The Stroller, Aug. 16, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

Publicize your club meetings, community events and fundraisers for free in The Stroller. Send information at least a week in advance to [email protected] Please include a daytime telephone number. Concert to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin The Casino Theater, Vandergrift, will present, “United in Song,” a tribute to Aretha Franklin, […]

Publicize your club meetings, community events and fundraisers for free in The Stroller. Send information at least a week in advance to [email protected] Please include a daytime telephone number.

Concert to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

The Casino Theater, Vandergrift, will present, “United in Song,” a tribute to Aretha Franklin, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Performers will include Miss Freddye, Stevee Wellons and Kim Askew. Admission is $20. For tickets, visit, call 724-567-5049 or at Pomfret’s Paints and Variety, 149 Farragut St., Vandergrift.

High school bands to play at Kennywood Park

Local high school marching bands participating this week in the Fall Fantasy Parade at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin include Burrell High School on Wednesday and Apollo-Ridge High School on Thursday.

Free movie offered at Hartwood Acres

The free Allegheny County Movies in the Parks series will feature the film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Indiana Township.

The movie is rated PG-13. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

Free grab and go lunch offered Wednesday at Allegheny Valley Church of God

Allegheny Valley Church of God, 216 Catalpa St., New Kensington, will serve free grab and go lunches at noon Wednesday.

Meatball hoagies will be served for as long as the food lasts. For details, call 724-335-0994.



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.

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.


Today: 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 [email protected]


Tuesday: Burtner House Restoration Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Harrison Township building, 1 Municipal Drive. Plans for the September celebration and assignments will be finalized. Volunteers welcome.

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 [email protected]

Kiski Township

Saturday: 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, [email protected]


Today: 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.

Today: 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 [email protected]

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

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 [email protected]

New Kensington

Today: 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.

Aug. 26: St. George Orthodox Church is accepting orders for a kibbee sale. Cost: $45 per dozen; $24 for six. Order deadline: Aug. 22. Pickup: noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at the church, 1150 Leishman Ave. Orders: 724-337-3918

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


Today: 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


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.

Wednesday: The Elks will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. The kitchen is open to the public from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Menu: Orders: 724-226-1644 by 8:15

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


Wednesday: Vandergrift United Methodist Church, 134 Custer Ave., will host a takeout Dollar Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. or until sold out at the church. This month’s menu includes grilled hot dogs, baked beans, chips, cookies and lemonade or water, all for $1. Come early; the food sells out quickly. Please use the Lincoln Avenue entrance.

Wednesday: “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.

Clarita Lorenzano

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