The Stroller, Feb. 8, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

The Stroller is compiling a list of fish fries taking place Ash Wednesday and/or Fridays during Lent. To your non-profit’s fish fry listed in the paper and online, send complete information in writing to Carol Pinto-Smith, Valley News Dispatch, 210 Wood St., Tarentum, PA 15084 or email [email protected]

Knead Community Café accepting donations

Knead Community Café, New Kensington, is accepting donations to help the daily operation of the café, 1011 Barnes St.

Items on the café’s wish list include white premium napkins, Clorox wipes, disposable latex or nitrile gloves size large or extra-large, , 6×6-inch or 9×9-inch single compartment Styrofoam hinged takeout containers, foil sheet wraps, instant iced tea mix with lemon and sugar, Tide or Gain laundry powdered detergent and Sam’s Club gift cards.

Donations will be accepted during business hours 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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.

Armstrong Conservation group to have fruit tree, seedling sale

Armstrong Conservation District is sponsoring its annual fruit tree and seedling sale through March 5.

Fruit varieties include pear, peach and plum. Apple trees are sold out. Trees range from 4 to 6 feet in height, are bare rooted and packed in peat moss. Cost is $20. Tree guards are available at $2 each. Varieties are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders are encouraged to be placed early.

Tree seedling varieties available include American Mountain Ash, Button Bush, Chinese Chestnut, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, Sawtooth Oak ‘Gobbler’, Shagbark Hickory, Sugar Maple and Winterberry Holly.

All are sold in bundles of 25. Cost is $20 per bundle, except for Chinese Chestnut, Sawtooth Oak, Shagbark Hickory and Sugar Maple, which are $25. Prices include tax.

Distribution will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 10 at the Rayburn Municipal Building, 105 McGregor Road. For an order form, visit, email [email protected] or call 724-545-3628.


Allegheny Township

Today: Allegheny Township Supervisors will conduct the regular meeting at 7 p.m. online at Access information:

Allegheny Valley School District

Tuesday: Allegheny Valley School Board will conduct the agenda meeting at7 p.m. in the jr.-sr. high school Marshall auditorium, 501 Logan Road, and online. Access information:


March 17: St. James Parish is selling tickets for a Luck of the Irish scratch-off lottery ticket raffle. Winner will receive one complete roll of $5, $10 and $20 Pa. Lottery scratch off lottery tickets. The winning number will be the 7 p.m. March 17 Pa. Daily Pick 3 number. Cost: $10, includes two numbers. Tickets: Linda, 724-882-8776 or after weekend Masses in the church vestibule and the church office, 109 Owens View Ave. Proceeds will benefit the church operating budget.


Friday: St. Vladimir Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave., is taking orders for its pierogi sale. Varieties: potato and sauerkraut. Orders: 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pickup: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Fridays at the church social hall. Face masks required at pickup. Cost: $10 per dozen. Orders: 724-339-9257

Butler County

Tuesday: The Butler chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host an information session, “Bridges of Hope,” at 6 p.m. online at to educate and promote the exchange of information to faith communities about mental illness. A question-and-answer session will be afterward. Registration required by Monday. Details and registration: 724-431-0069 or [email protected]

Deer Lakes School District

Tuesday: Deer Lakes School Board will hold the agenda meeting at 7 p.m. online. Access information:

East Vandergrift

March 21: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish is selling raffle tickets for a Half A Cow raffle. Winner will receive half a cow, a 20-cubic feet freezer, $200 gift card to Naser’s Foods, $200 gift card to Rukas Beverage and a $100 gift card to Lackey’s Dairy Queen. The winning number will be the 7 p.m. March 21 Pa. Daily Pick 3 number. Cost: $10 for two numbers. Tickets: Deborah, 724-859-3186, after Sunday Mass in the church vestibule and the church office, 400 Kennedy Ave.

Fawn Township

Tuesday: Fawn Supervisors will conduct the regular meeting at 6 p.m. online at Access information: ID, 838 6980 3491; passcode, 358327

Fox Chapel

February: Fox Chapel Area High School will host a community blood drive during February at the Vitalant Harmar/Fox Chapel Donor Center, 2585 Freeport Road, suite 207. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be at least 16 years old and will be tested for antibodies to covid-19 for free. Appointments: 866-366-6771 and specify the donation is for the Fox Chapel Area High School drive, or click on the Donate Blood button at and use group code HS010025


Wednesday: Freeport International Baseball Invitational will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Freeport United Methodist Church social hall, 211 Fourth St. Anyone interested in helping with the event is welcome. Details:

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. Winter clothing is available. Cash only. Donations must be laundered. Details: 724-295-2476


Today: Gilpin Supervisors will hold the regular meeting at 7 p.m. online on the township YouTube channel. Residents wishing to speak during the public comment must RSVP at 724-845-0981 or email [email protected]

Feb. 16: An American Red Cross Blood community blood drive will be from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department social hall, 113 Fire Hall Road. Appointments: 800-733-2767 or visit and use sponsor code GTVFD


Feb. 20: The designer purse bash planned by Fun and Freedom Youth Sports has been changed to be an all-virtual event beginning at 6 p.m. Cost: $35, includes entry in 13 prize drawings. There will be side and 50/50 raffles and a silent auction. Details: 724-274-7773 or visit the group’s Facebook page.


Wednesday: Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank will be open to anyone in need from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Pull into the center parking lot and food will be placed into your vehicle. Those who are not yet registered should come from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Feb. 16: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will present a virtual presentation of the Who Knew? program, “All That Jazz,” at 6 p.m. online. Learn interesting facts about jazz in Pittsburgh and our local neighborhoods. Registration required. Registration: visit the EventKeeper section of

Highlands School District

Today: Highlands School Board will hold the agenda meeting at 7 p.m. online at Access information:

Indiana Township

Tuesday: Indiana Township Supervisors will hold the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 3710 Saxonburg Blvd., Dorseyville. Details: 412-767-5333

Wednesday: Indiana Township Zoning Hearing Board will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 3710 Saxonburg Blvd., Dorseyville. Details: 412-767-5333

Kiski Area School District

Wednesday: Kiski Area School Board will conduct the information meeting at 7 p.m. online. Details:

Kiski Township

Wednesday: Kiski Township Supervisors will hold the regular meeting at 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 1222 Old State Road. Details: 724-478-2737


Today: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 268 Canal St. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open.

April 1: Tickets are on sale for a No Foolin’ Lottery Scratch-off Ticket Raffle to benefit Leechburg Area Community Association and Leechburg Public Library. Winner receives one roll of $20 and one roll of $10 scratch-off tickets. Cost: $5, includes two numbers. Winning number will be the 7 p.m. April 1 Pick 3 number. Tickets: stop in at the library, 139 Market St.

April 17: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is accepting applications for vendors for an outside Rally on the River set for noon to 6 p.m. at the firemen’s grounds, 268 Canal St. Vendors are responsible for their own signs, tables, chairs and tent. No electricity available. No yard sale tents. Cost: $25 for a 25 x 25-foot area. Details: Melissa, 724-332-9090 or Kari, 724-309-6143

Leechburg Area School District

Wednesday: Leechburg Area School Board will hold the agenda meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 215 First St. Details: 724-842-9681

Lower Burrell

Today: Lower Burrell Council will hold the regular meeting online at 7 p.m. online at Access information:

New Kensington

Today: New Kensington Municipal Authority will meet at 7 p.m. at the office, 920 Barnes St. Details: 724-337-3577

Wednesday: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley will host a virtual Bow Wow Bingo at 7 p.m. online at Cost: $25 for one card; $5 for each additional card. There will be 10 games. A gift card prize will be announced before each game and prizes will be mailed to winners. Bingo cards and instructions will be emailed. Registration required. Registration:

Wednesday: New Kensington Zoning Hearing Board will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. in council chambers at city hall, 301 11th St. Details: 724-337-4523

March 27: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is seeking gift basket and gift card donations for a virtual spring basket raffle. Deadline: Feb. 20 Details: Val, [email protected]

May 29: TryLife Center is accepting crafter and vendor applications for a fair set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quality Inn, 300 Tarentum Bridge Road. Details: 724-339-9399, ext. 105


Wednesday: Oakmont Zoning Hearing Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 767 Fifth St. Details: 412-828-3232

Oklahoma Borough

Today: Oklahoma Council will meet at 7 p.m. online at Public comments: [email protected] or 724-567-5727

Plum School District

Tuesday: Plum School Board will hold the agenda meeting at 7 p.m. in the high school library, 900 Elicker Road. Details: 412-795-0100

Riverview School Board

Today: Riverview School Board will conduct the regular meeting at 7 p.m. online at Access information:


Feb. 15: South Butler Community Library is conducting a raffle for a dog basket containing $100 of dog items from Saxonburg Agway, and a $50 Agway gift card. Cost: $1 each or eight for $5. The drawing will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 15. Tickets are available at the library express window, 240 W. Main St., and the Agway, 145 Butler St. Proceeds will benefit the library.


February: Springdale Free Public Library is offering a fine amnesty through Feb. 28. Return any overdue item belonging to the library and all fines on that item will be waived, regardless of how long it has been checked out. The book drop is available 24/7 for all items except CDs and DVDs. Details: 724-274-9729

Springdale Township

Today: Allegheny Valley Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at the firehall, 851 Parkway Drive, Harwick. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Face masks required at all times. Seating will be modified to enforce social distancing.


Tuesday: Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St. An opportunity for silent prayer will be at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Tarentum Council will meet at 6 p.m. online at Details: Access information: ID 724-224-1818; audio only, call 301-715-8592

Wednesday: Tarentum Elks will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. The kitchen will be open from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Wednesdays: BridgePoint Church, 400 E. Ninth Ave., hosts a parent-led learning pod from 1 to 4 p.m. in the church hall located on the lower level. Free high-speed internet, meals and access to the church children’s library will be provided. Use the Corbet Street entrance.

West Deer

Wednesday: East Union Presbyterian Church will have a takeout spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 292 East Union Road. Menu: spaghetti with choice of several sauces, salad and dessert. Donations will be accepted. Details: 724-265-1381

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