The Stroller, Oct. 9, 2021: Occasions within the Alle-Kiski Valley

The Valley News Dispatch is compiling a list of autumn events and Halloween parades, parties and trick-or-treat nights. Information should be emailed to

Food safety webinar offered volunteers

Penn State Extension will offer a seminar, “Cooking for Crowds – A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28 live online at

The program is for volunteers who prepare food for events such as church fund raisers, fire company barbecues, booster club food sales and the many other types of events where food is served to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of completion afterward.

Cost is $5. Registration is required by Oct. 19. To register, visit

HOPE Center collecting donations for its SAF-T kennel

The Alle-Kiski HOPE Center offers a Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T) Kennel to victims of domestic violence who are fleeing abuse with their pets.

The kennel allows families to bring their pets with them safely to an on-site kennel during their shelter stay. Supplies needed include small bowls for cats and dogs, canned cat and kitten food, dry kitten food, small litter boxes, clumping litter, small cat toys, small cat beds, small to medium cat carriers, dog leashes, small to medium dog beds, flea and tick control for cats and dogs and gift cards for PetSmart and Petco. All items should be new.

If you are ordering online, request delivery to 500 E. 8th Ave., Tarentum PA 15084. Supplies can also be brought from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For details, call 724-224-1100.



Today: A vendor fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish center at St. James Parish, 109 Owens View Ave. Details: Linda, 724-882-8776

Oct. 16: A Night at the Races will be at 7 p.m. at St. James Parish Center, 109 Owens View Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food will be served at 6 p.m. and the races begin at 7. Menu: hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, kielbasa and sauerkraut, cowboy beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, dessert and beverages. Admission: $20, includes food. Must be 21 to attend. There will be 50/50 raffles, a basket raffle and pull tabs. Tickets: in the church vestibule before and after weekend Masses and at the door

Oct. 30: A Halloween Bingo will be at 8 p.m. at Apollo Hose Company No. 2, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and food will be served at 7. Cost: $40, includes game packet, dauber, food, pop, games and music. Tickets: or after 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the firehall. Details: 724-549-1601 or


Today: The Tomb, formerly known as Sheep Coffeehouse, 1821 Fifth Ave., will have fellowship at 7:30 p.m. Free Lunch with Us is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Details: 724-339-8888


Today: Bingo will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion, 845 First Ave.

Buffalo Township

Saturday: A free clothing giveaway will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Evangel Heights Church, 120 Beale Road. Infant, kids, juniors and adult sizes will be available. Everyone welcome.


Today: Amateur Astronomers of Pittsburgh will host a Star Party at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory, 225 Kurn Road, in Deer Lakes Regional Park, weather permitting. Bring binoculars, a blanket and camping chair. Please use parking lights only when you drive through the park gate. Donations will be accepted. Details and weather updates: or call 724-224-2510


Oct. 17: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department is accepting orders for a stuffed cabbage sale. Cost: $2 each. Pickup: drive-thru at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Orders required. Orders: 724-845-7200, leave a message


Today: The Diaper Pantry at Christ Our Hope Anglican Church, will distribute diapers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 926 Painter Ave., and at Sheldon Park, both in Natrona Heights. Recipients must drive up and remain in their vehicles. First-time recipients must provide present their own identification, the child’s birth certificate and a current WIC or SNAP card.

Nov. 6: Highlands Marching Band is seeking vendors for a fall craft show. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Applications:

Kiski Township

Oct. 23: Kiski Township Fire Department is seeking vendors for its Fall Fest. There will be a vendor show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., food trucks from noon to 8 p.m. and a meet-and-greet with fire, EMS and police personnel from 2 to 6 p.m. Details: Morgan, 724-466-2812, or Tracy, 724-681-6665

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: Leechburg Public Library will host a Teen Open Forum to discuss current events at 11 a.m. at the library, 139 Market St. Children 11 to 15 years old welcome. Details: 724-238-0080

Today: Leechburg Area Museum, 118 First St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Details:

Today: Takeout chicken and biscuit dinners will be sold from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St. Cost: $9; 10 and younger, $4. Delivery available to Leechburg high rises. Tickets and details: 724-845-1901

Monday: The Board of Directors at Leechburg Public Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library, 137 Market St. Public welcome.

Monday: 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.

Oct. 24: First Lutheran Church, 358 Main St., will offer the GriefShare program, “Surviving the Holidays,” at 2 p.m. in the church social hall. Details: 724-845-7518

Oct. 24: A purse bash sponsored by the Leechburg-Gilpin Lions Club will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Marconi Club, 135 River Ave. Doors open at noon and there will be side raffles. Admission: $20, includes food, beer and beverages. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets: 724-448-1052

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

Lower Burrell

Today: A rummage and bake sale will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 150 Alder St.

Today: The ClothesLine ministry at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 3084 Leechburg Road, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: clothing, shoes and purses, 25 cents each or 5 for $1. Follow us on Facebook.

Today: The Lower Burrell Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the municipal building, 2800 Schreiber St. The Lions Club will sell brooms.

Today: Lower Burrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 3 will host a food truck rally and vendor show from 1 to 6 p.m. at the firehall, 3255 Leechburg Road. Cash and credit accepted at the food trucks. Free parking available at Bon Air Elementary School. Covered seating available for eating.

Today: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will feature Studio B Music Service with DJ Tink Heavner from 8 to 11 p.m. at the post. Members and three guests welcome.

Tuesday: Burrellton Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 2751 Grant St. Joel Hawthorne will discuss, “Rain Gutter Gardening.” Chris Hawthorne, state co-chairman of youth activities for the Federation of Garden Clubs, will speak on the purpose and implementation of a program and contest for students’ participation on poetry and sculpture. Guests welcome. Details and guest registration: 724-335-3353

New Kensington

Sunday: A Vitalant community blood drive will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Trinity Hall at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 221 Ridge Ave. Appointments recommended. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit the Donate Blood button at and use group code C5300045

Oct. 16: St. John the Baptist Orthodox Catholic Church, 150 Elmtree Road, will have a drive-thru Slavic Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church. Orders are being accepted for frozen pierogi. Cost: $10 per dozen. Order deadline: Oct. 8. Orders: 724-226-0942 or

North Apollo

Today: A food truck rally will be from 4 to 9 p.m. at the North Apollo Volunteer Firehall, 311 16th St. There will be a DJ, silent auction and games of chance.


Tuesday: A Vitalant community blood drive will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the large group instructional room at Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Road. Donors will receive a T-shirt. Appointments recommended. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit the Donate Blood button at and use group code HS010025


Today: Allegheny County Parks Department will host a campfire ghost story event at 7 p.m. in the Four Season Lodge at Boyce Park. Listen to spooky stories and songs by the glow of a roaring campfire. Wear a costume for a chance to win a prize. Physical distancing will be observed, and face masks are required. Registration required. Registration:


Nov. 24: Christopher’s Light is selling tickets for a lottery ticket raffle. Winner will receive $100 in Pa. Lottery scratch-off tickets and $150 in cash. Cost: $5 for four chances. The winning number will be the 7 p.m. Nov. 24 Pa. Pick 3. Christopher’s Light is a non-profit that provides clothing, support and educational services to children in Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong counties. Tickets: 724-448-1349


Today: A takeout spaghetti dinner will be from 2 to 6 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 600 Pittsburgh St. Menu: spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert, $9. Orders: 724-274-5313

Oct. 20: Oakmont Paranormal Society will present a program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St. Drake Bowan will be the speaker. Reservations required by Oct. 15. Reservations: 724-274-9729


Today: The Clothing Closet at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details: 724-224-9220

Oct. 17: Tarentum Recreation Board is looking for craft vendors for Boo Festival. Details: Tami, 878-448-7478 or Carla, 724-799-5084

Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17: Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, 339 E. 10th Ave., will have its annual Christmas nut roll Sale. Varieties are nut, apricot and poppy seed. Cost: $12. Orders: Lynn, 724-717-8001, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Upper Burrell

Ongoing: Upper Burrell Volunteer Fire Company is sponsoring a tip board to win a $15,000 store credit at Lojak’s Cycle Sales, Fawn. Cost: $50 per chance. The drawing will be conducted on Facebook and Instagram live when all tickets are sold. Tickets: send a message on the fire company Facebook page or click here.


Oct. 16: A drag queen bingo will be 5 p.m. at Vandergrift Volunteer Fire Hall No. 1, 278 Franklin Ave. There will be a silent auction, jackpot games, food, and strip tickets. BYOB. Must be 21 to attend. Cost: $20, includes eight games and a dauber. CDC guidelines will be observed. Tickets: Joann, 724-596-0076

Washington Township

Nov. 7: Space applications are being accepted for an auto parts swap meet set for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washington Township Volunteer Fire Co., 4078 Route 66. Cost: 12 x 24-foot space, $25; 12 x 48-foot space, $45; inside 32-foot space, $55. Vendor set up will begin at 11 p.m. Nov. 6. First come, first served. Items will include parts and accessories from anything automotive, classic, high performance, trucks, cars, motorcycles or boats. Reservations and details: 724-727-3079, leave a message

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