Cranford Calendar

The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community @ McManus School Auditorium
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community @ McManus School Auditorium | Linden | New Jersey | United States

The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community

Union County residents can learn about the local impacts of the national opioid crisis first-hand from representatives of the Union County Prosecutor, Sheriff, Police Division and other professionals by attending a free public meeting hosted by the Public Safety Committee of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders titled, The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the McManus School auditorium, at 300 Edgewood Road in Linden. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required.

“Opioid abuse impacts the entire community, and that is why we are providing the public with an open discussion about the scope and nature of opioid abuse in Union County, and an assessment of the tools that are available to fight it,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “I encourage all concerned citizens to come and learn how public resources are deployed to fight this epidemic.”

“Although the most recent numbers are encouraging, now is the time to bear down and get to the root of the crisis,” said Freeholder Christopher Hudak, who is the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee. “We are looking forward to hearing from professionals on the front lines of the battle against opioid abuse, and sharing this information with the public.”

The Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community will include:

  • Overview of facts and trends about the opioid epidemic in Union County
  • Details about the County Prosecutor’s Operation Helping Hands program and CLEAR, a collaborative program including the Union County Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Union County Sheriff, the nonprofit organization Prevention Links, and the Union County Department of Human Services
  • Prevention Links presentation on prevention, treatment and recovery featuring personal stories and Recovery Coaches
  • Information on Naloxone lifesaving assistance presented by First Responders
  • Office of the Union County Sheriff K-9 demonstration and discussion about the impact of fentanyl on drug detection
  • Discussion of statewide efforts to combat the opioid epidemic by representatives from the New Jersey Department of Health and Department of Human Services

A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

For more information contact Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director, Union County Department of Human Services, [email protected] or 908-527-4809.

NJ GreekFest @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
NJ GreekFest @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church | Westfield | New Jersey | United States

If you’re looking for something fun to do, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield is hosting their annual GreekFest. There will be Greek food, Greek dancing, a Greek Market, and lots more. This year admissions proceeds will benefit the Westfield EMTs; the Westfield PBA; and the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Come visit us from Friday, May 31st at 5 pm until Sunday, June 2nd at 2 pm at 250 Gallows Hill Road. Come for a great time. And remember, everyone can be Greek for a day at GreekFest! For more info, go to that’s Admission: $2.00

NJ GreekFest
5/31 to 6/2 HT GOC
Gallows Hill

Kykuit Walking Tour and Lunch – Rockefeller Estate @ Cranford Recreation Day Tour to Kykuit , The Rockefeller Estate
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kykuit Walking Tour and Lunch - Rockefeller Estate @ Cranford Recreation Day Tour to Kykuit , The Rockefeller Estate | Sleepy Hollow | New York | United States

Calling all Cranford Tourologists to spend the day on a spectacular walking tour to
Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

A majestic paradise with sweeping river views!
Kykuit was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this extraordinary landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained for more than 100 years.

Your Classic Tour includes the main floor of the house, art galleries, inner garden, golf room and coach barn. 2 hours 15 minutes including the shuttle bus ride. Round trip transportation, the Classic Tour and lunch included.

Fee PP $88 (Limited space available)
Day Tours are organized by Cranford Recreation Staff.

*Departure from Orange Avenue Pool Parking Lot-8:00 AM.

Notes: We recommend all Kykuit tours for ages 10 and up. They are not recommended for ages 5 and under, Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted inside the house, but can be stored in the free lockers provided at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor. Neither the Classic Tour nor the Landmark Tour is wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the terrain. Historic Hudson Valley events are held rain or shine. All attendees must sign waiver.
Reservations booked directly through Cranford Recreation Center online or via phone. 908-709-7283

5th Annual Festival of India @ Roselle Park High School
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
5th Annual Festival of India @ Roselle Park High School | Roselle Park | New Jersey | United States

The Borough of Roselle Park is hosting its 5th Annual “Festival of India” on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with an annual celebration and cultural fair.

Mayor Sig and the Borough Council invite everyone to celebrate the heritage and culture. The event is free for everyone and held at the Roselle Park High School located at 185 West Webster Avenue, Roselle Park, NJ 07204.

The event begins with a taste of traditional Indian food from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.  At 7:00 pm, the Festival continuous with presentations and later followed by “Garba” and “Ras” traditional Indian dance in the gymnasium and live music by Desi Beats Entertainment.

Thank you to the Roselle Park Casano Center Association, Roselle Park Education Association, Rita Pharmacy, Quality Auto Center, 7-11 (Roselle), K C Patel, Patel Family, Indo-American Senior Association of Union County, VVR Developers LLC., and Dunkin Donuts for your donations.

To sponsor our Borough events and for more information, please call Rupen Shah 908-245-0666.

Free performance of the renowned play, The Colored Museum @ Union County Performing Arts Center
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm
Free performance of the renowned play, The Colored Museum @ Union County Performing Arts Center | Rahway | New Jersey | United States

Free performance of the renowned play, The Colored Museum, on Friday, October 18th beginning at 8:00 p.m. at The Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway.

The Colored Museum was written in 1986 by George C. Wolfe. It provides a window into the struggles and resilience of African Americans through 11 vignettes, each focusing on a different “exhibit” bringing forth themes of racism, stereotypes, and African American cultural identity, enabling the audience to reexamine the history of African Americans.

Admission to this event is free, however all seats are ticketed and reserved. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. To receive tickets and for more information contact the Union County Performing Arts Center box office at 732-499-8226 or visit

To view the full press release click here

Union County Women’s Health Fair @ Liberty Hall Center
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Free Women’s Health Fair on Wednesday, October 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in the Atrium at Liberty Hall Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, in Union Township. The event is sponsored in partnership with Atlantic Health System/Overlook Medical Center.
The event includes free health screenings and giveaways, and a panel discussion featuring leading female physicians in breast surgery, neurology, OBGYN, cardiology, primary care, colorectal surgery, and gynecological oncology.
The Women’s Health Fair is free but pre-registration is required at
Third Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Warinanco Park
Sep 18 @ 8:35 pm – 9:35 pm
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites the public to participate in the County’s third annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Saturday, September 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Warinanco Park in Roselle.
Masks are required for all those in attendance and social distancing will be enforced.
The event will feature a performance by the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre and a showing of the Disney Pixar Movie CoCo which will begin at dusk. The first 250 people will receive a Union County Hispanic Heritage logo mask or fan and will be eligible for free tapas provided by “The Garden” food truck. Participants are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Hamsa Dance & Fitness will host a Day of Diversity @ Eastman Clock Plaza
Jun 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Hamsa Dance & Fitness will host a Day of Diversity @ Eastman Clock Plaza
Hamsa Dance & Fitness will host a Day of Diversity
featuring the students from the studio showcasing Belly Dance, African Dance, and Line Dancing.  We will be accompanied by the Groove Merchants live drummers based out of Edison, NJ.
June 26, Eastman Clock Plaza (2pm – 4:30pm)
Concert in the Park featuring the Hector Morales Salsa Band @ Warinanco Sports Center
Oct 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is proud to present “Concert in the Park,” a free musical celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring the Hector Morales Salsa Band on Saturday, October 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. outdoors at Union County’s Warinanco Sports Center, located at 1 Park Drive in Warinanco Park, in Roselle.

The first 150 participants will receive a free food voucher for use at the concert.

The free concert caps a month of Hispanic Heritage Month activities sponsored by the Commissioner Board, including the raising of the County’s first-ever Hispanic Heritage flag at the County Courthouse in Elizabeth, a family movie night double feature at Plainfield High School in Plainfield, a family fun day at Rahway River Park in Rahway, and a countywide virtual art exhibit.

“The Commissioner Board is proud to support Hispanic Heritage Month and encourage people from all walks of life to unite in the enjoyment of cultural events, in recognition of the leading role of the Hispanic community throughout Union County,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

“It is fitting to conclude our series of Hispanic Heritage Month in Union County with music, the great uniter of people all over the world,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados. “I am proud to be one of almost 200,000 Hispanic residents that make Union County a wonderful place to live, and I welcome this opportunity to share Hispanic culture throughout the community.”

“As a Cuban-American woman, I am proud to work with my colleagues on the Commissioner Board to help foster appreciation for the diverse cultures that contribute so much to the Union County community,” said Commissioner Lourdes Leon. “We are all looking forward to a wonderful event.”

In addition to showcasing the Hector Morales Salsa Band, Concert in the Park will feature an awards ceremony recognizing the contributions of three outstanding members of the Hispanic community in Union County: George A. Castro II, owner of the Premier Homes real estate firm in Roselle Park; Juanita Vargas, Vice President of Programs and Operations at United Way of Greater Union County; and Union County Undersheriff Amilcar “Mickey” Colon.

Food trucks will be on-site and residents are welcome to bring their own picnic.

Union County residents seeking to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus can use Union County’s free vaccination service, available at the site from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. COVID-19 tests will also be available free of charge to Union County residents.

Fiesta Hispana y Latina @ Michael Mauri Park
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm