Community Events and Calendar (week of Jan. 25, 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.


Citizens Police Academy

The Bedford County Sheriff's Office Citizens Police Academy is an educational opportunity designed for the citizens of the county. The CPA is a 14-week course (one each week) that introduces topics like the mission and values of the BCSO, Crime Prevention, Community Relations, Firearms, Internet Crimes Task Force, Safe Surfin’ Educational Program and many other topics. It affords you the opportunity to become involved in assisting the BCSO by volunteering for events such as traffic control/parking vehicles, to collecting statistical data. Join this active team by contacting Sgt. David Mays at 540-586-7718 or call 540-586-4800 to request an application. The next scheduled class begins February 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, 1345 Falling Creek Road in Bedford. Must be 18 yrs. or older to apply. Applications taken thru Monday, February 20. All participants are subject to background checks by BCSO.


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.


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. 


Harmeneers' 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 on Saturday February 11, Monday February13 or Tuesday February 14 for $50. A valentine includes two or more songs, a rose and a card. To arrange delivery of this valentine gift you may call: Franklin County 540-721-1437, Bedford County 540-297-923, 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. For further information see smlharmeneers.com.


EMT course

There will be an Emergency Medical Technician- Basic course at Chamblissburg Rescue Squad beginning February 2. Classes will be held at Chamblissburg crew hall, located at 9960 Stewartsville Rd. 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. This is the last EMT-Basic course being conducted in this area before the curriculum changes and the course becomes longer in July 2012. 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.


The works of photographer Jeff Goggin

Goose Creek Studio Gallery and Custom Framing in Bedford is featuring work by local photographer Jeff Goggin.  Goggin’s southwest landscapes will be on view during through the end of February.  Goose Creek Studio is located at 302 Court Street in Bedford and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  For more information call (540) 586-8482 or see www.goosecreekstudio.com.


Free Beginning genealogy class

The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library will be hosting a free beginning genealogy class starting Saturday, February 4. 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 by phone 540-586-4520, or by email at bmgl@bedfordvamuseum.org.


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 from January 25 to March 17.   The public is invited to an opening reception and awards presentation on Sunday, February 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the afternoon.  Meet the artist at 305 North Bridge Street in Bedford.  The black and white theme will be carried over to the reception.  Those attending are urged to dress accordingly. 


Blacksmith exhibit

David Tucciarone, Artist Blacksmith, is exhibiting his work at the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library through February 29. His designs include useful and beautiful metal art of all kinds such as candlesticks, hooks, gates, andiron sets, and fire screens with flowing designs taken from nature. This free exhibit is open during library hours, Monday through Saturday at Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library, 13641 Moneta RD, Moneta, VA. Call (540) 425-7004 for more information.


Needle Arts Exhibit

Goose Creek Studio is exhibiting work members of the Seven Hill Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild during January and February.  A wide variety of needle arts, including cross stitch, crewel, needlepoint and others, is included in the exhibit.   The ANG meets monthly to look at members projects and share new ideas. The work will be exhibited through the end of February.  Goose Creek Studio is located at 302 Court Street in Bedford and is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Call (540) 586-8482 or see www.goosecreekstudio.com for more information.


Free parenting classes for Bedford families

Thursday night class at Bedford Presbyterian Church for Bedford families with children aged 12 and under. Through Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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.


Friends of Library Winter Book Sale

The Friends of the Bedford Public Library will hold its Winter Book Sale on Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the second floor of Bedford Central Library. Donations for this event are now being encouraged. Help support the Friends in this effort and take home some great reading material in the process. Most books range in price from 25 cents to a few dollars. Bring a friend or neighbor and spend a few minutes or a few hours browsing through the large selection of books. Find some early Valentine’s Day gifts. The selections are diverse, plentiful and affordable. Included in the selection are current fiction and non-fiction best sellers, classics, cookbooks, children’s books, puzzles, DVD’s, romance novels, spiritual and religious titles, political commentary, self help, history, Videos, CD’s, large print books, biographies, coffee table titles, craft books, and so much more. Bring your donations of books in good, clean condition to Bedford Central Library. All proceeds from this Book Sale benefit Bedford Central Library. Book donations may be brought to the loading dock of Bedford Central library. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org. Bedford Central Library is located at 321 North Bridge St in Bedford.


Tai Chi classes

The Bower Center in Bedford is offering a new series of Tai Chi sessions beginning February 6 and each Monday thereafter from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be an emphasis on the traditional Eight Immortals Tai Chi Cane form and basic defensive cane techniques. Canes and umbrellas, common everyday objects, can be used as protection as well as can be incorporated into a low impact form of exercise. Steve Garay, a long-time certified Tai Chi instructor, teaches this class that can be fun for young and old.  The fee is $30 per month and is due at the first class of each month. The Bower Center is located at 305 North Bridge Street.  For more information, contact the Center at 540-586-4235. 


Learning to Cope with the Death of a Loved One

An offering of Bedford Hospice Care through the Journey of Hope Grief Support. Those attending will receive useful instruction to help in coping with loss and learn more about the opportunities available through Journey of Hope. There will be 11 weekly one hour sessions beginning Tuesday, February 14 at 1 p.m. The curriculum is Understanding Your Grief - Ten Essential Touchstones (book and journal) by Alan Wolfelt. The charge is $10 for the two books. Call Bedford Hospice Care 540-587-6592 to enroll or if you have  questions.


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.


Family Education Workshops
January 26, Capturing Life's Journey, Caring for someone with dementia?  Learn how to strengthen your bond, enhance time together, tips to customize care. February 2, Techniques to Handle Challenging Behavior. Tips for eating, bathing, and other behaviors. February 9, Activities to Encourage Engagement. Activities that will engage physically and emotionally even in the late stages. All programs will be from 10 am - 11 am, Continental Breakfast
Multipurpose room, Smith Mountain Lake Retirement Village, 115 Retirement Dr, Hardy. Seating limited.  RSVP 434.610.0329.


Beginning Beekeeping

Piedmont Beekeepers Association will host a comprehensive class in Beginning Beekeeping, starting Monday, January 30. Class duration is 9 weeks plus a field day. Location: James River Day School. 5039 Boonsboro Rd., Lynchburg, 7 – 9 p.m.  Subjects  covered will include: the history of honey bees, bee life cycle, seasonal management, equipment and supplies needed, integrated and sustainable management techniques for optimal colony health, as well as a hands-on session for establishing new colonies. Tuition of $90 covers one family unit, and includes 3 class textbooks, course notebook and CD with presentation summaries and additional resources. Class size is limited and preregistration is required. Please contact Ann Zudekoff at annzee@aol.com  or 434-660-6063.


New DMV license plates, 'Peace Begins at Home'

Bedford Domestic Violence Services is requesting the community support to end sexual abuse and domestic violence by registering for the new DMV special license plate "Peace Begins at Home." Bedford Domestic Violence Services will receive a portion of the funds raised from the sales to invest in the lives of survivors, families and the community. If you would like to find out more information on the license plate and to see what they look like, contact: Julie Williams (540) 587-0970 or email jwilliams@bedfordcountyva.gov.


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:

February 8 - A Bud Vase Creation Workshop at CVCC with Patty Gamache – a Bedford Master Gardener and an Accredited Judge.

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.


Lunch & Learn - Meet the Expert
February 29, 1 - 2 p.m. Getting the Most out of Your Income. Lunch provided.  Seating limited.  RSVP 434.610.0239. Smith Mountain Lake Retirement Center, 115 Retirement Dr, Hardy.

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.


Photography display

For the entire month of January: Photography Display at Savoy-Lee Winery by Mindy Atkins Woodford: Come to the tasting room any Friday-Monday 12-5 p.m. to enjoy the photography display. Prints are available for purchase. Complimentary Soup & Sip on Sundays. 5800 Johnson Mountain Road, Huddleston. (540) 297-9275. www.savoy-lee.com.


Pine Spur Hunt Club dances

Feb. 4 Midnight Special; Feb. 11, Lee Palmer Standin in the Shadows; March 3, Midnight Special; 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, Feb. 10 Ralph Stanley II and Reed Creek Band

Friday, Feb. 24 James King Band and The Epperson Brothers Band

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.


Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering

For teens and adults to hone their knitting, crocheting and other fiber working skills. It’s held the first Saturday of each month from 1 – 3 p.m. Upcoming dates are February 4, March 3 and April 7.


Winter Reading Program

Bedford Public Library System offers the Winter Reading Program in conjunction with the Library of Virginia from February 1 to 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

Feb. 5 - Corporal James Cook, a first person costumed presentation from the Civil War. Patrick Shroeder.

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, Jan. 26


Family Movie Night at Moneta/SML Library

January will feature Winnie the Pooh (G). Come out starting at 5:30 p.m. on January 26 for crafts, games, snacks and the movie.


Wives of Vietnam Veterans

Meeting on Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at The American Legion, 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg. Wives of Vietnam Veterans is a support group promoting healing, empowerment, and friendship. Refreshments will be served. There is no fee or joining associated with this women’s support group. For further information contact: Judy Doering @ 434-821-8600 or 434-665-4693.


Friday, Jan. 27


Acoustic Blues and Jazz concert

The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. will host Barbara Martin and Mac Walter 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. To receive notifications of upcoming shows join the organization's email list, accessible through its Web site.


Saturday, Jan. 28


First Go Tournament

Go is an ancient Chinese strategy game that has been around for over 4000 years. Join the Bedford Go club on Jan. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. with play starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Bedford public library for the first Go tournament. The winner will receive a cash prize. Watch local players participate in three rounds of intense play or join the tournament yourself, and the cost is free. The tournament is open to people of all ages. Don’t know how to play? There are great resources online to teach you how to play Go, or attend the club meeting on Jan. 20 from 4-5:45 p.m. to be taught in person. If you are interested in learning more, or wish to participate in the tournament, contact Bethany Shoop at (540) 586-3407 or at bmshoop@aol.com. All participants must enter before Jan. 26; only 20 slots are available for entry so call now.


Bean & cornbread supper

The Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be sponsoring a bean & cornbread supper on January 28 from 4:30– 7 p.m. There will be live entertainment with lots of good fellowship. A free will donation will be appreciated. Location: Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad, Busch Hall, 9261 Forest Rd., Goode.


Tuesday, Jan. 31


Kick It Up Book Club

At the Stewartsville Library: it meets every other month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. For the January 31 meeting, design your own race track using toothpicks, masking tape, toilet paper and paper towel tubes. There will be tiny cars to race, plus snacks! Need more information? Call 540-425-7008.


Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1475, Bedford, will be holding its monthly meeting Tuesday, January 31 at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in the War Between the States. The Museum is located at 201 E. Main St. in Centertown Bedford, the Courthouse is across the street.


Thursday, Feb. 2


GFWC Bedford Woman's Club

The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 2, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford at 6:30 p.m. The Bedford club is a volunteer community service non-profit organization that is part of the international organization, the General Federation of Women's Clubs. There are currently 206 clubs in Virginia with more than 6,000 members. Women of all ages are invited to attend. For additional information, contact Sue Trussell at 587-6611.


Saturday, Feb. 4


Bedford Burn Yer Tree Bon Fire

The Bedford Burn Yer Tree Bon Fire, on Feb. 4 at the Bedford County Rec Field near the health department in Bedford, is a chance for people to get people out of the house, bring old Christmas trees and burn them. It's called the Bedford Burn Yer Tree Bon Fire, the fourth annual "Christmas is over Fire yer tree." They light the fire around 6 p.m. No alcohol.


Monday, Feb. 6


First Monday Movies series

Big Island Library with Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG). The movie starts at 3 p.m. on February 6 and snacks are provided. Register by February 3 by calling 540-425-7000.


Thursday, Feb. 9


Soil and Water Conservation District

The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding its monthly Board meeting on February 9 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.


Monday, March 5


Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

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


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.


Monday, March 12


Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

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


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.


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.


Monday, March 26


Back Pain meeting

Back Pain by 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.