RAHWAY — Fall may not be in the air quite yet, but there’s no denying it’s right around the corner and registration is now open for the first fall session of programs, classes and other activities at the Rahway Recreation Center.
Now entering its twelfth year of operation, this 32,000 square ft. facility located on Milton Avenue is home for the area’s finest recreational and leisure activities for all ages from toddlers though senior citizens. With the exception of the Fitness Center and certain special events, which are reserved for Rahway residents, most programs are open to non-residents also.
For the younger set, there is Toddler Time (ages 1 – 3), Arts and Crafts or Fun Time (ages 3 – 5), Ballet (ages 3 ½ to 12) and Knitting (ages 9 – 16). Also offered is Tae Kwon Do (ages 6 and up), Rhythmic Gymnastics (ages 6 – 15) and Tennis (6 – 13). The tennis program for ages 6 – 10 features the US Tennis Association’s popular Quick Start program, which get the children playing right away.
The sport of baton twirling has a rich and proud history in Rahway and is still going strong. For over 50 years, the Recreation Department has hosted the Debutantes Twirling Team, providing young women the opportunity to learn and grow in this unique sport that combines strength, flexibility and physical fitness with elements of dance and gymnastics. Through these classes, girls ages 6 and up develop poise and presence while honing their performance skills as they move toward competition.
Adult programs offered this season include Cross-Stitch & Quilting, Knitting, and Scrapbooking, Crafts & Non-Fire Ceramics, plus exercise programs in Step Aerobics, Yoga, My Perfect Body, Willpower & Grace, Body Sculpting, Pilates, Zumba and Tennis.
Featured for children this season are three classes offered by the Rahway Music Company: Intro to Rock Instruments (ages 4 – 6), Intro to Keyboards (ages 7 and up) and Intro to Guitar (ages 10 and up). These are all introductory level courses designed to expose children to the basics of music, help them figure out what instruments they might like to play and to get them playing right away! New for children ages 8 – 11 is a Children’s Theatre Workshop offered by Judith Farrall of Theatre for You. Through this class, young actors take part in theatre games and rehearsals of a short play, improving their listening, interaction and cooperation skills while preparing for a performance on the last class day.
For adults, the Recreation Center has recently begun offering classes in Longevity Fitness, taught by instructor Tamara Ivankova who is certified in the MELT Method®, a self-treatment technique that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. These classes are for anyone interested in achieving pain-free living through a balanced nervous system and healthy connective tissue. Ideal for both older adults as well as active younger adults and athletes, MELT® promotes flexibility and mobility, increased range of motion and overall well-being.
Looking for something fun and different? Returning from summer break is instructor Aditi Verma with Beats of Passion Presents Belly Dancing – rockin’ rhythmic free-form dance combining basic belly dance moves with Indian and other inspired influences to create a fun, high energy class! This class is more geared towards beginner dancers and will cover basic belly dancing movements. Methods may include hip and body isolations, travel steps, shimmies, graceful arms and hands. Belly dancing belts will be provided! Aditi has trained extensively in the Indian classical dance style, Bharat Natyam, and several other Indian folk and film dances. She has also spent time learning other forms of dance, including belly dancing, ballroom, salsa, hip hop, etc. With Aditi’s diverse dance background, she can offer her students a mix of traditional Indian and western flare. Aditi encourages all dancers to feel the music and leave their inhibitions at the door.
Finally, for the hard-core exercise enthusiast looking to take their workout to the next level, two new classes will be taught by fitness instructor and personal trainer Mary McCann. Guns, Guts and Glutes provides tough love for those trouble spots – arms, abs, butt and legs, while Triple Threat is a two-hour combo class that includes kickboxing, sculpting and Pilates-based ab work that will have you begging for mercy.
Want to get moving but you don’t know what to take? Purchase a Fitness Sampler card for $20 which is good for six month and allows you to try any 5 different classes.
Rahway residents as well as those who work or own a business in Rahway may join the moderately-sized, well-appointed Fitness Center. Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Membership fees are $100 per year (under 50 years old), and $45 per year (50 and older).
The Recreation Center offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Register in person with check, money order or VISA/Mastercard only or online registration 24 hours per day during open enrollment. For more information, call 1-732-669-3600.
Visit www.cityofrahway.com/recreation.htm for a complete listing of classes with days, times and fee schedule as well as information on upcoming special events.
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