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Get Outside Weekend Update Nov. 26-29

Festivals, Events, & Outings

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Let’s Go Ice Skating

Roanoke’s newest attraction – Elmwood On Ice – opened this week. The outdoor ice skating rink is winter fun for all ages.

And you can join in the fun any day through Feb. 14. (Even on Thanksgiving Day from 2-10 p.m.) Normals hours are:

  • Monday-Thursday 4-9 p.m.
  • Friday 4-10 p.m.
  • Saturday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Sunday noon – 7 p.m.

No skates? No problem. Bring your own or rent a pair right at the park for just $2.

Admission to the park is $6.

So come on out – the cooler air is the perfect reason and make an evening of it. There will also be a food truck parked nearby so you can grab a bite to eat as well.

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Pints n’ Poses

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Yoga and beer.

We’re in! What could be more fun than practicing yoga and finishing with your favorite local brew? A new class this month is just the answer with Pints n’ Poses at Soaring Ridge.

The class starts Dec. 3 (that’s next week) and is every other week through February. The class is designed for all ability levels; all you need is a mat.

Each class includes one tasty, cold brew and is $15.

Not convinced? The video will have you clamoring to register.

Pints n’ Poses

  • When: Dec. 3, 17; Jan. 7, 21; and Feb. 4, 18 at 5:45 p.m.
  • Where: Soaring Ridge
  • Cost: $15 per class
  • Register: Online
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Celebrate the Holidays with All Your Craft Beer Loving Friends

Kick of the holiday season Nov. 25 at the Thanksgiving Eve Throwback #Deschutes2Rke party at Blue 5. The gathering is in honor of craft beer and the community support of the #Deschutes2Rke movement.

Festivities include live music from Hoppie Vaughan & The Ministers of Soul, a cash bar (select from any of Blue 5’s many taps or bottle options), and plenty of fun with a crowd that loves craft beer as much as you do.

RSVP on Facebook. The event begins at 7 and lasts until you are ready to head home.

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Get Outside Weekend Update Nov. 19-22

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, Nov. 19

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Pete’s Pick: Fowl on the Brain

I am thinking fowl this week. Mostly because of two bird-themed events that are not to be missed.

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  1. The Drumstick Dash is happening at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning and is one of the biggest events in the region. If you have not signed up yet, GO DO IT NOW. Not only will you burn off all your calories ahead of the big meal, but you’ll also be doing something great for the community. (The annual run/walk benefits the Rescue Mission.)
  2. Head over to the RIOT Rooster: Annual Indi Craft Fair on Friday or Saturday at 16 West marketplace. (You might even find me there during the lunch hour Friday.) Riot Rooster is a mecca of handmade, upcycled, recycled, odd and useful gifts and more than 50 vendors will be on site. Just think, you can do your shopping ahead of the Black Friday rush! Admission is free.

And while we are talking turkey, here’s to a happy holiday from Roanoke Outside!

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Happy Cranksgiving!

Grab your bike and get ready for a holiday scavenger hunt of epic proportions.

alley cat race roanoke

The Roanoke Cranksgiving Alley Cat Race will lead cyclists though checkpoints throughout the city to collect non-perishable food item donations and race back to the finish for plenty of cool prizes. The top men and women finishers will get some awesome prizes from sponsors such as East Coasters Bike Shop, RunAbout Sports, Sweet Donkey Coffee, Parkway Brewing, Soaring Ridge, State Bicycle Co., Seagull Bags, Ass Savers, Handup Gloves and Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op.

The race will raise money and collect food donations for Feeding America Southwest Virginia. (And it’s just in time for the holidays.)

If you are not sure how an alley cat race works, it’s pretty simple. The informal race allows riders to chart their own course and hit specific checkpoints. You can visit the checkpoints in any order you choose and the goal is to collect items from each point and return to the finish line first. There may be a few twists and turns along the route and you can go as fast (or slow) as you want.

Go grab your bike and backpack and pedal on down to Highland Park on Saturday. It’ll be hard to find this much fun for a good cause anywhere else.

Roanoke Cranksgiving Alley Cat Race

  • When: Saturday, Nov. 21 at noon
  • Where: Highland Park, 641 Walnut Ave.
  • RSVP: On Facebook
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Slow Down and Explore Your Community

Walk2Connect RoanokeAre you ready for an easy afternoon of fun?

Join Overcome Yours Founder Garrett Brumfield and the We Evolve Us team in the first Walk2Connect event in Roanoke this weekend.

After hearing Walk2Connect founder Jonathon Stalls', "Life at 3 mph" presentation last month at CityWorks X(po), during which he gave a detailed account of the people and places he experienced during his 3,030 mile walk across the U.S. in 2010. Brumfield knew he wanted a Walk2Connect event in Roanoke with the hope of participants gaining a better appreciation for their community and a better understanding of the accessibility issues that need improvement.

The 1.5 mile walk will start at the Grandin Colab and make its way around the community. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water to stay hydrated.

This event is open to all ages and abilities, so whether you walk, run or scoot, join in for an afternoon of outdoor fun.

Walk2Connect is a Colorado-based social enterprise that creates whole health outcomes through innovative walking programs focused on connection to others, to place and to self. Overcome Yours is a program to help people who are challenged by life’s obstacles by Brumfield, who was born with cerebral palsy. Brumfield describes it as “a way of life. It’s motivation that’s raw, real, and a bit edgy. Some of what you’ll hear, read, and see might make you laugh, it might make you cry, but most importantly, I hope it challenges you.”

Walk2Connect-Grandin Village Walkabout/Stroll

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Groups and Clubs: The Blue Ridge Marathon Could be Your Next Fundraiser

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The Blue Ridge Marathon needs a few good volunteers, ASAP! And your group, club, or organization could benefit financially from volunteering.

You only have one task right now, and that’s to sign up. (Most of the heavy lifting happens closer to the event in April.)

Here are the details:

  • Brand new for 2016: All non-profit organizations, charities, and civic groups have the opportunity to use the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon as a fundraiser! The marathon will donate to the first 10 groups willing to assist by providing 10, 15 or 25 volunteers. The more you recruit, the more you earn (10 is the minimum).
  • Now this is important, you must fill out an application with details about your organization by DEC. 20. There are limited group incentive slots available, and spaces will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Sign up now
  • Plenty of individual volunteers are needed as well. Learn more.
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Holiday Camp Is in Session

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Looking for something to do with the kids while they are out of school for the holidays? Try a rock climbing class or camp with The River Rock.

Full day classes (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) are designed to keep 7- to 12-year-olds active and engaged. They’ll learn plenty of skills, play games and have a great time. Activities include slack-lining, learning knot craft and climbing techniques, stretching and warm-up exercises and plenty of climbing and bouldering. You can come by the day or sign up for multiple days. (But space is limited.)

Here are the camp dates:

  • Nov. 25 and 27
  • Dec. 21, 22 and 23
  • Dec. 28, 29 and 30
  • Jan. 18

Camp is $60 per day ($50 per day for River Rock members) and there is a discount for siblings and multiple date registration.

Learn more and sign up online.

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