The stroller, November 25, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski valley


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Count your blessings for Thanksgiving

As you sit down to dinner with your loved ones, take time to say a prayer for those who are not so lucky and those who for some reason cannot be with family or friends. Remember to thank for all the blessings given to you this year.

Special thanks to the representatives of the Alle-Kiski Valley charities who plan events to help their neighbors and submit their news to The Stroller. These people and their organizations are what make our Valley a great place to live.

Happy Thanksgiving to our loyal readers! – Carol Pinto Smith

Volunteers needed to prepare tax returns

Allegheny Valley Association of Churches and United Way of Southwest Pennsylvania are looking for people to volunteer their time as tax preparers.

Many of our neighbors do not have access to affordable tax assistance, fall victim to fast-paying loans, or are unaware of state and federal tax credits. Free training and certification are provided.

For details, call 724-226-0606, ext. 10, email [email protected] or visit The registration deadline is December 31st.

Salvation Army seeks help with pantry distribution

The New Kensington Salvation Army, 255 Third St., is looking for volunteers to help with their pantry distribution which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

Help is needed in sorting food and packing boxes, transporting and lifting boxes in cars, and cleaning and restocking the pantry. Shifts are two to five hours long.

To volunteer your time, call Donna at 724-335-7221.



Saturday: The Tomb Coffeehouse, 1821 Fifth Ave., with Byron and Suzie Chertik in concert at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Details: 724-339-8888.

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December 6: Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish sponsors a Saint Nicholas Day raffle. The winning numbers will be those of noon and 7 p.m. December 6 Pa. Lottery Daily Pick 3 issues. The lunchtime winner receives $ 1,000 and a $ 100 gift certificate to Pounds Turkey Farm. The 7 pm winner receives $ 1,300 and a $ 100 gift certificate to Pounds Turkey Farm. Cost: $ 10, for two issues. Tickets: Deborah, 724-859-3186, church office or after Sunday mass in the church lobby.

Free port

In progress: The Freeport Area Library is accepting donations of new and lightly used household items, books, games, puzzles, holiday decorations and DVDs for its next sale. Hours: 10 am to 6 pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Details: 724-295-3616.


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 2: The Allegheny Valley Community Library will be offering a free live online webinar on Senior Medicare at 11 a.m. Livestream at home or watch the stream in the Library Boardroom, 1522 Broadview Blvd. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-226-3491 or


Saturday: The Leechburg Public Library will be hosting an event to open the holiday season from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the library, 139 Market Street. The theme will be “Polar Express”. Make a decoration for the Christmas tree in the library and a second to take home for your tree. Supplies will be available to make a Christmas card for a veteran at the annual Five Forces Holiday Dinner in December.

December 11 and 12: The Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is looking for artisans and vendors for a 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Craft Show at the Fire Hall, 268 Canal Street. Cost: $ 30 for an 8 foot table with two chairs for one day; or $ 50 for both days. Details: Melissa, 724-332-9090 or [email protected] or Shay, 724-596-2858.

December 18: The Holy Innocents Anglican Church, 366 Third St., will be holding its annual Christmas bake sale. Orders are taken for an assortment of homemade cookie trays. Cost: large platters, $ 40; small trays, $ 30. Order deadline: November 30. Orders: 724-882-2665, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

New Kensington

Saturday and Monday: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., will be closed for the Thanksgiving vacation and will reopen on December 4. Clothing is available for all family members and gifts are available in the Christmas shop. Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of clean and lightly worn winter clothing will be accepted during opening hours.

November 30: Adoption fees will be waived for veterans until the end of the month at Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, 730 Church St. Details:

1st December : Peoples Library will host an online chat with author and Valley News Dispatch correspondent George Guido at 7 p.m. on Guido will talk about his book “Neighborhoods of the Alle-Kiski Valley”. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-339-1021, ext. 10 and provide your name, phone number and email address, or visit Peoples Library at Facebook.

December 7: Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church accepts orders for a pierogi sale. Varieties: potato and cheese, sauerkraut, cottage cheese and cottage cheese with sugar, $ 10 per dozen frozen. Pickup: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. December 7 at Church, 150 Elmtree Road. Order deadline: Friday. Orders: 724-226-0942 or [email protected]


1st December : The Springdale Free Public Library will be offering a program on essential oils and herbal medicine at 6 pm at the library, 331 School St. Peter C. Durny will be the speaker. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.

December 3: Springdale Free Public Library staff will be hosting a Parents’ Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Library, 331 School Street. Drop off your kids ages 5 to 4 and they’ll be entertained while you shop, wrap gifts, or just have some quiet time. Reservations and masks compulsory. Reservations: 724-274-9729.


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

High Burrell

December 11: The Upper Burrell Seniors’ Vacation Celebration at the wheel will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Township Building. Seniors must live in Upper Burrell. Reservations required by December 3. Reservations: 724-335-3517.

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 on the Facebook company page.


Saturday: The bingo will begin at 7 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 141 Sumner Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open. Break the Bank: $ 2,100; $ 500 jackpot not to be missed.

November 30: The Vandergrift Public Library, 128C Washington Ave., is having a fall book sale through the end of November at the library. Cost: books, $ 3 for a Giant Eagle bag; puzzles, $ 1. Details: 724-568-2212.

December 2: Vandergrift Public Library’s free Light up the Library event will take place at the library, 128C Washington Ave. Children and their families can attend at 5.30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 6.30 p.m. to allow for social distancing. Face masks optional. Activities will include card making, ornament making, cookie decorating, refreshments and photos with Santa Claus. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

Township of Washington

Today: The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a 7 pm bingo at the Fire Hall, 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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