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Poquoson Parks, Recreation, Events & 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 Park Maintenance 868-3590 Parks and Recreation FAX 868-3585 Website: EMAIL: Staff Dave Callis, Director Gretchen Gochenour, Assistant Director Debbie Mahanes, Events Coordinator Charity Gavaza, Economic Development Coordinator Jane Beimler, Support Staff Mel Insley, Support Staff The Poquoson Parks, Recreation & Events Office is located at 830 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson Virginia; inside the Municipal Building on the first floor. Directions: From Victory Blvd: Follow the light at Wythe Creek and Victory. Crossover 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. The large green building on the right is the Municipal Building. From Poquoson Avenue, our location is located directly across the street from Tabernacle United Methodist Church. 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 2 weeks advance notice of need. All accommodation requests must be made in writing to the Department. To begin the process contact can be made by calling 868-3580. 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, including 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 provided on your registration form. Please remember that an accurate, complete, and legible registration form is vital for us to contact you. We only provide your email information to the necessary instructors/coaches affiliated with the program for your participation. Cancellations:

Registrants will be contacted by email or telephone if a class or trip is cancelled.

Poquoson Parks & Recreation The summer in the City is a special place. It’s a time to relax by the water, take friends out on the boat, put your toes in the sand, and even try new things. As the tide comes in, and the summer breeze blows, let it fill you with a sense of beginning and a fresh start. Let that fresh start begin with fun. Experience the fun of the programs and find out why we all love summer here in Poquoson. This catalog offers plenty of fun, so check it out. We invite you, your children, and your families to Experience Summer! Relax by the pool, or even take a swimming lesson. From summer camps, to new classes to learn new skills, join in and invite everyone as you make the fun of summer come alive. Yours in Service,

Facilities and Blue ways

Summer Camps



American Red Cross Swimming Lessons 8 Swim at the POOL


Fitness Classes and Fun


Tennis Programs


Karate & Fencing


Youth Fall Soccer League


Fall Programs– Get Ready Now


Senior Fun


Registration Information


Around the City


Library News


The Staff at Parks and Recreation

All classes, camps, programs, trips, and athletic activities are filled on a first-come, first served basis. Each program must draw a minimum number of participants or it will be cancelled. If an activity is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be refunded your program fees. Please be sure to observe all closing dates for activities. Program fees must be paid at the time of registration. 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 a processing fee. Early registration helps prevent cancellation. No registration is considered complete until payment is made and proper registration received. No Call-in registration is accepted. Registering after closing dates cannot guarantee your acceptance or space availability. In some cases, late registration will result in an additional fee if space is available and supplies may not be available to you.

Youth Soccer League Registration Opens July 1 Play For Fall 2013– Sept. Nov. See page 19

Events in Parks/City Property & Shelter Use Shelters: Municipal Park features a small shelter for events such as family reunions, team picnics or other activities for individual use. Reservations are highly encouraged to guarantee use of the shelter. Use is free. Reservations are available to residents only on a first-come, first served basis at the Parks and Recreation Office. No electricity or water is provided at the shelter. Events in Parks and on City Property: Parks and Recreation can also help you with utilizing a City park or facility for your next special event. An application is available at Parks & Recreation and is required to utilize City or park property for all events. We want to help you make your event successful and safe. Contact us to obtain an application for Special Events on City property. No reservations are taken for picnic areas within the Kid’s Island Playground area. This playground is located in the front of Poquoson High School.

Host a Party! Enjoy a walk!

The Odd Road Community Center is available for hourly rental for approved events or parties. This facility allows up to 60 people and is available for rental at a rate of $30** per hour.

Oxford Run Canal Trail near City Hall is 1.25 miles, open to foot traffic with natural and gravel surface. Only leashed pets are welcome. Full trail map is avail- For information, dates of availability and able at: securing a reservation you must contact Parks and Recreation at 868-3580. Payment is expected at the time of reservation. New Starting July 1 a Facility Deposit will be required along with rental fee. You must be a resident to have rental privileges and no alcohol is allowed at any event at the facility. The facility has tables and chairs for use, as well as a small service kitchen. Located at 49 Odd Road. **Rates are valid thru June 30, 2013.

Field Use & Reservations To reserve an area in a park, hold a special event, or utilize an athletic field for play or practice, reservations are required. All reservation requests must be submitted and approved in advance of use. Groups/athletic groups must provide proof of proper insurance for use. Reservation Request Forms are available at the PPR Office at 830 Poquoson Avenue or at Application for reservations must be made 10 days prior use. Facilities available include:* Municipal Field: $10 per hour or with Lights $20.00 per hour (2 hour Minimum) Firth Baseball Field: 60 X 90 size baseball field $15 per hour or with Lights $25.00 hour (2 hour Minimum) Park Street Fields per field: $15 per hour or with Lights $25.00 hour (2 hour Minimum) Stadium Turf Field: $500 for 6 hours rental. South Lawson Park/Phillips: $10 per field per hour. *Rates listed are base rates, and do not include labor for field marking or other special event or facility needs when being used by groups for activities. Rates listed are valid thru June 30, 2013.

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Indicate Marinas for Larger Recreational watercraft and boats.

 Hunts Neck Road Landing Parking is limited to on street parking landward of the circle with additional parking on Bayview Road which is approximately 200 yards from the landing .

Cedar Road Landing Amenities Available:

Kayaking and Canoeing Safety Tips 1. Always Wear a life jacket

 Rens Road Ramp Amenities Available

2. Know your ability and the demands of the waterways.

 Messick Point Boat Ramps Amenities Available

3. Stay Hydrated. Bring plenty of drinking water.

4. Avoid paddling at night and during unstable weather.

Amory’s Wharf Amenities Available

For more information on the City of Poquoson’s Blueway please Visit (Visit the link for Boating)

5. Bring suntan lotion and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. 6. Please help in keeping our waterways clean and dispose properly of all trash.

Eligibility: The grade listed for each camp or program refers to the grade participants will enter in the fall of 2013.For programs not listing grade, age will determine eligibility. Age eligible is the child’s age at the start of camp.

Summer Camps Basketball Camp I Instructor: Todd Bowden Grades: 1-4 Monday-Friday, July 22-26 9am-11am 1 week session Location: Poq. Middle School Gym Camp will focus on basic basketball skills and drills for play and fundamental instruction. Camp includes fun games, shooting techniques. Space is limited for each session. Don’t wait to register. You must pre-register. All registration is first come first served. Fee: $75 residents Program #122 Deadline: July 17 Basketball Camp II Instructor: Todd Bowden Grades: 5-10 Monday-Friday, July 29-Aug 2 9am-12 noon 1 week session Location: Poq. Middle School Gym Camp will focus on basic basketball skills and drills for play and fundamental instruction. Camp includes fun games, shooting techniques. Space is limited for each session. Don’t wait to register. You must pre-register. All registration is first come first served. Fee: $95 residents Program #123 Deadline: July 17 Tennis Camp Instructor: Anthony Coccimiglio Ages: 7-14 Monday-Thursday, July 22-25 Friday will serve as a weather makeup only if needed. 8am-10am 1 week session Location: PHS Tennis Courts This camp is designed to help youth learn the game essentials including serve basics, developing hand and arm strength, and precision hitting and scoring tactics. Camp will divide children for skill instruction based on ability and age. Fee: $80 Program # 121 Deadline July 17

Football Camp Instructor: Elliott Duty & PHS Football Staff Ages: 6-18 Monday-Thursday, July 22-25 Friday will serve as weather make-up 5:30pm-8pm 1 week session Location: Middle School Stadium Field Work on basics for passing, punting, and specific positions. Learn fundamentals of the game and conditioning drills to Increase speed, coordination and techniques. All participants must pre-register. No registration or money taken at the field. Registration after July 19 is additional $15.00. Fee: $65

Program #126

All sorts of sports– To Bust Your Summer Boredom-Jump Feet First into Summer. Sports Galore & More Kid’s Camp Instructor: Sybil Smith & Darcey Chiappazzi Ages: 6-11 Monday-Friday, June 17-21 8:30am-11am unless noted Location: Poq. Elementary Gym Sports Galore is the place for you! Stimulating Brain-teaser warm-ups each morning, exciting obstacle courses, kickboxing, special GUEST SPEAKERS, kickball, and swimming will all be part of this one of a kind camp week! Thursday will feature a field trip roller skating and Fort Fun, while Friday will spend a morning playing water games at the Poquoson Pool. Expose your child to new activities while making new friends and getting lots of exercise! Bring snack, water & sun block each day for your child. Fee: $70 Program # 115 Registration Deadline June 13

Volleyball Camp Instructor: Colleen Duman Grades 4th-8th Monday-Thursday, July 22-25 5:30pm-8pm 1 week session Location: Poq. Elementary Gym Focus on volleyball fundamentals. From serving to passing for game play. Lots of interactive skills and games to put into your volleyball play, great camp to attend if considering play at the next level. Fee: $65 Program #102 Registration Deadline July 15

Youth Soccer Camp Instructor: Charlie Sneddon, Varsity Soccer Coach Grades: 4-7 Monday– Thursday July 8-11, 1 week session Friday is weather make-up only. 4:15-5:30pm Location: Middle School Stadium Field Improve your soccer game and work on skills including footwork, passing and play with teammates. All participants should bring a water bottle, must wear shin guards and please bring your own ball to camp. Must have a minimum of 12 participants. Fee: $68 Program #128 Registration Deadline July 3

Fees for all summer camps: the fee for non-residents is an additional $10 per person per program.

Youth Field Hockey Camp Instructor: Tess Ellis, College of William and Mary Associate Head Coach for Field Hockey Grades 3-7 9-11:00am Monday-Thursday July 29-Aug.1 1 week session Location: Middle School Stadium Field. Friday is Rain Make Up Refine your field hockey skills and stick development. Specific goalie drills and skill development for both goalies and field players. Other skilled college players will also help with instruction for group drills and skill development. Fee: $95 Program #113 Registration Deadline July 23

Fencing Camp Instructor: Vicki Hanes August 5-9 Ages 8-10 Times: 12:30-2:30pm Ages 11-14 Times: 3:00-5:00pm Monday– Friday 1 week session Location: Community Center Learn the basic moves to fence. Proper body position, holding your foil, scoring points on your opponent, and on our last day we’ll fence with an in-camp tournament. Class includes use of all necessary equipment. No additional equipment required. Wear comfortable clothing easy for movement. Tennis shoes required for all equipment. Space is limited to 8 children per session. Fee: $87 Program #132 Ages 8-10 Program #133 Ages 11-14 Registration Deadline July 31

Become the Cake Boss! Instructor: Mary Ann Boho Wilton Certified Instructor August 19, 20, 22 and 23. No class Wednesday Aug 21. 4 day camp. Ages: 8-13 Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm Location: Municipal Building The Cake Boss Has Come To Poquoson. This one week camp is designed to be an intensive hands on week to teach students the basic decorating skills needed to decorate cakes and pastries. Test your skills on cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and cakes during the camp. Learn to properly ice a cake, decorate using buttercream icing and other fun skills to create a one of a kind masterpiece using food. Students will get to take home their work and enjoy it. Learn the tools of the trade and we’ll get you on your way to being the CAKE BOSS. Please inform us of any food allergies at the time of registration for your child’s safety. All supplies provided. Fee: $125 Program #156 Registration Deadline August 12

Karate– Martial Arts Camp Instructor: Tom Daroja Ages: 6-12 Time: 8:30am-11am June 24-28 Location: Community Center Enjoy Karate with Master T. Spend your week working on new moves and technical martial arts. Learn about the mental side of martial arts and become fit, focused and self confident as you improve your balance and techniques. Each participant will need to provide your own snacks for the day. Bottled water will be provided throughout the day. Fee: $75 Program #106 Registration Deadline June 19

Cooking with Kids Just for fun Desserts Instructor: Mary Ann Boho August 5,6,8, and 9. No class Wednesday Aug 7. 4 day camp. Ages: 8-13 Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm Location: Municipal Building Do you enjoy working with food and creating, then this week dedicated to your sweet tooth will make you a kitchen master. Enjoy making simple desserts for special occasions and entertaining. Learn how to make cheesecakes, tortes, desserts cups and more. Please inform us of any food allergies at the time of registration for your child’s safety. All supplies provided. Fee: $115 Program# 155 Registration Deadline July 31

camp is back and this year we're adding your favorite gaming characters to our drawing list, as well as classic characters from the comics and the animated heroes of film & TV. We will have brand new projects so returning campers are always drawing something new. Create new cartoon characters, draw action, draw expressions, draw moods, and put together a cartoon strip. MATERIALS: All participants will need to supply some simple materials. Ask for a list at registration.

Summer Camps

Superhero Cartoon Drawing Camp Instructor: Bryan Lopatic Ages: 8-13 Time: 6:30-8:00pm July 29-August 1. Monday –Thursday Location: Municipal Building Now is the time to let your imagination take the lead! Our best loved

Fee $58 Program #145 Registration Deadline July 22 or until full limited to 12.

Fill your summer with a new skill, or hobby. Get Active and go have FUN this summer!


American Red Cross Swimming Lessons

Poquoson Municipal Pool is a premier provider of American Red Cross Swimming Lessons. All lessons follow the established curriculum for water safety and swim instruction. All instructors are certified to ARC teaching standards

Session Length: For sessions 1 thru 4 swimming lessons are taught Monday thru Thursday for two weeks. Friday serves as a weather make up only.

Registration for 2013 Classes opens on May 28, 2013 Session

Session I

Session II

Session III

Session IV


June 17-June 27

July 1-July 11 ( no class July 4, Class on July 5 due to holiday)

July 15-July 25

July 29– August 8

Session V

August 12-16

Special Evening Session

Monday thru Fri da y Session

Lessons Policies: 1. Registration is taken at Poquoson Parks and Recreation. No call in registration is taken and no spots for classes are held by calling in. 2. Switching from one session to another: If for some reason you need to move a child from one session to another, this must be done at the Parks and Recreation Office in Person. No Switching is permitted over the phone and new paperwork must be completed to do so to request the switch. 3. Children may only be registered for one session at a time. Once the session has completed 1 week (half through the classes), parents are encouraged to discuss progress with your instructor about re -enrolling for the next session.


Course Offered


Levels 1, 2, 3, 4


Levels 1, 2, 3, 5


Little People


Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Little People


Levels 2, 3, 4


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Little People


Levels 3, 4, 5


Levels 1, 2, 3, 5


Little People


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Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Little People


Levels 1 ,2, 3

4. Refunds are only given in the event of sickness with a Doctor’s Note. However, if space is available children can be moved to an alternate session. This notification must be done in person, and must be given prior to the start of the first class meeting time. No make-ups are given for vacation/sickness or other absences. If a child misses the last day of their class, progress certificates will only be available up to 5 days following the day of your last class. After that time the Instructor holds no responsibility for paperwork. 5. Pool staff reserves the right to combine or cancel levels when class minimums are not met.

Costs Level Classes: $55.00 Little People, Ducklings: $45.00 Non-residents: Additional $10 per class, per child, per session. Students may only enroll in 1 session at a time. 6. Children registered for a class which they are not qualified for or, may be overqualified for, once evaluated at the first class meting, will be placed correctly at a time where there is space available, as to not overload classes. This may or may not be at the original hour of time based on availability.

Guide for Placement in American Red Cross Swimming Lessons


Student Learning Objectives

Parent & Child Aquatics– DUCKLINGS $45 24 months-3 years With Parent

Prior to registering child must be able to hold up head. Parent/Guardian Must attend each class. Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: Water adjustment Fun & Enjoyment of the Water Blow Bubbles Front Float and Back Float with Support

Little People (Preschool Aquatics) Ages 3-5 no parent $45

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: Independently enter and exit the water Emphasis on Float on Front and Back with and without assistance Kicking while on Front and Back; Blowing Bubbles, Bob Jumping From the side with a prompt and following directions Totally submerged face and body; grab an object from the bottom Fun & Enjoyment of the Water *If child is unable to attend without the aid of a parent, they will be moved to Ducklings. Parents can not stand over the pool edge with the child during this class. This class is designed for independent experiences.

LEVEL 1 Introduction to Water Skills & Water Exploration $55 Recommended for ages 6 and Up or Successful Little People LEVEL 2 Fundamental Skills $55

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: Submerge mouth, nose and eyes, blow bubbles, and exhale under water Pick up a submerged object Roll over from front to back, both assisted and unassisted Float unassisted back and front Explore swimming with both arm, leg movements, and combined with and without support Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: Perform front and back glide unassisted Float back and front unassisted Begin swimming with combined arm motions on back and front Begin comfort with treading water in chest deep water Will enter the pool in deep water, and swim to the side

LEVEL 3 Stroke Development $55

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: Dive from the Side, Submerge and retrieve an object while swimming underwater Successfully swim with rhythmic breathing Perform front and back glide using two different kicks Float on front and back in deep water; Perform elementary back stroke Change from horizontal to vertical position on front and back Tread water using hand and leg movements Perform front and back crawl; Butterfly-kick and body motion.

LEVEL 4 Stroke Improvement $55

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: Perform a dive from standing and stride position Swim under water; Perform feet-first surface dive Perform open turns on front and back; Tread water using sculling arm motions; Perform Butterfly kick Perform the following: Front and back crawl, breast stroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke Swim on side using scissors-like kick; Perform compact jump into water from a height while wearing a life jacket

LEVEL 5 Stroke Refinement $55

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: Standing dive, shallow dive, glide two body lengths and begin any front stroke Perform tuck surface dive Perform with power and in the flow of swimming front flip turn, backstroke flip turn to front and back stroke; Swim butterfly, Swim breast stroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke Tread water with two different kicks; Learn Survival Swimming

Open Swim at Poquoson Pool

Poquoson Pool– 757-868-0777 16 Municipal Drive, Poquoson First Day of Season– Memorial Day

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Cash or C heck Only at the Poo Single Da l y Admiss io n : $5.00 Age s 6 to Adu lt $3.00 Age s 3-5 Free 2 an d under Twilight Begins a t 4:00pm $2.00 Age s 6-Adult $1.00 Age s 3-5 Extra $1.0 0 on all a dmissions non-resid for ents subje ct to id ch eck.

Season Passes Can be purchased at the Pool or Poquoson Parks and Recreation Cash or Check Credit Card only at Poquoson Parks and Recreation All Passes are good Memorial Day thru Labor Day (Unlimited Visits) $50 per pass Ages 6 to Adult $30 per pass Ages 3-5 Non-residents Extra $10.00 per pass


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Barracuda Swim Team The Barracuda Swim Team is a competitive summer league swimming experience for youth. Together with other pools on the Peninsula, our Poquoson team is part of the GPSA swim league. This league works together to host a summer swim season for children up to age 18. The swim season will begin with practice May 28, 2013 and run through approximately early August. 2013. Meets are scheduled for other area pools.

Practice is held at the Poquoson Municipal Pool. Registration is open thru June 7, various days throughout the summer. The team hosts meets as well as travels to

Transportation is not provided to meets. If your child swims, you will be required to serve in a volunteer capacity throughout the season. This volunteer commitment is required for your child to swim. Team practice times are Monday thru Friday 6-7pm (ages 10 and under) 7-8pm ages 11 and up. Cost is $155 per child. Extra $10.00 for non residents. No multiple child discount. Program #110 All swim team members will receive a pool pass as part of their registration fee. The pool pass is good for the entire summer. No child may come to practice until properly enrolled through Poquoson Parks and Recreation. The Swim Team is not for children who need additional swimming skills through Swim Lessons. Being a member of the swim team requires a swim pre-requisite for your swimmers safety and enjoyment: 1) All swimmers must be able to swim in deep water. 2)

All children ages 8 and under wishing to swim must be able to successfully swim continuously at least 25 meters in the freestyle stroke and backstroke.

3) Children age 9 and up must be able to swim a minimum of 50 meters in the freestyle and backstroke, and at a technical level that is appropriate for their age. Additionally, children in this age group must show some familiarity with both the butterfly and the breaststroke. The coaching staff makes this final determination for all swimmers. All children without prior swim team experience must attend the designated evaluation times prior to practicing. More information about swimming requirements, bathing suit, and meet schedule is available at Poquoson Parks and Recreation. In the event that a child is deemed not ready for swim team, a program called “Strive for 25” will be offered to your swimmer. If you choose to participate in “Strive for 25”, information related to this program will be provided following your child’s evaluation for the swim team. You must attend evaluation days set up in advance prior to Memorial Day to take advantage of “Strive for 25”. Call PPR at 868-3580 for more information on evaluation times or swim team information packet. Please note that swim team evaluations are conducted for the safety of all swimmers. Program #110. Strive For 25 Program #109.

Rent the Poquoson Pool for your next event: Available Friday or Saturday Evenings Cost for pool rental is $175 per event. Covers lifeguards for the first 50 people in attendance for 2 hours 8-10pm. Additional $50 for every additional 25 persons over the first 50 in attendance. Reservations are only available for Friday and Saturday evenings. All reservations are taken by the Poquoson Parks and Recreation Office. No call-in reservations are accepted. Payment expected at time of reservation and contract must be completed to confirm any reservation with payment. For more information call 868-3580. Head count is based on total number in attendance; not swimmers only. Pool party set up time does not start until 8pm. All rentals begin at 8pm.

Splash Bash 2013

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Pool! All children will be required to sign in and sign out with an adult at the gate. Adults not required to stay, but welcome and invited if staying with kids. Adults admission if swimming is also $3. All Pass Holders Free.

DJ/Music PIZZA Prizes

Private Swim Lessons

When Storms Come Be Prepared

For the very beginner or even a more experienced swimmer who would like to improve techniques private swim lessons provide one on one instruction to give the swimmer just what they need. Private lesson teachers are WSI certified or have in depth knowledge in competitive swimming techniques and instruction.

Join the City’s Automated Phone Call System– Code Red

Adults and Youth Welcome. Cost per lesson is $25 for 35 minutes, or choose three sessions for $70. Only 1 swimmer per teacher, per 35 minute session. All lessons must be paid in full before considered confirmed. Registration for lessons will open on June 10, 2013. Lessons Times Vary. Registration handled at Poquoson Parks and Recreation Non-resident fees apply ($10 additional fee.)

Save the Date! The First of the 2013 Kick-Off Events for the 33rd Annual Poquoson Seafood Festival

Poquoson Seafood Festival Workboat Races, Messick Point Sunday, September 29, 2013 Visit: for more information and boat registration

Bull Island Boot Camp Are you too busy to fit your workout into your hectic daily routine? Join us at Bull Island Boot Camp to complete your workout before the day begins! This is an Early Morning/Early Riser workout! These 1-hour sessions include a wellbalanced combination of cardio and strength training. Transform your body, or take your fitness to the next level in this exciting indoor/outdoor fitness environment. Experience a variety of exercises, running, and training to build muscle, endurance and get your body into shape. ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME! Please register 5 days prior. Must have a minimum of 8 participants. Instructor: Sibyl Smith, Certified AFAA Personal Trainer Sessions are Monday & Thursday mornings. Times: 5:15 a.m. - 6:15 a.m. Meets at the Poquoson Middle School Gymnasium. (Extra $10 for non-residents) Date


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Additional $10 non-residents.

Gentle Yoga Come and join us for a 6-week yoga practice meant to relax and rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. Increase your range of motion, become more flexible as we increase muscular strength. Yoga has the ability to improve your overall health and wellbeing as we learn to integrate your emotions and bring a calm stillness to the mind. Bring your own mat and experience a serene summer experience. All fitness levels welcome. Men and Women ages 16 to adult. Class held Thursday Evenings. 6:30pm-7:30pm Municipal Building Dates: Thursdays June 13, 27, Wednesday July 3, & Thursdays July 11, 18, and 25. Cost is $60 Register by June 10 Program #125

Can’t commit to a full session? Just show up with $15 per class & waiver. Must pay by check to instructor upon arrival. Note: Class must meet minimum for “just show up option.”

Boating Safety Course Poquoson is a boating paradise and the summer boating season is drawing near. Virginia now requires all operators of boats and personal water craft to take a Safe Boating and Jet Ski Course. Everyone 40 years of age or younger must meet the requirements for watercraft operators by July 1, 2013. The Virginia Boater Education Course is offered free at Poquoson Parks and Recreation. Option 1 June 25 & June 27 6:00-9:30pm each evening. (Must attend both sessions) Option 2 August 19 and 21 6:00-9:30pm each evening. (Must attend both sessions) All registration is taken on line at Class registration is free, however pre-registration is required online.

Mesh Wreath Making Class

Ages 16 to Adults Bring out your creative juices with this one night wreath making class. Using the materials list provided at the time of registration you’ll have a unique product designed for the season of your choice. The possibilities and color combinations are endless. Date: August 4 6-9pm at Municipal Building Instructor: Rahe Insley Date: Wednesday, August 14 6:00-9:00pm Municipal Building Cost Is $20.00 + purchase on your own materials. Deadline to register is July 29. Program #141

Cake Decorating Courses Discover Cake Decorating with Wilton. Learn border techniques, writing, shells, figure piping and creating the Wilton Rose. Learn how to make great cake icing. Frost, level and torte a cake the Wilton way. Starting the second week of class, participants will need to bring 1 small single layer cake and icing to class as their practice cake. Wilton Class 4– Advanced Gum Paste & Fondant Make lifelike flowers, and stargazer lilies that top your cake like a true professional. Delight your guests and make even more unique cakes with the skills taught in this course. 3:00pm-5:00pm. Saturdays July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17. Cost: $25 for instruction . Wilton Class 1– On the first night of class, instructor will get you started with icing and cake prep. Course meets 4 times, 2 hours each meeting. September 7, 21, 28, & October 5. Times: 3:005:30pm For ages 14 to adults Deadline to register: Aug. 30. Minimum 6. Each participant will be given a supply list at the time of registration. Supplies purchased on your own. Cost: $25 for instruction . Date Fee res./non-res Saturdays 7/27-8/17 $25/35

Ages 14 to Adult

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Pictures! Lots of Digital Files

Digital Photography 101 Ages 16-Adult The perfect title for this course would be… How to have fun with digital photography, while taking great pictures. This is an introductory level class that outlines the basics of photography; providing an overview of the elements of exposure (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), white balance, etc. Beyond the mechanics, the instructor will address issues of understanding light, shadow, and perspective. Finally, the course will provide an overview of issues associated with digital photography workflow beyond the point of image capture; digital asset management or file storage, color management, and some of the software options available. Location: Municipal Building. 6:00-9:30pm Instructor: Gary Hess from ViewFinder Photographic Art PROGRAM # DATE

FEE (Res./Non-Res.) DUE




Cupcake Wars



Working with Adobe Lightroom 4 Ages 16-Adult Digital photography has, at the same time, made the craft of photography both more rewarding and more complex. This course focuses on what comes after you take the picture – how you manage your digital image files and how you “process” them. Starting with an overview of Digital Asset Management (DAM), the course then moves to an overview of one of today’s primary software programs used to manage and process files – Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The instructor will provide an overview of all of the modules and capabilities within Lightroom and will then provide a real time on-screen demonstration of how Lightroom works. This class is targeted for the beginner to intermediate level of knowledge about photography, digital cameras and image editing software . Dates: July 9th and July 16 6:00-8:00pm each night. Municipal Building. Class Minimum of 6. PROGRAM # 130

DATE 7/9 & 7/16

FEE (Res./Non-Res.) DUE $58/68

July 5

Ages 14 to Adult Create unique and professional style cupcakes, and you’ll be the next star on Cupcake Wars just like the popular Food Network series. Learn about fillings and decorative toppings. Learn the techniques for icing from the pros. A small supply list for participants to bring the necessary tools will be provided at the time of registration. Participants should come prepared with their own 12 cupcakes ready for decoration and filling for each night. Class meets with Wilton Instructor Decorating Specialist Tuesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 8, 6:00pm-8:30pm Municipal Building. PROGRAM # 159

DATE 8/6 & 8/8

FEE (Res./Non-Res.) DUE $25/35

Aug 1

Doubles League Play– Wednesday Evenings 6:30-8:00pm for 10 weeks $29 per person Mixed/Random Doubles: Join this fun participation league and we will rotate partners each evening. This league is open to both men and women ages 15 and up. No partner is required to join. The League will run June 5 thru August 7. Teammates will rotate each evening, so you will get a chance to play with everyone in the league at least once. Cost includes game balls. Register early– League is limited to 20 players. Location: PHS Tennis Courts. Program #119

Youth Tennis Lessons Ages 7 and up.

Cardio Tennis is a high energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout. It is a very social and fun class for players of all ability levels taught by a professional tennis instructor. If you've never played tennis before this is a great way to be introduced to the sport and if you are an experienced high level tennis player it is the best way to train for tennis. Mixed abilities welcome.

Boys & Girls

Learn the basics of the game of tennis. You’ll learn to serve, forehand, body position, and footwork. Lesson run Saturdays for 7 weeks. Dates: Saturdays, June 22-August 3, 2013 Location: PHS Tennis Courts. Time: 8-9am Beginners Instructor: Anthony Coccimiglio Students must bring own racquet, and 3 balls for each session. Wear comfortable play clothes & tennis shoes.

Instructor: Certified USPTA Coach, Joe Coccomiglio

Sundays will be the designated rain make-up day if necessary.

Dates: June 15-July 20 (6 Sessions)

Each group lesson is limited to 10. Minimum of 6.

9-10am at PHS Tennis Courts. Class Minimum: 6 Cost is $44. Non-residents $54 Program #105

Dates Fee (res./non) Program # Saturdays



Deadline June 19

For Private Lesson please contact Poquoson Parks and Recreation 868-3580. We will assist you in scheduling a private tennis lesson with USPTA Coach Joe.


Use our Drop Box

than everyone waiting until the last minute to register for it. If you would like to participate in one of our classes or sports activities, please

Available at our office building on the front portico is a drop box for after hours registration. Safe & secure. Please place all registration with payment in an envelope. Checks only please for payment within the drop box. No need to visit during office hours! Located at 830 Poquoson Avenue– Municipal Building

REGISTER WELL IN ADVANCE of the registration deadline. At some point, we must determine if enrollment is sufficient to hold the activity. Your cooperation will assist us in providing the best organization and administration of recreation programs.

Karate Ages 5-15 Boys and Girls

Registration ON-GOING

Enjoy the fun of Karate Classes! Learn proper self defense tactics, balance, flexibility and discipline as you gain confidence. Classes are 55 minutes in length, held on Mondays and Wednesdays and are based on experience and age. All Classes held at Poquoson Primary School Gym. Beginners (as young as age 5) 6:00-7:00pm Advanced 7:00-8:00pm For more experienced students, teacher will assign you to a later time as necessary. Cost: Initial Registration fee is $6. Every class you attend thereafter is $6. Pay per class as you attend, onsite. No uniform required. Program is progressive. Instructor: Tom DaRoja For more info or questions Fencing Classes contact Tom by email: or call 659-0307. Beginners: Ages 10 thru Adult Learn the basics of fencing from proper stance to basic defensive and offensive moves, to scoring points and proper protocols of the sport. Fencing is one of the best sports to teach hand and eye coordination as well as balance and timing. Days/Times: Sundays , Beginning June 23 for 10 weeks thru August 25. (No Class weekend of 6-7 due to 4th of July) Times: 5-6 pm Poquoson Primary School Gym In order to measure and fit for equipment, the first class will meet 4-6 pm on June 23, 2013 Cost: $65. (Class fee is paid to PPR) Equipment Fee: $110 for males/ $130 for females. Pay to instructor at the first class to cover personal equipment purchase. The instructor will order each student’s equipment to including proper jacket, foil (fencing sword), mask, and glove. Instructor: Vicki Hanes Minimum 6 participants. Must pre-register at Poquoson Parks & Recreation. No registration taken at the class.

Scrapbooking Camp Ages 9-15 Monday-Thursday August 5-8 1:30-3:30pm You supply the pictures and we’ll make the memories! Do you enjoy preserving your pictures and creating a one-of-a kind album? Then this camp will allow you do just that and more. Using 20 pictures that you supply, you will learn to crop, mount, add lots of frills, and unique applications that make your pages stand out in a small mini-album that is included as part of the project and pages you design. Your pictures can be a birthday, special event, holiday, but should all be related to one topic for your design.

Intermediate Fencing Class Class is open to those who have successfully completed the beginners class or can demonstrate basic proficiency to the instructor. In addition to continuing to hone basic skills, fencers will learn more complex footwork and blade work. Become proficient to fence in competition. Dates: Sundays, starting June 23, 8 sessions thru August 11 Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Location: Poquoson Primary School Gym Cost: $65 includes 8 sessions. Once you complete the intermediate class, participants are encouraged to join our Fencing Club for open fencing times.

Deadline to Register is August 1 Camp Minimum is 5 Cost is $55. Materials included, but you bring the pictures and a pair of scissors Instructor: Rahe Insley Program #129 PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS


Fee res./non-res


Program #

Beginner June 23

$65/75 +equipment



Intermediate June 23 $65/75 +equipment



We’re always on the lookout for instructors to teach classes on new and exciting subjects. If you have a specialty you would like to share, we want to work with you to develop new programs.

The recreation youth soccer league is now accepting registrations for the fall season of 2013. 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 $60*. Registration is due August 16, 2013. 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 August 16, 2013. Program #100F The league will be divided as follows: Division


End Date


ages 5 and 6

not yet age 7 by December 31, 2013


ages 7 and 8

not yet age 9 by December 31, 2013


ages 9 and 10

not yet age 11 by December 31, 2013


ages 11 and 12

not yet age 13 by December 31, 2013


ages 13, 14, 15

not yet age 16 by December 31, 2013

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 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. For example: A U11 player may choose to play U13 if they are age 10; but a 9 year old who is currently a U11 player is not eligible to petition for a move up request for U13. Only the 10 year old can request the age group move. All registrations received after August 16 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 #100SP Note: After September 1, 2013 any request for a refund will not be honored. *This is the projected fee beginning as of July 1, 2013 subject to budget approval.

Kickstart Soccer Must be age 4 by September 1, 2013

Kickstart is a program designed for the soccer beginner who is not yet ready for the league. This is the basic introduction to the game of soccer. It is not a soccer league, but a 4 week instruction & play/skill period for 45 minutes each week. Cost: $45 per child. No sibling discount; additional $10 for nonresidents. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. One session is planned. An additional session will be held if necessary. Dates: September 11, 18, 25, October 2 5:30-6:15pm Instructor: Heather Deaver, Primary Physical Education Teacher. Cost includes beginner ball and t-shirt. Program #104 Location: To be Determined.

Adult 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 September 4. Time: 6:30-8:30pm. If you wish to have a team, you must attend on September 4 or contact Poquoson Parks & Recreation at 868-3580 before this date to notify us that you have a team. Program #117 Each team should have 6-8 players. Teams typically play two games a night on Wednesdays. The first night of play will be September 11. League is looking for new teams and players. Come to open gym to join a team. Ages Program # Adults


Deadline September 4

Youth Volleyball League Fall

Pixie Stix Field Hockey Field Hockey for beginners! Ages 4-7 Girls. Dates: Tuesdays September 10, 17, 24, October 1 and 8. 5:30-6:30pm each Tuesday. As a Pixie Stick, you’ll get to play like the big girls as you learn the basics of field hockey. This program is designed to teach the skills of field hockey to young players and get them started on their first hockey experience. Learn proper techniques for stick maneuvers, teamwork, strategy of the game and just have fun. Note: Must be 4 by 9/1/13. Registration for each new PIXIE player includes a correctly sized stick and ball. Returning players will receive a ball only. Instructor: Darcey Chiappazzi 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. Date






Program # 101

( N on-resident $70/$50 )

Fall Youth Field Hockey Club Grades 3-7 Fall Field Hockey Club will be offered on Sundays in September/ October at the Turf Field. This program is still being developed but will include a variety of skill clinics as well as game play. More information coming in August of 2013. #114

Ages 9-13 (Must be age 9 by December 31, 2013)

Learn the fundamentals of the game of Volleyball, while enjoying basic Fee Ages Program # Deadline game play experience. All practices in Poquoson. $55 9-13 118 October 1 Minimum of 8 to run league/instruction. Specific practice and games times will be announced based on gym availability. Season runs from Mid October thru December 21. Late fee applies after deadline. Non-resident Fee of $10 applies.

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. Fiorello Ristorante Italiano, Newport News Date: June 27 Depart 11:30am #161 DC

Tucanos Brazilian Grill, City Center Newport News Date: July 18 Depart 11:30am #162DC Anderson’s Garden Café and Showplace Date: August 7 Depart 11am #163DC Smoke BBQ Newport News Date: August 27 Depart 11:30am #164DC 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.

Meals on Wheels

Senior Center: All Are Welcome 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 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 873-0541. This program is supported by the Peninsula Area on Aging.


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


Make Checks Payable to “Poquoson Parks & Recreation” Send Registration to: Poquoson Parks & Recreation 830 Poquoson Ave Poquoson , VA 23662


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.

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 be sure to observe all registration closing dates for activities. Program fees must be paid at the time of registration. No registration is considered complete until payment is made and proper registration received. Call-in registration is NOT accepted. Registering after closing dates cannot guarantee your acceptance or space availability. In some cases, late registration will result in an additional fee if space is available. Be aware that supplies may not be available to you due to late registration. If a program is cancelled by the Parks and Recreation Department, the registrant will receive a full return of monies paid less the 2.5% credit card fee or a credit voucher. This process may take up to 4 weeks.

REFUNDS: By registering for a program you agree to the following & in all cases understand that: 1) No refunds will be granted after the first class has begun. 2) No refund will be granted to a participant if you cancel later than 2 business days prior to the start of class. 3) No refund will be granted when supplies have been purchased on your behalf, regardless of the time of notification. 4) Specific programs have a no refund policy; this is noted in the program description. 5) All amusement park tickets are non-refundable. 6) Cancellation policies for facilities rental/use are stated on the respective reservation/use forms. 7) 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. 8) A $10 service charge will be deducted from all refunds. 9) Refunds will not be granted as a result of Schedule changes due to weather. 10) Poquoson Parks and Recreation does not prorate refunds. 11) No refund is guaranteed unless the requestor has a receipt showing proof of payment. 12) Parks and Recreation reserves the right to handle a request on a case-by-case basis.

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

Male or Female

Address: City:


Participant Date of Birth:


Age Today:

Shirt Size: YS


Parent/Guardian Name: Email Address: (Required) Primary Phone Contact:

Alternate Phone Contact:

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

Program #

Activity Title/Session

Credit Cards Accepted


Credit Card Convenience Fee + 2.5% __________

MasterCard and Visa Name as it Appears on Card_____________________

Make checks payable to Poquoson Parks & Recreation and mail with form to

Signature:________________________ Expiration:______

Poquoson Parks & Recreation 830 Poquoson Avenue Poquoson, VA 23662

Card #_ _ _ _-_ _ _ _-_ _ _ _-_ _ _ _ Ein: _ _ _ 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. (5) I agree for my phone, address, and email information to be provided to coaches and/or instructors as necessary as related to the program I am registering. (6) I have read the Refund Policies of the Department and understand they are available for review at the Parks and Recreation Website, and within the Island Tide.



Participant or Parent/Guardian of Participant


Enjoy Langley Speedway all summer in 2013. 757-865-RACE

Racing nights on Saturdays thru September! For a complete schedule and race details each week visit

The City of Poquoson is proud to recognize Langley Speedway as an outstanding neighbor and community partner. Additionally, the City sincerely appreciates Langley Speedway’s willingness to assist Poquoson during officially designated inclement weather emergencies. The City of Poquoson looks forward to continuing this community partnership and is grateful for Langley Speedway’s support.

Poquoson Parks and Recreation sells Discount Tickets! Great Prices! Water Country USA & Busch Gardens Tickets for Busch Gardens (single day, and multiple visit FUN CARDS available)

From The Office of Poquoson Fire and Rescue Department Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 20,000 are injured in fires, many of which could have been prevented. Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at $10 billion annually. Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 20,000 are injured in fires, many of which could have been prevented. Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at $10 billion annually. To protect yourself, remember fire spreads quickly; there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames. Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you might fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-toone ratio. Here are some helpful tips to prevent and protect yourself from fire.

Prepare for Fire 

Install smoke alarms on every level of your residence. Place smoke alarms outside bedrooms on the ceiling or high on the wall (4 to 12 inches from ceiling), at the top of open stairways, or at the bottom of enclosed stairs and near (but not in) the kitchen.

Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least twice a year. Replace smoke alarms once every 10 years.

Review escape routes with your family. Practice escaping from each room.

Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut. Make sure security gratings on windows have a fire safety opening feature so they can be easily opened from the inside.

Consider escape ladders if your residence has more than one level, and ensure that burglar bars and other anti-theft mechanisms that block outside window entry are easily opened from the inside.

Teach family members to stay low to the floor (where the air is safer in a fire) when escaping from a fire.

During a Fire To escape a fire, you should:

Check closed doors for heat before you open them. If you are escaping through a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and door frame before you open it. Never use the palm of your hand or fingers to test for heat-burning those areas could impair your ability to escape a fire (i.e., ladders and crawling).

Hot Door: Do not open. Escape through a window. If you cannot escape, hang a white or light-colored sheet outside the window, alerting firefighters to your presence.

Cool Door: Open slowly to ensure fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape route. If your escape route is blocked, shut the door immediately and use an alternate escape route, such as a window. If clear, leave immediately through the door and close it behind you. Be prepared to crawl. Smoke and heat rise. The air is clearer and cooler near the floor.  Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.  Close doors behind you as you escape to delay the spread of the fire.  Stay out once you have exited. Do not re-enter. Call 911. For more information about fire prevention and safety please contact 757-868-3510.

POQUOSON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE PROMOTES POQUOSON BUSINESSES On going efforts to raise the level of communication with the Poquoson Business Community have resulted in continuing the second year of Mayor’s Small Group Breakfasts, the start of a new digital newsletter and plans for the Annual Business Appreciation event in June. MAYOR’S BREAKFAST The dates for the next Mayor’s Breakfast meetings will be: July 16 and October 22 The gatherings will provide Poquoson businesses an opportunity to meet with the Mayor in groups of 25 or less. The Mayor’s Small Group Breakfasts are offered to promote direct discussion of relevant business topics between the Mayor and Poquoson businesses, and will occasionally feature business representatives from the local, regional and State level as well. If you have an idea you are ready to turn into a business or if you have a home-based business ready to grow, please consider joining us at one of our Mayor’s Breakfast events and see if we can assist you or just network with others in similar situations. The Economic Development Office has many resources and contacts to provide new businesses. If you are interested in attending, please email or call 757-868-5314

The Poquoson Economic Development Office is currently working on plans for the Annual Business Appreciation event in conjunction with the state events being planned. Watch for more information.

DIGITAL NEWSLETTER The Economic Development Office will be sending out regular electronic newsletters aimed at keeping Poquoson businesses informed. If you have or are interested in having a business in Poquoson, are involved in commercial real estate or just want to keep up with what’s going on, register to be on the mailing list by emailing,

From the Office of Emergency Management Each season following a tidal or coastal weather event, such as a hurricane or nor’easter, residents often need to dispose of many items that may have washed on to their property or are now no longer useful. When such an event occurs, please be aware that the City of Poquoson Emergency Management Office will properly guide you in the disposal of post-storm debris.

FEMA requires residents to sort your items for disposal. Items need to be sorted in the following categories when being placed at the curb for pickup should the event require such services: Please sort items accordingly to bulk, landscape, and white goods.

Should information on spoiled food collection, household chemical collection and disposal of such items become necessary, it will be distributed through the City’s Communication system following a storm event. For information following an event, check out Channel 46 (Cox), or Channel 24 (Verizon Fios) & the City of Poquoson website,

You and Your Pet Can Save the Bay! It’s amazing how small changes in our routines can make a big difference. One of the most positive changes you can make is also one of the simplest: Clean up after your pets. Bagging pet waste and throwing it in a trash receptacle makes being outdoors more pleasant, and keeps bacteria and nitrogen out of our waters. Will scooping the poop really make a difference? Believe it or not, cleaning up after pets really does help. Let’s look at just our dogs. There are over 1,300 dog licenses in Poquoson. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that dogs on average produce about ¾ pound of waste a day. Doing the math, Poquoson’s pooches produce almost 356,000 pounds of waste each year. That is about 178 tons of bacterialaden waste that can wash into the waters where we fish and crab. Not a pleasant thought, is it? Do we really see the dog waste effects in our streams? Definitely! Rain water can carry pet waste into streams, causing localized “hot spots” or areas with high bacteria levels. Poquoson Citizens for the Environment recently tested bacterial levels in local waters. They saw an increase in bacteria levels at one location. Upon inspection, they found 23 piles of dog waste in a small grassy area just upstream of their testing site. How would you like to be within smelling distance of that area? Can picking up after my dog really make a difference? After all, we live next to a wildlife refuge. Here’s how it does make a difference: It’s not just about water in our rivers or the Bay. It’s also about water in the ditch behind our house where our children might play and the water off our dock where we put our crab pots. Pet waste carries bacteria that cause intestinal problems and hookworms. Nitrogen from animal waste promotes algae growth, which in turn reduces oxygen levels in the Bay. Let’s keep the bad stuff out of our own backyards. Are dogs the only problem? Not at all. City staff receives odor complaints about other animals as well. If there’s odor, there is bacteria. What should I do? Bag it and can it. Put plastic grocery bags to use scooping up the poop and put it in trash receptacles. If you have other animals, think about the best way to dispose of their waste. Can stormwater runoff carry it to our waters? What do you do with your kitty litter or your poultry bedding? Put it in a trash can….NOT over the fence! It used to be that a lot of people would pick up pet waste from their yards and simply throw it over the fence or in the nearest ditch. We aren’t sure why….they can still smell it and it’s still polluting. Please use the trash can. We have materials and information that can help. Stop by the Community Development desk at City Hall. We have brochures on keeping our waters clean and sometimes we have doggy waste bags. And most importantly, thanks for doing your part to Save the Bay. New environmental mandates are going to cost a lot of money over the next few years. If you and your neighbors make small changes, we can reach Bay goals as cost effectively as possible….and won’t it be nice to know that we are swimming, boating and fishing in cleaner waters?

A note from the departments of Public Works Mosquito and Drainage  

Keeping your ditches clear of leaves and debris helps your neighbors and your City.

Check for and drain standing water in buckets, holes in trees, clogged gutters, tires, etc. 

Treat permanent water pools, such as ornamental ponds, with “Mosquito Dunks”.

Utilities 

Save yourself time, money, and frustration by not pouring grease down the drain.

If all of your drains are backing up, please call Utilities first (868-3590 or after hours 868-3501). This call could possible save you a plumbing bill.

Park Maintenance  

Please keep all motorized vehicles off the grass in our parks and athletic fields.

If athletic fields are prepared for a game, please keep the field in that condition for our youth programs. 

We take pride in our fields and parks so that you may enjoy the experience.

Solid Waste 

Don’t forget the free Convenience Site on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 8 am to 2 pm.

Bulk Items are picked up every week please call 868-3590 by 2:30 pm on Tuesday for that week.

Landscape pickup is a pre-paid service paid to the Treasurer’s Office (868-3015).

Your trash and recycling are to be set out by 7:00 am the day of your service.

Please allow 3 feet between your trash can and anything else, including your recycling bin.

Your trash can lid should be closed. Trash bags that fall out of your can due to overfill is not the responsibility of the trash company. You may use Poquoson Green Bags for overflow.

Streets 

Our employees and equipment are on the streets doing work to make your drive easier, please be courteous while they do their job.

Thank you

City Hall is home to a DMV Select Office which allows customers to visit the DMV (Virginia’s Division of Motor Vehicles) in Poquoson to handle vehicle titling, registration transactions and other needs to include license plates, trip permits and placards, and driver transcript requests. The Select Office does not handle Driver’s Licenses or Identification Cards, however now the mobile unit, known as the DMV 2 GO does. The DMV2GO van visits comes to Poquoson at City Hall, 500 City Hall Avenue, on a regular basis to offer the full array of DMV services. Hours are 9:00am-4:00pm on the following days: June 11, 2013

July 16, 2013

August 13, 2013

Produce for Healthier Living Food Distribution 2013 Eligible Residents of Poquoson & York County WHEN: June 25, July 23, August 27, September 24 TIME: 10am– 2pm 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 will be completed. Additionally, a small produce bag will be available for distribution. A collaborative effort between the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and our local community groups, who graciously assist with the distribution, make this service possible.

CANCER The City of Poquoson, Evie Insley and Bodina Wright would like to say

THANK YOU to the volunteers who came out to pick up litter, mark drain inlets, install an Islander Rain Garden and do needed beatification to our pump stations. You make Mother Earth’s Favorite Child a wonderful place in which to live. We look forward to seeing you next year on “Keep Poquoson Beautiful Day.”

PREVENTION STUDY-3 Research today for a cancer-free tomorrow. Our community will be hosting enrollment for CANCER PREVENTION STUDY- 3.

SAVE THE DATE: Location: Emmaus Baptist Church Christian Outreach Center 814 Yorktown Road, Poquoson, Virginia 23662 Date: Saturday—June 15, 2013 Time: 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM To schedule your appointment, visit: or call: 1.888.604.5888 Please contact Jan Bennett—Senior Community Manager, for more information about CPS-3 at

York-Poquoson Office 100 County Drive, PO Box 532, Yorktown, Virginia 23690-0532 757.890.4940/ Fax: 757.890.4033

Poquoson Residents are invited to utilize Virginia Cooperative Extension and its Programs!. . . . . . . provides educational programs conducted in work places, schools and communities of Virginia. Research based information from Virginia Tech and Virginia State University is used by Extension Agents and their volunteers to teach people innovative ways to solve problems. . . . . responds to the needs of individuals, families, groups, and organizations with educational programs in the three broad areas: ANR - Agriculture and Natural Resources FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences 4-H Youth Development York County/Poquoson Extension accomplishes this through newsletters, clinics, workshops, and outreach by community volunteers. Mission Statement Virginia Cooperative Extension enables people to improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge focused on issues and needs. To access any of our events, or to receive more information about our programs, please visit Agriculture and Natural Resources Agriculture and Natural Resources programs help sustain and enhance environmental horticulture and the Green Industry, while protecting and enhancing the quality of our land and water resources. Just a few of the programs being offered by the York County/Poquoson Extension office: Pruning Clinics: Free on-site pruning clinics discuss pruning ornamental plants unless otherwise noted. Pruning improves branching structure of plants, thus allowing light and air penetration. This reduces habitats for insects and disease, resulting in the reduction of the need for pesticides. Horticultural Extravaganza: A horticultural day offered in March. Participants have their choice of subjects. Lunch is included in the nominal fee. Lawn Clinics: Free on-site lawn clinics teach homeowners the advantages and disadvantages of warm and cool season grasses. Landscape Extravaganza: A free event in October which encourages the idea “Fall is for Planting.” Participants have a choice of two of six classes. Plant & Insect Consultations: You can call (890-4940) or email ( our office with horticultural or insect related questions to receive a research-based, scientific response. Peninsula Master Gardener Training: Master Gardeners are volunteers who assist their local Cooperative Extension Office in educating the public in general practices as well as the proper use of pesticides and fertilizers. To become a Master Gardener, an individual must complete 50 hours of horticulture instruction and return an equal number of hours (50) as a Master Gardener volunteer. Peninsula Master Gardener training, which is comprised of students from Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, York, and Poquoson, takes place from September until November. There is a fee for this service. 4-H Youth Development 4-H is the comprehensive youth development program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. Young people from ages 5 to 19 engage in hands-on learning experiences under the guidance of 4-H agents and trained adult or teen 4-H volunteers. 4-H Lawn Mowing Project: York County/Poquoson Extension Office offers an award-winning class on lawn mowing, designed for students ages 10-15. The class teaches mowing safety, lawn care, mower maintenance and helps students with ideas on starting their own lawn mowing business. Classes are held in March from 6:30-8:00pm. 4-H Chrysanthemum Project: The award-winning Mums Project combines the skills of growing plants with the knowledge of how to account for, market and sell a “product.” Youth ages 10-15 will receive 20 chrysanthemums to grow throughout the summer, learning proper care and propagation for at-home care. The Mums Project consists of four sessions. Youth then have a chance to display and sell their product at the Yorktown Market Days at Riverwalk in September. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this program, please call the York Cooperative Extension Office at 890-4940 to discuss accommodations 10 days prior to the event.

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Pool! All children will be required to sign in and sign out with an adult at the gate/ Adults not required to stay, but welcome and invited if staying with kids.

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