February 15, 2007

CONTACT: Sharon Gentile, 908-527-4806
Tom Plante, 908‑527‑4746


Union County's Annual "Green Dance"
For People with Disabilities Set for March 11

green dance

WESTFIELD, NJ – On Sunday, March 11, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities will host the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day “Green Dance” for people with disabilities. The Westfield Community Room, located in the Westfield Municipal Building, will come alive with DJ music and dance led by Golden Note Entertainment, Inc. Snacks & refreshments will be served throughout the event, which runs from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Advance registration is required.

“This is a wonderful program designed exclusively for people with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to socialize, meet new friends and have fun on the dance floor with a DJ,” said Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “The Green Dance is one of a variety of recreational programs we offer to meet the needs of people with disabilities, and since it’s a St. Patrick’s Day theme, participants are encouraged to wear green.”

Some of these programs, organized by the County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities, coming this spring and summer include: March 10 - “Discover Trailside,” Maple Sugaring at the Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside; March 24 & June 2 - two sessions of “Culinary Delights” cooking class at the Classic Thyme Cooking School in Westfield; May 12: “Spring Fishing Derby” at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside; and two sessions of “Ceramics for People with Disabilities,” on April 10 & 17, and June 19 & 26, at the Gregorio Center in Linden.

Another program held every Tuesday and Thursday from April 17 through November 13 at Runnells Specialized Hospital in Berkeley Heights is “Post-Stroke Exercise,” non-stressful exercise for people who have had a stroke or have a physical disability.

Participants must complete a registration form and submit payment for programs with a fee, prior to the program date. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

To be put on the mailing list to receive information about these and other programs for people with disabilities, call Program Coordinator Sharon Gentile, at 908-527-4806 or 908-527-4900. For other program information visit the Union County website at