Special Event Calendar

50th Anniversary of the “Miracle Mets” with Art Shamsky

Tuesday, September 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Union County’s Warinanco Sports Center

From the moon landing to the Woodstock music festival, 1969 was an extraordinary year in American history. It was also the year of the “miracle” World Series win by the New York Mets baseball team. Now Union County residents can experience all of these events together from the perspective of former Mets outfielder, broadcaster and author Art Shamsky, who played a role in the Mets’ improbable march to victory.

Mr. Shamsky will give a talk on the 50th Anniversary of the “Miracle Mets” on Tuesday, September 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Union County’s Warinanco Sports Center, located at 1 Park Drive in Warinanco Park, in Roselle.

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ExpressVote XL Voting Machine Public Demonstrations

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Union County Means Business – Business Expo

September 18 at the Warinanco Sports Center

Attend the Union County Business Expo to network with local businesses and showcase your own talents. Register / Learn more.

Summer Arts Festival

UC Fit Yoga begins in the parks at 6:30. The concerts begin at 7:30

Oak Ridge Park, Clark – Wednesdays
Aug 21 – Hey Bulldog (Tribute to the Beatles) Due to expected rain, this has been moved indoors to Crossroads at 78 North Avenue in Garwood
Aug 28 –  We May Be Right (The Billy Joel Experience)

Hayrides and Campfires

  • Friday, October 4th Warinanco Park – 6:30pm – 9:30 pm on 
  • Sunday, October 6th – Trailside Nature & Science Center – 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Friday, October 11th – Trailside Nature & Science Center – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 13th – Trailside Nature & Science Center – 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Friday, October 18th –  Trailside Nature & Science Center – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Weather permitting.  Come join the fun this fall as Union County presents the annual Hayrides and Campfires in Warinanco Park and the Watchung Reservation. Hayrides  and Campfires include folk songs around the campfire, hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the fire.

Advanced ticket sales begin September 4th (Online & In-person)

  • In-County: $6.00
  • Out-of-County: $12.00

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Rockin’ the Reservation

Watchung Reservation- @ the Loop

Sunday, September 29 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Rain or Shine – Please join us at our 2ndAnnual Rockin’ the Reservation event. This event features live music and hands on family friendly activities. Rockin’ the Reservation is filled with fun for everyone and includes art demonstrations, interactive art and music, pony rides, petting zoo, food trucks, scarecrow building, multicultural dancing, and more

Admission: $5/ person & ages 7 and under are free (Fees are charged for some activities)

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Know your Military Benefits Expo

August 21, 2019 at the Wanico Sports Center. Learn more

Information about filing/updating claims and VA benefits including mental health, home loans, education, burial and financial benefits. Includes a special presentation for LGBTQ+ military personnel

National Amputee Golf Association’ “First Swing” Golf Clinic

September 14, 2019 at the Learning Center at the Galloping Hill Golf Course.

Learn to golf program for Persons with Physical Disabilities. Learn more

County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi presents New Jersey Notary Training
presented by Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, Esq.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi will make opening remarks and review the application process.  Union County Surrogate James LaCorte, Esq. will speak about 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. Registration required. Learn more.

Haunted Hayrides

Deserted Village, Watchung Reservation

  • Friday & Saturday-October 25 & 26 – 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 27 -6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Rain date- Monday, October 28th

Imagine visiting a whole village of haunted houses and meeting the ghosts of people who actually lived and died there. That is what you will experience at the Haunted Hayrides conducted in the Deserted Village of Feltville. The total program experience lasts about one hour. The program is intended for adults and children age 6 and older. Tickets are sold for rides at specific times as noted on your ticket.

Advanced ticket sales begin September 17  

  • In-County: $8.00
  • Out-of-County: $16.00

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Programs for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

Karate Ages 15 & Under
Aug. 22 – Sept. 19
Thursdays, 7 pm – 7:45 pm; Clark Rec. Center Registration Fee: $12
 
Karate Ages 16 & Up
Aug. 22 – Sept. 19
Thursdays, 8 pm – 8:45 pm; Clark Rec. Center Registration Fee: $12

Golf at Galloping Hill
Sept. 7 – Oct. 12 (Excluding Sept. 21)
Saturdays, 9 am– 10 am; Ages 14 & Under; Registration Fee: Free

Golf at Ash Brook
Sept. 7 – Oct. 12 (Excluding Sept. 21)
Saturdays, 10 am – 11 am; Ages 15 & Up; Registration Fee: Free

Yoga
Sept. 9 – Oct. 21 (Excluding Oct. 14)
Mondays, 5 pm– 6 pm; Trailside Nature & Science Center; Ages 13-36; Registration Fee: $12

Soccer
Sept. 16 –  Oct. 21
Mondays, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm; Wheeler Park; Ages 16 & Up; Registration Fee: $12

Ceramics
Sept. 17 & 24
Tuesdays, 7 pm – 8:00 pm; John T. Gregorio Center; Ages 18 & Up; Registration Fee: $8

Fall Fishing Derby
Sept. 21
Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm; Echo Lake Park; All Ages; Registration Fee: Free

Pumpkin Sail

Echo Lake Park

  • Friday, November 1 5:15 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Rain date- Saturday, November 2

Bring your carved jack-o-lantern to Echo Lake Park the day after Halloween and join others for Great Pumpkin Sail. Watch as your pumpkin is put on a float on the lake, sing songs around the campfire and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows.  

Advanced ticket sales begin October 2. (Online & In-person)  

  • In-County: $12.00 per family of six (6)
  • Out-of-County: $16.00 per family of six (6)

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Help with Senior Services

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Cultural Events Calendar

Sep. 17
6:30 – 8 pm
LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING

50th Anniversary of the “Miracle Mets”

Hear about the “miracle” World Series win by the NY Mets’ from the perspective of former Mets outfielder, broadcaster and author Art Shamsky, who played a role in the Mets’ improbable march to victory. Shamsky’s talk will focus on his new book, After the Miracle, which places the baseball season in the context of other major events of the late 60s, and chronicles the brotherhood among members of the 1969 team.

FREE but registration is suggested: Click here
Warinanco Sports Center
1 Park Drive (in Warinanco Park), Roselle
908-558-2550

Oct. 5
7 pm
CONCERT

New Jersey Festival Orchestra presents: Invitation to the Waltz

The waltz — that outrageous and intoxicating dance that caused 19th-century fathers to lock up their daughters — made a superstar of Johann Strauss and captured the imagination of generations… David Wroe conducts waltzes by Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss, plus Tchaikovsky. The orchestra will perform Richard Strauss’s Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier; Johann Strauss’s Emperor Waltz, and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, featuring Jiapeng Nie on cello.

First United Methodist Church
1 E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ
Tickets $30-$76 | Under 21 only $15
www.njfestivalorchestra.org or 908-232-9400

Oct. 8
7 pm
THEATRE

Doctor Faustus – performed by Hudson Shakespeare Co.

In this Christopher Marlowe play, German intellect Doctor Faustus is at a loss as to what he must master next. He decides on magic and calls upon Mephistopheles, a servant of the devil, for help. Faustus makes an offer the devil can’t refuse – to sign away his soul in exchange for 24 years of life with Mephistopheles at his beck and call. Faustus then embarks on a journey through time and space to discover life’s meaning. Who will he meet? What will he learn? And what happens when his time is up?

FREE
Kenilworth Public Library
548 Blvd., Kenilworth
908-276-2451
www.kenilworthlibrary.org

Oct. 19
1 pm
THEATRE for families

History’s Alive Aesop’s Fables/ Aesop Bops

A zoo full of animals comes alive in this fast-paced performance that teaches children about sharing and friendship. Stories performed will include “The Lion and the Mouse,” “Why Turtle Has a Checkered Shell” and more. Aesop Bops includes a lot of audience engagement and participation.

Free
Linden Public Library
31 East Henry St., Linden
908-298-3830

Oct. 19–20
12 noon – 5 both days
LOCAL HISTORY

Four Centuries in a Weekend – Explore the Historic Sites of Union County

A fall tradition! Take a journey into local history, as more than 30 historic sites in Union County are open to the public for one special weekend. Many sites will offer special activities, demonstrations, exhibits and events. Some sites offer light refreshments.

FREE
Visit www.ucnj.org/4c
Or call 908-558-2550