The Stroller, July 27, 2020: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley


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TryLife Center accepting donations

The TryLife Center in Lower Burrell is accepting donations of gently-used children’s clothing in sizes newborn through 4T, maternity clothes, highchairs, pack n’ plays, walkers and infant seats.

Other items needed include diapers, wipes and bottles. Items that cannot be accepted are toys, books, games, adult clothing, children’s clothing size 5T and larger, used cribs, used car seats and furniture.

Donations should be dropped off from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the red donation door at the center, 1155 Wildlife Lodge Road. Items left outside of these hours will be exposed to the weather.

Penn State Extension offers free webinar on camping

Penn State Extension will offer a free webinar, “Camping Adventure: A Safe Guide to the Outdoors,” at 1 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24 online. Choose which session you wish to view.

Families and individuals are welcome to learn how to safely enjoy camping and other outdoor activities. Topics will include food safety, cooking tips, personal safety and activities.

Registration is required to receive the access link. To register, click here.

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 Pgh Crepes and Tommy’s Catering from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and DelVecchio’s Sausage and Fries, Hot Ash Doughtastic Sandwiches, Billu’s Indian Grill, Earth Wheel and Fire Pizza and Funky Monkey Donuts from 4 to 8 p.m.

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

Vandergrift Public Library sponsors Teen Photo Contest

Vandergrift Public Library is sponsoring a photo contest for students age 12 to 19 through Friday.

Photos will be judged in August by local professional photographers. Prize awards will be announced and there will be an exhibit in September.

For rules and submission guidelines, visit


Allegheny Township

Wednesday: Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. at the township community building, 136 Community Building Road.

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-Ridge School District

Wednesday: Apollo-Ridge School Board will conduct a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. online at Access information: at least 24 hours before the meeting


Saturday: 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


Thursday: 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

Highlands School District

Tuesday: Highlands School Board will conduct a special meeting at 7 p.m. online at to approve the 2020-21 school opening health and safety plan. Access information:

Lower Burrell  

Saturday: 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: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays. There will be a buy-one, get-one-free sale until the end of summer. Face masks are required, and a maximum of 25 people can be in the store at one time. Donations welcome.

Saturday: 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. Saturday 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

Saturday: Mount St. Peter Church is conducting a Grand Raffle with prizes of $2,500, $500 and two of $250. The drawing will be after the 5 p.m. Aug. 1 Mass. Cost: $1 each. Tickets: Stop in the church office, 100 Freeport Road.

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:


Tuesday: A free National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group for those living with a loved one’s mental illness will meet at 6 p.m. at ABBA House, 320 Main St. The group meets the last Tuesday of each month. No advance registration required. Details: 724-431-0069 or

Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority

Tuesday: Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority will meet at 7 p.m. for the agenda meeting followed by the regular meeting at the office, 320 Fourth Ave. Details: 724-224-2245


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.  

Kiski Township

Aug. 6 to 8: The rummage sale planned at Spring Church Lutheran Church is canceled.


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.


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 canceled the Cash Bash. The 50/50 Progressive Raffle tickets dated May 9, 2020 will be drawn on Sept. 12. The fire company thanks everyone for their continued support during this trying time.

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

West Deer

West Deer Farmers Market is canceled..

Friday and Saturday: 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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