News briefs – August 12, 2017


Christiansburg Aquatic Center closed for maintenance

The Christiansburg Aquatic Center will be closed Aug. 14-25 for yearly maintenance. This closure allows staff to perform necessary maintenance that cannot be completed while open to the public. For more information call 381-7665.

Christiansburg portion of Huckleberry Trail closed for repairs until further notice

Repair work will close a portion of the Huckleberry Trail in Christiansburg until further notice. A contractor will be making final repairs to the newest portion, which runs from Providence Boulevard to the Food Lion Shopping Center.

Diamond Hills Park closed until further notice

Diamond Hills Park in Christiansburg will be closed until further notice because of a sanitary sewer overflow, which occurred on Independence Boulevard. The overflow has been stopped and the cause is being investigated. Please do not enter or drink from any streams in the area.

Signs alerting residents of the closure are posted along Independence Boulevard, Diamond Avenue and across the creek toward George Edwards Viaduct NW. The trail will be completely closed to through traffic during this time. For more information call 382-6128.

Grissom Lane road closure Monday

On Monday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Grissom Lane in Radford will be closed between Country Club Drive and Mateer Circle. A detour will be in place.

These closures are needed to allow for the removal of a tree.

For more information, contact Joshua Middleton, Town Engineer, at 443-1300.

Historic or Design Review Board Monday

There will be a Historic or Design Review Board meeting on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Blacksburg Motor Company Building conference room at 400 South Main Street in Blacksburg. General citizen comments will be taken.

Healthy Backs Monday

An exercise class with a focus on participants regaining or maintaining muscular strength, flexibility, balance and a back free of pain and stiffness. The class will be held at the Blacksburg Community Center at 725 Patrick Henry Drive from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

An exercise class with a focus on participants regaining or maintaining muscular strength, flexibility, balance and a back free of pain and stiffness. Fitness and relaxation as well as other benefits.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group

Build a support system with people who understand. Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to develop a support system, exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. Talk through issues and ways of coping. Share feelings, needs and concerns. Learn about community resources. The group meets the first and third Friday of the month at 3 p.m. at the Warm Hearth Village Center Woodland Studio, located at 2387 Warm Hearth Drive in Blacksburg. For more information contact Heather Gearhart at 443-3488.

Micah’s Backpack

During the summer months, Micah’s Backpack is seeking volunteers to help pack bags, load cars, restock shelves, and break down packaging on Wednesday nights at 6 pm. Set-up begins at 5:30 pm.

When school resumes, they go back to packing on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. Volunteers meet at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 2308 Merrimac Road, Blacksburg.

Call Micah’s Backpack at 951-8951 for more details.

Volunteers needed for Farmacy Garden

A community garden is located right next to the Health and Human Services Building (right next to RSVP). Volunteers are needed to help the Montgomery County Health Department with the garden this season. The hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9am-12pm. 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 six raised beds in the garden that are senior accessible (four that you can work in from a seated position and two that you can work in standing). Call RSVP for more details 382-5775.

Blacksburg Farmers Market today

The Blacksburg Farmers Market will be today from 8-2 p.m. at Market Square Park, 100 Draper Road SW. The Famers Market offers local foods, crafts, flowers, music, and more in the heart of downtown Blacksburg! Come support your local farmers and artists and enjoy the benefits of a strengthened community, healthy living, and support for responsible business practices. For more information go to

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club fish fry today

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its August Fish Fry today from 5-7 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. The Panjammers Steel Drum Orchestra will be playing. Held rain or shine under the picnic shelter below the church parking lot. Call 540-449-6178 for further information, or visit Facebook at MtTaborRuritan.

Montgomery County extension fair today

The 2017 Montgomery County Extension Fair will be held Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13 at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena Plantation Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060. The fair will include youth and adult exhibits, a livestock and horse show, demonstrations, fair games and activities for kids, lunch concessions and more. Many of the activities are open to 4-H and non 4-H members (exhibits, games, etc).

First Y-Hike: Bald Knob tomorrow

Join us at 9 a.m. tomorrow for the first YHike at Mountain Lake Lodge, 115 Hotel Cir, Pembroke, VA, to the Bald Knob summit and then back on Homestead Trail for a total of 4 miles.

Master Naturalist Steve Hulburt will lead the hike and be available to answer any questions you may have about the flora and fauna surrounding the trail.

We’ll meet at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, VA. As you approach the hotel on Rt 700, turn right into the second lane to the parking area in front of the lodge (don’t take the first right into the registration area). We’ll meet at the furthest end of the parking area. Allow 30 minutes travel time from downtown Blacksburg.

Please bring water, snacks, and good hiking shoes. We’ll see you there!

CPR/AED and First Aid certification course Aug. 15

Become certified in CPR & First Aid with Lisa Bass, American Red Cross Instructor. This course is designed to help you acquire the skills you will need to effectively respond in an emergency situation. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., CPR helps to provide critical blood flow to the brain until professional help arrives. You will learn Adult CPR, how to use a defibrillator, how to respond to choking victims and basic first aid. Minimum: 4 Maximum: 8. Christiansburg Recreation Center. 1600 N. Franklin St. Christiansburg, VA 24073.

First Missionary flea market Aug. 19

First Missionary Baptist Church in New River will sponsor it’s 11th Annual Flea Market/Craft Show on Sat. Aug.19.

8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at New River Playground on 7168 Harry L. Brown Rd. Vendors are welcome and spaces are available for $15.

For More Information, Call 540-639-1081or 540-641-1350.

Christiansburg Recreation Center closed, Aug. 19

The Courts, Locker Rooms and Track will be closed on for an AAU Basketball Tournament at the Christiansburg Recreation Center. The cardio room, weight room and racquetball courts will remain open. For more information, call 382-2349.

Solar eclipse viewing Aug. 21

The optometrists of Invision, located in Christiansburg, are hosting a Solar Eclipse viewing party Monday, Aug. 21. This event will provide a fun and safe way for the community to enjoy the natural phenomenon of the coast-to-coast solar eclipse. There will be safety information, solar eclipse viewing glasses, and astronomy themed snacks (moonpies!). Dr. Scott Mann welcomes the opportunity to discuss the serious eye safety implications of viewing a solar eclipse. For more information about the event, eye safety issues, and science of the coast-to-coast solar eclipse please visit:

Blacksburg Regional Art Association, Gelli Plates Aug. 26

Registration now open for members-only play date on printing with Gelli plates. Aug. 26 at Warm Hearth, 9-4 p.m. Visit for full information.

Heritage Day Aug. 26

The Montgomery Museum is seeking volunteers for Heritage Day on

Saturday, Aug. 26. The event will feature food, live entertainment, craft

activities, a pie cook-off and much more. Volunteers are needed to donate

baked goods, help with set-up from 8-10 a.m., help with the silent auction,

serve hot dogs and other food items at the food tent during the event, and

cleanup from 3-4 p.m. 300 Pepper St., Christiansburg.

Dialogue on race Aug. 26

Come out to the Dialogue on Race Summer Summit with Sides. Bring a friend. Bring a side dish. We provide the Fried Chicken. Catch-up with friends and colleagues on our work: To combat racism in our community. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Summer Picnic Summit at Nellie’s Cave Park, 1900 Grissom Lane, Blacksburg.

Autism Symposium Sep.15

Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Autism Research Symposium presented by Virginia Tech, The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, and The Washington Group Special Care Planning Team. RSVP will be required due to space limitations. Sept. 15 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. At Fairview Park Marriott: 3111 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church. Questions? Please contact: (703) 865-6502 or

HPV clinic Aug. 11

The Health Dept and RaCPS are holding immunization clinic Aug.11 at Blacksburg High School from 11-2 p.m. There will be a Flu clinic in Oct. and the 2nd HPV vaccine will be offered. The 3rd HPV clinic will be held in April at the HS for those over age 15. In most instances, children who do not have their Tdap booster will not be allowed to attend school until proof of immunization is offered. The Flu and HPV clinics are strictly optional.

Music on the New Aug. 18

Come out to see the Jimmy Buffest Tribute Band and the Party Parrot Band with DJ Josh Boggs on Friday, Aug. 18 at the Central Lumber Parking Lot at 1125 West Main Street in Radford. Bring a chair or dance the night away. Food & beverages available. Gates open at 5:30. Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 & under free. Tickets at the gate or on

Raise The Roof BBQ & Craft Fair Aug. 19

Slusser’s Chapel, located at 1543 Mt. Tabor Rd., Blacksburg will hold its Raise The Roof BBQ and Craft Fair on Sat. Aug. 19 from 4-7 pm. Menu includes all-you-can-eat pulled pork BBQ, burgers, hot dogs, and chicken. Sides are homemade slaw, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans, desserts and drinks. Take out available. Adults $10 Children 5-12 $5 under 5 free. Craft fair includes 18 vendors from around the area. Profits will go toward roof repairs. For more information call 552-8737.

Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Center Masquerade Gala Aug. 26

Dine & dance in the elegant atmosphere of the beautifully restored Alexander Black House & Cultural Center! The evening will include a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live music, dancing, a silent auction, and of course great company! Tickets are $95 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 540-558-0746. Proceeds will benefit the continuing restoration of the Alexander Black House. 204 Draper Rd SW, Blacksburg.

Hunter Safety Course Aug. 27

Virginia has implemented a new, shorter hunter education course. Instead of 10 hours or more, the new course will be 6-8 hours. Students will be required to complete several hours of self-study prior to the class. Some material on the final test will be covered in the self-study material, but not during actual class time. Students must complete the self-study to prepare themselves for the final test. Study manuals will be available for pick-up at the Recreation Dept. Participants must be pre-registered, NO walk-in registrations at the class. Register online at:

North Main Street at Route 460 Intersection improvements design public hearing Aug. 31

Find out about a project to improve safety at the intersection where North Main Street connects with Route 460 and Farmingdale Lane in Blacksburg at the public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5-7 p.m. at the Blacksburg Community center located at 725 Patrick Henry Drive. The project will modify the intersection to add and lengthen turn lanes and restrict left turns from North Main Street and Farmingdale Lane onto Route 460. The project also includes improvements to facilitate U-turns on Route 460. Closing the connection of Bishop Road to Route 460 also is being considered.

The hearing will be held in an open house format and VDOT representatives will be present to answer questions.

Review the project information and the National Environmental Policy Act document in the form of a Categorical Exclusion at the public hearing or after the hearing at VDOT’s Salem District Office located at 731 Harrison Ave., Salem, 540-387-5353, 800-367-7623, TTY/TDD 711. Please call ahead to ensure the availability of appropriate personnel to answer your questions. Inclement Weather Date: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m.

Property impact information, relocation assistance policies and tentative construction schedules are available for your review at the above address and will be available at the public hearing.

Junior Master Gardner Program

Hahn Horticulture Garden and Montgomery County 4-H invites you to join our Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program. The JMG program is a fun youth gardening program modeled after the highly successful adult Master Gardener program. It offers horticultural and environmental science education through creative gardening activities. The program includes 26 classes over fall and spring. Classes will be led by trained Master Gardener volunteers with support from Hahn Horticulture Garden and Extension staff (generally 3 or more adults for each class). Hahn Horticulture Garden will provide garden space for some of the gardening projects. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to become certified Junior Master Gardeners through hands-on learning, community service, and leadership projects. Youth will be encouraged to work towards JMG certification, though this is not required. Details about certification will be explained at the first meeting. To register, complete a 4-H health history form. You can download the form at:

Return the form with your payment to Stephanie Huckestein, Hahn Horticulture Garden, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Walk MS Sept. 17

Come out to Walk MS on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Hillsville Veterans of Foreign Wars located on 701 W. Stuart Drive in Hillsville, Va. Ending MS for good will take all of us. It’s why Walk MS matters so much. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise…we’re that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever. For more information contact Karen Walker at (276) 233-6506.