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GREETINGS AND WELCOME TO RADFORD! We are thrilled to have you join us in the New River City this summer as we celebrate one of the loveliest seasons in our area. From the fun of cruising down the New River in a kayak or tube to the joy of a peaceful hike on our miles of Riverway trails to sharing good times with friends at one of our outstanding restaurants - Radford has all the ingredients for a beautiful Summer. We hope you will explore all there is to do here in our fair City and beyond across the NRV. Take a moment to enjoy the history you can find throughout the city. We are pleased to have you here be sure to come again soon.

David Horton Mayor

Stop by the Welcome Center for information about restaurants, shops, recreation and places to stay in Radford!!




Welcome to Radford VA! It’s sweet Summertime here in the New River City! From tubing and kayaking down the New River to spending time in our parks and hiking trails, you will certainly find plenty of recreational activities to enjoy in your leisure time. As the sun sets, grab a lawn chair and be sure to catch a concert under the lights at one of our pocket parks or at Long Way Brewing. Whether it’s daytime or evening, there are many opportunities for fun and adventure here in our fair City. Our locally owned businesses offer plenty of options to eat, shop, stay and play. We take pride in our community and the locals are one of our most valuable assets. We always love to meet new faces and visitors often talk about the friendliness of citizens and businesses. After spending time here, I think you will find that Radford is a pretty special place. We hope you love our New River City as much as we do! Kim Repass

Economic Development Director Interim Director of Tourism

GET IN TOUCH For brochures and other information about Radford and the New River Valley area attractions, events, hotels and happenings, contact us at the Radford Info & Welcome Center.

PHONE 540-267-3153 EMAIL info@visitradford.com VISIT OUR LOCATION 701A West Main Street Radford, VA 24141 Hours: Tues - Thurs 10 AM - 2 PM VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.VisitRadford.com


Letter from the Mayor pg. 1 Info & Welcome Center pg. 2 Local Events pg. 3 City Map pg. 11 ADVENTURES TO DISCOVER


ADVENTURES ON THE NEW Rafting and Fishing on the New River


HEALTHY LIVING & FITNESS Fitness classes for everyone!


SENIOR PROGRAMS New Fitness and Event Schedules


PARKS & RIVER Shelter Rental Information


LOCAL WILDFLOWERS Wildwood Park Hidden Gems


LOCAL ADVENTURES Plan your next adventure!




SUMMER COOKING FUN Find your summer bucket list


SPIRIT OF AMERICA July 4th Celebration in Bisset Park




RADFORD SERVICES Drop Center Extended Summer Hours



20 Starting a New Business?





RADFORD SCHOOLS Special Message from Rob Graham



Fishing on the New River in Radford Photography by Michelle Stoddard


PG. 2


Ride of Silence, 6:30pm


West End Wednesday

MAY 21

RHS Graduation! Congrats Class of ‘21


Concert in the Park, 7:00pm

MAY 24

Radford Chamber Golf Tournament


Concert in the Park, 7:00pm

MAY 29

Wilderness Road Ride, 7:00am


An Evening with Mary Draper Ingles, 6:00pm

MAY 31

Memorial Day Program, 11:00am


Car Show, 12:00pm


Concert in the Park, 7:00pm

AUG 11

West End Wednesday


Spirit of America Celebration, 1:30pm-10:30pm

AUG 13-15 Life Skills Summer Camp, Sheriff’s Office


Concert in the Park, 7:00pm

AUG 28

ReNew the River Clean-up


Concert in the Park, 7:00pm

AUG 28

Humane Society Fundraiser

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some details may change. Please contact the location or person in charge for the most up-to-date information.

HOW DO I SET UP AN EVENT IN THE CITY OF RADFORD? If you are interested in setting up an event, mobile pop-up shop, or food truck in the City of Radford, the Info & Welcome Center office can help with scheduling, event space recommendations, permitting and licenses, promotion and marketing and more! Contact us at Info@VisitRadford.com or 540-267-3153 and let us help!


PG. 3


Getting out on the New River Radford is known as the New River City and this summer it will be easier than ever to get out on the New River. A new business called RadVentures on the New is launching in Bisset Park and will offer tube and kayak rentals with shuttle service. They hope to grow the business to include guided fishing tours and other outdoor recreation options for the whole family. In addition to gear rentals, there are plans to offer hot dogs, ice cream and more in Bisset Park! Summer is a perfect time to dine outdoors and these summer foods are sure to be a hit. The business will operate Friday-Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day and may extend their hours based on popularity. Details will be posted on VisitRadford.com and reservations are available at RadVenturesontheNew.com

Fishing on the New River According to the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) website, the New River ranks with some of the “best fishing rivers in Virginia. It supports outstanding populations of just about every major freshwater game fish in the state: Small-mouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Striped Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Muskellunge, Walleye, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Yellow Perch, Redbreast Sunfish and Bluegill”. Elliott’s Military Surplus and Fishing Tackle at 2114 W. Main Street is a favorite shop with the locals. They have a great selection of fishing lures and equipment and also has a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Photography by Catherine Van Noy photo of Sam Van Nov


PG. 4





FITNESS CLASSES Step and Tone M/W/F 6:00AM-6:45AM High Intensity class utilizing both high and low impact moves to get your day started right. Instructor: Nicole Watson Fee: $25 Members/$35 Non-Members

RADFORD RECREATION CENTER 200 George Street | 540-731-3633 Hours: Please check website or call to confirm Mon-Thurs 6AM-10PM Fri 6AM-6PM Sat 8AM-6PM Sun 1PM-6PM Facilities include fitness rooms, gym, track, racquetball courts, equipment checkout and computer lab. Rooms include senior center game room, kitchen, multipurpose and classrooms. Membership: City residents may obtain a membership fee at no cost with a photo ID and proof of Radford residency. Non-residents may purchase daily/monthly/yearly memberships with rates for single adult, family, senior citizen or senior couple. Up-to-date rates can be found online at www.radfordva.gov/255/Parks. Fees: Radford Parks & Rec programs and classes may require participation fees.

Multipurpose Room Rental: The multipurpose room is available to rent for parties, meetings, reunions, etc. To rent a room you must come to the Radford Recreation Center front desk and request the day and time for your event. Once availability is confirmed, you will complete the Multi-purpose Room Rental Form and pay the corresponding fee. Fees: Room Only: $15/ hour. Room Plus Kitchen: $20/hour. Forms may be found online at: https://www.radfordva.gov/ Facilities/Facility/Details/Multipurpose-Room-1.


Hi Energy Work Out Senior M/W/F 10:45AM-11:30AM This class consists of gentle exercises for seniors taught by a certified senior fitness instructor. Senior aerobics includes exercises for flexibility, posture, strength and functional skills of adult daily living. Instructor: Barbara Griffith Fee: $15 Members/$25 Non-Members Silver Sneakers M/W/F 11:45AM-12:15PM This popular class combines fun and fitness through a variety of exercises. It is designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand weights, elastic bands and tubes, balls and chairs are used in the exercises. Instructor: Barbara Griffith Fee: $15 Members/$25 Non-Members Adaptive Yoga M/W 12:30PM-1:00PM Yoga exercise that can be modified to fit your needs. Gentle, relaxing stretches to improve your flexibility while you learn to relax and breath. Certified Instructor: Barbara Griffith Fee: $10 Members/$20 Non-Members Body Boost T/Th 6:30PM-7:15PM This class will focus on strengthening your entire body. This class will start with a short warm up to get your muscles ready to work. The remaining time will be used to tone your bodies using free weights, bars, bands, yoga balls and medicine balls. Instructor: Barbara Griffith Fee: $15 Members/$25 Non-Members Pound Fitness M/W 6:00PM-6:45PM Pound is designed in three core pillars: Mind, Body and Inner Rock star. These work together to promote a “Happy Healthy Self”. Experience different genres from pop, hip-hop to metal and electro; each track becomes its own emotional and physical journey, moving the attention and focus of each participant so class remains engaging, exciting and challenging. Instructor: Rebecca Bishop Fee: $15 Members/$25 Non-Members Evening Zumba Monday 7:00PM-8:00PM A combination of Latin and International music that create a dynamic, exciting, fun and easy cardio work-out. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Instructors: Sharon Woinski and Jazmin Thornsberry Fee: $25 Members/$35 Non-Members




Audrey Caldwell 540-731-5517


The Senior Center is on site at the Radford Recreation Center and offers classes and programs, including fitness and art classes. Special events include free blood pressure clinics, Radford Chapter AARP Luncheon, TRIAD and scheduled outings and trips. The Senior newsletter is published monthly.

Call the Recreation Center for up-to-date information and registration deadlines.

SENIOR FITNESS Hi Energy Work Out Senior M/W/F 10:45AM-11:30AM This class consists of gentle exercises for seniors taught by a certified senior fitness instructor. Senior aerobics includes exercises for flexibility, posture, strength and functional skills of adult daily living. Instructor: Barbara Griffith Fee: $15 Members/$25 Non-Members Silver Sneakers M/W/F 11:45AM-12:30PM This popular class combines fun and fitness through a variety of exercises. It is designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand weights, elastic bands and tubes, balls and chairs are used in the exercises. Instructor: Barbara Griffith Fee: $15 Members/$25 Non-Members

ADULT SPORTS 540-731-3633 Call the Recreation Center for up-to-date information and registration deadlines.

NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP Don’t forget to sign up today for the Radford Connection. Never miss an event again. The Radford Connection is an electronic newsletter that features upcoming events and things to do in Radford. Sign-up today by emailing us at info@visitradford.com

SENIOR ACTIVITIES & CLASSES Ceramic Class Tuesday at 10AM Instructor: Eunice Foster Fee: $2 per person for use of paints Advanced Crochet Class Thursday at 1PM Participants must supply their own thread and crochet needle. Triad-Reducing Crime Against the Elderly Every Second Wednesday, 10:30AM-11:00AM Listen to Sheriff Mark Armentrout discuss the latest issues or scams that involve the senior population. Door Prizes. July 14th, Cookout at 11AM Advanced Watercolor Class Each Friday at 10AM-12PM “Art of the Watercolor Miniature” Instructor: Harriet Anderson Fee will be $7.50 per person, per class


PG. 6


Sparky’s Run Dog Park–102 Pulaski Street: Fenced dog park, field, picnic tables and water (May-October).



John Dobbins Field (James Oakley Field Park)–600 17th St.: Baseball/softball, practice field, playground, picnic shelter and tables. The Riverway Trail: 3.5 mile paved bikeway/walkway, can be accessed from Bisset Park and continues east along the New River and south through Wildwood Park.

PARKS AND RECREATION RADFORD PARKS 540-731-3633 Radford Parks are some of the best in the region. Multi-use trails are popular and easy parking and facilities make access a breeze. Rental agreements and sponsorship forms are available by contacting the Recreation Center at 540-731-3633.

THE NEW RIVER The New River borders Radford and a new mile marker system (MM) identifies river distances as seen on the map insert on page 16. MM #108 - #114 border the city.

Bisset Park–49 Berkley Williams Drive: 50+ acre park that borders the New River. Features include boat launch and tube rentals, gazebo, multi-use trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, shelters (with electric, lights, picnic tables and grills-reserve by calling 540-731-3633), bird viewing platforms, volleyball, practice fields, parking and restrooms. Midget and Junior soccer fields. Under road tunnel system connects the Riverway Trail to Wildwood Park. 275-375 Berkley Williams Drive features a football field, picnic shelter 3 and Rookie soccer field. Dudley’s Landing–New River Drive, Bisset Park: Boat launch with easy access and parking for cars/boat trailers, New River mile marker #113. Wildwood Park: 50-acre wooded valley featuring Connelly’s Run, woodland habitat, marshy areas, meadows and limestone cliffs with tufa formation; a bikeway runs through the valley with hiking trails on both sides; parking is available on East Main Street/ Grove or on Sundell/Park Road. New River Sports Complex–1500 New River Drive: Multipurpose fields for baseball, softball, football and soccer, practice field, easy parking, restrooms, across the street from Dudley’s Landing/boat launch. Veterans Field–1500 New River Drive: Baseball/softball fields, restrooms concessions, and parking. Riverview Park: Public boat launch, field, basketball court, vehicle and boat trailer parking, shelter (capacity 20 people), electricity but no lighting, grill and restrooms. Sisson Park/Hodge Field–1014 Pendleton St: Baseball/ softball, picnic shelter, playground and restrooms. Sunset Park–908 8th St: Practice field, playground, picnic shelter and grill.

PG. 7 |


There are five put in/take out spots on the river. The most popular spots for tubing and kayaking are located at MM #109, #111.5, #113, #114 and #114.5. River float times average 30 minutes/ mile but that is subject to change based on weather and dam release schedules. New River water conditions can be found at www.waterdata.usgs.gov. Tube and kayak rentals and shuttle services are available seasonally in Bisset Park, 49 Berkley Williams Drive. Contact 540-739-5069 or RadVenturesontheNew.com for information and reservations. Fishing and hunting licenses: Purchase at the Commissioner of Revenue office, 619 Second Street, 540-731-3613. Boat launches are free and open to the public with vehicle/boat trailer parking. Boat launches located at MM #109 (Riverview Park) and MM #113 (Dudley’s Landing). There is also an unimproved boat launch at MM #114 with very limited parking. *Please note that permits are required now by the Department of Wildlife Resources to use DWR owned or managed boating access sites. Updated information can be found at https://dwr.virginia.gov/boating/access/. ReNew the New River clean-up events are scheduled as often as possible. Go to VisitRadford.com or call the Info & Welcome Center at 540-267-3153 for upcoming dates.


WILD FLOWERS OF WILDWOOD PARK The Wild Flowers at Wildwood Park

Wildwood Park

Wildwood Park

by Peggy Huber

Radford, VA To Bisset Park New River Drive

About 15 years ago we were visiting our neighbors and Catherine Clark was there. She was about 85 years old. I mentioned that the masses of early spring wildflowers were blooming. I have never seen the amount of woodland ephemerals growing wild in any other place.

0.2 mi. Main St. to Bisset 0.6 mi. Main St. to Park Rd. East Main St. 1800’





Dalton Dr.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Blood-root and spring beauties start to bloom about the third week of March. By the second week of April Dutchmans’ Breeches, Hepatica, Wild Ginger, make a show. After the white flowers there is a mass of purple wild dwarf Larkspur. In May, there are patches of Mayapple, Trout, Likies, Trilliums. Mrs. Clark said that when she was in school in the 1930’s, her teacher Mrs. Howery took the class to a piece of land that was going to be flooded to make Claytor Lake. They dug wildflowers and transplanted them to Wildwood. She said, “it didn’t do any good because they all died.” I’m convinced that they have multiplied every year since those students moved them.


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C. Kugler, January 2007. Supported by City of Radford, Radford University & Pathways for Radford.


PG. 8


LOCAL ADVENTURES THE WANDERLOVE ROAD TRIP From Memorial Day to Labor Day, rent a tube or kayak in Bisset Park and spend the day on the “lazy river float” down the New River. This scenic route has no traffic or congestion like typical road trips. The water is slow moving, clear and family friendly. It’s a great way to beat the summer heat!

After a relaxing float trip, check out one of our local restaurants that offer outside or casual dining. With over 35 restaurants in Radford, there’s something for everyone. From Italian to Thai and Salvadorian to Ethiopian…our restaurants are sure to please. Two new outdoor dining courtyards located along Main Street provide an inviting space to grab some food to go and dine al fresco!

Be sure to pick up the Mary Draper Ingles brochure at the Radford Welcome Center (701A W. Main Street, at the gateway to the Mary Draper Ingles Cultural Heritage Park). From there, it’s an easy walk to the stunning bronze Mary Draper Ingles statue. Other related sites in Radford include a mural, an obelisk and more. Special events are held throughout the year and the last weekend in July has been designated by the General Assembly as Mary Draper Ingles Remembrance Day. Special events are held each year in Radford on that weekend. Another activity that is sure to inspire is to visit the four birding stops on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. The Info & Welcome Center has a birding brochure with checklists of the birds that you are likely to find in Radford.

MORE SUMMER FUN VisitRadford.com/ArtTrail to explore public art and murals Crooked Road affiliated Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam, 333 W. Main Street, Monday evenings at Radford Coffee Company or across the street at the outdoor dining courtyard Next, stop by the LOVE works located at Virginia Street/East Main Street and grab some photos! We invite you to #LoveRadfordVA and share your photos of your WanderLOVE road trip. Hidden gems are all around Radford and Wildwood Park. With a stream for wading, trails, a bikeway and diverse flora and fauna, this secluded 50+ acre wooded treasure is sure to be a hit with the entire family. Parking is available at Sundell Drive/Park Road or at Grove Avenue/East Main Street.

HAVE AN ADVENTURE TO SHARE? Do you have an awesome local adventure to share with the community? Send your adventure to info@visitradford.com


Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery, 600 Unruh Drive, museum tours, rotating local art exhibits and gift shop New River Train Observatory, 601 Unruh Drive, train observatory built by Virginia Tech Architecture + Design classes with innovative sustainable wood product

Summer Events Professor Whizzpop’s Magical Menagerie Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 3:30 pm Prepare to be amazed, amused, engaged and enthused! https://professorwhizzpop.com/library-programs

30 W Main Street | 540-731-3621 Radford Public Library is OPEN! RPL is open regular hours for the summer! Come in and browse, use a public computer, study, attend a library event in person and more at RPL on Monday through Thursday at 9 am – 8 pm and Fridays & Saturdays at 10 am – 5 pm! Grab & Go Holds is still an available service if you’d like to pick your holds up outside! Did you know that library cards are free? Cards are for ALL ages, and gives access to a variety of FREE platforms to stream movies, music, television shows and more! Check out the new logo for RPL! Thanks to the installation by Ballpark Signs, Inc. and for the modeling chops of Story, both the Main Street and parking lot entrances now house new, eye-catching logos! We thank Michelle Stoddard for designing this new logo! Pictured is Story, a Saint Francis Service Dog in training who has been raised by library staff and a SFSD volunteer at RPL during the pandemic. Many library programs have been offered to the public via Facebook, Facebook live, YouTube and Discord. We’ll continue to review books on Facebook, offer Storytimes, Cooking with Dave and more through our Radford Public Library Facebook page and our YouTube page. Please follow us! RPL is looking for a few kids and teens to review books and promote a love of reading during the Summer Reading Program. Do you know any youth who might like to come to RPL and film a book review with us? Please email Elizabeth at Elizabeth.Sensabaugh@radfordva.gov!

The Radford Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) is coming! Starting on Saturday, June 5, 2021 and running through the end of July 2021, the “Tails & Tales” program is for ALL ages and will combine literacy and animals in the best possible way! Earn super fun prizes by logging each day you read - prizes include frisbees, glow sticks, art supplies, sidewalk chalk, a book when you complete the challenge, and more! There will be raffle baskets to enter to win as well, and each challenge (kid, teen, and adult) has 3 different baskets to try to win. Our new service, Beanstack, is a user-friendly and easy way to log your days read for the Summer Reading Program. You can use the website, or the very convenient app! Simply join our challenge, log your days, and earn badges. Each badge you earn gets you a ticket (or two!) to put towards your challenge’s raffle baskets. Paper logs will be available as an option, as well.

Book Discussion – “Once Two Sisters: a novel” by Sarah Warburton on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm Join us for a conversation about the book in preparation for the Radford Reads author’s talk! Shadow Puppetry- Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm, a virtual program http://www.sandbankshadowfactory.com/still-life.html Matt Sandbank is a nationally touring shadow puppeteer based in Austin, TX. Join in virtually for a collection of wordless shadow shorts that will surprise and delight audiences with visual storytelling! Rock Painting for Teens, Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm Join the rock-painting gathering outside and get creative with your rock designs. Supplies provided. This program is for teens aged 12 years – 18 years. Darin Handy and All Are God’s Creatures Sanctuary Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11:00 am http://www.allaregodscreatures.com Radford Reads with Sarah Warburton, author of “Once Two Sisters: A Novel” on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm Meet this local author and hear about her adult fiction book, an intriguing story about sisters, estranged families, missing persons and more! In Search of Sasquatch with Kelly Milner Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm, a virtual program Ideal for children ages 9 years to 12 years, this program focuses on Wonders of Weird: In Search of Sasquatch. Radford Reads with Jeff Saperstein- Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Jeff Saperstein is the author of a new book of poems titled The Stoop. Moving from childhood to retirement, The Stoop covers a wide range of subject matter and includes reflection upon cinematic, literary, and artistic works which have made a lasting impact on him. Please attend this in-person event and hear Mr. Saperstein read his works of poetry! Copies of his book will be available for a cash or check purchase of $15.00. Trivia Night with a Twist! For Teens only! Thursday, July 29 2:00pm Stay up to date with us on our Facebook page and by subscribing to our newsletter from our library website at www.radford.va.gov/library!


PG. 10


RPL anticipates that all SRP programs will be live-streamed via Zoom, and any in-person events will have a limited number of attendees with pre-registration required! All dates and times are subject to change.



Radford Historic Commercial Districts (East Main Street/West Main Street) Fairlawn Plaza

TOURS & TASTINGS 1. JBR Vineyards & Winery 14. Long Way Brewing


3. Ingles Farm 5. Ingles Castle 10. Mary Draper Ingles Statue 11. New River Train Observatory 12. Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery 15. Radford Farmer’s Market, Apr-Oct 19. Scarrette’s Plaza Cinema 25. Radford Theatre 27. Tube/Kayak Rentals (float times usually average 30 minutes/mile) 33. Sparky’s Run Dog Park 34. Winterfrost Farm



JBR Vineyards and Winery The Sportsman Campground Ingles Farm DGIF Birding Locations (there are 4 stops in Radford) 5. Ingles Castle 6. West View Cemetery 7. Radford Post Office 8. Administration Building & Police Department 9. Municipal Building (DMV, Courthouse, Voter Registration, Commissioner of the Revenue, Utilities, Treasurer, Sheriff) 10. Mary Draper Ingles Statue 11. New River Train Observatory

12. Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery 13. Civil War Trail Marker 14. Long Way Brewery 15. Radford Farmer’s Market, Apr-Oct 16. Dining Courtyard 17. Memorial Bridge 18. Executive Motel 19. Scarrette’s Plaza Cinema 20. Radford High School 21. Dalton Intermediate School 22. Arnheim Historical Site 23. Radford Public Library 24. Dining Courtyard/Carson’s Courtyard 25. Radford Theatre 26. Radford Recreation Center



Outdoor Recreation & Trails

18. Executive Motel 25. The Sportsman Campground 35. La Quinta Inn 36. Quality Inn 37. Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 38. Super 8 39. Tru by Hilton 40. Comfort Inn & Suites

VISITRADFORD.COM VISITNRV.COM MARYDRAPERINGLESTRAIL.COM 27. Tube/Kayak Rentals 28. Civil War Trail Marker 29. New River Sports Complex 30. Civil War Cemetery 31. Chamber of Commerce 32. Dedmon Center 33. Sparky’s Run Dog Park 34. Winterfrost Farm 35. La Quinta Inn 36. Quality Inn 37. Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 38. Super 8 39. Tru by Hilton 40. Comfort Inn & Suites


Appalachian Trail Blue Ridge Parkway Cascades Waterfall Claytor Lake State Park (camping, beach, boat launch/rentals) Claytor Lake Water Sports Dora Trail Gatewood Park Huckleberry Trail Jefferson National Forest Mountain 2 Island Paddleboards, Kayaks & Boats New River New River Trail State Park New River Water Trail Pete Dye River Course Randolph Park Rock House Marina Route 76 Bike Trail


Andrew Johnston House Museum Christiansburg Aquatic Center & Skate Park Christiansburg Institute Draper Mercantile Floyd Country Store Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery Historic Smithfield Plantation Little River Bluegrass Barn Mabry Mill Montgomery Museum of Art & History Moss Arts Center Motor Mile Speedway NRV SuperBowl Paragon First & Main + IMAX Theatres (bowling, arcade, movies) Appalachian League baseball/ Calfee Park Sinkland Farms St. Alban’s Sanatorium Wilderness Road Museum Wonder Universe/A Children’s Museum XTreme Springz Trampoline Park


Christiansburg Marketplace First & Main New River Valley/Uptown Mall Spradlin Farm Shopping Center

Tours & Tastings

Beliveau Estate Winery Buffalo Mountain Distillery Chateau Morrisette Eastern Divide Brewing Company Moon Hollow Brewing Company New River Vineyard & Winery Rising Silo Brewery River Company Brewery Whitebarrel Winery


New River Community College Radford University Virginia Tech


CIVIC GROUPS American Legion Post 30: 27 W. Main Street, 540-585-1454, Email: americanlegionpost30virginia@gmail.com. Radford Heritage Foundation: 600 Unruh Drive, 540-731-5031. Radford Noon Rotary: Website: Rotary7570.org. Radford VFW Post 776: 102 Watts Street, 540-641-2590, Email: vfwpost776@gmail.com. Veterans of Foreign Wars: Website: VFW.org, 540-641-2590. Women’s Club of Radford: Website: WomansClubOfRadford.org Email: wcr1901@yahoo.com, Encourages and supports literacy in children.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Beans & Rice: 1608 W. Main Street, 540-633-6270 Improves the economic well-being of low-to-moderate income families through hunger relief, after-school programs, job creation and savings programs. Bobcat Backpacks Program: 201 4th Street Email: bobcatbackpacks@gmail.com Provides food for needy children in Radford schools to take home every weekend during the school year and over the summer. New River Community Action: 1093 E. Main St, 540-633-5133 Programs include Head Start, homeless housing and prevention, To Our House, Virginia Cares, volunteer income tax assistance, CHIP and emergency assistance program. Promotes and supports the well-being and self-reliance of individuals, families and communities. New River Valley Community Services: 401 W. Main St, 540-838-8000. Providing behavioral health services. Programs include addiction treatment, bridge program and jail services, drug court, new life recovery, recovery dojo, SAFE services, community wellness and outreach, emergency services, mental health services, services for adults, outpatient services, services for children and adolescents, developmental disabilities, intellectual disability services for children, REACH, peer


support services, 401 peer center, psychiatric services, same day access, diagnostic evaluation, assessment services, Virginia veteran and family support and community transit. Women’s Resource Center: 540-639-1123 or 800-788-1123 24-hour Crisis Hotline. NRVCS Access Addiction/Suicide Hotline: 540-961-8400. Partners for Excellence: PO Box 355, Radford, VA 24143, 540-320-3172 Supporting and enhancing academics, arts and athletics through business and individual partnerships. Pound Pals: PO BOX 2851, Radford, VA 24143, Website: pals@psknet.com Places homeless animals in forever homes. Radford Clothing Bank: 2000 West Street, 540-633-5050 Free clothes to people in need, shoppers welcome. Radford Humane Society: PO Box 581, Radford, VA 24143, Helping to save and care for injured and stray animals and finding them a forever home. Vittles for Vets: 7757 Walker Farms Drive, 401-447-5912 Email: vittlesforvets@gmail.com Provides weekly food gift cards to veterans in need.


By Amy Palanjian, Yummy Toddler Food INGREDIENTS 2 cups plain whole milk Greek yogurt 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup strawberries (stems removed and finely diced)

INSTRUCTIONS Stir together all ingredients until well combined. Taste it to adjust the sweetness. (You may need a little more honey or maple syrup if your strawberries aren’t super flavorful.) Add to a freezer-safe container, seal the lid, and freeze for 4-6 hours or until just firm, or overnight. Let sit for 20-30 minutes before serving to soften. Stir and mash it up before serving for the creamiest consistency. (Doing that will break up any ice crystals) NOTES Freeze in individual portions if desired. They will soften faster at room temperature. Try with other fresh berries like raspberries. Freeze the mixture into popsicle molds if desired. You could churn this in an ice cream maker and serve immediately for a soft frozen texture. To make this with regular yogurt, simply place a little more than the recipe calls for into a paper towel-lined fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl. Let it drain for at least an hour (or longer) to let out some of the liquid and thicken the yogurt. Double the recipe to make a larger quantity. Store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Dairy-free: Try coconut cream (from a can) or nondairy Greek style yogurt like the kind from Siggis. View the entire recipe and tips at https://www.yummytoddlerfood.com/strawberry-greek-frozen-yogurt/




° strawberry patch ° make a pretend ship ° go tubing ° pick wildflowers ° go to the beach ° eat ice cream ° go on a bike ride ° go camping ° take family photos ° make smores ° get a snow cone ° baseball game ° plant new plants ° go to the zoo

° have a picnic ° ride a horse ° play in sprinklers ° use sidewalk chalk ° backyard movie night ° read summer books ° dig for fossils ° visit farmers market ° go on a family hike ° see fireworks ° tie dye shirts ° make sundaes ° play frisbee

° look at the stars ° play flashlight tag ° build a pillow fort ° watch lighting bugs ° mini golf ° go fishing ° visit art museum ° trip to the library ° play kickball ° have a lemonade stand ° learn 10 new words ° paint a canvas ° put together a puzzle





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PG. 16




DAVID HORTON Mayor David.Horton@radfordva.gov

June 14 June 28 July 12 July 26

August 9 August 23

All meetings are scheduled at 7 PM to be held in the Council Chambers, 10 Robertson Street, Radford, Virginia 24141.

NAOMI HUNTINGTON Vice-Mayor Naomi.Huntington@radfordva.gov

Infrequently, Radford City Council holds an early meeting prior to the regularly scheduled meeting time in which case the time and subject of the meeting will be announced in the agenda for the meeting. Find out more information and meeting agendas at https://www.radfordva.gov/179/City-Council


JESSIE FOSTER Councilmember Jessie.Foster@radfordva.gov

20 Robertson Street | 540-731-3624 The Radford Police Department strives to enhance quality of life by providing professional law enforcement services to our citizens, businesses and visitors through a shared responsibility with our community. The department is a Virginia Accredited Agency and upholds the highest standards of professionalism in carrying out its mission. Programs include Business Watch, Citizen Trails and Parks Watch, Citizen’s Police Academy, Halloween Safety Watches, Neighborhood Watch, Radford Youth and Adult Partnership (RYAP) and TRIAD.


ONASSIS BURRESS Councilmember Onassis.Burress@radfordva.gov

619 Second St, Suite 8 | 540-731-5504 The Radford Sheriff’s Office provides court security, serves civil process and the transportation of inmates to and from confinement facilities. The department is a Virginia Accredited Public Safety Agency. Programs include Good Morning Radford, TRIAD, D.A.R.E, Project Lifesaver and School Safety.

RADFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT 1500 Wadsworth Street | 540-731-3617, Emergency 911 Fire and rescue department staffed 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. Services include EMS assistance, fire safety education, fire suppression, Haz-Mat, Project Lifesaver, smoke detector installations, vehicle extrication and water rescue and recovery.

FORREST HITE Councilmember Forrest.Hite@radfordva.gov

RADFORD TRANSIT RadfordTransit.com | 540-831-5911 Radford Transit, serves the City of Radford and Radford University. See website or call for routes and fare information.

EXTENDED SUMMER HOURS AT THE DROP CENTER The drop center will have extended hours beginning in May. There will be “full” service at the facility on the first and third Sundays of each month, with some adjustments due to holidays. The full Sunday schedule is posted below All hours are 1-4pm Sunday, May 2 Sunday, May 16 Sunday, June 6 Sunday, June 27


Sunday, July 11 Sunday, July 18 Sunday, August 1 Sunday, August 15


UTILITIES www.VA811.com Request markings before digging.

PARKING PERMITS 20 Robertson Street | 540-731-3624 Police Department, permits issued with application, vehicle registration, ID and a copy of a lease.

NON-EMERGENCY POLICE SERVICES 20 Robertson St | 540-731-3624 If there is an emergency, please call 911.

RECYCLING & DROP CENTER 1800 Park Road Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 7:30AM-5:30PM, Sat 7:30AM-3:30PM, closed Sunday & Wednesday. Drop center is for residents only, contractors and businesses prohibited. Trash, brush, cardboard and recyclables taken at this site. Brush and large metal accepted Mon, Tue, Thur 1-5:30PM, Fri and Sat 8AM-3:30PM. The City of Radford reserves the right to reject any load brought to the drop center and to close the drop center before the posted hours due to overflow. Additional drop off location for single stream recycling located behind Radford Rec. Center, 200 George Street (open 24/7).

VOTER REGISTRATION 619 2nd Street | 540-267-3156

COURT 619 Second Street, #103A | 540-731-3609 General District, Circuit, Juvenile and Domestic Relations.

HUNTING & FISHING LICENSES 619 Second Street | 540-731-3613 Commissioner of the Revenue open Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM.

DMV Select 619 Second Street | 540-731-3661 Mon-Fri 8:30AM-4:30PM DMV Select services include address changes that do not involve issuance of a driver’s license or ID, dealer work (processing of title and registration transactions), disabled parking placards (original and replacement), license plates (standard plates, request for special plates, requests for personalized plates), permits (trip permits and overload permits), registrations (originals, renewals, transfers, reissues, surrenders), return checks (full payments), titles (original without liens, substitute, replacement, updates to title records), transcripts (driver and vehicle) and voter registration (accept voter registration applications). Nearby full service DMV locations: • 385 Arbor Drive NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073, 804-497-7100 • 1901 Bobwhite Blvd, Pulaski, VA 24301, 804-497-7100

UTILITIES 619 Second Street | 540-731-3602

ANIMAL SHELTER 110 Pulaski Street | 540-731-3688

DOG TAGS Dogs over 4 months old must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. Fees apply and tags are due by January 31. Locations: City Treasurer’s Office, 619 2nd St; Radford Animal Hospital, 7367 Lee Hwy; West End Animal Clinic, 829 2nd Street and Riverside Veterinary Clinic, 210 E. Main Street, Suite A.

RECEIVE CITY ALERTS BY EMAIL OR TEXT! Sign up for City alerts including weather, closings and City Council notifications at https://www.radfordva.gov/list.aspx

Electric billing and services drop box for utility payments located in the parking lot, customer service, starting/stopping service and billing for electric, water, waste water and garbage collection.


PG. 18


POLICE DEPARTMENT The City of Radford and the Radford City Police Department are pleased to announce that we have implemented a new system to improve 9-1-1 services for all individuals. Smart911 is a service which will allow all residents and visitors in the City of Radford to provide information about themselves and their family to 9-1-1 prior to an emergency. This private and secure Safety Profile will display automatically to the 9-1-1 call taker immediately when an individual dials 9-1-1. Call takers and emergency responders can now be provided vital personal and medical information to help understand and respond to an emergency faster and with more detail. Smart911 is free, private and secure. In addition it is a national database, when you dial 9-1-1 from any location in the US that support Smart911 your Safety Profile will be immediately available to those 9-1-1 call takers. The Radford City Police Department is very excited about the addition of this service to our response efforts. By signing up for Smart911 and creating their own Safety Profile, individuals are able to proactively provide us with the information necessary to facilitate a fast and accurate response. When you create your Safety Profile, you choose what information to include and what details are important to share with responders. Every household has different needs, and Smart911 allows you to customize your Profile to your household. This additional information can help us to better understand who may be in need of assistance, where they are located and then gauge our response accordingly. Some examples of how this service will assist our officers are when a child goes missing – a profile can include the child’s current photo and physical description, allowing us to immediately forward these details to our officers in the field to expedite a search. This is also of great benefit for children with autism or adults with Alzheimer’s or Dementia who may wander. Lastly, individuals can add information regarding mental health condition. Approximately 10 percent of police calls involve a person with mental illness, making police the nation’s de facto first responders to mental health crises. You can also include your pets in your profile, which can lead to greater safety not only for your pet, but for our officers. If we are aware that you have a large dog in your home before we enter the premise, we can act appropriately to keep that pet safe. It is important to note that your Safety Profile is private and secure, and only available to 9-1-1 when you place an emergency call.


Fire: The information that can be provided to our response teams can make a great difference in any situation. Knowing the apartment number for a caller in a multiple unit building, having information on someone in the house who has a physical or mental disability, and knowing utility details such as gas heating and shut off valves can have a huge impact on our response times and effectiveness. If there is a fire in your home, for our teams to be aware of how many people and even animals will be in the home, and even the location of bedrooms to begin a search can assist us in bringing everyone to safety. You can even include details about your vehicles should be in an accident and emergency contacts that may need to be notified. 9-1-1: Smart911 will have a great impact on our call taking time. Today, approximately 70% of incoming calls to 9-1-1 are from mobile phones, and the only information available is the incoming phone number and some general information of the caller’s location. This makes it difficult for us to quickly and accurately determine the exact location of an emergency. With a Smart911 Safety Profile, 9-1-1 call takers and our response teams can receive the work or home address associated with that phone number, along with any other information individuals elect to share, which can then be passed on to our teams in the field. We receive various types of calls, and when the caller is frantic, or it is a small child, or the situation hinders the caller’s ability to give us accurate information, their Safety Profile will provide those missing details that can help us determine the appropriate response. While Smart911 is a great benefit to all individuals, it also creates an opportunity that does not currently exist for all individuals with disabilities or medial concerns who need to have their individual care details available to all response teams. Smart911 is supported by many Advocacy Groups nationally and we thank them for their support of and participation in this new service. Again, all individuals can visit www.smart911.com http://www.smart911.com or download the Smart911 App on the Apple Store or Google Play at any time to create their FREE Safety Profile, and we encourage you to do so today.


Our charming city offers a variety of locally owned small and large businesses that help make our community thrive. The following resources are available to help businesses in a variety of ways.

Would you like to be more involved and serve on an advisory board or commission? City Council makes appointments annually, usually in June.

COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE 619 Second Street, Room 161, 540-731-3613 Services include business licenses, business start-up guide, available properties, incentives and programs, permits, taxes, utilities and zoning.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 10 Robertson Street, 540-731-3603 Services include business start-up guidance, available properties, incentives and programs.

PLANNING & ZONING 10 Robertson Street, 540-731-3603 Provides professional land use guidance, site-plan and subdivision review, rezoning, code enforcement, historic preservation and comprehensive planning.




Contact Jenni Wilder at Jenni.Wilder@RadfordVA.gov or 540-267-3145 to find out about applications and deadlines.

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City and University Joint Advisory Commission Library Board Planning Commission Recreation Commission Tourism and Cultural Arts Commission

RADFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 200 3rd Street, 540-639-2202 Membership-based non-profit organization that serves as a key partner in the economic and community activities of the NRV. Hosts networking events and serves as the voice for the business community.


701A West Main Street, 540-267-3153

Talk to us today about potential advertising opportunities in future guides.

Provides guidance with tourism businesses and marketing grant opportunities.

Contact the Welcome Center at info@VisitRadford.com for potential opportunities and sponsorships.


PG. 20


Letter from the Superintendent It is hard to imagine that we have just closed a chapter on the most trying and challenging school year that I have faced in my 30 years as an educator. To say the 2020-2021 school year was abnormal would certainly be an understatement! This year was hard, demanding, arduous, strenuous and grueling at the very least. The unknown and ever-changing during more than a year of dealing with COVID19 was frustrating and complicated at best. As a source of therapy, I found reflection eased my stress and anxiety. Often, I think seriously about the last hour, last day, last week or last month in order to confirm that administrators are doing everything we can for the students, staff, parents and community members we serve. After much thought and deliberation with myself, I began to smile. I understand it is easy to focus on the negative or develop a very pessimistic attitude, especially when facing the adversity and turmoil of the last 14 months; but, on a particularly difficult day, I forced myself to remember the positives and what we have accomplished as a school community during this pandemic. And that more than anything is what I will remember most about this past year.

RADFORD SCHOOLS 1612 Wadsworth Street | 540-731-3647 www.rcps.org

School Contact Information RADFORD HIGH SCHOOL: Grades 9-12 50 Dalton Drive 540-731-3649 JOHN N DALTON INTERMEDIATE: Grades 7-8 60 Dalton Drive 540-731-3651 BELLE HETH ELEMENTARY: Grades 3-6 151 George Street 540-731-3653 McHarg Elementary: Grades PK - 2 700 12th Street 540-731-3652

School Registration Information We are excited that your family is interested in becoming part of our Bobcat Community. Radford is one of the top-performing public school divisions in Virginia in academics and athletics. McHarg holds Kindergarten registration in March. For more detailed information about registering a child to attend PK or KG, please go to the McHarg Elementary facebook page or contact the school at 540-731-3652. Please visit www.rcps.org to view detailed steps, online registration form, and required documentation for enrollment. The Virginia Department of Education has also outlines requirements for enrolling a student and can be viewed at: www.doe.virginia.gov/families/student_enrollment.shtml.

Radford School Board Members

RCPS was one of the first school divisions in the Commonwealth to open in-person learning in a hybrid format. In order to do this, we had to meet all of the required mitigation and variance strategies required by the CDC, Virginia Health Department and Virginia Department of Education. Simultaneously, we developed a robust remote learning platform for our students and families who needed this option. Throughout the year, there were hiccups. We had to close, reopen, close and reopen. As soon as we began extracurricular activities, we had to shut down a few or postpone other games, events or activities. Our entire school community provided us with the grace, patience, flexibility and willingness to change at the drop of the hat in order to ensure that the safety of our students and staff continued to be our top priority. Please know that our 2020-21 successes occurring in the middle of a world-wide pandemic are due to the combined efforts of our wonderful students, a courageous and skilled staff, and an extremely caring community, all unified and committed to doing what is right in the face of instability and disorder. I hope you, too, will reflect on the school year 2020-2021 and realize that this community was part of something very, very special. Thank you all for everything you have done to make this year a great success! I am proud to be a part of such an outstanding school division and community! Go Bobcats! Robert F. Graham Superintendent


JENNY RIFFE Board Member



Board Member


LYNN BURRIS Board Member

Did you know that many things on campus are open to the public? Many of them are free or very reasonably priced. Events will change throughout the semester and we encourage everyone to review current pandemic conditions prior to attending.

RADFORD UNIVERSITY Admissions: Russell Hall, 801 E. Main Street, 540-831-5371 www.radford.edu Radford University is a comprehensive public university of 10,695 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 204-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The University offers 76 bachelor’s degree programs in 47 disciplines, three associate degrees, and six certificates at the undergraduate level; 28 master’s programs in 23 disciplines and six doctoral programs at the graduate level; and 14 post-baccalaureate certificates and one post-master’s certificate. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Conference, Radford University competes in 16 men’s and women’s varsity athletics. With over 300 clubs and organizations, Radford University offers many opportunities for student engagement, leadership development and community service. In addition to robust academic offerings and engaging student experiences on the main campus located in Radford, Virginia, Radford University also offers a clinical-based educational experience for more than 1,000 students living and learning in Roanoke, Virginia as part of Radford University Carilion, a public-private partnership focused on the cutting-edge delivery of health sciences programming, outreach and service.

RU INTERNSHIPS/CAREER/HIRING OPPORTUNITIES Center for Career and Talent Development-Russell 331, 540-831-5373, csc@radford.edu. Professional resources for students and employers. SELU CONSERVANCY Just minutes from campus, the center offers abundant trails, an impressive retreat center and a river-front boathouse that provides an ideal environment for corporate meetings, family reunions, weddings, school outings or for groups looking for an off-the-beaten-path retreat. 3215 Dry Valley Road, 540-831-5933, selu@radford.edu. CONFERENCE SERVICES Provides expert meeting planners, program development consultants and technology specialists for conferences, workshops, business meetings, team building activities, reunions, camps or retreats, 540-831-5800, conf-serv@radford.edu. ATHLETICS We love our Highlanders and love to support the athletic teams when they play at home in Radford. Tickets, schedules, camps and sponsorship information can be found at www.RadfordAthletics.com. COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS Performances include art, dance, music and theatre. Schedules and ticket information can be found at www.Radford.edu/CVPA or 540-831-5265. Radford University Museum of the Earth Sciences Center for the Sciences, 540-831-1171 A component of the Department of Geology in the Artis College of Science and Technology and an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, serves as an educational resource for earth science related themes for the university, K12 communities and the general public. PLANETARIUM Shows and programs hosted at the planetarium are open to the public and change throughout the semester. For schedule and reservations, see www.Radford.edu/planetarium or to schedule a group visit, call 540-831-5441. GALLERIES AND EXHIBITS The RU Art Museum system includes five gallery spaces: The Art Museum at the Covington Center, Porterfield Gallery, the Art Museum on Tyler and two satellite galleries located in Muse Hall and Tyler Hall. Exhibits rotate throughout the semester and current event information can be found on www.Radford.edu/CVPA.

Colleges & Departments Davis College of Business and Economics College of Education and Human Development Waldron College of Health and Human Services College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Artis College of Science and Technology College of Visual and Performing Arts College of Graduate Studies and Research For a full list of degrees and programs, visit: https://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/ academics/colleges-and-departments.html.

MCCONNELL LIBRARY Provides access to a wide variety of services, materials, exhibits and artifacts. Please contact the staff at 540-831-5364 for specific questions about usage and current hours. OTHER QUESTIONS? If you have additional questions about who to contact with specific questions about connecting to RU staff and departments, please contact the Radford Welcome Center at info@VisitRadford.com or 540-267-3153 and we will do our best to help.


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