Community Events and Calendar (week of May 23, 2012)

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D-Day Memorial’s WWII Day Camp

The National D-Day Memorial’s annual “Growing up in World War II” summer day camp is open for registration.   Students can come and join the fun as they examine the important roles soldiers, sailors and airmen played in World War II.  They also will discover what life was like on the home-front.  Fourth through sixth grade students will enjoy rationing activities, scavenger hunts, spy missions, aircraft recognition, victory gardening, visits by veterans, hands-on activities, crafts, period games, and even rationing-era snacks. They will meet with living history re-enactors and participate in drills, marches, and more. The camp runs Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, June 29 from 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. All campers receive a camp T-shirt and souvenirs.   Camp fees are $60 for the first child and $50 for each additional child. Fees include T-shirt, craft and activity materials, daily snacks, and instruction. Space is limited to 35 participants and the camp fills up quickly.  Preregistration is required.  Registration forms and consent forms can be downloaded from the Memorial’s Web site at www.dday.org.  A $20 nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration.  Completed forms along with the camp deposit should be sent to:  The National D-Day Memorial, Attn: Megan Wingfield, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523. 


Music in the Park 2012 Schedule

May 26  Two Young Two Old; June 23  Roscoe P & Coal Train; July 28  Friday Nite Band; Aug. 25  Snow Creek Band. The Old Dominion Cloggers will perform at each event. The music begins at 8 p.m.  The cost is $5 per person, children 12 and under free.  The parking fee is waived.  Folding chairs are suggested.  Soft drinks, food, snacks and ice cream will be available.  For information contact the Park Office at (540) 297-6066.



Upcoming Trips: Bedford County Parks & Rec

July 22 – Major League Baseball. Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Price per person is $115 and includes roundtrip motor coach transportation, ticket to game, snacks and soft drinks on the bus.

September 10-13 – Savannah, Ga. Package includes three nights at The Mulberry Inn, all hotel taxes, round trip motorcoach, three buffet breakfast at the Inn, one lunch, and three dinners, tour of historic district, visit to Davenport Museum, visit to Fort Jacson and Tybee Island Tour, Low Country Tour with emphasis on Paula Deen and visit to Byrd Cookie Company. Price per person is $736/double; $650/triple; $607/quad.

Seats on the bus are assigned when full payment is received. For details contact Travel Lovers at 434-385-5192 or 800-869-6588. Register and make your deposit at: Bedford County Parks & Recreation, 1257 County Farm Rd., Bedford, or call 540-586-7682. You may now register at any Bedford Library location: Bedford Central, Big Island, Forest, Moneta/SML, Montvale or Stewartsville.


Vinton Municipal Pool open

The Vinton Municipal Pool opens June 4 for the 2012 season. The pool is available for public swimming, swim classes and private pool parties. Public swimming will take place from noon - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and noon – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The cost is $4 for adults (16 and up), $3 for ages 5 to 15, and free for children 4 and under (youth 11 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult). Twilight swim (6-8 p.m.) is $1 for all ages. Additionally, there is a “Summer Sizzler” – buy 10 admissions, get two free. On Wednesday nights, Vinton Wesleyan, Lynn Haven Baptist and Thrasher Methodist Church will be providing free dinners with $1 admission. Beginner and intermediate swim classes for children will be available throughout the summer. The cost is $40 for six lessons. A limited number of scholarships are available for the classes. The pool can also be booked for private parties during weekends and some weekday evenings. For additional information, call the Vinton Municipal Pool at 540-983-0644 or Vinton Special Programs at 983-0613 or visit www.vintonva.gov.


Genealogy class

If you were not able to attend last month's free beginning genealogy class at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library, the Museum will be starting it again on Saturday, June 2. The class will be limited to 10 people, and only to those just starting out in genealogy. The classes will start at 10 a.m. and run each Saturday for four weeks. Subjects to be discussed will be: Getting Started, Census Records, Local Sources, and Using the Internet. For more information contact the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library in person: located at 201 E. Main St. Bedford, Va. 24523, by phone 540-586-4520, or by email at bmgl@bedfordvamuseum.org.


Seeking vendors of handmade crafts

The Vinton Farmers’ Market is looking for good quality handmade crafts for the upcoming Craft Show on June 9, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vendors may sell jewelry, clothing, soaps, baskets, metal, wood items, candles, sewn items, crochet and knit items, photography and more. The spaces are only $5 under the permanent canopy that has electricity and fans. Spaces are also available in the parking lot. Live music will also be available. Contact Mary Beth Layman at 540-983-0613 or mblayman@vintonva.gov prior to the event to reserve a space.


The Annex Opening

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop announces that The Annex is open for the season. Located in the former Envisions space in The Plaza in Moneta, The Annex contains new items from Highpoint Furniture Market. Last call for The Annex will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Memorial Day. The Annex is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Memorial Day 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information, call 540-721-0050.


Liberty High School Reunion

A mixed class reunion/picnic will be held at The Sedalia Center on May 26, the classes of 1964-1975 are invited, but any other classes are welcome. Contact Kim Laverty for more info kmlvrty4@aol.com or 540-494-4617.


Bedford County Youth Tennis lessons

Date: June 11 – 22; June 25 – July 6 (no class July 4th); July 9 – 20. Time: Beginners ages 7-11, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; beginners ages12-18, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; intermediate ages 7-11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; intermediate ages 12-18, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; advanced (All), 12:30-1:30 p.m. Location: Liberty Lake Park Tennis Courts. Cost: $5 per person/per session. Pre Registration required. To register or for more information call: 540-586-7682.


Lakeside Singers 'Savor the '70s'

Lakeside Singers annual show will on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 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.


Friends of Library Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Bedford Public Library will hold their Spring Book Sale on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the second floor of Bedford Central Library. Donations for this event are now being encouraged. Most books range in price from 25 cents to a few dollars. The selections are diverse, plentiful and affordable. Included in the selection are current fiction and non-fiction best sellers, classics, cookbooks, children’s books, puzzles, DVD’s, romance novels, spiritual and religious titles, political commentary, self help, history, Videos, CD’s, large print books, biographies, coffee table titles and craft books. Bring your donations of books, DVD’s, CD’s, and puzzles 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.


Bedford Memorial Hospital: Summer Career Camp

June 11 – 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Bedford Memorial Hospital- ATR. Topics: Forensics Nursing, Chest Pain Center, CPR and First Aid Training, Surgery. 6th 7th 8th and 9th graders. Week Fee: $30. To Register call Anita Lowe, Community Education at BMH 540-587-3308 by June 5. Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.


Vendors invited for 42nd Arts, Crafts, and More Extravaganza

Artisans and crafters are invited to apply for this award-winning craft show, sponsored by the Bedford Woman’s Club, on Nov. 3, 2012, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in the Bedford Elementary School. The school is located off US 460, behind the Bedford Visitor’s Center.  All crafts for this juried show must be handmade in the U.S.A. Jewelry and note card categories are filled.  Acceptance is based on approval and category openings. This is one of the oldest established shows in south central Virginia and won the People’s Choice Award for best area craft show.  The show attracted nearly 1,400 shoppers last year.  For information, call Judi Jackson at 540/586-8175.


Summer Theater at Little Town Players

Looking for summer fun & learning all rolled into one?  Join at Little Town Players Summer Theatre Camp!  Directors Sara Landis & Paul Rycik are back with this summer, and will teach many stage and theater techniques during their two-week camp, which will end with a performance of William Shakespeare's The Tempest!  Sara & Paul are Shakespeare scholars, professional actors, Dramaturgs, and educators.  Registration is now open for camp, and the dates are Monday through Friday, June 18 – 29. All 3rd - 6th grade campers will be on stage from 9 a..m - noon, and 7th - 12th graders will be there from 1 - 4 p.m., daily.  Shows will be on Friday evening, June 29 at 5 p.m., and Saturday morning, June 30 at 10 a.m.  The cost is $100.  Register online at www.littletownplayers.com.  If you have questions, you can either ask them at www.littletownplayers.com, or call 540-798-6849.   Pictured is LTP Summer Camp Director, Sara Landis, putting the final touches on a young camper from last summer's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Safe Sitter course

Bedford Memorial Hospital will offer Safe Sitter courses for young teens 11 and up on June 7 - 8 at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration deadline is May 18. The cost of the course is $60. Call Anita Lowe at 540-587-3308 to register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter. The up-to-date curriculum provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform infant and child choking rescue. They even learn CPR. To graduate from the Safe Sitter course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills.


Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre: “All-American, All-Star USO Show” trip

Celebrating veterans and this nation’s birthday, a nostalgic look at the show that played in over 60 Veterans Administration Medical Centers. Rex Stephenson and a variety of Ferrum College students completed eight nationwide USO tours that traveled by van from Boston to San Diego and from Minnesota to Tampa. Former participants of the tour will join with BRDT cast members to re-create this potpourri of music, dance, comedy skits, and a bit of audience participation. The meal and production will be in the Panther's Den. Current service personnel and veterans will receive a 25 percent discount. Come out and join us for this fun-filled "after the 4th" celebration on Friday, July 6. Cost, $34 per person. Price includes transportation on the county recreation bus, full lunch and matinee. Bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the “new” Bedford County Parks & Recreation offices on 1257 County Farm Road and return time is around 6:30 p.m. Call Bedford County Parks & Rec at 540-586-7682 to register.


Business Roundtables

Business Roundtables: The Bedford County Office of Economic Development will begin the quarterly meetings at CVCC Bedford Campus at 8 a.m. The meetings will be held in 2012 on the following dates: Aug. 16 and Nov. 15.


Cheese Shop trips

Bedford County Parks and Recreation will sponsor trips to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft on the following dates: Tuesday, June 26. Other stops may include Miller's Bakery, the Little Debbie Outlet, Country Connections, lunch at Wood Grill in Harrisonburg, a visit to local farmers' markets and The Cheese Shop. Cost per person is $20 which includes transportation on the Parks and Rec bus and lunch at Wood Grill. Call Bedford County Parks and Rec at 586-7682 for more information or visit the office at 780 Bedford Ave. Ext. Payment must accompany registration.


Benjamin's Concert Series

The 2012 Summer Concert Series at Benjamin’s includes: June 1, Steal the Prize; June 8, T-Boned; June 15, The Ruckus; June 22, The Maple Waves ; June 29, Last Sonata; July 13, The Mark Miller Band; July 20, FMG; July 27, The Brian Fitz Experience; Aug 3, Steal the Prize; Aug 10, The Ruckus; Aug 17, The Dog Boys; Aug 24, Shim Sham; Aug 31, Mercutio; Sept 7, Big Foot County; Sept 14, The Mark Miller Band; Sept 21, T-Boned; Sept 28, Last Sonata.


Moneta VFD fundraisers

The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. , 12737 N. Old Moneta Road, has a variety of fundraising activities scheduled. Unless otherwise noted all events will be held at the main fire department building located at 12737 N. Old Moneta Rd. The events include:

Saturday, June 16, 7 to 10 a.m., Father’s Day Breakfast. Bring Dad or your favorite guy and enjoy a hearty, homemade country breakfast.

Saturday, July 1, 6 to 10:30 p.m., Concert and Fireworks at Downtown Moneta. Music from The Worx band and an exceptional fireworks show make this the ideal way to start the holiday week. For additional information see the event’s Web site: http://www.monetafire.com/moneta_fireworx_fest.htm.

Saturday, July 28, 4 to 7 p.m., Fish Fry Dinner.

Saturday, September 15, Zumba dance event (tentative).

Saturday, October 6, 4 to 7 p.m., Annual Open House and Community Dinner.

Fridays and Saturdays, October 12, 13, 19 and 20, 7 to 10 p.m., Haunted House.


Trip to Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre: 'Oklahoma!'

The high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys paints the backdrop against which Curly & Laurey play out their love story. Beginning a new life together in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. “Best Musical of the 20th Century” says the New York Drama League! The trip to the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre to see “Oklahoma!” will take place on Wednesday, June 20. Cost: $52 per person. Price includes transportation on the county recreation bus, full lunch and matinee. Bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the “new” Bedford County Parks & Recreation offices on 1257 County Farm Road and return time is around 6:30 p.m. For additional information or to register call Bedford County Parks and Recreation at 540-586-7682.


Barn Dinner Theater bus trip

Greensboro, N.C. “All Hands on Deck.” Based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO show tour to the troops in the field, this new comedy musical revue featuring the songs, dances, and laughs that America has loved since the 1940’s. From 1941 to 1945, our nation was embroiled in a great world war. Hollywood responded to the call of duty by sending our men in uniform real living entertainment. Boasting over 40 classic hits all packaged in a fun-filled, true-to-life reproduction of the kind of USO show Bob Hope and Jack Benny would have taken to the troops: classic humor and great music from those special days of road shows, war-bond drives, and radio broadcasts. Sit back into 1942 with this tremendous show. Tuesday, June 5. $54 per person. Price includes: transportation, full buffet, and a matinee ticket. Full amount is due when reservation is made. Seats on the bus will be assigned on a first paid basis. The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the “new” Bedford Recreation Department offices at 1257 County Farm Road and the expected return time is around 6:30 p.m. To register or for additional information call the Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department at (540) 586-7682.


Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild

Anyone who has an interest in quilting is invited to join PPQG on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. for Stitch ‘n Sew evenings. The regular monthly meeting is held on the second Monday of each month and begins at 7 p.m. If you have questions contact a member at peaksandpieces@yahoo.com or Sydney Schatz at 586-2997.


Write Now

Love to write? Want the camaraderie of others who do and to explore different writing styles? Join the Write Now group and share your creative writing. If you need a topic, consider writing about something from the natural world (a plant, animal, element, sound, smell or anything you can imagine) and tell what kind of memory or feeling it inspires. Write Now meets once a month on the third Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Bower Center lower level. To avoid steps you may enter from the back. For information call the Bower Center at (540) 586-4235.


TNT (Teen Night Thursday)

Preteens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to hang out in the Community Room at Forest Library on the third Thursday night of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Play Guitar Hero or your favorite board games and bring an appetite. Pizza and snacks are served.


Bedford County Parks & Rec senior lunch trips

(Ages 55 and Older), Thursdays: June 14, Mac 7 Maggies’s; July 12, Dickey’s Barbecue; August 9, Fisherman’s Galley; September 13, Choice Hibachi. Cost for transportation is $5 per person. Lunch is on your own. There will be some time after lunch for various shopping and location sightseeing. Depart from Bedford County Parks & Rec at 11 a.m. Approximate return time is 4 p.m. Must pre-register. Call Bedford County Parks and Rec, (540) 586-7682.


Moneta Garden Club

The Moneta Garden Club meets at noon at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Road, Moneta on the third Monday each Month.


The Bedford Central Library Lego Club

Come out at 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month for Lego building fun. There will be a supply of Legos and a theme suggestion,. The library is accepting donations of Legos .


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening

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


Blood Pressure Screening-Westlake

Westlake Kroger. Free blood pressure screening. First Tuesday of every month, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. No registration required. Contact Information: 540-266-6000 or 1-800-422-8482. Location: Kroger Westlake 80 Westlake Rd. Hardy.


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening- Bedford

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


Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening - Forest

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


Garden Club of Bedford programs for 2012

The Garden Club of Bedford meets on the following dates in 2012: May 9 (Planting Date) June 13, July 11, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12. Most meetings begin at 10 a.m. and are held at the Bedford location of CVCC. Visitors are always welcome at the meetings but should contact a club representative first, especially if they are presenting a program which requires that there are sufficient materials for participants. Contact information 540-586-6209 or childers3@JetBroadband.com and 540-297-3481 or flpdare2@gmail.com.

Programs for 2012 include the following:

June 13 - Garden Projects for Children will be presented at CVCC by Patty Butters, a Lynchburg Master Gardener.

July 11 - At CVCC Bedford Master Gardener and premier floral designer, Karen Craig, will present a program on Creating Large Designs.

September 12 - The program, Bringing Houseplants Inside at the End of the Summer, will be presented at CVCC by Lynchburg Master Gardener, Glenda Lojek.

October 10 - Lynchburg Master Gardener, Joe Pond, will present Blooms That Shine in Summer Shade at CVCC.

November 14 - The program, Gourds and Gourdies will give members the chance to bring in any gourd they have decorated and tell the other members how it was created.

December 12 - The club will Smokehouse Restaurant in Downtown Moneta. At this informal meeting they exchange Silly Santa gifts and discuss a few ideas for the new year.

Some members will also be participating in the following: the Blue Ridge District Spring Meeting to be held on April 19 in Roanoke; and National Garden Week June 3-9.


Garbage, recycling collection holiday schedule

The city of Bedford garbage and recycling collection holiday schedule for 2012:

Memorial Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, May 28. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, May 28, will be collected on Tuesday, May 29.

Independence Day: City offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Wednesday, July 4, will be collected on Thursday, July 5.

Labor Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Sept. 3, will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Veterans' Day: City offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Nov. 12, will be collected on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Thanksgiving: City offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Thursday, Nov. 22, will be collected on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Friday, Nov. 23 will be collected on Monday, Nov. 26.

Christmas: City offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Monday, Dec. 24 will be collected on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Garbage and recycling scheduled for pick up on Tuesday, Dec. 25 will be collected on Thursday, Dec. 27.

The City Landfill will also observe the city holiday schedule and in addition to the dates above, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 22.


Calendar of events


Thursday, May 24


Free Fitness Workshop
Thursday, May 24, 6:15 p.m. at Pleasant View Baptist Church, 19278 Forest Road, Lynchburg. Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Tanzar, Tanzar Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Learn about surge training - the 12-minute workout you can do anywhere.


Book signing

The Friends of the Library Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake will host a signing event for Susan Coryell, local author of A Red, Red Rose on Thursday, May 24 at 5 p.m. at the Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library. Published by L&L Dreamspell, the cozy mystery/Southern Gothic is set at fictional Moore Mountain Lake, which is based on Smith Mountain Lake. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. For more information: Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library 540-297-6474.


Wives of Vietnam Veterans

Wives of Vietnam Veterans will meet Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at The American Legion, Greenview Drive, Lynchburg. If you are looking for a Women’s Support Group that can relate to your life experiences, share the challenges of PTSD, strengthen and encourage you, visit the group. For further information contact: Judy Doering @ 434-665-4693.


Friday, May 25


And 1 Street Ball vs. Hometown AllStars

Status Barber Shop will present And 1 Street Ball vs. Hometown AllStars on Friday, May 25 at the Liberty High School Gymnasium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $10; students $7. Live entertainment sponsored by DJ Showtime/DeeJay KDUB. Proceeds support the Status Barber Shop 2012-2013 Scholarship Fund. LHS is located at 100 Liberty Minuteman Drive, Bedford.


Saturday, May 26


Garden Tour

On Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m., Booker T. Washington National Monument will offer an exciting program for history buffs, gardening enthusiasts, or anyone who likes to be outside and learn about historical gardens. Join park ranger Timothy Sims and Master Gardener Volunteers on a morning tour of the park’s gardens and grounds to learn more about the nature of subsistence farming, gardening, and medicinal uses in the 1850s through the food, fiber, and flowers that Booker T. Washington experienced during his childhood in slavery on the Burroughs Plantation. Visitors of all ages are invited to attend this program. The program will be conducted outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.


Annual Yard Sale fundraiser

Benefitting the Bedford Community Christmas Station. Huge selection, Saturday, May 26, 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bedford Moose Lodge, Hwy 460 West. Rain or shine. Donations of household items, tools, appliances, electronics & toys appreciated. Table space can be rented by individuals or families wishing to sell their own merchandise. For information, call 540-492-0382.


Kick-off Party

Savoy-Lee Winery & Moneta Volunteer Fire Dept. Cook Out and Summer Kick-off Party. May 26, 5-10 p.m. Grill Goodies at 5 p.m. Music by Paul Gold at 7-10 p.m. All tasting fees donated to the Moneta Volunteer Fire Dept. 5800 Johnson Mt. Rd. Huddleston 540-297-9275 www.savoy-lee.com.


Sunday, May 27


Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp Memorial Day ceremony
This Memorial Day weekend the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1475, Bedford, Va. and the William R. Terry United Daughters of the Confederacy would like to invite the public to a Memorial Day ceremony honoring local soldiers that served for the cause of the South.  The Memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m., at the Confederate Monument in Longwood Cemetery.  The group will also be placing flags on graves on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m.  The cemetery is located on Longwood Avenue. For more information please contact Doug Cooper at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library at 540-586-4520.


Monday, May 28


Bedford Democratic Committee meeting

The Bedford Democratic Committee will hold its May meeting on Monday, May 28 at the Bedford Democratic Headquarters at 133 W. Main St., Bedford. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.


Sausage Gravy Breakfast

A Sausage Gravy Breakfast, sponsored by the Liberty Masonic Lodge #95 AF&AM, will be held Monday, May 28 from 7:30-11 a.m. The event will take place at 910 Longwood Avenue in Bedford. Prices for adults will be $7 and children between the ages of five and 12 will be $4. For more information contact David Morris at 434-665-1462.


Wednesday, May 30


Blood Pressure Screening
May 30, Wednesday, 9-11 a.m. Free. Forest Library, 15583 Forest Rd., Forest. No registration required.


Saturday, June 2


Wine and Wet Noses

All-American Mutt Rescue ~ Wine and Wet Noses: An Adoptable Animal Meet and Greet at Savoy-Lee Winery, Saturday, June 2 from 12-5 p.m. Leashed, friendly, immunized pets welcome. Music by Rick Dellinger, 2-5 p.m. Numerous vendors. 5800 Johnson Mountain Road, Huddleston, VA 24104 (540) 297-9275.


Youth Fishing Clinic

The Bedford County Youth Fishing Clinic will be held Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Smith Mountain Lake State Park. The free event, held for boys and girls between the ages of six and 14, will feature demonstrations, exhibits, fishing instruction and more. Other activities will include fire boats, a casting contest, fish identification knot tying, bait selection, free fishing gear, and other prizes. A free lunch will be provided. Registration for the event is required. Apply in person or mail to: 1257 County Farm Road, Bedford, VA, 24523 or online at www.bedfordcountyrec.com. For more information, contact the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department at (540) 586-7682.


Monday, June 4


Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Speaker Brenda Dixon from Home Instead on the 40-70 rules on Monday, June 4 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr. Moneta, Va.


Tuesday, June 5


Republican Women's Club

The Smith Mountain Republican Women's Club will meet Tuesday, June 5, 11 a.m. at Casa D'Amici in downtown Moneta.  Zach Martin from Liberty University will be the guest speaker.  Lunch for those wishing to stay will be $12.


Saturday, June 9


Little Gallery 25 year celebration

The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake is celebrating 25 years in business.  The celebration will include a special “Visions of Smith Mountain Lake” juried art show to be held through the month of June featuring many fine local and regional artists.  A special reception is scheduled for June 9 to open the show with artist demonstrations by L. Diane Johnson, Charles Nivens and Connie Logan. Refreshments will be served and customers will be able to vote for their favorite painting. A drawing will be held to give away a painting and each Saturday in June will feature an artist demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. with a drawing to be held for prizes. This anniversary celebration is free and open to the public. Call Carol Swain or Kay King for more information, 540-721-1596 or reach them via email at littlegallerysml@aol.com. 


Monday, June 11


Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

(General Discussion) on Monday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta, Va.


Thursday, June 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 June 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.