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Friday, June 24, 2016

SID Block Party, Jazz at Shiloh, NJ Bike Races, more this weekend

Route of Sunday's NJ State Bicycle Championships
is marked in red. Downtown traffic patterns will be affected.

Saturday and Sunday will see Plainfield rocking with activities for all.


The SID's 8th annual Block Party takes place Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM on Front Street between Park and Watchung Avenues.

This free event draws larger crowds each year.

This year's music will highlight a reggae group, a mariachi band, and Bolivian dancers as well as other groups.

More than 30 local vendors and nonprofits will have tents and tables, and the Army Recruiting Center will host the ever-popular rock-climbing wall.


Plainfield's Queen City Baseball League (QCBL) is holding a clothing drive on Saturday, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Rock Avenue ballfields.

This is an opportunity to clean out your closets of unwanted clothing, shoes, sheets, blankets and comforters. All items must be clean, wearable and usable. Put in large plastic trash bags.

This is an important opportunity to help support youngsters who want to learn and play baseball.

Queen City Baseball League is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donors will be given a tax donation letter at the event.


Frontiers International is presenting the annual Westry Horne Lecture on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Washington Community School, 427 Darrow Avenue.

This year's topic is "The ABC's of Black Economics and Entrepreneurship," and will be presented by economist Richard Barber, and Jeffery Dunn, president of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking available in the Spooner Avenue parking lot.


"Jazz in The Sanctuary" will be presented at Shiloh Baptist Church on Saturday at 4:00 PM.

This year will celebrate "Steelpan Jazz", featuring Victor Provost on steelpan (from St. John), Herman Burney on bass, Nasar Abadey on drums, and Anthony E. Nelson Jr. on reeds.

As always, admission is free. (A freewill offering will be taken; suggested donation is $20.)

Shiloh Baptist Church is at West 4th and Liberty Streets. Parking available on the street or in the 5th Street lot.


Plainfield will host the NJ State Bicycle Races on Sunday, beginning at 9:00 AM. Mayor Adrian Mapp will present awards at an 11:00 AM ceremony.

This is a special honor for the Queen City to host this statewide bicycling event. The races are comprised of several categories and awards will be made in each.

The course starts in front of City Hall and goes north on Watchung Avenue to East Front Street, west to Park Avenue, south to Seventh Street, east to Watchung Avenue and ends at Ciy Hall. The course is 1.1 miles in length.

Spectators will be able to view the races from any point along the route, but the area near City Hall will be prime space.

Notice to drivers: Downtown traffic patterns will be affected by street closings to make the route possible. If you are not attending the races, plan on alternate routes.


The United Church of Christ-Congregational invites all to its annual Gay Pride Worship Service at 10:30 AM on Sunday.

This year's service will be dedicated to the memory of victims of the Orlando shooting, says Pastor Damaris Ortega.

The United Church of Christ is at West 7th Street and Madison Avenue. Parking available in the church lot on Madison Avenue and in the street. The church is an accessible facility.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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