(WSLS 10) - Church leaders in Martinsville will get a lesson today on how to keep their congregations safe. The Southwest Regional Crime Prevention Association is holding the training session. It will give leaders the tools to start a security team, develop a crisis management plan and spot suspicious behaviors. Another session takes place next Friday in Christiansburg.
Children's Trust Roanoke Valley holds its Golden Halo Awards Ceremony tonight. Six people from the Roanoke Valley and three from the New River Valley will be honored for their work for child abuse prevention, intervention and advocacy.
The Franklin County Moonshine Festival kicks off tonight. The festival will celebrate the heritage of moonshine making. The state Tourism Office will bring an oversized piece of LOVE artwork to the festival as part of a state and local partnership to promote tourism. It will be set up outside the Harvester Performance Center.
The U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment will perform today at VMI. It consists of the Silent Drill Platoon which is the official Color Guard of the Marine Corps. The performance begins at 4:30 on the parade ground.
Virginia Tech holds its Relay for Life tonight. More than 6,000 people are signed up to take part. The campus community has already raised half a million dollars, making this largest collegiate relay in the world.
Lynchburg City Manager Kimball Payne will speak today at the Leadership Lynchburg Alumni Association. He will talk about communtiy sustainability and leadership. Payne will retire from the city after 15 years at the end of June.
Danville Regional Medical Center will hold a neighborhood walk tonight. The weekly gatherings started earlier this year after two people were shot. One of those people was a doctor at the hospital. Tonight's walk takes place downtown, starting at the corner of Main and North Uniion Streets.
The Radford University community will honor President Penelope Kyle tonight. Several events are planned including a tree panting, buiding dedication and luncheon. Kyle will retire from the university in June. She has served as president since 2005.
VDOT is celebrating Earth Day by encouraging Adopt-a-Highway groups and everyone to help pick up litter. VDOT encourages drivers to be alert for signs on highways indicating that volunteers are cleaning up trash. Adopt-a-Highway volunteers save the state more than $1.5 million every year.
A group of students at Virginia Western Community College will hike 22 kilometers today while carrying 22 pounds of gear. It's in support of a nationwide movement to end suicides committed by veterans due to post-traumatic stress disorder, which takes 22 lives daily.