Celebration for Juneteenth; Rain garden prep at LSP; More events upcoming

Scholarship and community awards celebration for Juneteenth

The Twin Sisters Foundation will present their 8th Annual Juneteenth Scholarship and Community Awards Celebration on Sunday, June 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Chandelier in Bayonne. The event will be hosted by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight.

Guest speakers for the event include Terrence Williams and Franklin Walker. The honorees for the celebration are Tina Nalls of Community Treasures, Chris Perez, president of the Landmarks Conservancy, and Commissioner William O’Dea.

Vendors will also be present during the event, including Selfism, LLC; African Garbs Jewelz and Jems; and Young Women with a Purpose among others.

The Chandelier Restaurant is located at 1081 Broadway, Bayonne. Tickets are $75 and can be found on Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/3aoKBY0.

Memorial Day Parade BBQ in Bayonne

The Bayonne Elks will be hosting a Memorial Day Parade BBQ on Monday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Admission is a $10 donation per person for an all you can eat BBQ. Beverages are also available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Bayonne Elk’s charities. The Bayonne Elks is located at 364 Broadway.

Military personnel ride free on NY Waterway for Fleet Week

In honor of Fleet Week 2022, NY Waterway will show its gratitude to those who serve by providing free ferry rides for all active-duty military personnel and military veterans beginning on Wednesday, May 25 through Monday, May 30. Veterans and service members just need to present a valid Veteran or Military ID or just come in uniform.

NY Waterway provides ferries to the Midtown/West 39th Street Ferry Terminal, Brookfield Place/Battery Park, and to Pier 11/Wall Street from several New Jersey terminals including Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City, Edgewater, and Belford.

Trailblazers Volunteer Rain Garden Prep at Liberty State Park

This week, the Trailblazers at Liberty State Park will be planting native species to create a rain garden on Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Group will meet in Lot #7 at 535 Freedom Way. Volunteers should be sure to dress for working outdoors and bring work gloves. Sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are recommended to bring with you in case of hot weather.

This program is recommended for ages 10 and up, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Nature Center at 201-915-3400 x503 or email [email protected] You may register up to six participants per reservation. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not permitted on the program unless they are service animals.

Blood drives in Hudson

The Girl Scout House in Kearny will be holding a Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 31, from 1 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred. The Girl Scout House is located at 635 Kearny Ave., Kearny. Donors will also have the chance to win a grill.

Immaculate Conception Church and the Knights of Columbus Council Council 12769 will also hold a blood drive on May 31 from 1 to 7 p.m. You can make an appointment at www.nybc.org/njdrive. Use Sponsor Code: 70877 or text: (917) 699-9073. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins will be welcomed if drive capacity permits. Donors need to bring their NYBC donor card or photo ID and eat before donating blood. If you register to donate blood at one of NYBC blood drives during the month of May, $1 will be donated on your behalf to the Global Blood Fund to help the Ukraine Refugees. The blood drive will take place in the cafeteria at 780 Post Pl., Secaucus. Enter from Centre Avenue through the church parking lot.

Nature programs continue at Liberty State Park

The Liberty State Park Trailblazers will be hosting National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m. to help improve the park’s trails by removing invasive weeds and vines from the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area and performing trail maintenance. Volunteers should be sure to dress to work outdoors with long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. The group will meet at the Nature Center located at 275 Freedom Way. The program is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Following this is the Horsehoe Crab Walk on Sunday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. It’s the time of year when horseshoe crabs come ashore to lay their eggs, and the LSP staff will lead a walk to discover these creatures and learn about the roles they play in the natural world. The group will meet in Lot #1 located at 300 Morris Pesin Drive and then walk over to the park’s beach area. There will be over a mile of walking involved. Visitors should be sure to dress to be outdoors and wear old shoes that can get wet or muddy. Sunscreen and water are also recommended if it’s too hot. All ages are welcome.

Pre-registration is required for all programs as space is limited. For more information or to register, contact the Nature Center at 201-915-3400 x503 or email [email protected] Children must be accompanied by an adult. You may register a maximum of six participants per reservation. Pets are not permitted on programs unless they are service animals.

Wellness Fair at Washington Park

The Washington Park Association and local health and wellness-based organizations will celebrate wellness and give the community the opportunity to learn how to embrace it on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be four hours of yoga programming and raffles for prizes among other activities. Shared by Jersey City and Union City, Washington Park is located between Central and Palisade Ave. A rain date is scheduled for June 18 if needed.

Church anniversary and Thanksgiving service

The Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch) New Jersey is celebrating their anniversary with the theme of “Overflowing Gratitude for God’s Unshakeable Faithfulness,” on Sunday, June 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bayonne Museum. The Bayonne Museum is located at 229 Broadway, on the corner of 9th Street.