Community Events and Calendar (week of Nov. 30, 2011)

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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. For information on monthly/weekly meeting times for groups see the meeting notice section.


Book Fair at LHS

The Liberty High School Library Youth Advisory Board will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair in the school library. The days of this event are December 5- 15. The hours will be during normal school hours and on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays the hours extend to 5 p.m.  There will be a variety of books, crafts, posters, and accessories for all ages.


Museum train exhibit

The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library in concert with the Bedford Central Railroad Group will once again be displaying the Museum's model train exhibit. The train will run from Friday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Jan. 28. During Christmas Break, the Polar Express and Thomas the Tank Engine will be featured. This year (Williams) Bachman Train Company donated to the Museum the Famous Southern Crescent. Jim Molaniry & the Railyard Hobby Shop have loaned Thomas the Tank Engine and two coaches. Children are invited to run Thomas under adult supervision. The Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with special hours Friday, Dec. 9, 16 and 23 staying open until 8 p.m. The Museum will be closed on major holidays and extreme winter weather. There is no admittance fee, however donations are gratefully appreciated. The Museum will also be collecting new and gently loved stuffed animals for the Teddy Bear Brigade for Gleaning of the World.


Christmas tree sale

Boy Scouts from Troop 130 will be selling Christmas trees over the next few weeks at Epworth United Methodist Church (across from LakeWatch Plantation) to support local scouting activities. The trees are Frasier firs grown in Floyd County and are $40 for a 6-7 foot tree and $45 for a 7-8 foot tree. Sale dates and times are: Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Epworth. Visit the lot to inquire about larger trees, which are also available.


New London Ruritan Club

Saturday, Dec. 17. Christmas Dance at New London Ruritan Club, 12411 E. Lynchburg-Salem Tpke will be holding its annual Christmas Dance on Saturday, Dec. 17, 8-11:30 p.m. Music by Midnight Special. Santa will be present and some special gifts will be awarded. Admission: $3 (ages 6-12) and $7 (ages 13 and up).(434) 525-2800. No alcohol or drugs permitted on premises. Saturday, Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Dance, New London Ruritan Club, 12144 E. Lynchburg-Salem Tpke will be holding its annual New Year's Eve Dance on Saturday, Dec. 31, 8-12 midnight. Music by Last Chance Band. Admission: $5 (ages 6-12) and $10 (ages 13 and up). (434)525-2800. No alcohol or drugs permitted on premises.


A Suessified Christmas Carol

You've never seen Scrooge like this before! Watch as Dr. Seuss' magic haunts Scrooge and he rhymes his way to loving Christmas. This play is being produced by Staunton River High School on December 2 & 3. Play time is at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is a free will donation. If you have any questions contact Sherri Given at (540) 297-7151.


Upcoming bloodmobiles

The following information is subject to change. Call 1-800-RED CROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending.

Dec. 17- Forest Public Library, Forest, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dec. 19- Main Street United Methodist Church, Bedford, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Dec. 20- Palestine Baptist Church, Huddleston, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Dec. 28- St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Forest, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.


New DMV license plates, 'Peace Begins at Home'

Bedford Domestic Violence Services is requesting the community support to end sexual abuse and domestic violence by registering for the new DMV special license plate "Peace Begins at Home." Bedford Domestic Violence Services will receive a portion of the funds raised from the sales to invest in the lives of survivors, families and the community. If you would like to find out more information on the license plate and to see what they look like, contact: Julie Williams (540) 587-0970 or email jwilliams@bedfordcountyva.gov.


Be a Santa to a Senior

Home Instead's Be A Santa to a Senior program has received more than 2100 requests for Christmas gifts from seniors that otherwise might not receive one this season.  The program is designed to fill their homes and hearts.  Requested gifts are things like toiletry items, socks, underwear, coats, blankets, gift cards to purchase foods and other necessities.  Like the familiar Angel Tree program, trees with purple tags will be placed in locations throughout Central and Southwest Virginia .  People wanting to help can also log onto www.homeinsteadlynchburg.com or www.homeinsteadroanoke.com to find participating businesses or organizations, or ways to volunteer. For more information, contact Brenda Dixon at 434.385.0321 or brenda.dixon@homeinstead.com.


The Agape Angel Tree

Help bring joy to Agape Center children by picking an angel from one of our trees. There are 427 children on the trees this year. Each angel comes with directions on exactly what to do. The gold angels are girls and the silver angels are boys. On the back you find out the age of your angel, their first name and a few suggestions for gifts, with a $30 limit. The gifts will be given to the children during The Agape Christmas party, being held at East Lake Community Church on Dec. 4. Angel tree locations are: Agape Center (also an Agape new toy drop-off box), Radford Baptist Church, Eastlake Community Church, Covenant Fellowship, Dwelling Place, Stellar One (Moneta Branch), Mayberry Drive-In & Diner, Re/Max Lakefront Realty (also an Agape new toy drop-off box), and TLAC (Tri-County Administrative Commission).


4-H Homeschool Clover Club

The 4-H Homeschool Clover Club is a member run organization where children learn leadership through adult mentoring and life skills through discussion of upcoming events, voting for officers when necessary, doing practice presentations, having social/game time, science fair competition, doing community service projects and taking classes on science related topics. The group meets the 1st Thursday of the month for a business meeting and social time and the 3rd Thursday of the month for a science class at the Campbell County Extension Office from 2-4 p.m. Participation is open to homeschoolers 5-18 years and is free. Science of Cooking is the course of study for Fall 2011. Crime Scene Investigation will be the course of study for Spring 2012. Classes include field trips and special speakers. For more information, call Dawn Cowart at 434-821-2727.


Hanging of the Greens Luncheon

The traditional beginning of the holiday season in Historic Centertown Bedford is set to begin. The Bedford Historical Society will hold its annual Hanging of the Greens Luncheon on Thursday, December 1. The event will be held at the Bedford Historic Meeting House, 149 West Main Street, Bedford, from noon to 2 p.m. This is the 41st anniversary of the holiday luncheon, which is traditionally held on the Thursday following Thanksgiving. Reservations are limited and must be made by November 23. Cost for the fund-raising luncheon is $15 for members, $16 for non-members and proceeds will benefit historic preservation projects in the Bedford area. Make checks payable to the Bedford Historical Society, P.O. Box 602, Bedford, VA 24523. Reserved tickets may be picked up at the door on December 2.


Master Gardeners computer-based training class

Do you have an interest in horticulture? Want to learn, share and do more? Looking for a way to improve your community through volunteer service? The next Bedford Area Master Gardener class begins on February 1, 2012. It will provide training in a wide variety of horticultural areas including insects, plant disease, turf care, landscape design, fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and much more. This class is computer based with a series of 10 hands-on labs. Students have up to six months to complete the independent study modules, quizzes and final exam. They participate in a minimum of five of the 10 hands-on labs. Instructors include Extension Agents, Horticulture Professionals, veteran Master Gardeners, as well as specialists from VT. The final requirement is 50 hours of volunteer service in Master Gardener projects within one year of completing the theory part of the course. The Bedford Area Master Gardener Association (BAMGA) has weekday, evening and Saturday projects, providing extensive volunteer opportunities. Anyone considering taking gardening to the next level, also with a desire to volunteer is encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Jan. 1, with a Feb. 1 start date. Class cost is $125. For more information, visit www.BedfordAreaMasterGardeners.org ( ‘Join Us’ section) or call the Bedford Cooperative Extension office (540-586-7675). Class size is limited.


Bedford Home Tour 2011- A Christmas Homecoming

Bedford Home Tour 2011- A Christmas Homecoming will feature six homes on December 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served at Avenel. The cost of the tour is $10 for an advance ticket and $12 for a ticket at the door for all homes on the tour. The fee for a ticket to visit a single home is $5. Ticket Outlets for the Tour include the following: Arthur’s Jewelry, Bedford Area Welcome Center, Bower Center for the Arts, Cup-A-Joe, Etc., Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce-Forest, Affordable Home Outlet in Downtown Moneta, and Moneta Farm & Home Center Garden Shop. Tickets are also available from garden Club members. Contact numbers for tickets and information are 540-586-0474 and 540-297-3481. December 4 the following free attractions will also be open. The Bower Center for the Arts - The Opening for the League of Roanoke Artists 1:00 to 5:00; The Bedford Area Welcome Center - The Festival of Trees - 9:00 to 5:00; and The Bedford City-County Museum - A Train Exhibit, and a Civil War Exhibit - 1:00 to 5:00.


100 years/100 movies

Westlake Cinema, in partnership with AFI Films, will be offering local screenings from AFI Films award-winning “100 Years...100 Movies” (10th Anniversary Edition) list every Tuesday and Friday at 1 p.m. The selected films chosen from AFI Films “100 Years...100 Movies” (10th Anniversary Edition) list. The weekly showings will be offered for a discounted ticket cost of $5. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, Westlake Cinema will be offering a $1 discount off individual concessions for these special screenings. Movie times are subject to change. Show times will publish in local media as well as on facebook, online and on the box office recording. To view a complete film list of AFI's “100 Years...100 Movies” (10th Anniversary Edition), visit online at WestlakeCinema.com. For additional questions about the Westlake Cinema and AFI Films “100 Years…100 Movies” film program, show times or other inquires, contact Thomas Althoff, General Manager of Westlake Cinema at (540) 721-6314.


Supplemental Revenue Disaster Assistance Program

Bedford USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director, Cristy Cook, announced that the 2010 Supplemental Revenue Disaster Assistance (SURE) sign ups began on November 14, 2011. The SURE program provides assistance to producers suffering crop losses due to natural disasters. Bedford County received a Secretarial Disaster Designation in 2010 for drought conditions. Producers in Bedford would have to have suffered at least a 10 percent loss affecting one crop of economic significance to have a qualifying loss. Other requirements and restrictions apply. Producers can stop by the Bedford County FSA Office to sign up or for more information.


YOGA Classes

Every Monday. Noon, $7 class. Bedford Memorial Hospital 2nd floor entrance, Bedford.


Volunteer opportunities

Bedford Memorial Hospital (BMH) has volunteer opportunities available. Contact: Denise “DeDe” Edwards at 540-587-3317 or dredwards@carilionclinic.org. Stop by for a visit to discuss your interests, skills and availability. You will be given a tour of the hospital and you will see volunteers in action.


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.


Centertown Bedford Holiday events

  Christmas Parade (Dec. 3 – Saturday at noon). Same route as last year.

Dec. 9 – Friday.

National Elks Home : This year's lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m.

2nd Friday : from 5 to 8 p.m., there is live music, multiple art exhibits, & plenty of shops to peruse.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be arriving in Centertown  around 5:30 p.m. on a Bedford City Fire Engine, will light the tree and mingle in the park until 7 p.m., and then he will be available for professional pictures with Jeff East Photography at 109 North Bridge Street, in Santa’s Workshop until 9 p.m.

Christmas Tree Lighting : 6 p.m. in Centertown Park with Santa & Mrs. Claus. There will be hot cocoa & cider in the park, along with cookies and possibly kettle corn too

Holiday Drawing: 6:30 p.m. in Centertown park. Make sure to watch your electric bill for the entry form, or send your name and phone number to HolidayCash@CenterTownBedford.com. You do not need to be present to win.

Carriage Rides will begin in the Farmers’ Market area from 6 until 9 p.m. Tickets available in the Farmers’ Market area, also

Dec. 16 – Friday

Santa Claus will be in Centertown from 6 to 9 p.m. in his workshop at 109 North Bridge Street and will be available for professional pictures with Jeff East Photography.

Carriage Rides in the Farmers’ Market area from 6 until 9 p.m. Tickets available in the Farmers’ Market area

Dec. 23  – Friday

Santa Claus will be in Centertown from 6 to 9 p.m. in his workshop at 109 North Bridge Street and will be available for professional pictures with Jeff East Photography.

Carriage Rides in the Farmers’ Market area from 6 until 9 p.m. Take a very fun and traditional ride through Centertown Bedford on a Horse Drawn Carriage. Tickets available in the Farmers’ Market area.



It’s fun to read a book to a dog! Second Saturdays, running through May 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., bring your child to the Moneta/SML Library to read to a special dog trained to listen. Reading aloud can improve reading skills and confidence. Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) are certified by the National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. Call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004 for more information.


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 .


Alliance to visit Germany next year

The Bedford International Alliance (BIA) is planning a 10-day trip to Germany next September, visiting locations through which the 29th Infantry Division passed during WWII.  The mission of the Alliance includes pursuit and cultivation of education with communities whose history and traditions reflect themselves in the life of greater Bedford.  In the past, the group has followed the path of the Bedford Boys by traveling to England and Normandy.  Persons may obtain details of the trip and how to join the Alliance by contacting Tom Messier at 586-3059 or etmessier@jetbroadband.com.


Change in DCP Sign-up Period

Bedford USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director, Cristy Cook, announced that the dates for the 2012 DCP sign up will be different than in the past. The sign-up period will begin on January 23, 2012. The change in the sign-up period allows the county offices time to begin the sign-up for 2010 SURE program and to finalize supplemental agricultural disaster assistance programs. “Because there are no advance direct payments for the 2012 year, there is no advantage to signing up early,” said CED Cristy Cook. Bedford County producers will have until June 1, 2012, to sign their 2012 DCP contracts.


Wine Tasting

Savoy-Lee Winery offers complimentary wine tastings Friday-Monday from noon until 5 p.m. Check the Web site for holiday hours/special closures. www.savoy-lee.com. 5800 Johnson Mtn Rd. Huddleston. 540-297-9275.


Autumn Color Art Show & Sale

Exhibition will run through November 28 (Monday).  The Art will be hung at the Runk & Pratt Retirement Village Center in Westlake throughout the six week period.  The display will have normal, home walls (or artist provided easels) and not special lighting. The pricing and selling will be between the Artist and the Client Buyer. Art Show & Sale Hours will be 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Sunday may be 12 – 4 p.m.


PTA “Reflections” Art Exhibit

Moneta Elementary students will provide a PTA “Reflections” Art Exhibit at Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library available through January 2. The dates for a People’s Choice voting process will be announced at a later date.


Bedford County and Bedford City Voter's League

The Bedford County and City Association is seeking young adults to participate in its Voter's League Association. The Committee meets every second Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Washington Street Baptist Church in Bedford. Several important topics of discussion are issues and story ideas related to local government and the restoration of rights to ex-felons. The group welcomes young people of all backgrounds and interests. Parent and/or guardian permission is required. To express an interest to this organization, contact President the Rev. Phillip Brown (434) 525-0077. Advisers are Mattie M. Johnson at (540) 586-2950 or Eunice Stewart at (540) 586-6559.


Bedford County Parks and Recreation Dept. trip

“A Wohlfahrt Haus Christmas”- Dec. 15. Travel to the Wohlfahrt Haus Theatre in Wytheville to see their Christmas show. It is the most wonderful time of the year at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre and this show will sure to prove to be an unforgettable Christmas Celebration. Cost: $53 per person. Bus is limited to 18, so register early. Price includes transportation. Lunch and a ticket to the play. Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the recreation office. Return: Approximately 6:30 p.m.

For additional information call Bedford County Parks and Recreation at 586-7682.


2nd Fridays

December 9.  Experience Bedford's monthly 2nd Friday (of each month) festival. New activities are added each month to the already long list of art related events, music venues, and great places to shop and dine. Become a part of Centertown's "Art and Antique" experience including over 30 of the local merchants staying open until 8 p.m. or later.


SML Regional Chamber of Commerce to sponsor trip to Ireland

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be visiting scenic Ireland, and is inviting chamber members, and family and friends of chamber members to join them on this once in a lifetime experience. Departure will be March 13, 2012. Enjoy an eight day journey and go where Ireland takes you. Visit destinations such as Adare, Co. Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher and enjoy the grounds of Adare Manor. On this trip you will also encounter panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula, and see historic locations such as the “Rock of Cashel,” and Kilkenny Castle. This trip is packed also gives you time to explore Ireland on your own as well. Enjoy local shops, dining, stroll through woodland settings, or venture out and visit the Blarney Castle and take the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck. Space is limited. For more information about this trip call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at 540-721-1203 or email Annette Stamus at annette@visitsmithmountainlake.com or visit visit http://chamberdiscoveries.com/ourjourneys-de-scenicireland.php.


Senior lunch trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering the following lunch trips for the remainder of 2011: Dec. 6 - K&W Cafeteria (breakfast). Due to the popularity of these trips, reservations are taken one month prior to the trip. Cost for transportation is $5 per person. Lunch is on your own for most trips, unless tickets have to be purchased ahead of time. Some time will be allowed after lunch for various shopping and side trips. Call Bedford County Parks & Recreation for further information at (540) 586-7682. Lunch trips are open to Bedford City and County residents only.


Chocolate & wine tasting delight

Savoy-Lee's Sweet Spot- SL Winery teams up with Stacy's Sweet Spot to put on a chocolate & wine tasting delight. Entry is free. Gift baskets available. Nov 26-28 noon-5pm. www.savoy-lee.com. 540-297-9275. 5800 Johnson Mtn Rd. Huddleston.


Calendar of events


Thursday, Dec. 1


Diabetes Education Group

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Topic:  Holiday Party with Diabetes, December 1, Thursday, 6 p.m. Free at Bedford Memorial Hospital 1613 Oakwood St, Bedford. 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.


Pre-Holiday Jewelry Show

A pre-holiday jewelry show will be held at the Bower Center in Bedford on Thursday evening, December 1 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Handcrafted original jewelry will be featured including "Beads of Blessings."  Light refreshments will be served. There will be a door prize drawing for special "free" gift of jewelry.


Write Now Christmas

The December 1 meeting of Write Now will be a time to share a favorite Christmas goodie as well as a piece of writing or reminiscence. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Bower Center for the Arts at 305 N Bridge Street in Bedford. Write Now usually meets on the first and third Thursdays evenings of each month but will meet just once in December. For further information, call Betsy Mercer at (434) 841-4199.


Friday, Dec. 2


Santa’s visiting at Moneta/SML Library

A free fun-filled evening for the whole family on Friday December 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Santa’s helpers and guest performers from the lake community will present Christmas songs, stories, crafts and games! Decorate two gingerbread ornaments – one for the library tree and one for home. Refreshments will be provided. The highlight of the evening will be the arrival of Santa Claus. Call the Moneta/SML Library at 540-425-7004 by November 30 to register your family to attend. A donation of a non-perishable food item, a new toy or a new item of children’s clothing is appreciated. All donations will be given to the Bedford Community Christmas Station.


First Friday Gaming

Middle and high schoolers, hang out at Montvale Library on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be video and board games, pizza, snacks and drinks and lots of fun. First Friday gaming in December will be on December 2; call Montvale Library at 540-425-7006 for more information.


American Brewed concert

Featuring Dave Weddle and Tammy Shockley (LCM Fundraising event for building expansion) on Friday, December 2 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta, Va. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 – will net $60, can be purchased at General Store, Shoprite and SML Visitors Center. Seating limited to 300. 


Saturday, Dec. 3


Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Day

The Annual Bedford Central Library Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Day will be December 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be fresh baked cookies (not for eating) and all the decorations you can imagine. Make one for them and one to keep.


Christmas On Ice

The Lynchburg Figure Skating Club presents its annual Christmas on Ice, featuring a "A Storybook Christmas" on December 3. Showings at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Location LaHaye Ice Center at Liberty University, Lynchburg. Tickets $10 in advance $12 at door. Tickets available at Givens & Little Dickens, LifeWay Christian Bookstore. Tickets also available online at www.lynchburgfsc.com.


An Old Virginia Christmas of 1861

On Saturday, December 3, from 3 – 8 p.m., take a trip back in time with the park rangers, volunteers and Living History Guild at Booker T. Washington National Monument for “Christmas of 1861: Union and Separation.” Visitors will learn how Christmas was celebrated during the first year of the American Civil War and of the mixed feelings and uncertainty of the country and residents on a plantation in Franklin County. Fortunately, Booker T. Washington described Christmas in the mid-19th

century as he remembered it in his article, “Christmas Days in Old Virginia.” “…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.” Enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of a mid-19th century Christmas. The afternoon programs will include music by Tina Liza Jones from 3– 4:30 p.m. Walking tours including costumed interpretation by the park staff, volunteers and Living History Guild will be held at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. During the evening programs, visitors can listen to whispered conversations among the residents and visitors on this plantation as they discuss the first seven months of the Civil War and their reactions to the death of one resident of the plantation. Questions such as “What will be the outcome of the cash crop be for the year?” and “How much longer is this war going to continue?” will be asked. Find out what is going on during the war from a member of the 2nd Virginia Calvary by listening to a letter that was written in December 1861. Hot apple cider and gingerbread will be served during the evening programs. Dress appropriately for the outdoor lantern-led portion of the tour. Contact Booker T. Washington National Monument at (540) 721-2094 for more information.


Christmas Open House

At the Vinton Museum, Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 210 East Jackson Street, Downtown Vinton. Holiday decorations, special exhibits, refreshments. Call 540-342-8634.


Sunday, Dec. 4


Memorial Service Program

The first week in December is set aside to remember and pay tribute to those who have passed away each year from Elk Lodges.  Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m.  Elks Lodge 2844 and Elks National Home Lodge 8081 invites members, families and friends to attend this special program to express that "Elks are never forgotten.” The service will be held in the Fred Harper Theatre, at the Elks National Home. If you have any questions contact Secretary Michael Haynes: 540-425-9333 Elks Lodge 2844 or the Elks National Home 540-586-8232.


Bluegrass concert

James River Bluegrass Association will be having a Bluegrass concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, featuring Big Country Bluegrass and Grass to the Bone. Show is at 2 p.m. at the Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woodys Lake Road, Madison Heights. The cost is $15 at the door. Doors open at 1 p.m. For more information, call (434) 944-0072.


Monday, Dec. 5


Look Good

Taking care of you while undergoing cancer treatment. December 5, Monday, 10 a.m. - Noon at Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.


First Monday Movies

The First Monday Movies series continues at Big Island Library with Elf (PG) starring Will Ferrell. The movie starts at 3 p..m and snacks are provided. Register by December 3 by calling 540-425-7000.


Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Holiday tea on Monday, December 5 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. Bring a little treat to share.


Tuesday, Dec. 6


Smith Mountain Lake Republican Women's Club

The Smith Mountain Lake Republican Women's Club will meet Tuesday, December 6 at Poppy's Restaurant on Route 122 at 11 a.m.  Lunch is available for $10 following the meeting.  Nancy King President 721-3656.


Wednesday, Dec. 7


Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, December 7, Wednesday, 10 – Noon. Free at Bedford Central Library – 540-586-8911, 321 N. Bridge St. No registration required.


Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meeting

Christmas pot luck on Wednesday, December 7 at noon at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta, Va. Bring a dish.


Holiday Open House

Smith Mountain Lake Retirement Village, December 7, 1 - 5 p.m. Author Ibby Greer will be present from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss her new book and for signings. Local artwork will be on sale. Enjoy tours of the cottages & community, and enjoy some cookies & holiday treats. Call 434.610.0329.


Book sale

The Friends of the Blue Ridge Regional Library will be hosting a book sale, Wednesday, 

December 7, from 3-8 p.m., in the basement of the Martinsville Branch Library, 310 E. Church Street. There will be a large selection of VHS tapes and Books-on-Tape for $1 or less. There are cookbooks, large print fiction, craft, history, reference, poetry,  travel/guide books, self-help, religious & spiritual, medical, fitness, parenting, humor, sports, elementary & youth books, photography, business, flower arranging, decorating, home improvement, gardening, travel guides, art, music, hardback & paperback fiction, etc. There are old records, cassette tapes, CD’s, magazines. 


Friday, Dec. 9


2nd Singles Social

Savoy-Lee's 2nd Singles Social-Join singles from all over the area for a night out of meeting and mingling. DJ from Music, Music, and More Music. $10 cover. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. www.savoy-lee.com for details. Dec 9, 6-9 p.m. 540-297-9275. 5800 Johnson Mtn Rd. Huddleston.


Roanoke Chamber Brass free holiday concert

Wharton Foundation’s Bower Center for the Arts will host the Roanoke Chamber Brass in a free holiday concert on Friday, December 9. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the end of Bedford’s Second Friday. The music will be Christmas and other classical offerings.


Saturday, Dec. 10


Wreaths Across America

Saturday, December 10 at noon. The Garden Club of Bedford will honor the veterans of the Bedford area at the Blue Star Memorial at the Bedford National Guard Armory by placing wreaths from Wreaths Across America. The public is invited. This will be a short event and the wreaths will remain at the site throughout the holiday season. The ceremonial wreaths are donated by Morrill Worcester and have a red bow and an American flag accompanied by a service flag. The ceremonial wreaths consist of one wreath for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, the Bedford National Guard Armory, and one for POW/MIA.


Bone Marrow Registry Drive

A Bone Marrow Registry Drive, Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Snacks provided. Chili Fundraiser (eat in or take out). Curry's Building, 2074 Smith Mt. lake Pkwy., Huddleston. At the donor registry drive: Find out what it means to join the registry. Complete a registration form with your contact information, health history and signed agreement to join the registry. Give a swab of your cheek cells so your tissue type can be determined. Those who don't meet the criteria for being a donor can still give by making a financial gift to the Be The Match Foundation. Your contribution in any amount is tax-deductible and helps make it possible for others to join. If you are not able to attend send donations to: Be The Match, Rebecca Mathis, Account Executive, 1503 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 236, Richmond, CA 23229. Write Huddleston Driove in the memo area. You can also give online: www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/friendsofkaylin.


AAMR Holiday Party, Santa Paws Workshop

All-American Mutt Rescue is hosting a Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec.10 for pets and their families. The Holiday Party and Santa Paws Workshop is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Westside Food Mart, 942 Blue Ridge Ave., Bedford. Donate your gently-used-but-ready-to-be-replaced holiday decorations and recyclable gifts to the Santa Paws Workshop for the final 2011 fundraiser for the pups. Drop off donations at Westside Food Mart any time the store is open Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. or you can call to arrange a pickup. In Santa Paws’ Workshop they will deck the halls with all the donated decorations and gifts and during the party will sell, auction, and/or raffle off all the items to support the AAMR foster pups. A photographer will be at the party taking holiday photos of people and pets. Santa will be there, and there will be several photo backgrounds to choose from. Photo packages will range from $5 to $30 and proceeds benefit the AAMR pups.


Monday, Dec. 12


Health and Wellness Education

Topic:  Stress during the Holidays, December 12, Monday, Noon— 1 p.m. Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.


Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

(Dirty Santa-bring a gag gift wrapped) on Monday, December12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.


Garrett Town Hall meetings

Delegate T. Scott Garrett has scheduled Town Hall meetings scheduled in Amherst County, Bedford County, and Lynchburg. The Bedford Town Hall will be held on Monday, December 12, 7 p.m. at the Forest Public Library. In preparation for the 2012 General Assembly, Delegate Garrett is reaching out to hear from constituents of the 23rd House District. Constituents are encouraged to attend the town hall meeting closest to them. “I am honored and humbled to be re-elected to serve the people of the 23rd House District for a second term. While knocking on doors during this campaign, I learned what was on the hearts and minds of the people of this district. As I prepare to return to Richmond, it’s imperative that I reach out again to my friends and neighbors to hear the issues that are important to them,” said Delegate Garrett. Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D. represents the 23rd District in the Virginia General Assembly, which includes portions of Amherst County, Bedford County, and the city of Lynchburg.


Tuesday, Dec. 13


Picture with Santa

Have your picture made with Santa. He’ll be at Big Island Library December 13 at 3 p.m. There will be snacks and crafts! Call 540-425-7000 by December 10 to register.


Wednesday, Dec. 14


 Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, December 14, Wednesday, 10 – Noon. Free at Moneta Library - 540- 425-7004, 13641 Moneta Rd., Moneta. No registration required.


Man to Man Prostate Support Group

Christmas pot luck- Bring a dish. On Wednesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.  


Friday, Dec. 16


Music at the Meeting House

The Bedford Historical Society will hold its “Music at the Meeting House” on Friday, December 16 at 7 p.m. The Trinity Singers, a quartet under the direction of Wayne Gibson, will present a program of 17th and 18th century Christmas music in the 1838 candlelit church. Admission is free and open to the public. The Bedford Historic Meeting House is located at 149 West Main Street in Historic Centertown Bedford. For further information call 540-586-8587.


Saturday, Dec. 17


Pine Spur Hunt Club Dance

Pine Spur Hunt Club Dance, 1094 Pine Spur Rd., Vinton, Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 - 11:30 p.m. Music by Vaughan & Friends. Admission: $8. Call 890-9891 for information.


Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa will be Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Elks National Home, 931 Ashland Avenue, Bedford. There is no charge, but those attending are asked to bring a gift of canned food for needy families in Bedford. Parents are welcome to come and have a cup of coffee while the children visit with Santa. The event is sponsored by the Bedford County Parks & Recreation and the Elks National Home. For additional information, call 586-7682.


Monday, Dec. 19


Life for One-Holiday Cheer

Sharing a pot of soup- bring makings for a salad, on Monday, December 19 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.  


Tuesday, Dec. 20


Family Movie Night

Enjoy Family Movie Night at Bedford Central on Tuesday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m. There will be a special viewing of Cars 2 (G) followed by crafts and games.


Wednesday, Dec. 28


Blood Pressure

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, December 28, Wednesday, 10 – Noon. Free at Forest Library, 540- 425-7002, 15583 Forest Rd., Forest. No registration required.


Thursday, Dec. 29


Family Movie Night at Moneta/SML Library

December will feature Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG). Starting at 5:30 p.m. on December 29 for crafts, games, snacks and the movie.


Monday, Jan. 2


Look Good

Taking care of you while undergoing cancer treatment. January 2, Monday, 10 a.m. - Noon at Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.


Wednesday, Jan. 4


Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, January 4, Wednesday, 10 – Noon. Free at Bedford Central Library – 540-586-8911, 321 N. Bridge St, Bedford. No registration required.


Wednesday, Jan. 11


Community Health Fair

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, January 11, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. At Bedford Memorial Hospital Lobby, Bedford. Free Screenings and Education: Cardiac Screening, Cost: $20. Must be fasting for 12 hours. Test includes: • Total Cholesterol • Triglycerides • HDL Cholesterol • Glucose • Ratio TC/HD • Blood Pressure • Body Mass Index. Call to make an appointment at 540-266-6000.


Wednesday, Jan. 18


Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, January 18, Wednesday, 10 – Noon. Free at Moneta Library - 540- 425-7004, 13641 Moneta Rd., Moneta. No registration required.


Wednesday, Jan. 25


Blood Pressure

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, January 25, Wednesday, 10 – Noon. Free at Forest Library, 540- 425-7002, 15583 Forest Rd., Forest. No registration required.