The Stroller, Sept. 21, 2021: Occasions within the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Free concert planned at Shrine Center

The Pittsburgh Shrine Center will present a free outdoor concert featuring Bobby Thompson and the Groove from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday under cover at the center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Seating and tables will be provided, and food and beverages will be sold. No outside food and beverages, please.

Pets to compete in library costume contest

Community Library of Allegheny Valley is sponsoring a Pet Costume Contest from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Harrison.

Categories are children’s book character, famous literary character, famous classic novel and best of show. Any and all pets are welcome.

Owners can register their pet online in advance or in person the day of the event. Photos of pets can be submitted online for judging or come to the library to be judged in person the day of the event. Cost is $10 online and $15 in person. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m. and winner need not be present.

To email your entry, send a photo of your pet to Suzy Ruskin at, along with the owner’s name, phone number the pet’s name. For details, call the library at 724-226-3491.

Food pantry available in Harrison

The Natrona Community Pantry is in Natrona Community Park, 12-20 River Road, Harrison.

Anyone in need is welcome to visit. Donations are welcome. Suggested items include canned fruit and vegetables, spices, salt and pepper, tuna, cake mix, powdered milk and tea bags. Take what you need, give what you can.

Salvation Army free lunch distribution offered Thursday

The Allegheny Valley Salvation Army and Community Center in Brackenridge offers free grab and go lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays in parking lot at the center, 917 Brackenridge Ave.

Everyone is welcome.


Allegheny Township

Sept. 30: Vandergrift Public Library and Tiny Trax Farm will host a free Goat Storytime at 5:30 p.m. at the farm, 151 Stitt Ave. Those attending should wear old clothes and shoes. Space is limited and reservations are required. Reservations: 724-568-2212


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

Wednesday: The Wheel Good Wednesday food truck event sponsored by the Apollo Events Committee and Apollo Area Historical Society will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the old Stanford lot on Clifford Avenue. Details:

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


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 at pickup. Cost: $10 per dozen. Orders: 724-339-9257, 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays


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.

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

Buffalo Township

Wednesday: Herbal Thymes Club invites the public to its free monthly program at 7 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church, 438 Bear Creek Road. Consumer advocate Mary Bach will discuss, “Are You Getting What You Paid For?” Masks are encouraged and the audience will be socially distanced. Details: 724-335-5287 or


Wednesday: 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. Other classes will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 23, and 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. 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

Thursday: Freeport’s Food Truckin’ will be from 4 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Laube Hall. Vendor fees are $25 for the first week and $50 for each additional week and will benefit Restore Freeport Community Park. Details: Jackie, 724-234-9373


Today: The Astralis Trio will perform a concert at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 125 Park Road. The trio consists of flute, trumpet and harp and will feature the world premiere of “Atomic Turquiose,” by Daniel Dorff. Donations will be accepted.

Thursday: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at 7:15 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road.


Today: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will present a Who Knew? program, “Alle-Kiski Sports Notables,” at 6 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. The program will discuss local sports history and notable athletes from the Alle-Kiski Valley. Registration and face masks required. Registration: 724-226-3491 or visit the EventKeeper section of

Wednesday: The Agape Thrift Shop at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Masks required.

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: Community Library of Allegheny Valley is selling “Love Your Library” T-shirts at Cost: $19.99; youth shirts, $17.99. Those who purchase a shirt can come from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to the library and tie dye their shirt. All supplies included. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the library and be matched by the Jack Buncher Foundation for Love Your Library month. Details: 724-226-3491

Oct. 3: Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars will sponsor a drag queen bingo featuring Miss Thea’s Drag Queens at 2 p.m. at the post, 894 Veterans Way. Doors open at noon and food will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Cost: in advance, $30; at the door, $35, includes eight regular games and buffet. There will be a cash bar, specials, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets: call or text 724-448-8624 or at the post

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


Sundays and Thursdays: 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


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

Thursday: A New Path Al-Anon Family Group, a free, confidential program for anyone whose life has been affected by someone else’s drinking, will meet at 7 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 251 Main St. Face masks and social distancing required.

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


Oct. 3: Go for a Walk in Penn’s Woods at 2 p.m. at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek, 142 Kerr Road. A naturalist will lead a hike on the Discovery Trail. Pets on leash welcome. Children can participate on a scavenger hike while walking the trail. Not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Reservations encouraged. Reservations:

New Kensington 

Thursday: New Kensington Eagles Auxiliary Bingo will be at 7 p.m. at the aerie, 2134 Freeport Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open with new selections. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are required except when eating. Public welcome. Details: 724-448-7403

Thursday: Knead Community Café in New Kensington will hand out free grab-and-go dinners from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the café, 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals are sponsored by Doc and Linda Mueller. Those picking up meals are reminded to observe social distancing while waiting in line.

Sept. 30: St. George Orthodox Church is accepting orders for a cooked grape leaves sale. Cost: $12 per dozen, $6 for six. Pickup: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at the church office, 1150 Leishman Ave. Order deadline: Sept. 26. Orders: 724-337-3918

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

Oct. 16: Knead Community Café is accepting space applications from crafters and vendors for a harvest fair set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the café, 1011 Barnes St. Applications: or stop in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the cafe

North Apollo

Oct. 9: North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department is seeking food truck vendors and basket auction donations for its food truck rally set for 4 to 9 p.m. at the firehall, 311 16th St. Details and applications: Chris at or leave a message at the station at 724-478-4260


Saturday: FallFest 2021 will be from noon to 6 p.m. at the Plum Baseball fields, 1040 Ross Hollow Road. There will be food, craft beer, pony rides and a farmers market. A pumpkin patch for the first 500 borough children registered will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Reservations:


Sept. 28: Springdale Free Public Library is accepting reservations for Tuesday Story Times. Schedule: Read to Me, infants to 2 years old, 10:30 to 11 a.m.; and Story Explorers, ages 3 and 4, 11:15 a.m. to noon. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729

Thursday: The Mystery Lover’s Book Club at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 10 a.m. at the library, 331 School St. The selection will be, “A Share in Death,” by Deborah Crombie. Copies available at the library. New members welcome. Reservations: 724-274-9729

Sept. 28: The Tuesday Night Book Club at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. The selection will be, “The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland” by Jim Defede. Copies are available at the library. New members welcome. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729

Oct. 7: Springdale Free Public Library is accepting orders for a Fat Cats Subs sale. Varieties: Italian, ham or turkey, $9. Order deadline: Wednesday. Pickup: Oct. 7. Orders: 724-274-9729


Today: 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 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.

Wednesdays: The Tarentum Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upper parking lot of First United Presbyterian Church, 913 Lock St.


Wednesday: Vandergrift Public Library will host a Home School Meet Up and Think Tank at 11 a.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

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

Thursday:St. Gertrude Church will sell frozen meatballs and spaghetti sauce from 4 to 6 p.m. by curbside pickup at the church social hall, 303 Franklin Ave. Cost: sauce, $7 per quart; meatballs, six for $3. Please enter the driveway near Sandra Lynn’s Dance School and follow the arrows to the social hall door. Items will also be available after the Saturday and Sunday Masses at the church while supplies last.

Thursday: The Farmers Market will be open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Avenue parking lot. Details:

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

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