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Travelers from Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment join a statue of the famous man at Rodin Museum.

by Mary McNeill Zell

“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,

A beautiful day for a neighbor…

Would you be mine? Could be you be mine?”

Thanks to Mr. Rogers for these words; they convey perfectly an invitation to all of you from the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment. Once called the Chestnut Hill Senior Center, today’s Center for Enrichment embraces people of all ages, especially older adults, from all neighborhoods and with all interests.

Want to sketch, draw or work in watercolors? Our Center has a class for you. Are you most comfortable knitting, crocheting or sewing? Come to our Center on Monday mornings or Friday afternoons. Your doctor or therapist is recommending yoga or tai chi? Our wonderful teachers and classes can help. Do you want to take on a new language or brush up what you learned in school? The Center for Enrichment offers, French, Italian and Spanish.

Are you a reader? Then you should try our Short Story discussion group, Play reading or the newly formed Mystery Book group. How about games? The CHCE has already set aside a time and place for Pinochle, Scrabble, Mah Jongg, Chess and Bridge; we have many more game sets or you can bring your favorite from home.

Do you like to keep active? International “folk dance on Fridays” is a great way to fill that need. Our Warm Weather Walking is another. So are CHCE adventures all over the Philadelphia area. During the upcoming warm months we have plans to visit the American Liberty Museum, Tyler Arboretum, Independence Seaport Museum and the Grace Kelly Exhibit at Falls Center. The community is always invited to join the Center membership on one-day or longer travels.

The Center for Enrichment will continue to sponsor lectures on matters of health, finance, and current events.

Throughout the year you can expect to find specialized workshops: mixed media, photography, beading, understanding/using social media, terrariums, memoir writing, dream interpretation.

We invite you to join us on May 17 for Dessert with a Docent, a visual lecture featuring Philadelphia Museum of Art special exhibit “International POP.” Likewise, the community is invited to attend “Mary Todd Lincoln, the woman you thought you knew” on June 7, with Janet Wasser portraying Mrs. Lincoln. Finally, the CHCE and its partners, Center on the Hill and Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels, invite you to join us for a “luscious lunch” on the 4th Tuesday of the month (May 24 and June 28); free blood pressure screens courtesy of Unitarian Universalist Outreach Program.

Chestnut Hill’s Center for Enrichment is located at 8431 Germantown Ave. (side entrance). Hours are 9 – 4, Monday – Friday. Want more information? Interested in signing up for a class or activity? Contact Mary or Sandra by telephone (215-248-0180), email (; or just drop in.

Mary McNeill Zell is executive director of Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment.

Art Museum show to be previewed

Date: May 5, 2016 Section: News

The Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment and Center on the Hill join in extending an invitation to the community to attend “Dessert with a Docent,” a spectacular visual lecture presented by Museum of Art volunteer docent Deena Gerson at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the Harris Room at Center on the Hill (in the Presbyterian Church), 8855 Germantown Ave, Gerson will discuss the museum’s special exhibit “International Pop,” a topic many of us might be unfamiliar with.

“International Pop” inhabits a modern, fast-paced world and is packed with bold and thought-provoking imagery. As explained in the museum’s publicity materials, the late 20th and early 21st century is a vibrant period shaped by social, political and cultural change; the exhibit chronicles pop art’s emergence as an international movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to western and eastern Europe, Latin America and Japan.

Gerson will take us on a personal guided tour of “Pop” in the comfort of our own neighborhood. The PowerPoint presentation will be followed by questions and conversation, fresh fruit, decadent desserts and beverages.

This special program is open to CHCE members and the public at $8 a person. Please register with the Center for Enrichment at 215-248-0180, or the Center on the Hill at 215-247-4654 no later than May 13.

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Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment programs focus on health

Posted on February 4, 2015 by Contributor

The Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment is pleased to invite the community to a pair of interesting and important programs during the second week of February. Both programs are open to all who care about good health, and both are free to attend.

On Tuesday, February 10, at 1 p.m., we will meet in the CHCE “living room” for “Your Kidneys & You” with Rachel N’diaye, program coordinator for the National Kidney Foundation, and Lynne Parker, MSN, RN, NP-C, who has many years of experience treating patients with kidney disease and is currently the Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Delaware Valley Nephrology and Hypertension Associates.

What do your kidneys do? Much more than ridding the body of waste. Who is at risk of developing kidney disease? One in three Americans. What are the warning signs of kidney disease? Often very little. Come. Learn. Be well.

The Center for Enrichment is located at 8431 Germantown Ave. (between Gravers Lane and Highland Avenue).

On Thursday evening, February 12 at 7 p.m., the Center welcomes Megan Gill, R.Ph. to the Bombay Room in the Chestnut Hill Hotel, for the next in the CHCE Healthy on the Hill series. Ms. Gill is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences, with more than 20 years of pharmacy experience. After 2.5 years as the pharmacy’s manager, she has recently taken ownership of Chestnut Hill Pharmacy. Our speaker is prepared to discuss what that means, this year’s flu, vitamins and supplements, the role of insurance, vaccinations and more. Bring your questions and ask the pharmacist.

The Bombay Room is on the main floor of the Chestnut Hill Hotel, 8229 Germantown Ave.

To help in planning refreshments and seating, pre-registration for the two programs would be appreciated. Call (215-248-0180) or email ( the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment.

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Support the Center for Enrichment by supporting the Chestnut Hill Community Fund

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Contributor

by Sam Loth

Earlier in my years, when I was willing to travel the continent with a backpack, a bedroll and my thumb, the biggest benefit I experienced was the cultural learning curve. For example, I had no idea that most everyone in Europe and North Africa were, at a minimum, bilingual – everyone knew at least two languages. In fact, many people were trilingual or more.

This was amazing to me coming from America, where choosing to learn a second language was a high school elective, as important as the debate club. Today, however, our world is smaller, more complex and having bi-lingual skills in America has become a more common skill set like knowing how to work in mixed media.

It’s never too late to learn that second language, though. Thanks, that is, to the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment. Can’t say “good morning” in French, Spanish or Italian and you’ve got reservations for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday later this year? If you’re 50 or older, the CHCE can help you conquer a little bit of the language skills you might need.

What’s that you say? You already are bi-lingual but it isn’t helping your card game? You need some new strategic moves at Pinochle or Bridge or Mahjong? All right, Mahjong isn’t technically a card game but who knows when you’ll need to fit in. You never know when Mahjong skills will come in handy. Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment is there for you.

Learn a language, be a better card shark, surprise everyone at your next folk dance by knowing how. Write your life story, paint a watercolor masterpiece, sit on a bench and sketch the dogs at the park. These are some of the activities and classes you can access at the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment. This is one of the nonprofits your Chestnut Hill Community Fund supports each year with your donations.

These classes meet at the Center for Enrichment, 8431 Germantown Ave., or the Center on the Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.. There are special daytime programs and evening workshops for every schedule. Learn more at or 215-248-0180.

To help the Chestnut Hill Community Fund continue to support the Center for Enrichment and 30+ more deserving nonprofits in Northwest Philadelphia, make a donation today to CHCF at 8434 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118, go online and donate at, or contact Noreen at 215-248-8810. The CHCF thanks you in advance for your support.

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