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SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE EVENTS

Beekeeping

Learn about beekeeping.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Henry Rollins: “Good to

See You 2022”

Henry Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist. “Diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker,” The Washington Post said. And Entertainment Weekly asked: “Is there anything this guy can’t do?” On the “Good To See You 2022” tour, Rollins will recount the events of his life in the brief pre-COVID period since the last tour and when things got even stranger over the last several months. It’s been an interesting time to say the least and he’s got some great stories to tell. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Harvester Performance Center, 450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $27-$47

Contact: harvester-music.com

Wildlife Wednesday Cruise

Enjoy a delicious lunch and tour down the lake to the dam. On the return trip enjoy a presentation from an SML State Park interpreter about the wildlife that call the lake home. Boat leaves at noon.

Where: Virginia Dare Marina, 3619 Airport Road, Huddleston

When: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Call for prices and reservations

Contact: 540-297-7100

Morning Jolt with WoTech

Come join your village of women in technology for a morning jolt of real talk. We’re hosting these on the third Wednesday of every month to help us make connections and have casual conversations covering various topics about jobs, mentor requests and everything in between. There is no judgment: come as you are, liquids in the cup are optional, jump in when you can. Morning Jolt is being held online until further notice. Register once to get the Zoom link. Sponsored by Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.

Where: Via Zoom

When: 8 to 9 a.m. (program begins at 8:15 a.m.)

Cost: Not specified

Contact: Register at https://rbtc.tech/events/

Thursday, Sept. 22

Needle Felting Basics

Pre-registration required! Learn how to use special barbed needles to compress and join fibers and make a wool pumpkin. Ages 18 and up.

Where: Franklin County Public Library, 355 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-483-3098, opt. 1

The Bzzz in My Backyard: A Beekeeping Presentation

Registration required! Master Gardener and beekeeper Jim Revell will teach us why bees are crucial for our farms and food production discuss the structure and hierarchy of their hives share the history of beekeeping identify what pests, diseases and other scourges threaten the bee population and advise us on things to consider before adding bees to your backyard. Participants must be ages 12 and up. Seats are limited. You may register online at bedford.librarycalendar.com. Once spots are full, be sure to put your name on the waitlist. (The workshop may be canceled if a minimum of five registrants is not reached.) For additional information or questions, please visit www.bplsonline.org.

Where: Forest Library, 15583 Forest Road, Forest

When: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-425-7002

Lunchbox Lecture: The Glidermen of D-Day

Korean War paratrooper and Silver Star recipient Bob VandeLinde will discuss the glidermen of D-Day. This virtual presentation will be available online on YouTube and Facebook.

Where: Livestream

When: Noon to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-586-3329

SML Connects Roadshow

Join us for coffee and refreshments courtesy of our host, Smith Mountain Lake Association. This event provides a structured and supportive networking environment for chamber members.

Where: SMLA, 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 2100, Moneta

When: 9 to 10 a.m.

Cost: Not specified

Contact: info@visitsmithmountainlake.com

Friday, Sept. 23

Needle Felting Basics

Pre-registration required! Learn how to use special barbed needles to compress and join fibers and make a wool pumpkin. Ages 18 and up.

Where: Franklin County Public Library-Westlake, 84 Westlake Road, #109, Hardy

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-483-3098, opt. 2

8th Annual SML Civitan Club Golf Tournament

Join us for a fun-filled day of golf! The mission of the Civitan worldwide is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving local community needs, with an emphasis on helping local people with developmental disabilities. This nonprofit fundraiser assists the SML Civitan Chapter to further that mission. Registration and practice start at 10 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. Play is from 12:15 to 5:30 p.m., Captain’s Choice format. There’s a $10,000 Hole-in-One Contest and a $1,000 Best Drive Contest. Bring cash for raffles, 50/50 tickets and other surprises.

Where: Copper Cove Golf Club, 360 Chestnut Creek Drive, Hardy

When: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $100 per player, $375 per team

Contact: Becky Camden, 804-337-7876, rca9956@aol.com

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Bluegrass and Americana duo. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Harvester Performance Center, 450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount.

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $27-$42

Contact: harvester-music.com

Saturday, Sept. 24

First Responder Appreciation BBQ

Come help us celebrate our lake area first responders!

Where: Trinity Ecumenical Parish (parking lot), 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Not available

Contact: 540-721-4330

Saturday Matinee: “Downtown Abbey: A New Era”

A film crew wants to use Downton to shoot a movie. Meanwhile, the Dowager inherits an Italian villa, and family secrets are whispered. Rated PG. Two hours. Rotten Tomatoes 86% “fresh”!

Where: Moneta/SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta

When: 2:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-425-7004

Boo-tiful Decorations

Kickstart your Halloween season with a creative, ghoulish decoration — a custom-shaped cheesecloth ghost! It’ll be a scream! Participants must be ages 12 and up. Registration is required and seats are limited. You may register online at bedford.librarycalendar.com. Once spots are full, be sure to put your name on the waitlist. For additional information or questions, please visit www.bplsonline.org.

Where: Forest Library, 15583 Forest Road, Forest

When: 10:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-425-7002

Josh Ritter

Hailing from Moscow, Idaho, Americana singer/songwriter Josh Ritter was named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. Joan Baez and Bob Weir have covered his songs. He regularly sells out legendary venues such as the Fillmore, the Beacon Theatre and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Harvester Performance Center, 450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $37-$67

Contact: harvester-music.com

Monday, Sept. 26

Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District Board Meeting

The Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District serves Franklin County, Henry County, Roanoke County and the City of Roanoke, coordinating the region’s natural resource interests by educating and providing technical assistance to the citizens within. The Board of Directors consists of 10 members who meet on the fourth Monday of each month in Rocky Mount. Meetings are open to the public. Learn more at https://brswcd.org/.

Where: Ippy’s Restaurant, 1760 N. Main St., Rocky Mount

When: 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: Renee Fulcher rfulcher@brswcd.org 540-352-3322

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Lake Quilters Guild Meeting

Our program speaker is Cathy Fandel from the original Blue Ridge Quilting, and she will be presenting a Christmas Trunk Show. Guests are welcome to join us.

Where: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 S. Old Moneta Road (just off Route 122), Moneta

When: 1 p.m.

Cost: Membership $2 fee for guests

Contact: visit www.lakequilters.org or call 540-297-7267

Virtual Meeting: Virginia Statewide Rail Plan 2022

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has collaborated with communities across the commonwealth to create a long-term rail plan for Virginia and we want to share it with you. Join this virtual public meeting and share your thoughts! Please register in advance at https://drpt.virginia.gov/work-were-doing/virginia-statewide-rail-plan.

Where: Online

When: 6 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: DRPTPR@drpt.virginia.gov

DMV Connect

A mobile unit providing nearly every DMV service.

Where: Franklin County Public Library-Westlake, 84 Westlake Road, #109, Hardy

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.)

Cost: Depends on service

Contact: 540-483-3098, opt. 2

Government Contracting Series: WOSB/EDWOSB Federal Certification Process

The Federal Government buys over $600 billion per year in goods and services, and 5% of that spending is allocated for Woman Owned and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Businesses (WOSB/EDWOSB). This is a huge opportunity for small woman-owned firms that qualify to grow their business and become part of the challenging world of government contracting through set-aside opportunities. In this presentation you will learn about eligibility requirements, the application process, how to stay certified and more. Our speaker is Lisa Wood, Virginia PTAC Director. A confirmation email with the Zoom login information will be sent after registration. Register and find other workshops and events at https://www.roanokesmallbusiness.org/training/.

Where: Online

When: 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

RAMP Pitch & Polish

RAMP’s free Pitch & Polish clinics provide a valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to a team of regional mentors who want to help them polish their presentation, provide feedback on their business model, and connect them with the resources they need to grow. Open to any industry and company stage. Limited slots available.

Where: Virtual

When: 6 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: Register at https://ramprb.com

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Welcome to Medicare Workshop

Getting started with Medicare can be tricky. There are deadlines to meet, forms to fill out, and choices to make. Learn how to navigate this potentially confusing process. Please register in advance!

Where: Bedford Central Library, 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford

When: 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-586-8911

Thursday, Sept. 29

Family Fun Night: Back 2 School Clothing Swap

Have your kids/teens outgrown the clothes they wore to school last year? Drop off your gently used and clean school clothes at the Moneta/SML Library from Sept. 1-22, then come back to see what replacements you might find!

Where: Moneta/SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta

When: 5 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-425-7004

DIY Ribbon Bookmarks

Drop in and make this craft with us! Ages 8 and up.

Where: Franklin County Public Library, 355 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

When: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-483-3098, opt. 1

Smith Mountain Lake Association Annual Membership Meeting

This meeting is open to the public and we encourage you to attend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with exhibits highlighting SMLA programs, along with exhibits from many SMLA partner organizations. SMLA will provide heavy snacks and refreshment during the exhibits. The program will include a “big picture” summary from SMLA President Bill Butterfield, and feature a panel discussion on water quality, safety, invasive species and buffer landscaping.

Where: Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Cost: No cost specified

Contact: 540-719-0690, TheOffice@SMLAssociation.org

Understanding Intellectual Property and the Value of Trademarks

Protecting your product and maintaining a competitive advantage is the basis for trademark law. Join this webinar to learn the basics of intellectual property law and the complicated trademark process. Real life examples will be used to demonstrate the value of getting it right the first time! Our presenter is Michael J. Hertz, principal, intellectual property practice with Woods Rogers. Please pre-register.

Where: Virtual

When: 9 to 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: To sign up, go to https://www.roanokesmallbusiness.org/training/

Friday, Sept. 30

Charity Cheers

The format is the same as the long-running “Sunset Saturdays” shows. The SML Boomer Band will perform on the lawn, and ticket holders are invited to bring their own chairs and food. Limited table seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. All ticket sale proceeds will go to Food for Kids Weekend Pack a Sack. Advance tickets available at SMLwine.com. (Rain date is Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.)

Where: Hickory Hill Vineyards, 1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta

When: 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 per ticket

Contact: 540-296-1393

Ordering Deadline: Lobster at the Lake

Come feast on fresh Maine lobster, courtesy of Smith Mountain Lake Rotary’s 2022 Lobsterfest! Proceeds benefit the community projects sponsored by SML Rotary Club. Four ways to have your lobster: pick up a live one pick up a cooked one to go enjoy a lobster low-country boil with corn, potatoes and sausage to go or have the boil eat-in from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 8. Orders must be placed by Sept. 30 by calling Hot Shots. Cash or check payments only (make checks payable to SML Rotary Club).

Where: Hot Shots, 67 Village View Lane, Moneta (just off Hwy. 122)

When: Oct. 8 pickup hours 3 to 5 p.m.

Cost: $25 to $36

Contact: Amber, Hot Shots, 540-719-1547

Movies on the Move: “Soul”

Franklin County Parks and Rec is traveling around the county to bring you an outdoor movie close to your home. Prior to the movie there will be outdoor yard games to play. Concessions will be available with popcorn, snacks and drinks. Bring your blanket, lawn chair and a flashlight as we watch a movie on the big screen. All movies are rated PG!

Where: Jamison Mill Park, 2000 Jamison Mill Road, Henry

When: Games start at 6 p.m. movie starts at 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-483-9293

Saturday, Oct. 1

Putt 4 Paws Golf Tournament

Bedford Humane Society is hosting a golf tournament! All of the proceeds will go toward the maintenance, funding and process of building the first-ever humane adoption center in Bedford. Range warm-up starts at 7:30 a.m., sign-in at 8 a.m. Your team will be provided breakfast and beverages before play starts. There will be prizes for 1st-3rd place. There will also be a Yeti raffle at this event! Secure your spot now by calling the number below or going to www.bhsva.org (under the events tab choose “golf tournament” and follow the Paypal link). We look forward to seeing you on the course!

Where: Mariners Landing Country Club, 2052 Lake Retreat Road, Huddleston

When: 9 a.m. shotgun start

Cost: $100 per person, $400 team of four

Contact: 540-493-5510

Homefront Festival

Join us for the return of this joyous family-friendly event exploring American life during World War II with displays, demonstrations, children’s activities, reenactors and special tours. Students under 18, all veterans and active-duty military receive free admission. Food available for purchase.

Where: National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $10 for adults

Contact: 540-586-3329

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Join us for this annual IMBA event! This day was created in 2004 and recognized by the U.S. Congress. Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on the first Saturday in October introduces the joy of mountain biking to the next generation.

Where: Waid Park, 701 Waid Park Road, Rocky Mount

When: 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

Contact: Register at PlayFranklinCounty.com

Huge Four Church Yard Sale

All proceeds go to the backpack program at Stewartsville Elementary School. Food for sale. Rain or shine. Turn left behind the Shop In at the light on Rt. 24 in Stewartsville

Where: Mays Memorial United Methodist Church, 1121 Odd Fellows Road, Stewartville

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

Contact: 540-890-4713

Thursday, Oct. 6

Computer Class: Digital Photos 101

Get tips for organizing, backing up and editing photos, including taking them from your phone or camera to your computer.

Where: Moneta/SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta

When: 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-425-7004

Oct. 7-9

SML Charity Home Tour

The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour is the community fund drive to support critical services for those in need in the Smith Mountain Lake region. The tour accomplishes this through partnerships with volunteers, charities, businesses and individuals. Eight beautiful lakefront homes are opened to the general public for touring and are matched to eight different local charities. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the SML Visitors Center, and at the houses on tour during the weekend. Tickets are valid all three days (one visit per home). Arrive by car or boat! Free parking and docking. Tour held rain or shine.

Where: Locations can be viewed at http://www.smlcharityhometour.com

When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Cost: $30 through Oc.t 6 $35 during tour weekend

Contact: http://www.smlcharityhometour.com

Oct. 7-8

Archaeology Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An amateur archaeologist, Thomas Jefferson would surely be fascinated by the more than 300,000 artifacts found on the Poplar Forest grounds since 1986. Join Poplar Forest’s archaeologists for a 90-minute walking tour focused on the latest archaeological dig sites and discoveries on the plantation. Reservations are encouraged as spots on the tour are limited.

Where: Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest

When: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 day-of

Contact: 434-525-1806

Saturday, Oct. 8

Kids Fishing Derby

Gather up your fishing pole, bait and tackle and join us as we fish for trout in the Pigg River. A huge thanks to DGIF for stocking trout for this special event. Trophies will be awarded to those who catch the heaviest amount of fish per category. Ages 15 and under.

Where: Waid Park, 701 Waid Park Road, Rocky Mount

When: 9 to 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-483-9293

ImPRESSive Creation form Nature: A Bedford Area Master Gardener Workshop

Registration required! Join us as we learn about methods for preserving different types of plants and flowers, how to store them, and some of the different things they can be used for. Each participant will have the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind design using pressed flowers and plant materials on a wood slice. Space is limited.

Where: Moneta/SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-425-7004

Homegrown Music Series

This homegrown event is co-hosted by the Town of Rocky Mount and Twin Creeks Distillery and will take place every second Saturday at the Rocky Mount Train Depot. The evening will start with an open jam from 5:30-6:30 p.m., allowing anyone who wants to bring an instrument a chance to sit in and play a tune. A brief intermission will take place from 6:30-7 p.m. and we encourage folks to visit the local food truck parked out front. The band will play from 7-9 p.m. This is a community event for all ages. No alcohol will be on-site.

Where: Rocky Mount Depot, 52 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Open jam is free $5 for the band (children 12 and under free)

Contact: 540-489-0948

Sunday, Oct. 9

Smith Mountain Striper Club Member Boat Show & Social

Bring your boat to Crazy Horse Marina. Compare rigging with other members, share with the public, and enjoy food and refreshment from Los Amigos. Guests are welcome to attend a Striper Club meeting to check it out and decide if joining would be right for them.

Where: Crazy Horse Marina docks

When: 3 to 5 p.m.

Cost: Membership guests visit free

Contact: smsc@smithmountainstriperclub.com

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Medicare 101

No-pitch, just-the-facts sessions with Harmon & Proutey Financial Group. Same session offered later today at Westlake. See below.

Where: Franklin County Public Library, 355 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

When: 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-483-3098, opt. 1

Medicare 101

See previous listing for details.

Where: Franklin County Public Library-Westlake, 84 Westlake Road, #109, Hardy

When: 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-483-3098, opt. 2

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Wonderful Wednesdays

Wonderful Wednesdays, a popular evening of fellowship and small group gatherings, got underway in Septbember at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta. The SML community is invited to join these mid-week sessions, starting with dinner at 5:50 p.m. followed by music and group discussions for all ages. Nursery care is also provided. There are no fees for the programs, dinner or nursery care. Registration is requested online at the church website: bethlehemunitedmethodist.org.

Where: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 S. Old Moneta Road, Moneta

When: 5:50 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-297-7957

(Virtual) Franklin County Connects

This event provides a structured and supportive networking environment for SML Chamber members. Each month a guest speaker presents vital info regarding the Franklin County business community. Attendees receive chamber updates, meet and network with other members and have an opportunity to share information about their business.

Where: Online

When: 9 to 10 a.m.

Cost: Membership

Contact: Meeting ID and password available at business.visitsmithmountainlake.com/events

Friday, Oct. 14

Smith Mountain Lake Fall Classic Golf Tournament

Please join the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce for our first Fall Classic Golf Tournament at beautiful Mariners Landing Country Club! This new event will be an amazing way to showcase your company, meet new business prospects and entertain top clients — all while enjoying a fun and relaxing day on one of the region’s finest golf courses.

Where: Mariner’s Landing Country Club, 2052 Lake Retreat Road, Huddleston

When: TBA (afternoon shotgun start)

Cost: $100 individual players, $350 foursome Sponsorships available starting at $150

Contact: Erin Stanley, 540-721-1203, estanley@visitsmithmountainlake.com

Saturday, Oct. 15

Reservation Deadline: Fall Harvest Dinner with Mr. Jefferson (Oct. 22)

One of America’s first foodies, Thomas Jefferson had a taste for fine wines and gourmet foods. Join the president, as portrayed by actor Bill Barker, in his private retreat to raise a glass to a successful harvest season and enjoy a multi-course dinner with wine pairings on Saturday, Oct. 22. Must be 21 and over. Reservations required by Oct. 15!

Where: Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest

When: Event is Saturday, Oct. 22, 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $200 per person, $350 per couple

Contact: 434-525-1806

Friday, Oct. 21

Application Deadline: Fall Chili Festival (Nov. 5)

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the Chili Champion of Smith Mountain Lake, it’s time to get your application in for the SML Chili Festival. The application deadline is Oct. 21. The festival will take place Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bridgewater Plaza. For those interested in entering a team, a minimum of 10 gallons of chili must be prepared. All chili must be cooked on-site, from scratch. Cooking begins at 8 a.m., with samples shared with festivalgoers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A committee will judge on the stage at Mango’s Bar & Grill for the “Best Chili” prizes based on taste, consistency, aroma, color and bite. The public will vote via ballot box for the “Peoples’ Choice” and for “Best Showmanship” awards. Applications are being accepted for chili-cooking teams, as well as craft vendors and food vendors. Space is limited and will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. For complete rules and to access applications, go to visitsmithmountainlake.com/sml-chili-festival.

Where: Apply online festival is at Bridgewater Plaza

When: Application deadline Oct. 21 festival is Nov. 5

Cost: $25 per team

Contact: Erin Stanley, 540-721-1203, estanley@visitsmithmountainlake.com

YMCA Summer Sunset Festival Series

Last in the series! The Bedford YMCA is hosting a summer series of events in partnership with the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. We will have bands and/or a DJ, food trucks, vendors and kid friendly fun! Go to bedfordareachamber.com to register.

Where: Bedford Area Family YMCA, 1111 Turnpike Road, Bedford

When: 6 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

Contact: Kayla Walker, marketing@baccva.org

Oct. 21-23

Smith Mountain Arts Council 33rd Annual Art Show

Join us for this wonderful community event! The show kicks off with an opening night reception and awards ceremony on Friday, Oct. 21, 6-7:30 p.m. and continues through Sunday. This year’s art show judge, Forest resident David Eakin, received degrees in fine art from Ferrum College and Lynchburg College, and is a member of several watercolor societies. Visit SMAC at https://smithmountainartscouncil.com.

Where: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 S. Old Moneta Road, Moneta

When: Friday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, noon to 2 p.m.

Cost: Not available

Contact: info@smithmountainartscouncil.com

Oct. 21-23

Neil Simon’s “Rumors”

The Lake Players of the Smith Mountain Arts Council are proud to present the fun and frothy farce “Rumors” by Neil Simon. When four couples arrive at a home in Sneden’s Landing, New York, to celebrate their friends’ 10th wedding anniversary, miscommunications mount and hilarity abounds. “Rumors” is directed by Nancy King and has a wonderful cast and crew. Theatre doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show. Visit SMAC at https://smithmountainartscouncil.com.

Where: W.E. Skelton 4H Educational Conference Center, 775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz

When: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m.

Cost: $18 SMAC members, $22 nonmembers

Contact: info@smithmountainartscouncil.com

Saturday, Oct. 22

ImPRESSive Creation form Nature: A Bedford Area Master Gardener Workshop

Registration required! Join us as we learn about methods for preserving different types of plants and flowers, how to store them, and some of the different things they can be used for. Each participant will have the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind design using pressed flowers and plant materials on a wood slice. Space is limited.

Where: Bedford Central Library, 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-586-8911

Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument Annual Meeting

Election of officers and recap of the year’s activities. Refreshments provided. Members and interested members may attend. Visit us at www.friendsofbookertw.org.

Where: Booker T. Washington National Monument, 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway, Hardy

When: 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

Contact: Sheridan Brown, friendsofbowa@gmail.com

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

For 49 years on the fourth Saturday of October, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has celebrated the rich heritage and traditions of the region. Our festival participants are the real thing, sharing folk traditions that have been part of their families and communities for years. We’ll have horse pulls, mule jumping contests, coon dog contests, traditional crafts and country foods, Blue Ridge roots music, moonshiners’ still and storytelling, kids’ folk games, custom and vintage cars, sheep herding demos, threshing and baling demos, vintage tractors and engines, log skidding contests and more! The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is the largest regional event of its kind in Virginia. Ticket sales go toward offsetting the costs of staging the event, and other Blue Ridge Institute programs. Rain or shine. Free parking.

Where: Blue Ridge Institute & Museum (Ferrum College), 20 Museum Drive, Ferrum

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $5-$10 advance, $10-$15 at the gate (children 5 and under free)

Contact: 540-365-4412, bri@ferrum.edu

Wednesday, Oct. 26

7th Annual Women’s Night Out

The Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce welcomes Waynette Anderson as our special guest speaker. Her topic will be Grit & Grace: Achieving Your Vision in The Face of Adversity. Learn how to keep the focus on the vision while building bridges, empowering you to lead your organization into a strong future. Plus we’ll have raffles and door prizes, delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine (cash bar), and vendor booths for pre-holiday shopping!

Where: The Virginian at Westlake, 9945 Brooks Mill Road, Burnt Chimney

When: 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $60 per person

Contact: SML Regional Chamber, 540-721-1203, estanley@visitsmithmountainlake.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

Senior Expo

Visit with more than 50 vendors to learn more about opportunities to assist you as you age. This free event will include a food truck, live music and giveaways, plus yoga, line dancing, tai chi and pickleball demonstrations.

Where: Essig Recreation Center, 295 Technology Drive, Rocky Mount

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact:

Thursday Night Texas Hold’em Poker

Come join your neighbors and make new friends at the only free Texas Hold’em game at the lake. All skill levels welcome. These are fun, easy, no-threat poker games — you will not lose money but you will go home richer! Games start at 6 and 8 but please arrive early. We will help you learn the game.

Where: Hot Shots Family Restaurant, 13360 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta

When: Every Thursday at 6 and 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: Richard Millar, rhmillar@gmail.com, text 703-819-0157

SML Connects Roadshow

Join us for coffee and refreshments courtesy of our host, Smith Mountain Lake Association. This event provides a structured and supportive networking environment for chamber members.

Where: SMLA, 400 Scruggs Road, Suite 2100, Moneta

When: 9 to 10 a.m.

Cost: Not specified

Contact: info@visitsmithmountainlake.com

Friday, Oct. 28

Movies on the Move: “Boss Baby Family Business”

Franklin County Parks and Rec is traveling around the county to bring you an outdoor movie close to your home. Prior to the movie there will be outdoor yard games to play. Concessions will be available with popcorn, snacks and drinks. Bring your blanket, lawn chair and a flashlight as we watch a movie on the big screen. All movies are rated PG!

Where: Summit View Business Park, 21743 Virgil H. Goode Highway, Rocky Mount

When: Games start at 5:30 p.m. movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-483-9293

ONGOING

Exhibit: Blue Ridge Potters Guild

Selected pieces from members of the Blue Ridge Potters Guild will be on display in the MOarts Gallery Display Case in September. The Guild has members from throughout the region, including the Roanoke and New River valleys, as well as Bedford, Botetourt, Floyd and Franklin counties, and Lynchburg. Come see their beautiful work!

Where: Moneta/SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road, Moneta

When: Through Sept. 29, during regular library hours

Cost: Free

Contact: 540-425-7004

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