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GROUP HIKE | Smith Mountain Lake State Park will kick off the new year with a 1.4-mile ranger-led hike along the Turtle Island Trail Head. Bring your hiking staff and binoculars to help spot birds and other wildlife. Meet at the Visitor Center. Free but regular parking fees apply. Pre-registration is encouraged. 540.297.6066,


MODEL TRAIN EXHIBIT | Jan. 2-28 | Different O-gauge trains run daily, including kid favorite Thomas the Tank Engine. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library. 540.586.4520,


COOKING CLASSES | Jan. 8, 15, 22. 29 | Presented by Bruno Silva, owner and executive chef at The Landing Restaurant, Moneta. Topics and menus vary. $75 per person includes instruction, dinner and wine for one class. Pre-registration required. 540.721.3028,

JAN 12

WINTER CARNIVAL | Jan. 12-16 | Indoor event for children at the Salem Civic Center Arena. Times vary. Visit the web site for additional information and pricing or call 540.375.3004.

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JAN 13 GREATER ROANOKE HOME & GARDEN SHOW | Jan. 13-15 | The latest in home and garden products and services on display at the Roanoke Civic Center. Friday 2-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call or check the website for ticket prices. 877.482.8496,

JAN 14

WINERY OPEN HOUSE | Jan. 14, 21, 28 | Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery in Moneta will offer tastings of their wines from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. fireside at the winery’s tasting room. 540.296.1393,

JAN 18

LUNCHBOX LECTURE | The National D-Day Memorial presents “The Rochambelles: Women on the War Front in WWII” at noon at the Bedford Welcome Center. The lecture will focus on the only women’s group assigned to a combat unit on the European front during World War II. Free with donations accepted. 540.587.3619,

SML REGIONAL CHAMBER AWARDS DINNER | A gala event featuring dinner, entertainment and awards presentation to Chamber businesses selected by fellow members. 6 p.m. at The Waterfront Country Club, Moneta. Tickets are $30 in advance and available to Chamber members by e-mailing jims@visitsmithmountainlake. com. Limited space. 540.721.1203,

JAN 25

LUNCHBOX LECTURE | The National D-Day Memorial presents “The Medicine of War – Combat Medics in WWII” at noon at the Bedford Welcome Center. The lecture The lecture includes a slide presentation and discussion by local historian Hugh Scrogham with a focus on the role of medics in World War II. Free with donations accepted. . 540.587.3619,

JAN 19

CHARLIE PERKINSON TRIO | Live jazz music at The Blackwater Cafe, Moneta. 6-9 p.m. 540.721.4333,

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