The stroller, November 22, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski valley


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Gingerbread houses wanted to complement the holiday train display

The New Kensington Recreation Committee will be setting up a model train holiday exhibit inside Modfinish, 1013 Fifth Ave., New Kensington.

Residents young and old are invited to make a gingerbread house to use in the exhibit. Baking structures can be brought to Modfinish from 10 a.m. to noon on November 27. The houses will not be returned.

Wanted toy donations for Christopher’s Light children’s charity

Christopher’s Light children’s charity collects toys for distribution to children in the area.

Toys are needed for ages 0-12. Donations are accepted at the Apollo Memorial Library, Sweetlane Chocolate Factory and Foreign War Veterans, Vandergrift, NovaCare in Ford City, and Christopher’s Light in Saltsburg.

To donate cash, send a check payable to Christopher’s Light at PO Box. 94, Apollo PA 15613 or visit For more details, call or text 724-448-1349.

Christopher’s Light is a non-profit organization that provides clothing, support and educational services to children in Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong counties.



Wednesday: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 will be having a bingo at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Station, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The prizes have been collected and there will be a $ 1,000 jackpot. Do not miss. Details: 724-478-4831.

Wednesday and Saturday: The Apollo Area Historical Society will be open from 11 am to 2 pm in the WCTU building, 317 N. Second St. The current exhibit is an exhibit of vintage toys.


Friday: St. Vladimir’s Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave., accepts orders for its weekly pierogi sale. Varieties: potato and sauerkraut. Pick-up: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays at the church social hall. Masks required. Cost: $ 11 per dozen; 6 for $ 6. Orders: 724 339-9257, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


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

Township of Buffalo

1st December : The GFWC Saxonburg District Women’s Club will be holding their annual December banquet at 6 pm at Smokin ‘Toads, 110 S. Pike Road. Social time will be at 5:30 p.m. Reservations required today.

Vandergrift is

December 6: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish sponsors a Saint Nicholas Day raffle. The winning numbers will be those of noon and 7 p.m. December 6 Pa. Lottery Daily Pick 3 issues. The lunchtime winner receives $ 1,000 and a $ 100 gift certificate to Pounds Turkey Farm. The 7 pm winner receives $ 1,300 and a $ 100 gift certificate to Pounds Turkey Farm. Cost: $ 10, for two issues. Tickets: Deborah, 724-859-3186, church office or after Sunday mass in the church lobby.

Free port

Wednesdays : The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. In cash only. Donations of clothing, winter coats, shoes, bedding and handbags are welcome. Donations should be washed and free of animal hair. Details: 724-295-3095.


Today: The Yarn Friends group of the Allegheny Valley Community Library will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. New members of all skill levels and ages are welcome. The group is working on blankets for the Linus project. Registration required. Registration and list of supplies: or 724-226-3491.

Tuesday: The Allegheny Valley Community Library will be offering a seminar, “Creating Effective Cover Letters,” at 6:00 PM at the Library, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. Find out how to get employers to take notice of your application. Sample resumes and cover letters will be provided. Reservations required. Reservations:

Free port

In progress: The Freeport Area Library is accepting donations of new and lightly used household items, books, games, puzzles, holiday decorations and DVDs for its next sale. Hours: 10 am to 6 pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Details: 724-295-3616.


Wednesday: The Agape thrift store at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Masks required. Clean fall and winter clothing of all sizes is required. Bring donations on Wednesdays or leave them on the porch. Do not put donations in the blue bins behind the church.

Wednesday: The Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank will be open to anyone in need from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Stop in the central parking lot and the food will be placed in your vehicle. Those who have not yet registered should come from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Today: The Leechburg Area Historical Museum and Society, 118 First St., is closed for the winter. To arrange a private tour, email [email protected] or call 724-845-8914 and leave a message.

Today: The Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting a bingo at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station, 268 Canal Street. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open.

Wednesdays : The Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St., offers a free Senior Stretch Chair class at 10:30 am. Details: 724-236-0080.

December 11 and 12: The Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is looking for artisans and vendors for a 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Craft Show at the Fire Hall, 268 Canal Street. Cost: $ 30 for an 8 foot table with two chairs for one day; or $ 50 for both days. Details: Melissa, 724-332-9090 or [email protected] or Shay, 724-596-2858.

December 18: The Holy Innocents Anglican Church, 366 Third St., will hold its annual Christmas bake sale. Orders are taken for an assortment of homemade cookie trays. Cost: large platters, $ 40; small trays, $ 30. Order deadline: November 30. Orders: 724-882-2665, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday.


Wednesday: The Crooked Creek Outdoor Discovery Center will sponsor a free hike and craft event for nature grateful kids at 10 a.m. at the center, 142 Kerr Road. There will be an easy to moderate level hike, then the group will go inside for some hot apple cider, a story, a fall craft and science lesson. Please bring non-perishable food for the local food bank. Reservations required. Reservations:

New Kensington

Today: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers clothing for all family members, uniforms for students at Mary Queen of Apostles School, shoes, bags to hand, household items, sheets and blankets. Visit the new home store. New customers receive 15 free items. Donations accepted during opening hours only. Try your luck for free at a monthly basket raffle.

November 30: Adoption fees will be waived for veterans until the end of the month at Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 730 Church St. Details:

1st December : Peoples Library will host an online chat with author and Valley News Dispatch correspondent George Guido at 7 p.m. on Guido will talk about his book “Neighborhoods of the Alle-Kiski Valley”. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-339-1021, ext. 10 and provide your name, phone number and email address, or visit Peoples Library on Facebook.

December 7: The Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist accepts orders for a pierogi sale. Varieties: potato and cheese, sauerkraut, cottage cheese and cottage cheese with sugar, $ 10 per dozen frozen. Pickup: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. December 7 at Church, 150 Elmtree Road. Order deadline: November 26. Orders: 724-226-0942 or [email protected]


Wednesday: Christopher’s Light sells tickets for a lottery ticket raffle. The winner will receive $ 100 in Pa. Lottery scratch tickets and $ 150 in cash. Cost: $ 5 for four chances. The winning number will be 7 pm Wednesday Pa. Pick 3. Christopher’s Light is a non-profit organization that provides clothing, support and educational services to children in Westmoreland, Indiana and Armstrong counties. Tickets: 724-448-1349.


Tuesday: The Springdale Free Public Library Tuesday Night Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Library, 331 School Street. The selection will be “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. Copies are available at the library. New members welcome. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.

1st December : The Springdale Free Public Library will be offering a program on essential oils and herbal medicine at 6 pm at the library, 331 School St. Peter C. Durny will be the speaker. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.


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

Wednesday: BridgePoint Church will be offering “Stop, Drop and Read” from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the church children’s library, 400 E. Ninth Ave. Free take-out meals for children will be distributed.

Wednesday: The Elks will host the bingo at 7 p.m. at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. The kitchen is open to the public from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Menu: Orders: 724-226-1644 at 8:15 p.m.

High Burrell

December 24: The Upper Burrell Volunteer Fire Company and the Vigilant Hose Company of Port Vue are sponsoring a $ 15,000 raffle. The winning number will be number 4 in the Pennsylvania December 24 Lottery. Cost: $ 20 for eight issues. Tickets: send a private message to the company’s Facebook page.


Tuesday: The YoYos Needles Art group at Vandergrift Public Library will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Library’s Reading Room, 128C. Washington Ave. Please note the new date and time. All skill levels are welcome. No reservations required. Details: 724-568-2212.

November 30: The Vandergrift Public Library, 128C Washington Ave., is having a fall book sale through the end of November at the library. Cost: books, $ 3 for a Giant Eagle bag; puzzles, $ 1. Details: 724-568-2212.


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