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Parks & Recreation Newsletter | March 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
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CatalogRegistration for Spring classes and programs is available NOW! Check out the Spring Programs & Activities Catalog to see what's happening in the coming months. You can register online via EZreg or stop by any recreation center.


You'll also find all of our youth summer camp information in this catalog. We are currently accepting registration for recreation center-based camps' whole summer option through 10 pm tonight. Register for all 10 weeks of camp with one barcode! Registration for individual weeks of camp begins March 26. School-based camp registration begins April 9.

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Yoshino Cherry Trees Coming to Mount Trashmore 

Friday, March 25 at 4 pm at Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive 


Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, the Japan Education Culture Center, Inc. (JECC), and the Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach will host a tree planting ceremony tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Mount Trashmore Park. The planting ceremony of 50 Yoshino cherry trees will pay tribute to the goodwill and friendship between the United States and Japan. The ceremony will also honor Virginia Beach's sister city Miyazaki, Japan, and encourage hopes and prayers for international peace and harmony.

The cherry trees were funded by JECC, Hanshi Takemichi Kuwahara, president of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, which is Japan's premier martial art society of Kyoto, Japan.

Join Us for the 7th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 2 from 11 am to 3 pm at Red Wing Park, 1398 General Booth Blvd 


Japanese GardenCelebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 7th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Embrace peace and goodwill during cherry blossom season and enjoy the beautiful gardens at Red Wing Park while exploring the rich culture and beauty of Japan through music, martial arts, cultural activities and demonstrations. Many local middle & high school student clubs will be performing in this year's event. View the event program for a complete schedule of performances.

Admission to the event is free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. In the event of inclement weather conditions, the event will be postponed until Sunday, April 3, at the same time and place.


Disaster Relief: Because of the City of Virginia Beach's sister city relationship with Miyazaki City, this year's event will honor the survivors and victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan and will be dedicated to the thousands who perished.

The Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach along with Japan Education Culture Center Inc., both 501 (c)(3) charitable organizations, will be conducting a fundraising campaign for relief efforts for the survivors of this disaster. This fundraiser is also being coordinated with the sister cities groups and volunteer organizations in Miyazaki. Due to the urgency and immediacy of the crisis, only financial donations will be accepted.

If you are unable to attend the Cherry Blossom festivities, but would still like to send a donation, click here.


All donations collected will get to the victims for their basic necessities in Sendai city and nearby towns and villages through their municipal government offices in Japan.


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Input Needed for Skate Park Design 

Thursday, April 7 from 6 to 8 pm at Diamond Springs Elementary, 5225 Learning Circle


SkateboardingWe're hosting a workshop to gain input on the design elements of the new Williams Farm Skate Park, which is part of the Williams Farm Recreation Center & Park project in the western Bayside area of the City.


The skate park will be approximately 20,000 square feet, in-ground concrete with urban street plaza elements like steps and rails. Plans also include a vert ramp/bowl component and a flow park. If you skate or know others who may be interested, help us spread the word and attend this workshop!


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You'll Be Seeing Stars at the Mount Trashmore Star Party 

Friday, April 15 Beginning at Dark at Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive


Star PartyTake your stargazing to Mount Trashmore Park on April 15 for the 3rd Annual Star Party! Come and observe night sky wonders through a variety of telescopes or bring your own! Learn to identify constellations in the sky as they are pointed out by planetarium coordinator Chuck Dibbs and the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers.


Experience ViewSpace! A tent will be setup for this internet-fed, self-updating, permanent exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.


April Sights: Waxing gibbous moon, the rings of Saturn and star clusters. Event dependent on clear skies.


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Experience Native American Culture  

Saturday, April 23 from 11 am to 6 pm at Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive


Pow WowCome out to Mount Trashmore Park on Saturday, April 23 for the 11th Annual American Indian Pow Wow: A Celebration of Life for all People. Experience Native American culture as it is showcased through spirited music, intertribal dancing and drumming, and American Indian cuisine at this interactive and educational event.


Learn about various dances and regalia worn while taking the opportunity to participate in intertribal dancing. (Due to the nature of the American Indian Pow Wow, no pets are allowed in the event area.) There will be displays and sales of authentic and Indian-inspired arts and crafts, and educational displays of American Indian artifacts. New this year is an exhibit of live, local animals with ties to the Native American culture. American Indian foods as well as other festival foods will be available for purchase. 


The event opens to the public at 11 am for educational and craft displays/sales. The grand entry will take place at noon followed by American Indian drumming, dancing and activities, until the closing ceremony at 5:45 pm. This event is free with ample on-site parking.


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Celebrate Earth Day at Mount Trashmore Park 

Sunday, May 1 from 11 am to 4 pm at Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive


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Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation & Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission invite you to Earth Day 2011 on Sunday, May 1 at Mount Trashmore Park, one of the nation's first recycled landfills.


This family-friendly event invites you to celebrate your commitment to bettering the environment. Refresh your approach to making our world a healthier place with various exhibits, displays and activities that will give you a chance to discover and explore effective and convenient ways to green your lifestyle.


Some highlights for this year's event feature:


eCycling by Synergy & Document Shredding by CINTAS (9 am - 3 pm) | Take this opportunity to safely dispose of confidential waste paper (up to 5 boxes), unwanted home electronics and computer equipment - FREE! Need to know what items will be accepted for electronic recycling? View a list here! 


Dumpster Dive Demonstration | Project Green Teens will sift through trash and debris in a park dumpster to find items that could have been recycled. Additional teen participants needed!


Bicycling Activities | Travel green on your bike to the event and receive a free gift (first 100 only) at the free Bike Valet; also free Bike Safety Check.


Mayor's Bike Ride (1:30 pm) | Mayor Will Sessoms invites you to bike around Lake Trashmore with him and Parks & Recreation Director Cindy Curtis.  


Buy Earth Day Gear! | From shirts to water bottles, we've got something for you! Be one of the first 100 people to show up at our information booth with any item purchased at this store and receive a free gift! Start shopping!  


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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Sunday, April 24 for Easter.


The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through Spring 2011 for renovations.


Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach 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 your child requires 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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