Community Events

-A A +A

Week of 9/1/10

By Tom Wilmoth

Sign-ups and notices

For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.
Antique Course
If you’ve ever been puzzled by all the different types of glassware, antique furniture, etc. available for sale at antique shops and estate/yard sales and worried about getting “ripped off” before purchasing anything, or you have an antique piece in your home you’d like to know more about then the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center has just the course for you. In response to a number of requests, renowned Lake area antique expert, “Colonel” Bill, will present a two day introductory class on September 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. focusing on American antiques of the Eastern seaboard - specifically the periods of furniture and glassware from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. Topics will include defining antiques vs. collectibles, attributes of the various antique periods – including hands-on examination of examples, what determines market value, how to look for authenticity, how to care for antiques – including restoration do’s and don’ts. Students are encouraged to bring their own antique “treasures” for class discussion and informal appraisal. The class will visit a local antique coop as a field trip to examine and discuss pieces in the store as a final learning experience. Cost of $60 covers all instruction, field trip and lunch both days. For more information and/or registration forms call Dennis Crowley at 721-2759, ext. 264 or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.

Bedford Museum silent auction
The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library has begun accepting donations from merchants and from friends of the Museum for its “Treasures of the Past and Present” silent auction. The silent auction will be held the day of Centerfest, Saturday, September 25, on the third floor of the Museum from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. You may place a bid on any of the many items donated. Lucky winners will be notified after 4 p.m. that day.

Little Town Players 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'
Little Town Players will present 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' on September 10, 11, 17, 18 at 8 p.m. and September 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. in the Elks National Home Theatre. This Tennessee Williams classic, tells the story of a southern family in crisis. It is Big Daddy's (Joe Gardner) 65th birthday, and he is in an especially celebratory mood because he has just received the results of his exploratory surgery. However he and his wife Big Mama (Carole Abell) have not been told the truth, Big Daddy is dying of cancer. He is disturbed by the strained and childless marriage of his favored alcoholic son Brick (Jeff Roberts). Brick's wife, Maggie (Andrea Gillispie) beautiful and desirable, tries unsuccessfully to coax her husband away from the bottle. Big Daddy and Big Mama's other son Gooper (Scott McCoy) and his ever pregnant wife Mae (Johanna Merritt) do everything in their power to win over Big Daddy in his final days. Adding to the chaos is the Rev. Tooker (Jim Wright), Dr. Baugh (Micah Crizer) and the no-neck monsters - Daisy Almon, Betty Jolene Raetzel, Hannah Steel, Sammy Windle. A complex plot and deep characters make this one of Williams' most famous works. 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' an adult drama, is directed by Jeff Krantz and stage manager is John Moore. Season Ticker holders may begin calling for reservations on Friday, Aug. 27. All other reservations begin Thursday, Sept. 2. Call the box office at 540-586-5881 for reservations. Adult tickets -$12. Subject matter and language may be offensive to some.

White Knight’s Chess Club
Anyone interested in a battle of the mind is invited to come to the Moneta/SML Library on Fridays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.! Daniel Criste II, a member of the United States Chess Federation, will be leading the club. Come make new friends, play a fun sport and improve your chess game. This program is open for players of all ages, beginners to masters, and those in-between. Call the Moneta/SML Library at (540) 425-7004 for details and more information.

Music & Art in the Mountains
Visit the Peaks of Otter on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 for a “peak” at Plein Air art. Artists will set up throughout both days in Peaks of Otter area to capture the unsurpassed beauty of nature . The Plein Air school of painting 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 and answer visitor questions. 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, on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19. Riddle on the Harp will play in the amphitheater from 7-8:30 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. On Sunday, September 19, Phyllis Gaskins, an award winning mountain dulcimer player from Port Republic, Virginia will teach a dulcimer workshop near Abbott Lake by the Peaks of Otter Lodge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn to play some traditional songs on dulcimers that will be provided or they can bring their own. James Jones, internationally renowned instrument maker from Sedalia, Virginia will have a booth nearby with many of his instruments. He’ll demonstrate their use and will invite visitors to try these handmade traditional instruments. Music in the Mountains is free and ample parking is available. For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.

Audition alert
Director Karen C. Hopkins will hold open auditions for the comedy Love, Sex and the I.R.S. on Sunday, Sept. 19 and Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m in the Elks National Home Theatre. Roles are available for three females ages 25-60 and 5 males ages 25-60.Information on the show which runs November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2010 can be found on www.littletownplayers.com or by contacting the director at kchop64@yahoo.com.

Free prostate cancer screenings
In honor of National Prostate Cancer Month, Carilion Clinic will be providing free prostate cancer screenings during September. In its early stages, prostate cancer has no symptoms, but it can usually be detected with a quick test and examination by a physician. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and African Americans are at even greater risk. It is recommended that men have a screening if they are: 50 or over; 45 or over and African American; 45 or over with a family history of prostate cancer; 40 or over, call for additional criteria. Screenings include: Thursday, Sept. 16, 5 – 7 p.m., Family Medicine – Parkway, 415 S. Pollard St., Vinton; Thursday, Sept. 16, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Carilion Clinic – Westlake, 13205 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Hardy. Prostate cancer screening is not for men who are already being followed by a doctor for a prostate problem. Registration is required. Please call Carilion Clinic at 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482 to reserve your time.

Labor Day Weekend Mountain Music Fest
Labor Day Weekend at the Peaks of Otter will have three free performances of traditional mountain music. On Saturday, September 4, at the amphitheater, located behind the Peak of Otter Visitor Center, hear Appalachian Heritage, a Botetourt County band, play traditional mountain music from 2-4 p.m. Back by popular demand, Lonesome Pine from the Roanoke area will entertain visitors with a mix of foot-stompin’ Bluegrass music, gospel music and maybe even some blues from 6:30 to 8:30 Saturday evening. After the concert join National Park Service Ranger Paulette Mullinax on an exploration of the Peaks at night. Visitors planning to go on the hike should dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and carry a flashlight. On Sunday, September 5 listen to the sweet sounds of Henry, Judy and Jack from Roanoke as they play traditional mountain music from 2-4 p.m. to top off the Music Fest. Stay in the Peaks of Otter Campground; have lunch or dinner in the shady, scenic picnic area. Bring the kids over to Abbott Lake dam on Saturday so they can “Fish With a Ranger” from 9 to 11 a.m. Poles and bait will be provided. Enjoy the last big weekend of summer at beautiful Peaks of Otter (milepost 86) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496. All Labor Day Weekend performances and programs are free and packed with family fun.

JFHS Class of 1975 Reunion
The Jefferson Forest High School Class of 1975 is having its 35th Reunion. It will be held at the Kirkley Hotel in Lynchburg on Saturday, September 18 starting at 5 p.m. If you are a 1975 Jefferson Forest graduate, contact Debra R. Bankert@ mtjoyrv.com or call 540-798-1877 for more information about the Class Reunion.

Computer Class
You’ve all seen – and perhaps taken – the computer courses which promise to teach you how to use your computer. However, there always seem to be topics you never get to cover. In this comprehensive overview join experienced instructor and computer troubleshooter, Clay Jackson, as he guides you through all the latest hardware and software jargon familiar to a grade schooler. If you’re feeling you’re not getting the most out of your current system and/or you’re tired of having your children or grandchildren explain computer –related terminology to you then this course is for you. This session is scheduled for Thursday, September 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. In a positive, good humored environment the instructor will ensure that every student, no matter where they are on the computer learning curve, leaves with a greater knowledge and appreciation of the benefits a home based computer can provide. After participating in the class if you believe you have not learned enough to warrant the money you paid your tuition will be refunded. The cost for the class is $60, which includes lunch. Contact Dennis Crowley at 721-2759, ext. 264 or at dcrowley@vt.edu for more information and/or a registration form – or see the Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.

Summer Reading Program Survey
Get a $3 fine reduction or credit and help plan for next year’s summer reading program by completing an online survey. If your child participated in the summer reading program this year, you can go to the Web site at http://ys.bplsonline.org/kids.html, click on the Summer Reading Program Survey link, and complete the survey questions. After September 24, current fines will be reduced or credits will be posted to accounts. For more information, call Youth Services at 540-586-8911 x 2107.

SMAC concerts featuring David Stewart Wiley
Celebrate the end of summer with two concerts featuring Maestro David Stewart Wiley, music director, and conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, presented by Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC). On Thursday, Sept. 2, Wiley will be joined by violin virtuoso and RSO concertmaster Akemi Takayama at 7 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. This classical concert will include Beethoven’s sonata for violin and piano in A Minor, Opus 23; Three Preludes by Ira Gershwin and Joshua Heifetz; two versions of Spring from “The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla; Massenet’s Meditation from “Thais”; and the world premier of compositions for violin and piano by Maestro Wiley. On Sunday, Sept. 5, Wiley will be joined by Philip and Tara Bouknight in “For the Love of Broadway” at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Wiley will accompany the Bouknights on piano as they perform such classics as “Stormy Weather,” “The Man I Love,” “Over the Rainbow.” In addition, they will perform selections from “The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story,” “South Pacific,” and “My Fair Lady.” Both events conclude with a reception to meet the artists. Tickets may be purchased at the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor’s Center in Bridgewater Plaza or by sending a check and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to SMAC, P.O. Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121. Tickets are $20 per person for each concert. Trinity Ecumenical Parish is located on Route 122 at the intersection of Lakemount Road. For further information please call Marty Bowers at 297.0965 or Carolyn Fink at 721.2904.

Ronny Cox in a Coffee House
Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) will present Ronny Cox in a Coffee House on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Rt. 122 and Lakemount Drive. For reservations, send a check for $15 per person to SMAC, P.O. Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121. For additional information, contact Carolyn Fink (721.2904) or Marty Bowers (297.0965).

Virginia History Course
This popular course – which could also be accurately titled – “Virginia History For Those Who Didn’t Like History In School” – features retired Professor Ron Coleman from Virginia Western Community College. Ron is an expert on all the interesting “tidbits” in history you never learned in school and he will lead participants in an informative and entertaining lecture/discussion series on four of Virginia’s most fascinating historical figures: Week 1 - Thomas Jefferson, week 2 – Patrick Henry, week 3 – Jubal A. Early and week 4 – Robert E. Lee. The courses will begin on Tuesday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to noon and continue for the following three Tuesdays. Cost for the entire four week session is $50 or $15 per session. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 for more information and/or a registration form or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.

Citizens Police Academy
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy classes will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 1345 Falling Creek Road in Bedford. The Academy is an educational opportunity designed for the citizens of the area. It is a 14 week course (one night each week) that introduces topics like the mission and values of the Sheriff’s Office, domestic violence, crime prevention, investigations and many other topics. Applicants must be 18 years of age to apply and pass a brief criminal background check. The course will be limited to the first 20 applicants. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 10. For more information or an application, contact Sgt. David Mays at (540) 586-7718.

Art Exhibit by Twin Peak Studios
From August 4 through September 25, the Bedford Central Library will exhibit works by members of the Twin Peaks Studio, a local art studio owned by well-known local artist Revelle Hamilton. This group of artists, Revelle Hamilton, Pat Dougherty, Nancy Laurent, Janie Mantooth and M. Lee Walker are showcasing a collection of photography, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media art. The talents of these artists, combined with their varied experiences and sensibilities, lend a striking uniqueness to each piece and create an exhibition that’s not to miss. Call (540) 586-8911 for more information or visit www.bplsonline.org.

Trip to Charles Town
Bedford County Parks & Recreation and Travel Lovers is sponsoring a trip to Charles Town, W.Va., on Thursday and Friday, September 16 & 17. Package includes round trip motor coach transportation, one night at The Inn at Charles Town; breakfast at The Inn; $20 per person slot play and sightseeing. Cost is $119 per person for a double room; $109/triple; $99/quad; and $185 single. For additional information call either Bedford County at 540-586-7682 or to register call Travel Lovers at 434-385-5192.

Trip to Myrtle Beach
Bedford County Parks & Recreation and Travel Lovers are sponsoring a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 11-14. Package includes round trip motor coach transportation; three nights at Landmark Resort; breakfast buffet each day; dinner in the Gazebo at the Landmark; dinner at Bennetts Calabash Seafood; dinner @ Chesapeake House; Christmas show at Carolina Opry and the Alabama Theatre. There will also be plenty of time to relax and, of course, shopping. Baggage handling and all taxes and resort fees are included. Price per person for a double is $419; triple is $399; quad is $389 and a single is $519. $50 deposit per person is required to make a reservation. Final payment is due by Oct. 8, 2010. For additional information, call Bedford County at 540-586-7682 or to register contact Travel Lovers at 434-385-5192.

Farmers Market hours
Due to an overwhelming amount of requests, the Bedford Farmers Market Hours will be extended to include Saturdays. The market, located on the corner of Washington and Center Street in Bedford, will now be open on Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and again from 3 to 7 p.m., on Fridays from 7a.m. to 2 p.m., and now on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Crisis Line of Central Virginia
Crisis Line of Central Virginia is looking for volunteers who are dependable and caring individuals. You may choose from several volunteer opportunities such as Crisis Line/Teen Talk, Telerate, and the Sexual Assault Response Program. No prior experience is needed. Training starts in February. Call Vicki Leary at (434) 947-5921 or visit www.crisislineofcentralvirginia.org. for more information.

Merchant meeting
Merchants, business owners, property owners, and local investors are invited on Thursday, Sept. 2, Bedford Main Street, Inc. will be having its quarterly merchant meeting to share plans, and hear ideas regarding Centertown Bedford. The group will also be discussing the following items: membership for the upcoming year, the progress of 2nd Friday, Farmer’s Market, the Centertown Billboard Project, the new “Art and Antique District” mural and the introduction of April Hale, Bedford Main Street’s Event Planner. The group will start eating at 5:30 and start the meeting at 6. The date is Thursday, Sept. 2, from 5:30 –7:30 p.m. at The Bower Center for the Arts at 305 North Bridge St, Bedford, upstairs. RSVP by Aug. 27, if possible, so that enough food can be ordered. Email to RSVP@CentertownBedford.com or call (540) 586-2148.

Bedford Host Lions Club
The Bedford Host Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Club is active in the community helping to provide eye exams and glasses for those who qualify. The Club also helps with eye screening for the schools and they also help the Red Cross with their Blood Drives. The club works with the state and international Lions to provide help in a lot of different ways. If you would like to learn more about the Lions or would be interested in coming to a meeting, call Jim McSlarrow at 586-4712 or Margaret Anderson at 586-0082.

South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic
The South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic has announced its new Patron for Pets Program. This is the first giving program at the Clinic and currently recognizes two Patron levels by offering yearly incentives. The goals of the program are to promote spay/neuter within our communities, offer discounts to loyal supporters, and raise monies to support the ongoing work of the Clinic. The mission of South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic is to end pet overpopulation by offering low cost surgeries to all those in our area. Working closely with individuals, humane societies, rescue groups, shelters, and animal control departments, nearly 19,000 surgeries have been performed within the last three years. This will prevent thousands of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens in the surrounding area. For more information about the Patron for Pets Program and other ways to support the Clinic, contact Lynda-Sue Napier, Executive Director at 434.821.4922, ext. #11. Donations may be mailed to South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic, 29 Mortimer Drive, Evington, VA 24550.

Caregiver Support Group
Dementia Caregiver Support Group at Bedford Memorial Hospital every third Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Join to share challenges and learn more to help the caregivers of those with memory impairment. Group facilitator is Wanda Gills, Life Enrichment director of Heritage Green DayBreak Assisted Living. RSVP to Wanda 434-385-5102 the day before each meeting.

Computer skills classes
The Bedford Public Library System is offering free instructional classes in various areas of computer usage. free instructional beginner classes in various areas of computer usage. Topics include social networking, E-materials, online digital photo storage, web design, Microsoft Word 2007, and Internet Explorer. The course topics being offered will vary according to library location. All courses will be instructed using Windows XP and Internet Explorer. To find a list of classes being offered at your library location, visit www.bplsonline.org or call your library. Bedford Central Library (540) 586-8911; Big Island Library (540) 425-7000; Forest Library (540) 425-7002; Moneta/SML Library (540) 425-7004; Montvale Library (540) 425-7006; Stewartsville Library (540) 425-7008.

Oncology program
A Path to Healing Bridge and A Bridge to Wellness oncology program begins a new session on Monday September 13. Program includes massage, Reiki, yoga, tai chi and water exercise. Thanks to a grant from the Bedford Community Health Foundation the program is free to participants. Call Elizabeth at 586-3483 for more information.

Fall Programming
Summer Reading Program is almost over, but the fun doesn’t end there! Fall programming will start the week of September 20 with Rockabye Reader and Books 4 Fun until December 10. The library will be celebrating Banned Books Week September 25 through October 2, showcasing books that have been banned by schools and libraries. This year’s Teen Read Week will take place October 17-23 with the theme Books with Beat @ your library.

Summer concert series
The 2010 Summer Concert Series at Benjamin’s in Forest will be as follows: Friday’s 8-11 p.m. and Saturday’s 7-10 p.m.: Aug. 27 – The Groove Monkeys; Aug. 28 – Shane Durie; Sept. 10 – The Dog Boys; On Sept. 18 there will be The Worx benefit concert for the Forest Volunteer Fire Department (cover charge).

Rotary Club of SML
The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. It is now meeting at The Westlake Country Club. The doors open at 7 a.m. and breakfast begins at 7:15. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Steve Strickland at 719-1411 or Steve Miller at 721-9003
Bedford Community Quilters
The Bedford Community Quilters meet at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the John Early Community Center, 718 Blue Ridge Avenue, in Bedford. Membership is open to ladies of all skill levels who are interested in learning quilting techniques, working on group and individual projects, and making new friends. Annual dues are only $15. For more information, contact Shirley Snead at (540) 586-9469 or Helen Hardy at (540) 586-3592.

Embroiders Guild
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bedford Central Library on North Bridge St. All levels of ability, including beginner, are welcome. Call 587-9118 for further information.

LHS Class of ’85 reunion
Liberty High School, 25-year Class Reunion, Class of ’85 will be Sept. 25. Contact shadystone@aol.com or (540) 529-1199 for more details.

Video Games Friday
Come to the Bedford Central Library every Friday for a video game challenge. Starting at 3:30 p.m. the library will have Madden NFL 10, Guitar Hero V and DDR Supernova available to play on our big screen.

Star Stitchers
The Star Stitchers Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America meets the third Monday each month at the Moneta Library (Rt. 122 South) at 10 a.m. Modern as well as ancient embroidery techniques are learned as a group. Call 540 721-5449 for information.

Al-Anon meets at Still Waters Coffee House in Bedford Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 8:30. Al-Anon is a 12 step recovery group for friends and family of alcoholics. For more information call 540-583-1003.

Big Island Stitch-in
Drop in with your portable craft. Knitting, embroidery, crocheting, quilting, whatever you’re working on. Come enjoy the company of other crafters every Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m. Pick up tips and hints or share patterns and ideas. Call Big Island Library at (540) 425-7000 for more information.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Get motivated to lose weight. TOPS is held at Bedford Baptist Church on Oakwood Street. Weigh-in is at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday. Call Judy Meador at (540) 586-1008.

TOPS Va 0406, Montvale (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) is a support group for people trying to lose weight that meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Montvale Elementary School. Visitors interested in joining are welcome to attend. Call Janice at (540) 586-0332 or Marie at (540) 947-0065 for more information.

A TOPS meeting is held each Wednesday at Mountain View Union Church (460 West on Miller Lane beside Moose Lodge). Weigh in at 5:30 p.m. Low monthly dues. For women, men or teens. TOPS is an international network of weight loss support groups. For more information call Wanda Toms (540) 586-3308.

Caregiver Support Group
There is a Care Giver Support Group at Carriage Hill Retirement Center, 1203 Roundtree Drive, Peaksview Building, Bedford. The Group is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. The facilitator contact is Chris Davis, executive director, (540) 586-5982. Call the Regional office phone (434) 845-8540, or visit alz.org to: attend this support group; find a support group in another area; learn about other Alzheimer’s Association programs and services; access services day or night; volunteer your time and energy to achieve a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Garden Club of Bedford
The Garden Club of Bedford meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bedford location of CVCC. Contact Information: childers3@JetBroadband.com, 540-586-6209 or flpdare@aol.com 540-297-3481.

Military family support group
A Military family Support Group meets each Wednesday at 6:15 in Room 167 at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg. All family members of military personnel are invited to attend. Veterans are also welcome.

Chess for all ages
Anyone interested in a battle of the mind is invited to come to the Stewartsville Library on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon when Queens and Rooks, Knights and Bishops will be playing across battlefields in an effort to trap the Kings in checkmate! This program is open for players of all ages 7 to adult, beginners to masters, and those in-between. Call the Stewartsville Library at (540) 890-4530 for details and more information.

Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better, First Monday of the month 10-noon. Contact: Anita Lowe 549-587-3308.

Eckankar Community HU Sing
Experience the Light and Sound of God at the Eckankar Community HU Sing consciousness raising chant. All are welcome. They will be held Fridays at 7 p.m. at 208 W. Depot Street, Suite F, Bedford. For more information, call (434) 384-7959, email HuSinger@juno.com or visit www.Eckankar.org.

Living with Cancer
First Monday of the month, noon. Contact: Anita Lowe 549-587-3308.

Bedford Mended Hearts #270
Bedford Mended Hearts #270, Second Tuesday of each month at noon. BMH Auditorium Contact: Karin 587-5462 or Connie 586-3059

Parkinson’s Support Group
Parkinson’s Support Group, Second Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. BMH Auditorium Contact: Dave Ballard 586-1406.

Wellness Massage
First Monday of each month. Everyone is invited to take advantage of this special one hour massage offer to our patients, staff and support group member of Bedford Memorial Hospital, certification training in Oncology Massage. Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Fee: $45. Registration required by calling Ellen at 540-816-9988 or Trish at 540-875-8613.

Bedford Rotary Club
The Bedford Rotary Club meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Elks National Home. Come visit with us for a breakfast meeting. Experience good fellowship and learn more about the Rotary concept of "Service above Self". For more information call 540-947-4648.

Calendar of events

Thursday, Sept. 2

Theater Thursdays at Bedford Central Library
Join us for Theater Thursdays at the Bedford Central Library in Bedford City every Thursday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. where the library will be showing movies of interest to teens. To view movie line-ups and reviews online, visit the teen Web page at http://ys.bplsonline.org/teens, and click on the Theater Thursday link. The library will feature Homeward Bound (PG) on Sept. 2. Theater Thursdays is a special program presented by Youth Services only at the Bedford Central Library in Bedford City. This program is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information, contact Youth Services at the Bedford Central Library at (540) 586-8911, ext 2107.

Friday, Sept. 3

Last First Friday
Last First Friday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Greenwood Park. Free food and Bluegrass music. Dobie Toms and Faithridge. For more info call 586-3185.

Bluegrass show
There will be a Bluegrass show featuring Big Country Bluegrass & Jeff Michael and James River Cut Up’s on Friday, Sept. 3. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. It will be at the Madison Heights Community Center, Madison Heights. Cost is $15 at the door. For more information, call (434) 944-0072 or (540) 297-3651.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at Stewartsville Library
Individuals interested in knitting are invited to join the Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at Stewartsville Library on the first Saturday of each month. The next meeting of the Blue Ridge Fiber group will be held on September 4, from noon to 2 p.m. Participants can bring a fiber project to work on or just join in on the fun! The group will be knitting hats and scarves using simple, basic, and beginner patterns. Bring left over bits and pieces of yarn to trade and share, creating something new for yourself, family, friends or charity! This program is for children and teens age ten and up (10+) and adults of all skill levels. Call the Stewartsville Library at (540) 425-7008 for club details and more information.

VA Aeromodelers
The VA Aeromodelers will be hosting a radio controlled airplane event on Saturday, September 4, beginning at 11 a.m. at their flying field located at 2348 Falling Creek Road, Bedford, VA. There will be intense air-to-air COMBAT with dog fights and ribbon cuttings.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

SML Republican Women's Club
The Smith Mountain Lake Republican Women's Club will meet Tuesday, Sept 7 at the Westlake Country Club. The Club welcomes new members and associates. The monthly meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch and a guest speaker. This month's guest speakers are Delegate Kathy Byron, (Bedford & Campbell counties) and Bobbi Hutson, VFRW 5th district representative. If you would like to attend, rsvp by Monday September 6 to Jo Holden at 297-8896.

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Man to Man Prostate Support Group
(Open discussion) on September 8 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta, Va.

Thursday, Sept. 9

GFWC Woman's Club
The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club has invited Becky Morrisette to speak about the SML Discovery Shop at its monthly meeting at the Bedford Presbyterian Church on September 9 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the shop benefit the American Cancer Society. The Discovery Shop in Moneta is an upscale resale store that sells new and gently used quality merchandise. Items include accessories, art, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, books, and more. The Bedford Woman’s Club is a volunteer community service non-profit organization, which is part of the international organization, the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Women of all ages are invited to attend. For additional information, contact Yolanda Adams at 434-609-7299.

Fashion Show
The Smith Mountain Firebelles are hosting their second annual Fashion Show at Saunders Fire House in Huddleston on Thursday, September 9 at 11 a.m. The Show will feature fashions from BonWorths, River Ridge Mall, Lynchburg. The fashions will be modeled by Firebelles of all shapes and sizes, so that guests can appreciate the versatility of BonWorth clothing for REAL women. A luncheon will follow with delectable foods prepared especially for "the girls" by a local gourmet cook. There will be door prizes and other surprises for attendees. Tickets are $12, and can be obtained by calling June at 297-7199. No tickets will be sold at the door. Profits from the show will support Saunders Volunteer Fire Company, keeping the White House Community safe for over 25 years.

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 9 at 7 p.m. This meeting will be held at The New London House in New London, Virginia. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-586-9195.

Friday, Sept. 10

Montana Skies to appear in concert
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Friday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. will host Montana Skies in concert. The concert held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 per person collected at the door. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover @ Forest Library
Kids ages 2 and up bring a stuffed animal to the library September 10 at 5 p.m. for bedtime stories and songs. Animals are tucked into bed at the library for a slumber party. Owners return September 11 at 10 a.m. to pick up their buddies and enjoy breakfast! Call the Forest Library at (540) 425-7002 for details and to register.

Saturday, Sept. 11

Fall Treasure Sale
Moneta Lions Club's Annual Fall Treasure Sale, Saturday, Sept. 11, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the former Craghead Antique Store, on route 122 North, just North of Shop Rite and across from Smith Mountain Flowers.

Bedford Genealogy Fair
The annual Bedford Genealogy Fair will be held on Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Central Virginia Community College, Bedford Campus located off of Independence Blvd at 1633 Venture Blvd. This event is free and open to the public. It will feature speakers every hour from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The topics covered this year will be: Parish Records, Records at Bedford County Court House, Proving Ancestors for Lineage Societies, African-American Research and Preserving & Storing Old Documents. Available all day will be 40 exhibition tables with family genealogy and free internet lookups of family genealogy. Libraries and societies from Bedford and surrounding counties will be represented. Many of the tables will have books to sell concerning their area of interest. Food will also be available to purchase for breakfast and lunch. More information is available at the Web site: www.bedfordgensociety.org, call us at 540-466-4247 or email at bedfordgensociety@hotmail.com.

Huge Yard Sale/ Bake Sale
There will be a huge yard sale and bakesale at Mountain View Union Church (located at 1121 Miller Lane- behind Moose Lodge) on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 from 8 am until ????? There will be lots of great bargains, treasures and homemade baked pies, cakes, cookies, breads, brownies, sausage biscuits, coffee, lemonade and drinks. All proceeds go to the Church building fund.

Barn Cat Buddies Program
The Barn Cat Buddies Program is sponsoring a Fall-ing In Love Cat/Kitten Adoption Event. Held at Grand Home Furnishings Warehouse at Westlake on Saturday, September 11, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Join the fun and find your forever friend Saturday September 11 in Westlake with Face Painting by Joan at The Lake, raffle prizes, home-made dog & cat treats & the best brownies in the south. Visit www.barncatbuddies.org and submit a ‘Pet’ Cat application for pre-approved reference checking. Applications reference checked by 9/11 will be able to take their new cat or kitten home same day. For questions and photos of animals up for adoption, email diane@barncatbuddies.org or call 344-8707.

Sunday, Sept. 12

Good Samaritan Hospice speaker
Sept 12: Dianne Henry-Leggette, LCSW, of Good Samaritan Hospice will discuss how hospice care focuses on holistic care, using the patient’s family/caregivers as part of the process. The presentation details a specific case over a 14-week period of hospice care. 9:15 – 10:15 during the Adult Education hour between the 8 and 10:30 worship services. All are welcome. This is a rescheduling of a January program cancelled due to snow.

Monday, Sept. 13

Path to Healing and A Bridge to Wellenss Oncology Program
Sept. 13, 11:30 a.m. at Bedford YMCA. A Path to Healing and A Bridge to Wellness Oncology
Program begins a new 5 week session on Monday September 13 at the Bedford YMCA. The class will meet from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.. Program includes: massage, Reiki, yoga, tai chi, and water exercise. Thanks to a grant from the Bedford Community Health Foundation the program is free to
participants. Contact Elizabeth at 586-3483 for more information.

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meeting
(Survey will be given) on September 13 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va.

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting
September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta, Va.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

BPW meeting
Bedford Professional Women will meet Sept. 14 at 6:15 p.m. at Liberty Station for its monthly meeting. Legislation Committee will be in charge of the program: Patsy Walker, chairman; Margaret Lambert; and Judy Wolcott. All members are urged to attend.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

New Beginnings group
The New Beginnings Support Group, co-sponsored by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory and Bedford Hospice Care meets the third Wednesday of each month. The purpose of the group is three fold: an opportunity to meet new people, information presented by interesting speakers and a good meal. The next New Beginnings meeting will be Wednesday, September 15 at noon. The meeting will be held at Liberty Station, Bedford Ave., Bedford. Newcomers are always welcome. The New Beginnings Support Group is a group that meets the needs of widows and widowers in the Bedford, Moneta, Huddleston, Montvale and other surrounding areas. Dress is casual and the meal is Dutch treat. Reservations are not needed. For more information on this and other support group activities call Pam Willoughby, Bedford Hospice Care at 587-6592 or Kim Eckart, Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory at 586-3443.

Thursday, Sept. 16

General Cancer Support Group Meeting
Featured guest speaker Charlene Bluebaugh from Carilion Clinic on Drugs that Deal with Side Effects of Chemotherapy on September 16 at 4 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, Va. 24121.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover @ Moneta Library
Kids ages 2 and up bring a stuffed animal to the library September 16 at 6 p.m. for bedtime stories and snacks. Animals are tucked into bed at the library for a slumber party. Owners return for breakfast September 17 at 9 a.m. to pick up their buddies! Call the Moneta/SML Library at (540) 425-7004 for details and to register.

Friday, Sept. 17

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
Bedford Chapter 1068, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet Friday, 17 September , 11 a.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant. If you would like to attend, call Sam at 540-587-0019.

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance
Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at Carole Riggs Dance Studio, September 17 from 7:30-10:10 p.m. This is National Ballroom Dance Week and our chapter will celebrate by having member/guest dance demonstrations. There will be a one hour Jive dance lesson followed by social dancing. Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5. Water and soda provided; bring a snack to share. Newcomers and singles welcome! Contact Cindy at 540-586-4698 (leave a message) or visit the web. http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.

Health Fair
In celebration of Healthy Aging Month, Generation Solutions, an award winning home health agency, is hosting “Healthy Aging Health Fair.” It will be held on Sept. 17 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 South Old Moneta Rd., Moneta. Fair features include: blood pressure screenings; Ask A Nurse; Back Health – Dr. Gary Garst; senior fitness and nutrition; GS Medical Supply display; Harmoneers’ Quarter; Prayer for Healing.

Saturday, Sept. 18

11th Annual Harvest Jubilee & Wine Festival
Sept. 18. at the Avoca Museum, 1514 Main Street, Altavista, VA 24517. Avoca's 11th annual Harvest Jubilee & Wine Festival will host six area wineries, including Hickory Hill Vineyards of Moneta and Peaks of Ottery Winery of Bedford. Area crafters will be on site showcasing their creative talent, and live music will be provided by Eli Cook and Lew Taylor's Island Breeze Band. There will be barbeque and other fair food, as well as a supervised children's area with crafts, games, and an inflatable bouncer! Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 at gate for tasting, $15 for non-tasting, $5 children 3-11, ages 2 and under are free. Pre-sale tickets available by calling Avoca Museum or by visiting Miller's Jewelry on Main Street Altavista or all First National Bank of Altavista locations.

Monday, Sept. 20

Life for One
Guest speaker Long Term Care Issues by Ann Green on September 20 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. 24121 Bring a lunch/drink.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Linked In Live
Sept. 22: Social media just got social! Go beyond your screen for this powerful networking event. Leverage LinkedIn to expand your business network… in real-time. When: 5 – 8 p.m. at The Neighbor’s Place, Wyndhurst. Cost: Pre-register online for $10 (until Sept 20) $15 at the door. Advanced registration is required at www.techcouncil.us/news-events/.

Thursday, Sept. 23

American Red Cross Blood Drive
September 23 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta, Va. 24121 from noon-6 p.m. Sign up 1-800-Give-Life to register. Walk-ins also accepted.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Flower Show
The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs will sponsor a Flower Show at Historic Avenel, 413 Avenel Ave., Bedford, on Saturday, Sept. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. The Flower Show theme “Southern Hospitality Historic Avenel Style,” featuring a number of Horticulture entries, Design entries, and Special Educational Exhibits – Historic Avenel, Youth Victory Garden at the D-Day Memorial, Chucky Chipmunk (recycling), How to Become a Flower Show Judge, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrating 75 years. All classes of Horticulture and Design are open to all members of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. Information about entries for the Horticulture Division can be obtained by contacting Karen Craig at (540)297-4121. No pre-registration is required for Horticulture entries. Information about advanced registration for Design Exhibits may be obtained by contacting Patty Gamache at (540)587-0524. Advanced registration is required for all Design entries. The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs invites you to learn about Avenel's history such as the origin of the name Avenel, the role of Avenel in the Civil War, and the famous "Ghost of Avenel. " Who is it? Is it male or female? Is the ghost still there? The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs welcomes you to come to view a variety of horticulture specimens and arrangements.
Silent auction
September 25, “Treasures from the Past and Present”, a silent auction fundraising event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library from 9 – 4. A Bake Sale featuring delicious cakes, pies, and other goodies will be available at 9 until sold out.
Sunday, Sept. 26
Community Walks and 5K
Walk for a Cure, Walk to Cure Diabetes, September 26, Virginia Museum of Transportation. 540-772-1975; greaterblueridge@jdrf.org.

Monday, Sept. 27
Healthy Feet for Life and Foot Screening
(First come first serve) by Dr. John Clements from Carilion Clinic on September 27 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. 24121. No cost. Beverages will be served. Must register by calling Tami Akin 540-297-5530, 540-721-4330, or tepnurse@smltep.org, or call Carilion Direct at 266-6000.

Thursday, Sept. 30
Pearls of Hope: Health Women’s Tea
Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Topic: Living the Healing Life. Breast Health. September 30, Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Bedford Library Community Room. Registration required by calling Carilion Direct 540-266-6000.

Moneta Family Movie Night
Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (G) at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004.

Saturday, Oct. 2

Bikers Against Domestic Violence (BAD-V Ride)
Iron Horse Ministries (IHM) and The Kirk to sponsor a motorcycle ride to benefit Bedford Domestic Violence Services on Oct. 2. The ride begins at The Kirk, 1517 Thomas Jefferson Rd., Forest. Registration at noon following 10:30 a.m. Biker Service at The Kirk. Last bike out at 1:30 p.m. $10 per biker and $5 per passenger, or equivalent donation of household supplies for Bedford Domestic Violence Services. All proceeds and donations to benefit Bedford Domestic Violence Services. For information regarding this event contact: Terry Stevens (IHM) at 434-821-4431 or the Rev. Al Stewart (The Kirk) at 203-206-2828.

Saturday, Oct. 9

Vinton Fall Festival
The 8th Annual Vinton Fall Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 9 in Downtown Vinton. Activities throughout the day will include a 5K Run/Walk, crafters and business showcase, food vendors, entertainment at two stages, Monster Truck ride, flower and fruit judging, Mission Nutrition display and lots of children’s activities, a Doggy Dress-Up contest, fun for the entire family. For more information or registration, call the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce at (540) 343-1364.

2nd Annual Hundreds of Feet-Miles of Care 5K
Saturday, October 9, Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., and the run will begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Community Flu Shots Clinics
Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. October 13, 2010, Wednesday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $20. Front Entrance: Bedford Memorial Hospital 1613 Oakwood St, Bedford, VA 24523. Call to make an appointment at 540-266-6000.

Saturday, Oct. 16

Memory Walk
October 16, 2010, Saturday. Riverside Park, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Email allowe@carilionclinic.org if you would like to join the Bedford Memorial Hospital Teams.