The Cranford Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to announce its annual Memorial Day Parade, with Peter Klein of the U.S. Army as Grand Marshall, will take place on Monday, May 29th. Line up begins at the Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford at 8:30am and marching commences at 9:00am ending with a traditional memorial ceremony at Memorial Park on Springfield Avenue between Riverside Drive and Central Avenue. In case of inclement weather, services only will be held at the Cranford Community Center at 10:00am. For further information, please call the Recreation and Parks Department at (908) 709-7283.
Cranford resident Alex Bernstein will talk about his recently published memoir, Plrknib. In Plrknib, Alex Bernstein takes the “I’m with the band” vibe from Almost Famous and flips it into “I’m with the comics.” The author of Miserable Holiday Stories brings you back to 1980 to tell a coming-of-age story set in the breakneck world of stand-up comedy. At 16, Bernstein became the youngest regular at Cincinnati’s premiere comedy club, d.w. eye. But as the pressure to keep up with the older comics grew, he looked for something – some edge – to help him compete. And then he found one: Plrknib – the perfect joke. But using the joke came with a terrible, terrible price. Set against the bohemian, downtown comedy boom of the early ’80s, Plrknib is a breezy, bittersweet, and utterly compelling memoir about love, friendship, and finding your own punchlines. Alex will have copies of his book available for purchase and for signing. The proceeds will benefit the Cranford Public Library. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program is sponsored by the Cranford Public Library.
Relax, Recharge, Refresh with Monday morning Meditation!
Cranford Recreation and Parks Department would like to announce that a new Senior program will be held at the Cranford Community Center for all Cranford Seniors who are interested. Join us for forty-five minutes of “Relax-Ercise”, a program structured for seniors that will oxygenate your brain, increase energy, reduce stress and help improve your immune system. Exercise your inner being to a happier and healthier you, while maintaining a positive attitude. Class is held at the Cranford Community Center on Monday mornings 9:15am-10:00am beginning June 5th, 2017. Registration is open at Cranford Recreation Department.
For further information please contact Cranford Community Center at (908) 709-7283.
Officer Victoria B. Smith of the Union County Sheriff’s Office will present a program on senior scams and how to avoid them. The program, which is approximately 45 minutes long, will include time for questions and answers. Admission is free and all are welcome. Registration is not required. The program is sponsored by the Cranford Public Library.
The indomitable Lilia Skala comes to life in her grand-daughter’s deeply personal celebration of a life in the theatre. Buoyed by a resolute faith, the Austrian stage actress flees the Third Reich and finds herself laboring in a New York zipper factory before working her way back to Broadway and the silver screen – eventually to collect Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe award nominations. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. Libby Skala has charmed audiences internationally with her critically-acclaimed solo plays Lilia!, A Time to Dance, about her great aunt, Austrian modern dancer and award-winning dance therapy pioneer Elizabeth Polk, and Felicitas, about her great aunt Felicitas Sofer, a tough-love Austrian baby nurse. Her newest play, Irena Sendler: Rescuing the Rescuer, veers from the family tree to portray a Polish Catholic woman whose universal sense of family impels her to save thousands of Jewish lives. Libby performed Lilia! in a successful Off-Broadway run at the Arclight Theatre, at the Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles, and to sold out houses in London, Seattle, Toronto, and Winnipeg (where it was selected Best Show out of 118 shows at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival). Lilia! enjoyed a critically-acclaimed run at the Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, followed by performances in Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia, and Berlin and Dresden, Germany. It was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and also ran for three weeks in London, where it was sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum.