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Community events and Calendar (week of Feb. 23, 2011)

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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.

Opportunity to Comment
    As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004 (IDEA 2004) and Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Students with Disabilities in Virginia (January 25, 2010), Bedford County Public Schools has developed its 2011-12 Annual Plan for Special Education/Part B Funding Application and the Section 619 Preschool Applications. The Plan and the division’s Special Education Policy Manual are available for public review and comment from March 1, 2011, through March 30, 2011, at Bedford County School Board Offices at 311 South Bridge Street, Bedford, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Plan will be reviewed by the Bedford County Schools’ Special Education Advisory Committee at its March 10 meeting.  The Bedford County School Board will review the Plan at its March 17, 2011, meeting, and approval is anticipated at the April 28, 2011,  School Board meeting. Comments may be directed to the Special Services office at (540) 586-1045.

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.

2nd Annual Derby Day Soiree
    2nd Annual Derby Day Soiree will be presented by the Junior League of Lynchburg and Couples and Kids. It will be a Old Elkton Farm, 1401 Old Elkton Drive, Forest, on May 7 from 5-9 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, bow ties, hats and southern attire, Mint Juleps, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks. Enjoy live music by the Almost Brothers Band. Tickets are $60 per person if purchased before April 15, $70 on or after April 15. Tickets are available through Junior League Headquarters at 846-6641 or members of the JJL or Couples and Kids and are available online at www.jrleaguelynchburg.org. 

Black Tie and Blue Jean Ball
    The McKenzies, featured musicians at the upcoming 2011 Black Tie and Blue Jean Ball benefiting the Bedford Community Health Foundation, provide energetic entertainment and universal appeal.  The Black Tie and Blue Jean Ball will be held March 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Elks National Home. By day, Woody teaches at Lynchburg College and Marcia works for Randolph College. For more information on the McKenzies, check out the Web site – www.mckenziemusic.com. For more information or to make reservations to attend the Black Tie and Blue Jean Ball, March 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Elks National Home, email – info@healthybedford.org or call 586-5292. Cost is $25 per person in advance, $35 at the door.

Senior Bingo begins again
    Calling all Bingo players. The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department will once again be offering Bingo to area seniors. This will begin on March 8 at the Forest Recreation Center from 1-3 p.m. and March 24 at the Bedford Moose Lodge from noon – 2 p.m. As always, potluck will be served and a covered dish needs to be brought to share with all present. Bingo cards are $1 each. If weather seems questionable, contact the Recreation office at 586-7682 before you leave to be sure the event is still being held.

Little Women, the Musical auditions
    Director Jeff Wittman will hold open auditions for Little Women, the Musical on Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Elks National Home Theatre. Roles are available for seven females and four males. Detailed information on the show, which runs May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 can be found at www.littletownplayers.com. Little Town Players are the area's first community theatre to present this show.

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.

Bedford Central Library events
    The Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, March 15  at 5:30 p.m. will have a special viewing of Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) followed by crafts, games, books and fun. For more information,  contact Youth Services at (540)586-8911 ex. 2107.

Forest Library: Fun for all
    Pizza Challenge March 10 at 4 p.m.  Help celebrate the 107th birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2. Drop in any time 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. for fun games and crafts. Teens, go to Forest Library the third Thursday of each month for Teen Night Thursday! Enjoy video games, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is March 17. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002. The Forest Library Teen Advisory Board is organizing a Youth Book Swap to be held March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Trade your gently used books for books that are “new to you.” For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.

Coffee Talk
    Carriage Hill Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care Community, invite all veterans, their spouses and the public to join for “Coffee Talk” on March 16, 10 a.m. in the Peaksview Building.  Felicia Lithicum with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in Lynchburg, will be having an Aid & Attendance Seminar.  Lithicum will be explaining how to apply for the benefits veterans and their spouses deserve.  Coffee, juice and snacks will be served.  Call 540-586-5159 for more information & RSVP by March 14 .

Boating Safety Course
    A free Boating Safety Course given by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be held March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Altavista Train Station. Passing the course will result in awarding the Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate. Bring a sack lunch.

Annual Indoor Yard Sale               
    The Boonsboro Ruritan club will host its Annual Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, March 26, at the Boonsboro Ruritan Club, located on Coffee Road 1.6 miles from Boonsboro Road. Table Rentals are available for $10, $15 and $20. Rentals support the Bradley L. Gaertner Memorial scholarship fund. Sellers keep all income from sales. Sale hours 7 a.m. to Noon. Setup the night before.   For further information, contact Wanda at 434-384-1014 or e-mail boonsbororuritan@hotmail.com.

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 rosiperry@agapecentersml.org.

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.

Bus Stop
    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 bedfordgensociety@hotmail.com.

Writing contest
    The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1475, Bedford, has announced an essay writing contest for high school seniors in Bedford and Franklin County. $1000 in scholarships will be awarded to the three best essays. First Place = $500, Second Place = $300 and Third Place = $200. The SCV hopes this will call attention to the sesquicentennial observance of the War Between the States. The subject of the essays will be “Why Did Virginia Secede from the Union in 1861?” Financial need is not a requirement to enter. All applications and essays must be postmarked May 1  or earlier to be considered. For an application and complete set of rules, see the Web site WWW.SCV1475.ORG or contact the Bedford Museum, 540 586 4520  -   bccmdirector@verizon.net.

Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime
    Join for Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime!  Parents and caregivers, bring your preschool age children (ages 3 to 5) to any Bedford Public Library System library for stories, songs, games, rhyming, and much more! Program days and times vary by location. The Spring schedule is as follows: Bedford Central Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Montvale Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Stewartsville Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. This program is open to the public and free of charge. Contact your local library for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org. 

Rockabye Reader program
    Infants and toddlers from birth to age 2 will enjoy stories, music, movement, free play, and much more at all Bedford Public Library System libraries. Parents and caregivers, use this program as a resource to promote literacy at an early age. Program days and times vary by location. The Spring schedule is as follows: Bedford Central Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library on Mondays at 10 a.m. (walkers-21 months) and 11:15 a.m. (21-36 months), Thursdays at 10 a.m. (infants-crawlers) and 11:15 a.m. (21-36 months); Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Stewartsville Library on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This program is open to the public and free of charge. Contact your local library for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.

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.

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

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 smlthaichef@aol.com.

Loft tour
    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.

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.

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 dcrowley@vt.edu for more information and/or a registration form – or see the Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.

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.

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.

Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at the Stewartsville Library
    The first Saturday of each month there is a casual afternoon for knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers from beginners to pros to come and learn a new skill or to come and share skills and talents with others and to have a good time.  Between 1 and 3 p.m. bring the projects you are currently working on and enjoy the companionship and knowledge of other fiber enthusiasts at the Stewartsville Library.  This program is open to teens and adults and is free of charge.  Call the Stewartsville Library for more information 540-425-7008 ext 3. On Saturday March 5 there will be an instructional class.  Are you looking for a new way to begin and end a knitting piece?  Shelia Pierce will be teaching a variety of cast ons and bind offs for those new to knitting or those interested in trying something different. 

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.

Stewartsville/Chamblissburg Seniors
    The Stewartsville/Chamblissburg Seniors meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the Chamblissburg Ruritan Building on Sandy Level Road.  The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. with a potluck lunch at noon.  All seniors invited.  Contact David Poage with any questions at 890-7454.

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

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, 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@ jadoering@aol.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.

Monday, Feb. 28

Local food efforts
    Eat Local, Buy Local, Be Local.  The Smith Mountain Lake Democrats next meeting: Monday, February 28 at noon for lunch at Westlake Country Club. Cost will be $10 at the door.  It is important to respond if you are planning to attend:  Loutom@aol.com or 297-3584.  The growing local foods movement benefits consumers, communities, and small farms. They will hear a presentation by Mike Martin, director of Dining Services, from Ferrum College and Chuck Hutto, supervisor of Food Services from the Franklin County Schools, and discuss local food efforts specific to this area.  All attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for our on-going support of Lake Christian Ministries (food, new or gently used linens, pots/pans, or checks).

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.

Thursday, March 3

The Jack and the Beanstalk Trial
    Library Playhouse Presents: "The Jack and the Beanstalk Trial" Thursday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m., Ms. Fagan's students from Moneta Elementary School will star in an entertaining reader's theater play. Costumed students will read a humorous play for the audience. This is a free event in the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library children's area.

GFWC Bedford Woman's Club
    The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 3, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford at 6 p.m. The Bedford club is a volunteer community service non-profit organization that is part of the international organization, the General Federation of Women's Clubs. There are currently 206 clubs in Virginia with more than 6,000 members. Women of all ages are invited to attend. For additional information, contact Sue Trussell at 587-6611.

Saturday, March 5

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. New this year is Leader/co-Leader heat. Chips and drinks available at concession, bag lunch suggested. For more information, contact Debbie Nelson at debbied64@gmail.com, 144 Winesap Road, Roanoke 24019 or 966-3875.

Chili, potato, and salad bar
    Body Camp Recreation Association will be holding a chili, potato, and salad bar with beverage on Saturday March 5, at 5 p.m. In the Body Camp Gym. Cost is $5 per person, $3 for children 10 and under. There will also be a dessert auction.

Starry, Starry Nights
    The National Park Service will host a free stargazing event at the Peaks of Otter area, Milepost 86 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, on Saturday, March 5. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Peaks of Otter Amphitheater, National Park Service volunteers Martin Dileggi and Alan Pipkin will present a short PowerPoint program about Astronomy followed by telescope viewing of the stars, constellations, comets, stories of the night sky and more over at the Peaks of Otter Nature Center. A typical night of stargazing will include a planet or two, binary stars, star clusters and one of the brighter nebulae and maybe a galaxy or comet. A telescope will be provided by the Park Service volunteers for those without their own optics. The amphitheater is located just behind the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center. Remember to dress warmly. The presentation will be moved indoors to the Peaks of Otter Lodge, Flat Top Room, in the event of adverse weather conditions.   Outdoor star gazing afterward is subject to cancellation because of overcast or rain. Bring the following: blanket; jacket; binoculars and/or telescope; ffolding chair to sit in; simple star chart  (copies will be provided to each participant); flashlight to read the star chart. Cover the lighted end of the flashlight with red cellophane because red light does not disrupt your night vision as much as white light does.  For more information, contact Peter Hamel at 540-377-2377 x24 or Peter_Hamel@nps.gov .

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.

Heart Health Talk with TOPS
    There will be a Open House for TOPS group  on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 beginning at 5:30 p.m. This will be sponsored by TOPS VA 0750 and  will be held at Mountain View Union Church on  Miller Lane (behind Bedford Moose Lodge). Guest speaker- Dr. Chad Hoyt-  a cardiologist who will be speaking on the heart  wellness and your health. For more information call Wanda Toms- 586-3308.

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.

Saturday, March 12

Chili Dinner
    At Saunders Volunteer  Fire Company in Huddleston (near White House Corner) Saturday March 12 from  5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chili, Baked Potato, Corn Bread, with all the  "fixings" and  homemade desserts - free will donation, contact  (540)297-7052 for more information.  All profits go to the Fire Company.

Longaberger Basket Bingo
    A Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held on Saturday, March 12 with a snow date of March 19 at the Spout Spring Ruritan Club in Spout Spring Va. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and games start at 1 p.m. There will be food, King Tutt, large and small raffles, free games, a silent auction, door prizes and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To preorder tickets call Gale Mccraw (434-993-2129. Proceeds benefit the Concord Vol. Fire Dept Auxiliary.

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.

Path to Healing oncology wellness program
    A Path to Healing oncology wellness program will begin a new session on Monday, March 14.  The program is sponsored by the Bedford Community Health Foundation.  For more information contact Elizabeth at 586-3483.

Saturday, March 19

'Community Kite Flight'
    On Saturday, March 19 the Forest Lions Club will be hosting its “first ever” Community Kite Flight event. The event will provide an opportunity for both children and adults to participate. The general grouping for single line kites will be divided into age groupings of 8 and under and 9 and older. For older youth and adults, there will be kite fighting using multi-line maneuvering kites. In addition to the highest flying kite in each age group, these will be judged to determine the smallest, the largest, the best looking, the best homemade and the most futuristic. The Kite Fighting groups will be divided between those with little or no experience (Novices) and those with two or more years experience (Pros). Trophies and ribbons will be awarded. While waiting to fly or after, you may buy refreshments on site courtesy of the Mountain View United Methodist Men. You can also create for your records a child ID CD thanks to the Bedford County’s Sheriff’s Child ID Program (no information is retained) or learn more about fire prevention and safety from the Forest Volunteer Fire Department.  The event will be held Saturday, March 19 (Rain Date March 26) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forest Youth Athletic Park (North Fields). Registration: $5 General Registration (Single Line Kites); $10 Kite Fighting (multi-line maneuvering kites). Schedule of Events: 10 a.m. Registration and Open Flying; 11:30 a.m. Judging Highest flyer in each age group; noon, Judging best in ground categories in each age group; 12:30 p.m. Kite Fighting.

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.

Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library
    Pizza Challenge meets Tuesday March 22 at 5:30 p.m. for fun reading activities.

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.