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Community events and Calendar (week of Dec. 1, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth

Sign-ups and notices

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

Model train display
    The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library announces the return of the model train display for the Christmas season. The annual “O” gauge model train exhibit will be on display and operational from December 3  until January 29, 2011.  The train exhibit has been upgraded with a new town and interactive trolley. Different trains will run everyday of the week, including Children’s favorites “The Polar Express” and “Thomas the Tank Train” from December 20-30. Throughout the season, you can enter a raffle to win your own set of model trains. There is no charge for admission to the museum or train exhibit, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Large groups of people should call for an appointment.  The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with special hours Friday Dec. 3, 10 & 17 staying open till 9 p.m.  For more information call the Museum 540 586 4520.

Children’s Art Exhibit
    At the Moneta/SML Library — see pieces from the Children’s Reflections Art Contest. The visual art was created by students at Moneta Elementary School with the theme “Together we can…” for entry into the Reflections Art Contest. Vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice Award! View the exhibit during regular library hours through the month of December. If you have any questions, call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.

Precept Schools of Virginia Scholarship Fund Raffle
    The Precept Schools of Virginia Scholarship Raffle: tickets are on sale at Arthur's Jewelry and Boone Tractor right here in Bedford.  The drawing will be held on Wednesday, December 15 at Precept Schools of Virginia - need not be present to win.  Drawing is for an Optima Pro .50 cal. black powder rifle with 3-9x40 mm scope - a $450 value, Pampered Chef Pizza Party Set donated by  Sarah Turner - a $50 value, and Dinner for Two at the Olde Liberty Station - a $30 value. For more information contact Precept Schools of Virginia at 540.586.6729.

Book Fair
    Liberty High School will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair in the school library. The days of this event are December 13-16. The hours will be from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. each day. There will be a variety of books, posters and accessories for all ages.

Legacy International
    Legacy International invites you to host a visitor from Samara, Russia in your home Jan. 29-Feb. 17. Contact Innocentia Afa at 434-942-6143 and visit www.legacyintl.org for more information on this educational opportunity.

Forest Lions Christmas tree sale
    The Forest Lions Club’s annual Christmas tree sale is scheduled to run through December 15. Last year, thanks to the vigorous support of the community, trees sold out early. One hundred percent of all proceeds from the sale are returned to the community through a variety of charitable donations.  Three hundred trees including 6 to 10 feet Fraser firs and a limited number of 6 to 8 foot white pines will be on sale. Sale hours are 2 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The Lions’ tree lot is located adjacent to Benjamin’s Restaurant, 14900 Forest Road (Virginia Rt.221) and Backyard Outfitters (a building sales business). For additional information call (434) 316-9110.

Veterans Service Office relocation
    The Veterans Service Office for Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8184 and American Legion Post 16 previously located in the Marine Corps League Building at 2337 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg since June 2007 is relocating.  During the period the office was located in the Marine Corps League Building, over 1,500 clients visited the office to receive assistance concerning VA benefits.  Effective December 7, the service office will be located in the American Legion Post at 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg, VA.  The hours of operation remain unchanged and are as follows; walk-ins, Tuesday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Thursdays by appointment.  The new phone number is 434-401-7335.  When appropriate leave a message to include your phone number.

Live entertainment
    Live entertainment Saturday nights at Benjamin's in Forest from 9-11 p.m. starting: Dec. 4 - The Barley Brothers; Dec. 8 - Paul & Mike; Dec. 18 - Burnt Toast & Jam; Jan. 8 - The Ruckus.

Bedford County Foster Youth
    Christmas is right around the corner and the Bedford County Department of Social Services needs assistance in providing Christmas to our foster youth. These are youth that will not be able to be with their parents and families for Christmas. This Department is asking for monetary donations be made to the Bedford County Department of Social Services and can be sent to the attention of Tonda Wade at P.O. Box 1187, Bedford, VA 24523, or for additional information, contact Melissa Eggleston at (540) 586-7750 extension 2295. All donations are tax deductible.

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.

Virginia Beach Festival of Lights bus trip
    The Singles Travel Club (couples welcome), is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Christmas lights on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 18-19.  Day 1: The group will stop at the Wakefield Peanut Company for a tour. The next stop will be for lunch at Virginia Dare (on their own). The group will check into their ocean front rooms. During the evening, the group will ride the bus along the boardwalk to see the Christmas lights.  Day 2: Spend time along the beach. The group will visit Fort Story to see the two historic lighthouses. They then will ride across the Chesapeake Bay Bridges and through the tunnels. The group will then have time to shop at the McArthur Center in downtown Norfolk.  The price per person of $159 double; $155 triple; $149 quad and $199 single includes: roundtrip motor coach transportation, Hardee’s biscuit and juice upon departure, one night’s lodging (ocean front room), admission to lights tour on the boardwalk, visit to Fort Story lighthouses, driving toll across Chesapeake Bay Bridge and through tunnels and a tour host.  Passengers can board the bus at the Bonsack Walmart, Route 460, Roanoke; the Westgate Shopping Center, Bedford; and at Sheetz, in Forest (New London). For further information, call (540) 473-8326 or (540) 366-2888.

Medicare Part-D Sign-Ups
    The majority of beneficiaries enrolled in prescription drug plans should see only small changes in their Part D premiums or benefits in the coming year.  Although most Part D plans should have relatively stable premiums, all beneficiaries should compare their current coverage with the plans that will be offered in 2011 when information becomes available in October.  In particular, some beneficiaries who receive the low-income subsidy, or LIS, to pay for their premiums will need to move to a new plan to ensure that they can remain in a zero-premium plan in 2011 because the plan's premium will be higher than the 2011 subsidy amount.  CMS, working with its partners, will notify all individuals in this situation to make sure they are aware of their options.  Medicare Part-D Sign-Ups provide information and sign-up assistance. This will be offered Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 30 and 31. The location will be Main Street United Methodist Church computer lab and the Parish Nurse Ministry Office, Internal Medicine Building, 1710 Whitfield Drive, Bedford. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, get times or directions, call Pam Willoughby, VICAP/SHIP Counselor, at (540) 875-8655. You will need to bring your Medicare card and a list of your Rxs with dosage and frequency. On the average, about one in 100 people who compare plans year to year keep the same plan. Remember, the object is to find the best plan which has your Rx on their formulary for the best price, which you can afford for the coming year. The Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry, Inc., a 501 (C)(3), is made possible through private donations, the Carilion Foundation, the Bedford Community Health Foundation, the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust and the Presbytery of the Peaks.

Fall Programming
    Fall programming is in full swing with Rockabye Reader and Books 4 Fun running through Dec. 10. Rockabye Reader is a lapsit program for children ages 0 to 35 months. Books 4 Fun is a preschool story time for children ages 3 through 5. Call your local library branch or Youth Services at (540)586-8911 x 2107 for specific dates and times. You can also check out www.ys.bplsonline.org for details.

Bedford Tax-Aide seeks tax volunteers
    Wanted a few good volunteers: The Tax-Aide program, a nationwide service, was founded to assist tax payers in the low and middle income brackets, with special emphasis for those 60 or older. More than 40,000 tax returns were prepared by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers in Virginia for the 2009 tax year, with approximately 2,500 of those in the Lynchburg District that includes Bedford. In order to continue and to expand operations in Bedford, the program is looking for volunteers to become qualified tax counselors and greeters. A Bedford site has been existence for over 15 years and is currently located in the meeting room at the Bedford Public Library, 321 N. Bridge Street.  The Tax-Aide program is funded roughly two-thirds from the AARP Foundation and one-third from the IRS. It is a free service for the tax clients although those desiring to contribute may do so. Volunteers should enjoy working with and helping others. Counselors should have experience preparing their own returns; feel comfortable working with computers; attend six required free training sessions (starting in October) and perform homework necessary to become certified. Counselors and greeters should be available to work two half days each week from Feb. 1 through April 15, 2011. Tax-Aide volunteers are provided with training materials and classroom instruction to assist them in becoming proficient in tax return preparation and to become certified via the IRS examination. All tax returns, federal and state, are prepared via computer software and the vast majority is electronically filed.
    People wishing to volunteer can fill out an application online at www.aarp.org/Tax-Aide or contact Letty Collins at 540 947-5187.

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.

Computer skills classes  
    The Bedford Public Library System is offering free instructional beginner classes in various areas of computer usage.  Topics include social networking, E-materials, online digital photo storage, web design, Microsoft Word 2007, and Internet Explorer.  The course topics being offered will vary according to library location.  All courses will be instructed using Microsoft Office 2007 software products and Internet Explorer.  To find a list of classes being offered at your library location,  visit www.bplsonline.org or call your 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. 

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.

White Knight’s Chess Club
    Anyone interested in a battle of the mind is invited to come to the Moneta/SML Library on Fridays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Daniel Criste II, a member of the United States Chess Federation, will be leading the club. Come make new friends, play a fun sport and improve your chess game. This program is open for players of all ages, beginners to masters, and those in-between. Call the Moneta/SML Library at (540) 425-7004 for details and more information.  

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.

Embroiders Guild
    The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bedford Central Library on North Bridge St.  All levels of ability, including beginner, are welcome.  Call 587-9118 for further information.

Video Games Friday
    Come to the Bedford Central Library every Friday for a video game challenge. Starting at 3:30 p.m. the library will have Madden NFL 10, Guitar Hero V and DDR Supernova available to play on our big screen.

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
    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.

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.

TOPS
    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.

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

Bedford Mended Hearts #270
    Bedford Mended Hearts #270, Second Tuesday of each month at noon. BMH Auditorium Contact:  Karin 587-5462 or Connie 586-3059
                                                                                                                                         
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.

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, Dec. 2

Puppets alamode
    2nd Annual Christmas Program, “Christmas In Camelot” on Thursday, December 2 at  Grace Church, 21129 Timberlake Rd. (Left of McDonalds). 7 p.m. Donations welcomed. No admission fee.  For more information contact Barb Franz (434) 384-8343.

Write Now
    Have you always wanted to write down some of the wonderful family stories you have heard over the years but could never seem to get started? Or are you interested in writing about local history? How about trying your hand at fiction or poetry? Write Now welcomes anyone interested in writing to join on December 2. The group will meet at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Bedford Center of CVCC. 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, Dec. 3

Santa’s Coming to Moneta Library
    Join Santa’s favorite librarian elves at Moneta Library on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. There will be games, cookie ornaments to decorate, stories and snacks. Plus, a special guest will be joining the fun later on! Call Moneta/SML Library at (540) 425-7004 if you need more information.

BMH Volunteer Chaplain breakfast
    Hospital Cafeteria. Friday, December 3, 7–9 a.m. Pancakes, eggs, biscuits, & sausage or bacon
along with a cup of juice or coffee. “Take-Out” & “Delivery” provided within the facility during this time. Call ext 297 to place your order.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Holiday Open House
    The Vinton History Museum will have a “Holiday Open House” on Saturday, December 4,  from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Museum is located at 210 East Jackson Street in Downtown Vinton. There will be special exhibits, tours, holiday decorations of the past and refreshments. For further information, call 540-342-8634 or 540-890-2331.

Downtown Celebration
    Downtown Moneta is having a "Downtown Celebration" this Saturday night, December 4 from 6-8 p.m.  There will be horse and carriage rides, The Harmeneers will sing Christmas carols, Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive and light the Christmas tree.  Be entertained by the Staunton River High School Percussion and listen to Christmas music as you shop and dine in the town center.  Donate a coat to Lake Christian Ministries inside Affordable Home Outlet and receive 10 percent off your total purchase that evening.  All of the shops and restaurants will be open late.  Call (540) 297-6440 with questions.  Free.

Old Fashioned Brunswick Stew
    The Lyn-Dan Heights Ruritans, 2360 Old English Tavern Road, Lynchburg, will cook an “Old Fashioned Brunswick Stew” on Saturday, Dec. 4. Stew will be served at 2 p.m. The cost will be: $7 a quart and $25 for a gallon. The proceeds from this project will support various community projects. If you have any questions, concerning this event contact, Rudy Garbee (434) 821-5261, Gene Epperson (434) 237-2417, or during the day on Dec. 4 the Ruritan Club building at (434) 821-1311.

New London Ruritan Club
    New London Ruritan Club, 12411 E. Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike, Dance , 8 to 11:30 p.m. Admission $2 for ages 6 to 12, $6 for ages 13 and up. No alcohol or drugs permitted. No smoking facility. Proper dress code strictly enforced. Call (434) 525-2800. December 4, Midnight Special; December 11, Falling River Band; December 18, Last Chance Band (Christmas Dance with Santa and prizes); December 25, no dance. The dance on Friday, December 31 will be the annual New Years Eve Dance (8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.)  The Last Chance Band will be providing the music.

Historic Courthouse Museum exhibit
    Village Highway, Rustburg, on  Saturday, December 4,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Free admission; donations are accepted. Exhibits:  “Campbell County in World War II”  and “The Schools of Campbell County.” Enjoy the architectural details, decorative plasterwork, and furnishings of the 1848 courtroom. An area of interest is the cooperative working agreement for students of both Bedford and Campbell Co.’s to attend New London Academy. World War II veterans and their family members are encouraged to bring their WW II service information, photographs, memorabilia, and recollections of the theaters of war and of the home front.  Museum volunteers will be present to record their service information and to scan photographs or documents, to be included in a planned book to be entitled Campbell County in World War II.  Museum volunteers also will assist with photographs and memorabilia of New London Academy and Campbell Co. public or private schools.

'Deck the Halls, Naturally'
    Smith Mountain Lake State Park presents: Deck the Halls, Naturally, Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Visitor Center from 1-4 p.m. Decorate your home for the Holidays using Nature’s bounty. Join the Park Interpreter at the Visitor Center to learn the tricks of the trade while you make a table top centerpiece and door swag to take home with you. They'll also demonstrate the finer points of making a grapevine wreath to adorn your entry way. Space will be limited to the first 20 participants to pre-register for this workshop. The $15 fee includes materials to make one centerpiece and one door swag. Enjoy coffee and hot cocoa while you get a head start on your Holiday decorating. Bring your gloves, garden shears and creativity. Pre-registration is required at the Main Office. For more information or to pre-register, call (540) 297-6066.

Bedford Central Library open house
    Bedford Central Library will host a Holiday Open House to decorate Library Christmas Tree. The Bedford Central Library Christmas tree is in need of decorations.  The Library invites you to its Holiday Open House on December 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where you will find candy and gingerbread ornaments galore.  Decorate one ornament for the Library tree and one to take home and enjoy.  Call (540) 586-8911 for more information or visit www.bplsonline.org.

Breakfast With Santa
    Bedford County Parks & Recreation will sponsor its annual Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, December 4 from 10 until 11:30 a.m.  The event this year will be held at the Elks National Home located at 931 Ashland Avenue in Bedford.  This event is for children 12 years old and younger.  Breakfast will be available for the children at no cost.  There will be coffee and donuts for the adults.  Each child is asked to bring a gift of a canned food item which will be donated to local charities to help in the Bedford area.  You may bring your own camera to take a picture of your child with Santa.  And, of course, Santa will have a gift for each child.  For further info, call 540-586-7682 for additional info.

Pancake Breakfast
    Girl Scout Troop 40 is hosting its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Forest. Reserved seating at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.  Tickets for children and seniors are $6, adults $8. For reservations or additional information, call 434-385-8581.

The Last Good Christmas
    On Saturday, December 4, from 3 - 8 p.m., join the park rangers and volunteers at Booker T. Washington National Monument for “The Last Good Christmas: A Celebration under the Shadow of Impending Civil War.” This event will kick off many special programs in the next several years commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War at Booker T. Washington National Monument. Visitors will learn about how Christmas was celebrated on a plantation in 1860 and of the mixed feelings and uncertainty of the country and of the residents on the Burroughs plantation in 1860. Listen to whispered conversations among the residents and visitors on the Burroughs plantation as they discuss the elections of 1860 and talk of secession, and Christmas, also known as “The Big Times,” in 1860. Discover how Christmas was celebrated on the eve of the American Civil War while enjoying sights, smells, and tastes of an antebellum Christmas with candlelit costumed tours, children's activities, storytelling and hot apple cider and gingerbread. Booker T. Washington described Christmas in the mid-nineteenth century as he remembered it. “…In my opinion the real Christmas must be spent in the country, and I cannot but feel that there is in the Virginia Christmas atmosphere a fragrance and an influence which is not to be found elsewhere.” Would you like to take a trip back to an Old Virginia
Christmas? What would your opinions be as a northerner or southerner, enslaved person or free, in 1860? The afternoon programs will include children’s activities from 3:00 p.m. –4:30 p.m. and then feeding of the animals from 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Walking tours including costumed interpreters will be held at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Come see the new visitor center addition prior to the Christmas Event during its Grand Re-Opening beginning at 11:00 a.m. There will be no formal program for the Grand Re-Opening but visitors will have a chance to see the new addition and chat with park rangers about the project and future planning and use of the new addition. Snow date is Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. Contact Booker T. Washington National Monument at (540) 721-2094 for more information.

The Steel Wheels concert
    The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. will host The Steel Wheels in concert. The concert held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 per person collected at the door. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.

Bow Wow for Books!
    Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., bring your child to the Moneta/SML Library to read to a dog! Have fun and help improve their reading skills. This program is held on the first Saturday of the month from November through April. Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) is conducted by the National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. Call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004 for more information.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Historic Avenel’s Holiday Open House
    Historic Avenel, 413 Avenel Ave., Bedford, will have its Holiday Open House on Dec. 5 from 2-5 p.m. Join them for delectable holiday treats, special holiday cakes for purchase, caroling led by the Bel Canto Trio, carriage rides and great holiday gifts to purchase from a variety of vendors including: Mary Kay, Signs by Jenny, Studio 43, Primitive Christmas items, Thirty One Gifts, Celebrating Home Gifts & Collectibles.  Open to the public, this is the perfect family friendly event to celebrate the holiday season. Various local vendors will be offering gifts galore for the holiday shopper. And, enjoy some of your favorite Christmas cookies, spiced cider and fresh holiday treats. Cost is $10 for adults, children under 12 are free. All proceeds go to the ongoing upkeep of Avenel.

Happy Holiday Bazaar
    Dec. 5 at  Mount Olivet Baptist Church. Giveaways, drawings and opportunities to shop: Thirty-One, Azuli Skye, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay.

Community Christmas Musical
    At Friends of New London Office (the former New London United Methodist Church building), intersection of Alum Springs Rd. and Turkey Foot Rd. Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m., the Friends of New London will host a “Community Christmas Musical.” The program will feature musical selections and short presentations to celebrate the history of the Bedford Springs Circuit, United Methodist Church, and some of the member churches of this charge surrounding the village of New London.   Revely Carwile, Jr., of the FNL Board of Directors, will speak on the history of the charge.  The Bedford Springs Circuit was formed by 1850 and had grown by 1915 to nine churches served by one pastor.  In 1915, the charge was split, with this new Bedford Springs Circuit comprised of United Methodist congregations at New London, Lebanon, Shiloh, Forest, and Early’s Chapel.  Early’s Chapel later was re-named Marsh Memorial UMC; Langhorne Chapel and Salem UMC were daughter churches of this circuit.  The locations of Sunday services were rotated among the member churches.  This often resulted in visiting performances by choirs of the circuit at the church scheduled for services on a given date. Musical holiday selections in the “Community Christmas Musical” will be performed by the choirs of Lebanon UMC, Salem UMC, Timberlake UMC, Evergreen Baptist Church, and by choir members of the former New London African American Church. The Rev. Charles Schooler will speak of his memories of these churches and the community; he is the current pastor of Salem UMC and he was the pastor of New London UMC when New London’s congregation transferred to Lebanon in 1986.  Dan Ashwell, of FNL, will speak of his memories of growing up in the New London UMC.  Mrs. Delores Nash Hicks, of FNL, will reminisce about the Christmas seasons in the African American church community.  Light refreshments will be served. Directions:  From Bedford, via Rt. 460, a short distance past New London Academy and Buffalo Creek, turn right onto Turkey Foot  Rd. For further information, call Reve Carwile, Jr. at 434-384-8208 or Brenda Shrewsbury at 434-525-4999.

Monday, Dec. 6

Look Good
    Taking care of yourself while undergoing cancer treatment. Dec. 6, Monday, 10 a.m. - noon at Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.

Celebration of the Season
    The Smith Mountain Lake Democrats will host a Celebration of the Season Party Monday, December 6 at the Windtree Club house from 5 – 8 p.m. Meat, rolls, and drinks provided.  Please bring appetizer, vegetable dish, salad or dessert to share.  $10 per person.  Bring gently used linens, pots/pans or a monetary gift for Lake Christian Ministries.  RSVP: loutom@aol.com.

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group Meeting
    (Open discussion and a tea) on Monday, December 6 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Storytime at Moneta Library
    Storytime is an ongoing program held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.  through December 7 at the Moneta/SML Library. Rockabye Reader is a program for children ages birth to 36 months. It features rhymes, movement, musical instruments, and free play! Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime is a program for children ages 3 to 5 years. It features stories, songs, rhymes, games, and crafts! Both programs are open to the public and free of charge. For more information,  call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Southside Seniors
    December 8 Southside Seniors will meet in the Rescue Squad building on North Old Moneta road for a ‘covered dish’ Christmas dinner at 11 a.m.  Southside Seniors sponsor Rook every Monday and Bridge every Tuesday. For information, call 297-4975.

Man to Man Prostate Support Group meeting
    Wednesday, December 8 (pot luck-bring a dish spouse/significant other) at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.

Gift Shop Holiday Open House
    Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, the Bedford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary invites you to their Gift Shop Holiday Open House. Extended hours: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free gift wrap, free coffee and cookies, free ornament with $25 purchase, 1/2 price Christmas gift bags, 20 percent off storewide, (Offer excludes sale items, drinks, candy and cards.) Happy holidays from BMH Gift Shop Tickled Pink, 1613 Oakwood St., 587-3374.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Goal Setting for the New Year
    Diabetes Education Group sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Dec. 9, Thursday, 6 p.m. Bedford Memorial Hospital campus: Adult Day Center. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 540-204-7135 to pre-register.

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 December 9 at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at the USDA office at 1031 Turnpike Rd. Bedford, VA. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-586-9195 ext.4.

American Diabetes Month
    To learn more about healthy eating during the holidays, the following events have been planned to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle.  Goal Setting for the New Year: Dec. 9, Thursday 6 p.m. at Bedford Memorial Hospital Campus: Adult Day Center. The event is free, but registration is required. Call (540) 204-7135 to pre-register.

Friday, Dec. 10

Bluegrass concert
The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Concert with Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and Long Mountain Grass on Dec. 10. Doors open at 6 p.m. show starts at 7 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 or jamesriverbluegrassassociation.com.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Silver Screen Saturdays
    Movies at the Montvale Library the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The library will be showing movies of interest to all ages. To view movie line-ups and reviews online, visit http://ys.bplsonline.org/kids.html, and click on the Silver Screen Saturday link. On December 11 the library will show Prince of Persia (PG-13). Parents, should be aware of their 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.

Breakfast with Santa
    Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, 8-11 a.m. at Busch Hall/Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad, 9621 Forest Road, Goode. Serving pancakes and sausage hot off the grill, yummy apples and drink. Donations will be taken for breakfast to benefit local missions and the Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad. Sponsored by Mount Hermon Baptist Church and Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary.

Home for the Holidays Cat/Kitten Adoption Day
    The The Barn Cat Buddies and Angels of Assisi Home for the Holidays Cat/Kitten Adoption Day will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, 12:30 – 3 p.m. at Vita Zen -12787 Booker T. Washington Highway in Westlake. Meet some of the cats and older kittens in the foster home program and enter to win one of several pet lover gift baskets. While you’re there be sure to check out the handmade cat nip bags and dog treats for your furry friends at home.  Donate a bag of ‘non-fish’dry cat food and receive an original gift created by one of our volunteers. 

Monday, Dec. 13

American Red Cross Blood Drive
    On Monday, December 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to sign up. Walk-ins are welcome.

Peaks of Otter NSDAR
    The next meeting of the Peaks of Otter NSDAR will be held on Monday, Dec. 13  at the home of Sharon Russell.  A brief meeting will start at 3 p.m. with a program about Christmas.  Members are reminded to bring finger food to share.  For more information or directions,  call 586-5706 or 586-1933.

Breast Cancer Support Group
    Meeting: Dirty Santa (bring a gag gift $3 or less) on December 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Blue Ridge Quilt Guild
    Blue Ridge Quilt Guild will meet on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Library for a Christmas party. Experienced quilters and quilters-wanna-be are welcome. Contact Laurel at 977- 9757 with questions.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Dec.  15, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free AT Moneta Post Office, 14211 Moneta Rd. No registration required.

New Beginnings Support Group
    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, Dec.15 at noon. The meeting will be held at Liberty Station Restaurant, 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.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Caring for Caregivers
    Sponsored by Oakwood Health Rehab Services. Dec. 16, Thursday, 3 – 5 p.m. Free  at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 587-3336.

Teen Night Thursday @ Forest Library
    Teens, go to Forest Library the third Thursday of each month for TNT! Enjoy video games, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is December 16. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.

Monday, Dec. 20

Life for one Meeting
    Soup and get together- Bring a soup bowl and soup spoon and enjoy Southwestern Chicken Soup on Monday, December 20 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Family Movie Night @ Bedford Central Library
    Join at the Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of How to Train Your Dragon (PG) followed by crafts, games, books and fun! For more information, contact Youth Services at (540)586-8911 ex. 2107.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Christmas Story Time @ Bedford Central Library
    Stop by Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, December 21 and drop off a stuffed animal friend. Your critter will spend a fun filled evening at our library, exploring and having lots of fun with other stuffed animal friends. On Wednesday, December 22, enjoy a special Christmas story time at 10:30 a.m. when you come back to pick up your friend! There will be a slide show with pictures of the lucky animals that spent the night, too.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Dec. 22, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road. No registration required.

Thursday, Dec. 30

Family Movie Night @ Moneta Library
    Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, December 30 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Toy Story 3 (G) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004.