Aug 09

Aug. 9 – Roanoke Recap

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 12:26 PM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.

Prepareathon to Offer Disaster Readiness Information

Disasters don't plan, but you can! Citizens are invited to attend Roanoke’s Prepareathon on Saturday, Aug. 31, and take an active role in protecting yourself, your family, and your community from disasters. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts Atrium, inside Center in the Square. Topics will include local flood hazards, why being prepared is important, and actions you can take at home, at school, at work, and at play to be ready. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available here

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Carilion Ironman 70.3 Coming to Roanoke

In June 2020, Roanoke will welcome the Ironman 70.3 triathlon right here in the Valley. Participants will swim 1.2 miles in the clear waters of Carvins Cove Reservoir; bike 56 miles on a course that passes over the rolling hills of Botetourt County before returning to the heart of downtown Roanoke; and run 13.1 miles on the City’s greenway system. Many agencies worked to bring this international event to our region, and Roanoke is extremely proud of the part it plays in making Roanoke a desirable location. Click here to read the press release from Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. To find out more about the race here. More information about Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s role in supporting outdoor recreation can be found here.

New Melrose Branch Library Opens, Hosts Events

In case you haven’t heard, the Melrose Branch Library opened at its new location, 2502 Melrose Ave., Suite D, on July 22, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 15,000-square-foot space is now the second largest library in the City of Roanoke.  Information about the Melrose Branch Library features is available here.

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Roanoke Public Libraries has many activities planned at this new facility, including a special event at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 titled “Indecent Histories,” featuring National Book Award winners Ibram X. Kendi and Justin Phillip Reed. The writers will discuss histories of inequity and discrimination, contemporary identity, and what community looks like for writers and people of color. Click here to read about the “Indecent Histories” event.

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Jul 12

Roanoke Recap – July 12

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 3:55 PM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.

Task Force to Host ‘Roanoke Remembers’ Event

At 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, the City’s Task Force to Reduce Gun Violence will host an event, “Roanoke Remembers: Healing the Wounds of Gun Violence in our Community,” at William Fleming High School in Dickinson Auditorium. Doors will open at 4 p.m. as a time for residents to bring photos of friends and loved ones whose lives have been lost by gun violence, to place on a memorial wall in the lobby of the school. The program will begin at 5 p.m. Click here to learn more.

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City Adds New Regional Works to Public Art Collection

The City of Roanoke, through the Roanoke Arts Commission, recently purchased two works of art selected from the 2019 Roanoke College Biennial Art Exhibition: Lotus by Sarah EK Muse and We Used What We Had by Haden King. Muse’s work is a hand-formed copper in-relief tile with patina and King’s is an acrylic and charcoal on wood panel. These works have been added to the City’s Public Art collection. Both can be viewed in the North Lobby hallways of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building. Read more here. Shown below: Lotus

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Roanoke Receives New Pacesetter Honors

The National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recognized the City of Roanoke with Pacesetter Honors for the work done in 2018 through the Star City Reads initiative. Roanoke was recognized as a Pacesetter in all three of 2018’s categories, most notably for raising third grade reading proficiency rates. Since 2013, grade-level reading rates have improved from 65.1% to 74.2% for all Roanoke City Public Schools third graders, as measured by pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning reading exam. More details here.


Jul 12

Roanoke Recap – June 21

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 3:45 PM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.

Roanoke Chosen as First-Ever Hall of Fame Winner

On Friday, June 7, the National Civic League announced their selection of the City of Roanoke as the first-ever All-America City Hall of Fame Winner. Roanoke has a long history with the All-America City Award, receiving this recognition for a record seven times. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes Roanoke’s continued work and advancement of the Star City Reads initiative, and the impact of Roanoke Public Libraries’ Feed and Read Program. Click here to read more.

Citizen Police Academy Starts in August

The next Citizen Police Academy will begin on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Roanoke Police Academy, 5401-B Barns Ave NW. The Academy provides an opportunity for citizens to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the Police Department, and gain a better understanding of the procedures, guidelines, responsibilities, policies, and laws that guide the Department’s decisions. Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room 216 at the Police Academy every Thursday night through Oct. 17; a light meal will be provided.  There is no fee to participate, and you do not have to be a City resident. Participants must apply in advance using this link. If you have questions, please contact Investigator Anna Volk at 540-853-5441.


City to Host Fireworks Event

Roanoke’s “Fireworks on the Fourth” event will take place at River’s Edge Sports Complex South on July 4. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Bring your family and some lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy food trucks, bouncy castles, face painting, and live patriotic music performed by Winds of the Blue Ridge. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. More details are available here.

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