The Stroller, June 20, 2022: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

Publicize your community events, fundraisers and club meetings for free in The Stroller. Send information at least a week in advance to or The Stroller, 210 Wood St., Tarentum PA 15068. Please include a daytime telephone number.

HOPE Center accepting donations for its SAF-T pet kennel

The Alle-Kiski HOPE Center offers a Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T) Kennel to victims of domestic violence who are fleeing abuse with their pets.

The kennel allows families to bring their pets with them safely to an on-site kennel during their shelter stay. Supplies needed include small bowls for cats and dogs, canned cat and kitten food, dry kitten food, small litter boxes, clumping litter, small cat toys, small cat beds, small to medium cat carriers, dog leashes, small to medium dog beds, flea and tick control for cats and dogs and gift cards for PetSmart and Petco. All items should be new.

If you are ordering online, request delivery to 500 E. 8th Ave., Tarentum PA 15084. Supplies can also be brought from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays. For details, call 724-224-1100.

Summer reading kickoff event planned

Vandergrift Public Library will kick off its summer reading program, Oceans of Possibilities, June 30 at the library.

There will be sessions at 6 and 6:30 pm for children age 2 through 13. Children will stuff and adopt their own ocean reading pal, watch a balloon artist and receive information about the summer reading program.

Reservations are required. Choose either session. For reservations, call 724-568-2212.

Free movie series opens Monday at Hartwood Acres

The free Allegheny County Family Fun Drive-In movie series Monday at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater will begin the season with the movie, “Paw Patrol the Movie,” rated G.

Gates open at 7:30 pm and the show begins at dusk. Gates closes with the movie starts. When the parking area fills up, a notice will be posted on the Allegheny County Parks Facebook page. Capacity is limited to the first 300 vehicles.



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.

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.


Tuesday: A reopening celebration will be from 4 to 7 pm at The Tomb Coffeehouse, 1821 Fifth Ave.

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.


Tuesday: The Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek, 142 Kerr Road, will offer a free meet-and-greet from 6 to 7:30 pm with beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Indiana and Clarion counties. Learn why bees are so important. There will be children’s activities. Reservations required. Reservations and details:

Thursday: A guided mushroom walk will begin at 5 pm at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek, 142 Kerr Road. Cost: $30. Reservations required. Reservations:


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

Buffalo Township

Thursday: Zion United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive from 1 to 7 pm in the church Family Life Center, 438 Bear Creek Road. Appointments recommended. Bring ID. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit and click on the Schedule Now or New Donor buttons. Search for group code C664.

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.


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 summer clothing, shoes, bedding and purses welcome. Donations must be laundered and free from pet hair. Details: 724-295-3095.


Today: The free summer children’s playground program sponsored by Natrona Comes Together Association will present a crafts program to make stuffies at 12:30 pm at the park pavilion.

Wednesday: The Kitchen Sink Book Club at Community Library of Allegheny Valley will meet at 6 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. The selection will be, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” by Jules Verne. Online participation available. Reservations required. Reservations:

Wednesday: The Agape Thrift Shop at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 to 4 pm Masks required. Clean spring and summer 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.

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 of the table and raffles. Tickets: 724-904-7649.


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.

Wednesday: Leechburg Public Library will host a tween craft night to make a seashell necklace at 6 pm at the library, 139 Market St. Children age 10 to 12 welcome. Details: 724-236-0080.

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

Today: Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will meet at 7 pm in the post banquet room, Wildlife Lodge Road.

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

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.


Tuesdays: Taking Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) meets at 6 pm at Oakmont United Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Ave. Monthly due: $5; first meeting is free. Details:

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.


Tuesday: A Summer Solstice Family Celebration will be from 2 to 7:30 pm at Plum Community Center and Library, 499 Center New Texas Road. There will be a scavenger hunt, crafts, a magician, free Kona Ice and a concert by Music For Life. Details: 412-795-2330 or


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.


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.


Tuesday: Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7 to 8 pm at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St. An opportunity for silent prayer will be at 6:30 pm

Monday through Friday: Central Presbyterian Church will host a free children’s meal program through Aug. 12 at the church, 305 Allegheny St. Breakfast will be served from 9 to 10 am and lunch from noon to 1 pm Activities will be offered between meals. No reservations are required. Food must be eaten onsite; no grab-and-go meals will be available.

Tuesday: A free outdoor storytime for children age 3 to 5 will be at noon near the water play area of ​​Riverview Memorial Park, First Avenue. Bring a blanket or chair. Sponsored by Community Library of Allegheny Valley. Weather permitting.

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 pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Menu: Orders: 724-226-1644 by 8:15 pm

Wednesday: The Tarentum Farmers Market will be open from 9 am to 1 pm in the upper parking lot at First United Presbyterian Church, 913 Lock St.

Wednesday: BridgePointe Church will have its free children’s summer reading program from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the church library, 400 E. Ninth Ave. Lunch and a snack will be served. Details: 724-671-7580.

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


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. Please note the new date and time. All skill levels welcome. No reservations required. Details: 724-568-2212.

Tuesday: A Board Game Night for all ages will be from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the library, 128C. Washington Ave. Snacks will be available. No reservations required. Details: 724-568-2212.

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 p.m. 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

Wednesday: Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 6 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church, 656 Route 380.

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