Community Events and Calendar (week of Oct. 12, 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.


Bedford Community Christmas Station screening

It's time for the annual screening for the Bedford Community Christmas Station. All screenings will take place at the Bedford Central Library: Monday, October 24- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, October 25- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, October 26- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, October 27- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, November 4- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, November 5- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, November 6- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants can obtain an application in advance at the Bedford County Department of Social Services office or online at www.bedfordchristmas.com.  Applications will also be available at the screening site.  Applicants must turn in the application in person during one of the screening dates listed above.  Applicants will need to bring a photo ID as well as proof of their MONTHLY income for ALL household members, and the following documents for each child in the home:  Insurance card or birth certificate, plus school documents if the child is in school.  School documents can include:  Class schedule or room assignment, progress report, report card, letter from school addressed to the parents of the student, or a school registration form. 


First Movie Mondays

At Big Island Library will feature Mars Needs Moms (PG) starting at 3 p.m. Snacks are provided and registration is required by November 5. Call 540-425-7000.


First Fridays at Montvale Library

Middle and high schoolers, come hang out at Montvale Library on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 8pm. We’ve got video and board games, pizza, snacks and drinks and lots of fun! First Friday gaming in November will be on November 4; call Montvale Library at 540-425-7006 for more information.


Soul Surfer

Big Island is showing Soul Surfer on October 18 at 4:30 p.m.; snacks will be provided. Register by Saturday, October 15.


Bedford Central Library films

Bedford is showing Soul Surfer on October 17 at 4 p.m. in the Young Adult room at Bedford Central. On Wednesday October 19, join for Anime Afternoon to watch Fruits Basket: The Great Transformation? while creating your own manga panel. On Friday October 21, watch Flipped, based on the book by Wendelin Van Draanen.


Teen Read Week

This year’s Teen Read Week will take place October 17-23 with the theme Picture It @ your library. Participate in the Match It To Win game at any branch library for a chance to win. See your librarian for details.



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 .


Moneta Fire Department dinner, haunted house

The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department has two community events coming up this month. Both events will be held at the main fire station located at 12737 N. Old Moneta Rd., across from the Moneta Elementary School. On Saturday, Oct. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. the department will have its annual dinner and open house. For a voluntary donation guests can have spaghetti, salad, bread, a beverage and dessert. Before or after eating guests can view the department’s fire vehicles as well as public safety vehicles from other area agencies, including a special appearance by the Centra Health medevac helicopter, weather permitting. For two weekends in October the fire department will be holding a haunted house. This “fun for the entire family” event will have many spooky and scary twists and turns to keep everyone’s interest. For two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, and Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. show up if you think your nerves can handle it.


Upcoming bloodmobiles

The following information is subject to change. Call 1.800.RED Cross to confirm drive dates and times before attending.

Oct. 18- Montvale Public Library, Montvale, 12:30-5:30.

Oct. 19- Main Street United Methodist Church, Bedford, noon-6 p.m.


Social Media Planning

The Region 2000 Small Business Development Center is collaborating with Virginia Tourism for a seminar on “Social Media Planning: Where You Should Be on the Web.” This seminar will train small businesses on how to successfully put together a social media plan, to get the best return on your time investment, & self-list on Google Maps and Virginia Tourism web directories. Bring your own laptop for this free hands on training that also provides the opportunity for setting up Facebook & Twitter pages and Blogspot Web page. This seminar is on Thursday, October 20, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. It is being held at the Business Development Centre, 147 Mill Ridge Road, Lynchburg, VA. Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Region 2000 SBDC at (434) 582-6170.


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.  The group will be screening the movie “Judgment at Nuremberg” on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the Bedford City Council Chambers.  This is an appropriate film as the trip will include four days in Nuremberg.  In the past, the group has followed the path of the Bedford Boys by traveling to England and Normandy.  All are invited to attend and can learn more of the upcoming trip, available to any member of the Alliance.  If unable to attend the screening, persons may obtain details of the trip and how to join the Alliance by contacting Tom Messier at 586-3059 or etmessier@jetbroadband.com.


Wharton Block Party Postponement

The Wharton Block Party, co-sponsored by The Bedford Historical Society and the Wharton Memorial Foundation, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16, has been postponed until Spring of 2012 due to the serious damage of two large trees in the garden. Sections of the garden have been closed to the public until the city of Bedford is able to remove the affected trees. Watch for further information on the new date.


Lyn-CAG Headstart accepting applications

Lyn-CAG Head Start is continuing to accept applications for children 3 to 5 years of age in the areas of Huddleston, Moneta, Stewartsville, Bedford, Big Island and Otter River. Eligibility to attend Head Start is based on age and income. For additional information or to obtain an application contact the Head Start Center in your area or contact Kim English or Dorothy Holmes at (434) 846-2967 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit www.lyncag-headstart.org. All Lyn-CAG Head Start sites are licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services Childcare Program. Head Start is a part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Head Start is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.


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” theguest 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 E.C Glass 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.


Pottery Exhibit

View an exhibit of Raku pottery on display October 1- October 31 at  Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA.   In this exhibit, local artist Dave Ovenshire presents his award-winning glazed and textured Raku pottery pieces, featuring bowls, vases and platters. Raku is a reduction – oxidation fired pottery with a unique rustic, crackle finish.  Ovenshire is a member of the Blue Ridge Potters Guild.


The Little Gallery calendar

October- Oct. 15: Donna Smith Coleman- Painting demo, 1 to 3; Oct. 16: Ed Gowen- Painting demo, 1 to 3.

Book, bake sale

The Friends of the Big Island Library will be having a Book and Bake Sale at Big Island Library on Thursday, October 20 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. There will be good prices on hardback and paperback books, music CD's and cassettes, audio books, and videos and DVD's. If you have questions or you would like to donate books or baked goods, call 540-425-7000.


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 from October 14 (Friday) 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. There will be a Celebration Reception on October 14 (4-8 p.m.) for the kick-off of the event. 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 beginning November 1. The display will be available through January 2. The dates for a People’s Choice voting process will be announced at a later date.


Flower Show

Blue Ridge Garden Club will present a Small Standard Flower Show at the Bedford Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from noon to 6 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The theme of the show is “In 1492 Christopher Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue” in observance of Columbus Day. All children accompanied by an adult will receive a free bookmark, as long as supply lasts. All attending will have a chance to vote their favorite designs. Admission is free.


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.


Metropolitan Cooking Show trip
Bus trip to the Metropolitan Cooking Show Bus Trip in Washington DC, Saturday, Nov. 5. See Celebrity Chef Paula Dean or Guy Fieri.  All proceeds go to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Cost is $115 which includes Round trip transportation to and from the show, Admission into cooking show, ticket to see one Celebrity Chef at the show and free breakfast on the way to the show. Bus picks up in Lynchburg and Lovingston. To make a reservation or for further information, contact Wanda at 434-384-1014 or e-mail wandaspr@hotmail.com.


Ravenelle Corn Maze

Russell Farms in Forest - Ravenelle Corn Maze! Opening October 1 at 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

Saturday, Nov. 5- Rocking Climbing Trip to Goshen Pass in Lexington. There will be rock climbing routes available for first timers to intermediate skill levels. Professional instruction and rock climbing guide services will be provided by certified instructors. All rock climbing equipment will be provided. Cost: $60 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 7:30 p.m.

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

October 14, 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.


Cooking with Hardy

Discover how to prepare and serve unique dishes for the upcoming holiday season under the guidance of Chef Jason Hardy, well known and respected chef at Westlake Kroger’s. Surprise your family, friends (and even yourself) with truly delicious and memorable meals learned from this three day course – October 17, 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited and spaces fill up quickly so contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 to register. Cost of $60 covers all hands on instruction and all the leftovers you can eat.


Inside Franklin County

So you think you know all about Franklin County? Then prepare to be surprised and enlightened by the stories you’ve never heard and the personalities you’ve never known which have made Franklin County one of the most interesting areas in the country. Join local educator, Ron Coleman, on October 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as he leads you on a fascinating trip through the County’s history leading to today’s social and political landscape. Designed for newcomers to the area as well as anyone who wants to know how Franklin County came to be what it is today. Fee of $20 covers all instruction and lunch. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 to register.


A Nite at the Races

A Nite at the Races, the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake’s 4th annual fall fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 5:30-10 p.m. at the W.H. Skelton 4-H Conference Center in Wirtz. This will be an evening of video horse racing, dinner, refreshments, door prizes, race winner prizes, and even a women’s hat parade contest. Tickets are $35 per person which entitles the purchaser to admittance, dinner, $16 in funny money with which to bet on any of the eight video cast races, and opportunities to win door prizes. There will be a cash bar including Triple Crown Cocktails. Attendees are encouraged to bring appetizers for their table. Tickets are available at Westlake Radio Shack, 540-721-0017, Hot Shots Family Fun Center, 540-719-1547, The Phil Hager Insurance Agency, 540-721-8822 and the SML Chamber of Commerce, 540-721-1203.


Artist works to be shown

Virginia artist, Billie Rosenberger, shows her art work at the Westlake Library through Oct. 28. For this show she paints in acrylic on canvas or wood, and her subject matter at this show is nature scenes, her pets, and her love of color. She has won various awards in Alexandria, Charlottesville, Staunton and Waynesboro, and has taught art to children and adults in groups or individually.

Artists at Westlake Library rotates every two months. The public is welcome and art shows are free.


Lynchburg artist Nancy J. Wood exhibit

The Wharton Foundation’s Bower Center for the Arts has announced its next exhibit will showcase the fine art of Lynchburg artist Nancy J. Wood and Richmond artist Lucio I. Valverde. The exhibit will be open thru October 15.


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: Nov. 3 (Thursday) - The Home Place (dinner); 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: Oct. 13 to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft and 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, Oct. 13


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 October 13 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.


High Hopes Stroke Survivors Group

October 13 is the next meeting. Showing video about author Allison Bonds Shapiro, stroke survivor, who wrote the book "Healing Into Possibility." At Lynchburg General Hospital CAFE' private dining room. 1 to 3 p.m. every 2nd Thursday.


Ghost walk

The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library will be holding its annual Ghost Walk in the Longwood Cemetery.  This year they will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States.  This year will be a shorter walk, and the actors will be near the final resting place of the persons they are portraying.  The walk will be on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m.  Come in from the Park Street entrance. Tickets are $8 in advanced and $10 at the door.  Contact the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library for more information at www.bedfordvamuseum.org, 540-586-4520, or come by the Museum located at 201 E. Main St. in Centertown Bedford.


The Medicare Puzzle

Thursday, Oct. 13, 3-4 p.m. Presented by Betty Brickhouse, CVAAA.  Like a jigsaw puzzle, understanding how the pieces of the Medicare fit together can be a challenge, but the end result is well worth the effort.  Whether you are approaching 65 and want to be prepared, helping a loved one navigate the many choices or an old hand at Medicare interested in upcoming changes join us for this informative presentation.  Explanation on open enrollment beginning 10/15/11.   Dessert provided.  Runk and Pratt, 20212 Leesville Rd, Lynchburg.  Cindy BonDurant 434.610-0329 for questions.


Friday, Oct. 14


Bluegrass concert

The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library is continuing its free Bluegrass music concert series, Friday night October 14 at the Museum.  Dobi Toms and Faith Ridge will lead the concert which stars at 7 p.m.  This will be the last concert this year, they will be setting up the Christmas Trains soon.  The concert will be on our third floor meeting room (Elevator Available).  There is no charge but donations are appreciated.  This is a part of the Second Friday's in Centertown promotion. The 7 p.m. start time is later this year so you will have time to eat at the downtown resturants, shop at the many stores that are staying open late and then enjoy the Bluegrass Music at the Museum.  For more information call the Museum at 540-586-4520, or visit us at 201 E. Main St. next door to the Courthouse.


BPW to meet

Bedford Professional Women will hold their Oct. 14 meeting at 6:15 p.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant. The Women of Achievement committee will be in charge of the program, Bridgett Morrison, Jennifer Powers and Lisa Anderson.


Saturday, Oct. 15


Club Fall BBQ dinner

The Goode Ruritan Club will hold its annual Fall Pit Cooked BBQ dinner on Saturday, October 15 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad Building (on U.S. Rt. 221). The dinner features pit cooked beef and pork BBQ. In addition, there will be baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, lemonade, iced tea, and various desserts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 years old and under. Half of the proceeds from the dinner will be used to support the Forest Fire Department’s New Building Fund, and the rest for local community projects. Enjoy food and live music.


Craig County Boys

The Craig County Boys will be appearing at Stewartsville Elementary School on Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Also, a silent auction featuring a wide variety of items ranging from car wash buckets containing all necessary items to get the job done to a P. Buckley Moss print to a weekend at Wintergreen, will be held with doors opening at 6 p.m. for the silent auction. Free admission, but a donation bucket will be passed. The concert and silent auction are being held to raise money for the Stewartsville Community Backpack Program.



The 2nd annual Zumbathon will be held Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. - noon. Ladies only. Experience a Latin-inspired workout while helping girls affected by Rett Syndrome. Three 45-minute workout sessions. Refreshments and door prizes. Cost: $20 for one class; $30 for two classes: $40 for three classes. Classes will be held at The Edge Martial Arts Studio, 20722 Timberlake Rd. Call 434-841-1410 to preregister or email at info@heatheranneshope.org. Rett Syndrome is a neurological condition that affects females primarily, usually between the ages of 12-18 mo. It removes intentional hand usage, the ability to speak, many girls never sit up or even walk.


Learn to paint

Learn to paint just like America's favorite artist, Bob Ross. In one afternoon you will paint your own masterpiece along with Certified Instructor, Genia Wright. No art experience is required and in just a few hours you will have your own "16 x 20" painting to proudly take home. Class fee is only $50 and this includes instruction and the use of brushes, easels, paints and palettes. The course will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759,

ext 264 to register.


Giant Flea Market

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Trinity Ecumenical Parish will hold the yearly Giant Flea Market. The parish is located one mile south of the Hales Ford Bridge in Moneta. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Youth Group will be offering both breakfast and lunch items for purchase.


Wine and Wet Noses

Saturday, Oct. 15 – Wine and Wet Noses at Savoy-Lee Winery, 5800 Johnson Mtn. Rd., Huddleston, noon – 5 p.m. Savoy-Lee Winery and All-American Mutt Rescue are hosting the event to celebrate Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Great wine and family fun. Pet and family activities and an “Ask the Vet” session with Dr. Lorna Coyle from the South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic. Rick Dellinger will lead the Blessing of the Animals at 3:15 p.m. Musical entertainment by Ken and Alli (of Generic Folk fame) and more.


Farmin on the Mountain

At the Peaks of Otter, Saturday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. Join Ranger Richard Nash as he explores the way of life for the Johnson and Bryant families as members of the Mons Mountain Community. Following the program, a ranger will lead a night walk through forest and meadow habitat; those planning to attend should wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing and should also bring a flashlight.


Aliens Among Us

On Saturday, October 15 National Park Service Ranger Charles Wray will present an hour-long program Aliens Among Us at the Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The program will discuss some of the invasive animal species which now live in the Southern Appalachians and some of the ways they have impacted native species. The program begins at 7 p.m. Parking for visitors not registered to camp at the Otter Creek Campground is available in the Otter Creek restaurant parking lot.


Sunday, Oct. 16


Wharton Block Party

The Bedford Historical Society, the Wharton Memorial Foundation, and the Bower Center for the Arts are sponsoring the “Wharton Block Party” on Sunday, Oct. 16. Highlights of the afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m., include tours and music in the Wharton Memorial Garden; an art exhibit and artists working in their studios at the Bower Center for the Arts, 305 North Bridge Street; Open House and special activities at 309 Wine (the John Wharton House), 309 North Bridge Street, where lunch will be available from 11 a.m.; and Open House and exhibits at the Charles & Louise Wharton House, 315 North Bridge Street, the headquarters of the Bedford Historical Society and home to three businesses. At 4:30 there will be BBQ and Bluegrass in the garden. Pulled pork, barbequed ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, homemade pie, and assorted beverages will be provided by Toy Town Soul Food. Advance reservations for the barbeque are necessary by October 8 and may be made by sending a check for $20 per person to the Bedford Historical Society, P.O. Box 602, Bedford, VA 24523. Proceeds from the event will support the on-going projects of the non-profit groups preserving the historic Wharton neighborhood. For more information, call 540-586-4235.


Monday, Oct. 17


Life for One

Guest speaker Pam Willoughby on Medicare Part D on Monday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Bring a lunch/drink.


Forest Softball Benefit Game

Forest Softball Benefit Game, will be held on Monday, Oct. 17. Forest Area Clergy vs. Bedford Police/Forest Firefighters, FYAA Sports Complex Main Field, Thomas Jefferson Rd., Forest. Game begins at 7 p.m. $3 per ticket at the gate. All proceeds to benefit Bedford Domestic Violence Services. For more information contact 434.525.0942.


Peaks of Otter DAR

The next meeting of the Peaks of Otter Chapter of the NSDAR will be on Monday October 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Bedford Central Library.  This is an important meeting as they will be discussing and voting on the new Bylaws and Standing Rules.  All members are encouraged to come voice your opinions and vote.


Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park

The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will meet Oct. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the park Discovery Center.  This is a volunteer organization that assists the park with its educational programs and park maintenance, and provides special events for the community throughout the year.  New members and visitors are always welcome. For information contact the Park Office at 297-6066.


Tuesday, Oct. 18


Bedford Central movie

Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of The Lion King (G) followed by crafts and games.


Wednesday, Oct. 19


Cheese Shop trip

Bedford County Parks & Recreation will sponsor a trip to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Seats are limited, so early registration is recommended. Cost per person is $10 which includes your transportation on the Parks & Rec. bus. Lunch will be on your own. Bus will depart at 8 a.m. from the County recreation office. Call Bedford County Parks & Rec. at 586-7682 for additional information or stop by our office at 780 Bedford Ave. Ext. Payment must accompany registration.


Let's Talk

The "Let's Talk" MS Group will meet Wednesday, October 19 at noon. The meeting will be held at the Bedford Baptist Church. Persons with MS, their friends and/or family are welcomed to

attend. Bring your lunch.


Thursday, Oct. 20


Family Lego Night

Show off your family’s Lego building skills and enjoy rectangular refreshments at Moneta Library’s Family Lego Night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 20. Each group will build a project of their own creation with the Legos provided. There will be a library display of the projects until November 5.


Festive event

On Thursday, Oct. 20 a Festive Event to benefit Bedford Domestic Violence Services at the Elks National Home, 931 Ashland Ave., Bedford. Silent auction at 7 p.m., live auction at 8 p.m. Vacations, artwork, jewelry, theatre tickets, and much more. All proceeds and donations to benefit Bedford Domestic Violence Services. For information regarding this event, contact Bedford Domestic Violence Services 540.587.0970 Hotline.


Fundraiser for Bedford Community Christmas Station

Mary Kay Party Thursday, October 20 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Thaxton Community Center. Located on Route 460 West of Bedford. For information call (540) 586 7750 Ext 2263 or Contact any BCCS Board Member. To learn more about Bedford Community Christmas Station visit the website @ www.bedfordchristmas.com.


Friday, Oct. 21


October dance

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at New London Ruritan, October 21 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. There will be a one hour Viennese Waltz  dance lesson followed by social dancing.  Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5. Beverages/light snacks available at snack bar.  Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 434-426-9787 (leave a message)  or visit the Web:  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.


Saturday, Oct. 22


Halloween Dance and Pot Luck Dinner

Pine Spur Hunt Club, 1094 Pine Spur Rd., Vinton, Saturday, Oct. 22. Dinner 5 p.m. Dance 8-11:30 p.m. Music by New Tradition. Admission $8 and a dish. Hot dogs and hamburgers provided. Call 890-2211 for dinner reservations by Oct. 19. Call 890-9891 for information.


Spooky tales

Join National Park Service Ranger Sandra Ludwig and volunteer Rita Zimmerman in the Flat Top Room at the Peaks of Otter Lodge at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. They will reprise their roles as Miz Bessie Brown and Mrs. Emma Roseberry and share "home brewed" supernatural tales steeped in the lore of the local area. Kids may come in costume and share in the scary fun. At 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, join National Park Service Ranger Richard Nash in the amphitheater as he spins stories of blood suckers, stranglers and creatures with sharp claws and teeth that lurk in the hills and hollows of the Blue Ridge. Immediately following the program join Ranger Nash for a night prowl to look for creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. This will be the last program for the season so bring your family and share the fun. Free candy treats for kids will be given out following the program. This Halloween activity is free and open to the public. For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.


Benefit Yard Sale

Saturday, Oct. 22 - All-American Mutt Rescue is celebrating Adopt A Shelter Dog Month with a Benefit Yard Sale, Mutt Meet-and-Greet and celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day at Westside Food Mart, 942 Blue Ridge Ave., Bedford, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Fall  Fish  Fry

Peaksville Odd Fellows and Stoney Creek Rebekah Lodge will host their annual Fall Fish Fry on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Lodge Hall on 43 North beside Northside Supply. The supper will be from 5 until 7:30 p.m.  The menu will consist of Flounder, Hush Puppies, Homemade Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Desserts, Coffee, Tea or Lemonade. Carryouts available also. Adults - $9, 6-12 yr- $5, under 6 free. All proceeds benefit programs of the organization such as eye program, the arthritis foundation, educational fund, etc.


Country breakfast

Parrish Chapel United Methodist Church on RT 24 beside Chamblissburg Rescue squad will be having an All You Can Eat Country Breakfast on Saturday, October 22, from 7 to 10 a.m. $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Bake sale items and carry out will be available. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank mission.


No Strings Attached concert

Wharton Foundation's Bower Center for the Arts welcomes a Bedford favorite, No Strings Attached, to the performance hall on Saturday, Oct. 22  beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets to the cabaret style concert are $15 and can be purchased online at lynchburgtickets.com or at the Bower Center at 305 N. Bridge Street.  Get your tickets early for at the door they are $20.   This concert is partially underwritten by the VA Commission for the Arts and a Local Government Challenge Grant.  No Strings Attached actually features hundreds of strings playing music described as “eclectic, jazz on acoustic instruments and world beat.”


Monday, Oct. 24


Breast Cancer Update

By Ellen Dehaven from Carilion Clinic on Monday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta. No cost. Light refreshments. Must register with Tami 721-4330, 297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.


SML Democrats

The Smith Mountain Lake Democrats will hold the October meeting on Monday, October 24 at the Moneta Library. The meeting will focus on topics related to the November 8 election. Facts about candidates and issues and relevant progressive Web sites will be discussed. Tools for getting the word out about Democratic candidates will be offered. A catered lunch will be provided by Poppy’s at a cost of $10 per person. RSVP to smldems@gmail.com.


Tuesday, Oct. 25


Candlelight Vigil/Walk

Candlelight Vigil/Walk to honor and support those affected by violence. Begin at Bedford County Court House steps, walk two blocks to Memorial Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 25. Attendees are asked to park at the Bedford Farmer's Market. For more information regarding this event, contact Bedford Domestic Violence Services, 540-587.0970 Hotline.


Monday, Oct. 26


 High Hopes Stroke Survivors' Support Group 

October 26 High Hopes Stroke Survivors' Support Group is holding a forum with speaker Alison Bonds Shapiro, 1:30-3:30 p.m..  VA Baptist Hospital Craddock Auditorium. 


Tuesday, Oct. 27


Family Movie Night at Moneta Library

Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of Spooky Buddies (G) followed by crafts and games.


Thinking about breastfeeding? 

Bedford Memorial Hospital Emergency Department is sponsoring free breastfeeding class on  Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. This class will provide basic instructions on breastfeeding techniques, benefits for mother and baby and information regarding pumping if you plan to return to work. Call 434-426-0421 to register.


Saturday, Oct. 29


Family Pumpkin Carving Contest

Big Island Library is holding a Family Pumpkin Carving Contest on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Carve into some fun with a favorite fall tradition and show your best designs! The library will provide pumpkins, markers, patterns and carving utensils. Register by October 25 by calling 540-425-7000.


Howl-O-Ween Party

Saturday, Oct. 29 – All-American Mutt Rescue is celebrating Adopt A Shelter Dog Month with a Howl-O-Ween Party at Westside Food Mart, 942 Blue Ridge Ave. Bedford, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be a pet costume contest, a pet Tricks for Treats contest, a photographer to capture all the cuteness, & more family fun activities. Any questions, contact Cindy Torrence at 540-297-1590 or by email at weluvpups@hotmail.com.


Fall Festival

Forest Library is teaming up with the Forest Farmer’s Market to present a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29. Enjoy music, crafts, a harvest story time, and more fun family activities.


BCO plans Fall Concert

The Bedford Community Orchestra will present its Fall Concert on Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Bedford Middle School Auditorium. Musical selections will include music from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, An American Salute (based on Johnny Comes Marching Home), Granada from Suite Espagnole, Holst's 2nd Suite in F, Strauss' Russian March, selections from Show Boat, and Viktor's Tale from the Tom Hanks movie The Terminal, featuring an amazing clarinet solo. Suggested donation $10/person. Visit www.bedfordcommorch.org for more information or call 540/947-0208.


Saturday, Nov. 5


Quilt auction

The 6th year of the annual "Rainbow of Hope" Quilt Auction will be held at Mountainview United Methodist Church, across from Forest Middle School off Rt 221 in Forest on November 5. Last year, this fundraiser for Hospice of the Hills raised over $47,000 and over $150,000 total over the last 5 years. Ricky Pritt is the auctioneer who donates his time and talent for this incredible community event.  More information is available on the Web site of www.quiltedexpressions.com under "Rainbow of Hope".


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


December 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.