News Briefs – June 3, 2017

Pathway Christian Academy open houseJune 6

Pathway Christian Academy has an Open House on June 6, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. for enrollment. If you have any questions about the school or the information we are seeking to share, please feel free to contact me.


Aquatic Advisory Board meeting June 7

The Christiansburg Aquatic Advisory Board will meet on June 7, 2017 from 4-5 p.m. The meeting is located at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, 595 North Franklin Street.


Meet the Author: Panthea Reid June 7

Hear Panthea Reid talk about and read from her just-published memoir, Body and Soul, about her love for John Fischer and her gradual recovery (which included moving to Blacksburg) after his sudden death. She will be at the Blacksburg Library from 6:00-7:00 p.m., June 7. She offers sound advice and lists resources for others dealing with grief and loss. Panthea is the author of William Faulkner: The Abstract and the Actual, Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf, and the biography Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles. Autographed books will be available for purchase.

Panthea has been an NEH Fellow, a Fulbright lecturer, and President of the South Central MLA. She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is Emerita Professor of English at Louisiana State University.

Autographed books will be available for purchase.


United Way’s third annual drive-thru breakfast June 9

United Way will hold their 3rd annual drive-thru breakfast on Fri., June 9 from 6:30-9:30 a.m. For a $10 donation, United Way will give a full, delicious breakfast bag stuffed with a hot breakfast biscuit, a freshly baked good from a variety of local bakeries, fruit, a freshly brewed Starbucks coffee, and a copy of The News Messenger. With each $10 contribution a donor makes to purchase a breakfast bag, 100% of that contribution will go directly to United Ways work, providing for critical human and health needs in our community! Come on out to this fun event!


10th annual Summer Solstice Festival June 17

Downtown Blacksburg Inc. is hosting the 10th annual summer solstice festival on June 17, from 1-11 p.m. in Downtown Blacksburg. The event will host the Solstice Fest Craft Market with over 20 local vendors as well as Community Connections, a local non-profit group that provides fun, family activities. Other activities include Alberti’s Flea Circus, Water Wars, moon bounces, doggie costume contest, Circus Stella, live music, a beer and wine garden, festival foods, yoga on the lawn, and sand beach.


RSVP scholarship awards

The RSVP Advisory Council Scholarship Committee met on April 26 and reviewed 13 applications for this year’s $1,000 scholarship awards. They selected Natalie Cockram, a student from Radford High School who will attend Virginia Tech to pursue studies in Biology. Also, Ryea Young, a student of Christiansburg High School who will attend Virginia Tech to pursue a degree in Human Development.

A special thank you goes to Sarah Carter for attending the awards ceremony at Radford High School on May 25, Sally Anna Stapleton for attending the awards ceremony at Christiansburg High School on May 7, and to the following committee members who carefully reviewed the applications: Bev Bridges, Sarah Carter, Nola Elliott, Sue Farrar, and Diane Simmons.

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