Special Event Calendar

Black History Month

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to celebrate Black History Month in February. The public is invited to a series of four free events:

  • The month of February will kick off with a Black History Month flag raising ceremony in front of the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth at noon on Saturday, February 1st.
  • On Monday, February 3rd, a production of A Langston Hughes Song Revival will be shown at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage located at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway. Learn more / Register
  • On Saturday, February 8th, The Freeholder Board will present the Chester Holmes award before the production of Raisin: A Musical at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage in Rahway from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This is a musical adaptation of the Lorraine Hansberry play A Raisin in the Sun. Call the UCPAC box office for ticket information at 732-499-8226.
  • On Monday, February 10th, at noon the Freeholder Board will recognize the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade and its reverberations in our lives today with a free educational “Lunch and Learn” event. This event will take place in the Freeholder meeting room on the 6th floor in the Union County administration building in Elizabeth. For more information, please email Nathalie Hernandez at nahernandez@ucnj.org. 

UCPO, Kean University hosting “21-21” forum on campus sexual violence

On Monday, January 13, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m., the Union County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting a public forum at Kean University on the topic of campus sexual violence. The forum will be held in Room 106 of the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success (CAS) on the main campus of Kean University in Union. Admission is free, and parking will be available on site.

The event will be presided over by acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, who will moderate a discussion with a panel of experts, active in addressing the serious problem of campus sexual violence. Panel participants will include Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Patricia Gusmano, Special Victims Unit Supervisor and Union County Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor, Special Victims Unit Sgt. Sofia Santos, Union County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) Coordinator Dorothy DiFabio, and New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault Assistant Director Robert Baran.

According to Ruotolo, the event is intended to raise public awareness both as to the shocking extent of the problem and of the many services available to the survivors of sexual violence. The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) has reported that 11.2 percent of all college students nationwide experience some form of sexual assault, including 23.1 percent of female undergraduates, with those of ages 18-24 being at triple the national-average risk.

The meeting is the eighth in a series of events hosted by the Prosecutor’s Office as part of the 21-County, 21st Century Community Policing Project, launched by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in April 2018.

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Upcoming events from the Office of LGBTQ Affairs

Fostering Hope Together

presented in partnership with the Division of Families and Children, Embrella, CASA of Union County and Kemper Sports

Saturday, December 7
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Warinanco Sports Center
1 Park Drive, Roselle/Elizabeth NJ

Children in foster care and their families are invited to enjoy a morning of holiday cheer to include skating (ages 5+), photos with Santa, hot chocolate, cookies and more…

Free Admission

Registration Required online at ucnj.org/fostering-hope-together

POSTPONED

Open for Business – Open for Everyone Inclusion and Diversity Symposium

for Business Owners, Managers and Entrepreneurs

New Date TBD

Hamilton Stage (Fazioli Room)
360 Hamilton Street, Rahway

Business owners, managers and entrepreneurs to participate in the first Open for Business – Open for Everyone: Inclusion and Diversity Symposium.

The free full-day symposium will focus on internal policies and practices to create an inclusive working environment for employees, LGBTQ+ 101 cultural competency training, understanding New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD), and best practices for being open for business to serve all people.

The scheduled panelists and speakers represent New Jersey government, corporate sector, small business, and workplace diversity.  Guests will have an opportunity to engage in important discussions with experts in their respective fields to foster a diverse, inclusive, accepting, welcoming space for employees and customers.

Cultural Competency Training

Presented in partnership with the Division of Purchasing

Friday, November 15
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration/Check-In begins at 9:30 AM

UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage
360 Hamilton Street, Rahway

The LGBTQ Cultural Competency course aims to increase knowledge and skills to improve the attendee’s ability to effectively and respectfully interact with LGBTQ colleagues, vendor clients and people in general. The training will offer an understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and highlight challenges individuals face on a daily basis in a heteronormative environment through a conversation about intersectionality.

Registration Required

ucnj.org/cultural-competency-training/

Cultural Events Calendar

Jan. 11, 18, 24, 25 at 8 PM
Jan. 20 at 2 PM
THEATRE

The Runner Stumbles

A young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan. Her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder.

$22  l  $10 for Students & Active-Duty Military
Westfield Community Players
1000 North Ave. West, Westfield
908-232-1221
http://www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org/

Jan. 21
12-1 PM
CONCERT

Memory Café

The Memory Café provides an opportunity for individuals with memory loss and their care takers to socialize and enjoy music in a warm welcoming environment. A free lunch will be provided.

Free
Lavy House
748 East Broad St., Westfield
908-352-8375
www.jfscentral.org

Feb. 2
12-1 PM
CONCERT

Memory Café

The Memory Café provides an opportunity for individuals with memory loss and their care takers to socialize and enjoy music in a warm welcoming environment. A free lunch will be provided.

Free
Jewish Family Service of Central NJ
655 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth
www.jfscentral.org

Feb. 18
12-1 PM
CONCERT

Memory Café

The Memory Café provides an opportunity for individuals with memory loss and their care takers to socialize and enjoy music in a warm welcoming environment. A free lunch will be provided.

Free
Lavy House
748 East Broad St., Westfield
908-352-8375
www.jfscentral.org

Feb. 21-29 (Fridays & Saturdays)
8 PM
Feb. 23
2 PM Matinee
THEATRE

Be Here Now

Surrounded by painfully cheerful co-workers, Bari is deeply cynical and woefully underemployed. After an unexpected and unexplainable turn of events, Bari finds herself on an enlightening new path. When she meets Mike, it’s her turn to pull another out of the darkness.

Adults $39 l Seniors $34 l Students $25
Dreamcatcher Rep @ Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit
800-838-3006
www.dreamcatcherrep.org

Feb. 22
7 PM
Singing Contest/ Concert

Rahway Valley Jerseyaires’ Barbershop Quartet Singing Contest & Concert

Come sing at the 59th Annual Barbershop Contest — or just listen, as novice barbershop quartets compete in this fun contest. Quartets sing a cappella and are evaluated by professional judges. Winners receive a medal. To register a quartet, call 201-675-1222. (A modest registration fee applies.)

Free
Roosevelt School
811 St. Georges Ave., Rahway
201-675-1222
www.jerseyaires.org

Feb. 23
2-3 PM
JAZZ CONCERT

James Austin Jazz Trio

James Austin Jr. is an accomplished jazz pianist and bandleader who has performed with a long list of jazz greats, and has received a number of awards and accolades for his talent. Austin, along with his trio, plays a mix of jazz standards and original arrangements.

Free
Summit Public Library
75 Maple Street, Summit
908-273-0350
www.summitlibrary.org

Feb. 23
3 PM
CONCERT

Masters of the Orchestra

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Winter Concert featuring, Young Artist Concerto Competition winner, Dylan Hamme, of Leonia. He will perform Ravel’s Tzigane, an extraordinary display of violin technique. The orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7, Beethoven’s German Dance No. 1, and the Stamitz Sinfonia in D major.

Free
Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School
272 Morris Ave., Summit
www.njio.org

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities and Community Events

The Office of Community Engagement & Diversity of the County of Union is located within the Department of Economic Development. If you have any questions regarding requesting volunteer services or partnering up with our Office for events, please contact Nathalie Hernandez at 908-527-4880 nahernandez@ucnj.org

Friday, January 3rd
Borough of Roselle’s 2020 Re-Organization Meeting
210 Chestnut Street, Roselle-Borough Hall
6:00pm-7:00pm

Friday, January 3rd
Kenilworth Re-Organization Meeting
567 Boulevard, Kenilworth-Borough Hall
6:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday, January 4th
Winfield Re-Organization Meeting
12 Gulfstream Avenue, Winfield
10:00am-11:00am

Sunday, January 5th
Fanwood Re-Organization Meeting
75 North Martine Ave, Fanwood- Council Chambers Borough Hall
11:30am-12:30pm

Sunday, January 5th
Union County Re-Organization Meeting
2 Broad Street, Elizabeth
12:00pm-2:00pm

Monday, January 6th
Intro to Yarn Arts: Learn to Knit & Crochet-Adult Knitting
724 Park Avenue, Plainfield
11:00am-12:00pm
Basic stitches and patterns. Beginners to advanced 8-80yrs old. $25 for Plainfield resident; $55 for non-resident.

Monday, January 6th
Garwood Reorganization Meeting
403 South Avenue, Garwood-Council Chambers, Municipal Building
6:00pm-7:00pm

Monday, January 6th
Intro to Yarn Arts: Learn to Knit & Crochet-Adult Knitting
724 Park Avenue, Plainfield
6:30pm-7:30pm
Basic stitches and patterns. Beginners to advanced 8-80yrs old. $25 for Plainfield resident; $55 for non-resident.

Monday, January 6th
Clark Re-Organization Meeting
315 Westfield Avenue, Clark
7:00pm-8:00pm

Monday, January 6th
Plainfield Re-Organization Meeting
325 Watchung Ave, Plainfield
7:00pm-8:00pm

Monday, January 6th
Borough of New Providence’s 2020 Reorganization
360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence-Court Room
7:30pm-9:00pm