The Stroller, April 15, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Christopher’s Light seeking donations and volunteers

Children’s charity Christopher’s Light is accepting donations of hygiene products and new backpacks.

Donations can be dropped off from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays at the Saltsburg location, 202 Point St.

Monetary donations can be sent to Christopher’s Light, P.O. Box 94, Apollo PA 15613. To volunteer your time, visit the contact tab at

All donations received are used for local children in Westmoreland, Armstrong, and Indiana counties.

Park cleanup planned Saturday in Leechburg

Volunteers are welcome at a spring cleanup planned at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Leechburg gazebo park, behind Sprankle’s Neighborhood Market on Third Street.

Work will also be done in Fraley Park beside the bridge. Bring a rake and a pair of gloves.

Produce, personal care items to be distributed in Harrison

Building Block of Natrona will host its free Veggies for All and Cosmetics Closet outreach for residents in need at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 28 Garfield St., Natrona, Harrison.

Patrons should not arrive before 12:45 p.m. Free produce, and personal care and hygiene products will be distributed until supplies run out.

Extra hygiene steps will be taken. Income verification is not required, and everyone is welcome. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

Free Pot Love luncheon planned Saturday

Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church free takeout monthly Pot Love Dinner will begin at noon Saturday at the church, 271 Main St., Leechburg.

Reservations are required by noon Friday. One dinner per family member limit. Those with reservations will be served first. For reservations, call 724-845-1901 or email [email protected] Line-up will be outside and social distancing must be observed. Everyone is welcome.


Allegheny Valley

Wednesday: The All Virtual chapter of the Women’s Business Network will meet at 7:30 p.m. online at Those attending can learn how the group supports the success and growth of women in business. Guests welcome at no cost. Reservations required. Reservations and sign on information: Jennifer, 412-908-1663


April 30: Apollo Memorial Library is selling tickets for an April Showers of Cash raffle. The winner will receive $500. The winning number will be based on the 7 p.m. Pa. Lottery Pick 3 number. Cost: $2. Tickets: stop in at the library, 9 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

May 1 and 2: Reservations about being accepted from crafters and vendors for the Apollo May Daze set for noon to 5 p.m. Details and applications: [email protected]

May 8: St. James Church is seeking food truck vendors to participate at a vendor fair planned 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 109 Owens View Ave. Details: 724-882-8776


Saturday: Calvary Lutheran Church will serve a roast beef dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church, 1721 Victoria Ave. Dine in or takeout. Cost: $10. Reservations requested for groups of four or more. Orders: 724-335-0101


Today: Bingo will be hosted by the American Legion at 7:15 p.m. at the post, 845 First Ave. Face masks must be worn. Seating arrangements will reflect social distancing. The kitchen will be closed.


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


April 24: Freeport Area Library is accepting donations of usable household items, new and used books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games and toys for a flea market sale. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Details: 724-295-3616 or

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Cash only. Donations must be laundered and free from pet hair. Details: 724-295-3095


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


Today: Harmar Supervisors will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. followed by the regular meeting in the municipal building forum, 701 Freeport Road. Details: 724-274-4550


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.

Saturday: A free clothing and toy distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Word of Faith Christian Fellowship, 42 Chestnut St., Natrona. Incontinence diapers in all sizes will be available. Masks and social distancing required.

Monday: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will offer a virtual program, “Reducing Clutter to Live A Simpler Life,” at 6:30 online at Sandra Kutchman, a professional organizer with Discover Organizing Inc., will be the speaker. Registration required. Registration:

Kiski Township 

April 24: Kiski Township Volunteer Fire Department will host a parking lot bingo at 5 p.m. in the firehall parking lot, 1037 Route 56. The lot opens at 4 p.m. Cost: $15 per person, includes supplies. Only 125 spots are available. Reservations: Jason, 724-594-8336 or Megan, 724-575-2473


Aug. 5 to 8: The Fort Armstrong Folk Festival is accepting space applications from vendors. Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5, noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7, and noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 8. Vendors in the artists market must offer handmade goods. Food vendors can be for-profit or non-profit organizations. Applications: Information: [email protected]. Deadline: June 30 or until sold out


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.

Saturday: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Department will host a food truck Rally on the River from noon to 6 p.m. at the department grounds, 268 Canal St. Seating in the truck room and free parking will be available. Leechburg Public Library will have a fill-a-bag book sale from noon to 5 p.m. at the rally. Cost: tote bag, $7.50; plastic bag, $2.

Lower Burrell

May 29: TryLife Center is accepting donations for the basket auction planned for the craft and vendor show at Quality Inn, New Kensington. Baskets can be taken to the center, 1155 Wildlife Lodge Road. Call 724-339-9399 to schedule a delivery time or arrange pickup.

Manor Township

Today: Lenape Technical School Joint Operating Committee will hold the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the school library, 2215 Chaplin Ave. Details: 724-763-5910

New Kensington 

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 in honor of Keally, Will and Jean Simpson. Those picking up meals are reminded to observe social distancing waiting in line.

Today: Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the vo-tech along Stevenson Boulevard. Details: 724-337-3812

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

Saturday: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., will be open from 11 to 1 p.m.

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

April 22: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley will sponsor an Earth Day bike raffle online. The winner will receive two unisex bikes, two air pumps, two helmets, two pairs of gloves, two handlebar bags, a bike lock, one year membership to the Butler Freeport Community Trail, trail t-shirts and local bike trail brochures. Cost: $10. Drawing: April 22 on Facebook Live. Tickets: visit or

April 29: Orders are being accepted for a Fat Cat’s Subs hoagie sale to benefit Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley. Varieties: Italian, turkey or ham and cheese. Cost: $9. Order deadline: 9 p.m. April 23. Pickup: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. April 29 at Fat Cat’s Subs, 832 Fifth Ave., New Kensington. Pay at pickup, cash or checks only. Orders: [email protected]


Today: Parks Township Sportmen’s Club will have its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the club, 1111 Shipman Road. New members welcome. Details: 724-845-2390 from 9 a.m. to noon.


Saturday: An outdoor book sale will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Plum Community Library, 445 Center New Texas Road. Masks and social distancing required. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. No textbooks, encyclopedias or VHS tapes, please. Donations limited to two boxes per person. Please park at the Plum Senior Center. Rain date: Sunday.


Today: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a Vitalant community blood drive from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the post, 1151 Pittsburgh St. Appointments recommended. Appointments: 412-209-7000 visit the Donate Now button at and search with group code C3750040.

Saturday: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 600 Pittsburgh St., is accepting orders for a takeout spaghetti dinner planned from 2 to 6 p.m. at the church. Menu: spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert, $8. Masks required at pickup. Advance orders: 724-274-5313

April 22: Springdale Free Public Library will host a Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. The program will be about Earth Day. Masks and reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729

Springdale Township

Today: Springdale Township Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. online at Access information:


Today: The Duquesne University Center for Integrative Health will offer free health screenings from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Murphy Building, 414 Corbet St. Screenings available will include blood pressure, diabetes risk, substance abuse, food insecurity, cholesterol and A1C. The event is part of the Tarentum Night Market. No appointments required.

Friday: The free diaper bank at Highlands Family Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 415 E. Fourth Ave. Distribution is limited to once per month per child. Details: 724-224-9006

Saturday: A Dollar Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St. Everyone welcome. Cost: $1. The church Clothing Closet will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a used book sale will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details: 724-224-9220

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