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Purple Power Glow Run (5K) & 1-Mile Walk,
Rivers Edge North, Roanoke. 343-0987,
NCAA DIII Women's Softball Championship,
Moyer Sports Complex, Salem. 375-3004, salemciv-
Best of Both Worlds
Why would a bright young woman spend hours
Brothers, Big Sisters in its after-school programs
working on a church festival, when she could be
and tutors English as a Second Language with
out with her fellow 24-year-olds?
Blue Ridge Literacy.
SML Invitational Golf Tournament, June 3.
Westlake Golf & Country Club, Hardy. 721-3845,
Reema Azar has a simple answer: "The Leba-
She began as a dancer with the festival at age
nese Festival keeps me rooted. It connects me to
14 and grew up with the event, now in its 18th
my culture. It's the best of both worlds I live in."
year. This year (June 3-5) she's coaching youth
5th Annual SML Paddleboard Race,
Azar has always had one foot in both worlds;
dancers, demonstrating the dabke (Lebanese line
Race and hands-on demonstrations. Smith Moun-
she's a native Roanoker, with a mom born here
tain Lake Community Park, Moneta. 389-8602,
dance), and co-chairing the silent auction.
"What's special about the Lebanese Festival
UVa with a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern
is its impact on the community," she says, "see-
Studies, studied in Jordan and has visited Leba-
ing so many people coming to celebrate with us,
T Special event at least 50 miles from Roanoke.
non with her family. Today she's a member of the
enjoying the food and dances, getting to know
- compiled by Samantha Hoback
AmeriCorps service organization, works with Big
us." -Joan Barthelme Bugbee
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Long before Roanoke became a city,
Oakey's was providing funeral services
to area families. We've grown and
evolved over the past 150 years but
we remain a locally owned, family run
business. Thank you Roanoke Valley
for placing your trust in us.
CELEBRATING 150 YEARS
SAMMY G. OAKEY, PRESIDENT
982-2100 * ROANOKE, NORTH, VINTON,
SOUTH & EAST CHAPELS
540 * 989 * 6644 | 540 * 354 * 3598
It's time to book your
summer and holiday parties!
The best choice for your
and a dad born in Lebanon. She graduated from