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Neighborhood Month 2015


Neighborhood Month 2015...

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!

Join your neighbors and begin planning your neighborhood's 2015 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.

If your organization is planning and event or uncertain what type of event to plan for Neighborhood Month 2015, please contact the Office of Neighborhood Services by calling 853-5210 or by email as we will be glad to assist you!

Events scheduled to date include:

* Saturday, May 2, 2015    Riverdale Farm Neighborhood 'Greenway Redbud Planting & Clean-up'
(Dundee Ave & Bennington St SE on the greenway)   1:00 pm
The Riverdale Farm Neighborhood Organization cordially invites you to join them in a Greenway Redbud Planting & Clean-up event.  This event, scheduled to take place along the Roanoke River Greenway at Dundee Ave and Bennington St SE, will complement the 35 redbuds planted by the neighborhood volunteers last year.  The only thing you need to bring other than yourself is a shovel and hard rake as the holes have been already dug by the City making the project an easy one. What better way to celebrate our greenways and neighborhoods by meet your neighbors from other neighborhoods that in turn helps bring our community closer together. For additional information, call Mark Peterson at 397-8379. 

* Monday, May 4, 2015       Riverland Walnut Hill Neighborhood Association’s ‘Neighborhood Potluck’
(Riverland Road Baptist Church, 459 Riverland Road SE) 6:00 pm– 7:00 pm
Your neighbors from the Riverland Walnut Hill Neighborhood Association cordially invite you to bring a dish to their next regularly scheduled neighborhood meeting where Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins will speak on ‘Crime in the City’.  For additional information, contact president Kathy Hill at 427-4328.

* Friday, May 8, 2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters, GFWC, WCGC 'Free Potted Plant Give-A-Way for Mother's Day'
Historic Oliver Hill House, 401 Gilmer Avenue NW) 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Your neighbors from Big Brothers Big Sisters, Roanoke’s General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) and West Chester Garden Club cordially invite you to stop by the Historic Oliver Hill House located in the historic Gainsboro neighborhood where they will be providing free potted plants for you to give that special mom in your life on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 10. Refreshments will also be provided. For additional information, contact Freeda Cathcart at 598-7231.

* Saturday, May 9, 2015 Airlee Court Neighborhood Watch 'Annual 24-Block Neighborhood Yard Sale'
(Between Williamson Road and Hershberger Road between Walgreens and Florist Road) 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 president Ben Burch at 540-366-8407 or visit the Airlee Court Neighborhood Watch Association website for a map showing all of the yard sale locations.

* Friday, May 15, 2015 Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum 'Fish Fry'
(Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Center at 1730 Orange Avenue) 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Your neighbors of the Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum invite you to join them for a mouth-watering lunch consisting of a freshly prepared fish sandwich, with your choice of slaw or chips for $6 or with drink for $6.50. Dine in or carry out, the Melrose Rugby Fish Fry is one lunch you will not want to miss! For more information, contact Melrose Rugby president Stephen Niamke at 519-4211.

* Saturday, May 16, 2015 Old Southwest, Inc. 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors'
(Alexander / Gish House, 641 Walnut Avenue SW) 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
This year OSW is focusing efforts on projects at the Alexander Gish House. Volunteers will paint the selected areas within the interior as well as the gazebo in the front yard. They will also be beautifying the gateways into Old Southwest, pulling weeds and spreading mulch and working around the fountain on the corner of 5th and Washington Ave. SW. Participants will meet at the Alexander Gish House at 8am. Old Southwest extends a thank you in advance for your precious time! Any yard tools and painting supplies are appreciated. Please RSVP to

* Saturday, May 16, 2015 Loudon-Melrose Neighborhood Org 'FREE Flea Market'
1427 Melrose Avenue NW) 8:00 am to 2:00 pm or until everything is gone
Your neighbors of the Loudon-Melrose Neighborhood Organization, Inc. cordially invite you to their annual flea market where everything is FREE!! Bring no money - only your shopping bags and yourselves! For additional information, call president Norma Wade 540-819-8848.

* Saturday, May 16, 2015 Gainsborough SW Community Org.'Neighborhood Community Celebration and Block Party'
(Gainsboro Library, 15 Patton Avenue NW) 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Neighbors of the Gainsborough SW Community Organization cordially invite you to join them on Patton Avenue in front of the Gainsboro Library as they celebrate their historic neighborhood with a community-wide celebration and block party. Free event offering free hot dogs, music and youth activities celebrating the surrounding Historic Gainsboro neighborhood. For more info call 540-343-0311.

* Saturday, May 16, 2015 Goodwill Industries 'Get To Know Your Neighbor Celebration'
(Adjoining the GoodGuides Community Garden, 3902 Shenandoah Ave NW) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Adjoining the GoodGuides Community Garden located at 2902 Shenandoah Avenue NW, Goodwill Industries Good Guides Program will host a ‘Get To Know Your Neighbors Celebration’ to help neighbors get to know one another as well as learn about a variety of community resources and city services available to them. Hot dogs and beverages will be served. For more info call 540- 581-0620 ext. 223.

* Saturday, May 16, 2015 Old Southwest 'Food With Friends'
(Historic Alexander Gish House, 641 Walnut Avenue SW) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Summer Kick-off with cookout favorites – potluck style! After working hard in the neighborhood let’s relax in Old Southwest’s largest front yard! Bring a dish to share and your beverage of choice. A wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with your Old Southwest neighbors! Contact Old Southwest president Joe Kraft by calling 761-0988 for more info.

* Sunday, May 17, 2015 Grandin Village Business Assoc. '11th Annual Grandin Village Street Fair'
(Grandin Village, 1300 block Grandin Rd) 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Your neighbors of the Grandin Village Business Association invite you to join them at the 11th Annual Grandin Village Street Fair taking place in the Historic Grandin Village located in the 1300 block of Grandin Road, SW. Free event offering music, street performers, and kids’ activities celebrating the Historic Grandin Village and the surrounding Raleigh Court neighborhood. For additional information, visit the Grandin Village Business Association website or call Susan Stump at 540-777-1790.

* Saturday, May 23, 2015 Huntington Neighborhood ‘Block Party’
(Huntington Blvd. & Sunrise Ave NW) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Your neighbors of the Greater Huntington Blvd. Neighborhood Watch invite you to join them at their bi-annual neighborhood block party offering music, food, and fun in fellowship with your neighbors of the Huntington Blvd. neighborhood.

* Saturday, May 30, 2015     Kenwood Neighbors ‘Meet & Greet’
(Community Garden at 1131 14th Street SE) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The newly formed Kenwood Neighbors group invites you to join us in the garden! Tour the fruits of our labor. Over the past 5 years, the 14th Street Community Garden has provided gardening plots for many families and the community at large. This year, we have created sheet mulch beds for strawberries and raspberries. We have bees too! Have a taste of honey. Soup or snacks provided. Meet the neighbors who have been organizing in Kenwood. We have an ambitious mission to socialize with each other, look out for each other, and look for ways to keep Kenwood a comfortable place to live. For additional information, call Michael Eaton at 757-621-7585.

A Neighborhood Month flyer listing all of the currently scheduled events, dates, times and locations is available for your convenience. .But check back often as this page may be updated as more events are scheduled and details become available! 

So SAVE THE DATE of these scheduled Neighborhood Month activities taking place by posting them in a conspicuous place to remind you of the diverse events taking place - then - .
  • 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!