The Stroller, Nov. 8, 2021: Occasions within the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Food items needed for Leechburg weekend distribution

The Leechburg Food Bank and Leechburg School District sponsor the Community Providing Alternatives to Hunger “PATH” program for children in the Leechburg School District that provides a weekend bag of nourishing food and supplements the free or reduced lunch program children receive during the week.

Due to the nation-wide supply chain disruption, the school district has been unable to order the needed food items. Churches and organizations are being asked to donate these products. Items needed include individual 1-ounce cereal servings of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cocoa Puffs in plastic containers and bought in bulk; 4-ounce mixed fruit cups bought in bulk; and 100 percent juice boxes, minimum 4.23 ounces, no sugar added, such as Juicy Juice, Ocean Spray or Capri Sun.

Do not deviate from the requested portion sizes or the items will not fit into the bags. Donations can be dropped off in the fellowship hall lobby at Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St., Leechburg, and call the office at 724-845-1901 to alert them of your donation. For details, call the Revs. Gary or Lisa Lyon at 724-845-1901.

Salvation Army seeking participants for annual Angel Tree program

The Salvation Army is looking for churches and companies to take part in its annual Angel Tree program.

Children create lists that are shared with companies, small businesses, churches and individuals across 28 counties in western Pennsylvania. Toys and gifts are collected and sorted by hundreds of volunteers at Salvation Army locations and given to families to put under the tree on Christmas Day.

For information on how to participate, contact Leah Cross at 412-446-1534 or To make a monetary donation online, visit

Donations being accepted for holiday vouchers

Allegheny Valley Association of Churches is accepting donations to help with the food bank turkey voucher distribution.

To donate, send a check with “Thanksgiving” in the memo to Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 or visit All donations will be acknowledged.


Allegheny Township

Nov. 16: Westarm Physical Therapy and Home Health will offer a free seminar, “Are You Considering a Knee or Hip Replacement,” at 6 p.m. at the office, 1001 S. Leechburg Hills Road, Kiski Park Plaza. Dr. Eric Evans will be the speaker. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-337-6522.


Wednesday: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Prize amounts have been raised and there will be a $1,000 must-go jackpot. Details: 724-478-4831

Wednesdays and Saturdays: Apollo Area Historical Society will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the WCTU Building, 317 N. Second St. The current exhibit is a vintage toy display.


Friday: St. Vladimir Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave., is accepting orders for its weekly pierogi sale. Varieties: potato and sauerkraut. Pickup: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Fridays at the church social hall. Face masks required. Cost: $11 per dozen; 6 for $6. Orders: 724-339-9257, 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Wednesday: 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.

Sunday: A turkey bingo will be at 1 p.m. at Pioneer Hose Co., 124 Morgan St. Doors open at noon. Sponsored by Pioneer Hose Auxiliary. There will be a silent auction and 50/50, and snacks and beverages will be sold. Cost: lapboards, $5; special packet, $5. .


Today: Springdale High School Alumni Association will meet at 7 p.m. at Cheswick Presbyterian Church, 1401 Pittsburgh St. Steering committee members and officers will be selected. Any member interested in a steering committee position should attend. Details: Mike, 724-275-7566.

East Vandergrift

Dec. 6: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish is sponsoring a St. Nicholas Day raffle. Winning numbers will be the noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 Pa. Lottery Daily Pick 3 numbers. The noon winner receives $1,000 and a $100 gift certificate to Pounds Turkey Farm. The 7 p.m. winner receives $1,300 and a $100 gift certificate to Pounds Turkey Farm. Cost: $10, for two numbers. Tickets: Deborah, 724-859-3186, the church office or after Sunday Mass in the church vestibule.


Nov. 17: A free introduction to fly fishing class will be offered at 7 p.m. at Millerstown United Methodist Church, 2830 Thompson Road. Must be at least 12 years old. Details: Greg Mix, 724-882-0940.


Wednesdays: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Cash only. No donations are being accepted at this time. Details: 724-295-3095


Nov. 19: Addiction Recovery Ministry Pittsburgh is accepting orders for a Jenny Lee swirl bread sale. Varieties: classic cinnamon, cinnamon raisin, cinnamon apple, and cinnamon pumpkin pie. Cost: $5. Order deadline: Wednesday. Pickup: Nov. 19. Details: 412-378-9290.


Wednesday: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will host a pop culture Trivia Night at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. Family and friends can form a team of up to four members and compete against others in categories such as modern and classic movies, video games, comics, music and art. Reservations required. Reservations: visit the calendar section of or call 724-226-3491.

Wednesday: The Agape Thrift Shop at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Masks required. Clean fall and winter clothing in all sizes is needed. Bring donations on Wednesday or leave them on the front porch. Do not place donations in the blue bins behind the church.

Wednesday: Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank will be open to anyone in need from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Pull into the center parking lot and food will be placed into your vehicle. Those who are not yet registered should come from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Saturday: The Needle and Thread Club for students who are at least in fourth grade at Community Library of Allegheny Valley will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd, Natrona Heights. November’s project will be a counted cross stitch holiday ornament. Basic materials provided. Reservations and face masks required. Reservations: or call 724-226-3491.

Nov. 16: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will present a free Who Knew? program, “History of Local Neighborhoods,” with author and Valley News Dispatch correspondent George Guido at 6 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. Online attendance available via Registration and face masks required. Registration: 724-226-3491 or visit the EventKeeper section of

Kiski Township

Nov. 24: Kiski Township Volunteer Fire Company is accepting orders for pies and pumpkin rolls from The Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown. Varieties: chocolate meringue, coconut meringue, lemon meringue, apple, Dutch apple, blackberry, wild blueberry, razzleberry, cherry, peach, raisin, harvest and pumpkin pies, and pumpkin rolls, all $10. Paid order deadline: Nov. 13. Pick-up: Nov. 24. Orders: Morgan, 724-466-2812.


Today: The Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society, 118 First St., is closed for winter. To arrange a private tour, email or call 724-845-8914 and leave a message.

Today: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 268 Canal St. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open.

Sunday: A barbeque dinner will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Marconi Club, 135 River Ave., to benefit Craig and Melissa Hubert of Leechburg who lost their home in a fire. Basket donations are being accepted for a silent auction. To donate to the auction, contact Sherry Jackson Price on Facebook.

Dec. 11 and 12: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is seeking crafters and vendors for a Christmas craft show set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the firehall, 268 Canal St. Cost: $30 for an 8-foot table with two chairs for one day; or $50 for both days. Details: Melissa, 724-332-9090 or or Shay, 724-596-2858.

Dec. 18: Holy Innocents Anglican Church, 366 Third St., will have its annual Christmas Bake Sale. Orders are being taken for assorted homemade cookie trays. Cost: large trays, $40; small trays, $30. Order deadline: Nov. 30. Orders: 724-882-2665, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays

Lower Burrell

Today: Alle-Kiski Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. in Faith Hall of Puckety Presbyterian Church, 1009 Puckety Church Road. Sarah Fischer, clinical evaluator for Neuro Restorative, will discuss, “Developing Strategists for Memory.” New members welcome. Details: Mary, 724-337-7133, or Carol, 724-335-7136.

Wednesday: Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania will host an informational signup event from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1601 Wildlife Lodge Road. Face masks and social distancing required regardless of vaccination status. Details: Diane, 412-526-6723 or

Saturday: The Veterans of Foreign Wars is seeking vendors and crafters for a show at the post, Wildlife Lodge Road. No home improvement companies, please. Details: 724-339-6690, choose the office listing and leave a message for assistant manager Jamie.

New Kensington  

Today: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers clothing for all members of the family, uniforms for students at Mary Queen of Apostles School, shoes, purses, household items, linens and blankets. Visit the new home store. First-time customers receive 15 free items. Donations accepted during open hours only. Take a free chance on a monthly basket raffle.

Wednesday: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley will host a virtual Bow Wow/Meow 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:


Wednesday: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley will host a virtual Bow Wow/Meow 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:


Wednesday: The Manos Art Gallery of Tarentum will host a pop-up art exhibit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Howard Hanna City Living Office, 3429 Butler St. There will be refreshments and food trucks. Donations will be accepted at the door and proceeds from a silent auction will benefit the Free Care Fund at UPMC Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh.


Tuesday: Plum Community Center will host a community blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. at the center, 499 Center New Texas Road. Appointments recommended. Bring ID. Appointments: 412-209-7000, or visit and click on the Schedule Now or New Donor buttons. Search for group code C528.

Tuesday: Larry Keough, James Keough and Jean Gess will perform at 6:30 p.m. at Plum Community Library, 445 Center New Texas Road. Reservations required. Reservations:

Nov. 16: Plum Community Center will host a vaccine clinic from 1 to 7 p.m. at the center, 499 Center New Texas Road. Covid-19 initial and booster shots and flu shots will be available. Registration required. Registration: or call 412-795-2330.


Thursday: A Veterans Day Family Fun Night will be at 6 p.m. at Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St. Remember our veterans with stories, crafts and activities. Registration and face masks required. Registration: 724-274-9729.

Saturday: A cash bash to benefit Springdale Volunteer Fire Department will be at the Springdale Veterans Association, 1151 Pittsburgh St. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the first drawing will be at 4. Must be at least 21 to attend. Cost: $20. Must present a ticket at the door to enter. Tickets: 724-274-5090.


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.

Wednesdays: BridgePoint Church will offer, “Stop, Drop and Read,” from 3 to 4 p.m. in the church children’s library, 400 E. Ninth Ave. Free children’s grab-and-go meals will be distributed.

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 p.m.


Today: Vandergrift Public Library will have a Board Game Night for students in grades 6 to 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. 128C Washington Ave. Play one of the library’s games or bring your own. Snacks will be served. Reservations encouraged. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

Tuesday: Vandergrift Public Library will host a free Thanksgiving storytime with a craft for children age 2 to 8 at 6 p.m. at the library, 128C Washington Ave. Face masks and reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

Wednesday: The YoYos Needles Art group at Vandergrift Public Library will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library reading room, 128C. Washington Ave. All skill levels welcome. No reservations required. Details: 724-568-2212.

Nov. 17: Vandergrift Public Library will host a Home School Meet Up and Think Tank at 12:30 p.m. at the library, 128C Washington Ave. Homeschoolers of all ages are welcome to meet others and learn about the resources at the library. The group plans to meet monthly. Registration required. Registration: 724-568-2212.

West Deer

Wednesday: East Union Presbyterian Church will have a takeout spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 292 East Union Road. Menu: spaghetti with choice of several sauces, salad, rolls and dessert. Donations will be accepted. There will be no dinner in December. Details: 724-265-1381

Nov. 20: Bull Creek Church Model Railroad Association is accepting orders for an Italian hoagie sale. Cost: $6. Order deadline: Nov. 14. Pickup: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 in the side entrance of Bull Creek Presbyterian Church social hall, 224 Tarentum Culmerville Road. Orders: Rick, 724-448-8444 or private message Bull Creek Church on Facebook with your contact information and number of hoagies.

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