Bonfire Concert, National Farmers Market Week, Annual Play Ball Event and more to do this week (August 8 – 14)

Some highlights for this week include a Bonfire Concert at Jamestown Beach Event Park (featuring country music artist Chris Cagle), a National Farmers Market Week event in Yorktown, Mayor Price’s 7th Annual Play Ball event in Newport News and a free seed collection presentation with the Master Gardeners of Hampton.

If you’re looking for a new summer activity for the kids to try, the Youth Disc Golf Course at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg will also be free for youth for the whole month of August.

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Special Events

Wednesday, August 10

  • Mayor Price’s 7th Annual Play Ball Event – South Morrison Family Education Center (Newport News). Mayor McKinley L. Price is partnering with Newport News Parks and Recreation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula to host the 7th Annual Play Ball event. All are welcome to come out for baseball games, fun activities and hotdogs and chips. Free and open to the public. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday, August 13

  • CDR Superhero 5K – Vineyards at Jockey’s Neck (Williamsburg). The 14th Annual CDR SuperHero 5K and SuperHero Family Challenge Obstacle Course return on August 13. Race medals will be awarded in age group categories for both runners and walkers; all race finishers will receive a medal. The event includes children’s activities, food and snack and music. The SuperHero Family Challenge Obstacle Course is easy but fun for the whole family. CDR serves more than 1,400 young children and families in the Historic Triangle every year. This event is a major fundraiser for CDR. Read more about the organization at cdr.org. The 5K begins at 8:00 am and the Family Challenge will begin at 8:30 am. For pricing or to sign up, click here.
  • Newport News Public Library Book Sale – Grissom Library (Newport News). The Friends of Newport News Public Library Bookstore, located in the basement of Grissom Library, is holding a Book Sale on Saturday, August 13. All adult mass market paperback fiction will be priced at 25 cents to $1.00, and adult cookbooks, gardening books and fiction will be $1. Movie DVDs and music CDs will also be $1. Cash or checks only. 1:00 – 4:30 pm.
  • Vermiculture Workshop – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Participants will create their own vermiculture (or worm) composting bin in this workshop. The bins are low effort, produce no odors and take up little space but can have a significant environmental impact. Join this workshop and go through the process of creating your own vermiculture bin. One registration includes all materials for one bin. This event is open to a maximum of 10 families. $75 for non-members; $65 for members. 2:00 – 3:30 pm.
  • Campfire Social – Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Williamsburg). Celebrate summer with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. There will be s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire. For all ages. Free. 7:00-8:00 pm.

Sunday, August 14

  • 2nd Sundays Art and Music Festival – 400 Prince George Street (Downtown Williamsburg). The 2nd Sundays Street Fair features over 115 unique artisans, musicians, street performers and food vendors along six blocks in downtown Williamsburg. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. See the list of artisans and performers planning to attend the August 14 event here.

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Live Music

Wednesday, August 10

  • Summer Breeze Concert Series: USAF Heritage of America Band Full Spectrum – Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). This summer concert series will run every Wednesday through August 31, 2022. This week’s performance will feature music by USAF Heritage of America Band Full Spectrum. Free and open to the public. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Port Warwick Summer Concert Series: Jesse Chong Band – William Styron Square (Newport News). Port Warwick’s Summer Concert Series returns with rock, funk and reggae music by the Jesse Chong Band. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, food and a drink. Weather permitting. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday, August 11

  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Slapnation – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This week’s summer concert features Slapnation. Lawn chairs, blankets and small coolers are permitted. Free. 7:00 – 9:30 pm.
  • Music Under the Stars: Sabor Latino Latin Band – Magnolia Park (Ft. Eustis). The U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, now in its 90th season, will perform at Magnolia Park. This week’s show will feature the Sabor Latino Latin Band. (Please note: in order to access the park at Ft. Eustis, all guests 18+ must complete a pre-authorization form in its entirety and email it to the contact on the form. Processing can take one week. Alternatively, attendees can choose to undergo on-site ID verification and a vehicle search.) Free and open to the public. 7:00 pm.

Friday, August 12

  • Chris Cagle @ The Bonfire – Jamestown Beach Event Park (Williamsburg). See popular country artist Chris Cagle live at Jamestown Beach Event Park. Special guest Caleb Dillard will also perform. This event has been organized in collaboration with James City County Parks & Recreation. Tickets are $25 for general admission; $49 for a party pass and can be purchased here. 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Downtown Hampton Live Concert: Brasswind – Mill Point Park (Mill Point Park). Catch a live performance by Brasswind at Mill Point Park. Free. 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

Saturday, August 13

  • Historic Organ Recital with Norman Elton – Wren Chapel (Williamsburg). Norman Elton, organist at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, will give a recital on the Historic English Chamber Organ, which dates back to the 18th century. Open to the public. 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Dewey Decibel Concerts: Peninsula Concert Band – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). See the Peninsula Concert Band perform a variety of tunes, including march, classic and popular music. The band has been performing in the Tidewater area for sixty-six years and is comprised of volunteers. Free admission; tickets not required. 2:00 pm.
  • ASIA Featuring John Payne – Busch Gardens (Williamsburg). Supergroup ASIA Featuring John Payne performs live at Busch Gardens. This event is part of Busch Gardens’ Summer Celebration Concert Series and is included with park admission. 7:00 pm.

Country music star Chris Cagle will be performing live at Jamestown Beach Event Park on Friday, August 12. (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images).

Outdoor Recreation

Tuesday, August 9

  • Seed Collection – Northampton Branch Library (Hampton). A representative from the Hampton Master Gardeners will discuss seed collection at this hybrid event. Participants can choose to either attend in-person at the library or virtually via Zoom. In-person attendance is limited to about 20 people; online is open to about 100. Register for free here. 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

Friday, August 12

  • Creek Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Discover the beautiful wetlands at York River State Park. Rental prices: Canoe rentals are $9 per person or $6 per person for families of 4 or more. Solo kayak rentals are $16 per person and tandem kayak rentals are $22 per boat. Call the park office for reservations. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Wilderness Skills Knot Tying – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Families are invited to attend this wilderness skills program, which focuses on knot tying. Meet at the main office at New Quarter Park. Register by August 10. Free. 6:30 pm.
  • Park After Dark Full Moon Hike – Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Explore the park after dark during this self-guided hike. Multiuse Trail 3 will be open after sunset until 9 pm. Bring bug spray and a flashlight. Begins at sunset (8:03 pm).

Saturday, August 13

  • Insect Walk & Talk – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Join this hike through New Quarter Park. Tim Christenson will lead the way to hunt for bugs and learn about the insects that call the park home. Be sure to wear bug spray. Register by August 11. Good for all ages (children should be 8+). Free. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Sunday, August 14

  • Sunset Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Enjoy a scenic trip on the York River in the evening. You’ll discover birds and creatures that are active in the gentle light of sunset. Rental prices: Canoe rentals are $9 per person or $6 per person for families of 4 or more. Solo kayak rentals are $16 per person and tandem kayak rentals are $22 per boat. Call the park office for reservations. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

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Films

Tuesday, August 9

  • Art House Café Film Series: “Tim’s Vermeer”– Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This film series brings an art house flavor to your Tuesdays while providing opportunities to hear from film experts, enjoy light refreshments and have a discussion after the film. This week’s featured film is Tim’s Vermeer (2013); PG-13. 2:00 – 3:20 pm.

Wednesday, August 10

  • Movies at Main: Film Discussion Group – Main Street Library (Newport News). This film series features a showing of a thought-provoking film every month. This month’s featured film is Belfast. There will be a discussion on the film afterward. 5:00 – 7:30 pm.

Thursday, August 11

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “Seven Thieves” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). The Throwback Thursday Film Series, now in its 19th year, features a variety of classic movies for an adult audience. This week’s featured film is Seven Thieves (1960); NR. 2:00 – 3:45 pm.

Lectures/Workshops

Thursday, August 11

  • Summer Sankofa Series Genealogy Workshops – Virtual, hosted by William & Mary. This Lemon Project Summer Sankofa Series will feature a presentation by Dr. Raquel Fleskes called “We Carry the DNA of our ancestors: A Genetics & Genealogy Workshop.” Dr. Fleskes, a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut, will review the differences between mitochondrial, Y chromosome, and autosomal genetic tests, and how they can be applied to genealogical research. Free and open to the public. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Practical ✔️

Tuesday, August 9

  • Internet II: Safety and Security – Main Street Library (Newport News). This one-session one-hour workshop will introduce users to the basics of protecting their computer and securing personal information online. Registration is required. 10:15 – 11:15 am.
  • Social Security Benefits for People with Disabilities – Virtual, hosted by Williamsburg Regional Library. This program covers everything you want to know about social security benefits as related to disabilities but were afraid to ask. A regional Social Security representative will lead this informative presentation so you can get all of your questions answered. See website for Zoom link. 3:00 pm.

Wednesday, August 10

  • Top Ten Tips for Using Your New iPhone or iPad – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). If you’ve recently gotten an iPhone or iPad and are stumped about how to use its many features, you’ll find this class helpful. It provides an overview of several basic features, including downloading and using apps to access e-books, magazines and digital audiobooks. Class size is limited to 5 people; call to register. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Legal Aid at the Hampton Public Library – Hampton Public Library (Hampton). Receive free legal assistance from the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia (LASEV). You’ll learn more about LASEV and all of the legal resources available at the George Wythe Law Library, located on the Second floor of the Hampton Public Library. LASEV helps eligible clients with a variety of civil matters such as consumer law cases, landlord/tenant cases, public benefits cases and family law cases. Eligibility requirements apply. 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Thursday, August 11

  • Cloud Storage – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This class teaches users about cloud storage with a focus on the basics of cloud storage for multiple devices. Students will learn to locate, open and save to the cloud during this one-hour, one-session course. Registration is required. 10:15 – 11:15 am.
  • Newport News Shipbuilding Virtual Hiring Event – Virtual. Newport News Shipbuilding is looking to hire hundreds of welders, insulators, machinists, fitters and more through this statewide, virtual recruitment. Sign-on and relocation bonuses are available. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Law Enforcement Hiring Expo – SpringHill Suites by Marriot (Norfolk). The Williamsburg Police Department will be at the Law Enforcement Hiring Expo to discuss career opportunities with the Department. Numerous other local police department representatives will also be present. Open positions include sworn officers, correctional staff, dispatch, office administration, accounting/finance, IT and more. This event is designed for current law enforcement professionals as well as those looking to break into the field. See this flyer for additional details. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Health & Wellness

Sunday, August 14

  • Sound Bath Meditation – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Get a jumpstart on personal wellness with this unique style of meditation, presented by an instructor from Full Circle Yoga & Pilates. 2:00 pm.

Wednesday, August 10

  • Yoga+ – Grissom Library (Newport News). Instructor De De Anderson will lead this evening of vinyasa yoga, offering relaxation and energizing movements. For patrons 18+. Participants should bring a yoga mat. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Drumming for Wellness – Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Students will learn basic drumming and meditation techniques and participate in drum circles and sound immersions. No experience necessary; all instruments will be provided. For ages 16+. Free. 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
  • A Heroes’ Meditation Series – Grissom Library (Newport News). First responders and the community are invited to end their day by connecting with peace and relaxation. Instructor De De Anderson will lead a meditation journey to help you become more aware, centered and capable of facing each new day. For ages 18+. 7:15 – 7:45 pm.

History

Saturday, August 13

  • Pirates Invade Yorktown Walking Tour – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). Guests will learn about the pirates of the Chesapeake, Yorktown’s maritime past and the search for sunken treasures during this guided tour. $10 per person; children 12 and under are free. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Games

Wednesday, August 10

  • Tabb Trivia Night: Summer Reading Program Edition – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Adults 18+ are invited to register a team of 2-6 people for this special summer reading edition of Tabb Trivia Night. Refreshments will be available and prizes will be awarded to the top team. 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday, August 12

  • Dungeons and Dragons – Virtual, hosted by Newport News Public Library (Newport News). Join a digital game of Dungeons and Dragons on Discord. For adults 18 and over. 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Books

Thursday, August 11

  • Books & Beers Book Club – Tradition Brewing Company (Newport News). Discuss good books while enjoying great beer at the Books and Beers book club, which meets every second Thursday of the month. August’s book selection is The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark. A limited number of copies will be available for those who register. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday, August 13

  • Summer Reading Challenge Finale – Tabb Library (Yorktown). People of all ages are invited to celebrate their summer reading accomplishments at the Tabb Library from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Attendees will be able to pick up their prizes and join in activities. No registration is required. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

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Art

Friday, August 12

  • Peninsula Watermedia Society Exhibition Reception – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). The Peninsula Watermedia Society of Virginia presents its 2nd Annual Member Only Exhibition, featuring the work of water media enthusiasts of all skill levels living on the Virginia Peninsula and in the Tidewater area. A reception celebrating the exhibit will be held on Friday, August 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Pottery Exhibit – Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). Stop by Gallery at York Hall to see a pottery exhibit by artist Martha Hayes. This exhibit will run throughout the month of August. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free.
  • Through the Eye of a Naturalist – Williamsburg Library Gallery (Williamsburg). This photo display features images taken by members of the Historic Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. The exhibit offers glimpses into a naturalist’s inquiring mind and showcases images capturing brief moments when light, shade, and perspective enhance detail, color, and form. This exhibit runs July 18 – August 31.

Markets

️ Thursday, August 11

  • City Center Farmers Market – City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Find fresh, healthy, farm-to-table foods like produce, beef, jams and local treats at this Farmers Market, every Thursday through September 1. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday, August 13

  • Williamsburg Farmers Market – Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 parking lot (Williamsburg). Shop from producers of locally grown produce, baked goods, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, fresh bread, honey and more. Visa, Mastercard, SNAP and W&M express are now accepted. 8:00 am – noon.
  • Yorktown Market Days: National Farmers Market Week Wrap-Up – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This week’s special market wraps up Farmers Market Week. It recognizes the impact farmers markets across the country have on their communities by preserving farmland and encouraging engagement between neighbors. Admire the work of local artists, enjoy the aromas of barbeque and kettle corn, shop vibrant, fresh produce and admire the work of local artists. More than 40 local vendors will be present at this special market. Evan Young will perform from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Kids’ activities will also be available throughout the event. Free. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Buckroe Beach Farmers Market – Buckroe Beach (Hampton). Enjoy local produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, jarred foods and much more every Saturday through Oct. 29. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Toano Open Air Market – 7891 Richmond Road (Toano). Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans, pollinators and a variety of other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended to ensure product availability. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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Just for Seniors

Thursday, August 11

  • Acoustic Classic Country Jamming – Senior Center of York (Yorktown). Adults 55+ are invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play, sing or just listen and enjoy classic country music. Must pre-register by August 7. Free. 1:30 – 4:00 pm.

Friday, August 12

  • Line Dancing Group – Senior Center of York (Yorktown). Have fun at the Senior Center’s line dancing group. Attendees will line dance and learn together from each other. For ages 55+. Must pre-register by August 8. Free. 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
  • Security Tips to Deter Home Burglaries – Senior Center of York (Yorktown). York-Poquoson Deputy Alan Bartnikowski will discuss various home security techniques to help you make your home less appealing to potential burglars. For adults 55+. Must pre-register by August 8. Free. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Next Week

  • MGM Hotel & Casino Trip – James City County Recreation invites adults 55+ to take a trip to MGM Hotel & Casino in National Harbor, MD on Thursday, August 18. You’ll spend the day trying your luck and enjoy a 20% discount at select eateries. The registration deadline is August 15. Fee: $66/person or $58/Lounge member. Click here for additional details.

Just for Tweens & Teens

Monday, August 8

  • Summer Blockbuster: “The Princess Bride” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). Tweens and teens are invited to attend this screening of the retro blockbuster, The Princess Bride. 4:00 – 5:45 pm.
  • Summer Anime Club – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Middle and high school students are invited to join fellow anime fans for discussion, snacks and anime. Registration is not required. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, August 10

  • Tween DIY Night: Water Bottles – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Tweens and teens ages 9-18 are invited to craft and create water bottle stickers with their own artwork. A water bottle is included or participants can bring their own. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Friday, August 12

  • Life Skills Lounge – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This week’s theme will be Dorm Room Cooking. Participants will learn to make simple snacks and eat as they learn. 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Teen Advisory Board – York County Public Library (Yorktown). Tweens and teens are invited to apply to join York County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB is a group for middle and high school students in the County who are dedicated to service in the community. Participants will have a voice in library programming and collection development for teens. The group meets monthly to plan, discuss and have fun. For more information about the group, click here. Applications are due by Saturday, August 13.

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Newport News & Hampton

Thursday, August 11

  • Teen Chef Club – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). If you’re a teen who loves to cook or wants to learn how to make tasty things to share with your family and friends, join the Teen Chef Club at Pearl Bailey Library. Every meeting will have different recipes or challenges, and there will always be something new to try. August’s challenge is Cupcake Wars, and teens will be decorating cupcakes. Registration is required. 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

Kids & Families

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Multi-Day

  • Youth Disc Golf Course – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). The youth disc golf course at New Quarter Park will be free all month long for the month of August. An ID is required for high school students. Register at the park office.
  • Summer Kids Dream $3 Movie Series – Movie Tavern in Williamsburg. Movie Tavern will be offering $3 movies as part of its Summer Kids Dream Family Film Series all summer long through September 1. See website for a list of upcoming movies, showtimes and additional details.

Monday, August 8

  • Trader Joe’s Kids Tour – Trader Joe’s Settler’s Market (Williamsburg). Kids can tour the store behind the scenes and shop around the world. Registration is required. Call (757) 259-2135 to sign up. 9:30 am.
  • Rigamajig Building – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to stop by the Schell Room and build whatever they’d like with the library’s giant Rigamajig building set. This drop-in activity is available between 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • A Shoemaking Primer – Public Armoury (Colonial Williamsburg). This program is part of the Historic Trades and Skills Family Workshops. In this introduction to shoemaking, participants will learn the basics of shoemaking (the four-step division of labor), including measuring, fitting, and choosing the right materials for making the shoe. Limit of 10 participants. For ages 7 and older. Kids 7-13 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult; kids 14-17 can be accompanied by either a participating (ticketed) or non-participating (with a free Chaperone ticket) adult. This event is open to the public (only an event ticket is required). $20. 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Tuesday, August 9

  • All-Ages Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Children and their caregivers are invited to attend this all-ages story time, featuring stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays and more. 10:00 am.
  • Chalk the Walk – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Stop by Tabb Library to “Chalk the Walk” outside to this week’s summer reading theme. This event is open to everyone. 1:00 – 1:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 10

  • Play the Fife and Beat the Drum – Fife and Drum Building (Colonial Williamsburg). This Historic Trades and Skills Family Workshop is designed for participants age 7 and older. Attendees will join an adult staff member to learn the fundamentals of fifing and/or drumming as if they were recruits. Kids 7-13 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Kids 14-17 must be accompanied by a participating ticketed adult or non-participating adult. See Colonial Williamsburg’s website for additional details. $20 per ticket (museum admission is not required for this program; only the event ticket is necessary). 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Thursday, August 11

  • Summer Science & Crafts – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids in grades 3-5 will explore the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. They’ll then discuss lighthouses to coral reefs while creating their own. 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Saturday, August 13

  • Saturdays @ Frink: Chris Campbell – At 10:30 a.m, the entire family is invited to an upbeat performance by Chris Campbell, singer, songwriter, musician, and ventriloquist. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Sunday, August 14

  • Paws to Read with K-9 Connection – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to read to trained therapy dogs at this drop-in event. No registration necessary. 2:30 – 3:30 pm.

Newport News & Hampton

Monday, August 8

  • AnjiPlayDate – Grissom Library (Newport News). This program features self-determined, exploratory play based on the Anji Play approach. This unstructured drop-in program is for children of all ages. 10:00 – 11:30 am.
  • Storytime at Pearl Bailey – Pearl Bailey Library (Williamsburg). Kids ages 2 through 5 are invited to attend this story time activity with a parent or caregiver. This program combines components of reading, writing, singing, talking and playing to help promote school readiness. 11:00 am.
  • Rec n Roll – Bay Creek Apartments (Hampton). The Rec ‘n’ Roll Scuttle Bus will hit the streets to bring recreational activities to local neighborhoods. The bus is loaded with recreation equipment and games, which are geared toward kids 5-12 but are inclusive and open to all age groups. The bus will operate two days a week and visit one park each day, weather permitting. The bus will be at Bay Creek Apartments on Monday, August 8. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, August 9

  • Follow My Lead Dance Fitness with Ms. Stephanie! – Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids ages 5-9 are invited to attend this dance fitness exercise class led by Ms. Stephanie. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Monkey Mania – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids ages 3-7 are invited to attend this fun event for monkey stories and a monkey craft. 11:00 am.
  • Little Scientists – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This is the final meeting of the library’s summer space series. This month’s subject is Telescopic. For kids 5-10. Registration is required. 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
  • You are Important to your Child’s Development – Grissom Library (Newport News) and Virtual. Participants will learn what they can do to help their child grow, how to promote positive self-esteem and promote independence and how their behavior impacts their children. This program is for adults 18+. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants. Registration is required. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 10

  • Baking with Bugs – Grissom Library (Newport News). Participants will explore insect specialties and traditions around the world. They can even dare to try a few tasty insect recipes. For ages 8-17; registration is required. 11:00 am.
  • Rec n Roll – Langley Square Apartments (Hampton). The Rec ‘n’ Roll Scuttle Bus will hit the streets to bring recreational activities to local neighborhoods. The bus is loaded with recreation equipment and games, which are geared toward kids 5-12 but are inclusive and open to all age groups. The bus will operate two days a week and visit one park each day, weather permitting. The bus will be at Langley Square Apartments on Monday, August 8. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Thursday, August 11

  • Littles! – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Children ages 1-5 are welcome to have fun and socialize in this unstructured program. The focus will be on exploratory play. A parent or caregiver must be present. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Friday, August 12

Saturday, August 13

  • Community Safety Day – Willow Oaks Branch Library (Hampton). The community is invited to enjoy this outdoor safety event featuring the Hampton Police, Hampton Fire & Rescue and Public Works. Rain date will be Sunday, August 14. Free. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Summer Meals @ Pearl Bailey – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Meals will be served Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 12 noon at Pearl Bailey Library. This program is for youth 18 years old and under and will run through Tuesday, August 26. The lunches are provided by The Virginia Peninsula Food Bank.

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Future Events to Note

Thursday, August 25

  • Free Breakfast Event – Riverwalk Restaurant (Yorktown). Brigadier General John Kline from Joint Base Langley-Eustis will be discussing “The Value of International Relationships” during this breakfast event organized by Sister Cities Yorktown. To register, email [email protected]. Registration is required. Early registration is recommended as this event is expected to be popular. Free. 9:00 am.

Saturday, August 27

  • Pawpaw Festival – Historic Endview (Newport News). Come out to celebrate and enjoy a sample of the pawpaw – America’s largest native fruit. There will be nature trail tours, live music, talks, kids activities and information tables. This fun event will be led by members of the Virginia Master Naturalists Peninsula Chapter as well as representatives from Butterfly Society of Virginia, Virginia Bee Society, Hampton Roads Bird Club, Leave No Trace, Newport News Waterworks, Foxy Lady Press, and Peninsula Tree Stewards. Free. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Saturday, September 3

  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Pack a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this special concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town will also perform. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

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