Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Shady Area Rain Gardens topic of New Quarter Park program
May 1, 2013


     Visit New Quarter Park on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. and learn how a unique rain garden was built to capture runoff in a shady area. The program will be presented by Jeanne Millin, Virginia Master Gardener, Tree Steward, Water Steward, and Virginia Master Naturalist. 
     Jeanne will lead visitors to the Rain Garden on the park's Teaching Garden Trail, which has been developed with a variety of native plants that grow well in the dappled shade and are heat and drought tolerant. She will explain how the rain garden was constructed by several local groups and volunteers with native plants (lists of plants will be available). The rain garden calms and filters  stormwater runoff from the parking lot while taking advantage of the natural slope and not damaging tree roots. Participants are invited to explore the demonstration garden and ask questions about building rain gardens on their property for similar beautiful and environmentally sensitive results.
     New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, please call Parks and Recreation at 890-3500.

Enjoy Activities in the Dark at New Quarter Park on May 18
May 1, 2013


     Get outdoors to take a closer look at nighttime creatures and features at New Quarter Park on Saturday, May 18, from 8 to 11 p.m.  Begin by following Virginia Master Naturalists, Historic Rivers Chapter, to the white sheets and black lights they will set up in the picnic shelter area to attract spiders, moths, beetles and all sorts of bugs.  From 8 to 10 p.m., visitors may bring headlamps, flashlights, cameras and magnifying glasses to get a special looks at these creatures of the night.  There will be three or four observing stations where Master Naturalists will use insect guides to help with identification and explain the anatomy, physiology, and interactive role of bugs with other living things.
     From 9 to 11 p.m., NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers astronomy club members invite the public to view the moon, Saturn, and M13 (a globular star cluster) through their telescopes.  See far into the night and learn more from the astronomers.  Early bird arrivals are welcome beginning at 8:30, before the sky is fully dark, when they can talk to the astronomers about their telescopes while they set up.  If you have them, consider bringing with you high-quality binoculars since the Moon can also be viewed well through them.
     Please dim your vehicle lights when approaching the skywatching area.
     New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood.  For more information, please call Parks and Recreation at 890-3500.

Yorktown Market Days launches season May 11 with Fitness Market
May 1, 2013


     The 7th Annual Yorktown Market Days season kicks off next Saturday, May 11, along the Yorktown waterfront at Riverwalk Landing between Buckner and Ballard Streets. 
     The market will operate weekly on Saturdays through Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to noon.  Following the close of the weekly market season, markets will be held on October 12, November 9 and December 14, with extended hours in October from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and November and December from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     The market is free and features seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, eggs, poultry, beef and pork; fresh breads, cheeses, baked goods, peanuts, cut flowers, organic and gluten free products, potted plants, coffee, jams and jellies; quality art and live musical entertainment. 
     The market hosts more than 35 local farmers, producers and vendors throughout the season with a variety of homegrown favorites.  The market also hosts over 20 local artists this season, with four to seven featured artists appearing each week.  Throughout the summer, the market will feature a variety of entertainment.  Confirmed market vendors, entertainment and artists for the 2013 season can be found online at
     The Fifes and Drums of York Town will kick off the first market of the season with a performance, followed by entertainment at 9 a.m. with music by Susan & Lloyd who will entertain guests with their repertoire of folk and Americana music. 
     For the opening market, York County Parks and Recreation will host the 3rd Annual Fitness and Health Market, a program to support improving the quality of life for residents by educating citizens about the importance of healthy living and highlighting tools available to make healthy lifestyle choices.
     Shop the market and make your way to the fitness section and enjoy demonstrations, information, exercise classes, free giveaways, numerous vendors, and health screenings such as spine/posture screenings, blood pressure and body composition, and free giveaways all tying in with the farmers market. Other exhibits will include Segway demonstrations, Disc Golf, Kayaking display and overall health and wellness education.   Free document shredding will be provided by Stealth Shredding in the York Hall parking area.  Staples, paper clips, binder clips don't have to be removed.  CD's and Floppy Discs are also allowed.
     Participating exhibitors include:  York County Parks and Recreation, Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center, Riverside Health System/Cancer Services, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Yorktown Boys & Girls Club, NASA Langley Exchange Skywatchers Astronomy Club, York County Beautification/Mosquito Control, Home Helpers & Direct Link, American Family Fitness Williamsburg, Charney Chiropractic Back Rehab & Wellness, Victory Family YMCA, Live the Lifestyle Health & Weight Loss Program, Colonial Harbor Retirement Community, Walgreens, Chesapeake Experience, Disc Golf Club, York County Library, Bay Country Kayaking and Patriot Tours & Provisions.
     Don't miss the healthy cooking demonstrations provided by Vintner's Cellar of Yorktown at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. featuring a scrumptious Strawberry & Avocado Salsa.  Additional activities include solar viewing and grow your own vegetable garden demonstrations.
      The tentative class demonstration schedule is:
9 a.m.        Zumba demonstration with Stacey Zebrowski - Performance Stage
9:30 a.m.   Beginner Yoga demonstration with Nancy Geary - Performance Stage
                  Action Arts Academy – Lawn in front of Fountain
10 a.m.      Line Dancing with Good Time Dancers – Lawn in front of Fountain
                 Margie Williams Dance Studio – Performance Stage
10:30 a.m.  Body Recall with Domenica Jernigan and Company – Performance Stage
                  Beginner Yoga with Nancy Geary – Lawn in front of Fountain
11 a.m.      Zumba demonstration with Stacey Zebrowski – Lawn in front of Fountain
                 Action Arts Academy – Performance Stage
11:30 a.m. Colonial Shag Club demonstration – Water Street

     Free parking will be available at the market in several public parking areas throughout Historic Yorktown.  The free Yorktown trolley runs daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours of 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.  
     No rain dates are scheduled for the Market Days or Fitness Market.  In the event of inclement weather, please call the Yorktown events weather hotline at 890-3520 for updates.  For more information, please visit
     Yorktown Market Days is presented by York County and the Riverwalk Landing Business Association.

What's Happening @ Your Library in May
May 1, 2013


     The York County Public Library offers a wide variety of programs, activities and fun for all ages during May. All programs are free and open to the public.

Programs for Youth:
     Teens, ages 13-18, are invited to the Teen Book Club meeting on May 16.  Read and bring your favorite book with a trials and tribulations theme.  Teen Book Club meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tabb Library Youth Services Activity Room.
     Children, ages 6 to 12, are invited to read to a certified pet therapy dog during our monthly Paws to Read program on Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. in the Tabb Library meeting room.  Reading to dogs is fun, and these dogs are great listeners.  A signed parental permission slip is required.
     Join us for story hours at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries.  Children ages 6 to 14 months will enjoy Tiny Tales; Toddler Tales is for ages 15 to 30 months; and Preschool Story Time is for children ages 2½ to 5.  The story hour schedule is available on the library's website,  The current session of Tiny Tales, Toddler Tales and Preschool Story Time runs through May 30.  Registration is ongoing.

Programs for Adults:
     The Tabb Library is hosting a series of six adult education programs, "Create the Life You Want," from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month through October.  Online registration is available through the "Event Calendar" link on the library's website, On May 11, the program will focus on energy leadership. You will learn strategies to decrease the catabolic energy and increase the anabolic energy in your life.
     The Yorktown Book Club will discuss "So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading" by Sara Nelson at its meeting on May 28.  This adult book discussion group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Yorktown Library.  The group is pleased to announce that Anne Busé, owner of Blue Crab Books, will speak during the May meeting.  Busé is a Tidewater native who has spent the past 25 years in various roles as a hospital and high school librarian and now serves as a college reference librarian.  She will discuss the used book business, online book sales, eReaders and the future of books.  The public is invited to attend. Please call the Yorktown Library at 890-5207 to reserve your seat.

Programs for All Ages:
     The Friends of the Library is having its Spring Book Sale on May 17-19 in the Tabb Library meeting room.  On Friday, May 17, the sale is open from 3 to 7 p.m. to members of the York County Friends of the Library.  Nonmembers are welcome to join at the door.  The sale is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.  A variety of books, DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes for all ages is available.  Highlights of the sale include a collection of music and movies of India and a collection of foreign language books and media.
     For more information, visit our website at or contact the Tabb Library at 890-5120 or the Yorktown Library at 890-5207.  Visit the Tabb Library at 100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown, VA 23693 or the Yorktown Library at 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692.  Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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