What's News Today for Thursday, September 29, 2016

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -    Roanoke officially opens six new tournament ready tennis courts at River's Edge Sports Complex North. The ribbon cutting is this morning at 10:00. at the new courts on Reserve Avenue.

The third annual Pink Promise Luncheon benefitting Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge is today at Hotel Roanoke. In the first two years, the event has raised almost $150,000 and was a sell out with 400 women and men attending the event both years. It celebrates Komen's promise to end breast cancer forever through screenings, treatment, education and research in Southwest Virginia. You can bid on silent auction items by texting here.

The Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Veterans Benefits Administration host a Veterans Town Hall and Listening Session at 2:30 p.m.  This event is open to Veterans, family members, and community partners. Members of the Executive Leadership Team of Salem VAMC and VBA will be present, along with other key staff to provide updates on Salem's status regarding access, scheduling, VBA benefits, and other relevant issues.

Pet owners in Danville and Pittsylvania County have an opportunity to get their pets spayed and neutered for a low cost. PETA is brings its spay and neuter truck to the Danville area humane society today through Saturday. The cost is 15-dollars per cat or dog and there is a limit of two pets per household.

A local group Hosts Screening of Film Focusing on Adult Literacy at the Rustburg Library. The national cable TV show "Secret Lives of Americans" teamed with ProLiteracy to film an episode around an adult who struggles with low literacy skills. Literacy Volunteers is hosting a screening of this episode on Thursday, Sept. 29, 10 - 11 a.m. at the Rustburg Library, located at 684 Village Highway, Rustburg.  The screening event is called "Breaking the Silence - Your Neighbor's Struggle for Literacy."  The Literacy Volunteers program manager says there are 36 million people in the United States who cannot read above a third grade level. This has an effect on our economy, healthcare, and K-12 education.

Fort Lewis Pharmacy celebrates its new location with a ribbon cutting today at noon. The new location is in at 2246 West Main Street in Salem.

Lexington first-graders will learn about solar energy. BARC hosts the first class of students at its solar learning center.  The Waddell Elementary Schoolers will get lessons on how solar energy fits into the electric grid, how community solar works, and a hands-on exercise to build small solar-powered toy windmills.  The visit will also include a tour of the solar array. BARC Electric Cooperative serves more than 12,000 members in Bath, Allegheny, Rockbridge, Highland, and Augusta counties.

It's National Coffee Day!  Dunkin' Donuts is celebrating the holiday with a special offer honoring the brand's 66-year history.  You can get a medium cup of its signature hot coffee for the special price of 66 cents. The offer includes Dunkin Donut's original, decaf and dark roast coffees. Dunkin' Donuts locations in Roanoke will celebrate the day with "Random Acts of Coffee" where a select number of guests will experience a $10 Dunkin' Donuts gift card surprise during their National Coffee Day visit. The company sells more than 1.9 billion cups of hot and iced coffee globally ever year.

A new festival starts today at Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland in Nelson County.  Hoopla runs through Sunday. You'll enjoy 15 bands including headliners The Revivalists and Old 97's. There will also be beer and food and interactive events, like hiking, rare beer tastings, and human foosball. Festival tickets start at $10 and you can camp overnight too.