County Chorus ”50s Fling’ Sunday

The Botetourt County Chorus will present its spring concert, “’50s Fling,” Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at Peace Presbyterian Church, 5646 Cloverdale Road, (Alt. 220), Roanoke.

The songs will include  “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Love Letters in the Sand,” “The Wayward  Wind” and several of Elvis’s songs.

Also, there will be a display of some ’50s memorabilia and a 1955 Chevy. Bring your camera and have your picture made with the car.  A love offering will be received. For more information, contact Faye at 798-8142.


Bellacino’s supports Relay For Life

On May 8, Bellacino’s of Daleville and team “Mark Out Cancer” will host a benefit for the Relay For Life of Botetourt. Ten percent of the day’s sales will be donated to the local Relay. Team members will be helping with service from 5 until 8. “Please support Bellacino’s as they help us fight back against cancer,” a team member said.


Deedie Kagey to speak at the Blue Ridge Library

The Blue Ridge Friends of the Library is sponsoring a presentation by Deedie Kagey on Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room.

She will be speaking about her book “Bonsack to Blue Ridge.” The book tells the story of the Bonsack/Blue Ridge area from 1740 to 2016. People and places, old and new are documented in the book. Church histories, farms, tomato canneries, historic homes and businesses are covered.

She will have copies of the book for sale and light refreshments will be served.


Buchanan Dates To Remember

  • 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 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.
  • Buchanan Lions Club – Members meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the North Star Restaurant. The next meeting is Thursday, April 27. The meetings for May are Thursday, May 11 and 25. For additional information or if you are interested in joining the Lions Club contact Mike Burton at 254-3345.
  • Buchanan Special Events Committee Meeting – Join in the planning of Buchanan’s Calendar of Events during the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Buchanan Town Hall.
  • Buchanan Garden Festival – Celebrate the arrival of spring during Buchanan’s fourth annual Buchanan Garden Festival Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Set in the garden of the historic Wilson Warehouse and on Town Park, this year’s festival features live music, a wine garden by Standing Room Only, kid’s activities, dozens of vendors featuring plants, flowers, garden and outdoor living related items, art, crafts and more. Lowe’s Home Improvement of Lexington will be on hand to offer lawn and garden advice while the Roanoke Master Gardeners will provide informative lectures.
  • Second Sunday Dinner – Treat Mom to a special dinner in the historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House on Sunday, May 14 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Dine in and carry out are available. Meals are $10 each. For additional information, call 597-2399.


Succulent plants program April 26

Donna Haley, Master Gardening Volunteer, will be at the Buchanan Library on April 26 at 10 a.m. with a program on succulent plants.

Donna will explain how this low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plant can be used as a houseplant and outdoors in the landscape. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Buchanan Library. The library is located at 19795 Main Street, Buchanan.


Buchanan Friends’ fundraising events

The Friends of the Buchanan Library will be holding two fundraising events April 27 to 29. In the basement of the Buchanan Library, the Friends will hold their 3-2-1 Used Book Sale.  On Thursday April 27, 3-7 p.m., all of the books and media material will be $3 per bag; on Friday, April 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $2 per bag; and on Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $1 per bag.

At the same time, in the Meeting Room of the Buchanan Library, there will be an indoor yard dale. The yard sale includes household items, glassware, Avon collectibles, holiday decorations and more. The dates and times are the same as the 3-2-1 Used Book Sale.

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Buchanan Library. The Buchanan Library is located at 19795 Main Street, Buchanan.


May movie at the libraries

Botetourt County libraries will show the film “Sing” in May.

A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine. The movie is rated PG and runs for 108 minutes.

Show times are: Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m., – Eagle Rock; Wednesday, May 17 at 4 p.m. – Fincastle; Thursday, May 18 at 4 p.m. – Buchanan; and Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. – Blue Ridge.

All movies are free and snacks will be provided.


Stewardship Day at Natural Bridge State Park May 6

May 6 is “Stewardship Day” at Natural Bridge State Park.

The public is invited to volunteer as a state park “steward” while making a positive difference by helping with roadside clean-up.

To join in. meet Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m. on the patio of the park visitor center.  Bring your work gloves, orange vest if possible, water, snacks and com ein comfortable work clothes.  The event ends by noon.  Participants will receive a certificate of thanks from Governor McAuliffe.

The Stewardship Day is for ages 8 and up, and pre-registration is encouraged by calling 540-291-1330.


Botetourt Farmers Market opens May 6

Botetourt Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 6 at Daleville Town Center. Saturday hours will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Vendors will have a variety of offerings, including spring greens, potted plants, seedlings, local honey, fresh flowers, woodworking, baked goods, baby chicks, pottery and art will be among the exhibitors.


Kids Fishing Day May 6 at Cave Mountain Lake

The USDA Forest Service will host Cave Mountain Lake’s annual Kids Fishing Day on May 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The lake will be stocked with trout in advance of the event that is open to children ages 3 to 15.

Kids Fishing Day is a great opportunity for parents to introduce their children to fishing and to the many outdoor recreation opportunities on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, according to Forester Kathy Hall.

Fishing is free at the event; however, state game laws for the Youth Fisheries Program do apply. Kids are allowed to catch and keep three trout, a minimum of seven inches or longer, and should bring their own poles and any fishing supplies necessary for catching fish.

A reminder to parents that only one pole per person is allowed. A parent or adult guardian must accompany all children. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day.

Cave Mountain Lake is currently being managed as a Youth Only Fisheries Program by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries until June 15. Persons over the age of 15 years old may not fish in the lake until after June 15.

For more information, contact the Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts at (540) 291-2188. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Cave Mountain Lake is in Arnold’s Valley near Natural Bridge Station.