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Adventures in the New River Valley-Superhero Science

by Desi Sowers

Join the librarians at the Christiansburg Library Saturday July 22 from 1pm-2pm for Superhero Science.  Come out and learn about the science behind some of your favorite superheroes.  Superman, Storm, Magneto, and more – join us for some super science!

 

Christiansburg

Tuesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Christiansburg for vendors, local bands, a kids' area, Touch a Truck, your favorite Christiansburg Farmers' Market regulars and much more!

But the party's not over once we leave Main Street! Come on out to the Christiansburg High School stadium that evening for your favorite fireworks show. The stadium opens at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks starting around 9:15.

The rain date for fireworks is Wednesday, July 5, at 9:15 p.m.

Blacksburg

The Town of Blacksburg and the Mount Tabor Ruritan Club present the 31st Annual 4th of July Parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in downtown Blacksburg, VA starting at 2:00 pm.

Enjoy floats, bicycles, wagons, marchers, walkers, antique and classic cars, race cars, horses, fire engines, scouts, bands, sports teams and more in the 31st Annual Blacksburg 4th of July Parade. The parade route begins at the old Blacksburg Middle School property and continues along Main Street ending at Alumni Mall near Virginia Tech's Drillfield.

The parade starts at 2:00 pm and the line-up begins at 1:30 pm.

Beginning at 6:00 pm, the Blacksburg Parks & Recreation Department will have their annual celebration with fireworks and live music at Blacksburg Municipal Park.

Smithfield Plantation Blacksburg

Smithfield Plantation presents their 2017 Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 10 am until 2 pm.

Enjoy the most American holiday at the most historic site in the area!

Activities include:

• Cannon Firing on the Hour

• Apple Pie Baking Contest

• Reading of the Fincastle Resolution and Declaration of Independence

• House Tours available for regular admission

• Living History Camp

• Blacksmith Demonstrations

• Colonial Dancing

and much more!

Admission to the outside activities is free. House tours are regular admission price.

Radford

The City of Radford presents their 2017 "Spirit of America" July 4th Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Bisset Park.

Enjoy a full day of live music, kids activities and attractions including a inflatables, climbing wall and more, food and craft vendors and of course great fireworks to close the event!

Schedule of Events:

• 2:00-8:00 pm - Rides and Games

• 2:00-3:00 pm - Gravel Road (Bluegrass)

• 3:15-4:15 pm - Glen Shelton (Popular Country)

• 4:30-5:30 pm - The Castaways (Beach Music)

• 5:30-5:45 pm - Opening Ceremonies with Mayor Bruce Brown and National Anthem sung by Glen Shelton followed by Patriotic Readings from Dr. Dick Harshberger

• 5:45-6:15 pm - K-9 Exhibition by Radford City Police Department

• 6:30-7:30 pm - David Frizzell (Country)

• 7:45-9:15 pm - Jimmy Fortune (Country)

• 10:00 pm - Fireworks sponsored by Third Security

Visit all of the Mary Draper Ingles related sites and learn more about her amazing journey!

  • Ingles Farm open 10AM-3PM, Saturday, June 17, 9 Wilderness Road
  • Mary Draper Ingles statue, open dawn to dusk, June 17 & 18, 601 Unruh Drive
  • Long Way Home exhibit, statue dedication video, souvenirs, Radford Visitor’s Center, June 17, 10 AM-4 PM, June 18, 1 PM-4PM, 600 Unruh Drive
  • Glencoe Museum, June 17, 10AM-4PM (re-enactors on June 17) and June 18, 1-4PM, 600 Unruh Drive. 
  • At the Glencoe Mansion, visitors can learn more about Mary Draper Ingles through displays, artwork and a video. The Glencoe Mansion will provide living history demonstrations that cover both the 18th and 19th centuries and include a display of children’s toys, a look at how women supported life in Colonial days through such activities as weaving. On Saturday, reenactors from the 51st Virginia Infantry, Wharton’s unit during the Civil War, will be provide an encampment on mansion grounds.
  • Obelisk, Westview Cemetery, 1500 Fifth St
  • Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, ‘An Epic Journey’, dawn to dusk, 601 Unruh Drive
  • Mural at Radford Post Ofiice, ‘The Return of Mary Draper Ingles’ by Alexander B. Clayton, 901 W. Main St

​​Information and photo provided by City of Radford

Adventures in the New River Valley: Booktalk & Bluegrass

by Desi Sowers

The Dublin library is proud to present Booktalk & Bluegrass Saturday June 10th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  This event is part of the Crooked Road’s Mountain of Music Homecoming.

The event will include a book talk by author Sharyn McCrumb at 11 am, followed by family-friendly activities and entertainment by local bluegrass band Highgrass as well as a balladeer performance.  Come out and enjoy a day of books and music.

Information provided by Mountains of Music Homecoming

The 7th Annual Kids Fishing Day will be held at Camp Powhatan located in Pulaski County on Saturday, May 13, 2017 starting at 7 am.

Bring out children under the age of 15 to Camp Powhatan for this free family event to bring awareness to children and parents of the ample outdoor opportunities available in our area.  There will be plenty of trout for the kids to catch and lots of prizes to go with the fish!

Only children under 15 are allowed to fish and they need to be accompanied by an adult. Children will be able to fish off both the banks and docks at the lake. Fish cleaning will be provided and there is a three fish per child limit.

The Southern Nights Band will provide musical entertainment from 11 am until 1 pm.

No registration is needed and lunch will be provided.

Photo provided by the Kids Fishing Day.org

The Blacksburg Community Band is proud to present their Spring Concert, Sunday April 2nd at 3:00 PM in the Blacksburg High School Auditorium.

The Blacksburg Community Band, Inc. is an all-volunteer community organization formed in 1989 under the auspices of the Department of Parks and Recreation in the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia. The band is under the direction of Jay Durner.

 

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech will open its doors to the public during an annual Open House on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature activities especially for children, such as horseshoe painting, face painting, and “future surgeon” photo booth.  There will be a Teddy Bear Repair Clinic, open from 10 am to 2 pm. 

During the Open House, food trucks will offer local and regional dining options in the parking lot in front of the veterinary college. Veterinary students will also lead hour-long tours departing every five minutes beginning at 10 a.m. Tours require sign-up and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The last tour will leave at 2 p.m.

The Open House will take place on the veterinary college’s Blacksburg campus, located at 245 Duck Pond Drive.  Lean more.

The Blacksburg Library presents local children's author Jen Fen on Saturday, March 4 2017, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.  Jen Fen will be reading some of her beginning reader books intended for children ages 3-7.  The books are beautifully illustrated by Virginia Tech students featuring rural themes and are printed locally.  Bring the children and enjoy a morning of storytelling.  

 

Adventures in the New River Valley: Family Fun Festival

by Desi Sowers

​New River Community College presents the Family Fun Festival on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 1-4PM, in 117 Edwards Hall on their Dublin, VA campus.  This event is free and open to the public.  There will be food for sale by NRCC student organizations.

The Family Fun Festival will include a variety of activities:

  • face painting
  • balloon art
  • a bouncy house and games
  • Science tables with a variety of animals
  • 3-D printing demonstrations
  •  health and wellness activities 
  • live music by Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Have your little one bring their tricycle for the race at 1:45, participants need to be children five years old or younger.  The winner will receive a briefcase full of school supplies.

The Price House Nature Center is offering Family programs every Saturday 9am-1pm.  Come explore the nature center where you can see birds nesting, frogs and toads in the pond and how the beautiful butterfly garden is growing.  Each week they offer a different family friendly activity, so load up the kids and experience nature in Blacksburg!

For more information visit their Facebook page

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