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[ARCHIVED] Roanoke Recap October 20, 2022

The original item was published from October 20, 2022 3:51 PM to October 20, 2022 3:59 PM

Roanoke GO Outside Festival 2022

It was another outstanding year at Roanoke GO Fest! Yoga, dancing, BMX, races, kayaking, lumberjacks, rock climbing, family-friendly activities, a free screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, two great shows from @tricklinecollective above Elmwood Amphitheater, and so much more!? While there is now another year until it’s GO Fest time again, Roanoke is a great place to get outside all year round.

go fest recap

October is Fire Prevention Month- Check Your Smoke Alarms

Today is a great day to check your smoke alarms! Did you know that your smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years? During the month of October, City of Roanoke residents who don’t have alarms, have alarms that are more than 10 years old, or have alarms that just aren’t working can get FREE smoke alarms. To sign up, complete the online form at or call 540-853-2795.

Roanoke Public Libraries Upcoming Events

The true stars of spooky season - aka Halloween - have to be the monsters. Stop by Belmont Branch Library Friday, October 21, at 2:30 PM with your kids for a fun Build Your Own Monster activity.

Solve the spooky riddles and find the Trick-or-Treat treasure!  The Williamson Road Branch Library is hosting a Halloween Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 29, at 2 PM. This activity is best for ages 5-18 (though younger children may need some help). Space is limited. Please call 540-853-2340 to register.

library program recap

Roanoke Police Department Hosts Violent Crime Roundtable

The Roanoke Police Department was honored to host a Violent Crime Roundtable on October 12th with Attorney General Jason Miyares, and special guests former Governor George Allen and former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore. It was great having so many federal, state, and local stakeholders in one place to discuss collaborative efforts to fight violent crime in the Roanoke Valley and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

RPD roundtable

Recycle Right

The Recycle Right Pilot Program is officially underway! On the first day, 34% of recycling carts that were checked had no contamination and were good to go.

recycle recap

Two quick and easy reminders to Recycle Right -

Do not put plastic bags in the light blue recycling cart. These bags can be damaging to the equipment at our local recycling facility. Visit to find local retailers that accept plastic bags for recycling. You can also reuse these bags or put them in your trash cart.

Also do not bag your recyclables, leave them loose in the light blue recycling cart.