News Briefs – August 2, 2017



Micah’s Backpack

During the summer months, Micah’s Backpack is seeking volunteers to help pack bags, load cars, restock shelves, and break down packaging on Wednesday nights at 6 pm. Set-up begins at 5:30 pm.

When school resumes, they go back to packing on Thursday nights at 6 pm. Volunteers meet at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 2308 Merrimac Road, Blacksburg.

Call RSVP for more details.

Sparky’s Run Dog Park

Due to a waterline break, water has been temporarily cut off. Repairs have been scheduled.

Senior Center​ volunteer

Radford Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to teach basic knitting to senior citizens age 50 and up. Interested participants, please contact Audrey Caldwell at 731-5517.

Radford Senior Center is interested in starting a book club at Radford Senior Center. Please contact Audrey Caldwell at 731-5517 for further information.

Farmacy Garden, volunteers needed

A community garden is located right next to the Health and Human Services Building, at 210 pepper street SW. 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 six raised beds in the garden that are senior accessible (four that you can work in from a seated position and two that you can work in standing). Call RSVP for more details.

The 12th Annual Dana Palmer Scholarship Weekend, tomorrow

Schedule of Events (August 3rd – 5th):


Inspirational Concert 6pm

Fairlawn Church of God

7858 Peppers Ferry Blvd

Fairlawn, VA 24141


Music Festival 6-10pm

Bisset Park Gazebo

49 Berkley Williams Drive

Radford, VA 24141


Golf Tournament (65/player) 1pm Tee Time

Draper Valley Golf Club

2800 Big Valley Rd

Draper, VA 24324

Black & Gold Social 8pm


218 Tyler Ave

Radford, VA 24141

American Legion meeting, tomorrow

The American Legion, Harvey-Howe-Carper Post 30 will meet on Thursday, August 3, 7pm at the Post Home on 27 West Main Street in Radford. All veterans, men and women, are invited to attend.

For further information, please call 250-2283 or 239-9864.

Red Cross blood drive, Friday

The annual Blood Drive at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium will be held on

Friday, August 4 from 11-4 p.m. Volunteers are needed on this day

to work registration, canteen, and provide donor assistance. Parking passes

will be provided in advance by the Red Cross. For more information, call


HPV clinic, Aug. 11

The Health Dept and RaCPS is holding immunization clinic Aug.11 at BH from 11-2. There will be a Flu clinic in Oct. and the 2nd HPV vaccine will be offered. The 3rd HPV clinic will be held in April at the HS for those over age 15. In most instances, children who do not have their Tdap booster will not be allowed to attend school until proof of immunization is offered. The Flu and HPV clinics are strictly optional.

Radford Public Library booksale, Aug. 11-12

A large number of religious and inspirational materials as well as the usual categories will be available. Lots of comic books, such as G.I. Joe, Spawn, Witchblade, Superman, and others are priced to sell. There are many DVD’s, classics and a free table. Come and support the Radford Public Library Aug. 11-12 from 10-5 p.m.

Quartet performance, Aug. 19

The Primitive Quartet and Kevin Kemp will be at Grayson County High School Auditorium in Independence, VA. Admission is $10. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

For more info contact 276-233-6425 or 276-768-7020.

Sponsored by Independence Volunteer Fire Department

New River Watershed Roundtable, August 26

On August 26th, 2017, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties, and the City of Radford, will host the Fall 2017 ReNew the New Regional River Clean-up Event. All five localities are cleaning-up different sections of the New River watershed, whether it be on the New River or on one of its tributaries.

Renew the New, Aug. 26

Radford is once again participating in the Regional River Clean up known as Renew the New. This year’s event will take place on August 26, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. and registration will be at Shelter 3 in Bisset Park, lunch and a t-shirt will be provided.