Now through Dec. 17:
Blacksburg leaf collection extended
Leaf collection in the Town of Blacksburg has been extended approximately two weeks from the scheduled Dec. 3 conclusion date to ensure all neighborhoods have been served. Public Works has been operating with a significantly reduced staff dedicated to leaf collection, so patience is greatly appreciated.
Saturday, Dec. 10:
Handcrafted Holiday Pop-up Market
At Glencoe Mansion, Museum and Gallery, hosted by MountainTrotter Arts. The market will feature local artisans, crafters, and more from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The food truck Empanada Nirvana will be on site as well. Santa will be available to take pictures on Glencoe Mansion’s porch. Visitors can also enjoy Glencoe Mansion’s Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 11.
Volunteer tax preparer interest meeting
At the Christiansburg Library; 11 a.m. Learn to prepare taxes and make a difference in the community at the same time simply by volunteering to help prepare taxes free of charge with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.
At the Meadowbrook Public Library at 12:30 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with a Christmas movie and some hot chocolate. The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles onto Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life. He plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry. Rated PG. Call (540) 268-1964 with any questions.
At the Christiansburg Library; 2 p.m. Too cold to grow plants outside? Grow some in a terrarium. All supplies will be included. Registration is required. Intended for adults. Presented by Master Gardeners.
Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11:
Seventh annual Radford Holiday Open House
Three area artists will be showcasing their works in the seventh annual holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at 408 Eighth St., Radford. The event is free and is open to the public. A percentage of all sales will be donated to local charities. Martha Olsen, a collage artist, uses recycled and found papers as her preferred medium to create her free-flowing style while painter Ruth Lefko lets each of her works speak for themselves, choosing to create a feeling rather than a realistic depiction. Fine art photographer Susan Lockwood, known primarily for European subject matter, frames her pieces with archival acid-free materials.
Monday, Dec. 12:
Radford City Council meeting
The Radford City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Radford Municipal Building, 10 Robertson St., Radford.
Montgomery County Board of Supervisors meeting
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors will meet at 6 p.m. in a closed session at the Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke St. in Christiansburg. Open sessions begin at 7:15 p.m. Citizens are invited to attend and will be allowed to speak at each meeting. All regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors are rebroadcast on Montgomery County Comcast and Shentel Channels 190 daily.
RCPS Special Education Advisory Committee meeting
A Radford City Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at Belle Heth Elementary School, 151 George 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 Anne Goodman, Chair, at 540-267-7144, or Kate Leeper, Vice Chair/Secretary, at 540-267-7223, to obtain a virtual meeting link.
At the Christiansburg Library; 1 p.m. This homeschool STEM club explores science, technology, engineering, and/or math. Ages 8 and up.
Holiday crafts for all ages
At the Meadowbrook Public Library; 4:30 p.m. Drop in to make variety of holidays crafts. All supplies will be provided. For all ages.
Tuesday, Dec. 13:
Talking about books
At the Blacksburg Library; 11 a.m. To be discussed is “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Call (540)-552-8246 to reserve a copy.
Homeschool creative writing
At the Blacksburg Library; 1 p.m. Teens and tweens are invited to this Homeschool Creative Writing club. Participants will practice their writing skills with fun and creative prompts, learning about constructive criticism by working with peers and talking about stories. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Art for Tots
At the Blacksburg Library; 3 p.m. Participants will make some fun art projects appropriate for little hands. Supplies will be provided.
Science Fiction Book Club
At the Blacksburg Library; 6:30 p.m. To be discussed is “Permafrost” by Alastair Reynolds. Call (540) 552-8246 to reserve a copy.
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, 3204 Riner Road. Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) are invited to the meeting. If Montgomery County Public Schools are closed on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week due to weather, the meeting is canceled. For further information, call 540-320-4315 or 540-239-9864.
Blacksburg Town Council meeting
The Blacksburg Town Council will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. in the Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers of the Blacksburg Municipal Building, 300 S. Main St. These meetings are open to the public and are televised live on WTOB Channel 2.
Christiansburg Town Council meeting
The Christiansburg Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of Town Hall (100 E. Main St.). The public is welcome and is encouraged to attend with a citizen hearing time reserved at each meeting for residents to bring any matter they desire before the entire council.
Radford City School Board meeting
The Radford City School Board will meet at 6 p.m. at the School Board Office at 1612 Wadsworth St., Radford.
Wednesday, Dec. 14:
Page to screen movies: “Rebecca”
At the Radford Public Library; 5:45 p.m. This is a screening of the 1940 Hitchcock classic “Rebecca” on the library’s big screen. The movie starts at 5:45 p.m. and has a 130-minute run time. The film is rated PG. Popcorn from Lil’Bit Corny LLC will be provided while supplies last.
Library Board of Trustees meeting
At the Christiansburg Library; 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15:
Radford Photo Club meeting
The Radford Photo Club will meet at 6 p.m. at the Radford Public Library. Attendees are invited to share their three best photos of the year and talk about each one. Goodies to share will be welcome. The photo challenge this month is Vacation Photography. Bring a print. There is also an Open Theme challenge. Meetings, events, and outings are open to the public. The Radford Photo Club is made up of professional and amateur photographers from throughout the New River Valley.
At the Blacksburg Library; 4:30 p.m. All ages are invited to build a personalized gingerbread house with the supplies provided. Registration is required.
Saturday Dec. 17:
At the Christiansburg Library; noon. Sign up at the front desk 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. Email email@example.com for more information.
At the Meadowbrook Public Library; 12:30 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with a showing of this fan-favorite holiday animated film (rated G) about a young boy who embarks on a train ride to the North Pole. Call (540) 268-1964 with any questions.
At the Blacksburg Library; 2 p.m. Dungeons and Dragons for ages 11 to 17.
At the Christiansburg Library; 2 p.m. All ages are invited to build a personalized gingerbread house with the supplies provided. Registration is required.
“The Grinch” Movie, Photos, and S’mores
At Glencoe Mansion, Museum, and Gallery. S’mores and pictures with the Grinch at 6 p.m. The movie at 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 19:
At the Meadowbrook Public Library; 2 p.m. Participants will explore science, technology, engineering, and/or math. Ages 8 and up.
At the Christiansburg Library; 4:30 p.m. Pokémon fans can bring their DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade, and make new friends. All ages.
Help the veterans with donations
The Meadowbrook Public Library is a collection point for items needed at the VA Medical Center in Salem. Donors can bring the following items to the library during December: deodorant, denture adhesive, 3-in-1 body wash/shampoo/conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste, nail clippers, sweatpants, sweatshirts, T-shirts (size M, L, XL) , and new baseball caps. Co-Sponsored by VFW Post 5311 and Montgomery-Floyd Regional libraries.
Free GED Classes
At the Meadowbrook Public Library, 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. New River Community College is offering free GED classes at the Meadowbrook Library every Tuesday and Thursday until Thursday, Dec. 15. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 540-268-1964.