Buchanan Library used book sale benefits elementary school

The Friends of the Buchanan Library are holding a Benefit Used Books Sale for the Buchanan Elementary School Library at the Buchanan Public Library on February 9, 10, and 11.

The Buchanan Elementary Library is in need of funds for books and supplies for the remaining school year and the Friends are going to help by sharing the proceeds, 50/50, with the school library.

The sale will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, 3-7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the basement of the Buchanan Public Library. There are hundreds of used hardbacks, fiction and non-fiction, for $1, paperbacks are 50 cents, and all DVDs, VHSs, and CDs are $1 per bag.

The library is still accepting donations of used books in good condition, but please no textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines. In case of inclement weather, the sale will be held February 16, 17, and 18 at the same times. The Buchanan Library is located at 19795 Main Street, Buchanan.


Second Sunday Dinner at Community House

The Buchanan Town Improvement Society is holding its Second Sunday Dinner February 12 in the historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House on Lowe Street, Buchanan from 12 noon until 2 p.m.

The public is invited to bring someone special for this Valentine’s meal of spinach salad, chicken Madeira, duchess potatoes, baby peas and choice of dessert including red velvet cake, cheesecake, chocolate cake and more. Dine in and carry out are available. Meals are $10.


Valentine treats benefit Veterans Day Program

The Troutville Sunshine Girls will be selling homemade chocolate treats, cupcakes, cookies, cards, balloons and flowers for Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Sunshine Station in Troutville.

All proceeds will go toward the Veterans Day event in November.

For more information, call 819-6335.


Fincastle Library February programs

The Fincastle Library has announced the following February programs:

  • Preschool Story Hour for children ages 2 and up every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.
  • Baby and Toddler Storytime for ages 6 months-2 years every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.
  • Fincastle Pokémon Gym every Sunday from 3-5:30 p.m.
  • Second Tuesday Book Club for children in grades 4-8
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. This month, “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke will be discussed. Refreshments provided. February date has been changed to the third Tuesday due to scheduling conflict.
  • Teen Tuesday Book Club for teens and young adults ages 14 and up. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. Check out a copy of “The Selection” by Kiera Cass, which will be discussed at the second meeting. Refreshments provided.
  • Backyard Botetourt, Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. A free monthly presentation by Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District and the Valley Conservation Council.
  • Adult Coloring. Thursday, Feb. 9 and Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5-7 p.m. A fun, relaxing activity for creative minds. Bring your own coloring books, colored pencils, etc. If you do not have these available, you can borrow some at the library.
  • Lego Club for ages 6 and up. Monday, Feb. 13 from 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Movie “Secret Life of Pets,” Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. This movie showing is free and refreshments will be provided. Rated PG. Runtime: 90 minutes


Mediterranean Diet topic of program

The Friends of the Buchanan Library will sponsor a program by Master Food Volunteer Kim Butterfield on the Mediterranean Diet on February 15 at 11 a.m. The Mediterranean Diet has long been recommended by nutritionists, dieticians, and physicians for being low in saturated fat as a heart healthy diet for everyone. Butterfield will share tastings and recipes featuring the Mediterranean Diet. Everyone is welcome to attended this free program. The Buchanan Library is located at 19795 Main Street; 928-3005.


The Back Porch Coffee House Features The McAllisters

Trinity United Methodist Church will host the family band, The McAllisters, as the featured performers in the February 18 installment of The Back Porch Coffee House. The McAllisters have played music throughout the region for church, private, and community events for many years. Their mixture of country, folk, gospel, and bluegrass, delight listeners of all these genres.

The music begins with an open mic time at 7 p.m. (Sign up for open mic begins at 6:30 p.m., and is open to all that time allows.) The McAllisters take the stage at 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but organizers will “pass the hat” for the featured performers.

The Back Porch Coffee House is located at the back porch entrance of Trinity UMC on Main Street, Buchanan. For more information, call 254-2696.


Pancake breakfast benefits charities

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring their annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Fincastle Volunteer Fire Department. Includes pancakes, sausage and beverages, and 50-50 drawings. Eat in or take out. Everyone is welcome. Suggested donation, $5. Proceeds to benefit Botetourt’s Food Bank, Resource Center and Free Clinic.


Buchanan Dates To Remember

  • Buchanan Lions Club – Members meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Members will meet at North Star Restaurant on Thursdays, Feb. 9 and 23.
  • Buchanan Special Events Committee Meeting – The public is invited to join the committee as it plans details for upcoming activities such as the Buchanan Garden Festival, Third Fridays Block Parties and more. Members will meet tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Buchanan Town Hall. For additional information call 254-1212, Ext. 4.
  • Garden Vendors Wanted – The Town of Buchanan is accepting garden vendor applications for the third annual Buchanan Garden Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 13. Applications are available online at www.townofbuchanan.com or from the Buchanan Town Hall. If you have “garden-themed” items including plants, flowers, outdoor living, handmade crafts, antiques or art with a flower or garden theme, this event offers an opportunity to display and sell those items. For additional information, contact the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program at 254-1212, Ext. 4.
  • Coloring & Coffee – Gallery By the James invites the public “join in on Sunday afternoons for “Coloring & Coffee,” an adult coloring session where you can relax and enjoy the company of others and make new friends.” There is a $5 materials fee for original works to color. Upcoming dates and times include: Sunday, Feb. 19, (2:30-4:30 p.m.); Sunday, March 19, (2:30-4:30 p.m.); Sunday, April 16, (2:30-4:30 p.m.); and Sunday, May 21 (2:30-4:30 p.m.). For additional information call (254-9708.
  • Acoustic Endeavors Concert – Buchanan will welcome Acoustic Endeavors to the stage of the historic Buchanan Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 25. Known for their original bluegrass music, the band has been delighting crowds since 1992. Fans enjoy the band’s personalized style of performance and heartfelt original bluegrass music performed by band members Warren Amberson, Kelly Green, Dewey Peters and Greg Honeycutt. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15.
  • Pancake Supper – Discover an old-time tradition as families used up their extra food supplies before Lent on “Fat Tuesday.” Trinity Episcopal Church invites the public to enjoy a pancake supper on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. Cost of the meal is $7 for adults, children 11 and under are free. The menu includes homemade pancakes and maple syrup, sliced ham, fresh cut pineapple and oranges, and beverage. Dine in or carry out


Movie at the libraries

The Botetourt County libraries will show “The Secret Life of Pets” in February.

This animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment asks the question: What do our pets do all day when we’re not home? For the critters living in a Manhattan apartment building, the answer – whatever they want!

A terrier named Max (voice of Louis C.K.) regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner (Ellie Kemper) is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. Their feud eventually causes both of them to get lost in New York City, and as they work together to find their way home, they cross paths with a vicious bunny (Kevin Hart), who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity. Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Tara Strong, Steve Coogan, Dana Carvey, and Bobby Moynihan also lend their voices to the film, which was directed by Chris Renaud (“Despicable Me 2”) and Yarrow Cheney.

The movie is rated PG and runs for 90 minutes.

Show times are: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 4 – Blue Ridge; Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. – Eagle Rock; Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 4 – Fincastle; and Thursday, Feb. 16 at 4 – Buchanan. All movies are free and snacks will be provided.