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Graduations, Poverty Income and More News Happening Today

Here’s a look at some of the stories we’ll be following today as they make headlines in Southwest Virginia:

  • William Fleming High School graduation will be held Friday at 10 am at the Berglund Center. If you are unable to attend, the graduation will be streamed live on the RCPS Facebook page. School officials remind guests that balloons, noisemakers, beach balls, or anything distracting will not be allowed. Security measures will be implemented and bags will be subject to search.

  • Danville Public Schools will hold its commencement ceremonies at Averett University’s North Campus. Galileo Magnet High School graduation will take place at 9:00 am and George Washington High School graduation will take place at 2:00 pm

  • The fifth annual Elder Abuse Conference will be held virtually beginning at 8:45 am It is hosted by the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society and the Southwest Virginia Elder Justice Task Force. This year’s focus will be understanding guardianships. The conference will last until 3:15 pm and participation is free.

  • Earnings for Poverty will begin at 9:00 am in the Rainbow Forest Baptist Church Family Life Center gym. It’s a massive 2-day sale in Roanoke where people can go out and buy a wide variety of items. 100% of this year’s proceeds will go to help survivors of sex trafficking.

  • The summer refreshment zone begins at 11:00 am in downtown Roanoke. Visitors may walk around with their alcoholic beverages in a designated outdoor refreshment area. Alcoholic beverages purchased from participating businesses may be consumed in public outdoor spaces during specified hours within the specified zone. For more details on the Summer Snack Zone, visit our website at wsls.com.
  • The VR Center will hold its grand opening at its Salem location. The veteran-owned business is located at 2012 Apperson Drive. The event will start at 1:00 p.m.

  • There will be a Party on the Pier at the Roanoke Rescue Mission from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the parking lot of the G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic on the Rescue Mission campus. Guests and members of the community can come out and enjoy live music, food and more.
  • Blue Eagle Credit Union’s Insta-Jammin Rock Art features Jane Gabrielle as she reveals her work “Music Is My Freedom.” It will be held at Dr. Pepper Park. This innovative art exhibit is one of several being organized by Blue Eagle Credit Union and Dr. Pepper Park, giving artists the opportunity to showcase their work made primarily from recycled, upcycled and reused materials. The concert starts at 6 pm
  • It’s National Iced Tea Day at McAlister’s Deli. This year, McAlister’s Deli is creating its signature LTO Sweet Tea Ice Cream with Lemon Swirl Sugar Cookie. This is the first time they have transformed their iconic drink into ice cream and was inspired by an April Fool’s joke in 2021.

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