The Stroller, Aug. 14, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Casino Theater looking for volunteers

The Casino Theater in Vandergrift is seeking volunteers to check in ticketed guests for productions.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and proficient in using a smart phone. Hours will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and volunteers are welcome to stay and enjoy the show.

Students looking for community service hours are welcome. To give your time, contact Janice at or

Salvation Army to host annual back to school fair

The Allegheny Valley Salvation Army is accepting reservations for the annual Paul Field Memorial Back to School Bash scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Salvation Army center, 917 Brackenridge Ave., Brackenridge. There will be a DJ, free haircuts, vendors, food and games and children will receive a free bookbag and school supplies.

Children must live in the following zip code areas to attend: 15006, 15014, 15030, 15032, 15049, 15065, 15075, 15076, 15084 and 15238 and must attend the event to receive a backpack.

Reservations are required. For reservations, call 724-224-6310, ext. 1. No reservations will be accepted the day of the event.

Armstrong outdoor center to host program about elk

The Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek will offer a live interactive program for all ages, “Learn About Elk,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the center, 142 Kerr Road, off Crooked Creek Dam Road.

Reservations are required. To register, visit The event is sponsored by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and the Outdoor Center.

The Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek is a multi-use facility operated under the auspices of the Armstrong Center for Community Learning and is available year-round to organized groups and businesses for environmental education, workshops, meetings or retreats.

Meals On Wheels volunteers needed

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Highlands Meals On Wheels is seeking volunteers to deliver food on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to local residents.

To offer your time, call 724-226-3196 and leave a message. Monetary donations can be sent to Highlands Meals On Wheels, P.O. Box 396, Natrona Heights, PA 15065.



Today: St. James Church will host a vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish center, 109 Owens View Ave. Tables: $20; without electricity, $15. Table reservations: Linda, 724-882-8776

Sept. 6: St. James Parish is selling tickets for a Labor Day lottery ticket raffle. The winner will receive one roll of $5, $10 and $20 Pa. Lottery scratch-off tickets. Cost: $10 for two numbers. The winning number will be the first officially drawn Pick 3 number at 7 p.m. on Labor Day. Proceeds benefit the church operating budget. Tickets: Linda, 724-882-8776, at the parish office or in the vestibule after weekend Masses.


Today: 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: A family Back to School celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Family Christian Church, 111 Truxall Road. There will be games, prizes, a clown, food and free back-to-school supplies. Details: 724-727-3660


Today: Butler Lions Club will sell merchandise to benefit charity at the Butler City Farm Market. Items for sale include brooms, dustpans, garbage bags, fire starters, mints and cleaning cloths.


Sunday: Cub Scout Pack 554 will have a car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at All Time Auto Service, 1800 Pittsburgh. Donations will be accepted to raise funds for fall camping and rechartering for next year.

East Vandergrift  

Sept. 6: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish is selling tickets for a Labor Day weekend cash raffle. Winners will be the first officially drawn Pick 3 number of the 7 p.m. Sept. 4, 5 and 6 drawings. Prizes are $500 Sept. 4 and 5 and $1,500 Sept. 6. Cost: $10 for two numbers. Tickets: Debbie, 724-859-3186, at the parish office or in the vestibule after weekend Masses.


Sunday: The Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society’s Flea-Tique antique and collectible show will be from daybreak to 1 p.m. at the Bull Creek Tour-Ed Mine site, off Bull Creek Road. Rain or shine. No pets permitted. Spaces: $30 per month. Customer parking: $3. Details: or 724-224-0178


Sunday: Orders are being accepted by Gilpin Fire Department for a drive-thru chicken dinner sale. Cost: $10. Pick-up begins at 4:30 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road. Advance orders required. Orders: 724-845-7200


Today: The Diaper Pantry at Christ Our Hope Anglican Church, Harrison, 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.

Sunday: A food truck rally will be from noon to 9 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 894 Veterans Way. There will be craft and vendor sales and entertainment will be by Utah of the Noble Hops, Victor Abendano. Jay Michaels and the 56 East Band.

Monday: Sarver Cub Scout Pack 557 will host a water bonanza membership drive at 6 p.m. at the Wake Robin pavilion in Harrison Hills Park, Natrona Heights. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade welcome. There will be a water games and children can learn about Cub Scouts. Details: Heather Huffman, 724-882-6755 or

Tuesday: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will present a Who Knew? program, “Off the Beaten Path,” at 6 p.m. online at The program will be in the library and available online on and will discuss the hidden travel gems around Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Registration required. Registration: 724-226-3491 or visit the EventKeeper section of

Aug. 25: Christ Our Hope Anglican Church will offer a seminar, “Loss of a Spouse,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, 926 Painter Ave., Natrona Heights. Topics will include how to find the strength to go on, how to handle the loneliness and what to do with your spouse’s belongings. Cost: $10. Scholarships are available. Registration and information: 724-895-3105 or email

Kiski Township

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

Aug. 21: Apollo-Ridge Girls Soccer team will sponsor a back-to-school Barbeque Bash at 4 p.m. at Kiski Township Fire Hall. Menu: pulled pork, brisket, kielbasa, hot dogs, sauerkraut, picnic-style side dishes, dessert and beverage. Cost: $15; high school and middle school students, $10; elementary school students and younger, $5. There will be basket and 50/50 raffles. A corn hole tournament will begin at 4 p.m. Registration will be at 3:30. Tickets: Kelli,


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


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

Sunday: A Kona Ice truck fundraiser will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church, Main Street. Proceeds will benefit the church Nurture Committee programming.

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.

Monday: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Leechburg, is sponsoring a 13-week GriefShare support group from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 6 in the church sanctuary, 358 Main St. The group is for anyone who has lost an important person in their life and needs help dealing with the grief. Masks required to enter the building and social distancing will be observed. Participants can join the group at any session of the class. Details and registration: 724-845-7518 or

Wednesday: Tickets are available for Leechburg Community Day at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin. Cost: $40; 60 and older, $25; and 70 and older, $18, and are available at Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St., and Nextier Bank, 160 Market St.

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.

Today: Burrell High School Swim Team will have a car wash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Forza Motorcars, 2555 Leechburg Road. Donations will be accepted.

Today: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will feature the G6 Band from 8 to 11 p.m. at the post. Members and three guests welcome.

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, 10 cents each. Free school supplies will be given to all children accompanied by an adult. Follow us on Facebook.

Monday: Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the post banquet room, Wildlife Lodge Road. New members should attend.

Aug. 28: The K9 Officer Derek Kotecki Baskets for the Blue basket raffle and vendor show is accepting items and gift certificates for the auction and raffle prizes. Details: visit the Events Calendar at or

New Kensington

Today: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 730 Church St. Items will include pet supplies, household items, kitchenware, books, DVDs and collectibles. Snacks and cold drinks will be sold.

Today and Monday: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The closet offers clothing for all members of the family, uniforms for students at Mary Queen of Apostles School, shoes, purses, household items, linens and blankets. First-time customers receive 15 free items. Donations accepted during open hours only. Take a free chance on a monthly basket raffle.

Monday: New Kensington Municipal Authority will meet at 7 p.m. at the office, 120 Logans Ferry Road. Details: 724-335-9813

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


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


Monday: The Monday Market will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Plum Creek Park baseball fields, 1040 Ross Hollow Road. Vendors change weekly.

Aug. 21: Free car seat safety checks will be offered by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department, 415 Old Abers Creek Road. Appointments:


Wednesday: Springdale Free Public Library will offer a craft workshop at 1 p.m. to make a suncatcher using marbles and glass beads at the library, 331 School St. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729

Wednesday: Springdale Volunteer Firemen are accepting orders for a take-and-bake carnival pizza sale. Pickup: 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the firehall, 845 Lincoln Ave. Cost: whole pepperoni pizza, $10; whole plain pizza, $9. Order deadline: Aug. 11. Takeout only. Orders: 724-274-5090


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.

Sunday: BridgePoint Church and Fishers of Men will have a worship service and picnic from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Riverview Memorial Park, First Avenue. Public welcome. Details: 724-671-7580

Upper Burrell

Aug. 29: Sky View Radio Society is accepting reservations for flea market tailgating spaces for its annual Swap n Shop Hamfest set for 8 a.m. to noon at the society grounds, 2335 Turkey Ridge Road. Cost: $5. Reservations: John, 724-339-3821


Today: A rummage sale will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. at Vandergrift Presbyterian Church, 195 Washington Ave. Items will include adult and children’s clothing, housewares, jewelry, decorations, games and toys.

Aug. 18: “Dance the Story,” an active, dance-centered program with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, will be at 11 a.m. at the Casino Theatre. Sponsored by Vandergrift Public Library, the program will explore movement and dance and is suitable for children in prekindergarten through fifth grade. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212 or stop in at the library

Aug. 31: Vandergrift Public Library is raffling a patriotic quilt made and donated by library patron Jane Strohm to benefit the library. Cost: $1 each or $5 for an arm’s length. The drawing will be Aug. 31. Tickets: stop in at the library, 128C Washington Ave. For a photo of the quilt, visit Details: 724-568-2212


Sept. 18: Twin Boro Apaches Football Team will sponsor a comedy night at 8 p.m. in the Eagles upstairs ballroom, 315 James St. There will be a DJ and three comedians. Admission: $25, includes beer and Italian buffet. Tickets: J.B. Schaal, 412-735-5806 or Joe, 412-337-0384 The event is part of the Verona 150th anniversary celebration.

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