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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | October 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Celebrate "Lights On Afterschool" Today!

Today we're celebrating the 11th Annual Lights on Afterschool! This national celebration is sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance to call attention to the importance of accessible, affordable and quality afterschool programs.


Virginia Beach has been supporting this project since its inception. This year's celebration will be at Bayside Elementary School from 3:30 - 5:30 pm today, Thursday, October 21. During this open house, we will spotlight our new programming methods, reveal up and coming trends and activities, and recognize the staff and children who serve and benefit from programs like ours. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, contests, competitions, inflatable slides and free hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones will be available. Teachers, administrators, parents, children and the community are encouraged to attend.


Those who are unable to attend the open house at Bayside Elementary School are encouraged to show support for Lights on Afterschool by turning on their porch lights for the day.


For more information about this campaign, please visit AfterschoolAlliance.org/loa.cfm.

Welcome the Season at Fall Festival
Saturday, October 23 from 11 am to 2 pm | Mount Trashmore Park

Fall FestivalVisit Mount Trashmore this Saturday to welcome the fall season and enjoy the fun at Fall Festival! The weather forecast is calling for highs in the upper 60's - perfect for a day at the park!

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.

Free admission and free onsite parking!

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Stay Active with Winter Sports Leagues!


Men's BasketballDon't let the cooler weather slow you down this winter! We offer a variety of winter sports leagues to keep you energized! Registration for men's basketball and coed volleyball takes place November 15-30 at the City-Wide Athletics Office located at 4001 Dam Neck Road. The entry fee for men's basketball is $675/team for A, B, and C leagues, $475 for men's church league and $400 for the Sunday league. New for 2010, we will be offering a 40 & over (slow break) basketball league! Registration is $400/team. The coed volleyball entry fee is $400/team for A, B, C and Duffer divisions.


Coed VolleyballPractices for both sports start December 1 with games scheduled to start the week of January 10. Basketball teams may consist of up to 15 players, while volleyball teams may have up to 12 players. Participants must be 18 years old or out of high school. Basketball and volleyball leagues both have a 60% residency requirement. Men's church basketball waives this requirement if the church is located in Virginia Beach. 40 & over basketball has no residency requirement.


We also offer men's frostbite softball in the winter! Team registration takes place November 1-5 at the City-Wide Athletics Office. Games are played in December and January at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex. Team entry fee is $325/team with a maximum of 20 players on the roster.


For more information, visit VBgov.com/sports, or call the City-Wide Athletics Office at 385-0458.

Attend the Williams Farm Community Celebration
Saturday, October 23 from 2 to 4:30 pm | Williams Farm Park 
Williams Farm Rec Center Rendering
Willams Farm Recreation Center rendering

Join the western Bayside community in celebration of the development of the Williams Farm Recreation Center and Park. The event will begin with a ground breaking ceremony at 2 pm, followed by a free community celebration with inflatables, storytelling, music, children's activities, fitness and dance demonstrations, and more!


Williams Farm Park opened in 2008 and features a large central space for general play and events. Phase II of the park improvements will begin later this fall, and include a 25,000 square foot in-ground concrete skate park, restrooms and concession area, picnic shelters, and walkways to connect with nearby schools and neighborhoods.


The final design and construction of the Williams Farm Recreation Center will also begin later this fall. When the recreation center opens in 2012, the 71,000 square foot facility will feature a gym, large indoor pool, fitness spaces, indoor track, meeting rooms, and an outdoor playground, sprayground (or water play area), and basketball court. The Williams Farm Recreation Center is expected to be a silver LEED certified building, which integrates water quality, sustainable building practices, and operating practices for energy efficiencies.


Williams Farm Park is located at 5252 Learning Circle (between Diamond Springs and Newtown Elementary Schools). Map It!


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Shop Away at Santa's Stocking Old-Fashioned Craft Bazaar
November 6-7 & 20-21 | Sat: 9 am to 5 pm; Sun: 10 am to 4 pm | Kempsville Rec Center

Santa's StockingPut on those comfy shoes and shop among 120 different vendors each weekend selling everything from stocking stuffers to painted artwork and everything in between with items priced for any budget! Shop for gifts or pick something up for yourself and remember that each weekend features different vendors. Also, bring the kids for that classic photo with Santa! Photos with Santa are available on Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm and on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm.

Now in its 32nd year, this annual event offers free admission and parking at Kempsville Recreation Center, located at 800 Monmouth Lane (off Kempsville Road). Map it!

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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through May 2011 for renovations.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, and administrative offices will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day. Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility, Woodstock Park and Mount Trashmore Park will be open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, but all other parks and park facilities will be closed.

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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