The Stroller, Feb. 14, 2022: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Money available for conservation projects

A $1.17 million USDA grant with matching funds will pay for farmers and residents in the Buffalo Creek watershed area that runs from Freeport to Chicora to plant buffers along streams and cover crops and more.

The USDA awarded the grant to the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania which owns land and facilities in the watershed including the Buffalo Creek Nature Park in Buffalo Township.

Farmers and forested landowners who own at least an acre of forest can get money to cover the cost of conservation plans and conservation practices such as tree planting, invasive species management and planting cover crops.

For information, contact Danielle Rihel at 412-963-6100 or

Free 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.

Chicken alfredo and cookies will be served for as long as the food lasts. For details, call 724-335-0994.


Allegheny Valley

Wednesday: The All Virtual chapter of the Women’s Business Network will meet at 7 pm online at Those attending can learn how the group supports the success and growth of women in business. Reservations required. Reservations and sign on information: Ariel Mookherji, 610-547-0004.


Wednesday: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 will host bingo at 7 pm at the firehall, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 5:30 pm Details: 724-478-4831.


Friday: St. Vladimir Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave., is accepting orders for its weekly pierogi sale. Varieties: potato or sauerkraut. Pickup: 12:30 to 4 pm Fridays at the church social hall. Face masks required. Cost: $11 per dozen; 6 for $6. orders: 724-339-9257, 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


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


Today: Springdale High School Alumni Association will meet at 7 pm in Cheswick Presbyterian Church, 1401 Pittsburgh St. Masks recommended. Details: Mike, 724-275-7566.


Wednesday: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from noon to 3 pm Cash only. Donations of clothing, winter coats, shoes, bedding and purses welcome. Donations must be laundered and free from pet hair. Details: 724-295-3095.


Tuesday: The Who Knew? program at Community Library of Allegheny Valley will present, “Glass Roots,” at 6 pm at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. and online via Learn interesting facts about the history of the glass industry in the AK Valley and Natrona Bottling. Reservations required. Masks required for in-person attendance. Reservations: call 724-226-3491 or visit the tab at

Tuesday : Community Library of Allegheny Valley will host a bedtime story hour for children age 3 to 5 at 9:30 am at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. Children are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket and stuffed friend. No reservations required. Details: 724-226-3491.

Wednesday: The Agape Thrift Shop at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 to 4 pm Masks required. Clean fall and winter clothing in all sizes is needed. Bring donations on Wednesday or leave them on the front porch. Do not place donations in the blue bins behind the church.

Wednesday: Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank will be open to anyone in need from 1:30 to 5 pm 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 pm Wednesday.

Saturday: Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 1522 Broadview Blvd., will offer a free program, “Cooking On a Budget,” at 1 pm in the library and online. Reservations required. Reservations:

Feb. 23: The Kitchen Sink Book Club at Community Library of Allegheny Valley will meet at 6 pm at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. The selection will be, “Delicious! A Novel,” by Ruth Reichl. Online participation available. Details:


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

Today: Leechburg Public Library Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 pm at the library, 137 Market St. Public welcome.

Today: The Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society, 118 First St., is closed for winter. To arrange a private tour, email or call 724-845-8914 and leave a message.

Wednesday: Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St., offers a free Senior Stretch chair class at 10:30 am Details: 724-236-0080.

March 17: Leechburg Public Library is conducting a raffle to win one roll of $20 and one roll of $10 Pa. scratch off lottery tickets. Cost: $5, includes two numbers. The winning number will be the 7 pm March 17 Pa. Pick 3 drawing. Tickets: stop in at the library, 139 Market St.

May 7: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is accepting vendor applications for an outdoor craft show. Cost: $25 for a 12 x 12-foot space. No electricity available. Bring your own table, chairs and tent. Details: Melissa, 724-332-9090.

Lower Burrell

Feb 22: Bethel Nursery School, 159 Alder St., will begin to accept enrollment applications for new pupils. There will be no open house. Registration forms will be emailed. Details: 724-339-2764 and leave a message with your email address.

New Kensington

Feb 25: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is accepting orders for Jenny Lee Swirl breads. Flavors: classic cinnamon, cinnamon raisin, cinnamon apple and cranberry swirl, $5 per loaf. Order deadline: Saturday. Pickup: Feb. 25 at Animal Protectors, 730 Church St. orders: form.jotform/com/220054107871145 or Details: Standard, 724-448-5894.

Feb. 26: St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 150 Elmtree Road, is taking orders for a frozen pierogi and stuffed cabbage roll sale. Pick-up will be from 10 am to 5 pm Feb. 26 in the church social hall. Pierogi varieties: cottage cheese with or without sugar, sauerkraut and potato with cheese. Advance orders required. Cost: pierogi, $10 per dozen; stuffed cabbage, 2 for $6, 4 for $12 or six for $18. Order deadline: Friday. orders: Valerie, 724-226-0942 or

North Apollo

March 12: A Luck O’ the Irish bingo will be from 7 to 10 pm at North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department, 311 16th St. Doors open at 5 pm Cost: $30, includes games, supplies, food and drinks. There will be a $1,000 cover-all game, instant tickets and a DJ. Reserved seats available for groups of eight or more. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets: 724-596-7293.


Feb. 24: A Vitalant community blood drive will be from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm in the large group instructional room at Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Road. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Notes: 412-209-7000 or visit the Donate Blood button at and use group code HS010025.


Tuesday: The Allegheny Valley chapter of the Women’s Business Network will meet at 8 am at 817 Main St. Those attending can learn how the group supports the success and growth of women in business. Reservations required. Reservations: Kelly Motter, 717-659-0323.


Wednesday: Springdale Free Public Library will offer a craft workshop to make a hydrangea wreath at 1 pm at the library, 331 School St. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.

Feb 22: The Tuesday Night Book Club at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6:30 pm The selection will be, “Hidden Figures,” by Margot Lee Shetterly. Reservations and masks required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.


Tuesday: The CPUser Group computer and technology club will meet at 7:30 pm online at The program will be, “My Favorite Android Apps.” Guests welcome. Guest registration:

Wednesday: The Elks will host bingo at 7 pm at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. The kitchen is open to the public from 5 to 8:30 pm


Tuesday: The YoYos Needles Art group at Vandergrift Public Library will meet from 5:30 to 7 pm in the library reading room, 128C. Washington Ave. All skill levels welcome. No reservations required. Details: 724-568-2212.

Wednesday: Vandergrift Public Library will host meet-up event for children of all ages who are home schooled at 12:30 pm at the library, 128C Washington Ave. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

Friday: Vandergrift Public Library and Kiski Area Youth Network will host a free Teen Afterhours event from 6 to 9 pm for students in sixth through 12th grade at the library, 128C Washington Ave. Teens can enjoy food, games and friends with adult supervision. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

Feb 22: Vandergrift Public Library will host a Board Game Night for students who are in at least fourth grade from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the library. 128C Washington Ave. Play one of the library’s games or bring your own. Snacks will be served. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

Through Feb. 28: Vandergrift Public Library will have a book sale during operating hours. Fill a grocery store bag provided by the library for $3. DVDs, audio books, CDs and puzzles must be purchased separately. Hours: 1 to 8 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Proceeds benefit the library.

Washington Township

Feb 19: A Moonlight Bingo will begin at 7:30 pm at Washington Township Volunteer Fire Hall, 4078 Route 66. Doors open at 5:30 pm Cost: $35 includes buffet and drinks. Those attending must be at least 21 years old. Tickets: 724-727-3079 or visit Washington Township VFC – Westmoreland on Facebook.

March 27: Space applications are being accepted for an auto parts swap meet set for 7 am to 4 pm at Washington Township Volunteer Fire Co., Route 66. Cost: outside 12 x 24-foot space, $25; outside 12 x 48-foot space, $45. Vendor set up will begin at 11 pm March 26. First come, first served. Items will include parts and accessories from anything automotive, classic, high performance, trucks, cars, motorcycles or boats. Food and beverages will be sold inside. Rain or shine. Details: 724-727-3079.

West Deer

March 26: Donations and sponsorships are being accepted by Change For Cancer for a spaghetti dinner planned from 11 am to 7 pm at West Deer American Legion to benefit cancer patient Pete LaCava. Items needed include pasta, spaghetti sauce, bread, rolls, large bags of lettuce, desserts, sugar, bottled water, canned pop, lemonade mix, paper products and gift cards and gift baskets for an auction. Details: 724-994-7646 or

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