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The Weekender — Music, Family Fun Day, Fundraising, Book Signing and More

This weekend in Union County, enjoy music, book signing, horse back riding and so much more.

The Weekender — Music, Family Fun Day, Fundraising, Book Signing and More

Furniture Repairs and More at SAGE’s Furniture Restoration Workshop — During the week of July 16-20, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon each day, SAGE Eldercare’s Furniture Restoration Workshop, located on the lower level of 290 Broad Street in Summit, will be holding an Open House. Workers will be available to give tours of the facilities, and there will be items for sale, including some restored chairs and tables. Learn about volunteer opportunities or bring in your items for a repair estimate. Summit, Friday, Free, 9 a.m.

Medicare Fraud Prevention at the Clark Public Library — The Clark Library is hosting a Medicare Fraud Prevention Workshop that will take place Friday  at 2 p.m. Join a presenter from the Senior Medicare Patrol and learn how seniors can take steps to prevent and mitigate the threat of Medicare fraud. Registration required.  For more information and to register, visit www2.youseemore.com/ClarkPL or call 732-388-5999. Clark, Friday, Free, 2 p.m.

Opening Reception: Members Show & Sale 2012 —The in Summit will present its annual Marylou Hillyer Members Show & Sale to showcase the work of 200 members.  The opening reception will be held July 20 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The Members Show will run through August 26.  Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call to confirm holiday hours. Summit, Friday, Free, 10 a.m.

Foulger International Music Festival 2012 Summer SeriesEnlow Recital Hall is hosting the Foulger International Music Festival 2012 Summer Series, with Vivaldi Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7 p.m. (soloists: Allison Eldredge, Andrew Mark); Telemann Viola Concerto (soloist: Helen Callus); Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras No.1 (featuring the Foulger cello faculty); Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings. For more information and to order tickets, call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469) or visit www.EnlowHall.kean.edu. Hillside, Friday, $25, 7 p.m.

Blood Drive - NJ Blood Services, Scotch Plains — New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the New York Blood Center (NYBC) is hosting a blood drive. This drive will be held at the Scotch Plains Donor Center, 2279 South Avenue, Scotch Plains.  For more information or to schedule your own blood drive, visit, www.nybloodcenter.org, call 732-220-7184 or email Mforrestal@nybloodcenter.org. Friday, Scotch Plains, Free, 2 p.m.

Come Meet Rabbi Rosenberg - Temple Sha'arey Shalom Temple Sha'arey Sahlom invites the community to come and meet Rabbi Rosenberg by joining us for Summer Shabbat services every Friday evening at 8 p.m. through August 24, 2012. Dress is casual. Meet the new Rabbi and learn more about Temple Sha'arey Shalom. Call the Temple office for more information: (973)379-5387.  All are welcome. Friday, Springfield, Free, 8 p.m.

Book Donations Collected - Springfield Library Beginning July 23 - August 8, 2012 — Donations of clean, well kept, hard cover and paperback books, DVD’s and educational toys may be brought to the library July 23 – August 8, 2012.  The Friends of the Springfield Library will hold their annual Book Sale August 9 - 12, 2012 at the Springfield Free Public Library, 66 Mountain Avenue, Springfield.  Small donations may be brought to the library’s circulation desk.  For larger donations, please call 973-376-4930 ex 221 to arrange for a drop-off.  Please place large donations in small to medium sized cartons.  Books in poor condition, Readers Digest Condensed books, text books and magazines are not saleable and will not be accepted.  All contributions are tax deductible. Friday, Saturday, Sunday Springfield, Free

Nerd Haiku Book Party and Author Signing — Set your phasers to "fun" and come to for a party and author signing for NERD HAIKU, the latest book by author, editor, and pop culture guy, Garwood's own Robb Pearlman!  NERD HAIKU takes a fun, light-hearted, lightsaber-pointed poke at the stereotypes, hilarity, and truths of nerd culture.  Covering such time (and space)-honored topics as science fiction, fantasy, comic books, super heroes, role playing games, technology, movies, TV series, cosplay, and video games, as well as celebrated (and derided) authors, artists, actors, and franchises, NERD HAIKU has something for everyone! Saturday, Cranford, Free, 6 p.m.

Free Family Fun During Open House at Watchung Stable — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal invite the public to attend a free Open House at Watchung Stable in Mountainside on Sunday, July 22, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Visitors to the Watchung Stable Open House will enjoy hayrides, lead-line rides, riding demonstrations and other free activities for families of all ages as they learn all that Watchung Stable has to offer.  Watchung Stable is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside, in the Watchung Reservation. For further information about the Open House on July 22 or other programs and activities at Watchung Stable, call 908-789-3665; email: stablequestions@ucnj.org; or visit the Union County website: www.ucnj.org/stable. Sunday, Mountainside, Free, 1 p.m.

Live Irish Music is Back at Kilkenny House — Live Irish Music is back on Sundays at Kilkenny House. Join us this Sunday, July 22 with live music from Brian Kennedy. For more information, visit www.thekilkennyhouse.com or call 908-276-3414. Sunday, Cranford, Free, 5 p.m.

Guided Horseback Rides, Watchung Reservation — The Union County’s Watchung Stable is offering guided trail rides at the for riding enthusiasts nine years of age and older.  These rides are held on Sundays during the summer at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting. Groups of 15 or more people ride along the bridle trails in part of the 2,065-acre Reservation in Mountainside.  The rides are on a first come, first served basis and are available to people nine years of age and older, with or without experience.  Cost is $28 in-county - $39 out-of-county. Watchung Stable also features special private group rides for individuals and groups up to 15 people.  These rides need to be set up in advance at a mutually convenient time.  The cost of the private rides includes the rental fee ($28 in-county; $39 for out-of-county riders) and an additional $30 for the instructor. Sunday, Mountainside, $28, 1 p.m.

Summer Glam Event with NJ MOMS GUIDE — Join NJ MOMS GUIDE and Gemmette Hair Studio for a Summer Glam Event.  Come celebrate Gemmette's Hair Studio's Cover Feature in our NJ Moms Guide Summer Issue 2012.  Complimentary Blow Outs and Scalp Massage Treatments; Botox and Latisse Treatments (fee applies cash or check). Light Bites and Wine Bar available. Please RSVP to info@njmomsguide.com (SPACE is Limited to the first 50 who RSVP). For the latest information, please visit www.njmomsguide.com and subscribe.  Friday, Westfield, Free for NJ moms, 7 p.m.

Community Fair Day — Come Join Us For All The Fun and Festivities.  Fun & Games, Live DJ, Invited Guest Of Our Community:Police Department, Crime Prevention Information, Fire Department, Fire Prevention Information, Infant and Child Care From the Baby Keepwell Station, Elizabeth, Free Food (Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Soda, Cotton Candy and Snow Cones), Face Painting For All Youth and Adults, Church Information. Church Activities: Worship Services, Bible Studies, Sunday School, Arousing Gospel Choir (Youth & Adults), Vacation Bible Study and much, much more.  Sponsored by the Siloam Hope Church Family, Rev. John H. Howard, Jr. Pastor. Saturday, Elizabeth, Free, 11 a.m.

Fundraising Festival Extraordinaire — Local Cranford High School graduate Mary Kate Mueller is one of 80 Global Citizen Year Fellows of 2012-2013.  Mary Kate is hosting a fundraising flea market and arts festival on July 21st and 22nd in Cranford at 56 Burnside Avenue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, with the flea market during the day and performances in the late afternoon and evening.  The “Fundraising Festival Extraordinaire”  features a flea market and art show from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The flea market will include furniture, instruments, baked goods, local cuisine, clothing, jewelry, and everything in between.  The art show will be spotlighting local artists' and photographers' work. From 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. there will be live music and dance performances. Dance performers include Shea Jenning's Irish Dancers (Saturday) and the IDance team from Maplewood (Saturday and Sunday). On Sunday, Debra Biderman from New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will be performing.  Aspiring local teen dancers and musicians will also take the stage throughout the weekend. Entry fee for the performances is $4 for a day pass and $7 for a weekend pass. Full schedule available on website.  Donations can be made here as well, please list "Mary Kate Mueller" as the fellow you are donating on behalf of: https://globalcitizenyear.secure.nonprofitsoapbox.com/donate
Saturday and Sunday, Cranford, $4, 8 a.m.

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