Besides the usual family fun events in each of the city's four wards and other traditional summer gatherings, the coming weekend adds two more to the list.
On Saturday, the Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition and United Youth Council Inc. will hold a "Youth Summit Community Street Block Festival' from 1 to 7 p.m. at John and Essex streets. Alma Blanco, who ran for the Third Ward City Council seat in the June primary, is promoting the event on Facebook. She writes, "Let's celebrate our community, not at City Hall, not at the park, but in the heart of the community."
The city just held a highly successful "National Night Out" event Tuesday at City Hall.
On Sunday, another group is holding a "Community Unity Day" in Cedar Brook Park, part of the Union County park system. The sponsor is a new group in Plainfield, O.P.E.N. Someone asked organizer Sta Cey McKennon on Facebook what the acronym stands for, but no answer was given. The Black Panther Party of New Jersey is credited as organizer of the event and also held a food distribution recently at Clinton Avenue and West Second Street.
The next city-sponsored Family Fun Day is on Aug. 20 at Hannah Atkins Park in the Fourth Ward. Click the link for details.