The stroller, March 4, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley


The Valley News Dispatch will publish a list of community Easter egg hunt and activities.

To list an event online and in print, email the information to The Stroller, Valley News Dispatch, 210 Fourth Ave., Tarentum PA 15084, or email Carol Pinto-Smith as soon as possible. Email [email protected]; or by fax 724-226-4677.

Annual march for parks on March 27th

The annual Westmoreland County March for Parks event takes place on March 27 at nine locations across the county, including Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township, Westmoreland Heritage Trail in Export and Murrysville, and Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg.

Check-in is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hikers make donations and contributions, and those who submit at least $ 30 will receive an event t-shirt or dog bandana.

Projects at Northmoreland Park that will benefit from the raised funds include a target playground, upgrades to sports fields, and improvements to sea lanes.

For registration and details, visit or call 724-830-3950.

Canned goods go in favor of the local food bank

The Tarentum Recreation Board and the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches are running a canning campaign until Monday, which will benefit the association’s food bank.

Contributions are accepted in the following Tarentum companies: Seita Jewelers, Harvest Moon Coffee and Chocolates, Asays Newspaper Stand, Dry Bones, Costello Printing, Diamond Antiques and Merle Norman Cosmetics.



March 13th: Room registrations are being accepted by St. James Parish for a vendor fair held at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at 109 Owens View Ave Community Center. it’s planned. All providers are welcome. Cost: $ 15 per table; with electricity; $ 20. Masks and social distancing required. Reservations and details: Linda, 724-882-8776


Saturday: Homemade donuts are sold at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1721 Victoria Ave., from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Assignments: 724-339-4830

Saturday: Arnold United Methodist Church, 1801 Leishman Ave., is serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the church from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Menu: Choice of pancakes with blueberries, pecans and chocolate chips or French toast, sausage, toast and drink. Eat in or take out. Cost: $ 7.50; 12 and younger, $ 5. Details: 724-339-2377


Today: Bingo is hosted by the American Legion at 7:15 pm at the Post Office, 845 First Ave. Face masks must be worn. Seating arrangements will reflect social distancing. The kitchen is closed.

Saturday: Brownie Troop 28848 is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 847 10th Ave. S’Mores and Lemon Ups.

Butler County

Saturday: Butler County’s National Mental Illness Alliance has a free online support group for families and friends of people with mental illnesses on The group meets every first Saturday and third Monday of the month. Registration required. Registration: 724-431-0069 or [email protected]. Attendees must confirm their attendance by 3:00 p.m. the day before each meeting in order to receive a link to attend.


Today: The Cheswick Planning Commission will have a planning meeting at 6 p.m. in the neighborhood building at 220 S. Atlantic Ave. Details: 724-274-5125

East Vandergrift

Saturdays and Sundays: There is a general sale in the basement of the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, 420 McKinley Ave. instead of. Face masks and social distancing are required.

Fox Chapel

March 13th: The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will sponsor outdoor maple sugaring programs at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road. The sessions last 30 minutes and are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Masks and social distancing required. Cost: 10 USD; $ 6 for members of the Audubon Society. Reservation needed. Reservations: Visit or call 412-963-6100

Freeport Area School District

Today: Freeport Area School Board, Agenda, 7:30 p.m., High School Audion, 621 South Pike Road / Route 356, Buffalo Township. Details: 724-295-5141


Today: The Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting bingo at 7:15 p.m. in the Firehall, 113 Firehall Road.


Today: An Al-Anon Family Group on the New Path, a free, confidential program for anyone whose life has been affected by someone else’s drinking, will meet at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. 251 Main St. Face masks and social distancing are required.

the 14th of March: A vendor bingo will be held at 1:00 pm in the Elks Ballroom, 128 Market St. Doors, which is open for lunch. Ten games are awarded seller awards, and the eleventh game is a $ 250 must-go jackpot. The kitchen will be open. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Cost: $ 20. Tickets: Ruth, 724-422-4913 or the Lodge, 724-842-8071

April 1st: Tickets are available for a No Foolin ‘Lottery scratch-off ticket drawing, which will benefit the Leechburg Area Community Association and the Leechburg Public Library. The winner will receive a $ 20 roll and a $ 10 roll of scratch cards. Cost: $ 5, includes two numbers. The winning number is number 3 on April 1st at 7pm. Choose 3. Tickets: Visit the library, 139 Market St.

17th April: The Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is accepting applications for sellers for a rally on the river, which will take place between 12:00 and 18:00 on the fire station. 268 Canal St. Vendors are responsible for their own signs, tables, chairs and tents. No electricity available. No courtyard sales tents. Cost: $ 25 for a 25 by 25 foot area. Details: Melissa, 724-332-9090 or Kari, 724-309-6143

New Kensington

Today: The Knead Community Café in New Kensington is offering free take-out dinners on Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Café at 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals are sponsored by Larry Lyle. Those who pick up meals are reminded to watch social distancing while waiting in line.

Saturday: The Community Clothes Closet at 1129 Kenneth Ave. will reopen this weekend. The opening times are on Saturdays from 11pm to 1pm.

March 31: A quilt raffle will benefit Frankie’s Friends Cat Rescue in New Kensington and Black Cat Cat Rescue in Pittsburgh. The quilt is 37 “by 37” and includes a hanging bar. The drawing will be on March 31st. For a photo, visit Frankie’s friends on Facebook. Cost: $ 5. Tickets: Email [email protected]

May 29th: The TryLife Center accepts applications from craftsmen and suppliers for a trade fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quality Inn, 300 Tarentum Bridge Road. Details: [email protected] or 724-339-9399, ext. 105


10th of April: Pawz for Cure Animal Charity is taking table and food truck reservations and gift basket donations for a craft and vendor show scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parks Volunteer Fire Department at 1119 Dalmation Drive. Cost: Tables, $ 25 or two for $ 35; Food trucks, $ 50. Reservations and details: Joni, 724-681-5935


19th March: A senior safe driving course is held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Plum Senior Center, 499 Center New Texas Road. PennDOT approved and for drivers who are at least 55 years old. Safe drivers receive a 5 percent discount on car insurance for three years. Details and registration: 724-283-8845 or


Friday: The free diaper bank at the Highlands Family Center, 415 E. Fourth Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Distribution is limited to once per month per child. Details: 724-224-9006

Saturday: The closet at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details: 724-224-9220

Upper Burrell

17. March: Upper Burrell and Portvue Volunteer Fire Brigades are selling tickets to a raffle for the $ 15,000 Irish cash prize. Cost: $ 20 per ticket, including eight numbers. The winning number will be determined from the Pennsylvania Pick 4 number on March 17th at 7pm. Details and tickets: Text 412-926-4678


March 13th: Vandergrift Veterans of Foreign Wars will be holding a bingo at 7:00 p.m. at the Post Office, 141-143 Sumner Ave. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets required and seating is limited. Cost: $ 40 and $ 25 prepaid. Early bookers, additional cards and specials are sold. Masks required. Tickets: Today noon to 4 p.m. and Friday 3 a.m. at the bar or by phone at 724-396-1727

Washington Township

28th March: Room requests are accepted for an auto parts swap meeting between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm at the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Co., Route 66. Cost: 12 x 24 feet, $ 25; 12 x 48 foot square, $ 45; within 32-foot space, $ 55. The provider will begin setting up on March 27 at 11:00 PM. First come first serve. Items include parts and accessories for automobiles, classics, high-performance vehicles, trucks, automobiles, motorcycles, or boats. Food and drinks are sold inside. Reservations and details: 724-727-3079, leave a message

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