The Stroller, July 22, 2020: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley


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Toy collection scheduled for Toys for Tots

Lower Valley Ambulance on behalf of USMC Toys for Tots will host a toy drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 1 in the parking lot between Giant Eagle Express and Target, 2611 Freeport Road, Harmar.

New, unwrapped gifts will be accepted to benefit children in need this upcoming holiday season.

Bike run planned Aug. 22 by Ashley’s Angels

Ashley’s Angels will sponsor a motorcycle run and after-dinner Aug. 22 at the New Kensington Eagles, 2134 Freeport Road.

Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. and kickstands up will be at 11 a.m. Cost is $20 per rider; $10 per passenger; and includes dinner at 4 p.m. Tickets for the dinner only are $15.

There will be an open cash bar, music, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle and 10-minute chair massages will be sold for $1 per minute.

Proceeds will benefit Ashley’s Angels charity that raises money to help families who have lost a member to the opioid epidemic.

For details, call Jeanna at 724-212-7621, Renee at 724-889-7833 or Karlee at 814-248-6311.

TryLife Center offering free diapers

TryLife Center in Lower Burrell is offering a bonus pack of diapers to every client who makes an appointment for today through July 30 and arrives on time.

The offer is valid for one visit per client during the promotion. Appointments are required.

For an appointment, and for information about becoming a client, call the center at 724-339-9399 from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays or click here.

Harrison Hills Park plans program about composting

Friends of Harrison Hills Park will offer a free program, “Compost Critters,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at the park Environmental Learning Center, Natrona Heights.

Participants will learn how to improve their garden soil and make a wonderful habitat for wildlife.

Registration is required. To register, click here.

Christopher’s Light charity accepting donations

Childrens charity Christopher’s Light is collecting donations of back to school supplies, gently used clothing and personal care items from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays at its location at 202 Point St., Saltsburg.

Christopher’s Light serves children in need who live in Armstrong, Westmoreland and Indiana counties. Items needed include backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, facial tissues, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen and toothpaste. For alternate drop off sites, text 724-980-2840.

Anyone who can donate their time to deliver items to families in need or sort and prepare items at the Saltsburg building should send a message at the group’s Facebook page.

To send a monetary donation, send your check made out to Christopher’s Light to P.O. Box 94, Apollo PA 15613.

Those in need can register at or by calling 724-980-2840.


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


Thursday: Apollo Council will conduct the regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Hall, Park Avenue. Details: 724-478-4201

Friday: Apollo Hose Co. No. 3 is accepting orders for a takeout chicken wing sale set for 6 to 9 p.m. or until sold out. Pickup will be at the front entrance. Wings and change will be brought to your vehicle. Cost: $18 per dozen; $10 for a half dozen. Orders: 724-478-3001 or 724-575-2311 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.


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.


Today: 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


Wednesday: The free genealogy group at Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the museum, 118 First St. All experience levels welcome. and are available. Details: Judy, 724-681-9154

Lower Burrell  

Saturday: A Food Truck Roundup will be hosted from 1 to 6 p.m. by Lower Burrell Volunteer Company No. 3 at the firehall, 3255 Leechburg Road. Free parking will be available across the street at Bon Air Elementary School. There will be a silent auction, small games of chance, public safety demonstrations and a touch-a-truck display.

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

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:


Fridays and Saturdays: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will sell takeout food with curbside pickup from 4 to 8 p.m. at the post, 141 Sumner Ave. Menu: dozen seasoned wings with large fries, $20; shrimp with fries, $8; four chicken planks with fries, $5 and pizza. Finger foods all $4: mushrooms, cheese sticks, pizza logs, breaded cauliflower, fries, cheese balls, jalapeno poppers, broccoli cheddar bites, onion rings and breaded zucchini. Orders: 724-568-1427

West Deer

Thursday: West Deer Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. online at For access information, click here.


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

Today: 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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