Community Events and Calendar (week of April 13, 2011)

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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.

Pre-school application intake registration
Pre-school application and intake registration for Bedford VPI and Head Start will be Friday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following Bedford County Schools: Bedford Primary, Big Island Elementary, Body Camp Elementary, Goodview Elementary, Huddleston Elementary, Moneta Primary, Montvale Elementary, New London Academy, Otter River Elementary, Stewartsville Elementary, Thaxton Elementary. Bring with you a copy of the child’s Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, proof of: family income, residence, an up-to-date immunization record and physical. For more information contact: Head Start – Kim English (434) 846-2967 Bedford County VPI – Sherry Ayers (540) 890-3138.

Take Pride Cleanup
Saturday, May 7, the annual Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Cleanup Day will be held. More volunteers are needed to pitch in that day to remove debris from the Lake, making it cleaner and safer for residents and visitors. Volunteer registration forms are available at the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at Bridgewater Plaza, and the TLAC and Smith Mountain Lake Association offices at Westlake.

LTP Summer Theatre Camp
Looking for some summer fun & learning, all rolled into one?  Get thee to Little Town Players' Summer Theatre Camp.  Directors Sara Landis, MFA & Paul Rycik will be leading the kids to a deeper knowledge of William Shakespeare by learning all aspects of theatre - music, costuming, lighting, stage combat, and much more, all ending in a production of Will's Midsummer Night's Dream!  Sara & Paul are both Shakespeare Scholars, and their complete bios can be read on the Web site.  Camp runs for two weeks, July 11 - 23, with two performances.  $100 per camper.  Some scholarships are available and discounts given for siblings. Registration forms and further information is available at www.littletownplayers.com. 

Computer 'mysteries' explained
Plan to attend the latest in a series of computer courses offered at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake. On May 5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., in a positive, good humored environment, the instructor, Clay Jackson, 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 classes 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 and snacks. 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.

Have a Blast at Big Island Library
The next Pizza Challenge meeting will be on Monday, May 2 at 3 p.m. Enjoy Tangled at First Tuesday Flicks at Big Island. Enjoy the movie with snacks on May 3 at 3 p.m. Registration is required; call 540-425-7000.

Bedford Central Library activities
Join at the Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of Legend of the Guardian (PG) followed by crafts, games, books and fun. For more information, contact Youth Services at (540)586-8911 ex. 2107. Join for Pizza Challenge, the elementary school book club, on April 27 when they will have a My Weird School party. This program is for kids in grades 1 through 6. Mark your calendars for a special Family Story Time on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Wear pajamas and bring a stuffed friend. After stories, there will be milk and cookies. The Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is bringing some special friends to Springtime on the Farm Tuesday May 3 at 10:30 a.m. Listen to stories, make crafts and meet some critters all related to farms.

A Cleaner Environment
Girl Scout Junior Troop 848 of Montvale is working on their Bronze Award and needs some help.  Their project is "A Cleaner Environment".  The week of April 18-23 is designated cleanup week in Montvale.  The girls are asking friends, neighbors and classmates to fill just one plastic bag with litter.  There is a lot of litter on the roadsides which takes away from the natural beauty of the community.  It is also the week before Easter and everything is fresh and new again.  If you would like to help or get a large orange plastic trash bag, contact Troop Leader, Lana Obenchain, at 540-947-2368. 

BMH fundraiser
Bedford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Gold Buying Event. Bring in your unwanted Gold, Silver and Platinum. Wednesday, April 13 & Thursday, April 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Located in main lobby beside gift shop. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, gold watches, gold coins, silver coins or bars, white gold, dental gold, platinum & silver jewelry. Proceeds benefit Bedford Memorial Auxiliary programs and scholarships.

Famous Appalachian feuds
On Tuesday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. join celebrated local musician and feud expert, Jim Baldwin, to explore the subject of famous and (in)famous Appalachian feuds. If you thought the dispute between the Hatfields and McCoys was the most interesting (and longest) feud in American history then you have a number of surprises in store. The list of famous, tragic and often humorous Appalachian feuds number in the dozens and you’ll be amazed and surprised how they started, why they continued and, perhaps more importantly, who was involved. The Hatfield-McCoy fracas will be explored along with the local “Hillsville Massacre” together with a number of others you’ve probably never heard about but won’t be able to forget after Jim lets you in on all the gory details. Come prepared to be informed and highly entertained through lecture, discussion and multi-media presentations. Cost of $30 covers all instruction and lunch. Contact Dennis Crowley at the 4-H Center at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org for more information and/or a registration form.

Spring Regatta
The BYRA McDonald Cup Spring Invitational Regatta, an annual 2-day weekend invitational sailboat racing event on Smith Mountain Lake, will take place on April 30 and May 1, and it is sponsored by the Blackwater Yacht Racing Association.   Sailboats must be a minimum of 20 feet in length and sail numbers are required to be displayed while racing. All racing initiates on the Blackwater off Pelican Point Yacht Club, which is BYRA's home base. For more information, contact BYRA Fleet Captain, Warren Theis at 540-297-2915. Trophies will be awarded for all four fleets (PHRF). Trophies will be presented following last race on Sunday.

Exhibit at the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library
Displaying examples of art glass including stained and leaded glass, decorative mirrors, and small objects. April 1- April 30, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta, 540-425-7004. During the month of April, The Lake Glass Group will exhibit work at the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library. Examples of art created by members of this organization are showcased, including stained and leaded glass, decorative mirrors and small glass objects. The Lake Glass Group artists, based in the Smith Mountain Lake area, meet to share techniques, inspiration, service, and resources in creating stained glass, etched glass, kiln fired or painted glass, and glass mosaics. For more information contact Nancy C. Luce, 540-721-6109.

Forest Library: Fun for all
Pizza Challenge April 14 at 4 p.m. Teens, go to Forest Library the third Thursday of each month for Teen Night Thursday. Enjoy video games, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is April 21. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.

Movies and More at Moneta Library
Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Megamind (PG) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004. Bow Wow for Books, the read to a dog program, offers kids a fun and relaxed way to practice reading skills. The dogs are at the library the first Saturday of each month – call 540-425-7004 to reserve a spot to read. The next program is May 7 at 10:30 a.m. Springtime on the Farm will also visit Moneta Library on Wednesday May 4. Join the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee for fun stories, crafts, activities and critters and learn about the importance of farming in Bedford.

Health and wellness programs
This April and May, the Bedford Public Library System will host a variety of free health and wellness programs, presented by local healthcare professionals. These programs will share information about preventative health practices, from increasing flexibility and muscular strength with introductory yoga to answering the question, “Are contacts right for me?” to tips on eating healthy while saving money. Health and wellness programs: Free Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screenings with Bedford Memorial Hospital- Big Island Library on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A Fresh Pair of Eyes: Free Workshops on Eye Care: “Aging Eye” with Dr. Landon Colling, M.D. of the Harman Eye Center- Big Island Library on Tuesday, April 19 at 12 p.m.; Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, April 26 at 12 p.m. “The Benefit of Contact Lenses & Wearing Contact Lenses After Age 40” with Dr. Tracy Scheibe, O.D. of the Town Eye Center, Forest Library on Tuesday, April 26 at 12 p.m. “Enhancing and Preserving Your Eyes” with Dr. Neal S. Jessup, O.D.- Stewartsville Library on Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m. “Eat Healthy, Save Money! Nutrition on a Budget” with Martie Slaughter, MS, RD, LD, FADA- Montvale Library on Tuesday, May 10 at 2 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Call (540) 586-8911, ext. 1111 for registration. Visit www.bplsonline.org for more program details.

New Art UpStairs exhibit
Art UpStairs, a gallery located in the second floor showroom of Bedford Hardware, will host the work of local landscape painter Patricia Strobel. In addition, the gallery currently features photography by Vickey Duncan; functional, cast iron horseshoe creations by Lawrence Narehood; and mixed media, three-dimensional art by Cristina Aviles. Art UpStairs is a gallery designed to host periodic exhibits of local artists and craftsmen, as well as a permanent collection of consignment pieces. The show is open during normal business hours of Bedford Hardware, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8-noon. For further information call 540-586-8811.

Mountains of Fun at Montvale Library
The next Pizza Challenge program is April 14 at 4 p.m. Teens are invited to the library for video and board games on the first Friday of each month, starting at 4 p.m. The next date is May 7. Join for Silver Screen Saturdays at the Montvale Library the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. They will be showing movies of interest to all ages. For more information, contact Montvale Library at (540) 425-7006. Join at the Montvale Library on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for our interactive program, Mother Goose! Parents and caregivers, bring your infants and toddlers (age 0-2) to the Montvale Library for stories, songs, musical instruments, baby-friendly visuals, rhyming and much more! Use this program as a resource to promote emergent literacy at an early age. Children must be accompanied by a parent / caregiver. This program is open to the public and is free of charge. Contact the Montvale Library at (540)425-7006 for more information, or visit our website at www.bplsonline.org.

Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library
Pizza Challenge meets Tuesday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. for fun reading activities. Teens, learn to knit or crochet. Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering meets the first Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Members would love to teach teens to work in fiber arts! Call Stewartsville Library for more information at 540.425.7008.

Easter Eggs for sale
The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is taking orders for Easter Eggs. They are 50 cents each and come in three flavors, peanut butter, coconut and butter cream. If you’d like to place an order contact Greta Creasy at (540) 587-0506. They will be available for pick-up on Sunday, April 17, between 2 and 4 at the firehouse. Proceeds benefit the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department.

Botetourt Golf Classic
The 2011 Botetourt Golf Classic will be held on Thursday, April 21, at Ashley Plantation Country Club. The 18-hole four person Captain's Choice tournament gets under way with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be three flights based on handicaps. Players receive green fees, cart, lunch, and refreshments throughout the tournament, and everyone is invited to attend the Business After Hours networking event following the tournament. Plaques are awarded to the first and second place teams in each flight. In addition, each player receives a special Botetourt Golf Classic Tournament Souvenir, with the opportunity to win hole-in-one, closest-to-pin, longest drive, and longest putt prizes. To register your team or get more information on the tournament, please call the Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce office at 473-8280 or email to bccoc@rbnet.com.

New Farmers Market in Forest to open April 30; seeking vendors
A new Farmer’s Market is coming to Forest. It will be held every Saturday beginning April 30 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Forest Library. This will be a new opportunity to purchase regionally produced farm products directly from farmers. The goal is to have a wide array of fresh produce but also plants, herbs and hopefully even meat, eggs and baked goods. The Forest market will provide a perfect complement to the established Bedford City Farmers’ market that typically is open during the week. The Forest market is actively seeking vendors that would like to be part of this new venture. If you are interested in selling at the Forest farmer’s market, contact the Bedford Extension Office at 540-586-7675 or Dorothy McIntyre at 434-665-5475 as soon as possible as space and time is limited.

Upcoming Bloodmobiles
The following information is subject to change. Call 1-800-REDCROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending.
April 18 – Bedford, Bedford Baptist Church, noon – 6 p.m.

'Gardening in Small Spaces,' at area libraries
Learn to garden in a boot, a hanging basket, a window box, a planter, and numerous other small spaces. The Bedford Public Library System will offer a spring seminar, entitled “Gardening in Small Spaces” at the Montvale Library on Saturday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. This seminar, taught by members of the Bedford Area Master Gardeners and the Virginia Cooperative Extension agency, will offer valuable information on growing plants in small spaces, such as raised beds, hanging baskets, and straw bales. Visit the Bedford Area Master Gardeners Web site, www.bedfordareamastergardeners.org, for online gardening information. Registration for the “Gardening in Small Spaces” program recommended. Call the Big Island Library (540.425.7000), the Montvale Library (540.425.7006), or the Stewartsville Library (540.425.7008) for registration.

KBBC openings
The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission has four openings on its Commission. For anyone interested in joining the Commission, they meet the 4th Thursday of each month in the Municipal Building at 7 p.m. For those interested, call DW Lawhorne at 587-6083 for more information.

Upcoming events at Beyond the Green
Friday, April 15 7:30 PM Dave and Tom; Saturday, April 15 8 PM RIck Rizzi; Friday, April 22, 8 PM Solo gig with Sean Bera who is part of Polychrome. Awarded Best Band in the Roanoke Valley from the Roanoke Times and City Magazine; Saturday April 23 8 PM Andy Crawford; Friday, April 29, 8 PM CU and the Kidd; Saturday, April 30, 8 PM Corey Hunley and Justin P. ; Saturday, May 14, 8 PM Ross Flora; Friday, May 6 8 PM 2 for the Road; Saturday, May 7, 8 PM Dallas Leonard.

CRP General Signup
Calvin Parrish, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Virginia has announced Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has set general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to continue through April 15, 2011. During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this signup provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this signup are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2011. In addition to the general sign-up, CRP's continuous sign-up program will be ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. For more information, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.

Big Island Library Book & Bake Sale
Thursday, April 14, 10 am-5 pm; Friday, April 15, 10 am-5 pm; Saturday, April 16, 10 am-1 pm. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Big Island Library. Questions: Big Island Library 540-425-7000.

2nd Annual Derby Day Soiree
2nd Annual Derby Day Soiree will be presented by the Junior League of Lynchburg and Couples and Kids. It will be a Old Elkton Farm, 1401 Old Elkton Drive, Forest, on May 7 from 5-9 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, bow ties, hats and southern attire, Mint Juleps, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks. Enjoy live music by the Almost Brothers Band. Tickets are $60 per person if purchased before April 15, $70 on or after April 15. Tickets are available through Junior League Headquarters at 846-6641 or members of the JJL or Couples and Kids and are available online at www.jrleaguelynchburg.org.

Free tax assistance in Bedford
AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax assistance at the Bedford Central Library. The service began on Tuesday, February 1 and will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the tax season. Taxpayers wishing to use the service should bring a photo ID, social security cards for all individuals listed on the tax form (taxpayer, spouse, and dependents), along with all forms received from employers, social security, and financial institutions pertaining to your income or deductions. A copy of last year's federal and state return is helpful in many cases. Services are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Doors may close early if the number of taxpayers exceeds the capacity to complete the returns during the scheduled hours.

Path to Healing and a Bridge to Wellness oncology program
A Path to Healing and a Bridge to Wellness oncology program is accepting participants for its spring session. The program is sponsored by the Bedford Community Health Foundation and includes massage, Reiki, yoga and water exercise. Contact Elizabeth at 586-3483 for more information.

AARP Driver Safety Program class
Are you 55 plus? Want to save money on your auto insurance? AARP Driver Safety Program offers the opportunity to accomplish this. Virginia Law requires your insurance company to give a discount for completion of this class for all 55 or older. Ask your agent for details. The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed to meet the specific needs of older drivers included age related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road and local driving problems. You do not have to be an AARP member to take the class. Cost of class is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Cost is to cover the cost of instruction material furnished. AARP members must have their membership card at sign in to get AARP rate. Bring check or money order made out to AARP or exact change. Class is scheduled for April 19. Class will be held in the Peaksview Room at the Elks National Home, 931 Ashland Avenue in Bedford. Hours are 8:30 till 5 with a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a bag lunch. You may want to bring a seat cushion. Elks National Home will host the class. To register call (540) 587-4002. Class will be conducted by volunteer instructors Jim Hueber and Dick Turpin.

AARP Tax-Aide at Westlake Library
The Westlake Library will be hosting an AARP Tax-Aide Site again this year. This is a program that provides Free Tax filing for taxpayers with low- and moderate-income, with special attention to those 60 and older. The Site will be open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Tax Season concluding on April 12. This program is open to all ages with low- and moderate-income. To make an appointment at the Westlake Tax-Aide location, call 483-3098, Option #3.

Writing contest
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1475, Bedford, has announced an essay writing contest for high school seniors in Bedford and Franklin County. $1000 in scholarships will be awarded to the three best essays. First Place = $500, Second Place = $300 and Third Place = $200. The SCV hopes this will call attention to the sesquicentennial observance of the War Between the States. The subject of the essays will be “Why Did Virginia Secede from the Union in 1861?” Financial need is not a requirement to enter. All applications and essays must be postmarked May 1 or earlier to be considered. For an application and complete set of rules, see the Web site WWW.SCV1475.ORG or contact the Bedford Museum, 540 586 4520 - bccmdirector@verizon.net.

Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime
Join for Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime! Parents and caregivers, bring your preschool age children (ages 3 to 5) to any Bedford Public Library System library for stories, songs, games, rhyming, and much more! Program days and times vary by location. The Spring schedule is as follows: Bedford Central Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Montvale Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Stewartsville Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. This program is open to the public and free of charge. Contact your local library for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.

Rockabye Reader program
Infants and toddlers from birth to age 2 will enjoy stories, music, movement, free play, and much more at all Bedford Public Library System libraries. Parents and caregivers, use this program as a resource to promote literacy at an early age. Program days and times vary by location. The Spring schedule is as follows: Bedford Central Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library on Mondays at 10 a.m. (walkers-21 months) and 11:15 a.m. (21-36 months), Thursdays at 10 a.m. (infants-crawlers) and 11:15 a.m. (21-36 months); Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Stewartsville Library on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This program is open to the public and free of charge. Contact your local library for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.

'Botanical' at Bower Center
The Bower Center for the Arts exhibit “Botanical” is now open to the public.  In an effort to join together artists and floral designers,  Bower Center is hosting this theme exhibition of 2-D and 3-D art works and floral designs. Art works will be accepted in numerous media - including painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, photography, pottery, woodworking, mosaics, sculpture, glass, mixed media, jewelry and woven/fabric art. Flowers/plants do not have to be the overriding motif but a complement to the subject matter. If the artist knows what they will be exhibiting, they may email an image to the Bower Center to be used as an inspiration for the floral design.  Include the title of the work. Along with a Call to Artists there is also a Call to Floral Designers.   Floral/plant arrangements may be designed as stand alone artistic arrangements or a design may be inspired by a particular work of art.  A Call to Artist can be found online at www.bowercenter.org or by stopping by the Center at 305 N. Bridge Street.

Fresh air host families
Through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Town program, local families open their hearts and homes to inner-city children as volunteer hosts for up to two weeks during the summer. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and into Canada. Additionally, 3,000 children attended five Fund camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves 2,000 young people each year. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, contact Mary Poe at 434-239-5590 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. You can also visit The Fund’s Web site at freshair.org.

Blood Pressure Screening
Westlake Kroger. Free blood pressure screening. Every Tuesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Call 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.

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.

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.

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.

Benjamin's Restaurant events
Sunday 4/24 Easter Brunch from 11am – 3pm; Thursday 5/5 Cinco De Mayo Party Live Music By FMG; Sunday 5/8 Mother's Day Brunch from 11am – 3pm; Summer Concert Series..Every Friday Night on the Deck: 5/13 The Groove Monkeys; 5/20 The Ruckus; 6/3   Mark Miller Band; 6/10 The Dog Boys; 6/17 FMG; 6/24 The Groove Monkeys; 7/8   The Ruckus; 7/15  Mark Miller Band; 7/22  PolyChrome; 7/29  Steal The Prize; 8/5    The Groove Monkeys; 8/12   Dragonfly; 8/19   Jerry & Ray; 8/26   The Dog Boys; 9/9     Mark Miller Band; 9/16   PolyChrome; 9/23   Steal The Prize; 9/30   FMG; *Sept. 15th The Wing Fling.

Bedford Public Library System free Computer Skills Classes
The Bedford Public Library System is offering free beginner computer classes. Topics include mouse and keyboard skills, eReaders, general genealogy research, online digital photo storage, email attachments, Microsoft Word 2007, basic Internet Explorer navigation and more. The courses will vary according to the BPLS library location and will be instructed using Microsoft Office 2007 software products and Internet Explorer 8. To find a list of classes offered at your BPLS library, visit www.bplsonline.org or call your BPLS 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.

Blood Pressure Screening – Westlake Kroger
Westlake Kroger - Free blood pressure screening. First Tuesday of every month, 9 - 11 a.m.
Cost: Free. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482. Location: Kroger Westlake 80 Westlake Rd. Hardy, 24101.

Bedford Franklin Area Tea Party Meeting
Bedford Franklin Area Tea Party Meeting 1st Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.  Meetings are held at The Plaza (400 Scruggs Road, Moneta). For more information visit http://bfatp.com.

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening – Westlake YMCA
Third Wednesday of each month, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Westlake YMCA. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.

Concerned Women for America of Virginia
Monthly meeting at Brookhill Wesleyan Church, 1043 Cifax Road, Forest, the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. They review current issues on the local, state and national level and learn to deal with the issues of education, abortion, pornography, religious freedom, homosexuality, redefinition of the family and national sovereignty. For more information call 434-401-8852.

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.

Breakfast Pancake Fundraiser
A Breakfast Pancake Fundraiser will be hosted by the Bedford Memorial Hospital Volunteer Chaplains. Money raised funds the gazebo garden project. Located in the Hospital Cafeteria. First Friday of Every Month, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Call ext 587-3297 to place your order.

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 every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Street Methodist Church. Use the side door entrance facing Otey Street. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families and friends of alcoholics whose lives have been affected by the disease of alcoholism.

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.

Community HU Chant
Community HU Chant- All are welcome to join the HU sing on every first and third Fridays at 7 p.m. Gatherings will be held at 208 W. Depot St. Suite F. Snacks and fellowship available afterwords. Information Hot line: 434-384-7959 ]

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.

Montvale TOPS
Montvale (Take Off Pounds 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 either Janice at 586-0332 or Marie at 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.

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

Stewartsville/Chamblissburg Seniors
The Stewartsville/Chamblissburg Seniors meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the Chamblissburg Ruritan Building on Sandy Level Road. The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. with a potluck lunch at noon. All seniors invited. Contact David Poage with any questions at 890-7454.

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

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.

Moneta Garden Club
The Moneta Garden Club meets the third Monday of each Month at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta, Va. At 12:30 p.m. with a program starting at 1 p.m.

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Bedford
First Wednesday of each month, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Location: Bedford Post Office. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Moneta
Third Wednesday of each month, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Moneta Post Office. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Forest
Third Tuesday of each month, and fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Forest Post Office. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.

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 Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Elks National Home. 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, April 14

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 April 14 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.

Computer Skills 101
Learn to use a computer at the Moneta/SML Library! April’s class is “Email and Attachments” on Thursday, April 14, at 1 p.m. You’ll learn how to create and send email with files attached. May’s class is “Microsoft Word 101” on Thursday, May 12, at 1 pm. You’ll learn how to use Microsoft Word 2007, which is a word processing program you can use to write letters, make flyers, and create a resume. The first eight people to arrive at the classes may use one of the laptops. Classes are open to the public and free of charge. Computer Skills 101 is held monthly through May on the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. If you have any questions, call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.

Diabetic educational classes
What is the relationship between Diabetes and a good night’s sleep? Diane Martin, RN Bedford Memorial Hospital, Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m. BMH Campus- Adult Daycare Center. Call Martie Slaughter, Registered Dietitian, 540- 204-7135 RSVP.

High Hopes
High Hopes Stroke Survivors Support Group of Lynchburg will hold its next meeting on  Thursday, April 14, 1 to 3 p.m. at Lynchburg General Hospital in the Private Dining room adjacent to the Cafe'.  Laura Gauldin, RN,BSN Neuroscience Nurse Co-ordinator will be available to answer questions about stroke related problems. High Hopes was founded in Sept., 2004 and is open to stroke survivors, caregivers and those interested in stroke.  Fellowship is provided as well as information on stroke. Contact:  Carole McCorkle, Leader, 434.384.7568, web site: http://highhopestrokesupport.webs.com; e-mail:  carole.highopes@yahoo.com.

Healthy Eating: - Bedford
The benefits to your whole body by eating healthy will be discussed. April 14, 6 p.m. at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration Information: Call 540-587-3308.

Friday, April 15

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042
Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at New London Ruritan, April 15 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.  There will be a one hour West Coast Swing dance lesson followed by social dancing. Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5.  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.

Dinner Meeting of Veteran Officers
The monthly meeting of the SML chapter of Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) will be held on Friday, April 15 at Westlake Country Club starting at 6:30.  Through special arrangement, the club will be providing their famous buffet (formerly offered to the public on Friday evenings).  The guest speaker will be State Senator Bill Stanley whose father was a Naval Aviator.  All active or retired officers and spouses are invited to attend.  Call Doug Overman at 721-4398 to ensure seating.

SMAC Coffee House
Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) will present two singer-songwriters Paddy Dougherty and Tom Kimmel in a Coffee House on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Route 122 and Lakemount Drive, Moneta. For reservations contact Marty Bowers at 540-297-0965 or mybowers@moneta-va.com. Tickets are $12 for SMAC members and $15 for non-members. Checks with Dougherty coffeehouse on memo line can be sent to SMAC, PO Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121. Include contact information (email address or phone number) to confirm receipt of your check, since tickets will not be mailed out. You may reserve tables if all reservations come in at the same time.

Saturday, April 16

Healthy Lifestyles Expo
Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center will host The Healthy Lifestyles Expo on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The Healthy Lifestyles Expo \will feature products and services from area healthcare and health-related organizations and businesses, seminars and demonstrations. It will be held in the Bedford Room at Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center, overlooking Smith Mountain Lake. Admission is free to the general public. For more information, contact: Holly Sweet (540) 296-1259.

Skate Park Grand Opening
The Grand Opening for the Falling Creek Skate Park will be held on Saturday, April 16. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Their will be multiple raffles for various skating related articles including skateboards. Food and drinks will be available. The skate park parking area will be closed off during the event so that tents for the raffle articles and the food and drinks can be set up. Parking will be available across the street from the skate park.

Easter Eggstravaganza
EastLake Community Church is sponsoring an Easter Eggstravaganza for children through age 11 (or fifth grade) on Saturday, April 16 from 1-3 p.m. The event will feature an Easter Egg Hunt, fishing for real trout, Easter Egg coloring, free hot dogs, a Moonwalk obstacle course and more. Free! The event will be held in the open field about ¼ mile from the church on Hendricks Store Road, down from the intersection with Va. 122 in Moneta. Call 871-3838 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt “trick-or-treat” style, Saturday, April 16, 1-3 p.m., in Downtown Moneta.  No April showers or chilly weather to worry about here!  Bring your kids to choose an egg at each of the participating businesses and see what surprises are inside.  Some eggs will have candy, toys, or gift certificates, and one egg – somewhere in Downtown Moneta – will have $100.  Look for the businesses with the bright pink signs in the windows to see who is participating.  Bring your own basket and tell a friend.  Call (540) 871-0321 for more information.

Peaks of Otter Chapter DAR
The next meeting of the Peaks of Otter Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at the home of Janie Jordan on Saturday, April 16, at 10. A business meeting will precede lunch. An educational program for Arbor Day will be given by Mrs. Jordan. Guests are welcome. For more information or directions call: 586-1933 or 586-2033.

Spring Golf Tournament
Bedford Marine Corps League Annual Spring Golf Tournament. The tournament supports Toys for Tots. April 16 is the date to join the Marines at Ivy Hill Golf Club (1327 Ivy Hill Drive, Forest). This year’s tournament is bigger and better than ever, with a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, a prize for the longest drive, and another prize for the ball closest to the pin. On one hole, all shots are with a #5 iron. The Combat Hole requires players to don combat gear before shooting. Hole #2 features 50-50 tickets. Buy five tickets, land on the green and get five more free. As always, strings and mulligans can be bought before tee time. Early birds get a free bucket of range balls for practice between 8 and the 9 a.m. tee time. Single entry cost is $50. Four person teams are $200. Food and drink are available. Tee-off time is 9 a.m., Saturday, April 16. Contact: Tom Tomsic, 434-841-1490. Ivy Hill Golf Club, 434-525-2680. 1327 Ivy Hill Drive, Forest, Virginia.

Easter Egg Hunt
Annual Easter Egg Hunt; games for everyone.  April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out and enjoy the day with the Carriage Hill residents and families.  There will be refreshments available; all proceeds from the refreshments will go to the Annual Alzheimer’s Foundation walk.  The games and Easter Egg hunt are free to the public. Carriage Hill Retirement & Assisted Living, 1203 Roundtree Drive, Bedford VA, 24523; 586-5289.

Easter Egg Hunt
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt (bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs in) on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m.: Moneta Elementary, Montvale Recreation Center, Big Island Elementary, Body Camp Elementary, and Huddleston Ruritan Field (rain date is Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m.). The event is sponsored by the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department, 586-7682, and the local recreation clubs.

Benefit Poker Run
There will be a Benefit Poker Run for Dennis Howell on April 16 at the Bedford Moose Lodge, 2986 W. Lynchburg-Salem Tpke., Bedford. The first group will go out at noon and the last out at 2 p.m. Cost is $10 to play, $20 to play and eat, food is available for others. Paying best and worst hands and a 50/50 raffle. Contact Kim Jones at (540) 871-0601 or Amy Laughlin at (540) 583-0102. All motorcycles, hot rods and classic cars welcome.

Benefit Dance
There will be a Benefit Dance for Dennis Howell at the Bedford Moose Lodge on Saturday, April 16, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Open to the public 21 and older. Cost is $10 per person. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Dennis Howell medical fund. (Tax deductible receipts available upon request.) Featuring the Sam Austin Band with local artist Sam Austin. (www.myspace.com/samaustinband.

BBQ dinner
The Goode Ruritan Club will hold its annual Spring BBQ dinner on Saturday, April 16 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad Building (on U.S. Route 221 near State Route 668). The dinner features grilled chicken and pork ribs. In addition, there will be baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, rolls, lemonade, iced tea, and various desserts. They will also feature live music from local groups in the area. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 years old and under. Any proceeds from the dinner will be used to support local community projects.

Sunday, April 17

Huddleston Community Easter Egg Hunt
Eat a hot dog, play on the inflatable obstacle course, and join the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at the Huddleston Ruritan Field.  (Toddlers - 5th grade) For more information contact Lisa Updike 871-3077.  Sponsored by Huddleston Community Church.

Monday, April 18

Life for One
Guest speaker Bedford House Opening by Linda Royal Exec Director on April 18 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Bring a lunch/drink.

Small Standard Flower Show
The public is invited to attend a Small Standard Flower Show, entitled "COLORS", sponsored by the Belmont Garden Club, on Monday, April 18 from noon until 2 p.m. in the Asbury Room of Main Street United Methodist Church. Admission is free. (Use the Washington Street entrance.)

Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park
The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will meet Monday, April 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the park Discovery Center.  This is a volunteer organization that assists the park with its educational programs and park maintenance, and provides special events for the community throughout the year.  New members and visitors are always welcome. For information contact the Park Office at 297-6066.

Tuesday, April 19

Bedford County Retired Teachers Association
The Bedford County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, April 19, at the Liberty Station Restaurant. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the program and business meeting being held at that time. Lunch will follow the program and business meeting. All retired education personnel in Bedford County are urged to attend.

Hearing technology
A seminar featuring the newest advances in hearing technology will take place at the Westlake Library on Tuesday, April 19, at 6 p.m.   Carilion audiologists Lillian Beahm and Rhonda Harrell will be on hand to talk about Lyric©, a new hearing aid that fits inside the ear canal,  is 100 percent invisible, and requires no batteries.  This new device was featured in a News 7 Hometown Health segment on February 3.  This news clip may be viewed from the WDBJ 7 website, the Westlake Library Facebook page, or the “Calendar” section on the Friends of the Library web site at www.franklincountyfriends.org.  Pre-registration is suggested but not required.  Call Carilion Clinic at 1-800-422-5482 to pre-register or call the Westlake  Library at (540) 483-3098 (Ext. 3) for further information.

Wednesday, April 20

New Beginnings luncheon
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, April 20 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.

Coffee Talk
There will be "Coffee Talk" at Carriage Hill Retirement, the public is invited and refreshments will be served. This month's topic is "Dental Hygiene for Life" by Marty Robertson from the Bedford County Health Department. He will be speaking at the Peaksview Building on Wednesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. RSVP by April 18.

Let's Talk
The "Let's Talk" MS Support Group will meet Wednesday, April 20 at noon. The meeting is held at Bedford Baptist Church in Bedford City. This month's topic will be "How To Stay Cool This Summer". Bring your lunch and "Let's Talk."

Friday, April 22

Bake sale
The Mt. Olivet Youth Department will be having a bake sale on April 22 at Vista Foods parking lot from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 23

Evening of music
Bower Center for the Arts presents Paddy Dougherty and Tom Kimmell on Saturday evening April 23 at 7:30 p.m.  The doors open at 7 p.m.  The Center is located at 305 North Bridge Street next to the library.   Gather a group of friends, reserve a table and come enjoy a great evening of music.  The $15 tickets can be purchased at the Bedford Welcome Center, Arthur’s Jewelry, Given’s Books at 2236 Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg and the Bower Center.  More information can be found at www.bowercenter.org or by calling (540) 586-4235.  The Bower Center for the Arts is located on North Bridge Street near the library in Bedford. 

Fish Fry
Peaksville Odd Fellows will have their Spring Fish Fry on Saturday, April 23 at Peaksville Lodge Hall from 5 - 7:30 p.m.  Menu consists of Flounder, hush puppies, coleslaw, homemade potato salad, desserts and beverage. Adults- $9; 5-12: $5; under 5 free. Carryouts are available. Peaksville Lodge is located on 43 North beside Northside Supply Store.

Monday, April 25

SML Democrats
The SML Democrats will meet at noon on Monday, April 25 at Westlake Country Club, 360 Chestnut Creek Drive, Hardy.  Lunch is $10 at the door.  The group will hear presentations by Philip O. Sheridan, Chairperson of Franklin County Sesquicentennial Committee, on CW150 activities planned within VA, the Roanoke region, and Franklin County and Debra H. Weir, Tourism & Special Events Manager of Franklin County on Franklin County CW Days.  All attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of food, new or gently used linens, pots, pans, or checks for our on-going support of Lake Christian Ministries.  Alma at 420-1592 or kenalma@jetbroadband.com.

Thursday, April 28

Family Movie Night @ Moneta Library
Watch a movie on the big screen at the Moneta/SML Library! Join us Thursday, April 28, for the movie "Megamind" (PG) and on Thursday, May 26, for the movie “Tangled” (PG). Each program will have themed crafts, games, and snacks! Crafts and games start at 5:30 p.m.; the movie starts at 6 p.m. This is a family-oriented program, and there is no charge to attend. For more information, call the library at 540-425-7004 or visit www.bplsonline.org.

Friday, April 29

An English Garden A-Faire
he Blue Ridge Garden Club's annual plant sale and luncheon will be "An English Garden A-Faire" in observance of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. This event will be held at the Main Street United Methodist Church, Bedford, on Friday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. English container gardens, each uniquely designed by club members, will be for sale. England's national flower, the Rose, will be highlighted in lovely floral arrangements created in teacups and teapots and will be for sale. A silent auction with an assortment of items for the home will be featured. There will be a Garden Hat Contest at 1 p.m. for both guests and club members. Prizes will be awarded for "Most Elegant" using fresh flowers, "Most Original" using silk/accessories, and "Most Comical" with anything goes. Box lunches for eat-in or carry-out will be for sale at $7 each. Call (540) 586-4825 to reserve lunches by Wednesday, April 27. Carry-out box lunches may be picked up at the church anytime after 11 a.m. Friday or come with your friends and have lunch in a lovely decorated room in the English style from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A properly brewed English tea will also be served.

Saturday, April 30

Plant Sale
The Moneta Garden Club will hold its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta.  All proceeds for this fundraiser will go to scholarships for area students.

The Waymores in concert
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Saturday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. will host The Waymores 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 collected at the door. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.

Saturday, May 7

BCO concert
The Robert Moses hydroelectric project at Niagara Falls first went on line in 1961, making it was the largest hydropower facility in the Western world. The Niagara Falls Suite, crafted by a master orchestrator, offers a vivid depiction of one of America’s most magnificent sights and is offered to you right here in Bedford. Join the Bedford Community Orchestra on Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Bedford Middle School Auditorium as its members also present Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, music from the Star Trek series, An Unending Legacy and more. Suggested donation $10/person. For more information contact the Bedford Community Orchestra at 540/947-0208 or visit at www.BedfordCommOrch.org.

Bow Wow for Books!
Share a book with a dog! Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., bring your child to the Moneta/SML Library to read to a dog! Have fun and help improve their reading skills. Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) is conducted by the National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. Call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004 for more information.

Wednesday, May 11

Garden Club of Bedford business meeting
The Garden Club of Bedford will have a short business meeting on May 11, at 10 a.m. at the Bedford CVCC Center on Independence Drive. The program will be planting new annuals and garden care of civic projects sponsored by the club.

Storytime Down on the Farm
Go “hog wild” at a special “Down on the Farm Storytime” at the Moneta/SML Library on Wednesday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. Hear stories, make a craft, and see live animals. The story time is presented by the Bedford County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. This program is open to the public, is free of charge, and cameras are welcome. For more information, call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.

Saturday, May 21

Parents Without Partners Dance – open to the public – Saturday, May 21, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Charles Hill Senior Center in Vinton. Music provided by the Sam Austin Band. Admission: $10 per person. For further information, contact Carol Collins at 598-6491 or Rodney Wray at 427-3989.