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
*The Rowland Community Center’s Halloween party has been cancelled.
*Join us if you dare in ghoulish games, a costume contest, tricks and treats, a LIVE parrot show and a DJ 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 23 to register.
Hayride and Bonfire 2015 - postponed to Friday, November 20, 2015
Due to severe wind conditions and a recommendation by the Fire Marshall the Hayride and Bonfire has been moved to the raindate.
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. Raindate: Friday, November 20, 2015.
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 EXTENDED to October 25 and November 1, 2015
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.