Community Events and Calendar (week of Nov. 9, 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.


Candlelight Tours of Poplar Forest

See Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home in a whole new light on a candlelight tour in November. This is the first time tours of the octagonal house will be guided by candlelight since Poplar Forest opened to the public. Guests will learn how Jefferson and his family spent their evenings at Poplar Forest. Tours are on November 10 and 17 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $18, reservations required. Call (434)534-8120. Admission includes a matted print of Poplar Forest, available only to guests joining us for a candlelight tour. The museum shop will be open until 7 p.m. on tour nights for holiday shopping.


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 up will begin 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.


Youth Awareness Scholarship

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Moose International announces Youth Awareness Scholarship program which is open to all Bedford County High School students.  Scholarship prizes range from $1,000 to $12,000.  Plan on attending a meeting on November 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at Bedford Moose Lodge, Rte 460, for more information.  To register, email rsundquist@bedfordsheriff.org or call 540-586-7715.


Lakeside Singers fall Gospel concert

Smith Mountain Arts Council has announced the first fall concert by the ever-popular Lakeside Singers. “Gospel Music Through the Ages” will be presented on Friday, Nov.18 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive (at Route 122), Moneta. This concert will present a carefully selected program of Gospel music as it has evolved over time and will include contemporary and traditional songs, Black Gospel, and Southern Gospel. Joining the Lakeside Singers will be the Ferrum College Collegiates and The Gospel Truth. Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at the door. You may purchase them from the Westlake Radio Shack, The General Store on Scruggs Road, the SML Visitor Center at the bridge or from choir members. If you have questions, contact Ken Nagele (540-297-1058), Gloria Sobey (540-721-9599), Chris Collins (540-721-8425), or Linda Worman (540-204-6876).


Little Town Players' A Christmas Story

  Remember the show your whole family gathered around the television to watch every Christmas? Little Town Players brings that show to the stage when they present A Christmas Story on November 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and November 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. in the Elks National Home Theatre. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder carbine-action 22-shot range BB rifle with a compass on the stock, but many obstacles stand in the way of his dream because every adult he confronts keeps telling him he'll shoot his eye out. This is a heartwarming story the entire family will enjoy. A Christmas Story is directed by Allen Thompson and stage managed by Johanna Merritt. For reservations call the box office at 540-586-5881 or www.lynchburgtickets.com. Adults - $12, children (12 and under) - $10.


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.


Holiday festivities

  1. At Tickled Pink Gift Shop, Bedford Memorial Hospital: Nativity Quilt Drawing; valued at $99

  2. Candy Cane Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Monday, November 28 at 2 p.m. with Special Music and refreshments $50 Gift Certificate to Tickled Pink for the winner of the “Candy Cane Count”

  3. Food Drive for “local” charities; non-perishable items may be dropped off at the Gift Shop or Administration office Shoe Box Ministry – be a blessing to a young child who would otherwise not have a Merry Christmas; Shoe boxes may be picked up outside of the Gift Shop. Healing Art Artists Reception, December 14. All proceeds benefit Bedford Memorial Hospital


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

  Black Friday (Nov. 25 – Friday All Day) Get up early and spend part of your Black Friday in Bedford with many stores open and a lot of great shopping deals.

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.


AARP Driver Safety Program class

Are you 55 plus? Want to save money on your auto insurance? AARP Driver Safety Program offers the opportunity to accomplish this. Virginia Law requires your insurance company to give a discount for completion of this class for all 55 or older. Ask your agent for details. AARP-DSP is offering all veterans and their dependents the opportunity to attend the class at no charge during the month of November.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed to meet the specific needs of older drivers included age related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road and local driving problems. You do not have to be an AARP member to take the class. Cost of class is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Cost is to cover the cost of instruction material furnished. AARP members must have their membership card at sign in to get AARP rate. Please bring check or money order made out to AARP or exact change. Remember for veterans and dependents no charge.

Classes are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, Montvale Library. To register call (540) 425-7006, option 2. Host for class is Friends of the Montvale Library.

  • Friday, Nov. 18, Sedalia Baptist Church, 1072 Charlemont Road, Big Island. To register for this class call (434) 299-6006. Host for class is Sedalia Baptist Church. Lunch will be provided.

Hours are 8:30 till 5 with a 30 minute lunch break. Bring a bag lunch and a cushion if you desire. Class size is limited to first come, first served.

Class will be conducted by volunteer instructors Bob Dixon, Jim Hueber and Dick Turpin.


Free Safe Driving Course for veterans – others invited

During the month of November, all veterans, along with their family members/dependents of any age, will be able to attend an AARP Driver Safety Program at no cost.  The course, designed especially for drivers over 50 (but meaningful for younger drivers), is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Moneta Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.  The Community Center is located at 4860 Rucker Road (Rt. 806) off Moneta Road (lower level in rear).  Persons must attend both 4-hour sessions to complete the course. A veteran need not be an AARP member to benefit from this no-charge offer.  Also, any non-veterans, 50 or over, may attend.  There is a charge of $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.  Most insurance companies offer a discount for three years on their premium for auto insurance to those presenting the completion certificate from this course. Advance reservations are required as class size is limited to the first 25 applicants. Call the instructor, Bill Mistele, at 540-427-6550 (Roanoke) to make your reservation.



It’s fun to read a book to a dog! Second Saturdays, running from November 12 until 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.


Harmony Hit Parade

SML Harmeneers barbershop chorus is ready to present its always popular annual show. “Harmony Hit Parade” will treat the audience to a medley of our best numbers and several performances of good old songs by our own quartets. “Bar None” the guest quartet has been thrilling audiences in the Carolinas for over a decade and we are proud to have booked them to provide this years professional barbershop interlude. The show will be presented Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Brookville High School in Lynchburg and at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta on Friday night November 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon November 12 at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are available in Moneta at Radio Shack and SML Visitor Center, in Bedford at Bedford Welcome Center, in Lynchburg at Lynchburg Music Center, Givens Books and Basket Case. Buy your advance tickets early for $15, they will be $17 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by adults. Come and enjoy the show. For further information see smlharmeneers.com or call 540-721-9600 or 434-851-9300.


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.


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.


Ravenelle Corn Maze

Russell Farms in Forest - Ravenelle Corn Maze! 10 a.m. Weekends only. Fridays (4 pm-dusk), Saturdays (10 am-dusk), and Sundays (1 pm-dusk). $5/person, children under 2 are free. Fat Daddy's BBQ will be available and offering BBQ, hotdogs, hamburgers, and beverages. T-shirts, pumpkins, apples, and corn stalks will be for sale. There will be an inflatable bouncer for the children.


Becoming a Master Gardener

The Bedford Area Master Gardeners Association is now accepting applications for its spring 2012 computer based training class. Anyone with an interest in gardening and a desire to volunteer to share their knowledge with others is encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Jan. 1, 2012, for the February 1 start date. Class cost is $125. For an application and/or more information, contact the Bedford Cooperative Extension office at 540-586-7675 or visit www.BedfordAreaMasterGardeners.org and click on “Join Us”. Class size is limited.


Bedford County Parks and Recreation Dept. trips

Theatre Trip to Greensboro, NC to see the musical hit show “Groovin” on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Get your old school groove on at the Barn Dinner Theatre. Join us for this high energy musical review of many of the chart topping hit songs of the 60's and 70's, featuring The Barn Band. Cost: $53 includes transportation, buffet lunch and a matinee ticket to the show. Depart: Bedford County Parks & Rec. office at 8:30 a.m. Approximate return time is 6:30 p.m.

Caving trip to Glade Caves in Augusta County, Va. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 19, to enjoy a full day of caving. Pull on your overalls, clip on your helmet, adjust your headlamp and down we go. The caving routes available at Glade Caves are designed for first timers to beginner skill levels. Professional instruction and caving guide services will be provided by certified instructors. All caving equipment will be provided. Cost: $45 per person. Only a limited number of spots are available, so early registration is suggested. Depart: 7:30 a.m. from the recreation office. Return: Approximately 4:30 p.m.

“A Wohlfahrt Haus Christmas”- Dec. 15. Come join us as we 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

November 11, and 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.


Lunch trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering the following trips: Nov. 18 to the Liberty Fair Mall in Martinsville. Space is limited on the bus and these trips are restricted to Bedford City/County residents only. For further information, contact the County Parks & Recreation Department at (540) 586-7682.


Calendar of events


Thursday, Nov. 10


Lung Cancer Awareness Night

The Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center will hold a Lung Cancer Awareness Night: A Candlelight Celebration: Thursday, November 10, 6:30-8 p.m. for Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The event will recognize those who have died, honor survivors, and celebrate the strength, hope and courage of those impacted by lung cancer. The awareness night will take place at the Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center at 1701 Thomson Drive, Lynchburg in the healing garden. The night will include refreshments, music, a candlelight ceremony and inspirational stories from lung cancer patients. To RSVP, call 434.200.6093 or email carly.sheaffer@centrahealth.com. Special tribute tables will be provided for the display of pictures, special memories, or other items to celebrate someone affected by lung cancer. To reserve a tribute table, call 434.200.6093 or email carly.sheaffer@centrahealth.com.


GFWC Bedford Woman's Club

The GFWC Bedford Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 10, at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford at 6:30 p.m. The Bedford club is a volunteer community service non-profit organization that is part of the international organization, the General Federation of Women's Clubs. There are currently 206 clubs in Virginia with more than 6,000 members. Women of all ages are invited to attend. For additional information, contact Sue Trussell at 587-6611.


Neighborhood Awareness Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 10: Join for tips on how to make your home and family better prepared for the oncoming cold weather and wintry driving conditions. Neighborhood Awareness meetings, sponsored by the Bedford Police Department, encourage two-way dialogue with the purpose of identifying issues and exchanging information. Become a positive force in the betterment of our community- come share your concerns and ideas at the next meeting. Future meeting dates: No December meeting. Next meeting: January 12, 2012. For more information on the Neighborhood Awareness Program, contact: Bedford Police Department, 215 E. Main St., Bedford. Phone: (540) 587-6011. Meeting Coordinator: Officer Joe Dooley, SRO.


Cyber Knife, Spiral CT, Radiation Therapy

Dr. Buck from Blue Ridge Cancer Treatment Center will do a talk on Cyber Knife, Spiral CT, and Radiation Therapy on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. No cost. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami 721-4330, 297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.


Operation Medicine Drop Off

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, November 10, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Front Lobby Drive Way -Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Registration required 540-587-3308. Blood Pressure sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, November 23, Wednesday, 10 – Noon. Free at Forest Library, 540- 425-7002, 15583 Forest Rd., Forest. No registration required.


NLA holiday event

On November 10, New London Academy will host  Vendor/Book Fair with a free movie night for kids.  Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.  In addition to the annual Book Fair, multiple vendors will be on hand to offer items suitable for holiday gift-giving, including jewelry and wood crafted items. New London Academy is listed on the National Register of  Historic Landmarks. This family oriented event is free and open to the public.


Diabetes Education Group

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Topic:  Holiday Eating, November 10, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Free at Bedford Memorial Hospital 1613 Oakwood St. Classes that help people with Diabetes learn about the scope of their disease and how their lifestyle choices affect their health. Registration required by calling 540-204-7135.


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 November 10 at 6 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Main Floor Training Room at the Bedford County Administration Building, 122 E. Main St., Bedford. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-587-7645.


Friday, Nov. 11


Veterans Day Ceremony

A Veterans Day Ceremony at “High Ground” Vinton – Roanoke County Veterans Monument will be held on Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the Vinton War Memorial. The outdoor ceremony will include a Veterans Day Address by Major General James Archer, the National Anthem sung by Judith Cline, PhD, presentation of colors by the William Byrd High School Junior ROTC Honor Guard, patriotic music by the William Byrd Brass Quartet and prayers by the Rev. David Vaughan and the Rev. Sandy Webb. In addition, www.VaBizic.com will be on site to meet veterans and to conduct some interviews. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Vinton War Memorial. The event is sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council in cooperation with the Town of Vinton and the Vinton-Roanoke County Veterans Monument Committee. For additional information, call Mary Beth Layman at (540) 983-0613 or Dan Karnes at (540)798-4111.


Bluegrass music
Free live bluegrass music at the Bedford Country Store with Jason Ring Friday, November 11 from 5-8 p.m. Check out a sample of his music at www.jasonringlive.com. Located at 115 N. Bridge street, Bedford or call for more details at 540-586-2222.


Johnson to perform

Stephanie Johnson will be singing a mix of music from such artists as Adele, Martina McBride, Alison Krauss, Fleetwood Mac, and more this Friday, November 11, from 7 to 10 p.m.  at 309 Winery, 309 N. Bridge Street, Bedford. Call 587-WINE for more information. 


Bluegrass concert

The James River Bluegrass Association will present a Bluegrass Concert on Nov. 11, 7 p.m. featuring Melvin Goins & Windy Mt. Band and the Southern Junction Band at the Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woodys Lake Rd., Madison Heights. Cost: $15 at the door. For more information call 434.944.0072.


Saturday, Nov. 12


Sedalia Center Art and Architecture Show

Artists, architects, builders, designers, galleries and educational and historic institutes will bring a whole new concept to central Virginia with The Sedalia Center's Art and Architecture Show. Saturday, Nov. 12 will be the day that mass production and synthetic materials will be abandoned in favor of fine craftsmanship and natural materials. Gifted artisans will exhibit and sell their works of art, demonstrations of glass and forge work, carving, inlay and more will delight and inspire. architects and designers will bring artful expression to technical design and building projects. Alternative building techniques and reclaimed or repurposed materials will bring fresh perspective to homes, gardens and businesses. Exhibits, demonstrations, vending, presentations and a featured speaker, along with food and drink will make up a day of learning, inspiration and fun. The event is sponsored by Wiley & Wilson, Century Beverage Distributor, and Mail America Communications, Inc. For more information on the event call 540.586.1745 or visit www.sedaliacenter.org. The Sedalia Center is located at 1108 Sedalia School Road, Big Island.


Rita Hoskings Duo

The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. will host Rita Hoskins and her husband, Sean Feder, (who plays dobro and banjo) in concert. The concert, held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a ticket price of $10 per person, collected at the door. Seating is limited. For more information, call 540-586-8911, or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org. To receive notifications of upcoming shows please join the email list, accessible through the Web site.


Brunswick Stew

Brunswick stew to go at Bellevue Community Center, Saturday, Nov. 12. Available after 12 noon. Cost: $8 per quart.


Spaghetti Dinner Saturday

The annual Hargis and Friends Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Oakwood United Methodist Fellowship Hall. Come out for homemade spaghetti/sauce, salad w/fixings, bread, tasty desserts and drink. All proceeds from this dinner will go where needed in the church. The church is located at 2465 Goode Station Road, Goode.


Spaghetti supper

There will be a spaghetti supper on Nov. 12 from 4:30 p.m. till 7 p.m. at White's UMC, 513 English Tavern. Cost is $7 per person, six and under eat free.


Fall Spaghetti Supper
Saturday, November 12. Moneta Ruritan Club hosting semi-annual spaghetti supper at
Moneta Elementary School from 4 to 7 p.m.  Carry-outs available.


National Gaming Day

Montvale Library on November 12. Starting at 10:30 a.m. and running until noon, tons of fun for families featuring board games, Wii Challenges and more.


Bedford Genealogical Society, Inc., November meeting

The Bedford Genealogical Society, Inc. will have its November meeting on November 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Bedford Room, main branch of the Bedford Public Library, located at 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford. Parking is behind the library via Bedford Ave. The speaker will be Lloyd Johns, a member of the Monacan Indian Tribe. He will speak about his life and attending school in the Indian School System in Virginia. He will also address how the registration of Indians and other minorities in Virginia in the 1900s – through the use of Vital Records – essentially creating a “paper genocide” for many groups. He will also discuss the recent attempt to change Virginia Vital Records and increase the time limit to have access to the records. He understands the importance for genealogists to work to preserve the rights of all people to have access to these records. There will also be election of the 2012 officers and board and a vote to change a section of the bylaws. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. More information can be found at the Web site www.bedfordgensociety.org, email bedfordgensociety@hotmail.com, or by phone 540-466-4247.


Monday, Nov. 14


Breast Cancer Support Group

Meeting (General Discussion) on Monday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.


Bedford Photo Group

If you are interested in learning about photography, or you want to share your photo ideas with others, join the Bedford Photo Group.  The group will meet every month on the 2nd Monday at the Bower Center, 305 North Bridge Street, at 7 p.m.  The next meeting is Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m. For further information, call the Bower Center at (540) 586-4235, or find them on Facebook.


Sit and Knit

Monday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to Noon—“Sit and Knit” at the Westlake Library. Sit and Knit will move to the second Saturday in November due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Stitchery loves company!  Bring your current needlework project and join the crowd at the Westlake Library. Learn new techniques.  Share your needlework knowledge. The conversation is guaranteed to keep you in stitches!  For further information, call the Westlake Library at (540) 483-3098 (Ext. 3).


Tuesday, Nov. 15


Family Movie Night at Bedford Central Library

Tuesday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. with a special viewing of Spooky Buddies (G) followed by crafts and games.


Downsizing Dilemma

November 15, 9:30 - 11 a.m.  Continental breakfast provided.  Panel of three guests who know the ups and downs of moving.  They will offer helpful ideas on how to prepare your house and what to expect during the process; what to keep as you think about moving from a lifetime of memories; how to use a home equity  conversion mortgage (reverse mortgage) to make your next move happen sooner.  Maintenance free cottages and retirement center open for tours.  Guest speakers:  Kevin Kitts, Caring Transitions, Rayetta Webb, Towne Bank Mortgage, Long and Foster, Lake Partners.  Call 434.610-0329 or 540-719.1300 to reserve space.  Limited seating  Smith Mountain Lake Retirement Village, 115 Retirement Drive.  Behind Kroger Westlake.


Community CPR

(No certificate) by Chuck Murphy on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Must register with Tami 721-4330, 297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.


Goodlatte’s staff

A member of Congressman Goodlatte’s staff will be holding open door community office hours at the Forest Public Library, 15583 Forest Road, in Forest on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 10-11 a.m. A staff member meets with citizen’s each month to get their views and discuss any problems they might have with the Federal Government.


Wednesday, Nov. 16


Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, November 16, Wednesday, 10 – Noon. Free at the Moneta Library - 540- 425-7004, 13641 Moneta Rd., Moneta. No registration required.


Let's Talk

The "Let's Talk" MS Group will meet on Wednesday, November 16 at noon. The meeting is held at the Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood Street in Bedford City. Those persons with MS, their family/and or friends are invited to join. Bring your lunch.


Thursday, Nov. 17


Family Movie Night at Moneta/SML Library

For November will feature Cars 2 (G). Come out starting at 5:30 p.m. on November 17 for crafts, games, snacks and the movie.


Friday, Nov. 18


National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Bedford Chapter 1068, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet Friday, 18 November, 11 a.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant. If you would like to attend, call Sam at 540-587-0019.


Saturday, Nov. 19


Thanksgiving Storytime

For children aged 3 and up, visit Forest Library on Saturday, November 19 for a Thanksgiving Storytime. Enjoy stories and crafts beginning at 11 a.m.


Harvest party

Historic Avenel will hold its Harvest Party on Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include food and beverages. Tickets may be purchased at Scott & Bond, Arthur's Jewelry or from any Avenel Board Member. You may also call ahead and they will have tickets for you at the door. Enjoy fellowship and socializing with other Bedford area folks and supporters of Historic Avenel. All proceeds are used for maintenance and restoration of Avenel. Historic Avenel is located at 413 Avenel Ave., Bedford. This event is sponsored by Jeff Witt at Witt Mechanical. For more information, call 540.875.9180.


Peaks of Otter Chapter NSDAR

The next meeting of the Peaks of Otter Chapter NSDAR will be on Saturday November 19.  Members will meet at the parking lot above Peebles to carpool and leave at 9:30 a.m. to travel to and tour Poplar Forest.  Guests are welcome.  Cost will be the normal fee of entrance to Poplar Forest. Lunch is optional at Charley's Restaurant in Lynchburg.  For information call:  586-1933 or 586-5706. 


Monday, Nov. 21


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Are you waiting anxiously for the next installment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Well you’re in luck because the new book comes out in November and the library is celebrating with a Cabin Fever Party! The Bedford Central library will have Wimpy Kid trivia and the Got Cheese Touch game, have cheesy snacks and a contest to draw the best Wimpy Kid! It’s all going down on November 21 starting at 4 p.m. A few copies of the book will be given away.


Life for One

Guest speaker Julie Smith on Coping with Grief throughout the holidays on Monday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Bring a lunch/drink.


Library 'sleep over'

Bring a stuffed animal that you can leave at the Big Island Library to “sleep over” on Monday November 21. Be sure to sure to wear your pajamas to our short story time beginning at 6 p.m. and ending with milk and cookies. The next morning, come back at 9 a.m. for breakfast and to see what your animal did on Monday night at the library. Registration is required by Saturday, November 19.


Tuesday, Nov. 22


Thankful Tales

Celebrate Thanksgiving with story teller Miss Louise as she shares Thankful Tales at Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. Milk and cookies will be served as well.


Saturday, Nov. 26


Pine Spur Hunt Club Dance

Pine Spur Hunt Club Dance, 1094 Pine Spur Rd., Vinton, Saturday, Nov. 26, 8 - 11:30 p.m. Music by Vaughan & Friends. Admission: $8. Call 890-9891 for information.


Tuesday, Nov. 29


Family Board Game Night

Remember playing classic board games? Share Family Board Game Night with your kids for a taste of good, old-fashioned fun at Stewartsville Library on Tuesday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m.


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.


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 30th 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.


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

Booker T. Washington National Monument's Annual Christmas Event will be titled "An Old Virginia Christmas of 1861" this year in line-up with the Civil War 150. It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 8 p.m. Costumed interpretive programs and lantern tours will take place at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. There will be gingerbread and apple cider to help warm you up.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.