The Stroller, July 6, 2020: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley


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Free covid-19 testing available at New Kensington clinic

The New Kensington Community Health Care Clinic will begin to offer free walk-up/drive-up covid-19 testing beginning Tuesday at the clinic, 743 Fourth Ave.

No prescription is required and people with and without symptoms can be tested. Results will be available in two to three days.

People with insurance must provide insurance information but will not have any copay. There is no charge those without insurance.

Advance registration and appointments are required. For information and an appointment, call 724-204-1802.

Armstrong County Historical Museum to reopen for tours

The Armstrong County Historical Museum, 300 N. McKean St., Kittanning, will reopen for tours beginning Thursday.

Admission is free. Hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. Other hours are available by appointment.

Free parking is available. Covid-19 safety guidelines will be observed.

For questions, call 724-548-5707 or email

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.

Help available from HOPE Center hotline

If social distancing has forced you into an unsafe situation, help is available by calling the Alle-Kiski HOPE Center 24-hour hotline at 724-224-1266.

The hotline provides information about domestic violence, community resources, safety planning, support and more.

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 Taco Truck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Frank’s Red Rocket, Speal’s On Wheels, Billu’s Indian Grill on Wheels, Tommy’s Catering and Kona Ice from 4 to 8 p.m.

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



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 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


Tuesdays: Natrona Comes Together Association and coach Jen Pepling will present games and reading programs for children at noon through the end of July in the Natrona Park pavilion.

Wednesday: Community Library of Allegheny Valley to host free virtual fairy party at 1 p.m. on for children in second through fifth grade. There will be fairy trivia and an activity to make a clothespin fairy doll. Materials pickup and registration required. Registration: click here.

Lower Burrell 

Today: The Lower Burrell Council agenda meeting is canceled and will be combined with 7 p.m. July 13 regular meeting at city hall, 2800 Bethel St.

Mondays through Thursdays: American Legion kitchen will be open for takeout orders from members and guests from 2 to 7 p.m. during July and August at the post, 1100 Wildlife Lodge Road. Friday dinners will resume in September. For a menu, visit Orders: 724-339-9417

New Kensington

Today: 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.

Tuesday: New Kensington Redevelopment Authority will conduct the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the council chambers room of City Hall, 301 11th Ave. Social distancing will be observed Public welcome. Details: or 724-594-4218


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

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.


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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