Monday, May 21, 2018

Memorial Day Pool Opening!

Once again, the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation will open the Hannah Atkins Pool on Memorial Day weekend, as the division has done in the two previous years.
As noted in the flier below, the pool will be open on weekends, starting Saturday, May 26 from 12 noon - 6:00 pm. Kids will meet the pool mascot, "Finn, the Dolphin!" The other pools, at Seidler Field and Rushmore Park, are being readied for their regularly scheduled openings beginning on Saturday, June 23. On that date and throughout the summer, all three pools will be open daily from 12 noon - 6:00 pm.

The City of Plainfield website has the summer schedule of recreation activities and events, including outdoor movie nights, fishing derbies, free yoga, and more. Click on this link, 
Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation, to be taken to the page of activities--please remember to check back regularly, as more events will be added throughout the summer.

I would also urge those of you who use Facebook to "Like" Plainfield's official Facebook page, where you can find out about all the events and happenings through our city. Click here: City of Plainfield, NJ - The Queen City

Contact the Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 753-3097 or email to find out more information. Enjoy a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Jersey State Bicycle Championships & The Taste of Plainfield

This Sunday, May 20, Plainfield will once again host the New Jersey State Bicycle Championships. In addition, there will be bike giveaways for children. The Taste of Plainfield will feature food from several local restaurants for attendees to enjoy, and the will be games and activities for children. The festivities begin at 9:00 am on the steps of Plainfield City Hall, located at 515 Watchung Avenue. I look forward to seeing you there! Check out the fliers for more info!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Donate to The Homeless Period at Livay's Sweet Shop This Weekend!

It's 2018, and Stacey Welch, owner of LiVay's Sweet Shop, will once again be sponsoring "The Homeless Period" collection drive of sanitary napkins and other feminine products for donation to those in need. The drive begins tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, and continues through Sunday, May 6. Complete information is posted below, and on the flier at right. Stacey has led several successful drives in the past, including drives for donations of coats and socks. As I also noted last year, I have written about the issue of the homeless period in the past--as you know, tampons and sanitary napkins are expensive and not usually listed as toiletry items, per se. Yet, they are among the most-needed items by women and girls in shelters. Once again, give thanks to Stacey and her team for being exemplary and outstanding community service partners, and make sure that you donate these much-needed items this weekend! And while you're there, support local business by purchasing some of Livay's delicious confections! Here is the link to Livay's Facebook page: LiVay's on Facebook

Below is more information about the drive:
"For homeless women, it really is that dreaded time of the month. With limited or no access to sanitary products, they're often forced to go without. This initiative believes that tampons and towels should be made available through homeless shelters, the same way the government provides condoms. LiVay Sweet Shop is collecting Unopened Boxes of Sanitary Napkins Tampons and Feminine Wipes Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th 2018 All Sanitary items collected will be dropped off at different locations in the city of Plainfield and surrounding areas Drop off at LiVay Sweet Shop Plainfield 104B Watchung Ave Plainfield NJ 07060 908.755.1313 908.322.CAKE (2253)"

Saturday, April 28, 2018

New Resident Bus Tour: Saturday, May 5

The Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation will be hosting a free bus tour for new residents of Plainfield. As longtime residents already know, Plainfield is chock full of interesting things to do and see. This tour invites new residents to partake of all that Plainfield has to offer, with the tour including our parks and their amenities, our historic districts, local landmarks, and historic sites, including the Drake House Museum (one of Union County's Four Centuries sites), which is administered by the Historical Society of Plainfield.* Although the tour is free, you must call Recreation at (908) 753-3097 to make a reservation, as seating is limited. Gift bags and light refreshments will be provided.

*Disclaimer: I used to serve as the society's Educational Program Coordinator, so I am quite partial to the museum!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Observe Arbor Day in Plainfield on Friday, April 27 at City Hall

This Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 am, Plainfield's Arbor Day Celebration will take place at City Hall Plaza. Arbor Day Click here to learn about Plainfield's Shade Tree Commission. Click here to learn more about the history of Arbor Day.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Earth Day in Plainfield, 2018

Holly Hoffman explaining the flora and fauna that can be found at Leland Park.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Earth Day event at Leland Park, sponsored by The Animal Initiative Committee. I especially enjoyed the nature walk and talk at Leland Park, led by Plainfielder Holly Hoffman. Holly, formerly of the Trailside Nature Center up in Watchung, noted some of the flora and fauna that reside in the park, providing great education details to those of us in attendance. After her talk, I was inspired to retrieve from my bookshelves my old Collins Bird Guide, as well as my Audubon Field Guides, to use in my summer meanderings. I was happy to see our snowy egret (bottom left) luxuriating in the pond. In addition to the nature talk, Plainfielder Ellie Campolei led a ceremony to honor nature and wildlife, specifically the deer, with a Native American prayer. Literature about the organization and conservancy was also available, as well as baked goods donated by Jeff Spelman's The Coffee Box (located at 1359 South Avenue), and tasty vegan snacks. The next time you're at Leland Park, perhaps you will see the great blue heron that sometimes alights in the pond.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"Plainfield Acts!" Drama Workshops for Children and Adults

Plainfield's own Danielle Tucker is at it again, and that is great news for Plainfield's thespians! Hot on the heels of her previous success in directing sold-out performances of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Danielle will be teaching a series of drama workshops for both children and adults, sponsored by the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation. In addition, she will be directing a performance of Annie JR, based on the popular musical, Annie, scheduled for Friday, June 1. Auditions are Friday, April 6. No previous experience is necessary. For more information, click on the fliers, and contact Recreation at 908-753-3097.

Plainfield Acts! (for children)
The 8-week workshop for children begins this Saturday, April 7, from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (FUSP), located at 724 Park Avenue. The cost is only $25.00. Sign up by clicking on this link: Community Pass

Plainfield Acts! (for adults)
The intensive for adults (18 and up) starts Tuesday, April 10 and runs through Thursday, May 24, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, at the same location (FUSP). This acting course (also only $25.00) will culminate in a stage performance scheduled for Friday, May 25. Danielle notes the following: "Participants will learn audition techniques, scene study, character development, and more. The workshop will end in a culminating performance with invited industry professionals." Sign up by clicking on this link: Community Pass