Briefs – June 17, 2017


Super Cruise-In, today

The cruise-in, sponsored by New River Valley Classic Cruisers, will be today from 3-7 p.m., at Bisset Park. Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Food and drinks, bring the family for a look back in time.

Mountains of Music, today

The Montgomery Museum is in need of volunteers for the Mountains of Music on Main event in downtown Christiansburg today. Help is needed with concession stands from 3-7 p.m. Please call RSVP to sign up and for more details.

Mary Draper Ingles Weekend

Get a glimpse of late 1700s rural life in southwest Virginia at Ingles Farm, where Mary lived out her life along the New River, today 10-3 p.m., 9 Wilderness Road

Glencoe Mansion-living history demonstrations, reenactors from the 51st Virginia Infantry will provide an encampment on the mansion grounds on Saturday, June 17, 10AM-4PM

Mary Draper Ingles Cultural Heritage Park-bronze statue of the heroine Mary Draper Ingles, 601 Unruh Drive, dawn to dusk everyday

Obelisk at Westview Cemetery, 1500 Fifth St featuring stones from Mary’s original cabin, dawn to dusk everyday

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, ‘An Epic Journey’ at the Mary Draper Ingles Cultural Heritage Park, 601 Unruh Drive, dawn to dusk everyday

Mural, ‘The Return of Mary Draper Ingles’ by Alexander B. Clayton, Radford Post Office, 901 W. Main Street

Radford Visitor’s Center-displays, artwork, video about the statue, books, commemorative prints by acclaimed artist P. Buckley Moss and other souvenirs will be available in the gift shop, Saturday, June 17, 10AM-4PM & Sunday, June 18, 1-4PM

6th Annual Pickin’ for Pooches & Fiddlin’ for Felines Benefit Concert, June 24

The 6th annual “Pickin’ for Pooches & Fiddlin’ for Felines” benefit concert will be June 24 at the Nesselrod Bed & Breakfast from 12-6 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of great music, food and family fun. This year will also feature local crafters. Proceeds will go to the humane society’s spay and neuter program and emergency fund. Adult beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Radford fine arts show, June 29

A juried exhibition of recent works by Southwest Virginia artists will be shown from June 29-July 21 at the Radford University artmuseum in downtown Radford. The opening reception will be on June 29 from 5-7 p.m.

Active Adult Day, June 29

Active Adult Day will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, June 29 at the Meadowbrook Community Center. June’s event will feature an ICE CREAM SOCIAL! Come out for a fun game of bingo and win some neat summer prizes. Ice cream will be provided and everyone is encouraged to bring your favorite topping to share. Please call RSVP to register by Friday, June 26.

Farmacy Garden

A community garden is located right next to the Health and Human Services Building. Volunteers are needed to help the Montgomery County Health Department with the garden this season. The hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9-12 p.m.

They grow a wide array of vegetable crops, as well as fruit crops (and just installed some berry bushes and brambles.) All volunteers get to take home some produce, so this opportunity would be especially good for anyone that might need a

little extra help affording fresh fruits and veggies. They have 6 raised beds in the garden that are senior accessible (4 that you can work in from a seated position and two that you can work in standing). Call RSVP for more details.

League of Women Voters Roanoke Valley, July 16

The League of Women Voters in the Roanoke Valley will hold a general membership meeting on July 16 from 3-5 p.m. at the Roanoke City EMS fire station #5. The meeting is free. Please contact or if you have any questions.

Senior Police Academy, July 17

The Christiansburg Police Department, Christiansburg Recreation Department and Christiansburg/Montgomery Triad S.A.L.T. Council are now accepting applications for the 2017 Senior Citizens’ Police Academy. The academy, which will be held July 17-21, from 9-3 p.m., is free and open to any citizen 50 years and older.

During the five-day course, participants will tour the Christiansburg Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, learn about the drug task force and vice units, meet the K-9 units, visit the firing range, hear from a variety of speakers and learn about self-defense, internet crimes against children, radar and DUIs, investigations, and evidence collection.

Applications can be picked up at Christiansburg Recreation Center. If you would like to have an application mailed to you or for more information, please contact Tammy Caldwell at (540) 382-2349, ext. 2003 or email: All applications are subject for review and approval. Participants will undergo a background check.

West End Wednesdays

Join us at West End Wednesdays, Radford’s FREE Concert & Market Series today. West End Wednesdays runs the second Wednesday during the summer months, 5-8 p.m. at the Glencoe Mansion grounds. This family friendly event is located directly next to the mansion, under the large beautiful trees with plenty of lawn-chair, blanket, and dancing room.

Live Music by West End, a singer songwriter duo that you may very well recognize as some of the baristas from Radford Coffee Co, and True North, a dynamic modern rock group singing originals and well known covers that you’ll be sure to sing along to.

On site food by Hethwood Market. Craft Beer, drinks, and desserts available, plus shopping with local vendors including fresh produce, hand-made items & merchants. Visit your local favorites such as Green Heron Arts, Lotus Soapworks, Gracie’s Gardens, Pycone Creamery, LuLaRoe and more. Plus lawn games and plenty of shady law chair spots.

West End Wednesdays is presented by The Radford Chamber of Commerce, and is sponsored in part by MasTec, Bondurant Realty, and River Rent-All. Find out more about the event by searching “West End Wednesdays” on Facebook!

Due to the likelihood of rain and thunderstorms this Wednesday, we will be pushing West End Wednesdays to June 21st, from 5-8 p.m. Please mark your calendar and come out to this event for great local music and vendors!

Unity Christian Church vacation bible school, June 25

A summer kids’ event called Maker Fun Factory VBS will be hosted at Unity Christian Church in Radford from Sunday, June 25th to Thursday, June 29th. At Maker Fun Factory, kids discover that God made them—and for a purpose.

Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.

Each day concludes with the Funshop Finale that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 8:30 p.m.

Kids at Maker Fun Factory VBS will join a missions effort to fund the digging of effective clean water wells for remote villages in Peru.

Maker Fun Factory is for kids from nursery to 8th grade and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. each day starting each evening off with a meal for all to enjoy. For more information or to register, call 540-639-3696 or email

Summer Outdoor Drama Series

Walk to Freedom: The Mary Draper Ingles Story! Both reserved dinner tickets and general admission seating available. Some shows are already sold out so don’t wait, get your tickets now at Radford Drug, 243 W. Main Street or online Performance Dates: June 25, July 30, August 27, and September 24.