Wednesday, Feb. 10:
Radford University’s WWII Series
Radford University’s WWII History series resumes on February 10 at 4 p.m. with a presentation by Tom Snediker on “Life during Wartime: Jazz Music in Occupied Paris.” Attend via Zoom or in person following COVID restrictions (In-person attendance remains available only to individuals affiliated with Radford University). Find out more on RU’s web page.
Registration due for 4-H Mars Base Camp Program
This year’s 4-H national STEM initiative, 4-H Mars Base Camp, is a series of challenge activities designed to explore the topic of a mission to Mars. Activities help youth develop critical thinking skills while learning more about space exploration and the red planet. The initiative consists of four activities related to agriculture, STEM, healthy living and civic engagement.
The activities and Zoom sessions are designed for ages 8 to 12 years old. They will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 16 through May 4, 2021.
Zoom will be used for the meeting platform to demonstrate activities, discuss the project results, and have some social time with others participating in the project. The project requires Mars Base Camp Kits Families order their own kits (family or educator depending on needs of the family) from National 4-H Supply, to be delivered at their home, from the following website: National 4-H Mall, Mars Base Camp Kits
Cost for a family kit is $17.95. The cost of an educator’s kit is $27.95.
Allow three to four weeks for delivery to be ready for the first Zoom meeting. Limited financial assistance may be available for those who need it Contact your agent (email@example.com) for more information.
Register at this site: 4-H Mars Base Camp Registration by today, Feb. 10. Please do not order kits until you hear that enough persons have registered for the program to proceed. Program details with Zoom links will be sent after the registration deadline.
A Beginner’s Approach to Garden Photography
This is a Zoom presentation at noon by Robert E. Lyons, Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware, former Director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden and a faculty member of the VT Horticulture Department.
This talk is all about using your eyes, your mind, and your camera to capture moments in your personal landscapes. They may be your gardens, vignettes from your travels, seasonal records of your favorite plants, and/or features of landscape designs. Presentation content is example-driven, and provides understandable and uncomplicated information to create aesthetically pleasing images in a relatively short period of time. While equipment details and camera mechanics will be mentioned, they will not dominate the presentation. Instead, the impact and exploitation of prevailing light, elements of photographic composition, the power of mastering depth of field, and developing a personal style will be emphasized. This presentation is particularly relevant for and geared towards early stage photographers who use a variety of devices, including DSLR’s, mobile/cell phones, or both. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Ymy3HGvrxExkxf
Virtual Book Talk
From 11 a.m. to noon at the Christiansburg Library. To be discussed virtually this month is “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, virtually.
Chair Yoga for everybody: Virtual
From 2 to 2:30 p.m. at the Blacksburg Library. Join Rachel for 20 minutes of chair yoga. Optional props are a pillow (any size) and a strap such as a bathrobe tie. Call 540-552-8246 for details.
Talking About Books
11 a.m. at the Meadowbrook Public Library. To be discussed is Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet. Call to reserve a copy. For more information, call Janet Wren at 540-268-1964.
Thursday, Feb. 11:
Preparing Your Estate Plan
Estate planning is a topic people tend to put off or ignore, but it’s also one of the most important things they’ll ever do. Properly planning an estate helps prepare a secure future for generations to come. The program will include what to consider when creating a will, the benefits of trusts in estate planning, how to reduce estate taxes and how insurance can help protect an estate’s heirs and family.
Local estate-planning attorney Bettye Ackerman will present the program and will be available to answer questions. The program will begin at 4 pm.
To attend, go to www.zoom.com and enter the meeting ID 965 2535 6165 and the password 130483.
Friday, Feb. 12:
Backyard Bird Count
From Friday, Feb. 12 – Monday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Meadowbrook Public Library. Supplies will be provided at the library to make a bird feeder. Then count and identify the birds that visit your backyard. Supplies are limited.
Saturday, Feb. 13:
Dialogue on Race 2021 Winter Summit
This event is being held on online on Zoom from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. All Dialogue on Race events in the future will be held online or virtually.
The keynote speakers will be Dr. Abraham B. Hardee III, DO/PhD, and Dr. Pete Guerra, MDA. Subjects include the Year in Masks, the COVID Pandemic, Race and Racism and Vaccination and Vaccines: What to know and what to do. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Jbi908JMSgq1264cQKX8Eg.
Craft Supply Swap – Outdoors
At 3 p.m. at the Blacksburg Library weather permitting. Bring unwanted craft supplies and trade them for new stuff. All unclaimed items will be donated to the library or to the New River Creative Reuse Center. Please bring donations to the library at least four days before the swap so that items can be quarantined. Call the library ahead of time to ensure the event is happening.
Monday, Feb. 15:
RPL closed for President’s Day
The Radford Public Library will be closed in observance of President’s Day. It will open for browsing, computer and Grab & Go appointments again on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m. Many options for digital ebooks, audiobooks, movies, television shows and more are available through a variety of free platforms from the Radford Public Library website with a library card.
Thursday, Feb. 18:
Discord Comic Book Club
Join the Radford Public Library for an all-ages voice chat discussion of Comic Books via Discord. To be read and discussed this month is Jason Latour’s “Spider-Gwen Vol. 1: Greater Power.” Check it out at this link: Spider-Gwen https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12020853. Send the library a Facebook message or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. You will then receive an invitation at the RPL Discord server (it’s incredibly easy to set up and we are more than happy to help you with it).
All Month of February, at the Christiansburg Library.
Exercise your brain and body as you read and walk the trail. Begin at the library the College Street entrance of Downtown Park. This month’s book is The Big Red Barn.
Through Friday, Mar. 5:
Glencoe Mansion “2020 in Review” Art Show
The show features the works of artists Cheryl Mackian, the Radford Photo Club and Teresa Regil, whose works all appeared in the Gallery during 2020. The exhibit opened on Tuesday, Jan. 26. It is free to the public.
Through Saturday, April 24:
‘Unbearable Beauty’ Exhibit at Moss Arts Center
The exhibit is open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Saturday, April 24. The exhibit is a demonstration of the devastation human activity has wreaked on the environment. The exhibit is free and open to the public.