Radford VA Magazine, Winter 2021

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Stop by the NEW Welcome Center for information about restaurants, shops and places to stay in Radford!! ...and grab a little souvenir for yourself while you’re here! 701A West Main Street, Radford


Welcome to Radford VA! The New River City offers easy access to river recreation, and our parks and trails are a great place to spend your leisure time. We take pride in our community and are always glad to see new faces. Our locally owned businesses offer plenty of options to eat, stay and play. Our people are one of our most valuable assets. Visitors often talk about the friendliness of citizens and businesses, and we couldn’t agree more. We hope that you will enjoy Radford as much as we do! Deborah Cooney 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 NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP Sign up for the Radford Connection, an electronic newsletter that features upcoming events and things to do in Radford, by emailing us at info@visitradford.com

HAVE AN IDEA OR EVENT? Do you have an idea for an upcoming issue of the Radford VA Magazine? Do you have an event or story to share? Send it to us info@visitradford.com


INTRODUCTION Info & Welcome Center pg. 2 Letter from the Mayor pg. 3 Local Events pg. 2 City Map pg. 13 ADVENTURES TO DISCOVER


HEALTHY LIVING & FITNESS Fitness classes for everyone!


SENIOR PROGRAMS New Fitness and Event Schedules


PARKS & RIVER Shelter Rental Information


LOVEWORKS IN RADFORD Exciting Addition To Downtown




COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Get involved in Radford


LOCAL PARTNERSHIP Rounding UP for our neighbors


RADFORD GOVERNMENT Meet the City Council Members


RADFORD SERVICES New Recycling & Drop Center


RADFORD POLICE See Something, Say Something


BUSINESS SERVICES Starting a New Business?



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20 Things to do on campus


22 Plan your next adventure! LOCAL ADVENTURES



Radford student playing in the snow Photography by Michelle Stoddard


PG. 2

Greetings! Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Radford VA magazine. We hope that this will be a space where you can discover new things about our fair City and explore new opportunities for fun and adventure. 2021 looks to be an exciting time in Radford with a new Celebration “WinterFest� starting the year. Spring is always a highlight in our beautiful mountain valley, and there are many wonderful trails and pathways to explore year round. As the center of the New River Valley, we are close to just about every other community in the region, which makes Radford a great home base for day trips to Floyd, Giles, Montgomery or Pulaski. I encourage you to take advantage of what Radford has to offer. You are likely to find your new favorite restaurant or shop right here. Hope to see you soon around Radford!

David Horton Mayor


Radford Restaurant Week

JAN 26 to MAR 5

2020 in Review Art Exhibit” Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery


Virtual Polar Plunge


LOVE Radford Photo Project Various locations throughout Radford

APR 30 to MAY 2

Radford University Commencement


Highlander Half Marathon


Rollin’ on the River Food Truck Rodeo

MAY 21

RHS Graduation! Congrats Class of ‘21

MAY 24

Radford Chamber Golf Tournament

Register today at www.polarplunge.com

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. 4





FITNESS CLASSES Step and Tone M/W/F 5:30AM-6:15AM 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-12:30PM 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 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 M/T/Th 7:25PM-8:25PM 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


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. Intergenerational Choir Wednesday 11:00AM-12:00PM Come and enjoy making music with Radford University music therapy students. For individuals 50 and over who like music, no experience required. First meeting is January 27th, 2021 Program will run from January 27th to the end of April.

THE SENIOR CENTER 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.

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

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

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

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

YOUTH SPORTS 540-731-3633 Sports schedules coming soon for Spring activities. Call the Recreation Center for up-to-date information and registration deadlines.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES & CLASSES Ceramic Class Tuesday at 10AM Instructor: Eunice Foster Fee: $2 per person for use of paints Tall Tales January 21 at 1PM Laughter is the best treatment that improves one’s overall well-being. Light snacks will be served. Call 540-731-5517 to sign up today! AARP Potluck Luncheon Due to COVID-19, meetings will resume in March. For more information, please contact President, Buster Weeks at 540-639-1788 or Vice President, Audrey Caldwell at 540-731-5517.

ADULT SPORTS 540-731-3633 Sports schedules coming soon for Spring activities. Call the Recreation Center for up-to-date information and registration deadlines.


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.

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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 the Radford Welcome Center at info@VisitRadford.com or the Radford Recreation Center at 540-731-3633. 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 as of January 1, 2021 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.


Did you know that the Virginia is for Lovers campaign is over 50 years old and is ranked as one of the most successful campaigns of all time? It’s even on our license plates! With that popularity in mind, the folks at Virginia Tourism have encouraged localities, businesses and attractions to ‘share the love’ and install their own LOVE works in their communities. As of now, there are over 200 LOVE works around the state and many folks plan trips around visiting the LOVE works and getting that perfect picture while they are there. Currently under construction in downtown Radford, the LOVE letters are sure to bring visitors to the area as part of their LOVE tour. The solid white letters will stand out against the ‘ghost ad’ mural that is so well known and recognized and the letters will be customized throughout the year to feature holidays and special events that are happening in Radford. The iconic Radford clock can be a part of the photo and the mural in the background pays tribute to the many artistic offerings that we have in Radford from the RU College of Visual and Performing Arts series to public art that has been featured over the past several years to the local artisans and crafters that call Radford home. We invite you to #LoveRadford and #LoveVA when you share your photos with the Radford LOVE works. For all of the LOVE works in the state, check out Virginia.org.

Photography by Michelle Stoddard


PG. 8


Grab & Go Pickup 30 W Main Street | 540-731-3621 Hours: Library services are currently available by appointment only, but staff are available to answer calls during the hours below. Mon-Thurs 9AM-5PM Fri-Sat 10AM-5PM Sun Closed Library Services: Library services include passports, notary services, computer assistance, copying, faxing, printing, wifi hotspots, emergency services information and much more!

Radford Public Library wants to help you stay in, maintain social distance, and stay safe during COVID-19! We are offering Books, Printing Services, DVDs, Music CDs, Audiobooks and Magazines through our Grab & Go pickup! Simply place items on hold, and then we’ll work with you to schedule a pickup time! We are also offering Grab & Go Prints services Monday - Saturday between 10 am and 4:45 pm. Please follow these steps if you would like to pick up items from Radford Public Library: 1.Place items on hold. Library materials (books, DVDs, etc.) can be placed on hold ahead of time either using the library’s online catalog, or the myLibro app. (available for free in your device’s app store) or call the library during business hours. You will only be able to pick up your items at your appointed time. To place holds online you will need to sign into the library’s online catalog with your card number and PIN (last 4 digits of your card number) to place holds. 2. Call us at 540-731-3621 to schedule pick up between 10 am and 4:45 pm. Be ready to verify your account information at this time with your library card number.

Library by Appointment You can schedule Library Browsing appointments and Public Computer Use appointments at the Radford Public Library! Don’t hesitate to call us at 540-731-3621 to find out how we can meet your library needs. Browsing appointments can be made for Monday through Saturday on a same-day basis and last for 30 minutes. Appointments start at 10 am, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm.

3. You will receive instructions over the phone for how to pick up your books at the appointed time. We will place your hold items outside of the library entrance (by the parking lot) for you to pick up so as to limit person-to-person contact. You will have a 10-minute scheduled window to arrive and pick up your holds. Holds will be in a bag with your name on it.

Public Computer Use appointments can be made for Monday through Saturday and last for 1 hour. Call us to book your appointment time to use a public computer, receive technology assistance, and print documents. Appointments start at 9:30 am, 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30 pm. Library staff will ask pre-screening questions over the phone in preparation for your library visit. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or been around anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19? Have you or anyone in your household had a fever in the past 3 days? Are you or anyone else in your household experiencing shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or coughing that is unrelated to any diagnosed medical conditions (for example, allergies). Once scheduled, patrons will be required to wear masks covering their mouth and nose while in the library. Staff are also required to wear masks within the library. Temperatures will be checked with an infrared thermometer upon entering the building and must be lower than 100.4° Fahrenheit for admittance.


The library has partnered with Saint Francis Service Dogs and have been actively raising Story, a service dog puppy in training. Story has been both a delightful distraction as well as a meaningful endeavor to contribute to the mission of SFSD in helping children and adults with disabilities to become more independent and self-sufficient through partnership with a professionally trained service dog. We’re proud to announce that Story has passed her beginner level and has moved on to intermediate level!

2021 Comic Book Club


2021 Reading Challenge

Radford Reads with Bren McClain

When: Thursday, April 15th 2021 at 6:30PM Where: Radford Public Library Bren McClain will speak about her writing in a Zoom meeting facilitated by the Radford Public Library. Please email elizabeth.sensabaugh@radfordva.gov or call 540-731-3621 if you have any questions, or would like to register to attend!

Learn more about Bren McClain at www.brenmcclain.com


PG. 10


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, 540-639-1338 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.

NEED A SPEAKER? Need a speaker for a group or club meeting? Send us the topics you would like to cover and we will link you up with a community member. Call or Email the Welcome Center!


Radford’s new craft brewery is up and running and helping to serve the community. Long Way Brewing took on the task of renovating the former Seventh-Day Adventist church off of West Main, further contributing to the West End’s revitalization. In that same location, RadfordFairlawn Daily Bread carries out their mission to provide free lunch in their dining room or through the Meals on Wheels program that delivers food to those who are home-bound. In an effort to support their downstairs neighbors, Long Way Brewing is offering their customers the opportunity to round their check up to the nearest dollar when settling their tab. All proceeds will be donated to Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread, and Long Way will update a board in the taproom showing how their customers’ generosity has benefited those in need. It’s only a few cents, but it can add up

quickly. So head over to Long Way Brewing and please consider those less fortunate when they ask you if you would like to

Round Up For Down Stairs! Co-founders Rob Gropman, Keith Weltens and Jeff Kleppin hope the new space will serve as a gathering place for the community and eventually as a venue for special events. The name Long Way comes from the saga of Mary Draper Ingles who escaped captivity after she was taken by the Shawnee in the summer of 1755. Her story was retold for years in the local drama The Long Way Home. Similarly, the co-founders took a long journey to make the dream of starting a craft brewery a reality and we are all excited to welcome the new addition to Radford!



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



DAVID HORTON Mayor David.Horton@radfordva.gov

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS January 25 February 8 February 21 March 8

March 22 April 12 April 26 May 10

May 24 June 14 June 28

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.


FORREST HITE Councilmember Forrest.Hite@radfordva.gov

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.

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.



MISS 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. 16


POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME PREVENTION SPOTLIGHT Radford citizens play a key role in helping prevent crime in the community and making their neighborhoods a safer place to live. The Radford Police Department encourages citizens to be aware of the simple steps they can take to help reduce crime in their neighborhoods. Many of the crimes that take place in residential neighborhoods are property crimes that occur between the hours of 10 am-3 pm while homeowners are away for the day. One of the most efficient ways to keep your home safe is to think like a burglar. Burglars do their own surveillance on a home, looking for patterns and determine the best time to enter a home along with finding the easiest access points. As a homeowner walk around your residence in the daytime, as well as the nighttime and conduct a visible check to see if there is adequate lighting in dark areas of the house. Check all outbuildings, storage areas, and garages to make sure all structures are secured with proper locking mechanisms. Check inside and outside of your residence to make sure all door and window locks are secure and are in working order. Keep your property clean and maintained to eliminate hiding spots. Outside lighting such as motion lights or accessory lighting should be added to areas that are isolated to create more visibility. Completing these simple tasks can have positive results in making yourself and your property a tougher target for criminals. “If You See Something, Say Something®” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement. This is an amazing campaign that we can utilize right here in the City of Radford especially in or neighborhoods. We cannot stress enough the importance of reporting suspicious behavior. Sometimes, people are reluctant to call the police about behavior that they feel is suspicious because they believe their call will be a burden or unnecessarily tie up police resources. Reporting suspicious activity immediately can help police prevent or interrupt crime.


WHAT IS SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR? If it’s suspicious to you, it’s worth reporting. Examples include: • Unusual noises, including screaming, sounds of fighting, breaking glass

• People in or around buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business

• Unauthorized people in restricted areas • Vehicles driving slowly and aimlessly through

neighborhoods, around schools, or parking lots

• People peering into parked vehicles that are not their own • People who change their behavior when they notice they have been seen

• People dressed inappropriately for the weather

or occasion, (i.e., heavy coat in warm weather)

How to report suspicious activity? To report suspicious activity, call (540)731-3624, and be specific • Who or what you saw • When you saw it • Where it occurred; and • Why it’s suspicious. As in all cases, if there is an emergency, call 9-1-1 Save yourself the heartache of thinking about what could have been by acting sooner rather than later. Don’t wait for crime to show up on your doorstep before taking safety precautions in your neighborhood. Following this mindset, don’t wait for someone else to speak up first if you see something that seems out of place, then say something. The Radford Police Department would like to stress the importance to residents that speaking up, even if they think the information they have is not valuable, helps police fulfill their duty to protect the community. Radford citizens play a key role in helping prevent crime in the community and making their neighborhoods a safer place to live. The Radford Police Department encourages citizens to be aware of the simple steps they can take to help reduce crime in their neighborhoods.


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.


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

Letter from the Superintendent Welcome to Radford Schools! My name is Robert F. Graham and I have the distinct honor and privilege of serving as Superintendent of this outstanding and prestigious school system. We have four schools in the division; McHarg Elementary (prek-2), Belle Heth Elementary (3-6), John Dalton Intermediate (7-8) and Radford High School (9-12). The Radford City School Division has a strong reputation as a school system that exceeds on many levels. We are fully accredited academically according to state/federal measures and consistently place in the top five each year in the Wells Fargo Cup, a competition measuring how well schools do in state academic and athletic performance. Our successes are a great reflection of our wonderful students, faculty, staff, parents and school community members. Even though we are a small school division, there is an enormous amount of Bobcat Pride that can be seen and felt each and every day of the year. Our vision is Excellence in Education...Every Student... Every Day!

Radford School Board Members



Robert F. Graham Superintendent

LYNN BURRIS Board Member

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



Board Member

JENNY RIFFE 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 540-831-5471 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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Adventure is the destination. WanderLove is about reconnecting with what you love: the wide open spaces, the breathtaking views, and the winding roads in between. Plan your next road trip at virginia.org/wanderlove




Outdoor fun for the whole family: If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, Bisset Park is the perfect place to begin. With plenty of parking, restrooms and paved multi-use trails, the riverfront park offers stunning views of the New River and has several access points for wading, tubing or fishing. Birding, volleyball, playgrounds and shelters provide a perfect place to play and gather!

Well known for our ghost ads and murals on our historic buildings, plan a day exploring them and other artistic attractions. Check out VisitRadford.com/ArtTrail for the latest public art displays in Radford. Five museums on the RU campus make up the RU Art Museum system. Exhibits rotate throughout the semester so there is always something new to see.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS Every Monday evening, musicians gather at the Radford Coffee Company to jam. Bring your own instrument and join in or just grab some dinner and a coffee and enjoy the bluegrass and mountain music. This venue is an official Crooked Road Affiliated Venue and folks travel from far and near to hear the music that stems from our Scots-Irish heritage. Many restaurants and pubs in Radford feature local music and karaoke including Brick House Pizza, Sharkey’s on Top, BT’s and Macado’s. (Pandemic conditions may impact these events)

MARY DRAPER INGLES JOURNEY Pick up the Mary brochure at the Radford Welcome Center (at the gateway to the Mary Draper Ingles Cultural Heritage Park). Journey to a variety of Mary-related sites in the community to learn about her story including the Mary statue, 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.

THE LAZY RIVER FLOAT From Memorial Day to Labor Day, rent a tube or kayak in Bisset Park and spend the day on the river. The gently flowing waters are a great way to beat the heat and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the New River. There are five main access points along Radford so you can easily float for an hour or so or enjoy a full day on the river!

FOODIES WELCOME Radford may be small in size but the restaurant options are many! With over 35 restaurants to choose from, 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!

STEP BACK IN TIME Glencoe Mansion, Museum & Gallery is a great place to learn about the history and the stories of the NRV. Glencoe is a threein-one museum experience comprised of the house museum, history exhibits and art gallery. Rail history is an important piece of our history and the New River Train Observatory provides a picture perfect setting for train spotting. Take a stroll and you’ll find many old homes along 2nd Street and 4th Street that are picturesque reminders of days gone by. Storefronts located along our commercial districts still feature original facades and other interesting architecture.

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


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