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Monday, October 24, 2011

Trunks or Treats Community Event

Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church of Bedford invites you to visit the church parking lot for free candy and treats on Halloween night beginning at 6 p.m. Games and refreshments will  be offered inside the fellowship hall. The address is 942 Burks Hill Road and is located across from Liberty Lake Park. Bring your children. Call Pastor Larry Ross at 540-587-8962 or email him at for more info. Visit the church website.

Fall Festival /Trunk or Treat

On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Goode will be having a fall festival and Trunk or Treat.

Fall Fellowship Festival

Mountain View Union Church will be having a Fall Fellowship Festival on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2-6 p.m. There will be hay rides, relay games, apple bobbing, pie baking contest, chili cookoff, music and singing along with hot dogs and hamburgers. Prizes for the games will be given. to register for the pie contests or child cook-off or if you plan to attend, call Shannon at (434) 942-1051 or Sheila (540) 587-9012 for food preparation, Mountain View is located on 460 West behind Bedford Moose Lodge on Miller Lane.

Gospel Sing

Gospel Sing at Safe Harbor Community Church, 800 Peaksview St., Bedford, October 29, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Scheduled to appear:

11 a.m. Dobie Toms and Faith Ridge
Noon - Common Ground
1 p.m.- Billy Witt
2 p.m. - Dorothy and Bobby Carter accompanied by Elwood Carwile and the Lafayette Gospel Singer
3 p.m. - Plain and Simple
4 p.m. - Family Grass-Bluegrass Gospel,
5 p.m. - Pleasant Valley Men's Chorus.

No admission charge, free food, crafts and games for kids. Love offering gladly accepted. All proceeds benefit Safe Harbor Community Church.

Questions: Contack Mike Mehaffey (540-400-1924) or Pastor, Jerry Parr (540-583-0951).

Trunk or Treat - Moneta

The Bethlehem United Methodist Church youth group will be hosting a Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church parking lot. Members of the BUMC congregation arrive early for the event and decorate their car trunk with everything from cobweb to cowboys, while wearing Halloween attire. All children and families are welcome and the event is free to the community. Trunk or Treat is a safe alternative to going door to door. Kids can get lot of candy from different families all in one place. Bethlehem is located at 13856 old Moneta Road, across from SML library.

Collecting Food

Bedford County Department of Social Services has begun collecting food items so that families in the community will enjoy abundant meals during the Thanksgiving holidays this year. Not sure where to drop off food items?  Mountain View United Methodist Church across from Forest Middle School on Rt. 221 has a real oar boat in the narthex as you enter the church and will accept donations until November 6. At that point the boat will be hitched to a truck and taken to Bedford County Social Services to distribute. If you need ideas as to what to contribute, and more information, contact the church at 434-525-6612 or visit their website.

Trick or Treat in Downtown Vinton

Children are invited to participate in the annual Trick or Treat in Downtown Vinton, Monday, Oct. 31, from 2:30-4:45 pm. Over 40 businesses will be providing treats for children up to 12 years of age. The children are encouraged to dress in costume and should bring a container for the treats. Portions of Lee Ave, Pollard St, Jackson Ave and Walnut St will be closed for the safety of the children. For additional information, call the Town of Vinton, Special Programs at 983-0613, or the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce at 343-1364. You may also visit the Town of Vinton Website.

Community Trunk or Treat

Monday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Huddleston Ruritan Community Center. Food and fun-inflatable obstacle course, free hotdogs, drinks, baked goodies, and plenty of candy for the kids. Sponsored by Huddleston Community Church.

Halloween Story Time at Forest Library

Put on your costume and head to Forest Library on Monday, October 31 at 1 p.m. for a Silly-Not-Scary Halloween Story Time! They will gather in the youth area for books, songs, activities, and a craft. This special holiday program is suitable for children ages 2 1/2 and up. Registration is suggested. Call 540-425-7002 for more details.

Ghost Tale Author

Author Joe Tennis is signing copies of his books at the open house of Bedford's Historic Avenel on October 27, 7 p.m. Tennis is the author of six books, including "Haunts of Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands", featuring a ghost tale o fAvenel plus other stories from Rocky Mount, Bristol, Abingdon, Radford, Meadows of Dan and Salem. Other guests at the open house include the Ghostec paranormal investigating team plus John Salas, another paranormal investigator. All are slated to report on the haunted happenings of the historic landmark. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12 years, and children under 6 are admitted free. Call 540-586-1814 or visit website for more information.

Halloween in Boo-ford (Bedford)

On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come out to Boo-ford and prepare to have lots of scary fun, family style. The event will be held in the Farmers' Market area at Washington and Center Streets.

There will be buckets of stuff for the kids to get into, including dipping apples, painting pumpkins, digging for candy, face painting, lots of food to bite into, multiple contests involving costumes, hot dogs and pies, raffles, giveaways, a dunking booth for witches (more witches needed), football and bean bag toss, arcade type games, and even a trunk or treat area. There will even be a scary book reading area for the littler ones.

Enjoy a whole day of fun, and at 3 p.m., there is a costume guided trick-or-treat tour of Booford for kids of all ages, to all of the participating merchants. See all of the scary decorated store windows and vote for your favorites.

This event will be held in the Farmer's Market Area, and admission is free to anyone in a costume or not, or under 100 years old. ID may be required, so please bring it.

Be sure to drop in and help us start a new tradition in Centertown Booford.

Email any questions to, or visit their website.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Festival

Forest Library is teaming up with the Forest Farmer's Market to present a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29. Enjoy music, crafts, a harvest story time, and more fun family activities.

Family Pumpkin Carving Contest

Big Island Library is holding a Family Pumpkin Carving Contest on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Carve into some fun with a favorite fall tradition and show us your best designs.

Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival

Will be held from 11 am to 4 pm. Enjoy a full day event featuring music, crafts and a spectacular competitive chili cook-off. Trophies will be awarded for "Best Chili," "People's Choice" and "Showmanshiop." It'll be a hot time at Smith Mountain Lake. Held lakeside at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, near the Hales Ford Bridge. Call 540-721-1203 or visit website for more information.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Family Movie Night at Moneta Library

Tuesday, October 27, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. for a special viewing of Spooky Buddies (G) followed by crafts and games.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spooky Tales

Join National Park Service volunteer Rita Zimmeran in the Flat Top Room at the Peaks of Otter Lodge at 3 p.m.  on Saturday, October 22. They will reprise their roles as Miz Besie Brown and Mrs. Emma Roseberry and share 'home brewed' supernatural tales steeped in the lore of the local area. Kids may come in costume and share in the scary fun. 

At 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, join National Park Service Ranger Richard Nash in the amphitheater as he spins stories of blood suckers, stranglers and creatures with sharp claws and teeth that lurk in the hills and hollows of the Blue Ridge, immediately following the program join Ranger Nash for a night prowl to look for creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. This will be the last program for the season so bring your family and share the fun.

Free candy treats for kids will be given out following the program. This activity is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at t40-586-4496.

Moneta Fire Department Haunted House

The Moneta Fire Department will be holding a haunted house. This 'fun for the entire family event' will have many spooky and scary twists and turns to keep everyone's interest. October 21 and October 22 from 7 to 10 pm. Located at 12737 N. Old Moneta Road across from the Moneta Elementary School. No fee is mentioned. I would call first. Phone number: 540-297-7281. 

Howl-O-Ween Party

Saturday, October 29- All American Mutt Rescue is celebrating Adopt a Shelter Dog Month with a Howl-O-Ween Party at Westside  Food Mart, 942 Blue Ridge Ave, Bedford, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a pet costume contest, a pet Trick for Treats contest, a photographer to capture all the cuteness and more family fun activities. Any question, contact Cindy Torrence at 540-297-1590 or by email at

Sedalia Chili Cook-Off

On Oct. 29 the Sedalia Chili Cook-off will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Teams from around the area bring out their best recipes and those attending will have the chance to sample and vote for the best. The event will be held at the Sedalia Center, 1108 Sedalia School Road, Bedford. Call 434-299-5080 or visit their website for more information.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Family Lego Night

Show off your family's Lego building skills and enjoy rectangular refreshments at the Moneta Library's Family Lego Night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 20. Each group will build a project of their own creation with the Legos provided. There will be a library display of the project until November 5.

Monday, October 10, 2011

BCO plans Fall Concert

The Bedford Comunity Orchestra will present its Fall Concert on Saturday October 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Bedford Middle School Auditorium. Musical selections will include music from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, An American Salute (based on Johnny Comes Marching Home), Granada from Suite Espagnole, Holst's 2nd Suite in F, Strauss' Russian March, selections from Show Boat, and Viktor's Tale from the Tom Hanks Movie The Terminal, featuring an amazing clarinet solo. Suggested donation $10/person. Visit website or call 540/947-0208.

Halloween Dance and Pot Luck

Pine Spur Hunt Club, 1094 Pine Spur Rd, Vinton, Saturday. Oct. 22nd. Dinner 5 p.m. Dance 8-11:30 p.m. Music by New Tradition. Admission $8 and a dish. Hot dogs and hamburgers provided. Call 890-2211 for dinner reservations by October 19. Call 890-9891 for information.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Musical Program

On Saturday, October 8, the National Park Service will present a special musical program at the Otter Camp Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The band Appalachian Heritage will perform traditional Appalachian string music. The two hour music program beings at 6 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 campground, weather permitting, visitors can join a National Park Service Ranger for an hour of nighttime exploration. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.

Starry, Starry Night

At the Peaks of Otter, Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Starry Starry Night. Join National Park Service Volunteers Marin DiLeggi and Alan Pipkin as they explore the night sky and its constellations at the Peaks of Otter Amphitheater. Instead of our regular night hike, this program will be followed by star gazing and a close up view of the heavens in the Nature Center Parking Area. Visitors should dress for the weather and may bring chairs and binoculars.

Harvest Festival at Big Otter Mill

The Charlie Parker Memorial Harvest Festival at Big Otter Mill will be Saturday, Oct 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. located at Big Island Highway (route 122N) about three miles from the city limits.

The title sponsor is Master Engineers and Designers, Lynchburg. The event features the world famous Brunswick Stew by Tony Ware, BBQ and burgers by Liberty Masonic Lodge #95. Serving starts at 11 a.m. Exhibits include: candle making, spinning and weaving, blacksmith, tin smith, soap making, basket weaving, corn husk dolls, quilting, rug hooking, wood carving and sawing, hit and miss engines, corn grinding, antique tractors, children's games and entertainments. Try your hand at the cider press and butter churn. Mill will be open for tours. Vendors offering: Big Otter Mill items, corn meal and grits, Virginia grown produce, jewelry, T-shirts, art, silent auction items including original artwork by Kathleen Husted, item from florists, jewelers, restaurants and other local merchants. Free favors from businesses.

American Craft Week

The Little Gallery will be hosting several artist demonstrations as a part of American Craft Week 2011, taking place across America from Oct 7-16:

Cosmo Glassworks - Chad Trent. Saturday, October 8 from 1 to 3 pm.
The Bead Baker - Ruth Cline. Sunday, October 9 from 1 to 3 pm.

These events are free and open to the public. The Little Gallery is located in Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake. For more information on American Craft Week and participants and events, visit their website.

Ravenelle Corn Maze

Russell Farms in Forest  - Ravenelle Corn Maze! Opening October 1st at 10 a.m. Weekends only. Fridays (4 p.m. to dusk), Saturdays (10 a.m. to dusk), Sundays (1 p.m. to dusk). $5/person, children under 2 will be free. Fat Daddy's BBQ will be available and offering BBQ, hotdogs, hamburgers, and beverages. T-shirts, pumpkins, apples and corn stalks will be for sale. There will be an inflatable bouncer for the children.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Apple Harvest Festival

October 15th - Dawn until Dusk. The annual fall festival featuring crafts, jams, cider, games, rides, auction, entertainment, and apple butter making. Pick your own apples. Live Bluegrass and Gospel Music-Gross Orchards, 6817 Wheats Valley Road, Bedford. Free. Call 540-586-2436 or visit website.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys Boat Parade of Lights

November 26th- 7 to 9 pm. Dress in your favorite Christmas attire and join the fun!  The Virginia Dare will be decorated with thousands of lights and leading numerous other boats decorated for Christmas to Hales Ford Bridge, the Smith Mountain Lake State Park and back to Port. The parade helps to collect toys for Lake Christian Ministries. "A Child's Christmas" program. To enter your boat or ride on the lead boat (The Virginia Dare) call 540-297-7100, ext 0 or visit Virginia Dare Cruises.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Holiday Arts, Crafts and More Extravaganza

November 5th, 9 am to 7 pm.  This is an annual event. Area artisans, crafters, authors, and musical artists offer their wares for the perfect holiday shopping experience. Sponsored by the Bedford Woman's Club. Portion of the proceeds will benefit local organizations. Bedford Elementary School, below National D-Day Memorial, Bedford. $2 per person. Call 540-586-4712.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Civil War Ghost Walk

6:30 pm to 8 pm. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of hte War Between the States, the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library will present a Civil War Ghost Walk in Longwood Cemetery. Actors will be dressed in uniforms and will tell the soldier's story while standing near his or her actual grave. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the museum for $8 or at the door for $10. Longwood/Oakwood/Greenwood Cemetery, Longwood Avenue, Bedford, VA. Call 540-586-4520.