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inside regional getaways

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The perfect shoe collection for all your summer adventures!

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Escape from responsibility and relax at Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast.

giving back

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Local community leaders raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.

meet the maker

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North Mountain Candle creates scents reminiscent of Southwest Virginia.

save smarter

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The basics of your credit score and why it’s important.

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Get healthy and enjoy the great outdoors this summer.

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Using superfood chia seeds in your recipes.

calendar of events

Your go-to guide for local happenings in June!

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The Historic Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast is the perfect weekend getaway. A short hour drive from Roanoke, it welcomes guests from around the world to the picturesque landscape of the Clifton Forge mountains. Some guests come for the privacy, others to enjoy the opportunity to support local businesses, and the beautiful 107-year-old home occasionally hosts weddings. Recently, it was named one of the Top 10 Best Romantic Inns in the United States for 2017. Those who have visited consider the home a hidden treasure, but what makes it special is not limited to the setting or the architecture. The feature that will keep guests returning is the Hill Crest’s owner, Martha Crawford. “I love to pamper. It brings me joy to make people happy,” she explains. “We don’t bother guests if they don’t want to be bothered, but we are friendly if they want to visit. I like to treat people the way I want to be treated. The whole house is theirs through their stay except the kitchen and my room. They can wander, use the drawing room, the parlor, or the morning room. We have a baby grand piano, guitars, and an old Victrola in the music room.” Martha has years of experience as a Bed & Breakfast owner in Illinois, and several years as a personal chef. She fell in love with Hill Crest from the moment she saw it for sale. Her husband joked that they should purchase the property and move from Colorado to Virginia, but the idea was one that she took seriously. She soon found that she couldn’t get the house out of her head. “We called the real estate agent over dinner one night, and he explained that it was a very large home. If we didn’t have a job lined up, we may have to commute to Roanoke or Lexington. Then, he told us that the owner wanted to see the house turned into a bed and breakfast. In fact, it had just been zoned six months prior to be one,” Martha says. They moved into the house on Halloween night in 2011, and have since remodeled the home to include private bathrooms for every suite. Martha is very active in community events, and the bed and breakfast will host everything from corporate events and weddings to Christmas dinners and holiday parties. Mostly, it is a place for adults to get away from the chaos of everyday life. There are no televisions in the home, which encourages guests to focus on one another or get out and explore the region. “I’ve gotten a lot of compliments that you are forced as a couple to take time and step back in the past. It is a warm, good spot to be in,” she adds. Amenities at Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast include a swimming pool, a terraced yard with gardens, a three to five course breakfast (complete with a sit-down silver service), nightly-turn down service, and Wi-Fi. Guests can also enjoy afternoon wine on the front porch, coffee and tea service in the morning room, and even professional inroom massages. Surrounded by oak flooring, grand stairwell balustrades, columns, and crown molding that are all original to the home, it is an experience that echoes a sense of luxury from the past while embracing the unique modern leisure needs of the diverse guests welcome there. Visit www.virginiahillcrest.com for more information and to reserve your room.

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Hill Crest Bed & Breakfast will host New World/Old World Winery Tours June-October 2017

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The tours will begin at the historic Bed & Breakfast where guests can get to know one another at a wine reception on Friday night. They will also meet their wine connoisseur, Angelia Wengert, who will accompany them to various wineries in the Shenandoah Valley via limousine service. The next morning, they will be served a seven course breakfast by candlelight and with fine silver. After visiting three to four wineries on Saturday, guests can participate in a wine pairing in the evening. They are asked to bring a bottle of wine back to share with their new friends. Sunday morning, they will be served another seven course breakfast, offered a 2 o’clock checkout, and have the option of purchasing an in-room massage for two. Book your reservations now by calling 385-201-4106. Ask for group discounts! june 2017

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We’ve found the best shoes for summer! Whether you are spending your days by the pool, at the beach, exploring the outdoors, or just hanging out with friends, the experience is always better with the perfect pair of shoes! Get ready to make a statement in comfort and style with one (or more!) of our favorite summer shoes. Stay tuned to our Instagram (bella_ _magazine) for all things summer style!

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active volunteering

A local leadership team goes above and beyond for the heart health of our community Written by Hayleigh Worgan In Roanoke, a team of strong, intelligent women are doing amazing things as the Executive Leadership Team (pictured above) for the American Heart Association. Each one is passionate about doing her part to save lives through fundraising, education, and outreach while managing healthy personal and professional lives. We admire these women greatly for their dedication to the heart health of this community. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Monica Monday, local attorney and Executive Leadership Team member, passionate about her involvement with the organization. What makes heart disease and stroke education so important for healthcare & wellness? “Heart disease and stroke are the number one killer of women in the United States. One in three women will die of heart disease every year. The symptoms for heart attack may be different for women than for men, making it harder for women to seek and get the prompt medical attention and diagnosis that will save their lives. Also, as lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of heart disease, it is so important for there to be a greater understanding about how to prevent it. More women are in the workforce now than ever before, so they now have to manage the stress of working and taking care of a family. We know that stress is bad for our hearts.”

How do you manage stress in your work/family life? What do you do to stay healthy? “I have been an attorney for 25 years, so I work in a stressful (but wonderful) profession. Therefore, my first priority is to carve out time for relaxation and family to make sure I de-stress at the end of the day. I also like to stay active by walking and gardening. I use my love of cooking to help my family eat better. I firmly believe that food that is good for you can also taste good, and I love trying out recipes that are both hearthealthy and delicious.” What led you to become involved with the American Heart Association? “I became involved with the American Heart Association several years ago after my father died of congestive heart failure. He had a coronary bypass surgery when he was 59, and a second procedure about a decade later. I saw first-hand the ravages of heart disease and how it killed my father. Heart disease runs on my mother’s side of the family too. My grandfather died of his second heart attack when he was 62. Heart disease has also touched my non-blood relatives. My stepfather has had a coronary bypass surgery, and my father-in-law just suffered a heart attack this past weekend. I am impressed with the American Heart Association’s commitment to education and prevention, as well as their funding of medical research to advance our understanding and treatment of heart disease and stroke. I am proud to be part of their mission. It is a way that I can feel I am contributing to help combat this pervasive disease.” What signs can you look for in yourself and other family members to stay ahead of these issues? “Know the signs of a stroke: face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty. This is basic ‘first aid’ to get medical treatment that will save lives.” For more information on heart disease and stroke awareness, and how you can help with the American Heart Association’s mission of education and prevention, visit www.heart.org.

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North Mountain Candle Company allows customers take the scent of the Blue Ridge Mountains wherever they go

Callie Altman, owner of North Mountain Candle Company, has been making candles for twelve years. Her journey began one Christmas while trying to come up with a way to make gifts for the holiday budget-friendly. She decided to take her love of candles to the next level and make a few herself. They were a hit with her friends and family, and over the next year she transformed the experiment into a business that continues to reflect her love of the Blue Ridge Mountains. North Mountain Candle Company takes its name from an actual mountain in a small former mining community called Longdale, where Callie grew up. “Almost all of my childhood memories involve the outdoors in some way, shape or form,” Callie recalls. “From hiking along the Appalachian Trail to camping at Douthat State Park, or fishing on the Cowpasture River. The main driving force behind my business is to share my love of the Blue Ridge Mountains around the world. It’s a wonderful place to live, grow up, and raise a family. Our scents are inspired by this area.” With scents like Mill Mountain Magnolia, Hotel Roanoke Spoonbread, and Smith Mountain Lake House, just lighting one of these unique creations is enough to take anyone back to their best memories of Southwest Virginia. Every candle is 100% handmade. Callie and her family try to get everything they use for the candles locally to support local sustainable businesses. They don’t mass produce anything, and there are no machines. Every inch of the process from making the candles to printing off labels is done by hand. When she isn’t making candles, Callie can be found throughout the community teaching classes at the Omni Homestead or set up anywhere from small school fundraising events to large vintage or antique shows. This summer, North Mountain Candle Company can be found on and off at the Grandin Village Farmers Market. Currently, they are a fillin when other vendors are unavailable, but it is a placement that Callie hopes will become permanent in the future. Customers can also find her products in The Hodge Podge across from Lord Botetourt High School, in the Local Artisans section at Natural Bridge State Parks, and The Flower Center in Clifton Forge. Of course, if you cannot make it to any of these locations, you can always check out her selection and order online at www.northmountaincandles.com.

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Article courtesy of Member One Federal Credit Union

credit score quick guide What you really need to know about this number and why it matters

It’s one of the most important numbers linked to your identity: your credit score. But are you fully aware of why it’s so significant, and what constitutes a good credit score? Read on for a brief explanation of what it is and tips for improving it.

What is it? Your credit score is a number that ranges from 300 to 850 and, along with repayment history, is an indication of your creditworthiness. Anything above 700 is generally viewed as good credit and signals to potential lenders that you’re more likely to pay back your debts on time. Why should I care? A credit score helps determine whether you’re approved or denied for a credit card or loan and your interest rate. On-time payments have a big impact on your score, and just one or two late payments can significantly lower it. If you’ve ever had a bill go to collections, declared bankruptcy, or had a foreclosure, your score will go down. The number of loans in your name matter and the more accounts you have (in good standing), the better, because it shows that multiple lenders have approved you.

How do I find out my score? The three major credit-reporting agencies—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—are required by law to provide you with a free credit report every 12 months. Keep in mind that this is just the report and not the actual score. In order to receive your score, you typically have to purchase it. Visit MyFICO.com to buy your official FICO score. Also, check your monthly credit card statement as some lenders now include your credit score as an added service.

What are some quick ways to improve it? One of the best ways is to consistently pay your bills on time. Other ways include paying down a credit card balance to improve your utilization rate, and keeping lines of credit open with zero balances. Both of these strategies show lenders that you’re able to manage debt and aren’t biting off more than you can chew. Article courtesy of w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

As a general rule of thumb, you should review your credit report along with your score at least once a year. Not only is it beneficial to keep yourself informed and aware, it could help protect against fraud or identity theft. 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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the 10,000 steps goal

How important is it to hit that number every day?

Written by Tina Hatcher

Tina Hatcher is the Owner of Earth Girl Wellness, LLC. Her passion for overall wellness has allowed her to work in multiple disciplines from corrective exercise, sports performance and sports nutrition, weight loss, and nutritional counseling across all ages from children through the elderly for the last 25 years. Check out her website, www.earthgirlwellness.com, or visit her on Facebook at Earth Girl Wellness. w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

Fitness trackers abound these days along with pages of advice encouraging us to walk 10,000 steps. We faithfully don our wristbands and watches hoping to achieve the magical distance of five miles per day. But have you ever stopped to think about why we need those steps? Are 10,000 steps necessary or is it an arbitrary number conjured up to make us obsessive compulsive about walking the last 103 steps needed to reach 10,000 before getting into bed? Let’s go back a few decades, to say, the 1970’s. If you were alive (and if you weren’t, use your imagination), think of all the things you did throughout the day that involved taking steps. To open the garage door, you had to get out of your car, walk to the garage door, open it, walk back to your car, pull in, then walk back and close the garage door before entering your house. Hmm...maybe 50 steps involved? In order to change the channel on the television (which only had 4 channels to begin with), you had to walk to the TV, change the channel, then walk back to the couch. Another 20 steps. To fill a prescription, you had to get out of your car, walk into the pharmacy, wait for the prescription to be filled (during which time you probably walked around the store because they didn’t have convenient chairs to sit in while you waited), get your prescription, and walk back to your car. Log another 150 steps, at least. We were naturally walking roughly five miles just to accomplish the tasks needed for daily living. Now, welcome to the 21st century. We use the drive thru at coffee shops for our daily cup of joe. We use riding lawn mowers to cut our grass. We use an elevator to take us up two flights of stairs! These “activities” require no steps. We simply do not have to walk like we used to. We have to schedule time and add “taking steps” to our daily agenda. Five miles, or 10,000 steps, is a sweet spot for health. When comparing the population at large, individuals that average 10,000 steps per day tend to be healthier than individuals that walk less. You can, however, stop short of berating yourself if you are a few steps shy of your daily goal. Some days your sneakers will pound the pavement with more than 10,000 steps. Some days your shoes will have a little less wear. Look at the bigger picture and see how your steps average out for a week. Remember, life does allow a day or two of leisure on occasion. Earth Girl’s recommendation is to keep your fitness trackers on, your shoes tied, and your ambition ready to tackle every step of your day! june 2017

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Written by Hayleigh Worgan

get outside Changing the world, one park at a time Virginia State Parks provide wonderful opportunities for those who enjoy being outdoors and are looking for ways to use their time outside to give back to the community. Although almost all of the volunteers are users of Virginia State Parks, there are groups that sign up with members who have never visited them before. Both levels of experience are welcome, as all volunteers go through orientation and are supervised. “There are volunteer opportunities that work for different age groups,” says Andrea Hasenfus, Camp Host Program Manager. “Retirees may be able to do a Wednesday gardening at noon, while someone who works a fulltime job may be available to do trail maintenance on the weekends.” There are also opportunities for young people. The Youth Conservation Corps is a great program for teens 14-17 who want to learn about conservation and working in parks. They spend three weeks living and working in parks around the state, supervised by college-age adults. Although the deadline to participate in this program has passed, visitors to the park may still get to see the group in action this summer. This is a competitive program. In 2017, 800 applications were received to fill 170 spots. If your child is interested in being involved in the future, it may be a good idea to sign up to volunteer and get some experience before the 2018 application process starts on December 1. Joining a Friends Group is another way to contribute. It takes a lot of work to keep up state parks, and Friends Groups play a huge part in building and maintaining trails, helping staff visitor centers, working on educational outreach programs, and raising funds for park projects and facilities. There are several parks with Friends Groups looking for members. Being part of one of these groups has the potential to create a lasting impact for generations to come, as they also help with advocacy for the invaluable resources offered through the parks. page 20

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“Sometimes the most help, if you can’t put your elbow grease in on the trail, is to be an advocate. Whether you are a member of a friends group, or used to doing advocacy in the community, advocates are always great to have on our behalf.” explains Andrea. For those who want a more immersive and active experience, the AmeriCorps program engages its members in meaningful service in Virginia State Parks by providing extensive training and professional development opportunities. They go through grants, and work on natural resource management in the parks. Some of them last all summer, and those who complete them receive an education award at the end. There will be a big opportunity for volunteers on June 3 for Clean the Bay Day/National Trails Day. In fact, every park in the Virginia State Parks system will have a need for help that day. Those who wish to volunteer will not have to sign up through the website to be a one-time volunteer for the event. Simply show up at your local park and offer to lend a hand. Visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks for a full list of parks in your area. (Click on individual parks to see what they need.) w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m


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Adding a superfood to your diet is easier than you think!

Chia seeds are a great way to add a superfood to your diet. Just one serving (or one ounce) contains 11 grams of fiber, four grams of protein, and 18% of the calcium you need every day. They can be a substitute for those who are trying to decrease their sugar intake, but still need an extra boost of energy. Packed with Omega-3 essential fatty acids in addition to various micronutrients, fiber, and protein, this little seed can do amazing things for the human body. The best part? They are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet. We’ve found some great recipes using the Flax Chia Blend from Carrington Farms. (Check out www.carringtonfarms.com for additional ideas.)

homemade granola 3 c oats (regular, not quick cooking) 1 c coconut chips 6 Tbsp ground flax seeds ¼ c chia seeds 1 tsp salt ½ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cardamom ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg ¼ maple syrup ¼ c brown sugar 2 Tbsp honey ¼ c coconut oil, melted 1 egg white

Preheat the oven to 300ºF and line a jelly roll pan or small, edged cookie pan with parchment paper. Combine the oats, coconut chips, flax seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl and mix until all the dry ingredients are evenly distributed. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar and honey. Pour the sweeteners and the coconut oil into the dry ingredients and stir until all the dry ingredients have been coated. Stir in the dried cranberries. Whisk the egg white until it is light and foamy, then mix it into the rest of the ingredients. Spread the granola mixture out in the jelly roll pan, patting it down to for one even layer. Bake in the 300ºF oven for 60 to 75 minutes, checking to make sure that the granola toasts, but doesn’t burn as you get close to the end. Let the pan sit out for several hours or overnight to cool completely and let the granola set up. Then break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

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Discovery Lunches at Chateau Morrisette, June 1 (12-5 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 multi-course meals have menus inspired by Africa, Eastern Europe, and more. Reservations and pre-payment are required. www.thedogs.com Lebanese Festival, June 2-4 (Friday and Saturday: 11am-10pm, Sunday: 11am-8pm) The 19th Annual Lebanese Festival at St. Elias Church will celebrate Lebanese heritage and the many ways that Lebanese have given back to this community as state legislators, merchants, Virginia’s Most Decorated Soldier of WWII, and service on the county board of supervisors and the Roanoke City Council. To mark the 100-year anniversary, the first 100 visitors in line each day will get a free serving of baklava, the traditional Lebanese dessert. www.lebanesefestival.steliaschurch.org Historic Downtown Roanoke Food Tour Fridays and Saturdays in June (11am-2pm) Enjoy the unique experience of delicious food tastings and discovery in historic downtown Roanoke! On this three-hour tour, participants will walk and eat their way through downtown, stopping at iconic eateries along the way. All food and drink tastings, enough for a hearty lunch for most, are included in the ticket price. www.roanokefoodtours.com

Music

Sunday Sounds Music Series, June 4, 11, 18, 25 (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 are featured every first Sunday. Ragtop, Zuzu Welsh Band, Virginia Blue, and others round out the diverse lineup. www.thedogs.com Montgomery Gentry LIVE, June 9 (6-11pm) Across-the-Way Productions, Inc. presents Montgomery Gentry LIVE at Elmwood Amphitheater. Ticket prices vary based on seating, but the “sweet seats” will offer the “best seats in the house.” For $45 in advance and $55 at the gate, guests will receive early admission, wait service from Martin’s Downtown, and a special keepsake seat cushion. Philadelphia-based rockers Stolen Rhodes will open the show. www.atwproductions.com Crooked Road Homecoming: Whitetop Mountain, June 11 (1-4 pm) During this special free Sunday Sounds concert in the winery courtyard, Chateau Morrisette Winery joins the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming by hosting the Whitetop Mountain Band, the internationally-known ambassadors of Appalachian string music. www.thedogs.com Rooftop Riot, June 29 (6pm-10pm) Join the party at Center in the Square high above Downtown Roanoke! Unwind with a drink after a hard day of work while enjoying fabulous evening views of Downtown Roanoke from above and some great musical entertainment featuring Hott Sauce! Admission is $5 at the door with access to cash bar and light food. This is a 21 and older only event. www.centerinthesquare.org w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m


Art

Annette Polan “Covert Autobiography” at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, June 1 (12pm) This solo exhibition of Polan’s recent work in conjunction with her 50th reunion at Hollins University, is an unusual combination of media including sculpture, painting, printmaking, and relief. “Covert Autobiography” explores the aging process, concentrating on a series that “incorporates images of nature to explore issues of gender and age in our culture as well as in [Polan’s] own life. It investigates aspects of a single, mature woman who although powerful and confident, can feel disenfranchised, muted, or invisible.” Exhibit through September 17. www.hollins.edu Sidewalk Art Show, June 3-4 (10am-5pm) Returning for its 59th year, the Sidewalk Art Show at the Taubman Museum of Art is one of Southwest Virginia’s most anticipated summer traditions. Described as the premier destination for fine art shopping, this event offers visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with exhibiting artists. All of the works exhibited are for sale, including original paintings, prints, watercolors, etchings, mixed media, fine art photographs, fine crafts, and sculpture. www. taubmanmuseum.org Vinton Farmer’s Market, June 10 (10am-2pm) Enjoy shopping for affordable art and handmade crafts by local artisans in addition to paintings, photography, jewelry, and more! Entertainment will be provided by Another Roadside Attraction, and the event is pet friendly. www.virginia.org

Workshops

American Sign Language Basics, June 6, 13, & 20 (6-8pm) Learn the basics of American Sign Language. This 3-part series will meet at the Vinton Library on June 6, 13, & 20. Registration is required. www.roanokecountyva.gov Let’s Talk Fashion Virginia Model Workshop, June 17 (10am-2pm) This workshop will teach, train, and develop aspiring models on a general overview of the different types of modeling; health and wellness including basic skin care, nutrition, and fitness; natural makeup application and demonstration; learning the basics of how to walk, smize, and pose. At the completion of this workshop, all participants will receive a model composite card and some participants will have the opportunity to walk in the first annual Central Virginia Fashion Week in September. www.letstalkfashionva.com Horizon Program Information Session, June 22 (6pm) If you’re thinking about going to or returning to college to earn your Bachelor of Arts degree, the Hollins Horizon Program for Undergraduate Adult Women may be the right choice for you. The program includes nontraditional students who are just starting their college education or who want to transfer to Hollins. www.hollins.edu Blue Ridge Literacy Language Series: June 28 (6-7:30pm) 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

Spoken Word & Literature

Soul Sessions, June 7, 21 (7:30pm) 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

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Bella Book Club, June 15 (6pm) We will be reading Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich. In the 1960s, a time of economic boom and social strife, young women poured into the workplace, which was still heavily segregated by gender. Lynn Povich and several additional women working for Newsweek, charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion in 1970. This story follows how personal experiences and cultural shifts led a group of well-mannered, largely apolitical women raised in the 1940s and 1950s, to challenge their bosses—and what hapjune 2017

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pened after they did. www.lovelybella.com No Shame Theatre, June 23 (11pm) An experimental performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. This event will take place in the Upstairs Studio Theatre at Hollins University, and they will take the first 15 pieces to walk through the door. Work must be original, stick to a five minute or less time limit, and not break anything (including the law). Plays, monologues, songs, dances, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, improvisation, dada, and magic are welcome. www.hollins.edu

Film

Movies on the Move in Franklin County, June 2 & 16 Get ready for The Secret Life of Pets at Antioch Community Park on June 2, and The BFG at Burt Chimney Elementary School on June 16! Presented by Franklin County Parks and Recreation, these Annual Movies on the Move offer a fun-filled family night of games and activities including an outdoor movie showing on an inflatable 20-foot screen. These free movies move throughout Franklin County to offer each community something in their own neighborhood. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and a flashlight. Concessions will be available. www.playfranklincounty.com Monster Trucks at Movies in the Market, June 9(6pm-10pm, movie begins at dusk) Monster Trucks follows the adventures of Tripp, a high school senior, who builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town with an unlikely friend. Enjoy this FREE, family-friendly entertainment in Market Square. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, some snacks, or stop by a restaurant in downtown Roanoke for something to eat. The movie will begin at dusk, and kids activities will start around 6 pm. www.downtownroanoke.org

Create

World Wide Knit in Public Day, June 10 World Wide Knit in Public Day is the largest knitter-run event in the world. There will be events hosted all over the country, and you guessed it, around the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. In Roanoke, the Vinton Library will host an event in celebration where you can meet other knitters. Registration is required. www.wwkipday.com Live Naturally with Essential Oils, June 19 (6-7:30pm) Essential oils are gaining popularity as more people begin to try them to help with various ailments. However, some oils are not safe in different situations and it is important to be educated on where to buy your oils, what to look for when you are comparing them, and when it is safe to use them. Check out this information session at Glenvar Library for an introduction to essential oils and how to use them with Michele Quesenberry. www.roanokecountyva.gov

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Highlighted happenings not to miss this month!

Discovery Lunches

Sidewalk Art Show

Chateau Morrisette thedogs.com

Sunday Sounds

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Sunday Sounds

Chateau Morrisette thedogs.com

Sunday Sounds

Chateau Morrisette thedogs.com

Sunday Sounds

Chateau Morrisette thedogs.com

Poetry Showcase

16 West Downtown 16westmarketplace.com

Downtown Roanoke taubmanmuseum.org

Movies in World theMarket Knit Day Downtown Roanoke Vinton Library downtownroanoke.org wwkipday.com

Book Club

Model Workshop

Bella Magzine lovelybella.com

Poetry Showcase

16 West Downtown 16westmarketplace.com

Let’s Talk Fashion letstalkfashionva.com

NoShame Theatre Hollins University hollins.edu

Language Rooftop Classes! Riot

Blue Ridge Literacy Center in the Square blueridgeliteracy.org centerinthesquare.org

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Reading by Design Craft Fair, June 24 (10am-1pm) Stop by the South County Library to make a variety of crafts. This is a drop-in program, and a great way to make new friends in the crafting community. Take a break from the heat, and stop by to purchase refreshments from Mill Mountain Coffee or pick up a few books on DIY projects while you are there! www.roanokecountyva.gov

Get Outside

Muddy Squirrel Tri Training Series Thursdays from June 1-July 20 (6pm) Designed for folks new to triathlons, this six week series meets on Thursdays to work on the running and cycling legs of triathlons, and talk about nutrition, hydration, equipment needs, and triathlon transitions. One week will be devoted to kayak training on the James River. www.muddysuirrel.com National Trails Day, June 3 (All Day) Celebrate the Appalachian trail days by hiking, biking, running, or paddling the local waterways! Locally, Troutville will be hosting their annual festival, Troutville Trail days. This free event will feature local vendors, artisans, a guided hike along the trail, tubing on the river, and more! www.nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org Salem Red Sox: Bark in the Park, June 3 (6pm) As presenting sponsor of Bark in the Park, Chateau Morrisette invites animal lovers to pet-friendly baseball games in Salem, VA. One hundred percent of each pet’s $5 admission is donated to local shelters and SPCAs. In the park’s premium hospitality and picnic areas, enjoy select Chateau Morrisette wines at all home games this season. www. thedogs.com

Festivals

Grapes & Grains Festival, June 3 (12pm-6pm) The first annual Grapes & Grains Festival at The Pointe at Mariners Landing Resort at Smith Mountain Lake will highlight over 75 varieties of Virginia wines, craft beers, and cider houses. Your ticket will include a commemorative glass to utilize as you enjoy fine wines, craft beers, and ciders. Guests will have six full hours of unlimited sampling while enjoying the beautiful backdrop of Smith Mountain Lake and live music. Kids 12 and under are free. www.mariners-resort.com Virginia’s Homecoming Festival, June 9-11 Celebrate the musical and art culture of Virginia with this 3-day festival—complete with delicious food, adult beverages, local artisans and bands, and fireworks! Limited to 3,000 people, this venue allows guests to relax, sprawl out, and start a new Virginia tradition with friends year after year. Camping options are available. www. thehomecomingfestival.com Franklin County Court Days, June 10 (10am-4pm) This culture and music festival attracts local residents and visitors to downtown Rocky Mount in order to celebrate the county’s heritage and promote the area. Visitors to Court Days will experience a day full of local culture and music including a vibrant famers market, authentic shops and restaurants, local artists, crafters, live music, jam sessions, kid’s games, storytelling, and much more! www.historicrockymount.com

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Bella Magazine - June 2017  

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

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