Stritesky to meet with citizens Thursday

Jeff Stritesky, who is seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff, will be at the Eagle Rock Library on Thursday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m. “I look forward to hearing about what is important to you and speaking to you about my plans for Botetourt County in the office of sheriff,” he said. Refreshments will be provided.

Chicken BBQ fundraiser for Fincastle Mennonite School

A chicken BBQ dinner will be held at the Fincastle Fire House from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12 to benefit the Fincastle Mennonite School. Included in the meal will be a grilled chicken leg quarter, backed macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, a homemade dinner roll and sweet tea for $9. Homemade desserts will be available for $1.50. Dinners will be dine in or take out.

Tickets may be purchased at the Heritage Family Market, 473-2917; Fincastle Automotive, 473-3434, or by calling Mark Mast, 540-315-5958, or Lynette Mast, 540-524-8824.

Genealogy Fair organizational meetings set

Organizational meetings for Genealogy Fair 2020 will be held at the Fincastle Library on April 10 at 2 p.m. and May 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Funky Bunny doodle art at the libraries

The Buchanan and Blue Ridge libraries will offer free afternoon art classes in April to make Funky Easter Bunnies using pens, pencils and markers. The classes are for all ages, although young children will need help from an adult. All materials will be provided.

Classes will be at 4:30 on Thursday, April 4 at the Buchanan Library; and 4 on Thursday, April 11 at the Blue Ridge Library.

For more information, see the Botetourt County Libraries Facebook page or call the libraries at 928-3005, Buchanan; or 928-2900, Blue Ridge.

Knights of Columbus fish fry

The Knights of Columbus will hold a fish fry on Friday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration, 7624 Roanoke Road, Fincastle. Eat in or take out for $10, age 8 through adult. Ages 7 and under eat free. There will be ample portions of lightly breaded flounder (chicken nuggets for children), sweet cornbread, fries, homemade slaw and desserts. A 50/50 drawing will be held.

The Knights thank those who have attended. They surpassed their attendance record on March 22 and have now made adjustments to correct the food supply’s “growing pains.” If you did not receive “ample” portions as advertised, please bring it to the attention of the man at the entry table.

There are no advance ticket sales. Proceeds will benefit local charities. For more information, call 540-904-3126.

Eagle Rock Library Birthday Bingo Bash

The Eagle Rock Library will celebrate its ninth birthday with a “Birthday Bingo Bash” from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 12. Children’s entry fee is $1 and adults are $5. Limit three cards per round. Prizes will be awarded to children and adults. Pizza will be available for $1 per slice, and there will be complimentary drinks and birthday cupcakes.

Buchanan Dates To Remember

• Buchanan Arbor Day – Join Buchanan on Friday, April 5 for the town’s annual Arbor Day Celebration beginning at 11 a.m. Activities include a brief program followed by a ceremonial tree planning on the Buchanan Town Park at 485 Lowe Street. The town is accepting donations of any size to help defray the cost of planting trees; to make a donation, contact the Buchanan Town Hall at 254-1212.

• Easter Coconut Cake Fund Raiser – The Buchanan Town Improvement Society is selling homemade coconut cakes for your family’s holiday activities. Enjoy yellow cake, in layers iced with fresh coconut icing. Three sizes of cakes are available, 6-inch round for $15, 8-inch round for $25 and new this year, a single layer sheet cake for $20.  Orders must be placed by April 12. To order, call Sharon Harris at 254-1414. Pick up of the cakes is on Friday, April 19.

• Buchanan Spring Clean Up Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – A dumpster will be available on the Town Parking Lot at the Town Park on Lowe Street for town residents. Please bring proof of town residency (water or tax bill or driver’s license). Each residence may bring two pickup truck loads or four car loads for free. Loads above that will be $5 per carload and $10 for a pickup truck load. No brush, leaves, tires, construction debris or toxic items including paint, oil, batteries, chemicals or pesticides. TVs, electronics and metal may be recycled at the landfill; yes to appliances, furniture, other household items for disposal. You must be able to lift items over head into a tall dumpster. Solomon’s Mission accepts donations across the street. For additional information, call the Town Hall, 254-1212.

• Buchanan Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your cameras to take a selfie with the Easter Bunny during the Buchanan Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. on the Town Park located at 485 Lowe Street. More than 2,000 colorful eggs will be scattered across the Town Park for children to enjoy hunting for treasures. Additional details will be posted in upcoming editions of The Fincastle Herald.

• Buchanan Third Friday Block Party – Buchanan welcomes spring with the first “Meet Me on Main Street” Block Party & Cruise In on Friday, April 19. Activities include an old fashioned Cruise In showcasing antique and classic cars along Main Street, a DJ playing great music, kids’ games including the Buchanan Art Wall, and extended hours by some businesses. Be sure to save the third Friday of each month April through September for this community event. If your group would like to set up as part of the Community Market, call the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program at 254-1212, Ext. 4.

• Buchanan Garden Festival –The Town of Buchanan is accepting applications for “garden themed” vendors for the town’s annual Buchanan Garden Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 4. Applications may be downloaded from the town’s website at www.townofbuchanan.com or for additional information, call 254-1212, Ext. 4.

• Buchanan Garden Festival Quick Draw Plein Air Competition – Buchanan’s first Quick Draw Plein Air Competition will be held during the sixth annual Buchanan Garden Festival on Saturday, May 4. The Plein Air, or outdoor, painting competition is open to all artists. Artists in the competition have only two hours to complete their work. During this time, all registered participants will set up using their own supplies including paint, board and easel to paint in the historic Wilson Warehouse Gardens or adjacent Buchanan Town Park. After the paintings are completed, they will be displayed on easels under the Show Tent from 12:30-3:30 p.m. During this time, the public will vote for their favorite painting to win the People’s Choice Award. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories; First Place Judge’s Award – $100, People’s Choice – $50, Children’s Show – $25. Registration for the Quick Draw Plein Air Competition is open with costs of $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under. Registrations are due by Monday, April 29. Applications may be obtained at the Buchanan Town Hall or downloaded from the town website at http://www.townofbuchanan.com/event/buchanan-garden-festival/. For additional information call the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program at 254-1212, Ext. 4.

• Buchanan Civil War History Weekend – Discover one of the lesser known sites of the Civil War during Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend scheduled for April 26, 27 and 28. Each day features different activities with Friday being open to schools for tours and a behind the scenes view for the general public, Saturday features a full day of activities and Sunday features a period church service and afternoon battle. Explore living history camps, period demonstrations, heritage craft demonstrations, Buchanan history displays, skirmishes, period fashions, camp dance, Sunday camp church service, Civil War history films, guest speakers and more. For additional information contact the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program at 254-1212, Ext. 4 or the town website at www.townofbuchanan.com.

Learn about moon gardens at Buchanan Library

The Friends of the Buchanan will be holding the first Master Gardener event for the spring on April 11 at 10 a.m. Donna Haley will return with a program on moon gardens.  Moon gardens are designed to be viewed in the early evenings and to attract the nighttime pollinators, especially moths. Everyone is welcome to attend this informative program about designing a garden to be enjoyed at the end of a busy day.  The Buchanan Library is located at 19795 Main Street; 928-3005.

Fincastle Library’s Spring Fair

The Fincastle Library will be sponsoring a unique opportunity to shop and support young local talent.

The Spring Fair will feature young local artists, crafters, bakers, and builders. They will be displaying and selling their creative works at the library just in time for Mother’s Day.

Items will include: pottery, paintings, soaps, jewelry, craft Items, and baked goods.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Admission is free. For more information, call the library at 928-2700.

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