Roanoke, VA Lifestyle

WDBJ 7 celebrates Hispanic History Month each Wednesday at 6 pm

Local network educates viewers on the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month. WDBJ 7 News has been leading the way in observing Hispanic Heritage Month each Wednesday at 6 pm. and at other times since September 15. The news network has been highlighting locals in the Hispanic/Latino/Latinx community and also educating the public about the culture. On September 13 the network shared an interview with Dr. Claudia Martinez who explained how the heritage festival is about education and the community coming together as well as celebrating the heritage of their ancestors.
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Hometown Eats: Dogwood Restaurant

VINTON, Va. (WDBJ) - There are all kinds of restaurants with unique and different flavors but every now and then you get to craving country cookin’. Vinton has been home to a restaurant serving up momma’s favorite fixins’ for decades and they have the loyal fan base to prove it in this week’s Hometown Eats.
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Hispanic-owned restaurants bringing unique and distinct flavors to Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — One way for anyone to experience Hispanic culture is through food and people in the Roanoke region have more choices now than ever before. If you want to take a quick trip to Peru, all you have to do is take a short drive to Inka Grill in Roanoke, where staples like rice, plantains and potatoes are elevated to dishes that appeal to both the eye and the pallate.

10/13: Community Ice Cream Social

Community ice cream social and discussion of the wealth gap in the USA, Thursday, October 13th, 6:30-8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1845 Cambria Street, Christiansburg. This event is sponsored by Our Saviour Lutheran Church and LT2 (“Learning to Live Together”). Following refreshments, we will use Bread for the World’s Racial Wealth Gap Exercise to learn and guide our conversation. Please register with the form on the OSLC website (

Furry Friends: Will you give Gabby a forever home?

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — WFXR’s Furry Friends gives local shelters a chance to highlight adoptable pets looking for their forever homes. On Tuesday, September 29th Emily Witt from the Franklin County Humane Society introduced us to Gabby. She’s a Cattle dog/ Bluetick Coonhound Mix, around 7 months old and 55 lbs. Gabby is personable, and sweet, and sometimes acts timid but comes out of her shell quickly. She gets along with other dogs and loves to play. She also loves her treats.

Celebrating the Spanish language during National Hispanic Heritage Month

A different way to observe National Hispanic Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated from September 15 until October 15. There have been a lot of celebrations in the Roanoke Valley from walks to festivals, and acknowledgment of Latino/Hispanic foods and restaurants. WDBJ 7 recently interviewed a community organizer and activist Maria Oceja who suggested an ideal way non-Hispanics can support the community which includes Latinos and Latinx.

Spooky thrills to be had at Blue Ridge Nightmares

ROANOKE, Va (WFXR) — Be prepared to immerse yourself in thrills that go bump in the night, as the “Blue Ridge Nightmares” haunted attraction kicks off the fall season. With the help of New York and Hollywood Creative Director and Special Effects Artist, Anthony Giordano, Blue Ridge Nightmares haunted house/haunted attraction fills its 60,000 sq. ft warehouse with exciting, entertaining, fun characters for thrill-seekers.

Dunkin celebrates National Coffee Day with free coffee

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) — Do you need a pick me up? Well, Dunkin has you covered!. Thursday is National Coffee Day and they are offering loyalty members a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase. Dunkin said that guests can celebrate the day with Dunkin’s Original Blend...

Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Two New TRACK Trails in City of Roanoke Parks

For over a decade, the Kids in Parks program has connected kids and families to public lands nationwide through their principal initiative, TRACK Trails. Each TRACK Trail location is family-friendly and features a series of self-guided activities to turn visits into fun and exciting outdoor experiences. Best of all, participants can earn free prizes in the mail for tracking adventures at!

F3 workout group launching in the New River Valley

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Men in the New River Valley will soon have a new free option for weekly workouts. F3 is coming to Blacksburg. The group is designed for men and focused on fitness, fellowship and faith. Each workout is peer-led with the goal of growing men into leaders.

Blue Cow Ice Cream keeps growing; five locations soon in Virginia

A Roanoke-based ice cream company continues to grow across parts of Virginia. Blue Cow Ice Cream is now up to four locations — and already preparing to open number five. It started in 2017 when Blue Cow opened up near the foot of Mill Mountain by the Walnut Avenue Bridge. In the years since, they have established additional locations in Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, and just last month, Richmond. It won’t be long for the fifth one: a lease is signed for another Richmond-area outlet in West Short Pump. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

7@four: Pet Talk, September 28, 2022

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Pet Talk is a weekly segment airing during 7@four each Wednesday. You can send us your questions through our website and ask professionals what you should do for your pet. Today we are going to talk about interactions with wildlife. Deer, skunks, bears, opossums, and other...