The Stroller, May 13, 2022: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley


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Apollo Memorial Library announces summer reading program

Apollo Memorial Library will offer a summer reading program “Oceans of Possibilities,” weekly from June 7 to July 28 at the library, 219 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Children will meet weekly at noon. The schedule is Tuesdays, 3- to 5-year-olds; Wednesdays, newborns to age 2; and Thursdays, 6- to 9-year-olds. There will be a story, craft and game each week. Participants will be entered weekly into a drawing to win a free book thanks to an ARP Humanities Grant.

Monthly programs will include an adult book club for those who are at least 18 at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, a teen book club for ages 13 to 18 at 5 p.m. the second Tuesday and a graphic book club for those age 9 to 12 at 5 p.m. the third Tuesday.

Reservations are required for the weekly sessions. For reservations, visit

Free event to honor health care workers

New Kensington Youth Project will host a free thank you event for health care workers and their families from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Zone 28, 2525 Freeport Road, Harmar.

There will be games, raffles and giveaways. All health care workers are welcome.

Alle-Kiski Sports Hall of Fame tickets on sale

Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame will have its 51st induction banquet at 7 p.m. May 21 at the Quality Inn, Tarentum Bridge Road, New Kensington.

This year’s inductees are Chris Como, Jeff Cortileso, Harry Crytzer, Robert Foster, Dianne Haney, Frank Phelps, Terry Preece, Lizzie Suwala Sheaffer, Bobby White and Rich Kriston, posthumously.

Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased by contacting Larry Lutz at 724-822-3695, Bill Heasley at 724-882-3079 or Fred Soilis at 412-736-1809.

Big Band concert planned Sunday at Casino Theatre

A concert featuring the Jazz Warriors Big Band will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Casino Theatre, Vandergrift.

The new theater fire escape will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Advance reserved tickets are $10; and will be $12 at the door. For tickets, visit or stop in at Pomfret’s Paints and Variety, 149 Farragut Ave., Vandergrift.


West Deer High School Class of 1962 will have a reunion Aug. 20 the West Deer Veterans of Foreign Wars, 355 W. Starz Road. A social hour will begin at 1 p.m. and a picnic buffet will be served at 2:30 p.m. Classmates who have not received information should contact B.J. Seibert Morrison at 412-487-6485 or


Allegheny Township

Wednesday: Vandergrift Public Library and Tiny Trax Farm will host a free Goat Storytime at 6 p.m. at the farm, 151 Stitt Ave. Wear old clothes and shoes. Space is limited and reservations are required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.


Saturday: 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.

Tuesday : The Graphic Novel Book Club for children age 10 to 14 at Apollo Memorial Library will meet at 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the library, 219 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-478-1693.


Sunday: Arnold No. 2 Auxiliary and Arnold Fireman’s Band will host a luncheon bingo at 1:30 p.m. in the Arnold Social Center, 1702 Fifth Ave. Doors open at noon. Cost: $6, includes light lunch and one lapboard. Players must be at least 12 years old.


May 23: The Knee High To Nature Series at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek will offer a free science program, “Awesome Opossums,” for children in elementary school at 6 p.m. May 23 at the center, 142 Kerr Road. Reservations required. Reservations:

Burrell Township 

Saturday: Cochran’s Mill Church will sponsor a rummage and bake sale at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burrell Township Fire Hall, 108 Cochran’s Mill Road. Details: 724-525-2927, 724-448-4273 or 724-354-2010.

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.

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


Sunday: The Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society’s Flea-Tique antique and collectible show will open the season 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; $150 for the season. Customer parking: $3. Details: or 724-224-0178.

Fox Chapel

Saturday: The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania native plant nursery will open for the season from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road. There will be discounts on native plants that attract birds and over 100 species of western Pennsylvania perennials, trees and shrubs will be available. Details:


May 24: St. Mary Mother of God Church, 608 High St., will host a Vitalant community blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. in the church hall. Appointments recommended. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit and use group code G0040286.


Sunday: Gilpin Fire Department will sell takeout pulled pork dinners in a drive-thru at 4 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road. Menu: pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, corn bread, roll and cookie, $10. Orders: 724-845-7200, leave a message.


Today: 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 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.

Saturday: 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.

Wednesday : Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 1522 Broadview Blvd. will offer a program, “Gardening with Native Plants,” at 5:30 p.m. at the library and online. Julie Travaglini of the Allegheny Land Trust will be the speaker. Reservations required. Reservations:

May 21: Harrison Township Recreation board is seeking owners of commercial and non-commercial vehicles to participate in its third annual touch-a-truck event planned at Highlands High School, Natrona Heights. Details: Natalie Cale, 724-448-6588 or


Sundays and Thursdays 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


Thursday : Leechburg Public Library, 137 Market St., will host a movie night at 6 p.m. featuring Disney Pixar’s, “Coco,” rated PG. Tickets must be reserved by Friday. The library is now closed on Saturdays. Tickets: stop in at the library.

May 28: Leechburg Public Library is selling chances to win a summer basket that includes a Leechburg Pool pass for a family of four. Drawing will be Memorial Day weekend. Tickets: $10, available at the library, 139 Market St.

Lower Burrell

Saturday: Burrellton Garden Club will host its annual May Mart plant sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lower Burrell City Hall garage, Schreiber Street. Items available will include annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and herbs, wreaths and flower pots. Food will be sold including hot dogs, haluski, baked goods and drinks. Proceeds benefit beautification projects in the city. New members welcome. Details: 724-335-3353 or visit Burrellton Garden Club on Facebook.

Saturday: A parking lot treasures sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church of God, 273 Chester Dr. Rain date: May 21. Reservations and details: 724-335-4422 or

Saturday: The annual Animal Protectors Hearts for Strays spring luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. at Hill Crest Country Club. Doors open at 10 a.m. There will be a basket raffle, door prizes, card games and a 50/50 raffle. Cost: $30. Reservations: or the events tab at

Saturday: 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. Follow us on Facebook.

Saturday: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will feature Dave Stout Music from 8 to 11 p.m. at the post. Members and three guests welcome.

May 28 to Oct. 8: The Lower Burrell Farmers Market is seeking vendors for the upcoming season. Markets are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 2800 Bethel St. Setup begins at 8 a.m. Cost: $40 for the season and free electric is available. Merchandise must be home grown, homemade or hand crafted. Vendors must participate the whole season. Details:

New Kensington

Fridays: A new 4-H Club for children age 5 to 18 is being organized and plans to meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The River Church, 200 Freeport Road. Details: Mary or Laura Stone at

Saturday: A spring celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown New Kensington. There will be arts and crafts vendors and music in the courtyard at Voodoo Brew Pub, a free children’s craft tent hosted by New Ken Arts Center and a spring bucket list challenge.

Saturday 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. Note the change in days and times. Items available include clothing, shoes, purses, linens, blankets and Mary Queen of Apostles School uniforms. Donations are accepted during open hours.

Saturday: Knead Community Café will host an outdoor Mother Nature’s Garden Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the café. Items wil include soaps, lotions, teas, condiments, herbal products, jams, flowers, herbs and vegetable plants. The cafe will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or shine. Details:

Sunday: A rubber ducky derby and outdoor market to benefit the Valley High School girls volleyball team will open at 10:30 a.m. at the high school. There will a barbeque food truck, vendors, games and petting zoo. A Lil Duckling race will be at noon, cost $5 each. The Big Bill Race will be at 1 p.m. Rain or shine. Details: April Stone, 724-681-1393 or

Monday to June 16: A spring basketball program for children age 7 to 12 will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Salvation Army, 255 Third St. Reservations required by Friday. Reservations: 724-335-7221.

Tuesday: East Kensington Community Circle is accepting orders for its Election Day beef vegetable soup sale. Cost: $8 per quart. Pickup: May 17 at the Community Circle Building, 1785 Seventh St. Road. Advance orders strongly recommended. Orders: Judy, 724-339-7887.

Wednesday : St. George Orthodox Church is accepting orders for a kibbee sale. Cost: $50 per dozen or six for $27. Order deadline: Wednesday. Pickup: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 18 in the church hall, 1150 Leishman Ave. Orders: 724-337-3918.

May 22: River Church, 200 Freeport Road, is accepting registrations for its annual car show. An outdoor worship service will be at 10:45 a.m. and the car show will be afterward. Registration: 724-337-4837 or

North Apollo

May 21: North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department is accepting vendor applications for a crafter, vendor and food truck event planned at the firehall, 311 16th St. Applications: or


Sunday: Oakmont Carnegie Library will host “A Taste of Two Towns,” a sampling of specialty foods for adults prepared by top local chefs from 5 to 7 p.m. on the main floor at the library, 700 Allegheny River Blvd. Admission: $60, includes food, wine, beer, soda and water. Reservations: or stop in at the library. Proceeds will benefit the library.


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.


Saturday: Plum Chamber of Commerce will host a touch-a-truck fundraiser at 10 a.m. at Plum High School. Admission: $5, cash only, includes access to the food trucks, face, painting, vehicles and a balloon artist. Free onsite parking available.

Wednesday : Plum Community Library will offer a free screening of the movie, “Encanto,” at 6 p.m. at the library, 445 Center New Texas Road. Reservations required. Reservations: visit the calendar section at

Thursday : The SOS Ministry at Holy Family Parish , 2000 Oblock Road, will offer a free program, “What My Family Should Know,” at 1 p.m. in the Our Lady of Joy Church hall. Attorney Jake Noble will discuss legal documents and papers you should have in place for your family. Reservations required. Reservations: 412-793-4511, ext. 107 or


Wednesday: Springdale Free Public Library will offer a craft workshop to make a Memorial Day Mason jar candle at 1 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.

May 23: The Sherlock Holmes Book Club at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. The selection will be, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” chapters 1 to 4. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.


Today: Tarentum Book Club will meet at the home of Mary Jane Jacques. Linda Robertson will review, “Coco Chanel,” by Justine Picardie. The committee will be Margaret Baldassare and Linda Robertson.

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.

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.


Saturday: Vandergrift Fire Department No. 1 will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 278 Franklin Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be 16 regular games, 4 specials and a 50/50 jackpot. Payout to be determined by the number of players. Details: or Vandergriftvfd1 on Facebook.

May 21: Vandergrift Presbyterian Church is accepting donations for a rummage sale. Hours: 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays at the church, 195 Washington Ave. Please no televisions, furniture, computers or suitcases without wheels.

June 2: Vendor applications are being accepted for the Vandergrift Farmers Market planned from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays June 2 through Oct. 13 in the Columbia Avenue parking lot. Details:

Washington Township

Today: 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.

West Deer

May 21: Deer Lakes Youth Lacrosse will host a comedy night fundraiser at West Deer Fire Hall No. 1, 1520 Saxonburg Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. David Kaye, Sean Collier and Trey McDonough will be the featured performers. Cost: $40, includes dinner buffet and draft beer. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50. Must be 21 to attend. BYOB. Tickets: Details: 412-920-5653.

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