The stroller, Dec. 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski valley


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Free Christmas dinner scheduled for Saturday

Harvest Church in Natrona Heights, Harrison, will serve a free Christmas dinner from noon to 4 p.m. or until food runs out on Saturday at the church, 1333 Freeport Road.

The menu will include ham, mashed potatoes, corn and a bun. No reservation is required.

Drive-thru food distribution scheduled for Tuesday at Pittsburgh Mills

The Alegheny Valley Association of Churches and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will be holding a drive-thru food distribution for anyone in need from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the former JC Penney store at the Pittsburgh Mills Galleria, Frazer .

Reservations are required before 5 p.m. on Monday to ensure sufficient food is available. A limited number of home deliveries are also available for residents of postal codes 15076, 15084, 15065 and 15024. To book, visit or dial 412-460-3663, ext. 655. You will need your name, email, postal code, email address, current weekly income and license plate number of the car that will be taking the food.

Individuals must stay in their vehicle. For details, call 724-226-0606.



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: The Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Band Together Pittsburgh will host an open mic event and 2 p.m. Christmas party at Trinity United Methodist Church, 847 10th Ave. Microphones, keyboards, guitars, amps and percussion instruments will be available. No musical experience is required. Public reception.

Wednesday: 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.

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 or visit and click the Schedule Now or New Donor buttons. Look for the group code Z0021156.


Wednesday: 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.


Today: A holiday bingo will be held at 1 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 894 Veterans Lane, Natrona Heights. Doors open at noon. Cost: $ 20 for a basic package. The kitchen will be open.

Today: The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Council Residence, 28 Garfield Street, Natrona. Cost: $ 6; under 6, $ 3.

Wednesday: 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 at

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 at

Canton of Kiski

Wednesday: A fundraiser to benefit Champion’s Crusaders Rescue will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at Fox ‘Pizza Den, 3529 Route 156, Spring Church. Present the fundraising ticket and 20% of your order will be donated. Excludes alcohol, taxes and delivery charges. For a ticket, send a private message to Champions Crusaiders on Facebook.


Monday: The Leechburg Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Library, 137 Market Street. Public reception.

Monday: The Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society, 118 First St., is closed for the winter. To arrange a private tour, email or call 724-845-8914 and leave a message.

Monday: The Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting a bingo at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station, 268 Canal Street. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open.

Thusday: 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 today. Reservations: stop at the library.

Lower Burrell

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 mailed notice for key card information or contact President Debbie Stewart, PO Box 144, Apollo PA 15613.


December 21: The Crooked Creek Outdoor Discovery Center will sponsor a free hike and crafts during the Winter Solstice at 6 p.m. at the center, 142 Kerr Road. The group will be making lanterns and there will be activities for the kids. Reservations required. Reservations:

New Kensington

January 8: A spaghetti dinner to benefit lung cancer patient Chris Ploski and his wife Emily will be at The Eagles, 2134 Freeport Road. Donations of gift baskets are accepted for a silent auction. Details: Davis, 412-378-6296 or the Eagles, 724-335-7811.


Today: The Parks Township Sportsman’s Club will host a musical night for members and guests from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the club, 1111 Shipman Road. Bring your favorite string instrument and sing along. Refreshments available. Details: 724-845-2390.

December 20: An American Red Cross community blood drive will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul Highfield Lutheran Church, 1595 Dime Road. Appointment : 800-733-2767 or visit


Wednesday: 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 and Tuesday: Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny Street. An opportunity for silent prayer will be at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 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 on the Facebook company page.


Tuesday: The YoYos Needles Art group at Vandergrift Public Library will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Library’s Reading Room, 128C. Washington Ave. Please note the new date and time. All skill levels are welcome. No reservations required. Details: 724-568-2212.

Tuesday: The Vandergrift Public Library will be hosting a board game night for students who are at least in fourth year from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the library. 128C Washington Ave. Play one of the games in the library or bring your own. Snacks will be served. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

Township of Washington

Wednesday: A Christmas Hope and Healing service will be held at 7:30 pm at the Union Presbyterian Church, 656 Route 380. Anyone struggling to celebrate the holiday season is welcome. Details: 724-337-3042.


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