The Stroller, Aug. 25, 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. Tarentum fire departments to host music, arts and craft beer fest The Tarentum Music, Arts and Craft Beer Fest will be […]

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.

Tarentum fire departments to host music, arts and craft beer fest

The Tarentum Music, Arts and Craft Beer Fest will be from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Dreshar Stadium, 586 E. First Ave., Tarentum.

There will be food, beer and artist vendors. Entertainment will be by Grateful Dead tribute entertainer Phil Bombs, Colin Southfield and the Mushroom Country Band, Chaibaba, Marshall and the Deputies, Scumlip Checkerchamp and Your Siiick.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Wrist bands, tickets and IDs are required to purchase alcohol. Wrist bands are $10 plus a service fee in advance at $20 cash at the gate. Proceeds will benefit Tarentum’s three volunteer fire departments, Summit Hose, Eureka and Highland Hose.

Food, wrestling event to benefit Citizens Hose in Harrison

Citizens Hose Fire, Rescue and EMS will present a Keystone State Wrestling Alliance event at 5 p.m. Saturday at the firehall, 965 Burtner Road, Natrona Heights, Harrison.

Food vendors will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. and local musicians will perform from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Doors for the wrestling event will open at 4 p.m.

Wrestling tickets are $15; 12 and younger, $10. For tickets, call 724-889-6485 or 412-726-1762. Proceeds will benefit the fire department.

Children’s charity collecting school, personal items

Christopher’s Light children’s charity is accepting donations of back-to-school and personal care items for children.

Items most needed include backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, tape, folders, binders, hand sanitizer, facial tissues, toothbrushes, hair brushes, soap, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, lotion and sunscreen. Donations can be dropped from 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays at 202 Point St., Saltsburg. For alternate times, call 724-448-1349. Monetary donations should be mailed to P.O. Box. 94, Apollo PA 15613


Allegheny Township

Sunday: A fundraiser to benefit the Kiski Area Marching Band will be from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at King’s Family Restaurant, 315 Hyde Park Road. Dine in or takeout. Reservations required for dine in. Take a flyer with you and King’s will donate 20% of your pre-tax food and non-alcoholic beverage purchase to the band. Flyers required. For a flyer visit Kiski Area Bands on Facebook or contact Jodie at 412-952-1141 or [email protected] Reservations: 724-842-0361


Today: The Wheel Good Wednesday food truck event sponsored by the Apollo Events Committee and Apollo Area Historical Society will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the old Stanford lot on Clifford Avenue. Food truck vendors who would like to participate at a future event should email [email protected]

Today: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Prize amounts have been raised and there will be a $1,000 must-go jackpot. Details: 724-478-4831

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.

Sept. 18: Tickets are on sale for the Apollo Area Historical Society 50+1 Anniversary banquet planned at Apollo First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 214 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $25. Tickets: 724-478-2899, stop in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the WCTU Building, 317 N. Second St., or send a check made out to AAHS to P. O. Box 434, Apollo PA 15613


Today: Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 847 10th Ave. The group offers help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics.

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

Buffalo Township

Thursday: Zion United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. in the church Family Life Center, 438 Bear Creek Road. Appointments recommended. Bring ID. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit and click on the Schedule Now or New Donor buttons. Search for group code C664.


Thursday: The Pittsburgh Shrine Center will present a free outdoor concert featuring blues band Shot O’ Soul from 7 to 9 p.m. under cover at the center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick. Gates open at 6 p.m. Seating and tables will be provided, and food and beverages will be sold. No outside food and beverages, please.

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.

Sept. 18: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church will have a cash bash at 7 p.m. the church, 420 McKinley Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission: $25, includes food, beverages and chances to win $3,000 in prizes. Must be at least 21 to attend. There will be pull tabs, 50/50 raffles and a basket raffle. Tickets: Crystal, 724-882-9212, at the parish office or in the church vestibule after Sunday Mass


Today: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Cash only. No donations are being accepted at this time. Details: 724-295-3095

Thursday: Freeport’s Food Truckin’ will be from 4 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Laube Hall. Vendor fees are $25 for the first week and $50 for each additional week and will benefit Restore Freeport Community Park. Details: Jackie, 724-234-9373


Thursday: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at 7:15 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road.


Today: The Agape Thrift Shop at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Masks required.

Today: Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank will be open to anyone in need from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Pull into the center parking lot and food will be placed into your vehicle. Those who are not yet registered should come from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Thursday: A car cruise will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 894 Veterans Drive, Natrona Heights. All makes, models, trucks and bikes welcome. There will be food, music, drink specials and a 50/50 raffle.

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.


Thursday: 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


Thursday: 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. in First United Methodist Church, 251 Main St. Face masks and social distancing required.

Lower Burrell

Sept. 11: Church of God is accepting space reservations for a parking lot treasures sale set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 273 Chester Dr. Cost: $5 for two parking spaces No food vendors please. Reservations and details: 724-335-4422 or [email protected]

New Kensington

Thursday: Knead Community Café in New Kensington will hand out free grab-and-go dinners from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the café, 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals are sponsored in loving memory of Jack and Joanne Ladish. Those picking up meals are reminded to observe social distancing while waiting in line.

Thursday: 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 with new selections. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are required except when eating. Public welcome. Details: 724-448-7403

Friday: The Fridays on Fifth food truck event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Fifth Avenue, between Ninth and 11th streets. Sponsored by the city recreation committee.

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

Oct. 16: Knead Community Café is accepting space applications from crafters and vendors for a harvest fair set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the café, 1011 Barnes St. Applications: [email protected] or stop in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the cafe


Thursday: Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at the firehall, 415 Old Abers Creek Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. Face masks required. Details: under the weekly bingo tab.


Today: Sponsor the Troops will host a community bike night from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Saxonburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, 572 W. Main St. Entertainment will be by Tom Panei and there will be food and raffles. Bring a chair or blanket if you come in a vehicle.


Thursday: A mobile covid-19 vaccination clinic will be available from noon to 4 p.m. at Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St. No registration required. Vaccines will be provided at no cost. Details: 724-274-9729


Today: 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 p.m.

Today: The Tarentum Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upper parking lot of First United Presbyterian Church, 913 Lock St.

Upper Burrell

Sunday: 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: The YoYos Needles Art group at Vandergrift Public Library will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library reading room, 128C. Washington Ave. All skill levels welcome. No reservations required. Details: 724-568-2212

Thursday:St. Gertrude Church will sell frozen meatballs and spaghetti sauce from 4 to 6 p.m. by curbside pickup at the church social hall, 303 Franklin Ave. Cost: sauce, $7 per quart; meatballs, six for $3. Please enter the driveway near Sandra Lynn’s Dance School and follow the arrows to the social hall door. Items will also be available after the Saturday and Sunday Masses at the church while supplies last.

Thursday: The Farmers Market will be open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Avenue parking lot. Details:

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.

Washington Township

Friday: Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company will have Friday Night 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.

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