Arts, Leisure and Sports

Their heyday was in the 1980’s and now fans of Night Ranger can see them at Dr Pepper Park in Roanoke on August 30th. “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “Rock in America” are some of the group’s biggest hits. Tickets go on sale to fan club members tomorrow and start at 35 dollars in advance. Dr Pepper Park president Waynette Anderson says fans of two other 80’s supergroups in town this year should enjoy Night Ranger:

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Two boys teams and one girls squad from the Roanoke Star travel program are on their way to Sweden next week (after a stop in Denmark for a few “friendlies”) to take part in the Gothea Cup competition. Its the 31st year that executive director Danny Beamer and his coaches have brought Star teams to play in Europe:


Assuming you can pry them away from their phones, tablets or TV’s, an award winning author some have called “the Judy Blume for a new generation” has suggestions for summer reading your kids may enjoy. She spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Meg Medina’s complete list:

Picture books

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan and illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

 Chapter books and early middle grade

A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold (others in series:  Bat and the Waiting Game and Bat and the End of Everything)

Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas by Juana Medina (other titles in series, Juana and Lucas)

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen (other titles in series, The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: The Wall of Fame Game

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (Four books in series; next installment this fall.)

Middle Grade

 The Last-Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles

The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres

New Kid by Jerry Craft

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd

Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana’s Way, in preparation for Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

The Vanderbeekers series by Karina Yan Glaser

The Jumbies series by Tracy Baptiste

For poets:

A Maze Me:  Poems for Girls by Naomi Shibab Nye

Emma in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido

 Young Adult

 With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Spin by Lamar Giles

Far From the Tree, new in paperback this summer, by Robin Benway

York, The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby (Book 1 was The Shadow Cipher)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera