Community events and Calendar (week of Sept. 22, 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.

Fall Book and Bake Sale
     The Friends of the Big Island Library will hold a Fall Book and Bake Sale on Thursday, Oct.7 and Friday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Big Island Library.  Hardback books, videos, DVDs, CDs, paperback books, and audio books will be sold.   Magazines are free.  Donations of books or baked goods are appreciated.  All proceeds from this Big Island Friends Book and Bake Sale benefit the Big Island Library with the addition of extra materials, Books for Babies program, Summer Reading Program and other programming supplies.  For more information, call Big Island Library at
540-425-7000, ext. 1.

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.

Batteau Boat: Virginia Living History @ Your Library
    Local libraries will have a visit from James River Float Company and a batteau boat for the Picturing America program. These boats carried tobacco down the James River in the late 1700s. Enjoy a fascinating bit of local history presented by a costumed guide and the chance to see one of these boats close up. Programs will be the week of October 25-29 at each branch library. For more information, contact Youth Services at the Bedford Central Library at (540) 586-8911, ext 2107 or your local branch. Picturing America is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, distributed in cooperation with the American Library Association. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has provided major support for Picturing America programs in public libraries. 

Beginning guitar class
    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.

Avenel ghost tour, lecture series
    Back by popular demand, the Avenel Foundation will facilitate a Ghost Lecture Series each Thursday in the month of October.   Each Thursday in October, the groups Ghostec and Seven Hills Paranormal will give room-by-room tours highlighting paranormal activity, and then they will show actual footage of what has been found.  There will also be witnesses who have seen or heard the White Lady on hand to share their experiences.   Because of the interactive nature of these tours, space is limited. Dates to choose from: Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28. Cost per session: $15 per adult, $7 ages 6-12, kids under 6 are free. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve your seat for one of the nights, call Taffney at 540-330-1651. Each session starts at 7 p.m. at Avenel.

AARP Safety Driving Class
    AARP Safety Driving Class on October 13 and 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Cost $12 (AARP members) $14 (non-members). Insurances should offer a discount if you take this class. Must pre-register with Tami 721-4330, 297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org. Class limited to 25.

November Train Excursion
    The Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will operate an excursion train that will pass through Bedford County in two different directions on Saturday, November 6. Leaving downtown Roanoke at 9 a.m. the passenger train will head through Goodview, Moneta and Huddleston before turning south to Danville. After a mid-day layover for lunch and entertainment in Danville the train will head toward Lynchburg and return to the county passing Forest, Goode, Bedford, Thaxton and Montvale before arriving back in Roanoke at 5:30 p.m.Cost for the trip is $145 for adults and $95 for children. For tickets call (540)774-0611 or visit www.RoanokeNRHS.or stop at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in downtown Roanoke. The Historical Society will also operate the same train to Bluefield the next day. Same price, 8 a.m. departure.

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. 

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.

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.

4-H Center 'Community College'
    Join Joyce Dittrich at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center for a fun filled, six-week exploration of the Spanish language through a multitude of perspectives – language, music, art, literature, and geography.  Tools to help learners discover their learning style will be explored through classroom work and the Internet.  All areas studied will be repeated weekly.  Expand your view of the world through this interactive experience. The six-week course will follow this schedule: Week 1: Learning Style - what kind of learner are you?  Capitalizing on what you already know to design instruction around your strengths. Greetings and Salutations. Meet/Greet. The Spanish Alphabet. Week 2: Counting, colors, description. Week 3: Everyday actions. Week 4: Expressing wants and needs. Week 5: Restaurants and travel Week 6: Shopping. Classes will begin on Tuesday, October 12,  from 10 a.m. until noon and continue for the five following Tuesdays.  In order to facilitate the learning environment participants should be comfortable using the Internet.  Cost for the six-week program is only $75.  For a registration form and/or more information contact Dennis Crowley at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 and/or the Web site www.skelton4hcenter.org.

Pizza Challenge @ Bedford Public Library System
    Kids in grades 1-6 can take the Pizza Challenge this school year at Bedford Central, Big Island, Forest, Montvale and Stewartsville Libraries. Join each month for reading, book discussions, games and other fun activities. Each month the library fill in another slice of the pizza pie chart as those participating read their way to a spring pizza party! Call your local library branch or Youth Services at (540)586-8911 x 2107 for more details.

Peaks of Otter events
     7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 25:. Blue Mountains White Lightning Join Park Ranger Greg Baltad as he leads you through the  colorful history of how “Korn Likker” was made and distilled in the Blue Ridge mountains. Night Hike:  Following each Saturday program, join a National Park Service Ranger for an evening of nighttime exploration. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. At Johnson Farm. Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hike the trail to the farm to discuss mountain living with Park Rangers and volunteers and to discover how a Blue Ridge Mountain family lived, worked, and played.  Join in some of the games and activities! Living history demonstrations available on weekends. Programs at the Nature Center-at the foot of Sharp Top Mountain.  Kids Fishing at Abbott Lake Dam, Saturdays 9 am -11 am. Kids ages 3 to 14 are invited to participate in the weekly Kids Fishing program at the Abbott Lake dam.  We provide bait and tackle, or you may bring your own pole for luck. Demonstrations of Appalachian Culture at the Visitor Center and Peaks of Otter Lodge  Friday, Saturday and Sunday. National Park Service Rangers and/or volunteers present demonstrations of the cultural history of the Southern Appalachians.  Come by to visit and to talk. Contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center for specific times and locations of the demonstrations.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bedford Mended Hearts #270
    Bedford Mended Hearts #270, Second Tuesday of each month at noon. BMH Auditorium Contact:  Karin 587-5462 or Connie 586-3059
Parkinson’s Support Group
    Parkinson’s Support Group, Second Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. BMH Auditorium Contact: Dave Ballard 586-1406.

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

Bedford Rotary Club
    The Bedford Rotary Club meets on Thursday mornings at 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. 22

Adult CPR and AED
    Forest Library Sept 22. 6-10 p.m. Call to register at 434-845-1234.

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.

Mended Hearts
    Mended Hearts next meeting will be on Thursday, September 23 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in First Colony Conference Room #1 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. Joseph L. Hutchison, M.D. and Douglas R. Cameron, Au.D., FAAA both from Blue Ridge Ear, Nose, Throat will be the guest speakers for this month's Mended Hearts support group.  This event is free and open to the public. Mended Hearts, Inc is dedicated to the purpose of offering help, support, and encouragement to heart disease patients and their families. For more information about this event or how to become more involved in Chapter 16 Mended Hearts Support Group, call 434.200.7611.

Friday, Sept. 24

    At Bedford YMCA Sept. 24-26 by the American Red Cross. Call to register at 434-845-1234.

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.

Fish Dinners
The Olive Branch Baptist Church at the corner of Joppa Mill and Flint Hill Rd, will be selling Fish Dinners on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. Eat in or carry out. The Rev. Alvin E. Smith is pastor. Dinners sold at church.

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 28
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
    Representative for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services will be at the Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Road in Bedford on Tuesday, Sept. 28, call the Lynchburg office at 434-385-0815 to schedule an appointment.  If you have any questions contact the Lynchburg office.

Goodlatte's staff
    A member of Congressman Goodlatte's staff will be holding open door community office hours on Sept. 28 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Montvale Library, 11155 West Lynchburg-Salem Tpk., Montvale. A staff member meets with citizens each month to get their views and discuss any problems they might have with the Federal Government.

Sons of Confederate Veterans
    The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library Tuesday, Sept.28 at 7 p.m. Calvin Ashwell will be the guest and will unveil his recently completed model of the Confederate ship Alabama. Calvin is well known for his detailed models of Confederate ships and his knowledge of the history of them. The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge.  There is an elevator available and plenty of parking. For more info call Boyd Hubbard – 434 7415.

Dr. John .I Walker to speak at Westlake Library
    The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 46 percent of Americans will face a mental health issue at some point in their lives and calculates that this results in more than $300 billion in health costs each year—more than heart disease, AIDS and cancer combined.   Dr. John Ingram  Walker, director of Psychiatric Education at Carilion Clinic and associate professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Tech Carilion School of  Medicine, will address the topic  Emotional Wellness: Encouragement, Optimism, Hope at the Westlake Library (located in the Westlake Towne Center in Hardy) on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m.  Walker will speak from his book,  “Complete Mental Health: The Go-to Guide for Clinicians and Patients,” which includes analysis and helpful information for primary caregivers who often have little background in dealing with the  mental health issues that may contribute to patients’ physical problems.   Walker’s book includes information on a variety of mental health subjects including Alzheimer’s and dementia, eating disorders, bipolar illness, autism, ADHD,substance abuse, anxiety attacks and  depression and  focuses on prevention and treatment options.  A question and answer session will follow Dr. Walker’s presentation.   This event is free.  To register, call 540-266-6000 or 800-422-8482.  For further information, call the Westlake Library at (540) 483-3098 (Ext. 3).

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Volunteer Open House at the National D-Day Memorial
    In a typical year, the Memorial sees over 70,000 visitors, conducts over 2,500 tours, sees nearly 10,000 school children for educational events, hosts numerous commemorative events for the public, and carries out over a dozen outreach programs for area organizations.  To continue passing on the lessons and legacy of World War II and to extend the educational reach of the Foundation, the Memorial is seeking volunteers.   If you love history, enjoy meeting people from all over the world, like taking time to thank our veterans, or are simply looking for a way to give back to the community consider coming to the Memorial’s Volunteer Open House to discover more. As a national attraction open year round, the National D-Day Memorial relies on volunteer help to keep the Memorial open and operating throughout the seasons.  Volunteer opportunities range from gift store attendants to tour guides, hospitality table volunteers to event and school program assistants.  Anyone interested in gardening is also encouraged to attend.  Join the National D-Day Memorial on Wednesday, Sept. 29 for a Volunteer Open House.  The open house begins at 9 a.m. at the Bedford Area Welcome Center and runs until 11 a.m.  April Cheek-Messier, the Foundation’s Director of Education, will present an overview on the Memorial, talk about the history of D-Day, and discuss volunteer opportunities currently available.   The open house session concludes with  a tour of the Memorial.  Bring a friend or family member to learn more.  (Potential volunteers must be at least 16 years old.) See how you can help keep history alive in our area.  For additional questions, call 540-586-3329, ext. 101.

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.
Family Movie Night @ Moneta Library
    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 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.

Yard sale for All-American Mutt Rescue
    Want to find some great stuff at bargain prices and help some All-American Mutt Rescue foster pups at the same time?  Mark your calendar and set your alarm!  On Saturday, October 2, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., All-American Mutt Rescue is having a Yard Sale.   All money raised from the sale will be used to provide food and vet care for the pups.  So far in 2010, AAMR has fostered, rehomed and transported over 200 dogs and puppies.  The Yard Sale will be held at Westside Food Mart/BP station which is located at 942 Blue Ridge Ave, Bedford, VA 24523 – on Route 460 on the westbound side, just west of the State Police office, and across from the Days Inn. Visit the Web site at www.allamericanmuttrescue.org to get directions. Pictured:  Flash and his foster siblings will benefit from the AAMR Yard Sale.  Flash is a  handsome All-American Mutt Rescue foster pup who is looking for a new forever family.

Operation Medicine Cabinet
    The Lynchburg Area office of Home Instead Senior Care has scheduled Operation Medicine Cabinet October 2 from 9 a.m. – noon to help seniors and others dispose of expired or no longer used medications.  The event will be held at Bedford Memorial Hospital on Oakwood Street in Bedford. Seniors or their family members can simply drive up to the location where the Bedford Police Department will be on hand to oversee the collection and disposal of medications.  After the event, the medications collected will be properly disposed.  Other sponsors of the event are Bedford Memorial Hospital. Home Instead Senior Care’s Operation Medicine Cabinet is a program of Home Instead Senior Care.  For more information about the project, contact Brenda Dixon at 434.385.0321. To learn more about Home Instead Senior Care, log on to www.homeinstead.com.

Friends of New London to hold  Fall Festival
    The Friends of New London will host a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the intersection of Alum Springs and Turkey Foot roads, in the village of New London.  Turkey Foot Road is about one quarter mile into Campbell County, from Bedford County, or, from Lynchburg, it is a short distance West of the 460 Bypass intersection with Timberlake Road.  From US Rt. 460, turn South onto Turkey Foot Road; the festival will be straight ahead, one quarter mile. There will be no admission charge for this event.  Located beside the former Driskill’s Store and post office will be an Antique Car Show and 50 / 50 raffle.  In the yard of the store, Larry Mason will prepare a kettle of “Politician’s Stew,” following the recipe used by Patrick Henry when he hosted groups of citizens in communities across the state during colonial times; cost will be $3 per bowl, or $6 per quart.  In tents outside the FNL Museum & Office, there will be a Bake Sale, Gross’ Orchard, and other vendors.  The batteau, “Thomas Jefferson’s Spirit of New London” will be on display.   Local re-enactors will portray important persons of the day, including Jim Hendry as Patrick Henry and Travis Witt as the Rev. Muhlenburg.  Bill Bush and other string musicians will perform tunes for your enjoyment.  For further information, call Brenda Shrewsbury, 525-4999; Melvin Lester, 586-0443, or Reve Carwile, 384-8208.

Operation Medicine Cabinet
    Home Instead Senior Care’s Operation Medicine Cabinet will be Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St., Bedford. Drop off your expired and unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Home Instead and Bedford Memorial Hospital along with the Bedford Police Department, wants to help keep seniors and others safe in their homes by properly disposing of unused medications. Help protect your community by participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet. Drive up, drop off, and drive out. Each vehicle receives a gift bag while supplies last. For more information, contact Brenda Dixon at Home Instead Senior Care (434) 385-0321.

Yard Sale
    Parrish Chapel United Methodist Church located on Rt. 24 beside the Chamblissburg Rescue Squad will be having a Yard Sale on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafts, yard, bake sale items and much more. Breakfast and lunch offerings for sale.

Sunday, Oct. 3

 Bluegrass concert
The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Concert with James King & Band and Little Mountain Boys on Sunday, Oct. 3. Doors open at 1 p.m. show starts at 2 p.m. at the Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woody’s Lake Road, Madison Heights. Cost: $15 at the door. For more information call, (434) 944-0072 or (540) 297-3651.

Volunteer Fair
    A Volunteer Fair will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Community Center at 112 Center Street (across from the farmers’ market area).  Find out how you can give back to this community that we call home.  Meet representative from area non-profit organizations and discover how you can turn your spare minutes into priceless service.  Without volunteers, these organizations cannot continue to serve this area and its residents.  Free parking and free ice cream.  For additional information, contact Mary Wiley at 586-5292.  This event is sponsored by the Bedford Community Health Foundation.

Monday, Oct. 4

Alzheimer/Dementia Support Group meeting
    Guest Speaker Sheila Andrews from Generation Solutions on Healthy Aging on Monday, October 4 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
    Guest speaker Kathy Graham on Yoga for MS patients meeting on Wednesday, October 6 at noon at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, Va. Bring a bag lunch.

Thursday, Oct. 7

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. Join on October 7 when the library will feature The Last Song. Parents, be aware of your child’s readiness for movie material. Movies are subject to change. Theater Thursdays is a special program presented by Youth Services only at the Bedford Central Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Youth Services at the Bedford Central Library at (540) 586-8911, ext 2107.

Free identity theft seminar
    Huff, Stuart and Carlton free seminar. Incidents of identity theft are rising rapidly, especially among the elderly. From identity theft to information security, be aware of how to recognize and protect yourself from financial exploitation and other scams. Guest Speaker: Barry Stephens, state police special agent (RET). Topic: Avoiding identity theft and other scams.  October 7,  7- 8:30 p.m.,  at the Forest Library located at 15583 Forest Rd in Forest, VA 24551. Prior to the seminar, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a Kodiak Secure shredding truck at the library.  Anyone who wishes to bring any documents to have shredded is encouraged to do so - feel free to even bring boxes of old documents.  Kodiak Secure will shred the documents on site. There is no cost to attend this seminar or have documents shredded. RSVP by contacting Sharon Wrenn at (434) 316-9356 or sharon@wealthmgt.net.

Local author: FBI hostage negotiator
    Gary Noesner the founding Chief of the FBI Negotiation Unit will share a first hand account of many dramatic cases - the DC Sniper, Waco, Montana Freeman, Peru Embassy and many others highlighting the successes, failures and lessons for resolving all types of crises.  “ STALLING FOR TIME: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator" (Random House Hardcover, on sale September 21) is a heart pounding tour through some of the most famous hostage crisis.  Specially trained in non- violent  confrontation and communication techniques Noesner will discuss how his unit successfully defused many potentially volatile standoffs and how they earned the respect and recognition from his peers in the FBI. Noesner will make his first public appearance at an event sponsored by the Friends of the Library of the Moneta. Smith Mountain Lake Library, 13641, Moneta Rd., Moneta on Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m.  Books will be for sale and refreshments served.  Open to the public.

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.

Yard Sale
    Union United Methodist Church will have a yard sale on Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vendors - $5 and lunch will be $2. Proceeds got to the UUMC Building Fund. All donations appreciated. Call (540) 947-2539. Corner of Union Church and Quarles Rd. in Thaxton.

Monday, Oct. 11

Breast Cancer Support Group meeting
    Monday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m.  at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta, Va.

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.

Man to Man Prostate Support Group
    Guest speaker Dr. Anita Hilliard from the Radiation Oncology Center on Radiation, Wellness, and Nutrition on Wednesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta.

Thursday, Oct. 14

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 14, at 6 pm. Meetings are held at the USDA office at 1031 Turnpike Rd. Bedford, VA. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-586-9195.

Thermal Breast Imaging
    On Thursday, Oct. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. there will be Thermal Breast Imaging at BASICS … “for good health.” Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (Thermography) with no compression and no radiation can detect changes in breast tissue up to six years before traditional imaging can detect a mass. Imaging other body areas for assessment of pain and pathology is also available. For more information and to schedule an appointment call Cheryl Z. Saville, RN, CNC at (540) 586-7374 or drop by her office at 810 Blue Ridge Ave., Suite A. Also see www.fightBC.com. There will be a free lecture at noon.

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.

Monday, Oct. 18

Life for One
    Guest speaker David Perry from Western Va. Land Trust on Conservation Easement on Monday, October 18  at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta. Bring a lunch/drink.

Thursday, Oct. 21

Teen Night Thursday @ Forest Library
    Teens, come to Forest Library the third Thursday of each month for TNT! Enjoy video games, board games, snacks and hanging out with friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. The next get together is October 21. For more information call Forest Library at (540) 425-7002.

General Cancer Support  Group Meeting
    Guest speaker Angel Charleton from Carilion Clinic on Thursday, October 21 at 4 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, Va. 24121.

Saturday, Oct. 23

    Oct. 23 at The Gilded Era 14880 Forest Road, Forest. Local artisans and craftsmen-regional foods, antiques, Apple Cider, quilts, primitive art. Free admission. For vendor information call 434-534-9322 or 434-239-7481.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

    No Certification on Tuesday, October 26 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, Va at 10:30 a.m. Must pre-register with Tami 721-4330, 297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 27

5th District Congressional candidate debate
    The Lynchburg Regional Chamber announced last week that Congressman Tom Perriello and Senator Robert Hurt have agreed to debate at 4:30 p.m. on October 27 in the Smith Hall Theatre at Randolph College.  This event is being organized by the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. 

Thursday, Oct. 28

Aging Eyes
    (Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Retinal Detachment, etc.) guest speaker Kay Ford from Vistar Eye Center on Thursday, October 28, at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. at 10 a.m. Cost: Free, light refreshments. Must pre-register with Tami 721-4330, 297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.