Friday, January 16, 2015

Public Input Invited on Multi-Modal Station in Downtown Roanoke

Roanoke, VA - The City of Roanoke and Greater Roanoke Transit Company (Valley Metro) encourages the public to attend a public information meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Greater Roanoke Transit Company, Valley Metro, Campbell Court located at 31 Campbell Ave., to provide input on the feasibility and possible location for a new Multi-Modal Train and Transit Station in downtown.

In November 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Amtrak service would be coming to the Roanoke in 2017. This service will be an extension of the current Amtrak service provided for the City of Lynchburg.  The City of Roanoke has hired a consultant to help determine the feasibility of locating a terminal station in the downtown area of the city.  Preliminary work began on the study last
November. This public meeting will be the first opportunity to hear from residents and interested citizens regarding ideas for the station location, design, and other elements.

The meeting will be a "drop in" format, with representatives from both the consultant and city on-hand to answer questions and receive comments. It is not necessary to attend the entire session and no formal presentation will be made.

For more information, contact Chris Chittum, Roanoke's director of Planning, Building, and Development, at 853-2356.

Friday, November 14, 2014

DRI and Market Building present Great Big Toy Bonanza

The City Market Building and DRI are are teaming up to present the GREAT BIG TOY BONANZA now through November 29th! This Holiday Toy Drive will benefit the Community Christmas Store of the Roanoke Valley!

Bring a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy to the City Market Building and deposit it into one of our Toy Drive Collection boxes wrapped with Holiday Paper. Fill out a donation slip and deposit with your toy, and each day we will raffle off a $20 gift card to the City Market Building from that day's donations! Donate a toy and get a chance at free lunch!

At the end of the toy drive, we will do a GRAND PRIZE raffle drawing for lunch FOR YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE from the City Market Building vendor of your choice for the Holidays! Win lunch for up to 25 people courtesy of the City Market Building and Downtown Roanoke Incorporated! Lunch will be delivered on the day of your choice before December 24.

Thanks for helping out the Community Christmas Store! The Community Christmas Store is a 100%, volunteer run 501c3 non profit that has been serving families in need in the Roanoke Valley since 1993! The Community Christmas Store serves over 500 families each holiday season by providing an entire holiday experience for qualified families, including new clothing, household items, toys for the children, and food for the entire family. Help us help families in need!

Monday, November 3, 2014

LINK:100 The First Centurn of O. Winston Link Announced

An exhibition celebrating the 100th Birthday of O. Winston Link

Roanoke, VA, November 3, 2014– The O. Winston Link Museum is proud to announce the release of a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of O. Winston Link. Featuring works curated from the expansive collections contained within The Link Vault.

“We’re incredibly excited to present these prints and artifacts to the public. It is a rare privilege to have such a wealth of wonderful works spanning a life as influential as Winston’s.” – Mike C. McNeil, Director, O. Winston Link Museum

Join The O. Winston Link Museum, November 14th at 7pm for a public reception and viewing of the exhibition. Refreshments will be provided.

“The O. Winston Museum is dedicated to preserving, collecting and interpreting the photographic, audio and video works of photographer Winston Link and his project to document the last days of steam along the Norfolk and Western Railway.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

City of Roanoke's Fireworks Scheduled for July 4th

Just Announced:

Celebrate an evening of red, white and boom with the City of Roanoke's annual fireworks show at River's Edge Sports Complex on July 4 beginning at 9:30 p.m. This year's fireworks show is presented by the City of Roanoke, The Roanoke Times, WDBJ7, and Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

With the road closures of Wiley Drive and Reserve Avenue for the event, spectators are encouraged to take advantage of parking lot shuttles that will depart from the Elmwood Park Garage and Virginia
Western Community College beginning at 7:30 p.m.   Those planning to park at Virginia Western should park in the lot closest to Colonial Avenue and McNeil Drive.

Fireworks will launch from the Reserve Avenue side of the park, and viewing of this year's show will take place on the Wiley Drive ball fields at River's Edge Sports Complex. All spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information about this year's fireworks show, call the Roanoke Parks and Recreation offices at 853-2236 or visit

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Haley Toyota City Market Lunch Break

May 14th: Acoustic Music by Cre

May 15th: Salsa on the Market by SalsaNoke 7pm-8pm

May 16th: Music by Joy Truskowski

First Tuesday of every month: 
11:30-12:00     Chair Yoga by Uttara Yoga Studio
Stretch those "office muscles" out! No need to bring mat or change. Chairs provided.

First Thursday of every month:
5:30-6:15    Yoga by Uttara Studios 
Bring your own mat and dress accordingly.

(All 11-2 unless otherwise stated)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Joe Lamp'l Coming to Roanoke City Market!

Joe Lamp’l, host of public television’s Growing a Greener World, will be in Roanoke on April 25 and 26 to film a segment on Virginia’s Blue Ridge for his nationally broadcast television series. The show will feature the City Market area with its farm-to-table theme as well as local restaurants and the green roof at Center in the Square. Joe will also talk with Jon Bryant of Natural Foods Co-op and Mark Powell of the Association of Community Gardens to highlight Roanoke’s community gardens and the programs’ success. Local sponsors supporting Blue Ridge PBS’ Joe Lamp’l project are Center in the Square, City of Roanoke, Cool Cities Coalition, Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sheraton Roanoke. The segment will be broadcast in the upcoming fall season of 2014. Saturday, April 26, Blue Ridge PBS will partner with Center in the Square to host an invitational rooftop cocktail event with Mr. Lamp’l. Event sponsors are Barrel Cave Wines and Gourmet, Firefly Fare, Healthy Happy Cooks and Lib and Amy Catering.

Growing a Greener World combines the latest trends in eco-friendly outdoor living with traditional gardening know-how. The award-winning 26-part series travels the country to deliver compelling, inspirational, informative and entertaining stories about those making a positive impact on the planet through organic gardening, sustainable living and farm-to-table cooking. This season's topics range from edible landscape design, urban homesteading and hobby farming to seasonal cooking, canning and preserving. In each episode, gardening and sustainability expert, Joe Lamp’l demonstrates a hands-on gardening project and later, Chef Nathan Lyon blends grassroots with gourmet to create simple, innovative cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. James Baum, president and CEP of Blue Ridge PBS says, “We’re pleased to have Joe come to Roanoke to showcase Virginia’s Blue Ridge. His show consistently highlights best practices in conservation and sustainability.”

NOTE: Growing a Green World is broadcast in 96% of the top 50 market areas in the US. Blue Ridge PBS is honored to host Joe Lamp’l and pleased to have sponsored his original television season. An interview with Mr. Lamp’l can be scheduled through Blue Ridge PBS.

Blue Ridge PBS is the winner of multiple regional Emmy Awards for documentaries and community service. Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving portions of five states. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Capitol Christmas Tree Making Only Virginia Tour Stop in Downtown Roanoke

We are pleased to announce the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as “The People’s Tree,” will be making its only stop in Virginia in Roanoke on Friday, November 22nd from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., on its way from Washington State to Washington, D.C.  The community is invited to come see the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree at SunTrust Plaza in Downtown Roanoke and help celebrate the season with performances from Southwest Virginia Ballet and Mill Mountain Theatre.  An opportunity will be available to sign banners accompanying the tree to Washington, D.C.

A different national forest is chosen each year to provide the “People’s Tree.”  This year the Colville National Forest in the northeast corner of Washington State provided the top choice, an 88 foot tall Engelmann spruce.  Representatives from the national forest will be available to answer questions and photos can be taken in front of the tree. The tree is currently touring across the country heading east to the U.S. Capitol and will stop in several cities.

The Christmas tree will grace the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol in December.  Once it arrives in Washington D.C. in late November, the tree will be lowered into a 5-foot deep hole, strung with lights, and decorated with thousands of handcrafted ornaments.  House Speaker John Boehner will light the tree at a ceremony in early December and the tree will be lit nightly from dusk to 11:00 p.m. throughout the holiday season and enjoyed by people from across the world.