Community Events and Calendar (week of Aug. 31, 2011)

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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

September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 9.  Experience Bedford's monthly 2nd Friday (of each month) festival. New activities 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.


Flea Market Vendors

The Sedalia Center, at 1108 Sedalia School Rd., Big Island, is seeking vendors for its Flea Market on Oct. 1 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 for 12x12 ft. space. First come, first served for space under pavilion. Send check to address above. Contact: (434) 299-5080 or (434) 299-6327.


Peaks of Otter Music and Art weekend

Week of September 5-11, Music and Art in the Mountains, Saturday, 10 - Sunday 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art Fest. See and talk to local artists as they capture the beauty of the Peaks of Otter area on canvas. Artists will be set up throughout the area all weekend and will be available to answer visitor questions. Saturday, September 10, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Art Fest- for kids! Children of all ages are invited to come learn the basics of drawing from Virginia artist Ron Heath, under the canopy behind the Lodge. Saturday, September 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Riddle on the Harp. Enjoy this Bedford group as they use a wide variety of instruments to play an assortment of music, including Celtic tunes, colonial era songs, hymns, and original compositions, in the Peaks of Otter Ampitheater. With such variety, this group has something to please everyone. Following the program, a ranger will lead a hike through the park after dark, to explore the night with your senses. Those attending will need sturdy shoes and a flashlight. Sunday, September 11, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dulcimer Demonstration and Lessons. Join dulcimer performer Dinah Ainsley lakeside near the Peaks of Otter Lodge for a demonstration of the dulcimer, a traditional instrument that is regaining popularity. Dulcimers will be available for you to try and learn some songs. James Jones, a nationally renowned instrument maker from Sedalia, will also be there showcasing a variety of instruments he has made.


SML Charity Home Tour Seeking 2012 applicants

With an October deadline approaching, applicant charities are being sought for next year’s SML Charity Home Tour.  For 2012, charities may apply even if they have received funds from the Tour for the prior two consecutive years.  Deadline for applications to be received by the Charity Administrator is October 21, 2011.  A lottery will be held at the end of January to determine those selected.  Prior to the lottery, the applications will be reviewed to insure the applicants meet guidelines established by the Tour's Board of Directors.  Smaller charities may apply as one unit, combining their volunteers, and splitting the proceeds. All information required in an application will be found on www.smlcharityhometour.com (click on “Charities” link.)  For questions or more information contact Rosemary Drennen, Charity Administrator at 540-297-5220 or gdrennen@aol.com.


Wiley concerts over Labor Day Weekend

Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) will present David Wiley and friends in two concerts on Labor Day Weekend. “Duo Piano Fireworks: From Sea to Shining C” will be presented on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Lakemount Drive and Route 122 in Moneta. “Labors of Love: From Boheme to Bernstein” will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. The dual piano concert features Maestro David Stewart Wiley and piano virtuoso Tracy Cowden in collaboration on two grand pianos. The program includes Rachmaninoff Romance, Grieg Norwegian Dance, selections from Petrouchka, the Haydn Variations by Brahms, a Hungarian dance by Brahms, a Gershwin Porgy and Bess Fantasy and selections from Maestro Wiley’s new score for the movie “Lake Effects” starring Jane Seymour and filmed at the lake. Tickets are $20 per person for each concert or discounted to $35 per person for both concerts. Tickets are available at SML Visitor’s Center, the General Store, Print n Paper. Contact Marty Bowers at 540-297-0965 or 540-309-1676, by email at mybowers@moneta-va.com or by mail at SMAC, P.O. Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121. Include a check and a self-address stamped envelope.)


Upcoming Bloodmobiles

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

Sept. 3 – Forest, Forest Public Library, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sept. 12 – Bedford, Carilion Bedford Memorial Hospital, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sept. 15 – Huddleston, Palestine Baptist Church, 1 – 6 p.m.

Sept. 22 - Moneta, Resurrection Catholic Church, noon - 6 p.m.

Sept. 26 - Bedford, Bedford Baptist Church, noon - 6 p.m.

Sept. 29 - Goodview, Chamblissburg Ruritan, 2 - 7 p.m.


Constitution Project

Local artist Susan Loy presents her Constitution Project at the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library through September 30. The seven designs of Loy’s pieces for the free exhibit contain the 7,728 words of the entire current United States Constitution. Spending over 2,500 hours, the nationally acclaimed artist used the words of this document to create intricate, meticulous images of the Capitol Building, the White House and more. Library patrons are familiar with Susan Loy’s colorful floral calligraphy designs, since three of her matted, framed floral prints are on the wall behind the circulation desk where they have hung for many years. The artist and her husband own Literary Calligraphy, a business that markets and frames her work, located in Moneta on White House Road. The Constitution Project may be viewed during regular business hours at the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta. In addition, Susan Loy’s small prints and note cards will be highlighted in the display case near the entrance. More information about Susan Loy and her work may be found at: www.literarycalligraphy.com .


EMT course

There will be an Emergency Medical Technician- Basic course at Moneta Fire Department beginning September 14. Classes will be held at Moneta Fire’s main station, located at 12737 North Old Moneta Road. This course is open to anyone 16 years of age or older and will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 - 10 p.m. For information and to preregister, contact Michael Harper at (540) 297-5560. Those interested do not have to be members of any emergency services organization. People who enroll in the EMT classes usually join their local rescue squad or fire department but it is not a requirement. Many students enroll simply to gain knowledge for themselves.


New computer class

In this comprehensive overview join experienced instructor and computer troubleshooter, Clay Jackson, as he patiently answers all the questions no matter the level of computer knowledge you have. If you’re feeling you’re not getting the most out of your current system and/or you’re tired of having your children or grandchildren explain computer –related terminology to you then this course is for you. This session is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. After participating in the class if you believe you have not learned enough to warrant the money you paid your tuition will be refunded. The cost for the class is $50, which includes lunch. Contact Dennis Crowley at 721-2759, ext. 264 or at dcrowley@vt.edu for more information and/or a registration form.


Music & Art in the Mountains

Visit the Peaks of Otter on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 for a “peak” at Plein Air art. Artists will set up throughout both days in Peaks of Otter area to capture the unsurpassed beauty of nature . The Plein Air school of painting originated in France and was popular in the mid-19th century, especially with Claude Monet and other Impressionist artists. The style is spontaneous, with artists painting outdoors to capture the ever-changing effect of light on their subjects. Plein Air painting is currently very popular in this area. Artists painting at the Peaks will be happy to discuss their work and answer visitor questions. There will also be sounds of mountain dulcimers and other Appalachian Mountain instruments hanging over the Peaks, at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, on Saturday, September 10. Riddle on the Harp will play in the amphitheater from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The group of three local women will entertain, not only with the Celtic music they so ably play, but also by using their songs to show the bridge between the Scots-Irish music of Europe and the traditional mountain music of Southern Appalachia. After the concert there will be a ranger-led night hike. Those attending should wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and carry a flashlight. On Sunday, September 11, Dinah Ainsley, an accomplished mountain dulcimer player from Waynesboro, will teach a dulcimer workshop near Abbott Lake by the Peaks of Otter Lodge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn to play some traditional songs on dulcimers that will be provided or they can bring their own. James Jones, internationally renowned instrument maker from Sedalia, Virginia will have a booth nearby with many of his instruments. He’ll demonstrate their use and will invite visitors to try these handmade traditional instruments. Music in the Mountains is free and ample parking is available. For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.


Labor Day Weekend Mountain Music Fest

Spend Labor Day Weekend enjoying the beauty and cool breezes at the Peaks of Otter and enjoying three free performances of traditional mountain music. On Saturday, September 3, come to the amphitheater, located behind the Peak of Otter Visitor Center to hear “Bill and Maggie” Anderson play traditional mountain music from 2-4 p.m. New to the Peaks of Otter, but well-known at Humpback Rocks, Deja Moo will entertain visitors with foot-stompin’ Bluegrass music from 6:30 to 8:30 Saturday evening. After the concert join National Park Service Ranger Richard Nash on an exploration of the Peaks at night. Visitors planning to go on the hike should dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and carry a flashlight. On Sunday, September 4 listen to the sounds of Appalachian Heritage, a Botetourt County band as they play traditional mountain music from 2-4 p.m. to top off the Music Fest. Stay in the Peaks of Otter Campground; have lunch or dinner in the shady, scenic picnic area. Bring the kids over to Abbott Lake dam on Saturday so they can “Fish With a Ranger” from 9 to 11 a.m. Poles and bait will be provided. Enjoy the last big weekend of summer at Peaks of Otter (milepost 86) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.


Featured artist

The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake will feature professional artist Bob Ransley for the month of September at the gallery located in Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake.  Born in New York, Bob’s formal art training includes study at the Swain School of Design in Massachusetts.  His unique style has a flair of its own and it’s always obvious he is having a good time. From his still life olive oil jugs to the many animals he paints, Bob’s personality comes through in each and every one. The Little Gallery is open 7 days a week and can be reached at 540-721-1596 or on the web at www.thelittlegallerysml.com.


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.


Lynchburg artist Nancy J. Wood exhibit

The Wharton Foundation’s Bower Center for the Arts has announced its next exhibit will showcase the fine art of Lynchburg artist Nancy J. Wood and Richmond artist Lucio I. Valverde. The exhibit will be open September 7 thru October 15. There will be an artist’s reception at the Bower Center Friday, September 9, 6-8 p.m., coinciding with Bedford’s Second Friday events.


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.


Dare to Care Charities pool

The Dare to Care Charities pool is now open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Labor Day. Admission just $5 adults and 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.


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: 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.


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.


Calendar of events


Thursday, Sept. 1


GFWC Bedford Woman's Club meeting

The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford at 6:30 p.m. 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 September 1. 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.


Saturday, Sept. 3


Democratic picnic

The Bedford Democratic Committees will hold its annual picnic on Saturday, September 3, at the Thaxton Community Center on Thaxton School Road. The picnic will begin at noon, with lunch served around 12:30. The committees will supply fried chicken and drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. State Party Chair Brian Moran will attend and make a few comments.


Adoption event

The Virginia Dare Marina has invited the Bedford Humane Society and Barn Cat Buddies to hold a joint Adoption and Informational Event at the Marina on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 am - 5 p.m.  The Marina is located at 3619 Airport Road in Moneta. Contact Sunshine Richards at 540-586-6100 or TheBedfordHumaneSociety@msn.com or Sunshine@BHSVA.org for additional information.


Sunday, Sept. 4


Bluegrass concert

The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Concert with Travers Chandler - Avery County Band and Plain & Simple Band on Sept. 4. Show starts at 2 p.m. at the Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woody’s Lake Road, Madison Heights. Cost: $15 at the door. For more information call, (434) 944-0072.


Monday, Sept. 5


Sausage Gravy & Biscuit Breakfast

A Sausage Gravy & Biscuit Breakfast, eggs, grits, apples, tomatoes, coffee, and orange juice will be held on Sept. 5, Labor Day, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost: $8. Mentow Lodge No. 180, 14231 Wyatts Way, Rt. 24 Huddleston.


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.


Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meeting

Dealing with Fatigue on Wednesday, September 7 at noon at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta, Va. Bring a bagged lunch.


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.


High Hopes Stroke Survivors' Support Group

Thursday, September 8, 1 to 3 p.m. at Lynchburg General Hospital Cafe' Private Dining room.  Guest speaker will be Dr. James Dunstan. Orthopaedic Surgeon discussing "The Use of Botox in Stroke Recovery".  Luncheon is included. Information call, Mrs. Carole McCorkle 434.384.7568 or e-mail: carole.highopes@yahoo.com. Visit our website!  http://highhopestrokesupport.webs.com.


Saturday, Sept. 10


2011 Farm Safety Day

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


Day in the Park 2011
September 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Miller Park, Lynchburg. This annual “Family Fun Day” has been a Lynchburg tradition for more than 35 years. Held each September as a cornerstone event for Kaleidoscope—Lynchburg’s annual fall festival—Day in the Park provides 10,000+ area families and children free games, rides, exhibits and educational activities in Miller Park. The event promotes family togetherness and fitness, delivers education and links hundreds of people.


Annual Bedford Genealogy Fair

The annual Bedford Genealogy Fair will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Central Virginia Community College, Bedford Campus, located off of Independence Blvd at 1633 Venture Blvd.

This event is free and open to all who are interested in individual family history research and Bedford County history. The fair will feature the following lectures. Some of the time frames will have two speakers/topics per hour. Running throughout the day will be an exhibit of 40 tables from various organizations, libraries, vendors and family historians. People visiting the fair will have the opportunity to visit the displays and talk with knowledgeable people. Many of the tables will have books to sell concerning Bedford County or their area of interest. This year, free Internet lookups on your family line will be available. Also there will be the opportunity for you to have one of your old photographs scanned and corrected and the original picture plus a new print and CD of the corrected photo given back to you. This photo service is also free. This is always a great event and we hope to see many people interested in their family genealogy.  More information is available at the Web site:  www.bedfordgensociety.org, call us at 540-466-4247 or email us at bedfordgensociety@hotmail.com.



Saturday Sept 10, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Bazaar Sponsored by Girl Scout Troops 2087 & 3040 at Thaxton Baptist Church. There will be baked goods, crafts and much more. Vendors include - Scentsy, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One Gifts, Celebrating Homes, Princess House, Mary Kay, Longaberger and Gold Refinery. 


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.


Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

(Safety Issues at Home by Tami Akin) on Monday, on September 12 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va.


Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

(General Discussion) on Monday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta, Va.


Wednesday, 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.


Man to Man Prostate Support Group

Guest speaker Sara Gill from the Blue Ridge Cancer Treatment Center will do an Over View of Prostate Cancer and the Differences on Imaging on Wednesday, September 14 at 6 p.m., at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va.


Saturday, Sept. 17


SMAAUW Membership Tea

Smith Mountain Branch American Association of University Women invites you to their Membership Tea Saturday, Sept. 17, 2 - 4 p.m. For more information or to RSVP contact Toni at (540) 521-3888 or email Ann at asjjah@aol.com by Sept. 12. Membership is open to anyone holding an associate or equivalent (RN), baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. SMAAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change.


Sunday, Sept. 18


Central Virginia Land Conservancy Land Jam

The Central Virginia Land Conservancy (CVaLC) will be holding its third annual Land Jam fundraiser on Sunday, September 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lazy Days Winery, 1351 North Amherst Highway (U.S.29) in Amherst. Local, gourmet food will be prepared by Dave and Mel Ellis, owners of Mangia and Dish restaurants. Music includes folk and bluegrass by The McKenzies, along with light rock by Bellweather States. Beer and wine are sold separately. Silent auction items include river trips by the James River Float Co. and the James River Association. CVaLC is a nonprofit organization promoting protection of Central Virginia’s natural and historic resources. CVaLC has assisted landowners with conservation easements to preserve nearly 5,500 acres since its inception in 2003. Proceeds from the Land Jam will be used to create educational materials and offer informational programs to landowners in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and Nelson counties. Tickets are $25 at the gate and $20 in advance. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at http://cvalc.org/Landjam2011.php, or at Mangia, Givens Books and Little Dickens, Lazy Days Winery, and the Amherst County Recreation and Parks Department. For more information, call CVaLC at 434.942.4320.


Monday, Sept. 19


Life for One

Guest speaker Mary Lantz on Travel Seminar on Monday, September 19, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va.  Bring a lunch/drink.


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.


Membership Tea

The Bedford County Chapter of the AAUW will hold its Annual Membership Tea on Wednesday September 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bedford Central Library Bedford Room.  RSVP to Fran Schubert—586-3567, or Kristy Milton—586-6362.


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. Visit the Bedford Memorial Hospital Booth for BP Screening and meet our Hospitalist.


American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, September 22 from noon-6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, Va. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to pre-register. Walk In’s welcome.


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 First Aid kits.


Harvest at the Peaks

Celebrate autumn’s bounty with “Harvest at the Peaks” on Sept. 24, at Peaks of Otter (milepost 86) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Join National Park Service Rangers and volunteers for a festival that demonstrates traditional Appalachian life in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Johnson Farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch apple cider being made on a vintage hand-cranked cider press. Other activities will include music on the front porch, broom making, woodworking, apple peeling, canning and tool making. Rangers and volunteers dressed in period clothes will show visitors around the farmhouse and outbuildings. Kids can play the same games that mountain children used to play in the yard of the old farmhouse. Stop by the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center to watch demonstrations of natural plant dyes, drop spindle spinning, quilting and other sewing and needle crafts. For more information stop by or call the Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.


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.


Cardiac Forum

Dr Rodney Savage (Cardiologist from Carilion Clinic) will speak on Coronary Artery Disease Update, Dr. George Chaconas (PCP Franklin County-Carilion Clinic) on How to Prevent a Heart Attack-Does Cholesterol really Matter, Dr. David Sane (Cardiologist-Carilion Clinic) on Advances Cardiac Care at Carilion Clinic. Plus Additional Information (Anti-coagulation Information, Heart Healthy Nutrition, and Exercise) on Thursday, September 29 from 6 -8 p.m. Refreshments provided. No Cost. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va..Must register with Tami 721-4330, 297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.