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Be sure to register early for any of these fun learning opportunities that come as a benefit of LLI membership. Many events are free, but space is limited.

Download an at a glance of the Fall 2019 events: lli-events-f19.pdf

You must first register as a member (either online or by paper) to participate in Special Events. Follow the mailing instructions on the form.

If you are confirmed for an event that requires a fee, you will be notified where to send your check. Please do not send or deliver cash to Continuing and Professional Education. If you later discover that you cannot attend an event for which you have registered, please contact the LLI Office ( or 540-231-4364) so that someone else can use your place. There will be no refunds for fee-based events; however, you may find a substitute if you are unable to attend.

How to Register for Special Events

Online registration:
Opens August 26 at 7:00 a.m.

  • Click on the orange Registration button below
  • Enter your name, email, and phone, then Continue
  • Select the events of your choice, then Submit.

NOTE: Three events with very small group sizes will be listed as "Request" only. An LLI volunteer will contact people in order of registration time to fill those events and confirm them by separate email. Other smaller events have system-set quotas. Once the quota has been reached you will receive an option to "Waitlist" for that event. Be sure to select this option if you are interested. We will be managing the registration in timestamp order to fill, but not overfill, space-limited events, and cancellations do occur. You should receive an automated email that will list ALL events and show you if you are confirmed, waitlisted, and/or requested for the ones you chose. If you do not receive this automated email please contact the CPE registrar (540-231-4364), it is possible there is a mistake in your email address.


Paper Registration:
Use the special event registration form in the back of the catalog or download a PDF: (Check back for PDF!)

For questions concerning special event registration, please contact the LLI Registrar at 540-231-4364 or email

Special Events and Tours

Talks at Warm Hearth

Dates and times vary

We planned a wide variety of free talks/events at Warm Hearth Village Center for the Fall term. Many are scheduled immediately following the Tuesday morning Sampler class; others are scheduled on other days of the week. Sign up for as many of these as you wish. You will be intrigued, informed, and entertained.

In appreciation for our long-standing partnership with Warm Hearth, Warm Hearth residents are welcome to any of these special talks at the Village Center, no registration is necessary for WH resident guests. Several talks are also open to guests and the public.

Every Monday

Reel Talk: Mondays at the Lyric

Time: 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Lyric Theatre, 135 College Avenue, Blacksburg
Class Limit: None
Cost: Free for discussion; fee for movie admission

Presented in Partnership with the Lyric Theatre
Do you love going to the historic Lyric to see movies? Then this after-the-movie discussion group is just for you. Each Monday anyone can gather after the 10:00 a.m. matinee for informal conversation about the week’s movie. Attend any of the scheduled viewings and come to discuss any movie that interests you. Register with LLI to receive email reminders (weekly start time may vary depending on movie length). Film conversations are open to anyone who wishes to participate, so bring a friend. Brown bag if you wish, or go out to eat afterwards with new friends.

Wednesday, September 18

Appreciating Big Band Jazz

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Corporate Research Center, 1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2018
Class Limit: 36
Cost: Free

Join the director of the Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble as he discusses the history and context of big band jazz. He will share his insights into the compositions and arrangements to be performed at the September 20th Jazz Ensemble concert. Find out how they rehearse and how the students learn to make jazz compositions come alive. Don’t miss an opportunity to explore big band music from a director’s perspective.


Jason Crafton is the Director of the Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble, Associate Professor of Music and Interim Chair of Music, School of Performing Arts, Virginia Tech. He is also the Bach Trumpet Artist/ Clinician.

Thursday, September 19

Insider’s View of VT Women’s Basketball

Time: Late afternoon or evening time TBD
Location: Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Center 605 Washington St SW, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 40
Cost: Free

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be on the VT Women’s basketball team? How do the student-athletes balance their day between academics and athletics? How does a practice flow? What are the recruiting rules? Kenny Brooks and the rest of the women’s basketball staff will answer these questions and more! They will also show us around the practice facility and Cassell Coliseum. We’ll spend some time talking with the players and hear about their positions, interests and goals for the future.


Kenny Brooks, VT Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Since Coach Brooks’ arrival in Blacksburg, the Hokies have enjoyed three consecutive 20+ win seasons, each resulting in trips to the WNIT. In 2018 the Hokies made a WNIT Championship game appearance. Coach Brooks teams have reset the program scoring record and 3-pointers record as well. He has also recruited and coached an All- ACC Rookie Team and several All-ACC selections.

Friday, September 20

Unknown Heroines: The Preston Women

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Historic Smithfield Museum, 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 25
Cost: Free

Presented in partnership with Historic Smithfield Plantation

A beautiful young Irish woman from a well-to-do family; a poor but handsome ship’s carpenter—romance novel plots begin this way, but Elizabeth Patton and John Preston were real people. They eloped, and in 1738 they came to Virginia. Their male descendants were formidable politicians, educators, soldiers, and adventurers but the women in the family, though often unsung, were just as formidable. This talk will introduce you to some of the most notable Preston Women.

You are invited to tour the Smithfield house immediately following the presentation. The tour lasts 45 min. ($7.00 for seniors), payable to Historic Smithfield in the Museum Store at the time of the tour.


Karen Finch is a lifelong lover of history. For her, doing historical research is like being part of a real-life detective story. Tracking down clues about an event, or the identity of a person, is intriguing and exciting. Finch has a Master’s degree in History from Penn State. She taught history and other subjects in Montgomery County Public Schools for more than 25 years. She is a volunteer at Historic Smithfield.

Tuesday, September 24 (Apple devices)
Wednesday, September (Android devices)

Enjoy Free eBooks and Audiobooks on Your Devices

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (both sessions)
Location: Blacksburg Library Community Room 200 Miller Street, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 10 per session, with possible afternoon sessions if sufficient demand
Cost: Free

Enjoy Free eBooks and Audiobooks on your Apple Devices (September 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Bring your Apple device (such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod) and library experts will teach you how to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks, all for free from OverDrive’s Libby app and your Library. Your device will need to have at least iOS 10.3 to use the Libby app; download Libby from the App Store. You will need your Apple ID and Password.

Enjoy Free eBooks and Audiobooks on your Android Devices
(September 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Bring your Android phone (such as a Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nexus) or tablet, and library experts will teach you how to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks, all for free from OverDrive’s Libby app and your Library. Your device will need to have at least Android 4.4 (Fire OS 5.0 for Kindle Fires) to use the Libby app; download Libby from the Google Play Store. You will need your Google Account and Password.

For both sessions, you will need:

  • A Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library card in good standing
  • Libby App downloaded in advance

The library offers ‘book-a-librarian’ appointments for one-on-one learning if you need assistance in advance of the class with accessing the app store to download the Libby App.

Monday, September 23 OR
Monday, September 30 (Choose one date)

The Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Meet at 9:30 a.m. at New Dublin Presbyterian Church 5331 New Dublin Church Road off Route 100
Drive on own or car pool
Finish tour in Dublin about 1:30 p.m.
Class Limit:16/per day
Cost: Free

The Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain near Dublin was fought in a Union attempt to cut the rail lines that transported Southwest Virginia’s vital mineral resources – salt, iron, coal, niter (also known as saltpeter) – to the Confederate troops. Some Civil War battle sites are now state and national parks but many, including Cloyd’s Mountain, remain in private hands with little public access. Mary Catherine Stout grew up on farms where the battle once raged. She now shares the history of the land that is her home and has offered LLI members access to this historical site. Join Mary Catherine and April Martin, local historian and Wilderness Road Regional Museum program director, for a tour and description of the Cloyd’s Mountain battlefield.

Drive your own car or carpool and meet at New Dublin Presbyterian Church for an introduction to the area. We will then drive to significant vistas in the area for short stops and remarks on the way to the Stout home. There we’ll view a 2014 film of the reenactment at the 150th anniversary of the battle and see mementos Stout has collected in her “History Room.” Participants are invited to pack their own lunches and beverages. Lunch will be on a deck overlooking the battlefield with commentary by Martin. To conclude the tour, participants will drive to Cleburne’s Wayside for stories of a central tragic figure in the battle, before returning home. The tour includes walking on farm land and uneven ground. Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Thursday, September 26

Day Trip Destination: Saltville

Time: 8:15 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Depart Blacksburg Community Center at 8:15 a.m. (please arrive 15 minutes early)
Estimated return time: 7:00 p.m.
Class Limit: 22 (minimum 18)
Cost: $58 person (Fee includes transportation, guided tours, museum entrance and buffet lunch.)

Bus transportation and trip coordination is provided by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation. If your registration is confirmed with LLI, you will be sent payment instructions. Your seat is not guaranteed unless and until you make payment to the trip coordinator.

Learn how geology has influenced the history of the Saltville area for millions of years while visiting the small but fascinating Museum of the Middle Appalachians. See the full-size replicas of ice age mammals that roamed the region over 15,000 years ago and the recently collected artifacts and fossils that reveal the story of the ancient past. Learn about the role of the Salt Works in the Civil War and Saltville’s industrial history, where the American chemical industry began.

Our tour will visit the museum, Salt Park (where we will view a salt-making demonstration), the King Stuart House, Madame Russel Church and Cabin, Battlefield Overlook, and Palmer Mill. The tour is fully guided; we will learn the history about each site. Lunch will be at Riverfront Restaurant in Chilhowie.

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Tuesday, October 1

Ancient Forests of the Eastern U.S. – Past, Present, and What’s Next?

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 75
Cost: Free

This talk is also open to Warm Hearth residents.

The upland forests of the Eastern U.S. are some of the most ecologically complex temperate forests in the world. They are dominated by diverse hardwood and hardwood-pine mixtures in mosaic patterns across the landscape. The only thing constant in these forests is “change.” How have they evolved and what has caused them to change since the end of the last Ice Age some 11,700 years ago? Discussion will focus on elements of change including historical events, human activity, climate change, invasive species, and the economic, political and social implications. Concepts of natural, virgin, old growth, wilderness, and managed forests will be addressed. Participant questions will be encouraged.


Dave Smith is the Shelton H. Short, Jr. Emeritus Professor of Forestry at Virginia Tech where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses beginning in 1972. His forestry experiences started in Wisconsin and then included Iowa, New Mexico, West Virginia, Haiti, and Virginia. A major emphasis of his research was in the area of soil/site/plant relationships in Eastern upland hardwoods.

Wednesday, October 2

What Is the “Cost” of Voting in Virginia?

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, Blacksburg Municipal Building, 300 South Main Street, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 100
Cost: Free

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County- Radford City-Floyd County NAACP. The public is welcome. Advance registration by LLI members is appreciated; non-members do not need to register.

When the U.S. Supreme Court limited the reach of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County V. Holder in 2013, some states enacted voting requirements, increasing the difficulty of voting. Among these requirements in Virginia are a strictly enforced photo ID law, limits on early voting, and an early voter registration deadline. In 2018, researchers ranked Virginia the second hardest state in which to vote. Only in Mississippi is it harder. Difficulty in voting correlates to lower voter participation.

Do these requirements ensure election integrity or do they compromise democracy by disenfranchising voters? Which requirements are necessary and which might be relaxed?


Overview and background: The concept of voting in a democracy, history of enfranchisement, the impact of limited participation. Charles Walcott, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, Virginia Tech.

How does Virginia compare with other states? How do our requirements affect voting outcomes? Do voting obstacles safeguard the electoral process? Karen Hult, Professor, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech

Impact of voting requirements on particular populations: When voting is hard, who stops voting? Wornie Reed, Director, Race and Social Policy Center, Virginia Tech

Beth Obenshain, President, League of Women Voters of Montgomery County

Saturday, October 5

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation 1301 Gladewood Drive, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 40
Cost: Free

In our current polarized political environment, many people avoid or dread political conversations with friends or family members whose politics differ from their own. They worry, rightly so, that any attempts at political discussions will devolve into arguments and acrimony, and result in hurt feelings or anger.

Better Angels Skills Workshops teach skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. They also give participants a safe environment to practice those skills.

After a brief introduction and a discussion about what can go wrong in political discussions, participants can expect to learn and practice skills in tone setting, listening, speaking, and handling difficult moments.


Jamie McReynolds is the Better Angels coordinator for the southern part of Virginia. He is a Unitarian Universalist community minister and chaplain, working to build community across political and cultural divides.

Tuesday, October 8

Christiansburg Institute: Imagining a New World

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 75
Cost: Free

This talk is also open to Warm Hearth residents, guests, and the public.

This presentation introduces the 100-year history of the Christiansburg Institute (CI) as a premier African- American educational institution in Montgomery County from 1866-1966. You’ll learn about the school’s foremost visionaries and see historical photos of the school buildings, students, campus life, and extracurricular activities.

The Christiansburg Institute was founded in 1866 as a primary school for the formerly enslaved. As the school expanded, it transitioned to a private Black high school educating African Americans from across Virginia. In 1895, Booker T. Washington became supervisor to the school, adapting the curriculum to include vocational trades-based learning (printing, cosmetology, barbering, brickmaking) and modeling CI after Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Christiansburg Institute operated until 1966. Today, Christiansburg Institute Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to the historical preservation and adaptive reuse of the Edgar A. Long building and raising awareness about the rich African-American history across Southwest Virginia.


Chris Sanchez, Executive Director; Debbie Sherman Lee and Marcy Schnitzer, members of the Board of Directors, Christiansburg Institute, Inc.

Tuesday, October 8

Trash Talk: Tour the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: MRSWA, 555 Authority Drive, Christiansburg
Class Limit: 22
Cost: Free

If you always wanted to know what kind of plastic containers are safe to recycle and why that has changed, this is the event for you. Learn how to recycle and dispose of items appropriately so that your efforts make a difference.

This tour gives you a close look at recycling/waste operations at the Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA). We’ll view the receiving areas for regional recycling operations and learn about the benefits and challenges of recycling. We’ll see a video with a virtual tour of the Recycling and Disposal Solutions facility in Roanoke where recycled items are further processed. MRSWA Education and Training Coordinator Teresa Sweeney will lead a discussion on the requirements and limitations of single-stream recycling. We’ll take a quick tour of the alternate recycling operations where you can dispose of bulbs, batteries, and electronic devices. Test your new learning with a fun game to see if you can determine what to trash, recycle, or put in alternate recycling.

The tour requires some walking, standing, and some steps.

Friday, October 11

Preparing Classic Szechuan Chinese Dishes

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Home of Instructor, Anne McNabb, 1002 Eheart Street, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 12
Cost: $20 includes lunch, payable to the instructor on class day

Szechuan/Sichuan is in the far west of China known for the complexity of spicing of its food due to the large number of flavorings combined in a single dish. Intense flavors are presumed to be necessary to counteract the hot, humid climate of the region. Szechuan peppercorns (berries of the prickly Ash tree) are not “hot” but create a slight tingling in the mouth. They are a key component of many Szechuan dishes. Other classic Szechuan ingredients are chilies, garlic, black vinegar and peanuts.

We will prepare a number of classic meat and vegetable dishes from this region, drawing from examples such as Ants Climbing Trees, Ma Po Dofu, Hot & Sour Soup, Dry Fried Green Beans, Chicken with Orange Peel and Chili Peppers, Bang Bang Chicken (Strange Flavor Chicken). Recipes will be provided. We’ll end the morning with a 3-4 course lunch of the dishes we have cooked.


Anne McNabb has been cooking Chinese Banquets since graduate school. She has 80 some Chinese cookbooks and has used them all to learn about making authentic foods from the many regions of Chinese cuisine.

Monday, October 14 OR Monday, October 21 (select ONE)

Childress Rock Churches

Time: Depart Blacksburg Community Center at 9:00 a.m. (please arrive 15 minutes early) Estimated return time: 6:00 p.m.
Class Limit: 22 (minimum 18)
Cost: $29 person (Fee includes transportation and narrated tour. Lunch extra)

Bus transportation and trip coordination is provided by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation. If your registration is confirmed with LLI, you will be sent payment instructions. Your seat is not guaranteed unless and until you make payment to the trip coordinator.

The Childress Rock Churches are located in the counties of Floyd, Carroll, and Patrick in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Built between 1919 and the early 1950s by Presbyterian minister Robert “Bob” W. Childress, Sr. (1890 -1956), the six churches are significant in their embodiment of Appalachian patterns of Presbyterian worship and Presbyterian social activism in western Virginia. The churches also tell the story of the remarkable ministry of Reverend Childress, who is often credited for bringing spiritual faith and social awakening to the people of the area. The churches were nominated to the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

The tours will be led by historian April Martin. Church stops include Dinwiddie Presbyterian (inside access provided), Buffalo Mountain Presbyterian, Willis Presbyterian, Bluemont Presbyterian, Mayberry Presbyterian, and Slate Mountain Presbyterian. Lunch will be at Tuggles Gap Restaurant.

Tuesday, October 15

What to Expect When You or a Loved One Has Been Hospitalized

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 50
Cost: Free

This talk is also open to Warm Hearth residents, guests, and the public.

You or a family member is now in the hospital. People are going in and out of the room. The family member looks very ill. Who are all these people and what are they doing? Where is my usual physician? You don’t even know enough to start asking questions.

This talk provides insider insight as to how modern medicine is practiced and what you can expect during a hospitalization so you can begin to ask appropriate questions when the need arises. While it is important to understand the system at any time of health crisis and hospitalization, end-of-life concerns are especially challenging. Case studies and extensive Q&A will shape the conversation.

Don Heindel is a recently retired Anesthesiologist. He was Chief of Staff at Montgomery Regional Hospital and Past President of Anesthesia Consultants of Virginia.

Friday, October 18

Introduction to Podcasts

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Corporate Research Center, 1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2018
Class Limit: 20
Cost: Free

Podcasts began in 2004 and they have quickly exploded in number, range of topic, and popularity. There is a podcast on nearly every conceivable subject, some with humor, some with drama, some with incredibly touching stories, and many with intriguing insights into politics, culture, history, or science. They deliver an audio sampler of life that can be informative and entertaining – always at the listener’s convenience. The team from the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) at Radford University will introduce us to this new media by showing us how to find podcasts, how to download them, and how to listen to them. Bring your phone or tablet and your headphones for a hands-on experience. We’ll share some of our favorites with each other.


Samantha J. Blevins has worked as an Instructional Designer & Learning Architect at Radford University’s CITL for the past six years. She has broad design and teaching experience in various educational settings, including K-12, higher education and professional development.

Charles “Charley” Cosmato is the Director of Radford University’s CITL where he leads a team of instructional designers, technologists, and new media developers.

John Hildreth is the Associate Director of CITL at Radford University. He has been involved with the usage, research and development of new media and learning technologies since the latter 1990s.

Tom Snediker has been an instructional designer at Radford University’s CITL for the last six years. He has been working in instructional design and online learning for more than 15 years.

Tuesday, October 22

The Slaves of Smithfield

Time: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 75
Cost: Free

This talk is also open to Warm Hearth residents, guests, and the public.

Smithfield was the plantation home of the Preston family, which provided three generations of statesmen and soldiers to Virginia, the United States, and the Confederacy. But Smithfield was also home to dozens of African or African American men, women, and children who were enslaved there between 1774 and 1865. This lecture focuses on them – the slaves who built and maintained Smithfield. Who were they? What were their lives like? And what did they do when slavery ended?


Dan Thorp is Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. He has done extensive research in private collections as well as local, state and federal records to document the experiences of black Appalachians. His book, Facing Freedom: An African American Community in Virginia from Reconstruction to Jim Crow, was published in 2017.

Friday, October 25

CPR Certification

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad Facility 1300 Progress Street, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 20
Cost: $80 (payment instructions to be provided to confirmed participants)

This course is structured by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). ASHI’s CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training course is designed specifically for laypeople. It provides CPR and defibrillator training appropriate for both community and workplace settings and prepares individuals to respond to sudden cardiac arrest and choking incidents. The course conforms to the most recent American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care. To receive full certification, students must perform required skills competently without assistance.

The $80 fee covers training materials and supplies, student handbook, instructor fees, and a certification card. An online payment link will be provided to registered participants.


David English is Paramedic, Chief of Blacksburg Rescue, Training Coordinator for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and ASHI and AHA CPR and First Aid Instructor.

Tuesday, October 29

Sweet Soul Music

Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 75
Cost: Free

This talk is also open to Warm Hearth residents.

Wornie Reed presents Sweet Soul Music, an exhibition of photographs he took documenting black musical culture in Boston and New York between 1971 and 1974, years covering a particularly rich period of black music performance. Blues and jazz are represented, as are gospel and soul. The event includes a discussion and music samples.


Wornie Reed is Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies and Director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech.

Friday, November 1

Tech Tools for Avid Readers

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Corporate Research Center 1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2018
Class Limit: 25
Cost: Free

Are you a voracious reader? Looking for an author’s backlist? Want to track what you read? Grab daily deals on eBooks or order a stash of discounted hardbacks or paperbacks? Join a group discussion of your favorite author or genre? Then join Sandy Hagman for a discussion of websites, newsletters, and more that allow you to immerse yourself in books.


Sandy Hagman is a retired Technology Trainer and Professional Writer. She loves reading all types of fiction and non-fiction. Because she is such an avid reader, she enjoys exploring the electronic book world as well as more traditional methods. One can never have too many books or too long a reading wish list.

Thursday, November 7

Blacksburg History by Bus

Time: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Meet 15 minutes ahead of departure time at the Blacksburg Community Center 725 Patrick Henry Drive, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 22 (minimum 15)
Cost: $5 includes transportation and tour
Bus transportation is provided by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation. If your registration is confirmed with LLI, you will be sent payment instructions. Your seat is not guaranteed unless and until you make payment to the trip coordinator.

Join local historian, Hugh Campbell, for a tour of Blacksburg’s historic sites, including the eastern divide, the old 16-squares downtown, Smithfield, Mountain View, Solitude, the Alexander Black House, and a few locations on the Tech campus. Hugh will comment on the importance of water and geography in the early settlement and share background on the influential settlers who shaped our region. Although this is primarily a bus tour, some walking is required.

Friday, November 8

La Hielera, la Perrera, and Other Indignities of Incarceration: Family Detention and the Fate of Unaccompanied Minors within the U.S. Immigration System

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 75
Cost: Free

This talk is also open to Warm Hearth residents, guests, and the public.

Hear from one of LLI’s favorite speakers. Dr. Hester will describe the research she has been doing on family detention and the fate of unaccompanied minors from Central America within the U.S. immigration system. Her project looks at the differential treatment of those who speak indigenous languages and those who speak Spanish within the system and the health outcomes of all those who are involved in family detention.


Rebecca Hester is Assistant Professor, Dept of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in Politics with an emphasis on Latin American and Latinx Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. One focus of her research is the impact of family detention in the United States for indigenous families from Mexico and Central America.

Monday, November 18

Lecture/Demonstration: Silkroad Ensemble

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (exact time to be confirmed
Location: Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Street and Davis Performance Hall, Moss Arts Center
Class Limit: 50
Cost: Free

Presented in partnership with the Moss Arts Center

Join select performers from the Silkroad Ensemble in an intimate engagement on the morning after their performance to learn more about music from around the globe and their passionate cross-cultural collaboration.

Complimentary light refreshments will be provided.

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