Parents considering private school for their children are invited to attend a Preschool and Kindergarten Information Session at Community School, 7815 Williamson Road, at 6:30 p.m. March 3. Attendees will visit individual classrooms and talk with the teachers. Free childcare is available during the session. For more information and to reserve a space at the session, please call 540-563-5036. Continue reading Community School information session
by S. Rotan Hale
A host of friends and supporters gathered Friday, Feb. 6 at Thelma’s in downtown Roanoke as members of The Vibe (100.1 FM) held a bittersweet celebration saluting the life of Christopher Blair Thorne, better known as DJ Dose. While vacationing in Panama Dose was 1 of 2 passengers who perished January 16 on a bus that crashed carrying 17 others.
Everyone has some special trait that sets them apart from others. With DJ Dose, it was his love of music that was part of his DNA as he began spinning records at a very early age. Over the years he developed an unusual knack for music programming and an extremely seamless on-air flow that was nothing short of remarkable. He was a big guy with a deep, velvet voice that was perfect for radio and was one of The ViBE’s most vibrant on and off-air personalities. Continue reading DJ honored with bittersweet fair well
Total Action for Progress (TAP) announces that on February 1, 2015, TAP’s Early Head Start program was awarded $2.7-million annual grant for five years. This expansion will allow nearly doubling the number of infants and toddlers from low-income families who will receive free, high-quality child care and comprehensive family and health services through the program. The majority of this influx of federal funds will go directly to existing child care providers in the Roanoke and New River Valleys, Alleghany Highlands and the Rockbridge area who are committed to caring for young children from income-eligible families so their parents can work.
Several local organizations and churches will collaborate, during February and March, to present “A Taste of African Heritage,” an innovative cooking series targeted to the African-American community.
Based on the African Heritage Diet Pyramid from Oldways, 6 weekly sessions will highlight the flavors, health benefits and culturally-influenced evolutions of foods often associated with the African diaspora: greens, grains, beans, nuts, fruits and spices. Continue reading Healthful cooking classes combine Afrocentric cultures and cuisines
by Quiana Lewis
Quiana Lewis joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014 as a program associate, working to build a Culture of Health by helping all American residents attain stable, affordable health coverage.
I am one of the more than 22,000 alumni whose careers have been shaped and lives changed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP). Continue reading Full Circle: How I discovered a passion for Public Health