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    Blue Ridge Parkway Open Tonight, Allowing Access for Illuminights

    After a closure for recent winter weather, the Blue Ridge Parkway is open tonight throughout the Roanoke area. Guests planning to attend Illuminights may enter from Milepost 115. An event shuttle is also available from Carilion Riverside parking garage... Read on...
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    Illuminights Shuttle Available Select Nights from Carilion Riverside

    On select nights this month, public shuttle transportation to Explore Park’s llumnights is now available. Visitors may park in the Carilion Clinic Riverside Parking Garage to pick up a shuttle on Dec. 14 and Dec. 20-23... Read on...
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    Green Ridge Celebrates 10 Years with 10 Days of Activities & Discounts

    Green Ridge Recreation Center is celebrating 10 years of healthy fun! Join us for ten days of discounts and special activities from January 2-11. Discounts include up to 10% off prepaid memberships, and $5 daily admission passes. Events include... Read on...
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    Be Ironman Ready! New Workshop Series for Triathlon Prep

    The Ironman 70.3 is coming to Virginia's Blue Ridge this spring! Are you up to the challenge? Prepare yourself expert training tips from our personal trainers and partners. Topics include fitness, indoor cycling, outdoor cycling, running and swimming.... Read on...
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    Crochet a Snowman Hat - This Weekend at Green Ridge

    Just like you find at a craft show or on Etsy-create your own Snowman hat. Hat size pattern may vary between newborn to adult. You will need 2 small black buttons, a small skein of worsted weight (4) in white and color of your choice... Read on...
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    Holiday Candle Making Workshop - Saturday, Dec. 21 at Brambleton

    Capture the scents of the holiday season and put them in a jar! We'll turn wax and scents into functional works of art for your loved ones or holiday gift giving. No experience required. Read on...
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    Holiday Party Zone - Drop Off Program for ages 3-10 on December 20

    Get some pre-holiday plans completed or just have a much-needed date night while your kids have fun! We'll create edible holiday-themed crafts, enjoy snowflake juice with our reindeer pies (pizza)! We'll make Santa-sized splashes in our indoor pool... Read on...
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    Artisan Christmas Market - Open Daily at Explore Park through January 1

    Just off Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 115, the Visitor Center is open every day this month starting at 11:00 AM. We're stocked full of handmade crafts from over 50 local artisan vendors, plus dozens of other craftspeople on permanent display in... Read on...
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    Evergreen Wreath Workshop - Monday, Dec. 16 at Green Ridge

    Learn to make a natural evergreen wreath with cedar, pine, spruce and other great materials. You will also learn how to care for your creation to make it last throughout the holiday season. Includes all supplies for one wreath.... Read on...
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    Chocolate Flow Yoga - December 17 at Brambleton Center

    Why not combine two of your favorite things? Practitioners are bringing together the two indulgences to create a delicious yoga practice meant to release endorphins and elevate your mood through sweets. We will practice a more mindful... Read on...
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    Winter Break Day Camps at Green Ridge for ages 5-12

    School’s Out for Christmas! Beat the winter break blues with arts, crafts, games, swim time and guided activities with our staff for ages 5-12. Dec, 23, 26, 27 and 30.... Read on...
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    Save on Group Tickets to Illuminights, Every Thursday

    Groups of 10 or more get 10% off every Thursday during our operating season at Illuminights. Take advantage of this discount online with the coupon code GROUP at checkout, or purchase your group tickets at the gate.... Read on...
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    Roanoke County Parks Receives Five Summit Awards for Public Relations

    Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism was honored with five Summit Awards recognizing excellence in public relations in the Virginia's Blue Ridge region. At an award ceremony at Hotel Roanoke on November 13, the department was awarded two gold... Read on...
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    New 2020 Treetop Quest Season Pass Now Available

    Explore your wild side with unlimited visits to Treetop Quest at Explore Park in 2020. Purchase your pass by December 31, 2019 and get 15% off regular rates! This new pass pays for itself in just 7 visits... Read on...
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    Winter Program Registration Now Open

    Registration is now open for Winter 2020 programs from Roanoke County Parks. Printed copies of Explore Recreation are available at Green Ridge and Brambleton recreation centers and other Roanoke County facilities. Call (540) 772-PLAY (7-5-2-9) to... Read on...
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    Dry Hollow Holler! A New Short Track Mountain Bike Race at Camp Roanoke Dec. 14

    Close out the year with 20 minutes of intense short track mountain bike racing at the inaugural Dry Hollow Holler at Camp Roanoke! Providing a great introduction to racing for novice riders and an opportunity to maintain late-season fitness... Read on...
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    Volunteers Needed for Illuminights at Explore Park

    Our region's largest holiday event is coming! Explore Park and Center in the Square are looking to fill over 700 volunteer shifts during our 26 day operating season. Do you have an organization that wants to help?... Read on...
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    Illuminights Registration Now Available Online

    Advance tickets are now available for Illuminights, a holiday walking light event at Explore Park. Journey at your own pace down a half-mile wooded path while taking in the sights and sounds of the season. It's a partnership with Center in the Square... Read on...
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    Adventure Academy Now Enrolling - Earn Patches for Outdoor Activities

    Earn patches by participating in select outdoor programs offered by Roanoke County and Explore Park. Complete 12 of the 16 available patches and you'll receive a free adventure pass for discounts off future program participation... Read on...
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