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Join Virginia Tech Rec Sports for our FREE Youth Swim Day event at McComas Hall on Saturday, December 8th 10 AM-12PM.

They will be offering free youth swim lessons to all ages and skill levels. NO UNIVERSITY AFFILIATION REQUIRED so anyone who is interested can come. We do have limited space so you must register prior to the event.

Preschool Levels Register Here:
Levels 1-6 Register Here:

Information and photo provided by VA Tech Rec Sports


Life in a College Town

by Desi Sowers

With Radford and Virginia Tech students back at school, things are hopping in the New River Valley!  Living in a college town comes with many perks that you won’t find anywhere else. Sports, the arts, great restaurants, educational opportunities, and a lively culture are just some things that make living in a college town so wonderful. Recently, Blacksburg, VA, home of Virginia Tech, was named as one of the best affordable college towns for recent graduates…and everyone else.   With a median home list price of $231,400, achieving the American dream of home ownership is easily within reach in Blacksburg and the surrounding area. Many graduates of Va. Tech head to big cities like Washington DC or Charlotte, NC to pursue careers, but if you prefer an outdoor lifestyle and fresh mountain air, Blacksburg just may be the perfect home sweet home for you!  The Appalachian Trail is only a short drive away and nearby Claytor Lake State Park is fantastic for fishing and boating.  Not only does Blacksburg offer a great quality of life for people who love the outdoors, it also enjoys all the benefits of having the university there. There are many employment opportunities at Va. Tech, but there are other options too.  For example, The Dish Network employs about 1000 people and aerospace/defense company MOOG also has a presence there. While historic, single family homes in Downtown Blacksburg are popular, they can also be pricey. So many people opt to live in the outskirts. The New River Valley includes Blacksburg, Radford, Christiansburg and Pulaski. 

Desi Sowers is an experienced Realtor who knows the New River Valley like the back of her hand.  If you are thinking about living the good life in a college town, contact Desi at 540-320-1328 and she can help you find your dream home today!

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The Virginia Tech Horticulture Club and the Hahn Horticulture Garden present their Annual Plant Sale Friday, April 20, 2018 and Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech. Come out to find a vast assortment of plants for sale, ranging from annuals and perennials, to shrubs and trees. This sale is run by and is a fundraiser the Virginia Tech Horticulture Club and also features sales by the Hahn Horticulture Garden.

Information and photo provided by Hahn Horticulture Garden

The Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech continues their Learn at Lunch series with "Super Tough Wildflowers" on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 12:00PM to 1:00PM.  The talk meets at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion, rain or shine.  They will move the talk indoors if the rain becomes too heavy or storms. 

This lecture will be hosted by Ian Canton, owner of Wood Thrust Native Plant Nursery.  He will be introducing you to wildflowers that will grow in adverse conditions.

Parking pass required for our visitor lot. A pass can be picked up at the Pavilion the day of the talk at no cost.

Information and photo provided from Hahn Horticulture Garden.

Virginia Tech's Japanese Cultural Association will be hosting our annual Fall Matsuri (Festival) on November 11th, 2017 from 12pm-4pm!

Join them on the Graduate Lafe Center lawn and Squires area for food, games, booths and performances.  This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.   The Japanese Cultural Associates welcomes members of the local Montgomery County and surrounding areas to come out and experience Maturi. 

Photo and information provided by the Japanese Cultural Association 

Spend this Saturday October 7th with the Virginia Tech Police Department for their 6th Annual Community Day.  The festivities start at 11:00 AM  on the Virginia Tech Drillfield and continue until 2:00 PM. 

Students, employees, and the general public are invited to attend the free event that will include activities for people of all ages and to learn more about the award-winning and nationally accredited police department.

Activities and Demonstrations include:

• Law Enforcement Obstacle Course

• Drunk Goggle Carts

• Drive Smart VA - Texting While Driving Simulator

• Dunk-a-Cop

• K-9 Demonstrations

• Regional Dive Team

• Donut Eating Contest

• Carilion Lifeguard Helicopter Crew Demonstration

• Virginia Tech Police Department's Emergency Response Team Demos

• Bloodmobile

The event will also include free food and prizes. Several community organizations will be on hand to share information and talk with participants about their organizations.

Information and photo provided by the Virginia Tech Police Department

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

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

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 Perks of Retiring in a College Town

by Desi Sowers






It’s the twilight of your life, but you are ready to live it to the fullest.  Why not retire in a place that brings you back to your youth? College towns are abounding with amenities for retirees, including top-notch healthcare, good public transportation, and many free or low-cost things to do. And small college towns afford you a quality life at an affordable cost. Here's a look at some perks of retiring in a college town:

Free classes. College isn't necessarily expensive when you attend as a retiree. There are many colleges and universities that allow older adults to audit classes for free. For example, at regional public colleges and universities residents age 60 and older can audit college classes for free on a space available basis.  Follow your passion to study a foreign language, philosophy, history, or any other college class. See Lifelong Learning for links on admission and tuition waivers for regular college courses at Virginia Tech, Radford, New River Community College, or Virginia Western. In addition, The Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act allows Virginia residents who are 60 years of age or older to take college courses at public colleges and universities without paying tuition, subject to the admission requirements of the institution. If your federal taxable income does not exceed $23,850. per year, you may take courses for credit without paying tuition.

Good hospitals. Many colleges have affiliated teaching hospitals or clinics that provide medical services to the community that you would otherwise have to travel to a large city to get access to. "The large schools often, particularly if they teach medicine, have a really good hospital with a lot of specializations," says John Howells, author of Where to Retire: America's Best & Most Affordable Places. These hospitals may provide cutting-edge medication and treatments and allow you to enroll in clinical trials. Carilion Clinic







Speakers and concerts. College towns often attract world-class performers, speakers, artists and musicians. You can enjoy small town life and still have access to the arts and entertainment that you would find a in a large metropolitan area.  In some cases, alumni and other members of the community can also get access to the library, lectures, plays, and performances for free or at a nominal cost.

Virginia Tech Events

Radford University Events

Sports. If you are a sports fan of any kind, you are likely to be able to find a game or match to watch in a college town.  Football, basketball, soccer and volleyball are just a few of the sports that you can follow in the New River Valley region.  Discounted tickets are often available for senior citizens. 

Affordable cost-of-living. Many restaurants and local businesses cater to people living on a college student budget by offering affordable services. Also, many college towns offer bargain real estate prices compared to similar towns elsewhere. Since approximately 20 percent of the population comprises students on limited budgets and another large percent is working as beginning teachers or support staff, housing prices aren’t likely to be bid up past consumers' ability to pay. Check out some of the homes at Desi Sowers Real Estate to see what is available in the New River Valley region.

Scenic beauty. Colleges are often built in picturesque settings, and they sometimes go to great lengths to keep the campus and surrounding community looking beautiful.  One thing that cannot be denied is the splendid beauty of the New River Valley Region. Nestled in the Great Appalachian Valley, it encompasses majestic mountain and pastoral views with uncommonly clear waters that support a healthy ecosystem.

Visit New River Valley to learn more about this appealing area.

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