Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration

February 17th
3:30 pm
Student Commons at Union County College in Cranford

The program, which will be hosted by Freeholder Linda Carter, will feature many special guests, including Public relations guru and former “Apprentice” TV show star, Tara Dowdell; former NBA, Seton Hall and Elizabeth High School basketball great Luther Wright, and Union County College student leaders. There will be a dance performance by the Bufford Troupe, as well as musical entertainment, and speeches touching on black history, culture and politics.

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Get Your Vegetable Garden Growing

February 27th
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Union County Vo-Tech School Campus

Learn how to grow a successful veggie garden for your school or community, with expert guidance from Rutgers University professionals. Individual home gardeners are also welcome to attend.

Fee: $25.00 includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline: February 17.

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Klondike Derby

Saturday, January 30th &
Saturday, February 13th
8:00 am – 4:00 pm |  Outdoors
Loop within the Watchung Reservation
January 30th  – Watchung Mountain District
February 13th –  Munsee District

Many years ago, men raced by means of dogs and sledges across the frozen wastes of Alaska in search of gold. Scouting has capitalized on this theme and developed the Klondike Derby as an exciting activity for Boy Scouts.

Patrols of four to eight Boy Scouts will pull their sleds over a field course to simulated towns, where the patrols can earn points by solving problems using their Scouting skills. Challenges can include first aid, fire building, knot tying and lashing, orienteering, wilderness survival, and team work.


New Jersey Notary Training

Friday, March 18th
9:30 am – 11:30 am |  $5
Union County Police Academy

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi and Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen will be hosting a Notary Training Seminar for New Jersey Notaries Public.

Ms. Rajoppi will make opening remarks and review the application process. Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen, Esq., a partner at Krevsky, Silber & Bergen, will present the legal aspects of the functions of notaries public. The course will encompass all aspects of being a Notary Public including the application process and legal requirements and responsibilities enabling you to perform your function as a Notary Public with confidence and skill.

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Teen Arts Festival

Wednesday March 23th
and Thursday March 24th
8:30 am – 2:00 pm |  Indoors
Union County College, Cranford Campus

The Union County Teen Arts Festival is an annual two-day celebration of the arts. The event is open to all students from public, charter, private, and parochial middle and high schools in Union County.  Contact Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs – 908-558-2550

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Kid’s Fishing Derby

Saturday, April 16th
through Saturday, May 7th
Rain or Shine
Echo Lake Park-Lower Lake in Mountainside

Newark Bait & Fly Casting Club’s annual Kids’ Fishing Derby is held each year at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, N. J. and is free for children 16 years of age and younger. Adults may enter for a nominal charge. Contact- Newark Bait & Fly Casting Club-

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Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 16th
Trailside Nature & Science Center

Presentations on astronomy suitable for the entire family.  Children’s activities at Trailside Nature & Science Center

Free event. Visit the Amateur Astronomers Inc. at for more information.

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Wild Earth Fest

April 24th
11:00 am – 5:00 pm |  Rain or Shine
Trailside Nature & Science Center

An entertaining event to celebrate the Earth. Learn ways to become eco-friendly & increase your awareness of wildlife conservation. Admission- $4/Ages 6 and under free. Trailside Nature & Science Center- 908-789-3670 for more information

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May 1st
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Weather Permitting
Watchung Reservation, Loop Area

Youngsters can climb aboard dump trucks, bull dozers, police cars, HAZMAT response units, & “The Bear,” used by the Union County SWAT team in serious emergencies.

Admission- $4/Ages 6 and under free

Union County Parks- 908-527-4900 for more information

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Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale

May 15th
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Rain or shine
Trailside Nature & Science Center
No Credit Cards Accepted
No Pets Please. Please Bring Your Own Wagon. 

Free Activities – Garden tours and demonstrations, children’s activities, and garden advice from our experts.

Plants for Sale – Unusual, Heirloom Tomatoes, Vegetables – Native Plants – Herbs, Perennial & Annual Flowers

Gardening Displays – Demonstrations, Tours – Children’s Activities, Plant & Insect Problem Clinic, Rutgers Fact Sheets, Soil Test Kits for Sale

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Friday, June 10th to 
Saturday, June 11
24 hour event – Outdoors
Rain or shine
Kawameeh Park in Union Township
Black Brook Park in Kenilworth
Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth

A 24-hour survey of all things living!  Teams of volunteers scientists and naturalists will scour field, woodlands, streams and ponds in search of plant, animal and fungi species.

Many free public nature related programs will be offered throughout most of the 24-hour period.  More details are coming soon.