Community calendar and events (week of Sept. 5, 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.


Greenbrier Trip

`Bedford County Parks & Recreation is sponsoring two trips to The Greenbrier on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, October 27.  Described as Monte Carlo meets Gone With The Wind, this will be a trip of high-class style & elegance to remember forever.  Price is $65 per person and includes round trip motor coach transportation, breakfast buffet at Greenbrier and $15 free casino slot play.  Pickup starts in Lynchburg at 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. at Bedford WalMart and 8:25 a.m. at Bonsack Walmart.  The group will depart for home at 6 p.m.  Call today to reserve your spot at 540-586-7682 or stop by the office at 1257 County Farm Road next to Falling Creek Park. 


Peaks of Otter events: Sept. 8-9

Saturday, September 8: All Day, “EnPlein Air.” Talk to local artists as they capture the beauty of the Peaks of Otter area on canvas. Artists will be set up throughout the area all day and will be available to answer visitor questions. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dulcimer Demonstration and Lessons. Join dulcimer performer Phyllis Gaskins under the canopy between the Peaks of Otter Lodge and Abbott Lake for a demonstration of the dulcimer, a traditional instrument that is regaining popularity. Dulcimers will be available for you to learn some songs. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kids Drawing Workshop. Children of all ages are invited to come learn the basics of drawing from Virginia artist Ron Heath, under the canopy behind the Lodge. 3 – 6 p.m. 14th Annual Poetic & Musical Spotlight. Join local poets and musicians in the Flat Top room at the Peaks of Otter Lodge to listen to lots of original poetry and songs. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Riddle on the Harp. Enjoy this Bedford group as they use a wide variety of instruments to play an assortment of music, including Celtic tunes, colonial era songs, hymns, and original compositions, in the Peaks of Otter Amphitheater. Sunday, September 9 - 2 – 4 p.m. Sunnyside. Meet in the Peaks of Otter Amphitheater to clap your hands and stomp your feet to the traditional mountain music of Sunnyside. 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.


Annual Festival of Trees

The Bedford Welcome Center is planning the annual “Festival of Trees” at The Bedford Area Welcome Center throughout December of 2012, (except for Christmas Day) with extended hours on Friday evenings. Area organizations and area businesses decorate trees both inside and outside of the Bedford Welcome Center and visitors who come to see the display of trees may purchase for one dollar a ballot to vote for their favorite tree. At the conclusion of the event, the votes are tabulated and all of the proceeds that have been collected are given to the sponsor of the winning tree which in-turn is given to a pre-determined charity. This year the top three winning trees will each be awarded part of the proceeds. Also a prize will be awarded for “Best in Show,”judged by the committee. Last year’s winning tree was decorated by the Bedford Council of Garden Clubs which in-turn donated all of the funds collected, $1,042, to The Bedford Hospice House. A limited number of applications to decorate trees are still available and anyone interested should contact Sue Trussell at (540) 587-5681, extension 5689.


Seniors Lunch Trips

Seniors Lunch Trips (Ages 55 and older). Thursdays: September 13,Choice Hibachi; October 11, Red Lobster; November 8, K&W Cafeteria; December 6, Cheddars; January 10, Golden Corral. 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 at 540-586-7682.


Women’s Health Tea

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Guest speakers: High Heels to High Pain- David Cox, MD; "Plantar Fasciitis – Mike Peters, Physical Therapist; Caring about our Breast Health – John Kerr, MD. Bizarre Bras Fashion Show by the Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support group of Smith Mountain Lake. October 5, Friday, 1-2:30 p.m. at The Bedford Columns, 812 East Main Street, Bedford. Registration required by calling Carilion Direct 540-266-6000 by October 1.


BCSO Citizens Police Academy

You can make a difference. The BCSO-CPA is an educational opportunity designed for the citizens of the county. The CPA is a 12-week course (one night each week) that introduces topics like the mission and values of the BCSO, crime prevention, community relations, firearms, Internet Crimes Task Force, Safe Surfin' Educational Program and more. It affords you the opportunity to become involved in assisting the BCSO by volunteering for events such as traffic control/parking vehicles, to collecting statistical data. To join, call Sgt. Mays at 540-537-1635; Cpl. Hilbish at 540-537-1739; or call 540-586-4800 to request an application. The next scheduled class begins Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, 1345 Falling Creed Rd. in Bedford. Must be 18 years or older to apply. Applications taken through Monday, Sept. 17.


Ardent Spirits & Mean Whiskey: A History of Moonshining in Bedford County & Virginia’s Southside

“Ardent Spirits & Mean Whiskey: A History of Moonshining in Bedford County & Virginia’s Southside” is opening this week at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library in Bedford. Learn about the rich history of whiskey in this part of the state from its introduction by European settlers in the early 17th Century to the present.  Some of the many items that will be on display include two stills, and a model of the largest still ever captured.  Court records, newspaper stories, and artifacts will be also displayed. The exhibit will run through Jan 2013. A grand opening will be held this Friday night, September 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Museum in Centertown Bedford. For more information contact Jennifer Thomson at 540-586-4520 or email librarian@bedfordvamuseum.org. Pictured: ABC agent Joseph Cannon as he sets up the model of the largest still ever found in Virginia.


Tanger Outlets

Shop till you drop.  Get real outlet prices.   Bedford County Parks & Recreation is sponsoring a trip to the Tanger Outlets in Mebane, N.C. on October 20 or November 10, 2012.  Price per person is $36 for each trip.  Some of the stores included are Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach Factory, Burlington, Coldwater Creek Outlet and many more.  Let us do the driving and enjoy a relaxing, fun-filled day with your friends.  To register call 540-586-7682 or stop by at 1257 County Farm Road, Bedford, VA. 


Martinsville Shopping Trip

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation is sponsoring a trip to the Liberty Fair Mall in Martinsville on November 9, 2012. Join for this fun-filled day of shopping. The County Bus will depart at 8:30 am and return at approximately 4 p.m. Cost is $10 for transportation. Lunch will be on your own. To register call 540-586-7682 or stop by at 1257 County Farm Road, Bedford, VA. 


Christmas in Myrtle Beach

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation is sponsoring a trip to Myrtle Beach November 7-11. Package includes: roundtrip Motor coach – 4 nights @ the Dayton House – Breakfast each morning – Palace Theatre Show – Alabama Christmas Show Legends in Concert-Dinner@Chesapeake House, Carolina Roadhouse, The Original Benjamin’s, California Dreaming – Ripley’s Aquarium & Festival of Trees-Shadrack’s Drive Thur light show Dickens Christmas, Tanger Outlet Shopping – Baggage Handling – Snacks & Water on the Coach. Prices are: Single $699; Double $573; Triple $547 and Quad $534. Final date to sign up is October 1, 2012.  Full payment is due.   To register call 540-586-7682 or stop by at 1257 County Farm Road, Bedford, VA. 


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).


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.


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.   


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.


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, 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.


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.


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: 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.

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


Thursday, Sept. 6


GFWC Bedford Woman's Club

The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford. The Bedford Woman’s Club is a volunteer community service non-profit organization that is part of the international organization, the General Federation of Women's Clubs. There are currently 206 clubs in Virginia, with more than 6,000 members. Women of all ages are invited to attend the meeting. For additional information, contact Sue Trussell at 587-6611.


Pints & Politics social

SML Democratic Club, Pints & Politics social, Thursday Sept. 6, 7 PM at Kings Point Pub in Huddleston.  Join us as we watch the last evening of the Democratic National Convention. For more information call the Democratic office at 296-0859.


Friday, Sept. 7


Pancake Breakfast

The Bedford Memorial Hospital Volunteers will Host its Monthly Pancake Breakfast on Friday, September 7 in the Hospital Cafeteria from 7:30-9 a.m.  Open to the Public.  For more information, you may contact the Volunteer Services Office at 540-587-3317.


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.


Sedalia Country Fair

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission $5; children 12 & under free. The Sedalia Center’s Country Fair on Sept. 8 celebrates the many facets of rural living. Animals steal the show, from horses and cows to gentle rabbits and alpacas for children to pet. Amazing Grace , trick mule and movie star, will show off in morning and afternoon performances. Watch the mule jumping competitions, enjoy a carriage ride around the Sedalia grounds, learn about bee keeping and animal husbandry. Enter your work in the Canned and Baked Goods Competition or the Photography Contest, adult or children’s division. Let the kids enjoy the various children’s activities, including the Children’s Art Table, staffed by local art teachers, and inform yourself about the latest developments in Farm Safety through seminars hosted by the Bedford County Farm Bureau. Browse the vendors’ booths and the rural craft demonstrations. Have a bite to eat, and just relax amid the bustle of the fair on Sedalia’s beautiful site. No pre- registration necessary for the competitions. Bring your entries Friday, Sept. 7 from noon till 7 p.m., or between 7 and 8 a.m. Saturday. For further information call the Sedalia Center at (434) 299 – 5080, or visit the Web site at www.sedaliacenter.org. The Sedalia Center is located just off Route 122, the Big Island Highway, between Bedford and Big Island.


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.


April Tragedies

On Saturday, September 8, the Bedford Museum Genealogy and History Forum is proud to present "April Tragedies: The story of the 1903 Clingenpeel-Arthur Murder and the 1924 Wyatt Tate Hogan Murder in Gillaspie, Va."  Alvin Martin, Rosiland Kelley, & Justin Crawford will present the horrific accounts of two gruesome murders in rural Bedford County. The program is free to the public and will start at 1:30 p.m. It will be held at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library at 201 E. Main St. in Centertown Bedford, next door to the Courthouse.  There is an elevator to the third floor meeting room and plenty of parking.  If you have any questions call 540-586-4520 or email bmgl@bedfordvamuseum.org.  


Art Market, Music, and Food Tasting

For all things local come to Art Market at the Vinton Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 204 W. Lee Ave, Vinton. Mixed media, photography, designer scarves, pet portraits, wood, jewelry, stained glass, metal, fiber art, candles and more will be available from a variety of local artists. This event will also feature live music by the Southwest Virginia Singer Songwriter Association. Dawn Espelage, a local mixed-media artist and author will instruct a free children’s craft throughout the day. A free food tasting of items made with local produce will also be featured. For more information contact Mary Beth Layman at mblayman@vintonva.gov or 540-983-0613.


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.


8th Annual Bedford Genealogy Fair

This year’s Genealogy Fair, which is sponsored by the Bedford Genealogical Society, Inc., will be held on Saturday, September 8, at the Bedford campus of CVCC, 1633 Venture Blvd. in Bedford. This event will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and is free and open to the public. The classroom portion of this event will feature two speakers per hour, starting at 10 a.m. this year, and concluding at 2 p.m. Other features will include a variety of surname (family name) information, pictures and stories that our members and others will bring to share; local genealogical and historical organizations with information about their activities, plus there will be items for sale by local genealogically-related organizations, and the usual delicious breakfast and lunch food items. The Society welcomes back two speakers from past years - (10 a.m.) Bedford County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office records by Karen Glover, and an overview of the records and free services that are available at the Roanoke Public Libraries’ Virginia Room by Nathan Flinchum - while the other six are new to our Fair. These people are: (11a.m.) Jack and Sylvia Sonneborn from York, Pennsylvania, who are lecturers, consultants, and publishers of material from the Family Search organization; Phyllis Floyd, a resident of historic New London, who will talk about some history and plans for future restoration of that area; (noon) Daniel Casey, a resident of Long Island, NY, who has many ties to Cherokee ancestors in the Bedford area; Bonnie Worsham, a former resident of “The Cedars” in Bedford County, who will describe how to write and get material published using knowledge that she gathered while writing her book about this landmark; (1 p.m.) Judith Riker Damon, who will give excerpts from her book about her great-grandmother’s activities as a Confederate spy in Yankee occupied Franklin, Tennessee; and Jack and Sylvia Sonneborn will give another presentation of their earlier talk. Further information about this event can be found at the Web site www.bedfordgensocidety.org, email bedforgensociety@hotmail.com or our number of 540-466-4247.


Monday, Sept. 10


Alzheimer/Dementia Care Giver Support Group Meeting

Guest speaker (General Discussion) on September 10 at 3 p.m. (please note due to the holiday it will be held the second Monday of the month instead of the first Monday, for this month only), at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.


American Red Cross Blood Drive

September 10 from noon-6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church,15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta. They take appointments first and work in walk ins. Try to register at 1-800-RED-CROSS.


Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

September 10, Lymphedema by Nicki Craft PT from Lewis Gale Hospital at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.


Tuesday, Sept. 11


Book signing

The Friends of the Bedford City Library will host a book signing event for Ginny Brock, local author of “By Morning’s Light” on Tuesday, September 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Published by Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. the book is the true story of a mother’s reconnection with her 26 year old son in the afterlife. It began with a vision five days after her son’s passing when the author was suddenly surrounded by a luminescent light and found herself in the presence of her son’s spirit. A magical year followed filled with dreams that weren’t really dreams but visits, signs that were so compelling as to defy the notion of coincidence leaving her convinced that her son’s spirit had survived death. Ginny Brock’s “By Morning’s Light” is available at all major bookstores nationwide, Amazon.com and other on-line bookstores in e-book and print. Copies will be available for purchase at the signing. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


Forest Lions Club

Sept. 11. Forest Lions Club monthly meeting 6:15 p.m. at the Elk's Lodge, 6235 Old Mill Road, Lynchburg. Dinner will start at 7 p.m. followed by the guest speaker for the evening, Lion Nelson Leftwich, District Governor, Lions District 24 E. If you are interested in attending this event or in information about the Lions or in becoming a Lion call 434-385-0493.


Cove Clean Up

National Day of Service and Remembrance, Tuesday, September 11, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Venture out on the lake by canoe and help clean the coves of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Meet in the picnic area parking lot at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided after the clean-up only to those pre-registered for event. Pre-register by September 7, by 5 p.m. Registration forms are available at Smith Mountain Lake State Park Visitor Center. Participants under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, call the Discovery Center at (540) 297-5998 or the Main Visitor Center at (540) 297-6066. For more information or to pre-register: Smith Mountain Lake State Park, 1235 State Park Road, Huddleston, VA. 24104; (540) 297-6066. Hat, sunscreen, bug spray, plenty of water, and solid shoes to wear in the water are recommended. There will be gloves, trash bags, PFDs (life jackets), canoes, and paddles provided. Be prepared for various weather conditions. You may also want to bring a jacket, towel, and change of clothes.


Bedford Professional Women

Bedford Professional Women will meet Sept. 11 at Liberty Station, 6:15 p.m. Legislation Committee will be in charge of the program, Bridgett Morrison, chair, Angela Hatcher and Kim Snow. Guest speaker from American Cancer Association.


Wednesday, Sept. 12


Aging Eyes

Dry eyes, drooping eye lids, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy by Kay Ford on September 12 at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta. No Cost. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami 540-297-5530, 540-721-4330, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.


Man to Man Prostate Support Group Meeting

General Discussion on September12 at 6 pm at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta.


Golf Classic

The 2012 Phil Vassar and Friends Golf Classic will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the London Downs Golf Course. Captains Choice Shotgun Start, 8:30 and 1:30 p.m., rain or shine. $400 foursome.


Garden Club of Bedford

The Garden Club of Bedford will meet September 12 at 10 a. m. at the Bedford location of CVCC with a program on Bringing Houseplants Inside at the End of the Summer presented by Lynchburg Master Gardener, Glenda Lojek. The theme for designs to be displayed by members is Gourd Ideas – Members will bring in creative designs using a gourd, gourds or a part of a gourd.


Southside Seniors

September 12. Southside Seniors will have their September meeting at the Golden Corral in Lynchburg at 11:30 a.m. The bus will leave the Rescue Squad building in Moneta at 10:30 a.m. For information, call 297-4975.


Thursday, Sept. 13


Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District

The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding its monthly Board meeting on September 13 at 6 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Main Floor Training Room at the Bedford County Administration Building, 122 E. Main St., Bedford. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-587-7645.


High Hopes Stroke Survivors' Support Group

September 13, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lynchburg General Hospital CAFE' Private Dining room. Talking about depression. A professional therapist will be there to advise. Contact: Carole McCorkle, call 434.384.7568.


Friday, Sept. 14


Bluegrass concert

The James River Bluegrass Association will present a Bluegrass concert on Friday, Sept. 14, featuring Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys and Witcher Creek Old Time Picking Band. Doors open at 6 p.m. $15. Madison Heights Community Center. Call 434-944-0072.


Saturday, Sept. 15



September 15. Join with SMAAUW who will hold its luncheon meeting 10:30 a.m. at Waterfront Country Club.  Judy Ayyildiz will speak about her book Forty Thorns, a novel based on the life of her Turkish mother-in-law who lived through the fall of the Ottoman Empire.  Call Margee Kaufman, 540-719-3342, for reservations.


Fish Fry

Otterville United Methodist Church Fish Fry, Saturday, Sept. 15, 5-7 p.m. All you can eat; take out available. Adults $9; children 6-12, $4; under 6, no charge.


Monday, Sept. 17


Life for One

Guest speaker Sgt. Todd Foreman form Bedford PD on Defensive Driving on September 17 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. Bring a lunch/drink.


Tuesday, Sept. 18


Red Hot Mama’s Osteoporosis and Menopause

Suzanne Barrons NP on Tuesday, September 18 at 9 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta. Must register by calling Carilion Direct  266-6000. Space is limited.


Vinton Historical Society

The Vinton Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, September 18 at the Vinton Baptist Church Disciple Center at noon for a potluck luncheon meeting.     Location is corner of Maple and Lee streets in Downtown Vinton. Doug Cooper, director of the Bedford History Museum will be the speaker.   Cooper will share the successes of the Bedford Museum and give some ideas for the growth of the Vinton Museum.


Linen Sale

The Bedford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a Linen Sale on Tuesday, September 18, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Auditorium.  Open to the Public.  For more information, you may contact the Volunteer Services Office at 540-587-3317.


Friday, Sept. 21


National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Bedford Chapter 1068, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet Friday, 21 September 2012, 11 a.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant. If you would like to attend, call Sam at 540-587-0019.


Ballroom dancing

USA Dance Chapter 6042 (ballroom dancing) meets at New London Ruritan September 21 from 7:30-10:10 p.m.  There will be a one hour cha cha lesson followed by social dancing. To celebrate the chapter's 20th anniversary as well as recognition of National Ballroom Dance Week all dancers pay $5 at the door.  Dance demonstrations! Newcomers and singles welcome! Contact Lorraine at 540-297-4677 or visit the web.  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.


Saturday, Sept. 22


Harvest at the Peaks

Celebrate autumn’s bounty with “Harvest at the Peaks” on September 22 at Peaks of Otter (milepost 86) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Join National Park Service Rangers and volunteers at Johnson Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a festival that demonstrates traditional Appalachian life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Watch apple cider being made on a vintage hand-cranked cider press. Other activities will include music on the front porch, broom- making, woodworking, apple peeling and canning. Rangers and volunteers dressed in period clothes will show visitors around the farmhouse and outbuildings. Kids can play the same games that mountain children used to play in the yard of the old farmhouse and test their skills at flinging apples at a target. Stop by the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center to watch demonstrations of chair-seat weaving, vintage tool-making, natural plant dyes, drop spindle spinning, quilting and other sewing and needle crafts. While you’re there learn all about honey bees and the important roles they play. The event is free and ample parking is available. For more information stop by or call the Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.


Harvest Time at Booker T. Washington National Monument

On Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Booker T. Washington National Monument will offer a dynamic educational and fun family event for visitors of all ages that portrays life on a mid-19th century small slave holding tobacco plantation during the late summer “harvest time.” Explore the park’s structures, gardens and grounds and experience the culture of subsistence and cash crop farming that Booker T. Washington would have been familiar with during his childhood in slavery on the Burroughs Plantation. Volunteers and rangers at Booker T. Washington National Monument have been conducting living history programs throughout the summer. The festival will include costumed demonstrations of tasks that would have been performed on the mid-19th century farm such as blacksmithing, woodworking, kitchen hearth cooking, butter churning, spinning and knitting, tobacco twisting, soap making, apple drying and stringing and the “Apple Man” who will discuss heirloom varieties of apples. There will also be children’s activities and Tina Liza Jones and the Flying Cowboys will provide entertainment. Live old time music will be performed by the “Ladies of the Lake” and other groups. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Free horse drawn wagon rides will be offered as well. Visitors of all ages are invited to attend this program. The event will be conducted outside so dress appropriately for the weather.


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. Tickets available at Bedford Welcome Center.