Community Events and Calendar (week of May 18, 2011)

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By Tom Wilmoth


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Sign-ups and notices


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


3rd Annual Summer Health Camp for Teens 11-16

June 13– 17,  Health Careers and Wellness Camp. Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St, Bedford, VA 24523. Fee: $30. Call 540-587-3308 for Registration by May 1. Space is limited.

Camps are made possible through continued financial support from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, and donations from BMH Volunteers.


Bedford: The Town They Left Behind documentary

For the first time since the Memorial opened in 2001, the National D-Day Memorial Foundation will host an outdoor movie on site with a special showing of Bedford: The Town They Left Behind. The movie which will show Friday, June 3, kicks off four days of events at the Memorial that culminate with the 67th anniversary of D-Day on Monday, June 6.  This year’s D-Day anniversary also marks the 10-year anniversary of the Memorial’s dedication in 2001.  The producers of the documentary, The Johnson Group, will be on hand to introduce the film.  The D-Day Foundation will host a fundraiser for the Memorial by offering dinner and the movie for $75 per person.  All proceeds benefit educational initiatives at the Memorial.  Dinner will be catered by Olde Liberty Station and includes an informal buffet with sirloin roast and rotisserie chicken, vegetables, and the station’s famous cheesecake for dessert.  Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m.  The movie begins at 8:45 p.m.  Those attending the VIP dinner will have the opportunity to meet the producers of the film.  D-Day veterans receive free admission to the movie and dinner however, they must be registered in advance.  Those who wish to attend the movie only can purchase a ticket for $10 per person.  Among the evening events is a silent auction with unique D-Day Memorial memorabilia.  In the event of rain, the dinner and the movie will be moved to Bedford Elementary School. Limited tickets are available.  Those interested in purchasing tickets should contact the administrative office at 540-586-3329. Tickets are on sale now.


Friends of Library Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Bedford Public Library will hold their Spring Book Sale on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on the second floor of Bedford Central Library. Donations for this event are now being encouraged. Help support the Friends in this effort and take home some great reading material in the process. Most books range in price from 25 cents to a few dollars. Bring a friend or neighbor and spend a few minutes or a few hours browsing through the large selection of books. Included in the selection are current fiction and non-fiction best sellers, classics, cookbooks, children’s books, puzzles, DVDs, romance novels, spiritual and religious titles, political commentary, self help, history, Videos, CDs, large print books, biographies, coffee table titles, craft books, and so much more. Bring your donations of books in good, clean condition to Bedford Central Library. All proceeds from this Book Sale benefit Bedford Central Library. Book donations may be brought to the loading dock of Bedford Central library. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org. Bedford Central Library is located at 321 North Bridge St in Bedford.


Music In The Park Summer 2011 Schedule

Presented by The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park: May 28  “Common Ground”; June 25  "Down 2 Earth”; July 23 "Friday Nite Band”; August 27 “Wound Tight”. The Old Dominion Cloggers will perform at each event. Performances will be held at the Beach Pavilion from 8 to 10 p.m.,  Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, chips, drinks and ice cream will be available for purchase.  Adults $5, children 12 and under Free. Parking is free.  For information contact the Park Office at (540) 297-6066. Bring your lawn chairs.


Smith Mountain Lake International Cooking School

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


BMH volunteer events

Thursday, May 19, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., the Auxiliary will host a $5 Jewelry Fundraiser in the 2nd floor auditorium; and Friday, May 20, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., the Volunteers will host a yard sale across the street at 1701 Whitfield Drive.  Proceeds will benefit the United Way Campaign, the Auxiliary and the Volunteer Chaplains.


D-Day Memorial Memorial Day, Moonlight Serenade

Tickets are on sale now for the National D-Day Memorial’s annual Memorial Day weekend concert “Moonlight Serenade.” Scheduled for Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m., the concert features performances by the Jefferson Choral Society, the Jefferson Youth Chorale and Cantate, local performer Keith Campbell, and a special presentation in the spirit of Memorial Day.  For the past nine years the Jefferson Choral Society, a 90-member choral group, has been the featured performance in Moonlight Serenade, an annual benefit concert held at the Memorial each May.  Moonlight Serenade is sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, Generation Solutions, StellarOne, and The Trust Company of Virginia. Concert tickets are on sale now at Arthur’s Jewelry, Givens Books in Lynchburg, National D-Day Memorial offices, the Bedford Welcome Center, and Rams’ Head Bookstore at Towers Mall in Roanoke. Tickets are $7 in advance for adults and $5 for students 6-18.  Children under 6 are free.  Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $7 for students.  For more information, visit www.dday.org or call (540) 586-3329. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Memorial Day observances conclude at the National D-Day Memorial on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. with “Remembering Their Sacrifice.” The program will feature guest speakers, wreath-layings and music.  Admission to the Memorial is free from 10 a.m. until noon, and guests are reminded to bring a chair. For more information on upcoming Memorial Day activities and other events, visit www.dday.org or call (540) 586-DDAY. 


Lakeside Singers annual show

Lakeside Singers Perform A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll June 3 and June 4 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Route 122 and Lakemount Drive in Moneta. Friday’s show will begin at 7 p.m. The Saturday afternoon matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $9 at the door. Seating is limited.


Juried Art Show entries

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


7th Annual Scott's Strawberry Farm Festival

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, noon – 8 p.m. Rain or shine. Free admission, $2 parking. Crafts * Food * Vendors * Homemade Strawberry Desserts * Flatfoot Contest (cash prizes)* U-PICK OR Buy Fresh Strawberries. Live Music Each Day featuring Saturday evening -"Tory Bailey" (formerly of Denim & Lace).


Upcoming Bloodmobiles

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

May 19 - Huddleston, Palestine Baptist Church, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

May 24 – Forest, Forest Baptist Church, noon – 6 p.m.


Lunch trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a lunch trip on June 9 to the El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant in Roanoke. After lunch, the bus will be traveling to Hamricks for some shopping. Cost will be $5 per person for transportation on the County Bus for this trip. Lunch will be paid for on your own. Space is limited on the bus and these trips are restricted to Bedford City/County residents only. For further information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (540) 586-7682.


Free Mammography Screenings

Tuesday, May 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The locations are The Mammography Center, 20293 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg and The Mammography Center, Suite 15, 1900 Tate Springs Road, Lynchburg. Free screening mammograms will be offered to women 40 years of age or older who do not have health insurance or are underinsured and have not had a mammogram in the last year. Space is limited for this one day event. To make an appointment, call 434.200.7890. This event is sponsored by M.A.A.M. and the Centra Foundation.


LTP Summer Theatre Camp

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


Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering

Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at the Stewartsville Library, 1-3 p.m.: Saturday, June 4; and Saturday, July 9. Join us at the Stewartsville Library the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of knitting, weaving, spinning, crocheting and laughing.  Learn a new skill or share your skills and talents with others.  Bring the project you are currently working on and enjoy the companionship and knowledge of other fiber enthusiasts.  If you are stuck in a project someone will be able to help you figure out your pattern.  If you haven’t yet learned to knit or crochet someone can get you started.  This program is free and is open to teens and adults. Call the Stewartsville Library for more information 540-425-7008 ext 3.


Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

No meeting for June or July


Forest Library: Fun for all

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 until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is May 19. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.


Stirring up fun at Stewartsville Library

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


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.


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.


Bedford Host Lions Club

The Bedford Host Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Club is active in the community helping to provide eye exams and glasses for those who qualify. The Club also helps with eye screening for the schools and they also help the Red Cross with their Blood Drives. The club works with the state and international Lions to provide help in a lot of different ways. If you would like to learn more about the Lions or would be interested in coming to a meeting, call Jim McSlarrow at 586-4712 or Margaret Anderson at 586-0082.


Caregiver Support Group

Dementia Caregiver Support Group at Bedford Memorial Hospital every third Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Join to share challenges and learn more to help the caregivers of those with memory impairment. Group facilitator is Wanda Gills, Life Enrichment director of Heritage Green DayBreak Assisted Living. RSVP to Wanda 434-385-5102 the day before each meeting.


Benjamin's Restaurant events

Summer Concert Series: 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

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

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

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


Bedford Franklin Area Tea Party Meeting

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


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening – Westlake YMCA

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


Concerned Women for America of Virginia

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


Rotary Club of SML

The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. It is now meeting at The Westlake Country Club. The doors open at 7 a.m. and breakfast begins at 7:15. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Steve Strickland at 719-1411 or Steve Miller at 721-9003.


Bedford Community Quilters

The Bedford Community Quilters meet at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the John Early Community Center, 718 Blue Ridge Avenue, in Bedford. Membership is open to ladies of all skill levels who are interested in learning quilting techniques, working on group and individual projects, and making new friends. Annual dues are only $15. For more information, contact Shirley Snead at (540) 586-9469 or Helen Hardy at (540) 586-3592.


Breakfast Pancake Fundraiser

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


Star Stitchers

The Star Stitchers Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America meets the third Monday each month at the Moneta Library (Rt. 122 South) at 10 a.m. Modern as well as ancient embroidery techniques are learned as a group. Call 540 721-5449 for information.



Al-Anon meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Street Methodist Church. Use the side door entrance facing Otey Street. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families and friends of alcoholics whose lives have been affected by the disease of alcoholism.


Big Island Stitch-in

Drop in with your portable craft. Knitting, embroidery, crocheting, quilting, whatever you’re working on. Come enjoy the company of other crafters every Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m. Pick up tips and hints or share patterns and ideas. Call Big Island Library at (540) 425-7000 for more information.


Community HU Chant

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


TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Get motivated to lose weight. TOPS is held at Bedford Baptist Church on Oakwood Street. Weigh-in is at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday. Call Judy Meador at (540) 586-1008.


Montvale TOPS

Montvale (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a support group for people trying to lose weight that meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Montvale Elementary School. Visitors interested in joining are welcome to attend. Call either Janice at 586-0332 or Marie at 947-0065 for more information.



A TOPS meeting is held each Wednesday at Mountain View Union Church (460 West on Miller Lane beside Moose Lodge). Weigh in at 5:30 p.m. Low monthly dues. For women, men or teens. TOPS is an international network of weight loss support groups. For more information call Wanda Toms (540) 586-3308.


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


Caregiver Support Group

There is a Care Giver Support Group at Carriage Hill Retirement Center, 1203 Roundtree Drive, Peaksview Building, Bedford. The Group is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. The facilitator contact is Chris Davis, executive director, (540) 586-5982. Call the Regional office phone (434) 845-8540, or visit alz.org to: attend this support group; find a support group in another area; learn about other Alzheimer’s Association programs and services; access services day or night; volunteer your time and energy to achieve a world without Alzheimer’s disease.


Garden Club of Bedford

The Garden Club of Bedford meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bedford location of CVCC. Contact Information: childers3@JetBroadband.com, 540-586-6209 or flpdare@aol.com 540-297-3481.


Military family support group

A Military family Support Group meets each Wednesday at 6:15 in Room 167 at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg. All family members of military personnel are invited to attend. Veterans are also welcome.


Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better, First Monday of the month 10-noon. Contact: Anita Lowe 549-587-3308.


Stewartsville/Chamblissburg Seniors

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


Living with Cancer

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


Parkinson’s Support Group

Parkinson’s Support Group, Second Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. BMH Auditorium Contact: Dave Ballard 586-1406.


Moneta Garden Club

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


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Bedford

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


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Moneta

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


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Forest

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


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


Bedford Rotary Club

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


Calendar of events


Thursday, May 19


Precept Schools of Virginia Community Open House

The Precept Schools of Virginia semi-annual Community Open House will be held Thursday, May 19 from noon- 6 p.m.  Meet teachers, ask questions, and view curriculum.   Located at 1987 Big Island Highway, Bedford. For more information, contact: 540-586-6729 or visit the Web site: www.preceptschoolsva.org.


Write Now

Do you have a photograph with a story waiting to be told? What about some of the wonderful family stories you have heard over the years or are you interested in local history? Trying your hand at fiction or poetry? Write Now welcomes anyone interested in writing to join the group on May 19. 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.


SML Pilots Club

Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m. Richard Cole, Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the lead aircraft taking
off the USS Hornet on the famous raid on Tokyo in 1942 will speak before the SML Pilots Club.  Moneta Community Room, Rucker Road, Moneta.


Friday, May 20


Ballroom dancing

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at Forest Recreation Center, May 20 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.  There will be a one hour Quickstep dance lesson followed by social dancing. Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5.  Bring a snack to share.  Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 434-426-9787 (leave a message)  or visit the Web,  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.


Talent, fashion show

The Bedford County Branch of the American Association of University Women (BCB AAUW) will present its second annual Rhythm and Runway Revue on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the Bower Center for the Arts. The program is a combination talent and fashion show featuring Bedford area youth. Karen Nichols, a multi-talented musician who is well known in the Bedford community for her dynamic performances, will be mistress of ceremony. The talent portion of the program will feature several Bedford area teens presenting artistic and dramatic presentations. After a brief intermission, models will display a variety of fashions in a runway format. Fashions for the show will be provided courtesy of Peebles Department Store and Alpha & Omega Formals. Teen models for the evening will be girls from Liberty High School who participate in the AAUW Mentoring Program. Tickets for the fashion and talent show are $3 and may be purchased beginning at 6 p.m. on May 20 at the door. The cost of the ticket includes refreshments.


NARFE to meet

Bedford Chapter 1068, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet Friday, May 20, 11 a.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant. If you would like to attend, call Sam at 540-587-0019.


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.


Dehlia Low concert

The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. will host Dehlia Low in concert. The concert held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a ticket price of $10 per person, collected at the door. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.


Lynchburg AAUW

  The Lynchburg AAUW Branch meeting will be held on Saturday, Mary 21 at 11:30 a.m. at The Summit in Wyndhurst. Scott Pierce, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering at Sweet Briar College will present the program, “Women in Engineering:  Making a Difference.” The program is open and free to the public. For more information contact Kathryn Manning at kathrynmanning@verizon.net or 434/582-4703.


2011 Walk for the Animals

The 2011 Walk for the Animals will be Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. It will start at Goose Creek Studio, 302 Court Street, the half-way point is the Bedford Bulletin, 402 E. Main Street. At 9:50 a.m. there will be Blessing of the Animals. Free T-shirt to the first 75 walkers who raise a minimum of $30. Trophies for top earners. For sponsor sheet and information visit www.bedfordhumanesociety.petfinder.com and Bedford City/County Libraries, most local veterinarian offices, most pet supply stores, kennels and the Bedford Humane Society at (540) 586-6100.


Men of Status Spring Fashion Show
Status Barber Shop in Bedford is sponsoring a Men’s Spring Fashion Show this Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. Enjoy the look of spring fashions. Tickets are available at Status Barber Shop and Touch of Class Beauty Salon for $8 on advance or $10 at the door. Children under 12 can get in for $5. Come and join the fun watching “Men of Status”.


Barking for Books

On Saturday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m., service dogs will return to the Westlake library for the popular “R.E.A.D. to a Dog” program.  Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library to read a story to a service dog and to have a howlin’ good time.  Delta Society, Blue Ridge Pets R.E.A.D and  Reading Education Assistance Dogs provide the dogs and the library provides the "tales." For further information, call the library at (540) 483-3098 (Ext. 3).


EMS Week Open House

The Montvale Rescue Squad will hold an EMS Week Open House at Montvale Rescue, 1485 Montvale St., on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks and food – all free. The event will be held, rain or shine.


SMAAUW meeting

Saturday, May 21. Smith Mountain American Association of University Women will hold their luncheon meeting this Saturday 10:30 at Waterfront Country Club.  Patti Jurkus will speak about “Women in Health Related Fields Working for Women” and give highlights of her recent trip with Oprah Winfrey.  Call Sandy Houck 540-721-7476 for information.


Yard sale

The Vinton History Museum, 210 E. Jackson Street in Downtown Vinton is having its annual

Yard Sale on Saturday, May 21 beginning at 8 a.m. The History Museum will have an Open House and Tours on May 21 til 2 p.m.


Sunday, May 22


Good neighbor give-away

May 22 at Smith Mountain Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10802 Moneta Rd., Moneta. Yard sale type items, but free. Rain cancels.


Scout information day

Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 417 and Girl Scout Troop 848 sponsored by the Blue Ridge Church of the Brethren will hold a Scout information day on Sunday, May 22 from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the church located at 5484 Lynchburg-Salem Tpke., Blue Ridge (next to Boxley Quarry) on Rt. 460.  Anyone interested in joining any of these groups is encouraged to visit for information.  Cub Scouts begin in first grade; Girl Scouts start in kindergarten and Boy Scouts start at age 11 or sixth grade.  For additional information, contact Scouting Coordinator, Lana Obenchain, at 540-947-2368.


Tuesday, May 24


Goodlatte’s staff

A member of Congressman Goodlatte’s staff will be holding open door community office hours at the Montvale Public Library, 11155 West Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike, in Montvale on Tuesday, May 24, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. A staff member meets with citizen’s each month to get their views and discuss any problems they might have with the Federal Government.


Thursday, May 26


Travel Safe and Smart

The Forest Library will host a program presented by Laura Tyree from Travel Lovers of Lynchburg on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. This program is perfect for all your summer vacation plans. You will learn to travel like an expert, including how to avoid mishaps and manage any unexpected challenges like a pro. Tyree will also share packing tips for trains or planes, how to handle delayed or cancelled flights, and the do’s and don’ts when visiting a new city or country. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Call (540) 586-8911, ext. 1111 for registration. Visit www.bplsonline.org for more program details.


Wives of Vietnam Veterans

The Wives of Vietnam Veterans will meet on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at The American Legion 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg. Guest speaker will be Don Mustard, Veterans Service Officer, and a volunteer with The Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, & The American Legion. He will share information on obtaining Service Connected Disability Compensation. Refreshments will be served.

Wives of Vietnam Veterans; a support group; no membership fees or affiliation. Contact Judy Doering, coordinator: 434-665-4693.


Friday, May 27


Support Our Troops concert

On Memorial Day Weekend how your support for America’s Military Heroes and enjoy a free concert from Bobby Pinson, a singer and songwriter who has written songs for Toby Keith, Sugarland, Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, and more. The concert will be held Friday May 27; doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center Amphitheatre, (lawn seating), Franklin County at 775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz. Pinson has written five #1 songs and in 2009 won the Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Songwriter of the Year Award. His Web site says that “A John Deere Tractor with an airplane engine’ best describes Bobby’s explosive mixture of country roots, rock ‘n’ roll energy and down-to-earth lyrics that spring from his heart.” Donations will be accepted at the door and throughout the event to cover the costs of this year's “Salute Our Heroes Outdoor Sporting Event” held at Smith Mountain Lake.


Wednesday, June 1


Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

June 1, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Bedford Post Office, 500 E Main St. No registration required.


Saturday, June 4


Yard Sale Fundraiser

Benefiting the Bedford Community Christmas Station. Huge selection. Saturday, June 4, 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Bedford Moose Lodge, Hwy 460 West. Rain or shine. Donations of household items, tools, appliances, electronics & toys appreciated. Call 540-586-7750, ext. 2263 for information or to drop off donations.


Monday, June 6


Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Guest Speaker Brenda Dixon on Providing an in Home Care Provider from Home Instead on Monday, June 6 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta at 3 p.m.


Man to Man Prostate Support Group

Dr. Charles "Snuffy" Myers will be speaking on Monday June 6 at 6 p.m. at Lewis Gale Hospital. The SML Man to Man group is invited.


Thursday, June 9


Diabetes Education Group

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Topic: Healthy Vacationing. June 9, Thursday, 6 p.m. Free at Bedford Memorial Hospital, Adult Day Center, 1613 Oakwood St. Classes that help people with Diabetes learn about the scope of their disease and how their lifestyle choices affect their health. Registration required by calling 540-204-7135.


Saturday, June 11


Fat Tire Frenzy

The 8th annual Fat Tire  Frenzy presented by Bedford Memorial Hospital is Saturday,  June 11 at Falling Creek Park in Bedford. The event is held in partnership with Bedford County Parks and Recreation.


Monday, June 13


Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

(Silly Bra’s) on Monday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.


Wednesday, June 15


Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

June 15, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Moneta Post Office, 14211 Moneta Rd. No registration required.


Saturday, June 18


Juneteenth Gospel Music Celebration

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

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

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


Monday, June 20


Life for One

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


Wednesday, June 22


Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

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


Thursday, June 30


Points on Joints

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