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Parks & Recreation

Free Virtual Music Bingo Family Night!

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation will offer a free virtual music bingo family game night on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 7pm to 8:30pm. Classic bingo with songs instead of numbers. Pre-registration is required and must be done by Wednesday, January 13.

To view full program description and register online for the program, click here. First time registrants are required to call during business hours to have an account set up. For more information, email us here, or call 908 474 8600. The Parks & Recreation office is located on the second floor at 605 South Wood Avenue.

Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Life & Legacy

The Linden Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee invites you to attend the annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This virtual community event will stream live on January 18, 2021 at 11am on the Morning Star Community Christian Church website. Please click here to view and/or download the flyer for this event, with more information.

Parks & Recreation Programming

To view full class descriptions and register online for the classes, click here. First time registrants are required to call during business hours to have an account set up. For more information, email lindenrec@linden-nj.org, or call 908-474-8600. The Parks & Recreation office is located on the second floor at 605 South Wood Avenue.

Youth Programming

Youth Sewing Classes

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a Fashion Design, youth virtual sewing class for ages 8-12. In this class participants are taught how to sketch fashion illustrations using fashion figures. This class covers illustration techniques, learning silhouettes and fashion details. Participants also explore color and create a fashion line. The class will be held Saturdays, February 20 through March 20, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The fee is $40 for this five-week class. The price includes supplies. Pre-registration is required and must be done at least one week before the start of class.

Youth Nature Classes

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with New Jersey Audubon is offering a variety of virtual nature classes for children ages 5 & up and adults. Pre-registration is required and must be done at least one week before the start of class.

  • Backyard Birding Basics: Adults and teens are taught how to begin watching birds in your back yard. Learn how to attract birds to your yard and identifying them. The class will be held Thursday, January 14, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The fee is FREE.
  • Build a Bird: Families with children ages 5 and up, learn about all of the different families of birds, what they eat, where they live and how they survive and then build your own bird and create its unique story. This program includes a craft kit. The class will be held Saturday, January 16, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. The fee is FREE.
  • Introduction to the Great Backyard Bird Count: Adults and teens we set up accounts, learn how to do an accurate count and run through submitting your list online. The class will be held Thursday, February 11, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The fee is FREE.
  • Treats for Tweets & Backyard Bird Count: Families with children ages 5 and up, learn more about bird beaks and what different birds eat. We also make a special bird feeder together for you to put out at home! We’ll also make a list of the birds we see together and submit it online for the Great Backyard Bird Count. This program includes a craft kit. The class will be held Sunday, February 14, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. The fee is FREE.
  • Understanding Spring Migration: Adults and teens, learn how and why birds migrate and who you will start seeing at your feeders. The class will be held Thursday, March 4, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The fee is FREE.
  • Signs of Spring: Families with children ages 5 and up, weather permitting join in an outdoor scavenger hunt in your back yard! Together we’ll look for signs of spring and share what we found during “show and tell” time. If the weather is bad, we’ll explore spring through photos and videos and make a Spring Checklist together. This program includes a craft kit. The class will be held Saturday, March 6, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. The fee is FREE.

Youth Chess Classes

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a Newcomers and Beginners youth virtual chess classes for ages 8-14. Whether you are a newcomer or a beginner at chess, this class will help you with the basics and more. Also, learn about the active environment of kids’ tournament chess. The class will be held Wednesday, January 6 through February 17, from 6:15-7:30 p.m. The fee is $98. Pre-registration is required and must be done at least one week before the start of class.

Youth Trip Around The World

Linden Department of Parks & Recreation is offering a virtual Trip Around the World Series for youth ages 7-13. Each session gives the experience of traveling to a different country with exposure to their food, music, sports and other cultural differences. Participants can sign up for one or all. Pre-registration is required and must be done at least one week before the start of class. The fee is $20 for each session.

  • Mexico – Saturday January 9 9:30-11:30am
  • Italy – Saturday January 16 9:30-11:30am
  • Poland – Saturday January 23 9:30-11:30am
  • France – Saturday February 6 1:00-3:00pm
  • Puerto Rico – Saturday February 27 9:30-11:30am
  • Jamaica – Saturday March 13 9:30-11:30am

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Adult Programming

Adult Yoga

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation announces that Renee Roman of You Me Trapeze joined their staff, teaching senior citizens and adults’ yoga. Renee personally found yoga after being a victim in a serious car accident. Yoga changed Renee’s life.  She became passionate about learning more about yoga and other progressive fitness modalities. To that end, Renee pursued her certification which she received through Yoga Alliance in Barcelona, Spain. She also became certified in Aerial Yoga, Registered Yoga Teacher 200hr and bodyART®, which is a functional total body workout inspired by martial arts, Yin and Yang yoga, physical therapy and classical conditioning. Renee is now driven to share her love of yoga, trapeze, aerial and bodyART®. She teaches at numerous studios across New Jersey and New York City as well as private classes and events. Renee believes that an important key to living an outstanding life is movement. And her warm and welcoming energy will put your worries at ease, and allow you to be present in the moment.  Renee’s motto, “Life is better upside down.”
Pre-registration is required and must be done at least one week before the start of class.

Participants ages 18 and older are led through an energetic class were movement is led by breath, creating a deeper sense of self-awareness while offering a challenging flow building strength, increasing flexibility, range of motion, and mobility. Pranayama (breath work) and meditation are typically introduced. All levels welcomed. Modifications are offered for both the beginner and advanced level. You need a yoga mat and a water bottle close by. Additional yoga props are welcomed but not necessary. Come as you are. The virtual zoom class will be held Thursday, January 7 through Thursday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The fee is $60.

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Senior Citizen Programming

Senior Citizen Winter Lecture Series

Linden Department of Parks & Recreation announces its Senior Citizens winter lecture series line up. Any Linden resident 50 years of age or older are eligible to sign up for this series. Each session is a stand-alone and participants can sign up for one or all. All lectures will be posted on Linden TV 36/42. Pre-registration is required in order to provide class handouts to participants in advance. To view full class descriptions, visit www.linden-nj.org and click on Community Pass.

  • The Legacy of New Jersey’s Woodrow Wilson: Good & Bad – Monday February 1 1:00-2:30pm
  • Amending the US Constitution – Monday February 8 1:00-2:30pm
  • The Historic US Presidential Election of 1864: Re Electing Abraham Lincoln – Monday February 22 1:00-2:30pm
  • Why Is Our Country So Politically Divided? – Monday March 1 1:00-2:30pm
  • Federal Reserve System & Its Effect on the US Economy – Monday March 8 1:00-2:30pm
  • The Gold Standard & the US Economy – Monday March 15 1:00-2:30pm
  • Money & Politics – Monday March 22 1:00-2:30pm
  • The American Debt Crisis – Monday March 29 1:00-2:30pm

Senior Citizen Yoga

Linden Department of Parks and Recreation announces that Renee Roman of You Me Trapeze joined their staff, teaching senior citizens and adults’ yoga. Renee personally found yoga after being a victim in a serious car accident. Yoga changed Renee’s life. She became passionate about learning more about yoga and other progressive fitness modalities. To that end, Renee pursued her certification which she received through Yoga Alliance in Barcelona, Spain. She also became certified in Aerial Yoga, Registered Yoga Teacher 200hr and bodyART®, which is a functional total body workout inspired by martial arts, Yin and Yang yoga, physical therapy and classical conditioning. Renee is now driven to share her love of yoga, trapeze, aerial and bodyART®. She teaches at numerous studios across New Jersey and New York City as well as private classes and events. Renee believes that an important key to living an outstanding life is movement. And her warm and welcoming energy will put your worries at ease, and allow you to be present in the moment.  Renee’s motto, “Life is better upside down.”
Pre-registration is required and must be done at least one week before the start of class.

Participants ages 50 and older builds strength, increase flexibility and improve posture and balance while movement is led by one’s breath. This class is designed for mid-life and older adults who may benefit from a slower pace gentle yoga flow. This class is a combination of chair yoga and floor yoga. Students are encouraged to use props, modify poses, transition mindfully and explore their appropriate balance between ease and comfort. Breath work, singing bowls, relaxation and meditation practices are included to encourage stress reduction. Beginners welcome. You need a yoga mat and a water bottle close by. Additional yoga props are welcomed but not necessary. Come as you are. All classes will be posted on Linden TV 36/42. The class will be held Monday, January 4 through Thursday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. The fee is FREE.

Manners & Etiquette

  • For all Linden Boys and Girls Ages 7-13
  • Just in time for the Holidays!

Manners and Etiquette are important skills in an ever-increasing use of technology world! Explore “in person behavior,” “out in public” conduct, phone calls, texting, emailing and table manners. Learn how to stay engaged in a conversation and use inside and outside voices. Have FUN exploring different interactive skills/processes that will help you successfully show good Manners and Etiquette. Click here to download the informational flyer about this event.

Purchasing of supplies may be required. Here is a list of supplies: Table setting: fork, spoon, knife, water glass, cloth napkin. Simple foods for our final dining experience will be announced.

This VIRTUAL class will be held through ZOOM in 2 sessions on Saturday, December 12 and Saturday, December 19 from 9:00am through 12:00pm for a fee of $45.00.

Register online 24/7 here and log into your existing Community Pass account or you may call 908-474-8600 Monday through Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm.

All first-time registrants are required to call during business hours to have an account set up and MUST provide the following:

  • Birth Certificate for child
  • A Household Bill showing Proof of Residency
  • A Driver’s License or Photo I.D. for Parent/Guardian signing up their child

2020 Linden Halloween Events

The Department of Parks & Recreation invites Linden residents to attend this year’s Halloween events taking place at Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade (400 North Wood Avenue), on October 29th and 30th.

Scarecrow Creations made by the Linden Public Schools will be on display in front of City Hall from October 19th through October 31st.

October 29 – Halloween Horror Movie Night – Adults 13+ – Out of Towners Welcome!

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968) – 6:30pm Starring George Romero
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959) – 8:30pm Starring Vincent Price

October 30 – Family Night

  • Kids and adults are welcome to come in costume.
  • Magic Show – 5:30pm
  • Monster House Movie – 6:30pm
  • Movie treat bag for each person attending Monster House.

October 31 – A Marathon of Past Linden Halloween Parades

  • Watch on LindenTV Channel 36/42 starting at 8am.
  • Miscellaneous years starting with 1991.

Fall Youth Virtual Classes

The Linden Department of Parks and Recreation is happy to announce our new 2020 Fall Youth Virtual Classes. Please view the attached flyer and choose your favorite, or several favorites to attend! You may sign-up online here using your existing Community Pass account or by calling 908-474-8600 Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Any questions, please call 908-474-8600 during business hours.

Thank you!

Linden Parks and Recreation