The Stroller, April 13, 2023: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley (2024)

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Harrison Boy Scouts plan food collection for food bank

Boy Scout Troop 186, Harrison, will leave hangtags on doorknobs in Natrona Heights this week and next as part of the annual Scouting for Food campaign of the Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

All food collected by the troop will be delivered to the Food Bank of Allegheny Valley Association of Churches in Natrona Heights for distribution to local needy families. To participate if you received a hangtag, please place non-perishable food items in bags and leave them outside your front door on April 25. Scouts will return between 7 and 8:30 p.m. April 25 to pick up donations.

Anyone who did not receive a hangtag and wishes to donate should visit or call the Association of Churches at 724-226-0606. Thank you for your support.

Dinner to raise funds for service dog

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Brackenridge American Legion, 845 First St. to raise funds for a service dog for Denise Svitek of Brackenridge.

A lifelong resident of Brackenridge, she suffers from permanent disabilities and must use a wheelchair.

Advance tickets are $10 and $6 for children 12 and younger and will be $12 and $8 for children at the door. There will be a basket raffle, bake sale and 50/50. For tickets, call Carrie at 724-994-7646 or Venmo @carriebrothers.

St. Joseph HS to honor alumni

St. Joseph High School, Natrona Heights, Harrison, will honor several alumni with the Spirit of St. Joseph Awards May 6 at a dinner and ceremony at Oakmont Country Club.

This year’s honorees are James R. Gilboy Jr., Sister Lisa Paffrath, Heather Durkac Wygonik and John P. “Jay” Auses and Thomas H. Kaniecki, both posthumously.

For tickets and sponsorship information, call Jennifer Kaniecki McNeil at 724-226-8043 or

Free movie series to begin Saturday at Hartwood Acres

Allegheny County Parks Department will sponsor a free drive-in movie in the park at dusk on Saturday at the amphitheater at Hartwood Acres Park, Hampton.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The featured film will be, “DC League of Super-Pets,” rated PG. Audio will be available at 87.9 FM.



Today: A spaghetti dinner will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Apollo United Presbyterian Church, 401 First St. Menu: spaghetti with marinara or alfredo sauce, meatballs or sweet sausage by Le Café Restaurant. Dine in or takeout. Cost: $12; younger than 5, free. Reservations encouraged, but not required. Reservations: 724-478-4807.


Saturday: Speed Family Blessing Box & Pantry Inc. will host a bingo to support Zen Cat Sanctuary from 6 to 9 p.m. at the pantry, 1702 Fifth Ave. Cost: $15, includes 20 games and five specials. Bring a cat food or litter donation to be entered into a prize drawing. Drinks and snacks will be sold. Details: 412-552-9054.


April 22: A bingo to benefit the Avonmore Senior Center will begin at 1 p.m. at the center, 458 Railroad Ave. Doors open at 11 a.m. and free coffee and doughnuts will be served before the games start. An early bird jackpot game will be at 12:45 p.m. There will be a 50/50, door prize, 14 regular games, five specials and a $300 last jackpot game. Cost: $20 before April 21; $25 at the door, cash only. Tickets: 724-697-4014.


Saturday: The Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek will a free children’s program, “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day,” from noon to 3 p.m. at the center, 142 Kerr Road. There will be nature activities, Very Hungry Caterpillar photo ops, book readings, snacks and prizes. Reservations required: Reservations:


Today: The Allegheny Valley Salvation Army and Community Center offers free grab and go lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in parking lot at the center, 917 Brackenridge Ave. Free grocery items from Walmart and Aldi will be available. Everyone welcome.

Today: Bingo will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion, 845 First Ave.

Buffalo Township

Saturday: Sarver Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will have a rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Community Fellowship, 160 Singleton Road. Fill a bag for $10. Items will include baby, children’s and maternity clothes, toys, books and baby gear. Cash and Paypal accepted. Details:

East Franklin

Friday: Harvest Church, 143 Reed Road, will host a program about Ukraine at 5:30 p.m. at the church. There will be speakers, worship and the opportunity to try some traditional Ukrainian food. Cost: $10. Proceeds will benefit the people of Ukraine. Details: 724-548-5643 or

East Vandergrift

April 23: A designer purse bash will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parish hall of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church, 411 McKinley Ave. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Winners need not be present. Cost: $30, includes five chances in the drawings, wine, soft drinks, light snacks and desserts. BYOB. Must be at least 21 to attend. There will be a basket auction, strip tickets and 50/50. Tickets: call or text Mary Ann at 724-980-2087, at the parish office or after the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass.


Saturday: The New Kensington Camera Club and Focus on the Arts Gallery will offer a free workshop, “Still Life Photography,” from 1 to 4 p.m. in suite 208 at Pittsburgh Mills Mall. Use Entry 2 by M@C Discount. Bob Sudy will be the instructor. Bring your camera. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Reservations: comment on the event posting at Focus On The Arts Gallery on Facebook.


Saturday: The Residents Association at the Freeport High-rise, 411 Riverside Drive, will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high-rise. Hot dogs and beverages will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the association.

Saturday: A flea market and bake sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Freeport Area Library, 428 Market St. Details: 724-295-3616 or


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.

Saturday: Highlands High School Marching Band will have a craft and vendor show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school cafeteria and gymnasium, Natrona Heights. There will be a silent auction, bake sale, 50/50 and concessions. Admission: $1.

Saturday: Building Block of Natrona will host its free Veggies for All and Cosmetics Closet outreach for residents in need at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 28 Garfield St., Natrona. Free produce and personal care and hygiene products will be distributed, first come, first served, while supplies last. Arrive by 12:30 p.m. to line up; supplies go quickly. No income verification required. Everyone is welcome. Please wear a mask.


Today: Bingo will be at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 754 N. Pike Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. Under new management with higher payouts. The kitchen will be open. Proceeds benefit post and auxiliary projects.

Kiski Township

Saturday : A Night at the Races to benefit the Apollo-Ridge Baseball and Softball Boosters will be at 6 p.m. at the Apollo Spring Church Sportsman’s Club, Route 56. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $20, includes dinner, water and pop. There will be strip tickets, a basket raffle and 50/50. Tickets: Jeff, 724-596-6218, or Erin, 724-454-7325.


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. online. Details:

Saturday: The Clothing Closet at First Lutheran Church, 358 Main St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All items are 20 cents each. Please bring a bag. Donations welcome.

Saturday: First United Methodist Church, 251 Main St., will host a Vitalant community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Appointments recommended. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit and use group code G0110175.

Saturday: Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church will have its free takeout monthly Pot Love Dinner at noon at the church, 271 Main St. Reservations required by noon Friday. There is a one dinner per family member limit. Those with reservations will be served first. Line-up will be outside and everyone is welcome. Reservations: 724-845-1901 or

Lower Burrell

Saturday: A luncheon bingo will be at 1 p.m. at the Moose, 499 Reimer St. Doors open at 11 a.m. Admission includes lunch at 12:30 p.m., 15 games that win $20 each; four specials that win $30 each; and a $100 must-go jackpot. Details: 724-335-4131.

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

Oct. 22: New Kensington Moose is accepting table reservations for a fall craft and vendor show planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lodge, 499 Reimer St. Spaces limited to one representative from each company on a first come, first served basis. Cost: $25 for an 8-foot table; $20 for a 6-foot table. Reservation deadline is Sept. 1. Reservations: text 724-448-2506 or

New Kensington

Today: Knead Community Café in New Kensington will hand out free grab-and-go meals from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the café, 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals are sponsored by Christ Our Hope Anglican Church. Details: 878-847-7997.

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. Public welcome. Details: 724-448-7403.

Saturday: Peoples Library, 880 Barnes St., will host a STEM program for children of all ages at 11 a.m. Details: 724-339-1021, ext. 12.

April 26: The Myrrh Bearing Women at St. George Orthodox Church are accepting orders for a kibbee sale. Pickup: 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 26 in the church hall, 1150 Leishman Ave. Cost: $50 per dozen or six for $27. Order deadline: April 21. Orders: 724-337-3918.

May 13: Vendor applications are being accepted by Knead Community Café for an outdoor May Market at the café, 1011 Barnes St. Vendors who sell homemade, natural-based or garden-themed products welcome. Rain or shine. Details: Kathy, 878-999-8680 or

North Apollo

Today: A Red Cross community blood drive will be from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at First Church of God, 50 20th St.Appointments recommended. Bring ID. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit and search with zip code 15673.

South Buffalo

Saturday: A spring fling and wine festival fundraiser to benefit osteosarcoma patient Abbey McCoy of North Huntingdon will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at Clubhouse on the Hill, 499 Freeport Road. There will be raffles, light fare and a 50/50. Cost: $35.


Today: Lower Valley Community Food Bank will distribute food from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday from the rear entrance of the Springdale borough building, 325 School St. Do not arrive before 12:45 p.m. Anyone in need of food who lives in Springdale, Springdale Township, Cheswick, Harmar and the sections of Indiana Township and West Deer with a zip code of 15024 is welcome. New recipients can register on Thursday.

Wednesday : Springdale Free Public Library will offer a craft workshop to make an umbrella door decoration at 1 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.

Wednesday : The Wacky Wednesday program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade will meet at 6 p.m. at Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St. The theme will be Earth Day. Registration required. Registration: 724-274-9729.


Today: The free diaper bank at Highlands Family Center, 415 E. Fourth Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. One distribution per child per month is available. Details: 724-224-9006.

Today: The first Night Market of the season will be from 5 to 8 p.m. in the downtown section of the borough.

Friday: Tarentum Book Club will celebrate the club’s 122nd birthday at Butler Country Club.

Saturday: The Clothing Closet at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The monthly dollar breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. Details: 724-224-9220.

Saturday: Tarentum Elks will feature Bucky-oke Karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. Members and guests welcome.


April 22: St. Gertrude Parish Men’s Club is selling tickets for a night at the races set for 6 p.m. in the church hall, 303 Franklin Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $20, includes food, beverages and a horse. Tickets: 724-568-2331.

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.


April 23: Good Samaritan Hospice, a mission of Concordia Lutheran Ministries, will sponsor a service in memory of those who spent their final days in their care or anyone experiencing grief at 3 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 330 Hannahstown Road. A reception will be afterward. Registration encouraged. Registration: 800-720-2557.

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