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Hahn Horticulture Garden-DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

24 Jul Minions

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for July 2016-Hahn Horticulture Garden

Since it’s establishment in 1984, the Hahn Horticulture Garden has experienced, and been shaped by, the influence of its diverse community. From Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, local volunteers, and visiting public school groups, to remarkable speakers, event guests, and everyday visitors, the garden has served many purposes and fulfilled many needs. As a public garden, open every day dawn to dusk, it has upheld and surpassed the goals of its founders to be a hands-on learning resource. In addition to free admittance, the garden provides educational programs for youth and adults and encourages environmental awareness. Being entirely self-sufficient, the Hahn Garden is maintained fully on donations from generous community members, income from hosting events, and the Friends of the Garden membership program. Other support is provided by donated materials, dedicated volunteers, garden staff, and Virginia Tech faculty and students. These incredible contributions allow the garden to continue providing a beautiful haven of nature and tranquility for everyone in Blacksburg and beyond.

The garden was founded in 1984 by Horticulture faculty members Robert Lyons and Robert McDuffie. Many people over the years have contributed to the garden: students, faculty, staff, community volunteers, nursery and greenhouse growers, landscapers, and so many more. Many garden components and structures have been designed and built by Horticulture faculty and students. The current garden, including new construction, covers 5.8 acres.

Peggy Lee HahnThe garden was renamed the Hahn Horticulture Garden in November 2004 in honor of Peggy L. Hahn, in thanks for the generous gift and bequest for expansion from T. Marshall and Peggy Hahn. Peggy Lee Hahn was First Lady of Virginia Tech from 1962 to 1974 as her husband, Dr. T. Marshall Hahn, Jr., served as President. The Hahn’s generosity over the years has changed the garden – from the construction of the Peggy Lee Hahn Pavilion (2006) to the Hahn Meadow Garden (2008)– as well as in other ways too numerous to list.

 

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YMCA at VT-DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

23 Jun JUMP

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for June 2016-YMCA at VT

The YMCA at VT has been serving Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, and the surrounding community for over 140 years. Its mission is to build community through learning, leadership, and service; and to promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

 We do this through various means:

Afterschool Programs at Margaret Beeks and Prices Fork
JUMPYMCA Youth Programs exist to empower at-risk youth in the New River Valley to reach their full academic and social potential through positive mentoring relationships with Virginia Tech student leaders. Last year, more than 60 volunteers contributed over 1,000 hours of service in these programs, impacting the lives of 41 students.

The YMCA has partnered with Margaret Beeks and Prices Ford to provide an afterschool program that builds community through learning, leadership, and service; creating a safe environment for students to receive homework help and enjoy recreational activities. The VT Chem Club regularly visits Margaret Beeks to provide science enrichment, and other student leaders use kidzmath and kidzlit to provide math and reading enrichment.

“[The afterschool program] can be at times both a challenging and motivating environment to work in. The Virginia Tech students that have worked with our YMCA program have performed not only successfully but stupendously. At times I forget that the students are undergraduates because they perform at a level so exceptional.” –Bill Sembello, Counselor, Margaret Beeks Elementary School

 Book Fair
The annual Book Fair creates affordable opportunities to increase literacy awareness and access to books in the NRV community, enhances volunteerism, promotes the YMCA at YMCA-BookFairVT, and raises funds to sustain the YMCA. Last year, over 10,000 books were sold. Over 70 volunteers serve hundreds of hours to make it happen!

“I wish more people were aware of how important the Book Fair is as an ongoing source of books for our children. Local schools purchase stacks of books for their libraries at the Fair. Families visit every year to purchase books they would be unable to buy at retail price. The Y Book Fair is a shining example of ‘reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle, respect.’” -Ellen Graf, volunteer

 Community Garden
The Y Gardening Program has been operating since the 1980’s when there were several shared garden spaces in backyards around town. In 2010, Blacksburg resident Arlean Hale Lambert generously partnered with the YMCA, and is allowing 15 acres of her family property to be used as a Hale YMCA Community Garden. It hosts over 70 garden plots, the Roper Solar Greenhouse, a picnic shelter, outdoor stove, herb garden, bee hives, and much more. The gardens provide growing space for community members, host monthly gardenpotlucks and educational programs, and provide hundreds of hours of civic engagement and service learning through partnerships with the Civic Agriculture and Community Food Systems minor as well as several class and service organizations at Virginia Tech.

“The economic boon (of the Hale YMCA Community Garden) is evident. More importantly, access to space to grow nutritious food is hard to calculate in [dollars]. We know that nutrition declines the longer it takes produce to go from farm to table. Many gardeners are inspired to eat more vegetables because they grew it themselves.” -Matt Nottington

Craft Fair
An annual tradition in its 47th year, the Craft Fair provides a three-day opportunity for over 80 artisans to sell quality handmade items to a diverse regional customer base. This year it will be held November 11-13 in the Squires Student Center Commonwealth Ballroom at Virginia Tech.

“The fair provides financial support for our various community programs, especially the YMCA student programs. At the Fair, student volunteers can see a little slice of what the New River Valley and the surrounding areas have to offer. It brings the community to the students.” -Ayla, Y Student Programs Coordinator

“I look forward to the Y Crafts Fair every year. I’ve gotten to know so many artisans who consider this show a must do every year, and we have so much fun being together, it feels almost like a family reunion!” -David Coffman, artisan

Healthy Kids Day
YMCA-HealthyKidsDay2As part of the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids, Healthy Kids Day is a free “summer kick-off” event comprised of live music, fitness games, inflatables, healthy snacks, crafts, and educational activities for families. Local organizations promote various summer programs and activities perfect for kids, so they can remain active throughout the summer. This year, over 500 people attended and over 100 people volunteered, including 14 Virginia Tech student groups and 21 local organizations.

“Thank you for a great event! I took my grandchildren, ages 10, 8, and 5 and they had a blast! The boys loved the [various sporting events], while my granddaughter enjoyed [doing arts and crafts] and meeting Elsa from “Frozen.” Thanks to the student volunteers, organizers, vendors and everyone involved. I hope you do it again!” -Rita, Blacksburg resident

 International Programs
The Y International Women’s Morning, operating since the 1980’s, is a weekly gathering to bring International and American women together for conversation, crafts, support, and friendship. They meet every Tuesday from 9:30-11:30am during the spring and fall VT semesters.

This past school year, an average of 20 women met each week. Sixteen countries were Internationalrepresented: Bangladesh, Bosnia, Canada, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Palestine, Peru, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Thailand, and USA.

The Y International Program also has a Monday and a Wednesday free weekly conversation class led by community volunteers.

“Mornings program is a program where I meet good friends through many of the fun activities we do together. It is also a program enriches and colors my life in Blacksburg. Can’t say enough thanks to all the people who keep this program going on.” -C. W. (Taiwan)

 Open University
Since the early 1980s, Open University has provided affordable and accessible classes which promote continuous learning, healthy living, and artistic expression. We offer courses year-round that are mentally, creatively, and physically nourishing to all those who wish to attend.

This spring, 133 students participated in 28 classes, some of which were Art Journaling, Comtemplative Crochet, Wheel Thrown Pottery, Learning Turkish, Build Your Own Website, Sustainable Gardening, Backpacking Skills, Line Dancing, Break Dancing, Temple Style Tai Chi, Tap Dance Rhythm and Groove.

“I remain intrigued how it (The Presence Process) is impacting my life on a daily basis. I found our group to be such a satisfying way to explore, question, and debate the words and ideas put in front of us and the large questions of body, mind, and spirit that they raise.” -Lisa McCrickard, Open U Instructor

 Pottery Studio
YMCA-PotteryStudioThe pottery studio offers arts education through ceramics to grow one’s aesthetic awareness, reassure creative confidence, and stimulate personal entrepreneurship. The studio offers 12 wheels, 2 kilns, a glaze room with 16 color choices, and many hand building tools. There are six sessions of classes with about 120 to 150 students per year coming through, and an on-going continuing artist’s rental space for up to 30 people.

It is a great resource for potters wanting to continue their practice without the expense of their own private studio. Also, Virginia Tech students who cannot take pottery as an elective at school can learn wheel thrown pottery at the Y Studio.

“The Y pottery studio provides a relaxed atmosphere for exploring clay and a place to practice art and understand the process of making pottery. The affordable classes are very informative.” -Anonymous

Senior Connections
The YMCA Senior Connections program connects Virginia Tech students with the senior citizens who meet one-on-one to develop intergenerational, cross-cultural relationships for mutual learning and friendship. The volunteer retention is high, with some relationships lasting upward of two years, with a third planned. Together, program participants spent almost 300 hours with their paired senior citizens last year.

“The Senior Connections volunteers play an important part in the lives here at [my retirement community]. I have a wonderful relationship with my companion. For three semesters, our meetings have been the highlight of my week. We participate in [community] events and activities, take walks together, and encourage each other in our faith. I’m proud to call her my support and special friend.” -Barbara

 Sustainability Initiative Program
The Sustainability Initiative Program is a partnership between Sustainable Blacksburg, the Town of Blacksburg, Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA), and the YMCA. The focus is on promoting a green community through the recycling of metal, electronics, textiles, and batteries to name a few.

The YMCA at VT provides a place for community members to recycle those items in order to cut down on the volume of recyclables put into landfills and the waste stream.

Last year, we recycled 49.25 tons of electronics, 1.96 tons of batteries, 140.21 tons of textiles, 13.51 tons of cardboard, 15.46 tons of metal, and 89.62 tons of waste.

“I believe that our local YMCA is the most important independent Blacksburg organization for promoting recycling in our community, and the YMCA accomplishes their many beneficial activities at no cost to our citizens. We must continue to strongly support their efforts on our behalf” -G. WIlliam Claus

Thrift Shop
The Y Thrift Stop’s mission is to recycle clothes and other donated items to sell at low cost to individuals in the community; to assist those in need; to minimize waist; and to provide a unique place to shop. The proceeds of the thrift store remain local and help support leadership development and community programs.

The Thrift Shop assists local families in need by donating needed items, and provides opportunities for the completion of court mandated community service hours, class based service hours, and any other community members who wish to volunteer at the Y.

“I shop here because I love everybody here. I have two granddaughters; one is 8 and the other 17. I can buy for both of them at the thrift store; the little one loves to dress up so I buy her clothes from here and when she is tired of them, I just bring them back. The bag sale is a great program as well, and I love being able to buy clothes and toys to donate to the Christmas Store.” –Anonymous

YToss
YToss is Virginia Tech’s largest sustainability initiative: as Virginia Tech residents moved out of their dorms, YMCA members and volunteers collected the students’ gently used items that were destined for the landfill. The Y will store the items over the summer, to be available for resale during the students’ move-in come August. This year, over 135 volunteers contributed 400 hours of service and collected 9,000 pounds of donated items. Since YToss’ inception in 2006, over 100 tons of gently used items have been diverted from the waste-stream.

YToss is based on social responsibility: reusing items, reducing waste on the Virginia Tech campus and in Blacksburg, and providing students with low-cost alternatives of their dorm needs in the fall.

“Ytoss is a highly visible education and conservation program that directly contributes to [Virginia Tech’s] annual recycling rate and the goals of the VT Climate Action Plan. It brings people together to support a cause that is very worthwhile. It truly is a win-win service program, and it clearly enriches the spirit and life of our community.” -Denny Cochrane, Program Manager, Virginia Tech Office of Sustainability.

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In Balance Yoga- DBI Business Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for June 2016-In Balance Yoga.
We often hear, “I’m not flexible, I can’t do yoga!”  That’s like saying you are too dirty, so you shouldn’t take a bath.  Yoga can help reduce stress,  calm your mind, increase flexibility, improve balance & strength and many other benefits.  IMG_1300
In Balance Yoga offers a variety of classes, including Hot Yoga, bikram, Vinyasa, Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Prenatal, and Yoga Basics in downtown Blacksburg.  We offer classes for all levels of experience.  Beginners are welcome!  We are enjoying practicing yoga outdoors with pool yoga at the Clay Corner Inn and Paddleboard Yoga at Claytor Lake State Park as well as during the Summer Solstice events at Cabo Beach and the Alexander Black House.  This summer we have also scheduled a mat Pilates class and barre classes to try.
We are open everyday with over 40 classes offered each week.
Student and Senior pricing is available.  We also have family and corporate packages available.  Interested in private lessons or private group classes?  Contact the studio for more information.
IMG_1278The first Friday of every month we offer 20% off our regular class packages for our First Friday Special.
Community and service is important to us.  If you have a cause you would like to support, please let us know and we will host a donations yoga class with 100% proceeds benefiting the cause.  We have hosted over 50 community classes and 15 donations classes since January of this year.
We love inviting guest teachers from our community to teach at In Balance Yoga and build the yoga community in our area.
About the owner
Yoga was the first exercise Nicole found and practiced consistently.  She soon discovered yoga was not just the physical, it helped her mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Yoga opened doors to self-care, holistic healing and how to take care of yourself and feel good.  She wanted to share this movement and connection with others.

Nicole Fitzwater Boyle grew up in Blacksburg, Va. She attended the University of Virginia, and after 15 years of living away from the New River Valley returned home to her roots and her and her husband, Justin,  purchased In Balance Yoga in the summer of 2013 from founder Becky McDaniel Crigger. Nicole has been practicing yoga for over 10 years in studios all over the country and even internationally.

Before becoming the Owner of In Balance Yoga, Nicole worked in development with both aVirginia Tech and the University of Virginia for 5 years, 7 years in sports marketing with CBS Sports (University of Maryland, Virginia, LSU, Utah and corporate) and advertising with BBDO New York on the Gillette account.

Nicole hopes to cultivate a community of service at In Balance to impact those in need in the area.  In Balance Yoga is service oriented.  Working with clients with autism, a work study program with Blacksburg High School with teenagers with special needs, relationship with the Adventure Program for yoga during their after school program, volunteering to teach classes at schools, churches and libraries in the area.  In Balance Yoga has offered over 50 free community classes and 15 donations classes with 100% of the proceeds donated to the cause since January 1st of this year.

In Balance Yoga is grateful to the wonderful teachers on their staff offering a variety of classes to meet each client where they are.

Nicole is thankful to her husband, Justin, who helps with the studio every day. They have a dog, Ogden and a cat, Hobie. Nicole’s advice: practice yoga with as many teachers in as many places as you can…to learn and live as much as possible.  Be receptive.

Nicole used to travel over 200 days a year with her job with CBS Sports and she would drop in at yoga studios to practice wherever she was that week.  These yoga studios were her 2nd home and community.

Our Mission
To provide our yogis with a community of movement, breath, mindfulness, sweat and service in a space they feel at hOMe – “Welcome Om!”

bSAVE THE DATE for SUP Yoga at Claytor Lake this summer!
6/16, 7/7, 8/4 and 9/1 – Thursdays, 5:30 pm
6/4, 6/25, 7/30, 8/27 and 9/18 – 10:00 am
Email the studio to reserve your board.  Limited to 12 per class.

Yoga for Teens
Blacksburg Public Library is hosting an actives oriented summer reading program called “Read for the Win” in June and July.  In Balance Yoga is going to offer a short info/demo on yoga for our teens to promote attendance for the program.
Hope you can join us on Wednesday, July 6, 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

 

In Balance Yoga was founded in December of 2009.  Thank you for your continued support over the years.

Like us on Facebook
Instagram:  @inbalanceyogablacksburg
Twitter:  @In_Balance_Yoga

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Champs Sportsbar & Cafe- DBI Business Member of the Month

31 May Champs Downtown

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for May 2016-Champs Sportsbar & Cafe

Written by Megan Brillheart

Blacksburg has its fair share of bars. Most are scattered throughout downtown. At any one of them you are almost certainly going to find burgers, wings, and fries on the menu, yet each establishment has built their own personality and relationship with the community. Among them everyone has a favorite but for me, I keep coming back to Champs.

I feel like I grew up in Champs. I lived in Dublin and in high school, my best friends and I lived for music. At the time Champs could still allow underage kids to come in the café (downstairs) for live music. Several of our friends were playing in a band and going to see them at Champs was a big deal. Over the years I watched the same kids grow up on the Champs stage.

After I turned 21 I ventured upstairs to the bar. It’s brighter, usually filled with overlapping conversations & music, with burst of cheers and laughter. While I’ve always found everyone to be friendly at the bar, I still find myself gravitating to the café. Even when there’s no band booked for the night I still enter through the café door. It’s more than habit; stopping in that room is like saying hello to an old friend.

MikeMike Soriano has owned Champs for 18 years on September 1. He started as a bouncer 7/5/97, and purchased the bar on  9/1/98.

Stop by Champs Sports Bar & Café today. Check out their menu and daily specials online at: http://www.champssportsbar.com 

Pool ~ Darts ~ Skee-Ball ~ Shuffleboard ~Hoop Dreams Basketball
20 TV’s Including 70″ & 63″ Widescreen HD
11 Digital Satellites

Bar: (540) 951-2222
Cafe: (540) 552-2233
Bar Hours:
11am – 2am  Daily
Cafe Hours:
4pm – 2am  Daily

 

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Habitat for Humanity-DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for May 2016-Habitat for Humanity.

bob bThis is Bob B. who is 80 years old and volunteers in the ReStore, full time. He has developed a wood working shop in the store where he utilizes donated parts and materials to build interesting furniture, shelves, toys and other things that we can sell. In fact, this summer the ReStore will have a booth at Steppin’ Out selling many of the things Bob built. He built custom log homes as his trade and fortunately for us he wants to serve our community in this way. He made some many beautiful things that last year, he was one of our top donors after they sold!

He enjoys teaching others who would like to learn to use wood working tools and make interesting and useful things.

 

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 Habitat works to eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better future for themselves and their families.

Our core values

  • Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.
  • Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive.
  • With a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own.
  • Bold actions speak louder than words.
  • Working together, side by side, promotes understanding and self-reliance.

THE ReStore 
Our primary fundraiser receives donations of furniture, appliances, and all types of home improvement and construction material. We sell those donations to the public at our warehouse located at 1675 N Franklin St in Christiansburg. Shoppers range from crafters to builders, homeowners to rental property managers. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-6pm. We welcome volunteers and volunteer groups to assist in the process.

Our 30 Second Story
We partner with everyone to build or improve a place that can be called home. Habitat for Humanity builds homes and communities by focusing on 3 attributes:

Strength
A Habitat home is a strong foundation for a family, an opportunity on which they can build a better life. Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.asp

Stability
A Habitat home is a stabilizing force for a family. Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development and the ability and financial flexibility to make forward looking choices.

Self Reliance
Through shelter, we empower. A decent place to live and an affordable mortgage help homeowners save more, invest in education, pursue opportunity and have more financial stability.

Your financial support, your time and your voice will help bring independence to families in need of a decent place to live.

Your donation never stops giving. We use your dollar to build affordable homes and the homebuyer pays it back through their mortgage so we can build again, completing the cycle of giving.

To Volunteer
To Give
To Learn more visit HabitatNRV.org

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1675 N FRANKLIN IN CHRISTIANSBURG

The University Club-DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

11 Apr University Club NEW Logo

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for April 2016-The University Club

Genesis of the University Club
Condensed Version of Original Work by Harry D. Temple - May 31, 1993

 In the fall of 1925, three young faculty members, Daniel Cromer Heitshu, Ralph Harper Chestnut, and James Godkin, discussed their mundane life in Blacksburg’s public boarding houses, and the need of a faculty organization to broaden the life of the college community.  From that discussion, the idea of a university club was conceived, a faculty facility with “a gracious atmosphere and a fraternal bond among its members”.clubhouse Encouraged by the college community’s response, these men brought the matter to the attention of the Blacksburg Lions Club.  On October 13, 1925, sixty faculty members and V.P.I. alumni from the town, met and elected temporary officers to establish an organization, and various committees were appointed to work out the details.

The University Club enrolled sixty-five charter members on December 16, 1925.  Dr. Otto Cornelius Burkart was elected President, Henry Barksdale Redd was selected as Vice-President, Dr. Samuel Andrew Wingard was made Secretary, and James Godkin was appointed Treasurer.  Dr. Irl Donaker Wilson, Dr. Fred Denton Fromme, and Professor James Bernard Jones constituted the first Board of Directors.  “The University Club of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute” opened membership to V.P.I. faculty members and alumni, and to other college men of the community and state, and consisted of resident, social and honorary members.  The stated purpose of the club was to provide a house to be used as a gathering place for its members and their friends for social events.

3The University Club and the Dohee Country Club combined their efforts and held a joint social event for their members on April 22, 1926, in the German Hall, located on the V.P.I campus. Within a short time the University Club was a successful organization with a list of 125 members. The new University Club eventually was able to lease and move into a large brick house, known as the Hoge Property, at the corner of Clay and Water Streets on June 1, 1927. This location served the club well, and was first managed by Mrs. Frank Williams, who deserved much of the credit for the early success of the Club.

By 1928, the leased clubhouse was found to be of insufficient size and arrangement for the growing membership and activities of the club. A building committee, headed by Professor Clinton Harriman Cowgill, head of the V.P.I. Department of Architectural Engineering, proposed a design for a three story brick clubhouse, with basement. It was to be erected on land leased from V.P.I, where the house currently stands, to this day. The Club board approved the proposed design on March 13, 1929, and committees were established to coordinate the financing and construction of the new clubhouse.4

The Colonial Georgian style house plans and specifications were drawn up by three young faculty members:  Daniel Cromer Heitshu, Patrick Herndon Barnes, and William Forest Harrington. It was determined that $40,000 would be required to finance the project.  The Board of Visitors loaned the Club the first 15,000.00, and the members of the club raised the remaining $25,000 through the sale of first mortgage bonds. The upper floors of the house were designated and built with 28 resident rooms for the single male faculty members on campus. The house plans also included venues on the main floor and lower level for various kinds of entertainment for the Club members, such as dances and bridge parties several times each month.

A ground breaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 19, 1929.  College dignitaries: President Julian Ashby Burruss, Dean John Edward Williams, Dean Harvey Lee Price, and Dr. Samuel Andrew Wingard, Club President, all participated in the momentous occasion. Construction on the clubhouse was completed in October of 1929. The permanent home of the University Club was celebrated by the members on December 6, 1929, with an informal housewarming.

Your Venue of Distinction………. the University Club offers the ambiance and character of its’ historical Georgian architecture.  Its’ double French doors are a true compliment to the venue, opening out to the upper veranda and patio, to create a lovely interactive space for your guests.

7Your special day can be your “own”, with many options to choose from. Our upper veranda and brick patios are perfect for the outside reception. The main floor offers a more formal atmosphere, and the lower level, known as the Emerald Lounge, with its’ “night club style”, is the perfect location for music and dancing.

The UClub venue allows you to choose the caterer you desire. There are no restrictions on how you cater your event, you may even cater the reception yourselves, if you so wish. We truly are your venue of….. endless possibilities!

The University Club serves the community as a social and cultural center, as well as a residence for 25 individuals affiliated with Virginia Tech. Resident members come from all over the world, as graduate students, visiting scholars and faculty.

The University Club offers the only true “gathering place” for both the “Town & Gown” members of our community. The Club’s history and tradition have held a stellar presence on VT campus since 1925, and continues to serve its members from Virginia Tech as well as professionals in the area.

UClub members enjoy a diverse schedule of events throughout the year, offering Theme Parties, Happy Hour Gatherings, and Cultural events. Other member benefits include our convenient, on-campus parking, and the ability to rent the facility for social or business functions.

The historical elegance of the Club house offers a variety of venues, inside and out, which may vary by size, and fit the needs of a casual or a more formal event. Whether it’s a meeting, reception, wedding or birthday, the UClub has the ambiance and space to fit your needs.

The University Club is currently offering potential members our newest Membership Drive program, as well as a waiver on the one time initiation fee of $50.00 per member. For more information about UClub Membership, please contact: UClub Manager, Leslie Whiting for details, 231-3872, uclub@vt.edu and check out our website at www.uclub.vt.edu.

For further details or to arrange a tour:
Contact: Manager, Leslie Whiting
540-231-3872    or     uclub@vt.edu
www.uclub.vt.edu
100 Otey St. SW Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Positive Radio- DBI Business Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for March 2016-Positive Radio Group

Positive Radio Group is locally owned and operated by the Baker family, who are native to Blacksburg.

Our staff:

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Paul enjoying life as a show host at ESPN Blacksburg

Paul VanWagoner Came to Blacksburg in January of 2016.  Prior to coming to Virginia Paul was the Morning host on Eagle 95.1 in Sault Ste. Marie MI.  He spent 18 years in “The Soo” in radio.  Paul and his wife Nicole have grown to love Blacksburg in their short time here.  In his free time Paul and Nicole love to watch hockey, and spend time with their two dogs.  Paul spends his mornings doing radio sales, and his afternoons talking sports on ESPN Blacksburg

 

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Alison & Earnie

Earnie Taylor grew up in the New River Valley and, after studying Business Management, he hit the road as a salesman in the furniture industry.  After several years Earnie decided he was tired of being a “road warrior” and looked for a company that would allow him to stay closer to home in the NRV.  Earnie joined Positive Radio Group in March of 2010 and quickly proved his strong ability to build marketing strategies that puts clients advertising dollars to work and achieves positive results.

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Kevin calling a guest for “The Drive”

Kevin Grischow is our part-time board operator/producer, helping Paul VanWagoner turn out an excellent show every day.  Kevin came to Positive Radio Group in January, after moving from Ohio to Blacksburg when his wife took a job at Virginia Tech.  His background in telecommunications allowed him to hit the ground running.

 

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Alison

Alison Baker is the Station Manager at Positive Radio Group and is a native of Blacksburg.  After getting into radio in 1998, Alison’s learned nearly every aspect of the radio business by starting in the front office and learning something new every day.  She has a deep appreciation of her hometown and knows the many challenges and opportunities our community has.  When not involved in the many aspects of radio, Alison likes to hike, read and play a few video games.

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Diane

Diane Baker is Alison’s twin sister!  She joined Positive Radio Group in 2006 and helps with Traffic (commercial scheduling), Billing and many other office duties that keep the rest of the staff on track and up to date.  In her free time she loves to spend time with her kitties and singing with the Blacksburg Master Chorale.

Our stations include:

1-ESPN Blacksburg
Blacksburg’s local ESPN Affiliate of the #1 sports radio network in the nation with 24/7 talk and live sports, from Mike & Mike, to Russillo & Kanell, plus “The Drive” with Paul VanWagoner, ESPN Blacksburg’s local talk show highlighting the sports scene of the New River Valley with extensive coverage of Virginia Tech, Radford and area high schools, while tackling national topics from an informed and unique point of view.  ESPN Blacksburg provides compelling 24/7 talk and live sports content that resonates with our dedicated listeners, primarily men 18+.

2-Classic Hits 101.3 FM
For fans of the music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and bands like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, Z101.3 does it right.  It’s mass appeal, energy and proven hits attract men and women listeners 35+

3- Joy-AM / Today’s Southern Gospel Music & Ministry Station (890AM & FM 93.1)
WKNV broadcasts today’s popular Southern Gospel Music as well as Christian teaching and preaching programs and features well-known national ministries along with a number of local and regional ministries.  National programs such as Grace to You, Love Worth Finding, and Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyers along with many others minister to the Body of Christ.  Women 35+ make up a good portion of listeners with men not far behind.  Quite often their radio’s stay on and tuned in all day.

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High Peak Sportswear- DBI Business Member of the Month

23 Mar 16 high peak business

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for March 2016- High Peak Sportswear.

LaurenLocated at 209 College Avenue, right next to Greenhouse Boardshop and Souvlaki, and just a few steps away from Virginia Tech campus,  High Peak Sportswear is your best source for t-shirts, golf shirts, hats, and all types of imprinted apparel and gift items! We are recognized as a national leader in the screen printing and embroidery industry. We also provide a full selection of promotional products including calendars, bags, pens, cups, mugs, and magnets just to name a few.

FamilyManaged by Travis Bishop, with a little assistance from his two young daughters  when school is out, High Peak Sportswear offers a family friendly convenient shopping environment. Travis is the proud father of Emily (10yrs old), and Erin (8 yrs old). The girls are an integral part of the store and can be seen helping to shovel the sidewalk after a snowstorm; cleaning up the stock area or helping customers to feel at home while they visit the store. Travis and the girls share a love of soccer and he is now serving his 16th season as an Assistant Coach for Blacksburg High School Boys Soccer Team.

High Peak Sportswear is responsible for printing and producing a number of special lines of t-shirts each year including the Steppin’ Out t-shirt, Help Save the Next Girl t-shirt, the Big Event t-shirt and t-shirts for numerous sporting teams throughout the New River Valley.High Peak Sportswear also print for VT Athletics, Student Organizations, businesses, VT Departments, youth sports team, Montgomery Co. Schools, as well as Radford University Student Organizations and departments.

Travis tells us, “We do almost all the shirts for Help Save the Next Girl and their individual chapters.”

High Peak Sportswear also injects a sense of fun into the Hokie Spirit.The top sellers in the store are the “You Had Me a Let’s Go”, “Horse on a Treadmill” and the”Gobble Gobble” t-shirts. The store provides you with a quality product- from Hokie Baby clothes to team t-shirts; from seasonal themed shirts to fundraising or special cause awareness; from Steppin’ Out t-shirts to Football Fun; you can find it all in High Peak Sportswear!

High Peak Sportswear is a member of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

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Warm Hearth Village- DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for March 2016-Warm Hearth Village.

Warm Hearth Village was founded in 1974 by Wybe and Marietje Kroontje, Dutch immigrants who wanted to give something back to the American people for liberating their country during WWII.  They envisioned a community where seniors of all walks of life would come together in an environment of incomparable beauty and value and their vision kroontjesand influence guide our plans and decisions still today.

We are the New River Valley’s only comprehensive, nonprofit retirement community and our mission further sets us apart as we are driven to serve seniors of all socioeconomic backgrounds through a wide range of choices in housing, services and care.  The Warm Hearth Foundation aids in our ability to take care of seniors who do not have the means to pay for housing and health care.  As an organization we constantly seek innovative approaches to care and services as well as new offerings to  meet the changing needs of seniors over time.Village Center outside-1

Warm Hearth Village is currently home to more than 550 seniors in living options that include active adult, independent living (which includes 144 subsidized apartments for seniors on low, fixed incomes), assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, long-term nursing care and home health care.  We are staffed with a team of dedicated professionals and a volunteer board of directors who are guided by a strong set of values that put residents first!  The average tenure of our 11-person leadership team is an impressive 15 years.

Warm Hearth Village endeavors to be a good corporate partner and citizen by being actively engaged in the community around us.  Our staff serves on the board of many community organizations such as The United Way, Good Samaritan Hospice, The Women’s Resource Center, The Agency on Aging, just to name a few.  We give of our time in volunteerism and our support through partnerships and sponsorships.  We are proud to be a part of Blacksburg and the New River Valley and equally proud to watch this community grow and thrive alongside us.

Nestled in Virginia’s historic New River Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll discover that Warm Hearth Village is a different kind of community. Visit our website for more information: http://www.warmhearth.org/

SEEDS- DBI Non-Profit Member of the Month

18 Feb

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for February 2016-SEEDS Nature Center.

SEEDS – Blacksburg Nature Center

Located at Blacksburg’s historic Price House, 107 Wharton St. SE

It’s 9 in the morning when the volunteers get into the Nature center. Julian and Hailey rush to put up the “OPEN” sign on the front of the building and to take the covers off of our exhibits. The cloth covers prevent the light from degrading the insects. Julian is the intern and is responsible for animal care during the week and for making sure everything goes smoothly. He got involved with SEEDS after having Dr. Mike as a professor freshman year. Hailey is an avid wildlife researcher who got involved with SEEDS to learn more about environmental education and teaching kids.

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Intern- Julian Drabner, Artist- Robin Scully Boucher. During “Art in Nature” Thursday afternoons

 

When the first visitors start showing up, the volunteers are eager to engage with the kids, showing them a variety of live snakes, turtles, fish, and lizards, most being native to Virginia. Playful exploration and curiosity are encouraged at the nature center. Throughout the rest of the day other volunteers start showing up. Kelly, a Blacksburg native, got involved with the Nature center because her siblings attended camp when they were younger. JoHannah, a high school senior, originally got involved with SEEDS to fulfill volunteering requirement for a school project and after seeing the importance of teaching children about the natural worlds has been with the Saturday crew ever since.

Discovery Learning for Everyone

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Visitors checking out the turtles.

 

Founded in 1995, SEEDS has a mission to inspire a natural curiosity and love for the environment in children and the young at heart through discovery learning, nature education, teacher support, and civic awareness.

Visit the Nature Center

SEEDS – Blacksburg Nature Center located at Blacksburg’s historic Price House and gardens. Rain or shine…nature discovery right in town. It’s a museum and more for children and the young at heart!

Hours:
Tuesday: 9am-12noon
Thursday: 2pm-5pm
Friday: 9am-1pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm

…and by appointment for special visits & field trips.

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