Special Interest Programs


Eligibility: Dogs 5 1/2 months and older
Location: 415 Cambria St. C’burg (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
Additional Information: Delete unwanted behaviors – basic dog obedience and instruction on how to train your dog. All Dogs must be de-wormed. Class on the first night will meet for lecture. No dogs the first week, just the owner.                    Minimum: 6          Maximum: 8                                  This is a six week class. 

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeTR/NR
Oct. 1Nov. 1Nov. 3Wednesday6 - 6:50 p.m.$120
Oct. 1Nov. 1Nov. 3Wednesday7-7:50 p.m.$120


Eligibility: Puppies 10 - 17 weeks
Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
Additional Information: This class is for puppies 10-17 weeks of age. The class is designed to get the puppy off to the right start. The puppy will learn how to interact with people by sitting to greet, how to bite nicely, etc. The puppy will play with other puppies providing socialization with other puppies. The class lessons cover how to teach sit, down, stand, walk on leash and come. Owners will learn how to teach their puppy in a positive and proactive manner. They will learn how to deal with the typical puppy problems: chewing, barking, mouthing, jumping up, etc. Each week are discussion topics related to raising your puppy. The topics include housebreaking, nutrition grooming, and health care. This is a six week course. The puppy comes to all classes. Classes may meet outside, weather permitting.           Minimum: 6          Maximum: 8             This is a six week class.

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeTR/NR
Oct. 1Nov. 1Nov. 4Thursday6 - 7 p.m.$120


Eligibility: Dogs any age that have had an introduction to odor for Nose Work and Scent Work class
Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
Additional Information: This class builds the skills of the dog and handler to understand how their dog searches and we also build the skills for the dog. Requirements: Dogs will work individually. Dogs must be quiet while a dog works.Classes may meet outside, weather permitting.    Minimum: 6 Maximum: 8

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeTR/NRWeeks
Oct. 1Nov. 1Nov. 4Thursday7:15 - 8:15 p.m.$1206


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The “Dissect & Connect” podcast focuses on population health issues impacting your community.  To listen to various topics please click on the link at New River Valley Community Services – podcast-episodes (nrvcs.org) The podcast is a service of Montgomery County Prevention Partners and New River Valley Community Services.


Additional Information: Join us for our monthly lunch outings to various restaurants in the area. Participants are responsible for paying for their own lunch and providing their own transportation. Must Pre-Register to be included in the lunch count. Minimum: 3 Maximum: 6

Sept. 7 - Nov. 3Wednesday, Nov. 10It's a surpriseLeave rec. ctr. TBA$7$14
Sept. 7 - Dec. 15Wednesday, Dec. 22Cheddars-RoanokeLeave rec. ctr. @ 10:30 a.m.$7/$14


 Eligibility:   Ages 18 and over Additional Information: Join us for some exercise in the beautiful outdoors! We will go to lunch after the hike. Participants are responsible for paying for their lunch.  Minimum: 4    Maximum: 8

Aug. 9 - Oct. 27Wednesday, Nov. 3Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 10:30 a.m.$7/$14
*hobo lunch included afterwards
Pandapas PondEasy to Moderate

WELLNESS BOOK CLUB                         

Co-sponsored:   Montgomery Floyd Regional Library/Christiansburg Department of Parks and Recreation               Eligibility: Ages 18 and over Location:   Library Additional Information:  Make healthy steps in your own life by joining the Wellness Book Club! The club is for adults and will meet at the library each month. Book discussions will be led by a library employee on topics of health, fitness, nutrition and wellness.  For more information on the monthly book selection, etc. contact the Library at 382-6965 or the Recreation Department at 382-2349.  Ask for copies of the book at the Library and the Recreation Center should have some limited copies as well.  Participants must pre-register.                     Minimum: 6             Maximum: 20

Sept. 29 - Oct. 22Tuesday, Oct. 266:30 - 7:30 p.m.Free, Must Pre-Register"Think Like a Monk" by Jay Shetty
Oct. 27 - Nov. 19Tuesday, Nov. 236:30 - 7:30 p.m.Free, Must Pre-Register
The Anti-Diet" by Christy Harrison

ROSIE'S GAMING EMPORIUM                          

Location: Vinton   Additional Information: Join us as we visit the non-stop gaming facility in Vinton.   Lunch will be on your own while we are at Rosie's.  Minimum: 6            Maximum: 16

Sept. 7 - Nov. 23Tuesday, Nov. 30Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 9 a.m.21 & over$7/$14

WOHLFAHRT HAUS COUNTRY ROADS                          

Additional Info: All Country Roads lead to Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre for this tribute to Country Music and its stars of the past and present. This original revue features our talented cast of singers as well as our incredible live band and will remind you why 'you were country, when country wasn't cool.' Grab your hat, polish your boots and head to Wohlfahrt Haus for some Southern hospitality and charm! Pre-register.   Minimum: 6    Maximum: 18

Sept. 7 - Oct. 14Thursday, Oct. 21Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 11:30 a.m.21 & over$55


Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – MPRM 2       Minimum: 12         Maximum: 40

Sept. 7 - Oct. 20Friday, Oct. 299 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Free, Must Pre-register

MARDI GRAS CASINO                           

Additional Information: Join us as we travel to the Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes, WV.   Enjoy playing the slot machines or table games.  Lunch will be on your own at the casino.  We will arrive approximately at 11 a.m. and will depart at 3 p.m. to head home. Pre-register.    Minimum: 6    Maximum: 16

Sept. 7 - Oct. 25Monday, Nov. 1Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 8 a.m.21 & over$15/$25

SHATLEY SPRINGS LUNCH TRIP                            

Location: Shatley Springs, NC    Additional Information: Join us as we travel to Crumpler, NC to have a delicious lunch at Shatley Springs. We will also stop at several local shops along the way. Participants are responsible for paying for their own lunch.  Minimum: 4           Maximum: 8

Sept. 7 - Nov. 1Friday, Nov. 5Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 8:30 a.m.21 & over$10/$20

DRUG ABUSE IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY                             

Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Classroom 2    Additional Information: Join Lieutenant Brown of the Christiansburg Police Department in this discussion on the drug abuse problem in our area. Learn about the different drugs that law enforcement officers are seeing in the New River Valley as well as the amount of overdoses and overdose deaths.  Participants must pre-register.        Minimum: 6            Maximum: 20 

Aug. 9 - Nov. 3Tuesday, Nov. 96 - 7 p.m.18 & overFree

SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS SHOW                             

Additional Information: Oh What Fun It Is! Join us for a day of Christmas shopping at the many booths to find just that right Christmas present or something special for yourself.   Price includes transportation, and admission to the show.   Lunch will be on your own at the show.   We will arrive approximately at 10 a.m. and will depart at 3 p.m. to return home.    Minimum: 6 Maximum: 8

Sept. 7 - Nov. 8Monday, Nov. 15Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 6:30 a.m.Charlotte, NC$25, please see above note

TRADER JOE'S                             

Additional Info:  We will travel to Trader Joe’s where they have great produce, great prices and a lot of healthy options at exceptional everyday prices. At Trader Joes you won’t find a lot of branded items, instead, you’ll discover unconventional and interesting products. Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant. Pre-register.   Minimum: 6           Maximum: 8

Sept. 7 - Nov. 16Monday, Nov. 22Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 8 a.m.Charlottesville, VA$10/$20

BOTTLE CAP CHRISTMAS WREATH                              

Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center -Senior Activities Room Additional Information:  Upcycle metal bottle caps and old Christmas cards into a Christmas wreath to hang on your door or give as a gift. This is a co – sponsored program between Christiansburg Parks Recreation and Montgomery County Parks and Recreation. Pre-register with Christiansburg Recreation Center    Minimum: 6           Maximum: 12

Sept. 7 - Nov. 22Monday, Nov. 291 p.m.21 & over$5 includes all supplies

WOHLFAHRT HAUS CHRISTMAS                          

Additional Info: Treat the whole family to this magical Christmas story set at the Kringle Lodge. The cast will dazzle you as they pull out all stops to keep Santa and Christmas on the calendar. Songs from old and new, this fun-filled production also features a breathtaking Nativity which is sure to put the entire family in the Christmas Spirit. Pre-register.  Minimum: 6          Maximum: 18

Sept. 7 - Nov. 23Friday, Dec. 3Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 11:30 a.m.21 & over$60

HOLIDAY HIGH TEA                           

Location: Palisades Restaurant – Eggleston, VA    Minimum: 8     Maximum: 16    Additional Information:    Get in the festive spirit at the Palisades Restaurants annual “Holiday High Tea.” Enjoy tasty pastries, scones, cookies and finger sandwiches while sipping on delicious tea. Price includes:  transportation, food, tea, taxes and gratuity.

Sept. 7 - Nov. 29Tuesday, Dec. 7Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 12:45 p.m.18 & over$20

BOOK SWAP                            

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1    Additional Information: Drop off a maximum of 10 books between the hours of 8 – 5 p.m. at least two days before the scheduled Book Swap. From 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on the day the swap is held, you will be allowed to select different books to take home to enjoy. 

Aug. 9 - Dec. 3Thursday, Dec. 94:30 - 5:30 p.m.$1 non-refundable


Additional Information: Still looking for just one more gift or wanting to treat yourself to a little something?  Join us as we travel to Roanoke to Valley View Mall.  We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.   Minimum: 6            Maximum: 8

Sept. 7 - Dec. 13Friday, Dec. 17Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 9:30 a.m.21 & over$7/$14

SOCIAL MEDIA SERIES                       

Additional Information: Social Media has become a huge part of interacting and sharing with others. It helps keep long distance friends and family members connected. This series will explore the many mediums that help us express our lives to the online world. Instructors: Amy Southall, Public Relations Specialist   Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Senior Activities Room

PINTEREST WITH FOOD & CRAFT                           

Additional Information: Always wanted to get into cooking or crafting, but you weren’t sure where to start? Well, Pinterest is the place for you! This platform allows you to search picture content that takes you to recipes or how-to tutorials. You pin posts that are of interest to you or your board so you can remake that delicious recipe and recommend that fun craft to others. Participants must pre-register.  Minimum: 3 Maximum: 6   Ages: 18 & over

April 1 - Sept. 24Wednesday, Sept. 29Senior Activities Rm.3 - 4:30 p.m.$2TR/$4NR

STREAMING SERVICES                            

Additional Information:  This class is less about social media but still relevant because social media users are always discussing the original content produced by the many streaming services that are available to consumers today.  Learn about the differences between Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO, Amazon prime, Sling and more! Participants must pre-register.  Minimum: 4            Maximum: 12

RegistrationDateEligibility TimeTR/NR
Aug. 9 - Oct. 21Wednesday, Oct. 2718 & over3 - 4:30 p.m.$2TR/$4NR

CELL PHONES 101                            

Additional Information: In this final class of the series, we’ll discuss how social media can be used on your smart phone and take a look at the other features of your phone that you may not be utilizing.  For example, ever wondered what the iCloud is and how to use it?   Look no further, we will discuss the basics and answer any lingering questions you may have about your devices. Participants must pre-register.  Minimum: 4            Maximum: 12

RegistrationDateEligibility TimeTR/NR
Aug. 9 - Nov. 23Wednesday, Dec. 118 & over3 - 4:30 p.m.$2TR/$4NR