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Summer Survival Guide: West Orange Township Offering Activities for All


WEST ORANGE, NJ - Wondering what to do this summer? West Orange township has plenty of events to keep kids, adults and seniors engaged through the dog days of Summer. Here's what's coming up over the next few weeks.

West Orange Recreation Department

Check out the Rec newsletter for June to see all the sports camps that still have openings: girls basketball, boys basketball, volleyball, football, baseball, soccer , wrestling, street hockey, tennis and bowling. Camps are run by WOHS coaches. For more info go to or follow directions on the Rec newsletter at Programs with PAL and Mountaintop are also available for signup.

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Now open full-time, there's still time for residents to join the pool. Call the Rec Department to find out more at 973-325-4085. Classes still available for adult and senior water aerobics.

Footsteps for the Exceptional Child, part of the Mayor's program for Individuals with Special Needs, will be holding summer programs. Email program coordinator Candy Myrick at

Fourth of July activities kick into gear next week with the July 2 Annual Throwback Baseball game at Degnan Park, 6:30 pm (WO Rec All-Stars v. Mountaintop); July 3 Downtown Music and Food Festival at Colgate Park, 7:00 pm featuring the Wayne Brown Band, food court, and the Annual Horseshoe competition; the Independence Day Celebration beginning at 6:30 pm with the Lefty Boland Fun Meet, DJ, games, and fireworks.

Activities for the July 12 Ginny Duenkel Pool 50th Anniversary celebration to be announced; the Annual Family Fun and Games night is set for July 25 at 6:00 pm.

Over at the West Orange Public Library, there are reading programs for children, teens and adults. Check it out on their website at The library has the the free passes program for the Montclair Art Museum, allowing residents the ability to visit the museum at no cost. And did you know? The library offers access with your West Orange Library card to neighborhing libraries, like Montclair, Bloomfield, and more.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park continues its Year of Innovation series with some pretty cool events, including the opportunity for you and your family to film an old time kinetoscope at Black Maria using props, etc. Participants will be able to share their 'film' online. That event, "Reimagined Kinetoscopes," will be held on July 27 at 2:00. Events are free with the cost of admission. For more information, see

For information on the Essex County Summer Music Series, and South Mountain Recreation: Codey Arena, Turtle Back Zoo, the Paddleboats, Mini-Golf and Tree Top Adventure, go to: Concerts are free; fees apply to South Mountain Recreation complex.

To find out what's happening at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (entrance fees apply) go to:



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