Growing older does not have to mean slowing down, physically, mentally or socially. In fact, it can be a time for returning to those activities you couldn’t find much time for earlier in life and also for taking on new challenges.

Above all, you would probably like to share this time with other people. If older adults and those who care about them are not sure how to make this happen, the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment is here to help.

“The CHCE” offers many exciting classes : art workshops (watercolors, sculpture, drawing and sketching), astronomy, bridge, Italian and Spanish lessons, yoga, tai chi, folk dance, beading. There are also a number of interest groups that meet regularly : sewing crafts, short story discussion, knitting, a French conversation group, pinochle, Scrabble, play reading, bridge games, chess and life story writing.

The center also co-hosts a monthly luncheon, information sessions on matters of health and finances, afternoon movies, and day trips to Philadelphia-area theaters, museums and historical sites.

Founded in 1978, our center’s goal has always been to see that aging members of the community are supported in maintaining an independent lifestyle and in knowing they are valued. The CHCE wants to “grow” participation among older adults in northwest Philadelphia and nearby eastern Montgomery County, attracting newcomers to a host of programs that appeal to adults 50-and-better.

If you think you may be interested, but have concerns about cost, there are scholarships available to offset membership and class/activity fees. This special promotion has been made possible by a generous grant from Green Tree Community Health Foundation. Established in 2005, the foundation is a not-for-profit public charity whose purpose is to improve the health and well-being of people living in northwest Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County. The Health Foundation seeks to have a positive impact on current and emerging health issues and risks, empowering residents to access health services and to value, embrace and maintain their own health.

You can learn more about the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment on our website: Contact the center by email,, or telephone: 215-248-0180. If you are in the neighborhood, just stop by the office any Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. We are right at 8431 Germantown Ave.