You'll have to drive about two hours, but there is a giant yard sale event happening in Southside Virginia this July 4 weekend.
Before we get to the fireworks in the Roanoke and New River valleys, I want to bring your attention to some other free events that might get overlooked July 4 weekend.
Update Friday, July 3: The winning flavor is indeed Caramel Cocoa Cluster.
I never really thought about cows all that much.
Waiting until the last minute to get tickets to see The Beach Boys might have paid off.
It was the rant that launched thousands of Facebook likes, hundreds of comments and even a hashtag: #PutTheCartBack.
The most sweeping sale I found as we approach the July 4 holiday is at one of my favorite stores.
Besides the free Scott Perry and Front Porch Swing concert in Blacksburg on Friday evening ... and my list of other weekend freebies ... you should know about the best free live music, thanks to Tad Dickens and his weekly list of Top Tickets.
Cars and baseball: Two subjects I know very little about, but anyone who does should be thrilled with what's coming this weekend.
If we are what we eat, then my daughter is a "Baby Greens" salad from Blue 5.
Sorry for the last-minute notice, but I thought you should know about a few *free* events for folks interested in children's literature, movies and illustration.
I've always liked that dating tip about noticing how your dining partner treats (or mistreats) the wait staff.
Those Chick-fil-A nuggets and waffle fries are even tastier when you get them for free.
Does anyone else immediately think of that Harry Potter scene when hearing the words "life-size chess"?
You'll have to share your email with the Zulily deals site if you want to take advantage of the latest Sam's Club membership deals.
Prepare your wallets (and your stomachs): The Salem Fair returns to the Salem Civic Center July 1 through 12.
Look for up to two coupon booklets (RedPlum and SmartSource) in the Sunday, June 21, Roanoke Times.
Just wanted to remind you of a few sales and other deals before you start your weekend.
Couple of good things to note from Groupon today.
Besides 3 Minute Lovin' on Henderson Lawn Square in Blacksburg Friday evening ... and the Summer Solstice Fest in Blacksburg on Saturday, here's the best *free* live music happening this weekend, thanks to Tad Dickens and his weekly list of Top Tickets.
All day Thursday, June 18, Sonic drive-ins are serving half-price milkshakes.
This weekend, we celebrate Father's Day and the summer solstice, which means we have plenty of daylight to enjoy all of the free things to do.
Way back when I asked for happy hour recommendations, I learned about all of the daily specials at Martin’s, which includes half-price hamburgers on Mondays.
That's me, five hours after I eagerly stepped into the first line at the J.Crew warehouse sale last Friday.
You know the drill, Kroger customers.
Last week, the most popular post on this blog was about that Domino's baseball deal (which didn't quite deliver due to overwhelming demand).
I happened to be in downtown Salem on Saturday morning, the final appearance for the Pie Lady on the Salem Farmers Market.
Update (June 30, 2015): The most important takeaway from the 'buying local meat' class
Thanks to Tad Dickens, we have a list of the best (free) live music.
We have popular warehouse sales and lots of artisan wares to shop this weekend.
This weekend's free options include plenty of outdoor events, including children's theater, patriotic music and a gospel concert, and even some classic film screenings if you'd prefer to stay indoors.
I love when I stumble onto a deal for exactly what I was willing to pay full price.
Update (3:17 p.m.): We're hearing reports on our Facebook page that those free pizzas were swooped up within minutes. However, Melissa Lester says instead of a code for a free pizza, she was emailed one that will get her 50 percent off a menu-priced pizza.
I was so excited to find this Staples deal last week: Pay only $9.99 for 500 custom business cards.
Update (June 12, 2015): Thanks for all of your meaty suggestions! I've added our reader responses from Facebook and Twitter at the bottom of this post. Who did I miss? -- Stephanie
The latest free health screening at Sam's Club is all about men's health.
We have a date for the crazy popular $1 flip-flop sale at Old Navy stores.
Some exciting news to share, J.Crew fans.
Look for up to two coupon booklets in the Sunday, June 7, Roanoke Times.
In the mood to bargain shop?
Your Friday just got sweeter.
Besides the free Zydeco-a-Go-Go concert at Virginia Tech's Henderson Lawn Square at 6 p.m. Friday ... and the free jazz at Chateau Morrisette on Sunday, below you'll find the best free live music happening this weekend, thanks to Tad Dickens and his list of Top Tickets.
There's plenty of free fun to choose from this weekend, and thankfully, the sunshine should be returning just in time!
We have the June dates for the Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale in Salem.
Look what just popped up on calendar.roanoke.com: Yoga for the People.
Yep, the sign on the door confirmed an anonymous voicemail: The Entenmann's Bakery Outlet at the corner of Peters Creek and Brandon in Roanoke is closing soon.
After months of hearing about the benefits of Amazon Mom for diaper savings (a former colleague swears by it), I'm still trying to decide if I should try the service.
Here's another gut punch from those Norfolk Southern job transfers.
The whole family might enjoy this road trip idea for Saturday, June 6.
Krispy Kreme is giving away doughnuts yet again, this time to celebrate National Doughnut Day.
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Evelyn Virginia Flowers, 90, of Vinton, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, July 2, 2015. Mrs. Flowers was a graduate of Andrew Lewis High School and was employed at Hennis Freight Line where she met her loving husband of almost 50 years, Jack K. Flowers. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Ruth Epperly; brother, Donald Epperly. She leaves behind her only son, Kenneth Flowers and his wife, Lisa; grandchildren, Christopher Flowers, Lauren Flowers, Matthew Flowers, Sierra Flowers; great-grandchildren, Edward Flowers and Conner Cisco; sisters-in-law, Kim Epperly, Rachel Flowers, Sarah Flowers, Runella Smith; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard (Don) and Esther Flowers, James and Betty Flowers; many special nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oakey's Vinton Chapel with Pastor Zach Doppelt officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Margaret Marie Todd, of Salem, passed on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the age of 68. She was known for being a loving mother and grandmother as well as being an honorable friend. She was adored by her children and grandchildren and loved by everyone that was lucky enough to know her. She will missed by many. She was preceded in death by her loving partner of 23 years, Walter Goens.She is survived by her two daughters, Tammy Sizemore and Annette Mills; son-in-law, Frank Sizemore; grandchildren, Heather Mills, David Aliff, Jr., Emily Ross and Morgan Sizemore; great grandchild, Ashlynn Aliff; sister, Katie Lester; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as very special family members, Charlie Goens and family and Ray Goens and family. To honor and respect Margaret's wishes, no services will be held. Online condolences may be expressed at www.johnmoakey.com.
Jeffrey Alan Scott, 55, of Elliston, and formerly of Daytona, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 2, 2015.He was preceded in death by his father, David Gerald Scott, Sr.Jeffrey was a well-loved technician at Bob's Space Racers in Daytona. He was a football fan; his favorite teams being the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes. He also loved his Harley Davidson. Most of all he loved to fish.He is survived by his mother, Betty Urbanski; brothers, David G. "Dick" Scott, Jr. and wife, A.J., Frank Scott; children, Lynzee Morgan Brown and Hunter Brown; nieces and nephews, Leslie Lawson and husband, Steven, Nicole Scott, Devan Ritchie, Bryan Scott and Brandon Scott, Gunner Lawson and Grayden Lawson.The family would like to thanks his doctor, William Fintel. Kara Freeman and the staff of Blue Ridge Cancer Care, and Good Samaritan Hospice, especially Cindy Heath.A celebration of his life will be held noon on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Oakey's North Chapel, Pastor Anne Mitchell, and family friend Rick Littreal will officiate and interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.The family will receive friends on Monday, July 6, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel, www.oakeys.com
Edward Conway Perkins, 90, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, surrounded by the love and support of his family. He was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis G. Perkins. He is survived by his children, Mark Perkins, Sharon Guthrie and her husband, Donnie, and Doug Perkins; grandson, Travis Perkins; great-granddaughter, Rachel Perkins; sister, Edith Jones; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.Ed's family will receive friends Monday, July 6, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel, 6732 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, where a service celebrating his life will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday Pastor Jay Fields officiating. Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem. Online condolences may be sent to www.oakeys.com.