$40 Members/$50 Non-members/$15 extra at the door. Buffet Dinner/Cash bar. Limited to 275 – Register Early. Click here to register.
In a one-night-only appearance, master flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq will join us for a lecture and performance: “Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement.” Our guest will discuss and perform jazz pieces by artists who contributed to the formation and progress of the civil rights movement. Born in Montclair, NJ, Galen has performed domestically and internationally for over 30 years, traveling to universities, concert halls, festivals, and libraries around the globe. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.
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 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This show consists of an hour of Langston Hughes poetry set to music by African American composers Margaret Bonds and Florence Price. Call the UCPAC box office for ticket information at 732-499-8226.
More information at https://www.tapinto.net/towns/union/sections/arts-and-entertainment/articles/free-performance-of-a-langston-hughes-song-revival-feb-3
Please RSVP by February 1st to (908) 654-5200
$10 Suggested Donation to benefit the Fanwood First Aid Squad
Community Choir Holds Annual Tricky Tray Fundraiser & Dessert Cabaret
For 81 years, The Celebration Singers, a local multi-generational community choir has entertained audiences within Union County and across the globe. On February 7 & 8, 2020, they will hold their Annual Tricky Tray Fundraiser & Dessert Cabaret at Union Elks Lodge 1583, 281 Chestnut Street in Union, NJ. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and guests can immediately start placing their tricky tray tickets in for the prizes. The show, “Are We There Yet?”, begins around 8 p.m. and features songs about places performed by members of its adult choir.
Artistic Director Joe Elefante, along with Collaborative Pianist, James Lubrano artfully cast the showcase which features a musical review of solos, duets, trios, as well as small and full ensemble pieces. Co-Hosts Kathy Gordon and Daniel Frieri emcee the evening. Their witty humor and playful banter are sure to bring a smile to your face and fill the room with laughter and enjoyment.
“I love singing with the choir throughout the year, especially for our Cabaret – it’s a chance to feature our singers’ vocal talents individually”, said, President Nicole Pepe. “The tricky tray and 50/50 gets bigger and bigger every year. We’ve had guests leave with $1,000+ in their pockets and vacations to Florida, the Hamptons, and even tickets to a Knicks game!”
In addition to door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and exciting tricky tray baskets, homemade desserts, and a cash bar will also be available. Tickets are Adults – $25, Seniors – $20, and a 10% discount with advanced purchases of full tables of 10.
Funding for the Celebration Singers is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
Literary Café is a book chat program. The format is simple: Bring a few of your recent favorite books and tell the other members of the group what you like about them. If you don’t have a copy of the book you want to talk about, that’s okay, too. The books can be new or old, fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary. There is no required reading, and you will have the opportunity to learn about books recommended by other group members. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library! Registration is not required. Attend as many sessions as you’d like. Admission is free and all are welcome. Sessions take place in the Raddin Room, and are one hour long.
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 [email protected].
WHO SUPPORTS THE CARETAKER? NOV.19 The National Alliance on Mental Illness invites all who care for a loved one with a mental health illness to join our peer-led group meetings and gain support and insight from others facing similar challenges. Time: Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford. For more info: call 908-233-1628 or email: [email protected]