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The Stroller, March 22, 2022: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Win a week at Rachel Carson’s cottage

The Rachel Carson Homestead Association is holding a raffle to win a week at Carson’s seaside cottage on Southport Island, Maine.

The winner can stay at the cottage the week of July 16 to 23, 2022. The fully furnished cottage has six beds in four bedrooms, two baths, an equipped kitchen, pillow and blankets and an outdoor grill.

Tickets are $100 each and only 100 tickets will be sold. Winner must be at least 18 years old. The public drawing will be March 31 at the homestead in Springdale and online at

For tickets, visit Proceeds will help fund operations at the homestead.

Salvation Army free lunch distribution offered Thursday

The Allegheny Valley Salvation Army and Community Center in Brackenridge offers free grab and go lunches from 11 am to 1 pm Thursdays in parking lot at the center, 917 Brackenridge Ave.

Free grocery items from Walmart and Aldi will be available. Everyone is welcome.



Wednesday: Apollo House Co. No. 2 will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 5:30 pm Details: 724-478-4831.

Thursday: The Yarn Good Time needle arts program 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.


Friday: st. Vladimir Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave., is accepting orders for its weekly pierogi sale. Variety: potato or sauerkraut. Pickup: 12:30 to 4 pm Fridays at the church social hall. Face masks required. Cost: $11 per dozen; 6 for $6. Orders: 724-339-9257, 8 to 10 am Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


March 30: A free story time for preschoolers with Ford City Library will be at 11:30 am at the Outdoor Center at Crooked Creek, 142 Kerry Road. The group will read, “The Sweetest Season” by Elissa Kerr, take a short hike, and enjoy an activity and snack. Reservations required. Reservations:


Wednesday: Al-Anon will meet at 8 pm 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 pm at the American Legion, 845 First Ave.

East Vandergrift

April 1: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish is selling raffle tickets for a half a cow, a 15.5-cubic foot freezer, a $200 gift card to Rukas Beverage, a $100 gift card to Naser’s Foods, and a $100 gift card to Lackey’s Dairy Queen. The winning number will be the 7 pm April 1 Pa. Daily Pick 3 number. Cost: $10 for two numbers. Tickets: Deborah, at 724-859-3186, or after Mass in the church vestibule.


Wednesday: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Cash only. Donations of spring and summer clothing, shoes, bedding and purses welcome. Donations must be laundered and free from pet hair. Details: 724-295-3095.

April 2: Freeport Kiwanis will host a turkey and biscuit dinner from 4 to 7 pm in the social hall of Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St. Dine in or takeout. Cost: $10; younger than 10, $5. This is the dinner that was canceled March 12 because of snow. Proceeds will benefit the club scholarship program.


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

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 pm in First United Methodist Church, 251 Main St.

April 5 and 6: Christ the King Church is taking orders for their home-baked paska Cost: $7.50 with raisins, $7 without raisins, and orders are due March 28. Pick-up will be from noon to 5 pm April 5 and 6. Orders: 412-549-1583 or 724-309-1976.


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.

Saturday: Faith Lutheran Church, 1500 Broadview Blvd., will host a class at 11:30 am to learn the art of Ukrainian egg decorating known as Pysanky. Cost: $25, includes supplies and lunch. Reservation deadline: Thursday. Reservations: Mary Lou, 724-224-4237.

April 3: A super bingo to benefit local veterans in need will be at 2 pm at Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars, 894 Veterans Lane. Doors open at 12:30 pm and lunch will be served at 1 pm Cost: $40, includes package and lunch. Non-smoking venue. Tickets: Lorraine, 412-537-5954 or 724-904-7649, or at the post.

May 21: Harrison Township Recreation board is seeking owners of commercial and non-commercial vehicles to participate in its third annual touch-a-truck event planned at Highlands High School, Natrona Heights. Details: Natalie Cale, 724-448-6588 or


Wednesday: Jefferson Grange will have a luncheon card party at the Grange Hall, 211 Bull Creek Road. Lunch will be served at noon and the card party will be afterward. New players welcome.

Kiski Township

April 15: Kiski Township Volunteer Fire Company is accepting orders for pies and nut logs from The Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown. Varieties: chocolate meringue, coconut meringue, lemon meringue, apple, Dutch apple, blackberry, wild blueberry, razzleberry, cherry, peach, raisin pies, all $10; and pecan pies, and nut logs, both $12.50. Paid order deadline: April 3. Pick-up: April 15. Orders: Morgan, 724-466-2812.

April 30: Apollo Kiski Little League is accepting space reservations from vendors for Opening Day festivities. Cost: $20 per space. Details: Jen Lang, 724-448-3691.


Wednesday: The Open Teen Forum will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St.

May 7: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is accepting vendor applications for an outdoor craft show. Cost: $25 for a 12 x 12-foot space. No electricity available. Bring your own table, chairs and tent. Details: Melissa, 724-332-9090.

Lower Burrell

April 5 to 8: st. Margaret Mary Church is taking orders for its annual Easter nut and apricot roll sale through March 28. Payment is due at pickup. Cost: $13. Pickup is from 10 am to 7 pm April 5 to 7 and 10 am to 2 pm April 8 at the church, 3055 Leechburg Road. Orders containing apricot rolls must be picked April 7 or 8. Orders:, Toni, 724-339-0839; or the parish office, 724-335-2336.

New Kensington

Thursday: 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.

Thursday: Knead Community Café in New Kensington will hand 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 Hilda Maxwell . Those picking up meals should observe social distancing while waiting in line.

April 5: st. John Orthodox Church, 150 Elmtree Road, is accepting orders for an Easter pierogi sale. Varieties: potato and cheese, sauerkraut, cottage cheese and cottage cheese with sugar, $10 per dozen. Pickup: 1 to 5 pm April 5 in the church hall. Order deadline: Friday. Orders: 724-226-0942 or

April 6: st. George Orthodox Church is accepting orders for a sweet sale. Menu: baklawa, $14 per section, and sambosic, $2.50 each. Order deadline: March 31. Pickup: noon to 2 pm April 6 at the church office, 1150 Leishman Ave. Orders: 724-337-3918.

May 14: Vendor applications are being accepted by Knead Community Café for an outdoor Mother Nature’s Garden Market at the café. Items must be natural of plant-based products or garden related. No hot food vendors. Rain or shine. Details and applications:


April 9: Plum Community Library, 445 Center New Texas Road, is accepting donations for its spring book sale. Books in good condition can be dropped off March 29 to April 6. No textbooks, encyclopedias or VHS tapes. Donations limit: two boxes. Details: 412-798-7323.

Fridays: Plum Community Center will offer free instruction about technology devices from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Fridays through April 1 by appointment at the center, 499 Center New Texas Road. Appointments: 412-795-2330.


Thursday: 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.

March 28: The Geraldine Yanni Science program at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6 pm at the library, 331 School St. The project will be a robot hand. Children in fourth through sixth grades welcome. Space is limited. Registration and masks required. Registration: 724-274-9729.

April 13: Springdale Free Public Library is accepting orders for baked goods from The Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown. Varieties: chocolate meringue, coconut meringue, lemon meringue, apple, Dutch apple, blackberry, wild blueberry, razzleberry, cherry, peach and raisin pies, pumpkin rolls, all $10; pecan pies and nut logs, $12.50. Paid order deadline: April 1. Pick-up: after noon April 13. Orders: 724-274-9729.


Today: 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

Wednesday: The Elks will host bingo at 7 pm 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

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


Today: 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. All skill levels welcome. No reservations required. Details: 724-568-2212.

Wednesday: Vandergrift Public Library will host a meet-up for home-schooled students at 12:30 pm at the library, 128C Washington Ave. The theme will be, “Creative in Space.” Create a nebula in a jar and explore exploding space rocks. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

Washington Township

Wednesday: Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 6 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church, 656 Route 380. No reservations required.

Thursday and Friday: Union Presbyterian Church, 656 Route 380, will have a rummage sale from 9 am to 6 pm Thursday and 9 to 1 pm Friday at the church. Donations will be accepted. No furniture, jewelry or antiques please. Food will be sold.

West Deer

Saturday: Donations and sponsorships are being accepted by Change For Cancer for a spaghetti dinner planned from 11 am to 7 pm at West Deer American Legion to benefit cancer patient Pete LaCava. Items needed include pasta, spaghetti sauce, bread, rolls, large bags of lettuce, desserts, sugar, bottled water, canned pop, lemonade mix, paper products and gift cards and gift baskets for an auction. Details: 724-994-7646 or

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