Cranford Calendar

Westfield Area YMCA Blood Drive @ Westfield Area YMCA
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Westfield Area YMCA Blood Drive @ Westfield Area YMCA

Westfield Area YMCA to host Blood Drive October 3 

The Westfield Area YMCA will host a Blood Drive on Monday, October 3 from 12:00pm until 7:00pm at the Main Y Facility, located at 220 Clark Street, Westfield. Your single donation can be used to save multiple lives!  It is highly recommended that donors reserve a time online at or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins will only be able to donate if times are available.

For information on all Westfield Area YMCA programs and services, visit or call the Welcome Center at 908-301-YMCA (9622). The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Financial assistance is available for YMCA programs and memberships for those who qualify.

2022 Cranford Carve-Out Pumpkin Stroll @ Hanson Park
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Cranford Carve-Out is back for its 8th year on Saturday, 10/22 at Hanson Park. Stroll along the pumpkin-lighted garden paths from 5:30-9 PM to see the amazing carved pumpkins on display. Hosted by Jersey Central Art Studios (JCAS) with support from the Cranford Jaycees and the Hanson Park Conservancy. Rain date 10/29.

This is a FREE event and is open to all ages. Individuals can drop off their carved pumpkins from 10 am until 3 pm on the 22nd at Hanson Park along with a completed registration form (available at

Cash awards will be given for funniest, scariest, and most original and will be grouped by ages; 4-8, 9-16, and 17 and up.

Also, a big screen outdoor showing of a surprise favorite movie will start at dark. Bring your blankets! The movie, stroll, and contest are all free, and hot cider will be available for purchase.
The JCAS is a group of artists and citizens dedicated to raising awareness of the arts and the artistic process, as well as integrating the arts into the community through education, events, and economic development. The JCAS sees art as a vital component to our lives and one that will also enrich our community.

Journey Toward Wholeness: Healing the Grieving Heart @ First Presbyterian Church of Cranford
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Journey Toward Wholeness: Healing the Grieving Heart @ First Presbyterian Church of Cranford

The First Presbyterian Church of Cranford (FPCC) is preparing to offer its free, 8-week, grief recovery seminar, “Journey Toward Wholeness: Healing the Grieving Heart,” which takes place on Sunday evenings beginning September 18th until Sunday, November 6th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The seminar is being offered on Zoom only. There is no charge, but registration is required by calling (908) 251-5641.

Exhausted, depleted, lonely, and isolated are just a few of the terms that describe how we are feeling while navigating through an increasingly chaotic existence, exacerbated by a pandemic, political conflict, and extreme weather. When you are grieving a loss amid all these stressors, every day may seem dark and overwhelming.

We offer a ray of light and welcome all grieving a loss of any type to join our seminar. The co-leaders of the program, Patti Williams, RN and Certified Grief Counselor and Virginia Waters, Clinical Psychologist, have personal and professional training and experience in the field of grief and loss. They are joined by a team of trained facilitators who provide support and lead breakout groups for individuals who have experienced a similar loss.

In the words of a recent participant, “Thank you and your team for everything you are doing to create such necessary, safe, and encouraging bereavement healing space for these times. Being with other grievers, I felt myself soften into the truths of my loss in a profound way that I haven’t had the opportunity to do at all during this time of Covid. I’m so grateful for that small step forward. I was also mightily impressed by how well you all managed the technology to make this possible. Well done!”

The program is FREE and open to all faiths. We have helped thousands of participants in 21 years.
For more information visit