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The Stroller, Aug. 19, 2020: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Children charity Christopher’s Light accepting donations

Children’s charity Christopher’s Light is collecting donations of back to school supplies, gently used clothing and personal care items from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays at its location at 202 Point St., Saltsburg.

Donations can also be dropped off at the Vandergrift Veterans of Foreign Wars, 141-143 Sumner Ave.

Christopher’s Light serves children in need who live in Armstrong, Westmoreland and Indiana counties. Items needed include hygiene products, school supplies and infant and children’s clothing. To send a monetary donation, send your check made out to Christopher’s Light to P.O. Box 94, Apollo PA 15613.

Volunteers are needed to distribute clothing, do building maintenance and work fundraisers. To offer your time, email Ksuemmck@gmail.com or text 724-980-2840.

Those in need can register at Christopherslight.com or by calling 724-980-2840.

Vendor show to benefit Officer Kotecki Scholarship Fund

The annual K9 Officer Derek Kotecki vendor show will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hill Crest Country Club, 3411 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell.

There will be food trucks outside and many vendors inside. Proceeds benefit the Officer Kotecki Scholarship Fund.

Free movie in the park set for Kunkle Park

A free screening of the movie, “Scoob!” rated PG, will be at dusk Friday in Kunkle Park, Washington Township.

Bring chairs, blankets and snacks. The Kona Ice truck will be on site.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Scout Pack 500 in cooperation with Washington Township Supervisors. Rain date is Saturday.

Brackenridge police advise residents to lock cars after series of thefts

Brackenridge police Chief Justin McIntire is advising residents to lock their cars after a series of thefts from unsecured vehicles in the borough.

McIntire said cars were entered on Roup, Parkside and Union; one was in a garage. A pocketknife and change were among the items taken.

A suspect captured on a surveillance camera was described as a white male in his late teens or early 20s wearing khaki shorts and carrying a book bag. McIntire said residents should report anything suspicious to police immediately.

Fundraiser set Saturday to benefit leukemia patient

Janette L. Gamble Funeral Home, 2842 River Road, Parks, will host a fundraiser beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday to benefit acute myeloid leukemia patient Chrystal Dawn Fry, owner of Picture Perfect Hair Studio in Parks.

There will be food trucks, silent auction and vendors. A bike run will begin at the Apollo Eagles, 415 N. Warren Ave., Apollo, and proceed to the funeral home. Registration will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the Eagles and kick stands up will be at 11 a.m. Cost is $10 per bike; $5 per passenger.

Audubon Society offers nature camp at Beechwood Farms

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will host a nature camp, “Native Pollinators,” at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Fox Chapel.

The program will be broadcast live online for those who prefer to participate remotely on Zoom.us. Onsite campers must wear a mask, indoors and outdoors.

Participants will learn about out native pollinators and how to help them, including a primer on Bumble Bee Watch, a citizen science program designed to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees in your own yard.

Registration is required. Cost to attend is waived due to the support of the Pittsburgh Foundation.

To register, visit aswp.org or call 412-963-6100.



Friday: Apollo Hose Co. No. 3 is accepting orders for a takeout chicken wing sale set for 6 to 9 p.m. or until sold out. Pickup will be at the front entrance. Wings and change will be brought to your vehicle. Cost: $18 per dozen; $10 for a half dozen. Orders: 724-478-3001 or 724-575-2311 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and after 5 p.m. Friday.

Sunday: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 is accepting orders for a takeout spaghetti dinner set for noon to 5 p.m. Menu: spaghetti with meat sauce, salad with ranch or Italian dressing and Italian bread and butter. Buttered noodles available by request. Cost: $10; children, $5; younger than 3, free; canned pop, $1. Orders: instant message the company Facebook page or call 724-478-4831 after 9:30 a.m. the day of the event.

Sept. 9: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 is accepting orders for a Sprankle’s Hoagie sale. Paid orders are due by Aug. 30 and pickup will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Varieties: baked ham, turkey, roast beef, deli, veggie, all for $7.50; deluxe Italian, $8. Orders: private message on the company Facebook page.

Sept. 12: St. James the Greater Church, 109 Owens View Drive, is accepting applications from vendors for an outdoor flea market and vendor fair. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flea market donations will be accepted until Sept. 8. Registration and questions: Linda Grimm, 724-882-8776


Sept. 5: Homemade doughnuts will be sold from 6 to 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1721 Victoria Ave. Orders: 724-339-4830

Buffalo Township

Aug. 27: Zion United Methodist Church, 438 Bear Creek Road, will host a Vitalant community blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at the church family life center. Appointments recommended. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit the Donate Blood button at Vitalant.org and use group code C664


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. Cash only. Donations must be laundered. Details: 724-295-2476

Thursday: Freeport Council will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 414 Market St., to consider demolition of the structure at 214 Second St. The regular council meeting will be afterward. Details: 724-295-2251


Thursday: 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


Sept. 18: St. Joseph High School is conducting a $20,000 Super Raffle. Cost: $100 per ticket. Prizes include a $20,000 grand prize, three $1,000 runner-up prizes. Winner need not be present. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets: 724-224-5552 or SaintJosephhs.com. Proceeds help to keep tuition affordable for students at the school.

Kiski Township

Friday and Saturday: New Beginnings United Methodist Church will have an outdoor rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the church pavilion, 1559 Route 56. Social distancing will be observed. Food will be sold.

Sept. 26: Kiski Township Fire Department will host a scrapbook day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the firehall, 1037 Route 56. Cost: $25, includes lunch and dinner. Paid reservation deadline: Sept. 1. Reservations: 412-601-1782


Today: The free genealogy group at Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the museum, 118 First St. All experience levels welcome. Ancestry.com and Newspaper.com are available. Details: Judy, 724-681-9154

New Kensington

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 kneadcommunitycafe.org/events

North Apollo  

Aug. 29: North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department is looking for donations of baskets for a silent auction planned at the Food Truck Rally. Baskets will also be posted online on the department Facebook page. Drawings will be in the evening of Aug. 29. Baskets can be dropped off at the fire hall, or to Kim or Allison. Deadline is today. Questions: Kim, 724-840-8746 or Allison, 724-472-5346


Aug. 29: Redeemer Lutheran Church will host a Vitalant community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 1261 Pennsylvania Ave. Appointments are recommended. All donors will be tested for antibodies to covid-19 for free. Appointments: Kaylee, 724-822-0382, email kaylanhagey@gmail.com or visit the Donate Blood button at Vitalant.org and use group code C5300082

Parks Township

Thursday: Parks Township Sportsman Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the club, 1111 Shipman Road. Details: 724-845-2390, from 9 a.m. to noon.


Friday: Glenshaw Century Club is accepting orders for a takeout chicken dinner set for 3 to 7 p.m. at Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church, 1520 Butler Plank Road. Menu: marinated grilled boneless chicken breast, rice pilaf, six-bean salad, tossed salad with homemade Italian vinaigrette, roll and butter and a brownie, $15, cash only. Payment is due at time of pickup. Orders: Edie, 412-487-7194 or glenshawcenturyclubinc.@gmail.com. Include name, telephone number, number of dinners and requested pickup time. Order deadline: noon today. Proceeds will benefit the Century Club Scholarship Fund.


Sept. 13: Springdale Recreation Committee is accepting orders for a pepperoni roll sale. Pick up will be Sept. 13 at the borough office. Cost: $12 for a six-pack of rolls. Orders: 724-274-6800 or stop in at the borough office


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 weekly 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.


Today: First United Methodist Church, 134 Custer St., will serve a grab-and-go Dollar Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. Menu: hot dogs, chips, cookie and drink. Curbside pickup available.

Fridays and Saturdays: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will sell takeout food from 4 to 8 p.m. at the post, 141 Sumner Ave. Menu: visit the post Facebook page. Orders: 724-568-1427, after 2 p.m.

West Deer

Thursday: West Deer Township will host a Vitalant community blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 109 East Union Road. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. All donors will be tested for antibodies to covid-19 for free. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit the Donate Blood button at Vitalant.org and use group code C5300094


Cancellations and changes

Allegheny Township

Aug. 14 to 30: Performances of the play, “Baboon,” at the Freeport Theatre Festival are postponed.

Sept. 6 and 7: The annual Labor United Celebration planned for Northmoreland Park is canceled.


August: The monthly dinner at Calvary Lutheran Church is canceled.

Armstrong County

The annual Armstrong County Senior Expo at Kittanning Township Volunteer Fire Department is canceled.


Aug. 28: The Butler High School Class of 1970 reunion is canceled and rescheduled to be the weekend of Aug. 28, 2121, at Butler Country Club. There are plans for a neighborhood night and golf outing.

Ford City

Aug. 29: The Armstrong County Labor Day Parade and Ethnic Feastival are canceled.


September: The annual September By the River festival is canceled.

October: The Freeport Halloween carnival is canceled. 


All activities at Burtner House are canceled through the end of the year.


Sept. 19: The annual Pink Day 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.


Sept. 12 and 13: The Saxonburg Festival of the Arts is canceled.

The weekly Mingle on Main events are canceled. Refunds will be sent to vendors who signed up.


Oct. 3: The Monte Carlo Night planned by Springdale High School Alumni Association is canceled. Association meetings are suspended until further notice.

Sept. 12: Springdale Volunteer Fire Department has canceled the Cash Bash. The 50/50 Progressive Raffle tickets dated May 9, 2020 will be drawn on Sept. 12. The fire company thanks everyone for their continued support during this trying time.

Sept. 13: The craft and vendor fair is canceled.


Aug. 30: The Age of Aquarius show at the Casino Theatre is canceled. Ticket refunds: Janice, 724-681-6667 or jlo129@live.com

Washington Township

Sept. 19: The annual Moonlight Bingo at Washington Township Volunteer Firehall is canceled.

West Deer

Aug. 28: The West Deer Police Benefit Golf Scramble that was to be May 1 is rescheduled to be Aug. 28 at Pittsburgh North Golf Course, Richland Township. Cost: $85 per golfer. Registration form: click here.

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