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Community events and Calendar (week of Feb. 9, 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.

Senior programming opportunities to be discussed
    The Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a meeting in the Ground Floor Training Room of the County Administration Building to discuss programming opportunities for seniors, particularly those 55 and over. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 16, beginning at 11 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m. with refreshments being served. If you would like to attend, contact the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department at 586-7682 to make your required reservation.

Free tax assistance in Bedford
    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax assistance at the Bedford Central Library.  The service began on Tuesday, February 1 and will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the tax season, except for February 24 when the site will be closed.  AARP has offered this service at the Central Library for many years said Letty Collins, Site Coordinator.  The service is open to anyone and you do not have to be a member of AARP to participate.  However, the service is aimed at helping those individuals age 60 and older with low to moderate incomes prepare both federal and state income taxes. Taxpayers wishing to use the service should bring a photo ID, social security cards for all individuals listed on the tax form (taxpayer, spouse, and dependents), along with all forms received from employers, social security, and financial institutions pertaining to your income or deductions.  A copy of last year's federal and state return is helpful in many cases.  Services are provided on a first come, first serve basis.  Doors may close early if the number of taxpayers exceeds the capacity to complete the returns during the scheduled hours.

Need for firewood
    The Agape Center currently supplies over a dozen families in the community with firewood to heat their homes. With the cold season there is a need for firewood.  The Agape Center will pick it up, split it and then distribute to clients.  Call 540-296-0609 or e-mail 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.

Singing valentines
    Again this year the SML Harmeneers Barbershop chorus can make your Valentines Day a uniquely memorable and impressive one by delivering a Singing Valentine presented by a quartet in fancy dress. The group will deliver an unforgettable valentine experience to your sweetie anywhere they happen to be on Friday, February 11, Saturday, February12 or Monday, February 14 for a reasonable $50. A valentine includes two or more songs, a rose and a card. To arrange delivery of your unique valentine gift you may call: Franklin County 540-721-1437, Bedford County 540-297-9231, Lynchburg 434-851-9300 and in Roanoke 540-977-0472. All proceeds from these valentines support the Harmeneers music scholarship program for local High School graduates. To date they have have awarded more than $15,000 in scholarship aid from the Singing Valentine program. Pictured: A typical chorus quartet in their valentine performance dress. Shown are Jim Smith, Ken Giesken, Rich Ickes and Frank Beahm.

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, VA. The show opens February 1, artists reception at 5:30 p.m., awards presentations at 6:30 p.m.  The show will be judged by nationally known and respected artist Tracy Budd.  The reception is open to the public. Call the WestLake Library at (540) 483-3098 (option 3) for viewing hours.

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

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

Have a Blast at Big Island Library
    The next Pizza Challenge meeting will be on Monday, March 7 at 3 p.m. Watch “UP” at First Tuesday Flicks at Big Island. Enjoy the movie with snacks on March 1 at 3 p.m.

Dad & Daughter Powder Puff Pinewood Derby
    Invite your father, grandfather, older brother, uncle or any adult male family friend and participate in the Dad & Daughter Powder Puff Pinewood Derby at the Montvale Recreation Center on March 5. Sign in is at 9 a.m. racing begins at 9:30 and will go until the competition of heats. Registration deadline is Feb. 20. Car kits are available at the Boy Scout office. New this year is Leader/co-Leader heat. Chips and drinks available at concession, bag lunch suggested. For more information, contact Debbie Nelson at debbied64@gmail.com, 144 Winesap Road, Roanoke 24019 or 966-3875.

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

Bedford Central Library events
    Join at the Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of Despicable Me (PG) followed by crafts, games, books and fun! For more information, contact Youth Services at (540)586-8911 ex. 2107.  Bring your imagination to the next Pizza Challenge meeting on February 23 at 4 p.m. Last month’s meeting was cancelled because of bad weather, so this month they’ll really learn what a frindle is. Make up a word of your own and they’ll enter it in an online dictionary.

Wild Game Dinner
    The 10th Annual Sportsman's Wild Game Dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.. Sponsored by Southside Baptist Church. Come enjoy dinner at no cost. They ask that each one bring a covered dish of meat, vegetables, or dessert to share. There will be a mount contest and prizes will be given for first, second and third places. A special door prize, a muzzleloader, will be given away for mount contest entries. Lots of other door prizes, muzzleloaders, tree stands, etc. will also be handed out. Guest speaker is Jeremy Harrill, a game warden from North Carolina, who has helped produce several videos, including Lord of the Springs. The dinner will be held at Goodview Elementary School. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information, call the church- 890-3815 or Steve Jones- 890-3975.

Art exhibit at Bower Center
    Artwork of the members of the Seven Hills Art Club of Lynchburg will be on exhibit at the Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford. The exhibition will be in Performance Hall Gallery and will be open through Saturday, February 13.  The first exhibit in this exploration of local and regional artist groups is The Seven Hills Art Club of Lynchburg. 

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.

Thaxton Baptist Wild Game Dinner
    The Christian Sportsmen Association of Thaxton Baptist Church will hold its second annual Wild Game Dinner on February 19 at 5:30 p.m.  A buffet-style meal, (including meat selections for non-game-eaters).  There will be a program, door prizes, plus a grand prize drawing for an original oil painting and a brand new muzzleloader.  Tickets are available for a donation of $7 per person and may be obtained early at the church office, Catron’s Tire Service, or Overstreet’s Cities Services in Bedford.  Thaxton Baptist is located on 460 West of Bedford at 1067 Penicks Mill Road in Thaxton.  For more information, call 540.586.8348 or 586.7474.

Fresh air host families
    Through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Town program, local families open their hearts and homes to inner-city children as volunteer hosts for up to two weeks during the summer. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and into Canada. Additionally, 3,000 children attended five Fund camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves 2,000 young people each year. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, contact Mary Poe at 434-239-5590 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. You can also visit The Fund’s Web site at freshair.org.

Upcoming Bloodmobiles
    The following information is subject to change. Call 1-800-REDCROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending.
Feb. 18 – Moneta, Trinity Ecumenical Parish, noon – 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 – Vinton, Vinton Masonic Lodge, 8 a.m. – noon
Feb. 21 - Bedford, Main Street United Methodist Church, noon – 6 p.m.
Feb. 23 –  Forest, Jefferson Forest High School, 8:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Snuggle With a Book
    This winter, look forward to reading rewards, special programs, and lots of good books! Younger patrons can join the Winter Reading Program  to March 2 for children ages birth to 7 years. Look for more information about the Winter Reading Program at the Moneta/SML Library or call 540-425-7004.

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.

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.

Watercolor classes
    Rod Adams, local watercolor artist and instructor, will be teaching watercolor classes at the studio at Art on Depo located in the Electric Company on East Depot Street in Bedford. Evening watercolor classes: Monday and Thursday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., beginning Thursday, Feb. 3 through Monday, Feb.28. Day watercolor classes: Tuesday and Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m., beginning Tuesday, Feb.1 through Friday Feb. 25.  Classes subject to minimum and maximum enrollments. Sign up and purchase supplies before the first class meeting. Supply lists available where the class meets at the Electric Company building, at the Artful Cat Art Supplies store, and online at rodadams.com. Sign up with Rod at rodadams61@verizon.net.

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.

Learn to crochet in four easy lessons
    A class for anyone who would like to learn to crochet.   Sonya Riche is leading the class which will consist of four sessions: Monday, February 21; Monday, February 28; Monday, March 21; and Monday, March 28.  Classes will run from 10 a.m. to noon and will take place at the Westlake Library which is located in the Westlake Towne Center.  Yarn and needles will be provided for the class.  The class is free, however, registration is required.  For further information, or to register for the class, call the library at (540) 483-3098 (Ext. 3).

Forest Library Fun
    The next Pizza Challenge meeting is on February 10 at 4 p.m.  The third Thursday of each month is Teen Night Thursday! Enjoy video games, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is February 17. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.

Mountains of Fun at Montvale Library
    Teens are invited to the library for video and board games on the first Friday of each month, starting at 4 p.m. The next date is March 4. Silver Screen Saturdays at the Montvale Library is the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The library will be showing movies of interest to all ages. On March 12 the library will show Nanny McPhee Returns (PG).  Movies are subject to change. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Montvale Library at (540) 425-7006.  To coincide with One School, One Book the library will have special showings of Shiloh – the Movie on February 23 at 5 p.m. and February 26 at 10 a.m. On Fridays at 10:30 a.m. there is the interactive program, Mother Goose! Parents and caregivers, bring your infants and toddlers (age 0-2) to the Montvale Library for stories, songs, musical instruments, baby-friendly visuals, rhyming and much more! Use this program as a resource to promote emergent literacy at an early age. Children must be accompanied by a parent / caregiver. This program is open to the public and is free of charge. Contact the Montvale Library at (540)425-7006 for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.

One Day Antique Course and Appraisal Service
    If you’ve ever been puzzled by all the different types of glassware, antique furniture, etc. available for sale at antique shops and estate/yard sales and worried about getting “ripped off” before purchasing anything, or you have an antique piece in your home you’d like to know more about then the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center has just the course for you. Renowned Lake area antique expert, “Colonel” Bill, will present a redesigned one day introductory class on March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. focusing on American antiques of the Eastern seaboard - specifically the periods of furniture and glassware from the 17th to the early 20th centuries.  Topics will include defining antiques vs. collectibles, attributes of the various antique periods – including hands-on examination of examples, what determines market value, how to look for authenticity, how to care for antiques – including restoration do’s and don’ts.  Students are encouraged to bring their own antique “treasures” for class discussion and informal appraisal.  Cost of $30 covers all instruction and lunch. For more information and/or registration forms call Dennis Crowley at 721-2759, ext. 264 or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.

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

Movies and More at Moneta Library
    Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004. Bow Wow for Books, the read to a dog program, offers kids a fun and relaxed way to practice reading skills. The dogs are at the library the first Saturday of each month – call 540-425-7004 to reserve a spot to read! The next program is March 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Rockabye Reader Storytime at the Moneta Library
    Rockabye Reader storytime is an ongoing program held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. through April 26 at the Moneta/SML Library. Rockabye Reader is a program for children ages birth to 36 months. It features rhymes, movement, musical instruments, and free play! This program is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.
 
Preschool Storytime at the Moneta Library
    Preschool Storytime is an ongoing program held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. through April 27 at the Moneta/SML Library. Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime is a program for children ages 3 to 5 years. It features stories, songs, rhymes, games, and crafts! This program is open to the public and free of charge. Note that the program will now be held on Wednesdays beginning in February. For more information, call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.

Bedford Central Library movie, pizza
    Join the Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of Despicable Me (PG) followed by crafts, games, books and fun. For more information, contact Youth Services at (540)586-8911 ex. 2107. The next Pizza Challenge meeting will be on February 23 at 4 p.m.

Crisis Line of Central Virginia
    Crisis Line of Central Virginia is looking for volunteers who are dependable and caring individuals. You may choose from several volunteer opportunities such as Crisis Line/Teen Talk, Telerate, and the Sexual Assault Response Program. No prior experience is needed. Training starts in February. Call Vicki Leary at (434) 947-5921 or visit www.crisislineofcentralvirginia.org.  for more information.

Bedford Host Lions Club
    The Bedford Host Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Club is  active in the community helping to provide eye exams and glasses for those who qualify. The Club also helps with eye screening for the schools and they also help the Red Cross with their Blood Drives. The club works with the state and international Lions to provide help in a lot of different ways. If you would like to learn more about the Lions or would be interested in coming to a meeting, call Jim McSlarrow at 586-4712 or Margaret Anderson at 586-0082.

Caregiver Support Group
Dementia Caregiver Support Group at Bedford Memorial Hospital every third Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Join to share challenges and learn more to help the caregivers of those with memory impairment. Group facilitator is Wanda Gills, Life Enrichment director of Heritage Green DayBreak Assisted Living. RSVP to Wanda 434-385-5102 the day before each meeting.

Bedford Public Library System free Computer Skills Classes  
    Beginning in January, the Bedford Public Library System is offering free beginner computer classes.  Topics include mouse and keyboard skills, eReaders, general genealogy research, online digital photo storage, email attachments, Microsoft Word 2007, basic Internet Explorer navigation and more.  The courses will vary according to the BPLS library location and will be instructed using Microsoft Office 2007 software products and Internet Explorer 8.    To find a list of classes offered at your BPLS library, visit www.bplsonline.org or call your BPLS library. Bedford Central Library (540) 586-8911; Big Island Library (540) 425-7000; Forest Library (540) 425-7002; Moneta/SML Library (540) 425-7004; Montvale Library (540) 425-7006; Stewartsville Library (540) 425-7008. 

Blood Pressure Screening
    Westlake Kroger  - Free blood pressure screening. First Tuesday of every month, 9 - 11 a.m.
Cost: Free. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482. Location:  Kroger Westlake  80 Westlake Rd.  Hardy, 24101.

Rotary Club of SML
    The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. It is now meeting at The Westlake Country Club. The doors open at 7 a.m. and breakfast begins at 7:15. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Steve Strickland at 719-1411 or Steve Miller at 721-9003.

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

Bedford Community Quilters
    The Bedford Community Quilters meet at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the John Early Community Center, 718 Blue Ridge Avenue, in Bedford.  Membership is open to ladies of all skill levels who are interested in learning quilting techniques, working on group and individual projects, and making new friends.  Annual dues are only $15.  For more information, contact Shirley Snead at (540) 586-9469 or Helen Hardy at (540) 586-3592.

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

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. 10

Diabetes Education Group
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Topic: What is the relationship between Diabetes and Heart Disease? February 10, Thursday, 6 p.m. Free at Bedford Memorial Hospital 1613 Oakwood St. Class that helps people with Diabetes learn about the scope of their disease and how their lifestyle choices affect their health. Registration required by calling 540-204-7135.

Computer Skills 101
    February’s class is “eReaders and Overdrive” on Thursday, February 10, at 1 p.m. You’ll learn how to use Overdrive to borrow digital e-books and audio books from the new online collection!  March’s class is “Microsoft Excel 101” on Thursday, March 10, at 1 p.m.  You’ll learn how to use Microsoft Excel 2007, which is a spreadsheet program you can use to organize information and make charts and graphs.  April’s class is “Email and Attachments” on Thursday, April 14, at 1 p.m.  You’ll learn how to create and send email with files attached.  May’s class is “Microsoft Word 101” on Thursday, May 12, at 1 p.m.  You’ll learn how to use Microsoft Word 2007, which is a word processing program you can use to write letters, make flyers, and create a resume.  The first eight people to arrive at the classes may use one of the laptops. Classes are open to the public and free of charge.  Computer Skills 101 is held monthly from January through May on the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. If you have any questions,  call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.

Friday, Feb. 11

Music and Events at Beyond the Green
    Friday, February 11, 8 p.m. Live music with Maddie Garber. Maddie has performed at the preconcert party for Carrie Underwood and the Avett Brothers; Friday, February 18, 8 p.m. Solo gig with Sean Bera who is part of Polychrome. Awarded Best Band in the Roanoke Valley from the Roanoke Times and City Magazine; Friday, February 25, 8 p.m. Dave and Tom back again with more high energy sounds; Friday, March 4, 8 p.m. Solo gig with Kelly Scott who is part of Robotic Jive and Superhold. High Energy 80s Rock and Pop.

Saturday, Feb. 12

Flapjack fundraiser
    Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause. Everyone is invited to an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast to support The Agape Center. Tickets are $5. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Hwy 460, Bedford.

Bedford Genealogical Society
    The Bedford Genealogical Society will hold its February meeting on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in the Bedford Room, main branch of the Bedford Public Library located at 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford. Parking is behind the library via Bedford Avenue.  Guest speaker is Phillip Wayne Rhodes, retired Director of the Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg.  Rhodes is well versed and knowledgeable about the history of this area, especially Lynchburg and Campbell County.  He is the author of several books and a contributor to numerous genealogy magazines.  He will be speaking on his books, especially Free Blacks of Lynchburg, 1805-1865.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  More information can be found at the Web site www.bedfordgensociety.org, email bedfordgensociety@hotmail.com, or by phone 540-466-4247.

Nichols concert at Bower Center
    Bedford's own multi-talented pianist, singer and songwriter, Karen Nichols, will perform songs in celebration of Valentine’s Day at Bower Center for the Arts on Saturday evening Feb. 12.   Her concert which she calls, “My Funny Valentine," will feature traditional and original love songs, and a bit of standup comedy.    Go at 7 p.m. for refreshments of champagne and fine chocolates.  The cabaret style concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at Arthurs’ Jewelry, Bedford Welcome Center and the Bower Center.  For more information check www.bowercenter.org or call 540-586-4235.  The Bower Center for the Arts is located at 305 N. Bridge Street, Bedford.

President’s Day at Booker T. Washington National Monument
    Celebrate Lincoln's birthday at Booker T. Washington National Monument by meeting someone who actually knew the President and First Lady. On Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., costumed interpreter Beatrice Iceman will portray a woman who will tell interesting facts (and lots of juicy gossip) about the First Couple.  Find out the answers to many questions about President Lincoln and his family. Was Lincoln really born a Southerner? Was Abe Lincoln a romantic? What was his wife like? Did Mary Lincoln really host a ball while her little son, Willie, lay dying? Did Mary actually cut off the ribbons from the hat of a White House visitor because they matched her own dress? On what occasion did Lincoln say:  "I am on my way to hell"? These are only a few questions that you will find answers to during this conversation with a person from the past. For more information, contact the park at (540) 721-2094.

Bedford Museum Genealogy and History Forum
    The Whorley Family – The Bedford Museum Genealogy and History Forum will host Mark Whorley for a presentation on the Whorley family on Saturday, Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m. at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, 201 East Main St., Bedford. The Museum is located next door to the court house. Mark will present his research and his large collection of old photos of the family. There is no charge and the public is welcome. There is parking available and an elevator to the third floor. For more information call 540.586.4520 – WWW.BEDFORDVAMUSEUM.ORG/FORUM - bccm-info@bedfordvamuseum.org.

Monday, Feb. 14

Breast Cancer Support Group meeting
    Open discussion on February 14 at 6:30 p.m.  at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.

Beginning knitting class for cancer patients and caregivers  
    Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer will hold a beginning knitting class for cancer patients and caregivers. The class will be held at the center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. February 14; cost is $12, which will cover the knitting kit. Space is limited; preregistration is required. For more information or to preregister for the class, call 434.200.6067. The Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center at 1701 Thomson Drive in Lynchburg provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support services for cancer patients and their families.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. February 16, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Moneta Post Office, 14211 Moneta Rd, Moneta, VA 24121. No registration required.

Wired Wednesday: Business Benefits of Cloud Computing
    The Region 2000 Technology Council will be hosting the first Wired Wednesday 'networking, lunch and learn' of 2011 on February 16 from noon until 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select on Main Street, Lynchburg. Ranny Grubb, Chief Technology Officer of Virtual IT, Inc. will be presenting on the ‘Business Benefits of Cloud Computing’. The cost is $10 for Tech Council Members and $15 for non-members. You can register online at: www.techcouncil.us/news-events/wired-wednesday/.

New Beginnings
    The next New Beginnings meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 16 at noon. The meeting will be held at Liberty Station, Bedford Ave., Bedford.  Newcomers are always welcome. The New Beginnings Support Group is a group that meets the needs of  widows and widowers in the Bedford, Moneta, Huddleston, Montvale and  other surrounding areas. Dress is casual and the meal is Dutch treat. Reservations are not needed. For more information on this and other support group activities call Pam Willoughby, Bedford Hospice Care at 587-6592 or Kim Eckart, Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory at 586-3443.

Let's Talk
    The "Let's Talk" MS group will meet Wednesday, February 16 at noon at the Bedford Baptist Church here in Bedford city.  Persons with MS, their family and/or friends are invited to attend.  Bring your lunch and Let's Talk about MS.

Thursday, Feb. 17

Caring for Caregivers
    Sponsored by Oakwood Health Rehab Services. February 17, Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Free at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 540-587-3336.

Friday, Feb. 18

Precept Schools of Virginia Spaghetti Dinner / Silent Auction
    the annual Precept Schools of Virginia Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction will be held on Friday, February 18 from 6:30  - 8:30 p.m.  Cost is: $12/adult, $5/child, or $100 to sponsor table.  The location of the event is: Bedford Moose Lodge 1897 Lynchburg/Salem Turnpike-460, Bedford.  For more information, contact: Isabell Zaretti. Email: isabellzaretti@gmail.com. Phone: 540-586-6729. Web site: www.preceptschoolsva.org.

Blood drive
    The Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club is sponsoring the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 18, from noon till 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish Church, off of Rt. 122 on 40 Lakemont Drive, Moneta. You are eligible to donate every 56 days. Positive ID required. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE for an appointment to donate. Visit the Web site at: www.RedCrossBlood.org.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner and Variety Show
    A spaghetti dinner and variety show is being held to benefit Home Works of Lynchburg. Friday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Court Street United Methodist Church, 600 Court Street, Lynchburg. Admission is a donation to Home Works (no set price). Home Works, founded in 2008 by Deborah McPherson is an organization dedicated to providing facilities, materials and support to home-school parents and children in the greater Lynchburg area.  Home Works currently makes class rooms, a library and a performing arts space available for use by home-school families.  In addition, Home Works provides support in curriculum, teaching techniques, and networking opportunities for parents.

Saturday, Feb. 19

Dance
    Parents Without Partners February Dance – open to the public – Saturday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Charles Hill Senior Center, Vinton. Music provided by Off the Cuff Band. Admission: $10 per person. For further information, contact Carol Collins 598-6491 or Rodney Wray 427-3989.

Sunday, Feb. 20

African American Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Artifacts
    Sunday, Feb. 20,  3 p.m. Admission free. Location:  Friends of New London Museum and Office in the former New London United Methodist Church building, corner of Alum Springs Road and Turkey Foot Road, Forest. The Friends of New London, Virginia will host the program entitled “African American Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Artifacts.”  This program will be coordinated by  Delores Nash Hicks, a native of New London village and board member of the Friends of New London.  A series of program participants each will describe to the audience the items they will exhibit for this program. Volunteers interested in assisting with this program are asked to contact Mrs. Hicks at (434) 525 – 0582.  In the event of inclement weather on Feb. 20, the alternate date will be Feb. 27. From Lynchburg, via US 460 West, just past the junction with Timberlake Road, turn left onto Turkeyfoot Rd., at the stoplight.  From Bedford, via 460 East, pass New London Academy, enter Campbell Co., then turn right onto Turkey Foot Rd.  FNL will be straight ahead, one quarter mile. For further information contact Reve Carwile, Jr., (434) 384 – 8208 or Brenda Shrewsbury (434) 525 – 4999.

Monday, Feb. 21

Life for One
    Guest speakers Angela Kurczewski and Doris Biga on Kings Grant on February 21 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. Bring a lunch/drink.

Peaks of Otter Chapter, DAR
    The next meeting of the Peaks of Otter Chapter of the NSDAR will be held on Monday, Feb. 21, at the Bedford Central Library meeting room.   The chapter will recognize students from Bedford Co. schools selected as winners of the DAR sponsored American History Essay Contest.  These students, in grades 5-8, will read their winning essays on "The Memoirs of Paul Revere".  There will be a brief business meeting following the reception.  Members are reminded to bring in goodies for the reception.  Guests are welcome.  For information call: 586-1933.

Moneta Garden Club
    The Moneta Garden Club will hold monthly meeting February 21 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemont Drive Moneta at 12:30 p.m.  Dave and De English will present the program on Hunger & Nutrition at SML & Save our Streams.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

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

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, February 23, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road. No registration required.

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.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Goode Ruritans Pancake Supper
    The Goode Ruritans will be hosting their 3rd Annual Pancake Supper on February 26 at the Goode Rescue Squad from 4:30 until 8 p.m. As always there will be music and fun for all. The featured band is the bluegrass Country & Gospel  group  “The Little Mountain Boys” and there will also be music from many talented local church choirs. Bring the kids and have their picture taken with “Rudy the Bear”, the Ruritan’s mascot. This is a “donation” supper featuring pancakes, sausage and fried apples.

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, 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.

Thursday, March 10

Forest Library fun
    Pizza Challenge meetings on March 10 at 4 p.m.

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.

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.