Community events and Calendar (week of Nov. 3, 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.

Bedford VFD portrait drive
    The Bedford Fire Department is currently conducting its portrait fund drive. For the next several weeks, families in the service area will be contacted by mail and asked to make a donation. Each family that makes a donation of any amount will receive an  8x10 family portrait: compliments of the Bedford Fire Department. Portraits will be taken Sunday October 17 from 12-6 p.m. Call  1-800-253-2638 to schedule a portrait appointment.

Upcoming bloodmobiles
    The following information is subject to change. Call 1-800-REDCROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending.
    Nov. 8- The Kirk, Forest, 12-6 p.m.
    Nov. 11- Jefferson Forest High School, Forest, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Nov. 11- Eastlake Community Church, Moneta, 12-6 p.m.
    Nov. 20- Big Island Emergency Crew Building, Big Island, 3-7 p.m.
    Nov. 22- Bedford Baptist Church, Bedford, 12-6 p.m.

Westlake Library Book Sale
    The Westlake Library book sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  The sale will feature almost-new, slightly-used, and used books. Hardbacks will be $2 each; large, trade paperbacks will be $1 each; and pocket-sized paperbacks will be 50 cents each.   The library is located in the Westlake Towne Center near Kroger.   The sale is being organized by the Westlake Library Capital Campaign Committee and the Westlake Library volunteers. Funds raised will go to the capital campaign to help purchase books, DVDs, CDs, and other items for the library. The campaign has raised over $141,000 toward its goal of $200,000 to help fill the shelves of the library.   For information about the book sale, the capital campaign, or volunteering at the library, contact Westlake Library Manager Marilyn Amerson, 483-3098, ext 3, campaign chairman Jim Morrison, 721-1991, or volunteer coordinator Sonya Riche, 721-1951.

Bedford Youth deer hunting workshop
    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), in cooperation with the Bedford County Economic Development Authority and the Virginia Hunter Education Association, Inc., are offering a Youth Deer Hunting Workshop on November 20, beginning at 6 a.m. This Youth Deer Hunting Workshop is an opportunity for area youth, specifically ages 12-15, to learn about deer, deer hunting and to hunt deer in a safe, controlled environment.  Ten participants will be selected for this event.  Selected youth must provide proof of completion of a certified Hunter Education Course and must be accompanied by a properly licensed parent or guardian. Each team will be supervised by a certified hunter education instructor.   To be considered for this educational opportunity, completed applications must be received by close of business on November 10.  For more information, an application packet and rules, contact the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at:  (434) 525-7522. Applications are available at the VDGIF office in Forest at 1132 Thomas Jefferson Road, Forest, Virginia 24551.

Free Computer Classes
    Main Street United Methodist Church, 212 E. Main Street, Bedford, are offering free computer classes. The first class will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 9-11 a.m., in the computer lab. Word 1 and 2; E-mail and internet classes will be offered soon. Call the church office at 586-8878, to register.

Celebration of Life service
    For those grieving the death of someone special, the holidays can be a time of sorrow and loneliness. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory will hold its 18th annual Celebration of Life service.  At this service they will honor the memory of those from the community through a comforting and inspirational program.   The Celebration of Life service will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, at Main Street Methodist Church, 212 E. Main Street, Bedford.  Refreshments will be served and a gift of remembrance will be given to those attending.  Call Tharp Funeral Home at 586-3443 by Friday, Nov. 12,  to R.S.V.P.  This service is open to anyone in the Bedford, Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, Huddleston and surrounding areas who have lost a loved one through death. Area residents are invited to honor the memory of their loved one by attending this service. 

Arts, Crafts and More Extravaganza
    Arts, Crafts, and More Extravaganza, sponsored by Bedford Woman’s Club, Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Nov. 7, noon-4 p.m. in the Bedford Elementary School, off US 460, behind Bedford Visitor’s Center. Twenty-six new crafter/artisans and 60 returning. $2 admission to help support community programs and projects. Contact: Judi Jackson at (540) 586-8175.

Visitors Center closed this week
    The Smith Mountain Project Visitors Center and observation area will be closed to the public for a week beginning Monday, November 1.  Maintenance work on the grounds and parking area will block public access to the site during that time.  The center will reopen to visitors November 8.

Portrait benefit
    Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14, noon – 8 p.m., at Westside Food Mart in Bedford - People and Pets portraits to benefit All-American Mutt Rescue. Your $15 donation goes directly to All-American Mutt Rescue and you get one 8x10 professional portrait.  For more information and to schedule your sitting time, call Cindy at 540-297-1590.   For more information on All-American Mutt Rescue, go to www.allamericanmuttrescue.org.

Virginia Beach Festival of Lights bus trip
    The Singles Travel Club (couples welcome), is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Christmas lights on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 18-19.  Day 1: The group will stop at the Wakefield Peanut Company for a tour. The next stop will be for lunch at Virginia Dare (on their own). The group will check into their ocean front rooms. During the evening, the group will ride the bus along the boardwalk to see the Christmas lights.  Day 2: Spend time along the beach. The group will visit Fort Story to see the two historic lighthouses. They then will ride across the Chesapeake Bay Bridges and through the tunnels. The group will then have time to shop at the McArthur Center in downtown Norfolk.  The price per person of $159 double; $155 triple; $149 quad and $199 single includes: roundtrip motor coach transportation, Hardee’s biscuit and juice upon departure, one night’s lodging (ocean front room), admission to lights tour on the boardwalk, visit to Fort Story lighthouses, driving toll across Chesapeake Bay Bridge and through tunnels and a tour host.  Passengers can board the bus at the Bonsack Walmart, Route 460, Roanoke; the Westgate Shopping Center, Bedford; and at Sheetz, in Forest (New London). For further information, call (540) 473-8326 or (540) 366-2888.

Beyond genealogy
     Tracing your family history has become a favorite pastime, hobby and/or obsession for many people; however, there's a lot more to it than merely searching through the Internet and poking through dusty files in county courthouses.  Join Ellen Brown, a local historian and experienced researcher and teacher as she explores the field of genealogy from a different and entertaining perspective.  In order to thoroughly understand and appreciate the search for a family history it's important to go beyond names, dates and cemetery records and to place that history in the context of the times studied and Ellen will guide participants on this fascinating journey.  In order to understand Ellen's passion and background visit her website at www.vahistoryexchange.com   Ellen will share her knowledge in a special one day workshop at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center on Monday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The cost of $50 will cover all instruction, snacks and lunch - plus plenty of stimulating conversation.  Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 for more information and/or a registration form or visit the Center's website at www.skelton4hcenter.org.

Medicare Part-D Sign-Ups
    The majority of beneficiaries enrolled in prescription drug plans should see only small changes in their Part D premiums or benefits in the coming year.  Although most Part D plans should have relatively stable premiums, all beneficiaries should compare their current coverage with the plans that will be offered in 2011 when information becomes available in October.  In particular, some beneficiaries who receive the low-income subsidy, or LIS, to pay for their premiums will need to move to a new plan to ensure that they can remain in a zero-premium plan in 2011 because the plan's premium will be higher than the 2011 subsidy amount.  CMS, working with its partners, will notify all individuals in this situation to make sure they are aware of their options.  Medicare Part-D Sign-Ups provide information and sign-up assistance. This will be offered November 18, 19 and 26 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 30 and 31. The location will be Main Street United Methodist Church computer lab and the Parish Nurse Ministry Office, Internal Medicine Building, 1710 Whitfield Drive, Bedford. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, get times or directions, call Pam Willoughby, VICAP/SHIP Counselor, at (540) 875-8655. You will need to bring your Medicare card and a list of your Rxs with dosage and frequency. On the average, about 1 in 100 people who compare plans year to year keep the same plan. Remember, the object is to find the best plan which has your Rx on their formulary for the best price, which you can afford for the coming year. The Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry, Inc., a 501 (C)(3), is made possible through private donations, the Carilion Foundation, the Bedford Community Health Foundation, the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust and the Presbytery of the Peaks.

Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.
    Little Town Players presents Love, Sex and the I.R.S., a wild farce filled with twists of fate, sight gags, mistaken identities, and hilarious comic lines, is a must see.  Jon Trachtman (Greg Ritchie) and Leslie Arthur (Jeff Roberts) are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated by Mr. Spinner (Jeff Krantz). Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancee, Kate (Wendy Wilson). Complicating matters further, Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon's back. Jon's mother Vivian (Bonnie Ellefson) drops in unexpectedly to meet her son's fiancee and Leslie's girlfriend Connie (Jenn Abbott) shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won't see her anymore.  Adding to the hilarity is the apartment building's janitor Jansen (Danny Grigsby). Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. is directed by Karen C. Hopkins and stage managed by Stan Butler.   Call the box office at 540-586-5881 or www.lynchburgtickets.com for reservations. Adults- $12; children 12 and under - $10. Season tickets may still be purchased at a reduced price by calling the box office.

SML Harmeneers annual show
    SML Harmeneers barbershop chorus is working hard at preparing its annual show. This year's show will be presented at Trinity Ecumenical Parish on Friday night, Nov. 12 and Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13. The original show this year, “Harmony Highway,” offers the audience a musical journey across the USA. Guest actors are Jody Brown, Tim Ernandes and Rachel and Daniel Mallory. In addition to 12 numbers preformed by the full chorus, directed by Jane Montgomery assisted by Walt Barnes, chorus member quartets performing their own unique arrangements will be “Ice Cream,” “High Cotton,” “Waterfront Four” and the “Aquatones.” The guest quartet will be “LETS SING” performing its own unique barbershop harmony program. Advance tickets are available locally in Moneta at: Krogers, Radio Shack and SML Visitor Center and in Bedford at Bedford Welcome Center.  Buy advance tickets early for $10, they will be $12 at the door and there is no assurance seats will be available. Children under 12 are admitted free.

AARP Driver Safety Program class
    Are you 55 plus? Want to save money on your auto insurance? AARP Driver Safety Program offers the opportunity to accomplish this. Virginia Law requires your insurance company to give a discount for completion of this class for all 55 or older. Ask your agent for details. The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed to meet the specific needs of older drivers included age related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road and local driving problems. You do not have to be an AARP member to take the class. Cost of class is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Cost is to cover the cost of instruction material furnished. AARP members must have their membership card at sign in to get AARP rate. Bring check or money order made out to AARP or exact change.  Class is scheduled for Nov. 12. Class will be held at St. John’s Church at 314 N. Bridge Street in Bedford. Enter from the parking lot at rear of church. Hours are 8:30 till 5 with a 30-minute lunch break. Bring a bag lunch. Holdren, Eubank and Stanley Insurance will host the class. To register call HES at (540) 586-8791. Class will be conducted by volunteer instructors Jim Hueber and Dick Turpin.

Fall Programming
    Fall programming is in full swing with Rockabye Reader and Books 4 Fun running through December 10. Rockabye Reader is a lapsit program for children ages 0 to 35 months. Books 4 Fun is a preschool story time for children ages 3 through 5. Call your local library branch or Youth Services at (540)586-8911 x 2107 for specific dates and times. You can also check out www.ys.bplsonline.org for details.

BPW shopping trip
    Bedford Professional Women will sponsor a shopping trip Saturday, Nov. 6, to Williamsburg Prime Outlets and Yankee Candle Shop. The bus will leave Wal-Mart at 6:30 a.m. and will return at 11 p.m. Breakfast and snacks will be furnished. There will be lots of door prizes for shoppers and a 50/50 raffle awarded before shopping. Cost is $55 per person. For further information, call (540) 586-5318.

Bedford Tax-Aide seeks tax volunteers
    Wanted a few good volunteers: The Tax-Aide program, a nationwide service, was founded to assist tax payers in the low and middle income brackets, with special emphasis for those 60 or older. More than 40,000 tax returns were prepared by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers in Virginia for the 2009 tax year, with approximately 2,500 of those in the Lynchburg District that includes Bedford. In order to continue and to expand operations in Bedford, the program is looking for volunteers to become qualified tax counselors and greeters. A Bedford site has been existence for over 15 years and is currently located in the meeting room at the Bedford Public Library, 321 N. Bridge Street.  The Tax-Aide program is funded roughly two-thirds from the AARP Foundation and one-third from the IRS. It is a free service for the tax clients although those desiring to contribute may do so. Volunteers should enjoy working with and helping others. Counselors should have experience preparing their own returns; feel comfortable working with computers; attend six required free training sessions (starting in October) and perform homework necessary to become certified. Counselors and greeters should be available to work two half days each week from February 1 through April 15, 2011. Tax-Aide volunteers are provided with training materials and classroom instruction to assist them in becoming proficient in tax return preparation and to become certified via the IRS examination. All tax returns, federal and state, are prepared via computer software and the vast majority is electronically filed.
People wishing to volunteer can fill out an application online at www.aarp.org/Tax-Aide or contact Letty Collins at 540 947-5187.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 Microsoft Office 2007 software products 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. 

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.

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.

Montvale TOPS
    Montvale (Take Off Pounds 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 either Janice at 586-0332 or Marie at 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

Thursday, Nov. 4

Theater Thursdays at the Bedford Central Library
    Join for Theater Thursdays at the Bedford Central Library the first Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. where the library will be showing movies of interest to all ages. To view movie line-ups and reviews online, visit http://ys.bplsonline.org/teens.html, and click on the Theater Thursday link. Join  on November 4 when the library will show Prince of Persia. 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, please 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 on November 4. 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, call Betsy Mercer at (434) 841-4199.

Saturday, Nov. 6

Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at Stewartsville Library
    Individuals interested in fiber arts are invited to join the Blue Ridge Fiber Gathering at Stewartsville Library on the first Saturday of each month. The next meeting of the Blue Ridge Fiber group will be held on November 6 between 1 and 3 p.m.  Participants can bring a fiber project they are currently working on or a project in which they are stuck and need help with reading the pattern.  For participants who would like to learn to knit or crochet, there will be someone available to show them how and there is usually someone attending who can help individuals with spinning and weaving. This program is for children and teens age ten and up (10+) and adults of all skill levels. Call the Stewartsville Library at (540) 425-7008 for club details and more information.  

Brunswick Stew
    27th Annual Brunswick Stew, Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. at the Big Island Firehouse, located on Rt. 501 N. (Lee Jackson Hwy.) in Big Island. Hot dogs and homemade desserts. Carry-outs available. For information call 434-665-9551. Sponsored by Friends of the Miller Home. Proceeds to provide Christmas for the girls of the Miller Home in Lynchburg.

Students with disabilities
    A free event that will help your family member with a disability prepare for adult life will take place at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9-3 p.m. Local school transition specialists and service providers for adults with disabilities will be available to talk with you through the day. Free lunch provided with pre-registration. Contact Tina Day at 434-522-3700, Ext. 184 to register your family. For additional information contact Dottie Narodny at 540-587-8990 Ext. 105.

Pancake Breakfast- Main Street United Methodist Church
    United Methodist Men of Main Street United Methodist Church, 212 E. Main Street, Bedford, will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 6, 7-11 a.m., in the church fellowship hall. Freewill offering.

Yard sale
    Yard sale to benefit All-American Mutt Rescue.  Saturday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Westside Food Mart, 942 Blue Ridge Ave, Bedford, VA 24523. 

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

Fire Belle Holiday Boutique
    The Fire Belle Holiday Boutique will be held November 6, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Saunders Fire House. The Fire Belles are offering their annual Boutique with great items for the holiday season.  Fire Belle crafts and bake sale, along with offerings from popular local vendors.  Vendors include Celebrity Home, Premier Design, "31", Custom Fitted Bras, Custom Baskets, KC Lynn, and Tupperware. Santa will be there for the kids from 9 to 10:30 a.m. with gifts and goodies for all the kids.  A lunch will be available from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call Sandy at 297-7052 for more info.

Genealogy and History Workshop
    Genealogy and History Workshop – Saturday Nov. 6, 9–12 a.m. The Friends of New London in cooperation with the Bedford  Museum and Genealogical Library is presenting a workshop titled "Birth, Death, Marriage Records and Family Bibles, Where to Find Them and How to Use Them.” It will be presented at the New London Museum at the former New London  Methodist Church and Driskill Store, Corner of Alum Springs and Turkey Foot Rd. In the village of New London.. This is an excellent workshop for the beginner and expert researcher, presented by a most respected genealogist and historian Lewis Averett. For a bio on Averett and more details including directions to the New London Museum, go to WWW.BEDFORDVAMUSEUM.ORG/forum or call 540 586 4520.

 Legacy of the Land:  The Making of Booker T. Washington National Monument
    Have you ever wondered how the Burroughs Plantation became the Booker T. Washington National Monument?  Do you know the    history of the Burroughs plantation from after the Civil War to 1956 when it became part of the National Park Service?  Did you know that Booker T. Washington’s
daughter, Portia, was involved in the beginning of the process? These questions and others will be answered on a special tour of the grounds, Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.  Ranger Janet Blanchard will take visitors on a walking tour and point out some of the changes that have occurred to the property since the years it was the Robertson family farm and then a private memorial. Meet Ms. Blanchard in the lobby of the Visitor Center. The walking tour will begin with a short talk in the new auditorium and progress outside to the   grounds.  The history of the Mission 66 initiative by the National Park Service and the building of the park’s visitor center will be included.  The farm area where historic breeds of animals are kept will not be a part of the tour. Wear appropriate walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather. Contact the Booker T. Washington National Monument at (540) 721-2094
for more information.

Monday, Nov. 8

Look Good Feel Better
    For women undergoing cancer treatment, November 8 , Monday 10 a.m. - noon at Bedford Memorial Hospital, Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.

Breast Cancer Support Group
    Meeting with guest speaker Suzanne Barron, NP from Carilion Rocky Mount on The Connection Between Breast Cancer and Female Organs on November 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta.

Comprehensive Genealogy Course
    In response to the growing nation-wide interest in tracing family history, the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center is offering a comprehensive and fun filled seminar focusing on the best ways to explore the fascinating field of genealogy.  Experienced researcher and historian, Ellen Brown, will introduce participants in how to go beyond the traditional Internet sites and dusty county court house records in order to track down those elusive relatives who make up an important part of each family tree.  The course will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, November 8 at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center and the cost of $50 covers all instruction, materials, snacks and lunch.  Contact Dennis Crowley at (540)-721-2759, ext. 264 for a registration form and/or more information or visit the Center's We bsite at www.skelton4hcenter.org.

Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild
    The Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild will meet November 8, at 6:30 at the Bedford Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

BPW to meet
    Bedford Professional Women will meet Nov. 9 at 6:15 p.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant for its monthly meeting. Mariam Morrison, Licensed Social Worker will be the guest speaker. The Communications Committee will be in charge of program for the evening.

Forest Lions Club
    Nov. 9. Forest Lions Club monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. at Bentley Commons, 1604 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg. Dinner will start at 7 p.m. Guest Speaker:  District Governor 24-E Bernice Leftwich. If you are interested in attending this meeting or in becoming a Lion  call 434-385-0493.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District
    The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding its monthly Board meeting on November 10 at 6 p.m. due to the holiday. Meetings are held at the USDA office at 1031 Turnpike Rd. Bedford. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-586-9195 ext.4.

Man to Man Prostate Support Group
    November 10 at 6  p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr, Moneta.

Southside Seniors
    November 10. Southside Seniors will meet in the Rescue Squad building on North Old Moneta Road for a ‘covered dish’ Thanksgiving dinner. For entertainment, the B.Sharps will sing at 11 a.m. Southside Seniors sponsor Rook every Monday and Bridge every Tuesday. For information, call 2974975.

Thursday, Nov. 11

Diabetes Education Classes
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. November 11, Thursday (Changed to 2nd Thursday of the month), 6 p.m. Free at Bedford Memorial Hospital 1613 Oakwood St, Bedford, VA 24523. Classes that helps people with Diabetes learn about the scope of their disease and how their lifestyle choices affect their health. Registration required by calling 540-204-7135.

Blood Drive
    Blood Drive to be held on Nov. 11, 12-6 p.m., East Lake Community Church, 1118 Hendricks Store Road, (old Shoprite), Moneta.

Friday, Nov. 12

James River Bluegrass
    Bluegrass concert, featuring Jeanette Willims and Band, Plain & Simple Band, Friday, Nov. 12. Open 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woody's Lake Rd., Madison heights. Cost: $15 at door. For more information call 434-944-0072. jamesriverbluegrassassociation.com.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Union Church Bazaar
    Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Corner of Union Church and Quarles Rd., Thaxton. Homemade chili beans, corn bread, soups and bake sale, crafts, gifts, and more. Venders $5 donation to the church building fund. For more information call 540-947-2539.

Book Fair
    Liberty High School will be hosting a Book Fair at the Lynchburg Barnes & Noble on Wards Road on November 13.  When you make purchases any time during this day, tell the sales clerk that you are with LHS or give them this ID number, 10262533.  Almost anything in the store including the coffee shop will count towards our book fair, the exception is the purchase of gift cards and magazine subscriptions.  Purchases at any Barnes & Noble across the United States count, just use the ID 10262533.  You may also order online that day and enter the ID number.   A percentage of the net sale will be donated to Liberty High School.  LHS student performances will be held between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Lynchburg store.  If you have questions contact Sydney Schatz at 540-586-2541 or sschatz@bedford.k12.va.us.

Brunswick Stew
    Bellevue Community Center will be having its annual Brunswick Stew, Nov. 13. All stew will be sold to go. $8/quart or 2/$15. Will be available for pick up from 2-5 p.m. @ the Community Center located on Goode Station Road (Route 668) in Goode. To pre-order contact George Davis @ 586-0416 or Bellevue Community Center @ 586-2680 and leave message.

The Life and Work of Maggie L. Walker
    On Saturday, November 13, at 2 p.m., Booker T. Washington National Monument invites you to a new program in its popular Legacy Series.  This is a series of programs on black leaders in America and how their thinking was influenced by Booker T. Washington’s philosophy.  Park Ranger Janet Blanchard will present the program in the new auditorium at the Visitor Center. Walker, the first black woman to charter and become president of a bank in the nation, knew and corresponded with Booker T. Washington. Head of large fraternal society, Mrs. Walker started the bank, a newspaper and a store run by women. Come and hear quotes from her speeches and how she worked hard to persuade Booker T. Washington to come to Richmond.  Find out if he came to speak to her conference. Hear quotes from one of his books about Mrs. Walker and the St. Luke Penny Savings bank. See vintage photographs of the 1920s and 1930s. Before coming to the Booker T. Washington National Monument in June,  Blanchard was a Park Guide at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site for the past eight years; researching, writing, and giving presentations about Mrs. Walker.  Administered as part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, the Maggie Walker Site is located in Historic Jackson Ward, a 40-block downtown National Landmark Neighborhood.  It is one of the largest black landmark neighborhoods in the United States. The centerpiece of the site is Mrs. Walker’s home, complete with her turn of the century furnishings just as it was left at her death in 1934. The program will be presented by a power point and lecture format with time for questions and answers. Call the Booker T. Washington National Monument at (540) 721-2094 for more information.

Sunday, Nov. 14

Showing support, open house reception
    Coffey and Saunders is closing its doors after 63 years of service to the Bedford Community.  Show support and gratitude to Barry and Carl Saunders at an Open House Reception in their honor on  Sunday, Nov. 14, 3-5 p.m. Where:  Liberty Masonic Lodge on Longwood Avenue. Hosted by the children of Barry and Carl Saunders.

Monday, Nov. 15

Life for One
    Guest speaker Pam Willoughby on Medicare Part D on November 15 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va. Bring a lunch/drink.

Pharmacology Update
    Megan Goodwin from Carilion Clinic on November 15 at 6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta. Bring in your Medications so a Pharmacist can check them out, and answer questions. Must pre-register with Tami 297-5530, 721-4330 and tepnurse@smltep.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    November 17, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Moneta Post Office, 14211 Moneta Rd. No registration required.

New Beginnings
    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 Julie Smith, B.A./CT, Grief Counselor with Roanoke Hospice. Smith will be discussing “Coping With Grief During the Holidays”.     The next New Beginnings meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 17 at noon.  The meeting will be held at the Liberty Station, 515 Bedford Avenue, Bedford.  Dutch treat.  For more information contact Pam Willoughby, Bedford Hospice Care at 587-6592, 875-8655 or Kim Eckart, Tharp Funeral Home at 586-3443. Reservations are not needed, dress is casual and newcomers are always welcome.

Thursday, Nov. 18

We Care... for the Caregivers
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, November 18 , Thursday,  5 p.m. Free at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.

General Cancer Support Group
    Meeting on November 18 (open discussion) at 4 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd. Moneta, Va. 24121.

Friday, Nov. 19

'Laughter is the Best Medicine'
    Lake Players, part of Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC), will present its last production of the 2010 season, “Laughter Is the Best Medicine,” on Friday, Nov. 19 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Resurrection Catholic Church on Route 122 in Moneta. The evening will feature original works by Lake Writers, including monologues by Judy Reap and skits by Jim Morrison. In addition, the evening will feature stand-up comedy routines and old radio skits. The cast includes Phil Servidea, Donna Proctor, Chuck Lumpkin, Tem Ernandes, Judy Reap, Jim Morrison and Connie Canova. Nancy King will direct the production. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a dish for the pot luck supper that will precede the entertainment. For reservations, please contact Connie Canova at 540.297.6680 or by e-mail at confred@b2xonline.com. Let her know if you are bringing an hors d’oeuvre, a meat dish, vegetables, a salad or dessert. The event is BYOB. The cost is $4 per person.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
    Bedford Chapter 1068, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet Friday, 19 November, 11 a.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant. Call Sam at 540-587-0019.

Wednesday, Nov. 24

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    November 24 , Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551. No registration required.