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Casino Night, Four Centuries, and more... Plainfield has Plenty on TAP this Weekend


PLAINFIELD, NJ - How will you spend this weekend in Plainfield?  Here are some ideas to help you make plans!


The Plainfield YMCA Casino Night Fundraiser starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.  Learn more and Buy Tickets!

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New to Plainfield?  The Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation is hosting its first “New Resident Tour” at 11:00 a.m. that will highlight recreational amenities and points of historical interest. The thirty minute tour will include a complimentary gift bag filled with gifts from local merchants and community service information.  Meet in the parking lot at City Hall, 515 Watchung Avenue.  To register, call 908-753-3097.

An introduction to financial literacy workshop will be held at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Become an informed investor at this "Introduction to Financial Literacy" workshop.  This educational workshop is the result of the effort and teamwork of the professors and law students at Seton Hall University School of Law.  Add event to your calendar.

The Plainfield Arts Council continues its month of music, with Jazz in the Sanctuary at 4:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 515-517 West 4th Street, and then Hip Hop/R&B at the Art Lofts Studio at 152 East 2nd Street beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Let's go fishing!  No license required today at the Adult Fishing Derby at Cedar Brook Pond.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and you can fish from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  There will be prizes for the biggest fish, and the most fish caught!  Must be 16 years or older to participate.  For more information, call 908-753-3097.

Union County residents can bring computers, televisions and other electronic items to the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Up to six items per car will be accepted.

It's National Bully Prevention Month, and Plainfield High School is the site of The Real: A Social Media and Cyberbullying Panel Discussion and Workshop led by Coach Caryl Lucas and Leslie Ingram Lewis.  Read more here.



Catch Plainfield's Alexis Morrast at the New Jersey Jazz Society's  45th anniversary concert, “Big Band to Bebop and Beyond” in Madison, NJ.  Read more.



Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside presents What’s Next For Human Space Travel from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Read more.

Union County Four Centuries in a Weekend, with over thirty sites open to the public!  From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Download the list of sites herepdf.  In Plainfield, the Drake House and the Plainfield Meetinghouse are on the tour!

A Lantern Cemetery Tour of Aging Tombstones on Tap  -- If You Dare, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Read more.

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