What's News Today: November 16, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - The Virginia Governor's Housing Conference kicks off today in Roanoke. It gives housing professionals and advocates a chance to network with others while learning about sales management, housing trends and downtown revitalization. The conference continues through Friday.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation holds an information session about the Community College Access Program tonight. The program makes tuition free for students with a certain grade point average who meet financial requirements. Tonight's meeting takes place at Franklin County High School starting at 6 p.m.

A community conversation takes place tonight as part of the Week of the Family. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and how childhood trauma affects health will be discussed. The event begins at 5:30 tonight at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The City of Salem will present its Week of the Family proclamation at tonight's event.

Sweet Briar College holds an open house today for its new electroacoustic studio for music composition. The college got the equipment and software by using grant money. It will give students the skills needed to design audio for video games, television and movies.

Patrick Henry Community College holds an information session today for its Big IDEA Challenge. The 30 day challenge gives participants guidance through the product development process as they compete for over $5,000 to help their idea become a reality. The deadline to apply is December 9th with the challenge starting on January 12th.

Danville Regional Medical Center holds a Health Insurance Exchange Fair today. Hospital staff and insurance company representatives will be on hand to help you sign up for insurance, re-enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace and discuss available services. The fair runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the hospital's main lobby.

The Bedford Welcome Center hosts its annual Festival of Trees starting today. You can stop by the center and vote for your favorite. One vote costs one dollar with the money going to area charities. Last year, more than $3,200 was raised. The trees will remain on display through the end of the year.