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News Briefs for Sept. 14

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Catch up on news and notes in brief from in and around the Historic Triangle.

James City County Fall 2023 Activity Brochure Available

The Fall edition of Destination Recreation features a wide variety of adventures to celebrate the cooler temperatures in James City County.

This issue takes a closer look at pet-friendly year-round offerings and amenities. Fall programming also includes a new Learn-to-Swim initiative, outdoor adventures, a new financial planning series, Winter Break programs and a wide range of health and wellness classes and workshops including a new cancer fitness and wellness series.

More than 20 special events are being offered — check out the fall brochure for the full schedule of programs available.

AAA To Host CarFit Event at Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center

AAA will be hosting CarFit, a free, interactive, and educational program designed to improve driver safety on Thursday Sept. 14 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 100 Emancipation Drive in Hampton

Trained technicians will provide information to ensure the safest “fit” for older drivers and their vehicles. Contact AAA to schedule a free CarFit appointment at 757-233-3833.

James City County Seeks Input to Guide County’s 2025 Child and Family Services Plan

James City County is conducting a Community Needs Assessment for funding from the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program. PSSF is a federal program aimed at preventing child maltreatment, enabling children to remain safely with their families, and ensuring permanency for children in foster care.

The survey is open to James City County residents caring for a child under the age of 18 and child/family service providers. The survey can be found online and the deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 31.

Data collected from the survey will guide the County’s 2025 Child and Family Services Plan, which is to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Social Services for review by January 2024.

For more information, visit the website or call 757-259-3194.

Mobilize Recovery – Williamsburg Event Open to Entire Community

The Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals, in partnership with The Farley Center of Williamsburg will host Mobilize Recovery-Williamsburg on Saturday, Sept. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at New Quarter Park on Lakeshead Drive, Williamsburg.

The event is part of Mobilize Recovery, a nationwide annual experience that brings participants together to build capacity for organized community engagement for people in recovery, family members, and recovery allies. Its mission is to expand policy to support recovery, create connections to supportive services that are vital and lifesaving, and to engage affected individuals in meaningful action.

The Williamsburg event is free and will include a barbecue, a cornhole tournament, a Kidz Zone, a Yorktown firetruck, and a health expo with more than a dozen vendors offering free screenings, prizes, give-away merchandise, chair massages, health surveys and more.

For more information and to resister for the event, visit vaaddictionpros.org/event/mrw/

NFL Retirees to Attend Second Men’s Health Fair at Hampton University’s Cancer Treatment Center

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) will welcome New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer quarterback and Hampton Roads native Aaron Brooks to its panel of NFL Retirees for the second annual Prostate Cancer and Men’s Health Awareness Fair on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.

With September being Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, HUPTI’s free event aims to provide the Hampton Roads community with information regarding prostate cancer, general health and self-care.

In collaboration with the Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum (HRPHF) and Sentara, early-detection exams and checks for men at risk for prostate cancer (PSA tests and DRE exams) will be conducted. SightForever, the community outreach mobile eyecare program provided by the Wagner Kapoor Institute, will be offering comprehensive eyecare services, and Hampton University’s School of Pharmacy and Nursing will also provide general health education.

Brooks, an accomplished player for the New Orleans Saints and the University of Virginia, will attend the event to meet and greet fans and speak in a panel discussion about taking care of his health after his career with the NFL alongside fellow retired players and returning panelists, Bruce Smith, Wali Rainer, Dion Foxx and Billy McMullen.

For more information, please visit huptimenshealthfair.com.

Williamsburg Realtors Fall Yard Sale & Bazaar

Williamsburg Realtors is inviting bargain hunters, treasure seekers, and the public to its Fall Yard Sale & Bazaar on Sept. 23 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Williamsburg Realtors office, 5000 New Point Road in Williamsburg.

Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity, with a mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope for hardworking families in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg, plus the counties of Charles City, James City, New Kent and York.

Shop local artisans, find hidden gems, and enjoy fall-inspired treats and refreshments. The event also offers exciting games and activities for family fun.

Williamsburg Realtors is seeking interested vendors, the cost is $40 per 10-foot by 10-foot space. Those interested should contact darragh@waarealtor.com or call 757-253-0028.

Rain date is Sept. 30.

Virginia ABC Launches Text Notifications for Limited Availability Drops

Virginians have a new option to learn when high-demand bourbons and other spirits are available for sale. On Sept. 12, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) introduced text notifications for limited availability product drops.

Customers can sign up for drop notifications by texting the keyword DROPS to 80424. Users will have to attest they are 21 years of age or older.

Spirited Virginia email notifications for limited availability product drops will continue, however, beginning Oct. 15, the will no longer be posted to Spirited Virginia’s social media platforms.

Virginia ABC instituted the drop system in April 2022 to create an equitable system for distributing dozens of spirits — predominantly bourbon — for which demand exceeded supply. While stores receive limited availability products during normal shipments, these are not available for purchase until the drop notifications are distributed.

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