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


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Football pool to benefit Highlands Relay for Life

Highlands Area Relay for Life is sponsoring a football pool based primarily on the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule, post season games and the Super Bowl.

The pool contains 100 blocks and each block costs $70, covering all combinations of 0 through 9 in both directions. Numbers will be drawn for each game after all blocks are sold or before Sept. 9. Unsold and unpaid blocks will remain the property of Highlands Area Relay for Life until paid in full.

Winning numbers will be determined by the ending digits of the regular season games. Winners of playoff games will be determined by half time and final scores. Super Bowl winning numbers will be for all four quarters, including final score.

Checks made out to James Larko can be mailed to him at 1512 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights PA 15065. Proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Highlands Relay for Life includes members from Natrona Heights, Tarentum, Brackenridge, Sarver, Lower Burrell, New Kensington, Arnold and Freeport.

Free movie to be screened at Hartwood Acres Park

The free Allegheny County Date Night Drive-In Movie series will feature the film, “Crazy Rich Asians,” rated PG-13, at sundown Friday at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater parking lot, Indiana Township.

Gates open at 7 p.m. Attendance is limited to the first 300 vehicles so plan to arrive early. Movie audio is played through a radio transmitter on 87.9 FM.



Today: The Wheel Good Wednesday food truck event sponsored by the Apollo Events Committee and Apollo Area Historical Society will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at the old Stanford lot on Clifford Avenue. Food truck vendors who would like to participate at a future event can email

Thursday: Apollo Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. at the WCTU building, 317 N. Second St.

Sept. 9: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 is accepting orders for a Sprankle’s Hoagie sale. Paid orders are due by Sunday and pickup will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Varieties: baked ham, turkey, roast beef, deli, veggie, all for $7.50; deluxe Italian, $8. Orders: private message on the company Facebook page.

Sept. 11 and 12: Apollo will have cleanup days for borough residents who have paid up garbage bills from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 and 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at the borough garage, First and Railroad streets. Materials that will not be accepted: electronics, tires, batteries, paint, hazardous materials, building materials and appliances.

Sept. 12: St. James the Greater Church, 109 Owens View Drive, is accepting applications from vendors for an outdoor flea market and vendor fair. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flea market donations will be accepted until Sept. 8. Registration and questions: Linda Grimm, 724-882-8776


Saturday: Homemade doughnuts will be sold from 6 to 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1721 Victoria Ave. Orders: 724-339-4830

Sept. 11: St. Vladimir Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave., is taking orders for its potato and kraut pierogi sale. Orders will be taken from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday. Pickup will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 in the church social hall. Face masks required at pickup. Cost: $10 per dozen. Orders: 724-339-9257

East Deer

Thursday: East Deer Commissioners meeting is canceled and will be combined with the 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 meeting.


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

Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Freeport Area Library will have a liquidation sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former Camerlo’s Market, 318 Fifth St. Proceeds will benefit the library.


Thursdays: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department kitchen will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. for takeout food. Menu: visit the department Facebook page. Orders: 724-845-7200, leave a message


Today: Harrison Commissioners will conduct a special meeting at 3 p.m. at the municipal building, 1 Municipal Drive, to consider a maintenance agreement between Allegheny County and the township related to shared pathway along Springhill Road. Those attending must wear face masks and sanitize their hands prior to entering the building.

Sept. 18: St. Joseph High School is conducting a $20,000 Super Raffle. Cost: $100 per ticket. Prizes include a $20,000 grand prize, three $1,000 runner-up prizes. Winner need not be present. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets: 724-224-5552 or Proceeds help to keep tuition affordable for students at the school.

Kiski Township

Saturday: Kiski Township Volunteer Fire Company will host a car cruise from noon to 5 p.m. at the firehall, 1037 Route 56. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 100 vehicles and trophies will be awarded. Entry fee: $10. There will be food, a silent auction and door prizes. CDC guidelines will be observed. Details: Dan, 724-339-3495


Today: 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

Sept. 19: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is accepting reservations from food trucks for a food truck rally planned for noon to 6 p.m. at the fire company grounds, 268 Canal St. The event will benefit the new river rescue boat fund.

Lower Burrell

Mondays through Thursdays: American Legion kitchen will be open for takeout orders from members and guests from 3 to 7 p.m. at the post, 1100 Wildlife Lodge Road. Menu: visit Orders: 724-339-9417

New Kensington 

Thursday: New Kensington Zoning Hearing Board will meet at 7 p.m. to hear an appeal to grant a variance to allow use of 215 Tarentum Bridge Road for a car wash.

Oct. 24: Knead Community Café, 1011 Barnes St., is accepting applications from crafters and vendors for an outdoor fall harvest fair. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Details: 878-302-3270 or

Parks Township

Friday: A takeout fish fry will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at Parks Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1119 Dalmation Drive. Menu: Fish sandwich or chicken strips, fries or macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and drink, $10. Orders: 724-567-5517


Sept. 13: Springdale Recreation Committee is accepting orders for a pepperoni roll sale. Pick up will be Sept. 13 at the borough office. Cost: $12 for a six-pack of rolls. Orders: 724-274-6800 or stop in at the borough office

Sept. 16: The Craft Group at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 1 and 6 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. Attend either session. The first project will be to finish the tea cups that were not finished last year. New members welcome. CDC guidelines will be observed. Reservations required. Reservations and information: 724-274-9729


Today: The Tarentum Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Face masks required.

Thursdays: Rams Youth Football Association will sponsor a weekly food truck fundraiser with Sonny’s Smorgasbord from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dreshar Stadium, First Avenue. A portion of proceeds helps the association to keep costs affordable for families.


Fridays and Saturdays: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will sell takeout food from 1 to 8 p.m. at the post, 141 Sumner Ave. Curb-side delivery available. Members welcome to dine in. Menu: visit the post Facebook page. Orders after 2 p.m.: 724-568-1427

Ongoing: Vandergrift Public Library is conducting a Kid’s Summer Book Sale. Choose a type and theme for your child’s books, fill out an order form and librarians will contact you to go over details, confirm payment and schedule a pickup at the library. Cost: $10 per bag of gently-used books. Orders: 724-568-2212, or visit the library website.


Cancellations and changes

Allegheny Township

Sunday and Monday: The annual Labor United Celebration planned for Northmoreland Park is canceled.


October: The Prospect Cemetery annual ghost tours are canceled. Details: 724-224-4552


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

October: The Freeport Halloween carnival is canceled. 


All activities at Burtner House are canceled through the end of the year.


Oct. 3: The annual Oktoberfest at Concordia Lutheran Ministries is canceled. A drive-in fireworks display is still planned. Details will be announced.


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

October: The Halloweenburg Festival is canceled.


Sept. 19: The Fall Festival Street Sale planned by the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce 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 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.

Washington Township

Sept. 19: The annual Moonlight Bingo at Washington Township Volunteer Firehall is canceled.

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