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Here’s a roundup of brief news from Southwest and Southside. Send yours for possible inclusion to [email protected]

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Petty signs books in Martinsville

Former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will be in Martinsville this weekend for signings related to his new memoir, SWERVE OR DIE: My Life in NASCAR Racing’s First Family.

On Saturday, October 29, after the Xfinity race concludes at Martinsville Speedway, he will be at Roosky’s, 54 West Church Street. On October 30, he will be at the Chevy Merchandise Hauler at Martinsville Speedway. After the signature part is over on both days, he will also perform some of his original songs. You can find more details about the book here: www.kylepetty.com/book.

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Freedom to hold a car show

Liberty University’s School of Business will host a student-led outdoor car show Oct. 29-30 in the West Wing parking lot of the River Ridge Mall. More than 80 vehicles and nearly $12 million in inventory, ranging from a Honda Accord to a Bentley Bentayga and the William Byron Liberty-sponsored NACAR car, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and 10 a.m. at 4 p.m. on October 30.

The auto show was created to educate attendees on the latest innovations in automotive design and manufacturing. It will also allow companies to present their products and services, connect with potential customers and meet students interested in the automotive industry.

The event is free and open to the public. Food vendors will be available.

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Smith Mountain Lake will host a Chili Festival

The 19th annual Smith Mountain Lake Chili Festival will be held November 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bridgewater Plaza. Tickets are $7 per person (cash only) and children 5 and under are admitted free. The event is presented by Margaret Crayé of Lifestyle & Lake Real Estate Group.

Spank, an 80s party band, will perform from noon to 3 p.m.

A chili tasting will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A panel will judge on stage at Mango’s Bar & Grill for the “Best Chili” awards based on taste, consistency, aroma, color and bite. The public will vote by ballot box for the “People’s Choice” and “Best Direction” awards.

Prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, log on to visitsmithmountainlake.com/sml-chili-festival or contact Erin Stanley at 540-721-1203 or [email protected]

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New River Community College will host a book signing on November 6 from 2-5 p.m. at the NRC Library.

Author Salley Chinn and illustrators Harriet Anderson, Cindy Moore and Carolyn Turner will all be available to present their children’s book “Seth and the Secret of the Butterfly.”

The book describes how to imagine what it would be like to encounter a talking butterfly whispering a life-changing secret. The story tells the story of five children with special needs who meet a magical butterfly named Lilly, who teaches children how to turn sadness into joy and challenges into dreams. “Seth and the Secret of the Butterfly” inspires all children to celebrate who they are and dream of what they could become.

The event will include cookies, hot cider and tea. The NRCC Library is located in Martin Hall on the NRCC campus in Dublin.

For more information about the event, contact Sandy Smith at the NRC Library at [email protected] or (540) 674-3600, ext. 4345.

About the Author/Illustrators: Chinn is a mother of three boys, grandmother of six and a former middle school English teacher. Turner is a mother and grandmother and retired from Radford University after working at the print shop. Anderson is a mother of one, grandmother of two, and an assistant biology instructor at New River Community College. Moore is a mother of two boys, including Seth. She worked over 20 years as a graphic designer and web developer, most recently at Virginia Tech.

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Mountain Gateway will host an event for veterans

Veterans will be celebrated on Saturday, November 12 at the first annual VETfest, hosted by Mountain Gateway Community College. The one-day recognition includes several events at the main MGCC campus in Clifton Forge.

The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with Army Combat Fitness Test on the College grounds. Participants are asked to pay a $25 fee, with all proceeds going to fund scholarships for veterans and their dependents. The fitness test will be followed by a pancake breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at the Moomaw Center.

A vendor display begins at 10:00 a.m. on the College grounds and at 11:00 a.m. there will be a Veterans Memorial Service led by the Reverend Virgil Woodie, to recognize area vets who died last year. Their families are encouraged to send in the names of these veterans so they can be honored, Short said. The service will take place at the flag poles on the front lawn, opposite Backels Hall.

29e Infantry Band will perform in concert at 2:00 p.m., also on the front lawn, followed by a Veterans Appreciation Night, featuring the MGCC Roadrunner men’s basketball team, when they play Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Tipping is at 3:00 p.m. in the MGCC Armory.

For more information or to submit the name of a veteran to be honored at the memorial service, contact Robert Short, MGCC Student Activities Coordinator at (540) 863-2863 or [email protected]

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