Community events and Calendar (week of Oct. 20, 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.

October Special Education Advisory Committee meetings
    The Special Education Advisory Committee in cooperation with Bedford County Public Schools will meet Thursday, Oct. 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the Parent Resource Center located at 403 Otey Street. The meeting is open to interested citizens and especially to parents and caregivers of Special Education students. Public Comment is limited to 10 minutes at the beginning of the meeting.
This month's meeting will feature information from Sara Staton, director special services, on the Update on 2010-11 Special Education, Review of State Performance Indicators/Local Performance Indicators, Update on School Board Policy, JM (Restraint and Seclusion), Update on State Special Education Advisory Committee. A workshop entitled “Collaborating with the IEP Team for My Students with Autism” will be held on Oct. 25 at Staunton River Middle School in the Library from 6-7 p.m. The same workshop will be held on Oct. 26 at Bedford County Public Library in the Bedford Room from 2-3 p.m. All interested parents, teachers, and friends are invited to attend one of these workshops. You may register by calling Lula Bowyer at the Parent Resource Center at (540) 587-8990, Ext. 103 or email lbowyer@bedford.k12.va.us.

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.

Masquerade Party at Historic Avenel
    Celebrate the fall season with Avenel at our Masquerade Party from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Sip cocktails in the crisp night air and enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and chatting with other Bedford residents and business leaders. Tickets may be purchased for $30 and include two beverage tickets. Purchase your tickets from Arthur's Jewelry, Bedford Welcome Center, Scott & Bond, Inc. or from any Avenel board member. For more information, call 540-586-1814.

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, November 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.  Season ticket holders may begin calling for reservations on Friday, Oct. 22. All other reservations begin Thursday, Oct. 28. 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) 586-8197. Class will be conducted by volunteer instructors Jim Hueber and Dick Turpin.

Sedalia Chili Cook-Off
    Team applications for the 14th Annual Sedalia Chili Cook-Off are now available online at www.sedaliacenter.org.  This is a great opportunity to showcase your top notch chili recipe, and is open to individuals, businesses, churches, and anyone else who can make mouth watering chili.  The application fee is just $10 for a team of up to four people.  Each team will cook at least eight gallons of chili for the Cook-Off, with all cooking done on-site, although teams may chop and prep the food in advance.  Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as the coveted Peoples Choice award.  Last year there were 40 teams vying for the trophies, and the Center hopes to have 50 signed up this year.    The teams will begin arriving on Friday, October 29 after 3 p.m., to set up their booths and begin cooking.  Cooking will continue until high noon on Saturday, October 30, when the gates will open and the festivities will start.   The band Work Release from Lynchburg will play cover songs throughout the day.  The Bank of the James is the major sponsor for this event. Advance tickets can be purchased at Bank Of The James branches in Bedford and Forest, Basket Case in Lynchburg, and on the Sedalia Center Web site.

SMAC's 21st birthday celebration
    Celebrate Smith Mountain Arts Council’s (SMAC) 21 years of bringing arts to the lake community on October 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church’s Fellowship Hall, Route 122, Moneta. This year, SMAC is combining its annual meeting with a birthday celebration featuring home-made food and home-grown talent. The dining theme is Italian, with the main course of Tuscan-style pork with roasted red pepper cream sauce “a la DeGiorgi.” Attendees are asked to bring a dish that keeps to the Italian theme. Water, soda and coffee will be provided. Bring your own wine or beer if you wish. Home-grown talent will include music by the Dittrich-Sakayama-DeGeorgi trio, a short play by a SMAC member, comedic readings by Lake Writers, and more.  Reservations are $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Payment is due at the door. RSVP by October 21 to hold a reservation and sign up for a shared dish by contacting Joyce Dittrich, 540.721.0168, detes1@gmail.com.

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.

Friends of Library Fall Book Sale
    The Friends of the Bedford Public Library will hold their Fall Book Sale on Saturday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the second floor of Bedford Central Library. Help support the Friends in this effort and take home some great reading material in the process. Most books range in price from 25 cents to a few dollars. Bring a friend or neighbor and spend a few minutes or a few hours browsing through the large selection of books.  The selections are diverse, plentiful and  affordable. No checks accepted. Donations of books for this event are encouraged. Included in the selection are current fiction and non-fiction best sellers, classics, cookbooks, children’s books, puzzles, DVD’s, romance novels, spiritual and religious titles, political commentary, self help, history, Videos, CD’s, large print books, biographies, coffee table titles, craft books, and so much more. Bring your donations of books in good, clean condition to Bedford Central Library. All proceeds from this Book Sale benefit Bedford Central Library. Book donations may be brought to the loading dock of Bedford Central library. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org. Bedford Central Library is located at 321 North Bridge St in Bedford.

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.

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. 

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. 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.

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.

Guest artist
    Local artist Edrie Bays, whose August-September art show with Anna Wentworth at the Bower Center "Friends @ Art: Mixing of Media, Meeting of Minds,"  will be Anna Wentworth's guest artist at The Market Gallery (A Regional Artists' Cooperation) October1-31. The Market Gallery is located at 23 Salem Ave., Roanoke. Phone 540-342-1177; web site:www.marketgalleryroanoke.com. Bays' studio is located in the Electric Company building, Art on Depo on E.Depot Street in Bedford.

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:  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.

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.

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.

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.

    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, Oct. 20

New Beginnings Luncheon
    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 3rd Wednesday of each month. The purpose of the luncheons is for information, fellowship and a good meal.  The speaker for this month will be David Perry, Project Manager with Western Virginia Land Trust. Since 2006, he has been helping promote the conservation of western Virginia’s natural resources – farms, forests, waterways and rural landscapes.  Perry will be discussing Conservation Easement.  Come join us and learn more. The next New Beginnings meeting will be Wednesday, October 20 at noon.  The meeting will be held at the Liberty Station, 515 Bedford Avenue, Bedford.  Dutch treat.  For more information contact Pam Willoughby at 587-6592, 875-8655 or Kim Eckart, Tharp Funeral Home, 586-3443. Reservations are not needed, dress is casual and newcomers are always welcome.

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.

Charity Auction
    With auctioneer Joe Pillow, October 21,  7 – 9 p.m. Elks National Home. Silent/live auction and reception. For additional information contact: Bedford Domestic Violence Services at 540-587-0970.

2010 Purple Gala
    Planning is well underway for the 2010 Purple Gala which will be held at the Elks National Home on Thursday, October 21.  The event begins with a silent auction at 7 p.m. and continues with a live auction at 8 p.m.  Over 200 local business and individuals have donated unique and interesting items for the auctions.  Some of the items include handmade quilts, original art, gift baskets, dining and travel packages, and gift certificates for many local services.  Light refreshments and wine will be served.  All proceeds from the Purple Gala benefit Bedford Domestic Violence Services which provides crisis intervention services including support and shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children.

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 October 21. 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.

Ghost Walk
    Museum Memorial Walk, AKA Ghost Walk – The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library will present its annual Memorial Walk Thursday night, Oct. 21 in the Longwood Cemetery. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Longwood Baptist Church. Tour groups will leave every 10 minutes from the church parking lot. This year there will be eight scenes depicting historic characters of Bedford that contributed to our community. The scenes will be; Dr. Pogue (Black Doctor), Harry Carder (Mortician), Mrs. Schenk (School teacher and administrator), Dr. John Gray (Pastor), Reed Forbes (builder and operator of Forbes Mill), Anton Yates (Manager of New London Cannery), J. Buford Oliver (Politician) and Dr. Nellie Lester (Chiropractor). The fee is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children under 12 free. Ages 12-18 half price. For more info call 540 586 4520.

Caring for the Caregivers
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, October 21, Thursday, 5 p.m. Free at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.

Women’s Support Group
    Thursday ,October 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Marine Corps League,   2337 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg. Topic of Discussion: Military Order of The Purple Heart, Anthony Scocco, will speak on:  “Presenting Evidence When Filing a Claim for Compensation with The Veterans Administration”. Several members will share their experiences and give encouragement to the group. We tackle the hurdles of caring for vets and work towards fair & timely treatment & compensation with The Veterans Administration. Learn about Agent Orange, PTSD and More. Come at 6 p.m. and purchase dinner at MCL Restaurant if you so desire. Dessert provided. The meeting is free and open to other, Women Caring for Disabled Veterans. For more information contact: Wives of Vietnam Veterans,  Judy Doering, coordinator,  434-665-4693/ jadoering@aol.com.

Friday, Oct. 22

There will be a Spooktacular at Body Camp School Gym on Oct. 22 from 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is $1 for all, under 2 is free. And again at Montvale Rec Club on Oct. 23 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is $4 (includes Haunted House and hayride or $2 for one). Ten free tickets for games and 10 additional tickets are $1. On Oct. 30 at the Montvale Rec Club from 6-10 p.m. there will be a Haunted House, hayride, costume contest, trick or treating and a dance. Admission is $5.

Bluegrass concert
The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Concert with David Davis & Warrior River Boys and the Epperson Brothers on Oct. 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. show starts at 7 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.

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.

Home Brewed" Halloween Tales
    7 p.m. Saturday, October 23. Join Ranger Sandra Ludwig in the Flat Top Room at the Peaks of Otter Lodge as she shares "home brewed" supernatural tales steeped in the lore of the local area. Do come in costume. This will be the last program for the season so bring your family and share the fun. Free candy treats will be given to the audience following the program. This Halloween activity is free and open to the public.  For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.

Spooky Ghost Stories  
    Saturday, October 23 at 7 p.m. Join National Park Service Ranger Sandra Nelms-Ludwig in the Flat Top Room at the Peaks of Otter Lodge as she shares “home brewed” supernatural tales steeped in the lore of the Peaks of Otter area.  Come dressed in costume and join in the fun or just bring your family to enjoy free candy and a night to remember. There will be no night hike following this program. All programs are free and open to the public. The above schedule is subject to changes and/or cancellations. For further information, contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at (540) 586-4496.  The Visitor Center, at milepost 86, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fall Fish Fry
    The annual Fall Fish Fry for the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 5- 7:30 p.m. at the Peaksville Odd Fellows Hall on 43 North beside Northside Supply Store. Menu consist of:  Fish, Hush Puppies, Coleslaw, Homemade Potato Salad, Desserts, Coffee, Tea or Lemonade.  Adults:  $9,  5-12 years:  $ 5. Carry outs available.  All proceeds support projects of the order such as Arthritis, Eye Research, Rose Parade Float, Youth Educational Foundation as well as local community projects.

Stories of the Longhunters
    On Saturday, October 23 National Park Service volunteer Cauthorn Walker will present an hour-long program Stories of the Longhunters at the Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Dressed in period costume, he will tell two stories about the legendary longhunters who traveled throughout the Southern Appalachians during the 17th and 18th centuries.  The program begins at 7 p.m. Parking for visitors not registered to camp at the Otter Creek Campground is available in the Otter  Creek restaurant parking lot. 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 p.m. 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. 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October.

Monday, Oct. 25

SML Democrats
    The Smith Mountain Lake Democrats will meet at the Westlake Office Monday, Oct. 25 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. This will be a working meeting to Get Out The Vote.  smldems@gmail.com.

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.

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, October 26, call the  Lynchburg office at 434-385-0815 to schedule an appointment.  If you have any questions you may contact the Lynchburg office.

Eating local
    Fresh. Healthy. Variety. Best taste. Community.  Eating local.  These are the buzz words describing the practicing locavore’s daily carte du jour.  Sound appetizing?  The Bedford Public Library System will help area residents investigate locavore eating at its upcoming “Eating local in Virginia” programs, presented by local author and locavore expert, Phyllis Wilson.  The programs will take place at the Bedford Central Library on Tuesday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Sons of Confederate Veterans
    The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting at the Bedford  Museum and Genealogical Library Tuesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be John Barnhart from the Bedford Bulletin. If you are interested in the War Between the States, you will enjoy this group as they discuss the history of the war and the history of their individual ancestors that served. There is parking available at the Museum, 201 East Main St. next door to the court house. There is an elevator to the third floor. The meeting is open to the public. Call Boyd Hubbard for more info (434) 546-7415.

Goodlatte’s staff
    A member of Congressman Goodlatte’s staff will be holding open door community office hours at the Montvale Public Library, 11155 W. Lynbhburg-Salem Trnpk, in Montvale on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. A staff member meets with citizen’s each month to get their views and discuss any problems they might have with the Federal Government.

Wednesday, 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. 

Interactive Nutrition Workshop
    CASA of Central Virginia will offer “Feeding the Hungry Heart: An Interactive Workshop about Healthy Nutrition for Kids Who Need a Helping Hand” on October 27,  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pearson Regional Cancer Center Conference Room, 1701 Thomson Drive, in Lynchburg (one block from Lynchburg General Hospital).  The workshop will be presented by Tonya Carter Price, R.D., the President and C.E.O. of TCP Nutrition Management and is sponsored by a grant from the Junior League of Lynchburg, in conjunction with Smart Moves. Price will cover eating behaviors, balanced approaches to eating, how to deal with the side effects of psychotropic medications, behavior techniques to assist with challenging children and how to deal with food allergies, caffeine and sugar, and childhood obesity.  With the holidays approaching, there are many eating challenges for children and their families, and Price will provide tips to how to survive and thrive. The workshop is free, and a tasty, nutritious lunch will be provided.  To register, please contact by October 20, CASA of Central Virginia at staff@cvcasa.org or (434) 528-2552. 

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening
    Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital, October 27,  Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551. No registration required.

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.

Family Movie Night @ Moneta Library
    Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (PG) at 6 p.m. For more information,  contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004.

Friday, Oct. 29

Halloween Haunted Trail & More
    Friday and Saturday, October 29-30, 5-10 p.m. at the Mayberry Drive-In & Diner, 1696 White House Rd., Moneta.  Family-fun activities include Haunted Trail,  Kids Games,  Cake Walk on  Saturday at 7 p.m., Pet Parade with prizes for best of show: Saturday, 6 p.m., Pie Eating Contest for kids only ages 4-8 and 9-11, Saturday, 5 p.m., Live Music by Carolina Virginia – traditional bluegrass and gospel, dunking booth, tattoos, balloon art, hot apple cider, lots of food and more.  Admission: Donation to the Moneta Fire Dept.  For more information call Bob Craig at 540-296-1480 or email bob@mayberrydrivein.com.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Costume Party & Dance
    Join at The Whole Note for a  night of live music featuring the Sway Katz, 19 piece jazz orchestra. Saturday, October 30, 7:30 p.m. Come out for a night of music, food, wine by the glass, and costumes. Tickets $15 at the door or in advance at www.swaykatz.com. The Whole Note is located at 570 Blue Ridge Ave, Bedford. For more info contact 540-947-0208 or visit www.bedfordcommorch.org.

Halloween Haunted Trail & More
    Saturday, October 30, 5-10 p.m. at the Mayberry Drive-In & Diner, 1696 White House Rd., Moneta.  Family-fun activities include Haunted Trail,  Kids Games,  Cake Walk on  Saturday at 7 p.m., Pet Parade with prizes for best of show: Saturday, 6 p.m., Pie Eating Contest for kids only ages 4-8 and 9-11, Saturday, 5 p.m., Live Music by Carolina Virginia – traditional bluegrass and gospel, dunking booth, tattoos, balloon art, hot apple cider, lots of food and more.  Admission: Donation to the Moneta Fire Dept.  For more information call Bob Craig at 540-296-1480 or email bob@mayberrydrivein.com.

New London Ruritan Club dance
    New London Ruritan Club, 12411 E. Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike, Dance. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Admission $2 for ages 6 to 12, $6 for ages 13 and up. No alcohol or drugs permitted. No smoking facility. Proper dress code strictly enforced. Call (434) 525-2800. Dates:  October 30, Midnight Special providing the music. Also Halloween Special night with prizes, etc. for  the lucky and best costumes. November 6, Midnight Special returns for another evening of music and dancing.

Sunday, Oct. 31

    Huddleston Community Trunk-or-Treat:  Sunday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ the Huddleston Ruritan Field - A safe, family-friendly event including Inflatable Obstacle Course, free Hotdogs, drinks, and dessert goodies plus plenty of trunk-or-treat candy for the kids.

Wednesday, Nov. 3

Blood Pressure / Blood Sugar Screening
    November 3, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free at Bedford Post Office, 500 E Main St, Bedford. No registration required.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.