PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner.  In addition to spending time with family and friends, and of course eating turkey, here are a few things to do in Plainfield.  From charitable endeavors, to fitness events and musical concerts, there's something for everyone!

1. The Netherwood Heights Neighbors association will begin accepting donations for its food drive to benefit families identified by Plainfield Action Services on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd.  Donated items can be dropped off at 1116 Loraine Avenue in the Netherwood section of Plainfield up until Thursday, Dec. 15th.

2. On Thanksgiving Day, cheer on the Plainfield Cardinals football team when they take on the Westfield Blue Devils at Hub Stine Sports Complex, 1410 Randolph Road.  Kickoff is at 11:00 a.m.  Pre-game events include recognition of the senior athletes, with half time honors for the Marching Band, the Plainfield Cheerleaders and the Homecoming Queen, King and their Court.

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3. The First Unitarian Society of Plainfield will be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 24th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Anyone who needs a meal, who doesn’t want to be alone or doesn’t have the means to fix a turkey is welcome to attend.  On Sunday, Nov. 20th there will be a benefit concert to support the FUSP Thanksgiving dinner.  Spook Handy will present a special "Remembering Pete Seeger" and "Keep the Flame Alive" CD release concert.  Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors and students). Reserve tickets by calling 908-769-0750 or sending an email to FUSP is located at 724 Park Avenue between Twin City and the library.

4. If heading to the mall this Black Friday isn't your thing, #OptOutside on Friday, Nov. 25th and run/walk a 5K in Cedar Brook Park.  Black Men Rise - A Run for All Lives is the premiere event conceived by Visions Community Development Corporation.  Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.  To register, visit  For more information, email

5. On Saturday, Nov. 26th, the 1st Annual Walk-a-thon Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held at Hub Stine Sports Complex.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m. Organized by Gentlemen Making Changes, the walk was inspired by the Type-1 diabetes diagnosis of 16-month-old Rayna Alyse Wyatt.

6.  Support a Plainfield business on #SmallBusinessSaturday.  In 2015, 95 million people shopped small.  Visit American Express to find a participating business.

7. As the holiday season is upon us, that means turkey and stuffing, Christmas cookies, and more.  If you're worried about packing on pounds, or if you just want to maintain your workout routine, check out membership options at the Plainfield YMCA.