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Community events and Calendar (week of Jan. 19, 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.

Model train display
    The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library announces the return of the model train display for the Christmas season. The annual “O” gauge model train exhibit will be on display and operational through January 29, 2011.  The train exhibit has been upgraded with a new town and interactive trolley. Different trains will run everyday of the week. For more information call the Museum 540 586 4520.

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.

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
    February 1 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.

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.

Eight weeks to better health
    Meets Monday, 6:45 p.m. through Feb. 21.  Anyone interested in learning more about healthful living is welcome.  Join the Area’s Most Fun Weight loss contest and win prizes as you lose weight.  Health screenings begin at 6:45 p.m.  Smith Mountain Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10802 Moneta Road, Moneta. Sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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 Wednesday, January 19 through Saturday, February 13.  The first exhibit in this exploration of local and regional artist groups is The Seven Hills Art Club of Lynchburg.  An opening reception will be held Sunday, January 31 from 2-4 p.m. This will be a joint reception for The Seven Hills Art Club and David Merritt and his “My Three Sons” exhibit, that opens a week later on January 26, in the Conference Hall Gallery.

Upcoming Bloodmobiles
    The following information is subject to change. Please call 1-800-REDCROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending. 
    Jan. 24 – Bedford, Bedford Baptist Church, noon – 6 p.m.

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.

Emergency Medical Technician- Basic course
    The Moneta Rescue Squad will be hosting an Emergency Medical Technician- Basic course beginning January 27. Classes will be held at Moneta Rescue’s Station 1, located at 12646 North Old Moneta Road. This course is open to anyone 16 years of age or older and will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 - 10 p.m. For information and to preregister, contact Michael Harper at (540) 297-5560. Those interested do not have to be members of any emergency services organization. People who enroll in the EMT classes usually join their local rescue squad or fire department but it is not a requirement. Many students enroll simply to gain knowledge for themselves.

Valentines for Soldiers and Sailors
    Valentine making for the armed forces will take place January 18 through the 21 at all branch libraries. Come show our men and women in service how much we appreciate all that they do for us! If you know a soldier or sailor who would like to receive valentines, pass along contact information to us at Youth Services at 540-586-8911 x 2107.

Spring programming
    Spring Rockabye Reader and Books 4 Fun will return the week of February 7. The topic this spring is “Let’s Grow”, and there will be new activities, crafts and stories for kids. Check the Web site (www.bplsonline.org) for information about story time schedules at your branch.

Parliamentarian Class
    The Roanoke Valley Association of Parliamentarians, under the leadership of Marlene Wine, is presenting a three-session class on Parliamentarian Procedures.  The classes will be on Saturday, January 22, January 29  and February 5 from 10 AM to noon at the Bedford Public Library, main branch at 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford, VA.  The cost of the class is $30 which includes a $20 copy of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.”  This book is spiral bound and easy to use.   You do not need to be the parliamentarian of your organization to attend this class – only someone who wishes to understand the procedures better and wishes to be an asset to their group.     For more information and to receive an application by mail, call 540-586-1933.  Registration will also be taken at the door the day of class but advanced registration will insure that a book will be available for you on that first day.

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.

Have a Blast at Big Island Library
    The next Pizza Challenge meeting will be on Monday, February 7 at 3 p.m.  First Tuesday Flicks for February is Toy Story 3. Enjoy the movie with snacks and crafts on February 1 at 3 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 held February 1 to March 2 for children ages birth to 7 years. Look for more information about the Winter Reading Program at the Moneta/SML Library or call 540-425-7004.

Blood Pressure Screening
    Westlake Kroger. Free blood pressure screening. Every Tuesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Call  540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.

Watercolor classes
    Watercolor Classes with Rod Adams at Art on Depo in Bedford. Evening watercolor classes: Monday and Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Day watercolor classes: Tuesday and Friday, 9-11 a.m. Classes subject to minimum and maximum enrollments. Sign up and purchase supplies as soon as possible. Supply lists available where the class meets at the Electric Company building in Bedford, at the Artful Cat Art Supplies store in Bedford, and online at rodadams.com. Sign up with Rod at rodadams61@verizon.net.

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 date for February is Feb. 4. Join  for movies at the Montvale Library the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The library will be showing movies of interest to all ages. Movies are subject to change. This program is free and open to the public. For more information,  contact Montvale Library at (540) 425-7006. Come to  Puppy Day Preschool Program on January 28 at 10:30 a.m. Call the Montvale Library for details.

Rockabye Reader Storytime at the Moneta Library
    Rockabye Reader storytime is an ongoing program held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. from February 8 to 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. from February 9 to April 27 at the Moneta/SML Library. Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime is a program for children ages 3 to 5 years. It features stories, songs, rhymes, games, and crafts! This program is open to the public and free of charge. Note that the program will now be held on Wednesdays beginning in February. For more information, call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 19

New Beginnings Luncheon
    Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory and Bedford Hospice Care co-sponsor a monthly luncheon for widows and widowers in the Bedford, Moneta, and surrounding area the third Wednesday of each month. The purpose of the luncheons is for information, fellowship and a good meal.  The speaker for this month will be Pat Smith, Wellness Coordinator.  Smith is a  health advocate that realizes the importance of nutrition for longevity and prevention of disease.  She enjoys sharing knowledge to empower families to make better health choices.  Smith will be discussing how important nutrition is and promoting healthier lives through Juice Plus+. Learn how good nutrition and lifestyle choices can help you live a longer and healthier life. The next New Beginnings meeting will be Wednesday, January 19 at noon.  The meeting will be held at the Liberty Station, 515 Bedford Avenue, Bedford.  Dutch treat.  For more information contact Pam Willoughby, Bedford Hospice Care at 587-6592, 875-8655 or Kim Eckart, Tharp Funeral Home at 586-3443. Reservations are not needed, dress is casual and newcomers are always welcome.

Thursday, Jan. 20

Caring for Caregivers
    Sponsored by Oakwood Health Rehab Services, January 20, Thursday, 3 – 5 p.m. Free. Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 540-587-3336.

Teen Night Thursday
    Teens, come to Forest Library the third Thursday of each month for Teen Night Thursday. Enjoy video games, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is January 20. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.

SML Pilot's Club
    Wiley Loughran will be the guest speaker at the SML Pilots Club’s monthly meeting Thursday, January 20 at the Moneta Community Room, beginning at 7 p.m.  Loughran co-founded Sky Connect, an avionics company specializing in tracking aircraft worldwide and providing satellite voice communication.  Since 2002, over 6,000 aircraft have installed tracking equipment allowing the aircraft to be tracked anywhere in the world.  Primary customers are the EMS medical community, offshore oil aircraft, and those flying in hostile areas.  Loughran is a private pilot with an instrument rating and 1,200 hours total time.  He is based in Manassas and routinely flies to Smith Mountain Lake in his Cessna Centurion.  He and his wife Julia, and their yellow Labrador - Goose, reside in Vienna and try to spend as much time as possible at their other home in Moneta.  In his spare time Loughran runs Wings of Appreciation, where he and fellow pilots fly combat wounded soldiers to lunch.

Write Now
    Do you have a photograph with a story waiting to be told? What about some of the wonderful family stories you have heard over the years or are you interested in local history? Trying your hand at fiction or poetry? Write Now welcomes anyone interested in writing to join on January 20. The group will meet at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Bedford Center of CVCC. Bring a piece of writing you are willing to read aloud to the group. Write Now meets on the first and third Thursdays evenings of each month. For further information, call Betsy Mercer at (434) 841-4199.

Friday, Jan. 21

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
    Bedford Chapter 1068, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet Friday, January 21, 11 a.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant. If you would like to attend, call Sam at 540-587-0019.

Events at  Beyond the Green Indoor Golf and Sportsbar
    Upcoming musical events at Beyond the Green Indoor Golf and Sportsbar in Downtown Moneta include:   Friday, January 21 9 p.m. Ross Flora of the Kings live solo performance; Friday, January 28 9 p.m. Ryan Greer of Barefoot West and the Baker Brothers live solo performance.  Football games shown include: January 1, 2 p.m. Rose Bowl TCU vs Wisconsin; January 3, 8:30 p.m. Orange Bowl VT vs Stanford, prizes at halftime; January 10, 8:30 p.m. BCS Championship Game Auburn vs Oregon. For more information: 540-296-0871 or visit www.beyondthegreensportsbar.com.

Bluegrass concerts
    James River Bluegrass Association bluegrass concerts featuring Ralph Stanley 2 & Band, Dixie Ridge & Band on Jan. 21. Doors open- 6 p.m. Show 7 p.m. Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woody's Lake Rd., Madison Heights. Cost: $15 at door. For more information call 434-944-0072. jamesriverbluegrassassociation.com.

Ballroom dancing
    Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at Forest Recreation Center, January 21 from 7:30-10:10 p.m.  There will be a one hour Foxtrot dance lesson followed by social dancing. Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5.  Water and soda provided; bring a snack to share. Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 540-586-4698 (leave a message)  or visit the Web.  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.

Monday, Jan. 24

SML Democrats
    SML Democrats January Monthly Luncheon meeting “A New Year, New Ideas”.  All attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for our on-going support of Lake Christian Ministries (food, new or gently used linens, pot/pans, or checks).   Noon on Monday,  January 24  at Westlake Country Club.  Cost for lunch $10 per person.

Bloodmobile
    The Bedford City and County Democratic Committees will  host a Red Cross  Bloodmobile on Monday, January 24, from noon-6 p.m. at the Bedford  Baptist Church on Oakwood St. Blood supplies are low and donors are needed.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

Bedford Central Library Bunches of Fun
    Join at the Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of Toy Story 3 (G) followed by crafts, games, books and fun! For more information, contact Youth Services at (540)586-8911 ex. 2107.  Pizza Challenge meets again on January 25, too. Find out what a Frindle is and how it came to be. Meet at the round table in the children’s area at 4 p.m. for reading, crafts and snacks.

Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library
    Pizza Challenge meets Tuesday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m. for fun reading activities. There’s still plenty of time to collect all the pizza slices you need to attend the pizza party in May.

Veterans Services
A representative for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services will be at the Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford, on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Call the Lynchburg office at (434) 385-0815 to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions you may contact the Lynchburg office. In case of inclement weather, they will be there the next scheduled visit.

 Sons of Confederate Veterans
    The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet Tuesday night January 25 at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Calvin Ashwell a master builder of model ships will display his new model of the CSS Alabama. He will dress in costume and speak about the history of the Confederate Navy. The Museum is located at 201 East Main St. in Bedford next door to the court house. There is parking and an elevator to the third floor. For more info call Commander Boyd Hubbard 540 586 4561.

Diabetic Update
    What’s new with medications, signs and symptoms, diet instructions, and complications-with guest speakers T. J. Mueller a dietitian and Karen Vibbard a pharmacist from Carilion Clinic on January 25 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, Va.24121 at 10:30 a.m. Cost free. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami 540-721-4330, or 540-297-5530, or tepnurse@smltep.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, January 26, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551. No registration required.

UW Partner Agencies
    United Way of Central Virginia will be accepting applications for new Partner Agencies. Attendance is required for all applicants at the meeting on January 26, 3 p.m. in the United Way Conference Room. Call (434) 455-6906 to register for the meeting.

Tea Party meeting
    Bedford/Franklin Tea Party meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 1600. The guest speaker will be Mark Lloyd, chairman Virginia Tea Party Federation and president of the Reagan Institute. For more information, call (540) 537-5920 or email jmckelvey@b2xonline.com. Sponsored by Jim McKelvey.

Thursday, Jan. 27

Family Movie Night at Moneta Library
    Watch the movie "Despicable Me" (PG) on the big screen at the Moneta/SML Library! Join on Thursday, January 27, for themed crafts, games, and snacks! Crafts and games start at 5:30 p.m.; the movie starts at 6 p.m. This is a family-oriented program, and there is no charge to attend. For more information, call the library at 540-425-7004 or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.

Wive of Vietnam Veterans: Ladies Night out
    Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The American Legion, Post 16, and 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg. This is the First Meeting of the new year and new and old members are invisted to be a part of this group as they share in planning our calendar of events for 2011. There is no cost to become involved and we are not affiliated with any church, denomination or government organization. Refreshments will be served. This meeting is open to other women caring for their disabled veteran. For more information contact: Wives of Vietnam Veterans, Judy Doering, coordinator, 434-665-4693/ jadoering@aol.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. February 2, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Bedford Post Office, 500 E Main St, Bedford, (540) 586-3454. No registration required.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
    A discussion on General Assembly Cuts as it relates to MS meeting on February 2  at 12:00pm at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, Va. Bring a bag lunch.

Puppet Show
    Join The Puppetman for a special performance on Wednesday, February 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the Moneta/SML Library! Puppetman and ventriloquist Matt Stafford will be kicking off the Spring Storytime Session with this special performance for preschool-aged children. Look forward to meeting some fun friends and making your own puppet to take home! This program is open to the public and free of charge. For more information about the puppet show or preschool storytime, call the Moneta/SML Library.

Friday, Feb. 4

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

Saturday, Feb. 5

Bow Wow for Books!
    Curl up with a book...and a dog! This program is held on the first Saturday of the month from November through April. The next program will be on Saturday, February 5, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) is conducted by the National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. Please call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004 for more information.

Sunday, Feb. 6

2011 Winter Lecture Series
       Presented by  Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park: Feb. 6-Life Cycle of the Wild Turkey. Complete with demonstrations of many wild turkey calls! Bruce Ingram; March 6    - Deer Herds on the Rise in Virginia: How Many Deer Are Too Many? Dr. Todd S. Fredericksen; April 3-The Forgotten Founding Father. Come and rediscover Patrick Henry. Ron Coleman. Location: Discovery Center, Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Time: All lectures are Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m.  Ticket prices:       Single ticket: $7. Single season ticket: $18. Two season tickets:     $32. FSMLSP: season ticket: $15. FSMLSP: two season tickets: $30. Prices include parking.  All tickets paid at the door. For more information, call 540-297-6066.

Monday, Feb. 7

Look Good Feel Better
    Taking care of yourself while undergoing cancer treatment. February 7, Monday, 10 a.m. - Noon. Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.

Heart attack signs
    Recognizing and Responding to early signs of a Heart attack in Men and Women (don’t take your heart attack symptoms lightly) by Dr. Sane from Carilion Clinic on February 7 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va.  Cost free. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami 540-721-4330, or 540-297-5530, or tepnurse@smltep.org.

Getting your Affairs in Order when Your Loved One has Alzheimer’s/Dementia
    Open to anyone, with Mark Dillinger an Estate and Elder Care Attorney on February 7 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. No cost.  Register with Tami for this event (may need to cancel if low attendance) 540-721-4330, or 540-297-5530, or tepnurse@smltep.org.

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.

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, Va.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.