The Stroller, July 14, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Astronomers plan weekend Star Parties

Amateur Astronomers of Pittsburgh will host Star Parties at 8:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory, 225 Kurn Road, in Deer Lakes Regional Park, Frazer, weather permitting.

Amateur astronomers, students and the general public are welcome. Bring binoculars, a blanket and camping chair. If you obtained a telescope recently and don’t know how to use it, you are invited to bring it. Members of the group will help you. Please use parking lights only when you drive through the park gate.

Donations will be accepted. For information, visit or call 724-224-2510.

Remembrance Tree planned in Tarentum park

Tarentum Recreation Board is sponsoring a Remembrance Tree that will be placed on the side of Snack Shack facing the street in Riverview Memorial Park.

Tree leaves and rocks will be engraved with your loved one’s memory and the tree will be encased for safety.

Metal leaves measuring 1 ¾ x 3 1/2 inches can be purchased for $40 and contain three lines of 23 characters and spaces. Rocks are 3 x 5 ¼ inches and cost $125. They also hold three lines of 23 characters and spaces. Rock availability will be limited.

For details, call 724-448-1470 or email



Today: The Wheel Good Wednesday food truck event sponsored by the Apollo Events Committee and Apollo Area Historical Society will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the old Stanford lot on Clifford Avenue. Food truck vendors who would like to participate at a future event should email [email protected].

Today: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Prize amounts have been raised and there will be a $1,000 must-go jackpot. Details: 724-478-4831

Aug. 2 to 6: Bible Presbyterian Church, 214 Railroad Ave., will host vacation Bible school from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the church for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-478-3556 or 724-697-4148


Today: 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.

Thursday: Bingo will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion, 845 First Ave.


July 26 to 30: Center United Methodist Church, 1575 Donnellville Road, will have vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:15 p.m. for children age 4 through those who have completed fifth grade. Theme: Knights of North Castle. Registration required. Parents must accompany their child to and from the sign-in/sign-out table each day. Registration: 724-226-2300 or email [email protected]


Today and Saturday: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Cash only. Donations must be laundered and free from pet hair. Details: 724-295-3095

Thursday: Freeport’s Food Truckin’ will be from 4 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Laube Hall. Vendor fees are $25 for the first week and $50 for each additional week and will benefit Restore Freeport Community Park. Details: Jackie, 724-234-9373


Thursday: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at 7:15 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road.


Today: The free summer children’s playground program sponsored by Natrona Comes Together Association will present the Arts and Crafts Time with Allison at 12:30 p.m. at the Natrona pavilion, 10 River Ave. Funding for programs provided by PNC Charitable Trusts. Details: Pat, 724-224-7599

Today: The Agape Thrift Shop at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Masks required.

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

Friday: The free summer children’s playground program sponsored by Natrona Comes Together Association will present, “Build It, Break It,” with the Carnegie Science Center at 12:30 p.m. at the Natrona pavilion, 10 River Ave. Funding for programs provided by PNC Charitable Trusts. Details: Pat, 724-224-7599

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

Kiski Township

Today: Kiski Township Supervisors will hold the regular meeting at 6 p.m. at the township building, 1222 Old State Road. Details: 724-478-2737

Thursday: Kiski Township Sewage Authority will meet at 6 p.m. in the township building, 1222 Old State Road. Details: 724-478-2737


Today and Saturday: Leechburg Area Museum, 118 First St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Details: [email protected]

Thursday: 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 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 251 Main St. Face masks and social distancing required.

Thursday: The free genealogy group at Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum, 118 First St. Basic computer skills and face masks required. and are available. Sanitizing stations will be available. Details: Judy, 724-681-9154

Aug. 10 to 12: Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church, 271 Main St., will have vacation Bible school from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 at the church and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Leechburg Pool in Gilpin. Children ages 3 through those going into sixth grade welcome. Registration required. Registration: the VBS tab at or 724-845-1901

Aug. 7: Vendor applications are being accepted by Leechburg Area Community Association for a vendor sale set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the gazebo at Leechburg Riverfront Park. Cost: $30 per 10 x 10-foot space. Bring your own table, chairs and/or tent. Reservations: [email protected]

New Kensington

Thursday: New Kensington Eagles Auxiliary Bingo will be at 7 p.m. at the aerie, 2134 Freeport Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open with new selections. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are required except when eating. Public welcome. Details: 724-448-7403

Thursday: Knead Community Café in New Kensington will hand out free grab-and-go dinners from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the café, 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals were donated in memory of Bill and Mary Walsh. Those picking up meals are reminded to observe social distancing while waiting in line.

Friday: The River Community Church, New Kensington, will host a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 200 Freeport Road. Vendor applications are being accepted for future markets. Details: Nicky, 724-337-4837 or [email protected]

July 29: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is accepting orders for a Fat Cat’s Subs hoagie sale. Varieties: Italian, turkey or ham and cheese, $9. Pickup: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. July 29 at Fat Cat’s Subs, 832 Fifth Ave. Pay at pickup. Cash or checks only. Order deadline: 9 a.m. July 23. Orders: [email protected]

Oct. 9: Tables reservations are being accepted for a crafter and vendor show at East Ken Community Center, 1785 Seventh St. Cost: $10. Details: Marie, 724-472-5106


Thursday: Parks Township Sportmen’s Club will have its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the club, 1111 Shipman Road. New members welcome. Details: 724-845-2390 from 9 a.m. to noon.


Thursday: Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at the firehall, 415 Old Abers Creek Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. Face masks required. Details: under the weekly bingo tab.


Thursday: Free organ concerts will be at 6 and 7 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 310 W. Main St. as part of the Mingle on Main event. Organist Ellen Dodge will play selections from J. S. Bach to Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Monday: The Geraldine Yanni Summer Science Club for children in third through sixth grade at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. The theme for each night will be STEM. Space is limited. Registration required. Registration: 724-274-9729

July 21: Springdale Free Public Library will offer a adult crafting class to make marble sun catchers at 1 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. Wire and marbles provided; bring needle nose pliers and a plastic lid from a butter dish or something similar. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729


Today: The Tarentum Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upper parking lot of First United Presbyterian Church, 913 Lock St.

Today: BridgePoint Church, 400 E. Ninth Ave., will offer Stop, Drop and Read for children from at the church. There will be free kids meals from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and storytime and crafts at 12:30 p.m.

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

Thursday: The Tarentum Night Market will be until 8 p.m. in downtown Tarentum. Businesses will be open and there will be special events. Details:


Monday: An American Red Cross Blood community blood drive will be from noon to 6 p.m. in the banquet room of the Masons, 113 Washington Ave. Appointments: 800-733-2767 or visit and use sponsor code Vandergrift

Thursday: The Farmers Market will be open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Avenue parking lot. Details:

Through July 31: Vandergrift Public Library, 128C Washington Ave., is having a book sale during library hours. Cost: $3 per Giant Eagle-sized bag available at the library. DVDs, audio books and puzzles available separately.

Aug. 31: Vandergrift Public Library is raffling a patriotic quilt made and donated by library patron Jane Strohm to benefit the library. Cost: $1 each or $5 for an arm’s length. The drawing will be Aug. 31. Tickets: stop in at the library, 128C Washington Ave. Details: 724-568-2212

Washington Township

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

West Deer

Friday: West Deer Parks and Recreation committee will host a free movie in the park in the Bairdford Park pavilion. Popcorn and water will be served. Bring a chair or blanket. Reservations required. Reservations: Jodi French, 724-265-3680 or [email protected]