Briefs – June 17, 2017


Mountains of Music, today

The Montgomery Museum is in need of volunteers for the Mountains of Music on Main event in downtown Christiansburg on Saturday, June 17. Help is needed with concession stands from 3-7 p.m. Please call RSVP to sign up and for more details.

Potluck lunch, today

Join us today at the BJCC for services at 10 a.m. and stay for the potluck lunch, or just come at about 11:30 for the lunch. Please bring a vegetarian or dairy dish to share.

10th Annual Summer Solstice Festival, today

Downtown Blacksburg Inc. is hosting the 10th annual summer solstice festival today from 1-11 p.m. in Downtown Blacksburg. The event will host the Solstice Fest Craft Market with over 20 local vendors as well as Community Connections, a local non-profit group that provides fun, family activities. Other activities include Alberti’s Flea Circus, Water Wars, moon bounces, doggie costume contest, Circus Stella, live music, a beer and wine garden, festival foods, yoga on the lawn, and sand beach.

Public Works hosts leaf and wood chip giveaway, today

The Christiansburg Public Works Department will be giving away leaves and wood chips on several dates in June, between 8-12 p.m.

The giveaways will be on Peppers Ferry Road, behind Walmart, near the proposed location for the North Christiansburg Regional Park. Come out to meet with Public Works employees and receive free leaves and wood chips for your garden!

The dates are as follows:

  • Today, 8-12 p.m.
  • June 23: 8- 12 p.m.
  • June 24: 8-12 p.m.

MCPS summer school, Monday

MCPS Summer School will be held from June 19-July 13, 2017, at Christiansburg High School. Registration for repeat courses is now open. New course registration begins May 1.

Jazz Institute, Monday

Jefferson Center’s Jazz Institute begins on June 19th bringing students together from various backgrounds to learn the language of jazz. The immersive camp will cover topics like improvisation, collaboration, and jazz history. The classes will also provide students an opportunity to broaden their overall understanding of music.

Maintenance to close portion of Huckleberry Trail June 20-21

Maintenance work and closures originally scheduled for this week on the Huckleberry Trail have been postponed due to weather.

On Tuesday and Wednesday a contractor will be applying a sealer to a portion of the trail, closing it from the Renva W. Knowles Bridge over Peppers Ferry Road to the bridge over the railroad tracks at town limits (toward Blacksburg). Friday will be the rain date – if needed.

This work was originally scheduled for June 14-15, but the potential for rain necessitated a date change.

This portion is the oldest section of the Huckleberry Trail in Christiansburg, and maintenance is important to improve and sustain the trail. We apologize for any inconvenience but hope this work will preserve the trail for many years to come.

Blacksburg Restaurant Week, June 24-30

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. partners with The Blacksburg Partnership to present the sixth installment of Blacksburg Restaurant Week, on June 24-30.

Blacksburg Restaurant Week will showcase the diverse culinary culture of Blacksburg’s local restaurants – from Thailand to Mexico – from vegetarian to sweets and treats. Whether you’re looking for a family meal, girls’ or guys’ night out, a great date, or a business luncheon, come check out the dishes and deals of Blacksburg Restaurant Week!

National forest appreciation day, June 24

On June 24, from 10- 12 p.m. at Pandapas Pond (Jefferson National Forest) help celebrate the first ever National Forest Appreciation Day. Come and meet Forest Service Rangers (get a photo for Facebook); learn about insects with an entomologist; take a walk with a Native Plant Society member; visit the Pollinator Garden of native plants and talk to the volunteers who keep it going; learn about trails and venture out on a guided hike with Town of Blacksburg staff. For more information contact Mary Rhoades, 540/674-1294 or

Blacksburg Farmers Market, June 24

Solstice Chef will be at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market on June 24 from 9-11:30 a.m. There will be music from The Hippie Holler Band as well as free tastings of local market fare from an executive chef from the Inn at Virginia Tech.

NAACP events: today and June 25

Please join us for our annual Juneteenth Celebration: Saturday June 17 at Rosa L. Peters Playground, 300 Depot Street NE in Christiansburg at 11 a.m. There will be entertainment, games, and food for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Council. All are welcome.

The June General Body meeting of the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP will be held on Sunday, June 25th, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 500 Stuart St in Christiansburg. The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome. (Please note there will be no General Body meeting in July).

Active Adult Day, June 29

Active Adult Day will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, June 29 at the Meadowbrook Community Center. June’s event will feature an ice cream social! Come out for a fun game of bingo and win some neat summer prizes. Ice cream will be provided and everyone is encouraged to bring your favorite topping to share. Please call RSVP to register by Friday, June 26.

Blacksburg July 4 Parade Registration

The 31st annual July 4th parade in Blacksburg will set off at 2 p.m. from the Old Blacksburg Middle School, travel along Main Street, and end near the Alumni Mall. This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Ring.”

Parade entries are needed, and can be floats, marchers, antique vehicles, wagons, bicycles, sports teams, businesses, horses, bands, race cars, scouts, etc.

The Mount Tabor Ruritan Club sponsors the parade, and also the movie “Annie,” which will be shown after the parade in The Lyric Theatre on College Avenue. It will be the ‘classic’ version, with sing-a-long subtitles.

The Town of Blacksburg will have music, food, and entertainments near the Recreation Center on Patrick Henry Drive, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Call Parks & Rec at 540-443-1100 for information on the evening events. Registration information for the parade can found by contacting Gavin Faulkner at or 540-449-6178.

Afternoon Tea Party with Special Guest Nikki Giovanni, July 9

The afternoon tea party will be held on July 9 from 2- 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Proceeds will benefit the continued restoration of the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center. Call (540) 558-0746 or email to reserve your spot today.

Art at the market, July 15

Come celebrate Blacksburg’s vibrant arts community by visiting this year’s Art at the Market with Breakfast at the Farmers Market.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present Art at the Market, Blacksburg’s celebration of fine art and artists.

The 2017 event takes place on Saturday, July 15 from 9-2 p.m. on the Media Building Lawn on Draper Road, across from Market Square Park.

In a sidewalk exposition of unique works you’ll find abstract acrylics, collage, flowers, gourds, still life, photography, and even stone sculpture. The show begins at 9 am and will be juried at 10 am.

Michael is a native Virginian who now works out of his Tennessee studio. On exhibit at Perspective gallery are Farrar’s figurative work in oil an mixed media. In these works he creates a society of curious and memorable characters he affectionately calls “nurds.” Their foibles and missteps provide us with an amusing, ironic, and sometimes poignant view of our world.

League of Women Voters Roanoke Valley, July 16

The League of Women Voters in the Roanoke Valley will hold a general membership meeting on July 16 from 3-5 p.m. at the Roanoke City EMS fire station #5. The meeting is free. Please contact or if you have any questions.

Senior Police Academy, July 17

The Christiansburg Police Department, Christiansburg Recreation Department and Christiansburg/Montgomery Triad S.A.L.T. Council are now accepting applications for the 2017 Senior Citizens’ Police Academy. The academy, which will be held July 17-21, from 9-3 p.m., is free and open to any citizen 50 years and older.

During the five-day course, participants will tour the Christiansburg Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, learn about the drug task force and vice units, meet the K-9 units, visit the firing range, hear from a variety of speakers and learn about self-defense, internet crimes against children, radar and DUIs, investigations, and evidence collection.

Applications can be picked up at Christiansburg Recreation Center. If you would like to have an application mailed to you or for more information, please contact Tammy Caldwell at (540) 382-2349, ext. 2003 or email: All applications are subject for review and approval. Participants will undergo a background check.

BHS Senior Portraits, July 24-26

Prestige Portraits will be at Blacksburg High School this summer to take Senior Portraits on July 24, 25, and 26. All appointments are scheduled through the photographer. For more information you can go to or call 540-389-9155

Steppin’ Out, August 4-5

Steppin’ Out features over 200 artists and crafts people from around the United States selling unique handcrafted items – jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, basketry, stained & fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods and so much more!

Downtown Blacksburg merchants also hold their much-awaited final clearance sidewalk sales during Steppin’ Out. And those festival foods you love are provided by downtown restaurants.

Admission is free! Town of Blacksburg metered parking is all free and Blacksburg Transit provides free shuttles to get you there without the hassles. Bring your friends! Bring your family!

Dialogue on race, August 26

The Dialogue on race summer summit with sides will be Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. located at the Summer Picnic Summit at Nellie’s Cave Park. Catch up with friends and colleagues on combating racism in our community. You are invited to bring a friend and a side dish. Fried chicken will be provided.

Makes an appointment with FSA

To insure maximum use of your time and to insure that you are afforded our full attention to your important needs, please call our office ahead of your visit to set an appointment and to discuss any records or documentation that you may need to have with you when you arrive for your appointment. For the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski, contact the office at 540-382-3961, extension 2.

The office is located at the USDA/Christiansburg Service Center, 75 Hampton BLVD, Christiansburg, Virginia. The office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. To better serve you we ask that you arrive at the office no later than 4:00 PM. The Service Center is closed on Federal Holidays and in some cases the office will open late or close early due to inclement weather conditions. For those reasons also, we encourage you to call before you visit.

Apply: Board of Zoning Appeals

The Town of Christiansburg is now accepting applications for candidates for the Christiansburg Board of Zoning Appeals. The Board of Zoning Appeals is appointed to review appeals made by individuals with regard to decisions of the Zoning Administrator in the interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance and to hear and decide variance requests to the Zoning Ordinance.

Board of Zoning Appeals members are required to be Town residents, serve five year terms, and are compensated $25 per regular meeting attended and $25 per site visit. The Board meets on a monthly basis when there are pending cases to review. Board of Zoning Appeals candidates are recommended by Town Council and appointed by the Montgomery County Circuit Court. The position will become effective immediately for the remainder of the vacant term.

The Town will accept cover letters, resumes, and applications until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 in the Planning Department (first floor), Town Hall, 100 E. Main Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073. Applications are available by contacting Andrew Warren, Zoning Administrator/Planning Director by phone at (540) 382-6120 ext. 1130 or by e-mail at Applications can also be picked up in the Planning Department during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m.

Farmacy Garden

A community garden is located right next to the Health and Human Services Building. Volunteers are needed to help the Montgomery County Health Department with the garden this season. The hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9-12 p.m.

They grow a wide array of vegetable crops, as well as fruit crops (and just installed some berry bushes and brambles.) All volunteers get to take home some produce, so this opportunity would be especially good for anyone that might need a

little extra help affording fresh fruits and veggies. They have 6 raised beds in the garden that are senior accessible (4 that you can work in from a seated position and two that you can work in standing). Call RSVP for more details.

Market Square Jam

Market Square Jam – Every Wednesday June 1- September 28, from 8-10 p.m.

Perspective Gallery

Virginia Tech Perspective Gallery has the summer exhibit up and ready for patrons to come on by.

Michael Farrar’s Travelers and Other Nurds will be on display through August 12. Hours are 12 – 8 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday through July 9. We will alter hours a bit during orientation in July.