Community calendar and events (week of August 22, 2012)

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Managing volunteers

Bedford Community Health Foundation will present a class on effectively managing volunteers. The class, entitled "Encouraging Diversity: Promoting Unity," will be presented by Cheryl Nester, a financial and management consultant at the CVCC Bedford Campus on Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. The class is free to Health Foundation members. There will be a $5 fee from non-members. Space is limited and those wishing to attend should call (540) 586-5292 or e-mail info@healthybedford.org by Sept. 28.


EMT course

There will be an Emergency Medical Technician course at Moneta Fire Department beginning September 20. Classes will be held at Station 8, located at 12737 North Old Moneta Road. This course is open to anyone 16 years of age or older and will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 - 10 p.m. For information and to preregister, contact Michael Harper at (540) 297-5560. Enrollment space is limited.


Call for entries: Sedalia Country Fair

The Sedalia Center’s annual Country Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and your entries in the Food and Photography Competitions are an important part of it. There is no fee for participation, only the fun of joining your neighbors in showing off what you can do.No pre-registration is necessary. Food entries - Contestants should bring their entries to the Sedalia Center, Room 6, on Friday, September 7 between noon and 7 p.m., or on Saturday morning between 7-8 a.m., before the fair opens. Photography Competition - This will be the fourth year for the Sedalia Country Fair’s photography competition.  Rather than adopting a single subject theme for entries, the contest offers several interesting categories to help spark your creativity: Architecture, Wildlife and Pets,  Reflections and Landscape. There is no entry fee or pre-registration required, but there is a limit of four entries per individual. Days and times of drop off are the same as for the food competition. Photographs should be brought to Room 7.  The photographs will remain on display to the public during the Country Fair.  For additional information, call the office (434-299-5080).


Beginning genealogy class

If you were not able to attend last month's free beginning genealogy class at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library, they will be offering an evening class this month.  It will begin Tuesday, Sep. 4. The class will be limited to 10 people, and only to those just starting out in genealogy. The classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday evening for four weeks. Subjects to be discussed will be: Getting Started, Census Records, Local Sources, and Using the Internet. For more information contact the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library in person: located at 201 E. Main St. Bedford, Va. 24523, by phone 540-586-4520, or by email at bmgl@bedfordvamuseum.org.


Little Town Players Audition Alert

Director Jeff Krantz will hold open audition for the drama The Homecoming on Sunday, September 9 and Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m. in the Elks National Home Theatre. Roles are available for nine females ages 7 - 80 and 13 males ages 10 - 80. Performances dates are November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 2012. For additional information, contact the director at jkrantz007@aol.com. It is Christmas Eve, 1933 in rural Virginia, and the Spencer family await the return of their father. He had been forced to leave to find work and is coming home for Christmas from his job. But his arrival is in doubt because of an accident and a snow storm. Will the head of the family arrive in time to celebrate Christmas? This is a heart-warming, coming-of-age tale and a play for the whole family. The long-running television series "The Waltons" was based on this stage production.


BPW Bus Trip

Bedford professional Women are planning a bus trip Saturday, October 27, to Potomac Mills. Cost per person is $55. Deadline is October 1 (no refunds after this date). A great time for Christmas Shopping. Will have lots of door prizes to give away and will have a 50/50 raffle awarded before we shop. Anyone interested in going on this trip call 586-5318 or any BPW member.


Seeking original art

The Vinton Farmers’ Market is looking for nice quality art for the upcoming Art Market on September 8, from from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vendors may sale original paintings, photography, jewelry, fiber art, stained glass, mixed media, wood, re-purposed art, metal art, pottery and more. Interested artists may reserve a space for $5. Live music will be provided by Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association. Contact Mary Beth Layman at 540-983-0613 or mblayman@vintonva.gov prior to the event.


Baroque, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans

Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) has announced a unique presentation by Maestro David Stewart Wiley on piano, soprano Adelaide Muir Trombetta, and mandolin player Jeff Midkiff on Sunday, September 9 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Route 122 and Lakemount Drive, Moneta. Maestro Wiley explores the connection between Baroque, Classical and Bluegrass music. The music bridges transitions through traditional and original compositions. From the classical mandolin concerto by Antonio Vivaldi to modern Bluegrass, celebrate the music that took root in our Blue Ridge region. Wiley will also present original music from “Lake Effects,” which was shot at Smith Mountain Lake. SMAC has a dress code for this performance. Wear jeans in keeping with the spirit of bluegrass, Baroque and blue jeans. Tickets are available at The Visitors Center, The General Store and Radio Shack for $20 for adults and $5 for children six and under. Discounted tickets for SMAC members are available by mail for $17. Send a check to SMAC, P.O. Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121 or contact Marty Bowers at 540-297-0965.


Bob Ross painting course at 4-H Center

The 4-H Center will once again host the “Painting with the Bob Ross Method” on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn to paint just like America’s favorite artist, Bob Ross. In just one day participants will paint their own masterpiece guided by certified instructor, Genia Wright. No artistic experience necessary and in just a few hours everyone in the class is guaranteed to produce their own 16” x 20” painting to take home. The “Bob Ross Method” works in real life just as it does on TV. The registration fee of $50 covers all instruction, paints, an easel, canvas and work clothes. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org for a registration form. Space is limited.


Red Cross Bloodmobiles

The following upcoming bloodmobiles have been scheduled. Call 1-800-Red Cross to confirm dates and times before attending.

Aug. 22, at Main Street United Methodist Church, Bedford, noon-6 p.m.

Aug. 22, at Lynchburg Nissan, Forest, noon-6 p.m.

Aug. 24, at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Aug. 28, at Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad, noon-6 p.m.


A Ceremony of Carols

Jefferson Choral Society. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. A Ceremony of Carols, Timberlake United Methodist Church. 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 4 p.m. on Sunday. Slide into the holiday season with Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols and other Christmas music guaranteed to get you “decking the halls.”


Caravan of Thieves concert
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on Friday September 21 and Saturday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m., will host The Caravan of Thieves in concert. The concert, held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a ticket price of $10 per person. Because of the popularity of Caravan of Thieves, the band has been booked for two nights. Tickets will be sold at the desk of the Bedford Library or by mailing a check to the Friends of the Bedford Library, 321 North Bridge St, Bedford, VA 24523. Indicate the night you are reserving tickets for and include your phone number. The 100 tickets for each night's concert will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Reserved and paid for tickets will be held in your name at the door. Seating is limited. For more information, call 540-586-8911, or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.


Moonshine industry

One of the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library’s goals is to make available to the public facets of local history that may not be so well known.  In keeping with that goal the moonshine industry will be highlighted, from September 7 through December 2012.   From its introduction by European settlers in the early 17th Century to the present, no one knows just how much whiskey was made in Bedford County.  It has been a thriving industry, particularly in the mountainous areas where the undergrowth provides a natural concealment. To better understand the whys and wherefores of whiskey making in Bedford County a still will be on display on the first floor of the museum.  In addition to the still, court records, newspaper stories, anecdotes, and artifacts will be also displayed.    During the next several weeks the museum will be collecting information on this industry.  Anyone having artifacts, expertise in moonshine operations, knowledge of the moonshine industry, or personal stories he or she would like to share is asked to call Jennifer Thomson at 540-586-4520 or email librarian@bedfordvamuseum.org.  While at the museum, visitors are also invited to view the museum’s many displays and visit the bookshop.


Boonsboro Ruritan Club fundraiser

The Boonsboro Ruritan Club has been in the Boonsboro (Bedford County)  community for over 60 years. It provides sports programs for the youth in the area and also sponsors scholarships to local high school seniors. It has activities for both young and old, which include an Easter Egg Hunt, Breakfast with Santa and Senior Citizen dinners. The 2012 fundraiser will be the World Famous Chippendale performers. There will be 10 performers live on stage for one show. The show will be held on Saturday, September 1 from 8-11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Lynchburgtickets.com for $15 in advance in advance or $20 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $25 each. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The show will be at the Boonsboro Ruritan Club building, located on Coffee Road in Lynchburg. For more information about the show, go to the lynchburgtickets.com or www.facebook.com/boonsbororuritanclub  websites, phone us at 434-941-0568 or email: boonsbororuritan@hotmail.com.


SRHS Class of '77 reunion

The Staunton River High School Class of 1977 35th Class Reunion will be held Saturday, Sept 8, from 6-9 p.m. at the Roanoker Restaurant, 2522 Colonial Ave., Roanoke. Contact Glenda Lyle @ glendalyle7@nc.rr.com or 1-910-944-3809; Teresa Zimmerman@ teresa.zimmerman@vafb.com  or 1-540-586-9103; Deborah S. Lee @ debbielee10/18/58@gmail.com   or 1-540-793-8738.


'Escapes:' a new exhibit

Bower Center for the Arts has just hung their new exhibit, “Escapes." This is a judged theme exhibition of 2-D and 3-D art works.  The exhibit, which has more than 30 artists represented, will hang through September 15.  The exhibit is meant to inspire all artists and viewers to locate their magical place, to mentally escape and let their imaginations soar.   Bower Center Galleries are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Bower Center for the Arts is located at 305 North Bridge Street, Bedford. Check the Web site bowercenter.org or phone 540-586-4235 for more information.


Children's art contest

Gallery 2000, 318 Washington St., is offering a cash prize of $25 to children, ages 10-14 years old, to the winning entry of an artistic drawing, watercolor, ink or pencil. Submit the entry in person to the gallery by Friday, Aug. 31, hours – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 1-434-755-1272.


Free painting, pottery exhibit

View an exhibit of Raku pottery and painting on display through September 10 at Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library.    In this exhibit, local artists Dave and Midge Ovenshire present art they created in a shared studio space at their Smith Mountain Lake home in Moneta. Dave’s Raku pottery pieces feature unique methods of glazing colors with a southwestern flair that compliments Midge’s paintings. Both are award-winning artists, and they enjoy showing their works together. The couple moved to the lake following retirement in 2004.  Midge was a mental health professional, and co-owner of a gallery / framing business with her husband, Dave.  Married 52 years, the couple has three children and two grandchildren. View this free exhibit during library hours.  Stop by “The Little Gallery” at Bridgewater Plaza to purchase items in the library exhibit, and to view other pieces by Midge and Dave Ovenshire. Midge's artwork can also be seen at www.paintingsbymidge.blogspot.com  , while more information about Dave's pottery is at  www.blueridgepotters.com.



TOPS VA 0406, Montvale (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a support group for people trying to lose weight. Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Old Montvale Elementary School. Visitors welcome to attend. Call Janice at 586-0332 or Claudene at 586-5138 for more information.


Officers of Election
The Bedford County Electoral Board is always in need of additional personnel to serve as Election Officers.  It is expected that full staffing will be needed for the upcoming General Election on November 6, 2012.    To qualify, persons must be a registered voter in Virginia and should be detail-oriented and comfortable working with the public.   This service calls for reporting at the designated polling site at 5 a.m. and remaining until all paper work is completed and equipment packed up – usually at least 8 p.m. Mandatory training for all new Election Officers will be given this September and all are compensated, both for attending the training as well as for service during an election. Anyone interested in this service may go to the State Board of Elections Web site at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/officers to complete a quick form and shortly thereafter, applicants will receive necessary forms from the Bedford County Election Office.  Alternatively, you may call 540-586-7649 to request these forms.


Civil War seminar: '1862—The Rise of Lee and Grant'

Liberty University will present its 16th annual Civil War Seminar, “1862—The Rise of Lee and Grant,” Friday, Sept. 28-Sunday, Sept. 30, at Liberty University School of Law, located in Green Hall. In addition to the lectures, papers will be presented by scholars from around the country. There will also be an online simulation of the Battle of Antietam by teams of high school and college students. Numerous exhibits of Civil War artifacts and memorabilia will be on display for the public and vendors will have various Civil War items for sale. Special tours of the National Civil War Chaplains Museum on Liberty’s campus will be conducted in the afternoon each day. The seminar will conclude with a special period church service at Liberty’s prayer chapel on Sunday, led by the Rev. Alan Farley of Re-enactor’s Missions for Jesus Christ. A special banquet will be held Friday night; admission is $20. The cost for Saturday’s lectures is $15/person or $25/family. Everyone is encouraged to secure reservations for the seminar by Monday, Sept. 24. Go to www.liberty.edu/tickets or call (434) 582-SEAT (7328). For more information, including times, go to www.liberty.edu/civilwar. Continuing Education (CEU) credits are available. For more information, call Liberty’s Center for Professional and Continuing Education at (434) 592-4718, email cpce@liberty.edu, or visit www.liberty.edu/cpce.


Trips to Cheese Shop

Bedford County Parks & Recreation will sponsor trips to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft on the following dates: Thursday, August 30; Thursday, September 20; Thursday, October 18; Thursday, November 15. Other stops may include Miller’s Bakery, the Little Debbie Outlet, Country Connections, lunch at Wood Grill in Harrisonburg, visit to local farmers’ markets and of course, The Cheese Shop. Cost per person is $20 which includes your transportation on the Parks & Rec bus and lunch at Wood Grill. Call Bedford County Parks & Rec at 586-7682 for additional information or stop by the office at 780 Bedford Ave. Ext. Payment must accompany registration.


Bedford County bus trips

• Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show: The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show at Washington Convention Center November 3 or 4. Pick your day to the foodie's dream event. Roundtrip motor coach transportation and general admission to show is $99. Ticket to Celebrity Show Pass Package for Saturday or Sunday with seating in section 202 or 206 is $199 per person. Pick your package.

• Christmas in Myrtle Beach-November 7-11: Package includes: Round trip motor coach; 4 nights at Dayton House; breakfast each morning; Palace Theatre Show; Alabama Christmas Show; Legends in Concert; dinner at California Dreaming; Ripley's Aquarium & Festival of the Trees; Shadrack's Drive Thru light show; Dickens Christmas @ MB Convention Center; Tanger Outlet Shopping; baggage handling; great snacks & water on the coach; games & prizes. Prices: $699/single; $573/double; $547/triple; $534/quad

For more information and to register, contact Bedford County Parks & Recreation at 540-586-7682 or stop by the office at 1257 County Farm Road, Bedford. You may also register at any Bedford Library location.


Programs at the Peaks of Otter

Programs at Johnson Farm - Friday – Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hike the 1.5 mile trail to the farm and discover how a Blue Ridge Mountain family lived, worked, and played. Discuss with Park Rangers and volunteers the rigors and joys of 1930’s mountain life. Join in some of the games and activities.

Programs at the Nature Center - Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most ecologically diverse units in the entire National Park system. Stop by the Nature Center at the base of Sharp Top Mountain to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit this mountain range, and meet our live turtles, snakes, and other critters.

Kids Fishing at Abbott Lake - Saturdays 9 - 11 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 14 are invited to participate in the weekly Kids Fishing with a Ranger at Abbott Lake. They provide bait and tackle, or you may bring your own pole to catch a catfish, sunfish, or smallmouth bass. Meet the Ranger at the dam, next to the lake.

Demonstrations of Appalachian Culture at the Visitor Center and Peaks of Otter Lodge Friday, Saturday and Sunday. National Park Service Rangers and/or volunteers present demonstrations of the cultural history of the Southern Appalachians, such as making dolls, flowers, and moonshine. Come by to visit and to talk. Contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center for specifics on the type, time, and location of demonstrations.

All programs unless otherwise noted are free and open to the public. The above schedule is subject to changes and/or cancellations. For further information, contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at (540) 586-4496. The Visitor Center, at milepost 86, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Mountain Music concerts

Sunday afternoons are a perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the Peaks of Otter and listen to the sweet sounds of traditional Appalachian mountain music. There will be old time, gospel and bluegrass concerts every second and fourth Sunday from 2-4 p.m. in the Peaks of Otter amphitheater behind the visitor center at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Labor Day Weekend will again feature Appalachian Heritage on Saturday, September 1 from 2-4 p.m. and Virginia Carolina, a bluegrass band from Roanoke entertaining from 6:30-8:30 that same evening. On Saturday, September 8, Riddle on the Harp will entertain with the beautiful sounds of Celtic music as they kick off the Annual “Music & Art in the Mountains” event. The trio of musicians from Bedford County will play from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The music concert series will end on Sunday, September 23, when Virginia Carolina return with their popular bluegrass music from 2-4 p.m. All concerts are free and ample parking is available at the Peaks of Otter. Seating is provided in the amphitheater but visitors are welcome to bring folding chairs. For more information contact Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.


Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at the Stewartsville Library

Stewartsville Library, 45 Cascade Dr. Stewartsville Library 540-425-7008 ext 3. Dates: Saturday September 8 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m. Note: second Saturday; Saturday October 6 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m.; Saturday November 3 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m.; Saturday December 1 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m. Join at the Stewartsville Library for an afternoon of knitting, weaving, spinning, crocheting and laughing.  Learn a new skill or come and share your skills and talents with others.  Bring the project you are currently working on and enjoy the companionship and knowledge of other fiber enthusiasts.  If you are stuck in a project someone will be able to help you figure out your pattern.  If you haven’t yet learned to knit or crochet someone can get you started.  This program is free and is open to teens and adults. Call the Stewartsville Library for more information 540-425-7008 ext 3.


Vendors invited for 42nd Arts, Crafts, and More Extravaganza

Artisans and crafters are invited to apply for this award-winning craft show, sponsored by the Bedford Woman’s Club, on Nov. 3, 2012, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in the Bedford Elementary School. The school is located off US 460, behind the Bedford Visitor’s Center.  All crafts for this juried show must be handmade in the U.S.A. Jewelry and note card categories are filled.  Acceptance is based on approval and category openings. This is one of the oldest established shows in south central Virginia and won the People’s Choice Award for best area craft show.  The show attracted nearly 1,400 shoppers last year.  For information, call Judi Jackson at 540/586-8175.


Business Roundtables

Business Roundtables: The Bedford County Office of Economic Development will begin the quarterly meetings at CVCC Bedford Campus at 8 a.m. The meetings will be held in 2012 on the following dates: Nov. 15.


Benjamin's Concert Series

The 2012 Summer Concert Series at Benjamin’s includes: Aug 24, Shim Sham; Aug 31, Mercutio; Sept 7, Big Foot County; Sept 14, The Mark Miller Band; Sept 21, T-Boned; Sept 28, Last Sonata.


Moneta VFD fundraisers

The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. , 12737 N. Old Moneta Road, has a variety of fundraising activities scheduled. Unless otherwise noted all events will be held at the main fire department building located at 12737 N. Old Moneta Rd. The events include:

Saturday, September 15, Zumba dance event (tentative).

Saturday, October 6, 4 to 7 p.m., Annual Open House and Community Dinner.

Fridays and Saturdays, October 12, 13, 19 and 20, 7 to 10 p.m., Haunted House.


Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild

Anyone who has an interest in quilting is invited to join PPQG on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. for Stitch ‘n Sew evenings. The regular monthly meeting is held on the second Monday of each month and begins at 7 p.m. If you have questions contact a member at peaksandpieces@yahoo.com or Sydney Schatz at 586-2997.


Write Now

Love to write? Want the camaraderie of others who do and to explore different writing styles? Join the Write Now group and share your creative writing. If you need a topic, consider writing about something from the natural world (a plant, animal, element, sound, smell or anything you can imagine) and tell what kind of memory or feeling it inspires. Write Now meets once a month on the third Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Bower Center lower level. To avoid steps you may enter from the back. For information call the Bower Center at (540) 586-4235.


Bedford County Parks & Rec senior lunch trips

(Ages 55 and Older), Thursdays: September 13, Choice Hibachi. Cost for transportation is $5 per person. Lunch is on your own. There will be some time after lunch for various shopping and location sightseeing. Depart from Bedford County Parks & Rec at 11 a.m. Approximate return time is 4 p.m. Must pre-register. Call Bedford County Parks and Rec, (540) 586-7682.


Moneta Garden Club

The Moneta Garden Club meets at noon at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Road, Moneta on the third Monday each Month.


Garden Club of Bedford programs for 2012

The Garden Club of Bedford meets on the following dates in 2012: September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12. Most meetings begin at 10 a.m. and are held at the Bedford location of CVCC. Visitors are always welcome at the meetings but should contact a club representative first, especially if they are presenting a program which requires that there are sufficient materials for participants. Contact information 540-586-6209 or childers3@JetBroadband.com and 540-297-3481 or flpdare2@gmail.com.

Programs for 2012 include the following:

September 12 - The program, Bringing Houseplants Inside at the End of the Summer, will be presented at CVCC by Lynchburg Master Gardener, Glenda Lojek.

October 10 - Lynchburg Master Gardener, Joe Pond, will present Blooms That Shine in Summer Shade at CVCC.

November 14 - The program, Gourds and Gourdies will give members the chance to bring in any gourd they have decorated and tell the other members how it was created.

December 12 - The club will Smokehouse Restaurant in Downtown Moneta. At this informal meeting they exchange Silly Santa gifts and discuss a few ideas for the new year.

Some members will also be participating in the following: the Blue Ridge District Spring Meeting to be held on April 19 in Roanoke; and National Garden Week June 3-9.


Garbage, recycling collection holiday schedule

The city of Bedford garbage and recycling collection holiday schedule for 2012:

Independence Day: City offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Wednesday, July 4, will be collected on Thursday, July 5.

Labor Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Sept. 3, will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Veterans' Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Nov. 12, will be collected on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Thanksgiving: City offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Thursday, Nov. 22, will be collected on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Friday, Nov. 23 will be collected on Monday, Nov. 26.

Christmas: City offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Dec. 24 will be collected on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Tuesday, Dec. 25 will be collected on Thursday, Dec. 27.

The City Landfill will also observe the city holiday schedule and in addition to the dates above, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 22.


Calendar of events


Wednesday, Aug. 22


Breast Health Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, August 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thermal Breast Imaging at BASICS. Free Breast Health Roundtable Discussion at noon. Learn information about this early screening for breast tissue abnormalities but also actions you can take to decrease your change of getting a Breast Cancer diagnosis. For more information call Cheryl Z Saville, RN, CNC (540-586-7374) or drop by her Bedford City office at 810 Blue Ridge Avenue, Suite A.


Red Cross Bloodmobile Drive

The August Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the Bedford Democratic Committee, will be held on Wednesday, August 22, from noon - 6 p.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church, Bedford.


Thursday, Aug. 23


Wives of Vietnam Veterans

The meeting will be held on Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m., at The American Legion, Greenview Drive, Lynchburg. Special Guest Speaker, John Whitlock, MSW/Clinical Social Worker with Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Veteran’s Center, Roanoke will share valuable insights in relationships and personal wholeness. Refreshments will be served. For further information call: Judy Doering at 434-665-4693.


Friday, Aug. 24


Fine Handcrafted Furniture Expo

Internationally know artisan, Swede McBroom will give valuable information on woodworking techniques. Aug. 24, 12-6 p.m., and Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Gallery 2000, 318 W. Washington St. Historic Centertown Bedford 1-434-755-1272.


Jac’s Last Hoorah and Cellar Dance

SAVOY-LEE WINERY—Jac’s Last Hoorah and Cellar Dance! Friday, August 24, 7-10 p.m. Music by Zach Burnette, everything from Elvis to Waylon, with a little Willie thrown in! Let’s send Jac off in style. Inside event. Cover: $5 single, $7 couple, $10 trio. GPS: 5800 Johnson Mountain Rd. Huddleston, VA 24104, (540) 297-9275 for info.


Blood drive

The Rotary Club of SML and the American Red Cross are conducting a blood drive on Friday, August 24 from noon until 6 p.m. The drive will be held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.  The parish is located at 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. If you are able and willing to donate,  contact Dave English at 540-483-0123, email djenglish@hughes.net  or Steve Miller, 540-721-3336, email smiller801@embarqmail.com in order to schedule an appointment time.


Saturday, Aug. 25


Peaks events

Saturday, August 25, 8 p.m. Bear, King of the Forest. Join Ranger Richard Nash as he examines the life of our eastern giant, the Black Bear. Learn about the interactions bears have with humans where their habitats meet. Following this program, join a National Park Service Ranger for an evening of night time exploration. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Sunday, August 26, 2 – 4 p.m. Family Grass. Come listen to and enjoy the Bluegrass and Gospel music of Family Grass. All programs are free and open to the public. The above schedule is subject to changes and/or cancellations. For further information, contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at (540) 586-4496. The Visitor Center, at milepost 86, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sunday, Aug. 26


Bluegrass Benefit Concert

The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Benefit Concert for Omar Moore on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. Bands include: Witcher Creek, Dorothy Jane Siver Band, Clearwater Branch Band, Country Proud Bluegrass Band, Long Mountain Grass and Blue Ridge Standard Band. There will be a silent auction, 50/50. The event will be held at Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woody's Lake Rd. $10 donations accepted at the door. Call 434-944-0072 for more information.


Monday, Aug. 27


Bedford Democratic Committee Monthly Meeting

Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Bedford Democratic Headquarters, 133 W. Main St., Bedford. At its monthly meeting, the Bedford Democratic Committee will discuss campaign plans, events, and volunteer opportunities. All those interested in getting involved in the 2012 campaign are welcome.


Silver Notes practice

The Silver Notes, sponsored by Bedford County Parks & Rec., will begin practice on Monday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. at Thaxton Baptist Church. New members are welcomed who are interested in singing old time favorite songs from the '40s and up. Both men and women are needed and as is anyone who plays some type of instrument. The group sings mostly at local events, churches and nursing homes. For more information call Gail St. Clair at 540-586-2582 or Bedford County at 586-7682.


Tuesday, Aug. 28


Bedford Rifle Grays

The Bedford Rifle Grays, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1475, Bedford, will be holding their monthly meeting Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in the War Between the States. The Museum is located at 201 E. Main St. in Centertown Bedford, the Courthouse is across the street from us.


Friday, Aug. 31


August Coffee Talk

August 31. August Coffee Talk, monthly Networking through the Retail Merchants Association. Sponsors for this event are the Lynchburg Symphony and the Premiere Room on Old Forest Rd.  Join for complimentary coffee and networking, any time between 8-10 am. www.lynchburgRMA.com  for details.


Saturday, Sept. 1


Silk painting class

The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake has announced a Silk Painting class to be held by artist Sandra Melroy of Silk Sensations on Saturday, September 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Capture the sun as it shines through your hand-painted Silk Sun Catcher. Sandy, a textile artist from Wisconsin, is offering the class for all ages and experience levels.  All supplies will be provided to make a 10” wire framed silk sun catcher.  The cost will be $15 for one person or $25 for two. Call The Little Gallery for more information or to register, 540-721-1596 or reach us via email at littlegallerysml@aol.com.  The class size is limited.


Music competition
Camp Karma Campground announces the first annual music competition to take place Labor Day weekend, September 1. Bands and individual musicians are invited to compete for a cash award. “There is lot of really great talent right in our backyard that we would like to showcase,” said Marketing Director Eric LaBorie. “And we are pleased to announce that Ricky Ellis, a local musician and five time mandolin champion, will be judging the competition. Bands and solo musicians should bring their unplugged acoustic instruments and their best performance to compete. Half hour time slots will be allocated to each competitor and the winner takes it all. Friday night will feature an open jam from 7 – 10 p.m. to anyone who would like to participate. The entry fee is the purchase of a campsite - $25 + tax. The general public is also invited to enjoy the fun for a $5 admission fee. Registration is required, so call ahead. 540•297•KRMA (5762) or 540•297•5067 www.campkarmavirginia.com.


Sunday, Sept. 2


Clinic Classic Horse Show

On Sunday, September 2, area residents will have the opportunity to bring their family and friends to see the fall Clinic Classic Horse Show at Spring Valley Farm in Moneta. Sponsored by the Free Clinic of Franklin County, the show will feature over 40 competitive classes for both adults and children. Gate admission is free. Concessions will be available. Horse Show competitor registration will begin at 8 a.m. Competition will begin after the opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. The competition entry fee is $9 per class or $65 to show all day. A limited number of stalls are available for $10/day. Danielle Toms will judge. Visit the Free Clinic’s Web site at www.fcfreeclinic.org for a list of classes, registration form, and rules & regulations. Spring Valley Farm is located at 1191 Horseshoe Bend Road off Diamond Hill Road in Moneta. If you have any questions about the horse show or wish to reserve a stall, call Ellen Holland at 540-489-7500.


Saturday, Sept. 8


Meet and Greet
Introducing Nita Reynolds, Guild Level Artisan. Meet and Greet, Sept. 8. Will give info on painting fine porcelain china and needle felting. Sign up for workshops. Gallery 2000, 318 W. Washington St. Historic Centertown Bedford 1-434-755-1272.


Fall Treasure Sale

The Moneta Lions Club will hold its Annual Fall Treasure Sale on Saturday, September 8 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the former Craghead Antique Store in Moneta, on 122 North, just North of Shop Rite, and across from the street from Smith Mountain Flowers. The club is currently seeking donations of used household type items to supplement their inventory—no clothing or heavy items. To arrange for pick up of items you may wish to donate call: Lion Del Bailey 540 297 3519 or Lion Tim Haer 540 296 0631. All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund the Club’s community outreach programs.


Day in the Park
September 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Miller Park, Lynchburg. This annual “Family Fun Day” has been a Lynchburg tradition for more than 35 years. Held each September as a cornerstone event for Kaleidoscope—Lynchburg’s annual fall festival—Day in the Park provides 10,000+ area families and children free games, rides, exhibits and educational activities in Miller Park. The event promotes family togetherness and fitness, delivers education and links hundreds of people.


Music & Art in the Mountains

Visit the Peaks of Otter on Saturday, September 8 for a “Peak” at Plein Air painting. Artists will set up all day throughout the Peaks of Otter area to capture the unsurpassed beauty of nature. The Plein Air school originated in France and was very popular in the mid-19th century, especially with Claude Monet and other Impressionist artists. The style is spontaneous, with artists painting outdoors to capture the ever-changing effect of light on their subjects. Plein Air painting is currently very popular in this area. Artists painting at the Peaks will be happy to discuss their work land answer visitor questions. Ron Heath, a talented artist and teacher from Stephens City, will present a drawing workshop for kids of all ages under the canopy behind the Peaks of Otter Lodge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by to learn the basics and have fun at the same time. Phyllis Gaskin, an award-winning mountain dulcimer musician from Port Republic, Virginia, will hold a dulcimer workshop near Abbott Lake near the lodge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn to play traditional songs on dulcimers that will be provided or they can bring their own. Join National Park Service Ranger Sandra Nelms-Ludwig from 3-6 p.m. in the Flat Top Room of the Peaks of Otter Lodge as she hosts the 13th annual Poetry and Musical Spotlight which features the creative writing and musical abilities of local talent. There will also be sweet sounds of mountain dulcimers and other Appalachian Mountain instruments hanging over the Peaks, at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, as Riddle on the Harp plays in the Peaks of Otter amphitheater from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The group of three local women will entertain, not only with the Celtic music they so ably play, but also by using their songs to show the bridge between the Scots-Irish music of Europe and the traditional mountain music of Southern Appalachia. After the concert there will be a ranger-led night hike. Those attending should wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and carry a flashlight. Music & Art in the Mountains is free and ample parking is available. For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496


Tuesday, September 25


Dispose of unwanted pesticides

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) invites farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, homeowners and golf course operators to participate in the 2012 pesticide disposal program. The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner. VDACS, through its Office of Pesticide Services (OPS), provides this service at no cost to participants in the designated localities. The program is funded through pesticide product registration fees collected by OPS. Participants must transport their unwanted pesticides to central collection sites located within the service area. If participants cannot safely containerize the unwanted pesticides for transport, the disposal contractor will make arrangements to do that for them. Only unwanted pesticides will be accepted. Pesticide contaminated material (for example, pesticide contaminated fertilizer) will not be accepted as part of the disposal program. In addition, the program does not accept motor oil, paint, fuel, fertilizer or other chemicals. The pickup date for our region is September 25. The site is the Lynchburg Livestock Market. Participants should complete a pesticide disposal registration form ahead of time and return the completed form to Office of Pesticide Services, VDACS, PO Box 1163, Richmond Virginia 23218. The form is available at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pesticides/disposal.shtml or by contacting Pesticide Disposal Program at 804.786.3798. Participants should direct questions to their local Virginia Cooperative Extension agent (Scott Baker, 586-7675) or to Jeffrey Rogers at VDACS: jeffrey.rogers@vdacs.virginia.gov, 804.371.6561, or Jeffrey Rogers, VDACS’ Office of Pesticide Services, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.


October 4


Meet the Candidates Night

October 4 at 6 p.m. Trinity Ecumenical Church, "Meet the Candidates Night," sponsored by Smith Mountain Lake Association and Smith Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Candidates from Franklin, Bedford and Pittsylvania counties for the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the Presidency of the United States to speak - each for a short period of time and then a "meet and greet" afterwards. Both organizations are sponsoring this as a Community Public Service and will not be endorsing any candidate, whether or not they are able to attend this forum. There will be time allotted for candidates both to offer their perspectives as well as to answer your questions. The public is invited and this is open to all. You do not have to be a member of either organization to attend. Listen to the candidates, and enjoy refreshments afterward. Bring along a friend. Questions: contact Russ Johnson at 540.537.6378.


Saturday, Oct. 6


John Sines Jr. concert

John Sines Jr., with special guest Zak Austin, will be in concert Saturday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m., at Liberty High School, 100 Liberty Minutemen Dr., Bedford. Proceeds benefit the Bedford Community Christmas Station. Adults $8, seniors $6, 10 and under are free with a canned good. Visit www.ticketweb.com or call 866-468-7619.