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Bedford County Citizens Police Academy
The Army wants you to be all that you can be; the Marine Corps wants a few good men; the Air Force wants you to aim high; and the Navy wants you to accelerate your life. What does the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office – Citizens Police Academy (BCSO-CPA) want? All of the above. You can make a difference. The BCSO-CPA is an educational opportunity designed for the citizens of the county. The CPA is a 14-week course (one night each week) that introduces topics like the mission and values of the BCSO, Crime Prevention, Community Relations, Blue Ridge Thunder and Safe Surfin’, and many other priceless topics. It affords you the opportunity to become involved in assisting the BCSO by volunteering for events such as traffic control/parking vehicles, to collecting statistical data. Join the active team by contacting Sgt. David Mays at (540) 586-7718. The next scheduled class begins March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, 1345 Falling Creek Road in Bedford. Must be 18 years old to apply. Applications taken through Friday, March 4.
Free tax assistance in Bedford
AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax assistance at the Bedford Central Library. The service began on Tuesday, February 1 and will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the tax season, except for February 24 when the site will be closed. AARP has offered this service at the Central Library for many years said Letty Collins, Site Coordinator. The service is open to anyone and you do not have to be a member of AARP to participate. However, the service is aimed at helping those individuals age 60 and older with low to moderate incomes prepare both federal and state income taxes. Taxpayers wishing to use the service should bring a photo ID, social security cards for all individuals listed on the tax form (taxpayer, spouse, and dependents), along with all forms received from employers, social security, and financial institutions pertaining to your income or deductions. A copy of last year's federal and state return is helpful in many cases. Services are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Doors may close early if the number of taxpayers exceeds the capacity to complete the returns during the scheduled hours.
Need for firewood
The Agape Center currently supplies over a dozen families in the community with firewood to heat their homes. With the cold season there is a need for firewood. The Agape Center will pick it up, split it and then distribute to clients. Call 540-296-0609 or e-mail email@example.com.
AARP Tax-Aide at Westlake Library
The Westlake Library will be hosting an AARP Tax-Aide Site again this year. This is a program that provides Free Tax filing for taxpayers with low- and moderate-income, with special attention to those 60 and older. The Site will be open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Tax Season starting on February 8 and concluding on April 12. The Site will be staffed by members of the Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club who have been trained and certified in the AARP Tax-Aide program. During the past several years the SML Lions Club has also staffed an AARP Tax-Aide site at the Senior Center in Rocky Mount and will continue to do so. This is the third year that this free and confidential Tax service has been offered at the Westlake Library. Nationally, since 1968 Tax-Aide volunteers have helped nearly 50 million low- to moderate income taxpayers, many of whom are aged 60 or older.
The local AARP Site Coordinator for this program is SML Lions Club member, Gerry Lewis. Marilyn Amerson, Westlake Library Manager, is hosting this program and Gerry will be managing the tax counselors who prepare the Federal and State of Virginia Tax returns. They are looking forward to increased participation from local residents this year and want to emphasize that although this is an AARP program that it is not a “seniors only” program. This program is open to all ages with low- and moderate-income. To make an appointment at the Westlake Tax-Aide location, call 483-3098, Option #3.
Quilters’ Guild Exhibit
An exhibit featuring quilts made by members of the Smith Mountain Lake Quilters’ Guild is on display at the Moneta/SML Library. A variety of works are shown, from lap-size beaded and embroidered quilts to traditional-size pieced quilts and wall hangings. View the exhibit during regular library hours through the month of February. If you have any questions, call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.
Bald Knob artists, Best Pick Art Show
Through February 28 at the WestLake Library, WestLake Towne Center, 84 WestLake Rd., Suite 109, Hardy. Call the WestLake Library at (540) 483-3098 (option 3) for viewing hours.
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a small roadside diner. All roads are blocked and four weary travelers have to take refuge until morning. Cherie, (Johanna Merritt) a nightclub singer, has the most to worry about. She's being pursued by a young cowboy with all the finesse of a rodeo bull. The belligerent cowhand Bo (Jeff Roberts) is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Bo's sidekick Virgil (Gary Reid) tries to talk some sense into the misguided cowboy. As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe (Katie Gardner) and the bus driver Carl (Jason Palmer) at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar Dr. Lyman (Bill Winters) comes to terms with himself; and a young girl Elma (Kate Brown) who works at the cafe also gets her first taste of romance. Throw the local sheriff Will (Danny Grigsby) into the mix and you have one of playwright William Inge's most popular works. Bus Stop is directed by Les Epstein and stage managed by Erin Ross. Show dates are February 25, 26 and March 4, 5 at 8 p.m.; February 27 and March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Elks National Home Theatre. For reservations. call the box office at 540-586-5881 or www.lynchburgtickets.com.
Beginning Genealogy Course
A course in Beginning Genealogy will be offered by the Bedford Genealogical Society. This four-Saturday study will be on March 19, 26, April 2 and 9 at the Bedford Public Library, located at 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford, in the Bedford Room. The hours for the course will be from 9 a.m. until noon every Saturday except March 26 when the time will be 10 a.m. until noon. Topics covered will be charts & forms to use, strategies to collect and organize your work, where to locate county, state, and federal documents, location of information available locally, and much more. Some discussion of how to use the Internet in doing genealogy research will be covered. Though a textbook is not required, the Society in desiring to keep the cost minimal will have some used copies of the textbook, Unpuzzling Your Past 4th edition by Emily Croom, available for sale in class. Those desiring new copies can purchase from local bookstores. The cost, not including textbook, is $15/person or $20/couple. Registration forms are available online at www.bedfordgensociety.org or they can be obtained by calling 540-466-4247 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1475, Bedford, has announced an essay writing contest for high school seniors in Bedford and Franklin County. $1000 in scholarships will be awarded to the three best essays. First Place = $500, Second Place = $300 and Third Place = $200. The SCV hopes this will call attention to the sesquicentennial observance of the War Between the States. The subject of the essays will be “Why Did Virginia Secede from the Union in 1861?” Financial need is not a requirement to enter. All applications and essays must be postmarked May 1 or earlier to be considered. For an application and complete set of rules, see the Web site WWW.SCV1475.ORG or contact the Bedford Museum, 540 586 4520 - email@example.com.
Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime
Join for Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime! Parents and caregivers, bring your preschool age children (ages 3 to 5) to any Bedford Public Library System library for stories, songs, games, rhyming, and much more! Program days and times vary by location. The Spring schedule is as follows: Bedford Central Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Montvale Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Stewartsville Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. This program is open to the public and free of charge. Contact your local library for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.
Rockabye Reader program
Infants and toddlers from birth to age 2 will enjoy stories, music, movement, free play, and much more at all Bedford Public Library System libraries. Parents and caregivers, use this program as a resource to promote literacy at an early age. Program days and times vary by location. The Spring schedule is as follows: Bedford Central Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library on Mondays at 10 a.m. (walkers-21 months) and 11:15 a.m. (21-36 months), Thursdays at 10 a.m. (infants-crawlers) and 11:15 a.m. (21-36 months); Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Stewartsville Library on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This program is open to the public and free of charge. Contact your local library for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.
Have a Blast at Big Island Library
The next Pizza Challenge meeting will be on Monday, March 7 at 3 p.m. Watch “UP” at First Tuesday Flicks at Big Island. Enjoy the movie with snacks on March 1 at 3 p.m.
Dad & Daughter Powder Puff Pinewood Derby
Invite your father, grandfather, older brother, uncle or any adult male family friend and participate in the Dad & Daughter Powder Puff Pinewood Derby at the Montvale Recreation Center on March 5. Sign in is at 9 a.m. racing begins at 9:30 and will go until the competition of heats. Registration deadline is Feb. 20. Car kits are available at the Boy Scout office. New this year is Leader/co-Leader heat. Chips and drinks available at concession, bag lunch suggested. For more information, contact Debbie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org, 144 Winesap Road, Roanoke 24019 or 966-3875.
CASA Shoe Sale
CASA’s 12th Annual Heart and Sole Shoe Market, sponsored by Wachovia, will be held on Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Lynchburg Armory, located at 1200 Church Street in Downtown Lynchburg. A Preview Party will be held on Friday, April 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A limited number of tickets at $25 will go on sale on March 7. Ticket holders will have an opportunity to shop early and also enjoy light refreshments and chances to win door prizes. Shoppers from across Central Virginia look forward each spring to buying new, name brand shoes and accessories at drastically reduced prices ($5 - $25). Vendors are also invited to sell their products in the Heart and Sole Boutique. The vendor fee for the entire weekend is $250 (and a door prize for the Preview Party); $200 for Saturday, April 9 only, and $50 and a door prize for the Preview Party only. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Central Virginia conducts this fundraising event to support its mission to recruit and train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson. For more information, contact CASA of Central Virginia at (434) 528-2552, or e-mail email@example.com, or check out the Web site at www.cvcasa.org.
SMAC Lake Players: Broadway Encore
On April 2 the Smith Mountain Arts Council Lake Players will present Broadway Encore, a musical revue, at Mariners Landing for the Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors. The Lake Players will perform the benefit Broadway Encore at Mariner’s landing. Nancy King is an experienced actor and director who performed at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. She will direct the Broadway Encore and be joined by 24 actors and performers from the Lake Players along with children from the SML Good Neighbors summer camp program. Tickets for this event are $30 which entitles participants to soft drinks, wine or beer and a signature dessert. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic basket supper or to pre-order a specially prepared supper package from Mariner’s. Tickets are available at Mariner’s Landing, the General Store and the SML Visitors Center. To get more information, call 719-2308 or 297-1199 or visit the Web site at www.marinerslanding.com or www.smlgoodneighbors.org.
SML International Cooking School
Prepare the best gourmet foods for you and your family. Learn how to at our school. February class schedule: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1-3 p.m. Creamy Polenta with sausage tomato sauce and Risotto with shrimps. These are the Northern Italy favorite. It is the “real” thing. Instructor is Bob Camicia. Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to noon. Carne Asada. This is the real Mexican favorite. It is not your ordinary Taco but a family favorite grill meat with salsa. Instructor is Rebecca Jackson. Monday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Italian favorite soup class. Learn how to make the “real” Pasta Fagioli and Ribollita. It is guaranteed to please your family. Instructor is Bob Camicia. Pre-registration is required. Small class size. Cost $40 per class. Location: 2664 Radford Church Road, Moneta. Contact: M. Heim at (540) 242-8886 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wild Game Dinner
The 10th Annual Sportsman's Wild Game Dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.. Sponsored by Southside Baptist Church. Come enjoy dinner at no cost. They ask that each one bring a covered dish of meat, vegetables, or dessert to share. There will be a mount contest and prizes will be given for first, second and third places. A special door prize, a muzzleloader, will be given away for mount contest entries. Lots of other door prizes, muzzleloaders, tree stands, etc. will also be handed out. Guest speaker is Jeremy Harrill, a game warden from North Carolina, who has helped produce several videos, including Lord of the Springs. The dinner will be held at Goodview Elementary School. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information, call the church- 890-3815 or Steve Jones- 890-3975.
The seventh annual Downtown Lynchburg Loft Tour to benefit the Free Clinic of Central Virginia - Saturday, February 26, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Advance Tickets - $20; Day of the Event - $25. Free Shuttle Bus service between buildings every 15 minutes. Tickets available at Lynchburg Visitor's Center at Church and Twelfth streets, Free Clinic at 1016 Main Street, and other locations in the community. Also available on http://www.lynchburglofttour.com/. Plan to visit 8-10 new furnished and decorated Loft Apartments in downtown Lynchburg. These units have not been on the tour in previous years. As an added bonus, they will show the Beeswax Candle Store and Loft and the Shay Borel Boutique and Borel Loft Apartment again.
Thaxton Baptist Wild Game Dinner
The Christian Sportsmen Association of Thaxton Baptist Church will hold its second annual Wild Game Dinner on February 19 at 5:30 p.m. A buffet-style meal, (including meat selections for non-game-eaters). There will be a program, door prizes, plus a grand prize drawing for an original oil painting and a brand new muzzleloader. Tickets are available for a donation of $7 per person and may be obtained early at the church office, Catron’s Tire Service, or Overstreet’s Cities Services in Bedford. Thaxton Baptist is located on 460 West of Bedford at 1067 Penicks Mill Road in Thaxton. For more information, call 540.586.8348 or 586.7474.
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.
The following information is subject to change. Call 1-800-REDCROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending.
Feb. 18 – Moneta, Trinity Ecumenical Parish, noon – 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 – Vinton, Vinton Masonic Lodge, 8 a.m. – noon
Feb. 21 - Bedford, Main Street United Methodist Church, noon – 6 p.m.
Feb. 23 – Forest, Jefferson Forest High School, 8:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Snuggle With a Book
This winter, look forward to reading rewards, special programs, and lots of good books! Younger patrons can join the Winter Reading Program to March 2 for children ages birth to 7 years. Look for more information about the Winter Reading Program at the Moneta/SML Library or call 540-425-7004.
Blood Pressure Screening
Westlake Kroger. Free blood pressure screening. Every Tuesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Call 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.
Computer class at 4-H Center
In this comprehensive overview join experienced instructor and computer troubleshooter, Clay Jackson, as he patiently answers 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, March 3 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 $60, which includes lunch. Contact Dennis Crowley at 721-2759, ext. 264 or at email@example.com for more information and/or a registration form – or see the Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.
Learn to crochet in four easy lessons
A class for anyone who would like to learn to crochet. Sonya Riche is leading the class which will consist of four sessions: Monday, February 21; Monday, February 28; Monday, March 21; and Monday, March 28. Classes will run from 10 a.m. to noon and will take place at the Westlake Library which is located in the Westlake Towne Center. Yarn and needles will be provided for the class. The class is free, however, registration is required. For further information, or to register for the class, call the library at (540) 483-3098 (Ext. 3).
Mountains of Fun at Montvale Library
Teens are invited to the library for video and board games on the first Friday of each month, starting at 4 p.m. The next date is March 4. Silver Screen Saturdays at the Montvale Library is the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The library will be showing movies of interest to all ages. On March 12 the library will show Nanny McPhee Returns (PG). Movies are subject to change. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Montvale Library at (540) 425-7006. To coincide with One School, One Book the library will have special showings of Shiloh – the Movie on February 23 at 5 p.m. and February 26 at 10 a.m. On Fridays at 10:30 a.m. there is the interactive program, Mother Goose! Parents and caregivers, bring your infants and toddlers (age 0-2) to the Montvale Library for stories, songs, musical instruments, baby-friendly visuals, rhyming and much more! Use this program as a resource to promote emergent literacy at an early age. Children must be accompanied by a parent / caregiver. This program is open to the public and is free of charge. Contact the Montvale Library at (540)425-7006 for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.
One Day Antique Course and Appraisal Service
If you’ve ever been puzzled by all the different types of glassware, antique furniture, etc. available for sale at antique shops and estate/yard sales and worried about getting “ripped off” before purchasing anything, or you have an antique piece in your home you’d like to know more about then the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center has just the course for you. Renowned Lake area antique expert, “Colonel” Bill, will present a redesigned one day introductory class on March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. focusing on American antiques of the Eastern seaboard - specifically the periods of furniture and glassware from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. Topics will include defining antiques vs. collectibles, attributes of the various antique periods – including hands-on examination of examples, what determines market value, how to look for authenticity, how to care for antiques – including restoration do’s and don’ts. Students are encouraged to bring their own antique “treasures” for class discussion and informal appraisal. Cost of $30 covers all instruction and lunch. For more information and/or registration forms call Dennis Crowley at 721-2759, ext. 264 or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.
Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library
Pizza Challenge meets Tuesday, February 22 and March 22 at 5:30 p.m. for fun reading activities.
Movies and More at Moneta Library
Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004. Bow Wow for Books, the read to a dog program, offers kids a fun and relaxed way to practice reading skills. The dogs are at the library the first Saturday of each month – call 540-425-7004 to reserve a spot to read! The next program is March 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Rockabye Reader Storytime at the Moneta Library
Rockabye Reader storytime is an ongoing program held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. through April 26 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! This program is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.
Preschool Storytime at the Moneta Library
Preschool Storytime is an ongoing program held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. through April 27 at the Moneta/SML Library. Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime is a program for children ages 3 to 5 years. It features stories, songs, rhymes, games, and crafts! This program is open to the public and free of charge. Note that the program will now be held on Wednesdays beginning in February. For more information, call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.
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.
Bedford Public Library System free Computer Skills Classes
Beginning in January, the Bedford Public Library System is offering free beginner computer classes. Topics include mouse and keyboard skills, eReaders, general genealogy research, online digital photo storage, email attachments, Microsoft Word 2007, basic Internet Explorer navigation and more. The courses will vary according to the BPLS library location and will be instructed using Microsoft Office 2007 software products and Internet Explorer 8. To find a list of classes offered at your BPLS library, visit www.bplsonline.org or call your BPLS library. Bedford Central Library (540) 586-8911; Big Island Library (540) 425-7000; Forest Library (540) 425-7002; Moneta/SML Library (540) 425-7004; Montvale Library (540) 425-7006; Stewartsville Library (540) 425-7008.
Blood Pressure Screening
Westlake Kroger - Free blood pressure screening. First Tuesday of every month, 9 - 11 a.m.
Cost: Free. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482. Location: Kroger Westlake 80 Westlake Rd. Hardy, 24101.
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.
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.
The Star Stitchers Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America meets the third Monday each month at the Moneta Library (Rt. 122 South) at 10 a.m. Modern as well as ancient embroidery techniques are learned as a group. Call 540 721-5449 for information.
Al-Anon meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Street Methodist Church. Use the side door entrance facing Otey Street. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families and friends of alcoholics whose lives have been affected by the disease of alcoholism.
Big Island Stitch-in
Drop in with your portable craft. Knitting, embroidery, crocheting, quilting, whatever you’re working on. Come enjoy the company of other crafters every Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m. Pick up tips and hints or share patterns and ideas. Call Big Island Library at (540) 425-7000 for more information.
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 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a support group for people trying to lose weight that meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Montvale Elementary School. Visitors interested in joining are welcome to attend. Call either Janice at 586-0332 or Marie at 947-0065 for more information.
A TOPS meeting is held each Wednesday at Mountain View Union Church (460 West on Miller Lane beside Moose Lodge). Weigh in at 5:30 p.m. Low monthly dues. For women, men or teens. TOPS is an international network of weight loss support groups. For more information call Wanda Toms (540) 586-3308.
Caregiver Support Group
There is a Care Giver Support Group at Carriage Hill Retirement Center, 1203 Roundtree Drive, Peaksview Building, Bedford. The Group is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. The facilitator contact is Chris Davis, executive director, (540) 586-5982. Call the Regional office phone (434) 845-8540, or visit alz.org to: attend this support group; find a support group in another area; learn about other Alzheimer’s Association programs and services; access services day or night; volunteer your time and energy to achieve a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
Garden Club of Bedford
The Garden Club of Bedford meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bedford location of CVCC. Contact Information: childers3@JetBroadband.com, 540-586-6209 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Stewartsville/Chamblissburg Seniors meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the Chamblissburg Ruritan Building on Sandy Level Road. The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. with a potluck lunch at noon. All seniors invited. Contact David Poage with any questions at 890-7454.
Living with Cancer
First Monday of the month, noon. Contact: Anita Lowe 549-587-3308.
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.
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
Wednesday, Feb. 16
Wired Wednesday: Business Benefits of Cloud Computing
The Region 2000 Technology Council will be hosting the first Wired Wednesday 'networking, lunch and learn' of 2011 on February 16 from noon until 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select on Main Street, Lynchburg. Ranny Grubb, Chief Technology Officer of Virtual IT, Inc. will be presenting on the ‘Business Benefits of Cloud Computing’. The cost is $10 for Tech Council Members and $15 for non-members. You can register online at: www.techcouncil.us/news-events/wired-wednesday/.
The next New Beginnings meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 16 at noon. The meeting will be held at Liberty Station, Bedford Ave., Bedford. Newcomers are always welcome. The New Beginnings Support Group is a group that meets the needs of widows and widowers in the Bedford, Moneta, Huddleston, Montvale and other surrounding areas. Dress is casual and the meal is Dutch treat. Reservations are not needed. For more information on this and other support group activities call Pam Willoughby, Bedford Hospice Care at 587-6592 or Kim Eckart, Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory at 586-3443.
The "Let's Talk" MS group will meet Wednesday, February 16 at noon at the Bedford Baptist Church here in Bedford city. Persons with MS, their family and/or friends are invited to attend. Bring your lunch and Let's Talk about MS.
Carriage Hill Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care Community, will hold “Coffee Talk” on February 16 at 10 a.m. in the Peaksview Building. Sybil Calhoun, RN, BSN, from Bedford Memorial Hospital’s Cardiovascular Unit will be speaking on Heart Health & discussing screenings available. They will be serving coffee, juice & Heart Healthy refreshments.
Thursday, Feb. 17
Caring for Caregivers
Sponsored by Oakwood Health Rehab Services. February 17, Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Free at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 540-587-3336.
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 us on February 17. 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.
Forest Library Fun
The third Thursday of each month is Teen Night Thursday! Enjoy video games, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is February 17. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.
Franklin/Bedford Tea Party meeting
Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m. at 400 Scruggs Road, Moneta, Suite 1600. Sponsored by Jim McKelvey: (540) 537-5920; or email@example.com.
Flying Circus Pilot to address Pilots Club
Jesse Bean has been working with the "Flying Circus Air Show" for 27 years and has been flying his vintage Stearman aircraft for 10 of those years. Located in Bealton Virginia, The "Circus" performs every weekend, Spring through Fall. There are lots of great old planes and accomplished pilots doing things that one can't believe can be done with airplanes. Bean has met lots of great pilots over the years and has lots of stories to tell. The public is invited to attend this meeting. You do not have to be a pilot to enjoy this presentation which will take place on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Moneta Community Room, Rucker Road, Moneta. The "Circus" will be putting on a special performance at Lynchburg Airport this coming May 21- 22 along with the Navy’s "Blue Angels". For further information call Brant Howell at 919-602-1387 or Lorraine Judd at 297-6422.
Friday, Feb. 18
Precept Schools of Virginia Spaghetti Dinner / Silent Auction
The annual Precept Schools of Virginia Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction will be held on Friday, February 18 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost is: $12/adult, $5/child, or $100 to sponsor table. Featuring a historical portrayal of John Muhlenberg by Travis Witt; musical performance by Rick Dellinger; and an American Pride recitation by Precept Schools of Virginia students. The location of the event is: Bedford Moose Lodge 1897 Lynchburg/Salem Turnpike-460, Bedford. For more information, contact: Isabell Zaretti. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 540-586-6729. Web site: www.preceptschoolsva.org.
The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Concert with Junior Blankenship & Band and Jones & Taylor Band on Friday, Feb. 18. 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.
Music and Events at Beyond the Green
Friday, February 18, 8 p.m. Solo gig with Sean Bera who is part of Polychrome. Awarded Best Band in the Roanoke Valley from the Roanoke Times and City Magazine; Friday, February 25, 8 p.m. Dave and Tom back again with more high energy sounds; Friday, March 4, 8 p.m. Solo gig with Kelly Scott who is part of Robotic Jive and Superhold. High Energy 80s Rock and Pop.
The Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club is sponsoring the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 18, from noon till 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish Church, off of Rt. 122 on 40 Lakemont Drive, Moneta. You are eligible to donate every 56 days. Positive ID required. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE for an appointment to donate. Visit the Web site at: www.RedCrossBlood.org.
Benefit Spaghetti Dinner and Variety Show
A spaghetti dinner and variety show is being held to benefit Home Works of Lynchburg. Friday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Court Street United Methodist Church, 600 Court Street, Lynchburg. Admission is a donation to Home Works (no set price). Home Works, founded in 2008 by Deborah McPherson is an organization dedicated to providing facilities, materials and support to home-school parents and children in the greater Lynchburg area. Home Works currently makes class rooms, a library and a performing arts space available for use by home-school families. In addition, Home Works provides support in curriculum, teaching techniques, and networking opportunities for parents.
Saturday, Feb. 19
Parents Without Partners February Dance – open to the public – Saturday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Charles Hill Senior Center, Vinton. Music provided by Off the Cuff Band. Admission: $10 per person. For further information, contact Carol Collins 598-6491 or Rodney Wray 427-3989.
Life and legacy
On Saturday, February 19, Park Ranger Janet Blanchard will show the 30 minute NPS film titled “Booker T. Washington: Life and Legacy.” The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the visitor center at Booker T. Washington National Monument. Ranger Blanchard will lead an interactive discussion of the film afterwards. Booker T. Washington’s life began as a slave on the Burroughs plantation in Franklin County, Virginia on April 5, 1856. Once freed at the age of 9, Washington pursued an education and went on to become one of the most powerful African American leaders in the early 1900s. Saturday’s dramatization will provide insights about the struggles Washington faced in getting an education and the challenges he overcame in founding Tuskegee Institute. Learn about Booker T. Washington’s philosophies on education and his goals for making economic progress for African Americans in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Hear how Dr. Booker T. Washington’s contemporaries, both national and international, described him. Today, Dr. Washington’s legacy continues at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, and Booker T. Washington National Monument. For more information, contact the Booker T. Washington National Monument at (540)721-2094.
Sunday, Feb. 20
African American Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Artifacts
Sunday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m. Admission free. Location: Friends of New London Museum and Office in the former New London United Methodist Church building, corner of Alum Springs Road and Turkey Foot Road, Forest. The Friends of New London, Virginia will host the program entitled “African American Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Artifacts.” This program will be coordinated by Delores Nash Hicks, a native of New London village and board member of the Friends of New London. A series of program participants each will describe to the audience the items they will exhibit for this program. Volunteers interested in assisting with this program are asked to contact Mrs. Hicks at (434) 525 – 0582. In the event of inclement weather on Feb. 20, the alternate date will be Feb. 27. From Lynchburg, via US 460 West, just past the junction with Timberlake Road, turn left onto Turkeyfoot Rd., at the stoplight. From Bedford, via 460 East, pass New London Academy, enter Campbell Co., then turn right onto Turkey Foot Rd. FNL will be straight ahead, one quarter mile. For further information contact Reve Carwile, Jr., (434) 384 – 8208 or Brenda Shrewsbury (434) 525 – 4999.
Monday, Feb. 21
Life for One
Guest speakers Angela Kurczewski and Doris Biga on Kings Grant on February 21 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. Bring a lunch/drink.
Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park
The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will meet Monday, Feb. 21, at 9:30 a.m. in the park Discovery Center. This is a volunteer organization that assists the park with its educational programs and park maintenance, and provides special events for the community throughout the year. New members and visitors are always welcome. For information contact the Park Office at 297-6066.
Peaks of Otter Chapter, DAR
The next meeting of the Peaks of Otter Chapter of the NSDAR will be held on Monday, Feb. 21, at the Bedford Central Library meeting room. The chapter will recognize students from Bedford Co. schools selected as winners of the DAR sponsored American History Essay Contest. These students, in grades 5-8, will read their winning essays on "The Memoirs of Paul Revere". There will be a brief business meeting following the reception. Members are reminded to bring in goodies for the reception. Guests are welcome. For information call: 586-1933.
Moneta Garden Club
The Moneta Garden Club will hold monthly meeting February 21 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemont Drive Moneta at 12:30 p.m. Dave and De English will present the program on Hunger & Nutrition at SML & Save our Streams.
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library
Pizza Challenge meets Tuesday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. for fun reading activities.
Sons of Confederate Veterans
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1475, Bedford Rifle Grays will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. The meeting will host Mary Collier who will review her new book on Peter Lee Huddleston. In 1861, young Peter Lee Huddleston helped form the Piedmont Rangers, an infantry company of volunteers. The unit was thrust into action at Manassas in the first major engagement of America's Civil War. Following the end of his year's enlistment, Peter joined Company A, Second Virginia Cavalry, and fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Richmond, and, in Lee's last charge, at Appomattox. Peter's guiding principle was duty, and when he was later elected Bedford County Sheriff, the courage of the battlefield would again be called for when a mob formed at Cifax and rode to Bedford City to lynch an accused man in Sheriff Huddleston's jail. The meeting will be held at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library at 201 East Main St., Bedford, VA. There is parking available and an elevator to the third floor. There is no charge and the meeting is open to the public. For more info call Boyd Hubbard (434) 546-7415 or see the Web site WWW.SCV1475.ORG.
A representative for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services will be at the Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford, on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Call the Lynchburg office at (434) 385-0815 to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions you may contact the Lynchburg office.
A member of Congressman Goodlatte’s staff will be holding open door community office hours at the Montvale Public Library, 11155 West Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike, in Montvale on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. A staff member meets with citizen’s each month to get their views and discuss any problems they might have with the Federal Government.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, February 23, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road. No registration required.
Bedford Central Library events
Bring your imagination to the next Pizza Challenge meeting on February 23 at 4 p.m. Last month’s meeting was cancelled because of bad weather, so this month they’ll really learn what a frindle is. Make up a word of your own and they’ll enter it in an online dictionary.
Thursday, Feb. 24
Red Line Fashion Show
Featuring men and women from the community. Featured guest speaker Dr Joann G. Journigan, Cardiology. Subject: Healthy Heart. Date: Thursday, February 24, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Place: Bedford Library
Bedford, VA 24523. RSVP by February 20, 2011, Carilion Direct to reserve your place. 540-266-6000. Remember to wear red.
Wives of Vietnam Veterans
The Wives of Vietnam Veterans on Thursday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. at The American Legion, Post 16, 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg, will hold a Valentine’s Celebration. The theme for the meeting is: How to Love the One You're With. Special Speaker is Bonnie Picking, wife of Major Bill Picking, a Vietnam Veteran, counselor, and friend to so many veterans and their families. Picking will share her own experiences and bring practical insights for this Valentine’s event. Wives of Vietnam Veterans meet the fourth Thursday evening each month. Pizza, salad, dessert & a beverage: Cost is $5 pp. R.S.V.P. to Judy Doering @434-665-4693 or email@ email@example.com.
Movies and More at Moneta Library
Join the Moneta Library on Thursday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004. Bow Wow for Books, the read to a dog program, offers kids a fun and relaxed way to practice reading skills.
Friday, Feb. 25
Bedford City and County Voters League banquet
The Bedford City and County Voters League third annual banquet will be held Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Speaker will be Dr. James E. Coleman Jr. The event will be held at Bedford Presbyterian Church, 105 W. Main St., Bedford. Cost is $15. Contact Mattie Morris-Johnson at 586-2950 or Eunice Stewart at 586-6559.
Saturday, Feb. 26
Goode Ruritan Club Pancake Supper
The Goode Ruritan Club will hold its third annual Pancake Supper on Saturday, February 26 from 4:30 - 8 p.m. at the Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad building. The supper features all you can eat pancakes and sausage. In addition, they will have various drinks. Donations are accepted at the door. The supper will also feature 3.5 hours of live music from various groups. All of the proceeds from the supper will be used to support local community projects.
Beans and cornbread dinner
Parrish Chapel United Methodist Church on RT 24, beside the Chamblissburg Rescue squad, will be have a Beans and Cornbread Dinner, Saturday, February 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will fund the monthly Food Bank Mission.
Sunday, Feb. 27
The Nominal Christian
In Honor of Black History Month the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library will present, "The Nominal Christian." The play is free of charge and will be Sunday, February 27, at 3 p.m. at Washington Street Baptist Church, in Bedford. The play is set in a Courtroom setting where the Nominal Christian stands trial to prove his Christianity. For more information call 540-586-4520.
Wednesday, March 2
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Guest speaker Kate Jones from Carilion Clinic on Quick, Easy, Healthy Meals on March 2 at noon at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, Va. Bring a bag lunch.
Sunday, March 6
2011 Winter Lecture Series
Presented by Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park: March 6 - Deer Herds on the Rise in Virginia: How Many Deer Are Too Many? Dr. Todd S. Fredericksen; April 3-The Forgotten Founding Father. Come and rediscover Patrick Henry. Ron Coleman. Location: Discovery Center, Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Time: All lectures are Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. Ticket prices: Single ticket: $7. Single season ticket: $18. Two season tickets: $32. FSMLSP: season ticket: $15. FSMLSP: two season tickets: $30. Prices include parking. All tickets paid at the door. For more information, call 540-297-6066.
Monday, March 7
Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group
Featured guest speaker Brenda Dixon from Home Instead on How to Select an in Home Caregiver on March 7 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.
Wednesday, March 9
Man to Man Prostate Support Group
Guest Speaker Dr. John Allen on Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer, PSA and Gleason Scores on March 9 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta.
Thursday, March 10
Forest Library fun
Pizza Challenge meetings on March 10 at 4 p.m.
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 March 10 at 6 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Main Floor Training Room at the Bedford County Administration Building, 122 E. Main St., Bedford. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-587-7645.
Health Screening Fair
Hearing test, vision screening, breast exams- breast model displays, oral cancer checks, skin analyzer, blood pressure checks, cholesterol screening for an $18 fee from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., glucose monitoring (for those that have a risk factor for Diabetes), hand hygiene and four mini presentations (sleep disorders, skin cancer and aging skin, breast cancer screening, and recognizing and responding early to signs of heart attack and stroke) on March 10 from 9 a.m.- noon at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Light refreshments. No cost except for cholesterol screening.
Monday, March 14
Breast Cancer Support Group meeting
March 14 with Angela Charleton from Carilion Clinic on Oncology Nutrition at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.
Monday, March 21
Life for One
Guest speaker Ann Green Esq. to discuss Estate Planning on March 21 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. Bring a lunch/drink.
Tuesday, March 22
Essential Tremors and Restless Leg Syndrome
Dr. H. Preston Boggess on March 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, Va. Must register with Tami call 540-721-4330, 540-297-5530 or Tepnurse@smltep.org.
Tuesday, March 29
Heart Health and Vitamin D
March 29. Carilion Clinic’s Cardiologist David Sane will be guest speaker with valuable insight and information into Heart Health and Vitamin D. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Westlake Public Library. Register by calling 540-266-6000.
Wednesday, March 30
Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show
The Moneta Garden Club will hold their Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 30 at Trinity Ecumenical Church, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta. This is the Garden Club's annual event to raise funds for Scholarships. The theme for the event is "Soaring into Spring". Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with punch being served. Fashions will be provided by Carter Bates of Lynchburg. For more information contact Marty Bowers (540) 297-0965, Ellie Clark (540) 721-3340, or any other Garden Club Member.
Thursday, March 31
American Red Cross Blood Drive
March 31 from noon-6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church. 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, Va. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to donate.
Friday, April 1
Central Virginia ParaQuest Conference
April 1 and 2 for this event featuring speakers from various fields of metaphysical and paranormal studies, ranging from hauntings to UFO's to cellular memory and beyond. Included will be book signings, ghost tours, technical demos, vendors and networking with those of similar interests. Friday evening Meet 'n Greet, 7-10 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $40 pre-registration; $50 at door. Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg. For more info go to http://www.vaparaquest.com.
Saturday, April 16
Healthy Lifestyles Expo
Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center will host The Healthy Lifestyles Expo on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The Healthy Lifestyles Expo \will feature products and services from area healthcare and health-related organizations and businesses, seminars and demonstrations. It will be held in the Bedford Room at Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center, overlooking Smith Mountain Lake. Admission is free to the general public. For more information, contact: Holly Sweet (540) 296-1259.