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Lake Home Tour Benefits Great Causes
The 21st Annual Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, scheduled for Columbus Day weekend October 7 – 9, is a great opportunity to visit homes on different parts of the lake, gleaning ideas for building that dream home or renovating a dated lake property. The tour features eight waterfront homes, all accessible by car or boat, and coincides with a community-wide Smith Mountain Lake Open House/Fall Festival featuring special offers for tour ticket holders. Tour proceeds benefit eight charities that provide assistance to needy families in the Smith Mountain Lake area. Tickets are available at various retailers throughout the area and neighboring communities at the advance-sale price of $20. For a complete list of ticket outlets, or to purchase tickets online, visit the tour website at Tickets will also be available for $25 on tour days at the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center and at all of the featured lakefront homes.
Homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The tour operates rain or shine; children under 12 are not permitted and homes are not handicap accessible. Visit the tour website for sneak peek at the homes and to learn more about the participating charities. For more information, contact Josselyn Gregory at (540) 297-8970 or
Home Show Offers Something For Everyone
The Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association, Inc. (RRHBA) will host the 16th annual “FALL Home Show” at the Salem Civic Center, September 24  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and September 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This show features more than 80 exhibitors and vendors displaying and selling the latest in home-related products and services. For consumers who are planning to build, remodel or enhance their homes and/or outdoor living spaces, the show is an opportunity to learn the most current design trends, talk with professionals, save money by taking advantage of “show-only” discounts, watch demonstrations, receive giveaways, and win valuable prizes. The show also features fun activities for children, as well as the opportunity to vote and bid on “BARKitecture” homes for four-legged friends to benefit the Roanoke Valley SPCA.
RRHBA is a non-profit professional trade association that works to encourage research to develop new materials, new building techniques and equipment, and improved methods of home financing—to the end that every home purchaser may get the greatest possible value for every dollar. Admission to the show is $5 for adults; children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit RRHBA at
Floral Designer To Wow Garden Club Guests
Join the Roanoke Valley Garden Club as they host Floral Designer Extraordinaire Ron Morgan on Wednesday, October 26 at 9 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 4608 Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke. Coming all the way from California for this event, Morgan is one of the most sought-after and well-recognized floral designers in the United States. His career in floral design began at age 10, when he won his first flower show competition in San Joaquin County, California. Over the course of his extensive career, he has designed window displays for Harrods and David Jones, opened retail floral and antique shops, consulted as an interior designer, conducted flower arranging classes, and most importantly, has become a highly sought-after speaker at garden club events around the world. He has dazzled lecture and garden club audiences for over 20 years with his wit, knowledge and unparalleled creative talents. Morgan has authored books on design and is a master at colorful creations. His books will be available for purchase (checks and cash only), and he will sign them after the program. Drawings will be held to take home his creations designed during the program for a $5 opportunity.
Tickets for this event are $40.  Coffee hour begins at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 10. For more information about Ron Morgan, visit For more information about the program, contact Cyndi Fletcher at (540) 589-3084 or

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