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Community Events and Calendar (week of June 15, 2011)

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By Tom Wilmoth

 

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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.

 

Free document shredding

Trinity Ecumenical Parish (TEP) in Moneta will be offering free shredding and disposal of personal paper documents on June 18.  This will be the fourth year offering this service, which will be held in the church parking lot from 10 a.m to noon (one mile south of Hales Ford Bridge on Route 122).  The document shredding event is organized by the Stewards Of The Earth (SOE) Committee as part of their community environmental outreach program. SOE members will be at the church parking lot to coordinate traffic flow and help unload paper documents for shredding. CINTAS Corp. Document Management will be conducting the document shredding using a large shredder truck.  The truck has an enclosed commercial paper shredder that includes a TV system to visually verify shredding of the documents and  the shredded paper stored for later recycling. CINTAS Document Management always provides certification to the SOE Committee of the document shredding and subsequent recycling of all the shredded paper. The CINTAS truck shredder can accommodate paper documents in folders with staples or paper clips. However, papers will have to be removed from 3-ring binders or similar holders. The paper shredding service will be conducted rain or shine from 10 a.m. to noon on June 18 and SOE members will be there to help.  The service is free to all, with donations accepted only to help cover the cost of the service. For additional information contact the TEP office at 721-4330.

 

Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering two trips to the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre in Ferrum. “Showtime at First Baptist” is a comedy and sequel to “First Baptist of Ivy Gap.” When lightning strikes twice, the ladies need to use all their talents to raise money for a new organ and a new sanctuary. Many think this sequel is better and funnier than the original “First Baptist.” The date of this trip will be Thursday, July 21. The cost of the trip is $31, which includes transportation, ticket for lunch and the show. The second trip is to the musical “Heidi.” This is based on the original tale, but transports the tale from the Swiss Alps to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The date of this trip is Wednesday, Aug. 3. The cost of this show is $31, which includes transportation, ticket for lunch and the show. For further information or questions, contact the Bedford County Parks and Recreation dept. at 540.586.7682. First priority will be given to Bedford City and County residents.

 

Pulaski Bluegrass Festival trip

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering a trip to the Pulaski Bluegrass Festival in Pulaski. This festival features Bobby Osborne with Rocky Top X-Press, The Adam Larkey Band plus Crossroads Station. The date of this trip is Saturday, Aug. 20. The cost is $24 per person, which includes transportation and ticket into the festival. Lunch will be at your own expense. For further information or questions, contact the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Dept. at 540.586.7682. First priority will be given to Bedford City and County residents.

 

Library System’s Adult Summer Reading Program

Summer has arrived! With it comes your chance to participate in the Bedford Public Library System’s annual adult summer reading program. This summer’s program, entitled “Feed Your Brain,” offers a game board designed to stimulate and challenge your mind. Revisit familiar titles, or discover new ones, as you select works from a variety of genres to complete your board. The program, open to any adult over the age of 18 with a Bedford Public Library System card, will run through July 29. Register now at any BPLS library location and begin earning points in time to enter the final drawing. Prizes donated by the Friends of the Bedford Public Library. In addition to literary stimulation, BPLS is also offering patrons the opportunity to “Learn Something New @ Your Library,” with a line-up of summer programs for adults. Take advantage of free programs where, with the guidance of experienced professionals, you can learn a variety of new activities. Just a few of the topics you can explore include: raising poultry, geocaching, Zumba, how to make the perfect cup of coffee, and much more. Visit the library Web site isit www.bplsonline.org or call 540.586.8911 for further information.

 

Senior lunch trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering the following lunch trips for the remainder of 2011: July 5 - Hibachi Grill (Lynchburg); Aug. 2 - Smoky Bone's (Roanoke); Sept. 15 - The Babcock House (Appomattox); Oct. 4 - Virginia Dare; Nov. 3 (Thursday) - The Home Place (dinner); Dec. 6 - K&W Cafeteria (breakfast). Due to the popularity of these trips, reservations are taken one month prior to the trip. Cost for transportation is $5 per person. Lunch is on your own for most trips, unless tickets have to be purchased ahead of time. Some time will be allowed after lunch for various shopping and side trips. Call Bedford County Parks & Recreation for further information at (540) 586-7682. Lunch trips are open to Bedford City and County residents only.

 

Prescription drug low-income subsidy program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has sent its annual notice to individuals enrolled in the prescription drug Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program, reminding them that they can switch to a lower-cost plan in their area at any time. LIS, also known as Extra Help, is a federal program that helps eligible individuals with limited income and resources pay for drug costs under the Medicare prescription drug benefit. The government sets a benchmark premium amount annually ($33.25 in VA), and LIS will pay for enrollees’ premiums up to that amount. Some people with LIS choose to enroll in plans with premiums over the benchmark amount and, as a result, pay the difference between the plan premium and the benchmark premium. Individuals with LIS are not limited to changing plans during the Fall Open Enrollment Period and therefore always have the option to change to a lower-cost plan. If you have received a “purple” letter from CMS, there are eight Drug Plans offered in VA for a $0 premium. Pam Willoughby is a State Health Insurance Assistance Program Counselor who offers personalized health insurance counseling by appointment at 540-875-8655. Compare the plans and learn if the plan covers the drugs you take. If you join a Medicare drug plan that isn’t on the approved list, you may have to pay a higher monthly premium.

 

Lunch trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering the following trips: June 30, Aug. 18 and Oct. 13 to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft and Nov. 18 to the Liberty Fair Mall in Martinsville. Space is limited on the bus and these trips are restricted to Bedford City/County residents only. For further information, contact the County Parks & Recreation Department at (540) 586-7682.

 

Fridays at the Museum

The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library are proud to present Fridays at the Museum. Every Friday afternoon this summer there will be fun and exciting events at the Museum free for children 3rd through 6th grades. This summer they are honoring the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of "The War Between the States" or the "Civil War." Events will include visits from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a trip to Avenel Plantation. The summer programs run through Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. for fun at the Bedford Museum, 201 E. Main St., Bedford, (540) 586-4520, www.bedfordvamuseum.org.

 

High Power Soccer Camp

At Morgans Baptist Church, June 26 - July 1 from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Register by June 12.  Forms at morgansbaptist.com. 540-297-4959.

 

Volunteers needed for MDA Summer Camp

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southwest Virginia (MDA) is looking for volunteers to spend one week this summer with some extra special children. Young men 18 years or older are needed to become a very special part of the MDA Summer Camp Program. This year MDA's Summer Camp "Amazing Race" will be held Saturday, July 23-29, at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz. Volunteers willing to spend seven days at camp are needed to act as a companion to a child or teenager with a neuromuscular disorder covered by MDA. Some campers still walk and run while others use a manual or power wheelchair. You'll be participating in swimming, canoeing, fishing, miniature gold, talent show, dancing, making arts & crafts and taking part in MDA Olympics as well as many other fun activities. It's a wonderful opportunity to perform a valuable community service and enjoy a week at MDA Summer Camp at no cost to the volunteer. (Lodging and meals are provided.) For further information and an application, call the MDA office at (540) 772-3237 or write to the: Muscular Dystrophy Association, Attn: Tamlyn Disher, 4502 Starkey Rd., SW, Suite 107, Roanoke, VA 24018.

 

Volunteer Camp Nurses needed for MDA Summer Camp

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southwest Virginia (MDA) is looking for volunteer RN's and LPN's to spend one week this summer, July 23-29, at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz with children with neuromuscular diseases and their counselors. For further information and an application, call the MDA office at (540) 772-3237 or write to the: Muscular Dystrophy Association, Attn: Tamlyn Disher, 4502 Starkey Rd., SW, Suite 107, Roanoke, VA 24018.

 

Edmund Street Park Fun Days

If your children are looking for a fun way to spend some time this summer, come to Edmund Street Park each Thursday, beginning June 23 and continuing through Aug. 11. Every Thursday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Children First! Bedford will sponsor Fun Days at the park. Each week, at no charge, there will be games, snacks, Bible Stories, crafts and lunch. (Rain cancels the event.) Special guests will visit each week. Dates and activities: June 23 – Sheriff’s Department Dog Demonstration; June 30 – Puppets; July 7 – Fire Department; July 14 – Music Activities; July 21 – Sports Day with Shawn Webb; July 28 – Puppets; Aug. 4 – Sheriff’s Department; Aug. 11 – Magician. Children First! Bedford is a non-profit, ecumenical organization, comprised of people who are concerned about the welfare of children and youth in Bedford. They recognize that each child is a gift from God and they strive to find ways to enhance the well-being of children. For more information about the program or about Children First! Bedford, call Ginny Greer at 353-4023 or Carol Ellis at 586-8878.

 

Fresh Air program

This summer, share the beauty of your community with an inner-city child while enjoying a vacation in your own backyard. Join thousands of volunteer host families throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada as they open their hearts and homes to New York City children from low-income communities through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family program. In 2011, The Fund will celebrate its 135th summer of helping youngsters from New York City enjoy new experiences like swimming in a cool lake and catching fireflies. For more information on how you can make summer special for a Fresh Air child, contact Mary Poe at 434-239-5590 or The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. You can also learn more about the Volunteer Host Family program by visiting The Fund’s Web site at www.freshair.org.

 

Fireworks

Saunders Volunteer Fire Company presents the Smith Mountain Lake Fireworks and fire company fundraiser at the Parkway Marina on July 2. To help keep the annual SML Fireworks tradition alive, donate to the SVFC at SMLFireworks.org. Music by The Worxz. The Parkway Marina Carousel, Moneta YMCA Kids Zone, spectactular fireworks. Free family event. Parking is limited, consider car pooling. The event starts at 3 p.m. www.SMLFireworks.org or www.ParkwayMarina.com for more information. All proceeds benefit the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company.

 

Upcoming Bloodmobiles

The following information is subject to change. Please call 1-800-REDCROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending.

June 20 – Forest, The Kirk, noon – 6 p.m.

June 21 – Bedford, Bedford Baptist Church, noon – 7 p.m.

June 27 - Forest, Forest Public Library, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Civil War train/bus trip

The Botetourt County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring a bus/train trip to Manassas on Sunday, July 24, to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and the Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run) in Old Town Manassas. The group will travel by bus from Roanoke to Lynchburg. In Lynchburg, the group will board an Amtrak train for the journey to Manassas. In Manassas, they will have five hours (on their own) to explore the downtown, eat at the food vendors, see the living history demonstrations, speakers, art, music and all that the festival has to offer. There will be trolleys to take the people from one site to another. The group will then take the train back to Lynchburg where the bus will be waiting to bring them back to Bedford and Roanoke. The price of $125 per person includes: round trip bus transportation from Roanoke to Lynchburg, round trip Amtrak ticket from Lynchburg to Manassas, visit to Old Town Manassas, visit to Civil War Festival and a tour host. Passengers can either board the bus at Bonsack Walmart, Route 460, Roanoke; and at Westgate Shopping Center, Bedford. For further information, call (540) 473-8326 or (5400 366-2888.

 

Summer Reading Program

The Bedford Public Library System Summer Reading Program, Amazing Tales at Your Library, will run through July 30. The program is designed for all children 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 Amazing World of Reptiles, Amazing Farm Tails, Puppetman and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Look for information coming home soon in school folders, call Youth Services at 540-586-8911 x 2107 for details, check out the Web page or ask at your local branch. All programs are free and open to the public.

 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

The Roanoke Children’s Theatre presents the play If You Give a Mouse a Cookie based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Bedford Central Library June 22 at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library June 23 at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library June 22 at 1:30 p.m.; Moneta Library June 24 at 11:30 a.m.; Montvale Library June 23 at 1:30 p.m.; Stewartsville Library June 24 at 4 p.m.

 

The Puppetman

Matt Stafford presents fractured fairy tales with his cast of puppet characters. Bedford Central Library July 27 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Big Island Library July 26 at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library July 26 at 1:30 p.m.; Moneta Library July 7 at 1:30 p.m.; Montvale Library July 21 at 1:30 p.m.; Stewartsville Library July 21 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Amazing Farm Tails

The Bedford County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee presents stories and crafts about farming and agriculture for kids aged 6-12. Don’t miss the farm animal petting zoo. Bedford Central Library July 6 at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library June 28 at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library June 30 at 2 p.m.; Moneta Library July 21 at 10:30 a.m.; Montvale Library July 18 at 10:30 a.m.; Stewartsville Library June 16 at 10:30 a.m.

 

The Amazing World of Reptiles

The Larsen family gives a live presentation of wild reptiles, with the chance to hold and pet them. Bedford Central Library July 13 at 10:30 a.m. and noon; Big Island Library July 15 at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library July 15 at 1:30 p.m.; Moneta Library July 13 at 2:30 p.m.; Montvale Library July 14 at 2 p.m.; Stewartsville Library July 14 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Have a Blast at Big Island Library

For more information or to register for programs at Big Island Library, call (540) 425-7000. Register for the summer reading program that day. Enjoy Racing Stripes (PG) at First Tuesday Flicks at Big Island. Registration is required. Hear Amazing Tales: Old Teeth, New Teeth with the Virginia Department of Health on Friday June 24 at 10:30 a.m. This is a family program for all ages. The First Tuesday Flick on July 5 will be The Neverending Story (PG). The show starts at 3 p.m. and registration is required. Decorate your own Amazing Flip Flops on Friday July 8 at 2 p.m. This is for kids aged 10 and up. Big Island Library celebrates the end of the Summer Reading Program with a Grand Finale on Saturday July 30 starting at 10:30 a.m. All ages are invited.

 

Volunteer advocates for children needed

Applications are now being accepted for volunteers who are interested in becoming Court Appointed Special Advocates. The next training program will begin on August 11 and will be held on Thursdays, through October 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pearson Regional Cancer Center, 1701 Thomson Drive, in Lynchburg (one block from Lynchburg General Hospital). When home is no longer safe for a child, a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge may appoint a specially trained adult volunteer called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, to the child’s case. The volunteer researches the child’s situation, determines what is in the best interest of the child and reports to the court. The volunteer gives hope to the child and helps in guiding the child to a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers do not need to have any previous experience or training. CASA of Central Virginia is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to be advocates for the abused and neglected children in the 24th Judicial District. This district includes the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson. For more information about CASA of Central Virginia and how you can be trained as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, contact by phone at (434) 528-2552 or by e-mail at staff@cvcasa.org. You may also check out the Web site, www.cvcasa.org.

 

Hickory Hill's Sunset Saturday music lineup

The musical lineup for Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery’s Sunset Saturday was announced recently. The music series, in its sixth year, features many local talents that perform at the vineyard through Sept. 4. The event is from 7-10 p.m. This year’s lineup features old favorites as well as a few new faces. The series picks up on July 2 with Kevin Marshall. Scott Sutton returns to the Hickory Hill stage with his group Sparks Will Fly on July 30. Hickory Hill completes the July schedule with Lynchburg’s Square Peg on July 16 and Blacksburg’s Kat Mills on July 23. Square Peg is a duo that leans toward Jazz and Kat Mills is a singer/songwriter. The Series skips August and then concludes on Sept. 3 with Smith Mountain Lake locals Larry, Mike and Chip. All performances will be at Hickory Hill Vineyards, LLC, 1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta. 540.296.1393, www.SMLwine.com.

 

Bedford Central Library events

For more information or to register for programs at Bedford Central, call Youth Services at (540) 586-8911. June 18 is the date for Amazing Art at Your Library. Come by between 10 a.m. and noon to make crafts and other art projects. Join on Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of Tangled (PG) followed by crafts and games. Hear Amazing Tales: Old Teeth, New Teeth with the Virginia Department of Health on Thursday June 23 at 10:30 a.m. This is a family program for all ages. Join on Tuesday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of Gnomeo and Juliet (PG) followed by crafts and games. Don’t miss Amazing Acting at Your Library from 10 a.m. to noon on July 23. Come ready to perform some reader’s theater, play dress up in the costume bin, and shout out along with some audience participation stories.

 

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, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. The summer date is July 14. Plus, this summer they're having teen movies, showing Alice in Wonderland on July 7 at 6 p.m. and Star Trek on July 21 at 6 p.m. Family Movies are back this summer on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. from June 21 to July 19. This summer they're showing Toy Story 3 (G), Tangled (PG), Legend of the Guardian (PG), Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) and Despicable Me (PG). Registration is required for each movie. Hear Amazing Tales: Old Teeth, New Teeth with the Virginia Department of Health on Thursday June 23 at 2 p.m. This is a family program for all ages. Come find out some cool facts about fascinating creatures in Animals You Love to Hate! Peaks of Otter Ranger Mullinax returns for a lively discussion about bats, spiders, rats, and snakes, July 7 at 2 p.m. For ages 6-12. Registration required. Dog Training Tips For Kids. Patty Ferington of Dog Owners Training Club of Lynchburg Inc. and her yellow lab, Bailey, will share lots of information about dog training and obedience. This class is for children ages 6-12. Sorry, no dogs allowed other than Bailey. Registration is required and class is limited to 40. July 14 at 2 p.m. How Does Your Garden Grow? is a fun  and educational program for school-age children presented by Lynchburg Master Gardeners. Learn about annuals and perennials in the garden and pot your own houseplant to take home. July 21 at 2 p.m. Program limited to 25 children, ages 6-12. Registration required.

 

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 a.m. from June 15 to July 6. Registration is required. Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Yogi Bear (PG) at 6 p.m. There’s lots happening on July 1 at Moneta. They'll start with a Dog Bandana Craft at 10:30 a.m., followed by the special presentation Amazing Tails: Service Dog Tricks at the Library. They'll have a St Francis service dog and owner showing the types of work service dogs do for their people. This begins at 11 a.m. Teens, the Puppetman has tips and tricks for you in Your Dummy Speaks: Puppetry and Ventriloquism for Teens on Thursday July 7 at 11:30 a.m. Hear Amazing Tales: Old Teeth, New Teeth with the Virginia Department of Health on Monday July 11 at 10:30 a.m. This is a family program for all ages. Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Gnomeo and Juliet (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 4 p.m. Dates for the summer include July 1. Other teen programs offered this summer are Tail Pockets for Lockers, a craft you can use in your school locker, and Amazing Spa Creations, where you’ll make your own soap, lotion and lip balm. Tail Pockets is happening June 9 at 3 p.m. and Amazing Spa Creations are coming June 28 at 5:30 p.m. Join for Silver Screen Saturdays at the Montvale Library the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. They will be showing movies of interest to all ages. The crafting season: Join each week on Tuesday at 3 p.m. for a crafting experience. The last craft will be on July 19. Hear Amazing Tales: Old Teeth, New Teeth with the Virginia Department of Health on Thursday June 16 at 10:30 a.m. This is a family program for all ages. Hear Amazing Tales of Rescue in the Wild presented by the Wildlife Rescue Alliance. The program is on June 18 at 11 a.m. Al Cire from the Department of Conservation and Recreation brings Amazing Mountain Tails on Saturday June 30 at 11 a.m. Everyone’s invited to the grand finale, Amazing Fire Tales, on August 2 at 10:30 a.m. Come play in the water provided by the local fire engine.

 

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 through August 16 and starts at 10:30 a.m. Teens, learn to knit or crochet. Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering meets the first Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Members would love to teach teens to work in fiber arts. Also for teens is Amazing Spa Creations on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Learn to make your own lotion, soap and lip balm. Join for the Patricia Polacco Book Club on Tuesday June 28 at 5:30 p.m. Ages 9-12. Hear Amazing Tales: Old Teeth, New Teeth with the Virginia Department of Health on Thursday July 28 at 10:30 a.m. This is a family program for all ages.

 

Music In The Park Summer 2011 Schedule

Presented by The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park: June 25  "Down 2 Earth”; July 23 "Friday Nite Band”; August 27 “Wound Tight”. The Old Dominion Cloggers will perform at each event. Performances will be held at the Beach Pavilion from 8 to 10 p.m.,  Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, chips, drinks and ice cream will be available for purchase.  Adults $5, children 12 and under Free. Parking is free.  For information contact the Park Office at (540) 297-6066. Bring your lawn chairs.

 

Smith Mountain Lake International Cooking School

June Class Schedule:Saturday June 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is summer, time to eat delicious and healthy salads. Learn how to make Larb Gai (chicken salad) and Shrimp Vermicelli salad. Both are totally different and both are extremely popular in Thailand. Saturday June 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will learn how to make Spicy Chicken with Basil and mild Lomein with Asian Veggies. Make two main “one dish “meals which are fabulously tasty and easy to make. Pre-registration required. Contact: Mantana Heim Cost: $40/class Phone: (540) 242-8886 Location: E-mail: smlthaichef@aol.com 2664 Radford Church Rd., Moneta.

 

Juried Art Show entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 4th Annual Westlake Library Juried Art Show.  Accepted works will be exhibited at the library from July 6, through August 26.  Entry forms and art show rules may be picked up at the Westlake Library, The Franklin County Library, and the Artisan Center in Rocky Mount.  The forms may also be accessed from the Westlake Library events page on the Franklin County Library Web site:  www.franklincountyva.org.  The judge for this year’s show will be Taliaferro Logan who serves as the Gallery Director of Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Galleries.   Proceeds will benefit the Westlake Library. Entries must be postmarked by May 28.  For further information, call Donna Nevers (540) 721-7454, Nancy Stellhorn (540) 297-3263 or the Westlake Library (540) 483-3098 (Ext. 3).

 

LTP Summer Theatre Camp

Looking for some summer fun & learning, all rolled into one?  Get thee to Little Town Players' Summer Theatre Camp.  Directors Sara Landis, MFA & Paul Rycik will be leading the kids to a deeper knowledge of William Shakespeare by learning all aspects of theatre - music, costuming, lighting, stage combat, and much more, all ending in a production of Will's Midsummer Night's Dream!  Sara & Paul are both Shakespeare Scholars, and their complete bios can be read on the Web site.  Camp runs for two weeks, July 11 - 23, with two performances.  $100 per camper.  Some scholarships are available and discounts given for siblings. Registration forms and further information is available at www.littletownplayers.com. 

 

Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering

Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at the Stewartsville Library, 1-3 p.m.: Saturday, July 9. Join at the Stewartsville Library the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of knitting, weaving, spinning, crocheting and laughing.  Learn a new skill or 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.


 

Babysitter Certification Camp

Sponsored by The American Red Cross,Bedford Memorial Hospital, and Bedford Community Health Foundation. June 20-23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bedford Memorial Campus Adult Day Center, 1617 Oakwood St. Bedford. 4 Full Days of Training for Teens Ages 11-15. Cost: $200 *First 10 Enrolled Receive 50 percent off. To register call: 434-845-1234.

 

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

No meeting for June or July


 

Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library

Teens, learn to knit or crochet. Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering meets the first Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Members would love to teach teens to work in fiber arts! Call Stewartsville Library for more information at 540.425.7008.

 

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.

 

Benjamin's Restaurant events

Summer Concert Series: 6/10 The Dog Boys; 6/17 FMG; 6/24 The Groove Monkeys; 7/8   The Ruckus; 7/15  Mark Miller Band; 7/22  PolyChrome; 7/29  Steal The Prize; 8/5    The Groove Monkeys; 8/12   Dragonfly; 8/19   Jerry & Ray; 8/26   The Dog Boys; 9/9     Mark Miller Band; 9/16   PolyChrome; 9/23   Steal The Prize; 9/30   FMG; *Sept. 15th The Wing Fling.

 

Free computer skills classes

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

 

Blood Pressure Screening – Westlake Kroger

Westlake Kroger - Free blood pressure screening. First Tuesday of every month, 9 - 11 a.m.

Cost: Free. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482. Location: Kroger Westlake 80 Westlake Rd. Hardy, 24101.

 

Bedford Franklin Area Tea Party Meeting

Bedford Franklin Area Tea Party Meeting 1st Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.  Meetings are held at The Plaza (400 Scruggs Road, Moneta). For more information visit http://bfatp.com.

 

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening – Westlake YMCA

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

 

Concerned Women for America of Virginia

Monthly meeting at Brookhill Wesleyan Church, 1043 Cifax Road, Forest, the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. They review current issues on the local, state and national level and learn to deal with the issues of education, abortion, pornography, religious freedom, homosexuality, redefinition of the family and national sovereignty. For more information call 434-401-8852.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Breakfast Pancake Fundraiser

A Breakfast Pancake Fundraiser will be hosted by the Bedford Memorial Hospital Volunteer Chaplains. Money raised funds the gazebo garden project. Located in the Hospital Cafeteria. First Friday of Every Month, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Call ext 587-3297 to place your order.

 

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.

 

Community HU Chant

Community HU Chant- All are welcome to join the HU sing on every first and third Fridays at 7 p.m. Gatherings will be held at 208 W. Depot St. Suite F. Snacks and fellowship available afterwords. Information Hot line: 434-384-7959 ]

 

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.

 

Bedford Police Neighborhood Awareness Meeting
Meetings are the second Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the third floor of the Municipal Building.  There is a speaker each month and also review the crime stats for the previous month.  The mission for the meetings is for the Police Department to work with the community to directly affect and improve the quality of life in each neighborhood.

 

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.

 

Stewartsville/Chamblissburg Seniors

The Stewartsville/Chamblissburg Seniors meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the Chamblissburg Ruritan Building on Sandy Level Road. The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. with a potluck lunch at noon. All seniors invited. Contact David Poage with any questions at 890-7454.

 

Living with Cancer

First Monday of the month, noon. Contact: Anita Lowe 549-587-3308.

 

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.

 

Moneta Garden Club

The Moneta Garden Club meets the third Monday of each Month at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta, Va. At 12:30 p.m. with a program starting at 1 p.m.

 

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Bedford

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

 

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Forest

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

 

Wellness Massage
First Monday of each month. Everyone is invited to take advantage of this special one hour massage offer to our patients, staff and support group member of Bedford Memorial Hospital, certification training in Oncology Massage. Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Fee: $45. Registration required by calling Ellen at 540-816-9988 or Trish at 540-875-8613.

 

Bedford Rotary Club

The Bedford Rotary Club meets on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Elks National Home. Experience good fellowship and learn more about the Rotary concept of "Service above Self". For more information call 540-947-4648.

 

Calendar of events

 

Thursday, June 16

 

'Meet Mark Twain' programs

On June 16, the Friends of the Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library and the Friends of the Bedford Public Library invite you to revisit this beloved author through a live representation of Mark Twain by Gary Robertson.  Robertson will perform as Mark Twain at 4 p.m. at the Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library and, again, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford Central Library. Hear an American original in his own words and be thrilled by the wisdom and humor that has endured for generations. Mark Twain received his early training as a newspaper reporter and after-dinner speaker. Robertson continues in that tradition as a former reporter and columnist for Virginia’s largest newspaper, where he earned a reputation as a popular banquet speaker. Registration for the “Meet Mark Twain” programs recommended. Call library news and events at (540) 586-8911, ext.1111 for registration and/or additional information.

 

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 June 16. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Bower Center for the Arts at 305 N Bridge Street in Bedford. 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, but not meet on July 7. For further information, call Betsy Mercer at (434) 841-4199.

 

Friday, June 17

 

Ballroom dancing

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at New London Ruritan, June 17 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.  There will be a one hour Cha Cha dance lesson followed by social dancing. There will be a dance host available for the single women.  Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5.  Light snacks provided.  Beverages available at snack bar.  Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 434-426-9787 (leave a message)  or visit the Web  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.

 

Saturday, June 18

 

Juneteenth Gospel Music Celebration

On Saturday, June 18 Booker T. Washington National Monument is hosting the annual Juneteenth Gospel Music Celebration. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with local and regional speakers,

including visiting representatives from Tuskegee University. Two “Tears of Freedom” tours will be held focusing on the moment when freedom came for the slaves on the Burroughs plantation, where Booker T. Washington was born. Musical performances will be held throughout the afternoon with local musical groups performing. This celebration commemorates the release of approximately four million people of African descent from the bonds of slavery after the end of the Civil War. Booker T. Washington remembered the great day of emancipation stating his mother “was standing by my side, leaned over and kissed her children, while tears of joy ran down her cheeks. She explained to us what

it all meant, that this was the day for which she had been so long praying, but fearing that she would never live to see.” This life changing moment occurred between April and May of 1865. Sadly, everyone held in the bonds of slavery did not share the same sweet story. In some areas of the country the news did not spread very quickly. For these areas, it took months. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to issue General Order 3. This order did what the Emancipation Proclamation intended to do in January of 1863. All enslaved Africans were freed. Celebrations erupted in Texas! This is the celebration of Juneteenth. The event is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food vendors will be selling a variety of food, drinks, and desserts at this event. For additional information, please contact the Booker T. Washington National Monument at (540) 721-2094.

 

Celebrating 75 years

75 years ago on June 15, 1936, Virginia became the first state to open an entire state park system.  Since that time it has grown from the original six parks to 35 parks across the Commonwealth.  On Saturday, June 18, help celebrate this major milestone by visiting Smith Mountain Lake State Park for a day filled with fun in the sun.  There will be special interpretive programs, games, activities, free hot dogs from the grill and a cake-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m.  Parking is free.

 

Blue Mountains, White Lightening: Events at Peaks of Otter

Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. Join National Park Service Ranger Greg Baltad in the Ampitheater behind the Visitor Center as he leads you through the colorful history of “Korn Likker” and learn about the folklore surrounding Moonshine in the Blue Ridge mountains. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes, if you plan to stay after the program for our weekly night hike! Programs at Johnson Farm, daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Hike the trail to the farm to discuss with Park Rangers and volunteers mountain living and to discover how a Blue Ridge Mountain family lived, worked, and played. Join in some of the games and activities. Programs at the Nature Center—at the foot of Sharp Top Mountain, daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Stop by our newest facility to talk with National Park Service Rangers or volunteers about the natural history of the Peaks of Otter area. Parkway staff will be available to answer questions. Kid Fishing with a Ranger 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 the Abbott Lake. They provide bait and tackle, or bring your own pole for luck. Meet the Ranger behind the Lodge, next to the lake on the point. 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. Come by to visit and to talk. Contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center for specific times and locations of the demonstrations. All programs 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.

 

Juneteenth 2011: African American and Civil War

The annual Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Celebration will be held Saturday, June 18 Hunton-Randolph Community Center 12th and Taylor Street,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Juneteenth event will feature the History of Juneteenth in commemoration of the end of slavery. Juneteenth program will feature poem by Tracy Murry, spoken word by Dominque Wardell, Praise dancer Tericka Smith, songs by Daniel Barksdale, reading of Emancipation Proclamation by Amber Abrams, drum call by Ygyrl leaders and National Athan played by Albert Mallet on his saxophone. Juneteenth Stage, MADLAD will DJ, singers Diva Yamin, Sheridan Donigan and ShaMekya Williams will perform; Brian Richie, comedian; Soldiers Story skit by the Camms; Impeccable Dreams Entertainment and Arts hip hop group; poems by Christa Anderson and Qiana Beverly and the Diamond Hill Baptist Church Praise dance team. Youth Activities for children are wall painting, drumming session by Ygyrls, “Cake Walk,” Bouncer/games, Sunshine Clown and face painting.

 

75th Anniversary Birthday Bash

Saturday June 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. SML State Park Discovery Center. Virginia State Parks have been welcoming guests for 75 years. Celebrate the birthday in style June 18. They'll have birthday cake (while it lasts), special programs throughout the day and free parking and admission the week of June 13 thru June 19. For more fun happenings check out this Web site: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/75th.shtml.

 

Parents Without Partners Dance

A Parents Without Partners June Dance, open to the public, will be held Saturday, June 18, 8-11:30 p.m. at the Charles Hill Senior Center, Vinton. Music will be provided by Midnight Special Band. Cost: $10 per person. For more information contact Carol Collins 598-6491 or Rodney Wray 427-3989.

 

Safety Day

June 18. The Bedford Memorial Hospital Emergency Department  is sponsoring a Safety Day at Falling Creek Park from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Learn about how to be safe this summer. 

 

"Beach Night"

Shady Grove Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 101 Shady Grove Dr., just off Jordantown Road, 890-7484, will have "Beach Night" featuring beach music by the band The Masters of Rhythm on Saturday, June 18. Gates open at 5 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free. No outside food or beverage allowed. Bring a lawn chair. Food concessions will be sold on site.

 

Monday, June 20

 

Life for One

Guest speakers Caroline Butt and Dana Thompson. From the Stroke Center on Monday, June 20 at 11 a.m. The group will be meeting at Resurrection Catholic Church 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta instead of at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.  Bring a lunch/drink.

 

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

June 20, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Moneta Post Office, 14211 Moneta Rd. No registration required.


 

Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park

The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will meet Monday, June 20, 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.

 

Wednesday, June 22

 

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

June 22, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road. No registration required.

 

Saturday, June 25

 

Smoke on the Water

Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center is announcing the first annual "Smoke on the Water" event on Saturday, June 25, from noon to 5 p.m. "Smoke on the Water" will be hosted on The Pointe Lawn at Mariners Landing and feature: Specialty beers, including Clipper City Brewing Co. "Smoke on the Water," a variety of craft vendors, featured BBQ specialties such as Baby Back Ribs, Slow Cooked Pulled Pork BBQ and Smoke Jumbo Turkey Legs. Free admission. Overnight accommodations available by calling (800) 851-4988. For more information, contact Holly Sweet, director of Sales and Marketing, Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center, 1217

Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston, (540) 296-1259, hollys@marinerslanding.com.

 

Farmin’ on the Mountain: Events at Peaks of Otter

“Farmin’ on the Mountain” Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. Join National Park Service Ranger Richard Nash as he explores the way of life for the Johnson and Bryant families, as members of the Mons mountain Community. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes, if you plan to stay for our weekly night hike, shortly following the program. Programs at Johnson Farm, daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Hike the trail to the farm to discuss with Park Rangers and volunteers mountain living and to discover how a Blue Ridge Mountain family lived, worked, and played. Join in some of the games and activities. Programs at the Nature Center—at the foot of Sharp Top Mountain, daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Stop by our newest facility to talk with National Park Service Rangers or volunteers about the natural history of the Peaks of Otter area. Parkway staff will be available to answer questions. Kid Fishing with a Ranger 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 the Abbott Lake. They provide bait and tackle, or bring your own pole for luck. Meet the Ranger behind the Lodge, next to the lake on the point. 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. Come by to visit and to talk. Contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center for specific times and locations of the demonstrations. All programs 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.

 

Indoor yard sale

It is time for the biggest and best annual indoor yard sale at Mountain View United Methodist Church. Shop on June 25 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is the biggest and best yard sale in the area with Sunday school classrooms turned into  clothing boutiques. One room is devoted to hats, purses and  jewelry. Other rooms hold men's,ladies and children's clothing or shop in the Fellowship Hall for more bargains ... toys, books, furniture, white elephant items. "The Bakery" will be serving morning treats!  For more information or if you have something to donate call  Gayle Saunders at the church office: 434-525-6612.

 

Agape Pancake Breakfast

The Agape Center will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser on June 25 from 8 – 10 a.m. at Applebees in Bedford.

 

Great American Backyard Campout

Saturday June 25. SML State Park campground – site # 48. Join thousands of campers across the country for National Wildlife Federation’s seventh annual Great American Backyard Campout on Saturday, June 25. In today’s high-tech world, children and families are losing touch with nature and the outdoors. The Great American Backyard Campout® encourages everyone to get outside and camp, to renew his or her connection with nature or experience it for the first time. It also provides an opportunity for parents to re-connect with their kids following an endless schedule of programmed activities during the school year. So turn off your TVs, iPods, Playstations, computers, and cell phones and experience a night outside. Join the park naturalist at Smith Mountain Lake State Park Campground site # 48 for fun activities during this special outdoor outing. All programs will be open to the public, non-registered campers use the over-flow parking lot located across the street from our Campground. Programs are free, regular parking and camping fees apply. To reserve a campsite, contact: www.reserveamerica.com or call 1(800) 933-7275.

 

Sunday, June 26

 

Author at The Little Gallery

Best selling author David Baldacci will be at The Little Gallery on Sunday, June 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. to autograph his new books, “The Sixth Man”, released in April and “One Summer”, to be released June 14.  The author of 22 novels, Baldacci makes his home in Virginia.  Barnes & Noble of 4024 C Wards Road, Lynchburg will be on hand with books available for sale. “One Summer” A story of love, tragedy, second chances, fear and uncertainty. Can a family learn to love again after excruciating heartbreak and loss?

 

Tuesday, June 28

 

Bedford Equine Association

The Bedford Equine Association will welcome Mark Burke from Amethyst Acres in Buchanan on Tuesday June 28.  Burke will be giving a presentation on "Understanding Your Broodmare" and will cover pre & post breeding. Burke has a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M and over 30 years of experience in the horse industry.  He's held positions as Breeding and Farm Manager at Colonial Wood, Discover Arabians and Arabians Ltd.  Today, he and his wife Deb own Amethyst Acres Equine Center which is a full service, all breed reproduction facility.  They offer a wide variety of breeding and foaling services.  Burke also teaches Equine Reproduction at Averett University. There will drawings for door prizes and a question and answer period following the presentation. Event: 7 p.m., Tuesday June 28, Presbyterian Community Center, 112 Center Street, Bedford.

 

Veterans Services

A Representative for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services will be at the Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Rd., Bedford on Tuesday, June 28. Call the Lynchburg office at 434-385-0815 to schedule an appointment. Any questions contact the Lynchburg office.

 

Thursday, June 30

 

Points on Joints

Dr. John Mann from Carilion Clinic on Thursday June 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Cost-Free. Light Refreshments. .Must register with Tami by calling 721-4330, 297-5530, or e-mail at Tepnurse@smltep.org, or you can call Carilion Direct at 266-6000.

 

Points on Joints

Dr. John Mann from Carilion Clinic on Thursday June 30, at 6 pm at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Cost-Free. Light Refreshments. .Must register with Tami by calling 721-4330, 297-5530, or e-mail at Tepnurse@smltep.org, or you can call Carilion Direct at 266-6000.

 

Wednesday, July 6

 

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

July 6, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Bedford Post Office, 500 E Main St. No registration required.

 

 

Monday, July 11

 

Look Good Feel Better

For women undergoing cancer treatment. July 11, Monday, 10 a.m. - Noon. Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.

 

Wednesday, July 13

 

Garden Club of Bedford

The Garden Club of Bedford meets July 13 at 10 a.m. at the Bedford CVCC Center on Independence Drive. The speaker is Bob Gamache, who will present a program on Bluebirds. Members are selling bluebird houses this year. Contact number is 297-3481. Hostess is Kathie Childers. The theme for designs is Summer Beauties – A still life using fresh produce from summer gardens.

 

Thursday, July 14

 

Diabetes Education Group

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Topic: Supermarket Planning- Kroger at Forest. July 14, Thursday, 6 p.m. Free. 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.

 

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 July 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.

 

Thursday, July 21

 

Caring for Caregivers

Sponsored by Oakwood Health Rehab Services, July 21, Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Free. Bedford Memorial Hospita. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.

 

Wednesday, July 27

 

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

July 27, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road. No registration required.

 

September 14

 

Garden Club of Bedford

The Garden Club of Bedford meets September 14 at 10 a.m. at the Bedford CVCC Center on Independence Drive. The speaker is Betsy Klein, who will present a program on Illuminaries – floral designs featuring light. Hostess is Ellen Wandrei. The theme for designs is Strange Shapes – Use odd shaped containers and plant forms in a Creative Design.