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Adventures in the New River Valley: Virginia Tech Corps Day

by Desi Sowers

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets?  This Saturday September 16th from 11AM-3PM you can have the opportunity to experience  life as a Cadet at Virginia Tech Corps Day

Among the planned activities are pull-up and push-up competition stations, drill practice featuring marching and singing cadences, tactical face painting, dress like a cadet and a chance to race through the Corps of Cadets obstacle course! For kids, there will also be a miniature O-Course.

The Grillfield Food Truck will also be on site for food purchases.

So come on out, bring your friends, and get to know the Corps of Cadets!

Information and photo from Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets

Come out and see some racing in Radford this weekend.  Motor Mile Speedway presents the Late Model Twin 75's Race on Saturday, September 9, 2017 with the green flag for the first race starting at 7 pm.

Watch the Twin Late Model Stock Car drivers put it all on the line for two 75 lap races at your home for NASCAR Racing in the New River Valley. 

Information and photo provided by Motor Mile Speedway

Adventures in the New River Valley: Chess Club for Kids and Teens

by Desi Sowers

Do you have a kid or teen who loves chess?  Then bring them over to the Radford Public Library on Thursday September 7th from 5pm-7pm for the Chess Club for Kids and Teens.  They will meet other kids who also love the game of chess.

For more information click here

Information and photo provided by the Radford Public Library.

Visit Gourmet Pantry in Blacksburg, a premiere cooking school for specialty cooking classes.  The off demonstrations and hands-on classes for every skill level.  The classes are taught by enthusiastic chef/instructors that draw from a variety of culinary arts backgrounds. 

The upcoming classes include:

            1. Fresh Mexican-August 26th 6:00-8:30 PM

            2. Tailgating!-September 13th 6:00-8:30 PM

            3. Vegetarian Cooking-September 20th 6:00-8:30 PM

            4. Sichuan Cuisine-September 27th 6:00-8:30 PM

Register online at Gourmet Pantry

Spend some time this fall working on your cooking skills at Gourmet Pantry in Blacksburg.

Information and photo provided from Gourmet Pantry

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:


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.


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!

Head over to Bisset Park this Saturday, August 12th for the “Saturday in the Park” Super Cruise-in and 6th Annual Radford Lucky Duck Race.  The fun starts at 3pm with the car show, music and food. 

The ducks fly into the New River at 6pm.  You’ll want to get a good seat along the banks of the river near the gazebo in Bisset Park and cheer your duck(s) on to the official Motor Mile Speedway finish line.

The duck race is brought to you by the Radford Noon Rotary and the Radford Visitor's Center.

Information and photo provided from the Radford Noon Rotary

Mellow Mushroom presents Kids Night Back to School Bash on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Mellow Mushroom Blacksburg is putting on a special Kids Night Back to School Bash. Every Sunday night we offer 99 cent slices plus a drink and free balloon fun, face painting and glitter tattoos with Jean Lewis of Lib's Lab Entertainment.

For our Back to School Bash, they will have even more surprises including a photo booth and rock painting sponsored by NRV Macaroni Kid.

This event is perfect for the whole family!



Come out and enjoy the final day of the New River Valley Fair in Dublin this Saturday July 29th starting at 9:30 am.

Saturday Schedule of Events:
• 9:30 am: Open Sheep Show (Richardson Building Arena)
• 1:00 pm: Beef Cattle Showmanship (Richardson Building Arena)
• 2:00 pm: Gates and Rides Open
• 2:00-3:00 pm: Free Gate Admission (only one hour)
• 2:00-10:00 pm: Exhibit Halls Open
• 2:00 pm: Miss Rodeo Virginia Pageant (Bud Walsh Arena)
• 4:00 pm: Market Goat and Market Lamb Shows (Livestock Arena)
• 4:00 pm: Appalachian Hoedowners Performance (Wysor Building)
• 4:00-6:00 pm: Miss Izzy as Belle presented by Ballet with Miss Rachel (Wysor Building)
• 5:00 pm: Cutest Little Farmer Contest (Wysor Building)
• 6:00 pm: Terry Mullins in Concert (Wysor Building)
• 7:00 pm: Bulls & Barrels (Adults: $10.00, Children 6 & Under: Free)
(Bud Walsh Arena)
• 7:00 pm: Hootin' & Hollerin' Contest (Wysor Building)
• 8:00 pm: Eric Gress in Concert (Back Porch Stage)

The Bulls & Barrels rodeo will be held on Saturday in the Bud Walsh Arena. Tickets are $10.00 for Grandstand Seating and children 6 & under are free. 

The New River Valley Fairgrounds is located at 5581 Fairgrounds Circle in Dublin, VA.

Photo provided by the NRV Fair

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!


The Pulaski Yankees minor league baseball team hosts the Burlington Royals on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM along with the Bluegrass and Baseball promtion at historic Calfee Park. 

Come out to Calfee Park and enjoy America's favorite pastime along with local live bluegrass bands! ShadowGrass will be performing a pre-game concert. Loose Gravel Band will provide post-game music. The first 500 fans will receive an authentic Pulaski Yankees guitar pick.

Tickets can be purchased at the gates on game day or online. To purchase tickets online, here.

Photo and information provided by the Pulaski Yankees

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