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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​

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
Lunchtime Concert in the Park - April 25
The Sounds of Jazz will be coming from Laurel Run Park on Thursday, April 25th with a rain date of Friday, April 26th from 11:30AM to 1:30PM.  The many talented students from the Muhlenberg Intermediate, Middle and High Schools will be performing Jazz tunes during a Concert in the Park. Come bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch them perform. The concert is FREE and affordable lunchtime food items will be available for purchase at the park. The park is located at 3049 River Road.

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 - March 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. Dates for 2019 include: March 12, May 14, July 16, September 17, October 22 and November 12. It is not too early to register!

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.

Adult Egg Hunt in the Dark
Calling all adults! Have you felt left out over of the years because you are too old to participate in an egg hunt? Well, those days are gone. Come to Laurel Run Park on Wed., April 17 at 8PM armed with your basket (or other container) for an Adult Egg Hunt. The twist is that you need to be prepared to hunt for those eggs in the dark.  Eggs will be filled with candy and other prizes. We will have Golden Tickets hidden in some eggs for special prizes.    
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).
Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Game - July 12
Join us on Friday, July 12th for a baseball game with the Washington Nationals. Game time is 6:05PM with spectacular fireworks after the game. We will be in section 234, rows 7-8-9. The cost of the trip is $72/person. The bus will leave at 2:30PM and will leave the game after the fireworks show.

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. 

Live Music with Sam Faranda - June 24
Sam Faranda will perform by singing his version of old time favorites. 

A Matter of Balance Workshop - March 12 to April 30
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity level. You will learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercises to increase strength and balance. This workshop is free of charge and administered by Berks Encore at the Muhlenberg Recreation Building located at 3025 River Rd. from 9:30 to 11:30AM for six consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is required. Call Kathy at 610-374-3195 ext. 230 to register. 

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.  
YOUTH SPECIAL EVENTS
Family Fortnite Bingo - March 22
All children currently in 1st through 6th grades within the Muhlenberg School District or who attend Holy Guardian Angels are invited to attend this Family Fortnite Bingo event. This event will be held at the Muhlenberg High School café on Friday, March 22 from 7 to 9:30PM. The cost is $25/couple and $10 for each additional sibling. You will play 10 games of bingo throughout the evening to win Fortnite themed prizes, including Supply drops and V-bucks. THE FINAL GAME WIL BE A FULL CARD BINGO FOR A NINTENDO SWITCH. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a photo op area available to take pictures with Fortnite characters. Tickets can be purchased with Customer Service in the Muhlenberg Township Building until Thursday, March 21 or until event space is at capacity. Plan to join us for a fun night with your child to make memories that will last a lifetime. No tickets will be sold at the doorThis event sold out in the Fall so don’t wait to get your tickets!  ​

Annual Father/Daughter Dance - April 5
Every girl currently in kindergarten through 6th grade within the Muhlenberg School District or who attends Holy Guardian Angels is invited to attend the Annual Father/ Daughter Dance.  The dance will be held at the Muhlenberg Elementary Center on Friday, April 5th from 7 to 9PM. The cost is $25/couple and $10 for each additional sibling. You do not have to be the child’s father; any male figure in her life can come too. The theme this year will be a formal. There will be dancing to the sounds of a DJ, games, drinks, snacks, and a photo opportunity of each couple. Tickets can be purchased with Customer Service in the Muhlenberg Township Building until Thursday, April 4th. Plan to join us to make priceless memories with your daughter(s). Sorry, no tickets will be sold at the door.

Egg Scavenger Hunt - April 13
This egg hunt is not your traditional egg hunt. The hunt will begin immediately after you register between the hours of 10 and 11:30AM at Jim Dietrich Park on Saturday, April 13. This is a self-paced egg hunt geared toward children 2 to 10 years of age. Each child is given a clue card that will lead them around the park to various stations where they will need to play a carnival type game to get their eggs filled with candy and toy surprises.  Each child will also be able to make a simple craft inside the farmhouse. Be sure to bring a basket for your eggs and a camera for a picture with the Easter Bunny. FREE to children that reside or attend school in Muhlenberg Township. This event will be held at the Recreation Building at 3025 River Road if there is inclement weather. 

Fishing Rodeo - April 27
Come join us for the annual Muhlenberg Rotary Club’s Fishing Rodeo at Laurel Run Park on Saturday, April 27th (rain or shine). This is a great opportunity to allow your child to learn about the joy of fishing. The Club strongly encourages parents to allow the child to do the fishing, assistance is welcomed, but children need to learn. Registration is the day of the event by reporting to the registration table ½ hour prior to your age group’s scheduled time. Children 4 to 5 yrs. old will fish from 8:30 to 9:10AM. Children 6 to 7 yrs. old will fish from 9:15 to 9:55AM. Children 8 to 15 years old will fish from 10 to 10:40AM. You will exchange a registration form for a free fishing permit. Registration opens at 8AM. 

Rules of the Rodeo: 
1) Children must be 4 years of age and reside in Muhlenberg Township or attend school here

2) There is a limit of 3 fish/person and you are not to release any fish that is caught

3) Bait only, NO lures. Youth and adults are permitted to fish after the completion of the rodeo subject to PA fishing regulations.