Random Acts Of Fun Kicks Off Thursday

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HIGHLAND PARK – Random Acts of Fun, three nights of events in Highland Park, begins Thursday.

The event, organized by Main Street Highland Park (MSHP), is Thursday, June 24, July 8 and July 22. All events will take place from 5-8 p.m.

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“Random Acts of Fun is a series of mini festivals that take place at different sections along Raritan Avenue. Each week we’ll be celebrating different themes,” said Jenni Chapman, who is on MSHP’s programming committee, and co-owner of Through the Moongate and Over the Moon Toys, 425 and 427 Raritan Ave. respectively.

This Thursday’s theme is “International World Cup Week” and will feature a spaghetti-eating contest, soccer games, crafts for the kids and music.

“Highland Park is very diverse and we love soccer,” Chapman said.

There will also be a Capoeira demonstration, which is a combination of African-Brazil dance and martial arts, and a DJ at Robert’s Florals, 114 Raritan Ave. The activities will take place from Adelaide to 2nd Avenues. The spaghetti-eating contest begins at 6 p.m. at Aposto and you must register at the restaurant, 76 Raritan Ave.

July 8 will feature a health fair sponsored by Saint Peter’s Healthcare System from 5-8 p.m. and a talent show from 6-7:30 p.m. Talent show participants must register with MSHP by calling (732) 828-8444 or stopping by at 421 Raritan Ave. The events will take place from 4th to 7th Avenues.

On the last day of activities, July 22, there will be a fashion show. This is the third year for the fashion show, which will feature clothes and accessories from Raspberry Beret, a consignment shop at 141 Raritan Ave. The event is sponsored by the borough’s Human Relations Commission. Kids can stop by Make-Me-Take-Me to create their own summer craft. The fashion show will be between 2nd and 4th Avenues. The rain location is the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.

“There’ll be so many fun things to do, hear, taste, and see, who would want to miss it,” Chapman asked.


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