Category Archives: Happenings

14 Days of Love: Just Dance Roanoke Valentine’s Vixen Workshop!

14 Days of Love: Day THREE!


Shake it like the vixen you are at Just Dance Roanoke’s Valentine’s Vixen Workshop on February 8! One lucky reader will win a free pass to this workshop for herself and a friend!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to enter to win this fabulous prize!

WIN a Charlene K Heart Pendant Necklace!

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Magnolia is giving away a beautiful heart pendant necklace by Charlene K! Say “I love you” with this beautiful piece of jewelry, an eternal reminder of your thoughtfulness.

Visit our Facebook page for more details on how to win!

14 Days of Love: A Massage from Massage Envy!

14 Days of Love: Day ONE!

14DOLMEWe are kicking off our 14 Days of Love by giving you the chance to win a free one hour massage from Massage Envy! This is a great gift for someone you love– even if that someone is yourself!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win, and stay tuned for more great prizes! Pick up our February issue for a complete list of businesses giving away other great items this month!

Tons of Fun!

Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is joined by Roanoke County Department of Economic Development and Tanglewood Mall in holding the 16th annual Tons of Fun event, which is free for kids and families. The affair will take place at Tanglewood Mall on Saturday Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tanglewood Mall will be filled with fun from local businesses like Barnes and Noble and Fun Times Party Warehouse, and organizations like Mountain View Humane and Roanoke County Police and Fire & Rescue.

RogerDay2bA musical performance by Roger Day, children’s musician and winner of two Parents’ Choice Gold Awards is taking place for the first time in Tons of Fun’s history. There are entertaining performances by the Southernettes Baton Corps and magician Mark Fuller. As well, children can talk to their favorite characters like Spider Man, Aladdin and “Frozen’s” Snow Queen.

Parents will have the chance to meet with Camp Fair to get information about children’s summer camps around the country. They can also enter a door prize, which includes a chance to win free summer camp opportunities.

Activities at Tons of Fun include face painting, crafts, rides, games, zoo animals and interactive exhibits like an indoor scavenger hunt. With the amount of exciting activities and performances, the entire family will be entertained for the day, and there is something to interest people of all types and ages.

Written by Danielle Raymond

Bella Book Club!

girl-bossBella is starting a book club for women of all ages! Our first book will be #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. Sophia stands out among other e-commerce giants and her book documents her extraordinary personal story while offering insights on entrepreneurship.

From the Amazon review, “[#GIRLBOSS is] filled with brazen wake-up calls (‘You are not a special snowflake’), cunning and frank observations (‘Failure is Your Invention’), and plenty of behind the scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise. It proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college (if you went to college) or how popular you were in high school. Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.”

We can’t wait to read this book and discuss it with you! Our first meeting will take place on Thursday, February 12 at 6 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please email us at or call our office, 540-904-6800.

The second book will be chosen at the end of our meeting! Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for details.

Gala Opera Cabaret at Opera on the James

Suor Angelica - Med Res -64Opera on the James began as the vision of volunteers to create a nonprofit opera company that would attract and involve Central Virginians in the full range of operatic arts. They provide diverse, accessible productions performed by nationally and regionally acclaimed artists that educate, inspire, and engage their audiences. Over the years they have evolved to a more professional company with an active board and a staff that includes General Director, Cecelia Schieve. On January 31, they will celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a Gala Opera Cabaret to highlight past seasons.
The luxurious gala is a decade in the making. Truly, it is a hallmark of more than their success as a company—it is evidence of connections to opera in our every day lives that many in the community did not know existed. Furthermore, it is proof that there is a growing audience waiting to be inspired and enlightened.
The gala is a representation of collaboration at its finest. “I have engaged five wonderful artists from around the country who have performed with us before,” explains Cecelia. “The event seamlessly incorporates dinner, wine, time with friends, auctions, and outstanding performances. We will surround our guests with opera that mixes styles, languages and characterizations.”
For an event this monumental, Opera on the James decided to find a special way to connect with the community to decorate the venue. They chose to ask a local school group from Heritage High School to paint their interpretation of each of the operas in the style of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Selecting Heritage for the collaboration was an easy decision in part, because the community has long admired the illustrations of art teacher, Jon Roark. “He has involved his students in service projects with the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and other non-profits and I had the pleasure of using him as an artist for one of our brochures in the past,” says Cecelia. “Because of this partnership, many of the young artists he teaches will experience the opera for the first time and it was a pleasure to involve and help educate them.”
The artwork will be on display on Thursday, January 29. For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, visit

National “Thank You” Month

My grandmother always told me that “Thank You” notes were important. She backed up this sentiment by sending them for EVERYTHING. If you gave her flowers on Mother’s Day, she would send a Thank You card. Recently, she even sent one to my husband and I for coming over to make dinner for her and my grandfather.

Inspired by my grandmother, I have always tried to send out timely Thank You notes for every gift, of every size, that I receive. Think about it. When you receive a gift, no matter the monetary value, you are also receiving the gift of someone’s time. The gift giver took time out of their day to think about you, buy something they thought you would like, (maybe) wrap it, and somehow deliver it to you. It is not only disrepectful to neglect to send a thank you note, it can be a little hurtful.

thankyouSo, if you have put off sending Thank You notes for your Holiday gifts– there is still time! It helps to keep blank cards on hand year round, not only for Thank You notes, but for those last minute occasions that you forget. We love Sabrina Soto’s new collection at Michaels. Not only are they inexpensive, their fun patterns make them a sunny reminder of how much you appreciate the person receiving them.

What are you waiting for? Make grandma proud, and celebrate National Thank You Month!   

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24 Days of Prizes: DAY TWENTY-THREE!


Get the New Year started off right with a fabulous prize from the even more fabulous Just Dance Roanoke! Today we’re giving away one free month to one lucky winner and a friend!!!! So you can dance your heart out with your BFF all month long.

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win!