The Stroller, Jan. 28, 2021: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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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]

Children’s outdoor program offered at Outdoor Discovery Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek will sponsor a free program for elementary school children, “How Do Animals Survive Winter?” from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at the center, 142 Kerr Road, Bethel.

Students will learn about migration, hibernation and adaptation, the various ways animals get ready for winter through fun hands-on activities and crafts.

A parent or guardian must remain on site the entire time and are welcome to sit with their child or explore another section of the Outdoor Discovery Center. Class size will be limited to no more than 10 children. All participants, including the instructor, will be required to wear a face mask while indoors and social distancing will be observed.

Choose either session. Registration is required. To register, visit

Goodwill offers free online adult education classes

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania offers free virtual classes to improve digital skills, prepare to take a high school equivalency or citizenship and naturalization test and improve their ability to speak English.

Online meetings about Goodwill’s GED preparation will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11 a.m. Feb. 5 on Attend either session.

Registration is required. To register and for information on other classes, call 877-499-3526 or visit



Today: Apollo Council will conduct the regular 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.

Feb. 13: Space applications are being accepted by St. James Parish for a vendor fair planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish center, 109 Owens View Ave. Cost: $20 per table with electricity; $15 without. Face masks and social distancing required. Reservations and details: Linda, 724-882-8776


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


Today: Bingo will be hosted by the American Legion at 7:15 p.m. at the post, 845 First Ave. Face masks must be worn. Seating arrangements will reflect social distancing. The kitchen will be closed.

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.


Today: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at 7:15 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road.

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


Feb. 6: 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.


Today: 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.

New Kensington

Today: Knead Community Café 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 dinner is sponsored by Dennis and Karen Cadwell. Those picking up meals are reminded to observe social distancing while they wait in line.

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]


Feb. 1: Oakmont Carnegie Library will be closed until Feb. 1 due to a staff member testing positive for covid-19. Virtual programming and email services will remain available and the lobby will be locked. The library will be cleaned and the staff will quarantine before reopening.


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


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

Washington Township

Today: Washington Township Municipal Authority will meet at 7 p.m. in the township building, 285 Pine Run Church Road. Details: 724-727-5881

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