News briefs – July 29, 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.

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.

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.

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 RSVP.

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).

Public input meeting, Aug. 15

MCPS 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.

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:

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. 5:00 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.

With Abandon concert,

Cambria Baptist Church in Christiansburg is having a free concert by the band “With Abandon” from Blacksburg Baptist. The concert will be at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend. The band features songs from Crowder, Hillsong and other artists. Come, enjoy the music!