October 22, 2021
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
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Important Voting Reminder!

Aside from regular business hours, the Gloucester Registrar's Office will be open this Saturday, Oct. 23 and next Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for in-person early voting. The last day of in-person early voting is Oct. 30.

For more information, visit
https://www.gloucesterva.info/349/Elections-and-Voter-Registration
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Drug Take Back event to be held Saturday at the Gloucester Walmart

The Gloucester Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be at the Gloucester Walmart on October 23, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. to receive over the counter and/or prescription drugs (expired / unwanted) from the community.

A deputy will collect the medicine from the public and stow it in provided containers, which will later be turned over to the area DEA Office for destruction.

This is an annual event wherein GCSO partners with the DEA’s “Drug Take Back Initiative” to help prevent improper disposal of medications at home. The GCSO encourages you to bring your expired or unwanted medications to this event so they can be disposed of appropriately.
Beaverdam's Haunted Trail Returns Oct. 30

Join the Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for one frightful night only, Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Beaverdam Park.

  • Tickets are $10 per person
  • Onsite ticket sales are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Advance ticket purchase recommended by visiting gloucesterva.info/civicrec
  • Groups start disappearing into the woods at 7 p.m.
  • ALL GO IN, MOST COME OUT.... 

CERT Training Scheduled for Nov. 6-7

Are you prepared? Do you want to help your Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex community in an emergency?
The C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

C.E.R.T. members are NOT first responders but offer support in our communities. The C.E.R.T. team is a group of community volunteers that learn to: Manage utilities and put out small fires, provide Basic First Aid, learn how to search an area safely, help at local events and more!

C.E.R.T. training is free and will be held November 6-7 in Gloucester. COVID precautions and social distancing will be in effect. Space is limited. Teens are welcome.

For more information or to register, email em@gloucesterva.info , visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/398/CERT-Training or call 804-693-1390. 
Parks, Recreation & Tourism News for the Week of Oct. 21

CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY PARADE GRAND MARSHAL NOMINATIONS
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Christmas and Holiday Parade Grand Marshal. Nominations should include a letter of nomination, a few paragraphs about why your nominee should be chosen and any lists of organizations or activities that your nominee has been associated with. Additional letters from others endorsing your nominee are also helpful. All nominations should be sent to Parks, Recreation & Tourism, 6382 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061, by Monday, November 8.

YOGA
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Yoga classes. Chair Yoga on Mondays and Fridays will be held in the Stewart Building Program Room. Just Breathe Yoga on Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 pm is also in the Stewart Building. Free Flow Yoga on Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. is at the Whitcomb Lodge. Senior Floor Yoga meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am-Noon in the Stewart Building.  All classes register monthly @ $8 per day or single day classes are available for $9 per day. The deadline to register is four days before class.

ZUMBA
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Zumba on Mondays and Wednesdays at Abingdon from 6:45-7:45 p.m. The monthly fee is $42 for the full 7 classes or $7 per day for individual classes. The deadline to register is October 28.

HALLOWEEN BINGO
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Halloween Bingo for ages 9-11 on Sunday, October 31 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the PRT Office. The fee is $10 per child and the deadline to register is October 24.

CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY PARADE REGISTRATION
Parks, Recreation & Tourism has opened registration for the Christmas and Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 4 at 3 p.m. on Main Street. The registration fees are: Businesses - $20, Non-profits - $10, Schools and County Government entries are free. The deadline to register is November 14 or when we have 60 entries. Visit www.gloucesterva.info/civicrec to register.

EXERCISE
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Senior Exercise Classes on Mondays and Fridays from 9:15-10:15 am in the Stewart Building. Get moving, using weights and stretches to get or keep the body strong and healthy. Sign up for the whole month for $8 per day or for individual days for $9 per day. Registration deadline is 4 days prior to class.

Remember pre-registration is required for all activities. For more information on these and other activities call PRT at 804-693-2355, email prt@gloucesterva.info or stop by the office at 6382 Main Street. For online registration visit https://gloucesterva.info/civicrec.

Gloucester County Continues to Ask for Citizen input for Multimodal Transportation Study

Throughout the months of October and November, Gloucester County is conducting a Multimodal Transportation Study focused on safe places to walk, bike, and access transit throughout the County. Over the coming months, the County will work to engage local residents and visitors to provide important input for the study.


COMMUNITY EVENTS
Main Street Trick or Treat Returns to the Village

The Main Street Trick or Treat Gloucester Village is scheduled for Sunday, October 31st from 5-8 p.m.

This fun, free event is being hosted by Gloucester Main Street Association, Main Street Preservation Trust and the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office.

Main Street will be closed from the Historic Court Circle to Edgehill Shopping Center, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for all thru traffic. Residents and emergency vehicles will be allowed access.

For any questions, or if your business or organization would like to participate, please email Director@GloucesterVillage.com.

First Timberneck Turkey Trot Scheduled for Nov. 20

Join the Fairfield Foundation for the first annual Timberneck Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk Fundraiser on Nov. 20, hosted by the Fairfield Foundation. 

Run or walk this scenic, flat, paved 3.1-mile loop course at Machicomoco State Park in Gloucester, Virginia. Water will be available at the start/finish line, as well as as the halfway point of the race route. Public restrooms will also be available near the race finish. 

All race proceeds help fund the restoration of the Timberneck House, the c.1800 Catlett family home overlooking the York River in Machicomoco State Park. The Timberneck House is undergoing renovation to become a place for learning, lodging, and exploring Virginia's Middle Peninsula. Be one of the first to contribute to the renovation campaign by registering for the Timberneck Turkey Trot! To learn more about the project, visit https://fairfieldfoundation.org/timberneck/

Race will be limited to 100 participants, so sign up early! Online registration only, no race day registration will be available. Registration cost includes the $5 state park entrance fee. All registrants will get a race t-shirt and swag bag. Medals will be awarded after the race for overall top finishers as well as top finishers in specific age categories. Registration fee required for participants 16 and older; children under 16 may race for free but will not get race shirt unless purchased separately (email anna@fairfieldfoundation.org to order). 

Check-in and shirt pick-up will be from 7:45-8:50 am before the race start. 

Stick around after the race to watch the medal ceremony, eat snacks, and enjoy the beautiful setting of the Timberneck House and Machicomoco State Park! 
Gloucester County is recruiting for a number of positions!

For more information, to apply, and review full job descriptions, please visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities
Have a community event coming up? Consider listing it in The Bee Line Events Calendar!

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