The Stroller, June 10, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley | #vacation | #seniors | #elderly
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AK Heritage Museum to reopen Saturday
The Alle-Kiski Heritage Museum, 224 E. Seventh Ave., Tarentum, will reopen to the public at noon Saturday.
The opening day exhibit will mark the birthday of Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Eddie Adams who was born June 12, 1933, in New Kensington. Many of Adams’ photographs will be on display and the documentary, “An Unlikely Weapon,” will be shown at 1 p.m. Admission is $5.
The videos of local veterans’ stories by John Bailey will be shown at 1 p.m. June 17 at the museum. These programs will continue on Thursdays as long as there is interest.
Museum hours will be noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Plum Rotary collecting donations for animal shelters
Donations are being accepted through June 15 by Plum Rotary for local animal shelters
Items needed for dogs and cats include new or gently used leashes and collars, food and toys; heartworm, flea and tick medications, and liquid, chewable and gel multivitamins.
Donations can be dropped off at the Plum municipal building, S&T Bank in Murrysville, and the Penn Hills and Holiday Park Shop ‘n Save markets.
Participants sought for Westmoreland County Firemen’s parade
The New Kensington Bureau of Fire will host the 128th annual Western Pennsylvania Firemen’s Association convention Aug. 7 to 11.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 7 with prejudging at 10 a.m. at Valley High School. Church groups, baton and drum units, non-profit organizations, businesses and Boy and Girl Scouts are being sought to march in the parade.
For information, call 724-335-4100 and leave a message.
Saturday: A vendor fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish center at St. James Parish, 109 Owens View Ave. Face masks and social distancing required. Details: Linda, 724-882-8776
Saturday: A bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Family Christian Church, 111 Truxall Road. There will be a rummage sale, baked goods and food.
Today: Bingo will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion, 845 First Ave.
Today: The Pittsburgh Shrine Center will present a free outdoor concert featuring the band Sour Mash from 7 to 9 p.m. undercover at the center, 1877 Shriners Way. Gates open at 6 p.m. Seating and tables provided. Food and beverages will be sold. No outside food and beverages, please.
Today: Freeport’s Food Truckin’ will be from 4 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Laube Hall. Vendor fees are $25 for the first week and $50 for each additional week and will benefit Restore Freeport Community Park. Details: Jackie, 724-234-9373
Today: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at 7:15 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road.
Tuesday: An American Red Cross Blood community blood drive will be from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Gilpin Volunteer Fire Hall, 113 Fire Hall Road. Appointments: 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and search for sponsor code GTVFD
Saturday: The Leechburg Area Little League 70th anniversary celebration and remodeling reveal will be at 11 a.m. at the fields in Gilpin-Leechburg Park, Park Road. Leechburg Area Pool will offer half off admission to all children in uniform.
Friday: 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.
Saturday: The Diaper Pantry at Christ Our Hope Anglican Church, Harrison, will distribute diapers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 926 Painter Ave., and at Sheldon Park, both in Natrona Heights. Recipients must drive up and remain in their vehicles. First-time recipients must provide present their own identification, the child’s birth certificate and a current WIC or SNAP card.
Wednesdays and Saturdays: Leechburg Area Museum, 118 First St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursdays: A New Path Al-Anon Family Group, a free, 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 St. Face masks and social distancing required.
Sunday: The Elks will host a vendor bingo at 1 p.m. in the lodge ballroom, 228 Market St. Doors open at noon. There will be a 50/50 raffle, small games of chance, food and a silent auction. Must be at least 18 to attend. Cost: $20. Tickets: Ruth, 724-422-4913 or the lodge, 724-842-8071
Monday: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Leechburg, will host a 13-week GriefShare support group from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays June 14 to Sept. 6 in the church sanctuary, 358 Main St. The group is for anyone who has lost an important person in their life and may need assistance in dealing with the grief and hardships this loss may have caused. Masks required to enter the building and social distancing will be observed. Participants can join the group at any session of the class. Details and registration: 724-845-7518 or email@example.com.
June 21 to 25: First Baptist Church, 111 Siberian Ave., will have free vacation Bible school, “Big Fish Bay” for children in kindergarten through 12th grade from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the church. Masks optional. Registration required. Registration: 724-842-3051 or firstbaptistchurchleechburg.org/vacation-bible-school
Saturday: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will feature the Stagger Lee band from 8 to 11 p.m. at the post. Members and three guests welcome.
Saturday: The ClothesLine ministry at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 3084 Leechburg Road, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: all items, 25 cents each or five for $1. Face masks required.
Today: New Kensington Eagles Auxiliary Bingo will be at 7 p.m. at the aerie, 2134 Freeport Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open with new selections. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are required except when eating. Public welcome. Details: 724-448-7403
Today: Knead Community Café in New Kensington will hand out free grab-and-go dinners from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the café, 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals are sponsored by Andrea and Patsy Scalise. Those picking up meals are reminded to observe social distancing while waiting in line.
Friday: The River Community Church, New Kensington, will host a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 200 Freeport Road. Vendor applications are being accepted for future markets. Details: Nicky, 724-337-4837 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday: Vermont Baptist Church, 221 Ridge Ave., will sell takeout chicken wings and fish sandwiches from 11 a.m. until sold out at the church. Menu: dozen wings, $15; six wings, $8; three wings, $4; fish sandwich, $7; combos available. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund. Orders: Cassie, 724-212-3319 or Margie, 724-226-3719
Saturday: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Mondays and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The closet offers clothing for all members of the family, uniforms for students at Mary Queen of Apostles School, shoes, purses, household items, linens and blankets. First-time customers receive 15 free items. Donations accepted during open hours only. Take a free chance on a basket raffle monthly.
Saturday: A yard sale to benefit Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 730 Church St.
June 19: Peoples Library will host an outdoor event, “Gardening for Pollinators,“ with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at 1 p.m. in front of the library, 880 Barnes St. The program will discuss the importance of native plants as reserves for birds, pollinators and other animals. Public welcome.
June 19: St. John the Baptist Orthodox Catholic Church, 150 Elmtree Road, will have a Slavic Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church. Menu: stuffed cabbage, pierogi, hot sausage and kielbasa sandwiches, haluski, nut rolls and pies. Orders: email@example.com
Saturday: A food truck rally will be from 4 to 9 p.m. at North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department, 311 16th St. There will be a basket auction and 50/50 raffle.
Friday and Saturday: Apollo Eastern Star will host its annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1572 Hancock Ave. Proceeds will benefit local charities.
Today: Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at the firehall, 415 Old Abers Creek Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. Details: holidayparkvfd.org/ under the weekly bingo tab.
Friday: Holy Family Parish will host Food Truck Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the upper parking lot of St. John the Baptist Church, 444 St. John St. The featured truck will be Cool Beans Tacos. A portion of proceeds will benefit the parish and school.
June 18: A Seniors for Safe Driving class will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Plum Senior Center, 499 Center New Texas Road. The class PennDOT approved and for drivers who are at least 55 years old. Safe drivers can receive a 5 percent discount on auto insurance for three years. Details and registration: 724-283-8845 or seniorsforsafedriving.com
Today: South Butler Community Library will offer, “The Secret Lives of Fireflies,” free online at 6 p.m. on Zoom.us. Scott Detwiler, an environmental educator from the Audubon Society, will be the speaker. Registration required. Registration: aswp.org
Monday: The Mystery Lover’s Book Club at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 10 a.m. at the library, 331 School St. The selection will be, “Real Murders,” by Charlaine Harris. New members welcome. Reservations: 724-274-9729
Tuesday : Springdale United Presbyterian Church, 859 Pittsburgh St., is taking reservations for a free holiday craft class set for noon to 2 p.m. Feel free to bring a snack of lunch. Reservations: Amy, 702-496-6268
July 1: Springdale Free Public Library is accepting registrations for a free children’s lunch program that will be noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays beginning July 1. Children 18 and younger eligible. Details and registration: 724-274-9729
Friday: Tarentum Book Club will have its summer outing at 2 p.m. at the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society Heritage Museum, Seventh Avenue. Cindy Homburg will discuss the history of Tarentum.
Saturday: The Clothing Closet at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A flea market and used book sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flea market items will be outside, and the book sale will be inside. Details: 724-224-9220
Thursday: The Farmers Market will be open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Avenue parking lot. Details: vandergriftfarmersmarket.weebly.com/
Friday: A car and bike show and food truck rally will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Grant Avenue. Sponsored by Vandergrift Historical Society and Vandergrift Fire Department No. 2.
July 10: A kids vendor show to benefit children’s cancer research will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Center on Franklin Ave., 262 Franklin Ave. This is an event by kids, for kids to support kids. Vendors may offer any kind of kid-friendly merchandise. Cost: $40; children vendors, $20. Applications: TheCenteronFranklin@gmail.com
Friday: Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company will have Friday Night Bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 4078 Route 66. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and sales start at 6 p.m. Free coffee. The kitchen will be open. Players must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult.