The Stroller, July 20, 2020: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley


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Food Truck event planned Wednesday in Apollo

The Wheel Good Wednesday food truck event sponsored by the Apollo Events Committee and Apollo Area Historical Society will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the old Stanford lot on Clifford Avenue.

This week’s lineup includes Main Squeeze Juice and Vagabond Tacos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Frank’s Red Rocket, Hot Ash Pizza, Ash & Kris Kitchen, Wok on Wheels, Kona Ice and Rollin Up Ice Cream from 4 to 8 p.m.

Food truck vendors who would like to participate at a future event can email

Alzheimer’s Foundation offers free helpline

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is expanding the hours of its helpline to be from 9 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Families affected by dementia-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, individuals living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, professional caregivers and anyone who has questions about brain health can connect with a licensed social worker through the AFA hotline.

To connect to the helpline, call 866-232-8484, visit and click on the blue and white chat icon, or send a text to 646-586-5283. Web chat and text message features can serve people in over 90 languages.

Knead Community Café seeking donations and sponsorships

Knead Community Café in New Kensington offers free grab-and-go meals on Thursdays to members of the community, regardless of ability to pay.

About 230 meals are served weekly at a cost of $2.50 per meal. Full meal sponsorships are available at $450 per week. Smaller donations are always welcome.

Any business, organization, church or individual interested in supporting the mission of the café should contact Marcie at 878-302-3270.

Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank open Wednesday

The Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank will be open to anyone in need from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, Harrison.

Food will be bagged in advance and placed into vehicles. To make a donation, send a check to AVAC, 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065-1524.


Allegheny Township/Harrison/New Kensington

July 31: Valley Points Family YMCA is sponsoring a Christmas in July raffle for complete one roll each of $20, $10 and $5 scratch-off tickets. Cost: $10 per chance. The winning number will be taken from the July 31 evening Pa. Pick-3 Lottery. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA Financial Assistance Program. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets: stop in at any of the YMCA branches or visit


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.


Aug. 1: Pioneer Hose Company will conduct the drawings for its gun bash live at noon on the company Facebook page. Winners will be notified. Tickets are still available. Tickets: send a message on the Facebook page.


Wednesday: 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


July 30: Valley Points Family YMCA will host an American Cross Blood Drive from noon to 5 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Allegheny Valley branch, 5021 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Appointment: 1-800-733-2767 or visit

Lower Burrell  

Aug. 1: A parking lot treasures sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church of God, 273 Chester Dr. Spaces: $5. Space reservations: 724-335-4422 or

New Kensington

Today: New Kensington Council will conduct the regular meeting at 7 p.m. online at The meeting ID is 750 212 0247 and the password is 5T9MV5. Audio only: 929-205-6099, password 579972. Questions: 724-337-4523 or

Saturday: Table reservations are being accepted for a Christmas in July craft and vendor fair set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Knead Community Café, 1011 Barnes St. Masks required. Details: Marcie, 878-302-3270

Aug. 1: St. John Orthodox Church, 150 Elmtree Road, is taking orders for a pierogi sale. Pick-up will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 at the church Slavic food festival. Varieties include potato and cheddar, sauerkraut, and cottage cheese. Cost: $9 per dozen. Advance orders encouraged. Orders: 724-226-0942 or

North Apollo

Aug. 29: North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department is taking reservations from food trucks for a rally planned for 4 to 9 p.m. at the fire hall, 311 16th St. Reservations:


Cancellations and changes


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. 


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


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

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

Leechburg Area School District

Wednesday: The Leechburg Area School Board meeting 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 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..

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.

West Leechburg

Saturday: The Shamrock Shuffle 5K and Small Town Loud Voice events to be hosted by Semper Gratus are canceled. For refund information, visit


Aug. 9: The Festa Italiana is canceled.

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