News Briefs – July 19, 2017



Blacksburg Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy registration

Blacksburg Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy will start Tuesday, Sept. 5 and will be held every Tuesday through Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m.

To apply, contact Sgt. Tommy Sarver at or 540-443-1438 or Michele Dudash at or 540-443-1413 for an application. Applications can also be picked up at the Blacksburg Police Department, 200 Clay St., SW.

Blacksburg Regional

Art Association

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.

Moss Arts Center

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.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group

First and Third Friday of the Month – 3:00 p.m.Warm Hearth Village Center-Woodland Studio. 2387 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060. 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.

Henderson Lawn Concerts

(Rainsite: Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center) 6- 7:30 p.m. FREE!

July 21 – Domino Band (R&B, Soul, and Variety)

July 28 – Zydeco-a-Go-Go (New Orleans-style Jazz)

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.

Food truck Thursday, tomorrow

United Way will be collecting school supplies at the VT Corporate Research Center’s Food Truck Thursday Lunch from 11:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20.

Hahn Horticulture Garden, tomorrow

Thursday, July 20, 2017 9-11 a.m. -Tour of the Hale-YMCA Community Garden with Jenny Schwanke Garden Coordinator. The Hale YMCA Community Garden hosts 70 families from about 13 countries growing food using sustainable organic practices. Monthly potlucks and gardening classes along with lots of volunteering by Virginia Tech students and community members makes for a vibrant garden community.

This is a free event. You can meet at the Hale YMCA Community Garden, or we will also have a van meeting at the Hahn Garden to drive over. Please contact Stephanie if you plan to attend – or 540-231-5970.

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 August 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.

Boating safety course

for operators of boats and personal watercraft, July 23

The boating safety course will be held on Sunday, July 23 from 8-5 p.m. at Water’s Edge Building, Claytor Lake State Park, 6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive, Dublin. The course is taught by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83 and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). Materials and instruction are free.

Bring a highlighter, pencil and lunch. Each graduate earns a wallet card showing successful completion of the class. Most major insurance companies endorse the course and allow insurance premium discounts to graduates.

This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the United States Coast Guard. Children 12 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-Registration is required. Online Registration is available at For more information, contact Mendy Harman at or 540-494-3569.

Christiansburg Arts Council, July 24

An organizational meeting for a future Christiansburg Arts Council will be held July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Ignite Academy upstairs meeting room, 100 East Main Street.

For more information, call 257-1149.

3rd annual Jazz & Ribs Feast, July 28

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley and The Southwest Times are happy to announce Pulaski’s 3rd Annual Jazz & Rib feast will be Friday, July 28, 2017, 11 a.m. -11 p.m. in Jackson Park, located at 42, 1st Street, NW in Downtown Pulaski, Virginia across from the town municipal building.

Free Event. Music in the park – Jazz all day! Come hear Plunky Branch and the Oneness, Billy Crawford Band, and more. Ribs , food, beverages, and craft vendors. Bring a lawn chair, dancing shoes, and an appetite. Children’s art booth onsite too!

For additional information contact the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley at 540-980-7363 or

Red Cross blood drive, August 4

The annual Blood Drive at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium will be held on

Friday, August 4 from 11-4 p.m. Volunteers are needed on this day

to work registration, canteen, and provide donor assistance. Parking passes

will be provided in advance by the Red Cross. For more information, call RSVP.

Gardens of

Elissa Steeves

Thursday, August 10, 2017 9am to 11am -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 Tuesday August 8th at 5pm if you plan to attend ( or 540-231-5970). Maximum of 20 people (15 for van). No cost to attend.

Montgomery County extension fair, August 12

The 2017 Montgomery County Extension Fair will be held Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13 at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena in Blacksburg. 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).

Heritage Day, August 26

The Montgomery Museum is seeking volunteers for Heritage Day on

Saturday, August 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 am, 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.

Dialogue on race,

August 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.

Autism Symposium, September 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