Sep 10

Roanoke Recap – Sept. 10, 2021

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 12:55 PM by Melinda Mayo

If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact us.

WW poster 2

Roanoke Celebrates Welcoming Week

The week of Sept. 10-19, the City of Roanoke will host its 4th annual Welcoming Week, along with many local partners. The week kicked off on Friday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. with a ceremony in the Council Chamber at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building; and a 5K Fun Run/Roanoke Runs for Refugees at 6 p.m.in Wasena Park. Other events scheduled include:

  • Saturday, 9/11—10 a.m.: Scavenger Hunt and vendor fair, downtown/Main Library
  • Sunday, 9/12—3 p.m.: International Soccer Cup, Rivers Edge North
  • Friday, 9/17—6:30 p.m.: Salsa lesson, Century Plaza
  • Saturday, 9/18—Roanoke World Tour of Food

 Read more about Welcoming Week here.  

City to Invest $2.3 Million in Park System

The City's Parks and Recreation Department is set to invest more than $2.3 million in the park system, with an emphasis on deferred maintenance items. A prioritized list of maintenance needs was created as part of the department's master plan in 2019. To learn more, click here.  

Lauren Waldron Headshot smallWaldron Selected as Community Engagement Manager

The City of Roanoke has named Lauren H. Waldron as its new Community Engagement Manager, effective Aug. 30. In this role, she will manage the function of the Office of Community Engagement, which includes citizen engagement, public communications, neighborhood services, social media management, website management, research, data tracking, special community projects, media relations, FOIA requests, and public outreach. Find out more here.  


Aug 20

Roanoke Recap – Aug. 20, 2021

Posted on August 20, 2021 at 12:04 PM by Melinda Mayo

If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact us

Artist Call:  Submit Art on Welcome to Roanoke Theme

The Roanoke Arts Commission seeks exhibition-ready art for a 10-month exhibit in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building.  The exhibition, “Welcome to Roanoke: Images of a Compassionate, Diverse, and Welcoming Community,” will be curated by members of the RAC Collections Committee. Submissions by artists of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels are welcome. Submissions due at midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Click here for details

City to Offer Training for Neighborhood Organizations

This fall, the City will offer “Taking Your Organization to The Next Level,” a free training course led by Program Consultant Steve Hixon, designed to help neighborhood associations learn leadership development and skills to increase their group participation and increase capacity within their organizations. Facilitated by the City’s HUD Community Resources Division and the Office of Neighborhood Services, the training will consist of six virtual classes. Learn more here.  

Financial Empowerment Center Celebrates One Year Since Launch

The Roanoke Financial Empowerment Center, a program of the City of Roanoke in partnership with Freedom First Enterprises and the national nonprofit Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, has helped Roanoke area residents reduce more than $375,000 of debt and save more than $65,000 since it opened last year. See this link for more info.  

Vaccine Opportunities Available at Library Branches

Help us spread the word: There are a few more free COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine opportunities available between now and Sept. 8 at selected Roanoke Public Library branches. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can reserve your dose by making an appointment at (540) 613-6597 or go online here. Dates, times, and locations are as follows:   

  • Friday, Sept. 3, 2-4 p.m., Williamson Road Branch Library 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Main Library 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8, 3-5 p.m., Belmont Branch Library 

Questions about these events should be directed to the Virginia Department of Health at (540) 613-6597.

Aug 05

Roanoke Recap – Aug. 6, 2021

Posted on August 5, 2021 at 9:20 AM by Melinda Mayo

If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact us.

City, Star City Strong Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Panel Seek Citizen Input

The City of Roanoke and the Star City Strong Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Panel are seeking input from residents about the City's recovery efforts and use of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The panel will make recommendations to the City Council regarding the expenditure of $64.5 million in funds. To give your input, click here to take a brief survey.  The deadline to respond is Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

City Offers Vaccine Opportunities at Library Branches

Don’t forget about the free COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine opportunities between now and Sept. 8 at selected Roanoke Public Library branches. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can reserve your dose by making an appointment at (540) 613-6597 or go online here. Dates, times, and locations are as follows:  

  • Friday, Aug. 13, 2-4 p.m., Williamson Road Branch Library 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Main Library 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18, 3-5 p.m., Belmont Branch Library 
  • Friday, Sept. 3, 2-4 p.m., Williamson Road Branch Library 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Main Library 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8, 3-5 p.m., Belmont Branch Library

Questions about these events should be directed to the Virginia Department of Health at (540) 613-6597

‘No Need to Speed’ Pedestrian Safety Campaign Continues

Have you been following this summer's "No Need to Speed" campaign? Every week the campaign, which runs from June 21 to Aug. 15, focuses on a different quadrant in the City to spread awareness about the dangers of speeding. Watch for posts on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with messages and activities!