News briefs – July 5, 2017



Closed Town Council Work Session, today

Christiansburg Town Council will hold a closed work session on Wednesday, July 5, at 6 p.m. in administrative conference room of Town Hall. The request for a closed meeting is under Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711(A)(1), for the discussion, consideration, or interviews of prospective candidates for employment, assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining, or resignation of specific public officers, appointees, or employees of any public body. The closed meeting pertains to the Town Manager position.

Aquatic Advisory Board- Cancelled, today

The Aquatic Advisory Board will not meet in July. The next meeting is scheduled for August 2 at 4 p.m.

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 drum circle, Friday

7:30-9:30 p.m. on College Avenue.

Henderson Lawn Concerts

(Rainsite: Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center) 6 pm – 7:30 pm. FREE!

July 7 – Crossties (Bluegrass)

July 14 – Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul (Blue-eyed Soul)

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

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

July Fish Fry, Saturday

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its July Fish Fry on Saturday, July 8 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 Blacksburg Community Band will be playing. Held rain or shine. Call 540-449-6178 for further information. On Facebook at MtTaborRuritan.

Afternoon Tea Party with Special Guest Nikki Giovanni, Sunday

The afternoon tea party will be held on July 9 from 2- 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Proceeds will benefit the continued restoration of the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center. Call (540) 558-0746 or email to reserve your spot today.

Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting, July 11

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Stuart Horse Artillery Camp 1784 will meet on July 11 at 7 p.m. at Ray’s Restaurant on Rt. 221, north of Floyd. Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) are also invited to attend. For further information, please call 216-233-8401 or 239-9864.

Art at the market, July 15

Come celebrate Blacksburg’s vibrant arts community by visiting this year’s Art at the Market with Breakfast at the Farmers Market located at 100 Draper Road NW.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present Art at the Market, Blacksburg’s celebration of fine art and artists.

NRCC offering handgun safety class, July 18-20

New River Community College will offer a handgun safety class on Tuesday, July 18, and Thursday, July 20.

Both class meetings will take place from 6-9 p.m. at 206 Edwards Hall in Dublin. Range time will be offered on the Saturday following the class.

The cost of the course is $60.

The six-hour classroom portion of the course, instructed by Joey Williams, is required. However, range time is optional. The class is intended for individuals who are applying for a handgun permit through the courts, and will cover topics such as the nomenclature of revolvers and/or semi-automatic handguns and safety issues related to handgun ownership. Participants will also learn how to care for, maintain and store their handguns.

To register for this course, visit

Food truck Thursday, July 20

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, July 20

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.

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