Community Events and Calendar (week of April 6, 2011)

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By Tom Wilmoth


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Sign-ups and notices

For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

2nd Fridays

Centertown Bedford's newest event "2nd Friday" is almost here. On Friday April 8, Centertown Bedford Merchants will be staying open until 8 p.m. or later. There will be live music, food, art venues, local artists and more to see and do. More than 30 merchants will be open and greeting you in the street. Experience the shops, restaurants and art venues in Centertown Bedford. This event is free and will be held on the 2nd Friday of every month. There is plenty of parking and lots to do. Visit the Web site for more information. www.CenterTownBedford.com Many of the merchants will be offering free giveaways and free refreshments.

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.

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.

Pet pictures with the Easter Bunny

The Bedford Humane Society is again sponsoring its Pet Pictures with the Easter Bunny event on Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Southern States. Cost is $10 each, no restrictions on reprinting.

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.

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.

New Photography Club

A new photography club is forming in Bedford. The first meeting will be April 11 at the Bower Center 305 North Bridge Street at 7 p.m. Bring your ideas for programs and opportunities for photo shoots and exhibits to this first organizational meeting. The photography club will meet on the second Monday evening of each month. For further information, call the Bower Center at (540) 586-4235.

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.

Watercolor classes

The Electric Company on 207 E. Depot Street in Bedford hosts watercolor classes for April, beginning April 5 for day and April 7 for evening. Day class is held Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Night class is Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Class includes instruction for all levels from beginner to advanced. Class fee is $125. Sign up at the studio or contact rodadams61@verizon.net.  For more information about the calendar, supplies, or the instructor: visit rodadams.com.

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- Moneta/SML Library on Monday, April 11 at 12 p.m.; 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 during the 2nd Friday celebration April 8 from 5-8 p.m.. 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. Join on April 9 when they show Legend of the Guardians (PG). Parents, be aware of your child’s readiness for movie material. Movies are subject to change. This program is free and open to the public. 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.

Rain Barrel Building Workshop

The Bedford Area Extension Master Gardeners and the Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District are teaming up again this year to offer a rain barrel workshop. “Construct a Rain Barrel to Take Home” will be held April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. All materials to construct the rain barrel will be provided and participants will complete a rain barrel in this hands on workshop which will be held at the Bedford Farmers Market located at the corner of Washington & Center Street in Downtown Bedford. The cost of the rain barrel workshop is $35 and space is limited. Registration is required by April 6. To register for the Rain Barrel workshop send payment ($35 payable to BAMGA) to: Virginia Cooperative Extension- Bedford, 122 E. Main Street, Suite 102, Bedford, VA 24523. Include your name, address, phone and e-mail in the envelope. For more information, contact the Bedford Extension Office at 586-7675. For this workshop and details on many other gardening related events, check out the Bedford Master Gardeners Web site www.BedfordAreaMasterGardeners.org. The Bedford Area Extension Master Gardeners are “Volunteer Educators for Virginia Cooperative Extension” whose primary goal is to share gardening knowledge and skills with the public. Master Gardeners are specially trained volunteers who have completed a demanding study program and who have volunteered many hours in an internship working on special projects or activities to educate the community. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, contact the Extension Office for more information.

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 8, 8 PM Ross Flora; Saturday, April 9, 8 PM Jody Ensor and Mike Cheeks; 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.

GFWC Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club 13th Annual GameFest

The GFWC Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club will hold its annual fund raiser GameFest on Wednesday, April 13 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. The proceeds from this event will be donated to more than 20 local charities. Last year the Club was able to contribute more than $6,000.00 dollars to the community. Everyone is invited to get a group together and play any type of game from bridge, canasta, mahjongg, marbles, rook, cribbage or whichever game provides you and your friends with a day of fun and socializing. Tickets are $20 and include snacks, beverages and a great lunch provided by the club members. There are always lots of wonderful door prizes. They will also have some knitted and crocheted items for sale as well as a used book table. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with play starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. with a break for lunch. Tickets sell quickly so call or get in touch with a club member or call Hallie at 721-2595.

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.

Volunteer with Bedford Hospice Care

As a member of the Bedford Hospice Team volunteers help by providing care and compassion to patients and their families. Without volunteers, hospice could not provide the care which is necessary at this time of life for our patients. Here are just a few things hospice volunteers help with: Sitting with the patient to allow the family to have a break; Community outreach projects; Running errands for patients and their families; Helping with office functions. Volunteers need to go through a training program. The next training program begins on April 11. Call Bedford Hospice Care today to register for training or for more information at 540-587-6592.

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.

CASA Shoe Sale

CASA’s 12th Annual Heart and Sole Shoe Market, sponsored by Wachovia, will be held on Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Lynchburg Armory, located at 1200 Church Street in Downtown Lynchburg. A Preview Party will be held on Friday, April 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A limited number of tickets at $25 will go on sale on March 7. Ticket holders will have an opportunity to shop early and also enjoy light refreshments and chances to win door prizes. Shoppers from across Central Virginia look forward each spring to buying new, name brand shoes and accessories at drastically reduced prices ($5 - $25). Vendors are also invited to sell their products in the Heart and Sole Boutique. The vendor fee for the entire weekend is $250 (and a door prize for the Preview Party); $200 for Saturday, April 9 only, and $50 and a door prize for the Preview Party only. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Central Virginia conducts this fundraising event to support its mission to recruit and train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson. For more information, contact CASA of Central Virginia at (434) 528-2552, or e-mail staff@cvcasa.org, or check out the Web site at www.cvcasa.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

Monday 4/11 Ladies Only Pajama Martini Dinner; 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.

Eckankar Community HU Sing

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

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.

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 7

GFWC Bedford Woman's Club

The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 7, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford at 6:30 p.m. Betty Dudek, from the Bedford Christian Ministries, will speak to the group about the Shepherd’s table program. The Bedford club is a volunteer community service non-profit organization that is part of the international organization, the General Federation of Women's Clubs. There are currently 206 clubs in Virginia with more than 6,000 members. Women of all ages are invited to attend. For additional information, contact Sue Trussell at 587-6611.

Write Now

Do you have a photograph with a story waiting to be told? What about some of the wonderful family stories you have heard over the years or are you interested in local history? Trying your hand at fiction or poetry? Write Now welcomes anyone interested in writing to join on April 7. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Bower Center for the Arts at 305 N Bridge Street in Bedford. Bring a piece of writing you are willing to read aloud to the group. Write Now meets on the first and third Thursdays evenings of each month. For further information, call Betsy Mercer at (434) 841-4199.

Friday, April 8

Introductory Yoga Class

On Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. – noon, the Forest Library will offer a non-harming, non-competitive way to improve wellness through an introductory yoga class given by nationally certified yoga instructor Donna Everhart, owner of Cifax Yoga Studio (www.cifaxyoga.com). The benefits of regular practice of yoga are many, including an increase in muscular strength and flexibility, improved alignment, relief from effects of stress, and improved circulation and breathing efficiency. This program will explore movement, breath, flexibility, strength and mindfulness through gentle poses, meditation and breathing practices that foster health and well-being. Everhart says, “For beginning or continuing students, this will be an enjoyable hour long class and discussion that will inspire you to get on the mat!” If you plan to attend, call the Forest Library at (540) 425-7002 to register. Everhart has provided instructions that students should be prepared to practice barefoot with loose and comfortable clothes, refrain from eating a large meal two hours prior to the class, and let her know if you have a serious ailment before the class begins. Yoga Mats will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own mats. Everhart can be contacted at (540) 875-YOGA.

Saturday, April 9

Fashion show and tasting luncheon

The Bedford Professional Women present “Up, Up and Away with Fashion!,” a fashion show and tasting luncheon on April 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood St. Christopher & Banks unveils its spring clothing line. Enjoy great food and BPW members modeling the latest fashions. Tickets are $10, available from any BPW member or at Peoples Furniture. Proceeds to benefit the BPW Scholarship fund. For more information, call (540) 761-9286.

Big Island Elementary School PTA Bingo

April 9, 3 p.m., Big Island American Legion Building, Big Island Hwy., Big Island. 20 games for $25-2 blackout games $10 each, Food and drinks, door prizes. Lots of nice prizes to be given away. For more information or directions call; Vonda Spinner at 434-299-5305, Melissa Overstreet at 434-610-0561 or Vicki Wright at 434-299-5633. All proceeds to benefit the school.

Disaster Relief Shelter Boxes

During the Bedford Rotary Club’s “Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast” at Applebee’s, all profits will go to purchase a “Shelter Box.” This Rotary project fills a gap in aid provision after natural disasters by providing warmth and protection. Items such as a wood/multi-fuel stove, water purification equipment, blankets and ground sheets are included, along with the 10 person tent, and a basic tool kit to begin rebuilding. Last, but not least is a SMILE, a children’s pack including drawing books and crayons. The “Shelter Box” costs also cover the shipping expense to get the supplies to the country where they are needed. Join for breakfast on Saturday, April 9 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and help support this worthy project. Additional information is available at shelterboxusa.org.

Mariners Landing Job Fair

Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center will host its annual Job Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Westlake Room, located in The Pointe at Mariners Landing. Applications for seasonal positions including guest services, housekeeping, accounting and food and beverage will be accepted.   Applicants are encouraged to bring resumes and be prepared for an interview. For more information, contact: Carter Glasgow, Human Resources Manager, Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center, 1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston, Virginia 24104. Phone: (540) 296-1220, email – carterg@marinerslanding.com.

Bedford Genealogical Society April meeting

The Bedford Genealogical Society will have its April meeting on April 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Bedford Room, main branch of the Bedford Public Library located at 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford. Parking is behind the library via Bedford Ave. The speaker will be Randy Krantz, Bedford County Commonwealth Attorney. He also teaches classes at Central Virginia Community College on Criminal Forensic Testing and Analysis. He will discuss DNA testing, techniques and how they can be applied to genealogy research. DNA is being used more and more in genealogy and is sometimes the breakthrough to unsolved and unresolved questions. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. More information can be found at the Web site www.bedfordgensociety.org, email bedfordgensociety@hotmail.com, or by phone 540-466-4247.

Easter Egg Hunt, more

On April 9, at Mountain Run Farm behind Sedalia Baptist Church. Community Easter Eggstravaganza, sponsored by Sedalia Baptist Church. Easter Egg Hunt, Petting Zoo, Bouncy House & Slide, Games, Food, and the Easter Bunny. Everything is free.

Spring Tool Exchange

Saturday morning, April 9, from 8 to noon, Bedford Hardware will sponsor a Tool Exchange to benefit Bedford’s Christmas in Action program. Contractors, craftsmen, do-it-yourselfers and collectors are encouraged to gather up their unneeded hand and power tools and reserve table space at the Centertown Bedford Farmers’ Market. Spaces will cost $10 each and may be reserved by contacting Bedford Hardware at 126 South Bridge St. during operating hours Monday thru Friday from 8a.m. till 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 to 4 (540-586-8811). Vendors are also asked to contribute 10 percent of their total sales to the Christmas in Action program. Anyone with tools in good condition that they’d like to donate to be sold on behalf of Christmas in Action may drop them off at Bedford Hardware during regular business hours. Also on hand Saturday will be Mike’s Tool Repair, a business specializing in the repair of power tools, including pneumatics. Mike will make minor repairs on site; tools needing major repair may be left and picked up within a week at Bedford Hardware. Cup-a-Joe Coffee and ToGo Catering will also be on hand with delicious food for sale. Bedford’s Christmas in Action volunteers believe they can preserve affordable homeownership, revitalize communities, and have a safe and healthy home for every person. To that end, each April volunteers provide free home modifications and repairs to selected homeowners in the Bedford area, thereby making homes safer, more accessible and more energy efficient. For more information about Christmas in Action contact Judy Whitehead at 540-297-5480.

50th year anniversary

The Concord Vol. Fire. Dept. will celebrate its 50th yr. Anniversary on Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m.

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Blue Ridge Church of the Brethren will host an "All You Can Eat" Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 9 from 4-7 p.m.  Cost is $5 per person ages 7 and up and only $3 per person ages 6 and younger.  The church is located at 15664 W. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike in Blue Ridge.  For additional information, call 540-947-2368.

Sunday, April 10

The Lorax

On Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m., Booker T. Washington National Monument will have a book reading of The Lorax,a children’s book, written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. The book is commonly recognized as a fable concerning industrialization and the danger it poses to nature. The Lorax sparked a controversy in 1988. A school district in California kept the book on a reading list for second graders, though some in the town claimed the book was unfair to the logging industry. In celebration of National Parks Week (April 16-24) and Earth Day (April 23), the park will have this program to educate children on the significance of saving some of America’s special places as National Parks.

Monday, April 11

Ups and Downs of COPD and Asthma

Dr Sue Beatty on Monday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemont Dr., Moneta. Cost: Free. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami call 540-721-4330, 540-297-5530 or Tepnurse@smltep.org.

Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

Catherine Hagen from Carilion Clinic will be discussing Current Treatment in Breast Cancer Care) on Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.

Tuesday, April 12

BPW meeting

Bedford Business & Professional Women will meet April 12 at Liberty Station at 6:15 p.m. for their monthly meeting. The program for the evening will be installation of 2011-2012 officers. Yearly reports are to be turned in at this meeting.

Blue Ridge Quilt Guild

Blue Ridge Quilt Guild will meet on Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Library. Experienced quilters and quilters-wanna-be are welcome. Contact Laurel at 977- 9757 with questions.

Forest Lions Club monthly meeting

April 12. Forest Lions Club monthly meeting 6:30 pm at Carol’s Place Restaurant, 15173 Forest Road, Forest. Dinner will start at 7 pm. Guest Speaker: Sylvia Denton, Centra Health, will give a presentation on “Preventing Diabetes.” If you are interested in attending this meeting or in becoming a Lion call 434-385-0493.

Wednesday, April 13

Man to Man Prostate Support Group

(Share and support) on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta.

Southside Seniors

April 13. Southside Seniors will have their April meeting at the Habachi Restaurant in Lynchburg at 11:30 a.m. If you wish to ride the bus, be at the Rescue Squad building at 10:15 a.m. Southside Seniors sponsor Rook every Monday, Bridge every Tuesday and Bingo every 3rd Wednesday.  For information, call 297-4975.   

Garden Club of Bedford

The Garden Club of Bedford meets April 13, at 10 a.m. at the Bedford CVCC Center on Independence Drive. The speaker Sue Chipman, a Master Gardener from Lynchburg will present a program on Healthier Shrubs. The theme for designs is Table Artistry: Picnic Days – Some plant material on a green cloth – 30”wide by 24” deep.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.