The Stroller compiles a list of fish fries taking place on Ash Wednesday and/or Friday during Lent. To your nonprofit’s fry listed in the newspaper and online, send complete information in writing to Carol Pinto-Smith, Valley News Dispatch, 210 Wood St., Tarentum, PA 15084 or email cpinto [email protected]

Course available for families of people with mental illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Butler County will be offering a free family-to-family educational course from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays March 9-April 27 in person at the office, Holly Pointe Building, 220 S. Hand. Saint, butler.

The course is delivered by trained family members with life experience and is aimed at family members, relatives and friends of people with a mental health condition. Topics will include current treatments and therapies, finding local support services, crisis management, problem solving, and managing your own stress.

Registration is compulsory on Wednesday. To register, visit For details, call 724-431-0069 or email [email protected]

Tickets on sale for the Leechburg Spaghetti Benefit Dinner

The Marconi Club of Leechburg will host a spaghetti dinner in aid of Delores Lucjak’s medical expenses from 1-4 p.m. on March 6 at the club Mirror Room, 135 River Ave.

The menu will include spaghetti, salad and bread and there will be a cash bar and a 50/50 draw. The cost is $8 per plate and items from a dessert table will be available for $1 each. No take-out orders will be available.

Tickets are available at the Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St., and the Marconi Club, or by calling 724-448-4188.



12th of March: Vendor applications are being accepted for a fair scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. James Parish Parish Center, 109 Owens View Ave. All providers are required. Cost: $20 per table; without electricity, $15. Details: Linda, 724-882-8776.


Sunday: Sons of the American Legion will serve an all-you-can-eat community breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon at the American Legion, 845 E. First Ave. Cost: $8; under 12, $5.

Buffalo Township

Thusday: Zion United Methodist Church will be holding a community blood drive from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church’s Family Life Center, 438 Bear Creek Road. Appointments recommended. Bring ID. Appointment : 412-209-7000 or visit and click the Schedule Now or New Donor buttons. Look for group code C664.


March 6: The Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department is accepting orders for a drive-thru stuffed cabbage sale. Cost: $2 each; and $2 per liter of mashed potatoes. Pick-up: 4:30 p.m. March 6 at the fire station, 113 Firehall Road. Advance orders required. Orders: 724-845-7200, leave a message.


Monday: The Yarn Friends group at the Allegheny Valley Community Library will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. New members of all levels and ages are welcome. Registration and supply list: or 724-226-3491.

Thusday: An introductory computer class, “Privacy in the Digital Age,” will be offered at 6 p.m. at the Allegheny Valley Community Library, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. Online participation available. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-226-3491 or visit the calendar section at

March 5: St. Joseph High School, 800 Montana Ave., will hold its Spring Open House by appointment from 10 a.m. to noon at the school. Details and appointment: Shane Palumbo, 724-226-4932 or [email protected]

Township of Kiski

March 26: The Kiski Township Volunteer Fire Department will hold a purse drop at 1:00 p.m. at the fire station, 1037 Route 56. Doors open at noon. You must be 18 years old to attend. Admission: $20, including meal, soft drinks and water. BYOB. There will be a 50/50 draw and a selection of bracelet and wallet table prizes. Tickets: Morgan, 724-466-2812.


Today: A benefit dinner for Nevaeh Zoldak will be held from 3-6 p.m. at the Leechburg Volunteer Firehall, 268 Canal St. Menu: Big Joe’s Pulled Pork Barbeque or Meatball Sandwich, Beans, Buttered Potatoes, Coleslaw and dessert, $12. There will be a silent auction and a 50/50 draw. The profits will help him cover his expenses.

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

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

8 March : A Vitalant Community Blood Drive will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Hall at First United Methodist Church, 251 Main Street. Appointments recommended. Appointment : 412-209-7000 or visit the Donate Blood button at and use group code G0110175.

The 17th of March: Leechburg Public Library is running a raffle to win one $20 roll and one $10 roll per year. Scratch lottery tickets. Cost: $5, includes two issues. The winning number will be 7 p.m. March 17 Pa. Choose 3 draws. Tickets: stop by the library, 139 Market St.

May 7: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is accepting applications from vendors for an outdoor craft show. Cost: $25 for a 12 x 12 foot space. No electricity available. Bring your own table, chairs and tent. Details: Melissa, 724-332-9090.

Lower Burrell

Today: Veterans of Foreign Wars will feature the band Johnson Crossing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the post. Members and three guests welcome.

Sunday: A take-out spaghetti dinner will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Moose, 499 Reimer Street. Menu: spaghetti, salad and roll, $8.

New Kensington

Today and Monday: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. New customers receive 15 free items. Donations of summer clothing accepted during opening hours.

April 2: Redemption Church is accepting requests for space from artisans and vendors for a fair that will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quality Inn, 300 Tarentum Bridge Road. Cost: $35, includes a table and two chairs. No electricity is available for artisans/vendors. Forms and information: Marcie Covey, 724-448-4984 or [email protected] Registration deadline: March 20. Proceeds will go to the church’s Clean Water initiative to raise funds to dig wells for the people of Malawi.

Northern Apollo

12th of March: A Luck O’ the Irish bingo will be held from 7pm to 10pm at the North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department, 311 16and The Saint-Jean doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $30, includes games, supplies, food and beverages. There will be a $1,000 covered game, instant tickets and a DJ. Reserved seating available for groups of eight or more. You must be 21 to attend. Tickets: 724-596-7293.


12th of March: A comedy night to benefit Apollo Kiski Little League will be held at 7 p.m. at Oklahoma School House Hall, 171 Thorn St. Shaun Blackham will be the featured performer. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. You must be 21 to attend. ID required. BYOB There will be raffles, strip tickets and a silent auction. Cost: $30. Tickets: Stephanie, 724-388-4320 or Jen, 724-448-3691.


Fridays: Plum Community Center will be offering free instruction on technology devices from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays March 4-25 and April 1 by appointment at the center, 499 Center New Texas Road. Appointment : 412-795-2330.

March 10: The Allegheny County Health Department will have an immunization clinic from noon to 2 p.m. at the Plum Community Center, 499 Center New Texas Road. Vaccines available will include first, second and booster doses of Moderna, Pfizer and J&J covid-19, influenza and pediatric vaccines. Appointment required. Appointment : Samantha, 412-795-2330.


Tuesday: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Story Time will be at 6 p.m. at the Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St. Children of all ages are welcome. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.

March 7: The Geraldine Yanni Science Program for children in grades two through six at the Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. The topic will be electricity. Space is limited. Reservations and masks required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.


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

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


Until Monday : Vandergrift Public Library will be holding a book sale during regular business hours. Fill a grocery bag provided by the library for $3. DVDs, audiobooks, CDs and puzzles must be purchased separately. Opening hours: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds go to the library.

Tuesday: A free Dr. Seuss birthday party for kids ages 2-10 will be held at 6 p.m. at the Vandergrift Public Library, 128C Washington Ave. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.

12th of March: A drag queen bingo to benefit the Kiski 9U Travel baseball team will be held at 6 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 141 Sumner Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $30 in advance. Tickets: Danielle, 724-882-7972.

March 18: The Vandergrift Public Library is holding a raffle for a quilt made and donated by library patron Jane Strohm to benefit the library. Cost: $1 each or $5 for arm’s length. The draw will take place on March 18. Tickets: stop by the library, 128C Washington Ave.

Washington Township

March 27: Space requests are being accepted for an auto parts swap meet from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washington Township Volunteer Fire Co., Route 66. Cost: Outside 12 x 24 foot space, 25 $; outdoor space 12 x 48 feet, $45. Vendor setup will begin at 11 p.m. on March 26. First come, first served. Items will include parts and accessories for anything automotive, classic, high performance, trucks, cars, motorcycles or boats. Food and drinks will be sold inside. Rain or shine. Details: 724-727-3079.

western deer

March 26: Donations and sponsorships are being accepted by Change For Cancer for a spaghetti dinner scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Deer American Legion to benefit cancer patient Pete LaCava. Items needed include pasta, spaghetti sauce, bread, rolls, large bags of lettuce, desserts, sugar, bottled water, canned soft drinks, lemonade mix, paper products and gift cards and gift baskets for an auction. Details: 724-994-7646 or [email protected]