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Valley News Dispatch

The Stroller, Nov. 5, 2019: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley


Veterans Day Races set for Saturday in Buffalo Township

The ninth annual Buffalo Township Veterans Day Races will be Saturday at the Butler-Freeport Community Trail trailhead at Monroe Road.

There will be a certified 10K and 5K, and a two-mile Fun Run/Walk. All three events will be on a level surface and will include a wheelchair athlete class. Start time for all three events will be at 9 a.m.

Cost is $30 for the 10K and 5K and $25 for the Fun Run/Walk, and includes hot food and drinks. A family discount of $5 per child age 17 or younger will be available for all events. Registration forms may be downloaded at For details, visit

Sponsored by the Buffalo Township Parks and Recreation Committee and Friends of Buffalo Township PA Foundation, proceeds will benefit Heroes Supporting Heroes Foundation, Buffalo Township and Sarver Volunteer fire companies and Friends of Buffalo Township PA Foundation.

Toys for Tots sign-ups scheduled

Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots served by the Allegheny Valley Detachment will have sign-ups from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 in Springdale Marine Corps League Hall, 838 Pittsburgh St., for children 12 and younger.

The Allegheny Valley Detachment serves children in northeastern Allegheny, western Westmoreland and Armstrong counties.

Parents can go to their assistance webpage and look under, “My Compass Account,” and print out the benefit page. Bring a valid form of photo identification and the printed sheet. Otherwise parents must bring ID, verified proof of public assistance; proof of residency, including recent water/gas or electric bill; proof of legal guardianship if other than parent; and children’s medical cards and birth certificates or Social Security cards — two forms with one showing birth date.

The person signing up a child must provide valid identification and will be the only one authorized to pick up toys. Temporary change of address cards will not be accepted.

Please note: You may sign up with only one program/organization for toys. Toys for Tots gives toys to other programs and cross references children’s names so it can serve as many families as possible.

To make a monetary donation, send a check payable to Toys for Tots to Allegheny Valley MCL 825, 838 Pittsburgh St., Springdale PA 15144.

Banners to honor veterans in West Deer

West Deer Township is accepting orders for banners to honor township residents who served in the Armed Forces.

The double-sided banners will be printed by Gray Signs and measure 24 x 30-inches. Cost is $128.40 and includes tax.

For an application and instructions, visit or stop in at the township office during business hours.^

Salvation Army to serve free community lunch

A free community lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Salvation Army, 917 Brackenridge Ave., Brackenridge.

For details, call 724-224-6310, ext. 2, and leave a message.


Allegheny Township

Thursday: A turkey dinner will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at Pine Run Presbyterian Church, 1117 White Cloud Road. Dine in or take out. Cost: $10. Proceeds will benefit Hope Ministry.

Buffalo Township

Thursday: Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Evangel Heights Assembly of God, 120 Beale Road, Sarver. Details: Joyce, 724-295-9407


Nov. 10: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 210 Westminster Road, will have an all you can eat Thanksgiving buffet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the church. Menu: baked, ham, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing balls, vegetables, rolls and butter, salad and dessert buffet. Cost: in advance, $10; at the door, $12; age 3 to 10, $5; younger than 3, free. Reservations requested. Reservations: 724-352-1376


Thursday: Fawn Sewing Group will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Center United Methodist Church, 1575 Donnellville Road. The group will sew various projects including cancer caps and clothing protectors. Kits will be provided. Details: 724-224-4152


Thursdays: Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars will host, “Wings and Wheels,” a night for bikes and any vehicle with wheels, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the post, 894 Veterans Drive. Wings will be sold and there will be a DJ. Public welcome.

Thursday: Allegheny Family Network North offers a support group for parents who are younger than 20 years old from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the center, 1600 Pacific Ave., suite 10, Natrona Heights. Free childcare provided. Registration required. Registration: 412-246-2030, ext. 782.


Thursday: A free confidential support group for survivors of sexual assault will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. at the HAVIN office. Topics will include warning signs, relationships, boundaries, support systems and safety planning. Reservations required. Directions and reservations: 724-548-8888, 800-841-8881 or visit


Thursday: Al-Anon, 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.

Lower Burrell

Saturday: A community blood drive will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethel and Tyrian lodges of the Masons, 118 Allen St. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments: call 877-258-4825, Sharon at 412-600-4333 or visit, click on the Donate button and search for group code C2210076.


Thursday: East Suburban Artists League will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 5330 Logans Ferry Road. Artist Ted Scanga will discuss, “Wood Properties and the Use of Wood in Art.” Guests welcome. Details: or Nancy, 412-373-0711


Thursdays: The Knotty Knitters group at Springdale Free Public Library will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. All knitters and crocheters welcome. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729


Thursday: The Penn State New Kensington Alumni Association will host a Blue and White Night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. p.m. at the Praha Hotel, 400 Corbet St. There will be free appetizers and Penn State give-aways. Public welcome.

Nov. 21: Holy Martyrs Church Merry Martyrs will host a turkey dinner at 12:30 p.m. in the church hall, 353 W. Ninth Ave. Menu: turkey, salad, potatoes, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. There will be door prizes and games. Cost: $9. Public welcome. Reservations required by Nov. 18. Reservations: 724-224-0770 or 724-224-1626


Thursday: The YoYos Needle Arts group at Vandergrift Public Library will meet at 1 p.m. at the library, 128C Washington Ave. All skill levels welcome.

Information for The Stroller may be dropped off or mailed at least a week in advance to: The Stroller, Valley News Dispatch, 210 Wood St., Tarentum PA 15084, email [email protected] or fax 724-226-4677.

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