Wednesday, Sept. 27:
Lunch and Learn: Your Solar Questions – Answered!
Co-presented by Town of Blacksburg’s Sustainability Manager, Carol Davis and Sustainable Blacksburg, ‘Lunch and Learn: Your Solar Questions – Answered!’ will be held at the Blacksburg Library from 12 – 1 p.m. If you have ever wondered about getting solar, but weren’t sure where to start, this session is for you! Hear from a panel of local solar homeowners and experts who can answer questions such as: Is my house/yard right for solar? What does it cost? Will solar help me save money? What if my HOA has restrictions on solar? What kind of maintenance does solar require? Grid-tied vs. off-grid solar – how are they different? How can I take advantage of the federal tax credit for solar? Can’t attend in person? Register to participate via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/SBsolarQs
Grownup Mario Kart “Tournament”
At the Radford Public Library; 6- 7:30 p.m. Adults are invited to race in a friendly Mario-Kart tournament using the library’s Nintendo Switch on the huge TV in the teen section.
Radford Photo Club presents Cityscapes with Michele Borgarelli
At the Radford Public Library; 6 p.m. All skill levels are welcome to our discussion of photographing cities. This will be a two-part discussion that carries over into our next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Friday, Sept. 29:
Basic Computer Skills
At the Radford Public Library; 10:30 a.m. -noon. This eight-week adult education opportunity is for beginners looking to learn how to safely incorporate the internet into their daily lives. Lunch is provided after class. Please call the Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley at (540) 382-7262 to register. Spaces are limited. Laptops are
provided during the classes.
Saturday, Sept. 30:
At the Blacksburg Library; 1 – 3 p.m. Want a new wardrobe for free? Bring your gently used clothes to swap! Drop off items the week before the swap (or the day of) and be ready to swap for new-to-you clothes! Please make sure items are clean, wearable, and in good condition. We accept only gently used clothing and accessories. Please no undergarments, beauty samples, homegoods, etc. You do not have to bring items to swap, if you need something, please come and see what is available! There will be the opportunity to try things on – feel free to wear layers and utilize our public restrooms. This event is free and open to all ages and communities. Leftover items will be donated.
SWVA Wildlife Center: Animal Ambassadors
At the Meadowbrook Library; 1- 2 p.m. Southwest Virginia’s Wildlife Center will bring some of their animal ambassadors and provide information about the wild animals living all around us. This event is sponsored by Shawsville Ruritan Club.
Family Movie Matinee: Sharkboy & Lavagirl
At the Radford Public Library; 11 a.m. Come see “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl” on the library’s big projection screen! Rated PG; 93 minutes.
Monday, Oct. 9:
Radford City Council meeting
The Radford City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Radford Municipal Building, 10 Robertson St., Radford. See the agenda at www.radfordva.gov.
Montgomery County Board of Supervisors meeting
Public meetings are the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke St. in Christiansburg. Closed sessions begin at 6 p.m. if needed. Open sessions begin at 7:15 p.m. Citizens are invited to attend and 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.
Tuesday, Oct. 10:
Blacksburg Town Council meeting
The council meets in regular session the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month 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 televised live on WTOB Channel 2.
Christiansburg Town Council meeting
Regular Town Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Town Hall (100 E. Main Street). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, with a citizen hearing time reserved at each meeting for residents to bring any matter they desire before the entire council.
Thursday, Oct. 19:
The New River Health District will be hosting a blood drive on in the Community Room at the Montgomery Co. Health Department from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. We have set a goal of having 20 donors for the day and need your assistance. Donors of all blood types are urgently needed now to ensure patients at hospitals across the country continue to receive critical medical care. Each donor for this drive will receive a $15 Amazon gift card as a thank you for your donation. Register at www.redcrossblood.org.
The Town of Blacksburg will test fire hydrants in the Southwest Quadrant of Town between Sept. 12 – Oct. 5. Hydrant testing can cause temporary pressure fluctuations and discolored water. These conditions will subside after the testing is completed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Town of Blacksburg Engineering Department at (540) 443-1300.
Market Square Jam
Held Wednesdays, June through September, in Blacksburg on the corner of Draper Road and Roanoke Street; 7 – 9 p.m. Catering to traditional Old-Time music, Blacksburg’s Market Square Jam brings musicians together to pick a tune, enjoy fun times with friends and family, and take in all that downtown Blacksburg has to offer. Blacksburg’s Market Square Jam is an official Crooked Road affiliated venue that provides fun and entertainment.
Blacksburg Farmers Market
Hours now through October: Wednesdays 2 – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Located at Market Square Park, on the corner of Roanoke Street and Draper Road in downtown Blacksburg. Features growers of locally grown produce and meats, alongside artisans of baked goods, prepared foods, cheese, handmade crafts, and more.
Christiansburg Farmers Market
Thursdays; 3 – 7 p.m. Located in the Recreation Center parking lot. Features local farmers and vendors. Seasonal produce, plants, fresh baked goods, crafts, fresh flowers, handmade jewelry and more. Items for purchase vary week-to-week. Check our Facebook page for details about weekly themes, prizes, vendors, and live music.
Radford Farmers Market
Held on the grounds of Glencoe Mansion, Museum and Galley, located just off West Main Street, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. each Saturday until October 14. Features produce, plants, baked goods, artisans, fresh squeezed lemonade, eggs, meats, cheeses and more.
Free GED classes
New River Community College is offering free GED at the Meadowbrook Library every Monday and Tuesday through Tuesday, Dec. 12. For more information or to sign up please call the Library at 540-268-1964.
NRV Master Gardener Assoc. accepting grant applications for 2024
NRV Master Gardener Assoc., a volunteer organization of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, is accepting grant applications for 2024 gardening projects. Grants awarded based on merit to educational, care-giving or community organization seeking to educate, involve, and/or improve quality of life through a gardening-related project. Organizations in the counties of Floyd, Giles, Pulaski and Montgomery (and towns within), and the City of Radford, are eligible. Applications must be electronically received (if emailed) or postmarked (if mailed through the USPS) by Oct. 15, 2023. Extra pages may be used for plan images/ illustrations. For more information and to submit your project application, contact Carol Trutt: email@example.com email is preferred or mail to Carol Trutt: 95 N Surry Circle, Christiansburg, VA 24073.