News Briefs – August 9, 2017


Blacksburg East Roanoke Street close, Aug today-11

The East Roanoke Street right turn lane at South Main Street in Blacksburg will be closed today through Friday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. This includes a partial closure of the sidewalk on East Roanoke Street. This closure is needed for replacing the existing curb and sidewalk. For more information, contact Joshua Middleton, Town Engineer, at 443-1300.

Christiansburg Aquatic Center closed for maintenance

The 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.

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 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.

The Cellar, open blues nights

Open blues mic with The Blue Monday Band 9-12:30 a.m. No cover. Show up early if you want to play, the sign-up sheet fills up fast. Every Monday. 302 N Main St, Blacksburg.

Moss Arts Center, artists of Appalachia

The Moss Arts Center’s current art exhibition highlights the outstanding artistry and skill of artists in Appalachia. Featuring the work of 17 regional artists using a variety of techniques, “From These Woods” draws attention to the potential of the arts for creating an ecologically and economically sustainable future in the region. The exhibition showcases a variety of different art forms and features pieces made by woodturning and carving, as well as woven baskets, sculpture, and furniture. 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24060.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group

First and Third Friday of the Month – 3 p.m. Warm Hearth Village Center-Woodland Studio. 2387 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg. Contact: Heather Gearhart, 540-443-3448,

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.

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 pm. Volunteers meet at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 2308 Merrimac Road, Blacksburg.

Call RSVP for more details.

Farmacy Garden, volunteers needed

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 (540) 382-5775.

Gardens of Elissa Steeves, tomorrow

Thursday, August 10, 2017 9-11 a.m. -visit the gardens of Elissa Steeves. Join the staff of the Hahn Garden for a visit to the beautiful and eclectic gardens of Elissa Steeves. Her gardens have been featured in Southern Living magazine. We will have a van to carpool since parking is tight. Please contact Stephanie by Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. if you plan to attend ( or 540-231-5970). Maximum of 20 people (15 for van). No cost to attend.

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club Fish Fry, Aug. 12

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its August Fish Fry on Saturday, Aug. 12 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. On Facebook at MtTaborRuritan.

Montgomery County extension fair, Aug. 12

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).

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.

MCPS public input meeting, Aug. 15

Montgomery County Public Schools will host a public input meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. at Christiansburg High School. The community will be asked to provide input on the proposed capital plans for schools in Christiansburg. These plans include new athletic fields, an upgraded high school building, an expansion on the current CHS and the possibility of a new elementary school in the NW area. Current recommendations for capital projects can be found on the capital projects website.

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.

Quartet performance, Aug. 19

The Primitive Quartet and Kevin Kemp will be at Grayson County High School Auditorium in Independence, VA. Admission is $10. Doors will open at 4 p.m. For more info contact 276-233-6425 or 276-768-7020. Sponsored by Independence Volunteer Fire Department.

Solar eclipse viewing, Aug. 21

The optometrists of Invision, located in Christiansburg, are hosting a Solar Eclipse viewing party on August 21st. 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 S, Christiansburg, VA 24073

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. 5:00 p.m. Summer Picnic Summit, at Nellie’s Cave Park, 1900 Grissom Ln, Blacksburg, VA 24060.

BJCC End of Summer Picnic, Aug. 27

The BJCC is having an End of Summer picnic at Nellies Cave Park on Sunday, August 27th from 11 to 2 p.m. All are welcome. Please bring a fruit/veggie/dairy dish to share. Prepare to have some fun!

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. September 15th 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 is 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.

Public Input Meeting for Christiansburg Community, Aug. 15

The town council wants to know what you think about the proposed plans for schools in Christiansburg – upgraded athletic facilities, a renovated Christiansburg High School and the possibility of a new elementary school in Christiansburg. Location is at Christiansburg High School, 100 Independence Blvd, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073.

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, VA 24060.

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:

Child fingerprinting, Aug. 28

Come by the Recreation Department and have your child fingerprinted for your files in case of an emergency. 615 Patrick Henry Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24060. For more information call (540) 961-1135

Step-by-step home buyers class, Aug. 29

Join Rachel at the Christiansburg Recreation Center as she gives you helpful tips to be aware of when purchasing a home. Must Pre-Register.

Safe Kids NRV Coalition-Car Seat Safety Checks, Aug. 31

Come by the Fire Dept. from 4-6 p.m. to make sure you have your car seat installed properly. 110 Depot St NW Christiansburg, VA 24073.