The Stroller, Nov. 19, 2022: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Leechburg Rotary to collect pajamas, children’s books

The Rotary Club of Leechburg and Leechburg Area High School Interact Club are sponsoring the Pajama Project collection through Dec. 14 in the Leechburg area.

Donations of new pajamas for men, women and children in all sizes, men’s sleep pants and new children’s books will be accepted at the following locations: Kalmar Motors, Christ the King Church and Hunt’s Hill Top, all in Gilpin; and Goat Donut Shoppe, Quarato’s Hardware, Leechburg Public Library, Marconi Club, Leechburg Pizza and First Methodist Church.

Monetary donations may be sent to the Rotary Club of Leechburg, PO Box 163, Leechburg PA 15656. Donations will be sent to HAVIN, Children Youth and Families of Armstrong County and the Mechling-Shakley Veterans Center.

Murder mystery dinner to benefit feline rescue

A murder mystery dinner to benefit Kiski Valley Cat and Kitten Rescue will be Dec. 11 at The Lamplighter Restaurant, 6566 Route 22, Delmont.

Doors open at 5 pm and dinner will be at 6:30 pm Tickets are $55 and include dinner, gratuity, non-alcoholic beverages and the show. There will be a 50/50 and basket and 50/50 raffles. For tickets, call Kathy at 724-777-1220 or Shirley at 724-448-5523.

Annual Christmas for Vets event planned Dec. 5

Five Forces will host its seventh annual Christmas for Veterans event Dec. 10 at the School House Hall, 171 Thorn St., Oklahoma Borough.

Doors open at 5 pm Dinner will be served and there will be entertainment, drinks, raffles, merchandise and prizes. All veterans and current members of the military are welcome. Attendees must show DD214 paperwork, current military ID or proper discharge paperwork. Tickets are free for veterans and current military. Guest tickets are $25 each, plus drinks.

For tickets and information, call Jodie at 412-216-9511 or Mandy at 724-882-9852 or email



Today: Apollo Events Committee will meet at 2 pm in Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Owens Grove. Volunteers are needed for the Christmas event. New members welcome.

Dec. 31: Tickets are on sale for a New Year’s Eve bingo set for 8 pm at Apollo Hose Company No. 2, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 pm Cost: $25 before Dec. 22; $30 at the door, includes hot dog and sauerkraut. Full kitchen will be available. There will be 17 regular games, four early birds, four specials, pull tabs and door prizes. Tickets: Shelby, 724-549-1601 or Gina, 724-594-6187.


Today: A free brunch will be served from noon to 2 pm at The Tomb, 1821 Fifth Ave. Christian fellowship will be at 7:30 pm

Today: St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave. will have a pop-up pierogi sale from 9 to 10:30 am while supplies last at the church. Varieties: potato or sauerkraut, $12 per frozen dozen. Karen’s Cookies will be available. No advance orders required.


Dec. 3: Space reservations are being accepted for a Christmas craft and vendor show planned from 9 am to 2 pm at the Avonmore Senior Center, 458 Railroad St. Cost: $10, includes a table. Reservations: 724-697-4014.


Sunday: Sons of the American Legion will serve an all-you-can-eat community breakfast from 9 am to noon in the American Legion, 845 E. First Ave. Cost: $9; younger than 12, $6.

Sunday: Avon House of Beauty will host a bingo at the Brackenridge American Legion, 845 First Ave. Doors open at 1 pm and early birds begin at 2:30 pm The purchase of prepaid packages is encouraged. Cost: $20 for a small package and $40 for a large package. There will be food, drinks, a basket auction and giveaways. Bring a new unwrapped toy for a child 12 and younger and receive a free jackpot card. Toys, Santa Sack gift card board and toy baskets will benefit Toys for Tots. The facility is handicap accessible. Tickets and information: Deanna. 412-452-6596.

east franklin

Dec. 13: Country and blue grass artists Jeff and Sheri Easter will perform at 6:30 pm at Harvest Church, 143 Reed Road. Cost: $22. Reserved seating available. Tickets:

East Vandergrift

Sunday: Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish will host bingo at 6:30 pm in the social hall, 411 McKinley Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 6: Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish is selling tickets for a St. Nicholas Day raffle. Winning numbers will be the first drawn Pennsylvania Daily Pick 3 numbers at noon and 7 pm on St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6. Winners will each receive $1,000, a $100 gift certificate to The Central Restaurant in Apollo and a $100 gift certificate to Naser Foods in Oklahoma Borough. Cost: $10, includes two numbers. Tickets: Deborah, 724-859-3186, in the parish office and in the church vestibule after Sunday Mass.


Today: The Clothing Closet at First Lutheran Church, 358 Main St., will be open from 9 am to 1 pm All items are 20 cents each. Customers should wear a face mask and bring a bag. Clothing donations welcome.

Today: Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church will have its free takeout monthly Pot Love Dinner at noon at the church, 271 Main St. Reservations required by noon Friday. There is a one dinner per family member limit. Those with reservations will be served first. Line-up will be outside. Everyone is welcome. Reservations: 724-845-1901 or

Monday: 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.

Mondays: First Evangelical Lutheran Church is sponsoring a weekly GriefShare support group for anyone who has lost a loved one at 6 pm Mondays through Dec. 12 in the church social hall, 358 Main St. Participants can join at any session of the program. Details and registration: 724-845-7518 or visit

Dec. 10 and 11: Table reservations are being accepted for a Christmas craft and vendor show planned from 10 am to 4 pm at Leechburg Volunteer Firehall, 268 Canal St. Cost: $30 per day or $50 for both days, includes one table and two chairs. Details: Melissa, 724-332-9090 or

Dec. 17: Holy Innocents Anglican Church, 366 Third St., will have its annual Christmas Bake Sale. Orders are being taken for assorted homemade cookie trays. Cost: large trays, $40; small trays, $30. Order deadline: Nov. 30. Orders: 724-882-2665, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Lower Burrell

Today: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will feature the Memory Lane band from 8 to 11 pm at the post, Wildlife Lodge Road. Members and three guests welcome.

Today: Peoples Library will host a STEM project for children of all ages at 11 am at the library, 3052 Wachter Ave. No reservations required. Details: 724-339-1021.

Sunday: A flag retirement ceremony will be at 2 pm at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1601 Wildlife Lodge Road. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as Lower Burrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 3 will participate. Public welcome.

Monday: Lower Burrell Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will meet at 7 pm in the post banquet room, Wildlife Lodge Road. Plans for holiday events will be discussed. New members should wait.

Dec. 10: The Christmas party for member’s children at the American Legion will be from noon to 2 pm at the post, 1100 Wildlife Lodge Road. Reservations required by Nov. 30. Reservations: at the post.

New Kensington

Today 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.

Sunday: A spaghetti luncheon and handbag raffle will be at 2 pm at Speed ​​Family Blessing Box, 1702 Fifth Ave. Cost: $10; children, $7. Sponsored by Tastefully Blessed Catering.


Today: Oakmont United Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Ave., will have a Christmas bazaar from 10 am to 2 pm at the church. Lunch will be sold from 11 am to 1 pm and there will be a bake sale. Details: 412-828-9499.


Sunday: Parks Township Sportsman’s Club will host a country music jam night from 5 to 8 pm at the club, 1111 Shipman Road. Bring your favorite stringed instrument and sing along. Refreshments available. Public welcome. Details: 724-845-2390.


Today: Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will have a holiday craft and vendor fair from 9 am to 3 pm at River Hall, 313 Salt St. The kitchen will be open and there will be a silent auction. Free admission. Homemade chicken noodle, potato and stuffed pepper soups will be sold for $8 per quart. Soup orders: 412-855-4061. Proceeds will benefit the fire department.


Monday: The Geraldine Yanni Science program for children in fourth through sixth grade at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6 pm at the library, 331 School St. The topic will be, “Who Pooped in the Park?” Space is limited. Registration required. Registration: 724-274-9729.

Nov. 22: The Tuesday Night Book Club at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6:30 pm at the library, 331 School St. The selection will be, “Women in White Coats – How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine,” by Olivia Campbell. New members welcome. Details: 724-274-9729.


Today: The Clothing Closet at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., will be open from 11 am to 1 pm There will also be a dollar breakfast. Details: 724-224-9220.

Sunday and 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

Wednesdays: Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St. will have an Advent Bible study Nov. 30, and Dec. 7 and 14 at the church. A community friendship meal will be served at 6 pm and the Bible study will be afterward. Details: 724-224-9220.

Weekdays: Free food and hygiene items are available at Highlands Family Center, 415 E. Fourth Ave., suite 12. Hours: noon to 8 pm Mondays, 8 am to 4 pm Tuesdays through Fridays. Details: 724-224-9006.

Upper Burrell

Dec. 10: Upper Burrell Senior Citizens Holiday Celebration will be from noon to 3 pm at First Baptist Church banquet hall, 3740 Seventh Street Road. Lunch will be served. Free for township residents 62 and older. Reservations required by Dec. 2. Reservations: 724-335-3517.

Dec. 24: Upper Burrell Volunteer Fire Department and Vigilant Hose Company of Portvue are selling tickets for a $15,000 Christmas Cash Giveaway. Cost: $20 per ticket, includes eight numbers. The winning number will be taken from the 7 pm Dec. 24 Pennsylvania Pick 4 number. Details and tickets:


Tuesday: Vandergrift Public Library will offer a Thanksgiving story time at 5 pm at the library, 128C Washington Ave. There will be a craft for children and a craft for families. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

Dec. 3: Tiny Topaz Cheerleaders will sponsor a holiday cosmic bingo and ugly sweater contest at 7 pm at the Bari Club, 329 Sycamore St. Doors open at 6 pm and there will be a buffet from 6 to 8 pm Cost: $40 or $280 for a table of eight, includes buffet and eight regular games that pay $100 each. There will be specials, a DJ. ugly sweater contest, a basket raffle, cash bar and 50/50. Must be 18 to wait. No outside food or beverages permitted. Tickets:

West Deer

Dec. 10: Deer Lakes Band Boosters are accepting table reservations for its ninth annual craft and vendor show. Details: or

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