Shopping, eating and more: What’s going on today and this weekend

News and events happening today and this weekend

What's News Today (WSLS 10)

While you’re out shopping, pick up some extra items for children in the hospital. Carilion Children’s needs your help making the holidays special for children who have to be there for treatment. You can drop off toys tomorrow and next Saturday at Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke County from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Junior League of Roanoke Valley volunteers will be in the parking lot collecting donations. There’s suggestions on what to buy, an Amazon registry and a link to donate here.

Small businesses are gearing up for Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. The Small Business Administration says there are nearly 32 million independent businesses. This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The event was found by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by the Small Business Administration since 2011.

For the third year, the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will be sponsoring the #DineSmall campaign tomorrow. It was created to encourage residents and visitors to eat at small locally-owned restaurants in Martinsville and Henry County, especially on Small Business Saturday. Most of the participating restaurants have menus with meals less than $10.

KIDS are the vendors tomorrow at the “All Good Things” Christmas Market. Everything offered tomorrow is made and sold by kids! It gives kids the chance to see what it’s like to run their own business, get off electronic devices and use their imaginations to create something others will love! The event is at 2001 Kelso Mill Rd, Bedford, VA 24523.

Today is the deadline to submit a name for the new historical statue in the U.S. Capitol. The Commission for Historical Statues is asking for public suggestions, especially proposals from Virginia students.

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You can see Jenna weekday mornings at the anchor desk on WSLS 10 Today from 5-7 a.m. She also leads our monthly Solutionaries Series, where we highlight the creative thinkers and doers working to make the world a better place.