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Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Newport News

Fall 2019/Winter 2020

Newport News Fall Festival October 5 & 6

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Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center Instructional Classes Youth Programs Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter Active Lifestyles Community Centers Athletics- Tennis Athletics- Adult & Youth Leagues Aquatics Golf Parks Museums & Historical Services Special Events

Michael Poplawski Director Tammy Jordan Assistant Director, Recreation William Roche Assistant Director, Parks Cindy Brouillard Director of Tourism

Website: www.nnparks.com Email: nnparks-and-recreation @nnva.gov Phone: 757-926-1400 Fax: 757-926-1460

Newport News Tourism New Sub-Trail Added to Toast the Coast Pocket Guide Called 3 Barrels 3 Cities, the new sub-trail invites you to sample spirits from three distilleries in three different cities: Newport News, Hampton and Smithfield. After getting your Toast the Coast pocket guide stamped at each of the three participating distilleries, trade it in for a Toast the Coast tasting glass at one of the three cities’ visitor centers. To learn more, and to download a copy of the pocket guide, visit www.ToasttheCoastVA.com. Youth Category Added to 2019 Photo Contest For the first time, our ZOOM IN on Newport News photo contest will be open to ages 12 to 17. The winner in the youth category will receive a $250 grand prize. Additionally, Newport News Tourism has eliminated the “professional” and “non-professional” categories to simply award one grand prize of $500 to an adult winner. This year’s theme is “People and Pets.” Entries will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2019. Visit www.newport-news.org/photo-contest for submission requirements and entry details. Planning a Reunion? Let Us Help Our office can offer suggestions on things to see and do in Newport News, accommodations, and dining establishments perfect for your particular group size, along with unique venues to host your special event. In fact, we’re holding a free Reunion Planning Seminar on November 16, 2019, at The Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Drive. For details, call the Newport News Visitor Center at 886-7777.

For more information about these and other happenings in Newport News, call 757-886-7777 or visit the Newport News Visitor Center at 13560 Jefferson Avenue (Exit 250B from I-64). Did you know that our Visitor Center is also a great place to shop for that special souvenir? Visit us from 9 am to 5 pm daily.


Pick Up Your Ambassador Pass in December 2019 The Newport News Ambassador Pass program, entering its 21st year in 2020, encourages Newport News residents and current City of Newport News employees to be “visitors” in their own hometown. An Ambassador Pass offers free one-time admission to seven city attractions, valid for two adults and two children. Those requesting a pass will be asked to show proof of current residency or city employment. Ambassador Passes are distributed annually in December and honored in January. For details, call the Newport News Visitor Center at 886-7777.

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center/ Newsome House Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

Building Community Through the Arts 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 · 757-247-8950 · downing-gross.org

The Iconic Eleventh Season The theme for the 2019-2020 season is Iconic - highlighting icons in various forms of art. From film and music to dance and photography, we will celebrate the very best of Newport News and beyond. Join us during this special season as we honor the icons of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Season Events


Rental Facilities

August 2, 2019 SKILLS Talent Show 2019

Anderson Johnson Gallery Working in the Spirit: The Visionary Art and Life of Elder Anderson Johnson, 1915 – 1998

Consider having your next gathering here! Check out our website for more details. Rentals starting at ONLY $20/hour!

September 20, 2019 Celebrating Virginia Filmmakers September 28, 2019 Open House October 11, 2019 An Evening with Brittany Burrell Winner of the 2019 Ladies of Song Vocal Competition

October 12, 2019 The 11th Anniversary Concert

Newport News Community Gallery Highlighting local youth and adult artists, this rotating gallery features a variety of shows throughout the year. · Interested in displaying your artwork? · Visit our website to complete the Artist Display Inquiry Form.

with Avery*Sunshine October 21, 2019 A Raisin in the Sun Reader’s Theater Event

Auditions Beginning Late August 2019

December 5-7, 2019 Disney’s Frozen Jr.

Join us in August for open auditions for our various reader’s theater performances and DG Mainstage productions. Whether you have experience or are just beginning, there is a role for you! Visit our website for details.

December 13, 2019 Holiday Frost 2019 January 13, 2020 Gem of the Ocean Reader’s Theater Event February 6-22, 2020 Little Shop of Horrors

Programs and Classes Unleash your creativity with our workshops for all ages!

Offering photography classes, steel drum ensemble, arts and crafts, free open mics, and so much more!

The Newsome House

2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607, 757-247-2360 | www.newsomehouse.org Open for visitors and tours: Thurs. - Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

For more information on this historic site, including their upcoming events, be sure to visit their website!


4 Instructional Classes For our current class descriptions, schedules, locations, registration fees and pictures, visit www.nnparks.com and click Online Program Registration or call 757-926-1400. Like us on Facebook

Newport News PR&T- Instructional & Facilities

See Special Offers, New Classes & More!


Good things come to those who create! Express yourself, learn a new skill and meet some new friends. No matter your age or ability, you’ll be inspired to add a splash of color to your life! Acrylic Painting Beginning Drawing Drawing & Painting for Children, Teens & Adults Learn Your Painting Style Mixed Media Oil Painting One Stroke Painting Painting with Instruction Pee Wee Picassos Young Artist Learning Explorers

Dance From the grace and beauty of ballet to the energy

and excitement of hip-hop, dance is an engaging and contagious form of expression and exercise. Whether it’s jazz, tap, or even hula, our classes will get you up and moving! Ballet Basics Ballet - Level 1 & 2 Ballet, Tap & Jazz Ballet/Jazz - Level 1 Ballet/Tap - Level 1 Ballet & Tap Combo Dance Intensives Jazz/Tap - Level 1 Kinderhula Kids Dance Party (Hip Hop) Tiny Tots Ballet

Fabric & Thread Whether

you’re a life-long needle-worker or just received your first sewing machine, we offer classes that will teach you how to knit, sew, quilt, and hem! Hemming Finish It Up Friday Knitting Quilting Quilting Lock-ins Needle & Thread Thursdays Scandinavian Sweater Sewing – Beginner & Intermediate Understanding Your Sewing Machine Zipper Practice


Want to become more tech savvy? Join us and learn how to create everything from spreadsheets and presentations to motion graphics and video games. Computer Animation & Video Game Design Computer Animation & Video Game Design: Part 2 Adobe Photoshop Making Toys Move (Stop-Motion Lego brick animation) Typing 101 Word Processing Spreadsheets Presentations


Are you an aspiring chef or baker? Do you have a sweet tooth? We offer creative classes that will tempt your taste buds. Chocolate Making - It’s All About Dipping Chocolate Candy Bouquet Arrangement Kid’s Cookie Decorating Kid’s Holiday Cookie Decorating Kid’s Cupcake Decorating Parent/Child Chocolate Making Workshop Gingerbread Workshop

Health & Fitness

Intimidated by big gyms? Need help getting motivated? Whether you have a specific goal or just want to push yourself to the next level, we offer classes for all ages and fitness levels. Barre Fitness Boxing Fitness for Youth, Teens & Adults Buns & Tums Chair Yoga Group Indoor Cycling Hi/Lo Combo Fitness Kinder Zen Mixxed Fit Step & Sculpt Yoga Zumba


Learning new languages increases creativity and your competitive edge in the workplace. They also help improve your overall communication and social skills. American Sign Language – Beginner & Intermediate Introductory Japanese

Gymnastics Our classes are offered to participants as

young as 10 months old. Throughout our progressive programs, qualified instructors assist young gymnasts in developing total body strength, balance, coordination, tumbling skills, and confidence. Dynamic Duo I & II Young Gymini Crickets Gymini Crickets I, II & Advanced Boy’s Gymnastics – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Girl’s Gymnastics – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Big Kid’s Gym Home School Gymnastics Open Gym Stay & Play


Instructional Classes


Have you have ever wanted to learn to read music and play an instrument? How about reduce stress, increase productivity, and develop creativity? Our innovative and fun music classes are offered to both children and adults. Adult Guitar Clarinet Ensemble Fun Mountain Dulcimer Piano Adventures Guitar or Ukulele Adventures Keyboarding Fun for Adults & Seniors Learning with Hymn Little One’s on the Drums Make Your Own Instruments Music & Motions (a percussion based music class) More with Music More with Music (Part 2 Piano, Guitar, Ukulele) Piano Adventures Jr.

Personal Development With our Personal Development offerings, you can learn a new skill and earn certifications.

Notes for Gymnastics Classes: - Long hair should be pulled back - Leotard or shorts with a tucked-in t-shirt are acceptable attire - Participants should enter the gym with bare feet - Parent participation is required for children under the age of 3

Martial Arts Our martial arts classes promote fitness,

confidence, and self-discipline. Whether you’re interested in learning basic self-defense or a grappling system, our class sizes provide personal attention from qualified instructors at prices that can’t be beat! Aikido Hapkido Self Defense Japanese Sword Arts Jow Ga Kung Fu Kindai Ryu Jiu-Jitsu Kung Fu (Children & Adults) Shito-Ryu Karate Shorin-Ken Karate Tae Kwon Do Tai Chi Youth Fitness Karate

Heartsaver CPR, First Aid & AED Intro to Aviation – Ground School Photography Learn How to Play Card & Board Games


We offer a wide variety of sports classes in safe and fun environments. Our classes teach skill development and team work, starting at age three and continuing through adulthood. Basketball Skills & Drills Beginner Boxing for Children & Adults Boxing Fitness for Children & Adults Boxing - Intermediate Boxing Orientation for Children & Adults “Little Sports” Class Flag Football Academy Ice Skating - Beginners Ice Skating - Kids Beginner Ice Skating - Tiny Tots N Zone Jr. Golf N Zone Jr. T-Ball Parent & Child Soccer Soccer Skills & Drills Intro to T-Ball

Gymnastics Area Tumbl Trak Dance Rooms Multi-Purpose Rooms Birthday Parties • Camps Classes for 10 months & up

Home of the Flipateers Gymnastics Team! 125 City Farm Road, Newport News, VA 23602 •757-886-2729

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Registration is Easy

In-Person Registration:

Step 1: Stop by any of our community centers or facilities. Registrations can be paid by check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MC, or American Express only). Step 2: Staff will email a receipt after payment.

City Arts Dance Company

Phone Registration:

Step 1: Call 926-1400 or call any of our community centers to register with a credit card. Step 2: Staff will email a receipt after payment.

Online Registration (ActiveNet):

Step 1: Go to www.nnparks.com and click Online Program Registration and create an account. This is an easy process and only needs to be done once. If you need assistance, please call 926-1400 or stop by one of our centers or facilities. Step 2: After creating your account, you are ready to register for any of our classes, trips, programs, or events. Please understand that there is a convenience fee which is non-refundable. Step 3: After completing your purchase, you should receive an immediate receipt from ActiveNet. You may check the status of your registration anytime by logging into your ActiveNet account. If you cannot access your ActiveNet account, call 926-1400.

The Company is an auditioned, recreational dance group for boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 16. Dancers have weekly technical training in Ballet, Jazz , Tap, and many other dance genres. The Company performs at local festivals, competitions, and shows. Auditions for 20202021 season will be held in the summer of 2020. For more information, contact us at: mkearney@nnva.gov.

Do you have an idea for a new class? Interested in becoming an instructor? Call us at 757-926-1400!

Registration Dates: Registration for fall will start Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Winter registration will begin Monday, December 2, 2019. Sessions begin: October (fall), January (winter). Enrollment: Upon opening, registrations are accepted on a “first come, first served basis.” Most classes have a maximum number of participants for quality and safety assurances. Please note that early registration is recommended. Classes that do not meet the minimum number of participants will be canceled. Payment: Registration fees must be paid in full before participating in any Instructional Program. We accept checks and credit cards. We do not accept cash. Please make checks or money orders payable to the City of Newport News. When making a payment with a personal check, a picture form of identification is required. Please do not include supply fees with class registration. Cancellations: Any classes that fall on City holidays will be rescheduled to a later date. In the event an instructor is unavailable, classes will be rescheduled to a later date. Refunds: For classes that are cancelled, participants will be called with alternative class options or may opt to request a credit or a refund. Registrations received by check will receive a check refund, which has a processing timeline of approximately 3 weeks. Refunds will not be processed after the start of a class. Enrollee assumes the risk of changes in personal affairs or health. Inclement Weather Policy: During inclement weather, Instructional Programs will be closed if the City of Newport News is closed. If the City opens on a delay, classes and programs held before facilities open will be rescheduled. Classes and programs scheduled after facilities open will run as scheduled. In the event Newport News Public Schools dismiss/close early, Instructional Programs’ classes will operate until facilities close. Classes and programs scheduled to run after facilities close will be rescheduled. During class sessions, participants may call the Instructional Programs notification service at 757-926-7277 or visit the Facebook page (Newport News PR&T – Instructional & Facilities) for the most up-to-date information. Parents: Parent participation is required with all children under three (3) years of age and in all parent/child classes. Registration for parent/child classes is for one parent and one child. A second child of the same age group may register and attend with the same adult. Unregistered children may not be present or participate in classes (including children in car seats, carriers and strollers). Children under the age of thirteen (13) must have an adult guardian on premises at all times. Parents may watch any class through the viewing glass, where available. Liability: Before participating in any Instructional Program, participants and/or legal guardians must agree to the waiving of liability by the City of Newport News and the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department. Due to the strenuous nature of some activities, the participant is urged to consult a physician prior to participation. Some activities present inherent risks and hazards, which the participant is urged to consider, and which the participant assumes.

Youth Programs


We offer a variety of activities including arts and crafts, STEM, sports, and station play. Our staff is highly trained to work with children of all ages, and our programs are conveniently located throughout the city.

Early Childhood Licensed Care

Full Day Program (Ages 3 - 5) Brittingham-Midtown Community Center Denbigh Community Center Before & After School Program (Pre-K) Denbigh Early Childhood Center Watkins Early Childhood Center

Full Day Preschool (3 - 5) Before & After School Care Middle School Program School Break Programs Mission: Providing opportunities for building social character, promoting healthy lifestyles and developing creative thinking through recreation and leisure activities.

Elementary School Licensed Care

Before & After School (K - 5th) BC Charles, Deer Park, Greenwood, Saunders Kiln Creek, Palmer, Sanford, Yates, Nelson/Epes, Hilton, Riverside/Hidenwood, Richneck/McIntosh After School Only (K - 6th) OLMC

Middle School Licensed Care Before & After School (6th - 8th) Brittingham-Midtown Community Center After School Only (6th - 8th) Denbigh Community Center Drop-In

Special Programs Lights on After School Thursday, October 24, is a day that the After School Alliance highlights the significance Before and After School Programs have on children’s lives. Please join us at any of our sites for the celebration. Parents Night Out gives parents time to rejuvenate while the kids are in a safe, fun place. These special nights are held throughout the school year at our sites. Blizzard Bonanza at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, is filled with fun, themed winter activities, December 23, December 26 - 27, December 30, and January 2 - 3. Spring Fling at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Community Center, offers STEM activities, crafts and games, April 6 - 10. To gear up for the One City Marathon’s Nautical Mile, we have a Reading and Running Program. Throughout a 3 month period, our kids are given the opportunity to run the distance of a full marathon and read books. The kids thoroughly enjoy this, and look forward to saying that they have “Run a Marathon”.

To register for any of these programs, please visit our website:

www.Redefiningplay.com or call us at 757-926-1400!

Afterschool Homework Club (K - 8th) Doris Miller Community Center 3:30 pm - 6 pm $50 one-time registration fee Community Club (6 - 16) South Morrison Family Education Center 3:30 pm - 6 pm $25 one-time registration fee

8 Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter 5843 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23605 757-933-8900 www.peninsulaanimalshelter.com

View Our Adoptable Pets at:

https://www.petango.com/ peninsularegionalanimalshelter

Adoption fees: Adult dogs: $50

Small dogs (under 30 lbs)/ puppies (under 1 yr): $100 Adult cats: $50 Kittens: $60 Senior animals (over 8 yrs): $38 Senior animal to senior adopter (65 + yrs): Fee is waived Pocket Pets: $5 - $20 depending on the type

Adoption Hours: Monday: 12 pm- 5 pm Tuesday: closed Wednesday: 12 pm - 5 pm Thursday: 12 pm - 5 pm Friday: 12 pm - 5 pm Saturday: 11 am - 5pm Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm Owner surrenders, reclaims and stray drop-offs: Monday - Sunday 8 am - 5 pm

Special Promotions August: Clear the Shelters September: Back to School Specials October: Find Your Fido Fall Felines November: Casey Subaru Campaign December: Home for the Holidays Animal Angel Tree January: Winter Whiskers February: Homeless Animal Awareness Week March: St. Catrick’s Day

Volunteers Needed!

We’re always looking for volunteers who have a passion for helping animals and their community! Opportunities include: animal care, dog walking, cat socializing, administrative tasks, off-site event support and fostering. See our website for information and the volunteer application.

We are On the Road for Pet Adoptions!

The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its community outreach efforts and off-site adoptions through the funding of an adoption bus. In April 2019, the new bus was “unleashed” t0 help reach communities that the shelter has not been able to access before, and bring awareness through community education and resources that will greatly help the public and their pets. “We are very grateful to the Petco Foundation for awarding us this lifesaving grant,” said Shelter Manager Roger Iles. “The new adoption bus will allow us to get more animals out of the shelter and into their forever homes by taking adoptable animals to off-site events and increase the public’s awareness of our shelter. We encourage folks to look for this new bus out in the community and to stop by and see some of the amazing companion animals that we have for adoption.” Follow our Facebook page to see where our bus is visiting next! Honor a special person or pet with a Pet Paver on our shelter walkway!

The Newport News Animal Services Division serves and protects the citizens and animals of our City. Our qualified and compassionate animal services personnel are dedicated to providing the most humane services possible. Animal Services Office Located at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter 5843 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23605 Call 757-595-PETS (7387) for both complaints and the office. Patrol Hours: 7 am to 9 pm daily Emergency Service Hours: 9 pm until 7 am daily

Some of our major services are: • Animal cruelty investigations • Community education programs • Safe capture of stray domestic animals • City animal licensing • Enforcement of State and City animal laws and ordinances • Pet rescues • Tethering complaint investigations • Plus many more services related to domestic animals!

Active Lifestyles


Active Aging Week - Redefining Active September 30 – October 4, 2019 Adding Life to Your Years

Mission Statement: To provide opportunities for active living. Phone: 757-926-1400 Email: activelifestyles@nnva.gov Website: www.nnva.gov/922/Active-Lifestyles-50 For a complete listing of Active Lifestyles classes with descriptions, visit www.nnparks.com and click Online

Program Registration.

Fall Class Session Begins: October 7 Winter Class Session Begins: January 6 Registration opens one month prior to each session. Find us on FACEBOOK! Facebook.com/NNActiveLifestyles

Where Everyone Knows Your Name Make new friends at our Centers!

Each Active Lifestyles Center offers weekday social hours, clubs, classes, fitness activities and special events. Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (BMCC) 570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4853 Hilton Senior Center (HSC) 605 Hilton Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23605 757-247-2451 or 757-247-2453 Doris Miller Community Center (DMCC) 2814 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 757-247-8622 North Newport News Community Center (NNN) 605 South Avenue, Newport News, VA 23601 757-591-4850 Denbigh Community Center (DCC) 15198 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23608 757-812-7900 Courthouse Way Community Center (CWCC) 14302 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, VA 23602 757-886-7929

Monday, September 30 – High Noon Line Dance Party (11:30 am - 12:30 pm), HSC, free. Fall Prevention Bingo (11 am - 1 pm), CWCC, free. Tuesday, October 1 – Pickleball Fun Day (9 am 1 pm) & Art Gallery Show (10 am - 2 pm), BMCC, free. Wednesday, October 2 – Senior’s Fun Game Day (11 am - 3 pm), DMCC, free. Thursday, October 3 – Pickleball Challenge! (1 pm 4 pm). DCC, free. Friday, October 4 – Mahjong Tournament (10 am 4 pm), NNN, free.

Join the Fun at our Events!

Major events are scheduled throughout the year and include a range of interests. Peninsula Dance Party - August 17, September 12 & November 16; 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, DCC, free with preregistration. Call 812-7905. Fashion Elegantés “International Extravaganza” Fashion Show - Friday, September 13; 4:00 7:00 pm, BMCC, $10pp. Reservations required, call 591-4853. Bunco Blast - September 23, October 21, November 18; 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, DCC. $5 lunch. Reservations required, call 812-7905. Bingo with Lunch and Prizes, sponsored by JenCare Mondays: August 26, October 28 & November 25; 1:30 pm, HSC. free. Yuletide Greetings Program - December 11

2019 - 2020 Travel Opportunities

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” -Harun Yahya

International Restaurant Tour – Transportation is $15 per person per trip Lilly’s Corner (Norfolk) - August 20. The Old Chickahominy House (Williamsburg)October 22. Doumar’s (Norfolk) - November 19. La Terraza Mexican Grill (Williamsburg)December 17. Fall Foliage Trip to Charlottesville, VA - October 12. $104pp Harrington Raceway & Casino – November 9, $40pp The Active Lifestyles Program is in the process of finalizing some favorite trips of the past and introducing new and exciting trips for the upcoming months. Stay tuned for more information on these new and exciting trips. Rosie’s at Colonial Downs • Maryland LIVE! Dinner Theater, Christmas Spectacular Lancaster, PA • Day Trips • Overnight Getaways Ready for Overseas Travel?

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Active Lifestyles Classes

Registration opens one month prior to each session.

Registration is easy!

Online at: www.nnparks.com and click Online Program Registration, which has a complete listing of Active Lifestyles classes with descriptions. ActiveNet charges a non-refundable service fee per transaction. By Phone: 757-926-1400 In-Person: At any Active Lifestyles Center or the Parks, Recreation & Tourism Office (700 Town Center Dr., Suite 320) Active Lifestyles Classes are offered at various times and skill levels to meet the needs of beginner to advanced students.


Drawing • Water Media • Oil & Acrylic Painting Beginner to Advanced Painting

Crafts & Hobbies

Ceramics • Upholstery • Learn to Play Bridge Drama • Genealogy Knitting and Crochet Clubs Computers for Beginners to Intermediate


Line Dance (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Club & Party Style)

Health & Well-Being

Yoga • Tai Chi Qigong (Shibachi) • Movin’ On Boot Camp for Seniors • Walk With Ease (WWE) Active Living Every Day (ALED) • Essence of Modeling


Pickleball – DCC, DMCC & BMCC Walking Soccer – Learn about this new game that is sweeping the nation. - DCC

Pick up a copy of the Active Lifestyles Newsletter at any recreation center for a complete list of current classes, trips and special events. Join the Active Lifestyles - Citizen Advisory Committee. Represent your Community/Senior Center at our bi-monthly meetings starting each January. Share your concerns, be a spokesperson for change and enjoy being a part of a committee that promotes active living. AARP Defensive Driving Courses Two-day refresher course is open to all registered drivers. Call Community Centers directly or visit www.aarp.org. • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center • Denbigh Community Center • Hilton Senior Center • Doris Miller Community Center

Active Lifestyles is expanding to . . . Newport News parks! Once the weather has cooled down, you will find us outdoors. Fishing 101 Did you miss our first fishing lesson? Join us on Thursday, September 12, 9 am - 12 pm, and learn basic skills and casting tips for freshwater fishing. Enjoy a friendly fishing competition at Harwood’s Mill Reservoir on Oriana Road in York County. Free. Walk With Ease, Walking Club & Nature Walks Join the walking club on a walk on the paved trails throughout Newport News Park. Free. Painting in the Park - En Plein Aire, Sketching, or Miniature Canvas Painting Advance registration will be required for this class at Newport News Park. Fee. Call 926-1400 for information/registration for the above activities. Volunteer Opportunities Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer, Interpretive Programs Leader, Nature Center Operations and Trail Maintenance. Training and supervision is provided. Call Newport News Park at 886-7912 Newport News Park Additional Newport News Park Activities 13560 Jeff erson Horseshoes, Archery, Biking, Boating and Avenue Disc Golf Horseshoes • Archery • Biking • Disc Golf

Senior Center Month - September 2019 The Key to Aging Well

Our national celebration of senior centers began in May 1979, with Senior Center Week. The concept gained support of other aging organizations, as well as the full Senate and the House Select Committee on Aging. In 1985, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) was instrumental in achieving the first Senior Center Week Presidential Proclamation signed by President Ronald Reagan. In 2007, NISC designated the entire month of September as Senior Center Month to give centers greater flexibility in scheduling celebratory events. Senior centers are the future of what aging can be. Innovative programs hosted at senior centers can change the perception of aging, and create important community resources for aging expertise. NISC strives to build momentum in the movement to empower senior centers to become as excellent as possible; and be the future of aging. Join the Active Lifestyles Program as we celebrate the month with activities and events that promote our mission to provide opportunities for active living. Use Senior Center Month to continue to grow, learn, connect and give in order to promote your well-being, and to find ways that benefit others. Call 926-1400 for more information about Senior Center Month.

Saturday, September 7

Community Centers


Brittingham-Midtown Community Center

10 am - 3 pm • Free Admission Educational Exhibits Children’s Activities Vendors & more!

Brittingham-Midtown Community Center 570 McLawhorne Drive Newport News, VA 23601, 757-591-4853

50m Indoor Pool • Gymnasium • Indoor Walking Track Dance Rooms • Two Performance Stages Open-air Pavilion • Multi-purpose Rooms Outdoor Playground

The Aquatic Center offers lap swimming and classes and Open Recreation is offered in the gymnasium. This center is also home to an Early Childhood Program and an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up).

Courthouse Way Community Center 14302 Old Courthouse Way Newport News, VA 23602, 757-886-7929

Dance Room • Kitchen • Conference Room Multi-purpose Rooms “Fabric and Thread” Instructional Classes are held here and it is home to an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up).

Denbigh Community Center

15198 Warwick Boulevard Newport News, VA 23608, 757-812-7900

Double Gymnasium • Indoor Walking Track Fitness Room • Multi-purpose Rooms Outdoor Playground • Outdoor Fitness Stations The “young” can find fun at an Early Childhood Center and the “young at heart” can meet new friends at an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up). The double gymnasiums host sports competitions and Open Recreation Hours.

Doris Miller Community Center

2814 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607, 757-247-8603

Gymnasium • Indoor Walking Track • Fitness Room Game Room • Multi-purpose Rooms

This center offers Open Recreation Hours every week and is home to an After School Homework Club and an Active Lifestyles Program (for ages 50 & up).

Community Center Room Rentals

Rental times are based on availability and reservations must be made no later than thirty days prior to, and no sooner than six months prior to, an event. Call the center for details and availability.

Open Recreation Hours

These are times when you can come play sports at our Community Centers without being on a team. It is free and open to the public. You must register at the front desk and check in with staff. Hours are designated by age and by which sports are available. Call or visit each center for current times.

See each center’s Facebook Page for special events and nnparks.com for monthly center calendars.

12 Athletics- Tennis

Huntington Park Tennis Center Programming Site April 1 - October 31 340 Hornet Circle, Newport News, VA 23607 Telephone 757-926-1507; Fax 757-223-0560 Email: nntennis@nnva.gov Tennis Professional - Harvey Robinson, hrobinson@nnva.gov Recreation Program Coordinator - Jeannette Davis, jddavis@nnva.gov The Huntington Park Tennis Center offers many activities on our 20 lighted hard courts such as classes and clinics taught by City Tennis Professional, Harvey Robinson. Tournaments and leagues are also offered, along with racquet stringing, ball machine and backboard rental. Hours: Monday - Friday: 3 pm - 8 pm Saturday: 8 am - 1 pm Sunday: Based on programming Facility Amenities: Court Rental: $5.50/hour per court; Newport News Residents Tennis Time – 1/2 price Wednesday, 3 pm - 8 pm $2.75/hour, April - October (proof of residency required). Sunday Tennis Leagues - Co-Ed: (4 week session), $30. Call for session start dates (through October 30). Tournaments: Call for schedule, updated frequently.

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Racquet Stringing: $15 (own string), $21 - $28 depending on type of string. Private Lessons: ½ hour = $20, 1 hour = $35, semi-private = $18/person, minimum 2 persons. Ball Machine Rental: $12/hour includes court rental. $75/8 visits (punch card must be used April - October). Pre-reservation strongly suggested. Backboard Rental: $7/hour includes court rental. $40/8 visits (punch card must be used April - October). Pre-reservation strongly suggested. Clinics: “Shot of the Day” first and third Sundays; “Doubles Trouble” second and fourth Sundays; 1 pm - 2 pm; $14; Workout Group: Mondays, 6 pm - 7:30 pm (Advance Level Players) $10.

FREE! Bring your family for a morning of activities and free tennis court usage. One Saturday Each Month Through October (call for dates) 8 am – 1 pm

Instructional Tennis Classes:

All classes are held year round and are taught by Harvey Robinson or his trained staff. Each class session is held on a monthly (4 weeks) basis. Check class listing, time and location online.

Bouncers - Quick Start Ages 4 - 9, No experience. Focus: hand and eye coordination, basic tennis terms and strokes with an atmosphere of fun movement and games. Advanced Youth Some experience with tennis terms and strokes, can rally with tennis pro. Focus is on movements, tennis strokes, rules and scoring. Beginner, ages 10 - adults No experience. Focus: basic terms, area of the courts, rules and tennis strokes Future Aces Has experience/knowledge of all basic strokes, is somewhat consistent in hitting and has basic knowledge of match play. Future Aces is for players that has just started to play tournaments or has played very few of them. Intermediate, (Adult Level) Experience and knowledge of basic terms and strokes, has experience playing in leagues and tournaments. Focus: adding and fine tuning game and learning strategy.

Athletics - Tennis, Adult Leagues


Facility Rental - City Gymnasiums Available for Rental To rent a gymnasium in a community center, call the center where the gymnasium is located.

An Achievable Dream Tennis Center (AADTC) Indoor Tennis Facility Programming site November 1 - March 31 for all instructional tennis classes and leagues

Warwick Recreation Center 29 Copeland Lane Call the Athletic Staff at 757-591-4892 for open rental slots at the Warwick Recreation Center. This gym is available for an hourly fee of $25/hour based on facility availability. All gymnasium rental reservations and contracts must be completed at the Warwick Recreation Center. Some insurance requirements may apply. Additional fees for use of special equipment and set-up.

1300 Ivy Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607 Telephone 757-247-2428; Fax 757-223-0560 Email: nntennis@nnva.gov

Adult Athletics Winter Adult Indoor Field Hockey For: Men and Women. Coed teams. Register Online & In-Person: October 1 – November 9. Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers. What to Bring: Must be 18 as of January 1, 2020. $30 participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $45 player participation fee for non-city residents. League age as of January 1, 2020. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or Athletic Staff at 757-591-4892.

This facility consists of four indoor tennis courts or three indoor basketball courts on a hard-court surface. The building is air conditioned and heated for year-round comfort. The center is scheduled to include specific times for tennis, basketball, and various other athletic programs, including open recreation times for basketball. The facility offers facility rental for tennis, basketball, cheerleading and other activities, insurance required. Additional fees may apply for use of special equipment and set-up. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 4:30 pm - 9 pm; Saturday 8 am -1 pm Tennis Court Rental: $10/hour per court Tennis Leagues (6 weeks session): Singles, Tuesday - $60/person; Doubles, Monday & Thursday - $40/person; Call for session start dates. Ball Machine Rental: $15/hour includes court rental – pre-reservation required. Private Lessons – Call 926-1507 to schedule your lesson.

Spring Adult Softball For: Men and Women. Men’s and Coed teams. Interest Meeting: March 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm at Denbigh Community Center. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or Athletic Staff at 757-591-4892.

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Youth Winter Basketball For: Ages 7-15 Register Online & In-Person: October 1 – November 9 Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers. What to Bring: Parent/Guardian. $40 participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $55 participation fee for non-city residents. League age as of January 1, 2020. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or Athletic Staff at 591-4892. Youth Winter Indoor Soccer For: Ages 5-17 Register Online & In-Person: October 1 – November 9 Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers. What to Bring: Parent/Guardian. $40 participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $55 participation fee for non-city residents. League age as of January 1, 2020. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or Athletic Staff at 591-4892. Youth Indoor Field Hockey For: Ages 6-17 Register Online & In-Person: October 1 – November 9 Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers. What to Bring: Parent/Guardian. $30 participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $45 participation fee for non-city residents. League age as of January 1, 2020. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or Athletic Staff at 591-4892. Spring Outdoor Youth Soccer For: Ages 5-17 Register Online & In-Person: January 1 – February 8, 2020. Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers. What to Bring: Parent/Guardian. $40 participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $55 participation fee for non-city residents. League age as of March 1, 2020. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or Athletic Staff at 591-4892.

Youth Summer Basketball For: Ages 7-15 Register Online & In-Person: May 1 – June 6, 2020. Registration Sites: Warwick Recreation Center and Community Centers. What to Bring: Parent/Guardian. $40 participation fee for City of Newport News residents, $55 participation fee for non-city residents. League age as of July 1, 2020. Contacts: athletics@nnva.gov or Athletic Staff at 591-4892. For updated information on our youth and adult athletic programming, please visit our website www.nnathletics.com and check us out on nnathletics.

Other Youth Sports Upcoming Registration Dates Fall Youth Baseball/Softball Registration begins in August but varies by organization. Please contact athletics@nnva.gov or call the Athletic Office at 591-4892 for more information.

Spring Youth Baseball/Softball Registrations begins in December/January but varies by organization. Please contact athletics@nnva.gov or call the Athletic Office at 591-4892 for more information. Fall Youth Football/Cheerleading Registration begins in June/July but varies by organization. Please contact athletics@nnva.gov or call the Athletic Office at 591-4892 for more information.

Visit our website at www.nnathletics.com for more information. Stoney Run Athletic Complex

15194 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23608 stoneyrun@nnva.gov Our great five-field facility for softball, baseball, field hockey, kickball, and soccer has a capacity of over 1,000 spectators with restrooms and concessions on-site. For more information on renting the Stoney Run Athletic Complex for your next athletic event, please contact Athletic Staff at stoneyrun@nnva.gov.



Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center

570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News, Virginia 23601 757-591-4573

Aquatic Center Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 6 am - 9 pm Friday: 6 am - 8 pm Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm Sunday: Closed See Our Monthly Calendar For All Our Activities! Brittingham-Midtown Pool Pass Information Daily Passes Youth (3-17) Adult (18-54) Senior (55+)

NN Resident $3 $4 $3

Non-Resident $5 $6 $5

10 Visit Card Youth (3-17) Adult (18-54) Senior (55+)

NN Resident $ 19 $ 24 $ 19

Non-Resident $ 26 $ 36 $ 26

30 Visit Card Youth (3-17) Adult (18-54) Senior (55+)

NN Resident $ 41 $ 56 $ 41

Non-Resident $ 66 $ 86 $ 66

Annual Pass NN Resident Non-Resident Youth (3-17) $ 70 $ 110 Adult (18-54) $ 95 $ 155 Senior (55+) $ 70 $ 110 Family* $170 $ 250 *(Parents/Legal Guardian and up to 3 Children under 18) Collegiate Pass - Good for 6 months from date of purchase. Current School ID required. $50 for both NN resident or Non-NN resident.

There is no charge for children under 3 years when accompanied by a parent unless the child is enrolled in a program. Please purchase all passes Monday through Friday, 6 am - 7 pm and Saturday 9 am - 4 pm at the Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center desk. Annual passes are valid for one year. Pass holders may participate in any water fitness class. Lap Swimming: Monday - Thursday: 6 am - 9 pm Friday: 6 am – 8 pm Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm *2 Lanes will be available for Lap Swimmers except during scheduled events when the pool is closed to the public. Family Swim: Friday 6 pm - 8 pm, Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm Located in the shallow end of the pool, this is a great opportunity to practice swimming skills and encourage physical activity. This time is for parents/legal guardians with children 13 years and younger. Please refer to the monthly calendar for any cancellation due to scheduled activities. Groups of 10 or more individuals need to contact the Aquatics Program Coordinator at 757-591-4573 prior to visiting the Aquatic Center.

Water Fitness Classes

All classes are designed to promote and enhance physical and mental fitness through exercise in both shallow and deep water. The water’s unique properties allow the pool to provide an environment for people of all ages and abilities. Buoyancy creates a reduced impact exercise alternative that is easy on the joints, while the water’s resistance challenges the muscles. Participants can get high cardio workouts in either the shallow or deep water classes, as well as using the water’s resistance for building muscles and aiding bone/joint health.

Get on Board! Check out our new FloatFit by Aquaphysical classes for a fun core workout. We can also book private group classes for teams!

Swim and Stay Fit Program

A motivational program designed to encourage and recognize our members who swim for fitness. We will help you keep track of your laps on our “board” inside the Aquatic Center.

All Water Fitness Classes run Monday – Friday except for cancellations due to holidays, maintenance, swim meets or other special events. All participants must complete a Risk/ Release Form prior to entering the pool. Participants are highly encouraged to seek medical approval from their physician prior to starting an exercise program. The water temperature is maintained between 78 - 82 degrees, anyone sensitive to this range may not be comfortable in the water. For your satisfaction, we offer one complimentary Water Fitness Class for new participants and guests. Please see the Aquatic Program Assistant at the front desk check-in for more information or call 591-4573. All Water Fitness Classes are free to members and pass holders (one punch = one visit).

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Class

Early Bird On-Line registration available (call for details). Register Online: go to www.nnparks.com and click “Online Program Registration” or call 757-591-4573 for details. Register On Site: Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

FALL 2019/WINTER 2020

Swim Lessons

SESSION 5 (2019) • September 9 – October 3 (4 weeks) • Registration August 19 - August 30 • M/W or T/Th classes

SESSION 6 (2019) • October 14 – November 7 (4 weeks) • Registration September 30 - October 4 • M/W or T/Th classes SESSION 7 (2019) • November 19 – December 17 (3 weeks) • Registration November 4 - November 8 • T/Th classes

Fee: Standard Charge: $125; Ages 15 & up For information regarding dates, times, and prerequisite swim tests for ARC Lifeguard Courses offered at BrittinghamMidtown Aquatics Center, please call the Aquatic Center at 5914573. The book that is needed for this course must be purchased from the American Red Cross prior to the first day of class. After completing the course and passing all requirements, you will receive your ARC certification. You can register for the Lifeguard class online at www.nnparks.com and click Online Program Registration or call 591-4573.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

Fee: Standard Charge: $125; Ages 16 & up For information regarding dates, times, and prerequisite swim tests for ARC Water Safety Instructor Course offered at Brittingham-Midtown Aquatics Center, please call the Aquatic Center at 591-4573. The book that is needed for this course must be purchased from the American Red Cross prior to the first day of class. After completing the course and passing all requirements, you will receive your ARC certification. You can register for the Water Safety Instructor Course online at www.nnparks.com/active or call 591-4573.

One City Marathon

Take a 26.2 mile running tour of our beautiful city! Half Marathon Added last year, we’re thrilled to have the 13.1 mile race again for 2020! Marathon Relay Form a team of 2 - 4, split the distance, and run the relay! All the experience without all the miles! Maritime 8K Looking for a shorter distance run? This is a great way to start running, or walking! Nautical Mile Fun Run Kids of all ages get to run an actual nautical mile… on land! This is an event the whole family will love. https://www.onecitymarathon.com



Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run

901 Clubhouse Way (in Newport News Park) 757-886-7925 • www.nngolfclub.com Greens Fees

Two Fantastic Courses - One Location

Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run was rated 4 stars by Golf Digest and is the only golf facility in the state to receive both “Best Value” and “Frugal Pick” awards. Two championship courses at one location provides 36 holes of golf immersed in the tranquil and scenic setting of Newport News Park. Golfers can also enjoy a fully stocked pro-shop, on-site restaurant, and a driving range.

Driving Range Warm up prior to your round or just practice on your swing and drive a few balls at the practice range. Prices (per bucket, tax included): Small: $5 Medium: $8 Bubba: $16

Weekend/Holiday Weekday Senior Junior PM Weekend PM Weekday

Deer Run (w/cart)

Cardinal Course (w/cart)

(w/o cart)


$38 $34 $26.50 $21 $28 $24

$25 $21 $13.50 $8 Cart Required Cart Required

$38 $34 $26.50 $21 $28 $24

*Tax not included. *See website for winter rates beginning November 1st.

Golf Associations Join a group of fun-loving golf enthusiasts like yourself and meet new golf buddies. Contact the clubhouse or visit us online to see a full list of associations you can join and the day/time played. Don’t see a group playing when you want to? Get a group together from your work or family to start a new association! Details: www.nngolfclub.com.

Golf Outings Newport News Golf Course offers a full range of golf outing accommodations for groups of 16-160. Let us help make planning your outing easy and stress free while putting a package together that will fit your budget!

18 Parks For reservations, special assistance or more information about: CAMPSITES AND PICNIC SHELTERS 757-888-3333 or 1-800-203-8322 Newport News Park Campsite Office Daily, 7 am – 7 pm SPECIAL ACTIVITIES, MEETINGS, WEDDINGS, or NATURE PROGRAMS 757-886-7912 Newport News Park Headquarters Monday - Friday, 8 am – 5 pm Visit our web site at www.nnparks.com for park information. The chart below can also assist you in finding the park that meets your needs.

Newport News City Parks

The City’s parks are open daily, sunrise to sunset (unless otherwise posted).


The City’s parks are open daily sunrise to sunset (unless otherwise posted). Here are just some of the activities waiting for you: AEROMODEL FLYING FIELD Radio controllers can “take-off” at the field located off Richneck Road near Ft. Eustis Boulevard. A paved 400-foot runway and 30-acre fly-over area allow spacious clearance for the perfect landing. Insurance, club dues, and field permit required to use this facility. For more information, visit the club’s website at www.newportnewsrc.org. Annual permit $50 + club dues. ARCHERY Practice your skills at the Newport News Park Archery Range. Archery Safety Class required prior to using the range. Call 888-3333 for class dates. Range is open sunrise to sunset. Permits sold at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Daily permit $2, annual permit $30. BOAT RAMPS Public boat ramps are located at Denbigh Park (open 5 am – 10 pm daily), Peterson’s Yacht Basin (open 24 hours a day) and Huntington Park (open 24 hours a day).

CAMPING Reserve one of Newport News Park’s wooded campsites for a quiet get-away. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and grill. Electrical and water hookups are available. Centralized waste station and camp store are on-site. Campsite rates range from $33 - $40. Senior rates available. CANOES, PADDLEBOATS and JON BOATS Rentals are available daily ($6 to $8/hour) at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Paddles, oars, and personal flotation devices are provided. You must be at least 16 years of age to rent watercraft.



FISHING Saltwater fishing piers are located at Hilton Pier and KingLincoln Park (sunrise to sunset daily), the Wave Screen at King-Lincoln Park (open 24 hours a day), Denbigh Park (sunrise to 10 pm daily), and Monitor-Merrimac Overlook (open 24 hours a day). Valid VA saltwater fishing license required.

Freshwater fishing is available sunrise to sunset at Lee Hall and Harwood’s Mill Reservoirs. Shoreline fishing requires a Parks Division shoreline fishing permit in addition to the VA freshwater fishing license. Fishing boat rental $6, shoreline $2, private launch $5. Senior rates available. Lee Hall Reservoir – Boat rentals, private launch and shoreline/pier fishing permits are available weekdays at the Newport News Park Campsite Office and weekends and holidays (May - September) at the Lee Hall fishing area rental building. Harwood’s Mill – Private launch and shoreline fishing permits are available weekdays at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Concession and rentals available weekends and holidays (May - October) at the Harwood’s Mill fishing area. Harwood’s Mill concession is closed November through April for the season.

DISC GOLF COURSE IN NEWPORT NEWS PARK An 18-hole championship disc golf course is located in the Arboretum area of Newport News Park. Course passes and rental discs are available at the Campsite Office. Daily $3, seniors 60+ and juniors under 12 are free. DOG PARK - FIDO FIELD AT RIVERVIEW FARM PARK A spacious dog park, complete with small and large dog areas, is open to Fido Field tag holders! All dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated – rabies, distemper, parvovirus and bordetella. Proof of vaccination and city/ county dog license is required to purchase a Fido Field tag. For membership and information call 886-7912. $10 for first dog; $5 for additional dogs, same owner. HIKING, JOGGING, BIKING TRAILS For the hiking enthusiast, Newport News Park offers over 30 miles of trails through forest, field, and wetlands. Want to go bicycling? Bring your own bike or rent one from the Campsite Office. Newport News Park offers a 5.3-mile bikeway (unpaved, multi-use trail). Children ages 14 and under are required to wear a helmet when riding or being carried on a bicycle on any street, sidewalk, or bikeway. The Parks Division encourages ALL bicyclists to wear a safety helmet. Rentals available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. HORSESHOE COURTS Bring your own horseshoes and pitch your best on four horseshoe courts located in Newport News Park.

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MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS Three single-track loops (difficulty levels vary) and connecting fire trails create approximately 5 miles of off-road bicycling fun at the Harwood’s Mill mountain bike trail (located across from the Harwood’s Mill fishing facility on Oriana Road in York County). The trails are open sunrise to sunset daily. Helmets are required for all riders. ORIENTEERING COURSE Test your map and compass skills on our orienteering course. Fifteen control markers are located in Newport News Park. Maps are available at the Newport News Park Campsite Office for $2 each.

ROPES & INITIATIVES COURSE The Ropes & Initiatives Course, located at Newport News Park, is open to organized groups who are interested in a special challenge. The R&I adventure begins with basic group events called initiative challenges. Activities are designed to enhance communication, leadership, and decision-making skills, as well as self-confidence and group dynamics. The adventure continues when these and other basic skills are applied to a progression of more difficult tasks and challenges. For information concerning reservations and fees, please call 886-7912.

PICNIC SHELTERS Picnic facilities are located in parks throughout the city (electricity is available at most shelters). You can make your reservations at the Newport News Park Campsite Office, Deer Park, or the Parks and Recreation Office at City Center (3rd floor) or online at www.nnparks.com/picnic. Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the Newport News Park Campsite Office. Shelter fees $40 - $100. PLAYGROUNDS Newport News has playgrounds in seventeen parks across the City. Larger playgrounds include: Fort Fun at Huntington Park – With over 1,900 square feet of play area, Fort Fun is an open view, accessible play structure. Visitors enter a wooded forest that opens into an amazing play zone full of trees, swings, forts, slides, and numerous climbing opportunities. Explorers move to the “open waters” where pirate ships await full of interactive play equipment. Boundless Playground at Deer Park – Fun without Limits! The first of its kind in Virginia, this playground is designed so children with developmental sensory or physical disabilities can play and have adventure opportunities unimpeded. Over 70% of the playground is accessible to children with physical challenges without leaving their support equipment behind. Fantasy Farm Playground at Riverview Farm Park 30,000 square foot community playground located at the corner of Menchville Road and Riverview Parkway. Newport News Park – Four large structure playgrounds are located throughout Newport News Park for your child’s enjoyment.

The City of Newport News has community garden plots available for Newport News residents. The Community Garden is located in the large open field at 375 Yorktown Road in the Lee Hall area of the City. Plots, 18’x40’ in size, are available on a first-come, first-served basis but you must apply and pay a $30 seasonal fee to be a gardener. Call 886-7912 for information, or visit www.nnva.gov/903/ Gardens to obtain an application.


We have positions in the campground and fishing area operations, trail maintenance, wildlife rehabilitation, nature center operations and programs, and more. Individuals or groups are welcome. Training and supervision provided. Call our volunteer coordinator today at 757-886-7912.


PARK PROGRAMS ARCHERY SAFETY September 15 at 10 am, September 26 at 7 pm October 13 at 10 am, October 24 at 7 pm November 24 at 10 am A park ranger will lead this one-hour presentation to teach general archery safety tips and discuss rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. Please call 888-3333 for additional program times and registration.


WINTER WILDLIFE Saturday, December 14 at 2 pm Let’s see how the wildlife prepares for the winter months. Meet at the Discovery Center to enjoy a nature walk through Newport News Park.

BIRD WALKS Every first and third Sunday of the month at 7 am The Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the bird population of Newport News Park since 1965! Join club members in the Picnic Area 1 parking lot for some early morning birding. Be prepared to carpool to different areas of the park. Beginners are welcome. Binoculars and field guides recommended. STORY AND A WALK Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10 am We’ll share a story at the Newport News Park Discovery Center for pre-school children and their caregivers. After storytime, we will take a short walk. Dress for the weather. HUG-A-TREE AND SURVIVE Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm – Newport News Park Being outdoors is a fun and healthy way to stay active and learn about the wonders of nature. Before your next adventure, come to the Discovery Center to learn what you and your child should do to stay safe if you get separated in the woods. PUMPKIN SOMETHING Saturday, October 26 at 11 am We weren’t sure what to call it, but since there’s lots of things to do with pumpkins, we knew it had to be called 'Pumpkin Something.' Come to the Discovery Center from 11 am - 2 pm for some non-scary fun for kids. FALL COLORS WALK Saturday, November 9 at 2 pm Meet a park naturalist at the Newport News Park Discovery Center for a stroll through the woods to see the changing colors.

FIRST WALK Thursday, January 1 at 10 am How about an early walk with a park naturalist to start the year off right? Meet at the Newport News Park Discovery Center. JUNIOR RANGER ACTIVITY BOOKLETS Newport News Parks Division Junior Ranger Activity Booklets are available at the Newport News Park Discovery Center. Upon completion of the activities, kids will earn a Junior Ranger certificate.

Parks and Nature Centers - Hours of Operation Parks - Open daily, sunrise – sunset (unless otherwise posted) Newport News Park Discovery Center May through September Tuesday through Sunday 10 am - 6 pm October through April Weekends only 10 am - 4 pm King-Lincoln Park Interpretive Center Memorial Day through Labor Day Saturday 11 am - 5 pm & Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm Newport News Park Campsite Office August open 7 am – 8 pm September through April open 7 am - 7 pm

Rangers and naturalists are available for program presentations. To schedule a specialized program for your class or organized group, please call 886-7912.

22 Parks, Museums & Historical Services Celebration in Lights

7499 River Road • 757-247-2359 www.leewardmarina.com tphillips@nnva.gov

November 28 January 1

LEEWARD MARINA Newport News Park

200 Wet Slips • Picnic Area with Grill Floating Docks • Diesel & Unleaded Fuel Sewage Pump-out Facility Daily, Monthly & Annual Slips • Water & Electric Hookups

Virginia War Museum Artifacts, weapons, uniforms & more

9285 Warwick Boulevard Newport News, VA 23607 Call 757-247-8523 or visit www.warmuseum.org.

Guns of August War Game Convention August 23 - 25 Friday, Aug 23: 12 pm - 10 pm Saturday: 9 am - 10 pm Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm Join us for an exciting weekend full on miniature war games here at the Museum. There will be miniature games for everyone to enjoy! There will be vendors, a charity raffle and a Sunday morning flea market! This year’s theme is “The Summer of 1944.” Costs: 1 Day attendance: $8 Adults/$7 Seniors/$7 Active duty Military/$6 Children Multiple day pass: $16 Adults/ $14 Seniors/$14 Active duty Military/$12 Children Game masters: Running a game one day only $6, Multiple Days $12 Vendors $40 a table For more information e-mail cgarcia@nnva.gov or call 247-8523. Pearl Harbor Day, Saturday, December 7 The Museum will remember the day that will live in infamy with a living history display between 9 am and 4 pm with the Wake Island Defenders Living History Group. At 4 pm the museum will conduct its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony and Wreath Laying. Regular museum admission until 4 pm. The 4 pm ceremony is free to the public. For more information e-mail cgarcia@nnva.gov or call 247-8523.

Annual Museum Kids Day, Monday, January 20 10 am - 3 pm Our annual Kids Day is fun for the whole family! Living history displays, games, educational activities, a museum scavenger hunt, and other fun activities for kids ages 7-16! This event is included with a regular Museum admission. For more information e-mail cgarcia@nnva.gov or call 247-8523.

Museums & Historical Services Lee Hall Lawn Party August 24 Experience early twentieth century ambiance on Lee Hall Mansion’s historic grounds during this festive lawn party! Activities include period games for all ages, refreshments, and a lecture on Lee Hall’s twentieth century history. Hours for the festivities are from 11 am – 4 pm with the lecture at 1 pm. The event is included with regular admission.


Lee Hall Mansion

1858 Italianate Antebellum Home 163 Yorktown Road Newport News, VA 23603 Call888-3371 or visit www. leehall.org

Scavenger Hunt Children between the ages of five to twelve can learn about Lee Hall’s history by completing a scavenger hunt on the grounds and in the Civil War gallery. Prizes are awarded for those completing the Hunt. The activity is free with regular admission.

Antebellum Holidays at Lee Hall Mansion December 1 - 31 Learn how families in the years before the Civil War celebrated the holiday season. Period decorations and seasonal traditions are highlighted in the special December tour, included with regular admission.

Special Exhibition: Lee Hall during the Great War Highlights of the exhibit are historic photos of the Lee Hall community and nearby military bases along with timelines of Lee Hall’s twentieth century history descriptions of fashion, social and technological changes that took place between the Civil War and World War I.

Christmas at Endview December 1 - 31 Fresh and natural greenery and decorations enhance the historic house for the holiday season. Learn how nineteenth century residents as well as Civil War soldiers would have celebrated Christmas and the New Year. Included with regular admission.

Endview Plantation

Wreath Making Workshops December 7 and 8 Participate in an interactive workshop making a seasonal grapevine wreath to take home using nature’s bounty. The workshops are led by the Peninsula Master Naturalists. The $15 program fee includes all supplies and a holiday-themed tour of the historic house museum. Registration begins November 2, call 887-1862.

1769 ‘T’- frame Georgian-style house 362 Yorktown Road, Newport News, VA 23603 Call 887-1862 or visit www.endview.org

Endview Plantation’s 250th Anniversary September 14 – September 22 Visit Endview Plantation on these dates to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Endview’s 1769 historic house. The festivities include a Napoleonic Brigade encampment on the grounds September 14th and 15th and a Civil War reenactment September 21st and 22nd. For a complete schedule of commemoration events visit Endview’s website at www.endview.org. Harvest Faire October 11 – 13 Organized and sponsored by Harvest Faire, Inc., join in the merriment of a modern interpretation of a 15th century European fall harvest celebration on Endview’s historic grounds. Food, music, games and demonstrations are offered. Information can be found at www.harvestfaire.org.

St. Nick at Endview December 12 - 13 Let your child experience the magic of an 1861 Christmas by visiting St. Nick. Private family sessions create the perfect setting for seasonal photo opportunities within an historic ambiance. Craft activities are offered before the visit. Adults are requested to bring a wrapped present for their child and a non-perishable food item to donate to the City of Newport News Department of Human Services’ food bank. Advance reservations must be made beginning November 2, call 887-1862. Admission is $5 per child.

Special Events

For information: 757-926-1400 • www.nnparks.com • festivals@nnva.gov Newport News Special Events nnspecialevents

Third Thursdays Live! • September 19 • 6 pm - 8 pm • City Center at Oyster Point Our last Thursday in the series will feature music by Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos, beverages and food trucks. Free admission, free parking.

Newport News Fall Festival • October 5 & 6 10 am - 5 pm Daily • Newport News Park

Celebrate fall with over 150 crafters, free children’s activities, historic craft and trade demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment and food vendors. Free admission, parking $5 per car.

City Center Oyster Roast • October 25 • 6 pm - 9 pm City Center at Oyster Point

Join us for roasted oysters, local seafood specialties and “landlubber” options! Food and beverages are “pay-as-you-go.” Dance to the music of The Deloreans. Free admission, free parking, free kids face painting.

Celebration in Lights • November 28 - January 1 • 5:30 pm - 10 pm • Newport News Park Drive through two miles of holiday lights! $15 car, $75 bus.

Holiday Light Show at City Center December 1 - 31 5 pm - 8 pm

City Center will sparkle with lights, decorations and our animated tree. Join us for special activities on Saturday, December 7, 14, 21. Free admission, free parking.

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