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Neighborhood Month 2014


Neighborhood Month 2014...

Neighborhood Month is a month long celebration
of community and neighborhood pride
hosted by Roanoke neighborhood organizations
to provide opportunities
for all residents of all neighborhoods
to come together with each other
to celebrate our neighborhoods…and each other...
as we do have so much to celebrate!

... during the month of May.

Neighborhood Month provides you with an opportunity to learn about a neighborhood (or neighborhoods) other than your own.....and to meet the folks who live there! By leaving the comfort of your own neighborhood and venturing out to see what the rest of Roanoke......and our neighborhoods..... are REALLY will quickly discover just how unique each neighborhood is, and at the same time, learn that each is filled with warm and friendly people who care about their neighborhood - just as you care about yours! So venture out, meet neighbors in other neighborhoods and experience why all of Roanoke's neighborhoods are places we are each proud to call home!

Take this opportunity to learn about our neighborhoods..and leave the comfort of your own neighborhood and venture out to see what the rest of Roanoke......and our neighborhoods..... are REALLY about........the 'building blocks' of our city!! For once you have discovered Roanoke's neighborhoods, you will quickly realize just how unique each one is, but at the same time, will quickly learn how each is filled with warm and friendly people who care about their neighborhood - just as you care about yours!

If your organization is planning an event for Neighborhood Month 2014, please contact the Office of Neighborhood Services by calling 853-5210 or by email.

Events scheduled to date include:

* Saturday, May 3, 2014 4th Annual Police Department Wildwood Neighborhood Cinco de Mayo Celebration
(Thrasher Park, 930 Gus Nicks Blvd NE)
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Everyone is invited to the Wildwood neighborhood's Thrasher Park to commemorate Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) when on May 5, 1862, 4,000 ill-equipped Mexicans were victorious over 8,000 well-equipped French invaders in the battle known as La Batalla de Puebla or The Battle of Puebla. Today, communities around the world celebrate Hispanic culture as families, friends and neighbors gather together to have a fiesta in honor of this historic event. The Police Department' Annual Wildwood Neighborhood Cinco de Mayo celebration includes music, soccer, games, children activities including a Piñata, and food. For more info call 540-853-2203.

* Thursday, May 8, 2014 Grandin Court Neighborhood Annual Plant Exchange & Give-A-Way
(Grandin Court Recreation Center, 2621 Barham Road SW)
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Grandin Court Neighborhood Association will be hosting their annual Neighborhood Plant Exchange & Give-a-way and you are cordially invited to participate.  Neighbors are encouraged to bring any perennials that they've removed from their garden, seeds, or any extra plant packs they have to share with other gardeners and neighbors.  For more info, call 540-204-6354.

* Saturday, May 10, 2014 Airlee Court Annual 24-Block Neighborhood Yard Sale
(Between Williamson Road and Hershberger Road between Walgreens and Florist Road)
Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Your neighbors of the Airlee Court Neighborhood invite you to and enjoy a neighborhood-wide yard sale incorporating individual yard sales within the 24-block neighborhood, all in one day! Last year, 94 individual yard sales took place throughout the Airlee Court neighborhood. Look for the signs! For additional information, contact Ben Burch at 540-366-8407 or visit the Airlee Court website for a yard sale map showing all of the individual yard sale locations.

* Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Kid's Safety Event with Old Southwest
641 Walnut Avenue SW
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The gazebo at the historic Alexander Gish House is the setting for this year's Kid's Safety Event with Old Southwest - an educational and informative free event where children will learn about street safety, how to dial 911, fire suppression equipment demonstration, and how to be safe when out and about. Representatives from police, fire/ems, Lead-safe Roanoke will be available and free smoke detectors will be distributed to qualified home owners. Youth from all city neighborhoods are invited. For additional information, call 540-293-4075 or visit the Old Southwest website.

* Thursday, May 15, 2014 Old Southwest Historic Walking Tour
641 Walnut Avenue SW
Time: 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Join you neighbors of Old Southwest for a walking tour of their historic neighborhood starting at 7:15pm in the parking lot of the historic Alexander Gish house to celebrate neighborhood month and our historic built environment. Historic Preservationist Alison Blanton will lead the tour accompanied by Old Southwest Neighborhood Historian, Joel Richert. For add'l information, call 540-343-8794 or visit the Old Southwest website.

* Saturday, May 17, 2014 Southeast Neighborhood Celebration Block Party
1015 Jamison Avenue SE between Jamison Ave and Bullitt Ave SE (Old Firehouse #6)
Time: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Southeast Action Neighborhood Forum, Inc. cordially invites you to attend their block party and potluck event. The Forum will provide the hot dogs, condiments, buns, beverages, plates, napkins, flatware, ice and cups. Bring your favorite side dish and/or desert as well as lawn chairs or blanket.  You are encouraged to showcase your musical talents too by bring your instruments and playing together for neighborly fun. Yard games are welcomed too. There is plenty of parking at the rear of the building from Bullitt Avenue SE and the event will be held rain or shine. For additional information, call 540-266-8548.

* Saturday, May 17, 2014 Fairland Community Brunch, Block Party & Yard Sale
Vacant lot at the intersection of Fairland Road & Kirkland Drive NW
Time:10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Fairland Civic Organization cordially invites you to join in the celebration of family, friends and neighbors.  This fun filled event will include free food and beverages, activities for kids of all ages, a huge yard sale and assorted games that include board games, spades and bid whist.  Free event open to all! For additional information, call 540-563-9686 or 540-362-5097 or email 

* Sunday, May 18, 2014 10th Annual Greater Raleigh Court Neighborhood Block Party and Street Fair
(Grandin Village, 1300 block Grandin Rd)
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Your neighbors of the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League invite you to join them at the 10th Annual Block Party and Street Fair in the historic Grandin Village (the 1300 block of Grandin Road). Free event offering free hot dogs, music, street performers, and kids’ activities celebrating the Grandin Village and the surrounding Raleigh Court neighborhood. For additional information, visit the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League website or call Susan Stump at 540-777-1790.

* Saturday, May 31, 2014 Melrose-Rugby 25th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration Block Party
17th Street NW between Orange Ave and Melrose Ave NW beside the Melrose Rugby Community Center
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Forum invites you to join in the festivities of their 25th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration Block Party as they celebrate 25 years of representing the residents and businesses of the Melrose-Rugby neighborhood, This will be the first of several events planned to commemorate their first meeting help during September of 1989. A free event open to all with music, entertainment, flea market, refreshments, games and fun for all ages. For additional information, call 540-342-2763.

SAVE THE DATE of these scheduled activities planned with their times and locations in a conspicuous space to remind you of the events taking place.
  • Venture out,
  • Meet neighbors from other neighborhoods, and
  • Experience why ALL of Roanoke's neighborhoods are places we each are each proud to call - Home!

Join your neighbors and begin planning your neighborhood's 2014 Neighborhood Month event. Reviewing the Neighborhood Month Event Planning Kit will provide you with tips on how to organize your event, how to solicit volunteers to help with your event, and provide you with event suggestions that have been successful in Roanoke and other neighborhoods around the country.

Check back often as this page may be updated as more events are scheduled and details become available!