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Adventures in the New River Valley: Solar Eclipse Watch Party

by Desi Sowers

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association presents a Solar Eclipse Watch Party on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm on the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn.

The watch party is free and open to the public. The Alumni Association will provide eclipse safety glasses to safely watch the memorable event. Pizza will be served and attendees are also encouraged to bring lunch.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun. On August 21st, everyone in North America will see the eclipse, and parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see the eclipse or a partial eclipse.

In Blacksburg, the skies will darken (though it won't be pitch black) as about 90 percent of the sun is covered.

It is unsafe to look directly at the sun. Eclipse glasses with special-purpose solar filters allow viewers to gaze at an uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun safely.

The last total solar eclipse in contiguous United States was in 1979, and the next opportunity to see a total solar eclipse in the United States will be in 2024.

Information provided by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association

Welcome to the New River Valley!

by Desi Sowers

As a new resident of this beautiful area, you have probably been so busy unpacking and getting yourself situated that you haven’t had time to really take it all in.  I want you to feel at home in your new community, so here are a few tips for getting to know the wonderful people and places in the New River Valley:

MEETING YOUR NEIGHBORS:

Often people don’t want to intrude when they see you are busy unpacking and setting up house.  But there are a lot of ways you can still meet your neighbors:

  • Take a walk around the neighborhood.  Chances are others will be out strolling with kids and pets.  Pets are fabulous ice-breakers!  Don’t hesitate to say hi and introduce yourself.
  • Join the neighborhood civic league and attend meetings.  If there is a home owners’ association, become an active participant.  Not only will you hear lots of good information at meetings, but you will find about fun activities that are happening.
  • Once you are settled, take some treats to your immediate neighbors thanking them for accommodating your moving truck. Include a note introducing your family. 
  • See if your neighborhood has a social media page and join if they do.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR HOMETOWN

Take some time to explore your new surroundings. There is so much to see and do here!

  • Play tourist for a day.  Check out local travel guides and city websites to see what’s going on in your new town.
  • If you are a stay at home Mom, check out Moms' Groups; an excellent way to meet other Moms!
  • Join your University alumni association.  These groups offer you the chance to socialize locally while maintaining a connection with your college.
  • Check out social media for local groups, book clubs, meet ups and community events.
  • Join the YMCA or Community Recreation Center and meet people while staying in shape!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at (540) 320-1328.  As a resident of the New River Valley, I am happy to welcome you home!

 

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New River Valley Summer Camp Guide 2017

by Desi Sowers

School is out for summer and now it’s time to figure out how to keep your kids engaged, entertained and happy while they are on their break.  Whether you are looking for child-care or simply want some fun activities for your little ones, there is something for everyone in the New River Valley.  Here is sampling of summer programs available: (click links for camp web sites)

Mike McGuire Basketball Camp at Radford University
Radford University’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Mike McGuire, will be hosting basketball camps on the campus of Radford University this summer. Mike McGuire Basketball Camps is committed to providing an educational and fun experience for all ages and abilities. Basketball camp is a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in many ways and we hope you will want to join us at Radford University this summer!

Astro Camp
AstroCamp Virginia Science & Adventure Summer Camp! The rolling hills of Staunton Meadows and Lake Harvey create a unique summer camp experience for boys and girls ages 8-14! AstroCamp Virginia is a science and adventure summer camp located in Clover, Virginia. Campers come each summer to make memories, have fun, and get hands on science and astronomy training while participating in a variety of activities from the scientific to the fun! AstroCamp is a STEM program that pushes campers to deepen their science understanding by participating in space explorations, playing in our state-of-the-art labs, build and launch rockets, and have time nearly every night to use our large array of telescopes to explore the night skies. For those seeking more adventure in their summer camp experience, one of our biggest draws is our motorsports program. Campers can get behind the wheel of our karts or off-road vehicles and strap in for the ride of a lifetime. After the track, campers can enjoy other outdoor adventure activities from swimming, hiking, mountain and BMX biking, craftsmanship and art, and take in our nightly events that change every summer. See more details of our program by clicking here. Campers come to AstroCamp Virginia from all over the country and even internationally to live for a week in our serene and beautiful camp setting. Participation in AstroCamp Virginia programs are open to everyone regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, sex or disability.

GEMS Camp - Girls Empowered at Mountain Shepherd
GEMS are Girls Empowered through exploration of seven survival priorities: positive mental attitude, first aid, shelter, fire, signaling, water, and food. During a five-day overnight experience, GEMS learn the practical skills associated with each priority. Girls also discover the parallels between each survival priority and their lives in the “front country.” GEMS gain an appreciation for their natural and social surroundings through fun — and deceptively educational — activities such as night hikes, team-building games, and biodiversity studies. After five days, GEMS leave with confidence and compassion, knowing more about themselves and how they interpret and interact with their world.

Jo Eloe Productions Camps
In 2017,LoCo Arts’ Summer Shakespeare camp joins forces with JoELoe Productions, LLC to present Hamlet. 8:30am-5:00pm    This week-long theatrical experience provides an opportunity for young thespians to collaborate with an experienced instructor to produce a fun and inventive reimagining of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy! Students will learn the fundamentals of acting and theatre production as they grow into a close-knit cast, and build their confidence onstage! The group’s hard work will be showcased at a matinee performance in the unforgettable, historic Newport Community Center theater on July 15, 2017. Family and friends are invited to the post-production, pot luck cast party. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

Camp VA Jaycee
Camp Virginia Jaycee serves children and adults with special needs in an outdoor camping environment. The counselor to camper ratio is 1:3 and there is a Certified Health Care Provider on duty at all times.

Visit our website for updates on things to do in the New River Valley. Thinking about buying or selling a New River Valley VA Real Estate, Call your local expert Desi Sowers 540-320-1328

Blacksburg VA Home Sales April 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Radford VA Home Sales April 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Christiansburg VA Home Sales April 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Pulaski County Home Sales April 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Blacksburg VA Home Sales March 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Radford VA Home Sales March 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Christiansburg VA Home Sales March 2017

by Desi Sowers

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

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