate our veteran’s at this spectacular museum. Fee includes motor coach transportation and lunch. Transportation departs the Recreation Center at 9 a.m.; return is anticipated by 5 p.m. Lounge membership is not required to register for trips. For more information and to register by Nov. 4, please call 757-259-4178.

Sports & Athletics
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.

Red Cross Babysitting Course (ages 12+)
Saturday, Nov. 5, 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. 611010-A

For the complete list of Parks and Recreation programs and events or registration information for all activities, please visit 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

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