News Briefs – July 26, 2017



South Main Street lane closures

The lane closures on South Main Street between Airport Road and Hubbard Street will continue through Thursday, July 27, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

These closures are needed for street resurfacing. Travel delays should be expected.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 540-443-1200.

Road shoulder and ditch repairs on West Main Street

Work will continue on West Main Street through July 28. Public Works crews will be performing road shoulder and ditch repairs on West Main Street – between Depot Street and Moose Drive – beginning Monday, July 10.

The repair work will affect traffic patterns. Eastbound traffic will still be able to pass, with minor lane shifts. But, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., westbound traffic will be detoured onto Depot Street, then to College Street and Moose Drive, before returning to West Main Street.

Work is expected to be complete July 28, but that schedule is subject to change due to weather or other factors.

Pruning work to affect traffic patterns on Roanoke Street today-July 28

Town of Christiansburg Public Works crews will be performing pruning work on Roanoke Street from Wednesday, July 26, through Friday, July 28.

During this time, there will be temporary and intermittent lane and shoulder closures on both sides of Roanoke Street, from the town limits to Dunlap Drive. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the workday on Friday, July 28.

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,

Gelli Plates

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, 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.

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.


Lawn Concerts

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

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

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.

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.

New River Valley Fair, today

Welcome to the New River Valley Fair, one of Pulaski County’s favorite spots for family entertainment. There’s a lot going on at the fair this year… some great entertainers, fun contests, great exhibits and don’t forget the breath-taking midway rides. Take a look around our site for details on everything that’s happening for the season. We’ll look for you and your family at this year’s fair!

3rd annual Jazz & Ribs Feast, Friday

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, Aug. 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


Gardens of Elissa Steeves, Aug. 10

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.

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 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, Aug. 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, 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 p.m. Summer Picnic Summit, at Nellie’s Cave Park.

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 BH from 11-2. 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

We want 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.