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The Stroller, April 5, 2024: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

Advertise your non-profit's local events, fundraising activities, and organization gatherings at no cost in The Stroller. Submit details at least 14 days in advance to or The Stroller, 210 Wood St., Tarentum PA 15084. Kindly provide a

Advertise your non-profit’s community events, fundraisers and club meetings for free in The Stroller. Send information at least two weeks in advance to or The Stroller, 210 Wood St., Tarentum PA 15084. Please include a daytime telephone number.

Concordia speakers bureau offers presentations

The Concordia Lutheran Ministries Speakers Bureau has senior-care professionals available to speak to organizations and community groups free of charge.

Available topics include fall prevention, chronic disease management, senior nutrition, senior living, advance directives, end of life decision making, health and wellness, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease education, nutrition for a healthy lifestyle and more. A complete list of topics is available.

For details, contact Cheryl Aughton at 724-487-4656 or [email protected].

In Our Schools

Burrell School District

Kennywood Day tickets available

The Burrell School District Kennywood Day will be June 1 at the park in West Mifflin.

Tickets purchased before April 30 will be $31.99; between May 1 and June 1, $35.99, and must be used on June 1.

Visit for more information. For details, contact Erin Pruitt at 724-334-1406, ext. 2090, or [email protected].

Penn State New Kensington

Student research expo and career fair planned

A research and student engagement expo will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the campus athletic center, Upper Burrell.

Students will present posters documenting their original research completed this year under the supervision of faculty mentors. A Career Connections Day will feature over 20 local employers with internship and job opportunities open to campus students.

The public is welcome.

Class Reunions

Highlands High School Class of 1974 will have a reunion from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars, 894 Veterans Lane. Cost: $50 per person, includes dinner and entertainment. Cash bar. Reservations required by June 1. Payments: Paypal or personal check preferred. Details: Mary Beth Jenson, [email protected].

Penn Hills High School Class of 1974 will have a reunion at 6 p.m. June 8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Pittsburgh. Cost: $65 per person, includes heavy appetizers, food stations and dessert. There will be a cash bar, DJ and photo booth. Details: [email protected] or visit Penn Hills Class of 1974 on Facebook.

Class reunion season will be here in no time. Send information about your reunion as soon as possible to cpinto-smith.


Allegheny Township

Today: Alle-Kiski Day Quilters and Sewers will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Allegheny Township municipal building, 136 Community Building Road. Bring your project. No dues or fees. Bring a lunch and drinks. Details: Pat, 724-571-7736.


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. Cost: $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.

Bethel Township

April 16: The Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek is hosting a workshop about nature journaling at 6 p.m. at the center, 142 Kerr Road. You need to book ahead for this event. Reservations:


April 14: The Brackenridge Improvement Group and Community Library of Allegheny Valley are organizing a free garden party and plant workshop at 10 a.m. in Brackenridge Park pavilion, First Avenue. People attending will make native plant seed bombs for the riverbank and herb gardens to take home will be distributed, one per household. Booking in advance is necessary. Reservations:

Buffalo Township 

Today and Saturday: Sarver Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) are holding a rummage and bake sale at Christ Community Fellowship, 160 Singleton Road. Today, early shopping from 6 to 8 p.m. with $5 admission fee; Saturday: fill a bag for $10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash and PayPal accepted. Details: [email protected].

April 21: Buffalo Elementary PTO is conducting a Pittsburgh Pirate ticket fundraiser for the 1:35 p.m. April 21 game against the Boston Red Sox. A portion of the ticket price will will go to the PTO. Tickets:

East Vandergrift

Today, Saturday and Sunday: A rummage sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Saturday and noon to 1 p.m. Sunday in the basement of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 420 McKinley Ave. Details: 724-478-4958.

Sunday: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish will have bingo at 2 p.m. in the church social hall, 411 McKinley Ave. Doors open at 1 p.m. There will be a 50-number jackpot game, a 49-number picture frame game and a magic number game. Details: 724-478-4958.


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


Sunday: Daughters of the Nile will host a spring craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pittsburgh Shrine Center, 1877 Shriners Way. There will be a basket auction and concession stand. Admission: $3. Details: Colleen, 412-418-0604 or [email protected].


Today: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will host Toddle Time for children 15 months to 3 years of age and their caregiver from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. No reservations required. Details:

Today: Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars will have bingo at 7 p.m. at the post, 894 Veterans Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be specials, a 50-50 raffle and final game jackpot.

Thursday: An adult paint party will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 1522 Broadview Blvd. The subject will be cherry blossoms and butterflies. Must be 21. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Cost: $10, includes supplies. Reservations required. Reservations: or at the front desk.

April 16: The PriorityCare program at Allegheny Valley Hospital will offer 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 required. Reservations: 724-226-7339.

April 17: The Coffeehaus Teen Book Club will gather from 4 to 5 p.m. at the library. Students in seventh grade or higher can choose any book, read it, and then discuss it with other members. Reservations are necessary. Reservations:

April 24: Allegheny-Kiski Health Foundation is offering free American Heart Association First Aid training from 6 to 9 p.m. at the foundation, 1 Acee Drive, Natrona Heights. The training does not include CPR/AED. The class size is limited, so reservations are required. Reservations: 724-294-3157.

April 28: Veterans of Foreign Wars District 29 Auxiliary Steering Committee is hosting a bingo at 1 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 894 Veterans Lane. The cost is $35, which 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.

Lower Burrell 

Saturday: Peoples Library will hold a discussion at 1 p.m. with best-selling author Hilary Hauck at the library, 3052 Wachter Ave. Details: 724-339-1021.

Saturday: The Cool Change band will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1601 Wildlife Lodge Road. Members and three guests are welcome.

Tuesday: Peoples Library is offering a free online talk with National Book Award winner Colum McCann, the author of the book, “American Mother,” and Diane Foley, the inspiration for the book, at 2 p.m. A recording will be available for those unable to watch live. Reservations are necessary. Reservations:

New Kensington  

Sunday: Aluminum City Terrace Bingo Committee is hosting bingo from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the activity center. The cost is $5, which includes one board, snacks, and drinks; extra boards are $1 each. The public is welcome. Cost: $5, includes one board, snacks and drinks; extra boards, $1 each. Public welcome.

April 22: The Myrrh Bearing Women of St. George Orthodox Church are taking orders for a sweets sale. Pickup is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on April 22 in the church hall, 1150 Leishman Ave. Prices are $14 per section for baklawa, and $3 each for sambosic. Quantities are limited, and the order deadline is April 15. Orders: 724-337-3918.

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

April 27: Space reservations by Redemption Church for a craft and vendor fair set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quality Inn, Tarentum Bridge Road. The cost is $35, which includes one 8-foot table and two chairs. Electricity is not available. The application deadline is April 13. Details and applications:

North Apollo 

April 13: North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department is accepting space reservations for a craft and vendor fair set for 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].


April 17: A Vitalant community blood drive will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the large group instructional room at Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Road. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome. Appointments: 877-258-4825 or visit the Donate Blood button at and utilize the group code UHS010025.

Parks Township

Today: Parks Township Volunteer Fire Department is going to have a bingo event at 7 p.m. in the firehall, 1119 Dalmation Drive. The doors will open at 5 p.m.

Sunday: Parks Township Sportsman’s Club is planning a country music jam night from 5 to 8 p.m. at the club, 1111 Shipman Road. Please bring your favorite stringed instrument and sing along. There will be refreshments available. The event is open to the public. Details: 724-845-2390.


Saturday : Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company is organizing a designer purse gala from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 6 at the firehall ballroom, 290 Horne St. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Admission costs $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. The winner does not need to be present. Ticket holders must be at least 16 years old. Tickets:


Saturday: The Knotty Knitters group at Springdale Free Public Library is scheduled to meet at noon at the library, 331 School St. The group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please bring your unfinished knitting or crocheting project. All skill levels are welcome. Reservations are necessary. Reservations: 724-274-9729.


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

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


Sunday: TinyCause animal shelter will be hosting a vaccination clinic for cats and dogs from noon to 4 p.m. at the shelter, 131 Columbia Ave. The cost is as follows: rabies, $10 for cats or dogs; 3-year rabies with paper verification of previous year’s shot, $15; DHPP that protects against canine distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and coronavirus, $15, and FVRCP feline combination vaccine, $15. They will only accept cash. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.

Tuesday: A Creative-A-Tea party will be held at 6 p.m. at the Vandergrift Public Library, 128C Washington Ave. Make a pressed flower lantern, drink tea and enjoy cookies. Reservations are required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

April 13: A drag queen bingo event will be held at 7 p.m. at The Center on Franklin Avenue, 262 Franklin Ave. The doors will 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; which includes eight regular games with $100 prizes each, specials, soft drinks and food. You must be 21 years old. No refunds. Tickets:

Washington Township

Today: Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 4078 Route 66. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and sales will start at 6 p.m. Free coffee will be provided. The kitchen will be open. Players must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult.

Sunday: Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company will organize an auto parts swap meet from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the firehall, 4078 Route 66. Items will include parts and accessories from anything automotive, classic, high performance, trucks, cars, motorcycles or boats. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside. Please do not park along Route 66; parking will be available on the fire station grounds. The event will be held rain or shine. Details: 724-727-3079.

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