The Stroller, July 2, 2020: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley


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New Kensington Salvation Army closes old location

The Salvation Army in New Kensington would like to remind everyone that they no longer own the 1101 Fifth Ave. location and donations should not be left there.

They are moving to a new location and can’t accept donations yet. To donate, please call the Salvation Army truck at 724-335-7221 to schedule a pickup.

Vandergrift Public Library now accepting donations

Vandergrift Public Library is accepting donations of books, DVDs, audio books and puzzles during operating hours 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the library, 128C Washington Ave.

Contributions should not be old, musty or moldy. Used books must be in gift giving condition. No technical books, text books, condensed books or outdated health and technology books will be accepted.

Please do not leave items outside the library when it is closed.



Apollo Area Historical Society Museum has reopened. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The current display features vintage toys.


July 11: Orders are being accepted for a barbeque chicken sale set for 11 a.m. till the food runs out at the Freeport Eagles, 101 Fifth St. Cost: $7.50, includes outdoor grilled chicken and coleslaw. Order deadline: Friday. Orders: 724-295-9979 or on the Eagles’ Facebook page.


July 11: Orders are being accepted by Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department for a drive-through takeout turkey dinner set for 3:30 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road. Cost: $10. Advance orders preferred. Orders: 724-845-7200

Kiski Township

Thursday: Kiski Township Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. at the township municipal building, 1222A Old State Road. Social distancing will be observed. Those attending encouraged to wear a mask.

Lower Burrell

Saturday: The Lower Burrell Farmers Market will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in city hall parking lot, 2800 Bethel St. Face masks are required. Details: 724-339-1452

New Kensington

Saturday and Monday: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays. Face masks are required, and a maximum of 25 people can be in the store at one time. Donations are now being accepted.


The Tarentum municipal building is reopened to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.


July 10: Vandergrift Fire Department No. 1 is taking orders for a Marianna’s hoagie and pizza sale. Hoagies: $8 for a 14-inch hoagie. Varieties: Italian, ham and swiss, turkey, All-American and ham club. Pizzas: $9, for a 12-inch pizza. Varieties: cheese, pepperoni, white and meat supreme. Delivery date: July 21. Delivery available to Vandergrift homes. Orders: 724-681-0228

West Deer

Friday: West Deer Independent Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. at the firehall, 2163 Saxonburg Blvd. to discuss the purchase of a Precision Spartan Fire Truck. Public welcome.

Cancellations and changes


Alle-Kiski Music Day Camp planned for July 26-31 is canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic. Organizers would like to thank those made donations this year.

Ford City

July 15-18: The Family FunFest sponsored by Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership is canceled.

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


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


Aug. 22: The Wine and Food Festival planned at Burtner House is canceled. No decision on the Harvest Festival has been made yet.


July 30 to Aug. 2: The Fort Armstrong Folk Festival is canceled.


Sept. 19: The annual Pink Day festival is canceled.

Leechburg High School Class of 1953 Reunion planned in June is canceled.

Leechburg High School Class of 1960 Reunion planned for August is postponed until Aug. 7, 2021.

New Kensington

Saturday: Knead Community Café will be closed for the Independence Day holiday. The Café will reopen Tuesday.


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.


The annual Springdale Jubilee, parade and fireworks are canceled.

Springdale High School Alumni Association meetings are suspended until further notice. The Monte Carlo night planned for April 25 will be Oct. 3.

Sept. 12: Springdale Volunteer Fire Department has rescheduled the May Cash Bash to be Sept. 12. Current tickets will be honored in September and the Progressive 50/50 will be drawn. Please hold on to your tickets. The fire department thanks you for your understanding and support and urges everyone to stay safe.

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

West Deer

West Deer Farmers Market is canceled this year.

July 31 and Aug. 1: West Deer Community Days are canceled.

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.


Aug. 9: The Festa Italiana is canceled.

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