The Stroller, Feb. 1, 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]

Coat drive to benefit local clothing closet

Lori Hummel of Howard Hanna Real Estate, Oakmont, is sponsoring a winter coat drive through March 1.

New or gently-used adult and children’s winter coats, gloves, mittens and hats can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends at Rev 22 powered by Salud Juicery, 517 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont.

Items will be given to the Rosedale Food Pantry’s Clothing Closet that serves over 700 families in Oakmont, Verona, Plum and Penn Hills.

For questions, call 412-287-1739 or email [email protected]

Annual Shamrock Shuffle event planned in West Leechburg

The 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shuffle 5K and one-mile Family Fun Walk will begin at 10 a.m. March 13 at West Leechburg Fire Department Social Hall, 1116 Gosser St.

Virtual participation is also available. If in-person participation exceeds 250 another start time will be added at 9 a.m. The course will run through the streets of West Leechburg and return to the fire hall. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for the live 5K, and $20 for the live Family Walk and both virtual events.

Face masks are required before and after the race on site. Participants must register by March 1 to be guaranteed a race t-shirt. Costumes are encouraged and leashed furry friends are welcome. To register, visit Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Cerebral Palsy.


Allegheny Township

Wednesday: Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. at the plant, 1361 School Road. Details: 724-568-3655

Wednesday: Allegheny Township Supervisors will hold the agenda meeting at 7 p.m. online at 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

Wednesday: Butler County Commissioners will conduct the regular meeting at 10 a.m. in the County Government Center public meeting room, 124 W. Diamond St., Butler. Details: 724-284-5102

Feb. 9: 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 Feb. 8. Details and registration: 724-431-0069 or [email protected]

East Vandergrift

March 21: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish is selling 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.

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


Tuesday: Frazer Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. at the township office, 592 Pittsburgh Mills Circle, Pittsburgh Mills Mall. Details: 724-274-4202


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


Feb. 6: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department is accepting orders for a drive-thru chicken dinner planned for 3:30 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road. Menu: baked chicken breast and thigh, rigatoni, parsley potatoes, corn, coleslaw and cake, $10. Orders: 724-845-7200, leave a message

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: Fun and Freedom Youth Sports will host a designer purse bash from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Acme Club, 230 Herron Ave. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Cost: $35, includes entry in 13 prize drawings, door prize entry, refreshments and use of photo booth. There will be side and 50/50 raffles and a silent auction. Winners need not be present. All covid-19 guidelines will be observed. Details: 724-274-7773


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 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Saturday: A Polish dinner to benefit the building fund of Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 in Natrona will be from noon to 6 p.m. at the Natrona PNA, 14 Linden St. Menu: stuffed cabbage or halushki, vegetable and roll, $9; baked goods available for an additional charge. Delivery available. Dine in option will be available subject to covid rules. Advance orders and questions: Nancy, 724-410-8018

Feb. 8 to 14: Hilltop Hose Company No. 2 is sponsoring a “For the Love of Cash” raffle Feb. 8 through 14. Cost: $10, includes two numbers. Drawings will be based on the 7 p.m. Pa. Lottery each day. Tickets: 724-224-9968 or stop in Tuesday evenings at the fire station, 1501 Cambridge St., Natrona Heights.


Wednesday: The free genealogy group at Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the museum, 118 First St. Basic computer skills and face masks required. and are available. Sanitizing stations will be available. Details: Judy, 724-681-9154

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

New Kensington

Feb. 10: 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:

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]

New Kensington-Arnold School District

Tuesday: New Kensington-Arnold School Board will conduct the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Valley Jr.-Sr. High School board room, 701 Stevenson Blvd., New Kensington. Details: 724-335-4401


Tuesday: Oakmont Council will conduct the agenda meeting at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 767 Fifth St. Details: 412-828-3232

Riverview School District

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


Today: Bingo will resume at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company, 210 Horne Ave. There will be food, drinks and strip tickets. Face masks required while not seated. Social distancing will be observed.

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.


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.

Feb. 9: The Tarentum Council meeting planned for Tuesday, Feb. 2 is rescheduled to be at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 online at Details: Access information: ID 724-224-1818; audio only, call 301-715-8592

Upper Burrell

Wednesday: Upper Burrell Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. at the township office, 3735 Seventh St. Details: 724-335-3517


Today: Vandergrift Council will meet at 7 p.m. online at Access information: ID 7674634644; audio only, 408-638-0968

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