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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | September 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Plan a Visit to Great Neck Park
 
Great Neck GazeboLocated along the banks of the Lynnhaven Bay, adjacent to Great Neck Recreation Center, Great Neck Park is the perfect place to view beautiful fall foliage while enjoying the great outdoors.
 
Have kids? Our young park guests will love the new playground where they can swing, climb, slide and play on a soft rubber surface. Check out some photos of the new playground!
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The park also features multiple large and small picnic shelters with tables and grills, basketball courts, baseball fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, walking trails and a large gazebo overlooking the water, pictured above.
 
Take a look at an aerial view of the park to see where the amenities are located.
Get Creative with Pottery, Ceramics & Mosaics 
 
Painting PotteryCreate custom holiday gifts or make your own keepsakes in one of our pottery, ceramics or mosaics classes this Fall. From preschoolers to adults, classes are available for all ages with no experience needed. Learn the techniques and walk away with finished pieces.
 
Click on class titles to view dates and times offered. All classes are held at the Pottery and Ceramics Studio located at 2289 Lynnhaven Parkway, near Salem High School. A recreation center membership is not required.
 

Age 16 & up

Fun with Ceramics: Learn all aspects of pouring molds, cleaning greenware, clay carving and brushstroke techniques using acrylic paints, underglazes, glazes and overglazes.

 

Mosaics: Learn glass cutting and begin a design from window hangings to framed mirrors, terra cotta pots or bird houses.

Pottery Beginner and Beyond: Explore both handbuilding and wheel throwing.

Age 12-15

Pottery for Beginners: Just for teens! Learn the craft of handbuilding.

 

Age 6-11

Pottery for Beginners: Children learn handbuilding techniques.

 

Age 4-5

Pottery Clay Preschooler & Parent: Build & create with your child!

Attend the Stumpy Lake Overlook Ribbon Cutting 
Thursday, October 7 at 2 pm | Entrance of Natural Area, South of Elbow & Indian River Roads 
  Stumpy Lake Overlook

We'd love to show you what we've been working on in this beautiful area of our City. Attend the Stumpy Lake Natural Area Overlook Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, October 7 at 2 pm at the entrance of the Natural Area walkway, south of the intersection at Elbow & Indian River Roads in Virginia Beach.

 

Utilizing the Open Space Acquisition Program, the City purchased the 1,400-acre property known as Stumpy Lake, located along the south central City boundary near Chesapeake in 2001. Acquired to preserve its natural character, Stumpy Lake currently consists of a 278-acre lake, with approximately 970+ acres of undeveloped, forested land surrounding the lake. There is an existing nature trail through a wooded area in the northwest portion of the site that is open for use between dawn and dusk. As a valuable aesthetic resource, the Stumpy Lake Natural Area Overlook provides an opportunity for passive recreational uses, such as hiking and birdwatching. We're also working on designing a canoe launch and parking area at the northwest corner of the lake, near the trail head.

 
Get Fit Virginia Beach!
Saturday, October 16 from 9-11 am | Mount Trashmore Park
 
KickboxingRejuvenate your exercise routine with this FREE outdoor fitness event! Experience Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's different fitness offerings and fend off that inevitable holiday weight by taking advantage of free fitness classes in the park! Come dressed for a workout and just bring a towel and water. Classes run from 9-11 am and include:
  • Beaming™
  • Boot Camp
  • Kickboxing
  • Kettlebells
  • Martial Arts
  • TRX®
  • Zumba®
Health and fitness vendors will be on site providing participants with tips and resources to pursue healthy, active lifestyles from 8:30-11:30 am. The Health Department will also be on site providing free flu shots.
 
Welcome the Season at Fall Festival
Saturday, October 23 from 11 am to 2 pm | Mount Trashmore Park
 
Fall FestivalJoin us at Mount Trashmore Park to welcome the fall season and enjoy the fun at Fall Festival!

Bouncy inflatables, entertaining games, costumed characters, giveaways, food and more - we've got something for the entire family. Be sure to check out the antique tractors, fire education exhibits, interactive crafts and the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Outdoor Wildlife Exhibit. Pose for a free character sketch by Denise Holden and get your face painted by "Buttar Cups." Enjoy musical entertainment from the stage and a juggling performance by Tim Nolan at 1 pm.

October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stop by and check out the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® booth for information on early detection and how you can get involved in their global movement.

Free admission and free onsite parking!
 

Become a Vendor at Santa's Stocking Craft Bazaar

 
Santa's StockingHere's your chance to participate in the 32nd Annual Santa's Stocking Old-Fashioned Craft Bazaar. An average of 5,000 shoppers per weekend show up for unique, hand-crafted items to purchase as holiday gifts or just to keep for themselves!

This cherished Virginia Beach event will be held on two different weekends, with different vendors each weekend: November 6 & 7 and November 20 & 21. Hours for both weekends are Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm.

Vendor applications are available and will be accepted until October 25 on a space available basis. Applicants can only participate during one weekend of Santa's Stocking and items for sale must be handcrafted by the applicant. Vendor fee is $125. Admission for shoppers is free.
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
 
The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through May 2011 for renovations.
 
The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed through September 27 for replacement of the underwater lights.
 
The pool at Seatack Recreation Center will be closed October 4-20 for replacement of the underwater lights.
 
Bayside Recreation Center will be closed October 11-17 for maintenance. The pool will remain closed through October 19.
 
Don't forget that your membership is good at all six recreation centers!  If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center.  Use this locator to help you find one!

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.

We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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