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The Chestnut Hill Local, Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) and Chestnut Hill Business Association (CHBA) are working together to bring the Teddy Bear Hunts to our neighborhoods, at least over the next four weeks. And we are adding a little bit of twist.
In addition to asking residents to place plush bears (or other stuffed animals) in your windows to be spied by families out on walks, local businesses on the Avenue are also joining in the fun. Each week for the next four weeks, five businesses will display a teddy bear in their windows. People who walk by will need to be find and record the five businesses with the bears in the window and what each bear is holding its paws. Submit that to us at the Local and you will be entered to win that week’s prize of a $25 gift certificate! The fun starts on Friday, May 29. The five businesses who have bears in their windows will change every Friday. So make sure you keep taking walks – while observing social distancing, of course.
Additionally, as you are out in the neighborhood on your “hunt” and you come across a unique bear, capture it, with your phone or camera of course and upload the picture the photo gallery we will set up on chestnuthilllocal.com. Also post to social media with #CHTeddyBearHunt.
Earth Day Plant a Virtual Tree May 4th 2020
With shelter in place mandates this year, it’s more complicated for gardeners to plant with many of our favorite plant supply stores closed for the month. But with the help of the Chestnut Hill Tree Tenders, you and your family can do just that. During the month of April, the Chestnut Hill Tree Tenders are seeking your help to plant 50 virtual trees along our residential streets. The Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) will help them get the word out and collect commitment forms from homeowners in the area. Both groups will support the effort by sharing a virtual map and signs announcing the location of the future tree. Twice a year, the Tree Tenders solicit applications for free street trees through a citywide program of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), up to three trees per household. Currently, they are urging homeowners to apply now for the Fall 2020 planting. As PHS cannot grant all requests, the CHCA will consider covering the cost of a certain number of trees through its CHCA Tree Fund.
“This is a great opportunity for families with kids of all ages to “plant” a street tree and design a home school exercise around Earth Day, learning about the critical role of trees in combating climate change, identifying tree species suitable for the urban environment, and enhancing the unique character of our neighborhood,” say the current co-chairs of the Chestnut Hill Tree Tenders, Jean McCoubrey and Monika Hemmers.