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Open Studios of Roanoke
Date: May 1, 12:00PM-1:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Open Studios of Roanoke, Roanoke
RAM Virginia Health Clinic
Date: April 30-May 1, 6:00AM-5:00PM; (Also on Sunday, 1 May, 6AM-5PM, Tickets distributed 3 AM)
Category: Community Events
Venue: Mountain empire Airport, Rural Retreat
Charlottesville Symphony Masterworks Concert
Date: May 1, 3:30PM-5:30PM
Category: Live Music: Classical
Venue: Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville
Mira Early Music Spring Concert: A Garland for the May Queen!
Date: May 1, 4:00PM-5:30PM
Category: Live Music: Classical
Venue: Holy Comforter Catholic Church, Charlottesville
Festival of Bands
Date: May 1, 1:00AM-6:00PM
Category: Live Music: All
Venue: Squires Commonwealth Ballroom, Blacksburg
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Date: April 28 - May 1 on
Thursday 7:30PM-9:30PM
Friday 7:30PM-9:30PM
Saturday 7:30PM-9:30PM
Sunday 7:30PM-9:30PM
Category: Theater & Dance: Musicals
Venue: Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg
Birding the Mountains and Valleys/Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual Meeting
Date: April 29-May 1, 1:00-10:00PM; (Preregistration required to attend the weekend-long event; deadline April 19, 2016)
Category: Club Listings
Venue: Sheraton Roanoke, Roanoke
Blacksburg Community Strings Spring Concert Rehearsals
Date: January 11 - May 2 on
Monday 7:00PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Classical
Venue: Karr Activity Center, Blacksburg
Aqualitative: Acoustic and Kinetic Translations of California Water Data
Date: April 18-May 2, 8:00AM-8:00PM; (Two week installation)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Elmaleh Gallery (Campbell Hall), Charlottesville
Date: May 3, 8:00PM-9:00PM; (Come at 7pm for Palladian Echoes by Matthew Burtner in the OCH lobby & lower lawn)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville
Discoveries of James Monroe’s Highland Photography Exhibition Opening and Reception
Date: May 5, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Ash Lawn-Highland, Charlottesville
Meet the artists Tracy Budd, Donna Essig and Vera Dickerson at The Market Gallery
Date: May 6, 5:30PM-9:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: The Market Gallery, Roanoke
Garden Week: Opening Reception
Date: May 6, 5:00PM-9:00AM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: 1708 Gallery, Richmond
CHS Band on the Run 5K
Date: May 7, 8:00AM-10:00AM; (Check-in and race day registration 6:30-7:45 AM)
Category: Community Events
Venue: Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville
2nd Annual Girl Scout Day
Date: May 7, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Category: Kids & Family
Venue: Ash Lawn-Highland, Charlottesville
Hypertufa Planter Workshop @ Forest Library
Date: May 7, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Forest Library, Forest
Plant Sale
Date: May 7, 8:30AM-1:30PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Farmers Market, Rocky Mount
Mozart In May
Date: May 7, 5:30PM-8:45PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Celebration Hall at Floyd EcoVillage, Floyd
The Blacksburg Square Dance
Date: May 7, 8:00PM-11:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: The Dance Barn at Homestead Farm, Riner
Blacksburg Community Band Spring Concert
Date: May 8, 3:00PM-4:15PM
Category: Live Music: All
Venue: Blacksburg High School Auditorium, Blacksburg
Blacksburg Community Band Spring Concert
Date: May 8, 3:00PM-4:15PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg
Concert by Winds of the Blue Ridge: Spring Into Summer!
Date: May 8, 6:00PM-8:15PM; (Bring a picnic for 6 p.m. Concert begins 7 p.m.)
Category: Live Music: All
Venue: Hollins University, Outdoors, Roanoke
"Science Literacy: Why We All Need It"
Date: April 8-May 13, 10:30-11:30AM; ("Science Literacy: Why We All Need It")
Category: Lectures/Literary
Venue: Forest Library, Forest
Music On The Hill - MOTH 2nd Fridays concert series
Date: The second Friday of every month between October 9, 2015 and May 13, 2016, 7:00PM-12:00AM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Unity of Roanoke Valley, Roanoke
Music On The Hill - MOTH 2nd Fridays concert series
Date: The second Friday of every month between November 13, 2015 and May 13, 2016, 6:45PM-12:00AM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Unity of Roanoke Valley, Roanoke
Music On The Hill - MOTH 2nd Fridays concert series
Date: The second Friday of every month between January 8, 2016 and May 13, 2016, 6:45-11:00PM; (Doors Open @ 6:45pm, Concert@ 7:30pm, general seating, arrive early)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Unity of Roanoke Valley, Roanoke
Hypertufa Planter Workshop @ Stewartsville Library
Date: May 14, 11:00AM-12:30PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Stewartsville Library, Vinton
Charlottesville Festival of Cultures
Date: May 14, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Category: Fairs & Festivals
Venue: Lee Park, Charlottesville
Garden Basics-Flowers & Shrubs
Date: May 14, 2:00PM-5:00PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church - C-ville, Charlottesville
Virginia Folklife Program Apprenticeship Showcase
Date: May 15, 12:00PM-5:00PM
Category: Fairs & Festivals
Venue: Ash Lawn-Highland, Charlottesville
Tending & Creating the Woods in Your Backyard Workshop
Date: May 20, 9:00AM-2:00PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Albemarle County Office Building 5th Street, Charlottesville
Literacy Volunteers New Tutor Training
Date: May 21, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Jefferson School City Center, Charlottesville
Willie Nelson & Family Concert to Support Local Food Hub
Date: May 25, 12:00AM-12:00AM
Category: Live Music: Country
Venue: Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Charlottesville
The Honey Dewdrops in Concert
Date: May 27, 7:30PM-9:30PM; (Doors open at 7:00 PM)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: The Bedford Room Bedford Central Library, Bedford
Hypertufa Planter Workshop @ Bedford Library
Date: May 28, 11:00AM-12:30PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Bedford Library, Bedford
Radford Reads Festival
Date: May 28, 10:00AM-3:00PM; (Event may end later than 3.)
Category: Fairs & Festivals
Venue: Glencoe Museum & Gallery, Radford
Keaton Simons at The Spot on Kirk
Date: May 31, 8:00PM-9:00PM; (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
Category: Live Music: All
Venue: The Spot on Kirk, Roanoke
"American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell"
Date: March 20 - June 12 on
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Friday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
Date: March 20-June 12, 12:00-12:00AM; (Exhibit has the same hours as the museum)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke
Arts Fusion at the Fralin Museum
Date: The third Thursday of every month between March 17 and June 16, 2:30-3:30PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia , Charlottesville
Historic Lecture
Date: The third Thursday of every month between June 18, 2015 and June 20, 2016, 7:30-9:00PM; (Topics will change every month, supporting our featured Gallery Exhibit.)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, Blacksburg
Arts Fusion at the McGuffey Arts Center
Date: The last Wednesday of every month between March 30 and June 29, 1:30-3:30PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: McGuffey Arts Center , Charlottesville
"Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection"
Date: February 13 - July 9 on
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Friday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke
"A Portrait of George Washington: The Man, The Soldier, and The President"
Date: February 6 - July 31 on
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Friday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke
A Portrait of George Washington: The Man, The Soldier, and The President
Date: February 6-July 31, 10:00AM-5:00PM; (Exhibit has the same hours as the museum)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke
Story Time at the Lighthouse
Date: April 15 - September 2 on
Friday 1:00PM-2:00PM
Category: Kids & Family
Venue: Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach
Contemporary Redux
Date: January 27 - September 4 on
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Friday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke
Roanoke Fusion First Memory Cafe
Date: March 2-September 7, 10:00-11:00AM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Tanglewood Mall Panera Bread , Roanoke
Arts Fusion at the Taubman Museum
Date: The fourth Thursday of every month between March 24 and September 22, 1:00-2:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art , Roanoke
Walk with a Doc
Date: April 2 - November 17 on
Saturday 8:00AM-8:30AM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: nTelos Wireless Pavilion, CHARLOTTESVILLE
Art by Night at the Taubman
Date: The first Friday of every month between March 4 and December 2, 5:00-9:00PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke
Southwest Virginia Juried Student Photography Exhibition
Date: February 19, 2016 - March 3, 2017 on
Monday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Tuesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Friday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 12:00PM-4:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Radford University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Radford
Rachael Braussen's Art Exhibit
Date: July 1, 2015-August 15, 2017, 12:00-9:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Grandin Theatre, Roanoke
Evening Prayer
Date: The first Thursday of every month between December 5, 2013 and December 3, 2020, 7:00PM-12:00AM
Category: Community Events
Venue: College Lutheran Church, Salem


Sunday Brunch Food & Cultural Tour
Starting June 29, 2014
Address: 32 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
Venue: Roanoke City Market Building
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

The tastiest way to discover Roanoke like an insider! #1 Rated on tripAdvisor An easy Sunday stroll through our historic downtown. Complete with delicious tastes, iconic sights, and satisfying aromas. We'll visit a few attractions and glimpse into Roanoke's past and future. It's a must do culinary adventure! If visiting, we highly recommend taking a tour at the beginning of your visit - it'll make your entire time here so much  enriching!   
Sunday Music Jam at The Floyd Country Store
Starting September 28, 2014
Location: The Floyd Country Store
Address: 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
Venue: The Floyd Country Store
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

Every Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, The Floyd Country Store hosts a music jam lead by a local Old-Time or Bluegrass band. First and third Sundays are Old-Time jams and second and fourth Sundays are Bluegrass jams. Most Sundays there is also a beginner jam upstairs to help those who are just discovering the joys of jamming. Acoustic musicians of all levels and music lovers are invited to come and play. This is dedicated to the sharing of the musical tradition and stories of this area.

Fleet Feet Tuesday Night Pub Run - Wasena City Tap Room & Grill
Starting August 12, 2014
Location: Wasena City Tap Room and Grill
Address: 806 Wasena Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
Venue: Wasena City Tap Room and Grill
Recurrence: Recurring every 2 weeks on Tuesday

The Fleet Feet Sports Pub Runs take place on Tuesday evenings at 6pm. Runs alternate weekly between Fork in the City and the Wasena City Tap Room. The Pub Runs will include a three and five mile route. Pub Runs will be followed by food and beverage specials. Please note that there is an overflow parking lot for us to use for the Pub Runs at Wasena City Tap Room. The overflow parking is a paved lot on 8th Street, half a block south of the River House and has a playground located at the… 

Real Estate Investors Of Virginia (Real Estate Investment Training)
Starting March 17, 2015
Location: Frank's Italian Restaurant
Address: 5933 Williamson Rd, Roanoke, VA 24012
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

Real Estate Investors of Virginia is a group that's focus is on training for landlords, flippers, wholesalers, etc to wisely invest in real estate. The 1st month of meetings is free so you can get to know everyone and see it's value to your investment education. 
West End Community Market
Starting October 7, 2014
Location: West End Community Center
Address: 1223 Patterson Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

West End Center for Youth on the corner of Patterson Ave. and 13th Street SW 100% fresh and local, pasture raised meats, rainbow trout, organic fruit & produce, cut flowers, artisan baked goods, cheeses, prepared foods, and much . SNAP-EBT benefits accepted and doubled. Year round rain or shine   

(X)po Wednesdays
Starting November 19, 2014
Address: 1327 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
Venue: Grandin CoLab
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

"(X)po Wednesdays" Every Wednesday from 5-7 pm. Free and open to the public. Every week, CoLab will host a casual event aimed at continuing the conversations started at and around (X)po. We guarantee a relaxed atmosphere and an enriching conversation every week, but need you to bring the personality! These evening sessions will showcase local people talking about their ideas, experiences and interests with the goal of sparking a discussion. (X)po Wednesdays are open to the public… 

Afternoon Arts – Every Thursday, 4-5pm
Starting March 20, 2014
Location: Jacksonville Center
Address: 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA 24091
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday

Afternoon Arts – Every Thursday, 4-5pm    This arts class is for children Pre-K to 7th grade and is divided into two age groups. Each week a new arts experience is given to the children. This is a drop in class, no preregistration is required. Each class is $3 or 4 for $10. This class happens every Thursday as long as The Jax is open.   
Friday Night Jamboree
Starting September 26, 2014
Location: The Floyd Country Store
Address: 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
Venue: The Floyd Country Store
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday

The Floyd Country Store has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers, and visitors from all over the world. The first hour is gospel music, followed by two dance bands. It’s a great time for the whole family, and you’re likely to see kids from six to ninety-six out on our hardwood dance floor. The Jamboree happens every Friday night, rain or shine, all year round. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. Seating is limited, so if a seat is important to you… 

Saturday Americana Afternoon
Starting September 27, 2014
Location: The Floyd Country Store
Address: 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
Venue: The Floyd Country Store
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Join us every Saturday at noon for music and lunch at The Floyd Country Store. The music is varied, but has the common thread of traditional acoustic Americana music. Some of it is indigenous bluegrass or the music of contemporary singer-songwriters. You might hear the blues or some of the Celtic or African sounds that underpin our American folk traditions. Between 12:00pm and 1:30pm we have a scheduled performer, followed by an opportunity to step up for open mic.


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Around Stuart/Patrick County/Franklin County/Including Floyd & Southside SWVA


Companions, a grief, loss and survivors of suicide support group, will meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at Piedmont Community Services Group Room, 22280 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart. For information, call Patricia Crissman at (276) 694-4361.

The Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Honduras Coffee Shop in Stuart. Call Terry at (276) 692-5740 for information.

A community bereavement support group will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Stuart United Methodist Church. (Enter through the red door at the back of the church.) The purpose of the group is to offer support in a relaxing atmosphere to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Call Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416 or Becki Turner at (276) 694-3238 for more information.

Join the Take Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) meeting Tuesday evenings at Ross-Harbour United Methodist Church in Elamsville. Weigh-in begins at 5 p.m. with a supportive meeting at 6 p.m. TOPS is an international club whose mission is to educate/support folks with weight loss. Both women and men are welcome. Check out the group for a free visit. Dues are $2 per month for local chapter and $32 per year for TOPS Club headquarters. A magazine called TOPS News is included in the cost. Call 930-1004 for further information.

Creative Expressions, a support group, meets every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Call or text Sandy Dawson at 692-5504 for the location and information. The meeting is sponsored by Citizens Against Family Violence. The mission is: “Empowering survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as you heal from the trauma you’ve experienced.”

Sit and Be Fit, an exercise class taught by Sharon Mason, meets each Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the Patrick County Library. Call the library at 694-3352 for information.

Tai Chi classes are held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Patrick County Branch Library, 116 W. Blue Ridge St., Stuart. There is no fee to participate and the instructor is Sharon Mason. Call (276) 692-4733, or the library at (276) 694-3352, for information.

Yoga classes will be held each Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Patrick County Library, Stuart with gentle yoga to help stretch and strengthen. Pilates and core work included. Classes will also be held Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the community room at Patrick Henry Community College., Stuart. For information, call Rebecca at 229-9917 or email rebajksn@aol.com.

Stuart Baptist Church has apple butter for sale at the church from 10 a.m. to noon at the church office at 108 W. Blue Ridge St., Stuart.

The Family History Center at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4751 N.C. 14, just south of Eden, N.C., is open from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Consultants/professional genealogists are on hand to assist in researching a family tree at no cost. Popular research sites can be accessed free of charge. Copies are 10¢ each. Appointments may be made for other times. Call (336) 623-7154 for information.

The Meadows of Dan Addictions Recovery Support Group meets each Monday night at Mayberry Presbyterian Church, 1127 Mayberry Church Rd., at 7 p.m. Meetings include prayer, fellowship, sharing, networking, and the 12-Step Program to assist with a journey of healing and recovery. For information, contact facilitator Felecia Shelor at (540) 593-3062 or fshelor@swva.net.

Woolwine Happy Health Hearts is an exercise class for all levels and meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday nights from 6 to 7 p.m., and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate; dress comfortable and join in the fun, fellowship and fitness. Classes are held in the lower level of the fellowship hall at Woolwine United Methodist Church, Rt. 8, Woolwine Hwy.

Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church has a van ministry route and will pick up anyone who wants or needs a ride to the church. Call Pastor Kenneth Terry at 930-2673 with questions or to make arrangements.

Skyline Pentecostal Holiness Church will have Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship services each Sunday at 11 a.m. Call (336) 368-2775 for information.

Teen Time will be held on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Patrick Springs. The sessions will include Bible lesson, fun, and supper, King’s Kids will be held Sunday nights from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for students in grades kindergarten through seventh for games, lessons, and snacks.

Tai-Chi classes are taught at The Landmark Center in Stuart each Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Adults and young people are welcome to attend.

The VFW Post 8467 ladies’ auxiliary will serve an all you can eat meal, which includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink, on the first Monday of each month from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8467 building, intersection of Rt. 58 and Mabry Mill Rd., Meadows of Dan.

A Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group for mothers of children ages 0-5 will meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. at Creasey’s Chapel United Methodist Church. The group will help mothers to connect with each other and offer support, assist in personal growth and give practical parenting tips. Childcare is provided. Call 634-8950 or visit Facebook page for information.

Services are held each Sunday at 1199 Christiansburg Pike, Floyd, with worship sharing at 9:30 a.m., meeting for worship at 10 a.m., and Sunday school for children. The church welcomes each person of any age or ability, race or ethnic background, sexual orientation or gender.

The Patrick Henry Patriots, Patrick County’s chapter of the Tea Party, meet at 6 p.m. each third Tuesday at the Spencer-Penn Centre in Spencer. For information visit www.Facebook.com/patrickhenrypatriots323403935084 or email patrickhenrypatriots@hotmail.com.

American Legion Post 123 and Legion Auxiliary meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, N.C. Sons of the American Legion Squadron 123 meet the second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the park; American Legion Post 123 Riders meet the last Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the park. American Legion bingo is held every Thursday at the park. Early birds start at 6 p.m.; the main game begins at 7 p.m.

An Alzheimer’s support group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at noon at the Landmark Center on Landmark Drive, Stuart. Refreshments will be provided. The program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging and Home Care and Hospice of Memorial Hospital. Caregivers may call Southern Area Agency on Aging at (276) 632-6442 or toll-free at (800) 468-4571 if they need to arrange care for a family member while attending the support group meeting. This service can be provided through the generosity of the Patrick County Alzheimer’s Group, LLC.

The Patrick County Historical Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment (closed Thursday). Visit the web site at www.patcovahistory.org or email pcvahistory@gmail.com.

Citizens Against Family Violence offers weekly support group counseling for victims, friends and family of sexual and domestic violence. Share with others from similar situations and be supportive of each other, offer solutions and learn ways to make changes. Meetings are held each month in Martinsville; call (276) 632-8701 for information. Patrick County residents should call (276) 692-5504 to get the location and meeting time, which is not disclosed for the safety and privacy of participants.

A series of classes on the Book of Revelations will meet each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church. Call 694-4757 for information.

Two Bible study groups meet each Tuesday at Stuart United Methodist Church. The daylight group meets at 9:30 a.m. and the starlight group meets at 7 p.m. For information call 694-3322 or email stuartumc@embarqmail.com.

Donations of yarn are needed to make prayer shawls for patients in hospitals and nursing homes by a volunteer group from Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. For information, call Connie Casagrande at 694-4416.

Free family aerobics classes are held each Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Spencer-Penn Centre in Spencer.

The Spencer-Penn Centre invites the public to visit the Charles and Rose Hylton Library. There is no admission charge. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. To visit the library, turn off Hwy. 58 at the Spencer Post Office.

The Patrick Henry Photography Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Homestead. No dues or fees are required. The group is open to beginners, amateurs and those experienced in film and/or digital photography. For information call (276) 694-3328, extension 228 or (276) 694-6729 or visit www.angelfire.com/film2/homestead..

Word of Life Bible Study will meet each Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Dr. Hall’s barn at 4234 Abram Penn Hwy. in Critz. For information call (276) 694-4591. Turn on Abram Penn Hwy. from Hwy. 58 across from M & M’s Exxon, go about four miles to barn.

Socrates Café, a freewheeling philosophy discussion group for ordinary people, meets every second Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Patrick County Branch Library, 116 W. Blue Ridge St., Stuart. Socrates Café is based on the book Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy by Christopher Phillips. Ask questions, express views or just listen as neighbors explore the burning issues of today. There are no membership requirements or fees. Call (276) 930-4743 for more information.

Meetings of the New Vision Group of Narcotics Anonymous are held at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and at noon on Wednesday at various locations in Martinsville. Open topic meetings are held Sundays and Mondays and basic text study meetings are held Tuesdays at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, open topic meetings are held Wednesdays at Passages, 817 Starling Ave., candlelight open topic meetings are held Thursdays and Saturdays at First Presbyterian Church, and meetings with a speaker are held Fridays at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.

The Covered Bridge Society of Virginia, Inc., which is dedicated to preserving and promoting Virginia’s historic timber covered bridges, is seeking new chapters and members in this area. Anyone interested in starting a chapter or who would like to join the society is asked to contact Leola B. Pierce, 4114 Forresthills Dr., Portsmouth, VA 23703; call (757) 484-4404; or email VaBridgeLady@aol.com.

Southern Area Agency on Aging is looking for volunteers to serve as “friendly visitors” in nursing homes and adult homes. Friendly visitors bring caring and encouragement to people who have few or no visitors. For information call Christine Stoneman at 1 (800) 468-4571.

The Smith River Trout Unlimited Chapter #264 meets on the first Thursday of March, June, September and December at 7 p.m. at Raina’s Restaurant in uptown Martinsville.. For information, visit www.smithrivertu.com.

Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held each Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Horizons Unlimited building, 24141 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Patrick Springs
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Patrick County Branch Library will hold storytime for children ages two to four. The half-hour sessions will meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Call 694-3352 for information.

The Dan River Art Market is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy artwork from area artists and crafters, 502 N. Main St., Danbury, N.C.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Big Brother Big Sister program should call (276) 632-6106.

The Willis Gap Community Center holds membership meeting on the first Monday night of the month at 7 p.m. at 144 The Hollow Road, Ararat.

Piedmont Writers’ Group, an affiliate of Piedmont Arts Association, meets each second and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at PAA, Starling Ave. in Martinsville. Meetings are open to all aspiring writers. Call (276) 957-4479 for details.

If drugs are affecting a family or a friend, log on to www.stopaddiction.com or call 1 (800) 468-6933. Narconon provides answers to drug addiction, provides free assessment, evaluation and referral services to internationally recognized alternative and traditional treatment facilities. When continuing relapse is occurring, call Narconon. Don’t give up. Drug addiction can be overcome.

My Friend’s Closet, a ministry of Stuart Presbyterian Church, sells gently worn clothes at affordable prices. The store at 131 N. Main Street, Stuart, is open Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Thursdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. Call 694-4710 for information.

EMS providers may receive category one or two continuing education credits by attending classes each third Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Smith River Rescue Squad Building.

The Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard is looking for new members. All honorably discharged veterans are welcome to join. The honor guard meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at American Legion Post 105 building. For information contact Richard Cox at (276) 930-3265 or (276) 340-1618.

Virginia Legionnaire advises that with the enactment of Public Law 105-110, the start date of Vietnam service has been moved to February 28, 1961, opening membership in the American Legion to any veteran of that conflict, regardless of where he or she served.

The altar and doors of the First Christian Disciple of Christ Church will be open each Monday at noon for anyone to come in to pray together. The church is located on Forest Lane in Stuart, pastor, Roger Hagwood; Sheila T. Thomas, coordinator.

A mobile recycling unit will be at the following locations from late Friday afternoon until early Monday morning: Blue Ridge Elementary School: first and third Saturday and Sunday of each month; Hardin Reynolds Elementary School: first and third Saturday and Sunday of each month; Mountain Top Park, Meadows of Dan: second and fourth Saturday and Sunday of each month; Woolwine Elementary School: second and fourth Saturday and Sunday of each month; and Willis Gap Community Center, Friday through Sunday on the third weekend. For more information, call the Patrick County Administrator’s Office at 694-6094.

Fairway Baptist Church will hold Youth Night each Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for ages 6-19. The church is located on Rt. 57 west of Bassett.

The American Legion Patrick Post 105 reminds all honorably discharged male and female veterans of the Armed Forces of the U.S. who served during periods of armed conflict that they may qualify to become local post member-Legionnaires. The group welcomes new members and applications are available at all American Legion posts.

Both local V.F.W. Posts wish to remind all honorably discharged male and female veterans of Armed Forces of the United States that if they served outside the U.S. in armed conflicts and earned campaign medals that they are likely to qualify for. membership. Applications are available at all VFW Posts, or call 952-2362.

Patrick County Department of Social Services is seeking volunteers for transportation services. Reimbursement: 24¢ per mile. Call 694-3328 for more information.

Military honors are available for the funeral of all honorably discharged veterans of the. Armed Forces at the request of the family of the deceased, through the funeral director, or by direct contact with the local Post Commanders of The American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Dan River Art Market in Danbury is open Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. and Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. Membership open to artists and craftsmen from Stokes, Rockingham, Surry and Forsyth Counties in N.C., plus Patrick County. Interested members and volunteers should contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-2808 for more information.

The Patrick County Sheriff’s Department has implemented a Senior Citizen Call-In Program for elderly individuals living alone. Under the free program, senior citizens call the sheriff’s department each morning before 9 a.m. to report that they are not sick or injured. If the call is not received, the dispatcher will call the senior citizen and send someone to the home if necessary. If you are interested in enrolling, please call the sheriff’s office at 694-3161 and request that a form be mailed to




Let the Concerts Begin!





Steep Canyon Rangers + Mountain Park Old Time Band

From the Mountains to the Cities

August 29, 7 p.m. / $20

Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers started as a group of friends playing music together for fun, but after more than a dozen years together, they are instantly recognized as one of the most successful bluegrass bands touring today. The group's recordings and dynamic live performances have earned them many accolades, including Grammy and IBMA Awards. These talented musicians play progressive bluegrass music firmly rooted in tradition, with smart, original songs. They are seasoned and dynamic, never failing to thrill their audience with instrumental dexterity and speed, tight harmonies, and the fun they have on stage.

Mountain Park Old Time Band was born six years ago when a group of friends got together to play the old-time music they love. These friends and talented musicians are Nancy Gentry (bass), Johnny Gentry (multiple instruments), C.T. Janney (washboard and dancing), Roger Stamper (fiddle), and Mark Handy (banjo, vocals, dancing).


Wayne Henderson, Helen White & Herb Key + Stevie Barr & The Mastertones

Instrument Makers & Pickers  

September 5 (Labor Day Weekend), 7 p.m. / $10 

Wayne Henderson

Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. His lightning fast, articulate playing style was influenced by Doc Watson and EC Ball, both close friends. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor. A singer, fiddler, guitarist and tunesmith, Helen White has toured extensively with Henderson in the United States and Europe. Her compositions include works for theater and video projects as well as a Booklist honored recording of original songs for children. White is the founder and served as regional director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians program from its inception in 2000 to 2013. Herb Key grew up in a musical family in Wilkes County. He has played for most of his life and has spent more than 30 years making, repairing, and restoring instruments. He grew up listening to old Carter Family recordings, mesmerized by Mother Maybelle's guitar playing. 

A fine bluegrass banjo player, Stevie Barr was raised in a family dedicated to making music, and was playing banjo by the age of four. Stevie grew up in his father Thomas' fiddle shop in Galax, Virginia, taking it all in and becoming a fine player in his own right. The Mastertones are a talented young group of bluegrass instrumentalists and vocalists that Barr has assembled to spread the music of Galax and the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Midday Mountain Musicians Showcase: Buck Mountain Band + Willard Gayheart, Bobby Patterson & Scott Freeman +
Bill and Maggie Anderson

September 12, 7 p.m. / FREE

Midday Mountain Musicians at the Blue Ridge Music Center since 2007, the Buck Mountain Band has entertained Blue Ridge Parkway visitors from all over the world with its spirited renditions of old-time mountain dance music and songs. Bob Taylor draws on a wide variety of sources for his fiddle tunes, while Amy Boucher (banjo) and Harrol Blevins (guitar) add their voices to the lively mix. Other band members include Debbie Larson (bass), Sue Taylor (guitar and ukulele), and Dan Peck (guitar and banjo).

The sweet harmonies of Bobby Patterson and Willard Gayheart flow golden, like honey. The Galax native and the pencil artist from Hazard, Kentucky, have been playing music together for 40 years in various bands, but discovered a whole new depth of artistry through duet singing at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Patterson plays banjo and guitar, and sometimes mandolin. Gayheart specializes in guitar.Scott Freeman grew up in a rich musical area of Mount Airy, North Carolina. As well as being a professional musician, he is a traditional music teacher and musical instructor for Pete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo. Freeman lends his talents to many groups, including The McPeak Brothers, The Crowe Brothers, and The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys.


Whether they're explaining how to build a guitar, play a Dobro, or singing the sweet harmonies of "Fox on the Run," Bill and Maggie Anderson are the heart and soul of the music that was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They migrated to Fancy Gap from New York. You'll find them playing Wednesdays at the Music Center throughout the season. Bill builds instruments, including the Dobro that his wife plays and the guitars that he plays.



Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Alice Gerrard & Kay Justice

+ De Temps Antan

Blue Ridge Sounds Around the World 

September 19, 4 p.m. / $15 

Paul Brown

In a career spanning some 50 years, Alice Gerrard has known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass greats and has earned worldwide respect for her own important contributions to the music. Gerrard is particularly known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and '70s. The duo produced four classic LPs and influenced scores of young female singers. Her superb recordings showcase Gerrard's many talents: compelling, eclectic songwriting; powerful, hard-edged vocals; and instrumental mastery on rhythm guitar, banjo, and old-time fiddle. Her most recent album, Follow the Music, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award. 

Paul Brown learned his first tunes from his mother, who picked them up from older African-American musicians in Piedmont Virginia in the 1920s. He was hooked, and spent years collecting and documenting traditional music in southwest Virginia and in the stunningly rich Round Peak region around Mount Airy, North Carolina. As a performer, record producer, and radio host, Brown has introduced millions to the special world of Appalachian music, and helped to ensure its preservation and vitality for future generations. His most recent recordings, "Red Clay Country" and "The Mostly Mountain Boys" (with Terri McMurray and John Schwab) showcase Paul's banjo playing, fiddling, and singing. Terri McMurray started playing banjo uke and banjo when she was pint-size. She co-founded the Old Hollow String Band with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin, and dug deep into clawhammer banjo with Tommy Jarrell in North Carolina. West Virginia's Kay Justice is a noted singer and guitarist best known for her work in the mid to late '90s with Ginny Hawker.

Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, and bouzouki, the Québécois folk music trio De Temps Antan blends boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found in traditional French-Canadian music. Their sound, anchored by the "tac-tic-a tac" of les pieds (a form of seated clogging found only in French Canada), explores time-honored melodies from Quebec's musical past informed as much by their world travels as by their fieldwork and family ties.


Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run + The Buckstankle Boys 

Women In Bluegrass 

September 26, 4 p.m. / $15

Rebecca Frazier

Rebecca Frazier achieved notoriety in the bluegrass world as the first woman to appear on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and is widely known for her work with award-winning Colorado-based band Hit & Run. Accompanying Rebecca are a host of world-class acoustic artists: her husband and musical partner John Frazier on mandolin and vocals, bassist Barry Bales, banjo genre-bender Scott Vestal, Dobro genius Andy Hall, fiddle virtuoso Shad Cobb, banjo innovator Ron Block, and, on backing vocals, her longtime Western compatriot, Shelby Means (Della Mae). 

Wes Clifton, Seth Boyd, Andy Edmonds, Todd Hiatt, and Tim Eaves are The Buckstankle Boys. They were all born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Having been brought up and schooled in the ways of traditional mountain music, each of them decided to form a group to promote the older sounds of bluegrass and old-time music.


The Steel Wheels + The Buck Stops Here 

Americana Roots

October 3, 4 p.m. / $15

The Steel Wheels is a name redolent of steam-powered railroad trains, America's industrial age, and the buggies of the band's Mennonite forebearers. Their initial offering as a committed unit, 2010's Red Wing, put the newly minted band on the map at the dawn of the folk-music renaissance. The LP spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 chart, while the track "Nothing You Can't Lose" was named Best Country Song at the Independent Music Awards.

The Buck Stops Here likes to span American roots music, from old-time fiddle tunes with hard-driving bluegrass banjo to introspective originals with percussion and four-part harmonies.


The Lee Boys + Dark Water Rising 

Blues-based Soul & Gospel 

October 10, 4 p.m. / $10 

The Lee Boys

The Lee Boys are one of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (seven-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums). Each member began making music at the ages of 7 and 8 in the House of God church they attended in Perrine, Florida. Here they underwent a rigorous course of training in a variety of musical instruments, including lap and pedal steel guitars. Born and raised in Miami, each of The Lee Boys grew up in the church where their father and grandfather, Rev. Robert E. Lee, was the pastor and a steel player himself. 

To the members of Dark Water Rising, kinship is essential. The ties of kinship within the band's Native American communities helped to establish the group  in 2008. Today, those same roots provide the framework for the band's sound, which they describe as "rocky soul." The band attributes its style of playing and singing to a combination of influences, which range from attending Sunday morning worship services to absorbing the diverse styles and tones of artists like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and the Bee Gees. 



For tickets and concert info, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org or
call (866) 308-2773, ext. 245. 


Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Road
Galax, Virginia 24333
Milepost 213 - Blue Ridge Parkway
# 276 - 236 - 5309


Please visit our website for more detailed information about the season schedule, including bios, images, web links and videos of the performers. 


The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of Mount Airy, NC and just south of Galax, VA. 

Concerts are held in the outdoor amphitheater at the base of Fisher Peak, one of the most gorgeous concert settings in the country. 

For Evening Concerts at the Music Center:
* FREE Parking
* Kids 12 and under are FREE
* Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets
* Patrons are welcome to bring their own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please!)
* The Galax Smokehouse will be present on concert nights, serving their BBQ plus incredible sides. 

The Blue Ridge Music Center (BRMC) is operated by The National Park Service, and the Music Center's programming is coordinated through a partnership with The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. 

The Blue Ridge Music Center is a major venue of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trails and a partner venue of the Blue Ridge Music Trail of North Carolina.

The Blue Ridge parkway Foundation

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the primary private fundraising organization for the Blue Ridge Parkway.  As the primary fundraiser and trusted steward of the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Foundation is forever committed to preserving the past, enhancing the present, and safeguarding the future of America’s Favorite Journey®.

Richard Emmett
Blue Ridge Music Center (BRMC)
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (BRPF)
717 S. Marshall Street - 105 B
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
# 866-308-2773 x 213 (BRPF Winston-Salem office)
# 276-236-5309 x 112 (Music Center office)


About the Blue Ridge Music Center
The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1985, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which is still alive and thriving in the region. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. In the summer, its beautiful outdoor amphitheater comes alive through a vibrant and diverse concert series featuring artists like Cash and Leventhal, The Kruger Brothers, The Primitive Quartet, and John Dee Holeman. Many of these concerts include activities for the whole family such as flatfoot dance lessons and instrument petting zoos. The Music Center also offers scenic trails for the novice and seasoned hiker, educational programs and the interactive Roots of American Music museum. The center and museum are open 10:00 am-5:00 pm daily May-October. Admission to Visitor's Center and the Roots of American Music museum is free. Mid-day Mountain Music is offered free every day in the Blue Ridge Music Center breezeway from 12-4 pm.

About the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the primary fundraiser and trusted steward of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Foundation is forever committed to preserving the past, enhancing the present, and safeguarding the future of America's Favorite Journey®. We are proud to serve and support this extraordinary environment that connects the spirit of countless people through a twisting ribbon of mountain road. We are a strong defender of the Parkway, funding needed projects that enhance and protect the natural, cultural, historic, and recreational qualities that make the Blue Ridge Parkway an American treasure. Find out more at www.brpfoundation.org <http://www.brpfoundation.org> .
700 Foothills Road
Galax, Virginia 24333
Milepost 213 - Blue Ridge Parkway
# 276 - 236 - 5309

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Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club
  • According to the club's website, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) is dedicated to preserving and improving the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia. The RATC is responsible for 113 miles, or about 5 percent, of the Appalachian Trail's 2,170 miles. In addition, volunteers shoulder the upkeep for 17 permanent shelters along the southwest Virginia stretch. The club is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010 and sponsors hikes of varying difficulty nearly every week, including day hikes, camping trips and backpacking trail hikes. The RATC is an affiliate of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

    Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club P.O. Box 12282 Roanoke, VA 24024-2282
  • Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (OCVT)

  • Virginia Tech students as well as members of the Blacksburg, Virginia community comprise the membership of this active club. The club is responsible for maintaining a 30 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia. In addition to regularly scheduled hikes, the club sponsors kayaking, biking and other outdoor activities. The website states that "due the wide variety of interest within the club, there is opportunity for novices to learn new skills or improve existing ones."

    Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech PO Box 538 Blacksburg, VA 24061  outdoor.org.vt.edu/

  • Tennessee Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club

  • Originally formed within the Eastman Kodak Company in Kingsport, Tennessee, the Club is now open to anyone. As of 2010, non-employees pay $10 annually instead of the $5 fee for employees and retirees. The club schedules numerous hikes into the nearby southwest Virginia mountains each year, as well as sponsoring canoeing and kayaking events on nearby whitewater rivers.

    Tennessee Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club  Building 310, Eastman Road Kingsport, TN 37663
    423-229-3771    tehcc.org/
  • Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club

  • The Mount Rogers Appalachian Club, formed more than fifty years ago, maintains nearly 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia. Much of the club's activities center around work hikes for trail maintenance, but the event calendar also lists recreational hikes and social events. The Mount Rogers club makes its headquarters in tiny Damascus, Virginia. Damascus is situated near the southwestern corner of the state and just minutes from the Appalachian Trail.

    Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club P.O. Box 789  Damascus, VA 24236-0789 - 276-475-3065

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    Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library 


    Blacksburg Library
    200 Miller Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24060
    Phone: (540) 552-8246
    Fax: (540) 552-8265
    Christiansburg Library
    125 Sheltman Street
    Christiansburg, VA 24073
    Phone: (540) 382-6965
    Fax: (540) 382-6964
    Floyd Library
    321 West Main Street
    Floyd, VA 24091
    Phone: (540) 745-2947
    Fax: (540) 745-4750


    Hours of Operation:

    Day Blacksburg Library Christiansburg Library FloydLibrary
    Monday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Closed

    FloydCounty Library adjusted hours:

    sunday 1pm - 5pm
    monday 10am - 6pm
    tuesday 10am - 8pm
    wednesday 10am - 6pm
    thursday 10am - 8pm
    friday 10am - 5pm
    saturday 10am - 5pm

    * Sundays: Closed from Memorial Day - Labor Day (otherwise open 1pm - 5pm)

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    FloydJAMS - A Crooked Road/ JAM Program: 
    A Traditional Music Program for Youth Starts in Floyd
    Floyd County students in grades 4 through 8 now have opportunity to learn the traditional music of the region in a new after school program at Floyd Elementary School .  The program, FloydJAMS - A Crooked Road / JAM Program, is providing almost 80 students with instruction on fiddle, banjo or guitar from exceptional traditional music instructors on Monday afternoons. 
    The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM, Inc.) and The Jacksonville Center for the Arts have been working with Floyd County business and community leaders, educators, and school system representatives to create this new program for students.  "We are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the students of Floyd County Public Schools" said Lisa Pluska, Director of Instruction with Floyd County Public Schools. "Floyd has such a rich heritage of music and for FloydJAMS to come in and partner with the school system to continue this tradition is a true blessing".
    FloydJAMS is modeled after offerings through Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM Inc), which has similar programs in Virginia , North Carolina , and South Carolina . "JAM Inc, has allowed us to tap into their years of experience and hard work and continues to assist us in creating our own version of a JAM program tailored for the Floyd community" says FloydJAMS Director, Heather Krantz.  "It has been a dream of mine to help bring more music education programming here and The Crooked Road, JAM Inc, the Jacksonville Center and many other local folks and businesses have helped make that happen."
    The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is the Nonprofit Sponsor for FloydJAMS.  "Through FloydJAMS, these students will have better access to opportunities to learn how to play a music instrument, which can have a positive lifelong impact in their lives, including their academic performance.", said Jacksonville Center Director, John McEnhill. 
    The Crooked Road promotes economic development in Southwest Virginia by promoting the region's unique heritage music. FloydJAMS is funded in part by The Crooked Road, the Appalachian Regional Commission, The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional Support has been provided by Mitchell Music Company, the Floyd Country Store, the D'Addario Foundation, The Blue Ridge Music Makers Guild, the Floyd Moose Lodge, Plenty!, Citizens Telephone Cooperative and several anonymous donors and area businesses.
    Additional information about FloydJAMS can be obtained by emailing FloydJAMS@gmail.com
    Or by calling 540-230-0292


    Sunday Naturalist Walk - On going event March - November: Guided tour of the arboretum grounds with a theme that changes each month. $6.00 for non-members; $4.00 for members. 2-3 p.m. 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 540-837-1758 ext. 0. http://www.virginia.edu/blandy

    First Saturday Walks - Guided tour of the Foundation of the State Arboretum grounds with a theme that varies each month. 10 a.m. - noon. First Saturday each month March-November. $6.00 admission; $4.00 for organization members. 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 540-837-1758 ext. 0. http://www.virginia.edu/blandy

     Permanent exhibit: - Roanoke Valley, Crossroads of History.Free Fridays: admission is free from 1-4 p.m. every second Friday of the month. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10a.m.-4p.m.; Sat. 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday 1-5p.m. Closed Monday. Adults $2, students (age 6-17) $1, under 6 free. Seniors (60+) $1. Downtown Roanoke - 804/344-0876

    Barter Theatre- A theatre for all seasons, open year round, offering comedy, music, drama, family entertainment, and variety and diversity with classic works and plays commissioned especially for our audiences. CONTACT: Barter Theatre, P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212, (276) 628-3991.

    Birthplace of Country Music Museum - Museum showcasing musical heritage of Appalachian region. Hours of operation: Mon.?Sat. 10 a.m.?9:00 p.m. Sun. 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Bristol Mall, 500 Gate City Highway, Bristol, VA 24201. No Admission. CONTACT: Bill Hartley, PO Box 26, Bristol, TN 37621, (276) 645-0035.
    Birthplace of Country Music Pickin' Porch. 7:00 p.m. ? 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Live entertainment featuring bluegrass, gospel, and old-time country music. Bristol Mall, BCMA Museum, 500 Gate City Highway, Bristol, VA 24201. No Admission. CONTACT: Bill Hartley, PO Box 26, Bristol, TN 37621, (276) 645-0035.

    Carter Family Fold - P.O. Box 111, Hiltons, VA. The Carter Family Memorial Center features concerts of old time music every Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. and an annual two-day festival the first weekend in August. CONTACT: Rita Forrester, Box 111, Hiltons, VA 24258, (276) 386-6054.

    November - March - Winter Wonderland Wine Getaway. Escape your routine and join us every Friday evening from November through March for a special Chef's Choice complete three course dinner for $32 per person exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol. You'll enjoy a delightful selection of appetizers, entrées and luscious desserts. Chateau Morrisette www.thedogs.com




    Dear Astronomy Enthusiasts,
    Apple Ridge Farm has created an astronomy club providing access for the public to the GE Dark Sky Observatory. The club is currently being facilitated by Michael Good GE Volunteer Project Lead  (please see note below for his vita)
    Mr. Good designed the observatory to have dual telescope piers. The first holds a Meade 8" Schmidt Casse grain (f/10). This is an LX50 ? it has sidereal tracking and slow speed controls but no "go to" capability. The second scope is a Meade 12" LX200, replete with GOTO functionality and RS232 port for remote telescope operation. The observatory was built entirely by Ge volunteers. 
     Here is a link to the Apple Ridge site/ observatory information
    We will meet monthly every 2nd Monday of the month (freeing the 3rd Monday for people wishing to attend the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society (RVAS) meetings in Roanoke). Like the RVAS, we will meet from 7:30pm till approximately 9pm monthly.
    Every meeting will begin in the Meador building . A decision will be made early if the weather and road conditions will allow driving up thegravel road to the observatory (limited parking). If so, the primarypurpose for the club will be to observe at the GE Dark Sky Observatory.If the weather does not permit, a program will be presented to thepublic.
    Link to directions to the camp on the Apple Ridge site:
    Michael R. Good

    GE Volunteer Project Lead: GE Dark Sky Observatory at Apple Ridge Farm
    Home: 774-7411

    Rosalie M. Kell

    Apple Ridge Farm, Inc.
    Jefferson Center, Suite 304
    541 Luck Avenue, SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016

    (540) 982-1322o
    (540) 239 4660c


    Art Exhibits at The Old Church Gallery
    The Old Church Gallery is pleased to sponsor the biennial "A COMMUNITY OF WOMEN", a show that presents works created by women artists who make their homes in Floyd County.  The women artists include both professionals and amateurs; an amateur defined as "one who does something for the love of doing it."  Our goal for the show is to share the diversevisions, styles and interpretations embodied in their work and to celebrate the wealth of talent and creative diversity among the women artists in our community.
    Gallery Hours:  Saturdays:  10 :00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.,  Sundays:  2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Free Admission.

    The Old Church Gallery House, 110 Wilson St. off E. Main St in Floyd, is open weekends except for holidays  745-2979 or for more information e-mail: writeus@oldchurchgallery.com.  The Gallery is an all volunteer, tax-exempt, nonprofitorganization: www.oldchurchgallery.com .

    EVERY SATURDAY-Floyd County Humane Society members are available at the Floyd County Animal Shelter from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. to show pets that are available for adoption. For more information call 745-9365. Animals up for adoption can be viewed on the animal shelters website at www. nrv animal shelters.com


    The O. Winston Link Museum in Downtown Roanoke offers railroad fans, art and history enthusiasts, and community residents a new destination in Western Virginia.  Since the museum's grand opening in January, more than 15,000 people - sixty percent from beyond the Roanoke Valley, from most every state in the U.S.and many foreign countries - have admired the exhibition of Link's world-famous work.

    Photo by O. Winston Link
    O. Winston Link's photos of the last days of steam locomotion along the Norfolk and Western Railway take a nostalgic look back to 1950s life - to the world of drive-in theaters and old country stores along the rail lines.  Set in the rural Appalachian Mountains and locomotive shops, Link captured a simpler era that many in the United States look back to with fond memories.

       The museum, housed in the renovated Norfolk and Western Railway passenger station, exhibits more than 225 prints from Link's acclaimed Norfolk and Western project, Link's photographic equipment, and artifacts from N&W's freight and passenger services. Several interactive stations present the chance to examine Link's elaborate lighting arrangements or hear his steam locomotive sound recordings.

        "Some of our visitors worked for N&W for more than 30 years - they really enjoy seeing their memories of the railroad displayed for the public" said Kim Pulice, Manager of Museum Operations.  Many visitors leave noticeably stirred by the photographs - reminded of working with the long-gone steam trains and fellow railroad employees.photo by O. Winston Link

       Most images are black and white, and most are taken at night.  Using hundreds of flashbulbs, Link dramatically lit his subjects to highlight the life around the railroad.  Pulice noted, "Link had a knack for adding a human element to photos of machines.  His most striking images are those that show how  rail interacted with communities and individuals."  Small communities that rarely got attention from the outside world at that time  - Rural Retreat, Vesuvius, Iager, Green Cove - were documented by Link's cameras.

       One of the most popular features in the museum is the 30-minute documentary film "What a Picture I Got," containing interview footage and background information about Link.  The film also dramatically documents the troubles with Link's ex-wife, Conchita, and her plans to steal Link's prints and other equipment.

       Additionally, the museum gift shop has expanded since the grand opening to include a diverse inventory.  Children's items - including toys and books - are now available, and the shop has an extensive line of Norfolk and Western and O. Winston Link memorabilia.

       "We're always adding something interesting.  "

        As an added convenience,visitors can now buy joint tickets for the Virginia Museum of Transportation at a 20 percent savings.  The two museums are connected by a three-block O. Winston Link Rail walk.

        The O.Winston Link Museum is located at 101 Shenandoah Avenue in Roanoke,across from Hotel Roanoke.  The museum is open year-round, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5p.m.  Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3. Group rates are available, and the museum is available for after hours functions.  More information is available on the web at www.linkmuseum.org or by phone at 540-982-5465.

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