Upcoming Events

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From the annual Master Gardener Plant Sales to Disabled Vets meetings, these are the region’s upcoming events.

Thursday, May 9:

Scrabble Club

Enjoy a challenging and fun game with other word enthusiasts, 4 – 6 p.m. at the Jessie Peterman Memorial Library

Sewbiz, located on Pepper’s Ferry Road, grand re-opening celebration; May 9 – 12. mystery discounts door prizes, demonstrations, raffle items and refreshments.

Saturday, May 11:

Fish Fry

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its May Fish Fry on Saturday, May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Slusser’s Chapel Picnic Shelter, 1531 Mount Tabor Road, Blacksburg. Adults-$8, children (under 12)-$4, carry-outs-$8. Dynamic Sound DJ Earl Brown will be spinning some great music for us this month. Call 540-449-6178 for further information.

Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale

The New River Valley Master Gardener Association is holding its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the Montgomery County Government Center on Roanoke Street in Christiansburg. Annual fundraiser provides grants to many local gardening groups. Held rain or shine. Perennials, annuals, shrubs, vegetables, and more. Plants may be purchased with cash or checks only; no credit cards.

Monday, May 13:

Radford City Schools Special Education Advisory Meeting

A Special Education Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 4 p.m. at the Parent Educator Resource Center located in the white building beside McHarg Elementary School (700 12th Street) in Radford. The public is invited to attend.  If you have questions please contact Angie McCauley, Chairperson, at 540-731-3652.

Disabled American Veterans Christiansburg chapter meeting

United States Disabled American Veterans Chapter: J M Wainright #29 meets every second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 1620 S Franklin St, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073. www.davmembersportal.org/chapters/VA/29

Tuesday, May 14:

Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Stuart Horse Artillery Camp #1784 will meet at 7 p.m. at Ray’s Restaurant on Rt. 221, north of Floyd. Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) are also invited to attend. For further information, please call 1-216-233-8401 or 540-239-9864.

Thursday, May 16:

Mindfulness Meditation

Blacksburg Library, 6 -7 p.m. This meeting will include instruction as well as practice time. All are welcome. Cindy Cowden has been practicing mindfulness meditation, or insight meditation, since 1990. She enjoys sharing this practice with people who are curious about how mindfulness might support their lives.

Friday, May 17:

Christiansburg Library summer concert series

Christiansburg Library lawn, 7-8:30 p.m. – Root2 Music. Root2 Music is the musical intersection of Deep South country blues and Celtic/Appalachian fiddle music.  David Frank (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Nancy Reid (fiddle, vocals) perform traditional and original blues with a distinctive Appalachian flavor. You can visit them at http://www.root2music.com/.

Free Skin Cancer Screening

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and River Ridge Dermatology will be hosting a free skin cancer screening at the Christiansburg Recreation Center on Friday, May 17, from 1:30-4 p.m. Regular skin checks play a vital role in early detection and treatment. Don’t miss Dr. Chad Johnston and Dr. Aleksandra Brown at this walk-in event. All ages are welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The last patient must be checked in no later than 3:50 p.m.

Saturday, May 18:

Caturday
Noon – 1 p.m. at the Christiansburg Public Library. Sign up at the front desk for a 15 minute slot to read to a cat from the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center to practice reading and socialize shelter cats. All ages.

Wednesday, May 22:

Swim League

Sign up for a summer of fun competing in the Southwest Virginia Swim League (SVSL) on the Christiansburg Aquatic Center Blue Fins Swim Team. All ages are welcome, including adults! First practice will begin May 22.

Thursday,  May 23:

Help save the Pilot Community Center

Pilot School was built in 1921 and served the academic needs of the local community until the 1960s when it became the Pilot Community Center. The building needs some repairs, and we are asking local residents to help determine the future of this historic Appalachian structure and how it will continue to best serve the community. Please make your opinion known at a meeting on Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Pilot Community Center. The address is 4449 Brush Creek Rd., Pilot, VA 24138.

On-going:

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