Upcoming Events

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Today, Wednesday, Sept. 11:

Joanna Sunshine’s Fiber Art Exhibit

Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Alexander Black House Museum, 204 Draper Road, Blacksburg, exhibit runs until Oct. 12

 

Helping Hands

Brings knitters, crocheters and sewers together to make items for various needs in the community. Bring a project of choice and join for a fun afternoon at the Christiansburg Rec Center, 1600 N. Franklin Street. Every Wednesday afternoon starting Sept. 11 from 1-3 p.m.

 

Thursday, September 12:

 

Human Battleship

Play human battleship at the Jessie Peterman Memorial Library at 4:30 p.m. Play in teams. Ages 8 years and up.

 

Friday, September 13:

 

Joy of Journaling

Journaling is a powerful tool for self-awareness. The Jessie Peterman Memorial Library will have a journaling workshop from 3 – 4 p.m.

 

Saturday, Sept. 14:

 

Fish Fry

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its September Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m. at Slusser’s Chapel Picnic Shelter, 1543 Mount Tabor Rd, Blacksburg. All-you-can-eat fish, fries and slaw; homemade desserts; and beverages. Adults-$8, children under 12-$4, (under 3)-free, carry-outs-$8. Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge will be playing. Held rain or shine under the picnic shelter below the lower church parking lot. Call 540-449-6178 for further information. On Facebook at MtTaborRuritan

 

Wormy Spaghetti

In honor of Roald Dahl’s birthday, feed your imaginative appetites as we cook wormy spaghetti from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes, refresh ourselves with magical homemade frobscottle (the BFG style) and fizzy lifting drinks a la Willy Wonka.

All ages welcome! Meadowbrook Public Library, 3 p.m.

 

Monday, Sept. 16:

 

Creative Writing Critique Group

Local author and co-founder of Maplecat Press Autumn Morgera will help writers improve their craft through critique and community! Join in each first and third Monday evening at the Radford Public Library. Registration required. Register at (540) 731-3621. 5 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 17:

 

2019 Kentland Farm Beef and Forage Day

Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hosts. Event will highlight current research projects at Kentland Farm, grazing practices and pasture management, and feature a farm tour. Speakers from Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and industry will deliver workshops and demonstrations on fence building, extending the grazing season, grazing summer annuals, forest to pasture conversion, industrial hemp, using drones to assess pasture health, and hard cider research. Cost is $10, which includes lunch. To register, please send contact information and payment to the Pulaski County Extension office (Attn: Kentland Field Day): 143 Third Street NW Suite 3, Pulaski, VA 24301. Checks payable to: “Treasurer – Virginia Tech.”

 

Wednesday, Sept. 18:

 

Radford Reads with John Lane

Poet, essayist, and author John Lane of Wofford College will visit the Radford Public Library at 6 p.m. to speak about his writing. His writings on nature and the environment have been published widely, including Coyote Settles the South and Anthropocene Blues.

 

Friday, Sept. 20:

 

Skatepark Showdown

Christiansburg Aquatic Center and Greenhouse Boardshop team up to host the ultimate Skatepark Showdown! This year’s competition kicks it up a notch with local rock band Barren Minds. Contest will include trophies and prizes for: beginner, intermediate and advanced street, best trick mini ramp and 6 stair. Dust off your board and get ready to grind! Bring your lawn chair and extra cash for food provided by Hot Diggity Dogs. Registration starts at 6 p.m. with competition starting at 7 p.m. Fee: $10, includes t-shirt.

 

Sunday, Sept. 22:

 

Tackle the Tower!

Christiansburg Aquatic Center, 2-4 p.m. Have you ever jumped from five meters in the air into 17 feet of water? Well at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center you can! We open our five meter platform and three meter spring board to the public. Come and Tackle the Tower at the CAC! All who participate must be able to swim 25 yards.

Fee: daily admission.

 

NAACP meeting

The General Body meeting of the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Old Hill School Community Center, 570 High Street in Christiansburg. The CREDO presentation will be by Kevin Byrd, Executive Director, and Michael Harvey, Board Chair, of the New River Valley Regional Commission. They will give an overview of the work of the NRVRC and updates on broadband and affordable housing. All are welcome!

 

Tuesday, Sept. 24:

 

Radford Reads with Tom Angleberger

Local author Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series and many other kids’ favorites, will be visiting the Radford Public Library at 6 p.m. Come in costume as your favorite Star Wars character for a chance to win a prize! A selection of his books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

 

Saturday, Sept. 28:

 

Dailey and Vincent concert

Bluegrass musicians Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. at New River Community College in Dublin. Tickets now on sale, available for purchase online at www.nr.edu/fiddle or at the NRCC Business Office, 23 Godbey Hall, Dublin and Pulaski County Visitor Center (cash and checks only for in-person ticket purchase). Online ticket purchases may be made by credit card only and will incur a $1 service charge per ticket.

Saturday, Oct. 5:

Freedom Fund Banquet

Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP annual Freedom Fund Banquet; Inn at Virginia Tech. Social Hour and Silent Auction begin at 5 p.m., Banquet begins at 6p.m. Speaker is Mr. Jeff May, motivational speaker, from Fayetteville, NC. All are welcome! Please purchase your tickets or reserve your tables now. Businesses, churches, organizations or families can reserve tables that will seat 10 people for dinner. Tickets can be purchased on-line via Event Brite: <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/44th-freedom-fund-banquet-tickets-60795298374>. For additional information contact us info@mrfnaacp.org.

On-going:

VFW Scholarship Opportunity

The Meadowbrook Library and VFW Post 4920 and Auxiliary are working together to provide the opportunity for students to enter for the VFW Scholarships-Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy. These are open for students in grades 6-12. These scholarships can be worth up to $30,000 but you have to enter to be eligible. Entry forms and instructions are available at the Meadowbrook Library.

Storytime at the Radford Public Library

Come join us for weekly storytimes at the library! Storytimes are designed to promote pre-reading skills and a love of books. We share books, finger-plays, songs, and other activities that parents and caregivers can repeat at home. No sign-up required, just drop in!

Ages 0-2: Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up: Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 – 11:45 a.m.

Town of Christiansburg competitions

On Sept. 14, the Town will hold its first talent show. Christiansburg’s Top Talent will feature all types of family-friendly entertainment on Hickok Street from 5-8 p.m.Also, food for purchase from local food trucks. Competition divided into two categories: 18 and younger and 19 and older. Winners of each will be awarded cash prizes: $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. Performers interested in the event should apply at www.christiansburg.org/toptalent by Sept. 6 with a video showcasing their talent.

The Town’s Second Annual Photo of the Year Contest is underway. Applicants interested in sharing their unique perspective of Christiansburg are encouraged to submit a photo at www.christiansburg.org/photooftheyear. Winning photo will hang in Town Hall alongside the 2019 winner. Submit photo entries by Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

The Town is also searching for its Heritage Ornament to send to Richmond this holiday season. Crafters should enter the Annual Ornament Contest at www.christiansburg.org/ornament for a chance to have their work displayed on the Virginia Holiday Tree at the Executive Mansion. All other entries will have their ornaments displayed on the Christiansburg tree in Town Hall. Enter hand-crafted ornament by Oct. 25 at 4 p.m.

Radford High School Reunion

Radford High School classes of 1990-1994 are having a multi-class reunion on homecoming weekend (Sept. 20-21, 2019). Come to the homecoming football game on Friday night (Radford vs Gretna), and then join us for the reunion events on Saturday, Sept. 20. Saturday events include a high school tour at 11 a.m., a family picnic at Bisset Park at 12:30 p.m., and a party at Sharkey’s Up Top beginning at 5 p.m. We also invite faculty to attend the events. For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Joseph Burcham at 703-878-8380 or josephaburcham@yahoo.com. Good initial head count needed by Aug. 15.

Montgomery County, City of Radford broadband study looking for feedback

In partnership with the New River Valley Regional Commission, Montgomery County and the City of Radford are seeking feedback from citizens regarding the current status of broadband in our communities. Both electronic and paper copies of the survey are available throughout Montgomery County and the City of Radford.

To access either the electronic survey or to find out where to get a paper copy of the survey, visit http://yesmontgomeryva.org/Broadband-Survey-Released.

Take 60 on Hickok Street

Every Friday throughout the summer, get out of the office, take a break for home chores, come down to Hickok Street for lunch, lawn games and music. Macado’s, Mockingbird and El Bronco will have take-out lunch deals (visit www.Christiansburg.org/take 60) Print the flyer or show the image on your phone for:The Mockingbird Cafe & Bakery’s free bag lunch upgrade (buy a sandwich and get a free drink and cookie or cupcake), Macado’s 10 percent off any lunch meal and El Bronco Mexican Bar & Grill’s free drink with the purchase of any lunch meal.

Community Health Center of the New River Valley helps adults access VA health coverage

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, new health coverage for adults will cover more people. If you work in retail, construction, childcare, landscaping, food service or many of the jobs that don’t offer health insurance, you may be able to get low-cost health insurance that includes regular preventive care and treatment for chronic health conditions. To find out if you’re eligible, phone the Community Health Center of the NRV (215 Roanoke Street) at 540 381-0820, or visit coverva.org

Montgomery Museum volunteer opportunities

A number of volunteer opportunities are available at the Montgomery Museum.

Docent: training is provided for individuals to staff the front office, answer calls, make sales, and interpret the history of the museum; events planning: planning and implementation of our major events annually, including Heritage Day, Mountains of Music, h’Arts on Main, Cruisin’ Christiansburg; Working with any of the committees: (Membership, Marketing, Events/Fundraising, Building Expansion, Building and Grounds); research with genealogy projects: working with the genealogy team; gardening: working in the garden with Virginia Master Gardeners. Contact 540.382.5644 and visit www.montgomerymuseum.org

Pre-1940s schools exhibit seeks contributions

The Montgomery Museum of Art and History is celebrating an upcoming new exhibit at the museum on the history of schools in Montgomery County with a series of school photos this month. If you’d like to contribute to the museum’s collection of pre-1940 photos of county schools, please contact the museum curator, Sherry Wyatt, at collections@montgomerymuseum.org.