Mar 05

Roanoke Recap – March 5, 2021

Posted on March 5, 2021 at 10:10 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Stormwater Utility Launches Campaign to Reduce Cigarette Butt Litter Downtown with Jingle Competition

Beginning March 1, 2021, the City of Roanoke’s Stormwater Utility will launch a campaign to address the reduction of cigarette butt waste in the Central Business District. This campaign is in partnership with Clean Valley Council, Downtown Roanoke Inc., Roanoke Arts Commission, Keep Virginia Beautiful, and the Solid Waste Division. The campaign kicked off on March 1 with a jingle competition to tap into our great local musical talent, as a way to share the message of reducing litter. Learn more about the jingle competition here! Read more about the campaign at this link

City Partners with Freedom First to Bring CDBG-CV Grants to Local Microbusinesses

ln response to the economic hardships experienced by microbusinesses resulting from the COVlD-19 pandemic, the City of Roanoke, in partnership with Freedom First, has launched a small business relief grant program utilizing Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) federal funding. More information is available here.  

Outdoor Movie Inspirations

This spring, Roanoke Parks and Recreation will host Outdoor Inspirations Movie Nights atop Mill Mountain to celebrate the great outdoors! Attendance is free, but registration is required. The first featured movie, “The Long Start to the Journey,” will be shown on Friday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Click here to watch the movie trailer.  A $5 donation to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be encouraged. Click here to learn more and to register. 

In addition to Outdoor Inspirations Movie Nights, Parks and Recreation has a generous offering of programs during the month of March, including an adult volleyball league and a virtual self-care retreat.  Click here to see a list of all March programs. 

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Feb 19

Roanoke Recap – Feb. 19, 2021

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 2:03 PM by Melinda Mayo

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City of Roanoke to Host 'Roanoke Valley Saves Week'

During the week of Feb. 22–26, the City of Roanoke is encouraging the Roanoke Valley community to participate in "Roanoke Valley Saves Week." Bank On Roanoke Valley will be offering area residents resources and support with educational tools, free online programs, and financial incentives. Participants will also be encouraged to take the America Saves Savings Pledge. To register for the online programs, use this link. For more details about this initiative, click here.

City Opens Online Applications for CARES Act Funding

Online applications are now open for the next round of CARES Act funding in 2021, through the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program. Funds may be used to address homelessness, human services, or economic development initiatives directly associated with the prevention, preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

City Launches Crystal Spring E-Branch Library

In case you missed it, on Feb. 8 the City of Roanoke held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Crystal Spring E-Branch Library. Located at 229 Crystal Spring Ave., the E-Branch is Roanoke's first 24-hour, 7-day-a-week library. It was only in recent years that innovative technology brought the option for this neighborhood branch: The LibDispenser. This revolutionary device, created by MK Solutions, a company based out of Germany, is the first of its kind anywhere in Virginia. Below is a photo of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Read more about the new E-Branch here. 

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Feb 05

Roanoke Recap – Feb. 5, 2021

Posted on February 5, 2021 at 11:49 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Blue Hills Communications Center Earns APWA Recognition

The City of Roanoke and VA811 announced this week that the American Public Works Association (APWA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter has selected the Blue Hills Communications Center project to receive an Honorable Mention for the 2021 APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Project of the Year Award for the category of Structures $5-$25 Million. Read more here

Arts Collaboration Releases “We Are Art” Rap Cypher

A collaboration of the Roanoke Public Libraries, the Roanoke Arts Commission, the Grandin Theatre, and the Feeding Southwest Virginia Community Solutions Center has led to the creation of the “We Are Art” rap cypher. The film was released today, Feb. 5, and can be seen on the Roanoke Public Libraries Facebook page and YouTube page. The project is a celebration of black culture through a staple in the hip hop culture: rap cyphers.

Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Holds February Meeting

On Feb. 4, the City of Roanoke hosted its second Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Meeting via Zoom. The meeting was recorded can be viewed on the City's YouTube channel.  To learn more about this board, click this link.    

Parks and Recreation Offers Winter Programs

Click this link to see a full list of the recreation programs and activities offered by Roanoke Parks and Recreation in February.