Dogs to play a role at this year’s Community Day in Verona |
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Michael DiVittorio

An annual celebration in Verona has gone to the dogs as a pet parade is among the new activities at the borough’s Community Day.

Festivities are scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Railroad Park near the borough building.

The parade is slated for 4 p.m. and presented by Etta’s Blvd Doggy Daycare at 728 Allegheny River Blvd. in Verona.

At least 20 dogs are expected to participate, many of them daycare clients.

“I m pretty excited,” said Etta’s coowner Stefani Garibay. “I’d like to see everybody in the community bring their dogs. We’re a dog place. It’s nice to see them outside of the daycare facility.”

The parade starts at the pavilion along East Railroad Avenue, heads up Center Avenue to Allegheny River Boulevard, then down the boulevard to South Avenue and back to the pavilion.

The event is organized by the Verona Community Group and sponsored by the borough and Verona Chamber of Commerce. Planning began in January.

Garibay credited community group founder and Community Day coordinator Jessica Varone with the parade idea.

“We were trying to think of ways to get folks interested in the event, and make it fun for everyone in the community,” Varone said. “We thought a pet parade would be a fun way of getting people out.”

Last year’s Community Day took place mid-August.

Varone said it was pushed back a month to help increase attendance with families now that school’s back in session.

Other activities include a performance by the Western Pennsylvania Center for the Arts’ junior orchestra, rock painting, scavenger hunt, food trucks, an Allegheny Valley Railroad train display, touch a truck with local police and fire departments and balloon sculpting.

“I think its really important for people in the community to build that sense of community and unity, and have an identity in a community they live in,” Varone said about the event. “It’s a great way for people to get to know each other.”

Riverview Education Foundation hosts a designer purse bingo from 3-6 p.m.

It’s a new fundraiser by the parent/volunteer organization dedicated to helping the district’s STREAM – science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math – education.

Various name brand purses will be up for grabs. Tickets are $25 and are available at Etta’s.

Price includes 10 games of bingo with three cards per game. Games start at 3 p.m. There will be basket raffles, drinks and light refreshments available at bingo. Call 412-605-7337 for more information about the purse bingo.

More information about Community Day is available at

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