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Friday, July 28, 2017

Free bike giveaway, Tap dancing, Jamaican flag-raising Saturday

Dairy Queen's free bike giveaway is Saturday AM.

This Saturday will be a busy day in Plainfield. Three events will appeal to a broad cross-section of the city's residents --


Each year for the past eight years, the Plainfield Dairy Queen has hosted a free bicycle giveaway for Plainfield youngsters. This year's event gets under way at the DQ Saturday morning at 9:00 AM. According to DQ owner Donna Albanese, 150 free, refurbished bicycles will be given away this year.

Donations of used bikes are sought throughout the year, and refurbished by Donna's husband Rich DeMair for the annual distribution. The total number Rich has refurbished over the years is approaching the 1,000 mark.

Bikes are distributed on a first come, first served basis until supplies are exhausted. Don't dally for this popular event.

The Plainfield Dairy Queen is at 1367 South Avenue.


The Plainfield Public Library is celebrating National Dance Day this Saturday with a program at 11:00 AM in the Anne Louise Davis Room.

The NJ Tap Ensemble, based in Bloomfield, will present a tap extravaganza in celebration of National Dance Day.

Founded by its Executive Director Deborah Marshall twenty years ago, the Ensemble is focused on presenting tap programs throughout the state as well as by educating young and aspiring tap dancers through year-round lessons and an intensive summer camp. For more about NJ Tap, see their website here.

The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots. For more information about library hours and programs, visit the library's website at


At 2:00 PM, the Jamaican Organization of NJ (JON-J) will celebrate the island nation's 55th anniversary of its independence with a flag-raising ceremony at Plainfield City Hall.

Besides special invited guests, there will be food, music and a variety of vendors.

Plainfield City Hall is at 515 Watchung Avenue, corner of East 6th Street. Parking in the lot behind City Hall.

Be sure not to miss any of these fun events!

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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