Dvine Konektion to provide free community fair
The Dvine Konektion Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that provides a free community fair on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5516 Jefferson St. in West New York. The next fair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Residents of West New York, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and Guttenberg are welcome to attend. During the fair, groceries and baby supplies will be distributed, and various medical screenings, information and other services will be offered.
For more information, please call (201) 617-4484 or visit www.dvinek.org.
Colombian Barbecue is Aug. 11
The civic organization “Imagen Colombia” in Union City is sponsoring a Colombian Barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the 80th Street Park, Bergenline Avenue and 80th Street, in North Bergen. Cost is $10 per person and the fare includes Colombian sausage, corn-cakes, fried plantains, meat, chicken, and other traditional dishes. The group is sponsoring the feast for the Colombian community so they can get to know the organization. For more information, call (201) 993-8622 or visit www.imagencolombia.org.
UC commissioners’ meetings held in different locations
Union City Board of Commissioners’ meetings will be held in various locations throughout the city to encourage residents to participate in city government. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
On Aug. 21, the commissioners will meet at Robert Waters Elementary School, 2800 Summit Ave.; on Sept. 4, at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 15th St.; on Sept. 18, at the Washington School, 3905 New York Ave.; and on Oct. 2, at St. Anthony School, 700 Central Ave.
UC to hold special public safety meetings
As Director of Public Safety, Union City Mayor Brian Stack invites residents to attend a public meeting during which the latest public safety developments and initiatives, as well as crime prevention, will be discussed. It will be held on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. on 8th Street between West Street and Central Avenue, with a rain location at St. Anthony School at 700 Central Ave.
HRPAC presents Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey
On Wednesday, Aug. 15, Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center will host Cyro Baptista and his group Beat the Donkey at Lincoln Harbor Park at 7 p.m. The rain date, if necessary, will be the following night.
Baptista is one of the world’s greatest percussionists and has created a one-of-a-kind, madcap musical show that incorporates percussion, tap dance, Samba, Jazz, Rock, and Funk.
The concert series is sponsored in part by the Hudson Reporter.
For more info, directions, and late breaking concert news and updates, please visit (201) 716-4540, or visit www.hrpac.org.
UC’s St. John’s hosts Summer Wellness Program
The Arts at St. John’s Summer Wellness Program will offer fitness, yoga, mediation and belly dancing classes Tuesday nights through Sept. 4. All classes will be held at 1516 Palisade Ave. in Union City, with its entrance located on 16th Street.
Get healthy and support St. John’s at the same time. Class fees go to help keep St. John’s doors open. Become an ASJ wellness member by buying a five-class pack where each class is only $15. Walk in visits are $20 per class.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (201) 301-8340.
Third Annual O’Connell’s Run to Cure Cystic Fibrosis to be held Sept. 15
The Third Annual O’Connell’s Run To Cure Cystic Fibrosis, a 5K run in Union City and Weehawken, will be held Sept. 15 to help raise money to fight this often fatal disease. Runners and walkers start the race from 2nd Street and Palisade Avenue in Union City at 9:30 a.m. Registration on the day of the event begins at 7:30 a.m. but pre-registration is encouraged.
O’Connell’s Run, started in 2010 by Union City residents Maria and Bob O’Connell to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis, is a fast course that provides a great day out for runners and walkers alike. All of the proceeds from O’Connell’s Run 2011 will benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
Registration for the 5K is $20 prior to the race and $25 on the day of the event. Race fees are tax deductible. Participants can register online. The race takes place just a short walk from Hoboken.
A Kids’ Fun Run has been added to the 2012 event. Younger runners ages 5 through 13 will complete a half-mile out and back route starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.oconnellsrun.com.
Child advocate volunteers wanted
Are you interested in helping children in the foster care system? If so, Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is currently recruiting volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes.
CASA and its volunteers speak for children in court, serve as fact finders for the judges, and safeguard the interests of the children while they are in the foster care system.
Hudson County has nearly 700 children in foster care; most have been removed from their homes for abuse or neglect. For further information, call (201) 795-9855, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.