Winter Events- mark your calendars!

NRV Roller Girls present:Drag Queen Bingo
2nd annual fundraiser on Nov 16th, at Awful Arthur’s after the Comedy Club
$15 for 15 rounds of Bingo, performances by the Drag Queens and a goody bag!
NRV Roller Girls

Creekmore Law Firm Open House
Thursday, December 1 from 6:00 to 9:00. Food, music, and a toy drive for United Way. Wear Victorian apparel for an extra bit of vintage Christmas spirit!

Ladies Night at Kent Jewelers
December 1 – Join us for a night of fun! Make a Christmas wish list, enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, and have your jewelry cleaned. Free Gift Bags to all attendees!

SILENT NIGHT silent auction at XYZ Gallery
December 2, 2011 6:00-10:00pm
Tickets: $2 in advance, $3 at the door
Bid on students artwork and enjoy light refreshments and live music.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. & Town of Blacksburg present:
Winter Lights Festival with TubaChristmas and Holiday Parade
Friday, December 2, 2011. 4:00pm-7:00pm
4:00- 5:30pm Pictures with Santa at The Lyric (bring your own camera) Santa will leave at 5:30pm promptly to attend to other duties so don’t be late!
4:00-7:00pm Holiday Gift Market in Market Square Park
5:30pm Tree lighting by Mayor Ron Rordam and Santa, with music from the Blacksburg Children’s Master Chorale
6:00pm TubaChristmas co-sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and the Department of Music at Virginia Tech in Market Square Park.
7:00pm Holiday Parade co-sponsored by Blacksburg Parks& Recreation Department & Virginia Tech Chapter of Circle K
Deo Gloria will be wandering the streets singing Christmas carols.

All ages and ability levels!
TubaChristmas is coming back to Blacksburg to join the Winter Lights Festival. TubaChristmas will make this the best holiday celebration ever! Bring your tubas, euphoniums and all of your friends to downtown Blacksburg on Friday, December 2nd , 2011.
Participants, please RSVP to

Holiday Craft Fair, Friday Dec 2
130 Jackson
Get into the holiday spirit by stopping by the Holiday Craft Fair at 130 Jackson for unique handmade gifts for all ages.

Tech Bookstore presents: “The Untold Civil War” Book Signing with James “Bud” Robertson, Jr.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 10:00am
“The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War,” focuses on little known details in the lives of soldiers and leaders and offers a humanizing portrait of this time in history.
The book features 132 new stories and 475 rare illustrations, making it a perfect gift for history enthusiasts or those curious to study a new perspective on the Civil War.
Copies of the newest book will be on sale at the Tech Bookstore along with other titles by Dr. Robertson.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. presents a FREE movie- “Elf”
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and the Lyric Theatre present our holiday gift to the Blacksburg Community
December 3- 10:00am in the Lyric.
Please come and enjoy a free showing of the movie “Elf” on the big screen in your favorite theatre!
Santa and Buddy the Elf will be available for pictures following the movie in the lobby.
Don’t be a ” cotton-headed ninny-muggins”…….bring your family, bring your friends!

Late Night at the Lyric presents
December 2& 3- Sing-along-Grease. Doors open at 11:30pm, show starts at midnight. All tickets $5
Also showing at 3:00pm  on Saturday December 3. Tickets $5

Gillie’s Tea Party!
Come and have tea at Gillie’s featuring 5 types of delicious tea to taste, fancy hors d’oeuvres , prizes and a very civilized afternoon of fun!
Sunday December 4, 4:00-6:00pm
Tickets: $10

HaeBo Productions present:
“Ten Minutes ’til Christmas” and “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas” at GLE on Sat, Dec 3 at 2 and 7 and Sun, Dec 4 at 2pm. Admission is free.

Ladies & Gents Shopping Night in Downtown Blacksburg
Ladies Night- Dec 8
Gents Night- Dec 15
Featuring 4-8pm, late night shopping, personalized shopping assistance, free gift wrap, snacks and beverages, and holiday specials in participating stores.

Gourmet Pantry presents Holiday Cooking Classes
November 30- EDIBLE GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS at 6:00pm $55 fee
December 7- International Holiday Cookies, the gourmet way. 6:00pm. $55 fee
December 10- “Taste of Virginia” great holiday gifts.- FREE
December 15- Gents Night Out at 6:00pm. FREE

New River Stage presents: The Society of Sidekicks
Saturday, December 10 · 11:00am – 12:00pm at The Lyric Theatre
Humanity is in deep trouble, menaced by the mighty power of the evil Bookworm! With earth perched on the brink of destruction, it’s time to call upon the heroes of the world to fight back. Unfortunately, almost all of them have been taken hostage by Bookworm. The last hope is the sidekicks, who are not quite sure they’re up to the job.

This delightful and entertaining original play is presented by New River Stage, showcasing the talents of its Dramatic Mondays class, a 12-week workshop for kids. The show will be presented on December 10, 2011 at 11 AM at The Lyric.
The show is free, and donations are very much appreciated.

HONK! is the musical journey of the ugly duckling, combining witty humor with a familiar story to create an entertaining experience for all ages. The sizable cast will include all ages from 6 through adults. The performance will be the first two weekends in March and the auditions are December 2-4. See for details.

Steve Jacobs O.D. Local Charity Fundraiser
Thank you to all of the Blacksburg merchants who’ve contributed items for our Best of Blacksburg Raffle. We have over 30 items on display with a total retail value of approximately $800. The Raffle will continue until the week before Christmas when we’ll pick our lucky winners. Winner #1 gets his/her choice of 10 items, #2 the next 10, etc… All funds rasied will go to NRV Cares and VICCC.

Hahn Horticulture Garden
Wednesday Garden Walks & Talks – Free!
Learn at lunchtime! All run 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. – meet at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. No registration required. Parking passes available at Pavilion for Visitors only. F/S must park in designated F/S spaces.
These fun and informative walks and talks all start at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. Did we mention they are FREE?
November 16 12:00-1:00 p.m. Art in the Gardens of New Zealand with Dr. Diane Relf
In a country as beautiful as New Zealand, art is integral to every aspect of life, from driftwood art galleries on the beaches to one of the finest botanic gardens in the world. Backyard hobby gardens and spectacular private estates are opened to the public to share the art of gardening and the art in the garden. Art shows are held in gardens to bring together nature and art.
Dr. Diane Relf, who winters with her husband Dave Angle at their home in Southland, New Zealand will share with you the country, the people, the gardens and the art. In conjunction with the presentation, there will be a show of New Zealand artists in the Hahn Pavilion from Nov 16 to Nov 30.
Call Stephanie at 540-231-5970 to register by phone or email

Blacksburg Newcomers Club
General Meetings start at 9:00am on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September – May, at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church (600 Prices Fork Rd.)
Our organization is open to all residents of the New River Valley, whether you are new to the area or not. Making new friends and becoming part of the community is what we are all about. Please be our guest at our monthly meeting to learn more about this great organization.

Blacksburg Contra Dance Group
Blacksburg Contradances
Dances are on the third Saturday night of the month from 8pm to 11pm with a lesson at 7:30pm and in the YMCA Dance Room unless otherwise noted. Admission $8 (after 10pm, free) Children 10 and under get in for half price.
BlacksburgContraDance Here

Johns Camera Corner /Gentry Studio has expanded its Horizon.
.. We now sell vinyl records…..Camera repair…. 49cc motor scooters….., and a rental darkroom almost ready. Come and see us at our new location 213 Draper rd. Downtown.

Southwest Virginia Social Dance Society (SVSDS)
Every Friday – free dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dancing follows at 8:30 p.m. First dance session free, and then $3.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members. Held at the YMCA Event Room.

SEEDS Nature Center Activities
SEEDS Come Visit!
November and December at the SEEDS – Blacksburg Nature Center:
Camouflage and how living things adapt to the change of seasons.
Tues 10:00am-1:00pm
Thurs 2:00pm-5:00pm
Fri 9:30am-11:30am
Sat 9:00am-1:00pm
Come explore, learn, and have fun!
Rain or shine…Nature discovery right downtown.
It’s a museum and more for children and the young at heart!

Blacksburg Farmers Market
Blacksburg Farmers Market hours for Nov and Dec are
Wednesdays from 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturdays from 9:00 am – 2:00pm

Next Door Bake Shop Happy Hour
“5pm to 6.30pm” $1 coffee in a mug. Monday to Friday!!!

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