Community Events and Calendar (week of March 30, 2011)

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By Tom Wilmoth

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For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.


2nd Fridays

Centertown Bedford's newest event "2nd Friday" is almost here. On Friday April 8, Centertown Bedford Merchants will be staying open until 8 p.m. or later. There will be live music, food, art venues, local artists and more to see and do. More than 30 merchants will be open and greeting you in the street. Experience the shops, restaurants and art venues in Centertown Bedford. This event is free and will be held on the 2nd Friday of every month. There is plenty of parking and lots to do. Visit the Web site for more information. www.CenterTownBedford.com Many of the merchants will be offering free giveaways and free refreshments.


Pet pictures with the Easter Bunny

The Bedford Humane Society is again sponsoring its Pet Pictures with the Easter Bunny event on Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Southern States. Cost is $10 each, no restrictions on reprinting.


Have a Blast at Big Island Library

The next Pizza Challenge meeting will be on Monday, April 4 at 3 p.m. Enjoy Nanny McPhee Returns at First Tuesday Flicks at Big Island. Enjoy the movie with snacks on April 5 at 3 p.m. Registration is required; call 540-425-7000.


Bedford Central Library events

Join at the Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of Legend of the Guardian (PG) followed by crafts, games, books and fun! For more information, contact Youth Services at (540)586-8911 ex. 2107. Mark your calendars for a special Family Story Time on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Wear pajamas and bring a stuffed friend. After stories, there will be milk and cookies!


Forest Library: Fun for all

Pizza Challenge April 14 at 4 p.m. 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 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is April 21. 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.


Movies and More at Moneta Library

Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Legend of the Guardians (PG) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004. Bow Wow for Books, the read to a dog program, offers kids a fun and relaxed way to practice reading skills. The dogs are at the library the first Saturday of each month – call 540-425-7004 to reserve a spot to read. The next program is April 2 at 10:30 a.m.


Free foot health screening

Carilion Clinic Foot Specialist John Clements, DPM will be accepting appointments for a limited amount of screenings. Where: Carilion Clinic Westlake Center - 35 Medical Court Hardy. When: April 4, 1-3 p.m. Free. Call to schedule your appointment: 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482.


Mountains of Fun at Montvale Library

Pizza Challenge program is April 14 at 4 p.m. 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 April 1. Join for Silver Screen Saturdays at the Montvale Library the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The library will be showing movies of interest to all ages. Join on April 9 when the library will show Nanny McPhee Returns (PG). Parents, be aware of your child’s readiness for movie material. Movies are subject to change. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Montvale Library at (540) 425-7006. Join at the Montvale Library on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for 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 our website at www.bplsonline.org.


Start Smart

The Region 2000 Small Business Development Center is offering a “Start Smart” seminar on Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This seminar is for persons considering starting a business and will review the steps one needs to take prior to launching a business. The seminar is being held at the Forest Library, 15583 Forest Road, Forest, VA. Pre-registration is required. There is a $10 charge for the materials. To register, call the Region 2000 SBDC at (434) 582-6170.


Rain Barrel Building Workshop

The Bedford Area Extension Master Gardeners and the Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District are teaming up again this year to offer a rain barrel workshop. “Construct a Rain Barrel to Take Home” will be held April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. All materials to construct the rain barrel will be provided and participants will complete a rain barrel in this hands on workshop which will be held at the Bedford Farmers Market located at the corner of Washington & Center Street in Downtown Bedford. The cost of the rain barrel workshop is $35 and space is limited. Registration is required by April 6. To register for the Rain Barrel workshop send payment ($35 payable to BAMGA) to: Virginia Cooperative Extension- Bedford, 122 E. Main Street, Suite 102, Bedford, VA 24523. Include your name, address, phone and e-mail in the envelope. For more information, contact the Bedford Extension Office at 586-7675. For this workshop and details on many other gardening related events, check out the Bedford Master Gardeners Web site www.BedfordAreaMasterGardeners.org. The Bedford Area Extension Master Gardeners are “Volunteer Educators for Virginia Cooperative Extension” whose primary goal is to share gardening knowledge and skills with the public. Master Gardeners are specially trained volunteers who have completed a demanding study program and who have volunteered many hours in an internship working on special projects or activities to educate the community. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, contact the Extension Office for more information.


Easter Eggs for sale

The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is taking orders for Easter Eggs. They are 50 cents each and come in three flavors, peanut butter, coconut and butter cream. If you’d like to place an order contact Greta Creasy at (540) 587-0506. They will be available for pick-up on Sunday, April 17, between 2 and 4 at the firehouse. Proceeds benefit the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department.


Botetourt Golf Classic

The 2011 Botetourt Golf Classic will be held on Thursday, April 21, at Ashley Plantation Country Club. The 18-hole four person Captain's Choice tournament gets under way with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be three flights based on handicaps. Players receive green fees, cart, lunch, and refreshments throughout the tournament, and everyone is invited to attend the Business After Hours networking event following the tournament. Plaques are awarded to the first and second place teams in each flight. In addition, each player receives a special Botetourt Golf Classic Tournament Souvenir, with the opportunity to win hole-in-one, closest-to-pin, longest drive, and longest putt prizes. To register your team or get more information on the tournament, please call the Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce office at 473-8280 or email to bccoc@rbnet.com.


New Farmers Market in Forest to open April 30; seeking vendors

A new Farmer’s Market is coming to Forest. It will be held every Saturday beginning April 30 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Forest Library. This will be a new opportunity to purchase regionally produced farm products directly from farmers. The goal is to have a wide array of fresh produce but also plants, herbs and hopefully even meat, eggs and baked goods. The Forest market will provide a perfect complement to the established Bedford City Farmers’ market that typically is open during the week. The Forest market is actively seeking vendors that would like to be part of this new venture. If you are interested in selling at the Forest farmer’s market, contact the Bedford Extension Office at 540-586-7675 or Dorothy McIntyre at 434-665-5475 as soon as possible as space and time is limited.


Discover your “Inner Artist” at the 4-H Center

Noted area artist, Mary Anne Meador, will guide area residents on an artistic journey on April 5 and 6 at the 4-H Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This will be a unique opportunity for people who have had an interest in learning about the many various aspects of art, but didn’t know where to begin. If you’ve ever said, “I always wanted to draw or paint, but I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler” then this is the course for you. Bring an open mind and a willingness to give the world of art a try – you’ll discover watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel and what can be done with each medium as well as simple still life set ups to draw for a completed drawing or a plan for a future painting. The cost for this two day program is $80 which includes all instruction each day and a list of materials necessary for the course. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 for a registration form and/or more information or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.


'Gardening in Small Spaces,' at area libraries

Learn to garden in a boot, a hanging basket, a window box, a planter, and numerous other small spaces. The Bedford Public Library System will offer a spring seminar, entitled “Gardening in Small Spaces” at the Montvale Library on Saturday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. This seminar, taught by members of the Bedford Area Master Gardeners and the Virginia Cooperative Extension agency, will offer valuable information on growing plants in small spaces, such as raised beds, hanging baskets, and straw bales. Visit the Bedford Area Master Gardeners Web site, www.bedfordareamastergardeners.org, for online gardening information. Registration for the “Gardening in Small Spaces” program recommended. Call the Big Island Library (540.425.7000), the Montvale Library (540.425.7006), or the Stewartsville Library (540.425.7008) for registration.


KBBC openings

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.


Upcoming events at Beyond the Green

April 1, Friday 8 PM Unleashed live music; April 2nd and 4th, March Madness Final Four; Friday, April 8th, 8PM Ross Flora; Saturday, April 9th, 8PM Jody Ensor and Mike Cheeks; Friday, April 15th 7:30 PM Dave and Tom; Saturday, April 15th 8PM RIck Rizzi; Friday, April 22nd, 8PM Solo gig with Sean Bera who is part of Polychrome. Awarded Best Band in the Roanoke Valley from the Roanoke Times and City Magazine; Saturday April 23rd 8 PM Andy Crawford; Friday, April 29th, 8 PM CU and the Kidd; Saturday, April 30, 8 PM Corey Hunley and Justin P. ; Saturday, May 14, 8 PM Ross Flora; Friday, May 6 8 PM 2 for the Road; Saturday, May 7, 8 PM Dallas Leonard.


CRP General Signup

Calvin Parrish, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Virginia has announced Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has set general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to continue through April 15, 2011. During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this signup provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this signup are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2011. In addition to the general sign-up, CRP's continuous sign-up program will be ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. For more information, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.


Big Island Library Book & Bake Sale

Thursday, April 14, 10 am-5 pm; Friday, April 15, 10 am-5 pm; Saturday, April 16, 10 am-1 pm. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Big Island Library. Questions: Big Island Library 540-425-7000.


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.


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.


Volunteer with Bedford Hospice Care

As a member of the Bedford Hospice Team volunteers help by providing care and compassion to patients and their families. Without volunteers, hospice could not provide the care which is necessary at this time of life for our patients. Here are just a few things hospice volunteers help with: Sitting with the patient to allow the family to have a break; Community outreach projects; Running errands for patients and their families; Helping with office functions. Volunteers need to go through a training program. The next training program begins on April 11. Call Bedford Hospice Care today to register for training or for more information at 540-587-6592.


Guitar classes

Under the guidance of experienced instructor, Judi Britt, learn the basics of how to establish a firm foundation and understanding of the skills necessary to master and enjoy the guitar. Emphasis will be placed on chording, rhythm and picking. No musical experience needed, just a guitar, the desire to learn and a positive attitude. Classes held from 1 – 2 p.m. on March 31, April 7, 14, 21 , 28 and May 5. Registration fee of $50 covers instruction for all six sessions. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.


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. 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.


Path to Healing and a Bridge to Wellness oncology program

A Path to Healing and a Bridge to Wellness oncology program is accepting participants for its spring session. 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.


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. 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. Class is scheduled for April 19. Class will be held in the Peaksview Room at the Elks National Home, 931 Ashland Avenue in Bedford. Hours are 8:30 till 5 with a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a bag lunch. You may want to bring a seat cushion. Elks National Home will host the class. To register call (540) 587-4002. Class will be conducted by volunteer instructors Jim Hueber and Dick Turpin.


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 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.


Writing contest

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 - bccmdirector@verizon.net.


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.


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 staff@cvcasa.org, 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.


'Botanical' at Bower Center

The Bower Center for the Arts has announced its next exhibit “Botanical” will open to the public on March 30.  In an effort to join together artists and floral designers,  Bower Center is hosting this theme exhibition of 2-D and 3-D art works and floral designs. Art works will be accepted in numerous media - including painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, photography, pottery, woodworking, mosaics, sculpture, glass, mixed media, jewelry and woven/fabric art. Flowers/plants do not have to be the overriding motif but a complement to the subject matter. If the artist knows what they will be exhibiting, they may email an image to the Bower Center to be used as an inspiration for the floral design.  Include the title of the work. Along with a Call to Artists there is also a Call to Floral Designers.   Floral/plant arrangements may be designed as stand alone artistic arrangements or a design may be inspired by a particular work of art.  A Call to Artist can be found online at www.bowercenter.org or by stopping by the Center at 305 N. Bridge Street.


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.


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.


Benjamin's Restaurant events

Monday 4/11 Ladies Only Pajama Martini Dinner; Sunday 4/24 Easter Brunch from 11am – 3pm; Thursday 5/5 Cinco De Mayo Party Live Music By FMG; Sunday 5/8 Mother's Day Brunch from 11am – 3pm; Summer Concert Series..Every Friday Night on the Deck: 5/13 The Groove Monkeys; 5/20 The Ruckus; 6/3   Mark Miller Band; 6/10 The Dog Boys; 6/17 FMG; 6/24 The Groove Monkeys; 7/8   The Ruckus; 7/15  Mark Miller Band; 7/22  PolyChrome; 7/29  Steal The Prize; 8/5    The Groove Monkeys; 8/12   Dragonfly; 8/19   Jerry & Ray; 8/26   The Dog Boys; 9/9     Mark Miller Band; 9/16   PolyChrome; 9/23   Steal The Prize; 9/30   FMG; *Sept. 15th The Wing Fling.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


Forest Library hosts 'Walking in their Shoes'

Do you ever wander what it feels like to grow old? Do you know what happens to your body as you age? Have you have wondered what your parents, grandparents, or older friends are going through as their body ages? Join for this hands-on program to learn more about physical aging, to experience some of the physical changes typically related to aging, and gain knowledge that will help you better understand your older friends and relatives.   Forest Library and the Jefferson Forest High School Key Club will host this workshop which will be presented by staff from the Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College on Thursday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m. in the Forest Library Community Room. Call the Forest Library at (540) 425-7002 for more information.


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.


Fish Fry

The Mt. Olivet Youth Department will have a Fish Fry on Friday, April 1, at Vista Foods. The time will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Native Azaleas of America

Donald Hyatt, author, lecturer and noted horticulturist, will present a talk at the Bower Center for the Arts on Friday evening April 1.   The talk, which is open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by light refreshments.  Hyatt‘s talk, Native Azaleas of America from Afton Mountain to the Peaks of Otter, will be illustrated with his lovely photographs. 


Bluegrass concert

The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Concert featuring Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers and the Epperson Brothers on April 1. Doors open at 6 p.m. show starts at 7 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.


Saturday, April 2


Stewartsville knitting

Saturday April 2 at the Stewartsville Library 1 – 3 p.m. 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 come and share your skills and talents with others.  Bring the project you are currently working on and enjoy the companionship and knowledge of other fiber enthusiasts.  If you are stuck in a project someone will be able to help you figure out your pattern.  If you haven’t yet learned to knit or crochet someone can get you started.  This program is free and is open to teens and adults.


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, April 2. 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, folding chair to sit in, simple star chart (copies will be provided to each participant) and a 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.


Monday, April 4


Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

(Share and support) on Monday, April 4 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.


Thermal Breast Imaging Workshop

On Monday, April 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Certified Clinical Thermographer and Licensed Acupuncturist Marilyn MacClellan will be at Basics for Good Health in Bedford to present a free workshop about thermography and how it can detect breast issues six years before a mammogram. Thermal imaging or thermography is a method of measuring the amount heat coming from particular areas of the body, which can be an early warning sign of a developing cancer. The human body naturally emits heat with the average person’s core temperature being 98.6 degrees. However, when the amount of blood flow to the tissues of a particular area of the breast is high and circulation is concentrated in that area it usually indicates the body is working hard to address a problem. “This activity is the warning sign to pre-cancerous conditions, which at this stage can easily be managed through diet, exercise and other nutritional methods,” said MacClellan, who is president and owner of Image of Health. As a certified thermographer, MacClellan brings a mobile thermogram unit to different communities throughout Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. She takes the thermal images, which is then sent to an accomplished board certified, fellowship trained Radiologist to be read. Basics for Good Health is owned and operated by Cheryl Saville, RN. It is located at 810 Blue Ridge Avenue, Bedford, VA. For more information about the workshop and to RSVP, call 540-586-7374.


Tuesday, April 5


Thermal Breast Imaging

Tuesday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (Thermography) with no compression & no radiation 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.  For more information/appointment call Cheryl Z Saville, RN, CNC (540-586-7374) at BASICS. Bedford City office at 810 Blue Ridge Avenue, Suite A or visit www.fightBC.com .


Joint replacement seminar

A free seminar on hip and knee joint replacement surgeries. If you are 45 or older with joint pain or limited motion, join a free seminar to learn more about arthritis and your options for

joint care. Carilion Clinic offers the latest advancements in joint health, including computer-assisted joint replacement surgery. Register for a free Points on Joints seminar to discover your options for getting back to your life. Speaker: John Mann, M.D. Date: Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. Location: Forest Public Library. Call Carilion Clinic at 800-422-8482 to pre-register. CarilionClinic.org.


Republican Woman's Club

The Smith Mountain Lake Republican Woman's Club will meet at Westlake Country Club, April 5 at 11 a.m.  Those wishing to stay for lunch will pay $10.  Representative Poindexter has been asked to return to Richmond and will not be there as previously announced.


Wednesday, April 6


Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Guest speaker Linda Young from Carilion Clinic on Drugs that Deal with MS on Wednesday, April 6 at noon at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta. Bring a bag lunch.


Thursday, April 7


GFWC Bedford Woman's Club

The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 7, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford at 6:30 p.m. Betty Dudek, from the Bedford Christian Ministries, will speak to the group about the Shepherd’s table program. 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.


Friday, April 8


Introductory Yoga Class

On Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. – noon, the Forest Library will offer a non-harming, non-competitive way to improve wellness through an introductory yoga class given by nationally certified yoga instructor Donna Everhart, owner of Cifax Yoga Studio (www.cifaxyoga.com). The benefits of regular practice of yoga are many, including an increase in muscular strength and flexibility, improved alignment, relief from effects of stress, and improved circulation and breathing efficiency. This program will explore movement, breath, flexibility, strength and mindfulness through gentle poses, meditation and breathing practices that foster health and well-being. Everhart says, “For beginning or continuing students, this will be an enjoyable hour long class and discussion that will inspire you to get on the mat!” If you plan to attend, call the Forest Library at (540) 425-7002 to register. Everhart has provided instructions that students should be prepared to practice barefoot with loose and comfortable clothes, refrain from eating a large meal two hours prior to the class, and let her know if you have a serious ailment before the class begins. Yoga Mats will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own mats. Everhart can be contacted at (540) 875-YOGA.


Saturday, April 9


Fashion show and tasting luncheon

The Bedford Professional Women present “Up, Up and Away with Fashion!,” a fashion show and tasting luncheon on April 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood St. Christopher & Banks unveils its spring clothing line. Enjoy great food and BPW members modeling the latest fashions. Tickets are $10, available from any BPW member or at Peoples Furniture. Proceeds to benefit the BPW Scholarship fund. For more information, call (540) 761-9286.


Easter Egg Hunt, more

On April 9, at Mountain Run Farm behind Sedalia Baptist Church. Community Easter Eggstravaganza, sponsored by Sedalia Baptist Church. Easter Egg Hunt, Petting Zoo, Bouncy House & Slide, Games, Food, and the Easter Bunny. Everything is free.


Spring Tool Exchange

Saturday morning, April 9, from 8 to noon, Bedford Hardware will sponsor a Tool Exchange to benefit Bedford’s Christmas in Action program. Contractors, craftsmen, do-it-yourselfers and collectors are encouraged to gather up their unneeded hand and power tools and reserve table space at the Centertown Bedford Farmers’ Market. Spaces will cost $10 each and may be reserved by contacting Bedford Hardware at 126 South Bridge St. during operating hours Monday thru Friday from 8a.m. till 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 to 4 (540-586-8811). Vendors are also asked to contribute 10 percent of their total sales to the Christmas in Action program. Anyone with tools in good condition that they’d like to donate to be sold on behalf of Christmas in Action may drop them off at Bedford Hardware during regular business hours. Also on hand Saturday will be Mike’s Tool Repair, a business specializing in the repair of power tools, including pneumatics. Mike will make minor repairs on site; tools needing major repair may be left and picked up within a week at Bedford Hardware. Cup-a-Joe Coffee and ToGo Catering will also be on hand with delicious food for sale. Bedford’s Christmas in Action volunteers believe they can preserve affordable homeownership, revitalize communities, and have a safe and healthy home for every person. To that end, each April volunteers provide free home modifications and repairs to selected homeowners in the Bedford area, thereby making homes safer, more accessible and more energy efficient. For more information about Christmas in Action contact Judy Whitehead at 540-297-5480.


50th year anniversary

The Concord Vol. Fire. Dept. will celebrate its 50th yr. Anniversary on Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m.


All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Blue Ridge Church of the Brethren will host an "All You Can Eat" Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 9 from 4-7 p.m.  Cost is $5 per person ages 7 and up and only $3 per person ages 6 and younger.  The church is located at 15664 W. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike in Blue Ridge.  For additional information, call 540-947-2368.


Sunday, April 10


The Lorax

On Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m., Booker T. Washington National Monument will have a book reading of The Lorax,a children’s book, written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. The book is commonly recognized as a fable concerning industrialization and the danger it poses to nature. The Lorax sparked a controversy in 1988. A school district in California kept the book on a reading list for second graders, though some in the town claimed the book was unfair to the logging industry. In celebration of National Parks Week (April 16-24) and Earth Day (April 23), the park will have this program to educate children on the significance of saving some of America’s special places as National Parks.


Monday, April 11


Ups and Downs of COPD and Asthma

Dr Sue Beatty on Monday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemont Dr., Moneta. Cost: Free. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami call 540-721-4330, 540-297-5530 or Tepnurse@smltep.org.


Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

Catherine Hagen from Carilion Clinic will be discussing Current Treatment in Breast Cancer Care) on Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.


Tuesday, April 12


BPW meeting

Bedford Business & Professional Women will meet April 12 at Liberty Station at 6:15 p.m. for their monthly meeting. The program for the evening will be installation of 2011-2012 officers. Yearly reports are to be turned in at this meeting.


Blue Ridge Quilt Guild

Blue Ridge Quilt Guild will meet on Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Library. Experienced quilters and quilters-wanna-be are welcome. Contact Laurel at 977- 9757 with questions.


Wednesday, April 13


Man to Man Prostate Support Group

(Share and support) on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta.


Thursday, April 14


Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District

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


Friday, April 15


Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at New London Ruritan, April 15 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.  There will be a one hour West Coast Swing dance lesson followed by social dancing. Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5.  Bring a snack to share.  Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 540-586-4698 (leave a message)  or visit the Web.  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.


SMAC Coffee House

Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) will present two singer-songwriters Paddy Dougherty and Tom Kimmel in a Coffee House on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Route 122 and Lakemount Drive, Moneta. For reservations contact Marty Bowers at 540-297-0965 or mybowers@moneta-va.com. Tickets are $12 for SMAC members and $15 for non-members. Checks with Dougherty coffeehouse on memo line can be sent to SMAC, PO Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121. Include contact information (email address or phone number) to confirm receipt of your check, since tickets will not be mailed out. You may reserve tables if all reservations come in at the same time.


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.


Monday, April 18


Life for One

Guest speaker Bedford House Opening by Linda Royal Exec Director on April 18 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Bring a lunch/drink.


Wednesday, April 20


New Beginnings luncheon

The New Beginnings Support Group, co-sponsored by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory and Bedford Hospice Care meets the third Wednesday of each month. The purpose of the group is three fold: an opportunity to meet new people, information presented by interesting speakers and a good meal. The next New Beginnings meeting will be Wednesday, April 20 at noon. The meeting will be held at Liberty Station, Bedford Ave., Bedford. Newcomers are always welcome. The New Beginnings Support Group is a group that meets the needs of widows and widowers in the Bedford, Moneta, Huddleston, Montvale and other surrounding areas. Dress is casual and the meal is Dutch treat. Reservations are not needed. For more information on this and other support group activities call Pam Willoughby, Bedford Hospice Care at 587-6592 or Kim Eckart, Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory at 586-3443.


Saturday, May 21



Parents Without Partners Dance – open to the public – Saturday, May 21, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Charles Hill Senior Center in Vinton. Music provided by the Sam Austin Band. Admission: $10 per person. For further information, contact Carol Collins at 598-6491 or Rodney Wray at 427-3989.