Wednesday, March 10:
Radford Chamber Business over Breakfast
From 8-9 a.m. at the Radford Coffee Company, 333 W. Main St. The guest speaker is Kim Repass with the Radford Economic Development department. Pre-registration is requested at www.radfordchamber.com. Please bring a face mask to abide by current COVID-19 state regulations.
World War II: Experience and Legacy at Radford University
At 4 p.m., Sandy French of the RU School of Communication will present “Germany’s Memory Problem: The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” as part of Radford University’s series commemorating the end of the Second World War 75 years ago. The series is sponsored by the Radford University Department of History, the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, and McConnell Library. Everyone is welcome to attend via Zoom. More details are on the history department’s website.
Virtual Book Talk
At the Christiansburg Library from 11 a.m. until noon. Discussed virtually this month is “Lady Clementine” by Marie Benedict.
Chair Yoga for everybody: Virtual
At the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library/Blacksburg Library from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Join Rachel for 20 minutes of chair yoga. Optional props are a pillow (any size) and a strap (abathrobe tie works great). Call 540-552-8246 for details.
Thursday, March 11:
Guest Artist Ken Gonzales-Day
The Radford University Department of Art presents Ken Gonzales-Day, a guest artist and renowned photographer who will about his work and his career virtually at 7:30 p.m. Gonzales-Day is a Los Angeles based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems ranging from lynching photographs to museum displays.
His widely exhibited Erased Lynching series (ongoing), along with the publication of Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 (Duke University Press, 2006) transformed the understanding of racialized violence in the United States and raised awareness of the lynching of Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, and African-Americans in California. It also helped to ground anti-immigration and collective acts of violence within the larger discussion of racial formation, policing, and racial justice movements. The link and passcode to attend this free virtual session are https://radford.zoom.us/j/99436498509. Passcode: 761860.
Friday, March 12:
American Red Cross Blood Drive
From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library/Blacksburg Library. Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org.
Teen Game Night
At 5:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library/Blacksburg Library online. Join other teens online for a live, interactive game night online. Everyone will play jackbox party night games in a family friendly setting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Saturday, March 13:
New River Valley Cares 21st Annual Gala and Auction
This event will be held virtually. Proceeds will be used locally to protect children from abuse and neglect and to strengthen families through education, advocacy, and community partnerships. More information on NRVCares can be found at: www.nrvcares.org. The auction has unique and interesting items. Visit www.nrvcares.givesmart.com to register and to preview auction items. There is no charge to register, and bidding starts at noon on March 11with the online program on Mar. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 15:
At 1 p.m. at the Christiansburg Library. Pick up a kit and learn how to make sock bunnies. Materials will be available for pickup starting Friday, March 12.
Tuesday, March 16:
Radford Reads with Monica Rodden
Join the Radford Public Library at 6:30 p.m. for a Zoom conversation with Monica Rodden, author of “Monsters among Us.” Rodden will read from her book and talk about the publishing process. Email Elizabeth at email@example.com for details. The library has a limited number of free copies of this book to give away while supplies last, so those interested in obtaining a copy should let the staff know.
Head Start Enrolling
New River Community Action is now accepting applications for three- and four-year-olds for Head Start for the 2021-22 school year. Head Start offers a no-charge pre-school for income eligible families. Families may apply by calling the local Head Start center, applying online at newrivercommunityaction.org or by picking up an application form in person at the local center. Applications are accepted year-round. The respective phone numbers for the three local Head Start centers are Christiansburg 540-381-7559, Radford 540-731-4107 and Blacksburg
540-552-0490. Anyone applying in person should bring proof of the child’s birth and proof of the family’s income such as a 1040, a W-2, pay stubs, child support income, money received from grants, and unemployment income.
All month of March
All month of March at the Meadowbrook Public Library. Call the library to request Take-and-Make Craft Kits available for grab-and-go with curbside pickup. They are free but supplies are limited. Craft kits and the dates they are available are as follows: March 8-13 –St. Patrick Crafts; March 15-20- Shark Magnet Clips; March 22-28- Spring and Easter Crafts
All month of March, at the Christiansburg Library. Exercise your brain and body as you read and walk the trail. The walk begins at the library at the College Street entrance of Downtown Park. This month’s book is “The Big Red Barn.”
Teen/Adult Craft-Felt Smartphone Cover
All month of March, at the Meadowbrook Public Library. While supplies last, request a teen/adult craft to receive supplies to make a felt phone cover.
Through March 14:
Youth softball, baseball registration
Montgomery County Parks and Recreation is acceptiing registrations for youth baseball and youth softball in the Auburn and Eastern Montgomery school strands. MCPR is offering tee ball (co-ed, ages 5-6), coach-pitch baseball (boys, ages 7-8), coach-pitch softball (girls, ages 7-8), Ripken Minors Baseball (boys, ages 9-10), Ripken Majors Baseball (boys, ages 11-12), Babe Ruth 10U Softball (girls, ages 9-10) and Babe Ruth 12U Softball (girls, ages 11-12).
To be eligible, players must live in or attend school in the Auburn or Eastern Montgomery school strands. Fees for tee ball and coach-pitch leagues are $40. Fees for Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Softball are $50. Financial assistance is available. The registration deadline is Friday, March 12, at 5:00 p.m. for all in-person or phone registrations and Sunday, March 14, at 11:59 p.m. for online registrations. For more information or to register, visit www.montva.com/parks or phone 540-382-6975.
Through March 31:
Keep Virginia Beautiful Annual “Shiver” Fundraising Event
Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) has opened registration for Shiver in Virginia, a reimagined version of its annual Shiver in the River festival that has been KVB’s largest annual fundraiser since 2015. This year’s initiative is designed to be COVID-safe and to give people more choice in how they can contribute to the beautification of their communities. Shiver in Virginia runs until March 31. Participants engage in activities including litter cleanups, recycling, trail cleaning, graffiti removal and other good deeds.
For a donation of $20.21, participants will receive a free Virginia State Parks parking pass with no expiration date. Participants will also have access to the KVB Mission Challenge website where they can map the collective progress on the 2,021 mile path across the state. With each act reported, participants will be entered into drawings for additional prizes. Keep Virginia Beautiful is challenging participants to share their pictures, contributions and successes with others on social media.
Virginia Tech Parking Survey
Virginia Tech has released a 2021 Parking Survey. All those who utilize parking and transportation in and around the Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus are invited to participate, including visitors and Blacksburg residents. The survey will close March 31, 2021, at 5 p.m.
All responses will remain anonymous and will be analyzed at the aggregate level. The survey should take fewer than 15 minutes to complete. To take the survey, visit
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.