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@example.com.
Goodwill offers free programs for young people
YouthWorks, a program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, offers free assistance to young people age 18 to 24 who need help finding a job, enrolling in a community college or university or are looking to make a career change.
Programs available include:
• Retail Training: for young people who are looking to begin a career in retail but need work experience. This is a 12-week program that pays $10.50 to $10.75 per hour while working in a Goodwill store. Participants who complete the program are guaranteed a job in a Goodwill store in their community.
• LifeLaunch: Ignite: targets young adults who are or have been justice involved and want to work toward a career based on their interests and skills. The program includes an initial assessment and evaluation, job training, support with job search and transportation.
• IMPACT Job Search: for young adults who are considering college or starting a job search.
For details, visit goodwillswpa.org/youth-services or call 412-632-1742.
Wednesday: Apollo Hose Co. No. 2 will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 325 N. Fourth St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Details: 724-478-4831.
Saturday: Apollo Masons will host a Vitalant community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lodge first floor meeting room, 219 First St. Appointments recommended. Bring ID. Appointments: visit donateblood.centralbloodbank.org and enter group code C2210064 or call Ron at 724-478-4824 or Keith at 724-396-0539.
Tuesday: Kiski Watershed Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the St. Vincent DePaul store in Apollo Plaza. There will be updates on the Leechburg canoe and kayak access sites and other projects. New members welcome.
March 17: St. James Parish is selling tickets for a Luck of the Irish scratch-off lottery ticket raffle. Winner will receive one roll of $5, $10 and $20 Pa. Lottery scratch off 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.
Friday: St. Vladimir Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave., is accepting orders for its weekly pierogi sale. Varieties: potato or sauerkraut. Pickup: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Fridays at the church social hall. Face masks required. Cost: $11 per dozen; 6 for $6. Orders: 724-339-9257, 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Wednesday: Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 847 10th Ave. The group offers help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics.
March 3: Zion United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. in the church Family Life Center, 438 Bear Creek Road. Appointments recommended. Bring ID. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit donateblood.centralbloodbank.org and click on the Schedule Now or New Donor buttons. Search for group code C664.
Wednesday: St. Mary Mother of God Church, 608 High St., will host a Vitalant community blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. in the church hall. Appointments recommended. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit donateblood.centralbloodbank.org and use group code G0040286.
Wednesday: The Thrift Store Clothing Ministry at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Cash only. Donations of clothing, winter coats, shoes, bedding and purses welcome. Donations must be laundered and free from pet hair. Details: 724-295-3095.
Tuesday: The 50 Book Challenge group at Community Library of Allegheny Valley will meet at 6 p.m. in the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. Share your reads, swap book recommendations and socialize with fellow readers. No reservations required. New members welcome.
Wednesday: The Agape Thrift Shop at Grace United Methodist Church, 1333 Freeport Road, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Masks required. Clean spring and summer clothing in all sizes is needed. Bring donations on Wednesday or leave them on the front porch. Do not place donations in the blue bins behind the church.
Wednesday: The Kitchen Sink Book Club at Community Library of Allegheny Valley will meet at 6 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. The selection will be, “Delicious! A Novel,” by Ruth Reichl. Online participation available. Details: AlleghenyValleyLibrary.org.
Wednesday: Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank will be open to anyone in need from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at 1913 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Pull into the center parking lot and food will be placed into your vehicle. Those who are not yet registered should come from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Saturday : Community Library of Allegheny Valley will offer a free program, “Discover Medicare,” at 10 a.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. Reservations required. Reservations: 800-800-1999 or 412-512-0106.
March 3: A computer literacy class, “Privacy in the Digital Age,” will be offered at 6 p.m. at Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. Online attendance available. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-226-3491 or visit the calendar section at alleghenyvalleylibrary.org.
Today: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 268 Canal St. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open.
Today: The Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society, 118 First St., is closed for winter. To arrange a private tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-845-8914 and leave a message.
Wednesday: Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St., offers a free Senior Stretch chair class at 10:30 a.m. Details: 724-236-0080.
Wednesday: The Open Teen Forum will be at 4:40 p.m. at Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St. Details: 724-236-0080.
March 8: A Vitalant community blood drive will be from 2 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, 251 Main St. Appointments recommended. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit the Donate Blood button at Vitalant.org and use group code G0110175.
March 17: Leechburg Public Library is conducting a raffle to win one roll of $20 and one roll of $10 Pa. scratch off lottery tickets. Cost: $5, includes two numbers. The winning number will be the 7 p.m. March 17 Pa. Pick 3 drawing. Tickets: stop in at the library, 139 Market St.
May 7: Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is accepting vendor applications 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.
Today: Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. at the post, 1901 Wildlife Lodge Road. New members encouraged to attend.
Tuesday : Bethel Nursery School, 159 Alder St., will begin to accept enrollment applications for new pupils. There will be no open house. Registration forms will be emailed. Details: 724-339-2764 and leave a message with your email address.
Today: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. First-time customers receive 15 free items. Summer clothing donations accepted during open hours only.
Saturday : St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 150 Elmtree Road, is taking orders for a frozen pierogi and stuffed cabbage roll sale. Pick-up will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the church social hall. Pierogi varieties: cottage cheese with or without sugar, sauerkraut and potato with cheese. Advance orders appreciated. Cost: pierogi, $10 per dozen; stuffed cabbage, 2 for $6, 4 for $12 or six for $18. Orders: Valerie, 724-226-0942 or email@example.com.
March 12: A Luck O’ the Irish bingo will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at North Apollo Volunteer Fire Department, 311 16th St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $30, includes games, supplies, food and drinks. There will be a $1,000 cover-all game, instant tickets and a DJ. Reserved seats available for groups of eight or more. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets: 724-596-7293.
Thursday : A Vitalant community blood drive will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the large group instructional room at Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Road. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments: 412-209-7000 or visit the Donate Blood button at Vitalant.org and use group code HS010025.
March 12: A comedy night to benefit Apollo Kiski Little League will be 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. 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 offer free instruction about technology devices from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays March 4 through 25 and April 1 by appointment at the center, 499 Center New Texas Road. Appointments: 412-795-2330.
March 10: Allegheny County Health Department will have a vaccination clinic from noon to 2 p.m. at 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. Appointments required. Appointments: Samantha, 412-795-2330.
Today: The Knotty Knitters group at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6 p.m. Bring your unfinished knitting or crocheting project. All skill levels welcome. Reservations and masks required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.
Tuesday: The Tuesday Night Book Club at Springdale Free Public Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. The selection will be, “Hidden Figures,” by Margot Lee Shetterly. Reservations and masks required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.
March 2: A Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss story time be at 6 p.m. at Springdale Free Public Library, 331 School St. Children of all ages welcome. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.
Wednesday: The Elks will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. The kitchen is open to the public from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Menu: elks644.org/elks-kitchen-1. Orders: 724-226-1644 by 8:15 p.m.
Tuesday: The YoYos Needles Art group at Vandergrift Public Library will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the library reading room, 128C. Washington Ave. All skill levels welcome. No reservations required. Details: 724-568-2212.
Tuesday: Vandergrift Public Library will host a Board Game Night for students who are in at least fourth grade from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. 128C Washington Ave. Play one of the library’s games or bring your own. Snacks will be served. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.
Through Feb. 28: Vandergrift Public Library will have a book sale during operating hours. Fill a grocery store bag provided by the library for $3. DVDs, audio books, CDs and puzzles must be purchased separately. Hours: 1 to 8 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Proceeds benefit the library.
March 1: A free Dr. Seuss’ Birthday party for children age 2 to 10 will be at 6 p.m. at Vandergrift Public Library, 128C Washington Ave. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-568-2212.
March 12: A drag queen bingo to benefit Kiski 9U Travel Baseball Team will be at 6 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 141 Sumner Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $30 in advance. Tickets: Danelle, 724-882-7972.
March 18: Vandergrift Public Library is raffling a quilt made and donated by library patron Jane Strohm to benefit the library. Cost: $1 each or $5 for an arm’s length. The drawing will be March 18. Tickets: stop in at the library, 128C Washington Ave.
March 27: Space applications are being accepted for an auto parts swap meet set for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washington Township Volunteer Fire Co., Route 66. Cost: outside 12 x 24-foot space, $25; outside 12 x 48-foot space, $45. Vendor set up will begin at 11 p.m. March 26. First come, first served. Items will include parts and accessories from anything automotive, classic, high performance, trucks, cars, motorcycles or boats. Food and beverages will be sold inside. Rain or shine. Details: 724-727-3079.
March 26: Donations and sponsorships are being accepted by Change For Cancer for a spaghetti dinner planned from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 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 pop, lemonade mix, paper products and gift cards and gift baskets for an auction. Details: 724-994-7646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.