Community Events and Calendar (week of Feb. 29, 2012)

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Sign-ups and notices


For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper. For information on monthly/weekly meeting times for groups see the meeting notice section.


Relay For Life registration

The 2012 Relay For Life of Bedford is holding a registration day on Wednesday, March 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Bedford, Forest and Moneta libraries. The registration day is open to any member of the community who is interested in signing up for the 2012 Bedford Relay, or wants to know more information about Relay For Life and how they can get involved. This year's Relay For Life is May 18-19 at the National D-Day Memorial. More information about Relay For Life and the event can be found at www.relayforlife.org/bedfordva. The goal is to raise $78,000 in the fight against cancer. The money goes to support the American Cancer Society's patient services programs such as Look Good...Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, free wigs, free 24 hour 1-800-ACS-2345 support/informational phone line, and Web site (cancer.org). As well the money supports groundbreaking research that is making strides towards finding a cure for cancer.


Bunnicula: the Montvale Community Read

The Community Read returns to Montvale Library this spring with a series of planned activities. First, in conjunction with Montvale Elementary, read the book Bunnicula: a Rabbit Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe between March 12 and April 5. Sharing guides are being developed by Meredith Dooley from Montvale Elementary School. In addition, on March 20 at Montvale Public Library, enjoy Barrels of Carrots, a master gardener program in which families will help plant carrots to be harvested later in the year. This program will be presented twice, at 3:30 and 6 p.m. Don’t miss the Bunny Bash on March 31 at 10:30 a.m. This will include a craft, live bunnies to pet and an egg hunt.


St. Patrick’s Day Bash

Historical Avenel is hosting a wearing of the green St. Patrick’s Day Bash on Saturday, March 17, 6 -8:30p.m. Tickets are $25. Available at Arthur’s Jewelry, Scott & Bond, Bedford Welcome Center and Holdren, Eubank & Stanley Insurance or any Board member. Join for an evening of celebrating in the Irish tradition.


Indoor Yard Sale

The Boonsboro Ruritan club will host its Annual Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, March 17 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.


W.O.T.M Golf Tournament

The W.O.T.M. Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Mariner’s Landing on May 5 at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go for breakfast with Santa for handicap children and families in Roanoke Valley – part of Special Olympics. Captain’s Choice, $50. per person, includes meal, beverages & prizes. Have entry fee in by 4/15. For more information contact Proshop at Mariners 540-297-7888 or call Emma & Bobby Moyers at 540-797-3406 or 797-0469. Make checks payable to WOTM 1551.


Go at the Library

Go is an ancient Chinese strategy game that has been around for over 4000 years. The Bedford Go Club welcomes players of all ages and skill levels at weekly club meetings at Bedford Central Library. Don’t know how to play? There are great resources online to teach you how to play Go, or attend a club meeting to be taught in person. The Club meets on Friday afternoons in the young adult room at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Youth Services at Bedford Central Library at 540.586.8911 x 2107.


'Grow the Good Life!': Day of Gardening Seminars

On March 24, 9:30 a.m. at Bedford Central Library, 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford, the Bedford Area Master Gardeners Association is sponsoring a day of spring gardening seminars. Morning session- "Piling It Higher & Deeper: Raised Beds & Composting in the Garden" by Kaye Moomaw, owner of Irvington Springs Farm. Lunch available. Afternoon session- "Native Plants: Diversity-Rich Gardens in an Ecologically-Challenged World" by Janet Scott Davis, owner/operator of Hill House Farm & Nursery. Native plants will be available to buy. For the registration form and information flyer, go to www.BedfordAreaMasterGardeners.org or call the Bedford Extension office at (540)586-7675.


Centra Foundation spring grant applications

Centra Foundation is accepting grant applications for funding health-related projects and programs through the Centra Community Health Initiative Fund. The fund was established in 1997 by Centra as a way to reinvest in the community and partner with other organizations on health-related projects. The grants are funded by Centra and administered by Centra Foundation. To receive consideration, proposals must be submitted by March 1 to Kathryn Pumphrey Ed. D., CFRE, executive vice president, Centra Foundation, 1920 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, Va. 24501. For a grant application and guidelines or for more information, write or call the foundation, (434) 200-4791, or go to www.CentraFoundation.com.


Shape Note Singing

Local choral and singing groups can learn about and practice this unique form of singing under the expert guidance of Jim Baldwin, a leader of several local musical and choral groups – including the well known band – Second Wynde. Shape Note Singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that took root in the Southern Appalachian region by combining traditional English-style hymns with local Southern musical customs. A recent example of this style of mesmerizing music was featured in the movie, Cold Mountain. The course will be held on March 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 4-H Center. The registration fee of $40 covers instruction and lunch both days. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 or visit the 4-H Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org for a registration form.


AARP Driver Safety Program class

Are you 55 plus? Want to save money on your Auto Insurance? AARP Driver Safety program offers the opportunity to accomplish this. Virginia Law requires your insurance company to give a discount for completion of this class for all 55 or older. Ask agent for details. The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed to meet the specific needs of older drivers included age related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road and local driving problems. You do not have to be an AARP member to take the class. Cost of the class is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Cost is to cover the cost of instruction material furnished. AARP members must have their membership card at sign in to get AARP rate. Bring check or money order made out to AARP or exact change. Classes are scheduled as follows: Friday, March 16, at Central Virginia Community College, Bedford at 1635 Venture Blvd. To register for this class call 540-586-0811. Host for class is State Farm Mutual Insurance, Jeff Persinger, Agent. Tuesday, March 27. Class will be held at Montvale Library, 11575 W. Lynchburg Salem Tpke., Montvale, Va. 24122. To register for this class call 540-977-3909 between 9 a.m. & 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Host for class is Oakey’s Funeral Service and Crematory, East Chapel. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a bag lunch and a cushion if you desire. Class size is limited to first come/first served. Class will be conducted by volunteer instructors Bob Dixon, Jim Hueber and Dick Turpin.


The First Monday Movies series

Big Island Library with Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (G). The movie starts at 3 p.m. on March 5 and snacks are provided. Register by March 2 by calling 540-425-7000.


Golf Tournament

The Second Annual Golf Tournament in Memory of Tye Cobb Drinkard, to benefit Mended Hearts Chapter 16, Lynchburg General Hospital,will be held at London Downs Golf Course. The Captain’s Choice will be held Friday, April 20. Tee time 8:30 a.m. $300. per team, $75 per player. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Golf cart, greens fees and beverages included. Checks must be made to Chapter 16 Mended Hearts, Betty Drinkard, 214 London Downs Drive, Forest, Va. 24551. Call 434-525-2852.


Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild

Anyone who has an interest in quilting is invited to join PPQG on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. for Stitch ‘n Sew evenings. The regular monthly meeting is held on the second Monday of each month and begins at 7 p.m. If you have questions contact a member at peaksandpieces@yahoo.com or Sydney Schatz at 586-2997.


EMT Basic class

Beginning March 1, 7 p.m. Location: 1305 Falling Creek Road, Bedford, Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue Educational Complex. March 1-June 14. Various weeknights & weekends, 6-10 p.m. weeknights and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends (unless otherwise scheduled). Sign up, Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue Office, (540) 587-0700 option 5. The 12th Edition Brady Emergency Care by Limmer & O’Keefe is required for the class: www.textbook.com (lists multiple vendors in which to purchase the book from, workbook is optional). ** CPR for the Healthcare Provider certification required prior to the first night of class. **


Bedtime Tales

Go to the Forest Library on the second Friday of each month for Bedtime Tales. Designed for kids ages 4 to 7, Bedtime Tales includes stories, snacks and fun things to do from 7 to 8 p.m. Frogs, Frogs, Frogs! in March. Call 540-425-7002 to register.


Free tax assistance in Bedford

Free tax assistance is being offered at the Bedford Central Library (Meeting Room). The service will run every Tuesday and Thursday through April 17, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., except on Tuesday, March 6, when the site will be closed. The service has bed offered at the Bedford Central Library for several years. The service is open to anyone and is intended to serve those with low to moderate incomes. In most cases, the federal and state returns are filed electronically. The service is sponsored by AARP TaxAide, but you don't have to be over 50 or an AARP member to participate. Taxpayers wishing to use the service must bring a photo ID. social security cards for all individuals listed on the tax form (Taxpayers, spouse, or dependents) or Form SSA-1099 (social security benefit statement), along with all forms received from employers, social security, and financial institutions pertaining to your income or deductions. A copy of last year's sate and federal is helpful in many cases. Services are normally provided on a first come, first serve bases. Doors will close early if the number of taxpayers exceeds the capacity to complete the returns during scheduled hours.


Boating Safety courses

A free Boating Safety Course will be held March 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Altavista YMCA, 1000 Franklin Ave., Altavista. Reservations are required. Call 434-369-9622 to reserve seating. Presented by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary, all materials are provided, however bring a sack lunch.  Those who successfully complete the course will earn the Virginia Boaters Education Certificate.  The course will also be offered on April 7 at the same time and place. These courses are sponsored by the Leesville Lake Association, a non-profit, membership-based organization devoted to keeping the lake clean and safe. Visit the Association's Website at leesvillelake.org.  Current Virginia law requires all PWC operators 50 years old and younger and all boat operators 20 years old and younger to have completed a boating safety course. And, beginning July 1, 2012, all PWC operators regardless of age and all boat operators ages 30 and younger must have taken a boating safety course.


Free genealogy class

If you were not able to attend last month's free beginning genealogy class at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library, they will be starting it again on Saturday, March 3. The class will be limited to 10 people, and only to those just starting out in genealogy. The classes will start at 10 a.m. and run each Saturday for four weeks. Subjects to be discussed will be: Getting Started, Census Records, Local Sources, and Using the Internet. For more information contact the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library in person: located at 201 E. Main St. Bedford, Va. 24523, by phone 540-586-4520, or by email at bmgl@bedfordvamuseum.org.


Tax Aide Program 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 5 p.m. during Tax Season through April 10. 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. To make an appointment at the Westlake Tax-Aide location, call the Westlake Library at (540) 483-3098 (Ext. 3) or (540) 719-2383

(Ext. 3).


Tax Preparation at the 4-H Center

If you’re beginning to panic about the looming deadline of April 17, then take advantage of the expertise of Chuck Marlowe, the former Controller of ITT and a certified tax preparer and learn the ins and outs of the Federal tax laws and regulations. On February 29 from 9 a.m. to noon, in a low key, patient environment, Marlowe will guide you through the preparation of a basic tax return and answer your questions concerning individual tax related issues. Cost is only $10 – and you may save much more in taxes after attendance at this informative session. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 for a registration form and/or more information.


Cheese Shop trips

Bedford County Parks and Recreation will sponsor trips to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft on the following dates: Tuesday, March 27; Tuesday, April 24; Tuesday, May 22; and Tuesday, June 26. Other stops may include Miller's Bakery, the Little Debbie Outlet, Country Connections, lunch at Wood Grill in Harrisonburg, a visit to local farmers' markets and The Cheese Shop. Cost per person is $20 which includes transportation on the Parks and Rec bus and lunch at Wood Grill. Call Bedford County Parks and Rec at 586-7682 for more information or visit the office at 780 Bedford Ave. Ext. Payment must accompany registration.


Business Roundtables

Business Roundtables: The Bedford County Office of Economic Development will begin the quarterly meetings at CVCC Bedford Campus at 8 a.m. The meetings will be held in 2012 on the following dates: May 17, Aug. 16 and Nov. 15.


Taubman Museum in Full Bloom

The Blue Ridge District of Garden Clubs will present A Standard Flower Show, Art In Bloom -

Imagine… April 12 from 2 – 5 p.m.; April 13 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and April 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Taubman Museum of Art on 110 Salem Avenue in Roanoke, VA. The section for the Flower Show is open to the public and admission is free.


Woman's Retreat

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center will be hosting a Woman’s Retreat the weekend of March 23-25. Retreat activities will include class sessions for varying interests including: crafts, canning/jelly making, exercise/stretching, couponing, tool use/automotive, bread baking, nature hikes, rifle instruction, and more. Weekend events also include a gift auction and a pajama party, as well as shopping and demonstrations from local vendors. Saturday afternoon we will be having a “Swap” Party, in which participants bring unused items from home to swap for new-to-you items that other participants bring. The cost for the entire weekend which includes meals from dinner Friday through lunch on Sunday, two nights lodging, and all instruction is $95 per person. For locals who do not want to spend the night the cost is $65 per person. To register, or for more information go to the Web site at www.holidaylake4h.com. You can also contact Tamara Arrington at 434-248-5444 or through email at tamaraa@vt.edu.


Family Craft Saturday

At Stewartsville Library is on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. The program is for parents or caregivers with kids aged 5 to teens. Registration required to ensure enough supplies are on hand. In March they'll make wind chimes and tambourines. Call 540-425-7008 for information or to register.


Foster Parent Orientation meetings

Bedford County Department of Social Services will have three Foster Parent Orientation meetings in different areas of the County to provide information to those who wish to learn about becoming foster parents. The Foster Parent Pre-Service training event which is part of the process to become foster parents is scheduled for the following dates: February 29 Wednesday), March 5, 2012 (Monday) and March 13, 20 and 27 (all Tuesdays), April 3, 10, 17 and 24 (all Tuesdays). Contact Gail at (540) 875-8815 to be enrolled in these classes, even if you have sent in an application. All Pre-Service classes are held in the County Administration Building in the lower level training room from 6-9 p.m. on the dates above.


Employment Strategies for the Workplace

A class entitled “Employment Strategies for the Workplace” will be offered to adults in the Staunton River High School community on March 1 and March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students will learn how to use technology to create résumés, on-line applications, interview practices, and e-mail accounts. There is no cost for this class, but space is limited. To register or to obtain more information, contact Helen Pope, 21st Century Site Coordinator, Staunton River High School. Call 540-297-7151. This class is provided by 21st Century Community Learning Centers.


Community Fitness Center

The Community Fitness Center of Staunton River High School will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and will offer individualized fitness programs. The Center is open to students 13 years and older, teachers, parents, and members of the Staunton River High School Community. There is no fee. For more information, contact Helen Pope, 21st Century Site Coordinator, Staunton River High School. Call 540-297-7151. The fitness center is provided by 21st Century Community Learning Centers.


Soil and Water Conservation District scholarship

The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District, through the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, is seeking candidates for a $1,000 nonrenewable scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the education of Virginia citizens in technical fields that focus on natural resource conservation and environmental protection by giving financial support to students majoring in or showing a strong interest in these fields of study. Applicants must be full-time students who are enrolled in or who have applied to a college freshmen level curriculum. Applicants shall document a class ranking in the top 20 percent of his or her graduating class, or a 3.0 or higher Grade Point Average or appropriate equivalent of individual scholastic achievement. For more details and a copy of the application, contact the Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District at 587-7645. Applications must be received at the District office by March 16, 2012.


Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering – Stewartsville

The Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering meets at the Stewartsville Library, 45 Cascade Dr., from 1-3 p.m. Upcoming meeting dates: Saturday, March 3; Saturday, April 7; Saturday, May 5. Join for an afternoon of knitting, weaving, spinning, crocheting and laughing.  Learn a new skill or come and share your skills and talents with others.  Bring the project you are currently working on and enjoy the companionship and knowledge of other fiber enthusiasts.  If you are stuck in a project someone will be able to help you figure out your pattern.  If you haven’t yet learned to knit or crochet someone can get you started.  This program is free and is open to teens and adults. Call the Stewartsville Library for more information 540-425-7008 ext 3.


The Fresh Air team

The Fresh Air Fund’s Greater Lynchburg area committee is preparing for summer 2012 and the arrival of New York City children. To ensure that this year’s program is a success, The Fresh Air Fund is currently seeking volunteer members and host families so that visiting inner-city children can enjoy new experiences and lasting friendships. Each summer, close to 4,000 New York City children, ages 6 to 18, enjoy vacations for up to two weeks with volunteer host families in suburban, rural, and small town communities across 13 Northeastern states and Canada. Local Fresh Air Fund volunteers recruit and interview host families, check references and coordinate group program activities in their communities. In 2012, The Fresh Air Fund will celebrate its 136th summer of bare feet, sandcastles and starry nights for children from New York City’s low-income communities. For more information on how you can join your local Fresh Air volunteer team, call Barbara Austin at (434) 594-6148 or The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. You can also learn more about the Volunteer Host Family program by visiting The Fresh Air Fund’s Web site at www.freshair.org.


Bedford County Parks & Rec senior lunch trips

(Ages 55 and Older), Thursdays: March 8, Red Palace; April 12, Cracker Barrel; May 10, Babcock House; June 14, Mac 7 Maggies’s; July 12, Dickey’s Barbecue; August 9, Fisherman’s Galley; September 13, Choice Hibachi. Cost for transportation is $5 per person. Lunch is on your own. There will be some time after lunch for various shopping and location sightseeing. Depart from Bedford County Parks & Rec at 11 a.m. Approximate return time is 4 p.m. Must pre-register. Call Bedford County Parks and Rec, (540) 586-7682.


CASA Shoe Sale

CASA’s 13th Annual Heart and Sole Shoe Market will be held on Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Lynchburg Armory, located at 1200 Church Street in Downtown Lynchburg. A Preview Party will be held on Friday, April 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A limited number of tickets at $25 will go on sale on March 12. Ticket holders will have an opportunity to shop early and also enjoy light refreshments and chances to win door prizes. Vendors are also invited to sell their products in the Heart and Sole Boutique. The vendor fee for the entire weekend is $125 (and a door prize for the Preview Party); $100 for Saturday, April 14 only; and $50 and a door prize for the Preview Party only. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Central Virginia conducts this premier annual 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 jane@cvcasa.org, or check out the Web site at www.cvcasa.org.


Blossom to Bottle Race

The first Blossom to Bottle 5K Race will be held April 14 at the Peaks of Otter Winery and Johnson's Orchards.. All proceeds benefit the YMCA's Oncology Wellness Program, A Path to Healing and a Bridge to Wellness. Run, jog, walk or crawl over the hills and through the blossoms, down in the valley and across the streams in the benefit race. Traverse the valley on an off-road course. There will be some bridges and streams to cross and lots of farm animals to see in their pastures. The race begins at 9 a.m. For more information and for registration form visit the Web at www.BlossomToBottle.com. Entry Fee: $15/single & $20/single on race day. Registration: Pre-registered participants may pick up packets at the Bedford YMCA the day before the race. Race day registration will be at Johnson’s Orchard at 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Refreshments & Amenities: There will be hospitality area for runners with free refreshments. Course: Very exciting & scenic, rolling off-road course, through apple fields, short gravel road and bridges over small streams with spectacular mountain views. Call the Bedford YMCA(540)586-3483 or Johnson’s Orchard (540-586-3707) for additional information.


The 14th Annual GameFest held by the GFWC Smith Mountain Lake Women's Club will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with play starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include beverages, snacks, a lunch prepared by the members of SML Women's Club and lots and lots of door prizes.  Last year the annual fund raiser enabled the club to make contributions to 24 local charities.  Tickets are available from any club member or contact Hallie at 721-2595. 


Bower Center exhibit Black & White

Wharton Foundation’s Bower Center for the Arts is announcing the next exhibit entitled Black & White.  The Call to Artists was answered by over 45 artists whose work will judged in this theme show of 2-D and 3-D pieces.  The exhibition will hang through March 17.  


Free parenting classes for Bedford families

Tuesday night class at Stewartsville Elementary School for Stewartsville Elementary families. Through April 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Monday night class at Thaxton Elementary School for Bedford families with children aged 12 and under. March 12 through May 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday night class at Staunton River High School for Staunton Rover High School families. March 8 through May 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday night class at Big Island Elementary School for Big Island Elementary families. March 20 through May 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Nadine Dunton at (434) 485-8133 or ndunton@phfs.org.


Free computer skills classes

The Bedford Public Library System is offering free beginner, and some advanced, computer classes. Most classes offer hands on training and laptops are provided. Some of our more popular topics include mouse and keyboard skills, online digital photo storage, Google, Facebook, email attachments, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and basic Internet Explorer 9 navigation. The courses will vary according to the BPLS library location and will be instructed using Microsoft Office 2007 and Internet Explorer 9. To find a list of classes offered at your BPLS library, visit www.bplsonline.org or call your local 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.


Moneta Garden Club

The Moneta Garden Club meets at noon at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Road, Moneta on the third Monday each Month.



It’s fun to read a book to a dog! Second Saturdays, running through May 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., bring your child to the Moneta/SML Library to read to a special dog trained to listen. Reading aloud can improve reading skills and confidence. Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) are certified by the National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. Call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004 for more information.


The Bedford Central Library Lego Club

Come out at 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month for Lego building fun. There will be a supply of Legos and a theme suggestion,. The library is accepting donations of Legos .


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening

Westlake. third Wednesday of each month, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Free at Westlake YMCA. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.


Blood Pressure Screening-Westlake

Westlake Kroger. Free blood pressure screening. First Tuesday of every month, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482. Location: Kroger Westlake 80 Westlake Rd. Hardy.


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening- Bedford

First Wednesday of each month, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Free. Location: Bedford Post Office. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening- Moneta

Third Wednesday of each month, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Free. Location: Moneta Post Office. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Forest

Free blood pressure/blood sugar screening. Fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 - 11 a.m. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482. Location: Forest Post Office.


Garden Club of Bedford programs for 2012

The Garden Club of Bedford meets on the following dates in 2012: February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9 (Planting Date) June 13, July 11, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12. Most meetings begin at 10 a.m. and are held at the Bedford location of CVCC. Visitors are always welcome at the meetings but should contact a club representative first, especially if they are presenting a program which requires that there are sufficient materials for participants. Contact information 540-586-6209 or childers3@JetBroadband.com and 540-297-3481 or flpdare2@gmail.com.

Programs for 2012 include the following:

March 14 - A program on Point System Tips used in judging designs and horticulture will be provided by student judges, Frankie Puckett and Marge Loomis at CVCC.

April 11 - The club will visit the Claytor Nature Study Center. Attendees will bring a picnic lunch.

May 9 - The Annual Meeting for Elections and Reports will be held. They will be meeting in front of the Municipal Building if weather permits to put in plants on the annual workday.

June 13 - Garden Projects for Children will be presented at CVCC by Patty Butters, a Lynchburg Master Gardener.

July 11 - At CVCC Bedford Master Gardener and premier floral designer, Karen Craig, will present a program on Creating Large Designs.

September 12 - The program, Bringing Houseplants Inside at the End of the Summer, will be presented at CVCC by Lynchburg Master Gardener, Glenda Lojek.

October 10 - Lynchburg Master Gardener, Joe Pond, will present Blooms That Shine in Summer Shade at CVCC.

November 14 - The program, Gourds and Gourdies will give members the chance to bring in any gourd they have decorated and tell the other members how it was created.

December 12 - The club will Smokehouse Restaurant in Downtown Moneta. At this informal meeting they exchange Silly Santa gifts and discuss a few ideas for the new year.

Some members will also be participating in the following: Flower Show School Course III to be held on March 20-23 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center in Staunton; the Standard Flower Show at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke on April 12, 13, 14 sponsored by the Blue Ridge District; the Blue Ridge District Spring Meeting to be held on April 19 in Roanoke; and National Garden Week June 3-9.


Garbage, recycling collection holiday schedule

The city of Bedford garbage and recycling collection holiday schedule for 2012:

Memorial Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, May 28. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, May 28, will be collected on Tuesday, May 29.

Independence Day: City offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Wednesday, July 4, will be collected on Thursday, July 5.

Labor Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Sept. 3, will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Veterans' Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Nov. 12, will be collected on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Thanksgiving: City offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Thursday, Nov. 22, will be collected on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Friday, Nov. 23 will be collected on Monday, Nov. 26.

Christmas: City offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Dec. 24 will be collected on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Tuesday, Dec. 25 will be collected on Thursday, Dec. 27.

The City Landfill will also observe the city holiday schedule and in addition to the dates above, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 22.

Eckankar of Bedford

Eckankar of Bedford hosts the following free events: video/popcorn Night, first Fridays, 7 p.m.; worship service, third Sundays, 11 a.m. New classes starting. Call for more information, 434-384-7959.


Pine Spur Hunt Club dances

March 3, Midnight Special, Potluck Dinner (bring a dish) and Dance; March 10, Flash Back. Pine Spur Hunt Club is located on 1094 Pine Spur Road, Vinton, Virginia. The dances run from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and admission is $8. For more information, call 890-9891.


James River Bluegrass Association 2012 events

Friday, March 9 Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers — openers to be announced

Friday, March 16 Kody Norris & Watauga Mountain and Long Mountain Grass Band

Friday, April 6 The Bluegrass Brothers and The Country Proud Bluegrass Band

Friday, April 20, Joe Mullins Radio Ramblers

Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. The Blue Ridge Standard Band and, at 7 p.m., Lonesome River Band

Friday, May 11 Lonesome Will Mullins Sure Fire Band — openers to be announced

Events will be held at the Madison Heights Community Center at 424 Woody's Lake Road. All Friday shows will start at 7 p.m. For more information, call (434) 944-0072. In case of inclement weather, call (540) 297-3651 or (434) 944-0072.


Spring Children’s Programming

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 10:15 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 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. 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 10:15 a.m. (walkers-18 months) and 11:15 a.m. (18-36 months), Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. (infants-crawlers) and 11:15 a.m. (18-36 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 www.bplsonline.org.


Mother Goose

Montvale Library offers Mother Goose, a structured lapsit story time which uses repetition, musical patterns, baby-friendly visuals and movement to prepare pre-readers for reading and writing on their own. This innovative program is inspired by research into the brain development of very young children and the most effective ways to teach literacy skills. Mother Goose is open to children ages 0 – 3 and is presented on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.


Read to Bailey the dog

Watch your child’s reading skills and confidence soar while reading to man’s best friend! If your child is between the ages of 5 and 11 call the Forest Library to reserve a time to Read to Bailey the dog. Bailey is at the library on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call the Forest Library at 540-425-7002 to reserve your time today.


Bedtime Tales

Go to the Forest Library on the second Friday of each month for Bedtime Tales. Designed for kids ages 4 to 7, Bedtime Tales includes stories, snacks and fun things to do from 7 to 8 p.m. Themes are Snowy Daze in January, Furry Friends in February and Frogs, Frogs, Frogs! in March. Call 540-425-7002 to register, and special thanks to the Friends of the Forest Library for sponsoring this program.


TNT (Teen Night Thursday)

Preteens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to hang out in the Community Room at Forest Library on the third Thursday night of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Play Guitar Hero or your favorite board games and bring an appetite. Pizza and snacks are served!


Family Craft Saturday

At Stewartsville Library is on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. The program is for parents or caregivers with kids aged 5 to teens. Registration required to ensure enough supplies are on hand. Call 540-425-7008 for information or to register.


Winter Reading Program

Bedford Public Library System offers the Winter Reading Program in conjunction with the Library of Virginia through March 2. This is a self-directed program; read with your child to earn stickers for the First Dog sticker sheet! The program is designed for children up to age 5. To sign up and get your supplies stop by any branch library beginning February 1.


Garden Club of Bedford meeting

The Garden Club of Bedford meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month (except January and August) at the CVCC Bedford location 1633 Venture Blvd. just off of Independence Drive. Visitors are welcome to attend the meetings. Contact information childers3@JetBroadband.com 540-586-6209 and 540-297-3481 or flpdare2@gmail.com.


SML State Park lecture series

March 4 - New Zealand: The living Land. Bill Leaning.

April 1 - Jubal Early, Ron Coleman.

Ticket prices: Single Ticket, $7; Single season ticket, $18; Two season tickets, $32; FSMLP season ticket, $15; FSMLSP two season tickets, $30.

The lectures are all on Sunday's and take place from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Smith Mountain State Park Discovery Center.


Calendar of events


Thursday, March 1


GFWC Bedford Woman's Club
The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 1, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford at 6:30 p.m. Women of all ages are invited to attend. Maryann Overstreet from the Oncology Wellness Group will talk about the Blossom to Bottle 5K race. The scenic off-road race will start at 9 a.m. on April 14 and will benefit the cancer program, “A Path to Healing and A Bridge to Wellness” at the Bedford YMCA. Walkers are welcome. Come hear more at the meeting or go to www.blossomtobottle.com. The Bedford Woman’s 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. For additional information, please contact Sue Trussell at 587-6611.


Friday, March 2


Piano quartet concert

The Wharton Foundation/Bower Center for the Arts welcomes Joe Nigro and the James Piano Quartet to its concert hall on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. The quartet was formed in 2006 with the goal of exploring the rich repertoire of piano quartets, as well as duos and trios for string instruments and piano. For more information about the quartet, visit the Web site at jamespianoquartet.com. Tickets for the concert can be purchased online at lynchburgtickets.com or the Bower Center at 305 North Bridge Street in Bedford. The tickets are $10 thanks to co-sponsorship of Duis Nursery, a local challenge grant and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. More information can be found on the Web site at www.bowercenter and by calling 540-586-4235.


Pancake Breakfast, Uniform and Shoe Sale

Bedford Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 2 will have its monthly Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 – 9 a.m. in the Hospital Cafeteria and then followed at the Auditorium on the 2nd floor will a Uniform and Shoe Sale from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Sponsored by the BMH Auxiliary.  For additional information, contact the Volunteer Services Office at 540-587-3317.


Teens at Montvale Library

Middle and high schoolers, come hang out at Montvale Library on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. There are video and board games, pizza, snacks and drinks and lots of fun! First Friday gaming on March 2; call Montvale Library at 540-425-7006 for more information.


Monday, March 5


Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

March 5 (General  Discussion) at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta at 3 p.m.


First Monday Movies

The First Monday Movies series continues at Big Island Library with Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (G). The movie starts at 3 p.m. on March 5 and snacks are provided. Register by March 2nd by calling 540-425-7000.


Look Good Feel Better

March 5, Bedford. A monthly event for women undergoing cancer treatment, sponsored by Carilion Clinic. 10 a.m. Registration: Required, call 540-587-3308. Contact Info: Call 800-422-8482 for more information. Location: Bedford Memorial Hospital - 1613 Oakwood St. Bedford.


Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer

The Retail Merchants Association, in Partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will present “Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer,” facilitated by Mr. Marc B. Willson, director of merchant performance strategies. Retail expert Marc Willson positions the consumer in the recovering economy and provides real resources and information to help merchants retain existing customers and capture new ones. Willson is known as an operation’s expert and has counseled countless retailers in best practices, marketing and customer service acumen and has conducted numerous seminars and presentations to keep small retailers relevant in this difficult economic time. He is a graduate of George Mason’s School of Public Policy and The University of Delaware where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. In addition to the workshop, which will last about two hours, Wilson will be meeting privately with business owners or managers. During these 1-2 hour sessions, he will look at things you could be doing to increase your marketability and appeal.  The free workshop is being held at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on March 5 from 8 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Space is limited and reservations are needed. Register online through the RMA We bsite (www.LynchburgRMA.com) or call 434-528-1732.


Tuesday, March 6


Diabetes-Heart Disease Connection

March 6, The Diabetes-Heart Disease Connection – Hardy. Carilion Clinic Cardiologist, Dr. Craig Turner, will talk about the connection between Diabetes and Heart Disease. 6 p.m. Registration: to register, contact Carilion Clinic at 800-422-8482. Location: 84 Westlake Road. Suite 109 Hardy.


Wednesday, March 7


Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Research and progressive MS will be discussed on March 7 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., From noon-2 p.m. Bring a bag lunch.


Women’s History Month Lecture

Join the National D-Day Memorial as it celebrates Women’s History Month with a lunchbox lecture on Wednesday, March 7.  The Memorial will present Powers of Persuasion: Propaganda and WWII. Discover how propaganda was used to influence the public and evoke powerful emotions on the war. During WWII, images of women were frequently used. Some displayed women as independent, strong, and patriotic, while others illustrated the idea that the enemy posed a direct threat to women and children on the homefront. A soldier only had to look at a poster to answer the question, “what are we fighting for?” Learn more during this one-hour program and slide presentation.   The program will be presented by April Cheek-Messier, Vice President for Operations and Education at the Memorial. The program takes place at the Bedford Welcome Center at noon.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy the discussion.  For more information about this and other National D-Day Memorial programs, visit www.dday.org or call (800) 351-DDAY.


Thursday, March 8


Stroke Support Group

The effects of stroke present added challenges to young people, who are often working and caring for families. A local support group for young stroke survivors could help them work through these challenges. Join for an informational meeting regarding the Stroke Support Group on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the First Colony Conference Room 1 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. To register, call or text 434.941.2839.


Be Tobacco Free

Centra’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program offers a free, hour-long, Be Tobacco Free! class for people considering a tobacco-free life. The group will meet the second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. in the lower level of Cardiovascular Group located at 2410 Atherholt Road in Lynchburg. The first

meeting will be March 8 at 1 p.m. with future meetings on April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13. To register or for more information call

434.200.3812 and leave a message. Be Tobacco Free! includes both smoking and chewing tobacco.


Diabetes Education - Foot Care

March 8, Diabetes Education - Foot Care – Bedford. Learn more about taking good care of your feet while living with Diabetes. 6 p.m. Registration: Registration required by calling 540-204-7135. Location: Bedford Memorial Hospital - 1613 Oakwood St. Bedford.


Breastfeeding Class

Free Breastfeeding Class at Bedford Memorial Hospital, March 8, Thursday, 6 p.m. To register call 434-426-0421.


Soil and Water Conservation District

The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding its monthly Board meeting on March 8 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.


Friday, March 9


Tuskegee University Golden Voices concert

The famous Tuskegee University Golden Voices Choir, an organization steeped in more than a century of pride, will be holding a concert at High Street Baptist Church, 2302 Florida Ave. N.W. on Friday March 9 at 7 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend the concert, presented by Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument, Hardy and High Street Baptist Church, Roanoke.  Admission is a free will offering.


Book signing event

Local author Melodie Rakes will hold a book signing event on March 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Dine and Sign Event will be held at Teaberry's Cafe, 129 E. Cleveland Ave., Vinton. Rakes, a resident of Moneta will be available to sign copies of her book, Woman of Fairville. Rakes's novel is based on the biblical story of the Samaritan woman at the well.


Women in the military, their families

As part of Women’s History Month, a reception and program will be held on March 9 so the community can honor women who have served or are serving in the military, along with their families.

The event is being sponsored by local Franklin County/Smith Mountain Lake Chapter 60 of the Disabled American Veterans organization (110 Scruggs Road, Moneta, Virginia) and the Westlake Library. The event will be held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta (about 1 mile south of Halesford Bridge on Route 122/Booker T. Washington Highway). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. A reception, with heavy hors d’oeuvres and buffet, will begin at 6 p.m. A program of speakers will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to all members of the community who wish to help honor women who have served or are serving in the U.S. military, along with their families. The sponsors especially hope that all local women veterans and their families will attend. Those who wish to attend are asked to reserve a seat in advance by March 1 and indicate if they are female veterans. This will help the sponsors in planning the event, as seating is limited, food will be prepared for those attending, and female veterans will be introduced to the audience. To reserve a seat, contact one of the following: David W. Cuff, Commander Chapter 60, DAV, 540-352-8344, dwcuff14@yahoo.com, or Marilyn Amerson, Westlake Library Manager, 540-483-3098, ext 3, mamersonj@gmail.com.


Saturday, March 10


Family Craft Saturday 

At Stewartsville Library on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. The program is for parents or caregivers with kids aged 5 to teens. Registration is required to ensure enough supplies are on hand. In March they will make wind chimes and tambourines. Call 540-425-7008 for information or to register.


Monday, March 12


Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

Monday, March 12 at The Discovery Shop, 400 Scruggs Rd. Moneta at 6:30 p.m.


American Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, March 12 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta from noon-6 p.m. Donors are needed, Walk-ins are welcomed, but it is better to call 1-800-RED-CROSS to pre-register.


Tuesday, March 13


Téada in concert

The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. will host Téada in concert. The concert, held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a ticket price of $10 per person, collected at the door. Seating is limited. For more information, call 540-586-8911, or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.


Wednesday, March 14


Man to Man Prostate Support Group

Meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta at 6 p.m.


Friday, March 16


Ballroom dancing

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at New London Ruritan, March 16 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.  The theme is Latin night and the 1 hour dance lesson will be Rumba.  There will be a dance host available for the single women. Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5.  Light snacks provided.  Beverages available at snack bar.  Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 434-426-9787 (leave a message)  or visit the Web:  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.


Monday, March 19


Life for One

Guest speaker Patty Mason Goggin on the Appalachian Trail, on Monday, March 19 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Bring a bag lunch/drink.


Tuesday, March 20


Family Movie Night at Bedford Central

Enjoy Family Movie Night at Bedford Central on Tuesday March 20 at 5:30 p.m. They will present a special viewing of Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (G) followed by crafts and games.


Friday, March 23


Big Ideas for Small Business Marketing seminar

This event will show attendees how to: Spend a little for a lot of attention; create marketing that requires action; be ruthless with your time while networking. The seminar is scheduled for March 23 from 8-10 a.m. at CVCC’s Bedford Center. For more information visit www.bedfordareachamber.com or call the Chamber at 540-586-9401. The speaker: Patrick H. McGaughey is an American Business Speaker and Certified Professional Facilitator who works with private industry, chambers of commerce and industry associations to build higher performance and income. Learn more about pat at www.activatingpeople.com or contact him at 1-800-545-3610 or through his email address: pat@activatingpeople.com . You may also follow Pat on Twitter with his daily business tweets www.twitter.com/patrickhmcg.


Lake Players

Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) opens its Lake Players 2012 season with an evening of marriage and music on March 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church on Route 122 in Moneta. The evening will be a mixture of Irish music, plays and tales. Bo King and Marion Wetcher will star in “The Blind Date”; Charlene and John Maresca will star in “Post Its,” notes on a marriage. Linda and Kevin Leap will perform Irish tunes to the accompaniment of Elda Nichols; and Peggy Clutz and her brother Dennis Crowley will tell some “Stories by the Crowley Kids.” This is a BYOB event. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. For reservations, contact Nancy King at nking1@jetbroadband.com or 540.721.3656. The event is $6 per person.


Monday, March 26


Back Pain

Dr. Gary Simonds from Carilion Clinic, on Monday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta.  No cost. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami 540-721-4330, 540-297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.


Thursday, March 29


Family Movie Night at Moneta/SML Library

Family Movie Night at Moneta/SML Library for March will feature Treasure Buddies (G). Come out starting at 5:30 p.m. on March 29 for crafts, games, snacks and the movie.