Community Calender

Updated 01/27/2023

Some of the pictures from Bedford Humane Society’s Pets with Santa

Melissa and Winter

School Advisory – ATTENTION: superintendents, principals, athletic/activities directors, media. Please share the following information with appropriate staff
January 27, 2023VHSL January 31 Executive Committee Meeting Agenda The Tuesday (not Wednesday), Executive Committee meeting agenda is now available on the VHSL website under About VHSL – Executive Committee – 2022-23 Documents. The agenda is also attached, and the links are below.

January 31 Executive Committee Agenda

Executive Committee homepage If you have any questions about the agenda, please contact Lora Bickley (


Dec. 5:
 Girl Scouts start taking orders via their cookie cards
Jan. 3-6:
 cookies arrive locally
Jan. 7-8: first booth sales!
Feb. 27: new cookie, Raspberry Rally, can be purchased online for direct shipment to your house!
Mar. 3-5: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
March 31:
 cookie program ends


Virginia Skyline Girl Scouts Kick Off 2023 Cookie Season
This week, Girl Scout Cookies are rolling into the Virginia Skyline Council region, and booth sales officially kick-off this weekend. New to the 2023 cookie season, the highly anticipated online exclusive Raspberry Rally cookie joins the iconic lineup, alongside classic family favorites like Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, and more.

How to Purchase Girl Scout Cookies This Season
Girl Scout Cookie season runs until March 31 in the Virginia Skyline Council region. Fans of Girl Scout Cookies can support Girl Scouting by purchasing cookies for $6.00 a box in a few different ways:

·       If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to find out how she’s selling cookies this year.

·       If you don’t know a Girl Scout, visit to use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder to find cookie booths in your area. Can’t find a local booth? Then contact us at and we’ll find a local troop to fix that cookie craving you have!

·       Beginning February 27, enter your zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at to purchase from a local Girl Scout troop online for shipment to your door or to donate cookies to first responders and local causes.

Girl Scouts in grades K–12 can start their journey to fun, friendship, and new experiences by joining the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization for girls at any point in the year. Girls can join and adults can become a volunteer at

Town of Rocky Mount Partners With Bald Knob Artists

The Town of Rocky Mount is excited to announce a partnership with
the Bald Knob Artists, a collective of local artists, to bring high quality art to the Town’s Depot
Welcome Center in Downtown Rocky Mount. An art gallery filled with local art is now open at
The Depot for residents and visitors to appreciate the talented artists who call Franklin County

The Bald Knob Art Gallery will be open to the public every Wednesday through Friday from
12:00pm – 6:00pm with additional monthly events.

Ruth Cook
(276) 233-2266
Carol Yopp
(540) 483-2850

DMV Closed for 2023 State Holidays and Observances

Customers Encouraged to Use for 50+ Transactions

RICHMOND – All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) full-service customer service centers will be closed on the following days for state holidays and observances:

  • February 20: George Washington Day
  • May 29: Memorial Day
  • June 19: Juneteenth
  • July 4: Independence Day
  • September 4: Labor Day
  • October 9: Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day
  • November 7: Election Day
  • November 10: Veterans Day (Observed)

The 2023 end-of-year holiday schedule will be announced at a later date.

DMV customers are encouraged to take advantage of more than 50 transactions available online at or through the mail during holiday closures.

Trinity Ecumenical Parish Men’s Prostate Cancer support group will resume our monthly meetigs on the first Wednesday, of every month at 40 Lakemount drive.

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia hosts a monthly support group meeting for persons and/or caretakers of persons with brain injuries.  The support group meets from 12:00PM to 1:00PM on the third Wednesday of each month.  The event is free and no registration is required.   


 Franklin County Public Library

***At Rocky Mount/Main Library**

355 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, VA 24151

In honor of Black History Month, the Warren Street Historical Society will present the exhibit “Our Story” at the Franklin County Public Library in Rocky Mount. On display through February, “Our Story” will highlight more than 150 years of Black heritage and history in Franklin County. The exhibit will be in the library’s community room on the second floor. Admission is free.

Invites ages 10 and older to enter a Tiny Art Show at its Rocky Mount location. Tiny art is miniature works of original art created on a blank 4″x4″ canvas provided by the library. Artwork can be 2D or 3D, it must be appropriate for public display (G rated), and only the canvas provided by the library may be entered. The canvas is free. Participants must sign up in person at the Rocky Mount branch. Finished pieces are due by February 28 and will be displayed at the library through April.

The Franklin County Public Library’s StoryWalk® at Summit View is now featuring a wintertime story, “Snowmen at Work” by Caralyn Buehner. The StoryWalk® is an outdoor trail open every day, rain or shine. Stories change seasonally. The StoryWalk® is located at Pleasant Breeze Dr, off Rte. 220S in Rocky Mount.

Heart Health. Feb. 3. 10a-12:30p. Carilion Clinic nurses will provide free blood pressure screenings and information on decreasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Valentine’s Needle Felting. Feb. 7. 5:30p. Ages 18 and older. Make three felted hearts for a necklace or garland. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly. Pre-registration is required. Call (540) 483-3098, #1. 

Cross Stitch Valentine’s Day Bookmarks. Feb. 9. 4p-6p. All ages. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 7. Call (540) 483-3098, #2. 

Book Sale. Feb. 11. 9a-1p. Gently used books at rock-bottom prices. Sales also held every Tuesday and Thursday, 1p-4p. 

Book Talk with Sheridan Brown. Feb. 16. 5:30p. Sheridan Brown, author of “The Viola Factor,” will speak about her historical fiction book about Viola Knapp Ruffner, who is credited with teaching the once enslaved Booker T. Washington to read and write. Please reserve a seat by calling (540) 483-3098, #1. Copies of Brown’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

DIY Alphabet Book. Feb. 23. 5:30p-6:30p. Parents and preschoolers. We will provide everything needed to start your own alphabet-collecting adventure. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 17. Call (540) 483-3098, #2. 

Think Global, Cook Local Cooking Demos. Feb. 24, 12p; Feb. 25, 11a. Cooking demos featuring recipes inspired by Michael W. Twitty’s memoir, “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South.” Guest chef, Braxton Naff of Appalachian Craft Provisions, will share how Twitty has informed his appreciation of Southern cuisine. Pre-registration is required and limited to two adults per household. Choose one session. Pre-register by calling (540) 483-3098, #1. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly.

Teen Tuesdays. 4-6P. Ages 12-17. Gather in the Teen Room every Tuesday for games, crafts, snacks, and more. Every other Tuesday starts off with a quick Teen Advisory Committee meeting (all teens welcome) and a featured optional activity. Must sign up by calling 483-3098, option 1 or stopping by the 2nd floor circ desk. 

Book Sales.

2nd & 4th Fridays, 9A-3P and 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9A-1P. Gently used books, classic to contemporary, fiction to nonfiction, and for all ages. 

Mahjong Classes

Every Monday 1-3 pm. Games with instruction every Tuesday 1-4:30 pm.  All levels.

Genealogy Friends

First Wednesday of the month, 9 am.  Share research tips and tricks. This friendly group gathers to share information on family history research and local history

Toddler Time

Ages 0-5 Tuesdays, 10:30 am

Story Time

Ages 0-5 Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 am

Westlake Library

Starting February 8 and running every Wednesday through April 12, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will offer free tax preparation assistance at the Franklin County Public Library in Westlake. AARP membership is not required to use Tax-Aide services, and there are no income or age limitations. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call (540) 632-0749.

Heart Health. Feb. 3. 1p-3p. Carilion Clinic nurses will provide free blood pressure screenings and information on decreasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Valentine’s Needle Felting. Feb. 10. 1p. Ages 18 and older. Make three felted hearts for a necklace or garland. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly. Pre-registration is required. Call (540) 483-3098, #3. Franklin County Public Library-Westlake

Blood Drive. Feb. 21. 10a-3p. Schedule an appointment to donate at

Children’s Coat and Diaper Drive. Please donate new or clean, gently used children’s coats of all sizes and disposable diapers of all sizes, infant to toddler. Donations will go to Lake Christian Ministries for distribution throughout the Smith Mountain Lake community. Drop off donations at the Westlake Branch of the Franklin County Public Library during business hours.

                                                                                                  Story Time

Ages 0-5. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 am