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Holiday Toy Drive

Join the Union County Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Human Services in spreading Holiday magic this year by donating *new* toys to the children in need!

Visit our Amazon Wish List (https://amzn.to/3r40RnE) to send toys directly to our UC Holiday Workshop or drop off the toys to our Union County Administration Building Lobby located at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth NJ. For more information contact: Nathalie Hernandez @ nahernandez@ucnj.org

flyer for holiday toy drive

Works of Artist Hao Feng on Exhibit

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to present Moments, and exhibit by the interdisciplinary artist Hao Feng. Moments will be on exhibit at the Commissioners’ Gallery from Monday, October 17 to Friday, December 9.

The Commissioners Gallery is located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza in midtown Elizabeth, and is open weekdays during regular business hours.

“The works of Hao Feng encourage reflection and appreciation for the experiences of our daily lives, expressing a unique and powerful vision across a wide range of media. We are very proud to bring her creative insights to the Commissioners’ Gallery,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams.

For more information: https://ucnj.org/press-releases/public-info/2022/10/13/works-of-artist-hao-feng-on-exhibit-at-commissioners-gallery-in-elizabeth/

Join the Master Tree Stewards of Union County

Learn how to help the environment and teach about the importance of trees – no experience necessary.

Union County residents who are looking for a fun and rewarding civic service project can join the 4-H Master Tree Steward program and learn how to “speak for the trees.”

Master Tree Stewards are community volunteers who visit 4th-grade classrooms each spring to present an interactive lesson on trees. No experience is needed. All training and classroom materials are provided by the Master Tree Steward program.
Master Tree Stewards can also organize additional projects, such as the educational “Tree Trails” in Union County park

Volunteering in Union County Parks is Easier than Ever

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

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.

The October September dates and locations will be:

Thursday, October 6

Bilingual staff will be available at this event to assist residents in Spanish

Union Public Library

1060 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, 07083

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Monday, October 17

Clark Public Library

303 Westfield Avenue, Clark, 07066

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

For more information: https://ucnj.org/press-releases/public-info/2022/09/20/union-county-offers-convenient-expert-guidance-for-seniors-seeking-services-3/

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

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

Dec 3
2 pm
FREE CONCERT

Summit Symphony in Concert

Conducted by Michael Avagliano, the Summit Symphony will perform Symphony No. 1 by Jean Sibelius; Pelleas et Melisande by Gabriel Faure; and the Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms.

FREE

Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit NJ
summitsymphony.org

  • Entire venue is wheelchair-accessible, with entrance ramps and elevators.

Dec 9 – Dec 18 weekends
Fri Dec 9 & 16 at 8pm | Sat Dec 10 & 17 at 1pm and 8pm | Sun Dec 11 & 18 at 2pm
MUSICAL THEATRE (live in-person)

Elf, the Musical

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Tickets: $25 online; $30 at the door

CDC Theatre
78 Winans Ave., Cranford NJ
908-276-7611
cdctheatre.org

  • Wheelchair-accessible venue

Dec. 10
12 noon – 1:30 pm
FREE DANCE WORKSHOP (Live in-person)

Beginner Hip-Hop Masterclass with Bo Belza

Come find your groove at this beginner-level masterclass with teacher, dancer and choreographer Bo Belza. Signed with MSA Talent Agency, Bo ad has danced for artists such as BTS, Jonas Brothers, Travis Scott and at the VMAS.

Class is FREE. Sneakers suggested.

To register, email Taina.Bey@theconnectiononline.org

The Connection
79 Maple St., Summit
theconnectiononline.org

Dec. 11
3 pm
CONCERT

Concord Singers Holiday Concert: What Can I Give

The Concord Singers will perform of choral selections centering around the message of “giving joyfully with our indomitable spirit, and with our whole heart.” Matthew Zabiegala conducts, with Robert Long on piano. Concord Singers, a women’s community chorus, performs varied music, including works composed and/or arranged by women.

Calvary Episcopal Church
31 Woodland Ave., Summit

Tickets: $20 (pay at the door via Square, cash, or check) concordsingers.org

Dec. 16
7:30 pm
FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT (Live in-person)

Annual Holiday Concert by Westfield Community Concert Band

The Westfield Community Concert Band presents its 32nd annual Holiday Concert with special guests, the Edison Intermediate School Broadway Singers. Concert will feature both traditional and contemporary holiday-season selections. Celebrate the season!

Free public concert

Edison Intermediate School Auditorium
800 Rahway Ave., Westfield
908-337-9073
westfieldcommunityband.com

  • Site is wheelchair-accessible.

Dec. 17
12 noon – 1:30 pm
FREE DANCE WORKSHOP (Live in-person)

Beginner Graham Masterclass with Sierra Sanders

Come explore the technique of American dance legend Martha Graham in this beginner-level masterclass with artist and educator Sierra Sanders. Sierra was a member of Graham 2 and received her Teacher’s Certification in Graham Technique from the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Ages 10+.

Class is FREE.

To register, email Taina.Bey@theconnectiononline.org

The Connection
79 Maple St., Summit
theconnectiononline.org

Dec 18
3 pm (Live in-person)
HOLIDAY CONCERT & TOY DRIVE

Choral Art Society of NJ

Conducted by Martin Sedek and joined by professional soloists, the Choral Art Society will perform the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio and other holiday choral gems by Kirby Shaw, Samuel Adler, Martin Sedek, Donald Fraser and more. There will also be a toy drive at this concert – please consider bringing a wrapped toy (for a child ages 2-12) to the concert for donation to children in need. See website below for full details.

Tickets: $25 advance or $30 at the door | Students & seniors $20 advance or $25 at the door | Under 12 FREE

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
414 East Broad St., Westfield, NJ
908-209-5435
casofnj.org

  • Wheelchair-accessible venue.
  • All programs are large print.
  • For other accommodations, please call

Ongoing

ART EXHIBIT

56th Annual New Jersey Art Show (2022 Virtual Exhibit – view any time)

The New Jersey Senior Art Show is an exhibit of artworks created by both professional and non-professional artists, ages 60 and up, from all 21 counties across the state. The show comprises all first-place artworks (in each media category) from every county’s senior art show, previously held this year. The 2022 NJ Senior Art Show includes works by 16 Union County artists. Ten of these Union County artists received a state-level award.

See the New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show here.

The NJ Senior Citizen Art Show is a co-sponsored project of Mercer County’s Division of Culture and Heritage and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

2022 CONCERT Performance
Video (watch any time)

Steeple Concerts – Masterworks at St. Paul’s

Enjoy a beautiful pre-recorded concert conducted by Mark Hyczko, with orchestra and chorale performing Symphony No. 2 for Chorus and Orchestra, “Lobgesang,” by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1837).

This concert was performed live at St. Paul’s Church, Westfield.

Click here for this concert performance.
FREE