April 15, 2021

Dr. Fleenor guest speaker

Boone Trail Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the Americn Revolution will meet Wednesday, April 21 at 11:45 a.m. at Reno’s Restaurant in Wise. Historian and author, Dr. Lawerence J. Fleenor will speak on history of the Southwest Virginia Museum and the Slemp family. Members and those interested in joining Boone Trail NSDAR are invited to attend. Lunch is “Dutch Treat”.

Appalachian Strings Band

Appalachian Strings Band - Country Cabin II Saturday, April 17, 7:30 - 10:30 pm; located at 6055 Kent Junction Road, Norton. Admission: $6 adults; $1 children under 12; Alcohol free, drug free facility; must follow State Covid 19 guidelines - face covering and social distancing required. Come out to listen and/or dance to the music of a great band!

Great American Cleanup

The City of Norton Great American Cleanup, Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rain date is April 24. Meet beside the Chamber of Commerce on Park Avenue to receive bags, gloves, vests and grabbers. Return bag filled with litter and receive a gift as our way of saying thank you. Contest: Wear your most unique green outfit and receive a prize. Riches in the Ditches: Find one of three painted orange soda bottles and win $20.A pizza lunch will be served to volunteers at 12 p.m. Questions? Call Norton Parks and Recreation Assistant Director, Rebecca Iozzi at 679-0754 or rmiozzi@nortonva.org.

Run the Tunnel slated for April 24

The 3.8 mile Run the Tunnel at Natural Tunnel State Park is now scheduled to be held this year, Saturday, April 24. Entries for the race can be found at: http://www.runtricities. net/asp/racecal_manage.asp?action=view&racecalid=75 Great to see some events returning for the season!

Natural Tunnel State Park happenings

Self-Guided Earth Day Celebration April 19 - 25 self-guided wildflower walk April is a great month to enjoy spring ephemerals, the short-lived wildflowers that light up the forest floor before the leaves from the tree canopy above return. This self-guided brochure highlights some of the most common wildflowers seen throughout the park, as well as tips on how to identify them. The best trails to find wildflowers are the Stock Creek Trail and Tunnel Trail. How many will you find during your visit? Brochures can be found at the Visitor Center or main office. Free.