🌱 The First Lady of Virginia visits Roanoke + Roanoke Youth Summit

Good morning everyone. The coffee is brewing and the brain is starting to brainstorm, so let’s start with what’s going on in town.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Variable clouds; less humid.

High: 82 Low: 63.

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Here are the best stories in Roanoke today:

  1. Virginia First Lady Suzanne Youngkin recently hosted an event in Roanoke titled The Spirit of Sisterhood at the Taubman Museum of Art. The event, the third of its kind in the state, aims to bring together women business owners, community leaders and volunteers and more than 100 showed up in Roanoke. Youngkin said, “Engaging with women from all parts of Virginia remains a top priority and I am thrilled to be in Roanoke to celebrate the bonds that bind us together in sisterhood. Discussing universal needs and shared values, while educating women about the resources available to them, is at the heart of this initiative.” (Roanoke star)
  2. The Roanoke Young Citizens Services Council held a youth summit in Washington Park on Saturday, designed to empower and encourage area children and young adults. The event took place for the first time since the start of the pandemic in 2020 and featured a range of dancers, poets and drummers. “The City of Roanoke wants to make sure we show our young people how much we love and appreciate them because if we don’t, the streets will,” said Roanoke City Councilwoman Anita Price. “It is important for all of us to remember that we have to take care of our children. (WSLS)
  3. Local filmmaker Richard Maitri will premiere his new short, “I, Miss Virginia: Ocey’s Death,” at the Grandin Theater on June 29. The red carpet premiere will be accompanied by a Q&A directly after the film, which will feature several local actors as well as local history. “Being from Montgomery County and having attended this school in middle school from grade six through eight in the 70s, anyone who has been here knows the legend,” Maitri said. (WDBJ)

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Today in Roanoke:

  • ‘Curious George: The Golden Meatball’ by Mill Mountain Theater at the Hollins Branch Library (10:30 a.m.)
  • The Famous Tuesday Night Beer Tour, from Twin Creeks Brewing Co. (5:45 p.m.)
  • Fleet Feet Pub Run & Walk at Big Lick Brewing Co. (6 p.m.)
  • Live Music: Adam Markham at Crescent City BBQ (7 p.m.)
  • Live Music: Tate Tuck at Corned Beef & Co., Rooftop (8 p.m.)
  • Live Music: GOTE at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (9:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Roanoke Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center: “Introducing the Centre’s new comedy show – two trainees and a goose! Trainees Chloe and Logan replaced the hay litter in one of our Canada goose enclosures this afternoon!” (Roanoke Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center via Facebook)
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA: “Summer is officially uPAWn for us, and with it reaching close to 100 degrees on some days, it’s important to listen to our furry friends when taking them outside. We love outdoor enrichment, but we also love that our dogs don’t overheat! (Roanoke Valley SPCA via Facebook)
  • City of Roanoke Public Schools: “Families at Lincoln Terrace Elementary School, here’s a great chance to celebrate reading all summer long!” (City of Roanoke Public Schools via Facebook)
  • Virginia Transportation Museum: “Congratulations to Roanoke Valley residents Josh Hull and Trevor Stahl for winning this year’s big race!!! A way to represent the guys!” (Virginia Transportation Museum via Facebook)

Slow news day, but you are officially in the know. I will see you tomorrow!


About me: Ian Graham is a novelist, screenwriter and freelance writer. His interests are politics, history and religion and the stories and characters he writes about center on the explosive conflicts created when the three intersect. He’s a firm believer in being yourself…unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

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