Jan 10

Roanoke Recap – Jan. 10, 2020

Posted on January 10, 2020 at 10:04 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Berglund Center to Host High School Basketball Challenge

The 6th Annual Lea’s High School Winter Classic Basketball Challenge will take place on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Berglund Center. Local high school basketball teams will compete for the Southwest Virginia County Cup and the Mayor’s Cup. Tickets are on sale at Berglund Center Box Office and online at roanokelive.com.

Virginia Career Works Announces Support

This week, Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge announced a partnership with the City of Roanoke for a new stabilization and empowerment initiative aimed at supporting individuals who have been part of the recent layoffs at Norfolk Southern, FreightCar America, and General Electric. Those interested in learning more are invited to attend an informational session at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, at the Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave SW. Click here to read the complete announcement. 

Sculpture Installation Planned for Melrose Library

On Friday, Jan. 17, the newest addition to Roanoke’s Public Art collection, “Rhapsody in Knowledge,” will be dedicated at the Melrose Branch Library, at 1 p.m.  The branch is located at 2502 Melrose Ave NW, Suite D.  “Rhapsody in Knowledge” is a three-part sculptural series created by artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson, executive director of the Research Institute of African and African Diaspora Arts, Inc. and BENNU ARTS, LLC, in Roxbury, Mass. Read more here.

City to Observe MLK Day Holiday

City offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.  As a result, the 2 p.m. City Council meeting and the 7 p.m. Public Hearings will be moved to Tuesday, Jan. 21. Also, the solid waste collection schedule will be impacted with "A week" recycling, bulk, and brush collection delayed one day for the entire week. Click here to see the solid waste holiday collection schedule.

WazUpwidis Urban Race Returns

Roanoke’s most breathtaking race, WazUpwidis, is back on Feb. 1, ready to test the fortitude of anyone willing to brave the elements and course. The race runs through, up, and over a few of Downtown Roanoke’s landmarks, traversing surprisingly difficult elevation in two of the City’s parking garages and finishing with a breathtaking climb and descent in the Wells Fargo Tower.  To learn more and register click here.


Dec 20

Roanoke Recap – Dec. 20

Posted on December 20, 2019 at 11:25 AM by Melinda Mayo

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City Offices to Close for Christmas, New Year’s Holidays

City offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Wednesday, Dec. 25, and for the New Year’s holiday on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.  The City of Roanoke wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Solid Waste Collection Schedule Changes

During Christmas Week and New Year’s Week, the schedule for Solid Waste Collection will be altered. Read more here.  To stay informed about 2020 holiday collection schedules, click here.

Dickens of a Christmas Concludes Tonight

On Dec. 20, the final night of Dickens of Christmas, you’re invited to come downtown and enjoy the Roanoke Valley SPCA Pet Costume Contest and, new this year, Coca Cola's Mini Carnival. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.  More information can be found here.

Still Time to Register for Roanoke 100 Miler

In January, Roanoke Parks and Recreation will conduct the Roanoke 100 Miler, an annual program in which participants commit to tracking their activity levels every day for 100 days, with the goal of reaching 100 miles or the equivalent of 50 hours of exercise. There is still time to register! Read more about this program.

Lime Suspends Operations Until Spring

The City of Roanoke was recently notified that Lime will suspend operations with dockless scooters in the City until spring 2020. Robert Gardner with Lime Government Relations explained this is a seasonal business and assured the City they plan to bring the scooters back in 2020. To read about dockless scooters in Roanoke, click here.



Dec 06

Roanoke Recap - Dec. 6

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 12:14 PM by Melinda Mayo

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Christmas Tree Lighting Happens Friday

A great way to start the holiday season is by watching the City of Roanoke’s downtown Christmas Tree light up for the first time in Market Square (at Wells Fargo Plaza) at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. This event kicks off Dickens of a Christmas, an annual holiday celebration held on the first three Friday nights of December every year in Roanoke. Click here to get all the details. Read about street closures related to this event here.

(Pictured below: City of Roanoke Christmas Tree, 2015)
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Public Invited to Unveiling of New Neighborhood Sign

The City’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the Greater Grandview Neighborhood Association (GGNWA) invite the public to attend the unveiling of the new Greater Grandview Neighborhood Sign at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The sign will be unveiled at the corner of Hershberger Road and Grandview Avenue (in between Carter Bank and Trust and the BP Station). The GGNWA will be the first neighborhood to erect a sign welcoming neighbors in both English and Spanish.

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Roanoke Offers Ice Skating Fun

If you like to ice skate in the winter, there are a couple of great options in Roanoke:

  • Elmwood on Ice, located in Elmwood Park, is a family favorite for some winter fun. The rink offers skating aids for beginners and there’s an awesome ice slide. There is also a picnic area for folks who want to bring food or purchase takeout from a downtown restaurant and bring it along. Skating will continue through Feb. 2, 2020. The list of fees and hours of operation can be found here. Watch this video to learn more.
  • The Berglund Center offers public ice skating starting in December through the winter months. Skate alone or bring a group, and the rink offers “themed skates” like Carilion Children's Skate, Skate with the Dawgs, and Superheroes Skate. More details are available here.
(Pictured below: Elmwood on Ice rink in Elmwood Park)

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