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Dinner and games to raise funds for Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary

Rotary plans Casino Night fundraiser for Feb. 10


The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will host a Casino Night Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Nazareth Center gymnasium at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1571 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains.


Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner and gaming from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $60 and include $100 in casino play money. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Purchase tickets through


For more event information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Donna D’Annunzio at


The fundraiser will support the many charitable activities managed by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club, a thriving organization of more than 50 members that has been serving the community since 1938. The rotary club sponsors local and international causes, as well as scholarships for Fanwood-Scotch Plains High School students. As the rotary club continues to grow, it plans to expand its service initiatives and support for non-profit organizations.


Guests are invited to attend meetings of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club and learn about the good that Rotary International is doing worldwide. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noon at the Stage House Tavern restaurant, 366 Park Ave., Scotch Plains, and at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at Darby Road Public House and Restaurant, 450 Park Ave., Scotch Plains. For more information, go to



Things to do in Westfield: Make a seasonal pumpkin flower arrangement 

Pumpkins plus flowers equal centerpieces for petite to expansive tables.The Flower Shop will show how to arrange flowers in pumpkins


In November, when that uncut Halloween pumpkin on the porch is still going strong, you realize just how much of an investment piece the season's favorite orange gourd can be. Uncut, pumpkins kept outside under fall's cooler conditions can last two months or more.


On Nov. 17, instructors at The Flower Shop, 1120 South Ave. West in Westfield will show how to get even more mileage out of your pumpkin by turning one into the base of a seasonal floral arrangement.


From 7 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, learn to make your own floral arrangement in a pumpkin. The $35 workshop fee covers instruction and materials.


Class size may be limited, so call (908) 233-5413 for more information and to reserve your spot. The Flower Shop, a florist and gift boutique, also will make pumpkin arrangements and other holiday centerpieces for those who would  rather not get crafty in the days before the holiday feast.


Once cut, a pumpkin's lifespan is shortened. So while the workshop-designed pumpkin arrangements can't be guaranteed to last until the holiday, participants will take away skills to create other pumpkin arrangements of various sizes.


Imagine mini pumpkins with flowers as place holders at each setting around the holiday table. Keep a painted pumpkin outdoors until just before Thanksgiving, and it can be hollowed out for a centerpiece that's whimsical or artsy.


The Flower Shop held a similar pumpkin workshop last year at a Westfield senior housing complex. Participants created lovely fresh arrangements that can be seen on The Flower Shop's Facebook page. The Flower Shop's arrangements, named after local streets and local people, can be seen online at


The Flower Shop's holiday-related events begin this Sunday, Nov. 13, with a holiday open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Get to know the owners, enjoy refreshments, shop local and learn more about upcoming workshops.




Scotch Plains holiday event: Decorate a wreath or kissing ball 


Scotch Plains Garden Club to host wreath workshop


Scotch Plains Garden Club will host a wreath and kissing ball decorating workshop Dec. 1 at Scotch Hills Country Club, at the intersection of Jerusalem Road and Plainfield Ave. in Scotch Plains.


Bring your own bare wreath or kissing ball (fresh or artificial) to decorate for a $26 materials and instruction fee.


Decorating materials will be provided, and refreshments will be served. Participants may bring special ornaments or other decorations that they would like to incorporate into their wreath. To ensure your spot, please call (908) 616-2315 or email today.


The workshop runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and participants will be guided in their decorating by Scotch Plains florist Lisa Mohn of Apple Blossom Flower Shop. 


Participants also will learn about Scotch Plains Garden Club membership and upcoming activities.




Veterans Day lunch to honor vets in Fanwood and Scotch Plains  

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary invites veterans to lunch

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club will host a Veterans Day lunch to honor local veterans at its Nov. 9  meeting, and veterans in Fanwood and Scotch Plains are invited to attend.

The rotary will provide lunch free of charge to local veterans who must register to attend by Nov. 8 because of limited space. The luncheon will be at noon at the Stage House  Tavern, 366 Park Ave., Scotch Plains. 

Veterans who are rotary club members will be honored along with others as a demonstration of the club's deep gratitude to all men and women who served the United States Armed Forces. The event will pay tribute to those who served previously, those who continue to serve, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

To register, please contact Julie Murphy at (800) 258-9249, or email


N.J. outdoor yoga: summer classes in Union County, many free 

Yoga in the Garden at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit.Salute the sun with an outdoor yoga session on summer's first day tomorrow, and then take yoga practice right through summer with many free opportunities to stretch out at Union County parks and limber up to dance beneath the stars.


Summit: Summer outdoor yoga sessions across Union County start tomorrow with Yoga in the Garden at 7 p.m. at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit. Celebrate the June 20 Summer Solstice with Sun Salutation Flow led by Claire Diab, the arboretum's yoga specialist and founder of The American Yoga Academy Studio in Summit. A $20 donation is requested upon arrival. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. Visit for more information.


Cranford: Hanson Park Conservancy, 220 Walnut Ave., will be the setting for Yoga for Everyone sessions on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. There is a $10 suggested donation. Visit and or call (908) 709.-283. Check for community yoga sessions in other areas of the county, including Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Springfield.


Mountainside: Starting June 29, and on every Wednesday in July, those attending Union County's free summer concerts at Echo Lake Park will have an opportunity to enjoy free Yoga in the Park classes starting at 6:30 p.m. before each 7:30 p.m. concert. 


Clark: Yoga in the Park continues on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. from Aug. 3 through Aug. 24 at Oak Ridge Park. Each yoga session will be led by instructors from area yoga or fitness centers. See the full yoga and concert schedule at


Elizabeth: On July 19, kids can try out yoga at 7:30 p.m. at Warinaco Park. Yoga is among the fun fitness sessions planned before Tuesday night family movies running July 12, 19 and 26, and Aug. 9.  Each week there's a different fitness session, including cross-fit, Zumba and karate. See the full ftness and movie schedule at


Participants should bring a yoga mat and water for the yoga sessions, and a blanket of lawn chairs for the concerts.