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Jul 23

Roanoke Recap – July 23, 2021

Posted on July 23, 2021 at 10:12 AM by Melinda Mayo

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VDH Partners With City to Offer Vaccine Opportunities at Library Branches

Between July 20 and Sept. 8, the Virginia Department of Health will offer residents the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine free at selected Roanoke Public Library branches. Dates, times, and locations can be found here

Roanoke, Greenway Commission, City of Salem Open Barnhardt Creek Bridge, Donor Plaza

On July 20, Roanoke Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission and the City of Salem, hosted a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Barnhardt Creek Bridge and donor plaza. This new bridge, located on Roanoke River Greenway off Blue Ridge Drive, provides greenway users with over two uninterrupted miles of trail, and links the two municipalities 

City Receives Department of Criminal Justice Services Grants

The Department of Criminal Justice Services has awarded the City of Roanoke two grants. The first is a $25,000 grant to complete a Youth and Gang Violence Community Assessment, which will begin soon and be concluded by the end of the year. The second is a $500,000 grant for a Gun Violence Intervention Program, which will be used over a two-year period, June 1, 2021 through June 20, 2023. More details can be found here

Gun Violence Prevention Commission to Host Trauma Education Event

There is still time to register for "Becoming Trauma-Informed," an event presented by the City of Roanoke's Gun Violence Prevention Commission. This free event will be held on July 27, 2021, 7 p.m., at the Belmont Branch Library, to educate participants about the impact of trauma on individuals and our community.  Click this link to register:

Solarize Roanoke Makes Residential Solar More Accessible to Homeowners

Now through Aug. 30, City residents can add solar power to their homes by taking advantage of discounted pricing, low upfront costs, a free satellite solar site assessment, and access to expert advice through the Solarize Roanoke program! The program is managed by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and presented in partnership with the City of Roanoke. More details are here. To participate, sign up at