Friday, May 3, 2013

Shagging on the Riverwalk concert lineup; Bird Walks at NQP; Voter Registration for June Primary

8th Annual Shagging on the Riverwalk concert lineup announced
May 3, 2013


     York County is excited to offer the 2013 Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series, to be held this summer at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown.  
Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River.  
     This seven-week concert series will feature some of the area's top acts playing beach favorites, oldies, Motown and more.  Start your weekend early this summer, and join us for Shagging on the Riverwalk every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 6 through June 20, and again from July 11 through August 1.  The Colonial Shag Club will again provide shag lessons, demonstrations, club information, and will answer questions related to this popular form of dance.
     Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes, as one of the area's largest outdoor dance floors will give you the opportunity to practice your shagging:  

 June 6   Band of Oz
 June 13  The Embers
 June 20  Atlantic Groove Band
         - - - - - 2 Week Break - - - - -
 July 11  The Rhondels
 July 18  Mark Roberts and Breeze
 July 25  The Main Event Band
 August 1  The Holiday Band

      This series is free and open to the public.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.  Food will be available for purchase.  Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout Yorktown.  Signage directing motorists to parking lots will be in place.
     For more information about Shagging on the Riverwalk or any other events in York County, call the York County Parks and Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit Event Weather Hotline: 890-3520.  This event is sponsored by York County.

Bill Williams to lead two Bird Walks at New Quarter Park in May
May 3, 2013


     Learn more about birds during Bird Walks led by Bill Williams on Saturday, May 11, from 8 to 10 a.m., and Saturday, May 25, from 7 to 9 a.m. at New Quarter Park.  Williams is a well-known birder and former educator with the Williamsburg-James City County school system who is currently director of education with the Center for Conservation Biology of the College of William and Mary.  He in a founding member of the Williamsburg Bird Club, which has named a youth scholarship to Nature Camp in Vesuvius, Virginia, in his name.  Mr. Williams has inspired many area residents to get excited about birds and to learn to identify them by field marks and calls. He also has published a guide, "Birds of Virginia's Colonial Historic Triangle," which is available for sale in the New Quarter Park office.
     During the walks, Williams will point out osprey, heron, ducks, eagles, and hawks and will help participants learn to listen for and spot songbirds in the park's woodlands and meadows. During walks in May, birders will be particularly interested in sighting spring migrants. The free walks along the park trails will intrigue young and old as they enjoy the area's natural environment.
     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.

May 20 is Last Day to Register for June Democratic Primary Election; Absentee Voting has begun in York County 
May 3, 2013


Voter Registration
     Monday, May 20 is the last day to register to vote in the Democratic Primary being held on June 11 for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.
     The Constitution of Virginia requires that you be registered in the precinct in which you live in order to be qualified to vote.  Qualified residents who will be 18 years old on or before November 5, 2013, may register to vote in this primary election.
     Registered voters who need to change their address may do so by completing, signing, and submitting a voter registration application or their voter card. The deadline to change registration information also is Monday, May 20.  If a registered voter's address has changed, the voter should update their address to ensure the voter remains qualified to vote.
     Any qualified resident of Virginia may apply to register to vote or to update their registration information at the places and times listed below: 

1. Voter Registrar's Office, 224 Ballard St., County Admin. Center, Yorktown, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. York County Library (Tabb Branch), 100 Long Green Blvd., Tabb; York County Library (Yorktown Branch), 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown (registration is available during library hours; May 20 library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
3. Griffin-Yeates Center, 1490 Government Rd., Williamsburg, Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

     Applications and updated information may also be mailed to the Registrar's Office, P.O. Box 451, Yorktown, VA  23690. They must be postmarked by Monday, May 20.
     If residents complete a registration application provided by a voter registration drive, they should contact the Registrar's Office to ensure that their application is received by the Registrar's Office in time.
     The Registrar's website – - contains registration applications, polling place locations, district information, absentee ballot information, and contact information.

Absentee Voting
     Absentee voting for the June 11 primary has begun in York County. Sample ballots are available at
     Absentee voting is available for those who will be out of their precinct on June 11, those who are unable to go to their polling place because of an illness or disability, and those who otherwise qualify to vote an absentee ballot.  The deadline to apply to vote absentee by mail, email, or fax is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4.  The deadline to apply to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.  In order to accommodate those who wish to vote absentee in person, the Registrar's Office will be open Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     The law permits emergency absentee voting in a few, very limited situations until 2 p.m. on Monday, June 10. For more information on emergency absentee voting, call the Registrar's Office at 890-3440.
     Any voter age 65 or older or physically disabled may request a ballot from an officer of election outside the polling place but within 150 feet of the entrance to the polling place. On June 11, persons who meet one of these qualifications and who wish to vote outside the polling place can call the Registrar's Office at 890-3440, and we will alert the polling place that a voter who wishes to vote outside the polling place will be arriving.
     Unofficial statewide election results – including York County election results – will be available on the State Board of Elections Web site at as they are reported after the polls close on June 11.  
     For additional information, please call the Registrar's Office at 890-3440 or visit the website,

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