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April 21, 2017, is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day. On this day, people are encouraged to wear blue and green to support organ, eye and tissue transplantation and the need for registered donors. Today also encourages everyone to hold events or fundraisers and partner with local businesses to promote the importance of organ donation.

Donate Life NJ is in partnership with the Gift of Life Donor Program (southern NJ) and NJ Sharing Network (northern and central NJ) who coordinate the organ and tissue transplants for New Jersey residents. To contact NJ Sharing Network, call 908-516-5400. To contact Gift of Life, call 800-366-6771.

5K Walk & USATF Certified Race in Long Branch is on May 7. Registration is at 7:30 am and the race starts at 10:00 am. The purpose of this event is to fundraise for NJ Sharing Network and to celebrate those whose lives have been touched by organ donation. For more information, call 908-514-1761.

RWJBarnabas Health in West Orange is committed to increasing organ and tissue education and awareness. For more information, call 888-724-7123.

American Living Donor Organ Network is committed to serving living organ donors. New Jersey’s chapter is working on tasks such as providing leave from work for donors as well as tax credits and deductions for those who donate organs.

April 21 is also National High Five Day, Bulldogs are Beautiful Day and Keep off the Grass Day.

Today in NJ, 2016: Kindergarten Day

April 21, 2016 is Kindergarten Day. This day was created to honor Friedrich Froebel, a German man who started the first Kindergarten in 1837, an idea which quickly became very popular. Originally, kindergartens were a half-day program for children to get acclimated to learning, socializing, and the idea of school while having fun.

In most areas during the modern day, kindergarten has evolved into a full time program. To celebrate Kindergarten Day, and the idea of lettings kids have fun, visit one of the recreational areas listed below.

Delaware River Railroad Attractions in Phillipsburg offers train rides along the Delaware river plus themed excursions including an Easter Bunny adventure, A Day Out With Thomas, The Polar Express, and more. On weekends, the train leaves at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm. For more information, call 908-454-4433.

Kidz Village in Woodbridge is an indoor playground. There is also an arcade, comic books, and more. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. For more information, call 732-826-8577. To contact their Kenilworth location, call 908-445-7220.

Bounce U in Lakewood is an indoor bounce house for children. They offer birthday parties, open bounce, and special events throughout the year. For more information, call 732-364-7769.

The Funplex in Mount Laurel has an arcade, bowling, mini golf, laser tag, go karts, driving range, and more. They are open Monday through Thursday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. For more information, call 856-273-9061.

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