Community Events and Calendar (week of June 13, 2012)

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Summer Bash 2012
Did you attend BEC in 1972 and/or graduated from Liberty High or Jefferson Forest High schools in 1976? If so please join for a summer Bash July 28 At the Sedalia Center, 5-10 p.m. For more information contact: Debra Strawn Laughon 540-587-5752; Carolyn Powell Fellers 434-941-4962; Angela Knight Lusardi 434-525-8458; Randy Lacy 540-586-0527 or send email to classof76summerbash@yahoo.com.

Summer movie festival
Loop Fest, a summer movie festival, is featuring movies at the front lawn of Bedford Middle School at 6:30 p.m. for food, fun and games and a dusk showtime. Featuring “We Bought a Zoo” on June 16, “Joyyful Noise” on June 23, “Captain America: The First Avenger” on June 30, “The Blind Side” on July 7, “Despicable Me” on July 7, “Second Hand Lions” on July 21, and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” on July 28. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. For movie trailers and family-friendly reviews, visit loopchurch.com.

Upcoming bloodmobiles
Upcoming bloodmobiles: Call 1-800-RED CROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending. Big Island Emergency Crew Building, Big Island on June 13 from 2-7 p.m. The Kirk, Forest on June 18, from 12-6 p.m. Bedford Baptist Church, Bedford on June 19 from 12-7 p.m. Forest Public Library, Forest on June 23 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Peaks of Otter Happenings
Saturday, June 16: 8 p.m. “Bear, King of the Forest.” Join Ranger Richard Nash as he examines the life of our eastern giant, the Black Bear. Learn about the interactions bears have with humans where their habitats meet.
Saturday, June 23: 8 p.m. “Farmin’ on the Mountain.” Join Ranger Richard Nash as he explores the way of life for the Johnson and Bryant families as members of the Mons mountain community.
Sunday, June 24: 2- 4 p.m. “Family Grass.” Listen to and enjoy the Bluegrass and Gospel music of Family Grass.
Saturday, June 30: 8 p.m. “Bear, King of the Forest.” Join Ranger Richard Nash as he examines the life of our eastern giant, the Black Bear. Learn about the interactions bears have with humans where their habitats meet.

CASA training class
August 9 through October 18, CASA of Central Virginia Volunteer Training Class. Thursdays from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center, 1701 Thomson Dr., Lynchburg. CASA volunteers provide a “Voice” for abused and neglected children involved in the juvenile court system and ensure that they get placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. For more information call CASA of Central Virginia (434) 528-2552, email: anne@cvcasa.org, or visit at www.cvcasa.org.

Programs at the Peaks of Otter
Programs at Johnson Farm - Friday – Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hike the 1.5 mile trail to the farm and discover how a Blue Ridge Mountain family lived, worked, and played. Discuss with Park Rangers and volunteers the rigors and joys of 1930’s mountain life. Join in some of the games and activities.
Programs at the Nature Center - Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most ecologically diverse units in the entire National Park system. Stop by the Nature Center at the base of Sharp Top Mountain to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit this mountain range, and meet our live turtles, snakes, and other critters.
Kids Fishing at Abbott Lake - Saturdays 9 - 11 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 14 are invited to participate in the weekly Kids Fishing with a Ranger at Abbott Lake. They provide bait and tackle, or you may bring your own pole to catch a catfish, sunfish, or smallmouth bass. Meet the Ranger at the dam, next to the lake.
Demonstrations of Appalachian Culture at the Visitor Center and Peaks of Otter Lodge Friday, Saturday and Sunday. National Park Service Rangers and/or volunteers present demonstrations of the cultural history of the Southern Appalachians, such as making dolls, flowers, and moonshine. Come by to visit and to talk. Contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center for specifics on the type, time, and location of demonstrations.
All programs unless otherwise noted are free and open to the public. The above schedule is subject to changes and/or cancellations. For further information, contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at (540) 586-4496. The Visitor Center, at milepost 86, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

D-Day Memorial’s WWII Day Camp
The National D-Day Memorial’s annual “Growing up in World War II” summer day camp is open for registration.   Students can come and join the fun as they examine the important roles soldiers, sailors and airmen played in World War II.  They also will discover what life was like on the home-front.  Fourth through sixth grade students will enjoy rationing activities, scavenger hunts, spy missions, aircraft recognition, victory gardening, visits by veterans, hands-on activities, crafts, period games, and even rationing-era snacks. They will meet with living history re-enactors and participate in drills, marches, and more. The camp runs Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, June 29 from 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. All campers receive a camp T-shirt and souvenirs.   Camp fees are $60 for the first child and $50 for each additional child. Fees include T-shirt, craft and activity materials, daily snacks, and instruction. Space is limited to 35 participants and the camp fills up quickly.  Preregistration is required.  Registration forms and consent forms can be downloaded from the Memorial’s Web site at www.dday.org.  A $20 nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration.  Completed forms along with the camp deposit should be sent to:  The National D-Day Memorial, Attn: Megan Wingfield, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523. 

Liberty High School Class of 1977 35th Class Reunion
July 14 at the Elks National Home. Pre-registration required. For information contact: Glenda (Lynn) Dickerson White, Coordinator 434-525-2202; Bonnie Mayhew, Committee 540-875-6078; or James Jones, Committee 540-586-1800. RSVP by 6-30-2012.

Music in the Park 2012 Schedule
June 23  Roscoe P & Coal Train; July 28  Friday Nite Band; Aug. 25  Snow Creek Band. The Old Dominion Cloggers will perform at each event. The music begins at 8 p.m.  The cost is $5 per person, children 12 and under free.  The parking fee is waived.  Folding chairs are suggested.  Soft drinks, food, snacks and ice cream will be available.  For information contact the Park Office at (540) 297-6066.

Mountain Music concerts
Sunday afternoons are a perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the Peaks of Otter and listen to the sweet sounds of traditional Appalachian mountain music. There will be old time, gospel and bluegrass concerts every second and fourth Sunday from 2-4 p.m. in the Peaks of Otter amphitheater behind the visitor center at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. On June 24, join local band Family Grass for an afternoon of bluegrass and gospel music. Celebrate Independence Day with two concerts. On Saturday, July 7, Root 2 Music, a band from Goose Creek Valley in Bedford County, will entertain with foot-stomping bluegrass, blues and traditional mountain music from 6:30-8:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 8, The MacKenzies from Lynchburg will present a program of old-time music and dance from 2-4 p.m. Appalachian Heritage, a traditional mountain music band whose members hail from Botetourt and Roanoke counties, will play from 2-4 p.m. Returning on August 12 from 2-4 p.m. will be Sunnyside for an encore performance of their sweet sounds. Labor Day Weekend will again feature Appalachian Heritage on Saturday, September 1 from 2-4 p.m. and Virginia Carolina, a bluegrass band from Roanoke entertaining from 6:30-8:30 that same evening. On Saturday, September 8, Riddle on the Harp will entertain with the beautiful sounds of Celtic music as they kick off the Annual “Music & Art in the Mountains” event. The trio of musicians from Bedford County will play from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The music concert series will end on Sunday, September 23, when Virginia Carolina return with their popular bluegrass music from 2-4 p.m. All concerts are free and ample parking is available at the Peaks of Otter. Seating is provided in the amphitheater but visitors are welcome to bring folding chairs. For more information contact Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.

Upcoming Trips: Bedford County Parks & Rec
July 22 – Major League Baseball. Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Price per person is $115 and includes roundtrip motor coach transportation, ticket to game, snacks and soft drinks on the bus.
September 10-13 – Savannah, Ga. Package includes three nights at The Mulberry Inn, all hotel taxes, round trip motorcoach, three buffet breakfast at the Inn, one lunch, and three dinners, tour of historic district, visit to Davenport Museum, visit to Fort Jacson and Tybee Island Tour, Low Country Tour with emphasis on Paula Deen and visit to Byrd Cookie Company. Price per person is $736/double; $650/triple; $607/quad.
Seats on the bus are assigned when full payment is received. For details contact Travel Lovers at 434-385-5192 or 800-869-6588. Register and make your deposit at: Bedford County Parks & Recreation, 1257 County Farm Rd., Bedford, or call 540-586-7682. You may now register at any Bedford Library location: Bedford Central, Big Island, Forest, Moneta/SML, Montvale or Stewartsville.

Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at the Stewartsville Library
Stewartsville Library, 45 Cascade Dr. Stewartsville Library 540-425-7008 ext 3. Dates: Saturday July 7 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m.; Saturday August 3 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m.; Saturday September 8 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m. Note: second Saturday; Saturday October 6 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m.; Saturday November 3 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m.; Saturday December 1 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m. Join at the Stewartsville Library for an afternoon of knitting, weaving, spinning, crocheting and laughing.  Learn a new skill or come and share your skills and talents with others.  Bring the project you are currently working on and enjoy the companionship and knowledge of other fiber enthusiasts.  If you are stuck in a project someone will be able to help you figure out your pattern.  If you haven’t yet learned to knit or crochet someone can get you started.  This program is free and is open to teens and adults. Call the Stewartsville Library for more information 540-425-7008 ext 3.

Vendors invited for 42nd Arts, Crafts, and More Extravaganza
Artisans and crafters are invited to apply for this award-winning craft show, sponsored by the Bedford Woman’s Club, on Nov. 3, 2012, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in the Bedford Elementary School. The school is located off US 460, behind the Bedford Visitor’s Center.  All crafts for this juried show must be handmade in the U.S.A. Jewelry and note card categories are filled.  Acceptance is based on approval and category openings. This is one of the oldest established shows in south central Virginia and won the People’s Choice Award for best area craft show.  The show attracted nearly 1,400 shoppers last year.  For information, call Judi Jackson at 540/586-8175.

Summer Theater at Little Town Players
Looking for summer fun & learning all rolled into one?  Join at Little Town Players Summer Theatre Camp!  Directors Sara Landis & Paul Rycik are back with this summer, and will teach many stage and theater techniques during their two-week camp, which will end with a performance of William Shakespeare's The Tempest!  Sara & Paul are Shakespeare scholars, professional actors, Dramaturgs, and educators.  Registration is now open for camp, and the dates are Monday through Friday, June 18 – 29. All 3rd - 6th grade campers will be on stage from 9 a..m - noon, and 7th - 12th graders will be there from 1 - 4 p.m., daily.  Shows will be on Friday evening, June 29 at 5 p.m., and Saturday morning, June 30 at 10 a.m.  The cost is $100.  Register online at www.littletownplayers.com.  If you have questions, you can either ask them at www.littletownplayers.com, or call 540-798-6849.   Pictured is LTP Summer Camp Director, Sara Landis, putting the final touches on a young camper from last summer's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre: “All-American, All-Star USO Show” trip
Celebrating veterans and this nation’s birthday, a nostalgic look at the show that played in over 60 Veterans Administration Medical Centers. Rex Stephenson and a variety of Ferrum College students completed eight nationwide USO tours that traveled by van from Boston to San Diego and from Minnesota to Tampa. Former participants of the tour will join with BRDT cast members to re-create this potpourri of music, dance, comedy skits, and a bit of audience participation. The meal and production will be in the Panther's Den. Current service personnel and veterans will receive a 25 percent discount. Come out and join us for this fun-filled "after the 4th" celebration on Friday, July 6. Cost, $34 per person. Price includes transportation on the county recreation bus, full lunch and matinee. Bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the “new” Bedford County Parks & Recreation offices on 1257 County Farm Road and return time is around 6:30 p.m. Call Bedford County Parks & Rec at 540-586-7682 to register.

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

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

Benjamin's Concert Series
The 2012 Summer Concert Series at Benjamin’s includes: June 15, The Ruckus; June 22, The Maple Waves ; June 29, Last Sonata; July 13, The Mark Miller Band; July 20, FMG; July 27, The Brian Fitz Experience; Aug 3, Steal the Prize; Aug 10, The Ruckus; Aug 17, The Dog Boys; Aug 24, Shim Sham; Aug 31, Mercutio; Sept 7, Big Foot County; Sept 14, The Mark Miller Band; Sept 21, T-Boned; Sept 28, Last Sonata.

Moneta VFD fundraisers
The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. , 12737 N. Old Moneta Road, has a variety of fundraising activities scheduled. Unless otherwise noted all events will be held at the main fire department building located at 12737 N. Old Moneta Rd. The events include:
Saturday, June 16, 7 to 10 a.m., Father’s Day Breakfast. Bring Dad or your favorite guy and enjoy a hearty, homemade country breakfast.
Saturday, July 1, 6 to 10:30 p.m., Concert and Fireworks at Downtown Moneta. Music from The Worx band and an exceptional fireworks show make this the ideal way to start the holiday week. For additional information see the event’s Web site: http://www.monetafire.com/moneta_fireworx_fest.htm.
Saturday, July 28, 4 to 7 p.m., Fish Fry Dinner.
Saturday, September 15, Zumba dance event (tentative).
Saturday, October 6, 4 to 7 p.m., Annual Open House and Community Dinner.
Fridays and Saturdays, October 12, 13, 19 and 20, 7 to 10 p.m., Haunted House.

Trip to Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre: 'Oklahoma!'
The high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys paints the backdrop against which Curly & Laurey play out their love story. Beginning a new life together in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. “Best Musical of the 20th Century” says the New York Drama League! The trip to the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre to see “Oklahoma!” will take place on Wednesday, June 20. Cost: $52 per person. Price includes transportation on the county recreation bus, full lunch and matinee. Bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the “new” Bedford County Parks & Recreation offices on 1257 County Farm Road and return time is around 6:30 p.m. For additional information or to register call Bedford County Parks and Recreation at 540-586-7682.

Barn Dinner Theater bus trip
Greensboro, N.C. “All Hands on Deck.” Based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO show tour to the troops in the field, this new comedy musical revue featuring the songs, dances, and laughs that America has loved since the 1940’s. From 1941 to 1945, our nation was embroiled in a great world war. Hollywood responded to the call of duty by sending our men in uniform real living entertainment. Boasting over 40 classic hits all packaged in a fun-filled, true-to-life reproduction of the kind of USO show Bob Hope and Jack Benny would have taken to the troops: classic humor and great music from those special days of road shows, war-bond drives, and radio broadcasts. Sit back into 1942 with this tremendous show. Tuesday, June 5. $54 per person. Price includes: transportation, full buffet, and a matinee ticket. Full amount is due when reservation is made. Seats on the bus will be assigned on a first paid basis. The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the “new” Bedford Recreation Department offices at 1257 County Farm Road and the expected return time is around 6:30 p.m. To register or for additional information call the Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department at (540) 586-7682.

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

Write Now
Love to write? Want the camaraderie of others who do and to explore different writing styles? Join the Write Now group and share your creative writing. If you need a topic, consider writing about something from the natural world (a plant, animal, element, sound, smell or anything you can imagine) and tell what kind of memory or feeling it inspires. Write Now meets once a month on the third Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Bower Center lower level. To avoid steps you may enter from the back. For information call the Bower Center at (540) 586-4235.
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Bedford County Parks & Rec senior lunch trips
(Ages 55 and Older), Thursdays: June 14, Mac & 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.

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.

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: 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:
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: 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:
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.

Summer Reading Program
The Bedford Public Library System Summer Reading Program, Dream Big…READ!, began June 4. The program is designed for all children and teens from ages 0 through 18. Kids can complete reading logs and collect prizes; teens completing logs have a chance to win cash! There are also fun programs to attend like the Animal Talk with Mill Mountain Zoo, Go Dog, GO! with the Roanoke Children’s Theatre , and Greg Coudoures, Magician. Call Youth Services at 540-586-8911 x 2107 for details, check out our web page or ask at your local branch. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration may be required, so call the branch to find out.

Go Dog, GO!
Performed by the Roanoke Children’s Theatre. Adapted from the book by P.D. Eastman by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz. Based on the popular picture book by P. D. Eastman, this interactive stage experience with music and movement is full of fanciful frolic and frivolous fun that promises to thrill audiences of all ages. It is a wacky comedy that celebrates the simplicity of life! Bedford Central Library June 20 at 10:30 am; Big Island Library June 21 at 10:30 am; Forest Library June 21 at 2 pm (registration required); Moneta Library June 20 at 2 pm; Montvale Library June 22 at 10:30 am; Stewartsville Library June 22 at 2 pm.

Magician Greg Coudoures
Local magician Greg Coudoures presents his magic show. Bedford Central Library July 2 at 10:30 am; Big Island Library July 6 at 10:30 am; Forest Library July 6 at 2 pm (registration required); Moneta Library July 2 at 2 pm; Montvale Library July 5 at 10:30 am; Stewartsville Library July 5 at 2 pm.

Haredini’s Dreamtime Magic
Enjoy the raucous antics of the Puppet Lady and all her nighttime friends! Haredini’s Dreamtime Magic is a fast-paced variety arts performance for the whole family. Bedford Central Library July 10 at 10:30 am; Big Island Library July 9 at 10:30 am; Forest Library July 9 at 2 pm (registration required); Moneta Library July 10 at 2 pm; Montvale Library July 12 at 10:30 am; Stewartsville Library July 12 at 2 pm.

Llama Pajama Party
A party featuring books by Anna Dewdney and others, crafts using llama wool, and a special visit from Mona and her therapy llamas. Bedford Central Library July 7 at 1:30 pm; Big Island Library July 21 at 10:30 am; Forest Library July 21 at 1:30 pm (registration required); Moneta Library June 30 at 1:30 pm; Montvale Library June 30 at 10:30a m; Stewartsville Library July 7 at 10:30 am.

Animal Talk with Mill Mountain Zoo
Meet animals that are awake while you dream, plus others that are active in the daytime! Mill Mountain Zoo is bringing us an Animal Encounters program with several new animal friends!
Bedford Central Library July 25 at 11 am; Big Island Library July 23 at 11 am; Forest Library July 23 at 1:30 pm (registration required); Moneta Library July 25 at 1:30 pm; Montvale Library July 27 at 11 am; Stewartsville Library July 27 at 1:30 pm.

Big Dreams at Big Island Library
For more information or to register for programs at Big Island Library, call (540) 425-7000.
The Monday Movie on July 9 will be Adventures of Tintin (PG). The show starts at 3 pm and registration is required. Family Science Fun will be on July 10 at 1:30 pm and on July 13 at 10:30 am. Mother/Daughter Spa Day returns for those aged 10 and up. They will make bath salts, body scrub, bath sizzlers and your own bath pouf! Enjoy a relaxing July 20 starting at 2 pm. Teens can enjoy their own movie series beginning June 16 with a showing of Hugo. On July 17 and August 21 they will show Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2. These movies begin at 4:45 pm and include snacks.

Bedford Central Library movies
For more information or to register for programs at Bedford Central, call Youth Services at (540) 586-8911. The Family Movie Night series continues in the summer. Join us on Tuesday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of The Muppets (PG). On Tuesday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. the movie is Hugo (PG.) Snacks are served during the movies, and crafts and games follow.

Thursday Thrills at Bedford Library
A different activity most Thursdays. Activities will begin at 3 pm each Thursday afternoon. To kick it off, they're showing The Adventures of Tintin (PG) on June 7 in the Young Adult Room. This activity is open to all ages, but parents should be aware of the PG movie rating. On June 14 and July 12 there will be a regular meeting of the Bedford Lego Club. This activity is open to all ages including teens; Duplos are available for younger children. A young duct tape crafter is coming to show you flip flops, flowers, ties and more on June 21. This activity is open to kids and teens ages 10 and up. At Family Space Day, they'll talk about the constellations you can find in the summer skies, make a comet, and create some glow in the dark art. Blast off on June 28. On July 5, they're showing Dolphin Tale (PG) in the Young Adult Room. This activity is open to all ages, but parents should be aware of the PG movie rating. The Thursday Thrill for July 19 is a showing of Puss in Boots (PG). This activity is open to all ages, but parents should be aware of the PG movie rating. Rounding out the Thursday Thrills series is Spa Day on July 26. This activity is open to kids ages 10 and up. They'll show how to make your own body scrubs, bath salts and a bath pouf.

Game Days
The new flat screen TV and Xbox Kinect are ready for use in the Young Adult room at Bedford Central Library, and there is also a good selection of board and card games. Game Days on June 15 and 29 as well as July 13 and 27. This activity is open to kids ages 10 and up.

Bedford Go Club
The Bedford Go Club will continue to meet at the Bedford Central Library; dates and times will be announced. Call the library for more information about this ancient Chinese game of strategy which can be played by children, teens and adults.

Forest Library: Fun for all
For more information or to register for any of these programs at Forest Library, call (540) 425-7002. Teens, come to Forest Library the third Thursday of each month for Teen Night Thursday! Enjoy video games (with our new Xbox Kinect), board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. summer dates are June 21 and July 19. Family Movies are back this summer on Tuesdays at 2 pm from June 19 to July 24. This summer they're showing Phineas and Ferb Across the Second Dimension (G), Treasure Buddies (G), Puss in Boots (PG), Hugo (PG), The Muppets (PG) and Happy Feet 2 (PG). Registration is required for each movie. They're also planning Friday Fun Crafts and Activities each Friday from June 15 through July 20 at 2 pm. More details about the selected crafts are available at the Forest Library.

Movies and More at Moneta Library
For information or to register for programs at Moneta Library call (540) 425-7004. Read to a trained therapy dog on Dog Days at Moneta Library. The program is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 am from June 13 to June 27 and also on July 11. Registration is required. Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Hugo (PG) at 6 p.m. The C-Shells will be back to Moneta Library for a fabulous interactive music experience. Come out July 5 at 3 pm and be ready to sing along. The Family Movie Night series continues on Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. with crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Happy Feet 2 (PG) at 6 p.m.

Mountains of Fun at Montvale Library
For information or to register for programs at Montvale Library call (540) 425-7006. Teens are invited to the library for video and board games on the first Friday of each month, starting at 6 p.m. Summer dates are July 6. Pizza and drinks are provided. Hear Dreamy Music live at the Montvale Library, starting at 6 pm on June 29. This program is intended for teens. The crafting season kicks off as Tuesday Techniques returns. Join each Tuesday at 3 pm for a terrific crafting experience. The last craft will be on July 17. Don’t miss the Grand Finale party on August 4 at 10:30 am.

Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library
For information or to register for programs at Stewartsville Library call (540) 425-7008. All ages and experience levels can come to play chess at Stewartsville Library on Tuesdays. The program will run weekly fthrough August 14 and starts at 10:30 am. Teens, come learn to knit or crochet! Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering meets the first Saturday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Members would love to teach teens to work in fiber arts. Also for teens is Mother/Daughter Spa Day on July 21 at 11 am. Learn to make your own body scrub, bath salts and bath pouf! This program is open to ages 10 and up. Make a Dream Big pillow on June 30. They'll supply fabric, decorations and sewing tips – you provide the creativity. Program begins at 11 am and is for kids ages 10 and up. Make a glow in the dark portrait at Own the Night screen painting beginning at 11 am on July 28.

Calendar of events

Thursday, June 14

Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District
The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding its monthly Board meeting on June 14 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.

Diabetes Education Group
Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Topic: Healthy Vacationing, June 14, Thursday, 6 p.m. Free. Bedford Memorial Hospital, Adult Day Center, 1613 Oakwood St. Classes that help 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.

Cancer Workshop
Free Cancer Workshop. Thursday, June 14 – 6:15 p.m. Presented by: Dr. Jeffrey Tanzar, D.C.
at Tanzar Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 1088 Vista Park Drive, Suite C – Forest. Call 434.385.1110 to register.

Bedford Police Department Neighborhood Awareness meeting
A Neighborhood Awareness Meeting will take place on June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Municipal Building, 3rd Floor on 215 E Main St., Bedford. Doggedly Patrolling the Streets: K9 officers and their dog partners. Join as BCSO Corporal Gary DeSilvey and his partner, Max, illustrate some of the extensive training they have both had to master, and tell of some of the incidents they have experienced. Residents of Bedford City and County are invited.

Saturday, June 16

Free mammograms
Mammograms Annually A Must (MAAM) a local volunteer group associated with the Centra Health Foundation is working to raise the awareness of the importance of screening mammograms. MAAM helps to fund and organize free mammograms for eligible women who must be at least 40 years old and have a family history of breast cancer; women who do not have health insurance or are under insured; and women who have no breast symptoms and have not had a mammogram in the last year. The women who are not eligible are those who have palpable lumps or nipple drainage at the time of the exam and women who have had a mastectomy, lumpectomy or breast augmentation. Mammograms are the best tool available for identifying breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages. The MAAM Mobile Mammography Coach will be in Lynchburg at the Hunton-Randolph Community Center, 1120 12th Street during the upcoming Juneteenth Celebration, Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-Registration is required and you must be registered by June 8 as space is limited for this one day event. If insured, bring your insurance card. If uninsured, you will be covered by MAAM. For questions to be answered and for more information, contact Phyllistine Mosley at 434.528.2747.

June Dance
Parents Without Partners June Dance is open to the public on Saturday, June 16, from 8-11:30 p.m. at the Charles Hill Sr Center, Vinton. Music will be provided by the Sam Austin Band. Admittance is $10 per person, BYOB. Fore more information, call Carol Collins at 540-589-6491.

Monday, June 18

Peaks of Otter Chapter NSDAR
The next meeting of the Peaks of Otter Chapter NSDAR will be on Monday June 18 at the home of Sharon Russell at 1340 Boone Dr. in Bedford at 11 a.m.  This is the last meeting of the 2011-2012 year and important business will be conducted.  Special guest, Mark Day will give a program on the War of 1812 as they commemorate the 200th anniversary.  Members are asked to bring lunch items and desserts to be shared.  If you have any questions, call Mrs. Russell at 586-5706.

Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park
The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will meet June 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the park Discovery Center.  This is a volunteer organization that assists the park with its educational programs and park maintenance, and provides special events for the community throughout the year.  New members and visitors are always welcome. For information contact the Park Office at 297-6066.

Tuesday, June 19

The 9 Phases of Federal Acquisition
The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of southwest Virginia and central Virginia, in partnership with the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center, are hosting “The 9 Phases of Federal Acquisition” on Tuesday, June 19, 9 a.m. until noon on the campus of Virginia Western Community College, Webber Hall – Room 217. This interactive hands-on workshop will teach you both what the federal government is doing in each of the 9 Phases and what you should be doing to take advantage of this and increase your business. Call 276.964.7334 or register online at http://www.sw.edu/ptac/PTAC-Register.htm. Cost per person is $45. For additional information or questions, call the PTAC at 276-964-7334.

Wednesday, June 20

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
June 20, Wednesday, 10 a.m. - noon. Free at Moneta Library - 540- 425-7004. 13641 Moneta Rd., Moneta. No registration required.

New Beginnings luncheon
The New Beginnings Support Group, co-sponsored by Tharp Funeral Home &
Crematory and Bedford Hospice Care meets the third Wednesday of each month. The purpose of the group is three fold: an opportunity to meet new people, information presented by interesting speakers and a good meal. The next New Beginnings meeting will be Wednesday, June 20 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.

Thursday, June 21

Bedford Tea Party meeting
The next meeting of the Bedford Tea Party will be Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m. at the Bedford Library. For more information call Ann Briscoe at 540-586-9778.

Saturday, June 23

Country/Folk/Alternative Concert
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. will host Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner 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.

2nd Amendment Day celebration
The Smith Mountain Lake Pistol Shooting Association will sponsor a day of activities for Lake area residents on Saturday, June 23 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center. The highlight of the day will be a talk by noted author and 2nd Amendment expert, Alan Korwin. Alan is the author of nine books on guns and self defense and has appeared before the US Supreme Court in the Heller & McDonald vs Chicago Cases, Publisher and Entrepreneur. In addition to his presentation from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be opportunities for guests to utilize the Rocovich indoor shooting range for free from 4 to 6 p.m. – participants must be at least 18 years old and provide their own handgun and ammunition - followed by a barbecue dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Center’s outdoor pavilion. Door prizes will be offered and tickets will be available for a gun raffle for a Henry Golden Boy 22 rifle, a Rugar SP 101 22 Target Pistol and a Walther P22 Target Pistol. Tickets must be purchased for advanced general seating and reservations to include the barbecue dinner. To obtain tickets send a check for $15 for each adult and/or $10 for youth 18 years of age or younger to SMLPSA, 13020 Booker T Washington Hwy. Hardy, VA 24101 or call (540)-400-1070 for more information.

Free Pressure Canner testing
Garden harvest time will soon be upon us. Before you start to preserve your garden bounty this year, take steps to make sure you are doing it safely. If you will be using your pressure canner to preserve food, it is important to have the lid and gauge tested annually for safety and accuracy. A damaged seal or inaccurate gauge can result in bacteria contamination of food or a safety hazard for the operator and home. Virginia Cooperative Extension—Bedford will be testing pressure canner lids as a free service to the public. This will include an inspection of the lid, seal, and pressure gauge for accuracy. This service will be available on Saturday, June 23, at Southern States—Bedford from 8 a.m. to noon. You need only bring the lid (gauge-type only), not the entire pressure canner. Extension publications on food preservation as well as food preservation recipes for special diets will also be available. Contact Susan Prillaman at (540)586Ḁ7675.

Sunday, June 24

Centertown Walking Tour
Wharton Foundation’s Bower Center for the Arts will hold another of its free Sunday afternoon educational series on June 24. This time the group will explore the Architecture of Centertown Bedford. Lead by Sergie Troubetzkoy, director of tourism for Bedford, this walking tour will investigate how the area developed and the different architectural styles that are found here, from the few pre-Civil War-era buildings along Main Street, to the late 19th and early 20th-century buildings along Main and Bridge streets. The tour will begin at 3 p.m. at the Bower Center for the Arts at 305 North Bridge St. in Bedford
. Wear comfortable shoes. Rain or shine. For more information call the Bower Center at 540-586-4235. Troubetzkoy has given a number of programs throughout Virginia, Washington, DC and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Monday, June 25

Book Fair
The Bedford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a Book Fair on Monday, June 25 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Auditorium.  Open to the public.  For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Office at 540-587-3317.

Wednesday, June 27

Blood Pressure Screening
June 27, Wednesday, 10 - noon. Free. Forest Library, 540- 425-7002. 15583 Forest Rd., Forest. No registration required.

Walsh Memorial Bell Choir concert
Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) has announce a concert by the internationally-renown Walsh Memorial Handbell Choir on Wednesday June 27, at 7 p.m., at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Route 122 and Lakemount Drive, Moneta. The handbell choir plays a variety of music with arms crossing and bell ringers changing places in mid-measure in performing its musical wizardry. The choir uses eight-octave bells and chimes. A $5 donation is suggested, payable at the door. Students under 21 years old with proper identification will be admitted free of charge.

Saturday, June 30

GFWC Bedford Woman’s Club Yard Sale
The Bedford Woman’s Club is having a Yard Sale on Saturday, June 30, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1544 Oakwood Street, Bedford. All proceeds will go to the club to benefit local organizations.

Wednesday, July 4

$1 Dog Sale
The Moneta Lions Club will be holding a $1 Dog Sale ( hot dogs with chips & drinks for $1) at the Shop-Rite grocery store on Wednesday, July 4. The $1 Hot dog packs will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shop-Rite store entrance.  Shop-Rite is celebrating 30 years of operation in the local Bedford County community and donating the food to the Lions for the event. The Moneta Lions Club will use all the funds from the $1 Dog Sale for their community outreach programs.