The Stroller, Sept. 22, 2020: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Let us know about your Halloween happenings

Today is the first day of autumn!

The Valley News Dispatch is compiling a list of autumn events and Halloween parades, parties and trick-or-treat nights. Information must be submitted in writing to: Carol Pinto-Smith, Valley News Dispatch, 210 Fourth Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084 or email

TryLife Center offering free help to complete census

The TryLife Center in Lower Burrell is offering to help anyone who is having trouble completing the 2020 Census.

For information, call 724-339-9399, ext. 110 or stop by the center, 1155 Wildlife Lodge Road.

Knead Community Café to distribute grab and go dinners

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 sponsor is Friends of Nicole Ziccarelli. Those picking up meals are reminded to observe social distancing while they wait in line.

Local woman to be featured in online discussion

Laurie Johnson-Wade from Lost Dreams Awakening in New Kensington will be a featured speaker in the Connecticut Community For Addiction Recovery online discussion planned for 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at

The topic will be, “Black Lives Matter in Recovery.” A panel of black leaders will share their history and success with the recovery movement.

To register, email or call 203-464-8662.

Salvation Army offers free lunches

The Allegheny Valley Salvation Army and Community Center in Brackenridge offers free grab and go lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays in parking lot at the center, 917 Brackenridge Ave.



Thursday: Apollo Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Hall, Park Avenue. Details: 724-478-4201


Thursday: A praise and worship service will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the community room of Arnold Towers, 1528 Horne Blvd., Arnold. The Revs. Carmen Butler and Harold M. Mele Jr. will be the speakers. Details: 724-334-1849.


Wednesday: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. at the church. Winter clothing is available. Cash only. Donations must be laundered. Details: 724-295-2476


Thursdays: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department kitchen will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays for takeout food. Menu: visit the department Facebook page. Orders: 724-845-7200, leave a message

Leechburg Area School District 

Wednesday: Leechburg Area School Board will have the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 215 First St. Details: 724-842-9681

Lower Burrell  

Mondays through Thursdays: American Legion kitchen will be open for takeout orders from members and guests from 3 to 7 p.m. at the post, 1100 Wildlife Lodge Road. Menu: Orders: 724-339-9417

New Kensington 

Oct. 1: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is taking orders for a Fat Cat’s Subs hoagie sale. Varieties: Italian, turkey and ham and cheese. Cost: $8, cash or check payable at pickup. Order deadline is 9 p.m. Sept 27. Pickup: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the new building, 730 Church St. Orders:

Oct. 24: Knead Community Café, 1011 Barnes St., is accepting applications from crafters and vendors for an outdoor fall harvest fair. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Details: 878-302-3270 or

North Apollo

Oct. 3: North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department is accepting donations for an online silent auction to coincide with the Oct. 3 food truck rally. Donation deadline is Sept. 25. Details: call or text Allison, 724-596-7293


Today: Plum Council will conduct a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers of the municipal building, 4575 New Texas Road, to award bids for parks projects.

South Buffalo 

Oct. 10: South Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual purse bash at 2 p.m. at the firehall, 695 Freeport Road. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Cost: $30, includes food and water. All other drinks BYOB. Only 250 tickets will be sold. There will be a basket raffle, bingo, 50/50, early bird specials and raffles for other purses. Tickets and details: call or text 724-355-3555


Sept. 29: The Tuesday Night Book Club at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. The selection will be, “The Engagements,” by J. Courtney Sullivan. Copies are available at the library. New members welcome. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729

Sept. 30: Springdale Free Public Library is conducting a bingo fundraiser through Sept. 30. Cards are three for $10 and can be purchased at the library, 331 School St. Stop in participating borough businesses to pull a number for your card. When you get an X, return the card to the library for a thank you gift and be entered into the grand prize drawing. A percentage of proceeds will be matched by the Jack Buncher Foundation. Details: 724-274-9729

Oct. 12: The Maker Monday Club for children in third through sixth grade at Springdale Free Public Library will begin the season at 3:30 p.m. at the library, 331 Spring St. The club meets the second and fourth Monday of each month and includes a mix of STEM and crafting programs. Registering signs your child up for all of the programs. Children can not be registered for individual sessions. Face masks and social distancing required. Space is limited. Registration required. Registration: 724-274-9729

Springdale Township

Today: Allegheny Valley Regional Police Department will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Springdale Township Municipal Building, 100 Plate Dr., Harwick.


Wednesday: The Tarentum Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Face masks required.

Thursday: Rams Youth Football Association will sponsor a food truck fundraiser with Sonny’s Smorgasbord from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dreshar Stadium, First Avenue. A portion of proceeds will help the association keep costs affordable for families.


Sept. 30: Vandergrift Public Library is having a book sale through Sept. 30 at the library, 128C Washington Ave. Cost: $3 per Giant Eagle bag; used puzzles and audio books, $1. Details: 724-568-2212

Thursday: Vandergrift Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the borough building, 109 Grant Ave., to open bids for the Franklin Avenue Street Reconstruction Project.

Washington Township

Thursday: Washington Township Municipal Authority will meet at 7 p.m. in the township building, 285 Pine Run Church Road. Details: 724-727-5881

Cancellations and changes


Apollo Area Historical Society has canceled all programs for the rest of the year, including the banquet.


October: The Prospect Cemetery annual ghost tours are canceled. Details: 724-224-4552


October: The Freeport Halloween carnival is canceled. 


All activities at Burtner House are canceled through the end of the year.


Oct. 3: The annual Oktoberfest at Concordia Lutheran Ministries is canceled. A drive-in fireworks display is still planned. Details will be announced.


October: The Halloweenburg Festival is canceled.


Riverview Community Action Corp. is closed for all activities except home delivered meals. Questions: 412-828-1062

Parks Township

Oct. 3: The Cash Giveaway Bash sponsored by Upper Burrell and Parks volunteer fire companies is canceled.


Oct. 3: The Monte Carlo Night planned by Springdale High School Alumni Association is canceled. Association meetings are suspended until further notice.


October: The annual BooFest event is canceled.

November: The annual joint Christmas Parade with Brackenridge is canceled.

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