Brenda Hale, president of the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP

Brenda Hale, president of the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP.

Ham radio operators will display their talents this weekend at Virginia Western Community College.

The college’s Amateur Radio Club is hosting the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club’s inaugural Winter Field Day Saturday and Sunday.

The clubs will operate from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, communicating worldwide under emergency conditions and using no commercial power — only batteries, generators and solar power to run the equipment.

The public is invited to get a close-up look at what amateur radio operators do to help local agencies and communities during emergencies and public events. The event also helps the ham radio operators work on their skills for competitive events.

Activities will be held on Upper Lot 14, overlooking Brown Library at the college. For more information, email

Hale honored as community ‘super hero’

Brenda Hale, longtime president of the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP, is the “Super Hero” who the congregation at Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church will honor on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3.

She also will speak during the Black History event, which will be held at 3 p.m. at the church, 506 15th St. N.W.

Hale has served as president of the NAACP’s Roanoke chapter for 16 years, succeeding her brother, Daniel, who served four years.

She is a veteran, a retired Army nurse who served in Hawaii and Germany and later at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Hale is involved in numerous civic organizations and is an advocate for civil and human rights.

She most recently received the 2019 HBCU Spirit of America Community Service Award from Cutting Edge Sports Management, the parent company of the Dream Bowl and the HBCU Spirit of America Bowl.

The award recognizes someone who is seen as a role model and has made significant contributions to the community. It was presented to Hale on Jan. 20 during the 2019 bowl in Salem.

TAP launches home-buying classes

Total Action for Progress is offering free classes for those thinking about buying a home.

The first class in TAP’s housing counseling program will be 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Tanglewood West Building, 3959 Electric Road, suite 100.

Anyone who is thinking about buying a home can attend by calling 283-4917 or visiting for more information.

Other classes are scheduled for Feb. 2 at the Freedom First Credit Union branch at 1210 Patterson Ave. S.W., Roanoke; March 2 at Mark’s United Methodist Church, 19 Cedar Ridge Drive, Daleville; and May 18 at the YMCA Express-Gainsboro, 108 Orange Ave. N.W., Roanoke.

TAP also will observe its annual Black History Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 19 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Mountain Ave. S.W., Roanoke.

The program’s youth education students are producing the free event, which will include a soul food luncheon prepared by Morning Star Baptist Church.

The celebration also includes a journey through Roanoke’s historical black neighborhoods by exploring the history of Burrell Memorial Hospital, old Northeast, Tank Town, Pinkard Court and Old Field.

The celebration is free, but participants are encouraged to register by Feb. 12 to ensure there is enough food. Register at

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