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Neighborhood Month 2014

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Neighborhood Month 2014...

Neighborhood Month is a month long celebration
of community and neighborhood pride
hosted by Roanoke neighborhood organizations
to provide opportunities
for all residents of all neighborhoods
to come together with each other
to celebrate our neighborhoods…and each other...
as we do have so much to celebrate!

... during the month of May.


Neighborhood Month provides you with an opportunity to learn about a neighborhood (or neighborhoods) other than your own.....and to meet the folks who live there! By leaving the comfort of your own neighborhood and venturing out to see what the rest of Roanoke......and our neighborhoods..... are REALLY about........you will quickly discover just how unique each neighborhood is, and at the same time, learn that each is filled with warm and friendly people who care about their neighborhood - just as you care about yours! So venture out, meet neighbors in other neighborhoods and experience why all of Roanoke's neighborhoods are places we are each proud to call home!

Take this opportunity to learn about our neighborhoods..and leave the comfort of your own neighborhood and venture out to see what the rest of Roanoke......and our neighborhoods..... are REALLY about........the 'building blocks' of our city!! For once you have discovered Roanoke's neighborhoods, you will quickly realize just how unique each one is, but at the same time, will quickly learn how each is filled with warm and friendly people who care about their neighborhood - just as you care about yours!

If your organization is planning an event for Neighborhood Month 2014, please contact the Office of Neighborhood Services by calling 853-5210 or by email.

Events scheduled to date include:

* Saturday, May 3, 2014 4th Annual Police Department Wildwood Neighborhood Cinco de Mayo Celebration
(Thrasher Park, 930 Gus Nicks Blvd NE)
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Everyone is invited to the Wildwood neighborhood's Thrasher Park to commemorate Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) when on May 5, 1862, 4,000 ill-equipped Mexicans were victorious over 8,000 well-equipped French invaders in the battle known as La Batalla de Puebla or The Battle of Puebla. Today, communities around the world celebrate Hispanic culture as families, friends and neighbors gather together to have a fiesta in honor of this historic event. The Police Department' Annual Wildwood Neighborhood Cinco de Mayo celebration includes music, soccer, games, children activities including a Piņata, and food. For more info call 540-853-2203.

* Saturday, May 10, 2014 Airlee Court Annual 24-Block Neighborhood Yard Sale
(Between Williamson Road and Hershberger Road between Walgreens and Florist Road)
Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Your neighbors of the Airlee Court Neighborhood invite you to and enjoy a neighborhood-wide yard sale incorporating individual yard sales within the 24-block neighborhood, all in one day! Last year, 94 individual yard sales took place throughout the Airlee Court neighborhood. Look for the signs! For additional information, contact Ben Burch at 366-8407 or visit the Airlee Court website for a map showing all of the yard sale locations.

* Saturday, May 10, 2014 3rd Annual Gainsborough Neighborhood Community Celebration and Block Party
(Gainsboro Library, 15 Patton Avenue NW)
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Neighbors of the Gainsborough SW Community Organization, Historic Gainsboro Preservation District, and Gainsboro Neighborhood Alliance invite you to join them on Patton Avenue in front of the Gainsboro Library as they celebrate their neighborhood's 3rd annual Gainsborough Neighborhood Community Celebration and Block Party event. This annual event offers free food, music, entertainment and youth activities celebrating the surrounding historic Gainsboro neighborhood. For more info call 540-343-0311.

* Saturday, May 10, 2014 Belmont Neighborhood Association City Cemetery Clean-up
501 Tazewell Avenue SE
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Your neighbors of the historic Belmont Neighborhood Association invite you to join them as they spruce up the old City Cemetery located on Tazewell Avenue SE behind the Rescue Mission. Many of our city founding fathers and prominent citizens were laid to rest in this beautiful historic cemetery. Lunch to be provided by the Rescue Mission. For additional information, call 793-5561.

* Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Kid's Safety Event with Old Southwest
641 Walnut Avenue SW
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The gazebo at the historic Alexander Gish House is the setting for this year's Kid's Safety Event with Old Southwest - an educational and informative free event where children will learn about street safety, how to dial 911, fire suppression equipment demonstration, and how to be safe when out and about. Representatives from police, fire/ems, Lead-safe Roanoke will be available and free smoke detectors will be distributed to qualified home owners. Youth from all city neighborhoods are invited. For additional information, call 293-4075.

* Saturday, May 17, 2014 Melrose-Rugby 25th Anniversay Kick-off Celebration Block Party
17th Street NW between Orange Ave and Melrose Ave NW beside the Melrose Rugby Community Center
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Forum invites you to join in the festivities of their 25th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration Block Party as they celebrate 25 years of representing the residents and businesses of the Melrose-Rugby neighborhood, This will be the first of several events planned to commemorate their first meeting help during September of 1989. A free event open to all with music, entertainment, food, refreshments, games and fun for all ages. (Rain date - May 31). For additional information, call 342-2763.

* Sunday, May 18, 2014 10th Annual Greater Raleigh Court Neighborhood Block Party and Street Fair
(Grandin Village, 1300 block Grandin Rd)
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Your neighbors of the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League invite you to join them at the 10th Annual Block Party and Street Fair in the historic Grandin Village (the 1300 block of Grandin Road). Free event offering free hot dogs, music, street performers, and kids’ activities celebrating the Grandin Village and the surrounding Raleigh Court neighborhood. For additional information, visit the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League website or call Susan Stump at 540-777-1790.


SAVE THE DATE of these scheduled activities planned with their times and locations in a conspicuous space to remind you of the events taking place.
  • Venture out,
  • Meet neighbors from other neighborhoods, and
  • Experience why ALL of Roanoke's neighborhoods are places we each are each proud to call - Home!

Check back often as this page is being updated as more events are scheduled and details become available!