As we head into the first week of May, there are plenty of events happening - and there's no shortage of things to do with Mom for Mother's Day weekend.
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Resilience Week (Hosted by York County Parks & Recreation) ✔️- York County (Multiple Locations). In partnership with Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network, York County will host a series of events for people of all ages for Resilience Week. Some of the activities include a resilience workshop, a body renewal event for adults 55+, a sunset kayak tour, a comedy show, yoga and a fun walk. Most events are free or low-cost. See this flyer for details. May 1 - 7.
Resilience Week (Hosted by United Way of the Virginia Peninsula) ✔️- Peninsula (Multiple Locations). The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula is hosting a variety of events to commemorate Resilience Week in Virginia, including the revealing of the Resilience Rock Garden at Freedom Park in James City County. See the website for the full list of upcoming workshops and events. May 1 - 7.
Family to Family Class by NAMI Williamsburg ✔️- Williamsburg House of Mercy in Williamsburg. Family to Family is a series of 8 FREE weekly classes structured to help family members, partners and significant others understand and support individuals living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register here. Classes will be held Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:30 pm, May 4 - June 22.
CAP2CAP Bike Ride 2022 🚲- The CapCenter Cap2Cap, presented by Dominion Energy, is returning for its 17th year and will be held on Friday, May 6th & Saturday, May 7th. Ride the Virginia Capital Trail. A post-ride party will be held at Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsburg on Friday or Dorey Park in Henrico on Saturday. There will be four Rest Stops along the way. Riders will receive a gift bag with a Cap2Cap t-shirt, water bottle, lunch, beverage ticket and more. Cost is $40; proceeds benefit the Capital Trail. Multiple rides and route itineraries are available, and there is also a virtual option.
Newport News Restaurant Week🔪- Newport News is celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week by launching the "Newport News Travel, Tourism & Restaurant Week." Participating restaurants are offering special menus with set pricing. See the list of restaurants and their exclusive, one-week-only menus here. April 30 - May 7.
Plants with a Purpose Honor Box Plant Sale🌷- Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Freedom Park Arboretum in Williamsburg. This event begins on April 23 and ends on May 31. From 7:00 am until sunset, find plants that are beneficial to the local ecosystem and attract pollinators and local wildlife. Pay with cash in the locked drop box on the sale rack or pay online here after the sale begins. Prices are marked on the plants. Sign up for email updates on ongoing plant sales here. The garden and arboretum are also free to visit and open daily during regular park hours, 7:00 am until dusk.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 🎭 - Peninsula Community Theatre in Newport News. See the performance that won a Tony Award for Best Play. This comical show theatrical event tells the story of often-bickering middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, whose movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Masks recommended. April 29 - May 15, Friday & Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm. Standard tickets are $20.
Teen Cooking Kit 🌿- Tabb Library (Yorktown). Teens are invited to stop by the library to pick up a YCPL Teen Cooking kit, starting today. Kits will be available all month, while supplies last. The kit features the spice of the month - sage - along with recipes using that spice.
Pre-Coders 💻- Tabb Library (Yorktown). This four-week-long, screen-free program will dive into the basics of coding. Kids will read stories, play games and play with Code-a-pillars and Hex-bugs to learn about coding. For ages 3-5. Dates: May 5, May 12, May 19 and May 26. Spaces are limited; pre-registration is required.
COLORS Exhibit 🖌️- Stryker Center in Williamsburg. This collaborative show features two longtime friends, photographer Kathy Hornsby and painter Connie Desaulniers, who will share their love of color saturation in their art forms. The exhibit can be viewed weekdays from 9:00 to 5:00 pm through May 27.
Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist 🖌️- Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg. This exhibition includes works by Degas, including drawings, prints, photographs, monotypes, a sculpture and a letter, all from one private collection. The collection is meant to illuminate the background and personality of Edgar Degas and showcase his artistic genius. This exhibit runs through May 29, 2022. Admission is free for Muscarelle Museum of Art members; $10 for non-members. See website for hours.
The Photographer's Guild Exhibit 📷- Williamsburg Library. The Photographer's Guild will be displaying photographs from its members in the Williamsburg Library Gallery. The display will also pay tribute to Norman Rictor, one of the Guild's founders, who passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic. April 4 - May 9.
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival 🍇- Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. This event is the largest spring food and wine festival in Virginia. It features over 100 dishes, wines, cocktails and craft beers from around the globe, including new offerings inspired by Australia and Greece. Live music and entertainment will also take place. April 28 - June 12; see website for times and ticket details.
Intersections🎭- Colonial Williamsburg (in front of Raleigh Tavern). This street theatre experience explores the daily lives of ordinary people in the extraordinary times of the 18th century. Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 29. Free and open to the public. 11:00 - 11:35 am.
WCAC Twentieth Annual High School Student Art Show 🖌️- Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center. See featured artwork from students of Bruton, Jamestown, Lafayette and Warhill High Schools as well as Walsingham Academy at the Twentieth Annual High School Student Art Show. April 27 - May 20. The gallery is free and open to the public Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Afterschool Crafts 🖌️- James City County Library. Monday - Thursday, 4:00-7:00 pm; Friday, 4:00-6:00 pm. This drop-in event features new crafts every week.
Art Show 🖌️- St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Miles Hall (Williamsburg). Artists of the parish will display their talents and works across an array of media. Attendees can also participate in a silent auction of works donated by the artists to help fund summer youth-camp scholarships at Chanco on the James. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be available. No cost at the door; donations are welcome. 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Spring Weekend on Your Wheels 🚲- New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). This youth bike race series will be held on select Sundays, with the next event taking place on May 1. Children will be separated by skill level; parents must attend and helmets are required. Children racing for the first time should ideally arrive at least an hour early to ensure they're placed in the right skill category. $10; register here. 12:45 - 4:00 pm.
Battlefield Tour: Redoubts 9 and 10 💡- Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). This walking tour starts at the British Inner Defenses and then heads to Redoubts 9 and 10. Learn about how the Allies captured both redoubts in less than 30 minutes, ultimately leading to the surrender of the British Army. $10; children under 10 are free. 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Passport Help Desk ✔️- Main Street Library (Newport News). If you need assistance applying for your passport, stop by the Main Street Library's meeting room for help. A passport acceptance agent will walk you through the application and answer questions. 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Live Music: Sunday Sips & Sounds with Chris Ride 🎵- The Virginia Beer Company (Williamsburg). See Chris Ride live. Food by Healthy Eatz Vegetarian Cafe will also be available. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.
Live Music: Lane Rice 🎵- Precarious Beer Hall (Williamsburg). See Lane Rice in a solo acoustic performance at Precarious Beer Hall. Rice is a seasoned songwriter and performer from Newport News. 3:00 pm.
Passport Help Desk ✔️- Main St. Library (Newport News). Need help applying for a passport? Stop by during the "Passport Help Desk" event and get help from a passport acceptance agent. 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Meet Up Mondays ✔️- Main St. Library (Newport News). Adults with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers are invited to attend this event, held on the first Monday of every month. This month's featured activity will include a showing of the movie "Gulliver's Travels." No registration is required. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Sensory Shenanigans💡- Grissom Library (Newport News). Children ages 6-23 months are invited to attend this sensory-based play experience designed to encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills while stimulating the brain. Registration required. 10:30 am.
Family Movie Night 🎥- Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This month's family movie night celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month with a showing of Disney's Moana. 5:00-7:00 pm.
The Art of Origami 🖌️- Grissom Library. Artist Richard Gray will teach participants how to fold paper to create beautiful, seasonal designs. For adults 18+. 6:30 pm.
Social Security: Protecting You From Fraud and Abuse ✔️- Virtual, presented by Williamsburg Regional Library. This virtual information session will discuss scam awareness, elder abuse, identity theft and methods for avoiding Social Security fraud. 10:00 am.
Full STEAM Ahead: Preschool Adventures 🚀- Grissom Library (Newport News). Children ages 2-5 will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math during this interactive five-week series. 11:00 am.
Adult Anime Club 🎥- Grissom Library (Newport News). Watch various anime episodes on Crunchyroll and Funimation at this event, held on the first Tuesday of every month. For adults 18+ only. 5:00 pm.
WhoDunnits: A Mystery Book Club 📖- James City County Library. WhoDunnits is a mystery book club that meets on the first Tuesday of every month. This year's topic is historical mysteries, and the feature title for this month is Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart. 6:30 pm.
AnjiPlayDate 🎲- Grissom Library (Newport News). This unstructured program based upon the Anji Play approach is geared toward children of all ages. Parent or caregiver attendance required. Register online. 10:00 - 11:30 am.
Learning @ the Library Enrichment💡- James City County Library. This program for elementary and middle school students explores a different topic every first and third Wednesday of the month. This week's topic is "Make a 'Steady Hands' wire circuit game" for ages 6+. Registration is required. 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Virtual Reality Meditation 🧘🏽- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Strap on a virtual reality headset and participate in this 45-minute meditation session. For ages 13 through adult. 5:00 - 6:00 pm.
Lifeguard Hiring Event ✔️- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). James City County is in need of lifeguards to staff the county's indoor and outdoor pools. Applicants must be at least 16 and have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification with First Aid, CPR and AED training and complete a swim test. Registration not required; this is a drop-in event. If you're looking for a lifeguard certification or re-certification course, visit the James City County Parks & Recreation website for information about upcoming trainings. 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
New Town Tunes 🎵- Sullivan Square at New Town (Williamsburg). James City County Parks & Recreation, in partnership with CultureFix, presents a spring concert series featuring three tribute bands on three different nights. On May 4, come see RapJack's Grateful Dead Tribute concert. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free. 5:30 pm.
Travel the World with Sister Cities Newport News💡- Main St. Library (Newport News). Sister Cities Newport News has been organizing cultural and citizen exchanges with cities around the world for four decades. Learn about the initiative and how you could travel internationally through the program. Registration is required. 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
Yoga @ Grissom🧘🏽- Grissom Library (Newport News) and Virtual. Instructor Emily Coyner teaches introductory yoga classes every Wednesday evening, no experience required. Spots are limited; all participants must register for either the in-person or virtual classes. 6:00 pm.
Lecture: Murder at Green Springs: The True Story of the Hall Case 🎤- Lee Hall Depot (Newport News). This 1914 railroad crime drama tells the story of Victor Hall, a young railway depot master, who was shot dead just after someone set fire to the business of his competitor. The suspicion surrounding an innocent widow made the case “one of the most famous criminal cases in Virginia.” The author will sell and sign copies of "Murder at Green Springs" following the program. Free and open to the public; donations are welcome. 7:00 pm.
Techniques of Meditation 🧘🏽- James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). All are welcome to this open community meditation practice to explore different styles of meditation techniques. Meditation can benefit your mental, physical and emotional health. For ages 16+. Free. 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
City Center Farmers Market 🚜- City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Find fresh, healthy, farm-to-table foods like produce, beef, jams and local treats at this Farmers Market. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Let's Travel Near and Far! ✈️- Main St. Library (Newport News). 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Kids ages 6-11 are invited to stop by the library for a virtual trip to Poland and Italy for National Tourism Week. Registration required. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
The Art of Paper Quilling 🖌️- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Create beautiful designs on a card using the relaxing technique of rolling paper. For ages 13 through adult. 3:00 pm.
Drones!💡- Grissom Library (Newport News). Pre-teens and teens can put their skills to the test in this drone obstacle course. Registration required. For ages 12-17. 4:30 pm.
SCORE Workshop: How to Start and Manage a Non-Profit Organization ✔️- Williamsburg Library. Learn about important topics like properly registering your nonprofit, what your organization bylaws should specify and if your nonprofit really is a tax-exempt organization. Advanced registration is required. Free. 5:30 pm.
Evening Yoga 🧘🏽- Tabb Library (Yorktown). This event will feature yoga and breathing exercises led by a certified yoga instructor. Bring a yoga mat. Classes are offered the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. For ages 18+; all skill levels. 6:30 pm.
Disney 101 ✔️- Grissom Library (Newport News). If you're hoping to take your family on a vacation to Disney but aren't sure where to start, this event is for you. Expert travel planner Cat Hunt will help you figure out how to get the most out of your vacation without the stress. For adults 18+. 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
Passport Photoshoot ✔️- Main St. Library (Newport News). If you need a photograph for your passport, you can visit the Passport Office to have your photo taken, no appointment is needed. The photo fees is $15.00. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Hampton Roads/Civil War Lecture: Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong 🎤- Mariners Museum (Newport News) and Virtual. Presenter John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, will present a lecture on Samuel Chapman Armstrong. Armstrong, born in Hawaii to Christian missionaries, was a strong abolitionist who joined the U.S Army in 1862. Recognizing the need for better educational opportunities for newly freed African Americans, he established Hampton Normal and Industrial Institute in 1868, today’s Hampton University. Registration is required whether attending in-person or virtually. 12:00 pm.
Chinese Calligraphy Spring Workshop 🖌️- Stryker Center (Williamsburg). This fun craft will feature a short presentation on Chinese spring customs, and then participants will be able to practice calligraphy skills by writing a decorative character to take home. For ages 13 to adult. Seating is limited; sign up in advance. 3:30 pm.
Live Music: Brian Carmona 🎵- Berret's Seafood Taphouse. See Brian Carmona perform live while enjoying a great meal at Berret's. Carmona is a Brooklyn-born artist who now lives in Hampton Roads and performs blues rock with Latin, R&B and funk influences. 3:30 pm.
Become Your Dreams: History of Hip Hop Dance🕺🏿- James City County Library (Williamsburg). Acclaimed hip hop dance ensemble Illstyle & Peace will demonstrate that by focus and perseverance, you can achieve your highest goals. 4:30 - 5:30 pm.
Teen After Hours 🎮- Tabb Library (Yorktown). Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to attend this game night, featuring board games, video games, puzzles and more. Register online. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Yorktown, Ghosts, The Thin Veil Tour and Talk 💡- Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters. Hear historical accounts of ghosts and other experiences passed down through the centuries in Yorktown. 6:00 - 7:00 pm. $10; free for children under 12.
Friday Night Gaming Party 🎮- Virtual, hosted by Newport News Public Library. Chat with Eamon on the gaming platform Twitch as he showcases the library's collection. This program is geared toward adults. See website for Twitch link.
Live Music: Barry Manilow's Wardrobe 🎵- Revolution Golf & Grill. Hear this band play a great selection of Alternative 80s music, including U2 and R.E.M. 7:00 - 10:00 pm.
Dewey Decibel Concerts: Muriel Anderson 🎵- Williamsburg Library Theatre. This live performance will feature Muriel Anderson, a guitarist/harp-guitarist and composer, embracing music from around the world. Her album "Nightlight Daylight" was selected as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine. Tickets are $5 ($4 for Friends of WRL). 7:30 pm.
Birding 101: Birding by Ear💡- College Landing Park (Williamsburg). Meet up with other birding enthusiasts to learn about a series of birding-related topics. This week's discussion will be led by Dean Shostak and Rosemary Ryan from Backyard Birder. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Free. 8:00 - 9:00 am.
Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale at the York Learning Garden 🌷- 301 Goodwin Neck Rd. (Yorktown). Find annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and Yorktown Onions at this plant sale. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own carts, wagons or boxes. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Walk This Way: Williamsburg Walking Club 🚶🏽- James City County Recreation Center Trail. A walking coach will guide participants through the trails of JCC. You'll have fun while making doing something positive to impact your health. For ages 14+. Free. 9:00 am - 10:00 am.
Williamsburg Farmers Market 🚜- Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 parking lot (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Farmers Market is back for the 2022 season! Shop from producers of locally grown produce, baked goods, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, fresh bread, honey and more. Visa, Mastercard, SNAP and W&M express are now accepted. 9:00 am - noon.
Toano Open Air Market 🚜- 7891 Richmond Rd (Toano). Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans, pollinators and a variety of other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended in order to ensure product availability. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Burning of the Socks: Canoe & Kayak Season Kick Off 🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Kick off the paddling season by bringing a pair of natural fiber socks to toss in the flames. It's all part of a tradition borrowed by a Maryland sail enthusiast. Park rangers will then lead a trip along Taskinas Creek. Registration is required. Call the park office for fees and reservations. There's a $5 program fee for those with their own watercraft. 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Annual Children's Festival of Friends 🌷- Newport News Park (Newport News). Families and children of all ages are invited to the 31st Annual Newport News Children's Festival of Friends at Newport News Park. The festival this year will feature over 100 hands-on activities, including inflatables, make-and-take crafts, live entertainment and more. Admission is free; parking is $5. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Avalon Classic & Community Day ⛳- Williamsburg National Golf Club (Williamsburg). The Avalon Center holds an annual golf tournament to benefit the work of the Center each year. This year's event will include a new community day for families and non-golfers. The community day event is free and will feature music, vendors, a bounce house, food trucks and more. Registration is also open for golfers; see website for details. 10:30 am - 5:00 pm.
A Touch of Spring 🌷- City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Take a stroll through City Center while enjoying various vendors, live music and free children's activities. The first 250 women to attend will receive a flowering plant for free. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Open Art Studio 🖌️- James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to drop in and paint, draw and create at the Open Art Studio. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival 🍺- Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Sample dozens of local craft beers, listen to some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads and enjoy some great BBQ. Proceeds benefit the York Foundation for Public Education and Sister Cities Yorktown. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door if available. Buy tickets here. 12:00 - 6:00 pm.
STEAM Saturday: Robot Rumble 🤖- James City County Library (Williamsburg). This celebration of STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts and math - will focus on robotics this month. The Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio will offer various hands-on, children's museum-inspired activities. 1:30 - 4:00 pm.
YCPL Children's and Teen's Book Festival 📖- Tabb Library (outside). Meet local authors and illustrators of children's and teens' books while celebrating Children's Book Week. This event offers a great opportunity to connect with local creators and enjoy a variety of games, activities and crafts. C. Shells, a local children's musical duet, will perform at 1:20 pm and Ben & Jerry's will arrive on-site at 2:00 pm.
We're Celebrating Moms 🌷- Main St. Library (Newport News). Kids ages 3-11 are invited to make a bouquet of flowers and a card for their amazing mom at this event. 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Wrapped Rock Art 🖌️- Grissom Library (Newport News). Learn basketry techniques to create a small work of art that can be gifted to someone. You'll learn to use Japanese weaving techniques on rocks during this creative activity. For adults 18+. 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
Next Chapter Book Club 📖- Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This unique community-based book group is for adolescents and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Attendees will read together and discuss interesting worlds and characters. 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
Crypto 101 💡- Main St. Library (Newport News). Join this lecture by Dr. Sanjib Guha of Christopher Newport University to learn about Bitcoin and other forms of alternative currency. For adults 18+. 3:00 - 4:30 pm.
Live Music: Jeffrey Lewis 🎵- Brass Cannon Brewing Co. (Williamsburg). Jeffrey Lewis Poulson writes and performs music throughout the 757 and beyond. 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
TMDC Presents "This Thing Called Life" 🎭- Kimball Theatre (Williamsburg). TMDC (The Movement Dance Company) presents "This Thing Called Life," which journeys through a teens memories, telling a story of loss, struggle, love, friendship and hope. Masks encouraged. Ages 12+. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids. 7:30 pm.
Art at the River Juried Art Show 🖌️- Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This annual art show will feature work by area artists, including paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, basketry, glass art and more. There will also be live music, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Free. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
2nd Sundays Williamsburg🎵- 205 N. Boundary St (Williamsburg). This art and music street fair features over 115 unique artisans, musicians, street performers and food vendors along 6 blocks. The event is held on the 2nd Sunday of every month, March - December. Free. 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.
COLORS: Meet the Artists 🖌️- Stryker Center in Williamsburg. This collaborative show features two longtime friends, photographer Kathy Hornsby and painter Connie Desaulniers, who will share their love of color saturation in their art forms. Meet the artists on May 8 at their event coinciding with the "Juried Art Show," from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Beanbag Book Club 📖- This 45-minute program features reading, games and fun activities related to an early reader book. All participants will receive a copy of this month's book to keep. Two sessions are available: one at 2:00 pm and one at 3:00 pm. Both sessions are identical. Space is limited; registration is required. 2:00 & 3:00 pm.
Gallery at York Hall - Children's Book Signing 📖- 301 Main St. (Yorktown). Author Maria St. Clair will be signing books at this event. Free admission. 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
Mother's Day Surf & Turf🌷- York River State Park (Williamsburg). Treat Mom to a paddling adventure along the York River. You'll make your way to the Fossil Beach, where you'll search for prehistoric relics. Reservations are required and rental fees must be paid in advance. 2:00 - 5:00 pm.
This week's featured cover image is of the Annual Children's Festival at Newport News Park, courtesy of the City of Newport News.
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