*Use caution when in public spaces and remain a minimum of six feet away from others. Large gatherings are banned; facemasks are strongly recommended when in public settings. *
Tuesday, June 8
Blue Ridge Regional Library: All branches of the Blue Ridge Regional Library system have reopened book drops for returns. Returned materials will be quarantined and may not be checked in for at least 3 days following deposit. There will be no late fees charged for any returned items. Due to virus concerns, we are not accepting book donations. At this time, the buildings remain closed to the public.
Starting June 8, the library will be staffed Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to take calls, answer reference questions and place holds for curbside pickup. The ability to place online holds also resumes.
Curbside pickup of materials begins on Thursday, June 11.
For more information, call your local branch beginning on Monday, June 8.
Thursday, June 11
Southern Virginia Regional Alliance: Export Control Risks in Turbulent Times webinar from 2-3 p.m., by Rick Phipps – Director of Compliance Services, Chalinee Tinaves – Legal/Regulatory Specialist, and John Sturtevant – ITAR/EAR Advisor. Contact: 434-766-6707
Friday, June 12
Piedmont Arts: Cheeseburger in Paradise Garden Party from 6-9 p.m. Got a Caribbean soul you can barely control? Then, sail on over to the Cheeseburger in Paradise Garden Party, where the margaritas are cold, the music is easy and the cheeseburgers are Heaven on Earth with an onion slice. Don your finest island gear and kick back; Cheeseburger in Paradise is your official license to chill. Live music by Donnie Fitzgerald Music. $20 General Admission • $10 Under 12 • Cash Bar. Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/1mZdnP0. Event sponsored by Virginia Mirror Co. Address: 215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, Va. 24112.
Friday, June 12/Saturday, June 13
Virginia Museum of Natural History: Virtual Reptile Festival 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will be providing reptile-themed videos highlighting some of the most intriguing and inspiring animals that call Virginia (and elsewhere) home. All you have to do is keep an eye on the VMNH Facebook page to see these videos posted throughout the two days. From snakes to lizards to turtles, the museum’s researchers, educators, and reptile experts from around the Commonwealth will be showing-off some of the unique creatures of the reptile world…even fossils of reptiles long extinct. Sad you’ll miss-out on festival staples, such as face-painting and balloon animals? Don’t be. Our talented arts and crafts vendors will be providing instructional videos on how you can conduct these activities at home on your own. All videos will be posted periodically throughout both days on the museum’s Facebook page. The Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr. Charitable Foundation Trust make this event possible.
Thursday, June 25
American Red Cross: Blood drive at Horsepasture Christian Church from 1-6 p.m. Address: 1146 Horsepasture Price Road, Ridgeway, VA 24148. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment.