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 9th

Muhlenberg Township’s Spring Fiesta is a Music and Food festival with a Latin flair. Come join us at Jim Dietrich Park on Saturday, June 9th from 11AM to 10PM to celebrate some Latin culture. We will have a variety of music to spark your interest plus dancing, crafters, food vendors and a beer and wine area. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on the fun. If you'd like to be a vendor, complete the application for review. 

2018 Spring Fiesta Vendor Web application.pdf​

Hometown Heroes Banner Programometown 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
Designer Purse Bingo - March 11th
This program will be co-sponsored by the Muhlenberg Township Parks and Recreation Department and the Woman’s Club of Muhlenberg on Sunday, March 11 at the Muhlenberg High School café. The doors will open at 12 noon and games will start at 1PM. The cost of tickets is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Muhlenberg Township Building, Muhlenberg Community Library or from any Woman’s Club of Muhlenberg members. A light lunch menu and baked goods will be available for purchase. Your ticket will provide you with 20 regular bingo games and the opportunity to purchase special game tickets for larger purse prizes. Raffle prizes will also be available. The proceeds from this event will help support Muhlenberg Community programs such as the Summer Playground Program, Muhlenberg Community Library and community families in need.
 
Spring Flea Market - May 12th

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 from local service groups so the sale of food or drinks of any kind is prohibited. The sale of weapons of any kind is prohibited on school district property.  Mark your calendars now so you won’t 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 22 at 9AM for this event.


Muhlenberg Night at the Fightin Phils Game - May 12th
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 12th. The Township and participating sponsors will be handing out free general admission tickets to this game. The game will start at 6:05PM against Altoona which is an affiliate team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a special treat there will be postgame fireworks. Come to the Parks Office after April 27th to obtain your free general admission tickets. Let’s show the Reading Fightin Phils just how much spirit Muhlenberg has by attending this game.  

Memorial Day Ceremony - May 28th
The Township will honor those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom with a ceremony near the flagpole at Jim Dietrich Park at 10AM.  Students from the Muhlenberg High School will provide music and Boy Scout Troop #161 will post and retire the flags. Light refreshments will be served at the Steve Landes pavilion immediately after the program. Guest speaker is Colonel Sam Hayes, Director of the Joint Staff of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS
PICKLEBALL - AVAILABLE NOW AT TEMPLE PLAYGROUND
What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badmintontennis, and table tennis.Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but has become popular among adults as well.​ The Pickleball courts are now open at Temple Playground. Take a look at the rules and get started playing today!

Pickleball Rules Summary.pdf


Medium Reading - March 13th

Reach out to the spirit world with Psychic Medium Nellie Walter. You might have the opportunity to receive a message from a family member, friend or loved one who has passed on. This program is scheduled from 6:30 to 8PM at the Muhlenberg Township Building’s main meeting room. The doors will open at 6PM. Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $20/person and pre-registration is required. There is a maximum of 45 people/session. Non-believers are welcome, but come with an open mind.  

POUND Exercise Class - Starts January 16th
Have you heard of the new fitness craze called Pound? Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Come join in the fun as you sweat, rock out and feel your body. Lauren is a certified instructor and will keep you motivated during class. Classes will be held on Tuesday evening starting on Jan. 16 and on Thursday evening starting Jan. 18 from 7 to 7:45PM at the recreation building. The cost is $50/6-week session (for one day/ week) or $85/6-week session (for two days/ week). Pre-registration is required for the whole session rate.  However, if you prefer there is a $10/ drop in for one class (cash only for drop in). Please bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water to class. Drum sticks will be provided. This is a class for all levels; modifications will be suggested. Please come a few minutes early to your first class to fill out a waiver form. A second six-weeks session is scheduled to start the last week in February/first week in March.

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 Flower Show
- March 5th

Enjoy the “Wonders of Water” at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Colorful water-loving blooms, dancing fountains and falling water will be sure to enchant. The bus departs at Noon and will leave the Flower Show at 7PM. The cost is $64/person and includes transportation and ticket into the show.  

Show at Dover Downs Casino - April 12
This will be a fun filled day of gambling, dining and music. The bus departs at 9:15AM. Once you arrive at the Dover Downs Casino you can gamble for a bit before enjoying a buffet lunch and then a show highlighting the songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at 3PM. The bus will depart at 5:15PM. The cost of the trip is $89/person to include $20 slot play, buffet lunch, show and transportation. Must be over 21 for this trip and please bring along your photo ID.

Penn's Peak - Erik Kearns - May 8th
Travel to the majestic theater in Jim Thorpe to see Eric Kearns present Voices of Legends – a show featuring incredible vocal impersonations of super star singers from the 1950’s through the 1980’s. The bus leaves at 10AM. The door opens at 11:30AM, lunch will start at Noon and showtime is at 1PM. The cost is $69/ person and includes lunch, show and transportation.

Rainbow Dinner Theater - Getting Momma Married - July 18th
A young woman and her husband live under Momma’s roof. When the stork is due to make an arrival, the kids must find their own nest. And what about poor Momma, all alone? The answer is as plain as the nose on your face: find her a fella and put a ring on it. Filled with laughter and love and fun, come help us as we make plans to get Momma married, ASAP! The bus leaves at 10AM. We will arrive to have a buffet lunch at 11AM and the show will begin at 1PM. The cost is $77/person and includes lunch, show and transportation.

Caesar's Casino - Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes Show - September 26th
Enjoy the day in Atlantic City. The bus will leave at 9AM. Once we get to AC you can gamble with the $25 free slot play, enjoy a buffet lunch and then come see the show featuring Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes. The show starts at 3:30PM. The bus will depart Caesar’s at 5PM. The cost is $99/person and includes $25 slot play, lunch buffet, show and transportation. Must be over 21 for this trip and please bring along your photo ID.  
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. 

January 22nd
Barry Kauffman will talk about miraculous Women of WWI. 

February 26th
We will go on a road trip to Margharita’s for a spaghetti luncheon in support of the Muhlenberg Library. Bryan Dreibelbis will be with us to play music of the 50’s & 60’s.
Cost of $12/person. Music from 11AM to 12PM. Lunch will be provided at Noon.

March 26th
Some of our Commissioners will be on hand to take any questions and discuss concerns from our residents. 
 
April 23rd
Craig Johnson will sing and play a variety of music.

May 21st
The Chargers 196th Infantry Brigade: A Vietnam Education Display Group will be with us to educate you on various equipment used during the war. 
You will get an up-close view of the equipment that was used in that era. Greg Young and Dan Kirkwood will be the presenters.  

June 25th
Sadie the Amish Lady will tell us about her life growing up and the traditions of the Amish people. 
YOUTH SPECIAL EVENTS

Egg Scavenger Hunt - March 17th

Hop on over to Jim Dietrich Park where your child(ren) will have fun hunting for clues during the Egg Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 17. At each station the children will have to show their skill at a fun carnival type game, before receiving eggs filled with candy and toy surprises. You can register between 10 and 11:30AM. The hunt will begin immediately after you register. This is a self- paced egg hunt geared toward children 2 to 10 years of age. Each child will be able to make a simple craft. 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.

Annual Father/Daughter Dance - April 6th
Every girl currently in kindergarten through 6th grade within the Muhlenberg School District or attending 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 6th from 7 to 9PM. The cost is $25/ couple and $5 for each additional sibling. You don’t have to be the child’s father, but a male figure in her life can come too.  The theme this year will be a Red Carpet formal.  There will be dancing to the sounds of a DJ, games, drinks, snacks, and a keepsake photo of each couple. Tickets can be purchased at the Customer Service area at the Muhlenberg Township Building until Thursday, April 4th. Plan on joining us to make some special memories with your daughter that you will never forget. Sorry, no tickets will be sold at the door.

Fishing Rodeo - April 21st

Come join us for the annual Muhlenberg Rotary Club’s Fishing Rodeo at Laurel Run Park on Saturday, April 21st (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 by doing. This is a bait only, no lure rodeo. Prizes will be awarded for various contests.

Registration is done 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 11 years old will fish from 10 to 10:40AM

Children 12 to 15 yrs. old will fish from 10:45 to 11:25AM  

You will exchange a registration form for a free fishing permit. Registration opens at 8AM.