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For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper. For information on monthly/weekly meeting times for groups see the meeting notice section.
Taking vendor applications
Scott's Strawberry Festival in Moneta is now taking vendor applications for its Strawberry Festival May 19-20. There will be live bluegrass and country music, kids activities, homemade on the farm strawberry ice cream and shortcake, horse & buggy rides, a petting zoo, vendor tents with lots of different items for sale, funnel cakes, food, wine tasting and of course pick your own strawberries or buy them already picked. This Year there will be a Strawberry Princess Pageant and a Strawberry Pie eating contest. Call 540-297-7917 if interested in participating.
LTP: The Nerd
The Nerd set in Terre Haute, Ind., is the story of Willum Cubbert (John Langston), an unassuming architect, and his friends, Tansy (Andrea Gillispie), Axel (Brian Lee), and Rick (Jamie Watson*), who saved Willum's life in Vietnam. Over the years, Willum and Rick have exchanged occasional letters and greeting cards, though they've never met. Willum has promised Rick that as long as he is alive,"You will have somebody on earth who will do anything for you" - so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly on the night of his birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd" - a bumbling oaf with no social graces, little intelligence, and less tact. Ironically, Willum's boss, Mr. Walgrave (Danny Grigsby), his high-stung, put-upon wife, Celia (Lisa Butler), and their terror of a son, Thor (Bobby Bays) just happen to be attending the birthday party as well. After just one week, Rick has almost single-handedly destroyed Willum's career, his life, and his sanity. Incident piles upon uproarious incident, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence. Eventually at his wits end, Willum decides to take a chance on Axel's plan to get rid of Rick. The Nerd directed by Karen C. Hopkins runs May 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and May 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. at the Elks national Home Theatre. Adults - $12 and children under 12 - $10. For tickets call the box office at 540-586-5881 or www.lynchburgtickets.com.
Safe Sitter course
Bedford Memorial Hospital will offer Safe Sitter courses for young teens 11 and up on June 7 - 8 at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration deadline is May 18. The cost of the course is $60. Call Anita Lowe at 540-587-3308 to register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter. The up-to-date curriculum provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform infant and child choking rescue. They even learn CPR. To graduate from the Safe Sitter course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills.
Barn Dinner Theater bus trip
Greensboro, N.C. “All Hands on Deck.” Based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO show tour to the troops in the field, this new comedy musical revue featuring the songs, dances, and laughs that America has loved since the 1940’s. From 1941 to 1945, our nation was embroiled in a great world war. Hollywood responded to the call of duty by sending our men in uniform real living entertainment. Boasting over 40 classic hits all packaged in a fun-filled, true-to-life reproduction of the kind of USO show Bob Hope and Jack Benny would have taken to the troops: classic humor and great music from those special days of road shows, war-bond drives, and radio broadcasts. Sit back into 1942 with this tremendous show. Tuesday, June 5. $54 per person. Price includes: transportation, full buffet, and a matinee ticket. Full amount is due when reservation is made. Seats on the bus will be assigned on a first paid basis. The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the “new” Bedford Recreation Department offices at 1257 County Farm Road and the expected return time is around 6:30 p.m. To register or for additional information call the Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department at (540) 586-7682.
Benefit for Rwandan HUGS Ministries at Bedford Country Store (upstairs at 115 N. Bridge Street). Gently used clothing for babies, children and adults. Open daily.
Trip to Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre: 'Oklahoma!'
The high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys paints the backdrop against which Curly & Laurey play out their love story. Beginning a new life together in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. “Best Musical of the 20th Century” says the New York Drama League! The trip to the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre to see “Oklahoma!” will take place on Wednesday, June 20. Cost: $52 per person. Price includes transportation on the county recreation bus, full lunch and matinee. Bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the “new” Bedford County Parks & Recreation offices on 1257 County Farm Road and return time is around 6:30 p.m. For additional information or to register call Bedford County Parks and Recreation at 540-586-7682.
Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging recruits and trains volunteers to counsel citizens with questions about Medicare. They also speak to groups in the community about the improvements in Medicare. They need additional volunteers who are comfortable working with numbers and people. For more information call David G. Edwards at 434-385-9070 or 1-866-255-6868.
Benefit concert: The New Crusty Minstrels
The New Crusty Minstrels are already rehearsing for their upcoming Sing-Along Concert to benefit Lake Christian Ministries and SML Good Neighbors. The group, which wowed a sell-out crowd in October, 2010 with a Hootenanny of '60s music, will lead the singing of favorites by Jimmy Buffet and The Beach Boys on Friday, May 18 and again on Saturday, May 19 at the Lakewatch YMCA., with words projected on a large screen. Tickets ($15) are now on sale at The General Store, Radio Shack, Shoprite and the SML Visitor Center. Once tickets have been purchased, table reservations for friend or neighborhood groups are available through Connie Canova at 297-6680. Additional contributions made on concert nights will be doubled by laker author David Baldacci for Good Neighbors and by an anonymous benefactor for LCM. Attendees bring food and beverages of choice, or can buy Hot Shots’ “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” on site.
Moneta VFD fundraisers
The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. , 12737 N. Old Moneta Road, has a variety of fundraising activities scheduled. Unless otherwise noted all events will be held at the main fire department building located at 12737 N. Old Moneta Rd. The events include:
Saturday, June 16, 7 to 10 a.m., Father’s Day Breakfast. Bring Dad or your favorite guy and enjoy a hearty, homemade country breakfast.
Saturday, July 1, 6 to 10:30 p.m., Concert and Fireworks at Downtown Moneta. Music from The Worx band and an exceptional fireworks show make this the ideal way to start the holiday week. For additional information see the event’s Web site: http://www.monetafire.com/moneta_fireworx_fest.htm.
Saturday, July 28, 4 to 7 p.m., Fish Fry Dinner.
Saturday, September 15, Zumba dance event (tentative).
Saturday, October 6, 4 to 7 p.m., Annual Open House and Community Dinner.
Fridays and Saturdays, October 12, 13, 19 and 20, 7 to 10 p.m., Haunted House.
Events benefit Special Olympics set
More than 2,000 officers across Virginia are involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Special Olympics of Virginia’s – and the world’s – largest grassroots fundraiser. Each June, they carry the Flame of Hope more than 1,900 miles across Virginia to kick off the Summer Games in Richmond. This year the Bedford Police Department, along with Bedford Fire and Rescue, will be hosting a Fire Truck Pull. The event will take place at the Bedford Wal-Mart parking lot, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each team participating must consist of 10 people; police officers, firefighters, rescue squads and other organizations are welcome to enter. Entry fee for the event will be $100 per team. All proceeds will help support the Virginia Special Olympics. The deadline to enter is May 1. Any team wanting to enter can contact Sgt. Charlie Nelms at the Bedford Police Department (540) 587-6011 or (540) 587-6013; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone wishing to purchase a Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run T-shirt or cap in support of the Special Olympics can contact Sgt. Charlie Nelms. Shirts are $15, caps $12. All proceeds support the Special Olympics.
Pine Spur Hunt Club events
Pine Spur Hunt Club Dance, 1094 Pine Spur Rd., Vinton. Saturday, May 5, 8 .-11:30 p.m. Music by Dry Hill Draggers. Admission $8. Call 890-9891 for information; Pine Spur Hunt Club Pot Luck Dinner and Dance, Saturday, May 12. Dinner 5 p.m. Dance 8 -11:30 p.m. Music by Standin’ In The Shadows. Admission Dinner, bring a dish. Admission dance $8. Call 890-9891 for information.
Visit the Forest Library on the second Friday of each month for Bedtime Tales. Designed for kids ages 4 to 7, Bedtime Tales includes stories, snacks and fun things to do from 7 to 8 p.m. Upcoming themes: May is Fun in the Sun. Call 540-425-7002 to register, and special thanks to the Friends of the Forest Library for sponsoring this program.
Cavalier Theatre: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Cavalier Theatre presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. May 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. May 6 at 2:30 p.m. At the Jefferson Forest Auditorium, 1 Cavalier Circle, Forest. Call (434) 525-2674. Tickets: $10 ($6 students, seniors). Tickets available at the door, or online at http://www.lynchburgtickets.com/funnything. Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, and one of the funniest musicals ever written--the perfect escape from life's troubles. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.
Classic Boat Show
The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society has finalized the format and schedule for its 2012 fall show at Smith Mountain Lake. Date: September 14-15, 2012. September 15, is the public show date. Location: Mariners landing and Conference Center, Smith Mountain Lake. www.marinerslanding.com. Show Name: The 22nd Annual Smith Mountain Lake Antique & Classic Boat Festival and Show. Show Information: Contact Mike Russell (630) 696-6052 or email email@example.com.
Benjamin's Concert Series
The 2012 Summer Concert Series at Benjamin’s includes: May 11, The Mark Miller band; May 18, Big Foot County; June 1, Steal the Prize; June 8, T-Boned; June 15, The Ruckus; June 22, The Maple Waves ; June 29, Last Sonata; July 13, The Mark Miller Band; July 20, FMG; July 27, Mercutio; Aug 3, Steal the Prize; Aug 10, The Ruckus; Aug 17, The Dog Boys; Aug 24, Shim Sham; Aug 31, Mercutio; Sept 7, Big Foot County; Sept 14, The Mark Miller Band; Sept 21, T-Boned; Sept 28, Last Sonata.
Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre: “All-American, All-Star USO Show” trip
Celebrating veterans and this nation’s birthday, a nostalgic look at the show that played in over 60 Veterans Administration Medical Centers. Rex Stephenson and a variety of Ferrum College students completed eight nationwide USO tours that traveled by van from Boston to San Diego and from Minnesota to Tampa. Former participants of the tour will join with BRDT cast members to re-create this potpourri of music, dance, comedy skits, and a bit of audience participation. The meal and production will be in the Panther's Den. Current service personnel and veterans will receive a 25 percent discount. Come out and join us for this fun-filled "after the 4th" celebration on Friday, July 6. Cost, $34 per person. Price includes transportation on the county recreation bus, full lunch and matinee. Bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the “new” Bedford County Parks & Recreation offices on 1257 County Farm Road and return time is around 6:30 p.m. Call Bedford County Parks & Rec at 540-586-7682 to register.
Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild
Anyone who has an interest in quilting is invited to join PPQG on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. for Stitch ‘n Sew evenings. The regular monthly meeting is held on the second Monday of each month and begins at 7 p.m. If you have questions contact a member at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sydney Schatz at 586-2997.
Cheese Shop trips
Bedford County Parks and Recreation will sponsor trips to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft on the following dates: Tuesday, May 22; and Tuesday, June 26. Other stops may include Miller's Bakery, the Little Debbie Outlet, Country Connections, lunch at Wood Grill in Harrisonburg, a visit to local farmers' markets and The Cheese Shop. Cost per person is $20 which includes transportation on the Parks and Rec bus and lunch at Wood Grill. Call Bedford County Parks and Rec at 586-7682 for more information or visit the office at 780 Bedford Ave. Ext. Payment must accompany registration.
Business Roundtables: The Bedford County Office of Economic Development will begin the quarterly meetings at CVCC Bedford Campus at 8 a.m. The meetings will be held in 2012 on the following dates: May 17, Aug. 16 and Nov. 15.
Love to write? Want the camaraderie of others who do and to explore different writing styles? Join the Write Now group and share your creative writing. If you need a topic, consider writing about something from the natural world (a plant, animal, element, sound, smell or anything you can imagine) and tell what kind of memory or feeling it inspires. Write Now meets once a month on the third Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Bower Center lower level. To avoid steps you may enter from the back. For information call the Bower Center at (540) 586-4235.
Bedford County Parks & Rec senior lunch trips
(Ages 55 and Older), Thursdays: May 10, Babcock House; June 14, Mac 7 Maggies’s; July 12, Dickey’s Barbecue; August 9, Fisherman’s Galley; September 13, Choice Hibachi. Cost for transportation is $5 per person. Lunch is on your own. There will be some time after lunch for various shopping and location sightseeing. Depart from Bedford County Parks & Rec at 11 a.m. Approximate return time is 4 p.m. Must pre-register. Call Bedford County Parks and Rec, (540) 586-7682.
Moneta Garden Club
The Moneta Garden Club meets at noon at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Road, Moneta on the third Monday each Month.
It’s fun to read a book to a dog! Second Saturdays, running through May 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., bring your child to the Moneta/SML Library to read to a special dog trained to listen. Reading aloud can improve reading skills and confidence. Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) are certified by the National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. Call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004 for more information.
The Bedford Central Library Lego Club
Come out at 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month for Lego building fun. There will be a supply of Legos and a theme suggestion,. The library is accepting donations of Legos .
Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening
Westlake. third Wednesday of each month, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Free at Westlake YMCA. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.
Blood Pressure Screening-Westlake
Westlake Kroger. Free blood pressure screening. First Tuesday of every month, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482. Location: Kroger Westlake 80 Westlake Rd. Hardy.
Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening- Bedford
First Wednesday of each month, 9 a.m. - 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 a.m. - 11 a.m. Free. Location: Moneta Post Office. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.
Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Forest
Free blood pressure/blood sugar screening. Fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 - 11 a.m. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482. Location: Forest Post Office.
Garden Club of Bedford programs for 2012
The Garden Club of Bedford meets on the following dates in 2012: May 9 (Planting Date) June 13, July 11, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12. Most meetings begin at 10 a.m. and are held at the Bedford location of CVCC. Visitors are always welcome at the meetings but should contact a club representative first, especially if they are presenting a program which requires that there are sufficient materials for participants. Contact information 540-586-6209 or childers3@JetBroadband.com and 540-297-3481 or email@example.com.
Programs for 2012 include the following:
May 9 - The Annual Meeting for Elections and Reports will be held. They will be meeting in front of the Municipal Building if weather permits to put in plants on the annual workday.
June 13 - Garden Projects for Children will be presented at CVCC by Patty Butters, a Lynchburg Master Gardener.
July 11 - At CVCC Bedford Master Gardener and premier floral designer, Karen Craig, will present a program on Creating Large Designs.
September 12 - The program, Bringing Houseplants Inside at the End of the Summer, will be presented at CVCC by Lynchburg Master Gardener, Glenda Lojek.
October 10 - Lynchburg Master Gardener, Joe Pond, will present Blooms That Shine in Summer Shade at CVCC.
November 14 - The program, Gourds and Gourdies will give members the chance to bring in any gourd they have decorated and tell the other members how it was created.
December 12 - The club will Smokehouse Restaurant in Downtown Moneta. At this informal meeting they exchange Silly Santa gifts and discuss a few ideas for the new year.
Some members will also be participating in the following: the Blue Ridge District Spring Meeting to be held on April 19 in Roanoke; and National Garden Week June 3-9.
Garbage, recycling collection holiday schedule
The city of Bedford garbage and recycling collection holiday schedule for 2012:
Memorial Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, May 28. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, May 28, will be collected on Tuesday, May 29.
Independence Day: City offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Wednesday, July 4, will be collected on Thursday, July 5.
Labor Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Sept. 3, will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Veterans' Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Nov. 12, will be collected on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Thanksgiving: City offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Thursday, Nov. 22, will be collected on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Friday, Nov. 23 will be collected on Monday, Nov. 26.
Christmas: City offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Dec. 24 will be collected on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Tuesday, Dec. 25 will be collected on Thursday, Dec. 27.
The City Landfill will also observe the city holiday schedule and in addition to the dates above, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 22.
James River Bluegrass Association 2012 events
Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. The Blue Ridge Standard Band and, at 7 p.m., Lonesome River Band
Friday, May 11 Lonesome Will Mullins Sure Fire Band — openers to be announced
Events will be held at the Madison Heights Community Center at 424 Woody's Lake Road. All Friday shows will start at 7 p.m. For more information, call (434) 944-0072. In case of inclement weather, call (540) 297-3651 or (434) 944-0072.
Montvale Library offers Mother Goose, a structured lapsit story time which uses repetition, musical patterns, baby-friendly visuals and movement to prepare pre-readers for reading and writing on their own. This innovative program is inspired by research into the brain development of very young children and the most effective ways to teach literacy skills. Mother Goose is open to children ages 0 – 3 and is presented on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Read to Bailey the dog
Watch your child’s reading skills and confidence soar while reading to man’s best friend! If your child is between the ages of 5 and 11 call the Forest Library to reserve a time to Read to Bailey the dog. Bailey is at the library on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call the Forest Library at 540-425-7002 to reserve your time today.
TNT (Teen Night Thursday)
Preteens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to hang out in the Community Room at Forest Library on the third Thursday night of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Play Guitar Hero or your favorite board games and bring an appetite. Pizza and snacks are served!
Calendar of events
Wednesday, April 25
Archivist Road Show
On Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library will host the Archivist Road Show; Stories of Bedford County found in Local Court Records. Greg Crawford, Local Records Archivist, Library of Virginia and Karen Glover, Deputy Clerk, Bedford County Circuit Court will be the guest speakers. They will be discussing Chancery Court Suits, Coroners’ Inquisitions and “Free Negro and Slave Records”. The meeting will be held at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library at 201 East Main St. in Centertown Bedford, next door to the court house. There is an elevator to the third floor meeting room and plenty of parking. If you have any questions call 540-586-4520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 26
Wives of Vietnam Veterans meeting
Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m. meet & greet –appetizers will be served; 6:30 p.m. meeting begins. American Legion, 1301 Geenview Drive, Lynchburg. Guest speaker, Anthony Scocco, senior service officer, Military Order of the Purple Heart from Roanoke. For additional information or directions, contact: Judy Doering 434-665-4693.
Friday, April 27
Meg Hutchinson concert
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. will host Meg Hutchinson 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. Seating is limited. For more information, call 540-586-8911, or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.
Saturday, April 28
BCO Spring Concert
Share in the excitement of live music as Bedford’s popular orchestra presents their Spring performance on Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. at the Bedford Middle School Auditorium. Suggested donation is $10/person. Music will include: Strauss’ Egyptian March, American Folk Songs, Somewhere In Time, Holst’s Perfect Fool, Selections from Fiddler on the Roof, Music from Disney-Pixar’s “Up”, and more. For more info call 540-947-0208 or visit at www.bedfordcommorch.org.
Birds and Blooms
The National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway, will host two nature walks at the Peaks of Otter on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, May 13, led by Park Service volunteers Martin DiLeggi and Alan Pipkin. BIRD HIKE: The first hike of the day departs from the Peaks of Otter Lodge at 8 a.m. for a two-mile walk in search of the many migrant birds returning to the mountains. This two-hour hike will involve lots of stops to look for birds as well as listen for their calls. The hike will focus on identification of birds, learning their songs, and best of all, enjoying the behaviors that make bird watching fun! No previous bird knowledge is required for this hike. Be sure to bring along binoculars & identification guides if you have them and remember to wear sturdy hiking shoes. BLOOM HIKE: The second hike of the day departs from the Peaks of Otter Lodge at 2 p.m. for a short drive to a nearby trailhead in search of emerging flowers. This two hour hike will focus on flower & plant identification, habitats, and the beauty these blooms bring to the mountain slopes each year. No previous flower or knowledge is required, but bring along your hand lens and identification guides if you have them. Remember to wear sturdy hiking shoes. The Blue Ridge Parkway is open year round. Visit the official Parkway website to get facility opening dates for the upcoming summer, learn about the natural & cultural heritage preserved along the Parkway, or find a trail to hike at: www.nps.gov/blri. For more information, contact District Ranger Peter Hamel at 540-377-2377 x24 or Peter_Hamel@nps.gov.
Peaksville Odd Fellows Lodge will have its Spring Fish Fry on Saturday, April 28, from 5-7:30 p.m. Menu will consist of: Fish, Hush Puppies, potato Salad, Coleslaw, desserts, beverage. Cost is Adults $9, age 6-12 is $5. Age 5 and under is free. Carryouts are available. Peaksville Lodge is located on 43 North beside Northside Supply.
Building No Kill Communities
A partnership of local animal welfare groups, including the Bedford Humane Society, will be hosting Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who will be presenting alternatives to euthanasia in the community entitled “Building No Kill Communities." This workshop is being presented during the Roanoke Pet Ex at the Roanoke Civic Center, April 28 at 11 a.m. Susanne Kogut joined the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as executive director in March 2005. At the time she joined the organization, the SPCA was euthanizing over 53 percent of all cats and 17 percent of all dogs. Within two years, she had brought the SPCA, an open-access impound facility for the city and county, to No Kill status. The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA now saves 92 percent of all animals that come into its facility. This event is hosted by a partnership between Angels of Assisi, Barn Cat Buddies, Bedford Humane Society, Franklin County Humane Society, and Lynchburg Humane Society.
World War II comes to life at National D-Day Memorial
On Saturday, April 28 historical interpreters with the 29th Living History Association and the 82nd Airborne will turn out in full battle gear to show the public what soldiers did, carried, and thought about to prepare for the invasion of Europe. Visitors can view WWII era German artifacts, attend a briefing on the invasion, examine weapons and equipment, walk inside a period command tent, learn about the life of a medic by viewing period artifacts, and watch a WWII model train demonstration. Visitors will also discover what life was like on the homefront by listening to a Rosie the Riveter as she discusses shortages and sacrifices at home in America during the war. Tours are offered throughout the day and a food vendor will be on site. The Memorial is offering a special discount for homeschool families who wish to participate in the Homeschool Event Day portion of the event. Pre-registration is required. Homeschool families who wish to take part should call 540-587-3617 to register. The National D-Day Memorial’s living history event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular fees apply. For more information, call (540) 586-3329 or visit www.dday.org.
Book signing event
Author Melodie Rakes will hold a book signing event on April 28, 1-3 p.m. at Bridgewater Plaza Boardwalk, Halesford Bridge, Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta. Rakes, a resident of Moneta, will be available to sign copies of her book, Woman of Fairville. For Bobbie Jo Patterson, a cheating lover is just one case of bad luck out of hundreds. In her hometown of Fairville, Ohio, Bobbie Jo can't seem to find a man who loves and respects her. Though she gives every ounce of love she can muster in each relationship, her lovers always seem to let her down. As her misfortune grows, so does her reputation. After unsuccessful relationships, push her mother and best friend away, it doesn't take long before almost everyone in Fairville is pushing her away. Or at least it seems that way to Bobbie. Then one day, she meets Zachary Arthur Huntington, a man new to Fairville. Will he be the man to turn Bobbie's life around? Or will she find she's invested her love in someone who can't measure up? Find out in Melodie Rakes's emotionally compelling novel based on the biblical story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Woman of Fairville. For more information, contact James Branscum at 888-361-9473 or email@example.com.
Bedford Area Master Gardener Plant Sale
The Bedford Area Master Gardeners are hosting their Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This year's location will be at the Farmers Market, downtown Bedford. Plenty of room to accommodate the herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees... a large, wonderful selection. Why not welcome to your garden a few new plants that attract butterflies and birds, as well as beautify your home? Think about "Going Native", and add a Virginia Native tree or perennial to your collection. Adding herbs and heirloom vegetables will be a tasty and rewarding experience. Start a "Small Spaces" garden with your children this spring.
Moneta Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
Moneta Garden Club will be having its annual plant sale April 28, 9 a.m.-noon at the Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta. The Moneta Garden Club members will be bringing potted plants and shrubs from their yards and gardens to sell. Proceeds will go to the garden club’s scholarship fund.
Rockin’ Brews & BBQs
The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has named ServPro of Lynchburg/Bedford/Campbell as the Signature Sponsor of the upcoming Rockin’ Brews & BBQs. The event will be held Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Downtown Moneta on Route 122. A variety of barbecue will be served from North Carolina to Kansas City and everything in between. The event will feature live Rockin' music with Ross Flora and Ministers of Soul. Activities include Dave's Moon Walk for kids, an Obstacle Course for big kids and a ‘Rockin’ Corn-Hole Tournament. $5 Cover Charge. Children 12 and under free. Complete details are available on the Chamber’s Web site: www.visitsmithmountainlake.com.
Beginning genealogy class
If you were not able to attend last month's free beginning genealogy class at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library, it will be starting it again on Saturday, April 28. The class will be limited to 10 people, and only to those just starting out in genealogy. The classes will start at 10 a.m. and run each Saturday for four weeks. Subjects to be discussed will be: Getting Started, Census Records, Local Sources, and Using the Internet. For more information contact the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library in person: located at 201 E. Main St. Bedford, Va. 24523, by phone 540-586-4520, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A benefit dance, featuring Blackwater, will be held at the Bedford Moose Lodge on Saturday, April 28, from 8 p.m.-midnight. The event is open to the public, $10 per person. All proceeds go to the family of Aiden Crouch to help with burial/medical expenses.
Sunday, April 29
Carmina Burana by JCS
Famed German composer Carl Orff’s masterpiece, Carmina Burana, is set to be performed by the Jefferson Choral Society, a 90-member adult choir that boasts members from all over the Greater Lynchburg area, on April 29 at 4 p.m. at Timberlake United Methodist Church on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg. The cantata will be performed with two pianos, five percussionists, and three soloists. Tickets are available from Jefferson Choral Society singers, from Blue Marlin Seafood and Givens Books in Lynchburg, Aylor’s Farm and Garden in Forest, Arthur’s Jewelry in Bedford,, What a Blessing Bakery in Amherst, the YMCA and Miller’s Jewelry in Altavista, and by calling the Jefferson Choral Society office at 434-528-5700. For more information, visit www.jeffersonchoralsociety.org. Cost: adults $20; students 12-18 $10; children under 12 free.
The Town of Liberty During Hunter's Raid
Next in the series of free Sunday afternoon programs at Bower Center for the Arts is a walking tour of Bedford entitled “The Town of Liberty During Hunter's Raid.” This tour led by Sergei Troubetzkoy will take place on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. Meet at The Bower Center for the Arts. Rain or shine. The tour will explore parts of the Town of Liberty (now the city of Bedford) that were greatly affected by U.S. General David Hunter and 15,000 troops who came through the community on their way to try and capture Lynchburg in June of 1864. Sergei Troubetzkoy, director of tourism for Bedford, will lead the tour that will focus on buildings that survive from that era and some of the personalities associated with them. Wear comfortable shoes. This program is being held in conjunction with the Civil War HistoryMobile which will be open to the public at no charge from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout this weekend at the Bedford Area Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Road in Bedford. Free.
James River Bluegrass Association concert
James River Bluegrass Association Concert with Lonesome River Band & (Sammy Shelor) and The Blue Ridge Standard Band. Opens at 1 p.m., show 2 p.m., Sunday, April 29 at Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woody’s Lake Rd., Madison Heights, Va. 24572. In case of inclement weather call 434-944-0072 & info, $15 at the door.
Monday, April 30
Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Venous Stasis, and General Wound Care by Dr. Andy Slemp from Carilion Clinic on Monday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. No cost. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami Akin 540-721-4330, 540-297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.
Tuesday, May 1
VT Alumni Association events
The FC/SML Chapter of VT Alumni Associations announces its upcoming events for Spring 2012. These events are designed to promote fellowship among Hokie alumni and friends, to promote the image and reputation of Virginia Tech in the community and to raise scholarship money for deserving students entering Virginia Tech. 6th Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting with Silent Auction – Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m., @ Blackwater Café. Email at email@example.com for ticket information to all of these events and check the Web site for more information.
Wednesday, May 2
Laurence Juber concert
Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) has announced that Laurence Juber, former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney's Wings band, will perform in a concert on Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Route 122 and Lakemount Drive. SMAC members can make reservations for discounted tickets ($17 for SMAC members; $20 for non-members) by calling Marty Bowers at 540.297.0965 or Mike DiGeorgi at 540.719.0686. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meeting
(Video presentation Free from Falls) on Wednesday, May 2 at noon at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta. Bring a bagged lunch & drink.
Thursday, May 3
GFWC Bedford Woman's Club
The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 3, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford. Before the meeting, the group will take a tour at 6:30 p.m. of the Bedford Pregnancy Center (located at 813 East Main Street across from the Bedford Columns). The club’s meeting at the church will follow. The Bedford Woman’s Club is a volunteer community service non-profit organization that is part of the international organization, the General Federation of Women's Clubs. There are currently 206 clubs in Virginia with more than 6,000 members. Women of all ages are invited to join the tour and attend the meeting. For additional information, contact Sue Trussell at 587-6611.
Friday, May 4
$10,000 Annual Raffle
The Forest Lions Club is once again planning for its annual $10,000 raffle. This year’s event will be held Friday, May 4 at the Forest Recreation Center. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Raffle tickets with dinner and an open bar are $100 each. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $35. As in the past, this will be a reverse raffle with all 250 numbers called. The final 10 ticket holders will have the option of splitting the proceeds or remaining in the running for a chance at the full $10,000. To purchase tickets, call George Mohrmann at 434-385-0493 or any other member of the Forest Lions Club. Businesses wishing to donate door prizes or items for the silent auction, call Barbara Wright at 434-845-2231. Note that the Forest Lions also support the local food bank and raffle attendees are encouraged to bring donations on May 4. Donation barrels will be available in the Rec Center.
Saturday, May 5
Sixth annual New London Day
The Friends of New London, Virginia will host the Sixth Annual New London Day on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the historic village of New London. The theme for this event is “New London Yesterday and Today.” Spaces are available for additional vendors and crafters. For further information contact Reve Carwile, Jr., (434) 384 – 8208. General admission will be free. An Interactive Heritage Forum will be inside the ca. 1832 New London Methodist Church building, featuring the FNL Library, Research, and History Committee; the Bedford City / County Museum; the Campbell County Historical Society, and New London Academy. Next door, the former Driskill’s Store & Post Office will feature live music, crafters and a display by family members of the former Driskill store owners. There will be food vendors for your refreshment. Visitors also can interact at Civil War encampments with Confederate and Union soldiers and enjoy their displays and artifacts. At the 1930 African American Methodist Church, there will be a brush arbor service and displays of African American cultural life and artifacts. From Lynchburg, via US 460 West, just past the junction with Timberlake Road, turn left onto Turkey Foot Road, at the stoplight. From Bedford, via 460 East, pass New London Academy, enter Campbell Co., then turn right onto Turkey Foot Rd. FNL will be straight ahead, one quarter mile.
W.O.T.M Golf Tournament
The W.O.T.M. Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Mariner’s Landing on May 5 at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go for breakfast with Santa for handicap children and families in Roanoke Valley – part of Special Olympics. Captain’s Choice, $50. per person, includes meal, beverages & prizes. Have entry fee in by 4/15. For more information contact Proshop at Mariners 540-297-7888 or call Emma & Bobby Moyers at 540-797-3406 or 797-0469. Make checks payable to WOTM 1551.
New location, added Boating Safety Class
Boating Safety Course Free course will be held on May 5. It will meet at CVCC from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 104. Registration is required. Register online at my.register-ed.com or by calling (888) 516-0844. Bring a sack lunch. All materials will be furnished. These courses are presented courtesy of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary and are sponsored by the Leesville Lake Association. For details and membership information visit www.leesvillelake.org.
Yard Sale at 630 Mountain Ave., Bedford (home of Les and Nancy Strachan). Benefit for Rwandan HUGS ministries. Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m.-noon. Antiques, jewelry, books, appliances, linens, home décor, kitchenware, tools and bric-a-brac.
May Day on the Loop
Family Fun and Fitness Day. Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Begins and ends at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Walk “The Loop” and join in the free fun: Health Screenings, Information; Fitness Activities, Games; Sports Clinic, Yoga, Zumba; Bicycle Rodeo, Safety Check; Disc Golf, Basketball Shootout; Tips on Healthy Eating, Gardening; Emergency Vehicles, Door Prizes.
After Jack concert
Wharton Foundation’s Bower Center for the Arts welcomes a new group to Bedford on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. After Jack has been called a “new band with an old soul”, already being compared to the likes of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dixie Chicks, The Wailin’ Jennies, and Rockin Acoustic Circus. Purchase tickets $10 in advance at the Bower Center (540) 586-4235 or at lynchburgtickets.com. Tickets are $12 at the door. Students under 18 are $7.
Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering – Stewartsville
The Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering meets at the Stewartsville Library, 45 Cascade Dr., from 1-3 p.m. Upcoming meeting dates: Saturday, May 5. Join for an afternoon of knitting, weaving, spinning, crocheting and laughing. Learn a new skill or come and share your skills and talents with others. Bring the project you are currently working on and enjoy the companionship and knowledge of other fiber enthusiasts. If you are stuck in a project someone will be able to help you figure out your pattern. If you haven’t yet learned to knit or crochet someone can get you started. This program is free and is open to teens and adults. Call the Stewartsville Library for more information 540-425-7008 ext 3.
The 19th annual Herb Festival will be held at Moneta Farm and Home Center on May 5 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bedford Area Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer your horticulture questions, assist with plant selection and container garden planting. There will be three mini seminars presented by an herbalist as well as a Children’s Corner to entertain your youngest family members while you shop. Special prices on herbs and a great selection of shrubs, trees, annuals and perennials are always available.
Festival of Gardening
The Hill City Master Gardener Association (HCMGA) will hold its 12th annual Festival of Gardening (FOG) on Saturday, May 5, from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at The Aviary in Miller Park, rain or shine. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions and assist in transporting purchases to your vehicle. Select from over 3000 Master Gardner grown plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs, wildflowers, house plants, and tropicals will be offered at very attractive prices. A wide variety of tomatoes will be for sale plus squash, peppers, cucumbers, melons, eggplant and Egyptian onions. Three free gardening seminars will be held inside The Aviary at 9:15, 10:00, and 11:00. These lectures will provide up-to-date information on tomatoes, attracting butterflies, and colorful container gardening. Free demonstrations on composting, irrigation systems, and a unique alternative for honey bees will be on-going throughout the morning. All proceeds fund the efforts of the Hill City Master Gardeners who sponsor over 20 youth and adult gardening education programs in Lynchburg and surrounding counties. For more information visit hcmga.com or call 434-455-3740.
Rabies Vaccine Clinic
A Rabies Vaccine Clinic for companion animals is being held at the Southern States on 1796 Lee Highway in Cloverdale, Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in cat carriers. The cost for each Rabies Vaccine is $10. Pet owners requesting a 3 year Rabies vaccine must present previous Rabies vaccine certificate. This event is co-sponsored by Angels and Southern States.
Monday, May 7
Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group
General Discussion/view the video on Remembering on Monday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr. Moneta.
Spring Fling at NLA
New London Academy in Forest will be hosting its annual Spring Fling on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be many games and children's activities,a s well as attractions for all ages, such as model airplane demonstrations, display by the Big Island Fire Department, a bounce house, raffles, face painting, and lots of food.
Wednesday, May 9
Man to Man Prostate Support Group
Wednesday, May 9 (Barbecue and discussion) bring a dish, and significant other at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.
Thursday, May 10
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 May 10 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.
Friday, May 11
Belmont Garden Club Yard Sale
Mark your calendar for Friday, May 11. Belmont Garden Club will hold its annual flower & bake sale at Main Street Methodist Church, from 8 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.
Monday, May 14
Breast Cancer Support Group meeting
(General Discussion) on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.
Monday, May 21
Life for One
Guest Speaker Dr. Michelle Severson on Chiropractic Care on Monday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Bring a bag lunch & drink.
Tuesday, May 22
The Sun is Not Always your Friend
By Gloria Just NP on Tuesday, May 22 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Light Refreshments provided. Must register with Tami Akin 540-721-4330, 540-297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.
Saturday, June 9
Little Gallery 25 year celebration
The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake is celebrating 25 years in business. The celebration will include a special “Visions of Smith Mountain Lake” juried art show to be held through the month of June featuring many fine local and regional artists. A special reception is scheduled for June 9 to open the show with artist demonstrations by L. Diane Johnson, Charles Nivens and Connie Logan. Refreshments will be served and customers will be able to vote for their favorite painting. A drawing will be held to give away a painting and each Saturday in June will feature an artist demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. with a drawing to be held for prizes. This anniversary celebration is free and open to the public. Call Carol Swain or Kay King for more information, 540-721-1596 or reach them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.