Oct 11

Roanoke Recap – Oct. 11

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 11:42 AM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! 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 the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.

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GO Fest is Almost Here

The 2019 GO Fest will be held Oct. 18-20, and there are a few changes this year. First, the location! Because of the construction on River's Edge North, the festival will be held on the other side of the river at River's Edge South. While the location has changed, the festival will still be amazing! GO Fest is a one-of-a-kind event that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Test drive a bike or stand-up paddleboard, learn to fly cast, participate in a race, camp out, sample craft beer, take a survival class, and more. Click here to sign up for races, pre-order GO Fest merchandise, volunteer, or schedule your weekend. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Please note: The change of location will limit the amount of available parking for the event. Street parking will not be available on Reserve Avenue. Event goers may park at the Carilion parking garage off Reserve Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. The public is also encouraged to consider other options for transportation to GO Fest such as riding their bike, walking, taking a Zagster, or carpooling/ride sharing. There will be a fenced-in walkway through River's Edge North.  

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled for October

The Western Virginia Water Authority, Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition, area law enforcement agencies, and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26. The event provides a free, secure place to dispose of unwanted medications and helps protect our waterways, prevent drug abuse, and makes our communities safer. Prescription drugs will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the following parking lot locations.

  • Roanoke City: Towers Mall CVS; Solutions Center - 2328 Melrose Ave; and 9th Street CVS.
  • Botetourt County: Daleville Kroger; Ransone's Drug Store – Buchanan.
  • Salem: Super Shoes (Main Street); VA Medical Center (Bldg 143); Virginia State Police Headquarters.
  • Roanoke County: Kroger at Tanglewood Mall; Kroger at Valley Gateway Blvd; Walgreens at Electric Road and Brambleton; Kroger Corporate Offices on Peters Creek Road; and Hershberger Road Fire and Rescue #1
  • Vinton:  Kroger on Hardy Road.
  • Franklin County:  Kroger at Westlake and Kroger in Rocky Mount.

For more information is available here,

Nominations for Neighborhoods Partnership Awards Due Soon

Just a reminder: Entries for the citywide Neighborhoods Partnership Awards must be received or postmarked no later than Friday, Oct. 18. This program recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions, excellence, and accomplishments achieved by neighborhood organizations and civic individuals who have partnered with city departments, schools, nonprofits, businesses, institutions, and others.

To learn more or download the nomination form click here




Oct 11

Roanoke Recap – Sept. 27

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 11:25 AM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! 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 the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.


Valley Metro Announces VMGO

Valley Metro has announced its new Real-time Transit Passenger Information (RTPI) service VMGO. This service will provide real-time bus stop departure times via a smartphone, personal computer, and by calling a dedicated landline phone number. Find out more about this new service here.

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Website Provides Information on Police Chief Search

The search process for a new Police Chief has begun. Information to keep the public informed of the process and of the steps along the way is posted on the City’s website, including documents such as the Request for Proposals and a preliminary outline of the recruitment process. Future postings will include a survey, the recruitment brochure, and the list of interview panel members.  The City will use email notifications and social media posts to let citizens know when new information has been updated on the site. To stay informed, click on this link.

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City, Local Groups to Plant Trees Along Greenway

On Saturday, Sept. 28, Urban Forestry staff in the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will partner with Trees Roanoke, the Roanoke Tree Stewards, and Novozymes to plant trees along the Roanoke River Greenway in southeast Roanoke. Trees Roanoke, a local nonprofit with a mission to help replace trees on City property, purchased the trees with funds raised in 2018. Click here to read more.



Sep 27

Roanoke Recap - Sept. 13

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 1:37 PM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! 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 the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.


Roanoke Kicks Off Welcoming Week

The City of Roanoke and local partners are hosting a series of community events to participate in Welcoming America’s national Welcoming Week campaign between Sept. 13 and Sept. 22. City officials and other community members attended the kickoff of Roanoke’s Welcoming Week today (Friday, Sept. 13), at the Roanoke City Market Building in downtown Roanoke. A full list of events and more information is available here.

Nominations for Neighborhood Partnership Awards are Open

The Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates (RNA) and Roanoke City Council have opened nominations for the citywide Neighborhoods Partnership Awards. This program recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions, excellence, and accomplishments achieved by neighborhood organizations and civic individuals who have partnered with city departments, schools, nonprofits, businesses, institutions, and others as follows:

  • To make physical and/or social improvements to our neighborhoods;
  • To connect neighbors and/or neighborhoods with one another; and/or
  • To build the capacity of their neighborhood organization to better serve our community.

Click here to view the nomination form.

How to Watch City Council Meetings

Did you know … even if you aren’t able to attend City Council meetings you can still watch them “live”?  The meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month at 2 p.m. Roanoke Valley Television Cox Channel 3 cablecasts City Council meetings “live”; and the City livestreams City Council meetings through its Facebook page. Agendas for City Council meetings are posted here.