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Roanoke Pride Inc Newsletter March-April/2012

In This Issue Pride in the Park moving Exciting New Events Volunteer with Roanoke Pride

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Dear Friend of Pride, Welcome to Roanoke Pride's bi-monthly newsletter! We would first like to thank you for your support. Roanoke Pride wouldn't be growing without your help. Part of our growth efforts include providing a reliable source of information about our events and other issues of relevance to the community. Be on the look out for regular issues of our newsletter the last week of every other month, as well as shorter special event bulletins.

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Temporary new location for Pride in the Park 2012 Some of you might not have heard but Roanoke's Elmwood Park is getting a new look! Construction will start in Elmwood Park starting this spring/summer. Due to this, Pride in the Park will be temporarily moving to a new location. This year we are having a Block Party and taking over the streets of Roanoke! Join us on Franklin Rd at SunTrust Plaza on September 16.

Exciting New Events


Roanoke Pride has many new and exciting events planned this year! This Sunday 4/29 we are partnering with The Drop In Center and the Roanoke Diversity Center to bring you "Family" Bowling Night! This will be a great night to socialize and have fun. This will be held at Hilltop Lanes on Williamson Rd in Roanoke from 69pm. For only $5 dollars you receive unlimited bowling for 3 hours and shoe rental. 

The Star City of the South Pageant is 5/5 at the Quality Inn in Salem. Showtime is at 8pm and tickets are $5. There will be a beer/wine cash bar at the event.

On Saturday, 5/19 we be holding our first Roanoke Pride Wine Tour! We are holding this event at AmRheins Vineyard in Bent Mountain (30 min. from Roanoke) from 1-4pm! This will be a great opportunity for singles to meet and mingle as well as a romantic day date for couples! Amhreins will set up a wedding style tent with tables and chairs. Wine Tastings are $5 for 8 varieties, but that fee will be waived for patrons who purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy throughout the evening! They offer 22 tantalizing different varieties of wines! Bring a picnic or cheese and crackers to enjoy while you soak up the breathe taking views. Please see AmRheins Wine Cellar for for more information about their wines.

On Saturday, 6/23 Roanoke Pride is partnering with MCCBR, The Drop In Center, Roanoke Diversity Center, and Ladies of the Blue Ridge to bring you our first ever Community Cookout and Field Day Event! This is a FREE event with food provided


(please bring your own drinks)! This event is being held at Wasena Park from 3-6pm, with dinner served at 5pm! We will organize field day type events such as 3-legged race, egg toss, dizzy bat, high heel relay (bring your own heels)! Join us for this community wide family friendly social event! Sign up to volunteer at Volunteer Spot. 

8/18 is Pride at the Lake at Claytor Lake. Join us for swimming, hiking, canoeing, games, and a cookout! Mark your calendars now to attend this fun free event!

Stand for the Silent 5k run/walk/roll is 9/8. This is a fundraiser for a inspiring anti-bullying organization

Annual dinner/auction will be held in October

Volunteer with Roanoke Pride Did volunteering with Roanoke Pride ever cross your mind? Roanoke Pride President Sean Avidano would like to tell you a little about his experience volunteering with Roanoke Pride and what it means to him at Power to make a difference. Volunteering is a lot of fun and a great way to give back to the community. You can join us for monthly meetings at the MCC of the Blue Ridge every third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm or you can volunteer. If you can't make a time commitment that large, maybe you could start by volunteering for a certain event. Right now we are taking volunteers for Pride Field Day. Sign up at Volunteer Spot! Spotlight on a Volunteer


Robert Ball had been to many Pride events but hadn't really considered joining the committee until a friend persuaded him to come to a meeting. In the process he convinced several friends to join him at the meetings as well. He started getting involved and now he can't believe that he has been on the committee for five years. This is his first year on the Board of Directors serving as the Treasure for Roanoke Pride Inc. He is active in planning new events. He spends his down time at work at Barnes & Noble, at the gym, or at home with his boyfriend and their greyhounds. We just wanted to say thank you for all you do for Roanoke Pride!

Sincerely,

Brandi Kent, Secretary Roanoke Pride Inc


Roanoke Pride News - March/April 2012