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Salem Red Sox Fall Fest benefitting Katie’s Place

Join the Salem Red Sox at their Annual Fall Festival to benefit Katie’s Place! Katie’s Place is a non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Visit Katie’s Placeor katiesplacedaysupport.org DAY WILL INCLUDE: -Live entertainment by THE KINGS! -Character Appearances (TBD) from Soundwave Entertainment! -Facepainting -Inflatables -FREE Child…

Star City Mini Library presented by Hometown Bank

      Find a Star City Little Library at: Hometown Bank – 3521 Franklin Rd SW -Roanoke, VA 24014 Hometown Bank – 4225 Colonial Ave – Roanoke, VA 24018 Roanoke Ballet Theatre – 1318 Grandin Rd SW – Roanoke, VA 24015 Launching Pad – 1300 Intervale Dr – Salem, VA 24153 Lewis Gale Medical…

Running over the Dream: How I stopped dreaming and faced reality about long car trips

by Peg McGuire – www.crankypantscaravan.com This year, I promise that I will not dream. I will face reality, the hard truths.   This year, I will NOT think our family vacation – 15 hours in a car from Roanoke to the Ozarks in Missouri – will be picture-perfect, filled with happy memories of mom and…

3 Questions with Ava Rosa: Nancy Agee of Carilion Clinic

I’m here to talk with Ms. Agee and find out more about health care in America and what it takes to help a community be healthy.   Ava Rosa: Thank you for meeting with me today Ms. Agee.   You started your career at Carilion in the 1970s as a nurse and have since worked…

Importance of Swimming Lessons

Summer: that time of year we all look forward to, filled with vacations, time off from school, outings with the kids and all around FUN. For most of us this will include activities in or around the water such as pools, lakes, rivers, oceans, and water parks. Many vacations are taken to a water oriented…

Visiting Mountain Lake Lodge

There’s no TV. There’s no cellphone signal. There’s no lake. But that’s no problem at the Mountain Lake Lodge.   I’m not going to lie to you fair readers, when I read on the Mountain Lake Lodge website that the rooms within their main building did not have TVs, I was a little worried. How…

Growing Up In the Valley Partners with Blue Eagle Credit Union

    As the region’s only parenting magazine, Growing Up in the Valley has become the most read magazine in the region thanks to the support that you and your school have shown us throughout the years.   Over the five years that GUITV has been on the shelves, we have been to hundreds of…

Handsmith.org Summer Camps & Programs

The new Digital Manufacturing Camp at the Handsmith micro-factory in downtown Roanoke is where your child will learn electronic circuit design, multiple programming languages and design software, and create their own 3D printed projects. Handsmith is a local organization that works to create programmable artifical limbs. For $1000 your child will have an unbelievable two…

Kate’s Take

I had a pretty good 2016. Here’s how I know. There were so many times throughout the year when I would have given anything to be able to pick up the phone and call my Nana. But I couldn’t. This is such a bittersweet thing. I miss her so, but am also grateful to have…

3 Questions with Ava Rosa: Chris Hurst Interview

I’m here at the official launch party for the Chris Hurst for State Delegate Campaign, here in Blacksburg, right across the street from Virginia Tech. Almost exactly one year ago, I had the opportunity to meet Chris Hurst and tour the WDBJ studio for my second Three Questions with Ava Rosa episode. What a difference…

No Roof Left Behind

Nathan’s parents do everything they can to battle the brain and spinal cancer he had been diagnosed with over seven years ago. While Dawn and Bobby Norman deal with the travel expenses and demands on their time, taking care of Nathan and their three other children, they are still always giving selflessly to the community.…

Teacher of the Month March 2017: Kimberly Slater

How long have you been teaching? 2 years What made you decide to become a teacher? Ever since I was in elementary school I have loved learning and wanted to be a teacher. Playing “school” was a typical activity growing up with my friends. I have always enjoyed working with kids and delight in helping…

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