Community Events and Calendar (week of June 29, 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.


Peaks of Otter Fourth of July Weekend activities

Music and fireworks, picnics and hiking, fishing and fun—it’s all at the Peaks and it’s all free. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great place to spend the Fourth of July weekend. On Saturday, July 2, kids can go fishing with a National Park Service ranger at Abbott Lake (by the dam) from 9 to 11am. Cane poles, tackle and live bait will be provided. The picnic area offers a cool, shady spot to eat lunch and rest awhile. Visitors can stop by the Visitor Center (milepost 86) for trail maps and explore the area’s beauty and culture. Hike up to Johnson Farm and tour the house, garden and outbuildings. Visit the Nature Center located at the foot of Sharp Top Mountain. See live animals and learn about the native plants and animals of the Peaks. All facilities are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, July 2, Virginia-Carolina, a Roanoke-based band, will keep folks entertained in the amphitheatre behind the Visitor Center with foot- stomping Blue Grass and Traditional Appalachian Mountain music from 7 to 9 p.m. Feel free to bring folding chairs. On Monday, July 4, join National Park Service Rangers at the summit of Sharp Top Mountain to watch the sunset and view fireworks in neighboring communities. National Park Service Ranger Greg Baltad will present a program on the History of the Peaks of Otter at 8:30 p.m. on the summit. This annual Independence Day evening hike will leave the Nature Center at the foot of Sharp Top Mountain at 7 p.m. and is the only time visitors are allowed on the three-mile bus road. The six mile round-trip hike is moderately strenuous with an elevation gain of over 1300 feet. Each hiker should wear sturdy shoes, carry a flashlight with extra batteries and water, be prepared for various weather conditions and plan to return to the Sharp Top parking area around 11 p.m. There are no restroom facilities on the mountain and the bus will not be running. All events are free and open to the public. Plenty of parking is available. For more information contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.


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.


Free Junior Ranger Camp at Peaks of Otter

The Blue Ridge Parkway – Peaks of Otter – has announced Junior Ranger Camp, led by National Park Service Rangers, in the Peaks of Otter area on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, from 9:15 a.m. to noon for kids ages 6 to 13. There is no charge for this camp, and space is limited to 24 campers (12 slots ages 6 – 9 and 12 slots ages 10 – 13). Camp activities will focus on the Natural and Cultural History of the Blue Ridge Parkway through games, hands-on projects, and guided hikes. One day will be spent learning about the various animals and plants that inhabit these mountains, including a few live animals. During the other day, campers will experience what life was like on a 1930s Appalachian mountain farm. All campers will also receive a 2011 Junior Ranger Camp T-shirt. For more information or to request an application/registration form, call the Camp Director – Ranger Paulette Mullinax at the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center (540) 586-4496. The Blue Ridge Parkway is open year round. Visit the official Parkway Web site to get facility information (campgrounds – picnic areas – visitor centers, etc) for the summer, find a trail to hike, or learn about the natural & cultural heritage preserved along the Parkway which provides enjoyment for this and future generations at: www.nps.gov/blri.


Paddy's Dougherty’s Magnets & Marbles

Learn to play the keyboard from the  talented musician, songwriter and music educator, Paddy Dougherty. The young and the young at heart will have fun with Paddy learning to actively enjoy music in their lives. Study a unique approach to understanding the basics of piano using the techniques professionals use. Learn how to read a lead sheet, understand and form chords and enjoy the satisfaction of playing the songs you want to play. The first set of classes will be held July 18-22, 10 a.m.-noon.  Other proposed dates are     August 8-11, August 15 – 19 and August 22-26.     Register early for the Center has six keyboards and therefore limited enrollment.    The class is $75 per week.  The Center has limited scholarship funds available for this.  Contact the Bower Center for the Arts at 540-586-4235 for more information or check out the Web site at www.bowercenter.org.


Upcoming Bloodmobiles

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

July 1 – Forest, Prosperity Mortgage, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

July 6 – Bedford, Carilion Bedford Memorial, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

July 6 – Moneta, Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

July 18 - Bedford, Main Street United Methodist Church, noon - 6 p.m.

July 25 - Forest, New London Ruritan Club Bldg., noon - 6 p.m.

July 26 - Forest, Forest Presbyterian Church, noon - 6 p.m.


Peaks of Otter weekly events

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 the 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.


Tailgate Shakespeare Twelfth Night

  Tailgate Shakespeare and Little Town Players will present Twelfth Night, a comedy by William Shakespeare, on Sunday, July 17 at the Little Town Players Theatre, Elks National Home, at 2 p.m. Cost is $3 per person. Families ”Pay as You Will.” General admission only; pay at the door. Tailgate Shakespeare is a professional touring company that performs in and around Central & Southwest VA. Believing that "Shakespeare is not a spectator sport," Tailgate aims for minimal costuming, sets or lighting and loves audience participation.


AARP Driver Safety Program Class

Are you 55 plus? Want to save money on your auto insurance? AARP Driver Safety Program offers the opportunity to accomplish this. Virginia Law requires your insurance company to give a discount for completion of this class for all 55 or older. Ask your agent for details. AARP-DSP is working with NRTA (National Retired Teachers Association) to encourage their attendance. If you are a NRTA member contact your officers for a voucher to attend the class. The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed to meet the specific needs of older drivers included age related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road and local driving problems. You do not have to be an AARP member to take the class. Cost of class is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Cost is to cover the cost of instruction material furnished. AARP members must have their membership card at sign in to get AARP rate. Bring check or money order made out to AARP or exact change. Classes are scheduled for Friday, July15. To register for this class call 540-586-9103. A second class will be held on Friday, July 29. To register for this class call 540-586-3443. Both classes will be held at St. John's Church at 314 North Bridge Street, Bedford. Go to parking lot in the rear and enter by the basement door. Hours are 8:30 until 5 with a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a bag lunch and a cushion if you desire. Farm Bureau is hosting the July 15 class. Tharp Funeral Home is hosting the July 29 class. Class will be conducted by volunteer instructors Jim Hueber and Dick Turpin.


Race to Mariners

The Blackwater Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) will be holding its 2nd Annual Invitational Race To Mariners event on Saturday, July 9. A Skipper's Meeting will convene at 1 p.m. at the Pelican Point Yacht Club on the Blackwater, with racing beginning in the area at approximately 2 p.m.   This is a unique race in that the PHRF handicaps are taken care of by the Race Committee (RC) at the very start of the race by staggering the start times for each boat according to their individual handicaps ... with the slower boats starting first, and the faster boats starting later.  In this way, the first boats across the finish line are the winners, without having to wait for handicap adjustments.  Mariners Landing is sponsoring and hosting the event, and will be providing trophies for the 1st place winners in each of four fleets, along with souvenir T-shirts and light snacks and refreshments after the race. There will also be some home-grown country music entertainment. This will take place following the awards ceremony.  Twenty boats participated last year. Register with Fleet Captain Warren Theis at 540-297-2915 or email warren@rev.net.


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.


Dare to Care Charities pool

The Dare to Care Charities pool is now open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Labor Day. Admission just $5 adults & teen, $3 kids 3-12, under 3 free. Seasonal memberships and private party rentals available.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult. A certified lifeguard is on duty. Dare to Care Charities is North of Highway 221/460 on Camp Jaycees Road in Blue Ridge near Montvale . Phone 540-947-5697, email jan.dtcc@yahoo.com, Web site  www.daretocareinc.org.


15th annual quilt show

The Peaks and Pieces Quilt Guild  of Bedford will hold its 15th annual quilt show from Wednesday, July 13, through Tuesday, July 26, at the Bedford Central Library.  The show will be available for viewing during regular library hours.  The display will include over 100 beautiful quilts and wall hangings in a wide variety of styles and sizes, as well as quilted personal and home accessories.  Viewers are invited to vote for their favorites. During the show members of the guild will be demonstrating hand-quilting. For more information about the guild email PeaksandPieces@yahoo.com.


Learn Something New

This summer the Bedford Public Library System is offering the chance to “Learn Something New @ Your Library,” with a line-up of fun and interesting programs designed to expand your knowledge and experience. Each program is free and open to the public and will be presented by a professional knowledgeable in the area of the selected topic. Programs taking place in July: Zumba Basics: Dance Your Way to Fitness. Presented by the YMCA, Montvale Library on Monday, July 11, from 3-4 p.m.; Moneta/SML Library on Thursday, July 21, at 1-2 p.m. Making the Perfect Cup of Joe. Presented by La Vita Dolce; Stewartsville Library on Tuesday, July 12, from 5:30-7 p.m. Perk Up those Ears, Prevent Hearing Loss! Presented by Dr. Heather Bennett, AU.D. Bedford Central Library on Wednesday, July 20, from 12-2 p.m. Experience the Wii. Presented by BPLS staff. Big Island Library on Friday, July 22, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Live Painting Demonstration. Presented by Artist Revelle Hamilton. Bedford Central Library on Thursday, July 28, from 2-4 p.m. Visit the library Web site for a complete schedule of July and August events and a description of each program. Registration is recommended for all the programs. Call (540) 586-8911, ext. 1111, to register. All programs are free and open to the public. Visit www.bplsonline.org or call 540.586.8911 for further information.


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.


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 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.



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.


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.


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.


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. 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. 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. through 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. 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. through 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. 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. 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. 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.


Bedford Cruise-In Aug. 6

A Cruise-In will be held on Aug. 6, 3-8 p.m. (rain date Aug. 13). $10 donation per vehicle show entry. Door prize drawings for vehicle show entries. Music provided by Tory Bailey. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to the Bedford Fire and Rescue Squads. Directions: from 460W, 1st exit past Walmart, bare left onto Rt. 714, 2nd right onto Smith St., left at stop sign onto 43S, take 2nd left onto Four Seasons Dr., Bedford. From 460E, take Rt. 714 exit (exit after D-Day exit), bare right onto 714 right onto Smith St. onto 43S, take 2nd left onto Four Seasons Dr., Bedford. For additional information call: Willie- 540-330-9193, Steve- 540-586-5738 or Don- 540-874-4883.


Music In The Park Summer 2011 Schedule

Presented by The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park: 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.


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.


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: 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 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.



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 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.


Saturday, July 2


Habitat Hunt at Otter Creek Campground

On Saturday, July 2, National Park Service Ranger Charles Wray will present the hour-long program Habitat Hunt at the Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The program will discuss three different types of habitat found in the Blue Ridge Mountains and how one organism obtains what it needs to survive from that habitat. The program begins at 8 p.m. Parking for visitors not registered to camp at the Otter Creek Campground is available in the Otter Creek restaurant parking lot. Night Hike: Following each Saturday evening program at the Otter Creek Campground, weather permitting, visitors can join a National Park Service Ranger for an hour of nighttime exploration. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Programs at the James River/Otter Creek areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Visit the James River Visitor Center, milepost 63.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Explore the restored lock #7 of the James River and Kanawha Canal located on the south bank of the James River. National Park Service Rangers and/or volunteers are available to interpret the history of the lock and the canal system. National Park Service Rangers and/or volunteers present demonstrations of the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians at various locations within the James River/Otter Creek area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Contact the visitor center 434 299 5496 for specific times and demonstration topics. All programs at the James River/Otter Creek area are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to changes and/or cancellations. For further information, contact the James River Visitor Center at 434 299 5496. The Visitor Center, located at milepost 63.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October.


Sunday, July 3


Bluegrass concert

The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Concert with Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass and Country Proud Bluegrass on Sunday, July 3. Show starts at 2 p.m. at the Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woody’s Lake Road, Madison Heights. Cost: $15 at the door. For more information call, (434) 944-0072.


Monday, July 4


Libertyfest to be held July 4

Libertyfest, the Annual Music & Fireworks Family Fun Celebration in Centertown Bedford, will be held July 4. This event is designed to be fun for the whole family. There will be live music, performed by the local group, “Stealing Home,” whose music includes nearly every genre, from Blues, Classic Rock, and Texas Swing, to most everything in between. There will be laser tag for the kids, along with a giant bouncy house, complete with an obstacle course. There will be BBQ, hot dogs, french fries, funnel cakes, fresh lemonade, kettle corn, Italian Ice, and more to eat. Century Beverage will have some adult beverages available, too. Fireworks will start around 8:30 or 9 p.m., and are visible from the festival area. Admission is free for kids, age 12 and under, and $4 for adults. Go to www.CentertownBedford.com for more information. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on for the fireworks. Bedford Main Street is looking for volunteers of all ages to help out with this event, and others. Contact Bedford Main Street at 540-586-2148, or send us an email at Volunteer@CentertownBedford.com. The fireworks will be shot off from the D-Day Memorial at dark by Zambelli Fireworks International. There will be no access to the D-Day Memorial, it will be closed to the public. The fireworks are being brought to the community by the city of Bedford.


July 4 at Poplar Forest

Poplar Forest will host its annual July 4th celebration with activities, music, dance and craft demonstrations that are true to the home’s historical setting. The event begins at 11 a.m. with its signature event – a dramatic and stirring reading of the Declaration of Independence on the back portico of Jefferson’s Poplar Forest home occurring at 1:30 p.m. Other activities and entertainment include: Traditional musical entertainment from The Itinerant Band and The McKenzies; performances by the Virginia Academy of historic dance, a troupe of dancers who research, choreograph and perform dance from Virginia’s early cultural heritage; marching music performed by a costumed 18th century fife and drum corps; a show of comedy and courage by Otto, the Sword Swallower; a 19th century Italian street performance of balancing acts, juggling and slack rope walking; and a display of Thomas Jefferson’s Spirit of New London, a hand-crafted reproduction of a Jefferson-era bateau which traveled the James River. In addition, children can step back in time, trying on period clothing and participating in old-fashioned games from the period, such as stick horse races, rolling hoops, tug of war, interactive storytelling and pony rides. Crafts people will demonstrate historic methods of flax dressing, spinning and lace tatting. Native American crafts, pottery and blacksmithing will also be demonstrated and, new this year, experts will feature silver-smithing, coopering and hearth cooking. Admission for the 2011 July 4 celebration at Poplar Forest is $5 for adults and all children under 16 will enjoy free admission. Gates will open at 11 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Interior tours of Jefferson’s house will also be available for a separate fee. For more information, visit www.poplarforest.org or call (434) 525-1806.


Vinton 4th of July Celebration

The Vinton Fourth of July Celebration from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Vinton War Memorial Grounds in Vinton, with a fireworks show by Zambelli Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Activities will include music by The Kings, featuring oldies and variety music, a Civil War skirmish and camp by the 60th Virginia Company K, children’s activities including a juggler and a variety of large inflatable games and mazes. At 7:15 p.m., the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4522 of Vinton, Mayor Brad Grose, and veterans of World War II and Korea will provide a flag ceremony. The national anthem will be sung by Jack Wimmer, a 92-year-old veteran of World War II, and patriotic music by Angela Jasper. Following the program, The Kings will perform until the time of the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks will feature a combination of aerial special effect shells by Zambelli Fireworks. The best vantage point will be from the Vinton War Memorial Grounds. In addition, the newly completed and dedicated “High Ground” Vinton –Roanoke County Veterans Monument, honoring those veterans who serve and have served, will be available to view and visit throughout the evening. The octagonal monument features a stately bronze American flag with a cascading fountain below. Festival foods such as hot dogs, ice cream, churros, snow cones, soft drinks and lemonade will be for sale throughout the evening. Bring blankets or chairs for seating on the lawn or parking lot. Do not bring dogs or other pets, alcoholic beverages, firecrackers, cherry bombs or other similar items to the event or surrounding area. For more information call (540)983-0613 or visit www.vintonva.gov.


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.


Tuesday, July 12


Thermal breast imaging

Tuesday, July 12. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (Thermography) can detect changes in breast tissue up to six years before traditional imaging can detect a mass. Imaging other body areas for assessment of pain and pathology is also available. Free workshop at noon. Learn information about this early screening for breast tissue abnormalities and actions to take to greatly decrease your chance of getting a breast cancer diagnosis. For more information call Cheryl Z Saville, RN, CNC (540-586-7374) or drop by the Bedford City office at 810 Blue Ridge Avenue, Suite A. See www.fightBC.com.


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.