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Community events and Calendar (week of Nov. 24, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth

Sign-ups and notices

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

Model train display
    The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library announces the return of the model train display for the Christmas season. The annual “O” gauge model train exhibit will be on display and operational from December 3  until January 29, 2011.  The train exhibit has been upgraded with a new town and interactive trolley. Different trains will run everyday of the week, including Children’s favorites “The Polar Express” and “Thomas the Tank Train” from December 20-30. Throughout the season, you can enter a raffle to win your own set of model trains. There is no charge for admission to the museum or train exhibit, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Large groups of people should call for an appointment.  The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with special hours Friday Dec. 3, 10 & 17 staying open till 9 p.m.  For more information call the Museum 540 586 4520.

Book Fair
    Liberty High School will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair in the school library. The days of this event are December 13-16. The hours will be from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. each day. There will be a variety of books, posters and accessories for all ages.

Historic Avenel’s Holiday Open House
    Historic Avenel, 413 Avenel Ave., Bedford, will have its Holiday Open House on Dec. 5 from 2-5 p.m. Join them for delectable holiday treats, special holiday cakes for purchase, caroling led by the Bel Canto Trio, carriage rides and great holiday gifts to purchase from a variety of vendors including: Mary Kay, Signs by Jenny, Studio 43, Primitive Christmas items, Thirty One Gifts, Celebrating Home Gifts & Collectibles.  Open to the public, this is the perfect family friendly event to celebrate the holiday season. Various local vendors will be offering gifts galore for the holiday shopper. And, enjoy some of your favorite Christmas cookies, spiced cider and fresh holiday treats. Cost is $10 for adults, children under 12 are free. All proceeds go to the ongoing upkeep of Avenel.

Legacy International
    Legacy International invites you to host a visitor from Samara, Russia in your home Jan. 29-Feb. 17. Contact Innocentia Afa at 434-942-6143 and visit www.legacyintl.org for more information on this educational opportunity.

Forest Lions Christmas tree sale
    The Forest Lions Club’s annual Christmas tree sale is scheduled to run through December 15. Last year, thanks to the vigorous support of the community, trees sold out early. One hundred percent of all proceeds from the sale are returned to the community through a variety of charitable donations.  Three hundred trees including 6 to 10 feet Fraser firs and a limited number of 6 to 8 foot white pines will be on sale. Sale hours are 2 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The Lions’ tree lot is located adjacent to Benjamin’s Restaurant, 14900 Forest Road (Virginia Rt.221) and Backyard Outfitters (a building sales business). For additional information call (434) 316-9110.

Live entertainment
    Live entertainment Saturday nights at Benjamin's in Forest from 9-11 p.m. starting: Dec. 4 - The Barley Brothers; Dec. 8 - Paul & Mike; Dec. 18 - Burnt Toast & Jam; Jan. 8 - The Ruckus.

Bedford County Foster Youth
    Christmas is right around the corner and the Bedford County Department of Social Services needs assistance in providing Christmas to our foster youth. These are youth that will not be able to be with their parents and families for Christmas. This Department is asking for monetary donations be made to the Bedford County Department of Social Services and can be sent to the attention of Tonda Wade at P.O. Box 1187, Bedford, VA 24523, or for additional information, contact Melissa Eggleston at (540) 586-7750 extension 2295. All donations are tax deductible.

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.

Virginia Beach Festival of Lights bus trip
    The Singles Travel Club (couples welcome), is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Christmas lights on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 18-19.  Day 1: The group will stop at the Wakefield Peanut Company for a tour. The next stop will be for lunch at Virginia Dare (on their own). The group will check into their ocean front rooms. During the evening, the group will ride the bus along the boardwalk to see the Christmas lights.  Day 2: Spend time along the beach. The group will visit Fort Story to see the two historic lighthouses. They then will ride across the Chesapeake Bay Bridges and through the tunnels. The group will then have time to shop at the McArthur Center in downtown Norfolk.  The price per person of $159 double; $155 triple; $149 quad and $199 single includes: roundtrip motor coach transportation, Hardee’s biscuit and juice upon departure, one night’s lodging (ocean front room), admission to lights tour on the boardwalk, visit to Fort Story lighthouses, driving toll across Chesapeake Bay Bridge and through tunnels and a tour host.  Passengers can board the bus at the Bonsack Walmart, Route 460, Roanoke; the Westgate Shopping Center, Bedford; and at Sheetz, in Forest (New London). For further information, call (540) 473-8326 or (540) 366-2888.

Medicare Part-D Sign-Ups
    The majority of beneficiaries enrolled in prescription drug plans should see only small changes in their Part D premiums or benefits in the coming year.  Although most Part D plans should have relatively stable premiums, all beneficiaries should compare their current coverage with the plans that will be offered in 2011 when information becomes available in October.  In particular, some beneficiaries who receive the low-income subsidy, or LIS, to pay for their premiums will need to move to a new plan to ensure that they can remain in a zero-premium plan in 2011 because the plan's premium will be higher than the 2011 subsidy amount.  CMS, working with its partners, will notify all individuals in this situation to make sure they are aware of their options.  Medicare Part-D Sign-Ups provide information and sign-up assistance. This will be offered Nov. 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 30 and 31. The location will be Main Street United Methodist Church computer lab and the Parish Nurse Ministry Office, Internal Medicine Building, 1710 Whitfield Drive, Bedford. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, get times or directions, call Pam Willoughby, VICAP/SHIP Counselor, at (540) 875-8655. You will need to bring your Medicare card and a list of your Rxs with dosage and frequency. On the average, about one in 100 people who compare plans year to year keep the same plan. Remember, the object is to find the best plan which has your Rx on their formulary for the best price, which you can afford for the coming year. The Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry, Inc., a 501 (C)(3), is made possible through private donations, the Carilion Foundation, the Bedford Community Health Foundation, the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust and the Presbytery of the Peaks.

Fall Programming
    Fall programming is in full swing with Rockabye Reader and Books 4 Fun running through Dec. 10. Rockabye Reader is a lapsit program for children ages 0 to 35 months. Books 4 Fun is a preschool story time for children ages 3 through 5. Call your local library branch or Youth Services at (540)586-8911 x 2107 for specific dates and times. You can also check out www.ys.bplsonline.org for details.

Bedford Tax-Aide seeks tax volunteers
    Wanted a few good volunteers: The Tax-Aide program, a nationwide service, was founded to assist tax payers in the low and middle income brackets, with special emphasis for those 60 or older. More than 40,000 tax returns were prepared by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers in Virginia for the 2009 tax year, with approximately 2,500 of those in the Lynchburg District that includes Bedford. In order to continue and to expand operations in Bedford, the program is looking for volunteers to become qualified tax counselors and greeters. A Bedford site has been existence for over 15 years and is currently located in the meeting room at the Bedford Public Library, 321 N. Bridge Street.  The Tax-Aide program is funded roughly two-thirds from the AARP Foundation and one-third from the IRS. It is a free service for the tax clients although those desiring to contribute may do so. Volunteers should enjoy working with and helping others. Counselors should have experience preparing their own returns; feel comfortable working with computers; attend six required free training sessions (starting in October) and perform homework necessary to become certified. Counselors and greeters should be available to work two half days each week from Feb. 1 through April 15, 2011. Tax-Aide volunteers are provided with training materials and classroom instruction to assist them in becoming proficient in tax return preparation and to become certified via the IRS examination. All tax returns, federal and state, are prepared via computer software and the vast majority is electronically filed.
    People wishing to volunteer can fill out an application online at www.aarp.org/Tax-Aide or contact Letty Collins at 540 947-5187.

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.

Computer skills classes  
    The Bedford Public Library System is offering free instructional beginner classes in various areas of computer usage.  Topics include social networking, E-materials, online digital photo storage, web design, Microsoft Word 2007, and Internet Explorer.  The course topics being offered will vary according to library location.  All courses will be instructed using Microsoft Office 2007 software products and Internet Explorer.  To find a list of classes being offered at your library location,  visit www.bplsonline.org or call your 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. 

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.

Embroiders Guild
    The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bedford Central Library on North Bridge St.  All levels of ability, including beginner, are welcome.  Call 587-9118 for further information.

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
    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.

TOPS
    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.

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 Thursday mornings at 12:30 p.m. at the Elks National Home. Come visit with us for a breakfast meeting. Experience good fellowship and learn more about the Rotary concept of "Service above Self". For more information call 540-947-4648.

Calendar of events

Wednesday, Nov. 24

Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screening
    Nov. 24, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road, Forest. No registration required.

Community Thanksgiving Eve service
    The Bedford Community Thanksgiving Eve service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m., at Main street United Methodist Church, 212 East Main Street, in Bedford. The service will be led by the Rev. Gail St.Clair with participation from fellow ministers: David Whitehurst, Geoff Hubbard, Joe Flowers, Bill Moore, John Salley, and Kay Waff .  The evening Message will
be  brought by the Rev. Mike Dodson.  A special offering will be collected for the Bedford Nursing Program.  

Friday, Nov. 26

Bluegrass concert
        The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Concert on Nov. 26 featuring Charlie Frazier & Virginia Ramblers and The Cox Family Bluegrass Band, at the Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woody’s Lake Road, Madison Heights. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.. Cost: $15 at the door. For more information call, (434) 944-0072 or visit jamesriverbluegrassassociation.com.

Saturday, Nov. 27

Snack with Santa at Montvale Library
    The Friends’ annual Snack With Santa at Montvale Library on November 27 at 10:30 a.m. There will be food, photos, crafts and fun. Call Montvale Library at (540) 425-7006 if you need more information.

SML State Park: Dare Flotilla for Toys
    Join the staff and volunteers of Smith Mountain Lake State Park as they enjoy the 13th Annual Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys. Enjoy the best spot on the lake to view the elaborately decorated boats as they cruise by our Beach Pavilion. Bundle up and join us as they roast marshmallows, create unique crafts, trim a tree for wildlife and enjoy Holiday treats. Bring the kids and stop by our craft table to make an ornament for Lake Christian Ministries to distribute within the community.  Virginia Dare has expanded donations to include winter attire as well as unwrapped toys. Your donation assures free parking within the State Park for the event (otherwise, regular parking fees apply). If unable to attend the function, drop off your donation to our office seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Contact the Park Office for further information at (540) 297-6066.

Applebee's Breakfast
    Applebee's Breakfast in Bedford will be Saturday, November 27 from 8-10 a.m.  $5 per person.  The proceeds will go toward Palestine Baptist Church Mission Trip to Africa.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Health and Wellness Education
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Topic: Menopause. Speaker: Dr Ghobrial, GYN of Bedford.  Dec. 1 from  1— 2 p.m. at Bedford Public Library. Call  540-266-6000 to RSVP.

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital on Dec. 1, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Bedford Post Office, 500 E. Main St., Bedford. No registration required.

The Nearest Place to Nowhere
    On Saturday, November 27, Park Ranger Betsy Haynes will give a program titled “Booker T. Washington: A Man from the ‘Nearest   Place to Nowhere.” The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the visitor center atBooker T. Washington National Monument. Booker T. Washington’s life began as a slave on the Burroughs plantation in Franklin County, Virginia on April 5, 1856. Once freed at the age of 9, Washington pursued an education and went on to become one of the most powerful African American leaders in the early 1900s. Sunday’s program will provide information about the struggles Washington faced in getting an education and the challenges he overcame in founding Tuskegee Institute. Learn about Booker T. Washington’s philosophies on education and his goals for making economic progress for African Americans in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Hear how Dr. Booker T. Washington’s contemporaries, both national and international, described him. Today, Dr. Washington’s legacy continues at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, and Booker T. Washington National Monument. For more information, contact Booker T. Washington National Monument at (540)721-2094.

Friday, Dec. 3

Santa’s Coming to Moneta Library
    Join Santa’s favorite librarian elves at Moneta Library on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. There will be games, cookie ornaments to decorate, stories and snacks. Plus, a special guest will be joining the fun later on! Call Moneta/SML Library at (540) 425-7004 if you need more information.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Holiday Open House
    The Vinton History Museum will have a “Holiday Open House” on Saturday, December 4,  from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Museum is located at 210 East Jackson Street in Downtown Vinton. There will be special exhibits, tours, holiday decorations of the past and refreshments. For further information, call 540-342-8634 or 540-890-2331.

'Deck the Halls, Naturally'
    Smith Mountain Lake State Park presents: Deck the Halls, Naturally, Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Visitor Center from 1-4 p.m. Decorate your home for the Holidays using Nature’s bounty. Join the Park Interpreter at the Visitor Center to learn the tricks of the trade while you make a table top centerpiece and door swag to take home with you. They'll also demonstrate the finer points of making a grapevine wreath to adorn your entry way. Space will be limited to the first 20 participants to pre-register for this workshop. The $15 fee includes materials to make one centerpiece and one door swag. Enjoy coffee and hot cocoa while you get a head start on your Holiday decorating. Bring your gloves, garden shears and creativity. Pre-registration is required at the Main Office. For more information or to pre-register, call (540) 297-6066.

Holiday Open House at Bedford Central Library
    Decorate cookies on December 4. They will provide gingerbread cookies, frosting and lots of fun stuff for you to create delicious and beautiful cookies. All they ask is that you decorate two to put on the library Christmas tree.

Breakfast With Santa
    Bedford County Parks & Recreation will sponsor its annual Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, December 4 from 10 until 11:30 a.m.  The event this year will be held at the Elks National Home located at 931 Ashland Avenue in Bedford.  This event is for children 12 years old and younger.  Breakfast will be available for the children at no cost.  There will be coffee and donuts for the adults.  Each child is asked to bring a gift of a canned food item which will be donated to local charities to help in the Bedford area.  You may bring your own camera to take a picture of your child with Santa.  And, of course, Santa will have a gift for each child.  For further info, call 540-586-7682 for additional info.

Pancake Breakfast
    Girl Scout Troop 40 is hosting its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Forest. Reserved seating at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.  Tickets for children and seniors are $6, adults $8. For reservations or additional information, call 434-385-8581.

The Last Good Christmas
    On Saturday, December 4, from 3 - 8 p.m., join the park rangers and volunteers at Booker T. Washington National Monument for “The Last Good Christmas: A Celebration under the Shadow of Impending Civil War.” This event will kick off many special programs in the next several years commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War at Booker T. Washington National Monument. Visitors will learn about how Christmas was celebrated on a plantation in 1860 and of the mixed feelings and uncertainty of the country and of the residents on the Burroughs plantation in 1860. Listen to whispered conversations among the residents and visitors on the Burroughs plantation as they discuss the elections of 1860 and talk of secession, and Christmas, also known as “The Big Times,” in 1860. Discover how Christmas was celebrated on the eve of the American Civil War while enjoying sights, smells, and tastes of an antebellum Christmas with candlelit costumed tours, children's activities, storytelling and hot apple cider and gingerbread. Booker T. Washington described Christmas in the mid-nineteenth century as he remembered it. “…In my opinion the real Christmas must be spent in the country, and I cannot but feel that there is in the Virginia Christmas atmosphere a fragrance and an influence which is not to be found elsewhere.” Would you like to take a trip back to an Old Virginia
Christmas? What would your opinions be as a northerner or southerner, enslaved person or free, in 1860? The afternoon programs will include children’s activities from 3:00 p.m. –4:30 p.m. and then feeding of the animals from 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Walking tours including costumed interpreters will be held at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Come see the new visitor center addition prior to the Christmas Event during its Grand Re-Opening beginning at 11:00 a.m. There will be no formal program for the Grand Re-Opening but visitors will have a chance to see the new addition and chat with park rangers about the project and future planning and use of the new addition. Snow date is Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. Contact Booker T. Washington National Monument at (540) 721-2094 for more information.

The Steel Wheels concert
    The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. will host The Steel Wheels in concert. The concert held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 per person collected at the door. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.

Monday, Dec. 6

Look Good
    Taking care of yourself while undergoing cancer treatment. Dec. 6, Monday, 10 a.m. - noon at Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Goal Setting for the New Year
    Diabetes Education Group sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Dec. 9, Thursday, 6 p.m. Bedford Memorial Hospital campus: Adult Day Center. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 540-204-7135 to pre-register.

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 December 9 at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at the USDA office at 1031 Turnpike Rd. Bedford, VA. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-586-9195 ext.4.

American Diabetes Month
    To learn more about healthy eating during the holidays, the following events have been planned to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle.  Goal Setting for the New Year: Dec. 9, Thursday 6 p.m. at Bedford Memorial Hospital Campus: Adult Day Center. The event is free, but registration is required. Call (540) 204-7135 to pre-register.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Silver Screen Saturdays
    Movies 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. To view movie line-ups and reviews online, visit http://ys.bplsonline.org/kids.html, and click on the Silver Screen Saturday link. On December 11 the library will show Prince of Persia (PG-13). Parents, should be aware of their 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Dec.  15, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free AT Moneta Post Office, 14211 Moneta Rd. No registration required.

New Beginnings Support Group
    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, Dec.15 at noon. The meeting will be held at Liberty Station Restaurant, 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.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Caring for Caregivers
    Sponsored by Oakwood Health Rehab Services. Dec. 16, Thursday, 3 – 5 p.m. Free  at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 587-3336.

Teen Night Thursday @ Forest Library
    Teens, go to Forest Library the third Thursday of each month for TNT! Enjoy video games, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is December 16. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Family Movie Night @ Bedford Central Library
    Join at the Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of How to Train Your Dragon (PG) followed by crafts, games, books and fun! For more information, contact Youth Services at (540)586-8911 ex. 2107.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Christmas Story Time @ Bedford Central Library
    Stop by Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, December 21 and drop off a stuffed animal friend. Your critter will spend a fun filled evening at our library, exploring and having lots of fun with other stuffed animal friends. On Wednesday, December 22, enjoy a special Christmas story time at 10:30 a.m. when you come back to pick up your friend! There will be a slide show with pictures of the lucky animals that spent the night, too.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Dec. 22, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road. No registration required.

Thursday, Dec. 30

Family Movie Night @ Moneta Library
    Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, December 30 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Toy Story 3 (G) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004.