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Roanoke Valley Regional Community Awareness Seminars

The next Roanoke Valley Regional Community Awareness Seminars will be held on:

  • October 15, Roanoke Police Academy, 5401 Barnes Avenue NW
  • October 16, Vinton War Memorial, 814 East WAshington Avenue
  • October 21, Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard

These seminars will focus on heroin use in the Roanoke Valley and will assist with knowing the warning signs, knowing the dangers and discussing prevention and treatment options. All seminars are 6:30-8pm.

Heroin usage is on the rise across the state and has been in the news a fair amount recently. Attend one of the above seminar sessions to become familiar with important information regarding this addiction. Your involvement today could potentially save the life of a loved one tomorrow.

VWCC to Offer Non-credit Cooking Classes

The Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at Virginia Western is pleased to announce that non-credit cooking classes have been added to the fall schedule. Mark your calendar!  All sessions meet on a Saturday from 12 noon until 4 p.m. in the kitchen located within the Claude Moore Complex, 109 N. Henry Street, Roanoke (behind the Roanoke Higher Ed Center). The cost is $50 per session payable upon registering. You will want to register soon to save your seat in these upcoming sessions.

October 11 – Cooking with Beer (HOST 2285, class #71815)

November 8 – Bread Basics – What is Gluten? (HOST 2286, class #71826)

November 22 – Dinner for Two – Basic Cooking Skills (HOST 2287, class # 71830)

December 6 – Gluten Free Cooking (HOST 2288, class #71833)

Click on the following link to be directed to the web class schedule containing more information on each session,Culinary (NonCred)&term=2144&longterm=Fall 2014&bookstoreTermID=2144&shortTerm=Fall

Comfortable clothing is suggested and a closed-toe shoe is mandatory.

Call the School of Business, Technology and Trades at 857-7272 if you have questions. Put on your apron and let’s get cooking!

Kevin Sharpe work for Upper Deck

Kevin Sharpe work for Upper Deck

Get ready! Comic-Con 2014 comes to New River Community College in Dublin on Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The college library is promoting reading, creativity and the fun of comic books, and participants are invited to dress as a favorite comic book, sci-fi, fantasy or horror character. Children can wear Halloween costumes.

The event will feature deals and celebrity guests, including Tiffany Trent, who lives in the New River Valley and is author of the young adult fantasy “Hallowmere” series among other works. Also on hand will be Kevin Sharpe, Marvel/DC comic book artist and penciller and Upper Deck sketch and trading card illustrator. He also lives in the New River Valley. Displays will include ones for the 75th anniversary of Batman and Marvel Comic.

The guests and dealers will be in Edwards Hall, Room 117. Exhibitions, displays and demonstrations will be held in the Student Lounge in Martin Hall.

For more information, visit

Welcome Back Students! End of Monkey Selfie Drama.


image courtesy Wikimedia

We are so glad to see all of you back on campus and are especially happy to see old faces and new ones on the 2nd floor. In case you missed it, in 2011, a Macaques monkey in Indonesia took a picture of itself when photographer David Slater left his equipment out. A dispute quickly broke out over who owned the rights to the funny photograph and the money it would generate. Wikimedia argued that photographs taken by animals cannot be copyrighted and published it online. The government weighed in on the side of Wikimedia. So here is the controversial monkey selfie, an image that is in the public domain. Read more at The Guardian (UK).