Block Party – Save the Date

April 4, 2011

Block Party and Street Fair: Sunday, May 22 2:00 to 5:00

Magicians, jugglers, face painting, hot dogs, kids’ activities, music, bands, chess matches, food and drinks. Enjoy the best of Raleigh Court at our annual Block Party in Grandin Village. Co-sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League and the Grandin Village Business Association. Best of all. . .it’s FREE and everyone’s invited.

To help, contact Susan Koch at or 345-9977.

GRCCL Meeting this Thursday

March 7, 2011

PLEASE NOTE the new location for our regular GRCCL meeting:

We’ll be at Raleigh Court Child Development Center’s Community Room. This is the former location of Raleigh Court Elementary School. Official address is 2202 Grandin Rd, but just look for our signs as you turn into the high school complex.

Join us at 7 pm to hear what’s going on in the neighborhood. We’ll also hear from Roanoke City Parks and Recreation. They’ll fill us in on outdoor recreation opportunities in our area this Spring and Summer.

Patrick Henry H.S.

February 28, 2011

Here’s a quick update on upcoming events at PHHS:

  • March 10 – Choir concert at 7:00
  • March 12 – ROTC to march in St. Patrick’s parade
  • March 16 – 2 hour early dismissal
  • Apr. 8-9, 15-16 – public performances of “Grease” at 7:30 PM
  • May 14 – Prom, with After-prom at the school, 12-3:00 AM

Wasena Seedlings

February 22, 2011

Another Raleigh Court resident, doing cool things.  This from Christina Nifong:

Last year, our family helped start a school garden at Wasena Elementary School, where our daughter Fiona is now a 1st grader. This year, we are planning to plant and harvest again this spring, but we are also trying to raise money to expand the garden, buy kid-sized tools and start up a composting program at the school. To that end, we have been selected as charities of the month by Cups coffee shop and the Natural Foods Co-op, both on Grandin Rd. In March, if you buy a pound of coffee from Cups, the school garden gets $1; every half-pound bag of coffee sold earns us 50 cents. And at the Co-op, if you bring your own cloth bags, you will be given a poker chip at the register. Each time anyone puts his or her poker chip in the slot labeled “Wasena Seedlings School Garden” in the lobby of the store, the garden earns 5 cents.
So, support our garden and local businesses if you can in March. And tell everyone you know so they can help our garden grow too!!

Earth Day Festival – Saturday, April 23 – Volunteers Needed

February 21, 2011

The Earth Day celebration in Grandin Village is getting bigger and better. This year, the festivities will be located in the streets! Grandin Rd, between Westover and Memorial will be closed off to facilitate the event.   Volunteers are needed, both for helping organize this great event, and for assisting with day-of-event details like parking control.

If you’re interested, please contact Polly Branch at, or consider attending the organizational meeting at the Co-op on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 3 PM

More details on the event can be found at

Weekend Vandalism

February 14, 2011


The Roanoke Police Department is seeking information from the public
regarding incidents of property damage. Officers responded at 8:40 a.m. on
February 13, 2011, to the 2700 block of Laburnum Avenue in reference to a
vehicle that appeared to have its windows damages by a bb gun or air rifle.
Upon further investigation officers located more vehicles that had been
damaged in a similar manner. In addition, additional citizens called to
report damage to their vehicles. A total of 34 vehicles were damage in the
following areas:

2500-2700 blocks of Laburnum Avenue
2000-2600 blocks of Avenel Avenue
2100 block of Carter Road
2800 block of Bluefield Avenue
2400 block of Grandin Road
1800 block of Warrington Avenue
1400 block of Windborne Avenue
2100 block of Dudding Street

No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information regarding
this or other crimes should call the Roanoke Police Department at 853-5959
or Crime Line at 344-8500. An anonymous donor has offered a $500 reward
for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s)
involved in the incident. Crime Line may offer a monetary reward for any
information leading to an arrest.

Volunteers for Energy

January 25, 2011

Are you, or do you know a retired engineer looking for part-time work?  If so, you’re in luck, and your skills are needed…

Here’s the skinny, from RVARC:

Volunteers for Energy Seeking Energy Assessors

Volunteers for Energy, a program of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, is seeking part-time retired, volunteer engineers to perform energy and sustainability assessments at businesses, nonprofits, governments and industries in the greater Roanoke region.  These assessments provide specific strategies for organizations to cut their energy use, reduce waste, and implement other energy and environmental practices such as recycling programs, transportation demand management, and green energy, and are provided free of charge.

Volunteers should have industrial or facilities management experience with good communications and computer skills and an interest in sustainability and energy issues.  Experience in some technical, educational, or professional fields is also appropriate.  Volunteers for Energy staff provide training and assessment supplies, including all necessary tools.  A stipend is available and volunteers are eligible to be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the assessment process.

Interested volunteers should contact Jeremy Holmes, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs, at (540) 342-9393 or  More information and a volunteer interest form can be found at  Just click the Volunteers for Energy logo.

Volunteers for Energy helps organizations improve environmental and energy management through efficiency techniques that save money.  The VfE team conducts on-site assessments and provides consulting services to businesses and public facilities throughout the greater Roanoke region.  Highly experiences volunteer engineers, scientists, and staff provide clients with innovative cost-saving strategies and resources to meet their goals.  Consulting services are confidential and are provided at no cost to the client, supported by a Department of Energy grant and the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission.

Neighborhood Social

January 25, 2011

Join us this evening for a neighborhood social at Local Roots Restaurant. Stop by after work for a drink special or appetizer special between 5 pm – 6:30 pm. Bring your neighbor!

Book Signing

January 18, 2011

Raleigh Court resident Ralph Berrier, Jr. will be reading and signing copies of his book, “If Trouble Don’t Kill Me: A Family’s Story of Brotherhood, War, and Bluegrass”, Tuesday, January 25 at 4 pm.

Ralph will be speaking to the Historical Society of Western Virginia at Christ Lutheran Church, 2011 Brandon Road, Roanoke. Event is $5 for non-members, free for members.

More info and rave reviews of his fantastic book here.

Waffle Festival!

January 14, 2011

Healthy Stuff Cafe, located in Grandin Gardens (former location of Local Roots), is doing a Pancake / Waffle Festival every Saturday 8 AM-6 PM, and Sunday 10 AM-4 PM.

I’ve never been to a Waffle Festival, but it sounds like something everyone ought to try at least once.