The Stroller, Sept. 30, 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

Oktoberfest planned Saturday at Concordia Lutheran Ministries

Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ annual Oktoberfest celebration will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Haven I, 112 Marwood Road, Jefferson.

German food will be sold and there will be music by the PolkaMeisters and accordionist Lou Gamber. The event will conclude with fireworks at 7:45 p.m. Free parking and shuttle service will be available. Admission is free. For details, call 724-352-1571, ext. 8268.

Highlands SD to celebrate Military Appreciation Night

Military Appreciation Night will be observed at the 7 p.m. Friday Highlands High School football game at Golden Rams Stadium, Harrison.

Anyone who presents a military ID will be admitted for free. There will be an honorary veteran co-captain to do the coin toss before the game.

Middle school band students will be recognized and participate in the festivities with the high school marching band.


Allegheny Township

Saturday: Free baton lessons designed for those who are at least 40 years old will be offered at 9 a.m. at Uncle Dave’s Art Festival, 4135 Leechburg Road. A mandatory meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the home of Gretchen Schmitt, 1040 Knollwood Road, New Kensington. Bring a lawn chair. Details and registration: 724-472-3508


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


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

Saturday: Arnold United Methodist Church, 1801 Leishman Ave., will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the church. Menu: choice of plain, blueberry, pecan and chocolate chip pancakes or french toast, sausage and drink. Dine in or take out. Cost: $7.50; 12 and younger, $5. Details: 724-339-2377

Saturday: Homemade doughnuts will be sold from 6 to 10 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1721 Victoria Ave. Orders: 724-335-0101

Saturday: The Tomb, formerly known as Sheep Coffeehouse, 1821 Fifth Ave., will have fellowship at 7:30 p.m. Free Lunch with Us 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.

Saturday: Blessing of the Animals will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 989 Morgan St., weather permitting. Free hot dogs, also known as Father Frank’s Franks, will be served. Owners are welcome to bring their pets to a 5:30 p.m. outdoor worship service where they may receive a blessing. In case of inclement weather, the service will be indoors, and masks and safety measures are encouraged. Pets should be on a leash.


Saturday: An Octoberfest will be from 3 to 9 p.m. in Overlook Park in Cadogan. Sponsored by the Cadogan Centennial Committee. Entertainment will include Dave Paleczny from 3 to 4:30 p.m., DJ Aleea Perry from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and the band Street Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. Menu: beer brats, bratwurst, coleslaw, German potato salad, hot dogs and drinks.


Today: The Pittsburgh Shrine Center will present a free outdoor concert featuring the band Saddle Up from 7 to 9 p.m. under cover at the center, 1877 Shriners Way. 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.

Saturday: A flea market will be from 8 a.m. to noon at Rock of Ages Alliance Church, 124 Pearl Ave.

Oct. 5: 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 Cheswick Plaza office, 1316 Pittsburgh St. Dr. Daniel March will be the speaker. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-337-6522

East Vandergrift

Saturday and Sunday: A rummage sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 p.m. Sunday in the basement of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church, 420 McKinley Ave.


Friday: The Pittsburgh North chapter of the Women’s Business Network will meet at 9 a.m. at Eat N Park Restaurant, Route 8 and Saxonburg Blvd. Those attending can learn how the group supports the success and growth of women in business. Meetings are the first and third Fridays of the month. Reservations required. Reservations and sign on information: Kathy Bell, 412-855-0578


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


Friday: Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars will have bingo at 7 p.m. at the post, 894 Veterans Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be specials, a 50/50 raffle and final game jackpot.

Sunday: 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

Tuesday: Highlands School District will host Financial Aid Night at 6 p.m. in the high school audion. Amy Sawdey from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency will discuss the different types of financial aid available. Juniors, seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Parents of seniors can stay afterward to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with help from Sawdey. Face masks required. Reservations required for the FAFSA completion event. Reservations: Beth Carrarini, 724-226-2400, ext. 4651, or

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

Kiski Township

Saturday: Kiski Township Volunteer Firemen will host a flea market and craft sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the firehall, 1037 Route 56. Vendors welcome. Spaces: $10 per space per week. 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


Today: 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

Lower Burrell

Saturday: Burrell High School Marching Band will host a car and motorcycle show from noon to 5 p.m. at the high school, 1021 Puckety Church Road. There will be food and a 50/50 raffle. Vehicle entry fee, $10; spectator admission, $5. Proceeds will benefit the band.

Saturday: 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 and Burrellton Garden Club will sell fall mums, pansies and decorative kale plants.

Saturday: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will feature the band Daniels & McClain from 8 to 11 p.m. at the post. Members and three guests welcome.

Saturday: 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


Sunday: 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

Today: 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

Today: 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.

Friday: A towel bingo will be hosted by East Kensington Community Circle at the community circle building, 1785 Seventh St. Cake and coffee will be served at 7 p.m. and bingo will begin at 7:30. Cost: $2 for one board; additional boards, 50 cents each.

Saturday 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.

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


Saturday: Springdale Volunteer Fire Department will host a food truck rally from noon to 4 p.m. at the firehall, 845 Lincoln Ave. There will be craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, bounce house and music. The firemen will sell carnival pizza and hot sausage.


Saturday: 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

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.


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

Saturday: Bingo will begin at 7 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 141 Sumner Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open.

Sunday: 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

Washington Township

Friday: Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company will have bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 4078 Route 66. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and sales start at 6 p.m. Free coffee. The kitchen will be open. Players must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult.

Saturday: Community Church of Pine Run EMC will host a fall festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Kunkle Park. Enjoy food, craft vendors, a chili cook-off, children’s activities and music. Proceeds will benefit the church scholarship fund. Details:

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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