Planning Commission Archive

Adult Programs

Yoga and Nature Walk – #2137

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Environmental Center
Cost: $17.50 per person
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: September 9, 2022

Together we will mindfully explore Shiloh Hills Park. This is a great way to unplug for a few hours and enjoy one of the many parks in the Township.
Program includes pre-hike stretch, guided hike and 30-minute guided yoga practice with full body relaxation at the end.

 

Fall Braided Wreath – #2183

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: $21.50 per person
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: September 19, 2022

Decorating your space with simple and versatile decorations such as Cotton Nautical Rope makes the process of transforming a space from drab to fab not only easy but also fun! You will braid your own wreath and then personalize it with fall decorations.

Autumn Leaf ID Stroll – #2184

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park – Large Pavilion
Cost: FREE
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: September 22, 2022

Join Naturalist Kathy Grim for an “Autumn Tree ID Stroll”. We’ll discuss the changing seasons, trees, their colorful leaves and how to identify common and some not so common, Pennsylvania trees. Leaf guides are provided.

 

Nature Journaling in Autumn– #2185

Date: Tuesday,September 27, 2022
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park – Large Pavilion
Cost: FREE
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: September 26, 2022

Start a life-long and creative habit; open a world of discovery and beauty; improve your observation, writing and artistic skills. Join author and educator Annette Garber to learn how to stop, look, breathe and create. Notebook provided.

 

Yoga for an Agile Body & Mind – #2186

Date:  Thursdays, September 29th through November 3, 2022
Time:  10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Location  Township Administration Bldg.
Cost:  $63.00 per person
Ages:  18+
Registration deadline:  September 22, 2022

This EXTREMELY gentle (seated) class will move at a slow pace and be designed specifically for the needs of the participants while meeting our bodies and minds where they are on any given day. Yoga improves balance and mobility and can also ease back pain, relieve depression, reduce blood pressure and ease tension.

 

Autumn Photography – #2200

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Time:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m..
Location  Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: $24.00 per person
Ages:  18+
Registration deadline:  October 3, 2022

Broad landscapes or close-ups – gain new insight into photographing nature with expert photographer Valerie Hoffman. Learn new skills and valuable tips to capture nature at its best and most sublime. Bring your own camera or if your phone is your camera, bring that too. For beginners to experienced photographers.

 

Identifying Fraud and Scams – Daytime Session – #2187

Date:  Friday, October 14, 2022
Time:  9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Location  Township Administration Bldg.
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  18+
Registration deadline:  October 11, 2022

Join the Spring Township Police Department for this informative session on how to recognize common types of phone and internet scams and what to do if you fall victim to one.

Living Well with Diabetes – #2189
Date: Mondays, October 17 through November 21, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: FREE
Ages: 60+
Registration deadline: October 11, 2022

This program focuses on helping the individual living with diabetes to better manage their disease through monitoring, physical activity, healthy eating, coping skills and strategies for daily living, relaxation techniques and working with the health care system. Program is recognized and supported by the American Diabetes Association.

 

Identifying Fraud and Scams -Evening Session – #2188

Date:  Tuesday,  October 18, 2022
Time:  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location  Township Administration Bldg.
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  18+
Registration deadline:  October 14, 2022

Join the Spring Township Police Department for this informative session on how to recognize common types of phone and internet scams and what to do if you fall victim to one.

 

Mesh Pumpkin Wreath – #2191

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: $22.50 per person
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: September 26, 2022

Using poly deco mesh, you will create a Pumpkin Wreath to decorate that special space in your home this fall! This wreath is simple and easy to make. Have fun and personalize it to make it your own!

 

A Matter of Balance – #2190

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Time: 1:00 –3:00 p.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: FREE
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: October 12, 2022

Instructors from Berks Encore will help you to reduce the fear of falling through fall prevention education and management. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make home modifications to reduce falls and learn low impact targeted exercises to increase strength and balance. Ages 60+

Christmas Tree Gnome – #2192

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: $22.00 per person
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: November 28, 2022

It’s time for another DIY holiday craft! Come and learn to create this adorable Christmas Tree Gnome with supplies from our local stores. With 3 weeks between this class and Christmas, you’ll still have time to take what you’ve learned and create more gnomes to give as gifts this year!

 

Wellness Wednesdays – Need information!!!!

Wellness Wednesdays – Nutrition – #2194

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: FREE
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: September 21, 2022

Explore how the nutrients in food provide energy and vitality. Ann Wellock, RDN, LDN from Tower Health will focus on easy options to add high nutrient content foods to your every-day selections. Topics include: Anti-oxidant properties; Protein and protein alternative; Hail to Kale for fiber, vitamins and minerals; Hearty and Healthy ideas for the Fall season.

 

Wellness Wednesdays – Fall Prevention – #2196

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: FREE
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: October 5, 2022

One in four Americans age 65+ falls every year, but that doesn’t mean it is a normal part of the aging process. Join Jennifer Barney, Injury Prevention Outreach Coordinator from Reading Hospital Trauma Center in a discussion on why older people fall and to how to prevent it.

Wellness Wednesdays – Advanced Directives – #2197

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: FREE
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: October 12, 2022

One in four Americans age 65+ falls every year, but that doesn’t mean it is a normal part of the aging process. Join Jennifer Barney, Injury Prevention Outreach Coordinator from Reading Hospital Trauma Center in a discussion on why older people fall and how to prevent it.

 

Wellness Wednesdays – Saving Strokes – #2198

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: FREE
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: October 19, 2022

Come play a round of miniature golf with the staff from the Reading Hospital Stroke Center while learning about stroke prevention, identification and treatment! A stroke can happen at any age and affects nearly 600,000 people a year. 80% of strokes are preventable – join us to learn how!

 

Family Programs

 

Fall E-Sports

Date: October 3 through November 14, 2022
Location: Virtual
Cost: $21.50 Resident / $24.50 Non-Resident
Registration deadline: September 19, 2022

Are you an avid gamer looking for a way to connect with fellow gamers? Interested in learning more about the games you love and finding teammates to practice with and improving your skills? We have partnered with GGLeagues to connect local gamers and allow players to participate in fun community esports events!

A player only needs to purchase 1 season pass which will unlock all the games offered in the Fall season. If the game is team based, all players will need to purchase a season pass.

Youth Division – #2180
Ages:  8 – 12 yrs. of age

Teen Division – #2181
Ages:  12 – 17 yrs. of age

Adult Division – #2182
Ages:  18+

Campfire Stories – # 2175

Date: Friday, October 21, 2022
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park – Large Pavilion
Cost: FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline: October 14, 2022

What could be better than to spend an evening relaxing around the campfire listening to Naturalist Kathy Grim tell humorous wildlife tales and Native American stories. Bring lawn chairs and a flashlight. Ages 4+ .

 

“Starry Night” Canvas Painting – #2176

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: FREE
Ages: 18+
Registration deadline: October 19, 2022

Create a tranquil evening painting of the great outdoors by using acrylic paint and stencils on an 11″ x 14″ canvas. Create a deep velvety midnight sky, sprinkle stars by using paint splattering and create a full moon using sponges and peel off contact paper. Choose your forest visitor: a bear, a deer, a fox or an owl. All materials are included. Please wear a shirt suitable for painting.

 

Chemistry Celebration – # 2177

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park – Large Pavilion
Cost: FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline: October 14, 2022

Celebrate National Chemistry Week with educator Greglynn Gibbs. This is an engaging hands-on opportunity for children to learn about chemistry, run several simple (and possibly slimy) experiments and explore basic chemistry concepts.

 

Wildlife CSI Adventures – #2178

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park – Concession Stand
Cost: FREE
Ages: 5+
Registration deadline: November 2, 2022

Sometimes it’s difficult to see wildlife in fields and forests. Join us to learn how to search for animal tracks, scat, examine owl pellets and more! Some fun activities to learn about wildlife behavior as well as track and scat identification.

 

Chess 101 – An Introduction – #2179

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Township Administration Bldg.
Cost: FREE
Ages: 8+
Registration deadline: October 31, 2022

Discover that anyone can learn to play chess and reap all the mental benefits this game provides. Go from complete beginner to knowing the rules and some basic strategies of the game. End the session by playing a competent game against other beginning players. Join us – your brain will thank you for it!

 

Family Nature Series

 

Wee Ones Discover Fall – #2168

Date: Friday, September 23, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park – Parking lot
Cost: FREE
Ages: 1+
Registration deadline: September 21, 2022

Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping and wildlife is busy getting ready for long winter months, but how? Naturalist Kathy Grim will lead children on a search for a variety of wildlife (puppets) then describe and discuss how wildlife survives winter.

 

Astronomy

Two opportunities to be out with the moon, planets, stars and possibly a galaxy or two! Join the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society at this awe-inspiring astronomy program for a close-up look at the night sky through BCAAS telescopes.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park State Hill Road, Parking Lot

Session 1 – #2169
Date: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Registration deadline: September 28, 2022

Session 2 – #2170
Date: Friday, November 4, 2022
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: November 2, 2022

Leaf Safari – #2171

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2022
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park – Parking Lot
Cost: FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline: October 24, 2022

A fun opportunity to explore science, nature, leaves, trees and art in an adventurous Leaf Safari! Learn leaf ID basics, examine bark patterns and discover the importance of trees. We will collect colorful leaves to make a fall craft or two. Leaf ID handout and all materials provided.

 

Nature Walk at Nolde Forest – #2172

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Nolde Forest, 2910 New Holland Road, Shillington
Cost: FREE
Ages: 5+
Registration deadline: November 2, 2022

Join Naturalist Kathy Grim and Nolde Forest Park Rangers on the trails at Nolde Forest to explore the changes and beautiful colors of fall. Walk through Nolde Mansion and learn about its history at the Open House. Be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces.

 

Night Walk Exploration – #2173

Date: Friday, November 11, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park – Parking Lot
Cost: FREE
Ages: 5+
Registration deadline: November 9, 2022

Join us for this fascinating night exploration. We will learn to use our night vision – how it works and how we see in the dark. If the sky is clear, we’ll learn to locate easy to find stars and constellations. Bring a flashlight and be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces.

 

Wildlife Winter Naps – #2174

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park – Parking Lot
Cost: FREE
Ages: 3+
Registration deadline: November 10, 2022

Stroll the trail and learn about the animal adventures of late fall. We will explore what animals do to prepare for cold winter months and food shortages. Children will learn about hibernation, winter torpor and which animal is famous for it.

 

Special Events

 

Fall Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: West Lawn Park
Cost: FREE

Join us for pumpkin decorating, mask making and refreshments – while supplies last. Halloween costumes are welcomed and encouraged! At 4:00 p.m., Kit’s Interactive Theatre will present a “Sleepy Hollow Halloween Show” which is suitable for everyone ages 5 to 105. Audience participation is included in this show!

A Red Caboose Christmas – #2167

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
Time: 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Location: Red Caboose Park
Cost: FREE
Registration Required by November 28, 2022

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by Red Caboose Park to visit all the boys and girls in Spring Township on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join us for a tour of Reading Caboose # 92906 and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Bring your own camera for selfie-photos with the Clauses. Holiday pajamas are welcomed and encouraged! Children ages 3 to 12 years old will receive a gift bag. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available for all! To ensure we can accommodate everyone, each person in your group must be registered.

 

SANTA’S MAILBOX

Santa Claus has asked the Parks and Recreation Department to help him will all the letters he receives from the children of Spring Township so we will be setting up a special mailbox in the parking lot of the Administration Building located at 2850 Windmill Road, Sinking Spring.

Address your letter to “SANTA CLAUS – NORTH POLE” and drop it off between Monday, November 14th and Sunday, December 4th, 2022.

In order for Santa to send you his answer, you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Do not wait until the last minute – drop off your letter to Santa Claus before Thanksgiving to beat the holiday rush!