Community News & Events


SWAG (Students With Alternative Goals) Initiative

Ambridge Area Chamber Business Leaders attended the first meeting to participate in a program called the SWAG initiative. The meeting was  held by gracious host Debi Leopardi and the Ambridge Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center.  SWAG (Students With Alternative Goals) is a program initiated by Ambridge School District in which students are able to take courses which specifically deal with school-to-work transition. Mrs. Brewer from the Ambridge Area High School indicated students’ classes will be offered in the morning and will focus on communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as the latest technology applications. Students will be able to leave school to either work in an established field or to participate in the mentoring program, which is being offered within the business community of Ambridge.  We wish the inaugural placement of several students great success and applaud the Chamber businesses for their willingness to participate in this initial placement of students.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Chamber and we will put you in touch with SWAG coordinators.



Recycled Dreams at the Silk House Cafe
Recycled Dreams has invited local collectors to come out and sell their antiques and collectibles that don’t fit in their collections anymore on Saturday, July 26. This will be held in the lot beside their store as well as in their back yard. They still have a few spots for vendors: all spots are $20. Please call 412-974-8108 if you are interested in setting up. Crafters are also welcome to set up. Looks to be a beautiful, dry Saturday so this would be a great day to be out. There is no admittance fee for shoppers and gates will promptly open at 10am and the sale will go until 3pm or until the last shopper leaves.



Ambridge Eagles
The Ambridge Eagles on 4th & Maplewood Avenue is holding a Wing Cook-Off on Sunday, August 3rd from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Restaurants and amateurs will cook their wings for judging.   This is a family fun day with other foods available, as well as the wings, live entertainment and children activities.  All proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association. There will be a silent auction, as well. If any merchants or companies are interested in donating monetary and/or basket items for the auction, please contact Karen Ivancik (contact information available on request).

Professional Participants
Fire House Lounge, Ambridge – 2013 Winner Fiesta Ranch Wings
Talerico’s, Ambridge – 2013 Winner Hot Wings
Hollywood Café, Harmony Twp., returning competitor
Rooks Cantina 505, Ambridge, returning competitor
High Ridge BBQ, Harmony Twp.
Big Creek BBQ, Economy
Little Athens, Ambridge
Robert’s Roadside, Bridgwater
Special Celebrity / Guest Judge
State Representative Robert Matzie
Angel Blue Band (2:15 – 3:45 pm)
Skyn Deep (4:15 – 5:45 pm)
Special Meet & Greet
Chris Dempsey, Professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter
One-Mile Fun Walk - begins at 2:00 pm, winner receives special prize


Old Economy Village
New Harmony is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and to help them celebrate, Old Economy Village is offering a bus trip to visit the area. The trip is open to anyone who is interested. The cost per person is $368 (includes room, transportation, and Saturday dinner/hospitality suite) with a minimum of 40 attendees. If 40 attendees are not signed up, the cost will increase. The trip will be the weekend of August 8-10, 2014. If you are interested in joining Old Economy Village for this once in a lifetime, fun filled experience, contact Sandy Carroll at 724-266-4500 x120.

Pictures from last year’s trip to New Harmony:

 Old Economy Village
“Happy Birthday, Getrude!” event on August 23 from 10am-5pm, with a birthday party from 2:30-3:30pm.


Old Economy Village
Celebrate the change of seasons and welcome fall at Old Economy Village’s Autumn Fest September 20 (10am-5pm)-21 (12-5pm).


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