Bonsack/Blue Ridge Ruritans holding chicken barbecue

The Bonsack/Blue Ridge Ruritan Club will hold its annual chicken barbecue fundraiser from 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Tickets are $9 for half a chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, roll and a beverage. Desserts also will be for sale. The money raised is for the Ruritans’ scholarships, veterans programs and other community projects. The dinner will be held at Bonsack United Methodist Church, 4493 Bonsack Road.

Buchanan Dates To Remember

• 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 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 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

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.

Vendors sought for Eagle Rock craft sale

The Eagle Rock Library is seeking craft vendors for its Spring/Mother’s Day Craft and Plant Sale on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reserve a spot for $10 by calling the library at 928-2800 or email

Buchanan Library Friends plan book sale

The upcoming used book sale held by the Friends of the Buchanan Library will be during two weekends this spring. The first will be held Friday, April 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, April 27, 9-4. This weekend event coincides with Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend. The following weekend, Saturday May 4, 10-4, the sale will be held during Buchanan’s Garden Festival.

The sale will take place in the basement of the Buchanan Library with an entrance from Lowe Street. The Friends are still accepting donations of hardbacks, paperbacks, VHSs and CDs; no encyclopedias, medical, textbooks, or magazines. All proceeds will go to the Buchanan Library to support children’s and adult programs, and to supplement the needs of the library to better serve the patrons and community. The library is located at 19795 Main Street, 928-3005.

Bingo fundraiser for Mike Walters

Come out for an afternoon of fun and Pampered Chef Bingo to benefit Mike Walters of Buchanan at the Buchanan Volunteer Firehouse on May 25. Mike was injured in an accident in March and is in need of financial help.

The event kicks off with vendor shopping at 3 p.m. and bingo starting promptly at 5. A spaghetti dinner is available for purchase and must be preordered by May 20. Dinner will be served from 4 -5. A bingo ticket plus dinner is $30 by May 20. Bingo ticket without dinner is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the bingo. Purchase tickets by May 10 and receive an extra cover-all card. Tickets are sold in advance for $20 by contacting Diane Taylor at (540) 520-7967, Myra Hubbard at (540) 798-7062, or Alice Hubbard at (540) 816-8348. Tickets are $25 at the door. Pre-order your tickets by May 20 via check, cash or PayPal.