Community Events and Calendar (week of Sept. 7, 2011)

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Sign-ups and notices


For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper. For information on monthly/weekly meeting times for groups see the meeting notice section.


2nd Fridays

September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 9.  Experience Bedford's monthly 2nd Friday (of each month) festival. New activities are added each month to the already long list of art related events, music venues, and great places to shop and dine. Become a part of Centertown's "Art and Antique" experience including over 30 of the local merchants staying open until 8 p.m. or later.


Flea Market Vendors

The Sedalia Center, at 1108 Sedalia School Rd., Big Island, is seeking vendors for its Flea Market on Oct. 1 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 for 12x12 ft. space. First come, first served for space under pavilion. Send check to address above. Contact: (434) 299-5080 or (434) 299-6327.


Little Town Players audition alert 

Director  Allen Thompson will hold open auditions for A Christmas Story on Sunday, September 11, and Monday, September12, at 7 p.m. in the Elks National Home Theatre. Roles are available for one male age 4-8, three males ages 8-13, two females ages 8-13, two females ages 30-50, three males, ages 30-50. Show dates are November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2011. For more information contact the director at 540-765-7766 or gallent@cox.net.


National Day of Service

Looking for a meaningful way to commemorate the events of 9/11? Join from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Smith Mountain Lake State Park to take part in a National Day of Service. Pre-register now to enjoy a canoe trip while helping to clean up the shore lines. Space is limited and those pre-registered will enjoy a free lunch after the clean-up. The group will meet at the Main Picnic Parking Lot at 9 a.m.; bring sunscreen, bug repellent & plenty of water. PFD's (life vests), canoes & paddles will be provided for the event - no flip flops - participants 13 yrs & under must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-register by Friday, September 9 by 5 p.m. Registration forms are available at Smith Mountain Lake State Park's Visitor Center or call (540) 297-6066 for more information.


SML Charity Home Tour Seeking 2012 applicants

With an October deadline approaching, applicant charities are being sought for next year’s SML Charity Home Tour.  For 2012, charities may apply even if they have received funds from the Tour for the prior two consecutive years.  Deadline for applications to be received by the Charity Administrator is October 21, 2011.  A lottery will be held at the end of January to determine those selected.  Prior to the lottery, the applications will be reviewed to insure the applicants meet guidelines established by the Tour's Board of Directors.  Smaller charities may apply as one unit, combining their volunteers, and splitting the proceeds. All information required in an application will be found on www.smlcharityhometour.com (click on “Charities” link.)  For questions or more information contact Rosemary Drennen, Charity Administrator at 540-297-5220 or gdrennen@aol.com.


Virginia Dare lunch trip

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor a lunch trip on Tuesday, Oct. 4, for the Virginia Dare Lunch Cruise. See the fall scenery on Smith Mountain Lake while enjoying food, drink and a festive atmosphere. The enclosed decks have large panoramic windows so you won't miss any of the lake's interesting sites. Enjoy a meal, served fresh from the ship's galley. The cost of this trip is $44 per person, which includes transportation, lunch and the cruise. Registration begins immediately and space is limited, so make your reservation quickly. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 7. For further information, call (540) 586-7682.


A Nite at the Races

A Nite at the Races, the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake’s 4th annual fall fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 5:30-10 p.m. at the W.H. Skelton 4-H Conference Center in Wirtz. This will be an evening of video horse racing, dinner, refreshments, door prizes, race winner prizes, and even a women’s hat parade contest. Tickets are $35 per person which entitles the purchaser to admittance, dinner, $16 in funny money with which to bet on any of the eight video cast races, and opportunities to win door prizes. There will be a cash bar including Triple Crown Cocktails. Attendees are encouraged to bring appetizers for their table. Tickets are available at Westlake Radio Shack, 540-721-0017, Hot Shots Family Fun Center, 540-719-1547, The Phil Hager Insurance Agency, 540-721-8822 and the SML Chamber of Commerce, 540-721-1203.



On Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27 and 28, the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile will arrive and be open for the public to visit at Booker T. Washington National Monument. The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile is an interactive "museum on wheels" housed in a 53- foot tractor-trailer donated by Volvo Trucks North America. Its debut at Booker T. Washington National Monument will be part of a tour throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. With interactive exhibits the HistoryMobile gives visitors an opportunity to imagine and better understand the human experience of the war both on the battlefield and on the home front.


Upcoming Bloodmobiles

The following information is subject to change. Please call 1-800-REDCROSS to confirm drive dates and times before attending.

Sept. 12 – Bedford, Carilion Bedford Memorial Hospital, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sept. 15 – Huddleston, Palestine Baptist Church, 1 – 6 p.m.

Sept. 22 - Moneta, Resurrection Catholic Church, noon - 6 p.m.

Sept. 26 - Bedford, Bedford Baptist Church, noon - 6 p.m.

Sept. 29 - Goodview, Chamblissburg Ruritan, 2 - 7 p.m.


Butterflies and Bullfrogs, children's consignment sale

Butterflies and Bullfrogs is a seasonal 3 Day Consignment Sale of children’s gently used items. 1,000 of kids items from infant to size 16. Part of the proceeds will benefit The Bedford County Group Home. Thursday, Sept 8 – 8-9:30 p.m. $5 cash at the door goes to The Bedford Group Home. Friday, Sept 9 – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Open to the public. Saturday, Sept 10 – 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 1/2 price sale, many items will be 1/2 price. We bsite: www.butterfliesandbullfrogssale.com.


Westlake Library Book Sale

The Westlake Library book sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The sale will feature almost-new, slightly-used, and used books. Hardbacks will be $2 each; large, trade paperbacks will be $1 each; and pocket-sized paperbacks will be 50 cents each. The library is located in the Westlake Towne Center near Kroger. The sale is being organized by the Westlake Library Capital Campaign Committee and the Westlake Library volunteers. Funds raised will go to the capital campaign to help purchase books, DVDs, CDs, and other items for the library. For information about the book sale, the capital campaign, or volunteering at the library, contact Westlake Library Manager Marilyn Amerson, 483-3098, ext 3, campaign chairman Jim Morrison, 721-1991, or volunteer coordinator Sonya Riche, 721-1951.


Constitution Project

Local artist Susan Loy presents her Constitution Project at the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library through September 30. The seven designs of Loy’s pieces for the free exhibit contain the 7,728 words of the entire current United States Constitution. Spending over 2,500 hours, the nationally acclaimed artist used the words of this document to create intricate, meticulous images of the Capitol Building, the White House and more. Library patrons are familiar with Susan Loy’s colorful floral calligraphy designs, since three of her matted, framed floral prints are on the wall behind the circulation desk where they have hung for many years. The artist and her husband own Literary Calligraphy, a business that markets and frames her work, located in Moneta on White House Road. The Constitution Project may be viewed during regular business hours at the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta. In addition, Susan Loy’s small prints and note cards will be highlighted in the display case near the entrance. More information about Susan Loy and her work may be found at: www.literarycalligraphy.com .


EMT course

There will be an Emergency Medical Technician- Basic course at Moneta Fire Department beginning September 14. Classes will be held at Moneta Fire’s main station, located at 12737 North Old Moneta Road. This course is open to anyone 16 years of age or older and will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 - 10 p.m. For information and to preregister, contact Michael Harper at (540) 297-5560. Those interested do not have to be members of any emergency services organization. People who enroll in the EMT classes usually join their local rescue squad or fire department but it is not a requirement. Many students enroll simply to gain knowledge for themselves.


New computer class

In this comprehensive overview join experienced instructor and computer troubleshooter, Clay Jackson, as he patiently answers all the questions no matter the level of computer knowledge you have. If you’re feeling you’re not getting the most out of your current system and/or you’re tired of having your children or grandchildren explain computer –related terminology to you then this course is for you. This session is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. After participating in the class if you believe you have not learned enough to warrant the money you paid your tuition will be refunded. The cost for the class is $50, which includes lunch. Contact Dennis Crowley at 721-2759, ext. 264 or at dcrowley@vt.edu for more information and/or a registration form.


Music & Art in the Mountains

Visit the Peaks of Otter on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 for a “peak” at Plein Air art. Artists will set up throughout both days in Peaks of Otter area to capture the unsurpassed beauty of nature . The Plein Air school of painting originated in France and was popular in the mid-19th century, especially with Claude Monet and other Impressionist artists. The style is spontaneous, with artists painting outdoors to capture the ever-changing effect of light on their subjects. Plein Air painting is currently very popular in this area. Artists painting at the Peaks will be happy to discuss their work and answer visitor questions. There will also be sounds of mountain dulcimers and other Appalachian Mountain instruments hanging over the Peaks, at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, on Saturday, September 10. Riddle on the Harp will play in the amphitheater from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The group of three local women will entertain, not only with the Celtic music they so ably play, but also by using their songs to show the bridge between the Scots-Irish music of Europe and the traditional mountain music of Southern Appalachia. After the concert there will be a ranger-led night hike. Those attending should wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and carry a flashlight. On Sunday, September 11, Dinah Ainsley, an accomplished mountain dulcimer player from Waynesboro, will teach a dulcimer workshop near Abbott Lake by the Peaks of Otter Lodge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn to play some traditional songs on dulcimers that will be provided or they can bring their own. James Jones, internationally renowned instrument maker from Sedalia, Virginia will have a booth nearby with many of his instruments. He’ll demonstrate their use and will invite visitors to try these handmade traditional instruments. Music in the Mountains is free and ample parking is available. For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.


Featured artist

The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake will feature professional artist Bob Ransley for the month of September at the gallery located in Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake.  Born in New York, Bob’s formal art training includes study at the Swain School of Design in Massachusetts.  His unique style has a flair of its own and it’s always obvious he is having a good time. From his still life olive oil jugs to the many animals he paints, Bob’s personality comes through in each and every one. The Little Gallery is open 7 days a week and can be reached at 540-721-1596 or on the web at www.thelittlegallerysml.com.


Centerfest 2011

September 24 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. One of Virginia's largest street festivals, featuring artists and crafters, handmade items from across the country, live music of all types on more than four outdoor stages, tons of great food, activities for the kids including pony rides, face painting and a giant slide, non-profit, political, and other types of organizations, and great local merchants, too. A great event to come out and enjoy. More than 25,000 people expected this year. Vendor space is still available. For more information, go to www.CentertownBedford.com or call 540-586-2148. Centerfest will be on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., with a night concert from 7 until 10 p.m. immediately following the day festival. More information about these events can be found at www.CenterTownBedford.com.


Lynchburg artist Nancy J. Wood exhibit

The Wharton Foundation’s Bower Center for the Arts has announced its next exhibit will showcase the fine art of Lynchburg artist Nancy J. Wood and Richmond artist Lucio I. Valverde. The exhibit will be open September 7 thru October 15. There will be an artist’s reception at the Bower Center Friday, September 9, 6-8 p.m., coinciding with Bedford’s Second Friday events.


SML Regional Chamber of Commerce to sponsor trip to Ireland

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be visiting scenic Ireland, and is inviting chamber members, and family and friends of chamber members to join them on this once in a lifetime experience. Departure will be March 13, 2012. Enjoy an eight day journey and go where Ireland takes you. Visit destinations such as Adare, Co. Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher and enjoy the grounds of Adare Manor. On this trip you will also encounter panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula, and see historic locations such as the “Rock of Cashel,” and Kilkenny Castle. This trip is packed also gives you time to explore Ireland on your own as well. Enjoy local shops, dining, stroll through woodland settings, or venture out and visit the Blarney Castle and take the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck. Space is limited. For more information about this trip call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at 540-721-1203 or email Annette Stamus at annette@visitsmithmountainlake.com or visit visit http://chamberdiscoveries.com/ourjourneys-de-scenicireland.php.


Senior lunch trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering the following lunch trips for the remainder of 2011: Sept. 15 - The Babcock House (Appomattox); Oct. 4 - Virginia Dare; Nov. 3 (Thursday) - The Home Place (dinner); Dec. 6 - K&W Cafeteria (breakfast). Due to the popularity of these trips, reservations are taken one month prior to the trip. Cost for transportation is $5 per person. Lunch is on your own for most trips, unless tickets have to be purchased ahead of time. Some time will be allowed after lunch for various shopping and side trips. Call Bedford County Parks & Recreation for further information at (540) 586-7682. Lunch trips are open to Bedford City and County residents only.


Lunch trips

The Bedford County Parks & Recreation Department is offering the following trips: Oct. 13 to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft and Nov. 18 to the Liberty Fair Mall in Martinsville. Space is limited on the bus and these trips are restricted to Bedford City/County residents only. For further information, contact the County Parks & Recreation Department at (540) 586-7682.


Calendar of events


Thursday, Sept. 8


Diabetes Education Group

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health Foundation. Topic: Healthy Cooking. Sept. 8, Thursday, 6 p.m. Free. Bedford Memorial Hospital, Adult Day Center, 1613 Oakwood St. Class 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.


High Hopes Stroke Survivors' Support Group

Thursday, September 8, 1 to 3 p.m. at Lynchburg General Hospital Cafe' Private Dining room.  Guest speaker will be Dr. James Dunstan. Orthopaedic Surgeon discussing "The Use of Botox in Stroke Recovery".  Luncheon is included. Information call, Mrs. Carole McCorkle 434.384.7568 or e-mail: carole.highopes@yahoo.com. Visit our website!  http://highhopestrokesupport.webs.com.


Friday, Sept. 9


Free bluegrass music at the Bedford Museum

Dorsey Hostetter & the Maury River Bluegrass Band will be playing this Friday night at the Bedford Museum.  Music starts at 7 p.m.  There is plenty of parking available.  For more information contact the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library at 540-586-4520.


Saturday, Sept. 10


2011 Farm Safety Day

Sept.10, Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sedalia Center, 1108 Sedalia School Road Big Island. Visit the BMH Tent for BP Screening, sunscreen and First Aid kits.


Day in the Park 2011
September 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Miller Park, Lynchburg. This annual “Family Fun Day” has been a Lynchburg tradition for more than 35 years. Held each September as a cornerstone event for Kaleidoscope—Lynchburg’s annual fall festival—Day in the Park provides 10,000+ area families and children free games, rides, exhibits and educational activities in Miller Park. The event promotes family togetherness and fitness, delivers education and links hundreds of people.


Annual Bedford Genealogy Fair

The annual Bedford Genealogy Fair will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Central Virginia Community College, Bedford Campus, located off of Independence Blvd at 1633 Venture Blvd.

This event is free and open to all who are interested in individual family history research and Bedford County history. The fair will feature the following lectures. Some of the time frames will have two speakers/topics per hour. Running throughout the day will be an exhibit of 40 tables from various organizations, libraries, vendors and family historians. People visiting the fair will have the opportunity to visit the displays and talk with knowledgeable people. Many of the tables will have books to sell concerning Bedford County or their area of interest. This year, free Internet lookups on your family line will be available. Also there will be the opportunity for you to have one of your old photographs scanned and corrected and the original picture plus a new print and CD of the corrected photo given back to you. This photo service is also free. This is always a great event and we hope to see many people interested in their family genealogy.  More information is available at the Web site:  www.bedfordgensociety.org, call us at 540-466-4247 or email us at bedfordgensociety@hotmail.com.



Saturday Sept 10, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Bazaar Sponsored by Girl Scout Troops 2087 & 3040 at Thaxton Baptist Church. There will be baked goods, crafts and much more. Vendors include - Scentsy, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One Gifts, Celebrating Homes, Princess House, Mary Kay, Longaberger and Gold Refinery. 


Aliens Among Us

On Saturday, September 10, National Park Service Ranger Charles Wray will present an hour-long program Aliens Among Us at the Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The program will discuss some of the invasive animal species which now live in the Southern Appalachians and some of the ways they have impacted native species. 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.


Big Island research

On Saturday, September 10 James Tesi will be sharing his research on the original village of Big Island and the families that lived there. He now owns a portion of the land that was originally the Big Island village on the James River bottom. He has original layout maps of the town showing business locations including the three story hotel that was there. The meeting will be held at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, 201 East Main St. , next door to the court house. The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. There is plenty of parking (See parking map at www.bedfordvamuseum.org/forum/parking.pdf) and an elevator to the third floor. There is no charge and the public is welcome.


Sunday, Sept. 11


Bluegrass concert

The James River Bluegrass Association will hold a Bluegrass Concert with Mr. Bluegrass - Kody Norris & Wautauga Mt. Boys and Clearwater Branch & Caleb Cox on Sept. 11 at the Madison Heights Community Center, 424 Woody’s Lake Road, Madison Heights. Show starts at 2 p.m. Cost: $15 at the door. For more information call, Jr. Zirkle at (434) 944-0072.


Monday, Sept. 12


Look Good Feel Better

For women undergoing cancer treatment. September 12, Monday, 10 a.m. - Noon. Bedford Memorial Hospital. Registration required by calling 540-587-3308.


Alzheimer/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

(Safety Issues at Home by Tami Akin) on Monday, on September 12 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va.


Breast Cancer Support Group meeting

(General Discussion) on Monday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Shop. 400 Scruggs Rd., Moneta, Va.


Tuesday, Sept. 13



Bedford Professional Women will meet Sept. 13 at Liberty Station at 6:15 p.m. Legislation Committee will be in charge of the program for the evening.


Forest Lions Club

Forest Lions Club monthly meeting Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. at Bulls Steak House, 1887 Graves Mill Road, Forest. Dinner will start at 7 p.m. The guest speaker for the evening is Lion Charlie Herbert, Membership Development Chair, District 24 E. Subject: Club Membership Strategies. If you are interested in attending this event or information about the Lions or in becoming a Lion call 434-385-0493.


Wednesday, September 14


Garden Club of Bedford

The Garden Club of Bedford meets September 14 at 10 a.m. at the Bedford CVCC Center on Independence Drive. The speaker is Betsy Klein, who will present a program on Illuminaries – floral designs featuring light. Hostess is Ellen Wandrei. The theme for designs is Strange Shapes – Use odd shaped containers and plant forms in a Creative Design.


Man to Man Prostate Support Group

Guest speaker Sara Gill from the Blue Ridge Cancer Treatment Center will do an Over View of Prostate Cancer and the Differences on Imaging on Wednesday, September 14 at 6 p.m., at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta.


Southside Seniors

September 14. Southside Seniors will hold their September meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral in Lynchburg. Southside Seniors sponsor Rook every Monday, Bridge every Tuesday and Bingo every third Wednesday. For information, call 297-4975.


Friday, Sept. 16


September dance

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at New London Ruritan, September 16 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. There will be a one hour Hustle dance lesson followed by short dance demonstrations to celebrate National Ballroom Dance Week followed by social dancing until 10:30 p.m. Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5.  Beverages/snacks available at snack bar.  Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 434-426-9787 (leave a message)  or visit the Web:  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.


National Active and Retired Federal Employees

Bedford Chapter 1068, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at Liberty Station Restaurant. RSVP to Sam at 540-587-0019.


Saturday, Sept. 17


SMAAUW Membership Tea

Smith Mountain Branch American Association of University Women invites you to their Membership Tea Saturday, Sept. 17, 2 - 4 p.m. For more information or to RSVP contact Toni at (540) 521-3888 or email Ann at asjjah@aol.com by Sept. 12. Membership is open to anyone holding an associate or equivalent (RN), baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. SMAAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change.


Bear, King of the Forest

Saturday, September 17, 7 – 8 p.m. at the Peaks of Otter. Bear, King of the Forest, 8-9 p.m. Sky Tour. Join Ranger Richard Nash as he examines the life of our eastern giant, the Black Bear. Learn about the interactions bears have with humans where their habitats meet. After the program, walk over to the Nature Center parking area at the foot of Sharp Top Mountain for a Sky Tour of the stars, planets and constellations with Paul Derrick. Dr. Derrick is a member of the Central Texas Astronomical Society, an organization affiliated with the McDonald Observatory of the University of Texas. Two telescopes will be set up and several pairs of binoculars will be available. Each participant should bring a folding chair. Feel free to bring your own binoculars.


Art Market and Music

Art Market on Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Vinton Farmers’ Market. Paintings, photography, wood, jewelry, pottery, metal, fiber art, mixed media and more will be available from a variety of local artists. Jim Privetera of Earthworks will be demonstrating on the potter’s wheel and Rebecca McKeever will be available to assist anyone who would like to make a handprint or paw print clay plaque for a small charge. “Rich and Andy” will perform variety and oldies music on the market stage. In addition, a free art activity will be available for children. 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, 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.


Sunday, Sept. 18


Central Virginia Land Conservancy Land Jam

The Central Virginia Land Conservancy (CVaLC) will be holding its third annual Land Jam fundraiser on Sunday, September 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lazy Days Winery, 1351 North Amherst Highway (U.S.29) in Amherst. Local, gourmet food will be prepared by Dave and Mel Ellis, owners of Mangia and Dish restaurants. Music includes folk and bluegrass by The McKenzies, along with light rock by Bellweather States. Beer and wine are sold separately. Silent auction items include river trips by the James River Float Co. and the James River Association. CVaLC is a nonprofit organization promoting protection of Central Virginia’s natural and historic resources. CVaLC has assisted landowners with conservation easements to preserve nearly 5,500 acres since its inception in 2003. Proceeds from the Land Jam will be used to create educational materials and offer informational programs to landowners in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and Nelson counties. Tickets are $25 at the gate and $20 in advance. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at http://cvalc.org/Landjam2011.php, or at Mangia, Givens Books and Little Dickens, Lazy Days Winery, and the Amherst County Recreation and Parks Department. For more information, call CVaLC at 434.942.4320.


Monday, Sept. 19


Life for One

Guest speaker Mary Lantz on Travel Seminar on Monday, September 19, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va.  Bring a lunch/drink.


Tuesday, Sept. 20


Discussion on school bullies

The Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Friends of the Library will sponsor a panel discussion on school bullies Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Moneta/SML Library at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. The panel will present information on the issue of school bullies and take questions from the audience. Panelists include Andy Bliss, assistant principal at Forest Middle School; Josselyn Gregory, career coach and school counselor at Staunton River and Liberty high schools; Dr. Pat Santoro, psychology professor at Frostburg State University (Maryland).


Wednesday, Sept. 21


Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screening

Sept. 21, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Moneta Post Office, 14211 Moneta Rd. No registration required.


Membership Tea

The Bedford County Chapter of the AAUW will hold its Annual Membership Tea on Wednesday September 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bedford Central Library Bedford Room.  RSVP to Fran Schubert—586-3567, or Kristy Milton—586-6362.


Thursday, Sept. 22


2011 Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Expo

Sept. 22, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Taylor Brothers 1052 Independence Blvd., Bedford. Visit the Bedford Memorial Hospital Booth for BP Screening and meet our Hospitalist.


American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, September 22 from noon-6 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, Va. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to pre-register. Walk In’s welcome.


Bedford Area Chamber Business Expo
Thursday, September 22. New location: 1052 Independence Blvd. (former Taylor Brothers building). Expo & Job Fair from noon – 5 p.m. Free lunch. Attend workshops on site. Network with over 50 exhibitors. "Taste of Bedford" – 5-7 p.m. Network while sampling food & beverages from Bedford's Best. $5 cover charge. Enter to win door prizes and a chance to win $500. Call 540-586-9401 or visit www.bedfordareachamber.com.


Saturday, Sept. 24


2011 Bedford Centerfest

Sept. 24, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Bedford Memorial Hospital Tent for BP Screening, sunscreen and First Aid kits.


Harvest at the Peaks

Celebrate autumn’s bounty with “Harvest at the Peaks” on Sept. 24, at Peaks of Otter (milepost 86) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Join National Park Service Rangers and volunteers for a festival that demonstrates traditional Appalachian life in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Johnson Farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch apple cider being made on a vintage hand-cranked cider press. Other activities will include music on the front porch, broom making, woodworking, apple peeling, canning and tool making. Rangers and volunteers dressed in period clothes will show visitors around the farmhouse and outbuildings. Kids can play the same games that mountain children used to play in the yard of the old farmhouse. Stop by the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center to watch demonstrations of natural plant dyes, drop spindle spinning, quilting and other sewing and needle crafts. For more information stop by or call the Visitor Center at 540-586-4496.


Backpack Fundraiser

8 a.m. at Old Mill Primitives - Route 24 in Stewartsville. On Sept 24, the Stewartsville Community Backpack Program will hold a fundraiser at Markham's Mill on Route 24 in Stewartsville.
It will include a yard sale, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., bake sale, games, food, music, Bounce House, 50-50, Gold Wing Riders, fire truck, and more. Everything will go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except the yard sale. All proceeds and donations will go to fill backpacks for children at Stewartsville Elem School. The event is sponsored by area churches. For other information, contact William Massart at Mays Memorial UMC.


Wednesday, Sept. 28


Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Screening

Sept. 28, Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. Free. Forest Post Office, 14805 Forest Road, No registration required.


Thursday, Sept. 29


Pearls of Hope: Health Women’s Tea

Sponsored by Bedford Memorial Hospital. Topic: Facts about Breast Health. Catherine Hagan, BA, RN, MSN, CBCN. Living with Breast Cancer, September 29, Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Bedford Library Community Room. Registration required by calling Carilion Direct 540-266-6000.


Cardiac Forum

Dr Rodney Savage (Cardiologist from Carilion Clinic) will speak on Coronary Artery Disease Update, Dr. George Chaconas (PCP Franklin County-Carilion Clinic) on How to Prevent a Heart Attack-Does Cholesterol really Matter, Dr. David Sane (Cardiologist-Carilion Clinic) on Advances Cardiac Care at Carilion Clinic. Plus Additional Information (Anti-coagulation Information, Heart Healthy Nutrition, and Exercise) on Thursday, September 29 from 6 -8 p.m. Refreshments provided. No Cost. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr., Moneta, Va..Must register with Tami 721-4330, 297-5530, or Tepnurse@smltep.org.


Friday, Oct. 21


October dance

Smith Mountain Lake-USA Dance 6042 (ballroom dancing) will meet at New London Ruritan, October 21 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. There will be a one hour Viennese Waltz  dance lesson followed by social dancing.  Members: $7; Nonmembers $10; Students $5. Beverages/light snacks available at snack bar.  Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 434-426-9787 (leave a message)  or visit the Web:  http://usadance6042.idnet.org for directions and more information.