Promotional photo for TIES by the Southwest Virginia Ballet.
Promotional photo for TIES by the Southwest Virginia Ballet.

Here’s a round-up of news briefs from around Southwest and Southside. Send yours for possible inclusion to

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The Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge has two shows coming up this weekend.

On Friday, November 18 at 7:30 pm, the venue hosts The Magic Duel Comedy Show. Audience members choose the contest’s magical challenges, assist in the show, and vote electronically for the winner of the coveted ‘Golden Wand.’  Recipient of six consecutive TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, the show is also number one in several categories (Fun & Games, Performing Arts, Comedy Clubs) in Washington, D.C. on Yelp.

On Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., the venue hosts the Southwest Virginia Ballet’s production of TIES. The performance is a collage of historic photos, live music and expressive dance about the region’s railroad history.

To purchase tickets online, please visit  Tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling 540 862 5655.

For more information on the holiday events at The Historic Masonic Theatre, please visit the Theatre website and/or Facebook page.

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Fleet Feet’s Roanoke store to change hands

Fleet Feet has announced the retirement of Blaine and Robin Lewis, franchise owners of the Roanoke store since its opening in 2003. General Manager Matt Thompson will succeed the Lewises and purchase the store with an anticipated date for the transaction to finalize in December, the company said.

Earlier this year, Thompson lost his wife Tabitha in a bike accident. Four days later, Fleet Feet Roanoke established a fundraiser dedicated to supporting the Carilion Clinic Foundation, the NICU where she worked. During the fundraising period, the Lewises got to know Thompson, and brought him onto the Fleet Feet Roanoke team as a financial consultant, eventually leading to his role as general manager. 

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Danville’s River District Association seeks volunteers for Dec. 3 event

Christmas on the Plaza is an annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Downtown Plaza in Danville on Dec. 3. RDA is looking for volunteers to help with food tables, Santa, overseeing activities etc. 

11:00am – 1:00pm shift: Event Set-up

2:45pm – 4:00pm shift: Santa’s Helper

3:00pm – 4:30pm shift: Food Table or Supervise Sidewalk Chalk

4:00pm – 5:15pm shift: Santa’s Helper

4:30pm – 6:00pm shift: Food Table or Supervise Sidewalk Chalk

6:00pm – 7:00pm shift: Clean-Up

Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Volunteers may sign up here.