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City of Poquoson Office of Community Recreation

Recreation Programs & City Information

Facility Rentals & Reservations Enjoy Messick Point-Rent a slip for your boat. The City of Poquoson Office of Community Recreation manages slip rentals at Messick Point. Slips are available to rent for a fee of $100 per month for pleasure boats and $60 per month for workboats. All slip renters are required to have proper insurance on all vessels. To lease a boat slip at Messick Point please contact the Office of Community Recreation at 868-3580. If you or your group desires to use the area near the boat ramps (413 Messick Road) for an event or an activity, please contact the Office of Community Recreation. Electric service and water service to slips are now available. Picnic Shelter Rentals & Reservations The City of Poquoson Office of Community Recreation allows residents to reserve the picnic shelter at Municipal Park. The shelter is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve the shelter please call 868-3580. Please note that no water or electrical service is available. Aquatic Interpretative Center at Messick Point This facility that overlooks Back River can be reserved for free by Poquoson residents for small events & programs. Information about reservations and procedures is available at the Office of Community Recreation at 868-3580. Special Events at Parks, City Property, Runs, Races, Parades & More! These unique and fun activities make our City even more of a great place to live. If you are planning these activities and plan to utilize City property, please contact the Office of Community Recreation at 868-3580 for an event application. Advance planning is key to creating a successful event. Don’t delay in starting the application process. 2

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Odd Road Community Center This building, located at 49 Odd Road, is available for rental by Poquoson residents and for use by Poquoson civic groups. Capacity is 60 people. Reservations are made by calling 868-3580. Rental rate is $40 per hour. No alcohol is permitted at the facility. Boat Ramps and Blueways Poquoson, home to over 87 miles of shoreline, has locations around the City to put your small craft or kayak into the water. Water Access: Free public boat ramps are available at both Rens Road and Messick Point. Both accommodate large boats and have pump-out facilities nearby. Public small craft access and entry points are also available for paddlers throughout the City: Thomas Jefferson Rollins Natural Area (Amory’s Wharf) Rens Road Cedar Road Landing Messick Point Hunts Neck Road Landing

Poquoson Office Of Community Recreation & Economic Development

Location: 830 Poquoson Avenue Poquoson,Virginia Office Hours Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:30pm Directory General Program Information 868-3580 Weather Cancellation Hotline 868-3584 Field & Picnic Shelter Reservations 868-3580 Registration Information 868-3580 Community Center Reservations 868-3580 Economic Development 868-5314 Poquoson Seafood Festival 868-3588 Parks Maintenance 868-3590 Parks and Recreation Fax 868-3585 Email: Directions: From Victory Blvd.: Follow Victory Blvd. to the light at Wythe Creek. Cross over Wythe Creek at the light. The road becomes Little Florida Road. Follow Little Florida Road to Cedar Road. Turn Left on Cedar Road, follow to Municipal Drive. Turn left on Municipal Drive and follow past the swimming pool and near the baseball field.

Visit for a complete list of Poquoson water access, trails and more.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Keith Feigh, At-Large William Ziglar, At-Large Judith Mas’Sey, At-Large Robert P. Chiera, Jr., Central Charles W. Gatz, Jr., Central Stephen Forrest, Eastern Joe Chiappazzi, Eastern Deborah A. Banton, Western Eden Harris, Western Emma Forrest, Student Representative

Table of Contents

Community Center Rental & Shelter Reservations 2 Parks and Facilities 4 Community Events 5 Easter Egg Hunt 5 Yard Sale & Spring Market 6 Fairies & Friends Day 8 Sports/Athletic Programs 9 Spring Soccer Field Hockey Youth Volleyball League Clinics & More Lifeguard Training 11 Classes - Youth and Adult Babysitting, CPR Training, Gun Safety, Boater Safety, Art Classes & More


Get Active! 14 Tai Chi Active Adults- Senior Programs Day Trips Diner’s Club Senior Healthy Living Classes

Special Needs: The City of Poquoson is committed to making reasonable accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation please allow a minimum of 3 weeks advance notice of need. All accommodation requests must be made in writing to the Department. To begin the process call 868-3580.

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Registration Information and Form 18-19 Around the City Poquoson Public Library Information 20 Foodbank Distribution 24 DMV Comes to Poquoson 24 Virginia Cooperative Extension Information 25 News of Note 26 Join Code Red - Stay Informed 27 Restaurant Week in Poquoson 28


Enjoy Your Recreation Facilities in Poquoson

Enjoy Your Recreation Facilities in Poquoson


Kid’s Island Playground & Phillips Park Located in Phillips Park at 19 Odd Road, Kid’s Island is the City’s largest & most modern playground. Parking nearby at Poquoson High School and the Odd Road Community Center.

Fields, Facilities, & Trails

Firth Field Complex Located within Phillips Park, this full sized baseball field features dugouts and lights. Field dimensions are 60 X 90. Field rental rates apply. Call for availability. Open Field also available.

Fields, Facilities, & Trails

Lion’s Playground at South Lawson Park Located at 1238 Poquoson Avenue in South Lawson Park. This playground features play equipment and swings primarily for ages 2-5. This playground was recently installed by our local Lion’s Club of Poquoson.

Park Street Little League Complex Located at 17 Park Street, features 2 baseball fields, and 1 small minors softball field. Restroom and concession stand onsite. Field rental rates apply.

East Messick Pocket Playground Park Located on Messick Road and nearby to the intersection of Ridge Road. This park features a variety of play equipment to include swings, slide and small zipline and picnic tables.

Poquoson Museum’s Marsh Walk Nature Trail Enjoy over 100 native trees and shrubs along the trail with 18 interpretive signs describing the marsh environment & wildlife habitat. Located at 968 Poquoson Avenue.

Boat Ramps The City’s 87 miles of coastal shoreline make its water access a great amenity that all residents can enjoy. Boat ramps are free and conveniently located at Rens Road & Messick Point.

Oxford Run Canal Trail Located at 500 City Hall Avenue, Parking is available at City Hall for this unique 1.38 mile walking trail that connects areas along Wythe Creek Road to City Hall.

Community Events

South Lawson Park 1238 Poquoson Avenue Home to 15 acres of multi-purpose field space primarily used for soccer play. This park

also has some playground equipment and a walking trail.

Ages 10 & Under

SATURDAY, APRIL 20th BUNNY TRAIL POQUOSON MUNICIPAL PARK Tennis Courts 7 tennis courts are available for play at Poquoson High School. Courts are both lighted and unlighted. Court use is free and open to the public when a scheduled activity is not being held at the courts.


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Municipal Park This park at 830 Poquoson Avenue features a small picnic shelter, Jr. Olympic size pool and small baseball/softball field. Lighting available on athletic areas only.

Municipal Park Picnic Shelter Also located at 830 Poquoson Avenue, near the picnic shelter you will find a small walking trail leading to Phillips Park and the Poquoson High School campus. The seasonal Poquoson Pool is nearby. For picnic shelter reservations contact 868-3580. Office of Community Recreation




YARD& Spring Market in the Park

The 2019 Summer Camps & Program Guide will arrive in mid-March.



Now Accepting Sellers!

Coming Soon

Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00am – 1:00pm Rain or Shine Poquoson High School 51 Odd Road Poquoson, VA 23662

Programs for kids this summer include American Red Cross Swimming Lessons at Poquoson Pool, Summer Sports Camps, Special Interest Camps, Science, Art, Experiential Camps, Sailing Camps & More.

Volunteers are needed June 1, 2019 as part of the Chesapeake Bay Statewide Clean the Bay Day. We need your help at Messick Point to preserve our City’s coastline.

$15 Each Spot + Deposit for Sellers

All sellers must complete an application/contract. Applications are available at Community Recreation. No tables are provided. All applications to reserve a space must be completed and received by 4:30pm April 18. Payment must accompany applications. Note: Spaces are assigned at the discretion of Community Recreation staff. Spaces may fill before deadline. No late reservations for spaces will be taken. No set up prior to the morning of April 27 will be allowed in the park. All vendors are required to make a $50 space deposit with a held check, to ensure cleanliness at the respective space following the sale. Note: This activity is open to private individuals, business with a proper business license and home based businesses. There is no rain-date for this event. No face-painting, bake sales, game tables or raffles will be allowed at the sale. For more information call 868-3580. Program #206.


Time: 9:00am. Location: Messick Point, near the boat ramps Bring boots, gloves, and bug spray as we’ll have lots to do to help protect and beautify our waterfront area. Your help is appreciated. To serve as a volunteer call Mel Insley at 868-3580.

Admission Fee: $3 (Age 13 & up)

New & Used Boats Boating Gear New & Used Fishing Gear Nautical Arts & Crafts Refreshments & Food For more information send e-mail or visit our website: wanis/Flea_Market.html Facebook Page:

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Sports/Athletic Programs

Fairies & Friends Day at the Poquoson Museum Learning Garden

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Legend has it that Fairies were a blessing to the crops for an abundant growing season. Let’s fill the garden with the Fairies and help our garden grow! The friends of the garden include the pollinators too- so learn about their importance to the garden as we explore a variety of crafts and garden fun. Enjoy magical garden activities, face-painting, fairy fun with wand making & crafts, and fairy learning activities in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension York-Poquoson Master Gardeners &

the City of Poquoson Community Recreation

All activities free! 10am-1pm

Children & their Families ages 10 and under Wear your wings and costumes

Spring Youth Soccer

The recreation youth soccer league is now accepting registrations for the 2019 spring season. All teams are co-ed. Youngest Players: Those able to participate in the U7 age division must currently be attending Kindergarten. Those in Pre-K are not eligible to play. Coaches are usually parent volunteers. Cost to play is $65.00.

Registration is due February 22, 2019

Additional $10.00 for non-residents. $5 sibling discount after first registered player. Registration is taken on a first come, first served basis thru the deadline of February 22, 2019. Program #100S The league will be divided as follows: Division Ages End Date U7 ages 5 and 6 not yet age 7 by May 31, 2019 U9 ages 7 and 8 not yet age 9 by May 31, 2019 U11 ages 9 and 10 not yet age 11 by May 31, 2019 U13 ages 11 and 12 not yet age 13 by May 31, 2019 U16 ages 13, 14, 15 not yet age 16 by May 31, 2019 All registrations are numbered as they are received. The only guarantee for children to play is for parents to coach. No special requests are accepted for team placements or carpools. There is no guarantee of game time or practice nights for players. If an insufficient number of children register or coaches cannot be secured for any age group, the fees will be refunded. Older age groups typically play games with surrounding military bases & recreational programs, both in Poquoson and other nearby locations. If you would like to move a child up into an older age group this must be noted on the form at the time of registration and a special request form to do so must be completed. Children may only move up into an age division if they are at the eldest of their current age group. All registrations received after February 22 will be charged a $15 late fee and placed on a waiting list. There is no guarantee for placement on a team after the deadline or from the waiting list. To be placed on the waiting list a completed registration form and a check or credit card number must be provided. Avoid Panic! Register Early! Program #100S Note: After March 1, 2019 any request for a refund will not be honored. Late registrations after this time will be added on a case by case basis only.

Kickstart Soccer

10th Annual Poquoson Community Group Meeting Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6pm Odd Road Community Center (49 Odd Road)

Who’s Invited? Poquoson Civic, Community, and Church Groups should plan to send 1 representative to the gathering. Please RSVP to by Feb. 7, 2019 Share your community events, learn about opportunities for volunteer projects, network with community leaders, city staff and officials.


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Must be age 4 by April 1, 2019 Kickstart is a program designed for the soccer beginner player. This is the basic introduction to the game of soccer. It is not a soccer league, but a 5 week instruction & play/skill period for 45 minutes each week. Cost: $55 per child. No sibling discount; additional $10 for non-residents. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1 and May 8, 2019 5:30-6:15pm South Lawson Park Instructor: Heather Deaver, Primary Physical Education Teacher. Cost includes beginner ball and t-shirt. Program #102 Location: South Lawson Park Deadline: April 2.

Youth Soccer Coach Training Have you ever wanted to coach a youth team, but felt that you need more knowlege, more specifics for various age groups? Join the volunteer coaches training for soccer as you will gain skills for practice planning, team skills and drills, teaching rules of the game and more. This training will be held 2 evenings February 27 & 28 at 6:30pm. Lots of participation and hands-on activities will be part of the instruction. Contact Mel Insley at Community Recreation to be included on the list for the 2019 Spring Training program. Info: 868-3580. Program is Free. Program #101 Office of Community Recreation


Sports/Athletic Programs Youth Tennis Lessons

Ages 7 and up. Boys & Girls Learn the basics of the game of tennis. You’ll learn serving, forehand, body position, and footwork. Lessons held on Saturdays for 6 weeks. Dates: March 16, 23, April 13, 20, May 11, 18 Location: PHS Tennis Courts. Cost: $65 Residents Non-Residents $75 Time: 8-9am Beginners Program #103 9-10am Intermediate Program #103A Instructor: Anthony Coccimiglio Students must bring their own racquet. Wear comfortable play clothes & tennis shoes. Sundays will be the designated rain make-up day if necessary. Each group lesson is limited to 12 kids. Minimum of 6 needed. Deadline: March 12

Youth Volleyball Skills & Serving Clinic

Ages 9 and Up (Must be age 9 by April 1, 2019) 4:00-5:30pm Sundays, March 3, 10 & 17 at Poquoson Middle School Gym. Cost is $35.00 residents/$45 non-residents. Instructor: Tim Hatok, Varsity Volleyball Coach Deadline to register is February 26 Program #110

Youth Volleyball League

Ages 9-13 (Must be age 9 by April 1, 2019) Learn the fundamentals of the game of volleyball, while enjoying basic game play experience. All practices in Poquoson. Minimum of 24 players must register to run league & instruction. Players who have played JV are not eligible to participate in recreation league. Specific practice and game times will be announced based on gym availability. Season runs from after Spring Break to approximately June 8. Volunteer coaches needed. Late fee of $15 applies after registration deadline. Cost per player: $65 Non-resident: $75 Deadline to register is March 29. A wait-list will be maintained only if we are able to accommodate late registration. Program #104


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Youth Baseball Hitters Clinic Grades 4th-7th Pixie Stix Field Hockey

Field Hockey for beginners! Ages 5-7 Girls. 4:00-4:45pm Dates: April 14, 28, May 5 May 19 This program is designed to teach introductory field hockey skills for young players. Learn proper techniques for stick maneuvers, teamwork, strategies of the game and most importantly have fun playing field hockey. Note: Must be 5 by the start of the program. Registration for each new PIXIE player includes a correctly sized stick, a ball and a shirt. Returning players will receive a ball and shirt only. Instructor: Darcey Chiappazzi, Varsity Field Hockey Coach. Cost: $60 per player Returning Pixie Players Cost: $40 All players must play with a mouth guard & shin guards each session. Parents provide this equipment. Additional non-resident fee of $10 per player. No sibling discount. Location: Turf Field behind PMS Program #106 Player minimum to hold program is 12. Deadline to register is April 10.

Spring Field Hockey Play and Skills Clinic

Sundays April 14, 28, May 5 May 19 Grades 2-8 skill stations and play will be grouped according to skill Times: 4-6pm each Sunday. Cost: Poquoson Residents: $50 Non-Residents: $60 Deadline: April 5. Program Instructional Staff: Darcey Chiappazzi, Poquoson High School, Varsity Head Coach; Ellis Staples, PHS JV Coach– former college player; Deadline April 8 Clinic Location: Turf Field– behind PMS Program #115

Spring Field Hockey Youth League

Spring Field Hockey league now registering. Games will be 11 vs 11 on Saturdays after 1pm each Saturday, April 13, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18 and June 1. Teams will likely play 2 games per Saturday for a total of 10 games. To play on Poquoson teams cost is $55 per player and includes reversible jersey. Deadline to register is March 25. Divisions will be: Youth DivisionAges 9-12, JV Divison & Varisty Division Registration available for Teams as well to join the league. Contact community recreation for team registration packet. Program #114

Sunday, February 17 6:00pm-7:30pm  $20.00 - residents/$30.00 non-residents At Poquoson High School Gym, Limited to 25 Kids Deadline to register: Feb. 12 Staff: PHS Baseball Coaching Staff Program #126 Participants will work on hitting technique and skills, as this is a great way to get back in the swing of things for the upcoming spring baseball season. Bring a glove and any batting equipment. Indoor tennis shoes required.

Baseball Skills & Hitting Clinic Grades 8th-12th

The Clinic will run 2 weekends and you have the option to sign up for both weekends, or just one. Each weekend the Clinic will run Saturday and Sunday Afternoons. Times will be set based on player skill and grade between 3-6pm each afternoon. Saturday February 9   & Sunday February 10  Program  #127 Each day between 3-6pm  for 1.5 hours each day   Cost is $35 for weekend 1 * Saturday  Feb 16 and Sunday Feb 17  Program #128 Each day between 3-6pm  for 1.5 hours each day   Cost is $35 for weekend 2 * *Sign up for both weekends Feb 9/10 & Feb 16/17 & SAVE Both programs for $60.00. (non-residents $70) Instructors: PHS Baseball Coaching Staff Deadline to register for both weekend programs is Monday, February 4, 2019. Once registration is closed times will be assigned via email to players for the program by the coaching staff.

Join the Team in 2019!

Be a part of the staff at the Poquoson Municipal Pool

TRAINING AT POQUOSON POOL Register now for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. Must by age 15 by first class. Swim test will be required on the first day of class. Dates of class will be June 3-7 2:30pm-8pm each day. Participants must attend all classes. Cost: $180.00 residents $200.00 non-residents Deadline to register is May 29 at Poquoson Community Recreation Office. Class minimum of 8. Program #120

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2019 Must be 16 years of age & American Red Cross Current Lifeguard Certified Applications available at Municipal Building Parks & Recreation Office. Info: 868-3580


Homemade Easter Eggs and Fillings

with The Williamsburg Chocolatier Ages 8 to Adult In this class students will learn how to make fillings for Easter Eggs, roll them out and shape them, and get ready for dipping into chocolate. In addition we will decorate our eggs using royal icing and flower decorations. We will make smaller eggs (approximately 1/4 pound each) use vanilla and chocolate buttercream fillings for this class, and work with candy molds. Participants will need to tie back long hair, bring an apron or small hand towel, water bottle and a LARGE airtight container to take home their creations. Please note any food allergies with registration. Cost: $30.00 per person (residents) $40.00 non-residents. Sunday, April 14, 2-5 pm at the Municipal Building Program #111

Valentine Chocolate Making with your Sweetheart

Lego night!

Drop the kids off for a fun and STEM-U-lating Friday evening to explore and build with LEGO® bricks. Parents, feel free to relax, go on Ages 9 to Adult will take part in their a date, and enjoy some “me time”. Pizza will very own “hands on” Chocolate be provided for the kids. This is for children ages 5-12. Making Valentine’s Day creations! This is an event meant Cost: $28 residents/ $38 non-residents. 2nd child $5 for 2. (mom & child, dad & daughter, or anyone who is discount. Times: 6-9pm Location: Municipal Building. your sweetheart, or even couples are welcome.) In this Instructor: Chymain Brown, Brick’nit class participants will learn about the different types of Friday, February 22 Program #124 Chocolate (ingredients and MORE) and our company & Friday, March 22 Program #125 Minimum of 10 history. In addition participants will learn how to roll needed. Deadline 4 days prior to each Friday. out homemade buttercreams, prepare for dipping, dipKids Love to Sew 101 ping pretzels and marshmallows, drizzle techniques AND Ages 7 and Up some other “FUN” treats! Gain basic sewing skills from select Cost includes all chocolate & supplies. Everything made ing a pattern, cutting & piecing to and decorated will be taken home at the end of class! create an awesome project. This course is Please note if you have a specific food allergies. Class will 4 weeks long and participants are encouraged to bring be held with 2 date options. Location: Municipal Building a portable sewing machine if you have one. Cost: $45 Wednesday February 6; 6:30-8:30pm Program #107 residents $55 non-residents Class meets Wednesdays Wednesday February 13; 6:30-8:30pm Program #107A March 6, 13, 20, 27 Time: 6:00-7:30pm at Municipal Cost: $40 for 2 people for residents/$50 non-residents. Building. A materials list will be provided following Deadline 5 days before the class. registration. Deadline to register: March 1 Instruc-

American Red Cross Babysitting Course

Learn the basics to care for children and infants, learn to make good decisions and to problem solve so you can provide the best possible care for those in your charge. Learn to handle emergencies, and how to respond to illnesses and household accidents. This course will help sitters with tips to develop their own babysitting business. Designed for sitters ages 11 & up. Course is 9am-4pm. Must attend full day. Participants should pack lunch. Class is located at the Municipal Building. Space limited to 10 per session. Date: Saturday, March 2 Program: #108 Cost: $48 resident/$58 non-resident. Must register 6 days prior to start of class. 12 Winter/Spring


tor: Lisa Robbins Program #105

Preschool Picassos- Art Class Ages 4-6 This class is designed for your little one who loves to draw, paint and create. Using basic art priniciples to teach the starting concepts of line, shape, and color while developing hand coordination join in this 6 class art experience just for little hands and little budding artists. Dress for mess, and children must be potty trained. Class is designed to be without parent, however separate sitting area is available, not within the classroom. Instructor: Holly Horton. Location: Municipal Class Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30pm-4:45pm February 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28. Cost: $48 residents/ $58 non-residents Deadline to register: February 7. Class size limited to 8 kids. Program #112

Women’s Volleyball League

Women’s Volleyball League now forming to play on Wednesdays at Poquoson Middle School starting in March. The league will host open play and organizational night on Wednesday, March 6. All are invited to open play March 6. Time: 6:30-8:30pm at Poquoson Middle School Team Registration Fee $235.00 All team registration fees and paperwork must be received at Parks and Recreation or at the gym by March 6. Program #117 Each team should have 6-8 players. Teams typically play two games a night on Wednesdays thru mid-May. The first night of play will be March 13 . Come to open play to join a team.

Men’s Open Gym Basketball

Saturday mornings at the Poquoson Elementary School from 9-11am. Enjoy a pick up game or two. Open to adult residents. $2.00 per player. Pay at the time of attendance. No pre-registration required. Please no children.

CPR, AED, & First Aid Class American Red Cross

Students taking this American Red Cross certified class will be taught how to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illness, head/neck/back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a First Aid/CPR/AED Certificate (adult, child, and infant) which is valid for two years. Ages 13 and up. Class Offered March 26 & 28 6-9pm each evening. Cost: $55 residents; $65 non-residents. Class min. 8 Deadline to register March 21. Class location: Municipal Building. Program #113 Summer Swim Season is Memorial Day to Labor Day Pool Passes sold at Poquoson Office of Community Recreation 868-3580 Season Passes Ages 6 & Up (Residents) $55 Ages 3-5 (Residents) $35 2 & under Free (Daily Admission also available- pay as you go) Swim Lessons Registration Opens for Residents April 1, 2019

Women’s Kickball League

Get your kicks– and participate in the women’s kickball league. Season runs mid May thru early July 2019. All team packets, league information, and 2019 rules will be available March 27, 2019 at the Community Recreation Office or emailed to interested captains. Team Fee is $400.00 Team fee and team registration will be accepted from April 29 thru May 3 at the Community Recreation Office. No team registration will be accepted after the deadline. Details for captain’s meeting and other league information will be distributed with the March 27 League Information Packet. Program #118

Boating Safety Course

Virginia requires all operators of boats and personal water craft to take a Safe Boating and Jet Ski Course. The Virginia Boater Education Course is offered free at Poquoson Municipal Building, thanks to Poquoson Community Recreation and Coast Guard Flotilla 63-Poquoson. Class attendance is required both nights to complete the course. Course Offerings for Spring of 2019: March 11 & 13 6:00-9:30pm May 20 & 22 6:00-9:30pm All registrations are taken online at Class registration is free, however pre-registration is required online, register early space is limited.

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Tai Chi

Looking for a non-aerobic form of exercise which will improve your balance, reduce stress, and improve flexibility? Tai Chi may be the exercise for you. (9 Movements) in a 7 week series of classes. This Tai Chi form is designed for beginners but will help more advanced students as well. The class will also include meditative breathing and Qigong, a series of powerful Traditional Chinese medical exercises to help maintain overall health. Participants should wear loose fitting clothes & good walking shoes. For adults. All fitness levels welcome. Location: Odd Road Community Center. Classes will be held Monday evenings 4:30-5:30pm. Session is April 8 thru May 20 Cost: $57 residents; $67 non-residents Instructor: Jack Fuller Register 5 days before the session starts. Program: #116 Introducing Instructor Mr. Jack Fuller Jack teaches Tai Chi from Richmond to the Middle Peninsula and is a resident of Mathews County. Jack has been a trained Tai Chi instructor for over 17 years and has over 600 students at various learning venues and recreation courses.

Adult Sewing Class 101

Gain basic sewing skills from selecting a pattern, cutting and piecing to create an awesome project. This course is 4 weeks long and participants are encouraged to bring a portable sewing machine if you have one. Cost: $45 residents/$55 non-residents Class meets Wednesdays April 10, 17, 24, and May 1 Time: 6:00-7:30pm at Municipal Building. A materials list will be provided following registration. Deadline to register: April 5 Instructor: Lisa Robbins Program # 121

Acrylic Painting – Paint a Wave

Ages 15 to Adult Learn to paint an ocean wave. This design is perfect for canvas, glass, walls and furniture! This project involves multiple strokes and techniques in learning decorative painting. Please bring a sketchbook (9x12 or larger), all other supplies provided. Beginners Welcome! Tuesday, Feb 5, 6:30-8:30m at the Municipal Building. Instructor: Kim Phillips Cost: $45 Residents/$55 non-residents. Register by February 4. Must have 3 minimum Program #123 14 Winter/Spring 2019

Pistol Safety Course

Learn firearms safety, law and familiarization of handguns and ammunition, how to handle a weapon safely, and laws regarding use of firearms in self-defense. This one evening course will cover many do’s and don’ts for carrying a weapon for self defense. As part of the course those students who wish to later apply for a concealed handgun permit may take a written test, and upon successful completion of the test, a certificate will be provided that will allow them to apply for a Virginia Concealed Weapons Permit with the local court. No gun ownership required. If you have a gun do not bring it to class. Class open to anyone age 21 or older. This course meets one evening. Time: 6-9pm. Location: Municipal Building Cost per student: $55 residents/non-residents: $65 Each course limited to 10 students. Must register 5 days in advance of the course. Choose the date when registering: #109 February 19 #109A March 14 #109B April 16 Introducing instructor Mr. Perry Bartels Perry Bartels is a 22 year police veteran and firearms instructor. He is a certified instructor with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

One Stroke Painting Acrylic Painting - Rose

Learn to paint a Rose just in time for Spring! Design from Donna Dewberry's classic Cabbage Rose. This design is perfect for canvas, glass, walls and furniture! This project involves multiple strokes and techniques in learning decorative painting. Please bring a sketchbook (9x12 or larger), all other supplies provided. Beginners welcome! Tuesday, April 9 Time: 6:30-8:30pm Municipal Building Instructor: Kim Phillips Register by April 8. Must have 3 minimum. Cost: $40 Program #122

Furniture Painting Workshop A Flea Market Flip

Ages 13 to Adult Turn trash to treasure and learn how to paint or refinish your furniture into a beautiful and timeless piece. Learn about choosing paints, best paints for the job, and how to dry/wet distress the finish. Learn up to 3 different paint techniques. This course will also cover how to seal your work as well as how to use clear/dark waxes on furniture. All supplies will be provided and participants are encouraged to wear a smock or painting clothes so you can make your own samples to take home! April 18 6:30-8:30pm Municipal Building Instructor: Kim Phillips Register by April 15. Must have 3 minimum. Cost: $47 residents/$57 non-residents Program #129

Specialty Finishes- Furniture Painting Workshop Part 2

Ages 13 to Adult Continue your journey and learn more great finishes to include new blending techniques to turn a flea market flip into a beautiful and timeless piece. All supplies will be provided and participants are encouraged to wear painting clothes so you can make your own samples to take home! Thursday, April 25 6:30-8:30pm Municipal Building Instructor: Kim Phillips Register by April 19 Must have 3 minimum. Cost: $47 residents $57 non-residents Program #130

Plein Air Landscapes

Ages 14to Adult Plein Air is French for “in the open air.” Working in oil pastels, we will travel throughout Poquoson to a variety of locations to draw outside. Each week work at a different location within the City. Scenes we will capture will include marshes, marinas, gardens, architecture and open skies. Materials required: Folding chair, sketch pad, bug spray, sunscreen, and oil pastels. Instructor: Holly Horton Saturdays, April 27, May 3, 11, 18 Time: 8:30 to 10:00 am First meeting at Amory’s Wharf-Thomas Jefferson Rollins Natural Area. Cost: $38 residents $48 non-residents Deadline: April 23 Program #131

Introduction to Drawing & Sketching

Ages 14 to Adult Learn to draw what you see from initial rough sketches of basic shapes to finalized detailed forms. Work step by step to capture likeness and develop shading and contouring. Learn inside tips and tricks to achieve improved results in your created artwork. Materials required: Sketchbook, pencil, and eraser. Class meets 3 times, Mondays Feb 11, 18, 25 Time: 6:30-8:00pm Location: Municipal Building Instructor: Holly Horton Cost: $28 residents/$38 non-residents Deadline: February 6 Program #132

Drawing & Painting Flowers

Ages 14 to Adult Working with fresh botanicals, we will learn to render the lush lines and forms of these scented favorites. From single stems to full arrangements, all aspects of their delicate forms will be discussed. Materials required: Sketchpad, pencil, eraser, watercolor paper, & watercolor pencils. Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, 25 Location: Municipal Building 6:30 to 8:00 pm Instructor: Holly Horton Cost: $38 residents/$48 non-residents 4 weeks Deadline: February 27 Program #133


Ages 14 to Adult Learn to capture the human likeness in a variety of mediums and explore drawing a portrait. Class will include the study of the human face, learn to render hair and develop drawing skin. Composition will be discussed and tips and tricks for pleasing results will be part of the instruction. Bring a Sketchbook, pencils, and eraser. Instructor: Holly Horton Mondays April 8, 15, 22, 29 6:30 to 8:00 pm Location: Municipal Building Cost: $38 residents/$48 non-residents 4 weeks Deadline: April 2 Program #134 Introducing Instructor Ms. Holly Horton Holly recently moved to Poquoson in the Fall of 2018 fromWest Point, Virginia, due to a job relocation for her husband. Holly holds a BA in graphic design from Mary Baldwin and was involved in the Arts Depot and Middlesex County Museum. Join Holly for a class & learn new skills with fun fellowship to boot. 15

Spring Adult Day Trips Boat Tour of Norfolk Naval Base & Lunch at the Freemason Abbey Tuesday April 23, 2019

Bacon’s Castle Tour and Lunch at the Surry Seafood Company Friday, April 5, 2019

Tour the historical Bacon’s Castle in Surry, Virginia dating back to the 1600’s. This unique Enjoy this spring outing and a structure is the oldest brick dwelling in North sea faring adventure on the America and was once the home of Victory Rover as it departs from Arthur Allen, a prosperous merchant and downtown Norfolk’s Waterfront. planter. Allen’s Brick House earned the moniker Cruise on the enclosed deck along “Bacon’s Castle” in 1676 when several of the Elizabeth River to see one of the world’s busiest sea ports including the world’s largest naval base and home Nathaniel Bacon’s men occupied the home for four months during the uprising that became known as of the Atlantic Fleet. Following the boat tour we will Bacon’s Rebellion. Bacon’s Castle is an example of High head over to the Freemason Abbey Restaurant, also in Downtown Norfolk for a delicious lunch at approx. Jacobean architecture and notable for its stunning triple stacked chimneys. Trip includes van transportation, & 1:15pm. Cost of Lunch is on your own. Trip will depart via 15 passenger van from Municipal guided house tour at Bacon’s Castle. Cost of lunch on Pool Parking Lot. Depart: 9:30am Return: Approxi- your own at Surry Seafood Company, nearby. Depart: 9am Return: Approximately 3:00pm mately 3:30pm. Cost for residents: $40 Cost for residents: $25 non residents $35 Non-residents: $50 Minimum required: 10 people. Deadline: March 31. Cost includes transportation and Deadline March 25 Minimum of 10 required. Program: #136DT boat trip ticket. Program: #135DT

Diner’s Club

Fun, Fellowship, and Food with Friends all are invited

Join us for a fine lunch out! Pre-register for each trip. Must have a minimum of 8 for each trip. Cost is $6.00. Cost of lunch on your own. Le Yaca, French Restaurant, Williamsburg, Depart 10:30am, February 21 #161DC

A Matter of Balance Class for Adults

Many adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. This award winning program is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Gain confidence and reduce your risk of falls. Learn to: View falls as controllable Set goals for increasing activity Make changes to reduce fall risks at home Exercise to increase strength and balance Class is free, however pre-registration is required. Must have 10 participants. Class Dates: Tuesday afternoons 2-4pm March 19 thru May 7 Held at the Municipal Building Register by March 15 at Community Recreation. Program: #140

You’re Invited... To Poquoson’s Senior Adult Center at the Municipal Building

Blue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg, Depart 10:30am March 28 #163DC

Senior Center: All Are Welcome

Hyashi, City Center, Newport News, Depart 11:00am April 11#164DC Food For Thought, Williamsburg, Depart 10:30am May 2 #165DC Angelo’s Steak & Pancake House, Newport News, Depart 11:00am May 30 #166 DC Opus 9 Steakhouse, Williamsburg, Depart 10:30am June 11, #167 DC


Winter/Spring 2019

Deadline: May 9 Program: # 141

The Vineyards of Trattoria, Newport News, Depart 11:00am March 7 #162DC

Diner’s Club Policies All trips are taken in a 15 passenger van and depart from the Municipal Building. Transportation cost per person per trip is $6.00. The cost of lunch is on your own. To register for the Diners Club please use The TRIP REGISTRATION FORM available at Poquoson Parks & Recreation. No call-in registration is accepted. No registration is complete until full payment is received. When registering, 1 person may only register for themselves and 1 other guest. No group registration is accepted. Cancellation Policy for Diner’s Club Trips: In an effort to control costs and continue to offer programs, PPR can no longer offer participants a refund or credit regardless of reason for cancellation of the Diner’s Club trips. All registrations are non-refundable. For further details see Trip Registration Form.

Diabetes Self-Management Program Class Dates Tuesdays, May 14 to June 18, 2019 2:00pm to 4:30pm Poquoson Municipal Building 830 Municipal Drive, Poquoson 23662 Must Pre-register by calling 757-868-3580

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Lunch Served and Fun Activities Located at the Municipal Building 830 Poquoson Ave. To attend & register please call 873-0541. This program is in partnership with the City of Poquoson and Peninsula Agency on Aging. New participants always welcome.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers hot lunches to seniors ages 60 and over who are homebound due to illness or disability and are unable to sufficiently prepare meals for themselves. This program is supported by funding from federal, state and local governments. The rest is funded by recipients of the meals, and concerned agencies, citizens and donations. To obtain more information or to receive meals, please contact 8730541. This program is supported by the Peninsula Agency on Aging. Office of Community Recreation


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Visit Us! We love to see you. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:30pm at the Municipal Building 830 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson VA 23662 757-868-3580 Check, Cash, Visa or Mastercard After hours you may utilize our drop box on the front of the Municipal Building

Please remember that an accurate, complete and legible registration form is vital for us to contact you. Participant Name:

City: Participant date of birth:

“Poquoson Parks & Recreation”

Primary Phone Contact:

Program Number

Though we do our best to secure program locations, details, and times, occasionally we must make changes to schedules, times or locations for programs. This can be due to any number of factors, included but not limited to, facility concerns, maintenance, joint scheduling with the school system or required changes from the initial planning at the time of publication. Enrollment numbers for programs can also facilitate these changes. If this occurs please be aware that we will make every effort to contact you with the information you have provided on your registration form. All programs listed within this publication are filled on a first-come, first serve basis, unless noted. Your receipt is your confirmation. Each program must draw a minimum number of participants or it will be cancelled. The City of Poquoson reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or combine programs, or change instructors to best provide the program for everyone. If an activity is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be refunded your total program fees, less credit card transaction fees. Please remember that an accurate, complete, and legible registration form is vital for us to contact you. Please be sure to observe all closing dates for activities. Program fees must be paid at the time of registration. No Call-in registration is accepted. Payment is accepted in either cash, personal check, VISA or MasterCard. When payment is made using credit card a 2.5% convenience charge is added to the total for processing.



Alternate Phone Contact:

I or My Spouse is willing to Coach/Name of Prospective Volunteer:

Complete the registration Form and Fax it to 757-868-3585. Mastercard or Visa payment only accepted by fax. Be sure to sign your registration form and provide all proper credit card information. Note that on all credit card payments a 2.5% service fee will be charged.

Parks and Recreation reserves the right to handle a request on a case-by-case basis.

Age today:


Email Address: (Required)

Registration Policies


Parent/Guardian Name:

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REFUNDS: By registering for a program you agree to the following & in all cases understand that: No refunds will be granted after the first class has begun. No refund will be granted to a participant if you cancel later than 2 business days prior to the start of class. No refund will be granted when supplies have been purchased on your behalf, regardless of the time of notification. Specific programs have a no refund policy; this is noted in the program description. Cancellation policies for facilities rental/use are stated on the respective reservation/use forms. In the event of sickness or injury, refunds must be requested in writing, and in person at the Parks and Recreation Office. A doctor’s note must be provided with the request. A refund is not guaranteed in this case but may be considered and/or pro-rated. A $10 service charge will be deducted from all refunds. Refunds will not be granted as a result of schedule changes due to weather. Poquoson Parks and Recreation does not prorate refunds. No refund is guaranteed unless the requestor has a receipt showing proof of payment.

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Credit Cards Accepted MasterCard and Visa Credit Card Convenience Fee + 2.5% _________ Name as it Appears on Card_____________________ Signature:_____________________ Expiration:_________ Special Needs or Accommodations: _____________________________________ Card #_ _ _ _-_ _ _ _-_ _ _ _-_ _ _ _ Ein: _ _ _ _____________________________________ (on back of card) Make checks payable to I authorize the charges for programs on my card, and I Poquoson Parks & Recreation and understand I will incur a 2.5% convenience fee for Credit mail with form to Poquoson Parks & Recreation Card Processing. 830 Poquoson Avenue Poquoson, VA 23662 or deliver to our office at the above address. (Use our drop box for after hours)

PLEASE READ WAIVER AND SIGN BELOW– Each adult must sign a separate waiver. A parent/guardian must sign for their children ages 17 and under. I have had explained to me the nature of the activity in which I am or my child is being enrolled. I understand that there are certain risks associated with this activity & that it is the duty of each participant to exercise reasonable care for his own safety and that of other participants. If this consent is given for my child, I also understand that, while participating in the activity, my child will be expected to behave in a reasonable and responsible manner and that the activity’s supervisory staff have the authority to discipline my child in a manner similar to that imposed in Poquoson City’s public schools. While it has been explained to me that the City of Poquoson prides itself upon the competency and dedication of its staff, I understand that, under Virginia law, both the City of Poquoson and its employees, its officers, and agents are immune from liability for negligence should I or my child suffer any injury while participating in the activity and that I may consider procuring insurance to protect myself or my child from such occurrences. With all of this in mind, I hereby give my consent to enroll me or my child in the activity listed above, specifically agreeing and consenting to the following where applicable: (1). I agree to allow photographic images of myself (my child) to be taken and utilized for promotional purposes by the City of Poquoson (2). I agree to allow myself or my child to be transported from the publicly advertised pick-up site to participate in the activity(s) listed above at the site identified in the activity information should it be required as described in the program. (3). I will be responsible for the payment of fees imposed by the City for the activity(s) I am registering. (4). I agree that I will and my child will behave in a sportsmanlike manner, and will not harass, or behave in a negative manner towards any coaches, children, referees or those in attendance at any Parks and Recreation Activity that I or my child may be attending or participating in at any time. And, I further understand I can be removed for such occurrence at the discretion of PPR officials to

include myself, my child or those in attendance related to my child’s attendance at any time for said behavior. I agree for my phone, address, and email information to be provided to coaches and/or instructors as necessary as related to the program for which I am registering. I have read the Refund Policies of the Department and understand they are available for review at the Parks and Recreation Website, and at the PPR Office.

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Volume 21, Issue 1


Mary Peake Comes Alive 3:00 - 4:00 PM

History comes alive as Sheila Arnold portrays Mary Peake, a 19th century African American teacher in Hampton, VA speaking about the difficulty in providing education in the South after the Emancipation Proclamation. She also discusses her struggle in obtaining an education in the "free" North and the pressures, both external and internal, of her daily life in Hampton.

“Citizen” Book Discussion Monday, February 25

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Participate in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read by reading the New York Times bestseller “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine and then join us for a discussion of its themes on the American experience. Program Registration Youth Programs: 2 - weeks before event Family Programs: 4 - weeks before event Adults Programs: 4 - weeks before event 20

“Get Your Paws on a Good Book” February 4 - March 4 Ages birth to 12, join us for a 30 day Winter Reading Challenge! Read on your own, together, or have someone read to you to complete fun challenges throughout the month. Those that finish the challenge will win a prize and receive an invitation to attend our Seussabration on Saturday, March 2 at 3:00 PM with cake, crafts, stories and prizes.

3 Thursday of the Month

January 7 - February 6 February 25 - March 27 Rhythm and Rhyme (ages 2 - 3)

Mondays: 10:15 - 10:45 AM OR 11:15 - 11:45 AM

Stay and Play (ages 2 - 3)

Mondays: 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Alphabet Soup (ages 3 - 5) Tuesdays: 10:15 - 10:45 AM

Toddler Tales (15 months to 24 months) Wednesdays: 11:15 - 12:00 PM

(Child attends with Parent/Caregiver)

Paws to Read

All Natural Spice Blends February 19 Make four different spice blends so you can take fresh flavor home with you and avoid the high sodium seasoning packets.


1 Sunday of the Month 2:00 - 3:00 PM January 6 February 3 March 3 th Pre-K through 5 graders who are reading on their own are invited to practice their literacy skills by reading to a trained therapy dog.

Simple Soaps and Body Scrubs March 19 Learn to make easy body scrubs and homemade soaps with inexpensive natural ingredients.


Women in American Music

Selected Tuesdays

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Jan 29 Feb 26 Mar 26

Celebrate Women's History Month with local musicians Kim Person and Lana Puckett as they perform a musical program giving insight into the lives and musical influences of women musicians across genres and generations. Interspersed with anecdotes from the fascinating and colorful lives of these women are performances of the most influential songs of their careers.

“Bear Snores On” “Snowy Day” “Music Class Today”

Ages 3-5 will explore picture books on a whole new level, by scientifically testing them! Join us for fun and hands-on book-based art, science, and math activities for your preschooler.

3rd Thursday of the Month

Wednesdays: 10:15 - 11:00 AM

Crochet and Knitting January 22 Learn how to crochet or knit! Bring your own yarn and crochet hook or needles or practice with ours.

January 17 February 21 March 21

4:45 - 5:45 PM

Snow Scenes Pizza, Pizza Leprechaun Traps

All K-5th graders are invited to imagine and create with us as we build and display unique structures using these fun themes!


6:30 - 7:30 PM

January 17 A Long Winter's Nap February 21 Snow Much Fun! March 21 Musical March Families with youth of all ages are invited as we explore fun book themed activities including building a fort for the entire family to read in, enjoying marshmallow Snowman treats, making our own musical instruments, and snow much more…..

Blown Away by Science Thursday, March 7

4:30 - 5:30 PM

1st-5th graders will learn about flow visualization and/or vertical flow with some of NASA’s own wind science engineers. They will get an opportunity to design and test re-entry capsules and use the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) portable wind-tunnel.

Preschool Yoga 1st Thursdays of the Month January 3 February 7

10:15 - 10:45 AM March 7

Ages 3-5, learn poses through songs, stories, and other activities with 8 Monkeys Yoga Studio.

Register for all events online or at the Circulation Desk

Register for all events online or at the Circulation Desk

10:30 - 11:15 AM

Family Fun Night

Babygarten (birth to 15 months)

Ages 16 and Up Selected Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Preschool S.T.E.A.M.


Two Sessions:

DIY Tuesdays

Sunday, March 24

Storybook Science


Winter Reading Challenge

NEA Big Read: Hampton Roads is a communitywide partnership between Old Dominion University, public libraries and other key organizations in Hampton Roads that will be focusing on one book at one time, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Taking place between February 21 and March 21, there will be dozens of events, all kicked off by an author talk featuring “Citizen” author Claudia Rankine at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 21 at ODU. Mor e infor mation about events and the book “Citizen” can be found online at

Sunday, February 24

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Poquoson Public Library

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Teen Scene

Tech Help Tuesdays & Thursdays

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Walk-ins welcome. One-on-one help is available for your internet, computer and tablet usage questions. We can also help you get started with any of our digital resources.

Job Help Teen Advisory Board Meeting Mondays Meetings are held on 2nd Mondays January 14 February 11 March 11

Celebrate diversity with us as we explore different cultures through food and art during the Big Read.


6 -12 graders are invited to join the library’s Teen Advisory Board. We need you to share your ideas and abilities to make our library and community a better place. Have fun and make a difference as you add terrific community service experience to your résumé and/or college applications.

Teens Give Back

Tuesday, February 26

6:30 - 7:30 PM

4th-12th graders travel the world and explore other cultures through art. We will share different forms of art and stories from India, Japan, Turkey, Mexico, Jamaica and other countries. Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to create some art of our own.

Celebrating Diversity Through Food

Month of February Join the library's Teen Advisory Board as they collect diapers and wipes for all ages for an outreach program in conjunction with Tabernacle United Methodist Church. The collection will take place during the month of February. The church outreach program distributes diapers throughout the community once a month. Please drop off donations at the library to help support this great cause!

Among Friends

Exploring Diversity through Art

4:30 - 5:30 PM th

Need assistance with your job search, application process, resume or interviewing skills? Call the library to schedule an appointment.


Thursday, March 14 th

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Monday, March 4

6:00 - 7:00 PM

6th-12th graders celebrate Teen Tech Week in the windy month of March by joining NASA engineers with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to explore a vertical wind tunnel and design a UFO-like re-entry capsule perfect for a blustery March day.


4 -12 graders explore diversity through books and cuisine. We will share food and stories from India, Mexico, China, Vietnam and the Southern United States.

The Teen Advisory Board and Friends of the Library are sponsoring their 20th Annual Poetry Contest! All ages, kindergarten through adult, are invited to submit one, unsigned, one-page original poem.

Computer Classes for Beginners Fridays

10:00 AM – Noon

iPad/iPhone for Beginners

Feb 15

iPad/iPhone Photography

Feb 22

Basic Microsoft Word

Mar 15

Intermediate Microsoft Word

Mar 22

Basic Microsoft Excel

Mar 29

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Apr 5

Tech Talks Talk to Me Friday, February 8

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Learn about digital voice assistants as we compare, review and discuss Amazon Echo’s Alexa, Google Home’s Assistant, and Apple’s Siri. There’s an App for That Friday, March 8

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Explore the possibilities of tasks that can be accomplished by using Apps on your Smart Phone and/or Tablet.

Entry forms available: Monday, Mar ch 4, 10:00 AM Submissions are due: Friday, Apr il 5, 5:00 PM Reception for all poets: Sunday, Apr il 28, 3:00 PM

The poetry reception will be a celebration with poetry readings, generous cash awards, and encouragement from our judge and library staff, followed by refreshments.

Register for all events online or at the Circulation Desk Poquoson Public Library

Cyber Rookies


Poetry Contest

Teen Tech Week Wind Tunnels

The Friends of the Poquoson Public Library is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy and financial support for the library. The Friends raised $9,000 for library programming and equipment in Fiscal Year 2018. Become a Friend today. Call 766-7931 for more information. Spring Book Sale, April 11 - 14 The sale is held in the library lobby with all proceeds benefiting the Poquoson Public Library. Donations to our book sales are accepted year round during normal library business hours. $1,000 Scholarship Thirty scholarships have been awarded to deserving students since 2003 in honor of retired Library Director, Elizabeth Tai. Last year's recipient was Jenny Gu. The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who have volunteered at the Poquoson Public Library. Applications will be available at the library circulation desk and at the PHS Guidance Office in early February. Essay Contest Open to all students in Grades K-12. Entry forms will be available in January 2019 at Poquoson City Schools and at the Library. Cash prizes will be given at the Awards Ceremony, April 11, 2019. Call 868-0728 for more information. Books à La Carte Visit our ongoing used book sale located in the back of the library. Shop for bargains on books, CDs and DVDs. Gift cards and tote bags are also available. Book Club Members meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10 AM in a member’s home to discuss books they have chosen. For more information call 766-7931.

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Food Bank Distribution

Produce for Healthier Living

Food Bank Distribution Eligible Residents of Poquoson & York County When: February 26 March 26 April 23 May 28 June 25 August 27 September 24 October 22 November 26

York County-Poquoson Office, 100 County Drive, P. O. Box 532, Yorktown, Virginia 23690-0532

July 23 December 17

Time: 10:00am–1:00pm Where: Municipal Building, 830 Poquoson Ave. A Bag of TEFAP-USDA Commodity foods will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to income eligible households. A short, completely confidential form must be completed. Additionally, a small produce bag will be available for distribution. This is a collaborative effort between the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank and our local community groups who graciously assist with distribution. If your group would like to help distribute food please contact Buddy Green at 757-751-5772.

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July 8 & 9 August 12 & 13 September 9 & 10 October 7 & 8 November 12 December 9 & 10

Telephone: (757) 890-4940


2019 Junior 4-H Summer Camp

The tradition returns for 4-H Junior Summer Camp: Taking a bus to camp! The memories of camp for all campers will begin as we board the busses at York High School Monday morning. Our route to camp will take us from one end of the Historic Colonial Parkway all the way to the other end, and returning from camp along the same route Friday! The fee for the bus will be included in the camp fee. 4-H Camp for York County and Poquoson residents will take place August 5 – 9, 2019 at the Jamestown 4-H Center in Williamsburg. Registration for the camp will open Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 9am. Junior 4-H Camp is a week-long, residential camp for youth ages 9-13. Campers take classes such as archery, guitar, robotics, cupcake decorating, and marine science and experience nightly fun evening programs. Visit our website at to sign up for our email list to receive information regarding camp and other 4-H programs. You can also follow us on Facebook @ypjcc4h.

Peninsula Master Naturalist Basic Training

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2019 training. For more information and to download an application, visit the

2019 Horticultural Extravaganza

Join us at Tabb High School on Saturday, March 2, from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm for our 25th Anniversary with keynote speaker, BRYCE LANE, Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator at NC State University’s Department of Horticultural Science and host and producer of Emmy winning UNC TV’s “In the Garden with Bryce Lane.” The Extravaganza provides a broad amount of information for new and experienced gardeners, including specialty plants, healthy lawns, pollinators, pruning and more! Registration begins December 14th. The cost (includes lunch) is $20 before February 1st and $25 after that date. If you would like to hear only the keynote speaker, the cost is $10. Registration deadline is February 15th. Visit for a registration form or call 757-890-4940.

Healthy Virginia Lawns Program

Sign-up now for our Spring Healthy Virginia Lawns program with visits beginning in March! This program is designed to assist York County and Poquoson residents with taking care of their lawn in an economic and environmentally sound manner. For $20, York/Poquoson Master Gardeners will visit your site, measure your yard, take a soil sample, and provide customized feedback. If you would like to register for this program, call the Extension office at 757-890-4940 or register online at

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the York/Poquoson Extension Office at (757) 890-4940/TDD* during business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.


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Severe Weather Tips

No matter the season or time of year always have a basic plan for potential weather related events. The following are some suggested tips: • Know the location of natural gas and electric meters.

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• Know where the emergency shutoff valves and breakers are located for your house. • If flooding occurs, have all gas appliances & electrical connections checked before reuse. • If you have LP gas, make sure the tanks are secured adequately so as not to become waterborne. • Make sure all flood vents are clean and functional. • If you smell gas, contact the VNG Emergency line at 877-571-3342 Should you have questions related to work being performed, permits being required or flood information, contact the Inspection Department at 757-868-3035.

If you would like some help or have questions related to your state taxes, please contact the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with this process. Our office is located in City Hall at 500 City Hall Avenue. We are available by phone at 757-868-3020

Special Thanks to our 2018 Poquoson Seafood Festival Sponsors AARD, Inc. Angela Costello Group BB & T Brown Enterprises, LLC C3 Communications City of Poquoson Cub Cadet Outlet of Yorktown Chef Tim Winchester Food Lion Vector 27 Financial Group Parklawn-Wood Memorial Funeral Home Comserve Wireless Daily Press Dominion Fireworks 97.3 The Eagle & Max Media Mares Exterminating Co., LLC MacBrand Foods

Peninsula Hardwood Mulch PEPSI Pomoco Nissan of Hampton Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts Paris Electrical Contracting Pony Rides, Ltd Mike Tyndall’s Custom Decks and Porches Poquoson City Public Schools Taylor’s Do It Center Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Graham and Rollins Waterfront Development, Jordan Marine & Julie Ann Seafood

With Generous Support from the Following: Big Top Party Entertainment, Gately Communications, Multi-Print & Cathie Abell-Nelson ​The Poquoson Seafood Festival thanks the following citizens and businesses for the use of their property during the 2018 Festival. The Family of Mr. & Mrs. Jack N. Forrest The Family of Mrs. Eleanor Patrick Claytor Rollins Funeral Home Price Electrical, Inc.


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Visit https://public.coderedwe to sign up for CodeRED Weather Warning and to begin receiving automated alerts the moment you’re immediately impacted by severe weather.



Alerts for severe thunderstorms, flash floods and tornadoes will be delivered via phone call, text, email or a combination of all three, based on your specific preferences.

Residents in the direct path of severe weather will receive alerts after a warning is issued by the National Weather Service. Listen carefully to the message and take immediate action, if indicated, to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property.

CodeRED Weather Warning phone number: 800-566-9780 Save this number in your phone’s contacts so you can easily recognize the message as a severe weather warning. The City of Poquoson also provides City updates for subscribers when an emergency arises. Office of Community Recreation


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Winter-Spring 2019 Island Tide  

Complete listing of programs offered for City of Poquoson Parks and Recreation for the period of January- May 2019.

Winter-Spring 2019 Island Tide  

Complete listing of programs offered for City of Poquoson Parks and Recreation for the period of January- May 2019.