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Opportunity to Comment
As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004 (IDEA 2004) and Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Students with Disabilities in Virginia (January 25, 2010), Bedford County Public Schools has developed its 2011-12 Annual Plan for Special Education/Part B Funding Application and the Section 619 Preschool Applications. The Plan and the division’s Special Education Policy Manual are available for public review and comment from March 1, 2011, through March 30, 2011, at Bedford County School Board Offices at 311 South Bridge Street, Bedford, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Plan will be reviewed by the Bedford County Schools’ Special Education Advisory Committee at its March 10 meeting. The Bedford County School Board will review the Plan at its March 17, 2011, meeting, and approval is anticipated at the April 28, 2011, School Board meeting. Comments may be directed to the Special Services office at (540) 586-1045.
The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission has four openings on its Commission. For anyone interested in joining the Commission, they meet the 4th Thursday of each month in the Municipal Building at 7 p.m. For those interested, call DW Lawhorne at 587-6083 for more information.
GFWC Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club 13th Annual GameFest
The GFWC Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club will hold its annual fund raiser GameFest on Wednesday, April 13 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. The proceeds from this event will be donated to more than 20 local charities. Last year the Club was able to contribute more than $6,000.00 dollars to the community. Everyone is invited to get a group together and play any type of game from bridge, canasta, mahjongg, marbles, rook, cribbage or whichever game provides you and your friends with a day of fun and socializing. Tickets are $20 and include snacks, beverages and a great lunch provided by the club members. There are always lots of wonderful door prizes. They will also have some knitted and crocheted items for sale as well as a used book table. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with play starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. with a break for lunch. Tickets sell quickly so call or get in touch with a club member or call Hallie at 721-2595.
Bedford County Citizens Police Academy
The Army wants you to be all that you can be; the Marine Corps wants a few good men; the Air Force wants you to aim high; and the Navy wants you to accelerate your life. What does the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office – Citizens Police Academy (BCSO-CPA) want? All of the above. You can make a difference. The BCSO-CPA is an educational opportunity designed for the citizens of the county. The CPA is a 14-week course (one night each week) that introduces topics like the mission and values of the BCSO, Crime Prevention, Community Relations, Blue Ridge Thunder and Safe Surfin’, and many other priceless topics. It affords you the opportunity to become involved in assisting the BCSO by volunteering for events such as traffic control/parking vehicles, to collecting statistical data. Join the active team by contacting Sgt. David Mays at (540) 586-7718. The next scheduled class begins March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, 1345 Falling Creek Road in Bedford. Must be 18 years old to apply. Applications taken through Friday, March 4.
2nd Annual Derby Day Soiree
2nd Annual Derby Day Soiree will be presented by the Junior League of Lynchburg and Couples and Kids. It will be a Old Elkton Farm, 1401 Old Elkton Drive, Forest, on May 7 from 5-9 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, bow ties, hats and southern attire, Mint Juleps, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks. Enjoy live music by the Almost Brothers Band. Tickets are $60 per person if purchased before April 15, $70 on or after April 15. Tickets are available through Junior League Headquarters at 846-6641 or members of the JJL or Couples and Kids and are available online at www.jrleaguelynchburg.org.
Black Tie and Blue Jean Ball
The McKenzies, featured musicians at the upcoming 2011 Black Tie and Blue Jean Ball benefiting the Bedford Community Health Foundation, provide energetic entertainment and universal appeal. The Black Tie and Blue Jean Ball will be held March 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Elks National Home. By day, Woody teaches at Lynchburg College and Marcia works for Randolph College. For more information on the McKenzies, check out the Web site – www.mckenziemusic.com. For more information or to make reservations to attend the Black Tie and Blue Jean Ball, March 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Elks National Home, email – email@example.com or call 586-5292. Cost is $25 per person in advance, $35 at the door.
Senior Bingo begins again
Calling all Bingo players. The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department will once again be offering Bingo to area seniors. This will begin on March 8 at the Forest Recreation Center from 1-3 p.m. and March 24 at the Bedford Moose Lodge from noon – 2 p.m. As always, potluck will be served and a covered dish needs to be brought to share with all present. Bingo cards are $1 each. If weather seems questionable, contact the Recreation office at 586-7682 before you leave to be sure the event is still being held.
Little Women, the Musical auditions
Director Jeff Wittman will hold open auditions for Little Women, the Musical on Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Elks National Home Theatre. Roles are available for seven females and four males. Detailed information on the show, which runs May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 can be found at www.littletownplayers.com. Little Town Players are the area's first community theatre to present this show.
Free tax assistance in Bedford
AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax assistance at the Bedford Central Library. The service began on Tuesday, February 1 and will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the tax season, except for February 24 when the site will be closed. AARP has offered this service at the Central Library for many years said Letty Collins, Site Coordinator. The service is open to anyone and you do not have to be a member of AARP to participate. However, the service is aimed at helping those individuals age 60 and older with low to moderate incomes prepare both federal and state income taxes. Taxpayers wishing to use the service should bring a photo ID, social security cards for all individuals listed on the tax form (taxpayer, spouse, and dependents), along with all forms received from employers, social security, and financial institutions pertaining to your income or deductions. A copy of last year's federal and state return is helpful in many cases. Services are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Doors may close early if the number of taxpayers exceeds the capacity to complete the returns during the scheduled hours.
Bedford Central Library events
The Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. will have a special viewing of Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) followed by crafts, games, books and fun. For more information, contact Youth Services at (540)586-8911 ex. 2107.
Forest Library: Fun for all
Pizza Challenge March 10 at 4 p.m. Help celebrate the 107th birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2. Drop in any time 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. for fun games and crafts. Teens, go to Forest Library the third Thursday of each month for Teen Night Thursday! Enjoy video games, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is March 17. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002. The Forest Library Teen Advisory Board is organizing a Youth Book Swap to be held March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Trade your gently used books for books that are “new to you.” For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.
Carriage Hill Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care Community, invite all veterans, their spouses and the public to join for “Coffee Talk” on March 16, 10 a.m. in the Peaksview Building. Felicia Lithicum with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in Lynchburg, will be having an Aid & Attendance Seminar. Lithicum will be explaining how to apply for the benefits veterans and their spouses deserve. Coffee, juice and snacks will be served. Call 540-586-5159 for more information & RSVP by March 14 .
Boating Safety Course
A free Boating Safety Course given by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be held March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Altavista Train Station. Passing the course will result in awarding the Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate. Bring a sack lunch.
Annual Indoor Yard Sale
The Boonsboro Ruritan club will host its Annual Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, March 26, at the Boonsboro Ruritan Club, located on Coffee Road 1.6 miles from Boonsboro Road. Table Rentals are available for $10, $15 and $20. Rentals support the Bradley L. Gaertner Memorial scholarship fund. Sellers keep all income from sales. Sale hours 7 a.m. to Noon. Setup the night before. For further information, contact Wanda at 434-384-1014 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP Tax-Aide at Westlake Library
The Westlake Library will be hosting an AARP Tax-Aide Site again this year. This is a program that provides Free Tax filing for taxpayers with low- and moderate-income, with special attention to those 60 and older. The Site will be open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Tax Season starting on February 8 and concluding on April 12. The Site will be staffed by members of the Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club who have been trained and certified in the AARP Tax-Aide program. During the past several years the SML Lions Club has also staffed an AARP Tax-Aide site at the Senior Center in Rocky Mount and will continue to do so. This is the third year that this free and confidential Tax service has been offered at the Westlake Library. Nationally, since 1968 Tax-Aide volunteers have helped nearly 50 million low- to moderate income taxpayers, many of whom are aged 60 or older.
The local AARP Site Coordinator for this program is SML Lions Club member, Gerry Lewis. Marilyn Amerson, Westlake Library Manager, is hosting this program and Gerry will be managing the tax counselors who prepare the Federal and State of Virginia Tax returns. They are looking forward to increased participation from local residents this year and want to emphasize that although this is an AARP program that it is not a “seniors only” program. This program is open to all ages with low- and moderate-income. To make an appointment at the Westlake Tax-Aide location, call 483-3098, Option #3.
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a small roadside diner. All roads are blocked and four weary travelers have to take refuge until morning. Cherie, (Johanna Merritt) a nightclub singer, has the most to worry about. She's being pursued by a young cowboy with all the finesse of a rodeo bull. The belligerent cowhand Bo (Jeff Roberts) is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Bo's sidekick Virgil (Gary Reid) tries to talk some sense into the misguided cowboy. As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe (Katie Gardner) and the bus driver Carl (Jason Palmer) at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar Dr. Lyman (Bill Winters) comes to terms with himself; and a young girl Elma (Kate Brown) who works at the cafe also gets her first taste of romance. Throw the local sheriff Will (Danny Grigsby) into the mix and you have one of playwright William Inge's most popular works. Bus Stop is directed by Les Epstein and stage managed by Erin Ross. Show dates are March 4, 5 at 8 p.m.; and March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Elks National Home Theatre. For reservations. call the box office at 540-586-5881 or www.lynchburgtickets.com.
Beginning Genealogy Course
A course in Beginning Genealogy will be offered by the Bedford Genealogical Society. This four-Saturday study will be on March 19, 26, April 2 and 9 at the Bedford Public Library, located at 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford, in the Bedford Room. The hours for the course will be from 9 a.m. until noon every Saturday except March 26 when the time will be 10 a.m. until noon. Topics covered will be charts & forms to use, strategies to collect and organize your work, where to locate county, state, and federal documents, location of information available locally, and much more. Some discussion of how to use the Internet in doing genealogy research will be covered. Though a textbook is not required, the Society in desiring to keep the cost minimal will have some used copies of the textbook, Unpuzzling Your Past 4th edition by Emily Croom, available for sale in class. Those desiring new copies can purchase from local bookstores. The cost, not including textbook, is $15/person or $20/couple. Registration forms are available online at www.bedfordgensociety.org or they can be obtained by calling 540-466-4247 or emailing email@example.com.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1475, Bedford, has announced an essay writing contest for high school seniors in Bedford and Franklin County. $1000 in scholarships will be awarded to the three best essays. First Place = $500, Second Place = $300 and Third Place = $200. The SCV hopes this will call attention to the sesquicentennial observance of the War Between the States. The subject of the essays will be “Why Did Virginia Secede from the Union in 1861?” Financial need is not a requirement to enter. All applications and essays must be postmarked May 1 or earlier to be considered. For an application and complete set of rules, see the Web site WWW.SCV1475.ORG or contact the Bedford Museum, 540 586 4520 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime
Join for Books 4 Fun Preschool Storytime! Parents and caregivers, bring your preschool age children (ages 3 to 5) to any Bedford Public Library System library for stories, songs, games, rhyming, and much more! Program days and times vary by location. The Spring schedule is as follows: Bedford Central Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Montvale Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Stewartsville Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. This program is open to the public and free of charge. Contact your local library for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.
Rockabye Reader program
Infants and toddlers from birth to age 2 will enjoy stories, music, movement, free play, and much more at all Bedford Public Library System libraries. Parents and caregivers, use this program as a resource to promote literacy at an early age. Program days and times vary by location. The Spring schedule is as follows: Bedford Central Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Big Island Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Forest Library on Mondays at 10 a.m. (walkers-21 months) and 11:15 a.m. (21-36 months), Thursdays at 10 a.m. (infants-crawlers) and 11:15 a.m. (21-36 months); Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Stewartsville Library on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This program is open to the public and free of charge. Contact your local library for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.
Have a Blast at Big Island Library
The next Pizza Challenge meeting will be on Monday, March 7 at 3 p.m.
CASA Shoe Sale
CASA’s 12th Annual Heart and Sole Shoe Market, sponsored by Wachovia, will be held on Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Lynchburg Armory, located at 1200 Church Street in Downtown Lynchburg. A Preview Party will be held on Friday, April 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A limited number of tickets at $25 will go on sale on March 7. Ticket holders will have an opportunity to shop early and also enjoy light refreshments and chances to win door prizes. Shoppers from across Central Virginia look forward each spring to buying new, name brand shoes and accessories at drastically reduced prices ($5 - $25). Vendors are also invited to sell their products in the Heart and Sole Boutique. The vendor fee for the entire weekend is $250 (and a door prize for the Preview Party); $200 for Saturday, April 9 only, and $50 and a door prize for the Preview Party only. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Central Virginia conducts this fundraising event to support its mission to recruit and train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson. For more information, contact CASA of Central Virginia at (434) 528-2552, or e-mail email@example.com, or check out the Web site at www.cvcasa.org.
SMAC Lake Players: Broadway Encore
On April 2 the Smith Mountain Arts Council Lake Players will present Broadway Encore, a musical revue, at Mariners Landing for the Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors. The Lake Players will perform the benefit Broadway Encore at Mariner’s landing. Nancy King is an experienced actor and director who performed at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. She will direct the Broadway Encore and be joined by 24 actors and performers from the Lake Players along with children from the SML Good Neighbors summer camp program. Tickets for this event are $30 which entitles participants to soft drinks, wine or beer and a signature dessert. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic basket supper or to pre-order a specially prepared supper package from Mariner’s. Tickets are available at Mariner’s Landing, the General Store and the SML Visitors Center. To get more information, call 719-2308 or 297-1199 or visit the Web site at www.marinerslanding.com or www.smlgoodneighbors.org.
Fresh air host families
Through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Town program, local families open their hearts and homes to inner-city children as volunteer hosts for up to two weeks during the summer. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and into Canada. Additionally, 3,000 children attended five Fund camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves 2,000 young people each year. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, contact Mary Poe at 434-239-5590 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. You can also visit The Fund’s Web site at freshair.org.
Blood Pressure Screening
Westlake Kroger. Free blood pressure screening. Every Tuesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Call 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482.
Mountains of Fun at Montvale Library
Teens are invited to the library for video and board games on the first Friday of each month, starting at 4 p.m. The next date is March 4. Silver Screen Saturdays at the Montvale Library is the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The library will be showing movies of interest to all ages. On March 12 the library will show Nanny McPhee Returns (PG). Movies are subject to change. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Montvale Library at (540) 425-7006. On Fridays at 10:30 a.m. there is the interactive program, Mother Goose! Parents and caregivers, bring your infants and toddlers (age 0-2) to the Montvale Library for stories, songs, musical instruments, baby-friendly visuals, rhyming and much more! Use this program as a resource to promote emergent literacy at an early age. Children must be accompanied by a parent / caregiver. This program is open to the public and is free of charge. Contact the Montvale Library at (540)425-7006 for more information, or visit the Web site at www.bplsonline.org.
One Day Antique Course and Appraisal Service
If you’ve ever been puzzled by all the different types of glassware, antique furniture, etc. available for sale at antique shops and estate/yard sales and worried about getting “ripped off” before purchasing anything, or you have an antique piece in your home you’d like to know more about then the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center has just the course for you. Renowned Lake area antique expert, “Colonel” Bill, will present a redesigned one day introductory class on March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. focusing on American antiques of the Eastern seaboard - specifically the periods of furniture and glassware from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. Topics will include defining antiques vs. collectibles, attributes of the various antique periods – including hands-on examination of examples, what determines market value, how to look for authenticity, how to care for antiques – including restoration do’s and don’ts. Students are encouraged to bring their own antique “treasures” for class discussion and informal appraisal. Cost of $30 covers all instruction and lunch. For more information and/or registration forms call Dennis Crowley at 721-2759, ext. 264 or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.
Crisis Line of Central Virginia
Crisis Line of Central Virginia is looking for volunteers who are dependable and caring individuals. You may choose from several volunteer opportunities such as Crisis Line/Teen Talk, Telerate, and the Sexual Assault Response Program. No prior experience is needed. Training starts in February. Call Vicki Leary at (434) 947-5921 or visit www.crisislineofcentralvirginia.org. for more information.
Bedford Host Lions Club
The Bedford Host Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Club is active in the community helping to provide eye exams and glasses for those who qualify. The Club also helps with eye screening for the schools and they also help the Red Cross with their Blood Drives. The club works with the state and international Lions to provide help in a lot of different ways. If you would like to learn more about the Lions or would be interested in coming to a meeting, call Jim McSlarrow at 586-4712 or Margaret Anderson at 586-0082.
Caregiver Support Group
Dementia Caregiver Support Group at Bedford Memorial Hospital every third Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Join to share challenges and learn more to help the caregivers of those with memory impairment. Group facilitator is Wanda Gills, Life Enrichment director of Heritage Green DayBreak Assisted Living. RSVP to Wanda 434-385-5102 the day before each meeting.
Bedford Public Library System free Computer Skills Classes
Beginning in January, the Bedford Public Library System is offering free beginner computer classes. Topics include mouse and keyboard skills, eReaders, general genealogy research, online digital photo storage, email attachments, Microsoft Word 2007, basic Internet Explorer navigation and more. The courses will vary according to the BPLS library location and will be instructed using Microsoft Office 2007 software products and Internet Explorer 8. To find a list of classes offered at your BPLS library, visit www.bplsonline.org or call your BPLS library. Bedford Central Library (540) 586-8911; Big Island Library (540) 425-7000; Forest Library (540) 425-7002; Moneta/SML Library (540) 425-7004; Montvale Library (540) 425-7006; Stewartsville Library (540) 425-7008.
Blood Pressure Screening
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.
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.
White Knight’s Chess Club
Anyone interested in a battle of the mind is invited to come to the Moneta/SML Library on Fridays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Daniel Criste II, a member of the United States Chess Federation, will be leading the club. Come make new friends, play a fun sport and improve your chess game. This program is open for players of all ages, beginners to masters, and those in-between. Call the Moneta/SML Library at (540) 425-7004 for details and more information.
Bedford Community Quilters
The Bedford Community Quilters meet at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the John Early Community Center, 718 Blue Ridge Avenue, in Bedford. Membership is open to ladies of all skill levels who are interested in learning quilting techniques, working on group and individual projects, and making new friends. Annual dues are only $15. For more information, contact Shirley Snead at (540) 586-9469 or Helen Hardy at (540) 586-3592.
Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at the Stewartsville Library
The first Saturday of each month there is a casual afternoon for knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers from beginners to pros to come and learn a new skill or to come and share skills and talents with others and to have a good time. Between 1 and 3 p.m. bring the projects you are currently working on and enjoy the companionship and knowledge of other fiber enthusiasts at the Stewartsville Library. This program is open to teens and adults and is free of charge. Call the Stewartsville Library for more information 540-425-7008 ext 3. On Saturday March 5 there will be an instructional class. Are you looking for a new way to begin and end a knitting piece? Shelia Pierce will be teaching a variety of cast ons and bind offs for those new to knitting or those interested in trying something different.
Video Games Friday
Come to the Bedford Central Library every Friday for a video game challenge. Starting at 3:30 p.m. the library will have Madden NFL 10, Guitar Hero V and DDR Supernova available to play on our big screen.
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.
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 (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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 540-297-3481.
Military family support group
A Military family Support Group meets each Wednesday at 6:15 in Room 167 at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg. All family members of military personnel are invited to attend. Veterans are also welcome.
Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better, First Monday of the month 10-noon. Contact: Anita Lowe 549-587-3308.
Eckankar Community HU Sing
Experience the Light and Sound of God at the Eckankar Community HU Sing consciousness raising chant. All are welcome. They will be held Fridays at 7 p.m. at 208 W. Depot Street, Suite F, Bedford. For more information, call (434) 384-7959, email HuSinger@juno.com or visit www.Eckankar.org.
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.
Bedford Mended Hearts #270
Bedford Mended Hearts #270, Second Tuesday of each month at noon. BMH Auditorium Contact: Karin 587-5462 or Connie 586-3059
Parkinson’s Support Group
Parkinson’s Support Group, Second Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. BMH Auditorium Contact: Dave Ballard 586-1406.
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, March 3
The Jack and the Beanstalk Trial
Library Playhouse Presents: "The Jack and the Beanstalk Trial" Thursday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m., Ms. Fagan's students from Moneta Elementary School will star in an entertaining reader's theater play. Costumed students will read a humorous play for the audience. This is a free event in the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library children's area.
GFWC Bedford Woman's Club
The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 3, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford at 6 p.m. The Bedford club is a volunteer community service non-profit organization that is part of the international organization, the General Federation of Women's Clubs. There are currently 206 clubs in Virginia with more than 6,000 members. Women of all ages are invited to attend. For additional information, contact Sue Trussell at 587-6611.
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 us on March 3. 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. For further information, call Betsy Mercer at (434) 841-4199.
Friday, March 4
Uniform & Shoe sale
A uniform and shoe sale will be held on Friday, March 4, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sponsored by: Bedford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary & Volunteers. Location: second floor auditorium. Klogs-USA, Saucony, Alegria, Peaches, Ultrascope, Cherokee, Sanita, Grey's Anatomy, Dickies, Cherokee, Dansko and Koi.
Saturday, March 5
Dad & Daughter Powder Puff Pinewood Derby
Invite your father, grandfather, older brother, uncle or any adult male family friend and participate in the Dad & Daughter Powder Puff Pinewood Derby at the Montvale Recreation Center on March 5. Sign in is at 9 a.m. racing begins at 9:30 and will go until the competition of heats. New this year is Leader/co-Leader heat. Chips and drinks available at concession, bag lunch suggested. For more information, contact Debbie Nelson at email@example.com, 144 Winesap Road, Roanoke 24019 or 966-3875.
The Westlake Library will host an art reception for the artists whose work will be on display at the library during the month of March. Meet artists Margaret Sue Turner Wright and Revelle Hamilton at their reception on Saturday, March 5, from 2 until 4 p.m. Music will be provided by guitarist, Bryan Wright. This event is free and open to the public. For further information, call the Westlake Library at (540) 483-3098 (Ext. 3.).
Chili, potato, and salad bar
Body Camp Recreation Association will be holding a chili, potato, and salad bar with beverage on Saturday March 5, at 5 p.m. In the Body Camp Gym. Cost is $5 per person, $3 for children 10 and under. There will also be a dessert auction.
Talk on Maggie Walker
In 1903, Maggie L. Walker became the first black woman bank president in the United States. She had connections with other famous black women leaders and Booker T. Washington and was a supporter of industrial education as well as W.E.B. DuBois and the NAACP. Visit the Booker T. Washington National Monument on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. for a program about the life of Maggie L. Walker. Park Ranger Janet Blanchard will use a power point program with vintage photographs to tell her story. The first 50 visitors will receive a free booklet with vintage photographs of Mrs. Walker and her friends, many who were women activists of the early 20th century. Booker T. Washington's life began as a slave on the Burroughs Plantation in Franklin County, on April 5, 1856. Once freed at the age of 9, Washington pursued an education and went on to become one of the most powerful African American leaders in the early 1900s. Mrs. Walker called him the “foremost man of our times.” Dr. Washington described Mrs. Walker and her St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in his book on black business people. In 1913, he spoke at her invitation to a Richmond audience. Ms. Blanchard was a Park Guide for eight years at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in historic Jackson Ward, a National Landmark neighborhood, in downtown Richmond. The site features a complex of buildings including Mrs. Walker's 1883 townhouse with almost all of her original furnishings where she lived for 29 years. Ms. Blanchard has done extensive research on Mrs. Walker and her bank, still in business today. The headquarters building of the Independent Order of St. Luke and the location of the historic bank still stands in a neglected area of Jackson Ward. For more information, contact the Booker T. Washington National Monument at (540) 721-2094.
Sedalia Baptist Church Student Ministry is sponsoring a fish fry on Saturday, March 5 from 4-8 p.m. The meal includes fried fish filets, french fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, dessert and drinks. A suggested donation of $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12 benefits the youth summer mission trip to Cherokee, N.C. Entertainment for the evening includes the musical talent of Karen Nichols and Robert Cheatham's Jerry Clower Comedy Revue. Sedalia Baptist Church is located at 1072 Charlemont Rd., Big Island, off Route 122. For more information call 434-299-5147.
Starry, Starry Nights
The National Park Service will host a free stargazing event at the Peaks of Otter area, Milepost 86 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, on Saturday, March 5. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Peaks of Otter Amphitheater, National Park Service volunteers Martin Dileggi and Alan Pipkin will present a short PowerPoint program about Astronomy followed by telescope viewing of the stars, constellations, comets, stories of the night sky and more over at the Peaks of Otter Nature Center. A typical night of stargazing will include a planet or two, binary stars, star clusters and one of the brighter nebulae and maybe a galaxy or comet. A telescope will be provided by the Park Service volunteers for those without their own optics. The amphitheater is located just behind the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center. Remember to dress warmly. The presentation will be moved indoors to the Peaks of Otter Lodge, Flat Top Room, in the event of adverse weather conditions. Outdoor star gazing afterward is subject to cancellation because of overcast or rain. Bring the following: blanket; jacket; binoculars and/or telescope; ffolding chair to sit in; simple star chart (copies will be provided to each participant); flashlight to read the star chart. Cover the lighted end of the flashlight with red cellophane because red light does not disrupt your night vision as much as white light does. For more information, contact Peter Hamel at 540-377-2377 x24 or Peter_Hamel@nps.gov .
Sunday, March 6
2011 Winter Lecture Series
Presented by Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park: March 6 - Deer Herds on the Rise in Virginia: How Many Deer Are Too Many? Dr. Todd S. Fredericksen; April 3-The Forgotten Founding Father. Come and rediscover Patrick Henry. Ron Coleman. Location: Discovery Center, Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Time: All lectures are Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. Ticket prices: Single ticket: $7. Single season ticket: $18. Two season tickets: $32. FSMLSP: season ticket: $15. FSMLSP: two season tickets: $30. Prices include parking. All tickets paid at the door. For more information, call 540-297-6066.
Monday, March 7
Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group
Featured guest speaker Brenda Dixon from Home Instead on How to Select an in Home Caregiver on March 7 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.
Tuesday, March 8
BPW to meet
Bedford Professional Women will meet March 8 at 6:15 p.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant for its monthly meeting. Woman of the Year Committee will be in charge of the program. All members are urged to attend.
Forest Lions Club
March 8. Forest Lions Club monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. at Carol’s Place Restaurant, 15173 Forest Road, Forest. Dinner will start at 7 p.m. Guest Speaker: Lion Gloria Guice will speak on “Lions Opportunities for Youth”. If you are interested in attending this meeting or in becoming a Lion call 434-385-0493.
Wednesday, March 9
Man to Man Prostate Support Group
Guest Speaker Dr. John Allen on Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer, PSA and Gleason Scores on March 9 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta.
Heart Health Talk with TOPS
There will be a Open House for TOPS group on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 beginning at 5:30 p.m. This will be sponsored by TOPS VA 0750 and will be held at Mountain View Union Church on Miller Lane (behind Bedford Moose Lodge). Guest speaker- Dr. Chad Hoyt- a cardiologist who will be speaking on the heart wellness and your health. For more information call Wanda Toms- 586-3308.
March 9. Southside Seniors will have their monthly ‘covered dish’ luncheon in the Moneta Rescue Squad building on N. Old Moneta Road at 11 a.m. A representative from Heartland Home Health Care will speak. A free High Blood Pressure Screening will be offered. Southside Seniors sponsor the game of Rook every Monday and Bridge every Tuesday. For information, call 297-4975.
Thursday, March 10
Forest Library fun
Pizza Challenge meetings on March 10 at 4 p.m.
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 March 10 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.
Health Screening Fair
Hearing test, vision screening, breast exams- breast model displays, oral cancer checks, skin analyzer, blood pressure checks, cholesterol screening for an $18 fee from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., glucose monitoring (for those that have a risk factor for Diabetes), hand hygiene and four mini presentations (sleep disorders, skin cancer and aging skin, breast cancer screening, and recognizing and responding early to signs of heart attack and stroke) on March 10 from 9 a.m.- noon at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Light refreshments. No cost except for cholesterol screening.
High Hopes Stroke Survivors' Support Group
High Hopes Stroke Survivors' Support Group of Lynchburg will hold their next meeting on Thursday, March 10, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lynchburg General Hospital's "Cafe" private dining room. Guest speaker will be Vicky Sandifer, MSW of Mental Health America,of Central VA. Depression and Planning a recovery strategy after the stroke, will be discussed.
Saturday, March 12
At Saunders Volunteer Fire Company in Huddleston (near White House Corner) Saturday March 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chili, Baked Potato, Corn Bread, with all the "fixings" and homemade desserts - free will donation, contact (540)297-7052 for more information. All profits go to the Fire Company.
Longaberger Basket Bingo
A Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held on Saturday, March 12 with a snow date of March 19 at the Spout Spring Ruritan Club in Spout Spring Va. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and games start at 1 p.m. There will be food, King Tutt, large and small raffles, free games, a silent auction, door prizes and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To preorder tickets call Gale Mccraw (434-993-2129. Proceeds benefit the Concord Vol. Fire Dept Auxiliary.
Monday, March 14
Breast Cancer Support Group meeting
March 14 with Angela Charleton from Carilion Clinic on Oncology Nutrition at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.
Path to Healing and a Bridge to Wellness oncology program
A Path to Healing and a Bridge to Wellness oncology program will be starting a new session on Monday March 14. The program is sponsored by the Bedford Community Health Foundation and includes massage, Reiki, yoga and water exercise. Contact Elizabeth at 586-3483 for more information.
Saturday, March 19
'Community Kite Flight'
On Saturday, March 19 the Forest Lions Club will be hosting its “first ever” Community Kite Flight event. The event will provide an opportunity for both children and adults to participate. The general grouping for single line kites will be divided into age groupings of 8 and under and 9 and older. For older youth and adults, there will be kite fighting using multi-line maneuvering kites. In addition to the highest flying kite in each age group, these will be judged to determine the smallest, the largest, the best looking, the best homemade and the most futuristic. The Kite Fighting groups will be divided between those with little or no experience (Novices) and those with two or more years experience (Pros). Trophies and ribbons will be awarded. While waiting to fly or after, you may buy refreshments on site courtesy of the Mountain View United Methodist Men. You can also create for your records a child ID CD thanks to the Bedford County’s Sheriff’s Child ID Program (no information is retained) or learn more about fire prevention and safety from the Forest Volunteer Fire Department. The event will be held Saturday, March 19 (Rain Date March 26) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forest Youth Athletic Park (North Fields). Registration: $5 General Registration (Single Line Kites); $10 Kite Fighting (multi-line maneuvering kites). Schedule of Events: 10 a.m. Registration and Open Flying; 11:30 a.m. Judging Highest flyer in each age group; noon, Judging best in ground categories in each age group; 12:30 p.m. Kite Fighting.
Emmaus UMC Italian dinner
Emmaus United Methodist will hold an all-you-can-eat Italian Dinner on Saturday, March 19, 5-7 p.m. Lasagna, spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, beverages, and more will be available. Freewill donations accepted. Proceeds benefit Children's Ministries. 2282 Meadors Spur Rd, Moneta 540-297-5117, 540-297-9038.
Parrish Chapel United Methodist Church on RT 24 beside Chamblissburg Rescue squad will be having an All You Can Eat Country Breakfast on Saturday, March 19 from 7 to 10 a.m. $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Bake sale items and carry out will be available. All proceeds benefit various community mission projects.
Lenny Marcus Trio
The Lenny Marcus Trio will perform at Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be at dazzling culmination to the Center’s “Mardi Gras: Magical and Mysterious” exhibit and events for the carnival season. Tickets to the cabaret style concert are $15 and can be purchased at Arthur’s Jewelry, Bedford Welcome Center, and the Bower Center or by calling 540-586-4235. Bower Center for the Arts is located at 305 North Bridge Street in Bedford. The Web site is bowercenter.org.
Monday, March 21
Life for One
Guest speaker Ann Green Esq. to discuss Estate Planning on March 21 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. Bring a lunch/drink.
Peaks of Otter Chapter of NSDAR
The next meeting of the Peaks of Otter Chapter of NSDAR will be held on Monday March 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Bedford Central Library. A senior student from each of the county high schools will be honored as a DAR Good Citizen. The honorees will read the essay they were required to write as part of the selection process. A reception will be held for the students, their siblings, parents, and others. Members are reminded to bring in finger food to be served. Guests are welcome. For more information call 586-1933.
Moneta Garden Club
The Moneta Garden Club will hold its March meeting, on Monday, March 21 at the Moneta SML Library,13641 Moneta Road (across from Bethlehem UMC) at 12:30 p.m. The program 'Must-have Perennials for your Garden' will be presented by Stephanie Huckestein from VT.
Tuesday, March 22
Essential Tremors and Restless Leg Syndrome
Dr. H. Preston Boggess on March 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, Va. Must register with Tami call 540-721-4330, 540-297-5530 or Tepnurse@smltep.org.
Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library
Pizza Challenge meets Tuesday March 22 at 5:30 p.m. for fun reading activities.
Thursday, March 24
Bedford Community Christmas Station Fundraiser
Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction. Held on Thursday, March 24 from 5:-7:30, p.m. Location: Bedford Moose Lodge, Rt. 460, 3 miles west of Bedford. $5 donation for one serving of spaghetti, bread and salad; unlimited beverages and desserts. One child five and under free with paying adult. Tickets will be available at the door or call 586-7750, ext 2263. Browse the silent auction tables.
Saturday, March 26
Relay for Life Concert
The Friends of Faith Relay Team is sponsoring a Gospel Concert as a benefit for the Relay for Life Cancer Fund on Saturday, March 26 at 6 p.m. The Concert will be held at the Mountain View Union Church and will feature Smokey Wilson and The Lynch Station Men's Chorus. There is free admission and a love offering will be taken for the Cancer Fund. The Friends of Faith will also have several Silent Auction items for you to have opportunity to bid on. Mountain View is located on 460 West behind the Bedford Moose Lodge on Miller Lane. For more info, call 540-586-3308.
Tuesday, March 29
Heart Health and Vitamin D
March 29. Carilion Clinic’s Cardiologist David Sane will be guest speaker with valuable insight and information into Heart Health and Vitamin D. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Westlake Public Library. Register by calling 540-266-6000.
Wednesday, March 30
Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show
The Moneta Garden Club will hold their Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 30 at Trinity Ecumenical Church, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta. This is the Garden Club's annual event to raise funds for Scholarships. The theme for the event is "Soaring into Spring". Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with punch being served. Fashions will be provided by Carter Bates of Lynchburg. For more information contact Marty Bowers (540) 297-0965, Ellie Clark (540) 721-3340, or any other Garden Club Member.
Thursday, March 31
American Red Cross Blood Drive
March 31 from noon-6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church. 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, Va. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to donate.
Friday, April 1
Central Virginia ParaQuest Conference
April 1 and 2 for this event featuring speakers from various fields of metaphysical and paranormal studies, ranging from hauntings to UFO's to cellular memory and beyond. Included will be book signings, ghost tours, technical demos, vendors and networking with those of similar interests. Friday evening Meet 'n Greet, 7-10 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $40 pre-registration; $50 at door. Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg. For more info go to http://www.vaparaquest.com.
Saturday, April 16
Healthy Lifestyles Expo
Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center will host The Healthy Lifestyles Expo on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The Healthy Lifestyles Expo \will feature products and services from area healthcare and health-related organizations and businesses, seminars and demonstrations. It will be held in the Bedford Room at Mariners Landing Resort Community and Conference Center, overlooking Smith Mountain Lake. Admission is free to the general public. For more information, contact: Holly Sweet (540) 296-1259.