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Help available to apply for subsidized childcare
Allegheny Family Network North will offer parents the opportunity to meet with a family specialist from the Early Learning Resource Center, the agency that operates the Department of Human Services-funded Child Care Works program.
The Subsidized Child Care Program helps low-income families pay for their child care costs. Parents can meet with the Family Specialist to find out if they meet program eligibility, complete an application, get contact information for child care centers, and learn more about the process and benefits.
Appointments are available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Allegheny Family Network North office, 1600 Pacific Ave., Suite 10, Natrona Heights, Harrison. Walk-ins are welcome. Those who need transportation can use the AFN Nord shuttle. For details, call the Parent Helpline at 888-273-2361. For more information on the Child Care Works program, visit tinyurl.com/35rh79zv.
Today: Apollo Area Historical Society will offer a free program, “The Underground Railroad,” at 6:30 p.m. at Drake Log Cabin, William Alley. Denise Doyle, director of the Blairsville Area Underground Railroad History Center, will be the speaker. Donations will be accepted. Details: 724-478-2899 or [email protected]
Tuesday: The Teen Book Club at Apollo Memorial Library will meet at 5 p.m. at the library, 219 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Students aged 13 to 18 are welcome. The selection will be “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo. A copy of the book is free for attendees while supplies last. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-478-4214.
Today: Arnold No. 2 Fire Company will hold a flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the social hall, 1702 Fifth Ave. Food and refreshments will be available.
Thursday: The Crooked Creek Outdoor Discovery Center and Ford Public Library will be hosting a free storytime evening at 7 p.m. in the Crook Creek Park outlet area. The selection will be “Steve, Terror of the Seas” by Megan Brewis and there will be activities. Children 3 and over welcome. Reservations required. Reservations: form.office.com/r/jMgB6n3N49.
Wednesday: Al-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 847 10th Ave. The group offers help and hope to families and friends of alcoholics.
East of Vandergrift
Today: A clearance sale will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the basement of Our Lady Church, Queen of Peace, 420 McKinley Ave.
Today: Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish will be holding Bingo at 6:30 p.m. in the Social Hall, 411 McKinley Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Town of Ford
Saturday: Tickets are on sale for the Ford City Community Kennywood Picnic at Klingensmith Pharmacies in Ford City, Kittanning and West Kittanning. Cost: $28 for a FunDay pass. Passes can also be used on weekdays until August 19. An additional $10 fee will be charged to use tickets on weekends through August 19. Picnic day bus tickets are also available for $8. Details: 412-389-8366.
Monday: The Natrona Comes Together Free Children’s Playground Summer Program will feature a free craft program at 12:30 p.m. at the Natrona Park Pavilion.
Tuesday: The Natrona Comes Together Free Children’s Playground Summer Program will feature a reading program with crafts and games at 12:30 p.m. at the park pavilion.
July 19: The Who Knew? The Allegheny Valley Community Library Program will present “Secrets of Our Rivers” at 6 p.m. at the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd. and online at Zoom.us. Reservations required. Reservations: call 724-226-3491 or visit the calendar tab at alleghenyvalleylibrary.org.
July 25 to 29: Harvest Church will host a holiday Bible school, “Kidzfest Australia”, for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade from 6-7:30 p.m. at the church, 1207 Pacific Ave., Natrona Heights. Register: harvestpa.org/events. Details: 724-548-5643.
July 31 : A scholarship to benefit the Robin’s Home charity which helps low-income female veterans and their children will be held at Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars, 894 Veterans Lane. Doors open at 11 a.m., lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 1 p.m. Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door; includes lunch. There will be a cash bar, break open tickets, silent auction, table selection and raffles. Tickets: 724-904-7649.
Monday: The Leechburg Public Library Board will meet at 6.30pm at the Library, 137 Market Street. Public reception.
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.
Tuesday: First United Methodist Church, 251 Main Street, will be holding a Vitalant Community Blood Drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church’s communion hall. Appointments recommended. Appointment : 412-209-7000 or visit donateblood.centralbloodbank.org and use group code G0110175.
Wednesday: The Leechburg Public Library Book Club will meet at 6pm at the Library, 139 Market St. The selection will be ‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig. Welcome new members. Details: 724-236-0080.
July 25 to 29: Bethel United Methodist Church, 150 Alder St., will have a vacation Bible school, “Rocky Railway,” from 9:30 a.m. to noon for children ages 4 through those who have completed fifth grade. Donations will be accepted. Reservations: bethelumc.us.
Tuesday: The Community Clothes Closet, 1129 Kenneth Ave., will be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Items available include clothing for all family members, shoes and linens. New customers receive 15 free items. Donations of summer clothing accepted during opening hours.
July 17: The People’s Library is organizing a basket raffle to benefit the library. The baskets are on display at the New Kensington location, 880 Barnes St., and photographs of the baskets are available at the Lower Burrell Library, 3052 Wachter St. The draw will take place July 17. Cost: $5 each. Tickets: in both libraries.
Tuesdays : Remove the Books Sensibly (TOPS) meets at 6 p.m. at Oakmont United Methodist Church, 419 Maryland Ave. Monthly fee: $5; the first appointment is free. Details: vrevill[email protected]
July 31 : Reservations are being accepted for the Kerr Museum Victorian Bridal Luncheon scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Oakmont Country Club. Hats and fascinators welcome. Cost: $75. Reservation required before July 22. Reservations: 412-826-9295.
August 6: A drag bingo featuring Divine Divas to benefit Guyasuta Youth Football will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Comfort Inn RIDC, 180 Gamma Drive. Doors open at 4 p.m. Admission: $25. Must be at least 18 years old to attend. Food and drinks will be sold. Tickets: tinyurl.com/mvec3ncw.
Today: The Parks Township Sportsman’s Club will host a country music night from 5-8 p.m. at the club, 1111 Shipman Road. Bring your favorite string instrument and sing along. Refreshments available. Public reception. Details: 724-845-2390.
Monday: The Springdale Free Public Library will be sponsoring a bee program at 6 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. Nancy Thorne of the Western Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association will be the speaker and bring an observation hive. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.
July 20: The Springdale Free Public Library will be offering a glass jar craft workshop at 1 p.m. at the library, 331 School St. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729.
Tuesday: A free outdoor storytime for children ages 3-5 will be held at noon near the water play area at Riverview Memorial Park, First Avenue. Bring a blanket or a chair. Sponsored by the Allegheny Valley Community Library. Time permits.
Wednesday: The Elks will be hosting bingo at 6:30 p.m. at the lodge, 219 E. Sixth Ave. The kitchen is open to the public from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Menu: elks644.org/elks-kitchen-1. Orders: 724-226-1644 before 8:15 p.m.
Sept. 8 to 10: Summit Hose Co. is accepting applications from artisans and suppliers for its fall festival. No food vendors, please. Details: Tami Sudy, 878-302-5367 or [email protected]
August 28: Sky View Radio Society is accepting reservations for flea market tailgating spaces at its Swap N’ Shop Hamfest from 8 a.m. to noon at the society’s grounds, 2335 Turkey Ridge Road. Cost: $5 per space. Reservations and details: John Italiano, 724-339-3821.
Tuesday: The Vandergrift Public Library YoYos Needles Art Group will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Library Reading Room, 128C. Washington Ave. Please note the new date and time. All skill levels are welcome. No reservation required. Details: 724-568-2212.