Thursday, August 8:
Blacksburg Rezoning meeting:
Neighborhood Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Blacksburg Motor Company Building, 400 S. Main St. Blacksburg Planning and Building Department has received a request to rezone four parcels totaling 6.15 acres from GC General Commercial and R-5 Transitional to PR Planned Residential. The parcels are located along the 1300 block of North Main Street and the 1000 block of Giles Road. There was a previous attempt to rezone parts of these properties in 2016 but the rezoning request was never completed. The developer is proposing four buildings on the site, one of which will be commercial on the ground floor and residential on the upper floors. The other three buildings will be solely for residential use. The proposed maximum number of residential units will be no greater than 20 units/acre (123 units) and the maximum bedroom count will be no greater than 62 bedrooms/acre (381 bedrooms).
Friday, August 9:
Basic rider motorcycle course offerings at NRCC
Three basic rider motorcycle weekend courses through New River Community College. Basic Rider Course (BRC) is a three-day course held in Dublin. Class is Friday evening, 6 to 9:30 p.m., in 135 Rooker Hall at NRCC, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the motorcycle range, parking lot H. Sessions are August 9 – 11, August 23 – 25, and August 30 – September 1. The one-credit course includes classroom instruction and on-motorcycle instruction under controlled range conditions. Riders will learn the basic skills of motorcycle operation, effective braking, obstacle avoidance and safe riding strategies. Tuition is $156.55 for Virginia residents. Completion of the BRC prepares riders for state licensing with an exemption of skills and written DMV tests and may qualify for discounts with some motor vehicle insurance companies. The program provides motorcycles (no larger than 500cc), helmets and textbooks for each rider. To register online, visit https://www.nr.edu/workforce/creditreg.php. For questions, call 540-674-3613.
Saturday, August 10:
Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its August Fish Fry on Saturday, August 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Slusser’s Chapel Picnic Shelter, 1543 Mount Tabor Rd, Blacksburg. All-you-can-eat fish, fries and slaw; Homemade desserts; and beverages. Adults-$8, children under 12-$4, (under 3)-free, carry-outs-$8. The Panjammers Steel Drum Orchestra will be playing. Held rain or shine. Call 540-449-6178 for further information. On Facebook at MtTaborRuritan.
Sunday, August 11:
The Deaconess Ministry of First Baptist Church (555 W. Rock Road) in Radford and Rev. C. Coles Casey, Pastor will present the program “First Ladies united and sharing God’s wisdom” beginning at 3:30 p.m.“We invite you to fellowship with us,” the church said in the announcement of the event. “We invite all Deaconess’ to come wearing white. We pray your congregation will come also, as we know then we will have a glorious time together glorifying our Savior.”
13th Annual Flea Market/Craft Show
First Missionary Baptist Church; 8 – 3 p.m. New River Play Ground, 7168 Harry L. Brown Road. Vendors, tents & umbrella welcomed. Spaces available for $15.00 For more information, please call (540) 639-1081 or (540) 641-1350.
Monday, August 12:
IDA’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament at Blacksburg Country Club. Check in at noon followed by lunch. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. For more information please
contact IDA at 381-0310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 13:
Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
Stuart Horse Artillery Camp 1784 will meet at 7 p.m. at Ray’s Restaurant on Rt. 221, north of Floyd. Member Gary Gray will present a history of the Stuart Horse Artillery. Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) are also invited to attend this meeting. The upcoming SCV/UDC picnic will also be discussed. For further information, please call 1-216-233-8401 or 540-239-9864.
Monday, August 19:
Creative Writing Critique Group
Local author and co-founder of Maplecat Press Autumn Morgera will help writers improve their craft through critique and community! Join in each first and third Monday evening. Registration required. Register at (540) 731-3621. 5-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 24:
Annual Raise the Roof Barbecue and Craft Fair
Slusser’s Chapel, 1543 Mt. Tabor Rd., Blacksburg, 4 – 7 p.m. Dinner includes: ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT: smoked pulled pork, chicken, burgers, and hot dogs
Home made cole slaw, baked beans, potato and macaroni salads, dessert and drink.
Eat in or take out. Adults: $10, Kids (5-12): $5. For more information call: 540-552-8737 Proceeds going toward a new church roof.
Radford High School Reunion
Radford High School classes of 1990-1994 are having a multi-class reunion on homecoming weekend (Sept 20-21, 2019). Come to the homecoming football game on Friday night (Radford vs Gretna), and then join us for the reunion events on Saturday, September 20. Saturday events include a high school tour at 11:00 AM, a family picnic at Bisset Park at 12:30 PM, and a party at Sharkey’s Up Top beginning at 5:00 PM. We also invite faculty to attend the events. For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Joseph Burcham at 703-878-8380 or email@example.com. Good initial head count needed by Aug. 15.
Montgomery County, City of Radford broadband study looking for feedback
In partnership with the New River Valley Regional Commission, Montgomery County and the City of Radford are seeking feedback from citizens regarding the current status of broadband in our communities. Both electronic and paper copies of the survey are available throughout Montgomery County and the City of Radford.
To access either the electronic survey or to find out where to get a paper copy of the survey, visit http://yesmontgomeryva.org/Broadband-Survey-Released.
Take 60 on Hickok Street
Every Friday throughout the summer, get out of the office, take a break for home chores, come down to Hickok Street for lunch, lawn games and music. Macado’s, Mockingbird and El Bronco will have take-out lunch deals (visit www.Christiansburg.org/take 60) Print the flyer or show the image on your phone for:The Mockingbird Cafe & Bakery’s free bag lunch upgrade (buy a sandwich and get a free drink and cookie or cupcake), Macado’s 10 percent off any lunch meal and El Bronco Mexican Bar & Grill’s free drink with the purchase of any lunch meal.
Community Health Center of the New River Valley helps adults access VA health coverage
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, new health coverage for adults will cover more people. If you work in retail, construction, childcare, landscaping, food service or many of the jobs that don’t offer health insurance, you may be able to get low-cost health insurance that includes regular preventive care and treatment for chronic health conditions. To find out if you’re eligible, phone the Community Health Center of the NRV (215 Roanoke Street) at 540 381-0820, or visit coverva.org
Montgomery Museum volunteer opportunities
A number of volunteer opportunities are available at the Montgomery Museum.
Docent: training is provided for individuals to staff the front office, answer calls, make sales, and interpret the history of the museum; events planning: planning and implementation of our major events annually, including Heritage Day, Mountains of Music, h’Arts on Main, Cruisin’ Christiansburg; Working with any of the committees: (Membership, Marketing, Events/Fundraising, Building Expansion, Building and Grounds); research with genealogy projects: working with the genealogy team; gardening: working in the garden with Virginia Master Gardeners. Contact 540.382.5644 and visit www.montgomerymuseum.org
Pre-1940s schools exhibit seeks contributions
The Montgomery Museum of Art and History is celebrating an upcoming new exhibit at the museum on the history of schools in Montgomery County with a series of school photos this month. If you’d like to contribute to the museum’s collection of pre-1940 photos of county schools, please contact the museum curator, Sherry Wyatt, at firstname.lastname@example.org.