Community Events and Calendar (week of Aug. 3, 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. For information on monthly/weekly meeting times for groups see the meeting notice section.


2nd Fridays

August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 9.  Experience Bedford's monthly 2nd Friday (of each month) festival. New and exciting things are added each month to the already long list of art related events, music venues, and great places to shop and dine. Become a part of Centertown's "Art and Antique" experience including over 30 of the local merchants staying open until 8 p.m. or later for your shopping and dining pleasure.


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. AARP-DSP is working with NRTA (National Retired Teachers Association) to encourage their attendance. If you are a NRTA member contact your officers for a voucher to attend the class. 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. Classes are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19. To register for this class call 540-586-9103. A second class will be held on Friday, Aug. 26. To register for this class call 540-586-3443. Both classes will be held at St. John's Church at 314 North Bridge Street, Bedford. Go to parking lot in the rear and enter by the basement door. Hours are 8:30 until 5 with a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a bag lunch and a cushion if you desire. Farm Bureau is hosting the Aug. 19 class. Tharp Funeral Home is hosting the Aug. 26 class. Class will be conducted by volunteer instructors Jim Hueber and Dick Turpin.


Upcoming Bloodmobiles

The following information is subject to change. Please call 1-800-REDCROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending.

Aug. 11 – Forest, Mountain View United Methodist Church, noon – 6 p.m.

Aug. 15 – Bedford, Bedford Moose Lodge, 12:30 – 6 p.m.

Aug. 18 - Big Island, Georgia Pacific, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aug. 19 - Forest, Blue Ridge Community Church, noon - 6 p.m.

Aug. 24 - Bedford, Main Street United Methodist Church, noon - 6 p.m.

Aug. 26 - Moneta, Trinity Ecumenical Parish, noon - 6 p.m.

Aug. 30 - Goode, Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad, noon - 6 p.m.


Centerfest 2011

September 24 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. One of Virginia's largest street festivals, featuring artists and crafters, handmade items from across the country, live music of all types on more than four outdoor stages, tons of great food, activities for the kids including pony rides, face painting and a giant slide, non-profit, political, and other types of organizations, and great local merchants, too. A great event to come out and enjoy. More than 25,000 people expected this year. Vendor space is still available. For more information, go to www.CentertownBedford.com or call 540-586-2148. Centerfest will be on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., with a night concert from 7 until 10 p.m. immediately following the day festival. More information about these events can be found at www.CenterTownBedford.com.


SML Regional Chamber of Commerce to sponsor trip to Ireland

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be visiting scenic Ireland, and is inviting chamber members, and family and friends of chamber members to join them on this once in a lifetime experience. Departure will be March 13, 2012. Enjoy an eight day journey and go where Ireland takes you. Visit destinations such as Adare, Co. Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher and enjoy the grounds of Adare Manor. On this trip you will also encounter panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula, and see historic locations such as the “Rock of Cashel,” and Kilkenny Castle. This trip is packed also gives you time to explore Ireland on your own as well. Enjoy local shops, dining, stroll through woodland settings, or venture out and visit the Blarney Castle and take the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck. Space is limited. For more information about this trip call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at 540-721-1203 or email Annette Stamus at annette@visitsmithmountainlake.com or visit visit http://chamberdiscoveries.com/ourjourneys-de-scenicireland.php.


Paddy Dougherty’s Magnets & Marbles

Learn to play the keyboard from the  talented musician, songwriter and music educator, Paddy Dougherty. The young and the young at heart will have fun with Paddy learning to actively enjoy music in their lives. Study a unique approach to understanding the basics of piano using the techniques professionals use. Learn how to read a lead sheet, understand and form chords and enjoy the satisfaction of playing the songs you want to play. Proposed dates are  August 15 – 19 and August 22-26.     Register early for the Center has six keyboards and therefore limited enrollment.    The class is $75 per week.  The Center has limited scholarship funds available for this.  Contact the Bower Center for the Arts at 540-586-4235 for more information or check out the Web site at www.bowercenter.org.


Pulaski Bluegrass Festival trip

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering a trip to the Pulaski Bluegrass Festival in Pulaski. This festival features Bobby Osborne with Rocky Top X-Press, The Adam Larkey Band plus Crossroads Station. The date of this trip is Saturday, Aug. 20. The cost is $24 per person, which includes transportation and ticket into the festival. Lunch will be at your own expense. For further information or questions, contact the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Dept. at 540.586.7682. First priority will be given to Bedford City and County residents.


Dare to Care Charities pool

The Dare to Care Charities pool is now open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Labor Day. Admission just $5 adults & teen, $3 kids 3-12, under 3 free. Seasonal memberships and private party rentals available.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult. A certified lifeguard is on duty. Dare to Care Charities is North of Highway 221/460 on Camp Jaycees Road in Blue Ridge near Montvale . Phone 540-947-5697, email jan.dtcc@yahoo.com, Web site  www.daretocareinc.org.


Learn Something New

This summer the Bedford Public Library System is offering the chance to “Learn Something New @ Your Library,” with a line-up of fun and interesting programs designed to expand your knowledge and experience. Each program is free and open to the public and will be presented by a professional knowledgeable in the area of the selected topic. August programs: Geocaching. Presented by Piedmont Virginia Geocaching Association. Perk Up those Ears, Prevent Hearing Loss! Presented by Dr. Heather Bennett, AU.D. Big Island Library on Tuesday, August 16, from 12-2 p.m.; A Kroger Chef’s Specialty Dish. Presented by Kroger Deli Department. Moneta/SML Library on Thursday, August 18, from 2-3 p.m. Forest Library on Thursday, August 25, from 7-8 p.m. Visit the library Web site for a complete schedule of August events and a description of each program. Registration is recommended for all the programs. Call (540) 586-8911, ext. 1111, to register. All programs are free and open to the public. Visit www.bplsonline.org or call 540.586.8911 for further information.


Senior lunch trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering the following lunch trips for the remainder of 2011: Sept. 15 - The Babcock House (Appomattox); Oct. 4 - Virginia Dare; Nov. 3 (Thursday) - The Home Place (dinner); Dec. 6 - K&W Cafeteria (breakfast). Due to the popularity of these trips, reservations are taken one month prior to the trip. Cost for transportation is $5 per person. Lunch is on your own for most trips, unless tickets have to be purchased ahead of time. Some time will be allowed after lunch for various shopping and side trips. Call Bedford County Parks & Recreation for further information at (540) 586-7682. Lunch trips are open to Bedford City and County residents only.


Lunch trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering the following trips: Aug. 18 and Oct. 13 to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft and Nov. 18 to the Liberty Fair Mall in Martinsville. Space is limited on the bus and these trips are restricted to Bedford City/County residents only. For further information, contact the County Parks & Recreation Department at (540) 586-7682.


Fridays at the Museum

The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library are proud to present Fridays at the Museum. Every Friday afternoon this summer there will be fun and exciting events at the Museum free for children 3rd through 6th grades. This summer they are honoring the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of "The War Between the States" or the "Civil War." Events will include visits from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a trip to Avenel Plantation. The summer programs run through Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. for fun at the Bedford Museum, 201 E. Main St., Bedford, (540) 586-4520, www.bedfordvamuseum.org.


Edmund Street Park Fun Days

If your children are looking for a fun way to spend some time this summer, come to Edmund Street Park each Thursday through Aug. 11. Every Thursday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Children First! Bedford will sponsor Fun Days at the park. Each week, at no charge, there will be games, snacks, Bible Stories, crafts and lunch. (Rain cancels the event.) Special guests will visit each week. Dates and activities: Aug. 11 – Magician. Children First! Bedford is a non-profit, ecumenical organization, comprised of people who are concerned about the welfare of children and youth in Bedford. They recognize that each child is a gift from God and they strive to find ways to enhance the well-being of children. For more information about the program or about Children First! Bedford, call Ginny Greer at 353-4023 or Carol Ellis at 586-8878.


Volunteer advocates for children needed

Applications are now being accepted for volunteers who are interested in becoming Court Appointed Special Advocates. The next training program will begin on August 11 and will be held on Thursdays, through October 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pearson Regional Cancer Center, 1701 Thomson Drive, in Lynchburg (one block from Lynchburg General Hospital). This district includes the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson. For more information about CASA of Central Virginia and how you can be trained as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, contact by phone at (434) 528-2552 or by e-mail at staff@cvcasa.org. You may also check out the Web site, www.cvcasa.org.


Hickory Hill's Sunset Saturday music lineup

The musical lineup for Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery’s Sunset Saturday was announced recently. The music series, in its sixth year, features many local talents that perform at the vineyard through Sept. 4. The event is from 7-10 p.m. This year’s lineup features old favorites as well as a few new faces. The Series skips August and then concludes on Sept. 3 with Smith Mountain Lake locals Larry, Mike and Chip. All performances will be at Hickory Hill Vineyards, LLC, 1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta. 540.296.1393, www.SMLwine.com.


Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library

For information or to register for programs at Stewartsville Library call (540) 425-7008. All ages and experience levels can come to play chess at Stewartsville Library on Tuesdays. The program will run weekly through August 16 and starts at 10:30 a.m. 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.


Music In The Park Summer 2011 Schedule

Presented by The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park: August 27 “Wound Tight”. The Old Dominion Cloggers will perform at each event. Performances will be held at the Beach Pavilion from 8 to 10 p.m.,  Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, chips, drinks and ice cream will be available for purchase.  Adults $5, children 12 and under Free. Parking is free.  For information contact the Park Office at (540) 297-6066. Bring your lawn chairs.


Calendar of events


Thursday, Aug. 11


Diabetes Education Group

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Topic: Healthy Coping Skills. Aug. 11, Thursday, 6 p.m. Free. Bedford Memorial Hospital, Adult Day Center, 1613 Oakwood St. Class that helps people with Diabetes learn about the scope of their disease and how their lifestyle choices affect their health. Registration required by calling 540-204-7135.


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 August 11 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at The New London House in New London, Virginia. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-587-7645.


Saturday, Aug. 13


NatureFest 2011 at Peaks of Otter

On Saturday, August 13, National Park Service staff and volunteers, along with professional naturalists and presenters, will conduct a series of nature-centered activities throughout the Peaks of Otter area. Activities for NatureFest 2011 begin at 9 a.m. as children enjoy “Fishing With a Ranger.” National Park Service Rangers will supply fishing poles and bait so kids 14 and under can try their luck at Abbott Lake at the Point behind the Peaks of Otter Lodge. Visitors can then experience nature hikes and hands-on activities as well as presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. Programs and presentations will discuss and demonstrate natural history topics as varied as bears, coyotes, mushrooms, butterflies and moths and how the Peaks of Otter were formed. Mike Pelton, internationally-known bear expert, will explain black bear behavior and show visitors how to look for signs of bears on a guided walk. Mike Fies, a biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will present “Coyotes of the Commonwealth: Here Today, Here to Stay. Pat Schuler, the “Butterfly Lady” who has had a life-long interest in butterflies, moths and raising caterpillars will discuss these beautiful winged creatures. Rebecca Rader, a mushroom expert will discuss edible and poisonous mushrooms and how to tell them apart. NatureFest 2011 will feature several activities specifically designed for children’s enjoyment although all activities will be appropriate for visitors of all ages. New this year, children’s fun activities will be offered in a nearby room by rangers while parents enjoy the presentations in the Flat Top Room at the Peaks of Otter Lodge. Be sure to check out the booths about related nature organizations and visit with Smokey the Bear lakeside by the Lodge. A special 7:30 Saturday evening program, “Scales & Slime: Reptiles & Amphibians of the Blue Ridge” will be presented by National Park Service Ranger and wetlands expert Mike Hayslett and will include many live animals to view close up. The program will be followed by “Starry, Starry Night” with National Park Service volunteer and Master Naturalist, Martin Dileggi. This will be a great opportunity to view the moon, stars and planets in the Nature Center parking area and learn about how and why they were formed. Participants may bring lawn chairs, binoculars and flashlights. Stop by the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the day of the event for a schedule of activities and presentations. For questions about specific times and locations of activities and for information about food and lodging, contact: Peaks of Otter Visitor Center (540) 586-4496.


Yard Sale - Bake Sale

August 13, 8 a.m. until. Otterville United Methodist Church, 122 North 8 miles from city.


Sunday, Aug. 14


Forest Lions Club

August 14. Forest Lions Club monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. at the Elk's Lodge, 6235 Old Mill Road, Lynchburg. Dinner will start at 7 p.m. The guest speaker for the evening is District Governor, District 24 E, Dallas Scott. If you are interested in attending this event or information about the Lions or in becoming a Lion call 434-385-0493.


Monday, Aug. 15


Life for One

Guest speaker from the Harmon Eye Center on Aging Eyes by Ophthalmologist Landon Colling MD on Monday, Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.  Bring a lunch/drink.


Wednesday, Aug. 17


Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screening

August 17, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Moneta Post Office, 14211 Moneta Rd. No registration required.


New Beginnings Luncheon

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory and Bedford Hospice Care co-sponsor a monthly luncheon for widows and widowers in the Bedford, Moneta, and surrounding area the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The purpose of the luncheons is for information, fellowship and a good meal. The speaker for this month will be Ophthalmologist, Landon Colling, MD of Harman Eye Center of Bedford. He will be discussing “The Aging Eye.” The next New Beginnings meeting will be Wednesday, August 17 at noon. The meeting will be held at the Liberty Station, 515 Bedford Avenue, Bedford. Dutch treat. For more information contact Pam Willoughby, Bedford Hospice Care at 587-6592, 875-8655 or Kim Eckart, Tharp Funeral Home at 586-3443. Reservations are not needed, dress is casual and newcomers are always welcome.


Thursday, Aug. 18


Caring for Caregivers

Sponsored by Oakwood Health Rehab Services. Aug.18, Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Free. Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 540-587-3336.


Friday, Aug. 19


Ballroom dancing

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at New London Ruritan, Aug. 19 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. There will be a one hour Waltz dance lesson followed by social dancing.  Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5.  Light snacks provided.  Beverages available at snack bar.  Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 434-426-9787 (leave a message)  or visit the Web.  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.


Saturday, Aug. 20


Bedford County Family Farm Tour

Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. plan on joining the 2011 Bedford County Family Farm Tour, a free family-oriented event. In celebration of Bedford’s diverse agriculture, this year’s tour will highlight Little Doc’s Veterinary Care and Little Doc’s Llamas and Alpacas, home to an array of farm animals including, in addition to the llamas and alpacas, beef cattle, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and more. Other anticipated activities include hands on history with Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest; a demonstration of an antique cider press, farm equipment and livestock including miniature horses and Bedford Area Master Gardeners on hand to share their knowledge of gardening in our area. Additionally, groups scheduled to be with us with information and displays include other local farms, the Bedford County Hunt, the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District, the Virginia Department of Forestry and Bedford 4-H/FFA. Lunch will be available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a picnic but please leave pets at home. The Tour is free and will be family-oriented, so come out, enjoy the scenery and learn about Bedford’s important agriculture industry. For a copy of the brochure visit the Web site www.bedfordfarmtour.org or call the Bedford Extension Office at 540-586-7675.


Vinton Farmers’ Market Craft Show

The Vinton Farmers’ Market Craft Show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Buy and sell handmade jewelry, soaps, baskets, clothing and more. Those wishing to sell items may reserve a space for only $5. The event will also feature a free children’s craft activity and music by The Distractions. For more information or to sign up to become a vendor, call (540) 983-0613 or e-mail mblayman@vintonva.gov.


Benefit concert
Saturday, August 20. Benefit Concert for Gerald Mays of the Brookville-Timberlake Volunteer Fire Dept. Music provided by DragonFly from 8-11 p.m. at Benjamin's on the lawn in Forest.


Wednesday, Aug. 24


Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screening

August 24, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road, No registration required.


Friday, Aug. 26


Blood Drive

The Smith Mountain Lake Women's Club is sponsoring the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Aug. 26, noon – 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, off of Rt. 122 on 40 Lakemont Dr., Moneta. Free T-shirt to all presenting donors. Positive ID required. Call 1-800-REDCROSS OR visit redcrossblood.org for more information.


Monday, Aug. 29


Estate Planning and Trust

Attorney Ann Green on Monday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami Akin 721-4330, 297-5530 or Tepnurse@smltep.org.


Wednesday, Sept. 7


Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screening

September 7, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Bedford Post Office, 500 E Main St. No registration required.


Thursday, Sept. 8


Diabetes Education Group

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Topic: Healthy Cooking. Sept. 8, Thursday, 6 p.m. Free. Bedford Memorial Hospital, Adult Day Center, 1613 Oakwood St. Class that helps people with Diabetes learn about the scope of their disease and how their lifestyle choices affect their health. Registration required by calling 540-204-7135.


Saturday, Sept. 10


2011 Farm Safety Day

Sept.10, Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sedalia Center, 1108 Sedalia School Road
Big Island, VA 24526-2999. Visit the BMH Tent for BP Screening, sunscreen and 1st Aid kits.


Monday, Sept. 12


Look Good Feel Better

For women undergoing cancer treatment. September 12, Monday, 10 a.m. - Noon. Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.


September 14


Garden Club of Bedford

The Garden Club of Bedford meets September 14 at 10 a.m. at the Bedford CVCC Center on Independence Drive. The speaker is Betsy Klein, who will present a program on Illuminaries – floral designs featuring light. Hostess is Ellen Wandrei. The theme for designs is Strange Shapes – Use odd shaped containers and plant forms in a Creative Design.


Wednesday, Sept. 21


Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screening

Sept. 21, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Moneta Post Office, 14211 Moneta Rd. No registration required.


Thursday, Sept. 22


2011 Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Expo

Sept. 22, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Taylor Brothers 1052 Independence Blvd., Bedford, VA 24523. Visit the Bedford Memorial Hospital Booth for BP Screening and meet our Hospitalist.


Saturday, Sept. 24


2011 Bedford Centerfest

Sept. 24, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Bedford Memorial Hospital Tent for BP Screening, sunscreen and 1st Aid kits.


Wednesday, Sept. 28


Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screening

Sept. 28, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road, No registration required.


Thursday, Sept. 29


Pearls of Hope: Health Women’s Tea

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Topic: Facts about Breast Health. Catherine Hagan, BA, RN, MSN, CBCN. Living with Breast Cancer, September 29, Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Bedford Library Community Room. Registration required by calling Carilion Direct 540-266-6000.