Earth Day

April 17, 2012

Earth Day festivities will take place this Saturday, April 21, in Grandin Village.  Come down between 10 am and 4 pm for music, food, crafts, and informational displays by environmental organizations.  The best way for local residents to visit the Village is to walk; Grandin Road will be closed between Westover and Memorial, so parking will be at a premium.

Candidates Forum

March 7, 2012

Please join us this Thursday, March 8, at 7 pm, for the Council Candidates Forum.

All four registered City Council candidates and both registered Mayoral candidates will be on hand to offer their vision of the next few years and answer questions about the issues facing Roanokers.  It should be a lively conversation.

Where:  Raleigh Court Child Development Center (former Raleigh Court Elementary School)

Music Festival at Patrick Henry High School

March 6, 2012

A music festival will be held this Saturday, March 10, to benefit Roanoke City Elementary Schools music programs.  Come out for some great music, for a great cause!

Candidate’s Forum next Thursday

March 1, 2012

It’s election season in Roanoke and City voters will hit the polls on May 1.  The Greater Raleigh Court Civic League is providing an opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say at our Candidates Forum next Thursday, March 8 at 7 pm.

We could use your help.  What are the issues that are important to you?  What questions would you like to have asked of the candidates?

We are in the process of preparing for the Forum, and your input is important.  You can forward your burning-est questions for the candidates to

Council Candidates Forum

February 10, 2012

Signs are sprouting on front lawns, so it must mean Roanoke City election season is here.

What:  The Greater Raleigh Court Civic League will host a Candidates Forum for City Council and Mayoral candidates.

When:  Thursday, March 8 at 7 pm

Where:  Raleigh Court Child Development Center (former Raleigh Court Elementary School)

Why:  It’s important.  Candidates will answer questions pre-selected by GRCCL, and will take questions from the audience.  The event will be moderated by the very competent John Carlin, former TV personality and current public relations and communications professional.

See you there!

GRCCL awards Classroom Grant

January 23, 2012

Congrats to Lynn Pagans, Librarian at Fishburn Park Elementary School. She is the winner of Greater Raleigh Court Civic League’s $1,000 Classroom Grant. She’ll use the funds to purchase sustainability-themed books for their library.

Her winning grant application was chosen by a selection committee of five Civic League volunteers.  It was a difficult decision, as a number of fantastic projects were proposed by the four local elementary schools that participated in the pilot grant program.

The check was presented to Ms. Pagans at the Fishburn library in a surprise event.  It certainly brightened up a cold, rainy, Monday morning.  City Schools Superintendent Dr. Rita Bishop and School Principal Judy Lackey were also in attendance at the surprise presentation.

The Classroom Grant project is a new effort of GRCCL, and serves to help strengthen the ties between our neighborhood and local schools.  We’re thrilled with the outcome and look forward to expanding the program next year to involve Woodrow Wilson Middle School and Patrick Henry High School.

Anyone want free money?

November 15, 2011

The Greater Raleigh Court Civic League is a regular participant in the City of Roanoke’s Neighborhood Development Grant program. The grant money is available for physical improvement projects that make the neighborhood more livable. Recent successfully funded projects in Raleigh Court include:

  • Murray Run Greenway construction and improvements
  • Playground equipment at Virginia Heights Elementary
  • Public Art installations
  • Seasonal banners in Grandin Village (partnered project with GVBA)

If you see a need or a place where money could be spent on your street or elsewhere in the neighborhood, and are interested in spearheading the effort, we’d love to hear from you.  Please contact Chad Braby (

Code Enforcement Workshop

October 21, 2011

Courtesy of RNA (Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates):

  • Are you tired of looking at tall weeds and grass?
  • Is there an abandoned car on your street?
  • Does the curb look like a dump when someone gets evicted?
  • Are you concerned about the health, safety, and welfare of the people in your neighborhood?

If you answered yes, to any of these questions and you want to learn more about what you can do to help, please come to the Code Enforcement Workshop 102 hosted by the Division of Code Enforcement to be held Monday, November 7 from 6p-8p at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, EOC Conference Room (Room 159), 215 Church Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24011.
The City of Roanoke needs your help to make your neighborhood a better place to live. By attending this
FREE workshop, you will learn what is a code violation and how to report it anonymously as well as track the progress of your report.

Please contact the sponsors of this workshop below if you have any questions about attending.
Office of Neighborhood Services 540.853.5210 or the Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates 540.467.0540

Save The Date – November 10

October 12, 2011

Please mark November 10 on your calendar, as GRCCL will host an important conversation with Roanoke City Schools Superintendent Rita Bishop and Board Chairman David Carson.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 7 pm at the Raleigh Court Child Development Center

Saving $’s With Historic Tax Credits

October 10, 2011

From our friend, neighborhood and Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates liason, Dustin Akers:

You are cordially invited to attend a ‘Hands-on Historic Rehab Tax
Credit Workshop on Saturday, November 12 as representatives from Hill
Studio PC and Old Southwest Inc. will explain how owners of historic
properties can take advantage of the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax
Credit and the Virginia Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

Participants will learn how historic tax credits work, and how to
prepare the tax credit application through on-site training and mock

Who should attend?
Business and home owners, community leaders, real-tors, contractors,
developers and anyone who wants to learn about how you can undertake a
historic tax credit application on your own.

Participation is limited to 27 people, accepted on a first-come,
first-served basis!

When: Saturday, November 12……….10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Jefferson Center……..L.L. Rice Room 541 located at Luck Ave.

Cost: $10 (includes lunch) and registration is required

To register: Return the attached registration below form with payment
to Erica Taylor, City Planner II, City of Roanoke Dept. of Planning,
Building & Development 215 Church Ave. SW, Room 166, Roanoke, VA 24011.
Enclose check for $10 made payable to City of Roanoke.

(See attached file: 2011 rev tax credit workshop save the date.pdf)

This workshop is presented by: Hill Studio PC and Old Southwest Inc. and
is sponsored by::
* City of Roanoke
* Old Southwest Inc.
* Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, Inc.

For additional information, contact Erica Taylor by calling 540.853.1522
by email to: