Local Events

Good News Gloucester Revival

 

You are invited to the Good News Gloucester Revival Sunday, September 27th through Friday, October 2nd in the field in front of the Gloucester Moose Lodge, just look for the big tent. Gates open at 5:30 each night with the service beginning at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or a chair or you can listen safely from your vehicle on WXGM 102.3 FM or 1420 AM. Visit goodnewsgloucester.com for more information.

Friends of Dragon Run's Fall Paddle Season

Friends of Dragon Run (FODR) would like to welcome you to one of the most beautiful rivers in Virginia. We are dedicated to preserving this waterway and believe one of the best ways to do that is to show people how special it is by offering paddle trips.

Friends of Dragon Run’s fall paddle season will begin on Friday, October 16th and will end Sunday, November 1st. We will paddle October 16th, 17th (2 Paddles), 18th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th (2 paddles), 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st (2 paddles) and November 1st. We will offer trips every day, weather permitting, by reservation only. Registration is currently open using a SignUp Genius link on the website www.dragonrun.org. Details about the paddle trips are displayed on the website by clicking on the Paddle Trip Info button. Donations must be made at the time of reservation. The suggested amount is $50 per person. Without a donation, you may still paddle but not with an advance reservation. Refunds will be offered if FODR has to cancel the paddle due to weather or if a paddler guest is ill. We provide a kayak for each paddler, a paddle, and life vest. We do not allow guests to bring their own boats. As with our first-ever summer paddle, we will follow strict COVID-19 guidelines.

Gloucester Sales Tax Referendum to Appear on November Ballot

Gloucester Sales Tax Referendum to Appear on November Ballot

 

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors has initiated a referendum on whether the County may levy a general retail Sales Tax at a rate not to exceed 1% during the November 3, 2020 General Election. If enacted, the revenue generated from the Sales Tax would provide funding solely for capital projects for the construction or renovation of schools in the County. The County’s 5-year Capital Improvement Plan includes about $48 million of potentially eligible projects to support the long-term infrastructure needs of public schools in Gloucester County. Long-term debt would be required to finance the approximate $48 million investment, which over a 20-year period, would cost about $3.5 million per year in debt service. The $3.5 million per year would equate to about 8 cents on the County’s Real Estate Tax rate, or about 14 years with an additional 1% Sales Tax.

If funded using the Real Estate Tax, Gloucester County property owners would fund 100% of the debt service. If funded using Sales Tax, Gloucester County property owners would fund less than 100% of the debt service, with people who shop in the County (but do not own property in the County) funding the balance of the debt service. Therefore, if the referendum is approved, the Board of Supervisors would be empowered to reduce the amount of debt service funded by Gloucester County property owners, by assessing the Sales Tax. Gloucester’s current Sales Tax is 5.3%, or 5.3 cents per dollar. The maximum new rate that could be contemplated by the Board of Supervisors if the referendum is approved by the voters would be 6.3%, or 6.3 cents per dollar. In comparison, Sales Tax rates in York and James City counties and the City of Williamsburg is currently 7%, or 7 cents per dollar. The remainder of Hampton Roads localities pay a 6% Sales Tax, or 6 cents per dollar.

The additional Sales Tax would not apply to: - Specific high cost items such as cars, trailers, boats, aircraft (or fuels for the same) - Utilities - Groceries - Prescriptions or over-the-counter medications - Certain agricultural, commercial and industrial items.

Projects in the County’s Capital Improvement Plan that may potentially be funded by the Sales Tax include the: - Gloucester High School renovation - Achilles Elementary School bus loop - Page Middle School athletic field - HVAC replacements at Peasley Middle and Bethel Elementary schools and the T.C. Walker Education Center - Playground replacements at Botetourt, Petsworth and Bethel Elementary schools, and - Major paving and lighting replacement projects at multiple schools.

The Sales Tax would expire when the projects are paid in full and the debt is retired, or after 20 years, whichever occurs first. Also, if funding for construction or renovation of Gloucester County Public Schools is no longer needed, the Sales Tax could potentially go away. For more information, visit www.gloucesterva.info or contact the Gloucester Department of Community Engagement and Public Information at 804-693-5730 or gwilliams@gloucesterva.info.

GCPS Screenings for Preschooler's

Do you have concerns regarding your preschooler's development?

Gloucester County Public Schools conducts screenings for preschool children as part of their Child Find Activities throughout the school year. Parents/Guardians should consider having their children screened if they are experiencing difficulty walking, talking, playing, and meeting developmental milestones.

The screening will take place at Thomas Calhoun Walker Education Center. If you are interested in having your child screened, please call the Special Education Office at 693-7880 or 693-7944 to schedule a screening appointment.

Dates are listed below and are subject to change.

 

 

Yorktown Market Days

After a seven-week temporary drive-thru model at McReynolds Athletic Complex, Yorktown Market Days is excited to return to its regular time and location at the waterfront from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The transition back to Riverwalk Landing is an exciting one for vendors, artists, and staff alike.

“I feel people and their pets are ready for some fresh air, fresh produce and foods, and that one-on-one interaction with the farmers and small business owners. It’s all part of the Yorktown Market atmosphere!” says Market Manager Mark Medford.

Customers who have not yet shopped the market this season will notice a few changes, some of which will carry over from the drive-thru operations, including required spacing between vendors and a setup to avoid congestion in typically high-traffic areas. Vendors and staff who are engaging with customers will be required to wear face coverings. There will also be no open sampling of any foods and live entertainment has been put on hold. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up as you enter as well as signs stating that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to shop the market.

Many vendors say they plan to continue to offer pre-order, pre-payment, and pickup options, although it will be up to those individual businesses to communicate plans and to make arrangements with customers.

Yorktown Market Days is a proud participant in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as well as Virginia’s Fresh Match Program which gives qualifying customers one dollar for every dollar they spend on fruits and vegetables. The cap has been temporarily waived so families can put as much of their money as they’d like toward produce under the Fresh Match, using their EBT/Food Stamp/SNAP card. This includes the one-time benefit called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.

 

2020 Themed Markets


October 10: Fall Festival (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
October 17: First Responders Market (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
October 31: Paws at the River (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
November 14: Maritime Festival (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
November 21: Harvest Festival (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
December 12: Mistletoe Market (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

 

Yorktown Market Days runs Saturdays through the end of October, rain or shine, with the exception of October 3. Once the weekly season ends, there are three special holiday markets that include favorite Thanksgiving foods, visits from Santa, and plenty of shopping opportunities!

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots. The complimentary, wheelchair accessible Yorktown Trolley will be available, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with several convenient stops throughout town.

 

Additional Information

 

 

Special thanks to the 2020 Cultivator Sponsors State Farm Agent Mark Irwin and  Langley Federal Credit Union. Additional recognition goes to Harvester Sponsor Amory Funeral Home for entertainment and Seed Sower Sponsor Parks Orthodontics for providing all the kid-friendly activities.

West Point Food Trucks By The River 2020

The Town of West Point is pleased to bring back their popular Food Trucks by the River events for Fall 2020!

 

This event will be held at its usual site at Riverwalk Park near the foot of the Lord Delaware Bridge. Due to the construction of The Pavilion at Riverwalk Park, you are encouraged to park in the parking lot at the West Point Creek Kayak Ramp (behind West Point Pharmacy) and follow the Riverwalk to the event.

Please plan to follow social distancing guidelines. Face coverings are encouraged when not eating or drinking.

 

Food Trucks events are family-friendly and dogs on leashes are welcome! They look forward to seeing you down by the river.

 

Fall 2020 Lineup -

 

Friday, September 25th: FoodaTude...Food with Attitude, Sno-to-Go, and Gauthier Vineyard

 

Friday, October 16th: Carytown Burgers & Fries, Jeeps & Butts, Sno-to-Go, and Gauthier Vineyard

 

Friday, October 30th: FoodaTude...Food with Attitude, Sno-to-Go, and Gauthier Vineyard

Abingdon Ruritan Club Seafood Festival

We regret to announce that the Abingdon Ruritan Club Fall 2020 Seafood Festival is officially cancelled. This is in keeping with federal and state restrictions due to COVID-19. For those who purchased tickets for the cancelled Spring 2020 Seafood Festival and requested us to hold those tickets for the Fall Festival, we offer the following suggestions:

(1) If you want a refund and you paid with check or cash, return your tickets with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Abingdon Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 22, Bena, VA 23018 not later than November 2, 2020. Tickets received after this date cannot be refunded.

(2) If you want a refund and you paid with Pay Pal, return your tickets along with your name and address to Abingdon Ruritan Club, P. O. Box 22, Bena, VA 23018 not later than November 2, 2020 and your credit card will be updated in the Pay Pal system. Tickets received after this date cannot be refunded.

(3) Keep a record of the ticket numbers that you return. We are not responsible for tickets lost in the mail.

(4) If you do not want a refund and wish to donate the cost of the tickets to the Abingdon Ruritan Club, you have two options: (1) do nothing, or (2) if you wish to receive an acknowledgement of your charitable deduction, send a written request with your name, address, and the ticket numbers you are donating to the Abingdon Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 22, Bena VA 23018. A written acknowledgement of your donation will be provided.

(5) Please note these tickets will not be honored at any subsequent Seafood Festival and will be void after 2 November 2020.

 

As you know, over the past 40 years, the Seafood Festivals have provided us the opportunity to give back to the community through multiple donations made possible because of your support. Our donations include Volunteer Fire & Rescue; Academic Scholarships; local services for youth, seniors, & adult care; benevolence; scouts; Housing Partnership; Hunters for the Hungry; food pantries; 4-H camp; hospice & fighting cancer; and much more. Now, because of the pandemic, our ability to make donations is critically impaired. Thank you again, for partnering with the Abingdon Ruritan Club over the years. We are cautiously optimistic that we may have a 2021 Spring Festival—so stay tuned!

 

James Leiffer, 2020 President

Gloucester County Implementing New Tax Software

Gloucester County Implementing New Tax Software During Coming Weeks

 

Culmination of Multi-year Effort The Gloucester County Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue are implementing new Tax and Receipting software over the next two weeks. As the transition is being made, customers may experience some delays in the processing of their tax payments as well as longer wait times as office staff work through the transition. The offices may also experience some downtime of the system, but any downtime should be minimal. Please be assured that internal processing delays (if experienced) will not result in the assessment of late fees or penalties. Along with the new software, the Treasurer’s Office is implementing updated credit card and e-check interfaces with lower fees of transacting business associated with these services. The fee for using a credit card to pay statements will decrease from 3 percent to 2.5 percent. The fee for utilizing e-checks will be eliminated entirely. Also, all major credit cards will now be accepted at the Treasurer’s Office window as well as online for taxes, utilities and permit payments. The new credit card and e-check systems should be available within a few weeks. The Treasurer and Commissioner also remind citizens that the Board of Supervisors extended the time to pay 2020 first installment taxes until August 14th without additional fees or interest. For any questions or concerns, please contact - Commissioner of Revenue 804-693-3451, or cor@gloucesterva.info - Treasurer’s Office 804-693-2141, or treasurer@gloucesterva.info.

York County's "Movies in the Parks!" Program

York County’s “Movies in the Parks!” program returns.

This free nine-week movie series will be held Friday and Saturday evenings at three County parks: Charles Brown Park, McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC), and New Quarter Park. This program is a great way to get the family outdoors for a fun event while practicing social distancing.  Movie-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Concessions are available at each movie showing.

 

 

New Quarter Park – 1000 Lakeshead Drive, Williamsburg 23185

September 26            -           The Lion King

 

For additional information about this and other York County recreational programs, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec. or call (757) 890-3500.

York County Public Library

As we near the beginning of the school year, the York County Public Library reminds patrons about some of the resources available to help students excel during the 2020-2021 academic year and beyond!

 

Add “Get a Library Card” to your back-to-school list this September

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.  Library cardholders gain access to a world of educational resources. Beyond our collection of books, audio and video resources, the library offers access to online databases and tutorials that can support your child’s learning. Don’t have a library card yet? Learn how a library card gives you superpowers by signing up today!

Parents or guardians can sign up children ages 4 and up for a library card by visiting one of our two convenient branch locations with a photo ID and proof of residence. Children ages 4 to 16 get a special gift if they get a library card during the month of September.

If you cannot visit one of our branches right now, apply for our digital library card, which gives you access to all of our digital resources. This temporary card expires after 3 months, but can be validated in person at any time to be converted into a regular library card.

To explore our educational resources, visit our Homework Help page at www.yorkcounty.gov/2356/Homework-Help. Learn more about our library card options by visiting www.yorkcounty.gov/768/Library-Cards.

 

Limited curbside service is available for those unable to enter the buildings. For questions, call us at 757-890-5100 or email us at library_services@yorkcounty.gov.

 

Take the Fun Home with Activity To-Go Kits

While the York County Public Library has reopened to the public, in-person programming is currently on hiatus. However, the Youth Services staff are excited to offer Activity To-Go Kits, a programming model made popular during our 2020 Summer Reading Program. Take home a little bit of library fun with these kits!

The September kits will be available for pick up during operating hours at both the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries. A different kit will be featured each week:

  • Craft Kit: Ojo de Dios (ages 5-12): Available Sept. 22-Sept. 26
  • Tiny & Toddler Story Kit: Getting Dressed (ages 0-4): Available Sept. 29-Oct. 3

 

All September kits include a themed book list and an activity; the craft and science kits also include supplies and instructions for an experiment or craft. Links to the main content from the kits will also be available at www.yorkcounty.gov/libraryblog.

There is a limited supply of Kits, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call the Youth Services desk to ensure your preferred kit is available before visiting the library. Contact the Tabb Youth Services desk at (757) 890-5110 or the Yorktown Youth Services desk at (757) 890-3236. Curbside pickup of Activity To-Go Kits is available by request.

 

Library operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The library is closed Sunday and Monday. Masks are required to enter the building and social distancing is enforced.  Hand sanitizer is available and its use encouraged. For more information about our operation guidelines, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/library.

Gloucester's Director of Elections and General Registrar Explains Integrity of the Voting Process

Gloucester’s Director of Elections and General Registrar Explains Integrity of the Voting Process

 

With Election season in full swing, Bobbi Morgan, Gloucester’s Director of Elections and General Registrar, said the mission of her office is to ensure the integrity of the electoral process by maintaining accurate and current voter registration records used in elections. With all voters now eligible to participate in Absentee by Mail and Early Voting, Morgan said the process is the same it has always been for Absentee Voting. The only thing that has changed is that now, any registered voter can participate in Absentee by Mail and Early Voting. “The steps aren’t new,” Morgan said. “It’s very secure.”

 

For security purposes, each application and returned ballot envelope is looked at by hand in the Elections and Voter Registration office. Each ballot is checked to make sure it matches with the state Department of Elections’ database. This database is linked to other official voter databases across the country to ensure the voting roster is kept accurate. Also, research is done to ensure that the voter is not deceased, not a felon, not mentally incapacitated and is still a resident of Gloucester County. Finally, each Absentee voter must fill out an application for a ballot to be mailed to them. Their application is checked in the state database to ensure they are eligible to receive a ballot. As an additional layer of security, each ballot cast thru the Ballot Drop Box must be sealed in the provided envelope with the voter’s statement; name, address and signature that is checked and verified with the state database report.

 

Those who are interested in identifying whether or not their ballot has been received can visit the Virginia Department of Election’s website at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/absentee.

 

As far as options and procedures for participating in the November 3, 2020 General Election, Morgan said:

- The last day to get registered or make changes to your voting information is Oct. 13.

In-person Early Voting will begin Sept. 18, which is the earliest ballots will be available.

Voters can register online by visiting https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation.

 

- In-person Early Voting will be held Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31 at the Elections and Voter Registration office located at 6467 Main Street. Early Voting will also take place Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

- Absentee ballots can be dropped into the Elections and Voter Registration Ballot Drop Box located behind County office building number one, located as 6467 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia 23061. The Drop Box is monitored by security cameras 24-7 and is available 24 hours a day. To apply to vote absentee, visit https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation.

 

- Voting in-person at normal polling locations will be available from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day. An acceptable ID is required. Morgan said it is important to note that once you request an Absentee Ballot, you are marked as already voting in this election. If you decide not to vote using your Absentee Ballot, return the ballot unopened in the pre-addressed envelope before Elections Day, by using the Ballot Drop Box or bringing it to the polls on Election Day. Full voting information and procedures are available by visiting the Elections and Voter Registration website at https://www.gloucesterva.info/349/Elections-and-Voter-Registration or by calling the office at 804-693-3659.

Gift Certificate Stimulus Program Launched in Gloucester

Gift Certificate Stimulus Program Launched in Gloucester 

 

 

Gloucester County’s Economic Development department has been working diligently alongside local businesses to help them address recent challenges in their operations and finances.
 
- Most recently, Gloucester County and the Gloucester County Economic Development Authority (EDA), working in tandem with the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, have embarked on a gift certificate initiative entitled “Rethink. Rebound. Revitalize.” to benefit independently owned, local small business owners and the public alike.  
 
- Just last week, the EDA approved $5,000 for the Gloucester Gift Certificate Community Stimulus Program, designed to help Gloucester’s independently owned, local small businesses mitigate losses during the COVID-19 crisis.  
 
- When one purchases a gift certificate through the program to use at a participating local independent business, the EDA will add 25 percent to the purchase (up to $25) for as long as the matching funds last.  
 
- To purchase gift certificates through the program, visit www.gloucestervachamber.org. Once purchasing a gift certificate, you will receive a receipt generated from PayPal. This receipt will then be used to take to the retailer and the Chamber will have a certificate for the businesses so that they can keep a record of all purchases made through the program.  
 
- For information on these and other resources available to local businesses, call 804-693-1415.

Blood Donation Information

We now face a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. We encourage healthy individuals to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
 
To find a Blood Drive near you please visit: www.redcrossblood.org/give
 
Blood donation remains a safe process.  Do not hesitate to give and receive blood even during  this time of social distancing.  
 
At each blood drive, Red Cross employees are following thorough safety protocols. In addition to standard procedures, you will notice the following at your local blood drive:  Pre-Temperature Screening: All donors will be asked to have their temperature taken before being permitted into the blood drive. If a donor has a temperature greater than 99.5°F they will be asked to return to donate when they are healthy & asked to leave the drive.

Enhanced Disinfecting: Hand sanitizer will be at check-in, health history & refreshment areas. Donors will be asked to use hand sanitizer prior to using tablets & laptops. Donors beds will be sanitized between each & every donor.

Social Distancing: Implementation of separated drive set up to allow as much distance as possible between donors.

Staff Wellness and Protection: All staff members will have a temperature check before presenting to work, and they've been asked not to come to work if they are feeling sick. Staff will wear gloves throughout entire blood drive, changing gloves between every donor.

2020 Gloucester County Tuesday Blood Drive Schedule

Be a part of a lifesaving journey. Donate blood. The 2020 Gloucester County Tuesday Blood Drive Schedule is listed below.

To schedule an appointment please visit redcross.org and enter sponsor code GCVa or call Mary Beth at 757-876-7046.

 

Newport News Park

12 Things You May Not Know About Newport News Park 

In 1966, the City of Newport News created a watershed around Lee Hall Reservoir to protect the quality of its water. That watershed was developed into Newport News Park. Since then, it’s been a gem in our city, providing trails, shade, a huge variety of wildlife, and much more. So much more, that you probably don’t even know about all this amazing park has to offer. We’ve outlined the Top 12 things you need to know about Newport News Park that will get you planning your next trip there as soon as possible!

1. It’s HUGE

One of the largest municipal parks in the United States, Newport News Park is nine times larger than New York City’s Central Park! At 7,711 acres, Newport News Park is an oasis in the middle of a large metropolitan city. The park is so large that it has its very own campground! 

2. It’s a great place to camp

Campers and outdoor enthusiasts find Newport News Park’s campground the perfect retreat. Its 188 campsites are spaciously arranged throughout the park’s natural woodlands. Camp here and you’ll be surrounded by many of the comforts of home, including electricity, heated showers, a laundry room, a small store for food and supplies, and 24-hour security. And, needless to say, pets are welcome, too!

3. It has an aero-model flying field 

Did you know that Newport News Park has an aero-model flying field? What’s that, you may ask? It’s a place for model aviation enthusiasts to fly their radio-controlled aircraft. The busiest flying times are usually Saturday and Sunday afternoons, weather permitting. The field has a paved 400-foot runway and a spacious 30-acre flyover area, along with bleachers for visitors and spectators.

4. It has miles of trails

The park also offers more than 30 miles of trails through forest, field, and marshland – with many native species to observe in their natural habitat. As you can imagine, the park is home to an incredible variety of native wildlife – deer, fox, raccoon and beaver, to name a few – all found in a thriving setting filled with lush woodlands, flowering meadows, and shimmering lakes. 

5. It has a center to rehabilitate wildlife 

The park even has a state- and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation program, located at the Discovery Center. The staff there provides care to hundreds of injured or orphaned animals annually, enabling the animals to return to their natural environments, healthy and self-sufficient. We like to think of the Discovery Center as a “temporary haven” for wildlife when they’re most in need. The center also has numerous educational exhibits on display, which are open to the public.

6. You can rent a bike for $3

If you enjoy cycling, bring your own bike or rent one from the campsite office to hit the park’s popular 5.3-mile hard-packed, flat-surface multi-use trail. Newport News Park shares a long stretch of border with the Colonial National Historical Park and several of the park's biking and hiking trails cross over into this historical area.

7. It has ties to the Civil War

Speaking of history, did you know that Newport News Park is the site of some of the best preserved Civil War fortifications, earthworks and redoubts in Virginia? During the American Civil War, the park was the site of Battle of Dam No. 1. In the days prior to the battle, Confederate forces constructed rifle pits and other earthworks from which they held off the Union Army.  Because of this, the park is a designated stop on the official Virginia Civil War Trails network.

8. It has numerous playgrounds and horseshoe pits

Families with small children will be happy to know that Newport News Park has FOUR playgrounds, including one specifically made for younger children (found in Picnic Area 2). With four certified courts for horseshoes, there’s no better place than Newport News Park to play horseshoes, too, especially if you want to keep your own lawn back home pristine! Just remember to bring your own horseshoes, as the park does not provide them.

9. It boasts archery, golf, and a Japanese Peace Garden!

Additionally, it has an archery range, two 18-hole golf courses, and an 18-hole championship disc golf course in the arboretum area. Floral gardens at the park include a Japanese Peace Garden with an authentic tea house!

10.  It’s a great place to go fishing

For water enthusiasts, fishing is permitted in two large freshwater lakes, along with canoe, paddleboat, and Jon boat rentals. And don’t worry about bringing your own paddles, oars, or personal flotation devices – they’re all included in the rental.

11.  There’s a team-building course 

Organized groups looking for a physical and a mental challenge are invited to make a reservation to take the park’s “Ropes & Initiatives Course.” It features a progression of more difficult tasks, similar to an obstacle course. It can be a powerful tool for enhancing group dynamics.  

12.   There are lots of FREE programs there

 

OK, now that we know what Newport News Park has to offer, let’s talk about the many FREE programs scheduled there on a regular basis! Who knew the park offered the following activities?  

1. Archery Safety Lessons – A park ranger presents this one-hour presentation to teach general archery safety tips and discuss the rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. You’ll also learn more about the art of archery. Call 757-888-3333 for dates and to register.

 2. Bird Walks – Since 1965, the Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the park’s bird population on a regular basis. Join club members in the parking lot of Picnic Area 1 at 7 a.m. every first and third Sunday of the month for some early morning birding. Take a stroll through the park and see what interesting species of birds live here. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

3. Friday Night Adventures – Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you can bring your family to the Discovery Center at Newport News Park every Friday evening to learn about some of the amazing living creatures that make their homes in and around the park. Meet a park naturalist to discover facts about some of the park’s natural and historical features through nature walks, themed presentations, and hands-on activities. Topics range from beavers, snakes, and owls to bats, opossums, deer, raccoons, and other creatures inhabiting the park. 

4. Hayrides – Hop on a Saturday evening hayride to explore the park’s beautiful and diverse forest habitats. These family friendly adventures are led by park staff. Hayrides, which depart from the campsite office, are offered on select Saturday evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Rides are free, but tickets are required and distributed at the Campsite Office on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes before each departure time.

5. Story and a Walk – Enjoy a fun nature story at the Discovery Center in Newport News Park and then take a short walk to discover what you can find around the park. Targeted toward preschool children and their caregivers, this program is held at 10 a.m. every second Wednesday of the month. 

6. Walking Club – This free walking program was created for adults over age 55 who want to get fit or stay fit. Walk through some of the parks most beautiful trails at 10 a.m. every Friday. Call 757-812-7905 to register.

Obviously, the only challenge you’ll have in visiting Newport News Park is selecting among all the fun programs and numerous things to do there! If you opt for one of the programmed activities, call first because a few of these activities are only offered during the summer months. For questions or additional information, call Newport News Park at 757-886-7912.

 

Riverside Hospice Agencies

Riverside Hospice Agencies are looking for volunteers for the Tappahannock and Gloucester offices. They are in need of patient companion volunteers, bereavement and spiritual support volunteers. 8 hours of free training is required and broken up in to two 4 hour days. Criminal background check and Tuberculosis test(covered by Riverside) are also required.

Becoming a hospice volunteer is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and others.

For more information call Frannie Bernard @ 804-443-6130, 804-693-1111 or email to frances.bernard@rivhs.com.

Newport News Tourism

Newport News Tourism adds Bike Trails to its Website

Cycling is a hobby that can be enjoyed year-round in Coastal Virginia! As such, Newport News Tourism is happy to announce that a new online resource is now available for cyclists to find a variety of bike trails in the city. The trails, which have been added to our website, are separated into three categories: Road biking, Recreational biking, and Mountain biking.

 The trails cover many miles of local terrain, with varying degrees of difficulty. From a leisurely 2-mile paved trail in Riverview Farm Park to the beginner/advanced/expert mountain bike trails in Harwood’s Mill, there is something for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy!

A brief description of the six trails is provided, each elaborating on the scenic river views, wooded parks, historic homes, museums, lakefront areas, bridges, and urban streets you’re likely to encounter. 

Maps are available in two formats: Downloadable PDF files that can be printed and online/interactive maps accessible from the web.  The maps can be useful for planning your route in advance and include the following:

Road biking Route 1 – Local Favorite – 8 miles Route 1 – City Tour – 21 miles

Recreational biking Riverview Farm Park – 2 miles Newport News Park – 5.3 miles

Mountain biking Lake Maury Natural Area – 5 miles Harwood’s Mill – 5.9 miles

To make sure everyone takes the typical precautions when biking, we’ve also included a “Bike Safety” tab on the website, which includes basic bicycle rules of the road and cycling tips. For more information, click on “Bike Trails” from the home page of our website at www.newport-news.org.

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