Sunday, Dec. 13:
Radford Santa’s Police Cruise
Beginning at 3 p.m., Santa cruises throughout Radford neighborhoods. A map of Santa’s route is on RadfordVA.gov. Sponsored by the City of Radford Police Department.
Monday, Dec. 14:
Radford Handcrafted Holiday Night Market
Located at the Radford Triangle Lot, W. Main St., 5-8 p.m., featuring the Java Brothers and local vendors. The event is sponsored by MountainTrotter Arts and the Radford Information and Welcome Center
Puppy Kindergarten Mini Course
This class is for puppies 10 to 17 weeks of age. The class is designed to get the puppy off to the right start. The puppy will learn how to interact with people by sitting to greet and how to bite nicely. The class lessons cover how to teach sit, down and come. Owners will learn how to teach their puppy in a positive and proactive manner. They will learn how to deal with the typical puppy problems such as chewing, barking, mouthing and jumping up. The puppy comes to all classes. Please bring a chair. The class is taught outside at 4 p.m. as course #312230-D5. The cost is $60 refundable and $70 non-refundable.
To register, visit www.blacksburg.gov/recreation or call 540-443-1100.
Wednesday, Dec. 16:
Register to Light Up Your Home for the Holidays in Christiansburg
The Christiansburg Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a residential holiday decorating contest. Staff will visit each destination to determine the top 10 entries, which then go on the town’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cburgvagov) for voting by the community. Voting begins Friday, Dec. 18, and runs through 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21. Once all applications are received, decorated homes who give permission will be included in a map for others to visit on a self-guided light tour. To register for the contest, complete form by Dec. 16 at noon.
Thursday, Dec. 17:
Radford Christmas Cruise Thru
At the Radford Recreation Center, 200 George St., from 6 – 8 p.m. The event will feature a car decorating contest and holiday treats. Applications can be found on RadfordVA.gov.
Thursday, Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Jan. 1
Christiansburg closings for Christmas, New Year’s
The town’s facilities will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day on Dec. 24-25.
Solid waste normally scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 24, will be collected on Tuesday, Dec. 22, along with Tuesday’s regular collection.
Solid waste normally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 25, will be collected on Wednesday, Dec. 23, along with Wednesday’s regular collection.
The town’s facilities will be closed for New Year’s Day on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Solid waste normally scheduled for Fridays will be collected on Thursday, Dec. 31, along with Thursday’s regular collection.
Friday-Sunday through Dec. 16, daily through Dec. 24
Wrapping for a Reason
A holiday wrapping booth to raise money for local emergency assistance is in operation in Uptown Christiansburg (formerly NRV Mall), near Bath & Body Works. The booth is open Fridays through Sunday through Dec. 16 and then is open daily through Christmas Eve.
Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts in a sanitary, socially distanced environment. All proceeds benefit Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, commonly known as MCEAP, which provides emergency food, clothing, utility, rent and mortgage assistance to Montgomery County residents year-round. The Sign Up link is https://tinyurl.com/w4r2020.
Persons unable to volunteer time and talents this year, may consider donating supplies such as hand sanitizer and disinfecting spray/wipes, so all proceeds can go directly to help community members in need. A monetary, tax-deductible, year-end donation to MCEAP is also welcome. Details are at mceap.com or 540-260-3173. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 540-239-1093.
Through Tuesday, Dec. 22:
Radford Business window and residential decorating contest
Throughout the city. Tour the commercial districts and neighborhoods from the safety of a vehicle and then vote for favorites. A map is available on RadfordChamber.com.
Through Thursday, Dec. 31:
Christiansburg Leaf Collection
The Town of Christiansburg’s annual free leaf collection is underway and runs through Dec. 31, weather permitting. Public Works crews use a special truck that vacuums the leaves. Therefore, they will collect only piles of loose leaves; leaves placed in bags will not be accepted. Please do not place your pile of loose leaves in a way that blocks sidewalks, sanitary sewers, solid waste carts, drainage ditches or utility meter boxes. If you are concerned your leaves may blow away prior to pick-up, please place a tarp on top of your pile. Crews will remove the tarp when they get there, collect your leaves and leave your tarp behind.
Through Monday, Jan. 4:
United Way Festival of Trees
The United Way and some of its partner agencies are decorating Christmas trees in their offices as a way to help spread some holiday cheer in these troublesome times. Pictures of each tree will be posted on unitedwaynrv.org/tree.
Residents of the NRV have the job of picking their favorite tree by visiting the United Way website anytime through Monday, Jan. 4, checking out the trees and casting a vote. A special trophy will be awarded to the winner.
Voting will be cast by donations of any amount.
Aquatic, Rec Center hours for appointments
The Christiansburg Aquatic Center is open by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 5 pm. To make a reservation, visit www.cacpool.com.
The Christiansburg Recreation Center is open by appointment only Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m., on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. To make a reservation, visit www.christiasnburg.org/recreation.
Montgomery-Floyd Library Curbside only
All branches of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library are offering only curbside pickup service (including remote printing). In-branch services are not currently available. Curbside hours are: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please return all library items in the outside Book Drop. Visit https://www.mfrl.org for more information.
Radford Public Library Resumes In-Library Appointments
Same-day in-house browsing and computer use appointments can be made Monday through Saturday on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff will continue to ask screening health questions, take temperatures and require masks be worn as part of the ongoing process of in-library browsing. Children/youth under 18 are welcome to browse when accompanied by an adult. Please call (540) 731-3621 to schedule an appointment to browse or use the computers on Thursday through Saturday.
Radford Public Library Grab & Go Services
Monday through Saturday. Please remember that you can use the MyLibro app to search RPL’s catalog and place holds as well as schedule pick-up times. For Grab and Go Prints, email the documents you would like printed to email@example.com, then call 731-3621 to make sure the document are received and schedule a time to pick them up at the building entrance. Prices are the same as usual ($0.10 for black and white, $0.25 for color), and exact change is appreciated when possible.