Cranford Calendar

Nov
21
Sat
2020
Westfield Area YMCA Sports Programs Keep Youth Active @ Westfield Area YMCA
Nov 21 all-day
Westfield Area YMCA Sports Programs Keep Youth Active @ Westfield Area YMCA

The Westfield Area YMCA’s doors are open, and with it the return of YMCA programs such as basketball clinics, Tae Kwon Do classes, Flyers Track and Field, and youth swim.

Basketball clinics will be divided into five different age groups: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, and 6th-8th Grade, each with varying start and end dates and times. Clinics begin Saturday 11/21 and run through Sunday 12/20. The Kindergarten and 1st Grade clinics will take place at the Bauer Branch Gym, 422 East Broad St, while the rest of the clinics will be held at the Main Y Gym, 220 Clark St.
Participants will be assigned a clinic time with a 15-minute gap in between to allow for thorough cleaning of equipment and transition time in between groups. Basketballs will be supplied and will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each clinic.  Participants are welcome to bring their own basketball if they prefer.

Tae Kwon Do is underway.  All classes will be held at the Main Y, 220 Clark St. Temperature checks and health screening questions will be held upon entry to the facility.  All classes are in person with a Zoom option, except for the Intro class. Each student has 200 square feet of space, more than ample for social distancing.

A mini four-week session of the Flyers Track and Field program is underway outdoors at Oak Ridge Park.  The season runs from 11/2-11/25. Athletes learn proper technique from USATF-certified coaches and build endurance and speed.  Practice options include two distance groups, one for ages 7-10 and one for ages 11-15, and a sprint group for ages 9-15.

A 10-week youth swim session is now being held. Parent-child classes through Aquatic Conditioning are available.

To register and for more details, visit westfieldynj.org or call (908)-301-9622.

The Y is for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  Financial assistance is available.

Nov
22
Sun
2020
Deutscher Club of Clark Winterfest @ Deutscher Club
Nov 22 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Nov
23
Mon
2020
Thanksgiving Food Drive for Cranford Family Care @ The MAX Challenge of Cranford
Nov 23 all-day

THE MAX Challenge of Cranford will be partnering with Cranford Family Care to assist their “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” initiative! We are excited to be accepting donations for our 2020 Food Drive 🥫 🏡
➡️ To schedule your drop off at our studio email [email protected] or text 9088385331
➡️ Drop-offs MUST be scheduled due to COVID-19 safety and capacity regulations.
➡️ From Wed Nov 12th – Friday, Nov 20th Cranford Cares is asking for donations of
🥞 Pancake mix
🍯 Condiments (ketchup, honey, mustard, mayo, etc)
🍽️ Children’s snacks🧃🍿 🥨 🍪
➡️ From Monday, November 23rd through Wed November 25th, we will be accepting
🥔🍠 Fresh potatoes
🍅🥑🥦🥬🥒🌶️🌽🥕 Fresh produce
All to donate to local families in need for Thanksgiving!

Cranford Community Thanksgiving Service – Cranford Clergy Council will honor Kathy Willis @ By Requests or Virtual Event
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm
Cranford Community Thanksgiving Service - Cranford Clergy Council will honor Kathy Willis @ By Requests or Virtual Event

Cranford Community Thanksgiving Service

An Interfaith Service of Gratitude

St. Michael’s Church

Monday, November 23 at 7:00p.m.

The Cranford Clergy Council will honor Kathy Willis for her years of service as Director of Cranford Family Care

Due to COVID restrictions, the sanctuary can only hold 150 people. If you would like to attend, you must contact the Parish Office, at 908-276-0360, and leave a message with your name and phone number, or email the same to [email protected] for contact tracing purposes. When you arrive at the service on the 23rd, you must wear a face covering the entire time. You will give your name to the person at the table in the vestibule to check-in. The ushers will assist in seating you, keeping attendees at a proper social distance from one another.

In honor of Kathy’s service, please consider bringing nonperishable food pantry items as a donation to Cranford Family Care.

There will also be a donation box in the vestibule. A collection is always taken at this service to go towards the High School Senior Scholarship for Service.

We hope you can join us in celebrating Kathy’s gift of service to Cranford, as well as joining our friends and neighbors in giving thanks for all we share as a community.

For any questions, please contact Cindy Hannen at [email protected]

We will live stream the service on the

St. Michael Facebook Page

www.facebook.com/stmichaelcranford

Nov
24
Tue
2020
Thanksgiving Food Drive for Cranford Family Care @ The MAX Challenge of Cranford
Nov 24 all-day

THE MAX Challenge of Cranford will be partnering with Cranford Family Care to assist their “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” initiative! We are excited to be accepting donations for our 2020 Food Drive 🥫 🏡
➡️ To schedule your drop off at our studio email [email protected] or text 9088385331
➡️ Drop-offs MUST be scheduled due to COVID-19 safety and capacity regulations.
➡️ From Wed Nov 12th – Friday, Nov 20th Cranford Cares is asking for donations of
🥞 Pancake mix
🍯 Condiments (ketchup, honey, mustard, mayo, etc)
🍽️ Children’s snacks🧃🍿 🥨 🍪
➡️ From Monday, November 23rd through Wed November 25th, we will be accepting
🥔🍠 Fresh potatoes
🍅🥑🥦🥬🥒🌶️🌽🥕 Fresh produce
All to donate to local families in need for Thanksgiving!

Nov
25
Wed
2020
Thanksgiving Food Drive for Cranford Family Care @ The MAX Challenge of Cranford
Nov 25 all-day

THE MAX Challenge of Cranford will be partnering with Cranford Family Care to assist their “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” initiative! We are excited to be accepting donations for our 2020 Food Drive 🥫 🏡
➡️ To schedule your drop off at our studio email [email protected] or text 9088385331
➡️ Drop-offs MUST be scheduled due to COVID-19 safety and capacity regulations.
➡️ From Wed Nov 12th – Friday, Nov 20th Cranford Cares is asking for donations of
🥞 Pancake mix
🍯 Condiments (ketchup, honey, mustard, mayo, etc)
🍽️ Children’s snacks🧃🍿 🥨 🍪
➡️ From Monday, November 23rd through Wed November 25th, we will be accepting
🥔🍠 Fresh potatoes
🍅🥑🥦🥬🥒🌶️🌽🥕 Fresh produce
All to donate to local families in need for Thanksgiving!

Nov
27
Fri
2020
Cranford Track Friday 2020 @ Ray White Memorial Track
Nov 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cranford Track Friday 2020 @ Ray White Memorial Track
Track Friday is a celebration of charitable giving, held on the day after Thanksgiving, a day is commonly known for mega sales and commercialism. Participants are encouraged to redirect some of their Black Friday dollars to charitable causes, while also spending time with their community and burning off some Thanksgiving calories.

The Cranford Jaycees have been hosting a Track Friday event at the Ray White Track since 2016. In light of new considerations for COVID-19, the Jaycees will host a hybrid version of the event that allows us to continue our tradition of gathering at the track while also offering a town-wide virtual option. Cranford residents are invited to participate at the track or by running/walking virtually, anywhere, anytime on November 27th.

The Jaycees have created a special commemorative t-shirt celebrating the 5th Annual Cranford Track Friday. All net proceeds from the sales will support a fund comprised of local charities that have touched the Cranford Community in 2020. The Jaycees have nominated beneficiaries that support COVID-19 Relief, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, and Pediatric Cancer.

As always, participants are invited to create a personal fundraising campaign on our Leaderboard or support a fellow community member. Last year, the Cranford community raised over $32,000! Add your campaign here: mightycause.com/team/Cranfordtrackfriday2020

See you at the Ray White Track – or somewhere around town – on November 27th at 11 AM!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1041245353002391/

Nov
28
Sat
2020
Westfield Area Y Men’s Club Tree Lot Opens Saturday, November 28 @ Elm Street Field
Nov 28 all-day
Westfield Area Y Men's Club Tree Lot Opens Saturday, November 28 @ Elm Street Field

For over 70 years the Westfield Area Y Men’s Club has held its annual Christmas Tree Sale at the Elm Street field.  All proceeds are donated to local charities and non-profit organizations. The event is run by club members from Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, and Cranford, along with many volunteers from area organizations and local youth.

The trees will be delivered and the lot set up between November 21st-27th.  This is no small feat, as there are approximately three tractor-trailer loads per year!

The Westfield Area Y Men’s Club Annual Christmas Tree Sale has been a community tradition since 1947, with all proceeds benefiting local charities and organizations. This year’s tree selection includes top-quality Fraser Firs and Balsam Firs.  This year also features a new hybrid tree called a “Fralsam.” This tree is grown in Vermont and combines the needle longevity of a Fraser with the evergreen smell of a Balsam. Tree varieties and sizes range from 3 foot “tabletop” trees all the way up to 12 footers.  Also available are Wreathes, Evergreen Roping, Grave Covers, and Tree Stands.

The lot opens on Saturday, November 28th, and closes the week of December 21, pending the remaining tree count.  Lot hours are 9 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday and 5-9 pm Monday-Friday.

Since its inception, the Y’s Men have raised over $2.5 million for community charitable donations.  Some of the many organizations that have benefitted from the money raised include the Westfield United Fund, Contact Caring, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Imagine, Resolve Community Counseling, Scotch Plains and Westfield Rescue Squads, Westfield Crew, Master Gardeners Club, and the Westfield Area YMCA.

Along with the advantage of being in the healthy outdoors, the tree sale will observe all 6-foot social distancing and mask-wearing protocols for the duration of the sale.

The tree lot is located on the Elm Street Athletic Field, across from Stop & Shop.

For more information, please visit www.westfieldynj.org/get-involved/community-partners/ys-mens-club or visit us on Facebook at Westfield Area Y’s Men’s Club Christmas Tree Sale.

Dec
3
Thu
2020
Outdoor Sip-N-Shop at Cougar HQ @ Cougar Headquarters
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Dec
4
Fri
2020
Winter Wonderland Tour of the Town 2020
Dec 4 all-day
Winter Wonderland Tour of the Town 2020
Cranford High School Project Graduation 2021 is hosting a Winter Wonderland Tour of the Town on December 4 & 5, 2020. The drive-thru tour will feature themed displays, twinkling lights, and beautifully decorated homes. Lighted Scenes, caroling, holiday cheer & more! Follow your way through Cranford to get into the holiday spirit.
Price is $25 per car which includes a map of participating homes, popcorn, two cups of hot cocoa, an entry for a prize raffle, and a letter from Santa.
All tickets are pre-sale. For tickets, please visit https://tinyurl.com/CHSPG21WWRegistration. To pay, please use Venmo @CHSPG2021 or mail a check made payable to CHS PTSA Project Graduation to CHS, PTSA PG21, Winter Wonderland, 38 Roselle Ave., Cranford, NJ 07016.
We will be collecting canned and boxed goods to donate to Cranford Family Care.
Roselle Park Annual Winter Market @ Michael Mauri Gazebo Park
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm
Roselle Park Annual Winter Market @ Michael Mauri Gazebo Park

Roselle Park Annual Winter Market

The Borough of Roselle Park is hosting their Annual Winter Market from Friday, December 4th, until Sunday, December 6th at Michael Mauri Gazebo Park. The festivities will kick off at 4 pm on Friday, December 4th, with the Winter Market, tree lighting, and free kids activities. Saturday and Sunday will be open from 2-8 pm and will feature the Winter Market, live performances, and kids’ activities. Additionally, all three nights will feature food trucks and a Biergarten.

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order regarding social distancing and mask-wearing will be enforced by the Roselle Park Police.

“After such a challenging year, I could not be happier to announce we will be moving forward with our Winter Market,” said Roselle Park Mayor Joe Signorello. “With live music, food trucks, kids activities, and a Biergarten planned, the Winter Market will be our best Winter celebration yet.”

Santa’s Parade of Lights @ Roselle Park, NJ
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm
Santa’s Parade of Lights @ Roselle Park, NJ | Roselle Park | New Jersey | United States

On Friday, December 4th, at 7 pm, Roselle Park is hosting Santa’s Parade of Lights. The parade will feature Santa Claus and will pause near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Grant Avenue, near Michael J. Mauri Park, for a quick, ceremonial Christmas Tree lighting.

The parade will be lead by the lights and sirens of the Roselle Park Police Department, followed by a float consisting of the Mayor and Council and Councilmembers-elect, followed by the lights and sirens of the Roselle Park Fire Department, followed by “New Jersey Jeep Flow” playing festive holiday music, and finally a float with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus welcoming the holiday season.

For the safety of all, parade participants will be limited only to the above-listed groups and individuals. Residents are encouraged to watch from their front porches, yards, or sidewalks as the parade passes by. In the alternative, while being sure to maintain social distancing, residents may choose to watch the parade pass by at a scenic watchpoint in one of the Borough’s parks or open spaces along the route below.

“As the Covid-19 cases rise in our community, it is important we do our best to keep the spirit of the holidays alive,” said Roselle Park Mayor Joe Signorello. “Although our children are not able to meet Santa in-person and tell him their Christmas wishes this year, we hope seeing Santa ride through their neighborhood will bring joy and smiles to our children’s faces during these challenging times.”

For more information about Santa’s Parade of Lights, please contact the Casano Community Center at 908-245-0666.

Dec
5
Sat
2020
Winter Wonderland Tour of the Town 2020
Dec 5 all-day
Winter Wonderland Tour of the Town 2020
Cranford High School Project Graduation 2021 is hosting a Winter Wonderland Tour of the Town on December 4 & 5, 2020. The drive-thru tour will feature themed displays, twinkling lights, and beautifully decorated homes. Lighted Scenes, caroling, holiday cheer & more! Follow your way through Cranford to get into the holiday spirit.
Price is $25 per car which includes a map of participating homes, popcorn, two cups of hot cocoa, an entry for a prize raffle, and a letter from Santa.
All tickets are pre-sale. For tickets, please visit https://tinyurl.com/CHSPG21WWRegistration. To pay, please use Venmo @CHSPG2021 or mail a check made payable to CHS PTSA Project Graduation to CHS, PTSA PG21, Winter Wonderland, 38 Roselle Ave., Cranford, NJ 07016.
We will be collecting canned and boxed goods to donate to Cranford Family Care.
Green Thumb Garden Club’s Holiday Boutique @ The Wheatley's Front Porch
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Porch pots, boxwood trees, and wreaths are some of what you’ll find on the Wheatley’s front porch at 25 Arlington Road during the Green Thumb Garden Club’s Holiday Boutique.

Dec
6
Sun
2020
Emergency Drive-up and Walk-up Food Distribution @ Warinanco Park
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am

The emergency drive-up and walk-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 originally scheduled for Saturday, December 5th, has been rescheduled due to weather concerns. The distribution will now be held Sunday, December 6, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Warinanco Park, located in Roselle. The distribution will take place at the Skating Rink located within the park and residents should use the Park Avenue entrance.

The food distribution is open to all Union County residents. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required. The event will take place rain or shine.

The food distribution is being coordinated by the County of Union with support from Village Super Market and Gargiulo Produce.

“Food distributions have become a lifeline for our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “This combination drive-up and walk-up distribution allow those in Union County to pick up food even if they don’t have access to a car.”

“During this time as residents face unprecedented levels of unemployment, housing issues, and food insecurity, we continue to work to provide everyone with support,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados who also serves as Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Board. “We thank the Village Super Market for their partnership in this effort.”

Residents wishing to pick up food can arrive in a vehicle or walk-up to the distribution site.

Upon arrival, proof of New Jersey residency and indicate how many people reside in their household will have to be provided. Recipients will receive an emergency box of non-perishable items and fresh produce, with enough to sustain a family for several days. Please note that only one box of food will be provided per vehicle or walk-up.

This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols. All drive-up recipients must remain in their cars with windows rolled up at all times, otherwise, masks are required. Food boxes will be placed in the trunk or truck bed of the vehicle by volunteers.

Walk-up recipients must wear masks at all times and maintain social distance.  Walk-up recipients should bring a cart or be able to carry several food bags at the walk-up area.

For questions and more information, residents may call the UCDHS Director’s Action Line at 888-845-3434 or 908-558-2288.

To learn more about the Village Super Market, visit https://www.myvillagesupermarket.com/.

To learn more about Gargiulo Produce, visit http://www.gargiuloproduce.com.

Green Thumb Garden Club’s Holiday Boutique @ The Wheatley's Front Porch
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Porch pots, boxwood trees, and wreaths are some of what you’ll find on the Wheatley’s front porch at 25 Arlington Road during the Green Thumb Garden Club’s Holiday Boutique.

“The Holiday Show” Drive-in Concert Featuring The Company Men @ Union County Vocational-Technical School
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm
“The Holiday Show” Drive-in Concert Featuring The Company Men @ Union County Vocational-Technical School | Scotch Plains | New Jersey | United States

Due to anticipated inclement weather on December 5, the upcoming “The Company Men” free holiday drive-in concert sponsored by the Freeholder Board has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. Tickets held for the December 5 show will be honored on December 6.

The concert will take place at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus, at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

In accordance with COVID-19 prevention rules, all tickets have been reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. However, a limited number of spots may become available on a waiting-list basis. To reserve a spot on the waiting list, visit ucnj.org/reserve.

The Company Men, who describe themselves on their website as a “Modern Day Rat Pack,” are a nationally acclaimed vocal, pop music quartet who performs a mix of current Top 40 hits with classics of the last 60 years, with a special twist. They have appeared on stage with Mariah Carey, Billy Idol, Chaka Khan, and others.

The band’s “Holiday Show” will feature classic songs such as Happy Holidays, Jingle Bell Rock, White Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland, and much more. Their performances are family-friendly and have been praised as a huge hit with multi-generational crowds, according to their website.

This event will run in compliance with state COVID-19 orders, regarding social distancing and other protocols. Attendees must bring their own snacks and drinks. There will not be any food or drink available for purchase.

To help promote social distancing, no walk-ups, bikes or chairs are permitted. Vehicles will be arranged at least 6 feet apart with adequate social distancing. Port-o-johns and wash stations will be available. Masks will be required when using the port-o-johns.

Attendees must stay in their vehicles (unless they need to use the port-o-johns). Those who are attending can bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcohol is prohibited.

Further details will be available to residents upon reserving tickets.

Dec
11
Fri
2020
Cranford Area Chamber Closed Board Meeting @ Cranford Community Center
Dec 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Cranford Area Chamber Closed Board Meeting @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce Closed Board Meeting