The Stroller, June 11, 2022: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley


Publicize your community events, fundraisers and club meetings for free in The Stroller. Send information at least a week in advance to or The Stroller, 210 Wood St., Tarentum PA 15068. Please include a daytime telephone number.

Bike run to benefit Toys for Tots

The sixth annual Toys for Tots Bike Run will be June 18 at Zodiac MC, 1809 Fifth Ave., New Kensington.

Registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m. and kickstands up will be at 10:15 a.m. Cost is $20 per rider and passengers ride free with the donation of a new, unwrapped gift. There will be a party afterward at Zodiac MC.

For information, call Jennifer at 724-304-7036. The event is sponsored by Allegheny Valley Marine Corps Detachment 827 and Zodiac MC. Proceeds provide Christmas gifts to local underprivileged children.

Summer camps available for Highlands students

Highlands School District will offer summer camps for students in kindergarten through 12th grade at all district schools.

Sessions available will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 13 to 30 or July 11 to 28 and there are a variety of subjects that will sharpen math, reading and writing skills. A snack will be served each day and transportation will be provided if needed.

For a list of subjects and details, visit



Today: A vendor fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish center at St. James Church, 109 Owens View Ave. Details: Linda, 724-882-8776.

June 30: Apollo Memorial Library is selling raffle tickets for a basket of scratch-off tickets and history items. Cost: $1 for 1; $3 for 5; and $5 for 10. The drawing will be June 30. Tickets: Stop in at the library, 219 N. Pennsylvania Ave.


Today: Real Life Church, 1826 Freeport Road, will sponsor a free movie night at 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Snacks and beverages will be available.

July 10: Table reservations are being accepted for a flea market planned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arnold Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 social hall, 1702 Fifth Ave. Set up will begin at 6 a.m. Cost: $10 for two tables. Details: Jim Duncan, 724-754-7666.


Tuesday: The Armstrong Nature Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek, 142 Kerr Road. The selection will be, “Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects,” by Jonathan Balcombe. Reservations and masks required. Reservations and details:

June 21: The Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek, 142 Kerr Road, will offer a free meet-and-greet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Indiana and Clarion counties. Learn why bees are so important. There will be children’s activities. Reservations required. Reservations and details:


Monday: Springdale High School Alumni Association will meet at 7 p.m. in Cheswick Presbyterian Church, 1401 Pittsburgh St. Details: Mike, 724-275-7566.

East Vandergrift

Sunday: Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish will host monthly bingo at 6:30 p.m. in the social hall, 411 McKinley Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

July 3 and 4: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish is selling raffle tickets to win $1,000 cash and a $200 gift certificate to Naser Foods. Cost: $10 per ticket that has two numbers. Winning numbers will be the first officially drawn 7 p.m. Pa. Lottery Daily Pick-3 number on July 3 and 4. Each day’s winner will receive the cash and a gift certificate. Tickets: Deborah, 724-859-3186 or after Mass in the church vestibule.


Today: Schenley American Legion will host a car cruise from noon to 4 p.m. at the post, 383 Schenley Road. Vehicle entrance fee: $10. There will be a DJ, food, drinks and a 50/50. Proceeds will benefit local veterans’ charity Five Forces. Details: 724-396-7205.


Sunday: The free 2022 Summer Concert series will present Deutschtown Goes to Hartwood featuring the Bill Henry Band, Working Breed and NASH.V.ILL at 7:30 p.m. at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater, 4070 Middle Road. Black Dog Winery and Hop Farm Brewing trucks will open at 6 p.m. Bring a chair.


Monday: The free summer children’s playground program sponsored by Natrona Comes Together Association will present a crafts program to make button art at 12:30 p.m. at the park pavilion.

Monday through Friday: Building Block of Natrona provides lunches for children from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Natrona Community Park. Children do not have to live in Allegheny County. Reservations are encouraged to allow for ordering enough meals but are not required. Lunch reservations: text 724-257-1117 with the number of children attending.

Today: Fun and Freedom will host a free community picnic in the park event from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Natrona Park and playground on River Avenue. There will be food, music, sports, games and activities. Details: 724-274-7773.

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.

Today: A clothing and toy giveaway will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Word of Faith Christian Fellowship, 42 Chestnut St., Natrona. Details: the Rev. Moses S. Simpkins, 412-853-7802.

Today: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will host a luau at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. to kick off the summer reading program, “Oceans of Possibilities.” Drop in any time from 6 to 7:30 p.m. An underwater volcano demonstration will be at 6:15 and 7 p.m. and there will be a book fair and an opportunity to meet summer reading mascot Clark the Shark. No reservations required.

Today: Allegheny Valley Hospital Auxiliary will host a Louis’ Pop-Up Shop from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital courtyard, Natrona Heights. Merchandise will include bamboo sheets, 1500-thread count sheets, unisex bracelets, Bluetooth speakers and cross body purses. Cash, credit and debit cards, checks and mobile payments accepted. A portion of proceeds will benefit the auxiliary.

June 20: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will offer a program for youths age 12 to 18, Mermaid Tail Painting, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. Cost: $5 includes supplies. Reservations required. Reservations:

June 22: The Kitchen Sink Book Club at Community Library of Allegheny Valley will meet at 6 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. The selection will be, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” by Jules Verne. Online participation available. Reservations required. Reservations:


Sundays and Thursdays: The Armstrong County Historical Museum, 330 N. McKean St., will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Other hours available by appointment. Free parking available behind the museum via the North Grant Avenue entrance. Details: 724-548-5707 or


Today and Wednesday: Leechburg Museum will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Alternate times available by appointment. Details: 724-845-8914 or

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.

July 10: Team registrations are being accepted for the Shawn DesLauriers Bocce Tournament set for noon at the Marconi Club, River Avenue. Team fee: $300. There will be a basket raffle, food and a 50/50. Proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship in DesLauriers’ name. Details: Dan Swartz,

Lower Burrell

Today: The ClothesLine ministry at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 3084 Leechburg Road, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clothing, shoes and purses for 25 cents each or five for $1. The jewelry room will be open.

Today: The Lower Burrell Farmers Market, 2800 Bethel St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lower Burrell Lions will be selling brooms and raffle tickets.

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

June 25: Church of God is accepting space reservations for a parking lot treasures sale set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 273 Chester Dr. Cost: $5 per space. Reservations and details: 724-335-4422 or

New Kensington

Today: The yard sale to benefit Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is canceled and rescheduled to be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 at the center, 730 Church St. Items will include pet supplies, household goods and more.

Today and Tuesday: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Items available include clothing for all members of the family, shoes and linens. First-time customers receive 15 free items. Summer clothing donations accepted during business hours.

Wednesday: Peoples Library will offer two programs with the Allegheny Land Trust at the library, 880 Barnes St. “Animal Athletes,” will be at 1 p.m. Compare skills with some Pennsylvania mammals. An adult program, “All About Bees,” will be at 2:15 p.m. Masks are encouraged at both programs. Details: 724-339-1021.

June 18: St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 150 Elmtree Road, will have a takeout Slavic Food Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the church hall. Menu: stuffed cabbage, pierogi, soups, haluski, hot sandwiches and baked goods. Tours of the church will be available. Advance orders strongly recommended for pierogi. Order deadline: Friday. Orders: 724-226-0942 or

June 22: St. George Orthodox Church is accepting orders for a kibbee sale. Cost: $50 per dozen or six for $27. Order deadline: June 15. Pickup: 12:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 in the church hall, 1150 Leishman Ave. Orders: 724-337-3918.


July 31: Reservations are being accepted for the Kerr Museum Victorian Bridal Luncheon set for 12:30 p.m. at Oakmont Country Club. Hats and fascinators welcome. Cost: $75. Reservations required by July 22. Reservations: 412-826-9295.


Sunday: Parks Township Sportsman’s Club will host a country music jam night from 5 to 8 p.m. at the club, 1111 Shipman Road. Bring your favorite stringed instrument and sing along. Refreshments available. Public welcome. Details: 724-845-2390.


June 21: A Summer Solstice Family Celebration will be from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at Plum Community Center and Library, 499 Center New Texas Road. There will be a scavenger hunt, crafts, a magician, free Kona Ice and a concert by Music For Life. Details: 412-795-2330 or


Wednesday: Springdale Free Public Library will sponsor a craft workshop to learn finger knitting at 1 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. Bring a skein of Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ Stripes yarn. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.

Wednesday : Local author Tamara Girardi will discuss her new book, “Disorder In The Court,” at 6 p.m. at Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St. 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. There will be a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Free hot dogs, iced tea and snacks will be served. 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.

Monday through Friday: Central Presbyterian Church will host a free children’s meal program through Aug. 12 at the church, 305 Allegheny St. Breakfast will be served from 9 to 10 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Activities will be offered between meals. No reservations are required. Food must be eaten onsite; no grab-and-go meals will be available.

Sept. 8 to 10: Summit Hose Co. is accepting crafter and vendor applications for its Fall Festival. No food vendors, please. Details: Tami Sudy, 878-302-5367 or


Through June 30: The Books & More Store at Vandergrift Public Library will have a $3 bag sale. Bags provided by the library. Items individually priced will include puzzles, DVDs, audio books and CDs. Hours: 1 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Proceeds benefit the library.

West Deer

Today: Guardian Angels Parish will have a junk in the trunk sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Our Lady of Victory Church, 1319 Low Grade Road. Set-up: 7 a.m. Spaces: $10. Details:

Religion Digest

Service of wholeness and healing offered in Tarentum

Central Presbyterian Church, Tarentum, will hold a Service of Wholeness and Healing at 6:15 p.m. Sunday at the church, 305 Allegheny St.

The service is a response to all that is happening in the world around us. Anyone who has worry, doubt, fear or is experiencing grief of loss is welcome. There will be readings, poems, scripture, music and prayer.

Corpus Christi procession set Thursday in New Kensington

The New Kensington Catholic Community will have a Corpus Christi procession at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mary Queen of Apostles School, 110 Elmtree Road, New Kensington.

Participants will meet at 6 p.m. at the Ten Commandments monument in front of the school for songs and prayer and then will process while praying the Rosary. Parish pastors, members of the Knights of Columbus and Rosary leaders from St. Joseph, St. Mary of Czestochowa and Mt. St. Peter parishes will lead the procession past Feldarelli Square and back to the Ten Commandments monument and down Elmtree Road and back again. Rain date is June 23.

Light refreshments will be served afterward. The public is welcome.

Tarentum church to sponsor camp experience for children

First Baptist Church of Tarentum will sponsor community children for a one-week stay July 24 to 29 at Camp Judson Summer Christian Camp in North Springfield, Erie County.

Children must be entering seventh or eighth grade in the fall. Transportation and camp fees will be paid by the church. For details, call the church at 724-224-2722.

Vacation Bible schools

• East Union Presbyterian Church, 292 East Union Road., West Deer, “Adventure Island,” 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 20 to 24 for children age 4 by Sept. 1 through those in sixth grade. Reservations:

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