Upcoming Events

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Today, Saturday, August 31:

Triwizard Tri-Mile Trail Race

Support literacy at the Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley’s annual fund-raiser! Dress in your Harry Potter costume to run a 3-mile trail race starting in Bisset Park at 9:45 a.m. Register at www.lvnrv.org. Registration required.

American Legion meeting

Harvey-Howe-Carper Post 30 will meet at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post Home on 102 Watts St. in Radford. For further information, please call 250-2283 or 239-9864.

Monday, September 2:

Library closures

All Montgomery-Floyd Regional Libraries will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. Also, the libraries will be open on Sundays beginning Sunday, September 8.

Tuesday, September 3:

Free Health Screening with Carilion Clinic

Blacksburg Library, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join Carilion Clinic as we offer free health screenings throughout the NRV. Feel free to stop by and have one of our Carilion Clinic Community Health educators take your blood pressure and conduct a Diabetes Risk Assessment.

Dungeons and Dragons Role Playing Club

Blacksburg Library, 4-6 p.m.

Essential Oils

Christiansburg Library, 7 -8 p.m. Learn how essential oils can positively impact your life.

Wednesday, September 4:

Talking About Books

Christiansburg Library, 11 a.m. – noon. This month the group is discussing “Virgil Wander,” by Leif Enger.

Paint Pouring

Blacksburg Library, 4:30 p.m. Learn a new style of painting by using a technique called paint pouring. It’s mesmerizing! Ages 11 years and up. Registration required.

Talking About Books

Meadowbrook Public Library, 6 p.m. We will discuss “The Great Alone,” by Kristin Hannah. Join us for coffee and great discussion. Call to reserve your copy.

Off the Hook: knit and crochet group

Blacksburg Library, 1 -2 p.m. Do you love to knit or crochet? Would you like to spend time with others who share your interest, share pointers, and ideas? Join the Off the Hook knit group! Bring your projects, ideas, and questions.

Saturday, September 7:

Christiansburg Institute Community Block Party

Christiansburg Institute and New River Valley Virginia Organizing are co-hosting the ‘2019 Community Block Party Cook-out;’ 12 – 3 p.m. Come out and enjoy free BBQ and music at the site of the former Christiansburg Industrial Institute.

Tuesday, September 10:

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. Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) are also invited to attend. For further information, please call 239-9864.

Christmas Store Fundraiser

Whitebarrel Winery, 4025 Childress Road, Christiansburg, 5-8 p.m. For $25, you receive a glass of wine and wine-paired appetizers (50% of ticket cost goes to the Christmas Store). Please go to http://whitebarrel.com/p…/christmas-store-montgomery-county/ to purchase tickets or visit their website www.whitebarrel.com. Then click on Buy Ticket.

Invite a friend and come enjoy a glass of wine, appetizers and silent auction while supporting the Christmas Store. Questions? Call Terri Lynn at 540-230-7288.

GED Prep/Learning English

Every Tuesday 6 – 7:30 p.m., Meadowbrook Library.Prepare for the GED or work on learning English as a second language. Classes are free, join any time. Child care available. For more information call the Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley at 540-382-7262 or the library at 540-268-1964.

Wednesday, September 11:

Helping Hands

Brings knitters, crocheters and sewers together to make items for various needs in the community. Bring a project of choice and join for a fun afternoon at the Christiansburg Rec Center, 1600 N. Franklin Street. Every Wednesday afternoon starting Sept. 11 from 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, September 14:

Fish Fry

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its September Fish Fry 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. Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge will be playing. Held rain or shine under the picnic shelter below the lower church parking lot. Call 540-449-6178 for further information. On Facebook at MtTaborRuritan

Monday, September 16:

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 at the Radford Public Library. Registration required. Register at (540) 731-3621. 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 17:

2019 Kentland Farm Beef and Forage Day

Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hosts. Event will highlight current research projects at Kentland Farm, grazing practices and pasture management, and feature a farm tour. Speakers from Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and industry will deliver workshops and demonstrations on fence building, extending the grazing season, grazing summer annuals, forest to pasture conversion, industrial hemp, using drones to assess pasture health, and hard cider research. Cost is $10, which includes lunch. To register, please send contact information and payment to the Pulaski County Extension office (Attn: Kentland Field Day): 143 Third Street NW Suite 3, Pulaski, VA 24301. Checks payable to: “Treasurer – Virginia Tech.”

Tuesday, Sept. 24:

Radford Reads with Tom Angleberger

Local author Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series and many other kids’ favorites, will be visiting the Radford Public Library at 6 p.m. Come in costume as your favorite Star Wars character for a chance to win a prize! A selection of his books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

Saturday, Sept. 28:

Dailey and Vincent concert

Bluegrass musicians Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. at New River Community College in Dublin. Tickets now on sale, available for purchase online at www.nr.edu/fiddle or at the NRCC Business Office, 23 Godbey Hall, Dublin and Pulaski County Visitor Center (cash and checks only for in-person ticket purchase). Online ticket purchases may be made by credit card only and will incur a $1 service charge per ticket.

On-going:

VFW Scholarship Opportunity

The Meadowbrook Library and VFW Post 4920 and Auxiliary are working together to provide the opportunity for students to enter for the VFW Scholarships-Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy. These are open for students in grades 6-12. These scholarships can be worth up to $30,000 but you have to enter to be eligible. Entry forms and instructions are available at the Meadowbrook Library.

Storytime at the Radford Public Library

Come join us for weekly storytimes at the library! Storytimes are designed to promote pre-reading skills and a love of books. We share books, finger-plays, songs, and other activities that parents and caregivers can repeat at home. No sign-up required, just drop in!

Ages 0-2: Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up: Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 – 11:45 a.m.

Town of Christiansburg competitions

On Sept. 14, the Town will hold its first talent show. Christiansburg’s Top Talent will feature all types of family-friendly entertainment on Hickok Street from 5-8 p.m.Also, food for purchase from local food trucks. Competition divided into two categories: 18 and younger and 19 and older. Winners of each will be awarded cash prizes: $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. Performers interested in the event should apply at www.christiansburg.org/toptalent by Sept. 6 with a video showcasing their talent.

The Town’s Second Annual Photo of the Year Contest is underway. Applicants interested in sharing their unique perspective of Christiansburg are encouraged to submit a photo at www.christiansburg.org/photooftheyear. Winning photo will hang in Town Hall alongside the 2019 winner. Submit photo entries by Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

The Town is also searching for its Heritage Ornament to send to Richmond this holiday season. Crafters should enter the Annual Ornament Contest at www.christiansburg.org/ornament for a chance to have their work displayed on the Virginia Holiday Tree at the Executive Mansion. All other entries will have their ornaments displayed on the Christiansburg tree in Town Hall. Enter hand-crafted ornament by Oct. 25 at 4 p.m.

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, Sept. 20. Saturday events include a high school tour at 11 a.m., a family picnic at Bisset Park at 12:30 p.m., and a party at Sharkey’s Up Top beginning at 5 p.m. We also invite faculty to attend the events. For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Joseph Burcham at 703-878-8380 or josephaburcham@yahoo.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 collections@montgomerymuseum.org.