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Virginia Family Expo 2018

It takes a village to raise a child, but in today’s world can be hard to find the right village! VENDORS – PAY FOR ELECTRICITY HERE – $50 COMPANY NAME         Growing Up in the Valley is bringing together all the best services, businesses, educators, and professionals you need in your day…

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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…

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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…

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Genrerational Generosity: Bricks for the Brave

  How did you come up with the idea? When I was in elementary school, I overheard my mom (a teacher) talking about one of her former students’ son who had been diagnosed with cancer a few months before. I followed his story for months on Facebook. Sadly, he did not win his fight. But,…

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Food Additives to Avoid

With the recent food and nutrition movements encouraging us to buy from local farms, grow our own produce, and lessen our processed food intake, most of us have heard something about preservatives and other food additives. Growing Up in the Valley decided to take a look at some of the more common chemical additives. We…

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Michael Phelps: A Redeemed Role Model

The Olympics took over hours of my life last month. I would stay up until midnight watching, especially if swimming, gymnastics or volleyball were on. I would cut it on whenever I was home and procrastinate on work for the upcoming school year. Most of the time, especially in the evenings, my family was there…

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Skater Moms of The Star City Roller Girls

International Sales Rep for Optical Cable Corporation and mom of two boys, Vivian De Los Santos, was speaking with her boss one day when he suggested that she should try roller derby. Vivian did not know much about the sport, although she remembered back to when she was 13 years old growing up in Panama,…

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Emergency Preparedness in Southwest Virginia

By definition “emergencies” are a serious, unexpected and often dangerous situation that requires immediate action. Dr. Stephanie Harper, Director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Departments wants families and businesses to proactively prepare for a wide variety of potential emergencies by taking some simple, proactive steps.   Too often, emergencies catch us off guard and…

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Zika Virus: Explained

Zika virus was reported in Africa and South East Asia as early as 1947 but it has increased in prevalence around the globe. In February of 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Dr. Stephanie Harper, Director of the Roanoke City & Alleghany Health Departments of Virginia’s…

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Star Games 2016: a Mother & Son Adventure

Tickets | Check In | Teams | Events | Scoring | Location & Parking | Misc Tickets I want to attend Star Games! How do I get tickets? Yay! We’re happy to have you! Tickets are available on eventbrite here. We will stop selling tickets on July 13 so we can insure that we’ll have enough supplies for…

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