Other Events

In addition to our annual events like our Pastorius Park concerts, Movies Under the Stars, Community Holiday Parade, and Circle of Trees, the CHCA hosts a variety of community events throughout the year. Since 2020, these have included popular and safe virtual events. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to learn about our upcoming events. Join the CHCA to receive our members newsletter and to support our work to create community in Chestnut Hill. 

St. Patrick's Event March 21, 2021

MLK Day Virtual Family Program Jan 18th, 2021

Holiday Parade Greetings & Performances Dec 24th, 2020

19118 Deck the Door Contest  - Dec 14th - Dec 28th, 2020

Carve & Cackle Contest Oct 6th - Oct 29th 2020

Chestnut Hill Teddy Bear Hunt May 29th 2020
As a Time magazine story published on March 25th put it:  “Taking a page from Michael Rosen’s 1989 children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, members of a number of communities across the globe are placing teddy bears and other stuffed animals in their homes’ windows to create a scavenger hunt-esque activity for kids who are stuck at home.  While taking walks or drives around the neighborhood with their parents, kids in participating communities can have some fun by keeping an eye out for any number of stuffed animals that have been put on display at others houses.”

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.