You’re invited to the Destination Recreation Expo and Community Center Open House held tomorrow, Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road! Saturday will be a great, one-day, one-stop-shopping opportunity to learn about all the recreational programs and services available to you and your family through Parks and Recreation and its programming partners. Take part in fitness and activity demonstrations, speak with the more than 40 park, recreation, sports and fitness exhibitors on site for the day, and tour the Community Center with a guided host!  The Expo is also a first preview and early sign-up period for summer programs and camps -experience all there is in summer camps, sports classes and leagues, outdoor programs, aquatic programs, Rec Connect, inclusion programs and special events.  After the Expo, you’ll have to wait until April 14 to register for most programs. Representatives from all of the local athletic leagues are scheduled to attend. For more information, visit

Want to hone your cycling skills?  Want to become more confident riding in traffic?

Traffic Skills 101 is designed to make you safe & confident on your bike.

Traffic Skills 101 is designed to make you safe & confident on your bike.

The first full-fledged Traffic Skills 101 course has been scheduled for the Tidewater area on October 23/24.  Traffic Skills 101 is a nine-hour bicycle safety course from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).   A substantial portion of the class is dedicated to on-the-bike skills training.

Stephanie Smith (Williamsburg), Bruce Drees (Virginia Beach) and Thomas White (Norfolk) have been certified by LAB to teach these courses, and the first course will be in Norfolk. For more information, contact Stephanie (stephanie[at]

Our hope is to get this course, or a variation, scheduled in this area in the not-too-distant future, but the demand in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area is really high right now.