Special Township Events & Parks Programs

The Township and the Parks Department is more than park rentals and pavilions! The department has a host of exciting and unique programs that will appeal to all ages of our residents. We encourage you to participate and discover the benefits of an active mind and body.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​

Muhlenberg Township is pleased to announce the rollout of our all new online registration for Parks programs and Parks and Facility rentals.  Residents are now able to sign up for programs, trips and classes online. See full descriptions of each program and sign up friends and family members as well. Residents will also be able to check availability and book parks and facilities for events and private parties. Not only can you check availability and schedule your rental, but you can complete all waivers and applications as well as pay for your rental online! We are happy to bring these long awaited conveniences to Muhlenberg Township residents. Moving forward, all rentals and program registration will be done exclusively online. No computer? No problem! Stop by the Township building at 210 George Street and use our kiosk computer station to book your rental and print out your paperwork!
SPECIAL TOWNSHIP EVENTS
Spring Fiesta - June 8
Muhlenberg Township’s Spring Fiesta featuring Berks’ Best Tacos, is a Music and Food festival with a Latino flair. Come join us at Jim Dietrich Park on Saturday, June 8th from 11AM to 9PM to celebrate some Latino culture and to taste some great taco related items. There will be a variety of live music played throughout the day. We will have music, dancing, crafters, food vendors and an adult beverage area. For some additional entertainment there will be piñatas, face painting and even bull riding for those who are adventurous. 

Hometown Heroes Banner Program
Do you know of an active duty or retired service man or woman? Muhlenberg Township currently has a Hometown Heroes Banner Program. This is a great way to honor and thank those who served and continue to serve our country. We are looking for interested parties to sponsor banners that will be placed on light poles within Jim Dietrich Park. The banners are 60” tall and 30” wide and will have a photo and details of your Hometown Hero such as where and when they served. Banners are made of durable weather-resistant vinyl which will last for many years. Banners have already been hung at Jim Dietrich Park, so act now to reserve a spot. Information can be found on our website at www.muhlenbergtwp.com, by calling the office at 610-929-4727, or by visiting the office at 210 George Street, Reading, PA 19605 between the hours of 8AM and 4:30PM Monday through Friday. We need at least 15 banners per set to maintain a banner cost of $200 which we currently have so the only wait time will be for the banners to be printed. You will have an opportunity to see a proof of your banner before it is printed. ​Contact the office at 610-929-4727 or stop in during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8AM to 4:30PM to obtain an application or download here:
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Spring Flea Market - May 11 (Rain date May 12)
Join us for our annual Community Flea Market at the Muhlenberg High School parking lot from 8AM to 1PM to see if you can sell some of your treasures for cash. Tables are NOT provided as part of your $15/space rental fee. Set up starts at 6:30AM. Refreshments are available for purchase from local service groups, so the sale of food or drinks of any kind are prohibited. The sale of weapons of any kind is prohibited on school district property. Mark your calendars now so you will not miss out on the great deals. Pre-registration is required and payment in full is due at the time of registration. Registration begins on March 21 at 9AM for this event.

Muhlenberg Night at the Reading Fightin' Phils Game - May 18
The Muhlenberg Parks and Recreation Department is once again partnering with the Reading Fightin Phils to offer a Muhlenberg Night at First Energy Stadium. Mark your calendars for this year’s event to be held on Saturday, May 18th. The Township and participating sponsors will be handing out free general admission tickets to this game. The game will start at 6:15PM against the Portland Sea Dogs, which is an affiliate team of the Boston Red Sox. As a special treat, there will be postgame fireworks. Come to the Parks Office after April 29th to obtain your free general admission tickets. Let us show the Reading Fightin Phils just how much spirit Muhlenberg has by attending this game.

Memorial Day Ceremony - May 27
Please join us in honoring our veterans from all military branches, especially remembering those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. The Township will hold a Memorial Day ceremony near the flagpole at Jim Dietrich Park at 10AM. Students from the Muhlenberg High School will provide music and Boy Scout Troop #161 and #155 will post and retire the flags. Light refreshments will be served at the Steve Landes pavilion immediately after the program. Our freedom is not free...for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are grateful.


PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS
CONCERTS
Summer Concert Series at Jim Dietrich Park - June 14, June 18 & July 12
The Muhlenberg Arts Board presents the Summer Concert Series outside at Jim Dietrich Park. The stage will be located in front of the farmhouse, with the river as a background for the band. Concerts will start at 6PM and last until about 8:30PM with a short intermission. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the show. If there is inclement weather, the concert will be held at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church. Located at the corner of Tuckerton and Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Rd. BYOB and food are welcomed for these concerts. We may also have some adult beverages for sale during the event. 

This year’s lineup includes: 

Friday, June 14 - Uncle Jake and the 18 Wheel Gang

Friday, June 28 - Barefoot Bobby and the Breakers

Friday, July 12 - Jive, Jump and Wail!

Medium Nellie Walter - July 16 | September 17 | October 22 | November 12
Mediumship is the process where a human, known as a medium, is used by one or more spirit personalities for presenting information to someone still alive. Whether you are looking for healing or closure, struggling with grief, or are just plain curious. We hope you consider joining us for a session. These sessions are scheduled from 6:30 to 8PM at the Muhlenberg Township Building main meeting room. The doors will open at 6PM with light refreshments and beverages. The cost is $25/person and pre-registration is required. There is a maximum of 45 people. Non-believers are welcome, but come with an open mind. Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, and strong fragrances for Nellie has an allergy. 

Schuylkill River Kayak Trip - July 27

Beginning at 2PM on Saturday, July 27th, join us for a Schuylkill River Kayak Trip. Bring your boat and paddle with us down this calm, scenic section of the Schuylkill River starting at the Leesport Post Office (4 East Wall St. Leesport 19533) and float on down to Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg Township. Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com. The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 20 people. ACA event insurance is recommended at $5/person. Program presented with Blue Marsh Outdoors, Borough of Leesport, and Muhlenberg Township. Pre-registration is required by calling 610-374-2944 by July 19th. Please coordinate your own transportation to Leesport for the start of the event AND again back to Leesport to get your car.  It might be good to find a friend to join you so a car can be at the start and at the end of the trip. No transportation will be provided. 


Wine & Dine - August 17 (Rain date 9/18 2-6PM) ​

Hosted by the Muhlenberg Rotary and Lions Clubs assisted by the Parks and Recreation Department will take place at Jim Dietrich Park. The gates will open at 4PM with the Uptown Band starting at 5:30PM and ending at 8PM. The tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Bring your own food, but buy the wine at the event from three local wineries. No other alcoholic beverages allowed at the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Township Building, the Muhlenberg Community Library and from any Rotary

or Lions Club member. Proceeds assist with local community projects. You must be 21 to attend this event.

Garden Plots
Township has community garden plots off Route 61 behind the homes on Sheidy Avenue. Each plot is 20’ x 20’ and costs $10 to rent for the growing season (approximately March – October). Plots will be rototilled in March (weather permitting) and will be available for planting once completed. All spaces must be reserved by contacting Customer Service at 610-929-4727.

Flag Drop off Box
Remember that Muhlenberg Township has a retired flag drop off box located at 210 George Street near the south entrance of the building. Please respect the flag and drop it off so that it can be disposed of in a proper manner. The box is painted red, white and blue so that you will not mistake it for a regular mail box. We will take flags of all kinds. Thank you to a local Eagle Scout who provided this box to the Township so that we can offer this service to the community.
ARTS BOARD
Arts Board Programs 
 
Artists Wanted
The Arts Board continues to display local artist’s work on a monthly basis at the Muhlenberg Township Building. The Board seeks artists willing to display their work during 2017. There is no fee to exhibit and items can be for sale. All art must be hang able hung for this display. Please contact the Parks Office at 610.929.4727 ext 265 for an application and more details.  

The Muhlenberg Community Chorus is accepting new members. All you need is the love of singing. Join the group as they rehearse at Grace Alsace UCC on 2151 Kutztown Rd. on Monday nights from 6 to 7:30PM. Call Joanne Lutz at 610.478.7939 for more information.
BUS TRIPS​​
All Bus Trips leave from the old Kmart parking lot on 5th Street Highway (side parking lot)

Craft Beer/Distillery Tour- July 20

Come join us as we explore some local craft beer breweries and one distillery not too far from home. Our adventure will start with a 10:15AM departure. We ask that all participants arrive prior to 10AM so that we can check in all attendees. We will be examining all ID’s to make sure everyone is over the age of 21 and have everyone sign a hold harmless agreement at this time. Our first stop is to the Manatawny Still Works for a tour of the facility, tasting and a cocktail in a Souvenir Rock Glass. We will then head to Sly Fox Brewery for a tour, beer tasting and lunch. Our last stop will be in Phoenixville so that you can explore this small town which has several Breweries (Root Down Brewery, Stable 12 Brewery, Crowded Castle Brewery and Iron Hill Brewery) within a few blocks. There are also restaurants and quaint shops which you can visit while there. At 4PM we will depart for Reading. A light snack and bottled water will be provided on the way home. You are welcome to bring additional snacks and NON-ALCOHOLIC drinks on the bus if you would like. The cost of the trip is $70/person. This includes the tours, tastings as listed, lunch and your transportation. 

GOLDEN MUHLS SENIOR GROUP
This group has an active membership of people 55+ years of age that live in and around the Muhlenberg area. Each month they attend a regular meeting that has a speaker/ program at the Recreation Building from 10AM to 12 noon on the 4th Monday of the month (unless noted otherwise). Limited handicap parking is available around the back of the building. Membership is $5/ year and $3 for each meeting that you attend. If you have any questions contact Karen by calling 610.929.4727 ext 265. 

Spotted Lantern Fly Discussion - June 24
A Penn State Cooperative Extension representative will be with us to discuss what we can do to combat the invasion of the spotted lantern fly in the state of Pennsylvania. 

Live Music with Sam Faranda - June 24

Sam Faranda will perform by singing his version of old time favorites. 

Muhlenberg's Senior Group Meeting - July 1
There are several senior groups in the Muhlenberg area. Many seniors belong to a few of these groups. We are looking to the future and wanted to start having a few meetings during the year where all clubs come together for fellowship. We are hoping to establish a foundation for a continuation of the groups through this consolidated meeting. This meeting will be held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at the corner of Tuckerton and Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Rd. from 11AM to 2PM. Each meeting will consist of an informational speaker, then lunch followed by entertainment. The cost will be $10/person and pre-registration would be required at the Township Building. The first meeting will consist of Bob and Sue Lee of the Wringer Center for Higher learning to talk about the evolution of the iron. Where and when did this device come to be. We will then have a light lunch followed by the unique entertainment of John Hadfield. He combines music with comedy with magic and a dog thrown in there as well. Please don’t forget to register if you want to attend.  

State Representative Mark Rozzi - July 22
State Representative Mark Rozzi will be with us to tell us about what he is doing on the state level with child abuse, poperty taxes, his visit to the Vatican and so much more.

Annual Picnic at Jim Dietrich - August 19
Our annual picnic at Jim Dietrich Park at Pavilion 2. The time of the meeting will change slightly to begin at 10:30AM. Each person will bring a food item to share with the group. There will be music for everyone to enjoy. 

Summer Playground Program - June 10 to August 2

The Summer Playground Program will run again this summer at Hyde Park, Laureldale Playground and the Stoudts Ferry Playground. The program runs Monday thru Friday for eight weeks, starting on June 10th from 9AM to Noon. The program is geared toward children 6 to 12 years of age and costs $65/child. Activities are geared around a different theme weekly and there is a field trip each week except for the first week. Field trips include skating, bowling, movies and other fun activities. A free breakfast will be provided by the School District’s Summer Food Service program at each site.

NEW THIS SUMMER!

We are proud to offer you and your child a unique summer learning opportunity that was originally created by Matt Hathaway, 4th grade teacher in the Exeter School District.

Muhlenberg Township’s Teachers in the Parks program is designed to meet the specific learning needs of our kids. All rising 1st - 6th graders for the 2019-20 school year are eligible for this program, which will meet at the Laureldale Playground over the summer to receive hands-on instruction from highly qualified teachers. All lessons align with the Muhlenberg School District’s curriculum, designed to be fun, and aim to bridge the academic summer gap between grade levels. The teacher in charge of your child’s small summer park group will custom design the lessons to met your child’s needs. We look forward to working with you this summer at Teachers in the Parks! Please fill out a registration form at the Township Building or online. There are a limited number of spots available for this free program.