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Youth Programs Newsletter | June 2009 |
Family-Friendly, AFFORDABLE Fun! 
Looking for family activities that won't break the bank?  Parks and Recreation is offering plenty of low-cost and no-cost programs and activities all summer long!  Check out some of what's coming up:
Movie Night: "Bee Movie" - Friday, June 19th at 7:30 pm at Mount Trashmore Park
Our movie night series kicks off with the DreamWorks animated comedy that will change everything you thought you knew about bees.  Activities start at 7:30 pm and the movie begins at dusk.  Free admission and on-site parking available.  More

Safety Day - Saturday, June 20th from 10 am-12 noon at Bow Creek Recreation Center
Head out to Bow Creek to meet local fire, rescue and police personnel. Enjoy games and check out rescue equipment. No additional costMore
Float-a-Rama - Sunday, June 21st from 1 - 4 pm at Great Neck Recreation Center 
Featuring shallow water and deep water floats. It's an afternoon of so much fun; it takes up the whole pool!  Membership card or day pass required; no additional costMore
Indoor Play Structures Coming Soon
Play Structure
New indoor play structures are coming to several Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and will be ready for use in July.  The structures are currently in the construction phase at Great Neck and Bayside and will soon be under construction at Princess Anne.  Features include a Super Spiral Slide, Fun Forest, Wobble Hopper, Rope Suspension Bridge and more!  The structures, designed and manufactured by Soft Play, are being installed in the youth game rooms.
Take Your Daughter to the Course Week
July 6th-12th at Municipal Golf Courses
Take Your Daughter to the Course Week will be featured at Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake Golf Courses from July 6th-12th.  Share your favorite sport with your favorite girl and she'll receive a free round when accompanied by you or another paying adult.  Each course is also offering one free clinic as listed below.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
Full Swing Clinic at Bow Creek from 5-6 pm on July 7th
Short Game Clinic at Kempsville Greens from 5-6 pm on July 9th
Rules and Putting Clinic at Red Wing Lake from 5-6 pm on July 10th
Would your daughter like to be more involved in the sport of golf?  Sign her up for the Girl's Golf Club at Red Wing Lake Golf Course.  Girls of all skill levels, ages 7-17, meet each Friday from 4:30-6 pm to learn to play golf, improve their golf skills, make friends and participate in golf competition. Each class is $10.  Register by contacting instructor Sue Vreeland, LPGA Teaching Professional, at 724-2466 or
Celebrate July 4th at Mount Trashmore Park
July 4 LogoCelebrate America's independence with your family and friends at Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation's Annual July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore Park! 
Free children's activities and games including karaoke for kids, face painting and bouncing inflatables will be at Shelter #3 beginning at 5 pm.  Enjoy live music from Bull City Syndicate, a horn band out of Raleigh, NC, on the main stage at 6 and 8 pm.  Our booming fireworks display will begin at 9:30 pm.
While you're there, sink your teeth into some of the best festival foods, including: hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sandwiches, chicken pitas, Italian sausages, and more!
This event has free admission and limited onsite parking will be available - $5 per car.
Additional event information
Outstanding Youth and Adults Recognized
Virginia Beach's Best All Around Award event, sponsored by the Youth Opportunities Team and Parks & Recreation, was held at Landstown High School May 31st and honored 124 deserving individuals. The Best All Around is based on the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets and bestowed on youth who stand out for their leadership, community involvement, positive influence and courage in overcoming adversity and adults who intentionally and consistently build assets in their work with youth.

Ms. Judy McReynolds, Volunteer Coordinator and Executive Director of the Friends of the Juvenile Court, was honored with the 2009 C. William Boyce Youth Development Award. One of the comments submitted by Ms. McReynolds' nominee was "Judy comes to work every day with the intent of making a difference in a child's life..."  Great job, Judy!

Until next year, we want to encourage everyone to intentionally and consistently build developmental assets in their work with children and teens.

Youth Football and Volleyball Registration Approaching  
football playerOrganized athletics are offered through the City-Wide Athletic Office in conjunction with volunteer Recreation Associations for youth 10 years old through 18 years old and attending K-12 schools.  Youth football and volleyball registration will take place on July 11th and 18th.  Sites and times will be posted two weeks prior to the start of registration on  Practice will begin in August and games begin in September.  Recreation Associations will charge a player registration fee and the sports offered vary by area. 
Don't know which Recreation Association you belong to?  Find it here.
Out-of-School Time Policy Change
Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, all Out-of-School Time school year participants will be provided a recreation center membership which can be used at any of our 6 community recreation centers.

Why? We want to make it easier for children to lead a healthy lifestyle and want to show our commitment to their physical fitness and well being.

How will this work? These memberships will be valid September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010. If your child's membership will expire before September 1, 2009, you may wish to renew at the 6-month rate.

Registration for the 2009-2010 Out-of-School Time programs starts Saturday, July 11, 2009.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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