Cranford Calendar

Lettuce Bowl Workshop At Hanson Park @ Hanson Park
May 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Lettuce Bowl Workshop At Hanson Park @ Hanson Park | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Tuesday, May 21st from 6:30-7:30 PM for our Lettuce Bowl Workshop at Hanson Park, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford.  In this “make it & take it” workshop we will be using a selection of lettuce, herb, and flowering annuals to create a 12-14 inch container garden to bring home for your patio or deck.  All supplies will be provided, however, it is suggested that participants bring their own garden gloves. Sign-up early on our website,, as registration is limited to the first 15 people.  The cost is $15 for members of the Hanson Park Conservancy ($20 for non-members).  The registration deadline is May 17th.  Payment is due at time of registration and non-refundable.  This program is rain or shine.

May 29 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
FREE LUNCHTIME LECTURE AT WESTFIELD AREA Y: LATEST THERAPIES FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE @ The Embassy Suites Grand Ballroom  | Berkeley Heights | New Jersey | United States

The Westfield Area YMCA hosts Dr. Antonios Mammis, Functional Neurosurgeon at University Hospital Newark and Dr. Erin Feinstein, Movement Disorder Specialist at University Hospital Newark for a free lunchtime lecture 12:30-2:00PM on Wednesday, 5/29. Learn about the latest therapies for Parkinson’s Disease. Topics include medication management, diet/exercise, and surgical options. Refreshments will be served.  Y members and the community are invited, please register by 5/24.

Jean White, Westfield Area YMCA Health & Wellness Director, will also be available to discuss the “Delay the Disease: Exercise to Fight Parkinson’s Symptoms” class offered at the Y. Research has shown that physical exercise has measurable benefits for those living with Parkinson’s. This unique program, led by Y trainers with specialized certification, incorporates strength, flexibility, balance, and cardiovascular exercises to help soothe tremors, improve posture, smooth steps and increase overall well-being.

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 those who qualify.  Learn more about Westfield Area YMCA programs at

YMCA ACHIEVERS 21st ANNUAL BANQUET JUNE 7 @ The Embassy Suites Grand Ballroom
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
YMCA ACHIEVERS 21st ANNUAL BANQUET JUNE 7 @ The Embassy Suites Grand Ballroom  | Berkeley Heights | New Jersey | United States

The Westfield Area YMCA, in collaboration with the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and Plainfield YMCA will host the 21st Annual Achievers Banquet on Friday, June 7, from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm at The Westwood, 438 North Avenue in Garwood.  The evening will include a cocktail hour with live musical performances by students; dinner and dancing; an art auction and tricky tray.  The tricky tray features over 20 items including offerings from Lord & Taylor, Plainfield Symphony, Kidoolo, Somerset Patriots and NY Broadway Tours.  At the banquet, graduating high school seniors, Achievers alumni and Connell Company scholarship recipients will be recognized with certificates distributed by Assemblywoman Linda Carter.

This year’s event features speakers and artists:

Keynote Speaker, Tobias Truvillion, is best known as an actor on In Contempt and Empire.  He is also a film producer, philanthropist, inner-city youth mentor, advocate, and arts instructor.

Banquet Guest Artist, John Stanisci, is a Marvel/DC Comic illustrator who will auction his work to benefit the Achievers program.  John has been a professional illustrator for over 18 years working for all the major comic book publishers drawing characters such as Spider Man, Batman, Catwoman, Superman, and The Hulk.

Positive Peer Pressure Speaker, Dean A. Scott, is co-founder of Cocoa Mocha Kids, an online social media resource page that reviews products for children of color. Ten-year-old Dean and mom Tasha are also the creators of The Mia London “Perfectly Perfect Pajama” Collection, the first pajama collection for children of color.

Proceeds of the 21st Annual Banquet will benefit the Achievers Program. To attend or support, please visit or the Westfield Area YMCA Welcome Center at 220 Clark Street in Westfield.  Ad Journal or vendor table submissions are due by May 31st.  Individual or table tickets must be purchased by June 3rd.

The Westfield Area YMCA Achievers began 21 years ago as part of a national program focusing on college readiness, career development, leadership, life skills and mentoring for diverse high school students from Union County. The goal is to raise the academic standards of young people, expose students to diverse career options and inspire them to reach their goals. Achievers also participate in community service activities, celebrate their history, culture and traditions, receive college prep tutoring and essay assistance. This program is available at little or no cost to participants.

For inquiries about the banquet or how to otherwise support these leaders of tomorrow, please contact Janice A. Carthens at 908-301-YMCA (9622) x227,[email protected] or Nadya Lawrence at 908-301-YMCA (9622) x280,[email protected].

Square Foot Gardening At Hanson Park @ Hanson Park
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm
Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy as we learn the basics of Square Foot Gardening with Althea Llewellyn.  Gather your blankets and chairs and meet us at Hanson Park on Saturday, June 15th at 2:00 PM for this free presentation!  It’s a simple, efficient and productive way to grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers in a small space with less effort.  This innovative method of gardening was created by Mel Bartholomew.  And with this method, anyone can develop a green thumb!  Come one, come all, this presentation is appropriate for ages 6 to 106!
Althea Llewellyn is an environmental educator and speaker.  She is First Vice President of the Master Gardeners of Union County.  She is also a Certified Master Gardener and Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor.
Hanson Park is located at 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford, NJ.  In the event of inclement weather, we will be relocating to the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Ave.  This presentation is sponsored by the Hanson Park Conservancy, a non-profit group dedicated to developing and maintaining Hanson Park and providing the community with educational programs and workshops.  To learn more, please visit our website, 
Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Business Block Party @ Hanson House Park
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Business Block Party @ Hanson House Park | Cranford | New Jersey | United States
Come and learn about the Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce. Share. Network. Meet your Neighbors.  will be Appetizers – Beverages – Games – Prizes. $15 Members/$20 Non-Members.  Click here to register online or call 908.272.6114 or email [email protected]