Township eNews

October 12, 2018


Upper Merion Farmers Market

Fall Festival & Fiber Arts Day

Saturday, Oct. 13 | 9:00AM to 1:00PM

Upper Merion Township Building


Join UMFM for the annual Fall Festival & Fiber Arts Day – a celebration of all things fall! Enjoy activities for the whole family, giveaways, spinning and weaving demos, and more!


Upper Merion Township

Fall Tree Planting

Saturday, Oct. 27 | 8:45AM to 1:00PM

Heuser Park 


Calling all residents, local businesses, community groups, and schools – we welcome you to come together to help protect and beautify our township by planting trees!

Sign up online.



Evening Campfire Programs at Valley Forge Park 

Saturday, October 13 | 7:00PM

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Warm up by a campfire and enjoy unique stories about Valley Forge National Historical Park and other national parks! The Evening Campfire Programs take place through November. Learn more about the program and view the schedule online.


Staying Connected with Your Teen

Tuesday, October 16 | 6:30PM

Upper Merion Area High School (Large Group Instruction Room)

The Community Alliance for a Safer Tomorrow (CAST) is holding a free, 5-session workshop series to help parents improve communications, reduce the risk of problem behaviors, and build strong family bonds. Parents can register by emailing Susan Shelton or calling 610-304-5533.


Have You Had the Conversation?: How to Talk to Your Child About Substances

Wednesday, October 17 | 6:30PM

Upper Merion Area Middle School (Room C-230)

The Community Alliance for a Safer Tomorrow (CAST) is holding a free workshop for parents of children in grades K-5. Parents will participate in discussions focused on the reality of how and when kids are introduced to substances, how to have a conversation with young children about loved ones who may be struggling with substance use, and what to do if you become concerned that your child may be experimenting. Register for this workshop online


UMPR Family Halloween Dance

Friday, October 19 | 6:00 to 8:00PM

Upper Merion Community Center

Upper Merion Parks & Recreation is planning a fun Family Halloween Dance, complete with spooky decorations, light refreshments, a craft station, a dance-along, and a photobooth! Halloween costumes are a must! 


Upper Merion Police Association Halloween Parade and Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 21 | 2:00 to 4:00PM

Upper Merion Township Building

Love Works and Hope Community Church are once again partnering with the Upper Merion Police Association and Upper Merion Parks and Recreation to bring you the 4th annual FREE Halloween Parade and Trunk or Treat! Bring your BEST costumes and show them off in the parade. A few lucky individuals will win prizes for the best and most creative costumes. There will also be a photo booth, DJ, raffle prizes, inflatables, food trucks, craft stations, and more! 


Share the Keys

Thursday, October 25 | 6:30 to 8:00PM

Upper Merion Area High School (Large Group Instruction Room)

Share the Keys is a safe driving orientation, based on research and data, designed to reduce teen driver crash risks through increased parental involvement. Ensuring that parents and teens fully understand the risks and responsibilities associated with driving is essential to teen driver safety. Teen drivers with supportive parents who closely monitor and set rules are 50% less likely to crash. Register for this workshop by emailing Susan Shelton or calling 610-304-5533.

Meeting Schedule



October 15


Library Board of Directors
Henderson Room
Economic and Community Development Committee
Board Room  
Media Communications Advisory Board
Administration Conference Room



October 16


Environmental Advisory Council


Henderson Room


Upper Merion Sanitary & Stormwater Authority


Board Room


Farmers Market Advisory Board


Administration Conference Room


Community Center Advisory Board


Community Center Conference Room



October 17


Zoning Hearing Board
October 18

Upper Merion Foundation 
Freedom Hall
BOS Business Meeting
Freedom Hall



October 19


No Meetings Scheduled


Historic Tour of Upper Merion

Sunday, October 28 | 2:30PM

Take an escorted 3-hour tour through Upper Merion Township to learn more about our rich history and how a unique band of limestone, running through the district, may well be responsible for almost every significant fact about our area. Whether you’ve lived here all your life, or you just moved in – come and hear about the Anna Holstein House, Lime Kiln, Brooke Quarry, Alan Wood Steel, Valley Forge Encampment, King of Prussia Inn and more. Tickets are $40 per person. Learn more and purchase tickets.


Brewing it Old School - Society Special Program & Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 30 | 6:00PM

 Join the King of Prussia Historical Society for an evening with PA Brewery Historian, Rich Wagner. Rich is a popular lecturer, writer, and demonstrator of old brewing techniques. After a tasting of five different types of beer, dine on a buffet provided by Taphouse 23. Then Rich will bring to life brewing practices from William Penn’s day to our current times. Tickets are $35 in advance ($40 at the door, space permitting).  Learn more and purchase tickets.


Farmers Market

175 West Valley Forge Road
Every Saturday

Mid-May to Mid-November

Rain or Shine!


Next Market: Saturday, October 13


Join us for the annual Fall Festival & Fiber Arts Day – a celebration of all things fall! Enjoy activities for the whole family, giveaways, spinning and weaving demos, and more!


Interested in volunteering for the market? Contact Vince at 484-636-3910 or email


Resident Services

No Cost Walk-in Flu Shots

Tuesday, October 16 | 3:30 to 6:30PM

Upper Merion Township Building

Montgomery County residents who wish to reduce their risk of getting the flu are invited to a flu clinic at the township building. See the complete schedule, list of items to bring, and more on Montgomery County's website.

Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard

Are you or someone you know food insufficient? The Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard invites anyone who lives within the bounds of the Upper Merion Area School District to shop two times each month. The UMACC is located in the Valley Forge Presbyterian building (191 Town Center Road, KOP). There is a *REQUEST* Rambler stop nearby at the Valley Forge Shopping Center. If you'd like to be picked up or dropped off at that location, please call 610-354-8899. For more information about the UMACC, visit their website

Yard Waste Collection

Now through October 26

The yard waste collection season will run through Friday, October 26, 2018. Pickup days will vary each week depending on workload and weather. We will make every effort to collect yard waste the same week the request is submitted. Fill out a request for service online or call the Public Works Department at 610-265-8465 before 12:00PM on the Tuesday of the week you wish to have your yard waste picked up. Please follow the collection guidelines.

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels

We are in great need of volunteers on a weekly, monthly or substitute basis in the King of Prussia area. If you would like to help, we would be happy to have you join us to see if this is a volunteer opportunity you would enjoy. We have volunteers that deliver meals weekly, monthly and on a substitute basis. For more information, call 610-265-7051 or email, or visit



Bad Bugs!

If you haven't heard of the Emerald Ash Borer or Spotted Lanternfly by now, you must be living under a rock. Both insects have made Upper Merion their homes, and homeowners and property owners need to be aware of what to do if you spot them on your property. Learn more:

Environmental Advisory Council: Get a FREE Rain Barrel!

Rain barrels can lower your water bill, prevent flooding in your yard, and reduce stormwater runoff from your property. Members of the Environmental Advisory Council will be at the Upper Merion Farmers Market this Saturday to answer questions and give residents a chance to win FREE rain barrels and compost bins! Learn about rain barrels and read other environmental tips provided by the EAC.

Community Center

431 West Valley Forge Road

King of Prussia, PA 19040




There's always something fun happening at the Community Center! Try a fitness class, learn a new craft, or pick up a sport during Open Gym.

Parks & Recreation

Non-Diet Approach to Diabetes

Tuesday, October 16 | 10:30AM to 12:00PM

Have you or a loved one been recently diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes? Come learn some simple steps that you can take to help manage these common metabolic disorders. Learn more and sign up today!

Youth Basketball Leagues

Learn basketball fundamentals, improve skills, and make new friends in a fun environment. This is a recreational league and includes practice time, refereed games, and a league t-shirt. We offer leagues for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Learn more and sign up today!



SAT Sample Class

Monday, October 15 | 6:00PM

Calling all high school students! Learn tips to improve your SAT score at this SAT Sample Class, co-sponsored by Princeton Review. Register online.

Inventor's Fair

Saturday, October 20 | 9:30AM to 12:00PM

Freedom Hall

Kids ages 5+ and their families are invited to this neat event to interact with inventors, engineers, and other STEM professionals. Kids will learn through hands-on activities including VR games and a drone demonstration. The fair is sponsored in partnership with the Future Inventors of America. No registration is required.


Public Safety

The Upper Merion Township Public Safety Department is a singular, unified department that encompasses the divisions of police, fire, ambulance, and emergency management services, overseen by Director Tom Nolan, who is also the current Chief of Police.



Upper Merion Police

View the crime bulletin archive.


Fire & Rescue

Have No Fear - Volunteer!

The Upper Merion Township Fire & Rescue Services is seeking volunteers. Interested in joining? Contact William Daywalt, Deputy Fire Marshal, at 610-205-8554 or find out more on our website.


Montgomery County News


Upper Merion Senior Service Center

Located at the Community Center
431 West Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Save the Date: UMSSC Big Bingo!

Sunday, October 21 | Doors open at 11:00AM, Games start at 12:00PM

Tickets on sale now - $20.00 (advance), $25.00 (day of)

Cash Prize | Raffles | Refreshments | Door Prizes

Excursion Trip to Fonthill Castle and Moravian Tile Works

Thursday, November 15 

Join us on a carpool trip to tour Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Tile Works in the Doylestown area. $15.00 for UMSSC Members, $16.00 for non-UMSSC Members. Sign up at the Senior Center.

Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

PECO Project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd

Please be informed of the following information provided by PECO Gas Operations regarding the project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd. Work may occur in roadways, sidewalks, and potentially on homeowner properties. Learn more

Road Resurfacing Program

The 2018 Road Resurfacing Program began on Monday, October 8. The entire program should be completed in three weeks, weather permitting. Roads included in this year’s program are as follows:

  • Dehaven Street
  • Hillside Avenue
  • Continental Road
  • Renaissance Blvd
  • Wills Boulevard
  • Mall Boulevard’s turnpike turn lane
  • S. Warner intersection with Swedesford Road

For more information on local road work, please visit the following pages: | 610-265-2600

For questions, comments, or submissions, contact

175 West Valley Forge Road • King of Prussia, PA 19406-1802