Adventure Us: Carvins Cove – Hollins Tinker Creek Greenway

Carvins Cove, the nationally acclaimed conservation area adjoining Roanoke’s fresh water reservoir, is a gift that keeps on giving. Renowned for its 60+ miles of trails, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve draws mountain bikers and horseback riders from across the country. Its 12,500 acres of forest and mountain win it the prize of the largest conservation…
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Reminiscing on 2020

2020 was certainly a year that changed our lives. So many developments of global proportions; so many seismic shifts in our everyday existence. Will life ever quite be the same? In any event, it’s worth recalling some of the ways – good and bad – that 2020 will forever stand out in my memory. Here…
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Roaming Roanoke: Kids Square

Happy New Year! We are starting 2021 with a visit to a popular spot – Kids Square! Now that it is January, there are not a lot of events. Add in the global pandemic and it can be hard to find indoor activities for families right now. However, several places are open with health and…
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The 5-Minute Answer: What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services You may have seen someone write a note to communicate their order at a coffee shop. Or maybe you’ve seen someone use a device that speaks for them according to the buttons they press. These are examples of augmentative and alternative…
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How the New Normal Brought Back Family Dinners

The COVID-19 virus most certainly brought the world to its knees and created a new normal for most families; working at home was suddenly a new and welcome change for many parents, and family dinners are making a comeback. It’s a difficult job juggling work-at-home duties, chores around the house, pet needs, wrangling the kids,…
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Halloween Safety During a Pandemic

October 3, 2020

Hosting a Halloween Celebration If you will be hosting a celebration, follow these CDC tips for hosting gatherings. Below are some additional considerations for hosting a holiday celebration: • Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible. If hosting an outdoor event is not possible, and you choose to host an indoor…

5 Kids’ Books That Honor Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Legacy

October 3, 2020

Teach the kids about the late Supreme Court Justice and lifelong pioneer for gender equality with these inspiring reads. As just the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died recently at the age of 87, blazed a trail for women as a staunch, lifelong advocate for gender equality. She lived…

The First Tee: October 2020, Caroline Gilreath

October 2, 2020

The First Tee is an international youth development organization that introduces the game of golf to many young people, some of whom may not have any other exposure to it. At the same time First Tee programs like the one here in Roanoke help instill values like integrity, respect and perseverance – the latter recalls that…

Watch This, Do That: Finding Nemo

October 2, 2020

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. Take a trip under the sea to watch one of the best Pixar movies ever, Finding Nemo. Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is…

Watch This, Do That: Back to the Future

September 25, 2020

Watch This, Do That: Back to the Future Images courtesy of Universal Pictures Quite possibly the only PERFECT movie ever created, Back to the Future is the story of teenager Marty McFly as he travels back in time (accidentally) in a DeLorean, in which Marty’s friend, Dr. Emmet Brown made into a time machine. When…

Halloween Books to Read With Your Kids

September 23, 2020

From monsters under the bed to monsters between the pages of literature, writers embrace Halloween and its themes of fright. Kids find a lot to be afraid of, and these new 2019 Halloween and fright-themed books bear out that fear is no factor to fun. Monsters Come Out Tonight, by Frederick Glass Best for ages: 0+ With…

Watch this, Do That: The Princess Bride

September 18, 2020

Watch this, Do That: The Princess Bride Available for purchase here. A grandfather shares a book from his child hood with his grandson who is stuck at home sick. The story centers around Westley, a farm boy who returns from years at sea to find his one true love Buttercup promised to a prince. It’s…

Literacy and Reading: Just 20 minutes a day will set your child up for success

September 14, 2020

by Sara Howell, Kids Soar Three out of every five children grow up struggling to read. They fall behind in school making them more likely to drop out of high school, hold a low paying job, and live in poverty as an adult. Kids Soar, a local nonprofit, provides an after-school literacy program so that…

Life Lessons along the Baseline – September 2020 Lance Beheler

September 14, 2020

by: Gene Marrano Lance Beheler is headed to Roanoke College this fall and plans to play tennis for the NCAA Division III school while pursing his studies. He’s already played team tennis for 7 years – all four years at Cave Spring High School and three before that in middle school. He was the number…

Watch This, Do That: Tangled

September 10, 2020

Watch This, Do That: Tangled In this crazy pandemic world we live in right now, we figured this was the best movie to start off our new weekly column with! After all we can all relate to Rapunzel now: stuck in one building for weeks and years with no end in sight. That’s the life of…

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