5 Fun Things to Do Near Jenkintown

After a busy day here at Manor College with classes, assignments, exams and more, students may need some time to unwind and have some fun. I compiled a list of five places you could attend close to campus in the Jenkintown area. After reading this, let me know if you have any further suggestion of what you consider to be a fun activity.

Alverthorpe Park

Not that far from the campus is a beautiful park called Alverthorpe, located on Jenkintown Rd and Forrest Avenue. This park gives free membership for students, teachers, and faculty at Manor College with the ID badge. Right now it is open from 8am to 5pm, but starting March 4th it will be open until 8pm. There are many different activities you can do here. One thing you can do: play basketball at the basketball court. This is good for those on the basketball team who want to practice in an outdoor environment. It is open all year round. This is a gorgeous place to take a run or walk with the beautiful trees, and animals that run around. Also, for a $15 fee you could have a relaxing night and go camping. When I have gone on a run in the past I saw several deer. Additional activities that come at a price are: tennis courts with a 1.5 hour limit, fishing, and Par-3 Golf. You can also reserve picnic tables for $5.00. For more information, visit the Alverthorpe website.

Abington Art Center

For those who have an appreciation for art and want to find something free to do, the “Abington Art Center” in Jenkintown is for you. You can find this on a 27 acre campus that is located 10 miles away from Center City. This is located on 515 Meetinghouse Rd. The Winter Gallery is open until March 23rd Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.  It is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Fridays. The sculpture park which looks like is getting work on right now is open each day from sunrise to sunset. For more information, visit their site.

The Austrian Village

If you want to go some place for lunch or dinner with food from another country, I would suggest the Austrian Village on 321 Huntingdon Pike. This is open from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10pm. An example of something Austrian you can have here is a schnitzel, which is a type of breaded pork cutlet. You can also get a variety of salads, burgers, and sandwiches. For more information, visit their website.

Joseph’s Pizza

For those who enjoy pizza I would recommend “Joseph’s Pizza” which is not that far off from the Austrian Village, located on 7947 Oxford Avenue. They have a unique pizza made from “signature fresh dough” with their special sauce with mozzarella cheese on the top of it.  For those who want something besides pizza there is also pasta, salads, wings, and sandwiches. For students or those on campus who want to bring something on campus to share or eat alone, they have a take out option. For more information on the foods they have, or the history of the restaurant, visit their website here.

Hiway Theater

Wouldn’t it be relaxing to go to see a movie after a long day of work and classes? Try the the Hiway Theater on 212 York Road. This week, there are two movies showing. One of them is “The Upside” starring Philly-born Kevin Hart (let me know how it is if you go and see it). The other one is called “The Favorite” starring Olivia Coleman. Find the most current schedule on their website.

I hope you take some time to look at these Jenkintown gems!

By marketing intern Will Rodebaugh III

Finding the Balance: School, Soccer, Parenthood and Work!

When I started school, I remember joking around with my friends and family about becoming a soccer player. You may think some girls just play soccer for the cute uniforms. Well, guilty as charged, because originally—that was me! Later that year, around August, Manor College’s soccer coach wound up reaching out to me, and asked me to join the team. I thought this was a joke, or I was on the show Punk’d, because I never talked about soccer with anybody at school, and I didn’t know any soccer players.

Well, fast forward to September when the season started. Being on the soccer team taught me to watch the opponent’s feet. If you have time one day, just watch a basketball player or football player on the field or court, and observe their posture and their body weight. You see that if they lean to the left more so than their right, then 9 times out of 10 they’re going to go right, and visa versa. When my coach had me out there on the field, he pushed me to run more than what I would do on a regular run; he pushed me more then I would push myself. I wasn’t the best player, but I was fast!

The soccer team was down to earth; it was a couple other girls that never played before, and some that you can tell soccer was their life. In the beginning, it was good; I was a cheerleader from middle to high school, so I knew about the obstacles that came with it. However, college was a totally different experience, with practice every day, then class at 6:30pm at night. Pet peeve: I hate sweating and being dirty, and going straight to class after the workout was just…ewwww.

My social life was another story; friends and family complained about not seeing me. My life was basically being a working mom, full-time soccer player, and school full time; plus, my son was in football. So, talk about a chicken running with their head cut off!  My grades were good, but the days I had games were the days I had my hardest class. I was thinking: I can do it, I’ll get my grades up and work turned in, in no time. Nope: I failed.

Being a mom while playing soccer was hard for me sometimes. I felt like I wasn’t giving my son enough attention. However, when I thought about it, I knew that was me just telling myself that I need to quit. That right there made me realize: I can still do what I want and still have time for my son and do what I need to do for him. I brought my son to the practices; I brought my son to the games. Yes, it was hard, but I managed. If my son did not have his tablet or phone, he would play with the soccer ball or my coach would let him play with us doing practice.

In other words: I put what I learned in soccer into practice. I pushed myself harder than I ever would have before. It took me a while to learn the right balance for my life; for now, I’m taking a break from the soccer team and concentrating on academics. That doesn’t mean you can’t balance work, sports, socializing and school, but here’s what I learned: part of being an adult is finding what works for you.

Sheresa Palmer is a Criminal Justice major at Manor College.