Movie at the libraries

Botetourt County Libraries will show the film “Smurfs: The Lost Village” in August.

A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty, on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

The movie is rated PG and runs for 90 minutes.

Show times are: Thursday, Aug. 17 at 4 –Buchanan; Saturday, Aug. 19 at 11A.M. –Eagle Rock; Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 4 –Fincastle; and Thursday, Aug. 24 at 4 –Blue Ridge.

The movies are free and snacks will be provided.


Buchanan Dates To Remember

  • Buchanan Special Events Committee Meeting – Join in the planning of community events like the upcoming Mountain Magic In Fall Festival and Twilight In Buchanan Christmas activities tonight, August 9 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Buchanan Town Hall.
  • Botetourt County Fair – Celebrate Botetourt’s rural roots during Botetourt County’s annual Botetourt County Fair on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12 on the Buchanan Town Park in downtown Buchanan. Activities include a draft horse pull, livestock show and auction, homemaking contest and more. For additional information, call the Botetourt County Extension Office at 473-8260 or visit the Botetourt County Fair website at
  • Second Sunday Dinner – Enjoy dining in the historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House on the second Sunday of each month. The next dinner is Sunday, Aug. 13 from 12 noon-2 p.m. The meal will feature homecooked food. Dine-in and carry-out are available. Meals are $10 each. For additional information, call 597-2399. Proceeds from the meal help to maintain Buchanan’s best-known Antebellum structure, the historic Wilson Warehouse.
  • An Evening In Buchanan is Friday, Aug. 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Buchanan invites the public to appreciate the simpler things in life, good friends, good food and good times during “An Evening In Buchanan” Third Fridays Block Party & Cruise In. The evening includes a free concert featuring Hoppy Vaughn & The Ministers of Soul, a beer garden, kids’ activities, carriage rides, antique auto cruise in and more. Take part in the Community Market that evening by calling -254-1212, Ext. 4 for details.
  • Buchanan Tri – Run, Ride & River Race – Experience the James River as you’ve never seen it before as you run, ride and paddle your way through this multi-sport adventure in Botetourt County on Saturday, Sept. 9. The run portion of the race is approximately 2 miles from start to finish on the Buchanan Town Park, then bike through the countryside approximately 14 miles to the Springwood boat launch where you will begin the final 5-mile journey of the race paddling the James River back to the Buchanan Town Park finish line. For additional information
  • Pork by the James Seriously Smoking Barbecue Competition – Buchanan’s Pork by the James Seriously Smokin’ Barbeque Competition is the evening of the Buchanan Tri, Saturday, Sept. 9 from 5-9 p.m. on the Town Park. Visitors are invited to enjoy the barbecue competition that will also feature the Amateur Barbeque Cook Off where you get to cast your vote for the “People’s Choice Award.” There will be a beer garden and a live performance by Groova Scape. To enter the barbecue competition, contact the Buchanan Town Hall at 254-1212, Ext. 4 or check the town website at


‘Sundaes on Sunday’ at Eagle Rock

The Eagle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is having “Sundaes on Sunday” again this summer. The remaining dates are August 13 and September 10 from 3-6 p.m. Twelve toppings, whipped cream and cherries will be available. The members will also be serving hot fudge brownies and banana splits. The first scoop for sundaes is $2, and additional scoops are $1; hot fudge brownies are $5 and banana splits, $6.


Backyard Botetourt returns Aug. 14

Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District and Valley Conservation Council will resume their monthly “Backyard Botetourt” workshop series, starting Monday, Aug. 14 at the Fincastle Library at 7 p.m.

The topic for August is “Family Gardening: Parents & Children Growing Together” presented by Debbie Ray of the Roanoke Valley Master Gardeners.  Designed with “beginning” gardeners in mind, this session will provide participants with the basics for growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs as a family activity. Ray will also share ideas for garden-related crafts, art projects, and how to incorporate play space into the garden.  She will focus on plants suitable for late in the growing season as well as how to use the cooler months to prepare for next year’s garden.

Co-sponsored by Mountain Castles SWCD and Valley Conservation Council, the Backyard Botetourt series is intended to increase public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of local natural resources and conservation topics. Fall meetings will be held September through November on the fourth Monday of the month at the Fincastle Library.

For more information, contact Tim Miller at or 797-0217.  Information about the sponsoring organizations can be found at and


Buchanan Friends of Library yard sale

The Friends of the Buchanan Library are be holding a yard sale at the Buchanan Library on Aug. 24 (3-7 p.m.), Aug. 25 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), and Aug. 26 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.). There are hundred of household items, vintage collectibles, seasonal decorations, and a variety of many other treasures. The sale will be held in the basement of the library, with an entrance from Lowe Street or the library. Proceeds from the yard sale will benefit the programs and purchasing of library materials for the Buchanan Library. The library is located at 19795 Main Street, 928-3005.


Author speaking August 29 at Blue Ridge Library

There will be a book talk at the Blue Ridge Library on August 29 featuring Dr. Gene Conti. Dr. Conti’s book is a novel entitled “Satan’s Gambit.” The talk will begin at 7 p.m. and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

The subtitle of “Satan’s Gambit” is “Battle Lines Are Drawn” and it is the first book in a trilogy.  Book two will also be available for purchase. The novel is set on an imaginary college campus and covers a range of topics from radical jihadist terrorism to total government control and exposes a new dystopian Orwellian future.

Dr. Conti is a semi-retired emergency room medicine doctor. He resides with his wife Barbara in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Light refreshments will be served at the event courtesy of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Library. Part of the proceeds from the sale of books will benefit the library. Blue Ridge Library is located at 28 Avery Row about ½ mile east of the Bonsack Walmart.  For directions call the library at 928-2900.