AARP Mature Driving
This is a two day course which will teach you proven safety strategies so that you can continue driving safely and more efficiently for as long as possible. For adults aged 50 and older, this class will help you learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. Plus you could save up to 5% on your insurance. (Please check with your agent.)
This class will take place at the La Mott Community Center on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 and Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please call 215-887-6200 ext 761 for further information and registration forms. The fee for this course is $20.00 per person ($15.00 per AARP member with valid ID).
Arbor Day 2016
Cheltenham Township will commemorate its 28th Annual Arbor Day Celebration at 10:00AM on Friday, April 29th in Coventry Park, Melrose Park. The Township expects to receive an 18th consecutive Tree City USA Award and 16th Growth Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for its continued progress in community forestry activities.
African-American History Celebrations
Come out and learn about the history of Camp William Penn in La Mott. On Saturday, February 5, 2015, from 11:00AM to 12:00Noon, Mrs. Marlowe's History Kids from from Elkins Park Middle School will take you "Back in Time" to 1865, telling the history of the Underground Railroad and the Cheltenham residents who fought to end slavery. This event is free.
21st Annual Family Bingo and Ice Cream Social
Cheltenham residents can enjoy family-oriented bingo followed by ice cream sundaes at the Rowland Community Center on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 6:30PM. Admission is $3 per person. This event is limited to 100 participants. Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The Rowland Community Center is located at Myrtle and Elm Avenues in Cheltenham. For more information on the event, which is sponsored by the Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Department, call 215-379-2233.
On Saturday, June 4, 2016, children can test their skill and luck at the 59th Annual Fishing Derby at Kleinheinz Pond on Tookany Creek Parkway between Central Avenue and Beryl Road in Cheltenham. The derby, which is open to boys and girls up to age 15, will run from 9AM to Noon. A $3 entrance fee entitles participants to the use of a pole and line, one hot dog, one soda and a chance to win great prizes. Participants must bring their own bait. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. The fishing derby is presented by the Cheltenham/Rockledge Rotary Club in cooperation with the Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Department. There is no rain date for this event.
65th Annual Government Day 2016
Cheltenham Township invites area students ages 6 to 14 to learn about municipal operations on Friday, February 12, 2016. Participants will tour police, ambulance and public works facilities as well as district courts and administrative offices to get a first-hand look at local government. Contact Sue Fries at (215) 379-2233 or your school principal for details.
Halloween Parties 2015
*Goblins of all ages can expect lots of spooky fun at the Rowland Community Center’s Halloween party on Friday, October 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per child aged 2 and older. Adults are free. The Rowland Community Center is located at 400 Myrtle Avenue in Cheltenham. Call 215-379-2233 by October 19 to register.
*Join us if you dare in ghoulish games, a costume contest, tricks and treats on Saturday, October 31 at the La Mott Community Center, located at 7420 Sycamore Avenue in La Mott. The party will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and admission is $5 per child aged 2 and older. Adults are free. Call 215-635-3255 by October 19 to register.
Hayride and Bonfire 2015
Welcome the onset of chilly weather by enjoying a hayride down to a bonfire to listen to music or sing along on Friday, November 13, 2015. This event in beautiful Curtis Arboretum, located at Church Road and Greenwood Avenue in Wyncote, costs $5 per person, but children under age 3 are free. Hot chocolate, cider and other light refreshments are included. There is no rain date for this event.
Maple Trees are tapped as winter ends and the first signs of spring appear. Various maple products are made from the sap, including syrup, maple sugar, maple candy, and maple cream. You are cordially invited to observe and participate in the process of making syrup and learn a brief history of maple sugaring, what is in the sap, the difference between sap and resin, how to choose a tree to tap, how the actual tapping is done, and what is done to the sap to make syrup. Everyone will have a taste of syrup on a waffle.
Come to a demonstration lesson in Tookany Creek Park on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. to see how maple syrup and other maple products are made. Pre-registration is being taken at either the Rowland Community Center or the La Mott Community Center. Fee is $5.00 per person. Cash payments only!**Dress warmly and wear boots; it will be cold or muddy.** The rain date for this event is Sunday, February 21, 2016.
Your instructor will be Environmental Educator Judith Gratz, who has been making maple syrup for 30 years.
If you would like more information about this program, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 215-887-6200 ext. 227.
Sundays in the Park
During Sundays in the Spring and Fall, Tookany Creek Parkway is closed to motor vehicles - weather permitting - so that cyclists, in-line skaters, joggers, walkers and others can enjoy the roadway free from traffic. Vehicles are diverted from Tookany Creek Parkway between Central Avenue and Jenkintown Road from 1PM to 4PM. Through traffic is allowed on Beryl Road. Cheltenham Township's Auxiliary Police, a volunteer group trained in traffic and crowd control, supervises the street closings.
*Sundays, May 17 - June 7, 2015
*Sundays, September 13 - October 11, 2015
Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) Classes
Slow Down & Save Water: Install a rain barrel at your home
Learn how you can save water and manage this important natural resource! Experts from the TTF will present information on how rain barrels help improve water quality in our community...including Tookany Creek, right down the street from the Community Center! Reserve a discounted rain barrel when you register to pick up at the presentation or order one when you attend for pick up at a later date. Email Alex Cooper or call 215-744-1853 if you want to learn more about ordering a rain barrel. This class will be held at the Rowland Community Center on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 5:30PM
Mark storm drains to stop litter from getting into our creeks!
Do you know where rainwater goes? Storm water runoff carries trash, car oil, and other pollutants directly to the creeks in our community, harming water quality and wildlife. Be part of a neighborhood effort to protect the Tookany Creek by working with the TTF by marking storm drains with educational markers and providing information to residents. This class will be held at the La Mott Community Center on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:00PM. Click here for the flyer!
Backyard Buffers: Protect your creek while beautifying your property
Did you know that there are over 21 miles of stream in the Tookany watershed, with a large portion flowing through residential properties? Learn about the Tookany Creek and the buffers of native trees and shrubs that the TTF has planted with your neighbors to help protect this community asset. This class will be held at Glenside Hall on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 5:30PM
Theater Horizon Drama Camp - Fun in the Summertime
Theater Horizon will provide experienced, reliable and caring teachers for this week long camp where the students will learn theater games, acting exercises, improvisation, script analysis, and theater crafts. Camp will culminate in a final performance on the last day. One session is offered at the Rowland Community Center for children ages 7 through 11. The camp will run from 9:00AM to 3:00PM Monday, August 10th through Friday, August 14th.
Minimum of 10 registrants required for the program to run. The cost of these camps are $190.00 per resident or $200.00 per non-resident. Registration information: Register at the Rowland Community Center beginning Monday, June 1st between the hours of 9:00AM-12:00Noon & 1:00PM-4:00PM. Special evening registrations Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:15PM-8:00PM. For more information contact Susan Fries at (215)887-6200 ext.760.
Cheltenham Township residents may enjoy evening recreational swims at the Cheltenham High School pool two nights a week during the fall and winter/spring season. The pool, located at Rices Mill Road and Carlton Avenue in Wyncote, will be open on Wednesdays from 7:45PM to 9:45PM and Fridays from 7:00PM to 9:45PM beginning October 7, 2015. Daily fees are $4 for adults or $3 for youths under age 18, college students up to age 23 and seniors age 62 and over. Seasonal tags may be purchased at the pool for $30 for adults or $20 for youths, college students or seniors. Swimmers must supply their own towels, caps and bathing suits. Lockers are available, but participants must supply their own locks. The township is not responsible for personal items in the locker room.
Children’s instructional swim lessons are also available at the pool on Saturdays beginning October 3, 2015 for a $40 fee per child for an eight-week program. Registration will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the La Mott Community Center, located at Willow and Sycamore Avenues in La Mott, and the Rowland Community Center, located at Myrtle and Elm Avenues in Cheltenham.