Darius Rucker. Courtesy of Zach Catanzareti Photo.
Darius Rucker. Courtesy of Zach Catanzareti Photo.

Darius Rucker to play downtown Roanoke summer concert series

Country-rock singer Darius Rucker has been booked as part of the Budweiser Summer Series at downtown Roanoke’s Elmwood Park.

Rucker will play June 15. General admission tickets are $60, with $8 from each ticket going to Fighting Kids’ Cancer, an initiative of the Life Ring Foundation with the goal of including a world-class pediatric cancer treatment center within Carilion Clinic’s new cancer center.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 17. For full details and ticketing
information, visit www.DowntownSummerSeries.com.

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TAP in Roanoke announces workshops, classes

Total Action for Progress in Roanoke is offering several workshops and classes this spring.

  • Through April 16, TAP’s free Tax Clinic is open, by appointment only. Contact taxhelp@tapintohope.org or 540-283-4804.
  • TAP is currently enrolling participants in its certified clinical medical assistant program. To learn more, contact 540-915-4512, whole.family@tapintohope.org or diana.talmadge@tapintohope.org.
  • On March 18, TAP will host a free homebuyer class. Enrollment is required; visit tapintohope.org/event/homebuyer-class or call 540-283-4917.
  • TAP’s next Community Healing Workshop will be held March 25, with Antonio Stovall. Topics will include community empowerment, youth development, self-care and more. The workshop is free. For more information, email antoniostovall90@gmail.com or lateefah.trent@tapintohope.org, or call 540-819-8828.

TAP also offers several ongoing events:

  • Elementary youth mentoring program: After school every Tuesday and Thursday for grades three through five. Call 540-354-2212 or email nicole.ross@tapintohope.org.
  • Middle school youth mentoring: Every Monday and Saturday. Call 540-354-2212 or email nicole.ross@tapintohope.org.
  • African American studies class: Open to the general public. Classes cover history, community bonding, critical thinking and leadership skills. Email lateefah.trent@tapintohope.org.

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Hurley remodeling company awarded $10,000 grant by VCEDA

Hurley Remodeling & Custom Designs LLC, which recently opened in the Buchanan County community of Hurley, has received a $10,000 Seed Capital Matching Grant from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.

Jonathan and Ashley Hurley recently opened a remodeling business in Buchanan County.

Owners Jonathan and Ashley Hurley project two full-time and four-part time employees within five years, according to a news release from VCEDA. As the business grows, the Hurleys hope to be able to add a second crew to lessen wait times and expand their opportunities for work, the release said.

The new business covers Southwest Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. In addition to remodeling, the Hurleys offer residential repair options and services including plumbing, tiling, flooring, painting, drywall, trim masonry, general carpentry and construction.

Ashley Hurley said the business was born out of their enjoyment of remodeling and after her husband was laid off from his job.

“We just decided to go in a new direction,” she said. “The VCEDA grant has been wonderful. We had been struggling, but this will allow us to continue to grow and get some others in here to help us which will lessen wait times for our services.”