The stroller, December 8, 2021: events in the Alle-Kiski valley

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Stuff A Trailer event for the benefit of the Allegheny family network

Protectors of the Phoenix will be hosting a Stuff A Trailer event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Heights Plaza parking lot near Wendy’s in Natrona Heights, Harrison.

New toys for all ages, diapers, wipes and clothing are welcome. Donations will help Allegheny Family Network. For details, call 724-681-8247.

The live nursery display takes place on Saturday in the canton of Kiski

The New Beginnings and Vandergrift United Methodist Churches will sponsor a live Nativity from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at New Beginnings Church, 1559 Route 56, Kiski Township.

There will be driving and walking access, light refreshments and a gift for the kids.



Today and Saturday: The Apollo Area Historical Society will be open from 11 am to 2 pm in the WCTU building, 317 N. Second St. The current exhibit is an exhibit of vintage toys.

Today: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 will be having a bingo at 7:00 pm at the Fire Station, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors will open at 5:30 pm Prize amounts have been collected and there will be a $ 1,000 jackpot Do not miss. Details: 724-478-4831.

December 31st : Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 will be having a New Years Eve bingo at 8:00 p.m. at the Fire Station, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Kitchen will be open with a full menu. There will be four Early Bird games, 17 regular games, four specials, and a must-see jackpot that will bring in $ 500. Cost: $ 25 for 12 on the package and hot dog with kraut, if purchased before December 22, after December 22, $ 30. Tickets: Shelby, 724-549-1601.


Friday: St. Vladimir’s Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave., accepts orders for its weekly pierogi sale. Varieties: potato and sauerkraut. Pick up: 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays at the church social hall. Masks required. Cost: $ 11 per dozen; 6 for $ 6. Orders: 724 339-9257, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


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

Thusday: The bingo will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion, 845 First Ave.

December 23: A replenishment blood drive for Terry Spale will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 847 10e Ave. Appointments recommended. Bring ID. Appointment : 412-209-7000 or Dawn Spale at 724-224-2224 or [email protected] or visit and click on the Schedule Now or New Donor buttons. Look for the group code Z0021156.


December 15: A free introductory fly fishing course will be offered at 7 p.m. at Millerstown United Methodist Church, 2830 Thompson Road. Must be at least 12 years old. Details: Greg Mix, 724-882-0940.

Free port

Today: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Cash only. Donations of clothing, winter coats, shoes, bedding and handbags are welcome. Donations should be washed and free of animal hair. Details: 724-295-3095.


Thusday: The Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will host the bingo at 7:15 p.m. at the Fire Hall, 113 Firehall Road.


Today: The Agape thrift store at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Masks required. Clean fall and winter clothing of all sizes is required. Bring donations on Wednesdays or leave them on the porch. Do not put donations in the blue bins behind the church.

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

Friday: Natrona Heights Foreign War Veterans will have a 7 p.m. bingo at the station, 894 Veterans Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there will be specials, a 50/50 raffle and the end game jackpot.

December 15: The Allegheny Valley Community Library will be offering a seminar, “The Basics of Email”, at 1:00 pm at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. Reservations required. The seats are limited. Reservations: 724-226-3491 or the calendar section on

December 18: The Allegheny Valley Community Library will be offering a program, “Holidays Around the World,” at 1:00 p.m. in the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. Kids who are at least in kindergarten will celebrate holiday traditions around the world with Bright Star Theater and create a craft. Reservations and masks compulsory. Reservations: visit the calendar section on

Canton of Kiski

December 23: Kiski Township Volunteer Fire Company is accepting orders for baked goods from The Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown. Varieties: chocolate meringue, coconut meringue, lemon meringue, apple, Dutch apple, blackberry, wild blueberry, razzleberry, cherry, raisin and pumpkin pies, and pumpkin rolls, all at $ 10; pecan pie and nut logs, $ 12.50; 6 ½ inch banana and cranberry bread, $ 7.50. Order deadline paid: Saturday. Pick up: December 23. Orders: call or text Morgan, 724-466-2812.


Today: The Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St., offers a free Senior Stretch Chair class at 10:30 am. Details: 724-236-0080.

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

December 16: A free Polar Express Movie Night will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market Street. Children are welcome to wear their pajamas and enjoy the movie and hot chocolate. Reservations required before Saturday. Reservations: stop at the library.

Lower Burrell

On Monday: The Foreign War Veterans Auxiliary will meet at 7:00 p.m. at the station for the Christmas party. Bring a dessert to share. Contributions for 2022 are payable. Bartenders will not hand out key cards. Please check the mail notice for key card information or contact President Debbie Stewart, PO Box 144, Apollo PA 15613.


Saturday: The Crooked Creek Outdoor Discovery Center will sponsor a 2 p.m. painting fundraiser at the center, 142 Kerr Road. Cost: $ 35, includes supplies, apron and refreshments. The profits go to the educational programming of the center. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-763-6316 or visit the Scheduled Events tab on

New Kensington

Thusday: Knead Community Café in New Kensington will be handing out free take-out meals from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Café, 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals are sponsored by the Second Tuesday Book Club. Those who collect meals should respect social distancing when in line.

Thusday: The new Kensington Eagles Auxiliary Bingo will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Playground, 2134 Freeport Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open. Public reception. Details: 724-448-7403.

Friday: The Valley Points YMCA will be hosting a Girls’ Christmas Party from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for girls in grades 1 through 6 at the YMCA, 800 Constitution Blvd. Cost: $ 15 each; $ 5 for each additional brother or sister; includes pizza, crafts, games and swimming. Space is limited to 20 girls. Reservations required by noon on December 10. Reservations: stop by the YMCA.

Friday: St. George’s Orthodox Church, 1150 Leishman Ave., will sell Middle Eastern vegan lunches. Menu: falafel salad plate of five falafel balls, tomato lettuce, onions and a side of tahini topped with half a large pita bread, pickle and a side of rice and beans, $ 10. Orders required before Wednesday noon. Pick up: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on December 10 at the church office. Orders: 724-337-9845, leave a message.

December 16: Myrrh-bearing women at St. George’s Orthodox Church are accepting orders for a Christmas candy sale. Pickup: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 16 at Church, 1150 Leishman Ave. Items and prices: sweet bread, $ 4 per bread; baklawa, $ 12 per corner of 10 coins; and sambosic, $ 2 each. Order deadline: Friday. Orders: 724-337-3918.


Saturday: The Plum Community Center will host a winter bingo to benefit Plum EMS and the Community Center at noon at the center, 499 Center New Texas Road. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and early risers start at noon. There will be specials, a $ 500 jackpot, lotto draw tree, and food for sale. Admission: $ 25 in advance; $ 30 at the door; the early risers go their separate ways. Tickets: 412-795-2330 or stop in the center.


December 15: A craft class for making a fabric Christmas tree will be held at 1 p.m. at the Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School Street. Reservations required. For a list of materials, visit Reservations: 724-274-9729.


Today: BridgePoint Church will be offering “Stop, Drop and Read” from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the church children’s library, 400 E. Ninth Ave. Free take-out meals for children will be distributed.

Thusday: The Tarentum Recreation Council will be hosting a Senior Scratch Bingo event at 1 p.m. at the Borough Marina under the Tarentum Bridge on First Avenue. Players must go to the Marina parking lot to receive bingo and raffle tickets and stay in their vehicle. The rainy date is December 16th. Details: Carrie Fox, 724-448-1470.

Today: The Elks will host the bingo at 7 p.m. at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. The kitchen is open to the public from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Menu: Orders: 724-226-1644 at 8:15 p.m.

High Burrell

December 24: The Upper Burrell Volunteer Fire Company and the Vigilant Hose Company of Port Vue are sponsoring a $ 15,000 raffle. The winning number will be number 4 in the Pennsylvania December 24 Lottery. Cost: $ 20 for eight issues. Tickets: send a private message to the company’s Facebook page.


Friday: Vandergrift Public Library and the Kiski Region Youth Network will be holding a free after-hours after hours 6-10 p.m. rally for students in grades 6-12e at the library, 128C Washington Ave. Teens can enjoy food, games and friends under adult supervision. Reservations required. Reservations: Details: 724-568-2212.

Township of Washington

Friday: The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a 7 pm bingo at the Fire Station, 4078 Route 66. Doors open at 5:30 pm and sales begin at 6 pm. Free coffee. The kitchen will be open. Players must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by an adult.

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