The Stroller, June 23, 2022: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Fundraiser to benefit local first responders

Back the Blue Alle-Kiski Valley will sponsor its third annual Back the Blue concert from 1 to 8 pm Saturday at Mogie’s Irish Pub, 3210 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell.

Musicians scheduled to perform include John Melnick, Mad Alice, Dimwit, Big House Pete and Miss Freddye’s Blues Band. A special event T-shirt designed by local artist Larry Klukaszewski will be sold and there will be a 50/50.

Proceeds will be donated to local police departments, first responders and Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

Plant expo planned Sunday at Tour-Ed Mine grounds

A plant festival, “A Planty Affair,” will be from 10 am to 4 pm Sunday at the Tour-Ed Mine, off Bull Creek Road, Fawn.

There will be vendors, a children’s activity table and displays. A raffle will benefit the Tour-Ed Mine and Museum and a local family in need.



Today: The Yarn Good Time needle arts group at Apollo Memorial Library will meet from 5 to 7 pm at the library, 219 N. Pennsylvania Ave. to knit, crochet, embroider or cross stitch. All ages and skill levels welcome. Details: 724-478-4214.

June 30: Apollo Memorial Library is selling raffle tickets for a basket of scratch-off tickets and history items. Cost: $1 for 1; $3 for 5; and $5 for 10. The drawing will be June 30. Tickets: Stop in at the library, 219 N. Pennsylvania Ave.


Saturday: Real Life Church, 1826 Freeport Road, will sponsor a free family game night at 7 pm in the church fellowship hall. Bring a game to share. Snacks will be available.

July 10: Table reservations are being accepted for a flea market planned from 8 am to 4 pm at the Arnold Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 social hall, 1702 Fifth Ave. Set up will begin at 6 am Cost: $10 for two tables. Details: Jim Duncan, 724-754-7666.

Buffalo Township

Saturday: CS Kim Karate will host a free children’s safety workshop from 1 to 3 pm at the karate studio, 612 S. Pike Road. There will be child self-defense lessons and meet-and-greets with local fire, police and ambulance personnel. Details: 724-504-9498.

East Vandergrift

July 3 and 4: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish is selling raffle tickets to win $1,000 cash and a $200 gift certificate to Naser Foods. Cost: $10 per ticket that has two numbers. Winning numbers will be the first officially drawn 7 pm Pa. Lottery Daily Pick-3 number on July 3 and 4. Each day’s winner will receive the cash and a gift certificate. Tickets: Deborah, 724-859-3186 or after Mass in the church vestibule.

Ford City

July 16: Tickets are on sale for the Ford City Community Kennywood picnic at Klingensmith Drug Stores in Ford City, Kittanning and West Kittanning. Cost: $28 for a FunDay Pass. Passes can also be used weekdays through Aug. 19. An extra $10 fee will be charged to use the tickets on weekends through Aug 19. Bus tickets for the day of the picnic are also available for $8. Details: 412-389-8366.


Today: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at 7:15 pm at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road.


Today: The free Thursday Music Series at 7 pm in the Pittsburgh Shrine Center pavilion will feature the Donnie Bell Band and John Gresh’s Gris-Gris. Gates open at 6 pm Rain or shine. Free parking. Food and drinks will be available. No tailgating, outside food or beverages permitted. The weekly event is sponsored by Band Together Pittsburgh, Moondog’s and the Pittsburgh Shrine Center.


Friday: Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars will have bingo at 7 pm at the post, 894 Veterans Lane. Doors open at 6 pm, and there will be specials, a 50/50 raffle and final game jackpot.

July 31: A purse bash to benefit Robin’s Home charity that provides help to low income women veterans and their children will be at Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars, 894 Veterans Lane. Doors open at 11 am, lunch will be served at 12:30 pm and bingo begins at 1 pm Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door; includes lunch. There will be a cash bar, pull tab tickets, a silent auction, pick from the table and raffles. Tickets: 724-904-7649.


Today: Bingo will be at 6:30 pm at the American Legion, 754 N. Pike Road. Doors open at 5 pm Under new management with higher payouts. The kitchen will be open. Proceeds benefit post and auxiliary projects.


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

Saturday and Wednesday: Leechburg Museum will be open from noon to 3 pm Alternate times available by appointment. Details: 724-845-8914 or

July 10: Team registrations are being accepted for the Shawn DesLauriers Bocce Tournament set for noon at the Marconi Club, River Avenue. Team fee: $300. There will be a basket raffle, food and a 50/50. Proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship in DesLauriers’ name. Details: Dan Swartz,

Lower Burrell

Saturday: The Lower Burrell Farmers Market, 2800 Bethel St., will be open from 9 am to 1 pm Lower Burrell Lions will be selling brooms and raffle tickets.

Saturday: Peoples Library will present, “Oceans of Fun,” with Stage Right at 11 am at the library, 3052 Wachter Ave. Details: 724-339-1021.

Saturday: Bethel Masons, 118 Allen St., will host a Vitalant community blood drive from 9 am to 3 pm in the lodge banquet room. Appointments recommended. Notes: 412-209-7000 or visit and use group code C2210076.

Saturday: Church of God is accepting space reservations for a parking lot treasures sale set for 8 am to 1 pm at the church, 273 Chester Dr. Cost: $5 per space. Reservations and details: 724-335-4422 or


July 6: Lenape Tech Adult Education will host a free adult student information night from 5 to 6 pm in the school cafeteria, 2215 Chaplin Ave. Sample programs include HVACR fast track, welding fast track, CDL, clinical medical assistant, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician and online learning. Funding providers will be on hand. Reservations required by June 30. Reservations: 724-763-5916 or

New Kensington

Today: Knead Community Café in New Kensington will pass out free grab-and-go meals from 5:30 to 6:30 pm Thursday at the café, 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals are donated in memory of Larry and Ceil Feldman and Cupcake.

Today: Sally’s Outdoor Market will be from 2 to 6 pm weather permitting, at the Salvation Army, 255 Third St. There will be fresh produce, plants, baked goods, hot foods and more. Vendor spaces available. Details: 724-335-7221, ext. 106 or

Today: The Secular Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves (SOS) a support group for people recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, will meet at 7 pm at Lost Dreams Awakening Recovery Community Center, 408 Eighth St. Details: 724-556-0737.

Today: New Kensington Eagles Auxiliary Bingo will be at 7 pm at the aerie, 2134 Freeport Road. Doors open at 5 pm The kitchen will be open. Public welcome. Details: 724-448-7403.

Saturday and Tuesday: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., will be open from 11 am to 1 pm Saturday and noon to 2 pm Tuesday. Items available include clothing for all members of the family, shoes and linens. First-time customers receive 15 free items. Summer clothing donations accepted during business hours.


July 31: Reservations are being accepted for the Kerr Museum Victorian Bridal Luncheon set for 12:30 pm at Oakmont Country Club. Hats and fascinators welcome. Cost: $75. Reservations required by July 22. Reservations: 412-826-9295.


Today: Lower Valley Community Food Bank will distribute food from 1 to 3 pm Thursday from the rear entrance of the Springdale borough building. Do not arrive before 12:45 pm Anyone in need of food who lives in Springdale, Springdale Township, Cheswick, Harmar and the sections of Indiana Township and West Deer with a zip code of 15024 is welcome. New recipients can register Thursday.

Saturday: The Dynamo Education Foundation Soccer Reunion will be at the Springdale High School athletic fields, Butler Road. Gates open at 1 pm The student game will begin at 2 pm and the alumni game at approximately 4 pm Admission: $5; students, $2. Proceeds benefit the foundation. Details:

June 27: The Sherlock Holmes Book Club at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6 pm at the library, 331 School St. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.


Today: The free diaper bank at Highlands Family Center, 415 E. Fourth Ave., will be open from 9 am to 3 pm One distribution per child per month is available. Details: 724-224-9006.

Saturday: The Clothing Closet at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., will be open from 11 am to 1 pm Details: 724-224-9220.

Sept. 8 to 10: Summit Hose Co. is accepting crafter and vendor applications for its Fall Festival. No food vendors, please. Details: Tami Sudy, 878-302-5367 or


Today: The Farmer’s Market will be open from 4 to 6:30 pm in the Columbia Avenue parking lot.

Through June 30: The Books & More Store at Vandergrift Public Library will have a $3 bag sale. Bags provided by the library. Items individually priced will include puzzles, DVDs, audio books and CDs. 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

Friday: Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company will have bingo at 7 pm at the firehall, 4078 Route 66. Doors open at 5:30 pm and sales start at 6 pm Free coffee. The kitchen will be open. Players must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult.

West Leechburg

Saturday: The Western Reserve Insulator Club’s Allegheny Valley Insulator Show and Sale will be from 9 am to 3 pm at West Leechburg Firemen’s Recreation Hall, 1116 Gosser St. Free admission. Details: Ron Barth, 724-845-8439 or

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