The Stroller, Aug. 9, 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. Freeport Theatre Festival goes to the ‘Circus’ with season ender The Freeport Theatre Festival will present the comedy, “Bertha and Bailey’s […]

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.

Freeport Theatre Festival goes to the ‘Circus’ with season ender

The Freeport Theatre Festival will present the comedy, “Bertha and Bailey’s Circus,” at 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 13 to 29 at the Steele Family Farm off Route 356 on White Cloud Road in Allegheny Township.

The play was written by Rennick Steele and Clohe Marin, and Steele will direct. Tickets are $15; senior citizens and military, $12; and students, $10. Covid-19 health and safety guidelines will be in place. For reservations, call Marushka at 724-295-1934 or visit

Free movie offered at Hartwood Acres

The free Allegheny County Movies in the Parks series will feature the film, “Lilo and Stitch,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Indiana Township.

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

Donations sought for GilpinLeechburg Park improvements

The Gilpin Leechburg Joint Recreation Authority is accepting donations to be used to match a grant to complete upgrades and improvements at the park located in Gilpin.

The park is used by many residents as well as a local Boy Scout troop, the Leechburg Area High School softball team, ASA Softball, Little League and school district field days. Proposed improvements will be completed to the basketball court, tennis court, parking area, pavilion, concession stand and softball viewing area.

Donations can be mailed to Gilpin Leechburg Joint Recreation Authority, P.O. Box 211, Leechburg PA 15656.

Schools to line up for Kennywood parade

Local high school marching bands participating this week in the Fall Fantasy Parade at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin include: Wednesday, Freeport Area and Valley; and Thursday, Highlands.



Wednesday: 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]

Wednesday: 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

Saturday: St. James Church will host a vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish center, 109 Owens View Ave. Tables: $20; without electricity, $15. Table reservations: Linda, 724-882-8776

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.


Tuesday: Bingo will resume at 7 p.m. at St. Vladimir Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave. CDC guidelines will be observed. Unvaccinated players must wear a face mask. Those who are vaccinated are also encouraged to wear a mask. Future games will depend on compliance.


Tuesday: United Steel Workers Local 1196 Retirees and Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) will meet at 1 p.m. at the Union Hall, 1080 Brackenridge Ave.

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


Today through Saturday: Butler Lions Club will sell merchandise to benefit charity at the Butler Farm Show. Items for sale include brooms, dustpans, garbage bags, fire starters, mints and cleaning cloths.


Today: Springdale High School Alumni Association will meet at 7 p.m. in Cheswick United Presbyterian Church, 1401 Pittsburgh St. Please do not park in front of the church. Use side street parking or park across the street. Details: Mike, 724-275-7566

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.

Fox Chapel

Thursday: Fox Chapel Area High School will sponsor a community blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Vitalant Harmar/Fox Chapel Donor Center, 2585 Freeport Road, suite 207. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be at least 16 years old. Appointments: 412-209-7000 and specify the donation is for the Fox Chapel Area High School drive, email [email protected] or click on the Donate Blood button at and use group code HS010025.


Wednesdays: 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


Sunday: Orders are being accepted by Gilpin Fire Department for a drive-thru chicken dinner sale. Cost: $10. Pick-up begins at 4:30 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road. Advance orders required. Orders: 724-845-7200


Today through Friday: Harvest Church will host Kidzfest from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Natrona Community Park, 12-20 River Road. Children entering first through sixth grade welcome. Details: 724-548-5643 or

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

Wednesday: 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.

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]


Tuesday: Saxonburg Goldenagers will meet at noon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dinnerbell Road. Lunch will be served by the American Legion Auxiliary. New members welcome.

Kiski Township

Wednesday: Kiski Township Supervisors will conduct the regular meeting at 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 1222 Old State Road. Details: 724-478-2737


Today: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Leechburg, will host 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]

Today: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company will have bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 268 Canal St. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open.

Wednesdays and Saturdays: Leechburg Area Museum, 118 First St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Details: [email protected]

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

Wednesday: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley will host a virtual Bow Wow Bingo at 7 p.m. online at Cost: $25 for one card; $5 for each additional card. There will be 10 games. A gift card prize will be announced before each game, and prizes will be mailed to winners. Bingo cards and instructions will be emailed. Registration required. Registration:

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

Oklahoma Borough

Today: Oklahoma Council will meet at 7 p.m. in council chambers, 170 Thorn St.


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. 18: 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

Aug. 18: 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.

Wednesdays: 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.

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: 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

Aug. 18: “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

West Deer

Wednesday: East Union Presbyterian Church will have a takeout spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 292 East Union Road. Menu: spaghetti with choice of several sauces, salad, rolls and dessert. Donations will be accepted. Details: 724-265-1381


Today: GFWC Saxonburg District Women’s Club will host a trivia night and membership drive to begin the new club year at 6 p.m. at Winfield Winery, 1026 Winfield Road, Cabot. Food will be served. New members welcome.

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