Thursday, March 7, 2013

Learn about bluebirds; free demonstration classes at Senior Center


Learn more about bluebirds at New Quarter Park March 23
March 7, 2013   
            The public is invited to New Quarter Park on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon to learn about the bluebird monitoring program from Historic Triangle region-wide Master Naturalists Lois Ullman and Jan Lockwood. Participants will also learn how to build a nest box and monitor birds in their own backyard. Join us to find out why bluebirds and other cavity nesters are so important to us. Please meet the Master Naturalists in Shelter 1 at the park. In case of inclement weather, the talk will be held nearby at Griffin-Yeates Center, 1490 Government Road.
            In addition to their work as Master Naturalists, Ullman and Lockwood are area coordinators for the Virginia Bluebird Society. Their Historic Rivers Master Naturalists chapter took over monitoring New Quarter Park's bluebird trail in 2009 and the following year the group became involved with collecting data for the Bluebird Society. Over time, other Master Naturalists began forwarding their data from park, neighborhood, and golf course trails to the duo and now Ullman and Lockwood lead the Historic Triangle's efforts to shelter and welcome hundreds of new birds to the world each spring.
            New Quarter Park is located in upper York County between Cheatham Annex and the Queens Lake neighborhood. Follow the Colonial Parkway to the Queens Lake exit and turn right at the bottom of the ramp. Travel a short distance and turn onto Lakeshead Drive. Follow Lakeshead for two miles to the park gate, then one more mile to the parking lot and park office.
For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3513 or New Quarter Park at 890-5840.


Senior Center of York to host free demonstrations in March
March 7, 2013  
The Senior Center of York will host the following free demonstrations this month for adults aged 55 and up:
·         Zumba & Yoga Demonstrations, Thursday, March 21, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Zumba Instructor Melvinia Simon will lead off at 6:30 p.m. showing this fun and upbeat Colombian dance fitness program. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements incorporating such moves as samba, salsa, merenque, mambo and martial arts. The free one-hour yoga demonstration with Instructor Vicki Cooper will take place at 7:30 p.m. the same evening. Yoga exercises help promote relaxation of the mind and body and can also aid in one's balance, strength and flexibility.
  • Herb Gardening Demonstration, Saturday, March 23, 10 to 11 a.m. Want to learn more about how to select, plant and grow herbs? Join us as York/Poquoson Extension Agent Dan Nortman gives an overview and demonstration of herbs common to our area such as basil, rosemary, mint, thyme and lavender. You will also find out more about nutrient requirements and choosing the best pots for your plants.  As a door prize, a lucky participant will win a newly planted pot.   



Please call the Senior Center of York at 898-3807 for more information and to register for any of the above programs. The Center is located at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rte. 17) in the Washington Square Shopping Center in York County's Grafton area.  

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