News briefs – July 15, 2017


Blacksburg Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy registration

Blacksburg Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy will start Tuesday, Sept. 5 and will be held every Tuesday through Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m.

To apply, contact Sgt. Tommy Sarver at or 540-443-1438 or Michele Dudash at or 540-443-1413 for an application. Applications can also be picked up at the Blacksburg Police Department, 200 Clay St., SW.

Micah’s Backpack

During the summer months, Micah’s Backpack is seeking volunteers to help pack bags, load cars, restock shelves, and break down packaging on Wednesday nights at 6 pm. Set-up begins at 5:30 pm.

When school resumes, they go back to packing on Thursday nights at 6 pm. Volunteers meet at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 2308 Merrimac Road, Blacksburg.

Call RSVP for more details.

Henderson Lawn Concerts

(Rainsite: Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center) 6 pm – 7:30 pm. FREE!

July 14 – Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul (Blue-eyed Soul)

July 21 – Domino Band (R&B, Soul, and Variety)

July 28 – Zydeco-a-Go-Go (New Orleans-style Jazz)

Farmacy Garden

A community garden is located right next to the Health and Human Services Building (right next to RSVP). Volunteers are needed to help the Montgomery County Health Department with the garden this season. The hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9am-12pm. They grow a wide array of vegetable crops, as well as fruit crops (and just installed some berry bushes and brambles.) All volunteers get to take home some produce, so this opportunity would be especially good for anyone that might need a little extra help affording fresh fruits and veggies. They have six raised beds in the garden that are senior accessible (four that you can work in from a seated position and two that you can work in standing). Call RSVP for more details.

Portion of Brown Street closed, today

Public Works crews will be working on water system improvements near the intersection of Brown and Montgomery Streets on today.

Brown Street will be closed between both Montgomery Street entrances.

Water service will be off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the following homes on Lucas Street: 320, 330, 325, 335, 340 and 360. The following homes on Brown Street will also be affected: 340, 355, 405 and 410.

Public Works crews will be handing out notices at the above-mentioned addresses to inform residents of the temporary disruption in water service.

Portion of Huckleberry Trail closed

Repair work will close the newest portion of the Huckleberry Trail beginning yesterday. The contractor will be making final repairs to the new portion, which runs from Providence Boulevard to the Food Lion Shopping Center. The work is expected to last about two weeks. The trail will be completely closed to through traffic during this time.

Road shoulder and ditch repairs on West Main Street

Public Works crews will be performing road shoulder and ditch repairs on West Main Street – between Depot Street and Moose Drive – beginning Monday, July 10.

The repair work will affect traffic patterns. Eastbound traffic will still be able to pass, with minor lane shifts. But, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., westbound traffic will be detoured onto Moose Drive, then to College Street and Depot Street, before returning to West Main Street.

Work is expected to be complete July 21, but that schedule is subject to change due to weather or other factors.

Art at the market, July 15

Come celebrate Blacksburg’s vibrant arts community by visiting this year’s Art at the Market with Breakfast at the Farmers Market located at 100 Draper Road NW.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present Art at the Market, Blacksburg’s celebration of fine art and artists.

United Methodist yard sale, today

Yard Sale/Bake-Sale/Hot-Dog Sale at New Mount Olive United Methodist Church at 309 Russell Avenue in Radford on Saturday July 15th 2017 7AM-1PM. If your interested in donating baked goods or clothing items or would like to have a booth to sell. Please contact Georgina Walson through (text) 392-0891 or the church 639-6425 on Saturday Morning.

Summer gospel concert, Thursday

Summer Gospel Concert Holy-Ghost Gospel Celebration on Sunday July 16th at 5PM. Special Guest Appearance will be: The Fairlawn Church Of God Choir of Fairlawn Va will be in concert. For more information contact JW Webb at 818-2468.

NRCC offering handgun safety class, July 18-20

New River Community College will offer a handgun safety class on Tuesday, July 18, and Thursday, July 20.

Both class meetings will take place from 6-9 p.m. at 206 Edwards Hall in Dublin. Range time will be offered on the Saturday following the class.

The cost of the course is $60.

The six-hour classroom portion of the course, instructed by Joey Williams, is required. However, range time is optional. The class is intended for individuals who are applying for a handgun permit through the courts, and will cover topics such as the nomenclature of revolvers and/or semi-automatic handguns and safety issues related to handgun ownership. Participants will also learn how to care for, maintain and store their handguns.

To register for this course, visit

Food truck Thursday, July 20

United Way will be collecting school supplies at the VT Corporate Research Center’s Food Truck Thursday Lunch from 11:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20.

Hahn Horticulture Garden, July 20

Thursday, July 20, 2017 9-11 a.m. -Tour of the Hale-YMCA Community Garden with Jenny Schwanke Garden Coordinator. The Hale YMCA Community Garden hosts 70 families from about 13 countries growing food using sustainable organic practices. Monthly potlucks and gardening classes along with lots of volunteering by Virginia Tech students and community members makes for a vibrant garden community.

This is a free event. You can meet at the Hale YMCA Community Garden, or we will also have a van meeting at the Hahn Garden to drive over. Please contact Stephanie if you plan to attend – or 540-231-5970.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 9-11 a.m. -visit the gardens of Elissa Steeves. Join the staff of the Hahn Garden for a visit to the beautiful and eclectic gardens of Elissa Steeves. Her gardens have been featured in Southern Living magazine. We will have a van to carpool since parking is tight. Please contact Stephanie by August 8 at 5 p.m. if you plan to attend ( or 540-231-5970). Maximum of 20 people (15 for van). No cost to attend.

Boating safety course for operators of boats and personal watercraft, July 23

The boating safety course will be held on Sunday, July 23 from 8-5 p.m. at Water’s Edge Building, Claytor Lake State Park, 6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive, Dublin. The course is taught by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83 and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). Materials and instruction are free.

Bring a highlighter, pencil and lunch. Each graduate earns a wallet card showing successful completion of the class. Most major insurance companies endorse the course and allow insurance premium discounts to graduates.

This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the United States Coast Guard. Children 12 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-Registration is required. Online Registration is available at For more information, contact Mendy Harman at or 540-494-3569.

3rd annual Jazz & Ribs Feast, July 28

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley and The Southwest Times are happy to announce Pulaski’s 3rd Annual Jazz & Rib feast will be Friday, July 28, 2017, 11 a.m. -11 p.m. in Jackson Park, located at 42, 1st Street, NW in Downtown Pulaski, Virginia across from the town municipal building.

Free Event. Music in the park – Jazz all day! Come hear Plunky Branch and the Oneness, Billy Crawford Band, and more. Ribs , food, beverages, and craft vendors. Bring a lawn chair, dancing shoes, and an appetite. Children’s art booth onsite too!

For additional information contact the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley at 540-980-7363 or

Red Cross blood drive, August 4

The annual Blood Drive at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium will be held on

Friday, August 4 from 11-4 p.m. Volunteers are needed on this day

to work registration, canteen, and provide donor assistance. Parking passes

will be provided in advance by the Red Cross. For more information, call


Montgomery County extension fair, August 12

The 2017 Montgomery County Extension Fair will be held Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13 at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena in Blacksburg. The fair will include youth and adult exhibits, a livestock and horse show, demonstrations, fair games and activities for kids, lunch concessions and more. Many of the activities are open to 4-H and non 4-H members (exhibits, games, etc).

Heritage Day, August 26

The Montgomery Museum is seeking volunteers for Heritage Day on

Saturday, August 26. The event will feature food, live entertainment, craft

activities, a pie cook-off and much more! Volunteers are needed to donate

baked goods, help with set-up from 8-10 am, help with the silent auction,

serve hot dogs and other food items at the food tent during the event, and

cleanup from 3-4 p.m.

Dialogue on race, August 26

Come out to the Dialogue on Race Summer Summit with Sides. Bring a friend. Bring a side dish. We provide the Fried Chicken. Catch-up with friends and colleagues on our work: To combat racism in our community. 5:00 p.m. Summer Picnic Summit, at Nellie’s Cave Park.

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