The Stroller, Sept. 25, 2021: Occasions within the Alle-Kiski Valley

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5K run and 1-mile walk to benefit Roaring Run Watershed Association

The Roaring Run Watershed Association Howl at the Moon 5K run and 1-mile Fun Walk will be Oct. 23 at Roaring Run Trail, Kiski Township.

Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the race starts at 7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Bring a light. Entry fees are: 5K run, $25 in advance, $30 on race day; 1-mile Fun Walk, $20 in advance, $25 on race day.

To register, visit Proceeds will benefit the Roaring Run Watershed Association.

Drive-through food distribution set at Lernerville Speedway

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will host a drive-through food distribution for anyone in need from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lernerville Speedway, 313 N. Pike Road, Buffalo Township. No cars are permitted to arrive before 11 a.m.

Reservations are required to ensure enough food is available and they fill up quickly. To make a reservation, visit or call 412-460-3663, ext. 655. There is no required proof of eligibility, and anyone is eligible for food.

Walk for Hunger slated for Oct. 3

The Allegheny Valley Association of Churches annual Walk for Hunger will be Oct. 3.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. in the Heights Plaza parking lot on Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, and the walk will step off at 1:30. Walkers are asked to solicit donations for the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches food bank and other programs that support families in need.

Participants who collect at least $100 in pledges will receive a T-shirt and will eligible for prizes. Collection envelopes are available at the office, 1913 Freeport Road, Harrison. To register to walk, call 724-224-0606, ext 10. To make a donation, visit or mail a check made out to Allegheny Valley Association of Churches with “Walk for Hunger“ in the memo line to 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights PA 15065.

Religion Digest

Community worship service planned Sunday

First Baptist Church of Tarentum will host an outdoor community worship service and picnic Sunday in the amphitheater in Riverview Memorial Park, Tarentum.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the picnic will be afterward. Everyone is welcome.


Allegheny Township

Thursday: 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


Oct. 9: 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. All vendors needed. Cost: $20 per table; without electricity, $15. 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


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


Sunday: Sons of the American Legion will serve an all you can eat community breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon in the American Legion, 845 E. First Ave. Cost: $7; younger than 12, $5.

Buffalo Township

Sunday: A take-out spaghetti dinner will be from 2 to 6 p.m. at the White Star Club, 401 Shuster Drive. Menu: spaghetti, salad and rolls $10; extra homemade meatballs, $3. Call ahead or order at time of pickup. Limited dine-in available. Orders: 724-295-2656

Clearfield Township 

Today: St. Francis Parish will host an apple dumpling festival and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in St. John Church Hall, 668 S. Clearfield Road, Fenelton. Menu: apple dumplings with cinnamon sauce, haluski, stuffed cabbage, beef vegetable soup, hot sausage sandwiches and hot dogs. Proceeds support the church parish pantry.


Monday: The Yarn Friends group at Community Library of Allegheny Valley will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. New members of all skill levels and ages welcome. The group is working on blankets for Project Linus. Registration required. Registration and supply list: or 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:

Kiski Township

Today: A takeout chicken and biscuit dinner will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at Spring Church Lutheran Church, 3623 Lutheran Church Road. Menu: chicken and a biscuit, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and dessert. Cost: $10; children 6 to 12, $5; and 5 and younger, free. The building is handicap accessible. Advance orders: 724-478-1528

Today: A flea market and craft show will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Kiski Township Firehall, 1037 Route 56. Cost: $10 per space. Vendor information: 724-681-2023

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


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


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.

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: 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.

Sunday: A takeout spaghetti dinner will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Moose, 53 Reimer St. Menu: spaghetti, salad and roll, $8. Orders: 724-335-4131

Oct. 2: Grace Community Presbyterian Church will host a spaghetti dinner to benefit Operation Christmas Child from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 2751 Grant St. Dine in or takeout. A silent auction will be conducted during dinner. Winner need not be present. Cost: $10; younger than 12, $7; advance tickets receive a $1 discount. Tickets: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays at the church. Proceeds will be used ship gift-filled shoe boxes to children in need throughout the world. Details: 724-339-9661


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: 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: Sunday. Orders: 724-337-3918

Today and Monday: 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.

Sunday: The African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at the Morehouse School of Medicine will hold a listening session and introduction of self-study about how history impacts behavioral health equity for African Americans from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lost Dreams Recovery Center, 408 Eighth St. rear. Author Pamela Woll will be the speaker. Details:

Monday: A roundtable meeting to discuss ways to improve communication in the New Kensington-Arnold School District will be held at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Valley Jr.-Sr. High School, 703 Stevenson Blvd.

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: 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

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


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


Today: 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:

Sunday: Allegheny Foothills Historical Society will sponsor a program about the importance of corn in the mid- to late 1800s from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Carpenter Log House, Pierson Run Road, Boyce Park. Hands-on activities will include shelling and grinding corn, and making butter, cornbread and corn husk dolls. School-age children welcome. Tours of the house will be available. Donations will be accepted to support Carpenter Log House.

Sunday: A free car cruise with food trucks and music will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Boyce Park, 675 Old Frankstown Road. The Jinx will perform at 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Allegheny County Parks Department.


Tuesday: 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

Tuesday: 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


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

Sunday 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.


Oct. 3: Takeout barbecued chicken and pulled pork dinners will be sold from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Casino Theatre parking lot to benefit Vandergrift Meals on Wheels. Rain or shine. Menu: half barbequed chicken or pulled pork, baked beans, roasted potatoes, coleslaw, roll, butter and dessert, $10. Orders: 724-567-7893

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

West Deer

Today: A craft fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Union Presbyterian Church, 292 East Union Road. Free admission. There will be a basket raffle and concession stand. Masks required. Details: 412-767-5750

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