Friday, August 10, 2018

2nd Annual Plainfield Senior Swim Soiree at Hannah Atkins Pool!

For the second year in a row, the City of Plainfield will be hosting a great event for our older active adults! Sunday, August 26, 2017from 3:00 - 7:00 pm, the City of Plainfield is proud to sponsor the "2nd Senior Swim Soiree" for our seniors (AKA older active adults), also at Hannah Atkins Pool, located at 508-552 West 3rd Street.Registration is required--call (908) 753-3097! Bring your own beach chair, and come and enjoy water aerobics, card games, music, dancing, and food and drink. There will also be a Bathing Suit Contest (Best Cover Up, Best Designed Bathing Suit, and Most Colorful Bathing Suit) with prizes! As always, proper bathing attire is required! 

So...come on out and have some fun to mark the end the summer pool season! 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Thursday, August 9: Rhythm Review Dance at Plainfield City Hall!

Last year's Rhythm Review Dance at Plainfield City Hall
Bring your dancing shoes, because the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation is presenting this year's "Thursdays in the City Summer Concert Series," kicking off with the Rhythm Review Dance, with Plainfield's favorite DJs playing a variety of music--classic house, old school, r & b, hip hop, and even favorites from the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Those of you who attended last year's dance party know that we had a blast!

The music series begins this Thursday, August 9, starting at 7:00 pm at City Hall Plaza, 515 Watchung Avenue! The rest of the summer concerts are listed below--all kick off at 7:00 pm. Bring a chair and bring a friend! And bring some water to stay hydrated! This year's finale will be a Saturday back to school jam--stay tuned. For more information, contact the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 753-3097.

Thursday, August 16
Jazz Fest

Thursday, August 23
World Music

Thursday, August 30
Rhythm & Blues

Saturday, September 8
Back-to-School Jam with Young Local Talent!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

National Night Out in Plainfield: Tuesday, August 7 at City Hall Plaza

Join your neighbors for National Night Out this coming Tuesday, August 7, at Plainfield's City Hall Plaza, 515 Watchung Avenue, starting at 6:30 pm. Partly sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the evening's festivities will include music, food, safety tips from our public safety professionals, and a giveaway of book bags and school supplies (first come, first serve). Have an event on your own block, or come to Plainfield City Hall for the festivities. I look forward to seeing you there! For more on National Night Out, click here.

Donations Needed: Book Bag Drive for National Night Out

This year, Plainfield Action Services is collecting school supplies and book bags for distribution to Plainfield's school age children on National Night Out (Tuesday, August 7). The Book Bag Drive donations are being collected in the office of Plainfield Action Services, located in the City Hall Annex at 510 Watchung Avenue (1st Floor). The deadline for donations is Wednesday, August 1st. For more information on how you can help, call Plainfield Action Services at (908) 753-3519.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Delta Academy Applications Now Available! Deadline: September 1

Applications are now available for Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century: The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, a national mentoring program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The program is being offered in our area by Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and it provides adolescent girls (ages 11-14: grades 6 - 8) with an opportunity to explore careers in STEM-related careers. In addition, the program offers leadership training, community service involvement, field trips, and character building to prepare these future leaders for success. The deadline for applications to be submitted is Saturday, September 1, 2018. Girls in Middlesex, Union, and Somerset Counties are strongly encouraged to apply for this enriching and rewarding experience. Click on this link, Delta Academy, for more info about this life-changing program! 


Thursday Night at Seidler Field: Academy Award-Winning "Coco!"

On Thursday, July 26, the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation will close out its summer film series with a screening of the Academy Award-winning film, Coco, at Siedler Field (300-354 Netherwood Avenue). The film begins at dusk. Bring the kids, bring a lawn chair, and bring some liquid refreshment to stay hydrated! Next up for "Thursdays in the City" is the Summer Concert Series on August 9, beginning with the Rhythm Review Dance Party at City Hall Plaza. Those of you who came out to dance last year will remember what a blast it was! See the flier below for the other concerts, all of which will take place at City Hall Plaza. For more information, call the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 753-3097.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

FREE Shakespeare This Sunday, July 22 at the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park: "Something Shakespeare This Way Comes"

"Shakespeare Gumbo," performed by the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ's Shrew Mechanicals Troupe.
This Sunday, July 22 at 12:30 PM, Shakespeare lovers can get their final taste of "Shakespeare Gumbo" at this summer's free matinee of Shakespeare in the Park with "Something Shakespeare This Way Comes" at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Performed by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Shrew Mechanicals Troupe, this year's Shakespeare "medley" offers audiences a true taste of the Bard, with selections from several famous works. So, head over to the Shakespeare Garden area with your lawn chair and your picnic meal, and enjoy an afternoon of Shakespeare! 

NOTE: The previous performances took place in Linden, where Freeholder Chris Hudak and I welcomed the audience to the opening performance at Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade in Linden, and in Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

For the bonus point, from what play does the line "Something wicked this way comes" originate? The answer is below: