The Stroller, Sept. 23, 2020: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Let us know about your Halloween happenings

The Valley News Dispatch is compiling a list of autumn events and Halloween parades, parties and trick-or-treat nights. Send an email to

Vandergrift Area Meals On Wheels seeks volunteers

Vandergrift Area Meals On Wheels is looking for regular and substitute volunteers to help with food cooking, serving, packing and delivery.

The program serves East Vandergrift, Parks Township, Allegheny Township, Hyde Park, West Leechburg and Vandergrift. Drivers with knowledge of these communities are especially needed.

To offer your time and for more information, call 724-567-7893.

Children’s outdoor program offered at Outdoor Discovery Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek will sponsor a free program for early elementary school children, “What Is Nature?” from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at the center, 142 Kerr Road, Bethel.

Children will go on a nature scavenger hunt, make bark rubbings and learn why the leaves change color in the fall.

Class size is limited. Children may attend either session. Face masks are required, and social distancing observed.

Registration is required. To register, visit

TryLife Center accepting donations

The TryLife Center in Lower Burrell is accepting donations of gently-used children’s clothing in sizes newborn through 4T, maternity clothes, highchairs, pack n’ plays, walkers and infant seats.

Other items needed include diapers, wipes and bottles. Items that cannot be accepted are toys, books, games, adult clothing, children’s clothing size 5T and larger, used cribs, used car seats and furniture.

Donations should be dropped off from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the red donation door at the center, 1155 Wildlife Lodge Road. Any items left outside of these hours will be exposed to the weather.



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

Friday: A Kona Ice fundraiser to benefit Kiddies’ Korner Nursery School will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the school, 616 First St. Ext. Raffle tickets will be sold for a children’s activity basket.


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.


Today: 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


Saturday: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will host a Customer Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. Stop in the lobby for a free snack and free book. Details: 724-226-3491

Leechburg Area School District 

Today: 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. Sunday. 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

Parks Township

Friday: A takeout fish fry will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at Parks Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1119 Dalmation Drive. Menu: Fish sandwich or chicken strips, fries or macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and drink, $10. Orders: 724-567-5517

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


Tuesday: 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


Today: 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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