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2019 African-American History Celebrations for Black History Month:

Black History Month Lecture: My War Too!  The Role Of Blacks In WW II
Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 2:00 pm | FREE Event at LaMott Community Center The American black community, both military and civilian, contributed more to the winning of World War II than most people, even today, realize. Local historian, Bill Chambrés will present a lecture highlighting some of the histories of persons and units who made those contributions. Based upon the journal-type magazine which he edited in 2018, these historic accounts will keep you riveted to your seats during this Free presentation.This program is presented and sponsored by La Mott Community Center/La Mott Library

*Octavius “O.V.” Catto (With the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission) Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 7:30 pm | FREE Admission at Glenside Hall Please join our guest, Dr. Andy Waskie, for his presentation examining the life and contributions of Octavius Valentine Catto, a Philadelphia civil rights activist, educator, and Brigade Inspector General in the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 5th Brigade in the late 1800s. His legacy was honored with a statue at Philadelphia City Hall on September 26, 2017. Dr. Andy Waskie, Ph.D. taught for thirty years in public education, and has spent twenty years as a full time Professor at Temple University in the Languages Department. He has written a number of articles and research papers, as well as four books on Civil War Era History as well as serving as co-founder and officer of the OV Catto Society. Refreshments will be served. The public is also invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission beginning at 6:30pm. For further information call Karen Shulik at 816-590-6457. The Commission thanks the Jenkintown Lyceum for its financial support of this production. Follow Event on Facebook

"1619: The Story of America's First Documented Africans"
Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 3:00 pm | FREE Event at LaMott Community Center 
 
The Citizens for the Restoration of Historical La Mott will host educator, historian, noted public speaker and award-winning author Ric Murphy ill speak on the occasion of the anniversary of the first recorded Africans in English North America. In 2019, all Americans will celebrate an important milestone in American history, the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first recorded Africans in English North America. Documented in early colonial records, these men, women and children were known as the “20 odd” Africans, and they arrived on the English ship White Lion, in the British colony of Jamestown in late August 1619 at Point Comfort, along the James River, and reportedly were sold in exchange for food. Their historic journey documents a fascinating story of international colonialism, piracy, enslavement, the law of British head rights and colonial indenture ship. The importance of this history, for many present day African Americans is that many are probably descended from these first Africans and/or those who arrived in North America between 1619 and 1700. Donations welcome. Call (215) 885-2258 for more information.  (Flyer)

Anti-slavery Abolitionist Journalists and Writers
Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 1:30 to 2:30 pm | FREE Event at Glenside Free Library (
215 S. Keswick Ave)
The Glenside Free Library will host local journalist and historian Don “Oghewii." Mr. Scott will give an illustrated talk on writers and activists associated with Cheltenham Township, emphasizing the importance of powerful words that have been used to change the course of history.

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68th Annual Government Day  Friday, February 15, 2019 | 9 am to 1 pm | FREE Event  at  Ogontz Fire House Cheltenham Township invites area students ages 6 to 14 to learn about municipal operations on Friday, February 15, 2019. 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. Cheltenham Schools are closed on 2/15 and most schools will excuse children who want to attend. Contact Sue Fries at (215) 379-2233 or your school principal for details. Follow Event on Facebook  (Flyer)

24th Annual Family Bingo and Ice Cream Social  Friday, February 22, 2019 | 6:30 pm | Admission: $5 per person at Rowland Community Center  Cheltenham residents can enjoy family-oriented bingo followed by ice cream sundaes at the Rowland Community Center on   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. Follow Event on Facebook

Arbor Day 
Friday, April 26, 2019 | 10:00 am at Tookany Creek Parkway in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Township will commemorate its 31st Annual Arbor Day Celebration. The Township expects to receive its 22nd consecutive Tree City USA Award  for its continued progress in community forestry activities.


Fishing Derby
   
Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 9:00 am to 12:00 noon | $3 Fee at Kleinheinz Pond on Tookany Creek Parkway (between Central Avenue and Beryl Road in Cheltenham)
Children can test their skill and luck at the 62nd Annual Fishing Derby at . The derby, which is open to boys and girls up to age 15, will run from 9 a.m. to noon.  The $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. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., come early to get the best spot around the pond!

Recreational Swim and Children's Lessons at the Cheltenham High School Pool  (2018)   
Come out and enjoy evening recreational swims at the Cheltenham High School pool one night a week during the fall and winter/spring season. The pool, located at Rices Mill Road and Panther Road in Wyncote, will be open on Wednesdays from 7:45PM to 9:45PM. Daily fees are $4 for resident adults ($8 for non-resident adults) or $3 for resident youths ($6 for non-resident 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 resident adults ($55 for non-resident adults) or $20 for resident youths ($45 for non-resident youths), college students or seniors.  CASH ONLY. 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. Access to pool - please use door #C-11 by the tennis court area.
Now accepting non-residents for swim lessons in the fall and winter at the Cheltenham High School Pool, but NOT in the summer at Glenside or Conklin Pools.


Sundays in the Park  -  Sept. 23rd * Oct. 7th * Oct. 21st * Oct. 28th * Nov. 4th (2018)
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 Beryl 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.

Halloween Party 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | $5 per Child at  La Mott Community Center
Family Event | For Children Ages 2 & Up Older (Parents are free)
Join us if you dare in ghoulish games, a costume contest, tricks and treats. The party will run from  Call 215-635-3255 by October 18th to register.


Hayride and Bonfire 2019 
Welcome the onset of chilly weather by enjoying a hayride down to a bonfire to listen to music or sing along on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This event in beautiful Curtis Arboretum, located at Church Road and Greenwood Avenue in Wyncote, costs $5 per person, but children 2 & younger are free. Hot chocolate, cider and other light refreshments are included. Rain date: Friday, November 15, 2019.


AARP Smart Driver Course -Application & Flyer
Co-ed * Ages 55 & Older * 2 Days * $20 ($15 with valid AARP membership) Fee * Limit 20
Save 5% on your auto insurance (check with your insurance provider) after completing this two-day class sponsored by AARP. Call the La Mott Community Center at 215-635-3255 for the registration form. This class will be held at the La Mott Community Center located at 7420 Sycamore Avenue in La Mott on Tuesday, October 24th and 31st 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

AARP Smart Driver Refresher Course -Application & Flyer
Co-ed * Ages 55 & Older * 4 Hours * $20 ($15 with valid AARP membership) Fee * Limit 20
This four hour course is a refresher course open to all drivers 55+ who have taken a 8 hour driver safety course at any location sponsored by any organization, and who have a valid drivers license. The materials used are the same as those used for the 8 hour AARP SMART DRIVER course, but the depth of discussion is greatly reduced. Call the La Mott Community Center at 215-635-3255 for the registration form. This class will be held at the La Mott Community Center located at 7420 Sycamore Avenue in La Mott on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

 


The American black community, both military and civilian, contributed more to the winning of World War II than most people, even today, realize. Local historian, Bill Chambrés will present a lecture highlighting some of the histories of persons and units who made those contributions. Based upon the journal-type magazine which he edited in 2018, these historic accounts will keep you riveted to your seats during this Free presentation.
The American black community, both military and civilian, contributed more to the winning of World War II than most people, even today, realize. Local historian, Bill Chambrés will present a lecture highlighting some of the histories of persons and units who made those contributions. Based upon the journal-type magazine which he edited in 2018, these historic accounts will keep you riveted to your seats during this Free presentation.
The American black community, both military and civilian, contributed more to the winning of World War II than most people, even today, realize. Local historian, Bill Chambrés will present a lecture highlighting some of the histories of persons and units who made those contributions. Based upon the journal-type magazine which he edited in 2018, these historic accounts will keep you riveted to your seats during this Free presentation.
 
 
 
 
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