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The Weekend – Hikes, Walks, Adorable Pets and More

Lots of great and different things to do this weekend in and around Union County.

This week around our towns,we have walks and hikes for the adventurous, electronic recycling opportunities for the fastidious, or some treasures for bargain hunters.

. Join the 2012 Greater Union HEART WALK for its 20th year. This walk offers the opportunity to sponsor and/or form your own fund-raising teams to help support the lifesaving mission of the AHA. For more information, visit www.unionheartwalk.org. Saturday, 8am, Cranford, Free – single/team donations

. Come and discover the wonderful world of local wild and edible plants that can be found in your own back yard while exploring Hanson Park and beyond. Saturday, 10am – 11:30am, Cranford, $2 donation

. The Cranford Centennial Village continues fund-raising with a 5K today.  The walk will begin at 8:30am and the course is flat.   There will be T-Shirts and a Post Race Taste by Toute Heure, www.atouteheure.com. Cranford, Sunday, 8:30am, $25

. This weekend is your last chance to register to Vote-By-Mail and the Westfield and Elizabeth offices will have extended office hours today from 9am – 1pm.  http://ucnj.org/ctyclerk. Westfield/Elizabeth, 9am-1pm, Free

. There will be a free computer recycling today. All proceeds will help provide Scholarships for local HS students. It’s a great way to get rid of those old clunkers sitting around. Clark, Friday, 10 a.m., Free

. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders encourages families and their furry friends to enjoy a day outdoors in support of autism awareness by participating in the North/Central NJ Bark Now walk for Autism Speaks on Saturday, June 2, at Oak Ridge Park in Clark. Registration is at 9 a.m. with Walk at 10 a.m. Walker registration is free, canine registration is $30. Clark, Saturday, 9 a.m., $30

Summit Animal Rescue will host a cat/kitten adoption at Pet Valu in Garwood (Kings Shopping Center on South Ave. Please stop in and see some wonderful kittens and cats looking for loving homes.  We have many kinds of wonderful felines looking for love! Garwood, Saturday, 10 a.m., Free

Come out and find your treasures at the annual Town-Wide Garage sale in Scotch Plains and Fanwood. Lots of houses registered! The list and map will be at both Quick Cheks (North Ave & Westfield Ave) after 7 pm on 6/1 & at Fanwood Bagel on 6/2 or at www.spjwc.com after 10 pm on 6/1. Scotch Plains and Fanwood, Saturday, Free

Five distinguished residences will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit the Westfield Symphony Orchestra including a prime hill-top property in Summit and four distinguished Westfield residences representing a range of architectural influences and design sensibilities. Tour also features musical interludes, plant sale, raffles, and an opportunity to lunch at the historic Beacon Hill Club in Summit (additional ticket required and advance reservations advised). Fanwood, Saturday, $30, All Day

. Give your week a Jewish boost! Join other women as they go "Back To Basics" and learn what the Torah has to say on a variety or topics, such as children, education and love. The group meets at . Springfield, Friday, 9:30 a.m., Free

. The Springfield Recreation is holding their 2012 Jr. Dawgs Football Registration.  This event will take place today, Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Chisholm Community Center, 100 S Springfield Ave, Springfield. Jr. Dawgs is for children in grades 3-8 (2012-13 School Year).  Season Runs September – November – Practice begins week of August 13, 2012. Practices 2 or 3 nights per week depending on age/coaches. Saturday, Springfield, 10 a.m. $225

. Trailside Nature & Science Center is hosting National Trails Day. Trail users across the country will be celebrating and so can you. Take a guided nature walk along a hiking trail and/or work on a trail maintenance or repair project. A continental breakfast and beverage will be provided. Pre-registration required. This event is free.  To register, or for more information call 908-789-3683. Saturday, Mountainside, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Free

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