WEST ORANGE, NJ – If you’re not beating the heat at the Ginny Duenkel Pool, there’s still lots of cool things going on in and around West Orange this week.   Here’s what you need to know:

There's always something for the kids at the West Orange Public Library.  Check out their calendar  to find out more.

The New Jersey Arts Incubator summer season at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center is just getting into gear and will hold two concerts and an event for Special Needs children this week.

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The Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland has a variety of exciting programs for children and adults in the month of July, several beginning this week.  Click on the link to find out about available programs, and get ready for the Butterfly Tent, debuting on July 13.

In addition to the Environmental Center, there will be three concerts this week as part of the Essex County Summer Music Series.

Access the West Orange Recreation Newsletter and website to see what sports and special activities are being offered through the Rec Department and more.

Just added!  The W. Orange Rec. Department, in partnership with the Montclair Rugby Football Club, is running a Free Introduction to Rugby clinic for boys & girls finishing grades K-5. They will be held on 4 Wednesday nights in July starting on the 10th at Stagg Field. 

The clinic will go over the rules, fundamentals and various aspects of rugby in a non-contact learning environment. It will follow the Rookie Rugby plans that USA Rugby created for gym teachers. http://www.usarugby.org/rookie-rugby

Clinic dates will be July 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st and will run from 5:45 to 7:30. No advance registration required. Just have the kids wear soccer / football cleats or sneakers. 

For more information, call 973-325-4150 or e-mail Recreation@WestOrange.org.

Monday, July 8

Mountaintop League is holding a Summer Basketball Skills and Drills Clinic:  Five sessions to work on fundamentals (ball handling, passing, defense, body control, and shooting).

$25 per child; Online registration only.

Open to boys or girls entering grades 4th to 6th in September 2013.

Monday evenings: July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5

Girls: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Boys: 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Location: St Joseph's Church gymnasium - 44 Benvenue Avenue, West Orange

Each player must bring a basketball and a water bottle to each session.

No refunds - Go to www.mountaintopleague.com for more information.

Open Space Commission Meeting, Town Hall, 66 Main Street. 7-9 pm.

Tuesday, July 9

Planning Board Meeting, Town Hall, 7:30-10 pm.

Weds, July 10

Historic Preservation Commission, Town Hall, 7-9 pm.

Downtown West Orange Alliance Meeting, Town Hall, 6:30-8:30 pm.

Volora Howell, Jazz Vocalist,  at Monte Irvin Orange Park,  Orange, 7 pm. Free.

Thursday, July 11

Join the Friends of Edison, West Orange Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Alliance and the Thomas Edison National Park Service for free evening of social networking and relationship building at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, 211 Main Street, from 5:30-7:30 pm. The evening Includes a free tour of one exhibit at 7:30 pm.  For further information, please contact the West Orange Chamber at (973) 731-0360 or mail@westorangechamber.com.

New Jersey Arts Incubator (NJAI)  presents Queens of Heart Tribute Band at Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC),. Doors open at 7 pm; show begins at 8 pm.  Free.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an incredible band perform the songs of Heart.

Public Relations Commission Meeting, Town Hall, 6-8 pm.

Junior Vega Quintet, Riverbank Park, Newark, 7 pm. Free.

Friday, July 12

Farmers Market, Town Hall, 12-6 pm.

NJAI presents Slight Imperfection at OSPAC, doors open 7 pm; show begins at 8 pm. Free.  Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the folksy Celtic feel of this talented duo.

Louis Prima Jr., and the Witnesses at Brookdale Park, Bloomfield, 7:30 pm.  Free.

Saturday, July 13.  

Essex County Environmental Center presents Butterfly Tent Safari ($2.00 suggested donation) from 10:30-1:30 pm.  Click on the link to find out more.

Our Sweet Caroline Fundraiser at the Shillelagh Club, 3-7 pm.  Local bands will perform and food will be served to help offset the medical costs for the Vandemark family, whose daughter Caroline, recently lost her battle to cancer.  

Sunday, July 14

NJAI presents Arts Play Day, a day of activities and workshops for families with children and adults with special needs. Sponsored by the Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation 10AM –3pm at OSPAC.

Did we miss something?  Email Cynthia Cumming at ccumming@thealternativepress.com and we will update the article.