U.S Army Field Band free concert, TRADOC finale, Movie in the Park and more to do this week (August 15 – 21)

The weather is expected to be beautiful for much of this week, and there will be plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy it.

Some event highlights for this week include the Finale Concert for the Music Under the Stars series in Fort Eustis, a free U.S Army Field Band’s Soldiers’ Chorus concert at the American Theatre in Hampton, the 7th Annual Play Ball event in Newport News (rescheduled from last week) and the 2022 Greater Williamsburg Chamber Job Fair.

York County’s Movies in the Parks series will also return this weekend with a free showing of Tom & Jerry (2021) at Charles Brown Park.

If you’d like to submit a future event for consideration, please reach out to me by hitting “reply” to this email.

-Christin

Special Events

Wednesday, August 17

  • 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. Come out for baseball games, fun activities and hotdogs and chips. This event was originally planned for last week but was rescheduled due to rain. It is open to the public and all activities and food are free. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday, August 20

  • First Africans Commemoration – Jamestown Settlement (Williamsburg). This special event will honor the legacy of the first recorded Africans who came to Virginia in 1619. There will be a 90-minute program in the Robins Foundation Theater with a spoken-word presentation and community discussion. A panel discussion, moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee of WHRV-FM’s “Another View,” will feature Christy S. Coleman, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, and Clayton Singleton, a Norfolk artist, teacher and spoken-word performer. Attendees can also enjoy a special showing of “History Half Told is Untold” at 3:30 pm. This event is included with museum admission, which is $18 for adults, $9 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg receive free admission. 2:00 pm.
  • Southeast Community Celebration – King-Lincoln Park (Newport News). Head over to the waterfront for good music and cool summer breezes. You’ll enjoy music from the popular band Slapnation. There will be food vendors, an inflatable obstacle course, spin art and a photo booth. Admission, activities and parking are free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the City of Newport News and Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Movies in the Parks: “Tom & Jerry” – Charles Brown Park (Yorktown). York County’s Movies in the Park series returns this week with Tom & Jerry (2021); PG. Bring chairs or a blanket. Concessions are available. Free. Begins at sunset.

Live Music

Wednesday, August 17

  • Summer Breeze Concert Series: Lionsbridge – 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 Reggae music by Lionsbridge. Free and open to the public. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Port Warwick Summer Concert Series: Forte Jazz Band – William Styron Square (Newport News). Port Warwick’s Summer Concert Series returns with a magical, musical jazz experience by the Forte Jazz Band. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, food and a drink. Weather permitting. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday, August 18

  • Music in Midtown: BJ Griffin Band – Catch a show by the BJ Griffin Band on the Village Green stage in Midtown. The group performs a mix of oldies as well as the newest music that keeps you dancing. BJ’s voice is rivaled as “young Stevie Wonder,” and the band also plays original tunes written by BJ. Free. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Music Under the Stars: 1812 Finale Concert – Magnolia Park (Ft. Eustis). The U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command Band will wrap up its 90th summer concert season this week with its 1812 Finale Concert. In the event of rain, the concert will be held Friday, August 19 (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.
  • U.S Army Field Band’s Soldiers’ Chorus – The American Theatre (Hampton). The 29-member United States Army Soldiers Chorus’ travels throughout the nation and abroad and has earned national recognition for musical excellence and inspiring patriotism. The ensemble has collaborated with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, and National symphony orchestras and is a mainstay of PBS’ annual National Memorial Day Concert. This special performance will last 75-80 minutes (no intermission) and admission is free (limit of 6 tickets per order). To order tickets, contact the Hampton Coliseum Box Office at (757) 838-4203 or send them an email. 8:00 pm.

Friday, August 19

Saturday, August 20

  • Downtown Hampton Live: Julian Vaughn – Mill Point Park (Hampton). Jazz artist Julian Vaughn will perform live at Mill Point Park from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Recorded jazz music will also be played at the park both before the concert (5:30 – 6:30 pm) and after the concert (8:00 – 8:30 pm). This is a free show.
  • Historic Organ Recital with Rebecca Davy – Wren Chapel (Williamsburg). Rebecca Davy, music director at Bruton Parish 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.
  • Organ Recital: Justin Oei – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Experience a candlelit recital in the beautiful, 300-year-old Bruton Parish Church. Oei is an organist from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Norge. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Members of the brass sections of the US Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus perform as part of the Kutztown Presents series in Pennsylvania. The band will hold a free concert at The American Theatre in Hampton on Thursday, July 18. (Photo By Jeremy Drey/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

History

Tuesday, August 16

  • Make According to Art – Apothecary (Colonial Williamsburg). Discover 18th-century insights into the practice of pharmacy and test your skills in identifying materials that were used to make medicines (some of which are still used today). You’ll also use a formula from a period pharmacy to compound a medicine. Additionally, this workshop explores aspects of the history of surgery. For ages 16 through adult. See website for additional details. Tickets are $60; separate CW admission is not required. 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Friday, August 19

  • Hampton Roads History: General Billy Mitchell, American Aviator – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News) and Virtual. John V. Quarstein, noted historian and director emeritus of USS Monitor Center, will lead a presentation about General Billy Mitchell, who is considered the founder of the US Air Force. This program can be viewed either in-person (free with $1 admission) or online via live stream (free), but advanced registration is required. 12:00 pm.

Outdoor Recreation

Friday, August 19

  • 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. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Evening Canoe Adventure – Newport News Park (Newport News). Park rangers will lead this family-fun guided canoe trip on the Lee Hall Reservoir at Newport News Park. Good for ages 5 and up and all canoe experience levels (even beginners). See website for additional details. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, August 20

  • Disc Golf Clinic – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Head to New Quarter Park for a free lesson on how to play the game of disc golf. This clinic will be taught by local Colonial Disc Golfers Club members. Register here by August 18. Free. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Creek Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Discover the beautiful wetlands at York River State Park. See website for canoe and kayak rental prices. Call the park office for reservations. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Sunday, August 21

  • Roaming Ranger – York River State Park (Williamsburg). With over two thousand acres, the York River State Park has a wide variety of life in the wetlands and woods. Meet with a naturalist/ranger who will help you discover the park’s aquatic, insect, mammal and plant life. 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Sunset Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). End your weekend with a scenic trip on the York River, where you’ll discover the birds and creatures that are active in the gentle light of sunset. See the website for rental prices and call the park office for reservations. 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

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Films

Monday, August 15

Tuesday, August 16

  • Art House Café Film Series – Williamsburg Library (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 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016); PG-13. 2:00 – 3:45 pm.

Saturday, August 20

  • Summer Saturday Cinema: “Guardians of the Galaxy” – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kick back, relax and enjoy a classic summer blockbuster on the big screen. This month’s feature is Guardians of the Galaxy. Refreshments will be served. For ages 18+. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Theatre

Multi-Day

  • Dreamgirls – Peninsula Community Theatre (Newport News). Dreamgirls is inspired by Motown and R&B legends of the 1960s-70s. Performances are held on Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm through August 28. Standard tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, click here.

Practical ✔️

Wednesday, August 17

  • Blood Drive – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News). The Mariners’ Museum is partnering with the American Red Cross to host this much-needed blood drive. The Red Cross continues to face a critical need for all blood types. Your blood donation could save up to three lives. Sign up to give blood or platelets today by registering here. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Grow with Google – Virtual, presented as part of the Hampton Business Roundtable. If you want your business to show up on Google Search and Maps when customers are searching – or if you work from home and want to hide your address on Google – this workshop is for you. Join Google Trainer Randi Penfil as she discusses how to create or claim your Business Profile on Google, how to manage your business information on Google search, how to connect with potential customers using your Business Profile and more. This event is part of Hampton’s August Business Roundtable Meeting. Free. 9:00 – 10:00 am. RSVP here.
  • Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Job Fair 2022 – William & Mary School of Education (Williamsburg). The Greater Williamsburg Chamber will host its annual job fair on Wednesday, August 17 in the Matoaka Room at the William & Mary School of Education (301 Monticello Avenue). Featured employers will include James City County, City of Williamsburg, York County, Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Riverside Health System, Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association, Hampton Roads Transit and more. Click here for additional details and to register. All registrants will receive a name tag at check-in and will have access to free resume feedback. Many employers will also offer on-the-spot interviews.

Multi-Day

  • School Supply Drives – Various Locations (Hampton). Hampton’s Healthy Families Program is accepting donations of school supplies through a bin at the Hampton History Museum through September 2. The Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board is also holding a school supply drive through the end of August, with drop boxes in the lobby of each building on its campus, 300 Medical Drive. Finally, Hampton Roads Educators Credit Union, 2130 Cunningham Drive, will be accepting donated school supplies through August 27. For additional details, click here.

Classes, Workshops & Meetings

Tuesday, August 16

  • Write Now! – Tabb Library (Yorktown). If you’ve always wanted to write a story, are looking for a little inspiration or need creative motivation, check out “Write Now!,” a workshop for writers. This group meets every 3rd Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in-person at the library or via Zoom (see website for Zoom link). Registration is recommended. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday, August 20

  • Williamsburg Friends of IANDS July Meeting Virtual. Williamsburg Friends of IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies) is a nonprofit organization that introduces the public to individuals who have had life-changing near-death experiences. This month’s featured speaker is Renu Arora, an actress, singer and composer who nearly died in a bus accident. See the organization’s website for more information, including Zoom meeting details. Free and open to the public. 11:00 am.
  • The Amazing Honeybee – Grissom Library (Newport News). Learn about the fascinating world of honeybees, including their role in the ecosystem, how they’re threatened and what you can do to help. Registration is required. 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

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Health & Wellness

Wednesday, August 17

  • Gentle Yoga – Main Street Library (Newport News). Head to Main Street Library for an evening of gentle yoga, breathing exercises and deep relaxation techniques. For ages 18+; all skill levels. Please bring a yoga mat. Registration is required. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • 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. 6:00 – 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.

Thursday, August 18

  • Tri-Yoga – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). This program is for all beginner, advanced and “thinking about it” triathletes. Yoga for triathletes helps address imbalances throughout the body. All levels welcome. For ages 14 through adult. $8. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Evening Yoga – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Head to Tabb Library for evening yoga and breathing exercises, led by a certified yoga instructor. Classes are held the first and third Thursdays of the month. For ages 18+; all skill levels. Please bring a yoga mat. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Arts & Crafts

Thursday, August 18

  • Make Your Own Dry Erase Calendar – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Make your on dry erase calendar at this fun crafting event. All materials will be provided. Registration is required; see website for registration instructions. For ages 13 through adult. 6:00 pm.
  • Quilling for Beginners – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Stop by Pearl Bailey Library for a first lesson in quilling – the delicate art of paper curling. Learn how to make beautiful decorations using only a few tools and paper strips. All supplies are provided and refreshments will be served. For adults 18+. Registration is required. 6:00 – 7:30 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.
  • Peninsula Watermedia Society Exhibition – 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. This exhibit will run Monday – Friday through September 9.
  • 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 through August 31.

Games♟️

Saturday, August 20

  • Chess Club – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Adults and youth 12+ of all skill levels are invited to drop into the Tabb Library for open play chess. This event is held every third Saturday. 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Book Clubs

Tuesday, August 16

  • Turning Pages: A Contemporary Book Group – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This book club explores classic and contemporary fiction and nonfiction from around the world. Join either in-person or virtually for this month’s discussion of The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey. See website for Zoom link. 6:45 pm.

Thursday, August 18

  • Persnickety Reads Book Club – Persnickety Crane Cafe (Yorktown). Join the library’s Bookclubs page, read the featured book and join the discussion at Persnickety Crane Cafe (located at 209 Village Ave C in Yorktown). The selection for the August 18 group is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book club meets every 3rd Thursday at 10:00 am.
  • Real People/Real Stories: A Nonfiction Book Group – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). This book club explores the best in nonfiction history, biography, science, nature, and the arts. This week’s discussion will focus on The Doctors Blackwell by Janice P. Nimura. 2:00 pm.

Saturday, August 20

  • Tabb Book Readers – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Tabb Book Readers (TBR) is an adult book discussion group that meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Tabb Library. The selected title for August 20 is Favorite Genre. Please register by the Friday before the meeting. New members are always welcome. Email the Reference Department or call 757-890-5120 for more information or to sign up.

Markets

️ Thursday, August 18

  • 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 20

  • 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 – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). hop for seasonal produce, freshly baked goods, honey, handmade soaps and candles, artwork and more from local creators and artisans. 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.

Sunday, August 21

  • Harvest Market at Oozlefinch – Oozlefinch Beers & Blending (Hampton). This market is held bi-weekly on Sundays. You’ll find a wide variety of items from local artisans, bakers, crafters and farmers, including handmade home decor, natural dog treats, French macarons, essential oils, locally roasted coffee, buttercream desserts, pet-safe plants, specialty teas, fresh meat and eggs and more. Markets are rain or shine unless the weather is severe. 12:00 – 3:00 pm.

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Just for Tweens and Teens

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Tuesday, August 16

  • D&D Night – James City County Library (Williamsburg). This single-session Dungeons & Dragons campaign is for tweens and teens ages 9-18. All experience levels are welcome and no sign-up is necessary. This event is held on the third Tuesday of each month. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Friday, August 19

  • Teen Makerspace Hours – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). The WRL Makerspace will be reserved for teens only on August 19, 10 am – noon. Come prepared with a project or make a sticker using the library’s Cricut machines. For ages 13-18. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Newport News & Hampton

Wednesday, August 17

  • Gamer’s Guild: Level Up – Main Street Library. Ages 12-17 are invited to join in an afternoon of fun and games in the Digital Media Lab at Main Street Library. Attendees can play solo or team up with friends to enjoy games in the Steam Labs collection. Registration not required. 3:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Sugoi! Teen Anime Club – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This program features anime, manga, games and more. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month. For ages 12-17. 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Thursday, August 18

  • Board Games & Brownies – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Teens ages 12-17 are invited to relax, play games, chat and enjoy some delicious brownies. No registration is required. 4:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • Animanga Club – Grissom Library (Newport News). Teens will watch anime, discuss Japanese culture, play games, cosplay and more at this fun event. Meets the third Thursday of the month; for ages 12-17. 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Kids & Families

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Monday, August 15

  • A Shoemaking Primer – Public Armoury (Colonial Williamsburg). This program is part of CW’s Historic Trades and Skills Family workshop series, designed for participants ages 7 and older. Participants will be introduced to the craft of shoemaking and learn what is needed to run a successful shop. Children 7-13 must be accompanied by a ticketed, participating adult and kids 14-17 must be accompanied by either a ticketed, participating adult or a non-participating adult (with a free Chaperone ticket). Tickets are $20 (museum admission is not required for this event). 10:00 – 11:00 am.
  • Rigamajig Building – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. 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.

Tuesday, August 16

  • 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.

Wednesday, August 17

  • Baby Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). This lapsit story time program features 15 minutes of songs, fingerplays and lap games. For babies from birth to 18 months and their caregivers. 10:00 am.
  • “Wet and Wild Wednesdays” – Charles E. Brown Park (Yorktown). Kids ages 5 and up are invited to attend “Wet & Wild Wednesdays” for free outdoor fun on August 17th and 24th. This event will feature inflatable waterslides and water balloons. Attendees should wear a swimsuit and bring sunscreen. See this flyer for additional details, including a phone number for the rainout line. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • 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 participating, ticketed adult. Kids 14-17 must be accompanied by a participating, ticketed adult or non-participating adult (free with Chaperone tickets). 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.

Friday, August 19

  • All-Ages Storytime – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Children and their caregivers are invited to attend this all-ages story time, featuring stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays and more. 10:00 am.
  • Cooking by the Fire – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). This week’s Cooking by the Fire event features banana splits! Register here by August 17. $3. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Forest Explorer Fridays: Bats – Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Bring the kids for bat-themed games and crafts and a formal bat presentation. You’ll then explore the meadow and Free Black Settlement to seek out the resident bat population. Weather permitting. Free. 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday, August 20

  • Take Your Kid Fishing – Little Creek Reservoir Park (Williamsburg). Spend the morning fishing with your child from the shores of Little Creek Reservoir. Park staff will teach you and your child the fundamentals of this favorite pastime, and all equipment will be provided. Free. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. For ages 5-12.
  • Saturdays @ Frink – Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to join WRL’s Bookmobile every Saturday for something to make, do, learn and play at Abram Frink Jr. Community Center. This week’s featured topic is FunFest. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Preschool Dance Party – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Preschool-aged kids can put on their dancing shoes and attend this exciting hour of songs, movement, rhymes and fun. It’s a great time for parents to share their best moves with their children, too. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • End of Summer Party – City Square Plaza (Williamsburg). Say goodbye to summer at this fun event outside the library on City Square. There will be bubbles, a foam party, water toys and more. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

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.

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Newport News & Hampton

Monday, August 15

  • AnjiPlayDate – Grissom Library (Newport News). This program features self-determined, exploratory play based on the Anji Play approach. For children of all ages. 10:00 am – 11:30 am.
  • Rec n Roll – Shell Road 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 – including scooters and electronic games – which are geared toward kids 5-12 but are inclusive and open to all age groups. It will operate two days a week and visit one park each day, weather permitting. On Monday, the bus will visit Shell Road Apartments.

Tuesday, August 16

  • Wanted: All Cowboys & Cowgirls! – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids ages 3-7 are invited to join the library for the wildest story time in the West. Registration is required. 11:00 am.

Wednesday, August 17

  • Junior Makers – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids in grades K-5 are invited to attend this Junior Makers program (Back to School Edition). Kids will customize school supplies. Registration is required. 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
  • Rec n Roll – Buckroe Beach and Park (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. On Wednesday, you’ll be able to find the bus at Buckroe Beach. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Thursday, August 18

  • Littles! – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). 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.

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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