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Joey Coakley Beck Publisher & Owner jbeck@beckmediagroup.com Hayleigh Worgan Editorial Director hworgan@beckmediagroup.com Sara Coakley Office Manager bella@beckmediagroup.com ••• ADVERTISING Meredith MacKenzie Advertising Sales Representative meredith@beckmediagroup.com (540) 904-6800 ••• Contributors Member One Federal Credit Union, Aaren Nuñez/Well Fed Farm, Hayleigh Worgan Editorial Inquiries editorial@beckmediagroup.com Calendar Submissions calendar@beckmediagroup.com

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inside bella home

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Embracing all-natural products throughout your home

bella weddings

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Host your family and friends in the beautiful Charter Hall

bella sips

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Low-alcohol sips for your summer festivities

giving back

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Over the Edge with Big Brothers Big Sisters

meet the maker

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Introducing Rhonda of Thistle Hill Botanicals

save smarter

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Using your credit card responsibly as you enjoy the summer!

common good

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Exploring the local food culture in Southwest & Central Virginia.

poppyseed

Summer camp fun at Soccer Shots.

calendar of events

Your go-to guide for local happenings in May!

bella loves

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Delicious foodie ideas for your next celebration. may 2017

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Living chemical-free with Grove Collaborative

Use our link for a $10 credit to try Grove Collaborative for yourself! http://bit.ly/2p6dsqR

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Using natural, chemical-free products for cleaning and personal hygiene is essential for improving your health. However, it isn’t always easy to comb through local stores and find affordable products readily available for your household. Fortunately, Grove Collaborative removes the hassle so you can spend less time shopping and more time enjoying life’s important moments. This company is an online service that provides organic, eco-friendly, and sustainable items from top brands like Seventh Generation, Method, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Acure, Dr. Bronner’s, and more! Every product they sell has been rigorously tested by industry experts for health, effectiveness, and environmental impact. Additionally, each item is all-natural and made in the United States. Customers can order products for cleaning, personal care, health and wellness, skin and hair care, oral care, and even babies delivered right to their door. They suggest a schedule to help keep families organized, stocked, and in line with their budget. However, customers can make changes, cancel, or rush a shipment at any time. Their goal is to help you make sure you have what you need, when you need it. There is no fee to join Grove Collaborative. You only pay for the products that you buy, and often at prices comparable to or below the grocery store. Carbon offset shipping is free on your first order. After that, you pay only when products ship. Need more reassurance to give it a try? Grove Collaborative is a Certified B Corporation, which means that it has passed through scrupulous standards for businesses that prioritize social, environmental, and community well-being. And, because we love you SO much, we are giving you a link to try it that will provide you with a $10 credit! If you’re interested, use our link: http://bit.ly/2p6dsqR may 2017

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bella weddings

celebrate your love at charter hall

The perfect backdrop for all your wedding day memories

Nestled on the second floor of the City Market building in Downtown Roanoke, Charter Hall sits as more than just a reminder of the city’s history. What began as the Roanoke Opera House in 1885 has truly blossomed following the rehabilitation of the Market Building in 2011. Charter Hall is now widely recognized as Roanoke’s premier event space for conferences, musical performances, special-occasion receptions, dinners, and often the most special of events: weddings. The great room stands out among any competition for its ability to transform to fit the unique needs of every couple. After all, almost no one wants a cookiecutter ceremony or reception these days. This venue allows couples to infuse bits of their personality and the occasional homage to what makes their love special into their big day. “A minimal amount of lighting and decor can transform Charter Hall into the wedding or reception you’ve been dreaming about,” says Elliot Broyles, Roanoke City Market Building’s Executive Director. “It’s a beautifully renovated historic space in the heart of Downtown Roanoke and you really can’t find that anywhere else.” If you are searching for a venue for your wedding and/or reception, think of Charter Hall as your blank canvas. With the help of their in-house wedding coordinator, couples can create the day they have been dreaming of right in the heart of Downtown Roanoke. Visit www.citymarketbuilding.com for more information on the venue and reserving the space for your event. w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

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Sips A low-alcohol cocktail that can be for any occasion

As the weather gets warmer, we are looking forward to poolside parties and backyard cookouts with friends and family. For those parties that allow for a little indulgence, impress your guests with delicious and unique recipes from Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz by Kat Odell. This collection features drinks for every season and event, from warm Irish coffees to thirst-quenching Micheladas. You’ll love the ‘70s design vibes and tones, perfect to create a relaxing mood for your party. We’ve included one of our favorites. Let us know if you try them on our Facebook page! ( www.facebook.com/bellamagazine )

Friends with Benefits


from Gabe Orta & Elad Zvi of The Broken Shaker, Miami

Rosé is one of those wines that just go down so easily, especially on a hot day with friends. So why not use rosé as a base for punch? That’s exactly what The Broken Shaker guys have done with this number. Think mildly boozy, bubbly adult lemonade with a soft ginger undertone. Since this is a punch, you can use an ice ring or Bundt pan to freeze a large block of ice; otherwise standard cubes work, too (I like to freeze edible flowers in the ice). Whatever you choose, good luck drinking just one glass!  You will need: 4 cups ginger beer, such as Fever-Tree 2 cups fresh lemon juice 1 bottle (750 ml) rosé wine, chilled
 1 bottle (750 ml) Cocchi Aperitivo Americano 10 dashes grapefruit bitters Lemon wheels, for garnish Assorted edible flowers (see headnote), for garnish (optional)

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Place an ice ring or 3 cups ice cubes in a punch bowl. Add the ginger beer, lemon juice, rosé, Cocchi Aperitivo Americano, and grapefruit bitters, and stir together gently. Garnish with the lemon wheels and edible flowers, if using. Serve in rocks glasses. may 2017

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giving back

active volunteering Local heroes go over the edge for a great cause! Written by Hayleigh Worgan

Sara Guerry & her “Little”

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia will host their Over the Edge event on May 19-20. Participants will raise $1,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters, rappel 11 stories over the side of the Patrick Henry Hotel, and raise money for local Big/Little matches. One hundred percent of the money raised will stay in our community. The participant who raises the most money will receive tickets to Disney World for themselves and their Little. To understand how important this event is for those who will benefit from the fundraising, we spoke to participant and Big Sister Sara Guerry. This will be Sara’s first time participating in Over the Edge. She looks at it as a way to raise money while setting an example for her Little. “I haven’t found out exactly how she might need me yet, because we haven’t been paired very long,” she explains. “I’m getting to a place where I’m learning that she can be a little shy and unsure about new experiences. What better way to show her that it’s okay to be scared, but also to be brave, than by launching myself off a building?” On a lot of different levels, the Over the Edge event symbolically mirrors that first step into creating a Big Sister/ Little Sister relationship. “The match process for Big Brothers Big Sisters is an extraordinary process,” Sara says. “They take the time to make sure the fit is the right one for both the child and the adult. That helped alleviate a little bit of fear, but at the same time she is someone else’s daughter and her family loves her so much. There is this other person that comes into her world and wants to be there for her. I hope this will show her how much I care about her, and how successful I know she will be.” Although Sara did some rappelling and rock climbing in high school, she still finds herself getting a bit nervous as the day approaches. The scariest part, she says, will be climbing over the wall of a perfectly good building and realizing that she is about to go over it. However, the reward in the end will be much greater than any of the fear she is facing now. Sara hopes to win the tickets to Disney World for her Little. “I would love nothing more to give her an experience that she otherwise wouldn’t be able to have,” she adds. Yet, even if she doesn’t win the fundraising portion of the event, the symbolic gesture of rappelling 11 stories for her Little, her community, and in the face of her fear, is an important example in their relationship. If you’d like to help Sara, or any of the other participants reach their fundraising goals, visit www.bigslittles.org/ote for more information. We wish all participants good luck in this adventure! may 2017

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Written by Hayleigh Worgan

Going all natural with Thistle Hill Botanicals!

Rhonda Withington

Rhonda Withington has pursued natural products since her late teens. She’s passionate about taking care of health-related issues naturally, and has spent most of her life researching her options. Today, that research is something that she shares with the community in addition to handmade products that have changed the lives of her customers. Before she moved to Virginia, she spent time working off room and board on an organic farm in Connecticut, learning as she worked.
“In a way,” she recalls, “the experience pushed me to be independent. I decided to start making a couple of products.” Her first two, a healing salve and a dental cleaning powder, went over so well that she could barely keep up with the demand. Today, as Thistle Hill Botanicals, she makes and sells these two popular creations in addition to several natural products including Drawing Paste for Bug Bites and Poison Ivy, Foot Soak, Beard and Mustache Oil, Body Scrubs and Butters, Goat’s Milk Soap Bars, Natural Deodorant, and even Dry Shampoo! Rhonda sells primarily wholesale now, placing her creations in stores around Southwest Virginia and other nearby states. Although she misses the direct interaction of farmer’s markets, what she makes often lasts so long that setting up at one every week is simply not ideal for her business. Fortunately, she’s found that the interaction with the community has not disappeared. Customers still call and request things from her, and she is very active in Floyd, where she lives and works. “The direct customer contact was, and is still, invaluable to me,” she explains. “When customers call to place an order personally, I’m thrilled to talk to them.”
Between the sustainability and quality of her products, and her dedication and appreciation for her customers, Rhonda is making an excellent impression on the community. Floyd has a reputation for being one of the most open and accepting places for diverse groups of people pursuing their dreams, so it is no surprise that they have welcomed her with open arms. “There isn’t a lot of judgement here, and there are so many people in town that like to help one another. That’s the way the world is supposed to be,” she says.
The Floyd C4 Business Development Series and Competition is proof of that statement. They offer prizes, funded by grants, to local businesses. In 2015, Rhonda won first prize in the competition. This gave her a cash prize to boost her business and a discount for a spot in Floyd’s Innovation Center. “It was a help in expanding the business and making it what it is today,” she says. “Up until then, I was making products in my little yurt. I didn’t have a lot of space. Being able to move it into the Innovation Center, and having money to buy containers in bigger sizes, larger quantities, and redesign labels gave me the push over the edge to get there.” If you’d like to meet Rhonda and try out samples from Thistle Hill Botanicals, she will be set up at the Roanoke Natural Food Co-Op on Saturday, May 13 from 11am to 2pm. You can also find stores that sell her products via a store locator on her website, or order directly at www.thistlehillbotanicals.com. Our monthly Meet the Maker feature is proudly sponsored by HomeTown Bank. Each month, we recognize local makers selling their unique handmade products. Visit our website, www.lovelybella.com, to view these features throughout the year.

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save smarter

Article courtesy of Member One Federal Credit Union

home buying and renovation budget prep Because you don’t want to be “house poor,” do you?

warm up to responsible spending

Four Ways to Keep Your Credit Card in Check & Still Enjoy Summer Fun With warm, sunny days upon us, it’s time to plan for more than just your tan: summer spending. Vacations, airline tickets, dining out, and entertainment—it adds up. If you haven’t budgeted for these expenses in advance, a quick swipe of your credit card takes care of it. But if responsible credit card use isn’t your strength (or you just need a refresher), these tips could help curb the temptation to overspend this summer.

Be selective. There are several factors to look at when picking a credit card. First,

you’ll want to see what your limit is. If you don’t think you can handle the freedom of a credit card, start with one that has a lower limit, like $1,000. Additionally, look at the credit card’s annual percentage rate or APR. That interest will add up if you’re not planning on paying off the total each month, so shop around for a low APR. Finally, look out for cards that charge annual fees just for keeping them open.

Monitor your balance. You should keep credit card payments to 10 percent of

your monthly take-home income. For example, if your monthly income is $2,000, your monthly credit card payment should not be more than $200. This doesn’t mean your balance should not exceed $200, but make sure your minimum payment is no more than that. Keep in mind, however, that paying off the entire balance each month is in your best interest financially.

Know the benefits. By making purchases with your credit card and paying the

balance off each month, you’re proving to lenders that you’re a responsible, creditworthy consumer. It boosts your credit score and will help you in the future if you ever want to get a loan—or another credit card.

Stick to a budget. It’s important to set parameters for yourself when using a

credit card. One simple way to do this is to use the credit card for one specific purpose, like gas or groceries, so it’s easier to keep your spending in check. Another way is to get a card with a low limit. This forces you to keep your spending under a certain amount.

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Smart credit card use doesn’t have to be a mystery or limit your fun this summer. Follow these simple tips and your poolside lounge session (while possibly chasing the kids) will be that much more relaxing.

Join Member One here each month for more money-saving tips and financial advice! Be sure to visit their website, www.memberonefcu.com, for more information on the products and services they offer.

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common good Exploring the local food culture in Southwest & Central Virginia

chocolate fixes everything

a little Photos & written by Aaren Nuñez

Aaren Nuñez is a Mother, Farmer, Cook, and Photographer. She lives in Floyd, VA where she owns and operates Well Fed Farm raising heritage breed livestock. On any given day you can find her milking a cow or two, developing a recipe, driving a tractor, photographing food, and of course thinking about her next meal. Say Hello! aaren@wellfedfarm.com Instagram: @wellfedfarm Facebook: Well Fed Farm, Floyd VA w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

Ah, the rush and excitement of May on the farm. This is the month where things really begin to kick into a higher gear, and each daylight minute is appreciated and eagerly used. ‘Tis the season of plants moving outdoors, transplanting, seeding, weeding (it’s always that season), bed prep, etc. This is not a time to get behind, and here’s the rub. It currently takes me twice as long to accomplish even the simplest of tasks these days. I am a slower moving version of my former self this spring outfitted in a fairly hard-core brace on my right leg, carrying around and hammering in on those 7-ft. steel T-posts (for the Florida weave tomato support system I use). Yep, taking forever this year. Several months back I tore the ACL in my right knee and had surgery to repair it. (Hamstring autograft, in case you were wondering.) It has been equally exhausting and frustrating trying to recover and carry on after that. Who am I kidding? It has been many, many other things too. Suffice to say, the entire ordeal has pushed my daily life here on the farm so, completely, out of balance. As any stir-crazy, heart-sick, healing, formerly capable, once highly functioning multi-tasker of a food lover is apt to do, I ate to recover. In the beginning, think nutrient dense 3-day bone broths, full of chicken feet and meaty backs, that turn to a wobbly gelatin rich consistency in the fridge. I lived on that, and copious amounts of chilled oranges for about a week post-surgery. There were quiches and curries friends dropped off in the early weeks when I was convalescing on my couch that helped with morale just as much as with a hungry belly. There were loaves of fresh baked bread and jars of citrus marmalade I put by before, in anticipation of being laid up. Toast with raw farmstead butter and jam is kind of a perfect feel better food in my opinion. There were more pineapple and coconut popsicles consumed than I should probably admit. Slow baked wild salmon, iron skillet cooked homegrown pork chops and sausages served with gut healthy fermented pickles and krauts, comforting loaded noodle soup bowls, and very big salads. All were on a steady rotation. Quick, healthy, and tasty was the name of the game. Which brings us here. Let’s not forget the healing power of chocolate. It’s real. Sometimes, you just need a cake for no other reason than: Just Because. While I slowly got stronger and more mobile, I still did not have a lot of extra energy to spend busying away in the farmhouse kitchen as I once did. Enter my favorite chocolate cake. It’s simple, and quick. An easy recipe you’ll probable have memorized after making it once. It uses, no joke, only five ingredients. It’s dense, freezes beautifully, and is decadent enough to cure all your chocolate cravings with one small slice. It will probably make you the star of any potluck. While it is a great special occasion cake, (blogger, writer, and restaurateur Molly Wizenberg baked an army of these cakes over the course of many weekends,

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common good froze them all, and then served them at her wedding), it is also easy enough to whip up and bake for just yourself and maybe a loved one, with no fuss. I justify the bi-weekly baking of this almost flourless, dark chocolate cake by the crafty guise of focusing on its quality ingredients: our own spring grass-fed Dutch Belted butter, fresh eggs from our foraging hens, a high quality, super dark, fair trade chocolate. You know, things that are in and of themselves truly good for you. Okay, there is sugar in there. So maybe not the best if you sat down and ate half the thing in one sitting, ahem, looking at my boyfriend. But, one slice of this magic, “just because”, cake is serious balm for whatever may ail you. Guarantee it.

-Aaren

Just Because *almost* Flourless Chocolate Cake

(Recipe lightly adapted from Molly Wizenberg) This recipe, upon deeper digging, seems to be one that has been bouncing around since perhaps the seventies and has been attributed to various bakers and food writers. Since there are only a few ingredients, please choose the best quality you can. I would suggest using Kerrygold butter if you do not make your own, and farm fresh eggs. Dark chocolate means at least 70% or more. This cake is both delicious topped with whipped cream and berries, or served simply dusted with powdered sugar and a fork. 7 ounces quality dark chocolate, finely chopped 7 ounces unsalted grass-fed butter, cut into smallish cubes 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar 5 large room temperature eggs, cracked into a bowl, left unmixed 1 tablespoon unbleached AP flour cocoa powder, parchment paper, and butter for pan, salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 375F and butter the inside of your chosen cake pan. I have made this with a 7” pan as well as a 9” spring-form pan. Use what you have. After buttering the pan, line it with a round of parchment on the bottom and a collar around the sides. Go ahead and rebutter parchment and dust the pan with cocoa powder, shaking out excess. Better safe than sorry here. Next, melt the chopped chocolate with the butter. I would suggest using a double boiler to do this (or a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water) unless you feel confident about keeping your heat nice and low. I use a thick copper pot over very low gas heat and feel good about doing it this way. Stir as it melts and don’t walk away. Once the butter and chocolate are blended and viscous, stir in your sugar and remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool slightly. It will look gritty as this point. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time. As more eggs are added you will find the batter becoming stiffer. Keep going until all five are incorporated. Mix in flour and a pinch of salt if preferred. Keep stirring until the batter shifts to a smooth, unctuous, velvety texture. Pour into prepared pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes. I would start checking around 20. You want the slightest jiggle in the center. It will be poofed, crackly, and gorgeous when it is time to remove it. Let the cake cool, in the pan on a rack, for ten minutes. During this time, it will begin to fall back in on itself. It’s supposed to! Remove the cake, carefully, from pan. A spring form is helpful here! Otherwise, try using a sheet of parchment and a plate to help turn it out. This will make inverting it and returning it to its crackly, shiny topside much easier to do. Serve after completely cooled, either at room temperature or, as my boyfriend prefers it, cold from the fridge.

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for the love of strawberries

From making memories to health benefits, these tiny red fruits are a seasonal must-have!

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Here we are, Bella girls: right in the heart of strawberry season! Whether you are making strawberry pies with your grandmother, supporting local farmers at the market, or simply snacking on these red delicious fruits at a picnic, there is more to these tasty morsels than meets the eye. If you’re looking for another reason to enjoy a few strawberries with friends and family, keep a few of these facts in mind: Strawberries are known for their Vitamin C, which is a booster for the immune system, a helpful cure for the common cold, stimulates activity of white blood cells, and also works as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals, which are harmful products of cellular metabolism. They contain iodine, which regulates proper function of the brain and nervous system. Additionally, they provide Vitamin B, which can strengthen the cardiac muscles and lead to a better functioning heart ( www.organicfacts.net ). So stock up on strawberries at Scott’s Strawberry Farm Festival May 12-14. Scott’s Strawberry Farm, located in Moneta, is surrounded by a beautiful view of the mountains and the perfect setting for making memories with family and friends. Spend Mother’s Day weekend supporting local farmers away from the city! Follow Scott’s Strawberry Farm on Facebook, and stay tuned to www.facebook.com/bellamagazine for more details as the days approach. |

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poppyseed Bella’s guide for all families of Southwest & Central Virginia

Fun

Using summer camp to expand upon old skills and learn new ones!

Summer camps are a great way to keep your child’s mind and body active between school years. Locally, there will be several options for children this summer. However, incorporating sports into these week-long excursions has many additional benefits for their development. Not only do they learn to work as part of a team, but it introduces the spirit of friendly competition amongst their peers. Additionally, it increases their ability to concentrate and promotes cognitive development by encouraging each child to work on solving problems in a fast-paced environment. Even if your child is fairly new to the sport, learning something new and building on the foundation of social skills while having fun with their friends is a great way to spend their summer vacation! Of the summer camps that we have tried within our office, one of our favorites is Soccer Shots. The local soccer camp for children ages three to eight, began in 1998 when Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb realized that there was a lack of quality soccer programs for children under eight years old. Their passion is to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives. It quickly spread around the country, and we are lucky that one now exists for children in Southwest Virginia. Each camp emphasizes soccer skills as well as character development, which transcends the game itself. Coaches are motivated by a desire to see kids experience the game of soccer and enjoy the rewards that participation in the game offers. Soccer Shots is a non-profit summer camp, and the community can help them by donating money to help with expenses, buying a ball to raise funds and awareness, promoting the camp to friends and relatives, or donating time as a coach. The camps are always looking for good coaches who care about children and want to make a positive impact. The coaches in our area are passionate about soccer, and many of them have played or coached the game since they were children. Soccer Shot camps are weekly this summer, MondayFriday, and begin on June 19. Visit www.swvirginia.ssreg.org for more information on scheduling, rates, and camp details. Stay tuned to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bellamagazine, for updates on summer camp opportunities in the next few months! w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

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Eats&Sips

Discovery Lunches at Chateau Morrisette: May 4 & June 1, 12-2 pm Discover the sumptuous flavors of world cuisine with Discovery Lunches in collaboration with Away to Go travel and featuring presentations from Uniworld River Cruises, SeaDreams Travel, and others. Prix fixe multicourse meals have menus inspired by Africa, Eastern Europe, and more. Reservations and pre-payment are required. www.thedogs.com Annual Strawberry Festival in Downtown Rocky Mount: May 12, 6:30-8:30 pm Bring your whole family to the 14th Annual Strawberry Festival at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Rocky Mount. Enjoy fresh strawberries on ice cream, snow cones, balloons, and children’s activities including a rock climbing wall and face painting. Live musical entertainment will be provided by the Harrell Grice Band and several gospel groups. Bring your lawn chair and come early! www.visitfranklincountyva.org Annual Winemaker’s Dinner at Chateau Morrisette: May 28, 6-8 pm The winery’s annual Winemaker’s Dinner at The Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette is hosted by special guest, Winemaker and Enologist Brian Smyth, who will discuss wine pairings and new wines in development. This event includes a delicious prix fixe, multi-course meal with handselected wine pairings. Reservations are required. www.thedogs.com

Music

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra presents My Fair Broadway at the Salem Civic Center: May 12, 7:30 pm Four Broadway vocalists, five celebrated Broadway musicals, one night only with the RSO! Selections from My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, and more! It’s the best of Lerner & Loewe! www.rso.com General Early Bluegrass Festival at Crazy Horse Marina: May 13, 1-9pm The annual General Early Blue Grass Festival will be held Saturday, May 13 at Crazy Horse Marina on Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta. Enjoy a great line-up of non-stop Bluegrass musical performances by Barry Collins & Friends, The Harrell Grice Band, Wound Tight, and Five Mile Mountain Road. The event will also feature vendors, food, cold drinks, and plenty of opportunities for family fun! Proceeds from the event will help support the Jubal Early Homeplace. www.jubalearly.org Stars and Stipes Forever: Patriotic Concert at the National D-Day Memorial: May 26, 7-10pm The Jefferson Choral Society, joined by the Chorus of the Blue Ridge, will perform a stirring concert that will have guests on their feet celebrating the freedoms so many have fought and died to protect. www.dday.org Sunday Sounds Music Series at Chateau Morrisette: June 4, 12-4 pm Enjoy award-winning wines, breathtaking views, and free eclectic Sunday Sounds music in the courtyard. Jazz music from Lew Woodall, Highlands Jazz, and others is featured every first Sunday. Ragtop, Zuzu Welsh Band, Virginia Blue and others round out the diverse lineup.www.thedogs.com

Art

The Market Gallery presents Brett LaGue and Elaine Fleck Opening Night: May 5, 5:30-9:30pm LaGue and Fleck’s spring show will hang from May 2-May 27. Both artists draw inspiration from the local Virginia landscape and music. LaGue’s work veers from acrylic paintings depicting rural Botetourt County, where he resides, to rhythmic abstract drawings of energy fields. Fleck is working on a sequence of collage-paintings with her haunting calico leitmotifs depicting Roanoke’s Old Southwest and the people from other countries who live there. On opening night, each artist will speak briefly at 6:15 and 6:30pm. www.marketgalleryroanoke.com

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Art by Night in Downtown Roanoke: May 5, 5-9pm On the first Friday of each month, Downtown Roanoke Art Galleries are open late! Art by Night showcases Roanoke’s thriving arts community, featuring diverse galleries, museums, and artist’s studios. This event supports Roanoke’s talented local artists and brings the community together through art openings, live music, and demonstrations. www.downtownroanoke.org Little Made Market; Indie Craft Market: May 13, 10am- 4pm A curated indie arts and crafts festival hosted by two local artists and entrepreneurs Corrie Park, of Made; By the People, For the People, and Morgan Claborn with Remax Advantage-Staunton, the market will feature over 18 specially selected artists showcasing their handmade works. www.made-va.com Sidewalk Art Show, Downtown Roanoke: June 3-4, 10am-5pm Returning for its 59th year, the Sidewalk Art Show is one of southwest Virginia’s most anticipated summer traditions. Enjoy fine art shopping at an event that offers the opportunity for visitors to meet and talk with exhibiting artists. All the works exhibited are for sale, including original paintings, prints, watercolors, etchings, mixed media, fine art photographs, fine crafts, and sculpture. www.taubmanmuseum.org

Workshops&Lectures

Blue Ridge Literacy Language Series: May 31, 6-7:30 pm Join Blue Ridge Literacy for their monthly Language Series at their offices on Jefferson Street. This event will help attendees learn basic foundations from different languages including Dari, Arabic, Swahili, Nepali, and Spanish. www.blueridgeliteracy.org

Film

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at Movies in the Market: May 12, beginning at dusk This free showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone happens right in the heart of Roanoke’s downtown Market Square! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, some snacks, or stop by a restaurant downtown for something to eat. A concessionaire will also be on site. The movie begins at dusk (when the sun has gone down enough to see the screen) in Market Square, with kids’ activities beginning around 6 pm. www.downtownroanoke.org

Spoken Word

Soul Sessions at 16 West: May 10, 7:30 pm The “Soul Sessions” are slam poetry showcases for aspiring poets who want to share their talents and creativity with a live audience. There is a five minute time limit, and this event is for original compositions only. www.16westmarketplace.com Words3: May 11, 6 pm Held in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Green Room, Words3 is a monthly opportunity for suppage 28

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porters of the literary arts to come together and enjoy the work of local writers. The theme for May is “Roadways.” For more information on the event or sharing your work, email Cara Modisett at caraemodisett@cox.net.

Outdoor Events

Derby Day Party at Historic Avenel: May 6, 4:30-8pm In celebration of the Kentucky Derby! This annual party will feature Mint Juleps, cocktails, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be a hat contest with prizes for men and women! Tickets are $40 (a portion of which is tax deductible), and available at the Bedford Area Welcome Center! www.visitbedford.com 16th Annual Ramble Weekend on Franklin County’s Pigg and Blackwater Rivers: May 19-21 The weekend begins with a Blackwater Blackout on Friday, May 19 at 5 pm. Participants will enjoy delicious food, live music, and a three-mile float down the Blackwater River in the dark! Saturday’s festivities will start at noon, with the Great Rubber Duck Race, followed by an eight-mile trek down the Pigg River for racers and a four-mile course down the Pigg River for floaters. After the race, enjoy a barbecue meal and outdoor paddling movie. On Sunday, participants will finish the weekend with Breakfast on the Blackwater, beginning at 8:30am. It will be followed by a leisure float down the Blackwater River. www.playfranklincounty. com

Festivals

Local Colors Annual Festival: May 20, 11am-5pm This annual celebration of over 100 ethnic heritages that call Roanoke home includes on-stage performances of ethnic music and dance, food from over 25 different cultures, interactive demonstrations of dance and art, ethnic displays from around the world, and a free children’s area with activities. www.downtownroanoke.org

Running Events

10th Trail Nut 10K & Half Marathon in Bedford: May 6, 9am A beautiful race through Bedford’s intermediate rolling, twisting, single track trails. It begins at Falling Creek Park, a gorgeous facility with a playground, pavilions, paved path, Frisbee golf, fitness circuit, shuffle board, bird watching tails, mountain bike trails, and pump track. Runners may even encounter wildlife on this trip! Look for turtles, raccoons, rabbits, groundhogs, deer, and even the occasional skunk! www.mountainjunkies.net Gallop 4 the Greenways 4 Miler and Adventure Triathlon: May 13, 3pm This annual fundraising event supports our growing network of pedestrian and bicycle trails. The Adventure Triathlon is new for the event, and it will still include the Gallop 4 the Greenways, a Kids’ Fun Run, a walk, and an after party. Stick around after the races for post-race festivities including music by the Righteous Love Quest band, food, and a fine selection of beverages proper for adults and children. www.gallop4thegreenways.com National D-Day Memorial Armed Forces Day 5K: May 20, 8-10am Support our Armed Forces at the National D-Day Memorial by participating in a patriotic themed 5K Run/Walk and Youth Fun Run! The race begins and ends at the picturesque memorial, and participants will have the opportunity to honor and interact with members of the Armed Forces, past and present. www.visitbedford.com

Do you have an event you'd like to include in an upcoming calendar?

Email calendar@beckmediagroup.com for consideration! Keep in mind we will need event information a minimum of two months before it needs to run. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Discovery Gallery Lunches Opening

LunchAnd Learn

Chateau Morrisette Market Gallery marketgalleryroanoke.com thedogs.com

Hollins University hollins.edu

Poetry Slam

16 West Downtown 16westmarketplace.com

PicnicWith IndieCraft thePops Market Roanoke Symphony Downtown Staunton rso.com made-va.com

Happy Mothers Day!!!

Local Colors

Downtown Roanoke downtownroanoke.org

Patriotic Concert DDay Memorial dday.org

Winemaker Dinner Chateau Morrisette thedogs.com

Language Classes!

Sidewalk Art Show

Blue Ridge Literacy blueridgeliteracy.org

Downtown Roanoke taubmanmuseum.org

Tear this out & reference all month! More details throughout calendar listings.

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All things SUMMER! Whether you are enjoying the tempting sweets we’ve fallen in love with on Instagram, or replenishing your body with the nutrients it needs through juicing and eating healthy, summer food is about vibrant colors that inspire happiness. So stock up the refrigerator with fruits and vegetables, and have a macaroon for us! These finds are almost too pretty to eat! Follow us on Instagram at bella_magazine for the best of summer in Southwest and Central Virginia.

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Bella Magazine - May 2017  

The regional magazine for women of Southwest & Central Virginia... and beyond!

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