Artist Reception at Scotch Plains Library, Rotary Luminary Sale Today

What's happening today in Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

Jami Swimming II, credit Adrian Giuliani
Jami Swimming II, credit Adrian Giuliani
Artists reception for "Five Perspectives": This is a group exhibition at the Scotch Plains Library, featuring the artwork of five New Jersey women artists, each exploring her own path in the visual arts. The show will be on display from Dec. 3 to 28, with a reception on Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary luminary sale: The annual luminary sale starts on Saturday at 9 a.m. Luminaries – paper bags with candles inside, that are used to illuminate streets and  sidewalks on Christmas Eve – can be purchased at the Fanwood Public Works garage. The  luminary kits cost 60 cents each. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Ivy Educational Services open house: Ivy Educational Services will host an open house at its new downtown Fanwood location Saturday with 
free lectures and giveaways, including an iPad. The event will begin at 3 p.m., and include lectures on the following topics: ABC’s of College Admissions in the 21st Century, Financial Planning and Financial Information, ABC’s of Standardized Testing and Test Prep in the 21st Century, The College Process for Athletes, The College Process for Students with IEPs, 504’s and Learning Differences. The open house will follow a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m.

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lood drive: The church is sponsoring a Community Cares blood drive at the New Jersey Blood Services Donor Center, located at 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains. Donors age 16 or older are urgently needed. Donors must satisfy weight criteria, be in generally good health and have a valid photo ID. 16 year olds must furnish a signed parental consent form and persons age 76 or older must furnish medial clearance. If the goal set for this drive is met, donors will have their names entered into a raffle for a chance to win a football jersey with the team of their choice. Additionally, all donors at this drive, and other drives between now and mid-January, will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a pair of Super Bowl XLVIII Tickets. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fanwood police collecting cell phones: Drop off old cell phones at the Fanwood Police Station, 75 N. Martine Avenue, now through Jan. 14 and help the police department and the Union County Domestic Violence Response Team provide hope to victims of domestic violence.

Fanwood police holiday toy drive: The Fanwood Police Department is coordinating a holiday gift donation for the Parents as Teachers program in Union County. A giving tree with ornaments for each child will be located outside of Borough Hall. To participate, please take and ornament and return the unwrapped gift (with the tag attached) by Friday, Dec. 13 to either the Fanwood Police Department (ask for Dianne) or bring it to Borough Hall. More details here.

Fanwood Christmas tree sale: The Fanwood Fire Department and the Fanwood Lions Club have joined together once again to sell Christmas trees at LaGrande Park. They will be selling Balsams, Douglas Firs, Frasier Firs and wreaths. All proceeds benefit local charities. More details here.

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