Gene Marrano

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United Way’s “Day of Action” is taking place nationwide today. Locally, volunteers are spending time with children at Head Start centers, sorting donated food at Feeding America and fixing youth bicycles at the West End Center. That’s for a joint program with Family Service of Roanoke Valley called “Pedal Up.” Jeff Collignon is a United Way vice-president.  He says in the Roanoke Valley more than 150 people are donating their time at 13 sites today – for non-profits that rely on that donated help every day.

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“Nice Work if You Can Get It,” is a stage musical set just before Prohibition took hold in the Roaring Twenties. Attic Productions in Fincastle is gearing up for a production that opens in late July – and they’ve got the “help wanted” sign out. Most of the casting is done, but director James Honnaker says they need about 4 more women and 5 men who can dance and perhaps sing in some of the big production numbers. Contact Honnaker via the Attic Productions Facebook page or website if you are interested in joining the cast of “Nice Work if You Can Get It.”

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Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge held a hospitality training workshop today, looking to build a team of local ambassadors who can show tourists what the area has to offer. They looked at tourism from a visitor’s perspective to discuss what they want, need, and what information they might be missing.Among the participants was Bayou Snowballs owner Crystal Bolton. Her shop is in the City Market building.

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