The Stroller, Aug. 1, 2021: Occasions within the Alle-Kiski Valley

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West Leechburg to host National Night Out event

West Leechburg Crime Watch Committee will hold a National Night Out celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the borough volunteer firemen’s recreation hall, 1116 Gosser St.

There will be displays by EMS personnel, a landing by Stat Medivac helicopter, food trucks, vendor booths, bake sale, basket raffle and a performance by the Kiski Valley Community Band.

Advice available for those seeking employment

Allegheny Valley Association of Churches has free support services available for anyone who lives in Allegheny County and needs help with resume building, job searching and being interview ready.

For information, call Michelle at 724-226-0606, ext. 16.

Fort Armstrong Folk festival to arrive in Kittanning

The 50th Annual Fort Armstrong Folk Festival opens Thursday and continues through Sunday at Riverfront Park, Kittanning.

The festival opens at 5 p.m. Thursday and noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be artists displaying their crafts, entertainment, a car cruise, food vendors, vehicle displays, spinning and blacksmith demonstrations, heritage music, horse and carriage rides and an art show at the First United Methodist Church Covenant Center.

A fireworks display will be at 10 p.m. Saturday. For a schedule, visit

Free children’s meal distribution continues in Tarentum

Central Presbyterian Church, Tarentum, is distributing free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches through Friday to children 18 and younger from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays at the church, 305 Allegheny St.

The program is sponsored by the United Methodist Church Union and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. There are no eligibility requirements.

For details, call Central Church at 724-224-9220.



Today: The Apollo Area Historical Society will present a free program, “A Visit with Miss Amy Snyder,” at 6:30 p.m. at the WCTU Building, 317 N. Second St. Snyder was a teacher and librarian in the borough. Wendy Minik will be the presenter. Refreshments will be served afterward.

Aug. 14: St. James Church will host a vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish center, 109 Owens View Ave. Tables: $20; without electricity, $15. Table reservations: Linda, 724-882-8776


Wednesdays: Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 847 10th Ave. The group offers help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics.

East Vandergrift 

Monday: East Vandergrift Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 254 Kennedy Ave. Details: 724-567-7213

Fox Chapel

Aug. 12: Fox Chapel Area High School will sponsor a community blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Vitalant Harmar/Fox Chapel Donor Center, 2585 Freeport Road, suite 207. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be at least 16 years old. Appointments: 412-209-7000 and specify the donation is for the Fox Chapel Area High School drive, email or click on the Donate Blood button at and use group code HS010025.


Today and Thursday: Armstrong County Historical Museum, 300 N. McKean St., will be open for tours from 1 to 3 p.m. through Oct. 31. Free admission. Alternate hours available by appointment. Free parking is available behind the building via the North Grant Avenue entrance. Details: 724-548-5707


Monday: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Leechburg, will host a 13-week GriefShare support group from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 6 in the church sanctuary, 358 Main St. The group is for anyone who has lost an important person in their life and needs help dealing with the grief. Masks required to enter the building and social distancing will be observed. Participants can join the group at any session of the class. Details and registration: 724-845-7518 or

Aug. 10 to 12: Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St., will have vacation Bible school from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 at the church and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Leechburg Pool in Gilpin. Children ages 3 through those going into sixth grade welcome. Registration required. Registration: the VBS tab at or 724-845-1901

Lower Burrell

Monday: The Lower Burrell Council agenda meeting planned for 7 p.m. is rescheduled to be at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the municipal building, 2800 Bethel St. Details: 724-335-9875

Aug. 28: The K9 Officer Derek Kotecki Baskets for the Blue basket raffle and vendor show is accepting items and gift certificates for the auction and raffle prizes. Details: visit the Events Calendar at or

New Kensington  

Aug. 7: Peoples Library, 880 Barnes St., will present, “Birds & Beasts with Mad Science,” at 1 p.m. in the courtyard behind the library. Children 12 and younger can learn how they measure up to some of our favorite animals. Registration required. Registration: visit the Summer Learning page at

Aug. 11: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley will host a virtual Bow Wow Bingo at 7 p.m. online at Cost: $25 for one card; $5 for each additional card. There will be 10 games. A gift card prize will be announced before each game, and prizes will be mailed to winners. Bingo cards and instructions will be emailed. Registration required. Registration:

Oct. 9: Tables reservations are being accepted for a craft and vendor show at East Ken Community Center, 1785 Seventh St. Cost: $10. Details: Marie, 724-472-5106


Today: Parks Township Sportsman’s Club will host a Music Night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the club, 1111 Shipman Road. Bring your favorite stringed instrument and sing along. Refreshments available. Members and guests welcome. Details: 724-845-2390


Tuesday: The Allegheny Valley chapter of the Women’s Business Network will meet at 8 a.m. at Panera Bread, Waterworks Mall, 942 Freeport Road. Those attending can learn how the group supports the success and growth of women in business. Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Reservations required. Reservations: Susan Kinger, 412-782-4848


Monday: The Monday Market will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Plum Creek Park baseball fields, 1040 Ross Hollow Road. Vendors change weekly.


Aug. 18: Springdale Volunteer Firemen are accepting orders for a take-and-bake carnival pizza sale. Pickup: 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the firehall, 845 Lincoln Ave. Cost: whole pepperoni pizza, $10; whole plain pizza, $9. Order deadline: Aug. 11. Takeout only. Orders: 724-274-5090


Today: A free Jerry Garcia birthday celebration will be from noon to 6 p.m. at Dry Bones, 317 E. Sixth Ave. Phil Bombs will play at 2 p.m. and there will be food, raffles and a Grateful Dead trivia contest.

Today and Tuesday: Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St. An opportunity for silent prayer will be at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: The Elks will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. The kitchen is open to the public from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Menu: Orders: 724-226-1644 by 8:15

Upper Burrell

Aug. 29: Sky View Radio Society is accepting reservations for flea market tailgating spaces for its annual Swap n Shop Hamfest set for 8 a.m. to noon at the society grounds, 2335 Turkey Ridge Road. Cost: $5. Reservations: John, 724-339-3821


Today: A fundraiser to benefit Vandergrift Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Allusion Brewery, 143 Grant Ave. A percentage of food sales will be donated to the fire company. Insurance agent Mary Jo Riddle will donate $5 through State Farm Insurance’s Quotes for Good program to the fire company for each auto quote received during August.

Aug. 31: Vandergrift Public Library is raffling a patriotic quilt made and donated by library patron Jane Strohm to benefit the library. Cost: $1 each or $5 for an arm’s length. The drawing will be Aug. 31. Tickets: stop in at the library, 128C Washington Ave. Details: 724-568-2212

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