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The Stroller, April 2, 2024: Activities in the Alle-Kiski Valley

The Stroller, 210 Wood St., Tarentum PA 15084 or . Make sure to provide a daytime phone number.. Please include a daytime telephone number.

Advertise your non-profit’s local events, fundraisers and club meetings for no cost in The Stroller. Send details at least two weeks ahead to or The Stroller, 210 Wood St., Tarentum PA 15084. Please include a daytime phone number.

Fundraiser dance to showcase music from 50s, 60s and 70s

Speed Family Blessing Box will host a sock hop fundraiser on April 20 at the Verona Eagles, 315 James St.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. There will be dancing to the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s, a cash bar, basket raffle and 50-50. Price is $45 per couple or $25 per person and includes dinner.

For tickets, utilize PayPal, [email protected] or Venmo, @chelsey-speed. For more information, dial Chelsey at 412-552-9054.

Animal Protectors seeking donations

Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is taking donations of pet food and supplies for its community pantry.

Donations can be left from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. any day at the rear entrance of the shelter, 730 Church St., New Kensington.

To see online wish lists visit Chewy at this link or Amazon at

Salvation Army to give out free lunches

The Allegheny Valley Salvation Army and Community Center will distribute free grab-and-go lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the center parking lot, 917 Brackenridge Ave., Brackenridge.

Free grocery items from Walmart and Aldi will be available. Everyone is welcome.



Wednesday: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be specials and wish jars. Details: 724-478-4831.

Thursday: Apollo Area Historical Society will gather at 6:30 p.m. at the WCTU Building, 317 N. Second St. New members welcome.


Saturday : Avonmore Public Library will sponsor a bingo fundraiser at the Avonmore Civic Center, 423 Westmoreland Ave. Doors open at 11 a.m., early birds will be at 12:45 p.m. and regular bingo starts at 1 p.m. Price: $20 if reserved before April 6; $25 at the door. There will be a $200 must-go jackpot game, specials, free coffee and cookies and a 50-50. Refreshments will be sold. Reservations: 724-388-2123.


Wednesday: Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 847 10th Ave. The group offers help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics.

Thursday: Bingo will start at 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion, 845 First Ave. Details: 724-994-6030.


Wednesday: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All items are free, but donations will be accepted. Items available include clothing of all sizes, bedding and window items. Donations of clothing, shoes and boots welcome; must be laundered and free from smoke and pet hair. Wheelchair accessible. Details: 724-295-3095.

Thursday: Freeport Renaissance Association will meet at 7 p.m. at United Presbyterian Church, 411 High St. New members welcome.

April 13: Freeport Area Library, 428 Market St., is taking donations for its spring flea market during normal business hours. Donations of vintage jewelry, household items, glassware, seasonal décor, toys, puzzles and games welcome. Details: 724-295-3616.


Thursday: The bingo hosted by Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will take place at 7:15 p.m. at the firehall located at 113 Firehall Road.


Wednesday: Becky’s Closet, a community clothing store at Faith Lutheran Church, 1500 Broadview Blvd., will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: tops and bottoms for men and women, 50 cents; children’s clothing, 25 cents. Donations are welcome during these hours. Everyone is invited.

Wednesdays: The Community Library of Allegheny Valley is organizing a Baby and Me program at 9:30 a.m. for children 15 months and younger and their caregiver at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. Don't forget to bring a blanket to sit on. Details:

Wednesday: The Agape Thrift Shop at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Clean clothing in all sizes is needed. Please do not bring housewares or bedding, as there is not enough space. Bring donations on Wednesday or leave them on the front porch. Do not place donations in the blue bins behind the church.

Wednesday: The Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank will open from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Food bank participants may receive food allotments twice per month. Those who are not yet registered should come from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The Sparrow’s Nest clothing and home goods ministry will be open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Details and alternate times: 724-226-0606, ext. 10.

Thursday: Friends of Community Library of Allegheny Valley will have a meeting at 10 a.m. in the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. New members are welcome. Details: 724-226-3491.

April 16: The PriorityCare program at Allegheny Valley Hospital will provide a free educational program about Medicare at 2 p.m. in the Charles W. Young Conference Center at the hospital, 1301 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights. Bruce Martindale, senior benefits consultant for Highmark, will be the speaker. Reservations are required. Reservations: 724-226-7339.

April 27: Faith Lutheran Church is now accepting table reservations for an indoor garage sale planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 1500 Broadview Blvd. The cost is $15 and space is limited. Details: 724-224-5777.

April 28: The Veterans of Foreign Wars District 29 Auxiliary Steering Committee will sponsor a bingo at 1 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 894 Veterans Lane. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $35, and this includes lunch, 12 regular games, and three specials. Tickets: Amy, 724-882-5600, or Ceil, 412-759-8236 or at the post, 724-904-7649.

Jefferson Township

Thursday: Bingo will be at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 754 N. Pike Road. The doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open. The proceeds will benefit post and auxiliary projects.


Thursday: The free genealogy group at Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum, 118 First St. Basic computer skills are required. Details: Judy, 724-681-9154.

New Kensington  

Thursday: The New Kensington Eagles Auxiliary Bingo will be held at 7 p.m. at the aerie, 2134 Freeport Road. The doors open at 5 p.m. Sales are from 6 to 6:50 p.m. The cost is $25 for a 12-on package; specials will be available. The kitchen will be open. The public is welcome. Details: 724-448-7403.

Thursday: Knead Community Café will distribute free grab-and-go meals from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the cafe, 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals are sponsored in memory of Phil LaRusse. Details: 878-847-7997.

April 27: The Eagles are accepting applications for space at a vendor and crafter show scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the aerie, 2134 Freeport Road. Prices are $25 for an 8-foot table, $15 for a 4-foot table, and include two chairs. Details: Shell Schafer, 412-522-8799.

April 27: Redemption Church is reserving space for a craft and vendor fair happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quality Inn, Tarentum Bridge Road. The cost is $35 and includes one 8-foot table and two chairs. There will be no electricity available. The deadline for applications is April 13. Details and applications:

North Apollo 

April 13: North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department is accepting reservations for space at a craft and vendor fair taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehall, 311 16th St. Details: Allison King, 724-472-5346 or [email protected]; or Amber Harman at 724-596-0486 or [email protected].


Today: The weight loss support group TOPS holds their meetings at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1261 Pennsylvania Ave. Private weigh-ins take place from 5:45 to 6:10 p.m. followed by the meeting. The first meeting is free. Please note the new location. Details: 412-828-3854 or [email protected].


Saturday : The Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company will sponsor a designer purse event from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 6 at the firehall ballroom, 290 Horne St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $50, which includes appetizers, a drink, dessert, and two numbers for the drawings. There will also be side raffles, a basket raffle, pull tickets, specialty drinks, and a cash bar. Winners do not need to be present. Ticket holders must be at least 16. Tickets:


Wednesday: The Elks will hold bingo at 6:30 p.m. at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. The kitchen is open to the public from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The menu can be found at Orders: 724-226-1644 by 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday: The Alle-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum and History Center will host a scrapbooking event from 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum, 224 E. Seventh Ave. Participants can bring their own supplies or purchase them at the event. Details: Melissa, 412-401-7196 or 724-224-7666.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays: The Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society, 224 E. Seventh Ave., is open from noon to 3 p.m. and at other times by appointment. Details: 724-224-7666.


Wednesday: The Anime Club for children in fifth through 10th grade at Vandergrift Public Library will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library, 128C Washington 724-568-2212 Details: The TinyCause animal shelter is organizing a vaccination clinic for cats and dogs from noon to 4 p.m. at the shelter, 131 Columbia Ave. The cost is $10 for rabies vaccination for cats or dogs, $15 for a 3-year rabies vaccination with verification of the previous year’s shot, $15 for the DHPP vaccine that protects against canine distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and coronavirus, and $15 for the FVRCP feline combination vaccine. Only cash will be accepted. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier..

April 7: A drag queen bingo event to support the TinyCause animal shelter will take place at 7 p.m. at The Center on Franklin Avenue, 262 Franklin Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be a basket raffle, strip tickets, and a 50-50 raffle. The cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and includes eight regular games that pay $100 each, specials, soft drinks, and food. Attendees must be 21 or older. No refunds.

April 13: Tickets: Washington Township.

Alcoholics Anonymous is going to gather at 6 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church, 656 Route 380.

Wednesday: The Matrona Family Resource Center at Cabot Church, 707 Winfield Road, is going to be open from 6 to 8 p.m. New and gently used clothes in sizes for kids from preemie to 10/12, along with strollers, car seats, toys and more, will be offered. No reservations needed.


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