Calendar

Union County Means Business

Rhythm and Blues

Special Events and Programming for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs

Inclusive Ceramic Painting

Gregorio Center in Linden

March 5th and 19th 7pm to 8pm

Free

Pre-registration required

Register

Autism Acceptance Celebration- Super Hero

Mattano Park, Elizabeth

Saturday, April 20 10am to Noon

Free

Pre-registration required

Rain Date: April 27th

Register

Inclusive Splash Nights Program for Children 12 years and under

Wheeler Park in Linden

Thursdays 6:30pm to 7:45pm

July 11th, 18th, 25th

August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Free

Pre-registration required

Register

Summer Festival

Conant Park in Hillside

Sunday, July 28 11am to 1pm

Free

Pre-registration required

Rain Date: August 4th

Register

Inclusive Yoga

Trailside Nature & Science Center

Free

5pm – 6pm

Wednesdays

  • Feb 21, 28
  • March 6, 13, 27
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • May 1

Register

Inclusive Karate for Children
(5-14)

Cranford Community Center

Free

7pm – 7:45pm

Mondays

  • Feb 26
  • March 4, 11, 18, 25

Register

Inclusive Kate for Teens & Young Adults
(15 and Up)

Cranford Community Center

Free

8pm – 8:45pm

Mondays

  • Feb 26
  • March 4, 11, 18, 25

Register

Art for All Abilities- Family Canvas

Two Locations

Free

Hillside High School

Plainfield Second Street Youth Center

Recyling Events

For more information, please visit ucnj.org/recycling.

Volunteering in Union County Parks is Easier than Ever

collage of three photos of people volunteering in union county parks

Each year, hundreds of community volunteers fan out through Union County parks to clean up litter, clear debris, repair trails and improve natural habitats. Now volunteering is easier than ever before, thanks to free tools and other assistance provided by the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Recycling.

“We are very grateful for the many individuals, environmental groups, Scouts, schools, businesses and other organizations that dedicate their time and energy to help keep our parks beautiful and welcoming, year in and year out,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “By coordinating the resources of our Parks and Recycling offices, we aim to make organizing a volunteer project easy and hassle-free for everyone.”

The Union County parks system hosts four main types of volunteer programs:

Adopt-a-Park: Beautification and restoration projects including clearing litter and debris, restoring native plants and removing invasive plants.

Adopt-a-Trail/Trail Stewards: Help remove encroaching vegetation from trails and paved pathways; help repair eroded sections and clear debris from culverts.

Chainsaw Crew: Help remove fallen trees from trails and paths (training required to participate).

Clean Communities: This program focuses on litter cleanups with support from the statewide Clean Communities program. Organizers only need to bring themselves and their volunteers. Work gloves, litter grabbers and bags are all provided free of charge.

Individuals or groups that are interested in organizing a volunteer project in any of these four areas can contact the Department of Parks and Recreation by email at park.env.services@ucnj.org to start the process.

For more information: https://ucnj.org/press-releases/public-info/2022/07/14/volunteering-in-union-county-parks-is-easier-than-ever/

Senior Services – Just “ASK” information kiosk

ask(aging services kiosk)

Residents seeking information about services for seniors and their care givers can come to Union County’s Aging Services Kiosk events and meet in person with professional staff for guidance on senior programs and resources, including help with filling out applications and forms.

ASK is a program of the Union County Department of Human Services through the Division on Aging and Disability Resources, serving seniors age 60-plus and their care givers. Staff at the ASK events can help seniors and care givers connect with a variety of services including home delivered meals, respite care, home care, adult day care and support services for caregivers.

Any Union County senior or care giver can visit any ASK event, regardless of their hometown. No appointment or pre-registration is needed.

Visit ucnj.org/aging for upoming dates.

Full Time Emergency Medical Technicians

Job benefits include free training opportunities and HazMat cross-training through the Union County Fire/EMS Academy.

Union County has full time job openings for certified Emergency Medical Technicians. The full-time benefits package includes free career development through the Union County Fire/EMS academy.

All applicants must be residents of Union County.

“We are very proud of our EMTs, who work to meet the daily needs and extraordinary demands for life saving services in our community. We are looking forward to meeting the newest members of our emergency services team,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “

For more information: https://ucnj.org/press-releases/public-info/2022/04/26/union-county-is-hiring-full-time-emergency-medical-technicians-apply-today/

Union County Host Donation Drive for the people of Ukraine

donations for Ukraine flyer

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has uprooted families, injured citizens, and left thousands of Ukrainian refugees without access to basic necessities. To date, nearly 1.5 million Ukrainians have fled their homes, many leaving behind necessary supplies.

To support individuals in need, the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office have partnered to organize a county-wide donation drive for the people of Ukraine.

Beginning today, a donation box will be available in the lobby of Union County law enforcement agencies, twenty-four locations in all. Members of the public are invited to bring donations of first aid supplies, toiletries, flashlights, blankets, batteries, clothing, shoes, diapers, formula, and more. The program will run for the foreseeable future, as long as continued aid is needed. This donation drive is made possible through a partnership with law enforcement and local Polish and Ukrainian organizations.

For more information: https://ucnj.org/press-releases/public-info/2022/03/15/union-county-to-host-donation-drive-for-people-of-ukraine/

Cultural Events Around the County

May 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18
8 pm Fridays & Saturdays; 2 pm Sundays
THEATRE

See How They Run

Galloping in and out of the doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress, a cockney maid, an old maid, and four men in clergymen’s suits, presenting the problem of which is which. One in disguise is an escaped prisoner. A sedate bishop is aghast at all the goings-on and the trumped-up stories that are told to him. So swift is the action in this hysterical British farce that audiences are left exhausted with laughter.

Tickets: $25

Westfield Community Players
1000 North Ave. West, Westfield
908-232-1221
www.wcptheatre.org

Wheelchair-accessible venue. Please call in advance for wheelchair accessible parking.

May 9 – 10 – 11
Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7 pm. Saturday matinee @ 2 pm.
THEATRE

Canned Goods – presented by American Theater Group

American Theater Group presents the world premiere of “Canned Goods,” by Erik Kahn. This new play tells the gripping tale of the largely unknown incident that eventually launched World War II. Don’t miss this harrowing account of Hitler’s devious strategy to fake an attack on Germany to justify his invasion of Poland in 1939. Directed by Charlotte Cohn.

Tickets: $20 – $55

For tickets: ucpac.org/event/canned-goods/

For questions about purchasing accessible seating, please call the Box Office at 732-499-8226.

Hamilton Stage
360 Hamilton St., Rahway
(732) 499-8226

Ample parking on site.

May 15
4 pm
FREE MOVIE

“Mamma Mia” – presented by Downtown Cranford Senior Citizen Film Series

Enjoy the classic film, “Mamma Mia.” Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Union County senior citizens (55+). There will be a guest speaker prior to the movie and a Q/A after. For questions, call the DMC Office 908-709-7208.
FREE while tickets last.

Order tickets on Eventbrite https://bit.ly/3WyA9Di

Venue: Cranford Theater
25 North Avenue West, Cranford
(Theater info only 908-588-2477)
downtowncranford.org

Wheelchair-accessible venue; closed captioning or audio description on request.

May 18
7 pm
CHORAL CONCERT

Songs of the Journey – Concord Singers

Concord Singers of Summit present Songs of the Journey, choral expressions of wandering, discovery, triumph, maternal love, and arrival in hope. This concert experience echoes the “journey of the heroine,” beginning in turmoil, resolving through reclamation, and asserting in wisdom.

The chorus will perform music by Samuel Barber, Gwyneth Walker, Clara Schumann, Morten Lauridsen, plus a commissioned work, “Homeland,” by Grace Coberly. Matthew Zabiegala conducts, with Robert Long on piano.

Tickets: $20 Tickets can be purchased online here

Calvary Episcopal Church
31 Woodland Ave, Summit

concordsingers.org

May 19
2 pm
FREE CONCERT

Summit Symphony

Under the direction of conductor Michael Avagliano, the Summit Symphony concert features the NJ Premier performance of “Through the Bay” by Joseph Jaxon, and the winners of this year’s Young Artist Competition.

Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit

www.summitsymphony.org

Wheelchair-accessible venue.

Now thru May 29
9 am – 5 pm, Mon – Fri | Open until 8 pm on Tuesdays
ART EXHIBIT

2024 Union County Senior Art Exhibit

View 158 original works created by county residents age 60 and above at the annual Senior Art Exhibit. This exhibit showcases artworks by both professional and non-professional artists, in a variety of media categories including oil painting, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, works on paper, photography, digital art, mixed media, printmaking, craft and sculpture.

Coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. For questions, call 908-558-2552 weekdays.

Conference Center at UCNJ Union College of Union County, NJ
1776 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains (3rd building on right after entering campus)

Wheelchair-accessible venue. Ample parking available on site.

Jun 1
7 pm & 9:30 pm
CONCERT

Stanley Jordan: Stanley Plays the Grateful Dead

As part of their new All That Jazz series at Hamilton Stage, UCPAC, WBGO, & Smooth Jazz NJ Present: Stanley Jordan: Stanley Plays The Grateful Dead. Guitarist Stanley Jordan has always loved the Grateful Dead’s music and Jerry Garcia’s playing in particular, and this 4-piece unit was founded to share that love with the fans. Don’t miss this legendary performer in this uniquely intimate setting.

ucpac.org/event/stanley-jordan-stanley-plays-the-dead/

Hamilton Stage (UCPAC)
360 Hamilton St., Rahway

Jun 6
7 pm
FREE CONCERT

Juneteenth Celebration – with Tahira

Celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery at the close of the American Civil War, with inspirational songs and storytelling presented by Tahira — an award-winning singer and storyteller who uses sound and music to spread messages of hope and courage.

Kenilworth Public Library
548 Boulevard, Kenilworth
908-276-2451
KENILWORTHLIBRARY.ORG

Wheelchair access via back