Saturday, May 7:
Mother’s Day gift
At the Christiansburg Library; 11 a.m. Make a special Mother’s Day gift and give it to someone special. Fill a fancy teacup with tea and treats and then gift-wrap it. Supplies are limited. Contact email@example.com for more information.
PAWS to Read with Derek
At the Blacksburg Library; noon. Sign up for a 10-minute time slot to read with a therapy dog. Call the library at 540-552-8246.
At the Meadowbrook Public Library; noon. Sign up at the Meadowbrook Public Library for a 15-minute slot to read to a cat from the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center to practice reading and to socialize shelter cats. For all ages. Due to limited availability of guest cat(s), call the library at (540) 268-1964 before coming to verify that Caturday has not been canceled.
At the Blacksburg Library; 2 p.m. DND for teens.
Monday, May 9:
RCPS special education meeting
A Radford City Public Schools special education advisory committee meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the School Board Office, 1612 Wadsworth St., Radford. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will also be available virtually using Google Meet. To be invited using Google Meet, contact Josh Brown, Chairperson, at 731-3649, or Daniel Hill, Director of Special Education, at 267-3223, to obtain a virtual meeting link.
At the Christiansburg Library; 1 p.m. The library’s homeschool STEM club explores science, technology, engineering, and/or math Ages 8 and up.
Crafternoon Delight for adults only
Participants can bring supplies to the Radford Public Library from 1 to 2 p.m. and knit, crochet, and needlepoint at the library. Some crafting supplies are provided.
Tuesday, May 10:
Homeschool science at the RPL
At the Radford Public Library; 11 a.m. Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences professor Dr. Meredith Steele and advisor Karen Drake-Whitney will teach interested students about the science found in the dirt with a special focus on understanding cities and their effects on water quality, ecosystem services, and biogeochemical cycles. This program is part of the library’s programming series geared toward serving homeschooling families, teaching how science can be used in a variety of careers. Contact Morgan Esterhuizen at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the program or to offer suggestions for a future homeschool science program.
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 on 3204 Riner Road. Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) are invited to attend. Camp member James Evans will give a talk on the “CSS Hunley.” For further information, call 540-320-4315 or 540-239-9864.
Radford school board meeting
The Radford City School Board will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m., at the school administration building. A copy of the agenda can be seen at www.rcps.org.
Family reads with NRV literacy volunteers
Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley will provide English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons to parents of children ages 3 to 8 (older siblings are welcome). This is a 7-week program that started Tuesday, April 12. Children will have fun activities to work on while parents learn to read in English. Call (540) 382-7262 or email Anne Abbott at email@example.com for more information.
Talking about Books: “The Good Neighbor”
At the Blacksburg Library; 11 a.m. To be discussed is “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” by Maxwell King. Call (540) 552-8246 to reserve a copy.
Homeschool Creative Writing Club
At the Blacksburg Library; 1 p.m. Homeschoolers can take part in a time of creative writing. They will be able to workshop their pieces, bounce ideas off each other, and learn about different writing techniques.
Wednesday, May 11:
Brown Bag Book Club
To be discussed is the adult fiction book titled “The Lost City of Z” written by David Grann. At the Radford Public Library from noon to 1 p.m. Drop in whenever. No commitment is required to attend this book club.
Early release craft: Painting with sugar
Radford High School students are invited to join in a fun after-school craft on this early release day. At the Radford Public Library from 1 to 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 12:
River City Quilt Guild
The River City Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Grove United Methodist Church, 1020 Tyler Avenue, in Radford. All skill levels of quilters are welcome. For more information, call Anna Handy, 540 320 7791.
Turn a favorite book into jewelry
At the Blacksburg Library; 6:30 p.m.Participants can create a mini version of their favorite book and turn it into a keychain. Email the title of the favorite book to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10.
Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14:
Radford Public Library book sale
At the Radford Public Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14. Money raised from the sale goes to help with programs and other needs at the library. Hardbacks are $1.00 and paperbacks $.50. Children’s books are half that.
Saturday, May 14:
Mount Tabor Ruritan Club Fish Fry
The Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its May fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. at Slusser’s Chapel Picnic Shelter, 1543 Mount Tabor Rd, Blacksburg. A single serving of fish, fries and slaw; homemade desserts; and beverage is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Children under 3 eat free. Carry-outs are also $12. The fish fry will be held rain or shine. Call or text 540-449-6178 for further information. On Facebook at MtTaborRuritan.
Monday, May 16:
From 5 to 6 p.m., the Radford Public Library is hosting its first-ever book tasting event. Students “taste,” or sample, a selection of books that they have chosen ahead of time. They can rotate among tables to sample the books and record notes about the ones that interest them. Tables of middle-grade books will be set up, All books will be pulled from the J-Fiction and J-Nonfiction sections of the library.
Tuesday, May 17:
PATH Committee meeting
The New River Health District’s PATH (Partnership for Access to Healthcare) Committee will convene from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Cross Point Foursquare Conference Center at 900 Life Dr. in Christiansburg for a discussion of PATH’s future. The meeting will be in person with remote access available. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, May 18:
American Business Women’s Association May luncheon meeting
At the Holiday Inn Christiansburg-Blacksburg, 99 Bradley Drive, Christiansburg; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $14.25 The luncheon will feature guest speaker Caitlyn Scaggs, who will share a message on how we can brag about our successes without being boastful. RSVP by noon on May 16, 2022. Contact: Terri Welch at: Christiansburg@wineanddesign.com.
Monday, May 23:
Eighth annual Radford Chamber of Commerce golf tournament
At the Virginia Tech River Course with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Radford Chamber Executive Director Dan McKinney said, “The traveling trophy is back at the chamber office ready to be presented to this year’s winning team. We are truly appreciative of the businesses that support this fundraiser for us. We are looking forward to a full field again this year; we have several spots for teams still available, and we have sponsorships available.
“A special part of this year’s tournament will be a Closest to the Pin on the new golf simulator that the River Course recently acquired. A portion of the money for this contest will go to our scholarship fund, and we have a great winning prize. We are inviting both the players and others to compete in this contest. Visit https://radfordchamber.com/annual-golf-tournament for more information.”
Thursday, May 26:
Scrabble Tournament for Literacy
The 14th annual Scrabble Tournament for Literacy will raise funds for Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley (LVNRV) to help local adults learn to read. At the German Club Manor on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Radford City Mayor David Horton will emcee the event. Local food offerings will be available. Teams of three will play two games of Scrabble against two different teams with the scores from both games added together to determine the winner. Awards will be given to the top scorer, the longest word, the highest scoring word, and the most creative team name. Register as a team for $100 or sign up as an individual for $35, and the organization will match a player with a team. To register, go to www.lvnrv.org, email email@example.com, or call 540-382-7262.
Monday, May 30:
The Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. All branches are closed on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Saturday, June 18:
NAACP Juneteenth Commemoration
The Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County Branch and Youth Council of the NAACP will celebrate Juneteenth, the traditional African-American commemoration of freedom from slavery, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Rosa Peters Playground, 300 Depot St. NE, Christiansburg.
Music and food will be available to purchase. The NAACP Youth Council will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, and other snacks. An ice cream truck courtesy of Freedom First Credit Union will provide free ice cream to youth. All proceeds benefit local youth educational activities and programs.
Informative program on Juneteenth will start at noon, followed by swimming, children’s games, a silent auction, a raffle, and door prizes. Various talents will be shared by youth and community members. NAACP and other community organizations will have informational booths and give-a-ways. If an organization wants to have a booth, please contact the organization at info@mrfnaacp or call the NAACP’s bBranch at 540-382-6751. Entry is free.
Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread volunteer names
Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread (RFDB), and its sister program, Meals on Wheels,are searching for the names of everyone who has volunteered with either service. Anyone who knows of past volunteers, especially those over the programs’ first two decades, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail, addressed to Herzog, at RFDB, P. O. Box 3323, Radford 24143.
Free GED classes with NRCC
At the Radford Public Library; 9 a.m. to noon. Free GED prep classes offered by New River Community College in the library’s community room. Call (540) 674-3682 for additional information.
At the Meadowbrook Public Library. Free grab-and-go lunch and snack meals. Children and youth 18 and younger can come and get a weeks’ worth of lunches and snacks every week. Sponsored by Feeding Southwest Virginia.
Glencoe Mansion calls for art for Mary Draper Ingles show
Glencoe Mansion is calling for art for its July through August 2022 gallery exhibit, “Follow Her Journey,” a multi-artist show themed on Mary Draper Ingles. Artwork should reflect or be based on the life and times of Mary Draper Ingles including depictions of local landmarks (for example, Ingles Farm, the Cultural Heritage Park, Ingles Tavern and ferry site), and Colonial style art.
All fine arts and fine craft media will be considered. Artists may submit up to three works for consideration. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on June 3. Participation, which is subject to acceptance, is open to artists in and around the NRV area, ages 16 and up. Artists will be notified via email no later than June 15.
The show will be on display throughout July and August with an opening reception during the Mary Draper Ingles Festival of July 29-31. For more information go to www.GlencoeMansion.org or email Gallery Coordinator at email@example.com.