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The Fall 2014 Recreation and Community Events Brochure

Release Date: September 02, 2014
The Fall 2014 Recreation and Community Events brochure is published in the Sept. 5 edition of the West Milford Messenger

Fall brochure
Fencing Program –For Youth and Adults; Violin and Piano lessons for youth
We will be taking a hiatus for the Fall.  Look for us again in the Spring of 2015 !!
Total Sports Squirts  - Ages 3 - 5
The US Sports Institute (which brings us the very popular Multi-Sport Camp) also offers Total Sport Squirts.   In this program children will experience a new sport each week of the program.  Participants have the opportunity to try Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball, T-Ball, Floor Hockey, Parachute games and more in a safe, structured environment.  All activities promote hand-eye coordination, movement, balance, and most importantly Fun, Fun, Fun!  Parents must remain at program.  7 – week program.
DATES: Mondays, September 22nd    – November 3rd   ( class WILL be held October 13th )
TIME:  3:45 – 4:45 PM          
COST: $116 per child    Non residents add $10.00
LOCATION: Hillcrest Field or Hillcrest Gym if inclement weather
Soccer Squirts – Ages 3 - 5
The US Sports Institute is offering a Soccer Squirts program as a great way to introduce children ages 3 – 5 to Soccer, taking place in a safe, structured environment to ensure learning.  Soccer Squirts learn the fundamentals of soccer through a program of structured activities, fun based games,  and scrimmages designed to stimulate a child's imagination and develop motor skills.  All activities promote hand-eye coordination, movement and balance and, most importantly, Fun, Fun, Fun!  Parents must remain at program.    7 - week program.
DATES: Mondays, September 22nd   – November 3rd  
TIME:      5:00 – 6:00 pm        
 COST: $116 per child    Non residents add $10.00
LOCATION: Hillcrest Field or Hillcrest Gym if inclement weather
Create a Character Acting  - Grades K – 4
Children explore real and imaginary worlds and the people who inhabit them.  Different costumes, props and games are used each week to stimulate their creativity and imaginations. Children use their voices, facial expressions and movements to create characters & learn more about them.  The program is intended to nurture a child & help them grow as a performer as well as an individual. This is done through "theater games".  Learn the basics of theater, developing a character, growing that character & building confidence & self-esteem to portray that character. This makes it easier to step into "real" situations such as public speaking as a child grows. 
DATES:           7 -  week program   Tuesdays, September 30 – November 11
TIME:                5:30 – 6:30 pm
COST:               $130.00    Non residents add $10.00
LOCATION:     Hillcrest Community Center                         
Imagine with Music!  Newborns through age 5
Early childhood music program for Newborns through age 5
Research shows us that children who are exposed to music and movement as early as possible in life will usually excel in speaking, walking, math, spelling and even foreign languages.  This program will expose your child to a variety of music, creative movement, singing, imagination, and circle time with the use of instruments and fun.  Come join us while we use our imaginations to have fun through music and movement.  This is a caregiver and child program and is a great sibling program.
DATES:             Eight  week session:  Wednesdays,  Sept. 24 to Nov. 12
TIME:              9:45 – 10:30 AM
COST:            $100 first child; $90 second sibling 
Non residents add $10.00
LOCATION:    Hillcrest Community Center           
Pajama Party Music Class - Back by popular demand!!  Ages 0 - 5
Music and movement pajama party class for Ages 0 - 5 years old with a participating adult. The ideal class for the working parent!!  A fun and playful music class taught by Erika Crocco that will introduce your child to beats, singing, movement, use of various child safe instruments, dancing and finger and lap play.  Your child will learn to explore through the wonderful world of music.  Bring your little one in their PJ’s (you can come in yours if you’d like) and dance and sing with us once again in this evening music class.   A  perfect way to wind down the night for you and your little one.  7 - week program
DATES:           Mondays 9/29 – 11/10
TIME:               6:45 – 7:30 pm
COST:               $100 first child; $90 second sibling
Non residents add $10.00
LOCATION:     Hillcrest Community Center 
Beginner Guitar Class  Grades:  5-8
No experience necessary! This will be a fun, informative, and interactive class.  Students will learn all the basics for guitar including note reading, melody, chords, songs and much more!  Must have a guitar and music stand.  One can be rented or purchased at a discount rate at North Jersey Guitar. Call (973) 728-7200.   6 classes.
DATES:              Wednesdays 10/1 - 11/5 
TIME:                7:15 – 8:00 PM
COST:                 $120 per child  Non residents add $10.00
LOCATION:   Hillcrest Community Center or North Jersey Guitar Studio at 1612 Union Valley Road, WM
Discount Ski Passes For Mountain Creek
Save money on Mt. Creek day ski passes!  The Recreation Department is offering discounted Mountain Creek day ski passes.  A variety of passes are available for sale during business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  For additional informaion, please call the Recreation office at 973-728-2860.


Bob Ross Wet on Wet Oil Painting Class

Join Certified Bob Ross Instructor Robert Benedetto and learn oil painting with the famous Bob Ross Wet on Wet technique. Included is the use of brushes, painting knives, color mixing and applications of this technique. Create beautiful paintings.  All materials are included. No prior painting experience is needed. 
Children’s class – Grades 3 – 6
Saturday, September 27th from 10am to 4 pm at Hillcrest Community Center.  $60 (Non residents add $10).  Wear appropriate painting clothes and bring a smock and bagged lunch for a mid class break.  Will need a volunteer adult to stay during the class.
Adult Daytime - 1 day class – 3 hours – Sunflowers in Basket
Tuesday, October 7 from 10 am to 1 pm. Age 18+ Cost : $40.  Non residents add $10.00 
At Hillcrest Community Center
Adult Night time – 2 day class – 3 hours each night – Gateway to Autumn
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 7 and 8 from 6 – 9 pm.  Age 18+ 
Cost: $60 Non residents add $10.00
At Hillcrest Community Center
Adult Night time – 2 day class – 3 hours each night – Floral
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21 and 22 from 6 – 9 pm. Age 18+
Cost: $60 Non residents add $10.00
At Hillcrest Community Center
Adult Co-Ed Volleyball is back again this Fall!   The instructor is offering several classes which take place in the Macopin School gym.  Classes are limited to 24 per class.  Age  18+
For the beginner/novice, basic volleyball with the theme of fun and fitness!
When:  Choose  Monday, September 29th    or Wednesday, October 1st , runs for 8 weeks
Cost:       $39.00           Non residents add $10.00. Time:  7:00-8:30 pm
For the advanced player requirements are, must be able to bump, set, spike and should have knowledge of general volleyball rules.  This is not a beginner or Powerball course.
When:  Choose Monday,  September 29th  or Wednesday October 1st  and runs for 8 weeks
Cost:      $39.00           Non residents add $10.00. Time:  8:30-10:00pm
For additional information please call the Recreation Department

Pee Wee Picasso – Ages 2 – 5

Come and have some fun creating, learning and exploring the world of art with your child!
 During these sessions, the child and caregiver will learn to explore the world of art through different art exercises, art inspired literature, music and age appropriate materials. Children learn about color, texture, multicultural arts and more while experimenting with new and exciting materials! This class will include a warm-up exercise, as well as a completed project each class.
The goal of Pee Wee Picassos is to introduce your young child to the world of art through hands on, sensory inspired art projects and help Parents/caregivers learn what they can do at home to help nurture creativity! Please provide smocks (an old t-shirt works) for your child. 8 week program
When:              Thursday October 2 – November 20 from 10:30-11:15  
Where:              Hillcrest Community Center
Cost:                $95 / child, $86 each additional sibling (Non residents add $10.00)
Youth Lacrosse Travel Teams

Boys and girls in grades 3 - 8.   Come and be part of the fastest game on two feet!  Lacrosse is a culmination of skills from soccer, baseball, basketball and hockey.  The goal of the program is to teach the fundamentals and skills of lacrosse in a fun way, while promoting positive teamwork and sportsmanship.  No previous experience is necessary.    In person sign-ups will be at Hillcrest on Wednesday, November 19th from 7-8:30 PM and Saturday November 15th from 9:00 - 11:30 AM.  DEADLINE for online signups is February 15, 2015 
Player equipment needed for practices and games includes: 
Boys:  helmet, shoulder pads, arm guards, gloves, stick and mouth guards; 
Girls:  protective eye goggles, mouth guard, stick and optional gloves.  Equipment packages will be available to purchase.  For additional information, please email:
[email protected]
DATES:  Practices will begin in early to mid-March and games will be played from April to mid-June.  
COST:      $115 per player, additional siblings $105 each  ($10.00 additional for out of town registrants)
 **ALL PLAYERS MUST BE MEMBERS OF US LACROSSE**Please sign up at $25.00 charge

Beginner Spanish  Ages 18+

Beginner Spanish is designed for those who would like to learn basic Spanish, including pronunciation, numbers and survival Spanish.  Please bring a 3-ring binder and a Spanish/English dictionary.  A text will be announced. 
Where:   West Milford High School Room 128
When:    Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, beginning 10/1/14 for 8 weeks
Price:    $63.00 p.p. Non residents add $10.00

Intermediate Spanish  Ages 18+

Intermediate Spanish is designed for those with some experience with Spanish who would like to improve their speaking and listening comprehension.  Please bring a 3-ring binder and a Spanish/English dictionary.  A text will be announced.  
Where:  West Milford High School  Room 128
When:    Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm, beginning 9/29/14 for 8 weeks no class 10/13, 11/24
Price:    $63.00 p.p. Non residents add $10.00
Sciensational – Blowfish Robocraft   Grades 2 – 6
It’s loads of fun to build.  It’s a Robotfish with big, puffy cheeks.  You will build it and take it home.  It’s great to play with and educational too.  Watch it as it moves in our miniature pool.  Our Blowfish Robocraft is propelled forward by a left/right moving tail fin.  Learn about gears and circuits as you have fun building it.  Your Blowfish Robocraft has a motor and you will learn how it works. We will see how fast your Blowfish Robocraft is, as you enter our Sciensational races. You will also get to design and build other robots that can perform many tasks.  Build a car for speed and go on our obstacle course. A lot of fun and education mixed together.
When:              November 6 & 7 from 9am to 4 pm (bring a bagged lunch)
Where:              Hillcrest Community Center
Cost:                $140.00   Non residents add $10.00

Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners – Grades 9 – Adult

Whether you are new to gluten-free baking, or you are looking for a few new recipes, this class is for you!  We will be baking food that is so good, you wouldn’t know it is gluten-free!! 
When:              Tuesday, November 4th  from 6:30-8pm 
Where:             West Milford High School Room 142. 
Cost:                $40  ONE SESSION COURSE.  Non-residents add $10
Instructor:  Marjory Yacco.  
Kitchen Kids – Grades 2 – 6
If you are a kid who loves to cook, this class is for you!! In this class we will be preparing a Mexican dinner.  We will learn to make taco’s and homemade soft taco shells.
When:              Tuesday, December 2 from 6:00 – 7:30
Where:             WM High School Home Ec Room 142
Cost:                $40  ONE SESSION COURSE.  Non residents add $10.00
Cooking With Kids  Ages 4 – 12 With a Parent
Come with your children in this “Mommy (or Daddy or Caregiver)  and Me” style class.  We will make a lasagna, bake French bread, toss a salad, and prepare dessert.
When:              Tuesday, September 30th  from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where:             WM High School Home Ec Room 142
Cost:                $40 for each adult/child pair;  add $10 for each extra adult or child
  ONE SESSION COURSE.  Non residents add $10.00
Thanksgiving 101  Grade 9 – Adult
In this hands-on class you will learn simple techniques to prepare some traditional Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts.  (PS  Come hungry!)
When:              Tuesday, November 18th  from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where:             WM High School Home Ec Room 142
Cost:                $40  ONE SESSION COURSE.  Non residents add $10.00
Apple Extravaganza  Grade 9 – Adult
Apple picking is so much fun!  But, what do you do with all those apples?!?  Come ready to peel, chop, and prepare and eat mouth watering apple dishes!!
When:              Tuesday, October 14th   from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where:             WM High School Home Ec Room 142
Cost:                $40  ONE SESSION COURSE.  Non residents add $10.00
Jr Cookie Makers  3 years old – 1st Grade
Love to cook, but too young to use a hot stove or sharp knives?  No problem!  This cooking class is for you!!  We will be making refrigerator cookies.
When:              Saturday, September 20th   from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Where:             Hillcrest Community Center
Cost:                $40  ONE SESSION COURSE.  Non residents add $10.00