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Community events and Calendar (week of Sept. 15, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth

Sign-ups and notices

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

Apple Pickin’ Jamboree
Saturday, October 2, 8 a.m. to noon. At selected apple orchards in Bedford and Roanoke counties. On Saturday, October 2, the Society of St. Andrew is sponsoring the 11th Annual Apple Pickin’ Jamboree. Volunteers of all ages will be needed to help pick apples from local orchards. These apples that would otherwise go to waste will be donated to area food banks to provide fresh nutritious food to those in need. This event is an easy, free and important way to get desperately needed food to these agencies. The Society of St. Andrew is a national hunger relief organization that provides fresh produce to critical feeding agencies across the country by means of gleaning – simply picking up the good food that is left in the fields after the harvest. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact Society of St. Andrew at 800-333-4597 or email vaglean@endhunger.org. You can also visit www.endhunger.org/apple for more information.

Visitor host
Legacy International invites you to host an visitor from Kyrgyz Republic in your home October 20-28. Contact Innocentia Afa at 434-942-6143 and visit www.legacyintl.org for more information.

Bedford Museum silent auction
The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library has begun accepting donations from merchants and from friends of the Museum for its “Treasures of the Past and Present” silent auction. The silent auction will be held the day of Centerfest, Saturday, September 25, on the third floor of the Museum from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. You may place a bid on any of the many items donated. Lucky winners will be notified after 4 p.m. that day.

Little Town Players 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'
Little Town Players will present 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' on September 17, 18 at 8 p.m. and September 19 at 2 p.m. in the Elks National Home Theatre. This Tennessee Williams classic, tells the story of a southern family in crisis. It is Big Daddy's (Joe Gardner) 65th birthday, and he is in an especially celebratory mood because he has just received the results of his exploratory surgery. However he and his wife Big Mama (Carole Abell) have not been told the truth, Big Daddy is dying of cancer. He is disturbed by the strained and childless marriage of his favored alcoholic son Brick (Jeff Roberts). Brick's wife, Maggie (Andrea Gillispie) beautiful and desirable, tries unsuccessfully to coax her husband away from the bottle. Big Daddy and Big Mama's other son Gooper (Scott McCoy) and his ever pregnant wife Mae (Johanna Merritt) do everything in their power to win over Big Daddy in his final days. Adding to the chaos is the Rev. Tooker (Jim Wright), Dr. Baugh (Micah Crizer) and the no-neck monsters - Daisy Almon, Betty Jolene Raetzel, Hannah Steel, Sammy Windle. A complex plot and deep characters make this one of Williams' most famous works. 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' an adult drama, is directed by Jeff Krantz and stage manager is John Moore. Call the box office at 540-586-5881 for reservations. Adult tickets -$12. Subject matter and language may be offensive to some.

21st Annual SMAC Art Show entries
Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) has announced a call for entries for the 21st Annual SMAC Art Show to be held at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Road (Route 122), Moneta, Oct. 22 – 24. An opening reception and announcement of awards will be on Friday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Show hours are Oct. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists are encouraged to enter up to three works per adult or one per student in this non-juried show in the following categories: oils/acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media and other. Entrants in the adult category must by eighteen years of age of older. Middle and high school students will be judged in the student category. All work must be original. No reproductions, copy work, computer-aided work or photographs will be accepted. Artists are required to present work that is ready to hang with a wire attached to the back. There will be no exceptions. Individual pieces of work cannot exceed 50 x 50 inches including the frame. Each piece must be accompanied by a 3 x 5 card containing the title, artist’s name, medium and price, if applicable. Art that has been submitted to previous SMAC art shows will not be accepted. The entry deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 22. Entry forms and fees are available at www.smithmountainartscouncil.com. Entry forms and fees should be mailed to SMAC Art Show, c/o Marie Campbell, 465 Back Nine Drive, Moneta, VA 24121. For additional information, ontact Mary Lou Koons, 540.721.1469 or jimmarylakehouse@aol.com.

Music & Art in the Mountains
Visit the Peaks of Otter on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 for a “peak” at Plein Air art. Artists will set up throughout both days in Peaks of Otter area to capture the unsurpassed beauty of nature . The Plein Air school of painting originated in France and was very popular in the mid-19th century, especially with Claude Monet and other Impressionist artists. The style is spontaneous, with artists painting outdoors to capture the ever-changing effect of light on their subjects. Plein Air painting is currently very popular in this area. Artists painting at the Peaks will be happy to discuss their work and answer visitor questions. There will also be sweet sounds of mountain dulcimers and other Appalachian Mountain instruments hanging over the Peaks, at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19. Riddle on the Harp will play in the amphitheater from 7-8:30 p.m. The group of three local women will entertain, not only with the Celtic music they so ably play, but also by using their songs to show the bridge between the Scots-Irish music of Europe and the traditional mountain music of Southern Appalachia. After the concert there will be a ranger-led night hike. Those attending should wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and carry a flashlight. On Sunday, September 19, Phyllis Gaskins, an award winning mountain dulcimer player from Port Republic, Virginia will teach a dulcimer workshop near Abbott Lake by the Peaks of Otter Lodge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn to play some traditional songs on dulcimers that will be provided or they can bring their own. James Jones, internationally renowned instrument maker from Sedalia, Virginia will have a booth nearby with many of his instruments. He’ll demonstrate their use and will invite visitors to try these handmade traditional instruments. Music in the Mountains is free and ample parking is available. For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.

Audition alert
Director Karen C. Hopkins will hold open auditions for the comedy Love, Sex and the I.R.S. on Sunday, Sept. 19 and Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m in the Elks National Home Theatre. Roles are available for three females ages 25-60 and 5 males ages 25-60.Information on the show which runs November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2010 can be found on www.littletownplayers.com or by contacting the director at kchop64@yahoo.com.

Quilt raffle
The Bedford Museum and Genealogy Library announces a quilt raffle. Proceeds will be used to fund programs at the museum. This green and white oversized queen was handmade and machine quilted by Leslie Mehaffey, Gloria Roakes, and Jessica Chism. Tickets are $2 each or 3 tickets for $5 and are available Monday – Friday at the Museum. A December drawing is planned.

Free prostate cancer screenings
In honor of National Prostate Cancer Month, Carilion Clinic will be providing free prostate cancer screenings during September. In its early stages, prostate cancer has no symptoms, but it can usually be detected with a quick test and examination by a physician. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and African Americans are at even greater risk. It is recommended that men have a screening if they are: 50 or over; 45 or over and African American; 45 or over with a family history of prostate cancer; 40 or over, call for additional criteria. Screenings include: Thursday, Sept. 16, 5 – 7 p.m., Family Medicine – Parkway, 415 S. Pollard St., Vinton; Thursday, Sept. 16, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Carilion Clinic – Westlake, 13205 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Hardy. Prostate cancer screening is not for men who are already being followed by a doctor for a prostate problem. Registration is required. Please call Carilion Clinic at 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482 to reserve your time.

Christmas Station applications
The Bedford Community Christmas Station will soon begin accepting applications for shopping days in December. Applications are available in advance at the Bedford Central Library, Bedford County Department of Social Services, and online at www.bedfordchristmas.com. Applications will also be available at the screening site. Applicants must turn in the application in person at one of the screening dates listed below. Screenings will be in the meeting room of the Bedford Central Library, 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford. Dates: Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday, October 3, 2 – 6 p.m.; Monday, October 4, 1:30 - 5 p.m.; Tuesday, October 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Wednesday, October 6, 1 - 5 p.m.; Thursday, October 7, 2 - 6 p.m.; Friday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Applicants will need to bring a photo ID plus proof of their monthly income for all household members, and the following documents for each child in the home: 1) Insurance card or birth certificate; and 2) school documents if the child is in school. (School documents are class schedule or room assignment, progress report, report card, letter from school addressed to the parents of the student, or a school registration form.) In a consolidation of offices, personnel from the Bedford Community Resource Center – the administrative section of the Bedford Community Christmas Station – have relocated (and are no longer on Otey Street). For information on the Christmas Station, donating items or volunteering with the Christmas Station, or inquiring about shopping days, call 540 875-8854 or 540 586-7750, extension 2263.

Upcoming Bloodmobiles
The following information is subject to change. Please call 1-800-REDCROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending.
Sept. 23 – Huddleston, Palestine Baptist Church, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 – Moneta, Resurrection Catholic Church, noon – 6 p.m.
Sept. 27 – Bedford, Bedford Baptist Church, noon – 6 p.m.

JFHS Class of 1975 Reunion
The Jefferson Forest High School Class of 1975 is having its 35th Reunion. It will be held at the Kirkley Hotel in Lynchburg on Saturday, September 18 starting at 5 p.m. If you are a 1975 Jefferson Forest graduate, contact Debra R. Bankert@ mtjoyrv.com or call 540-798-1877 for more information about the Class Reunion.

Computer Class
You’ve all seen – and perhaps taken – the computer courses which promise to teach you how to use your computer. However, there always seem to be topics you never get to cover. In this comprehensive overview join experienced instructor and computer troubleshooter, Clay Jackson, as he guides you through all the latest hardware and software jargon familiar to a grade schooler. If you’re feeling you’re not getting the most out of your current system and/or you’re tired of having your children or grandchildren explain computer –related terminology to you then this course is for you. This session is scheduled for Thursday, September 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. In a positive, good humored environment the instructor will ensure that every student, no matter where they are on the computer learning curve, leaves with a greater knowledge and appreciation of the benefits a home based computer can provide. After participating in the class if you believe you have not learned enough to warrant the money you paid your tuition will be refunded. The cost for the class is $60, which includes lunch. Contact Dennis Crowley at 721-2759, ext. 264 or at dcrowley@vt.edu for more information and/or a registration form – or see the Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.

Summer Reading Program Survey
Get a $3 fine reduction or credit and help plan for next year’s summer reading program by completing an online survey. If your child participated in the summer reading program this year, you can go to the Web site at http://ys.bplsonline.org/kids.html, click on the Summer Reading Program Survey link, and complete the survey questions. After September 24, current fines will be reduced or credits will be posted to accounts. For more information, call Youth Services at 540-586-8911 x 2107.

Ronny Cox in a Coffee House
Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) will present Ronny Cox in a Coffee House on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Rt. 122 and Lakemount Drive. For reservations, send a check for $15 per person to SMAC, P.O. Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121. For additional information, contact Carolyn Fink (721.2904) or Marty Bowers (297.0965).

Virginia History Course
This popular course – which could also be accurately titled – “Virginia History For Those Who Didn’t Like History In School” – features retired Professor Ron Coleman from Virginia Western Community College. Ron is an expert on all the interesting “tidbits” in history you never learned in school and he will lead participants in an informative and entertaining lecture/discussion series on four of Virginia’s most fascinating historical figures: Week 1 - Thomas Jefferson, week 2 – Patrick Henry, week 3 – Jubal A. Early and week 4 – Robert E. Lee. The courses will begin on Tuesday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to noon and continue for the following three Tuesdays. Cost for the entire four week session is $50 or $15 per session. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 for more information and/or a registration form or visit the Center’s Web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org.

Art Exhibit by Twin Peak Studios
Through September 25, the Bedford Central Library will exhibit works by members of the Twin Peaks Studio, a local art studio owned by well-known local artist Revelle Hamilton. This group of artists, Revelle Hamilton, Pat Dougherty, Nancy Laurent, Janie Mantooth and M. Lee Walker are showcasing a collection of photography, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media art. The talents of these artists, combined with their varied experiences and sensibilities, lend a striking uniqueness to each piece and create an exhibition that’s not to miss. Call (540) 586-8911 for more information or visit www.bplsonline.org.

Beginning Guitar Class Returns to 4-H Center
Under the guidance of instructor, Judi Britt, learn the basics necessary to master and enjoy the guitar. In this true beginner’s class, emphasis will be placed on Chording, Rhythm and Picking and the best part is that no musical experience is needed – just bring a guitar and your desire to learn. Classes are scheduled for six Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. beginning October 7 at the 4-H Center. The cost for all six lessons is only $50. Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 for a registration form and/or more information or go to the 4-H Center web site at www.skelton4hcenter.org to download a form.

Trip to Myrtle Beach
Bedford County Parks & Recreation and Travel Lovers are sponsoring a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 11-14. Package includes round trip motor coach transportation; three nights at Landmark Resort; breakfast buffet each day; dinner in the Gazebo at the Landmark; dinner at Bennetts Calabash Seafood; dinner @ Chesapeake House; Christmas show at Carolina Opry and the Alabama Theatre. There will also be plenty of time to relax and, of course, shopping. Baggage handling and all taxes and resort fees are included. Price per person for a double is $419; triple is $399; quad is $389 and a single is $519. $50 deposit per person is required to make a reservation. Final payment is due by Oct. 8, 2010. For additional information, call Bedford County at 540-586-7682 or to register contact Travel Lovers at 434-385-5192.

Crisis Line of Central Virginia
Crisis Line of Central Virginia is looking for volunteers who are dependable and caring individuals. You may choose from several volunteer opportunities such as Crisis Line/Teen Talk, Telerate, and the Sexual Assault Response Program. No prior experience is needed. Training starts in February. Call Vicki Leary at (434) 947-5921 or visit www.crisislineofcentralvirginia.org. for more information.

Bedford Host Lions Club
The Bedford Host Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Club is active in the community helping to provide eye exams and glasses for those who qualify. The Club also helps with eye screening for the schools and they also help the Red Cross with their Blood Drives. The club works with the state and international Lions to provide help in a lot of different ways. If you would like to learn more about the Lions or would be interested in coming to a meeting, call Jim McSlarrow at 586-4712 or Margaret Anderson at 586-0082.

South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic
The South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic has announced its new Patron for Pets Program. This is the first giving program at the Clinic and currently recognizes two Patron levels by offering yearly incentives. The goals of the program are to promote spay/neuter within our communities, offer discounts to loyal supporters, and raise monies to support the ongoing work of the Clinic. The mission of South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic is to end pet overpopulation by offering low cost surgeries to all those in our area. Working closely with individuals, humane societies, rescue groups, shelters, and animal control departments, nearly 19,000 surgeries have been performed within the last three years. This will prevent thousands of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens in the surrounding area. For more information about the Patron for Pets Program and other ways to support the Clinic, contact Lynda-Sue Napier, Executive Director at 434.821.4922, ext. #11. Donations may be mailed to South Central Spay/Neuter Clinic, 29 Mortimer Drive, Evington, VA 24550.

Caregiver Support Group
Dementia Caregiver Support Group at Bedford Memorial Hospital every third Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Join to share challenges and learn more to help the caregivers of those with memory impairment. Group facilitator is Wanda Gills, Life Enrichment director of Heritage Green DayBreak Assisted Living. RSVP to Wanda 434-385-5102 the day before each meeting.

Computer skills classes
The Bedford Public Library System is offering free instructional classes in various areas of computer usage. free instructional beginner classes in various areas of computer usage. Topics include social networking, E-materials, online digital photo storage, web design, Microsoft Word 2007, and Internet Explorer. The course topics being offered will vary according to library location. All courses will be instructed using Windows XP and Internet Explorer. To find a list of classes being offered at your library location, visit www.bplsonline.org or call your library. Bedford Central Library (540) 586-8911; Big Island Library (540) 425-7000; Forest Library (540) 425-7002; Moneta/SML Library (540) 425-7004; Montvale Library (540) 425-7006; Stewartsville Library (540) 425-7008.

Fall Programming
Summer Reading Program is almost over, but the fun doesn’t end there! Fall programming will start the week of September 20 with Rockabye Reader and Books 4 Fun until December 10. The library will be celebrating Banned Books Week September 25 through October 2, showcasing books that have been banned by schools and libraries. This year’s Teen Read Week will take place October 17-23 with the theme Books with Beat @ your library.

Summer concert series
The 2010 Summer Concert Series at Benjamin’s in Forest will be as follows: Friday’s 8-11 p.m. and Saturday’s 7-10 p.m.: Sept. 10 – The Dog Boys; On Sept. 18 there will be The Worx benefit concert for the Forest Volunteer Fire Department (cover charge).

Rotary Club of SML
The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. It is now meeting at The Westlake Country Club. The doors open at 7 a.m. and breakfast begins at 7:15. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Steve Strickland at 719-1411 or Steve Miller at 721-9003.

White Knight’s Chess Club
Anyone interested in a battle of the mind is invited to come to the Moneta/SML Library on Fridays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.! Daniel Criste II, a member of the United States Chess Federation, will be leading the club. Come make new friends, play a fun sport and improve your chess game. This program is open for players of all ages, beginners to masters, and those in-between. Call the Moneta/SML Library at (540) 425-7004 for details and more information.

Bedford Community Quilters
The Bedford Community Quilters meet at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the John Early Community Center, 718 Blue Ridge Avenue, in Bedford. Membership is open to ladies of all skill levels who are interested in learning quilting techniques, working on group and individual projects, and making new friends. Annual dues are only $15. For more information, contact Shirley Snead at (540) 586-9469 or Helen Hardy at (540) 586-3592.

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

LHS Class of ’85 reunion
Liberty High School, 25-year Class Reunion, Class of ’85 will be Sept. 25. Contact shadystone@aol.com or (540) 529-1199 for more details.

Video Games Friday
Come to the Bedford Central Library every Friday for a video game challenge. Starting at 3:30 p.m. the library will have Madden NFL 10, Guitar Hero V and DDR Supernova available to play on our big screen.

Star Stitchers
The Star Stitchers Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America meets the third Monday each month at the Moneta Library (Rt. 122 South) at 10 a.m. Modern as well as ancient embroidery techniques are learned as a group. Call 540 721-5449 for information.

Al-Anon
Al-Anon meets at Still Waters Coffee House in Bedford Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 8:30. Al-Anon is a 12 step recovery group for friends and family of alcoholics. For more information call 540-583-1003.

Big Island Stitch-in
Drop in with your portable craft. Knitting, embroidery, crocheting, quilting, whatever you’re working on. Come enjoy the company of other crafters every Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m. Pick up tips and hints or share patterns and ideas. Call Big Island Library at (540) 425-7000 for more information.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Get motivated to lose weight. TOPS is held at Bedford Baptist Church on Oakwood Street. Weigh-in is at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday. Call Judy Meador at (540) 586-1008.

TOPS
TOPS Va 0406, Montvale (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) is a support group for people trying to lose weight that meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Montvale Elementary School. Visitors interested in joining are welcome to attend. Call Janice at (540) 586-0332 or Marie at (540) 947-0065 for more information.

TOPS
A TOPS meeting is held each Wednesday at Mountain View Union Church (460 West on Miller Lane beside Moose Lodge). Weigh in at 5:30 p.m. Low monthly dues. For women, men or teens. TOPS is an international network of weight loss support groups. For more information call Wanda Toms (540) 586-3308.

Caregiver Support Group
There is a Care Giver Support Group at Carriage Hill Retirement Center, 1203 Roundtree Drive, Peaksview Building, Bedford. The Group is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. The facilitator contact is Chris Davis, executive director, (540) 586-5982. Call the Regional office phone (434) 845-8540, or visit alz.org to: attend this support group; find a support group in another area; learn about other Alzheimer’s Association programs and services; access services day or night; volunteer your time and energy to achieve a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Garden Club of Bedford
The Garden Club of Bedford meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bedford location of CVCC. Contact Information: childers3@JetBroadband.com, 540-586-6209 or flpdare@aol.com 540-297-3481.

Military family support group
A Military family Support Group meets each Wednesday at 6:15 in Room 167 at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg. All family members of military personnel are invited to attend. Veterans are also welcome.

Chess for all ages
Anyone interested in a battle of the mind is invited to come to the Stewartsville Library on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon when Queens and Rooks, Knights and Bishops will be playing across battlefields in an effort to trap the Kings in checkmate! This program is open for players of all ages 7 to adult, beginners to masters, and those in-between. Call the Stewartsville Library at (540) 890-4530 for details and more information.

Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better, First Monday of the month 10-noon. Contact: Anita Lowe 549-587-3308.

Eckankar Community HU Sing
Experience the Light and Sound of God at the Eckankar Community HU Sing consciousness raising chant. All are welcome. They will be held Fridays at 7 p.m. at 208 W. Depot Street, Suite F, Bedford. For more information, call (434) 384-7959, email HuSinger@juno.com or visit www.Eckankar.org.

Living with Cancer
First Monday of the month, noon. Contact: Anita Lowe 549-587-3308.

Bedford Mended Hearts #270
Bedford Mended Hearts #270, Second Tuesday of each month at noon. BMH Auditorium Contact: Karin 587-5462 or Connie 586-3059

Parkinson’s Support Group
Parkinson’s Support Group, Second Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. BMH Auditorium Contact: Dave Ballard 586-1406.

Wellness Massage
First Monday of each month. Everyone is invited to take advantage of this special one hour massage offer to our patients, staff and support group member of Bedford Memorial Hospital, certification training in Oncology Massage. Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Fee: $45. Registration required by calling Ellen at 540-816-9988 or Trish at 540-875-8613.

Bedford Rotary Club
The Bedford Rotary Club meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Elks National Home. Come visit with us for a breakfast meeting. Experience good fellowship and learn more about the Rotary concept of "Service above Self". For more information call 540-947-4648.

Calendar of events

Wednesday, Sept. 15

New Beginnings Luncheon to be held
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory and Bedford Hospice Care co-sponsor a monthly luncheon for widows and widowers in the Bedford, Moneta, and surrounding area the third Wednesday of each month. The purpose of the luncheons is for information, fellowship and a good meal. The speaker for this month will be Ann Green . Esq. Ann has been an attorney for more than 20 years and focuses her practice on the areas of elder law and estate planning, guardianship, estate and trust administration, Medicaid and Special Needs Planning. Come join us and learn more. The luncheons are held at the Liberty Station, 515 Bedford Avenue, Bedford, noon and are Dutch treat. For more information contact Pam Willoughby at 587-6592, 875-8655 or Kim Eckart at Tharp Funeral Home, 586-3443. Reservations are not needed and newcomers are always welcome.

Thursday, Sept. 16

General Cancer Support Group Meeting
Featured guest speaker Charlene Bluebaugh from Carilion Clinic on Drugs that Deal with Side Effects of Chemotherapy on September 16 at 4 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, Va. 24121.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover @ Moneta Library
Kids ages 2 and up bring a stuffed animal to the library September 16 at 6 p.m. for bedtime stories and snacks. Animals are tucked into bed at the library for a slumber party. Owners return for breakfast September 17 at 9 a.m. to pick up their buddies! Call the Moneta/SML Library at (540) 425-7004 for details and to register.

Theater Thursdays at Bedford Central Library
Join us for Theater Thursdays at the Bedford Central Library in Bedford City every Thursday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. where the library will be showing movies of interest to teens. To view movie line-ups and reviews online, visit the teen Web page at http://ys.bplsonline.org/teens, and click on the Theater Thursday link. The library will feature . Theater Thursdays is a special program presented by Youth Services only at the Bedford Central Library in Bedford City. This program is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information, contact Youth Services at the Bedford Central Library at (540) 586-8911, ext 2107.

Write Now
Have you always wanted to write down some of the wonderful family stories you have heard over the years but could never seem to get started? Or are you interested in writing about local history? How about trying your hand at fiction or poetry? Write Now welcomes anyone interested in writing to join us on September 16. The group will meet at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Bedford Center of CVCC. Bring a piece of writing you are willing to read aloud to the group. Write Now meets on the first and third Thursdays evenings of each month. For further information, please call Betsy Mercer at (434) 841-4199.

Friday, Sept. 17

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
Bedford Chapter 1068, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet Friday, 17 September , 11 a.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant. If you would like to attend, call Sam at 540-587-0019.

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance
Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at Carole Riggs Dance Studio, September 17 from 7:30-10:10 p.m. This is National Ballroom Dance Week and our chapter will celebrate by having member/guest dance demonstrations. There will be a one hour Jive dance lesson followed by social dancing. Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5. Water and soda provided; bring a snack to share. Newcomers and singles welcome! Contact Cindy at 540-586-4698 (leave a message) or visit the web. http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.

Health Fair
In celebration of Healthy Aging Month, Generation Solutions, an award winning home health agency, is hosting “Healthy Aging Health Fair.” It will be held on Sept. 17 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 South Old Moneta Rd., Moneta. Fair features include: blood pressure screenings; Ask A Nurse; Back Health – Dr. Gary Garst; senior fitness and nutrition; GS Medical Supply display; Harmoneers’ Quarter; Prayer for Healing.

Saturday, Sept. 18

11th Annual Harvest Jubilee & Wine Festival
Sept. 18. at the Avoca Museum, 1514 Main Street, Altavista, VA 24517. Avoca's 11th annual Harvest Jubilee & Wine Festival will host six area wineries, including Hickory Hill Vineyards of Moneta and Peaks of Ottery Winery of Bedford. Area crafters will be on site showcasing their creative talent, and live music will be provided by Eli Cook and Lew Taylor's Island Breeze Band. There will be barbeque and other fair food, as well as a supervised children's area with crafts, games, and an inflatable bouncer! Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 at gate for tasting, $15 for non-tasting, $5 children 3-11, ages 2 and under are free. Pre-sale tickets available by calling Avoca Museum or by visiting Miller's Jewelry on Main Street Altavista or all First National Bank of Altavista locations.

Harvest Time at Booker T. Washington National Monument
On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Booker T. Washington National Monument will offer an educational and fun family event for visitors of all ages that portrays life on a mid-19th century small slave holding tobacco plantation during the late summer “harvest time.” Explore the park’s structures, gardens and grounds and experience the culture of subsistence and cash crop farming that Booker T. Washington would have been familiar with during his childhood in slavery on the Burroughs Plantation. Volunteers of the newly formed Booker T. Washington Living History Guild and rangers at Booker T. Washington National Monument have been participating in living history training and conducting living history programs throughout the summer. The “Harvest Time” event will include
costumed demonstrations of tasks that would have been performed on the mid-19th century farm such as blacksmithing, wool spinning, kitchen hearth cooking, lye soap making, chair caning, tobacco cutting, and more. There will also be ranger interpretive programs, children’s activities and games,
garden tours and workshops, live old time music, food and drinks for sale, and a chance to meet the park’s farm animals. Free horse drawn wagon rides will be offered and as well. Visitors of all ages are invited to attend this program. Admission to the park is free and no reservations are required. The program will be conducted outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Benefit Concert for Ronnie Durham
09/18/2010 at Terrace View Baptist Church, 1040 Matthew Talbot Rd, Forest, VA. Ronnie suffered second and third degree burns in an accident. For additional information, call Brian Taylor, 434) 525 – 4683.

Dance
Parents Without Partners Dance – open to the public – Saturday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Charles Hill Center (beside the Vinton War Memorial) in Vinton. Music provided by Off the Cuff. Admission: $10. For further information, call (540) 598-6491.

Riddle on the Harp
As part of the "Music and Art in the Mountains" festival commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, there will be an opening concert on Saturday evening, September 18 from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Amphitheater behind the Visitors' Center (across the Parkway from the Lodge). The Bedford County band, Riddle on the Harp, is a trio who will perform many of the different musical styles rooted in the mountains with traditional instruments such as banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, fife, pennywhistle, and hammered dulcimer. The following day's "Plein Air" Art event will feature artists setting up throughout the Peaks of Otter area to capture the unsurpassed beauty of nature and the ever changing effects of light. See artists work displayed under the canopy between Peaks of Otter Lodge and Abbott Lake. Sunday also offers a Dulcimer workshop with Phyllis Gaskins, instruments provided and instrument demonstrations with Jim Jones at Abbott Lake from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Peaks of Otter, Milepost 86, Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford, VA 24523 For more info contact the Visitors Ctr at 540-586-4496

Sunday, Sept. 19

New Breast Imaging Center Open House
Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital will host an open house for the new breast imaging center from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, September 19. Tours will be available to show the new digital mammography technology, outpatient imaging services and a chance to meet the staff. Full field digital mammography is the most advanced diagnostic tool in the fight against breast cancer. The new center reflects Centra’s continued commitment to excellence and quality. The new center is located in the English Building just off Vassar Street. Parking is available in the English lot.

Fly-in
The 41st Annual Fly-in will be held Sunday, Sept. 19, at New London Airport. Public welcome. A country-style breakfast will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch and refreshments all afternoon. Other events include a bomb drop for children and games for kids. A grand door prize and many other door prizes will be given away. The New London Airport is located 12 miles southwest of Lynchburg, three miles off Route 460 West on New London Road. Rain date is scheduled for Sept. 26. For more information, call: David Miller 540-874-7776 or Cheryl Miller 540-537-6457.

Monday, Sept. 20

Life for One
Guest speaker Long Term Care Issues by Ann Green on September 20 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. 24121 Bring a lunch/drink.

Daughters of the American Revolution
The Peaks of Otter Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold the first meeting for the 2010-2011 year on Monday September 20 at the Bedford Public Library. The meeting will start at 3:30 p.m. and will include a business meeting. Members are invited to come receive their yearbook. A program on Constitution Week will be given by Edith Elliott-Borsom, Regent. Guests are welcome. For information call 586-3322.

Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park
The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park will meet Monday, Sept. 20, 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.

Membership Tea
The Moneta Garden Club will begin the 2010-11 season with a Membership Tea on Monday, September 20, at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. The program titled "Expanding our Horizons with Education, Community Service, and Friendship - Come Grow with Us" with speakers Betsy Klein, Rosemary Drennen and Committee chairmen will begin at 12:30 PM. Bring a friend and enjoy learning about our garden club.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

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, Forest on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. -10:30 a.m. A staff member meets with citizens each month to get their views and discuss any problems they might have with the Federal Government.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Linked In Live
Sept. 22: Social media just got social! Go beyond your screen for this powerful networking event. Leverage LinkedIn to expand your business network… in real-time. When: 5 – 8 p.m. at The Neighbor’s Place, Wyndhurst. Cost: Pre-register online for $10 (until Sept 20) $15 at the door. Advanced registration is required at www.techcouncil.us/news-events/.

Harris Printing Customer Appreciation
Harris Printing Company invites you to attend their Customer Appreciation Open House. Come celebrate 30 years of service in the Bedford Community on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located at 406 West Franklin Street, Bedford.

Thursday, Sept. 23

American Red Cross Blood Drive
September 23 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd., Moneta, Va. 24121 from noon-6 p.m. Sign up 1-800-Give-Life to register. Walk-ins also accepted.

Wives of Vietnam veterans
Plan to attend the support group on Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 6:30 p.m. The group will meet at: Marine Corps League, 2337 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg. Topic of Discussion: A special speaker will give us pointers on “Filing a Claim for Compensation with The Veterans Administration”. You can purchase dinner @ MCL Restaurant if you so desire. This meeting is open to other women caring for their Veteran. For more information contact: Wives of Vietnam Veterans, Judy Doering, Coordinator, 434-665-4693/ jadoering@aol.com.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Flower Show
The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs will sponsor a Flower Show at Historic Avenel, 413 Avenel Ave., Bedford, on Saturday, Sept. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. The Flower Show theme “Southern Hospitality Historic Avenel Style,” featuring a number of Horticulture entries, Design entries, and Special Educational Exhibits – Historic Avenel, Youth Victory Garden at the D-Day Memorial, Chucky Chipmunk (recycling), How to Become a Flower Show Judge, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrating 75 years. All classes of Horticulture and Design are open to all members of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., and the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. Information about entries for the Horticulture Division can be obtained by contacting Karen Craig at (540)297-4121. No pre-registration is required for Horticulture entries. Information about advanced registration for Design Exhibits may be obtained by contacting Patty Gamache at (540)587-0524. Advanced registration is required for all Design entries. The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs invites you to learn about Avenel's history such as the origin of the name Avenel, the role of Avenel in the Civil War, and the famous "Ghost of Avenel. " Who is it? Is it male or female? Is the ghost still there? The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs welcomes you to come to view a variety of horticulture specimens and arrangements.
Silent auction
September 25, “Treasures from the Past and Present”, a silent auction fundraising event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library from 9 – 4. A Bake Sale featuring delicious cakes, pies, and other goodies will be available at 9 until sold out.

Where Are the Critters?
On Saturday, September 25, National Park Service Ranger Charles Wray will present an hour-long program Where Are the Critters? at the Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The program will introduce visitors to the habits and habitats of some of the Parkway's nocturnal mammals. The program begins at 7 p.m. The program Stories of the Longhunters originally scheduled for September 25 has been cancelled. Parking for visitors not registered to camp at the Otter Creek Campground is available in the Otter Creek restaurant parking lot. Night Hike: Following each Saturday evening program at the Otter Creek Campground, weather permitting, visitors can join a National Park Service Ranger for an hour of nighttime exploration. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Meet a National Park Service Ranger on the back porch of the James River Visitor Center, milepost 63.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at 3:00 pm each Saturday afternoon for a guided walk to the restored lock #7 of the James River and Kanawha Canal located on the south bank of the James River. Visitors will get a brief history of the James River and Kanawha Canal system and an explanation of how canal locks work. The guided walk lasts about 30 minutes. Each Saturday, National Park Service Rangers and/or volunteers present demonstrations of the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians at the James River Visitor Center, milepost 63.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Contact the visitor center 434 299 5496 for specific times and demonstration topics. All programs at the James River/Otter Creek area are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to changes and/or cancellations. For further information, contact the James River Visitor Center at 434 299 5496. The Visitor Center, located at milepost 63.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through October.

Sunday, Sept. 26
Community Walks and 5K
Walk for a Cure, Walk to Cure Diabetes, September 26, Virginia Museum of Transportation. 540-772-1975; greaterblueridge@jdrf.org.

Monday, Sept. 27
Healthy Feet for Life and Foot Screening
(First come first serve) by Dr. John Clements from Carilion Clinic on September 27 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. 24121. No cost. Beverages will be served. Must register by calling Tami Akin 540-297-5530, 540-721-4330, or tepnurse@smltep.org, or call Carilion Direct at 266-6000.
SML Democrats
The Smith Mountain Lake Democrats will hold the September meeting Monday, September 27, 7 p.m. at the Moneta Library, 13641 Moneta Rd. Speaker is Dr. Milton Rowan, Chair of the History Department at Ferrum University. Dr. Rowan will present background history on the Constitution and how it has changed through amendments and judicial Decisions. SMLdems@gmail.com.
Thursday, Sept. 30
Pearls of Hope: Health Women’s Tea
Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Topic: Living the Healing Life. Breast Health. September 30, Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Bedford Library Community Room. Registration required by calling Carilion Direct 540-266-6000.
Moneta Family Movie Night
Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (G) at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004.

Funding your Tech Development
The Region 2000 Small Business Development Center, Technology Council, and the Center for Advanced Engineering & Research will sponsor a CIT session on “Funding your Tech Development: Intro to SBIR Grants and Venture Capital”. The workshop will provide information on federal small business innovation and technology transfer grants, venture capital, private and angel investments. This is a FREE workshop, but advance online registration is requested due to space constraints. The workshop will be held on Thursday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Business Development Centre, 147 Mill Ridge Road, Lynchburg. Registration and more information at www.cit.org/events. Call the Region 2000 SBDC at (434) 582-6170 if you have questions.

Saturday, Oct. 2

Bikers Against Domestic Violence (BAD-V Ride)
Iron Horse Ministries (IHM) and The Kirk to sponsor a motorcycle ride to benefit Bedford Domestic Violence Services on Oct. 2. The ride begins at The Kirk, 1517 Thomas Jefferson Rd., Forest. Registration at noon following 10:30 a.m. Biker Service at The Kirk. Last bike out at 1:30 p.m. $10 per biker and $5 per passenger, or equivalent donation of household supplies for Bedford Domestic Violence Services. All proceeds and donations to benefit Bedford Domestic Violence Services. For information regarding this event contact: Terry Stevens (IHM) at 434-821-4431 or the Rev. Al Stewart (The Kirk) at 203-206-2828.

Clifford Ruritan Club Sorghum Festival
Sorghum Festival and Virginia Jousting Championship, Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clifford Ruritan Club, Route 610, off Route 29, in northern Amherst County. Free admission, $5 per car parking fee. Live music and dancing, vendors, famous Brunswick Stew, seasonal produce and locally ground flour and corn meal. Bouncy toys and Civil War Camp Re-enactment. Virginia Jousting Championship on Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m. Vendors will sell arts and crafts, antiques, holiday items, collectibles, jewelry, candles, ceramics, floral arrangements, quilts, wood crafts, primitives, garden ornaments and more! Bring your chairs! Please, no pets or outside food or drink. Call: 434-946-2208.

Saturday, Oct. 9

Vinton Fall Festival
The 8th Annual Vinton Fall Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 9 in Downtown Vinton. Activities throughout the day will include a 5K Run/Walk, crafters and business showcase, food vendors, entertainment at two stages, Monster Truck ride, flower and fruit judging, Mission Nutrition display and lots of children’s activities, a Doggy Dress-Up contest, fun for the entire family. For more information or registration, call the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce at (540) 343-1364.

2nd Annual Hundreds of Feet-Miles of Care 5K
Saturday, October 9, Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., and the run will begin at 8 a.m.

12th annual fall craft bazaar
Resurrection Catholic Church will hold its 12th Annual Fall Craft Bazaar in Morrow Hall on October 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The church is located on Route 122 in Moneta, two miles north of the Halesford Bridge. The RCC Women’s group and crafters from the SML area will have many unique gifts available, including flower arrangements, holiday decorations, woodcarvings, and jewelry. The bake sale will include the famous freshly baked-that-morning apple pies, as well as cakes, breads, cookies, and preserves.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Retired Teachers Association
The Bedford County Retired Teachers Association will meet on October 12, at 11:30 at Liberty Station in Bedford, VA. All retired educational personnel of Bedford County Schools or retired educators living in Bedford City/County are encouraged to attend this meeting of BCRTA. Jane Francis from the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Virginia will speak to the group following lunch. A brief business meeting will be held following Ms Francis' presentation.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Community Flu Shots Clinics
Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. October 13, 2010, Wednesday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $20. Front Entrance: Bedford Memorial Hospital 1613 Oakwood St, Bedford, VA 24523. Call to make an appointment at 540-266-6000.

Saturday, Oct. 16

Memory Walk
October 16, 2010, Saturday. Riverside Park, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Email allowe@carilionclinic.org if you would like to join the Bedford Memorial Hospital Teams.