Community events and Calendar (week of Sept. 29, 2010)

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By Tom Wilmoth

Sign-ups and notices

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

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

Liberty High School Class of 1990 Reunion
Join for a weekend of friends, memories, and family! Friday, Oct. 8, is Homecoming at the baseball field at 6:30. Bring your family and your school spirit. On Saturday, Oct. 9, there will be a family picnic from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Peaks of Otter. Bring your picnic lunch. Again on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Bedford Country Club. $30 per person/$60 per couple at 7 p.m. RSVP for this event.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southwest AAUW District meeting
The Lynchburg AAUW will host the Southwest District Meeting at The Arc of Central Virginia on Saturday, October 9, beginning at 11 a.m. Kathryn Braeman, lawyer and experienced judge, will present a talk on how to become an effective advocate for one’s self, one’s community and elsewhere. Ms. Braeman and her daughter created “Know The Score,” a AAUW Web site program that gives a checklist to use in local schools to see if girls are getting equal access to sports. The public is welcome. Box lunches are available for $11 by sending in a check to Lynchburg AAUW Branch, Leah Harness, 1590 Pine Bluff Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24503, 434-385-8749 by September 30. For more information on the program, call Toni Seidelmann at 540-721-1545. For membership information, contact Kathleen Busch at 434-384-8673.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Computer skills classes
The Bedford Public Library System is offering free instructional 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

Thursday, Sept. 30
Pearls of Hope: Health Women’s Tea
Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Topic: Living the Healing Life. Breast Health. September 30, Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Bedford Library Community Room. Registration required by calling Carilion Direct 540-266-6000.
Family Movie Night @ Moneta Library
Join at the Moneta Library on Thursday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m. for crafts and games, followed by a special viewing of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (G) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Moneta Library at (540) 425-7004.

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

Meet the author
Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. at the Forest Library. Local author Kathleen Grissom will give a presentation and book signing of her novel "The Kitchen House," sponsored by Friends of the Forest Library; Information: Virginia Lenz, 525-9213.

Friday, Oct. 1

Fish Fry
The Mt. Olivet Youth Department will have a Fish Fry at Vista Foods on Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dinners will be $8.

Saturday, Oct. 2

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

Civil War Encampment at Peaks of Otter
Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3. Re-enactors in authentic period dress will demonstrate what life was like for the common soldier during the Civil War. 2 p.m., Saturday, October 2. Witness a Yankee raid on Johnson Farm. 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 Join Civil War re-enactors for an evening program at the Peaks of Otter Amphitheater on Civil War weapons, uniforms and camp life. 8 p.m.. Saturday, October 2 Join National Park Ranger Greg Baltad and Civil War re-enactors on a nighttime walk back to the encampment. Throughout the weekend - drills, marches, cooking, blacksmithing, horses, tool making, and other demonstrations will be presented by re-enactors and volunteers.

Indoor Yard Sale
There will be a huge indoor yard sale on Oct. 2, at Main St. United Methodist Church, 212 E. Main St., Bedford, from 7 a.m. to noon, enter at rear of church.

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

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

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

UFO Conference at Smith Mountain Lake
MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network http://www.mufon.com is sponsoring a UFO Conference Open to the Public on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Mariner’s Landing at Smith Mtn Lake. It promises to be a lively meeting-of-the-minds of some of the top people from MUFON and some local UFO & Paranormal Experts. Appearing from MUFON is the VA State Director and Host Susan Swiatek with the Assistant State Director, Cameron Pack. Rob Swiatek, a MUFON Board Member and long-term UFO Expert will be on-hand. Rob has appeared in numerous History and Discovery Channel productions as well as Larry King Live. Adding to the MUFON mix is Richard Lang, the gentleman who served as the Director of MUFON's STAR Impact Project. This was a fast-response "SWAT" team that was funded by Bigelow Aerospace to arrive at the location of sightings quickly in search of scientific data. This ex-pilot's analysis has uncovered patterns and trends never reported before.
Conference runs 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. $63 covers all eight presentations with Lunch & Dinner included; $43 covers all 8 Presentations with Lunch; $20 covers the evening of dinner and two presentations. Coupon: Readers can key-in the code 3bucks to save $3 off the ticket price. Details & Info: http://va-mufon-sml.eventbrite.com susan.swiatek@gmail.com | 571-262-1496.

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

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

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

Sunday, Oct. 3

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

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

Bikers Against Domestic Violence
October 3, – Sunday. $10 per bike & $5 per passenger or equivalent donation of new supplies. The Kirk, 1517 Thomas Jefferson Rd., Forest. For additional information contact: Terry Stevens at 434-821-4431.

Monday, Oct. 4

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

Wednesday, Oct. 6

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

Thursday, Oct. 7

Theater Thursdays at Bedford Central Library
Join us for Theater Thursdays at the Bedford Central Library in Bedford City every Thursday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. where the library will be showing movies of interest to teens. To view movie line-ups and reviews online, visit the teen Web page at http://ys.bplsonline.org/teens, and click on the Theater Thursday link. Join on October 7 when the library will feature The Last Song. Parents, be aware of your child’s readiness for movie material. Movies are subject to change. Theater Thursdays is a special program presented by Youth Services only at the Bedford Central Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Youth Services at the Bedford Central Library at (540) 586-8911, ext 2107.

Candlelight Vigil/Walk
To Honor and Support Those Affected by Domestic Violence, Thursday, October 7, 5:30 p.m. Begin at Centertown Clock, walk two blocks to Memorial Garden beside Fire Department on Bedford Ave. Attendees are asked to park at Bedford Farmer’s Market.

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

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

Friday, Oct. 8

United Way Yard Sale
At Bedford Memorial Hospital. Date: Oct 8, Friday. Time: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine.
Rain location will be inside building.

Saturday, Oct. 9

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

Starry, Starry Nights
The National Park Service will host stargazing at the Peaks of Otter on Saturday, Oct. 9 , milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Peaks of Otter Amphitheater, Park Service volunteers Martin Dileggi and Alan Pipkin will explore the stars, constellations, comets, stories of the night sky and more. A typical night of stargazing will include a planet or two, binary stars, star clusters and one of the brighter nebulae and maybe a galaxy or comet. Outdoor star gazing is subject to cancellation because of adverse weather conditions. You can get even more out of star gazing if you bring: a blanket, jacket, binoculars, folding chair to sit in, simple star chart (copies will be provided to each participant) and a flashlight to read the star chart. Cover the lighted end of the flashlight with red cellophane because red light does not disrupt your night vision as much as white light does. For more information contact the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center 540-586-4496.

Campaign Rally
The Bedford City and County Democratic Committees will host a 'Two More for Tom' Campaign Rally for Congressman Tom Perriello on Saturday, October 9 from 6 - 8 p.m., at the Bedford Visitor Center on Burks Hill Road, Bedford. Several Democrat officials will speak in support of Congressman Perriello's re-election. Heavy h'ordourves will be served. Tickets are $25 for one and $40 for two. Tickets may be purchased at the Democratic/Perriello campaign headquarters at 133 West Main Street, Bedford.

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

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

Country breakfast
Emmaus United Methodist will have a country breakfast Saturday, October 9, 7-10 a.m. Bacon, sausage, gravy, biscuits, pancakes, and more will be available. Freewill donations accepted. Proceeds benefit the "Backpack" program and other children's ministries. 2282 Meadors Spur Rd, Moneta 297-5117.

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

Monday, Oct. 11

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

Tuesday, Oct. 12

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

Wednesday, Oct. 13

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

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

Thursday, Oct. 14

Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District
The Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding its monthly Board meeting on October 14, at 6 pm. Meetings are held at the USDA office at 1031 Turnpike Rd. Bedford, VA. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 540-586-9195.

High Hopes Stroke Survivors' Support Group
Next Meeting: Thursday, October 14, 1 to 3 p.m. Lynchburg General Hospital, 1901 Tate Springs Rd., Lynchburg. Ness L300 Bioness Program Demonstration. Guest speakers will be: Maureen Mahland,MSPT, site co-ordinator for VA Baptist Hospital Outpatient Rehab Dept. and Amanda Anthony,OTR/L. Leg Therapy Demonstration using an actual patient. This meeting will be held in the First Colony Room. Call: 434.384.7568 or email: carole.highopes@yahoo.com. As usual, fellowship and refreshments will be provided.

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

Saturday, Oct. 16

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

Amy Speace concert
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library, Inc. on, Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. will host the Amy Speace Duo in concert. The concert held in the Bedford Room of Bedford Central Library is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 per person collected at the door. For more information call 540-586-8911 or visit www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org.

Fish Fry
The Otterville United Methodist Church, 6524 Big Island Hwy (Rt. 122 N.), will be having a Fish Fry on Oct. 16 from 5-7 p.m. Cost: adults $9, under 12 $4, and under 6 free. All you can eat (take-outs available). The menu includes: Flounder, French fries, cole slaw, hush puppies, potato salad, beverage, and dessert.

Art Market and music
The last Art Market of the season on Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Vinton Farmers’ Market. Paintings, photography, wood, jewelry, stained glass, metal, fiber art, mixed media and more will be available from a variety of local artists. This event will also feature live music by Southwest VA singer/songwriters. Children will have a special opportunity to make a personalized ceramic handprint for only $5, or to decorate an edible apple at no charge. Artists may purchase a space for $5, with a limited number of spaces available under our permanent canopy. Spaces and tables without cover are also available in the parking lot at the same price, and free-standing canopies may be set up in this area as well. Interested artists should submit a photo of their work, by e-mail or regular mail, for review and acceptance. For more information or an application, please contact Mary Beth Layman at 540-983-0613 or mblayman@vintonva.gov. The Vinton Farmers’ Market is located at 204 W. Lee Ave, behind the Vinton Post Office.

Monday, Oct. 18

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

Thursday, Oct. 21

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

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

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.

Saturday, Oct. 23

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

Tuesday, Oct. 26

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

Wednesday, Oct. 27

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

Thursday, Oct. 28

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