Wednesday, March 24, April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26
Hahn Horticulture Garden Virtual Road Trip
First stop, the Des Moines Botanical Garden in Des Moines, Iowa, at 2 p.m. Visit five great gardens and arboretums via Zoom on these virtual road trips: March 24 at 2 p.m.: Des Moines Botanical Garden with Sydney Algreen-Hunter; April 14 at 2 p.m.: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with Tanya Zastrow; April 28 at 3:30 p.m.: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with Brian Trader (VT alumnus); May 12 at 2 p.m.: Wisconsin Arboretum with David Stevens (VT alumnus); May 26 at 2 p.m.: Lotusland with Paul Mills and Rebecca Anderson.
Register online for these talks and a zoom link will be provided:
Presented by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation. Camping out doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Come learn some campsite recipes, techniques, and equipment to make a delicious feast while out in the wild. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Municipal Park, Turner Street, Blacksburg. The instructor is Travis Coad. The fees are $10 for residents and $20 for non-residents.
Thursday, March 25:
Mountain Biking Skills workshop
Let Blacksburg Parks and Recreation boost your mountain biking skills Come out for an evening under the lights and master the MTB skills you want to learn or learn new skills on a portable skill course; 5 – 7 p.m. at Municipal Park; 625 Patrick Henry Dr; Blacksburg. Jaycee SB Field. The instructor is Travis Coad. Fees are $10 for residents and $20 for non-residents.
Friday, March 26:
Outdoor Book Sale
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Blacksburg Library. Weather permitting. $5 per bag or $1 for hardbacks, and $.50 for paperbacks. Gift books available at $2 each. Call the library for more details and to confirm sale.
Saturday. March 27:
Afternoon at the Pool
12:15 – 3 p.m. at the Aquatic Center, 625 Patrick Henry Drive, Blacksburg. Participants will enjoy hours of fun and games in the pool. Events include Corcl races, “rock” hopping and balancing, use of the slide and diving board. Open to ages 8-12. Registration is required. Limit is 15 participants. The fee is $15.
Teen Creative: Chap sticks and body scrubs
1 p.m. at the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library/Blacksburg Library online. This month’s Teen Creative video will cover making chap sticks and body scrubs.
Monday, March 29:
Talking About Books: Fiction Virtual
11 a.m. – noon at the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library/Blacksburg Library. Join for a discussion of “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. Call ahead to reserve a copy and get the link for virtual participation.
Tuesday, March 30:
Conditional Use Permit for Kent Square
The Town of Blacksburg has scheduled a neighborhood meeting for 4:30 p.m. in the Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers to consider a request to previously approved conditional use permits (CUP 11-0002; CUP 11-0007; CUP 16-0002 and CUP 18-0002) at Kent Square at 202 and 250 South Main St. (Tax Parcels 256-A 115 and 257-C A 1) to increase the maximum allowed ground-floor medical and general office square footage in the DCDowntown Commercial zoning district , The request is by Aaron Harris of Pointe West Management (applicant) on behalf of Kent Square LLC and Pointe West Management Co. (owners).
Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club: virtual
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomer Floyrd Regional Library/Blacksburg Library. Join in a discussion of “The Poppy War” by R.F. Kuang. Call ahead to get a copy of this month’s book and to get the link. Discussion will be held virtually.
Wednesday, March 31:
Teen Book Club: virtual
4 p.m. at the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library/Blacksburg Library. Each month teens gather to discuss the first book in a series. This month “The Fifth Wave” by Richard Yancey will be discussed. To get the link for the virtual meeting, and to join the book raffle for the first three books, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-552-8246.
1 p.m. at the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library/Blacksburg Library online. Watch as the librarians experiment and learn from marshmallow peeps.
Thursday, April 1:
“One Good Mama Bone” Book Club
Bren McClain, author of “One Good Mama Bone,” will be visiting library patrons virtually in April from the Radford Public Library. In preparation for her author’s talk, the library will host a book discussion on April 1. Join the meeting with the information below. Thursday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Meeting ID: 810 1631 3691; Passcode: 570599.
American Legion Meeting
The American Legion, Harvey-Howe-Carper Post 30 will meet at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post Home on 102 Watts St. in Radford. For further information, call 250-2283 or 239-9864.
First Missionary Baptist to Reopen for Easter
First Missionary Baptist Church, 7318 Manns Dr., Radford and the Rev. Richard A. Goodman, Sr., Pastor, will open the church’s doors Sunday at 11 a.m. for Easter services. Celebrate resurrection Sunday while wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
Tuesday, April 13:
Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Stuart-Horse-Artillery Camp 1784 will meet at 7 p.m. at Aly’s Italian Family Restaurant at 3204 Riner Rd. Jonathan McPeak will give a talk on the “History of the Virginia 45th Infantry Regiment”. Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy are also invited to attend. For further information, please call 320-4315 or 239-9864.
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 phone numbers for the three local Head Start centers are Christiansburg 540-381-7559, Radford 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 the 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. The kits are free but supplies are limited. From March 22 through March 28, the kits will feature spring and Eastr crafts.
All the month of March at the Christiansburg Library; Exercise your brain and body as you read and walk the trail. Begin 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 the month of March at the Meadowbrook Public Library
Request a teen/adult craft to receive supplies to make your own felt phone cover. While supplies last.
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 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.
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 Thursday, April 15:
“ART GAWK: Selections from the Radford University Permanent Collection”
The exhibition is a selection of 111 works that range widely in media, artistic styles, and historical periods. The hours of the exhibition are Monday through Friday from10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. at the Art Museum at the Covington Center.
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.