Community calendar


First Posted: 3/20/2009

Submissions to the community calendar need to be in writing and arrive or be brought into The Mount Airy News office before 5 p.m. at least five days before the event should appear in the newspaper. Be sure to include the full name and address of the event; the time, day and date of the event; and a contact phone number in case our staff has any questions. Information may be mailed to: The Mount Airy News, P.O. Box 808, Mount Airy, NC 27030; faxed to 789-2816; or emailed to [email protected]

Ongoing
Every Saturday night, Dobson Rescue Squad Inc. hosts bingo with cash prizes. The bingo is at the Dobson Rescue Squad at U.S. 601 and Rockford Road. Early birds start at 5 p.m. Regular pack begins at 7 p.m. The late bingo depends on the number of players. The regular pack is nine games for $20. The players game is $5. A child pack, for children 13 and under, is $5. Concessions are sold on site by Dobson Rescue. For more information, call 374-4100.
Jamming in Jamsburg in Lambsburg, Va., is held every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Community Center. Bluegrass, old-time, gospel and other types of music will be playing. Situated at the foot of the Sugar Loaf Mountain and surrounded by the mountains makes a beautiful backdrop for the jam. Theres plenty of space indoors and outdoors. There are concessions with the clean entertainment for the whole family. All musicians and music lovers are invited to come play, dance or just listen and enjoy. Admission is free, and concessions are available.
The Peoples Church Soup Kitchen is open every second Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dine in and delivery is available for those who live within the immediate area. For delivery, call before 3 p.m. that day. Contact Gene Brinkley at 789-1555 or Debbie Wall at 755-6746 for more information.
The Surry Arts Council presents free fiddle, guitar and banjo Lessons downstairs at the Andy Griffith Playhouse every Thursday evening. Master musician Jim Vipperman teaches fiddle at 5:30 p.m., and guitar and banjo at 6:15 p.m. No sign-up required, instruments are available for use during the lessons. For more information, call 786-7998.
A Jam Session will be held every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., free at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
A Jam Session will be held every Saturday from 9 to 11 am, free at the Downtown Cinema Theater.
WPAQ 740 AM presents a live radio broadcast every Saturday from 11 am to 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Cinema Theater.
Every Thursday evening, the American Legion Post 123 hosts Bingo at the American Legion Hall at Veterans Park, 691 W. Lebanon St. in Mount Airy. Cash prizes total up to $2,400 being paid. Early Birds start at 6:30 p.m. and regular games start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Free coffee is offered and drinks and snacks are sold. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 710-7322.
The Foothills Blues Society has a Blues Jam every second and fourth Tuesday at B52s, 972 U.S. 52 in Mount Airy, from 8 p.m. until. The society is seeking new members. Musicians and blues fans are welcome.
If you or a family member is struggling with substance abuse, help is a phone call away. Twin City Area Narcotics Anonymous Helpline is available 24/7 at (800) 365-1035 or at www.teana.org. Call or visit the Web site for meeting schedules and additional information. This is a 12-step recovery program.
Catch a tribute to The King on the second Saturday of each month at the Downtown Cinema Theatre, 142 N. Main St. in Mount Airy. Professional tribute artist Jimmy W. Johnson brings a unique Elvis performance. Showtime is 3 p.m. Prices for the shows are as follows: first 10 rows are $25, last 10 rows are $20, balcony seats are $15. Contact the Surry Arts Council to reserve tickets at 786-7998.
The Ararat Ruritan Club, Va., has dances every Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free. Performing is Cranford Creek Bluegrass, March 21; 2 Young 2 Old, March 28; Zephyr Lightning Bolt, April 4; Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band, April 11; Cranford Creek Bluegrass, April 18; Charles Bowman and 2 Young 2 Old, April 25; Joseph Easter and Foothills Band, May 2; Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band, May 9; Cranford Creek Bluegrass, May 16; Charles Bowman and 2 Young 2 Old, May 23; Charles Bowman and Down Town Boys, May 30; Zephyr Lightning Bolt, June 6; and Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band, June 13. For more information, call (276) 251-5436.
The Disabled American Veterans meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the National Guard Armory in Mount Airy at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to all members and their families.
Join the Foothills Arts Councils for The Artists Forum on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. This is an informal artists group for anyone interested in exploring their creative side. These discussions are presented free at the FAC building, 129 Church St., Elkin. For more information, call 835-2025.
The Fairview Ruritan Club show schedule for 2009: March 28, 20th annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention, $10; April 4, Daily and Vincent, $20; and April 18, Bill Yates and Country Gentlemen Tribute, $15. Artists and schedules may change. Call to reserve tickets. Fairview Ruritan Clubs number is (276) 236-2171.
The Womans Club of Mount Airy meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The club is seeking new members. The Womans Club of Mount Airy is a member of the General Federation of Womans Clubs of North Carolina. It is a service organization which gives back to the community in many ways including scholarships for local students and projects around Surry County. Anyone interested in attending a meeting should contact Wendy at 786-5747.
Clayworks is having open studio for ceramics in Elkin on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon on Front Street. This is for adults who would like studio time to work on their own projects with or without instruction. The cost is $145 for 12 sessions. Start any date, work on the project of your choosing. A master ceramics artist will be available during open studio time. Wheel throwing will be held on Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 19 through April 30. The cost is $90 and not class will be held on Easter. Open studio is between 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesdays. Start at any time and go for 12 weeks for $145. Work on projects with or without and instruction. Introduction to sculpture for ages 7 and up will be held on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. from March 21 through May 2, costing $65 with no class on Easter. Introduction to handbuilding for ages 7 and up will be held on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. from March 21 though May 2, costing $65 with no class on Easter. All classes includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes and firing. To register, call the Yadkin Valley Graft Guild at 835-2717. For more information, visit www.yadkinvalleycraftguild.org.
Every Thursday the Mount Airy Public Library will have Game Night at 6 p.m. The library will have games like Scrabble, Boggle, Uno, Life, Sorry, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit and other games available to play.
The Beulah Ruritan Club will have a dance every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Children under the age of 12 are free. For more information, call 352-3383.
The Foothills Arts Council announces the next session of After School Arts! This program for kids offers four different art classes, each meeting once a week for six weeks. Each class is $40 per six-week session. Need-based scholarships are available. This program is made possible by a grant from the Richard T. Chatham fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation. After School Arts! will be ongoing throughout the entire 2008-09 school year, with different art classes offered every six weeks. Call 835-2025 to sign up.
The Picture Books book club at the Mount Airy Public Library will be showing Atonement, April 21; and Jaws, May 26. The viewings begin at 6 p.m. and are free. Popcorn will be provided by the library.
Welcome spring with the second annual Yadkin Valley Watercolor Show at the Foothills Arts Council. The exhibit will feature original watercolor paintings from a variety of regional artists. The show opened will be in the main gallery through March 25. For more information, contact the Foothills Arts Council at 835-2025.
Registration for the Yadkin Valley Senior Games will be through April 5. Early bird registration will be from March 1-27 and will cost $8. Final registration will be from March 28 through April 5 and cost $12. The Yadkin Valley Senior Games are scheduled for the month of May. Volunteers from the area are welcome. Anyone interested in becoming a staff member, participant, sponsor or volunteer, contact Adam McComb at 401-8235.
The Surry Community College Ballroom Dance Class for beginners will be on Mondays from March 16-May 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jones Family Resource Center in Mount Airy. Tuition is $41. The Surry Community College Ballroom Dance Class for non-beginners will be on Thursdays from March 12-April 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jones Family Resource Center in Mount Airy. Tuition is $41. For more information, call 386-3244.
The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild will have lunchtime demos from noon to 2 p.m. Meet the artists will be held on March 21, Yadkin Valley Studio and wine tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and March 28, Judy Buckner. All events will be held at the Gallery Shop in Elkin. For more information, contact the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild at 835-2717 or visit www.yadkinvalleycraftguild.org.
LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center will be conducting volunteer training for those interested in helping at either the Mount Airy or Elkin centers. Training will be held on March 21 and April 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Street Learning Place in Elkin. The fee or $30 covers the cost of the training manual and a certificate of completion. For more information, contact LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center at 783-0011 or 526-5433.
The East Surry Little League will have food and fun at the Mayberry Shazaam from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on March 26. Go-cart rides are $5. One large pizza, one topping, for chocolate chip cookies, four large drinks and 20 tokens is $15.95.
The town of Historic Hillsville has announced the expanded summer concert and classic car cruise-in series. These events are all free of charge. Events will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Jailhouse Square. Music, food, beverages, childrens activities and dancing will all take place. Schedule is May 30, Showtime, Mark Roberts and Breeze; June 27, The Entertainers; July 18, Showtime, Jim Quick and Coastline; Aug. 29, Mixed Emotion and Craig Woolard Band; and Sept. 12, The Embers. For more information, call Larry South at (276) 728-2128, ext. 16, or email [email protected]
Today
Welcome the return of spring with an excursion into the Art and Wine Country of the Yadkin Valley from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., artists, artisans and craftsmen of Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes and Alleghany counties will open up their studios to the public. Painters, potters, fiber and glass artists and a host of others will be a part of the show. Get a first look at the new work that these fine artisans have created since the holidays and take this rare opportunity to see the places where the work is created. The arts council is still signing up artists, wineries and restaurants interested in participating. Registration ended Feb. 14. Visit www.foothillsartscouncil.org for an application. A map and participant list will be available on the FAC Web site prior to the tour. This is a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their work to residents of the Yadkin Valley and beyond. For more information, contact Bill Colvard at 835-2025.
The Carolina Travelers welcome special guests Johnny Williams and friends to an evening of bluegrass starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 for Surry County residents and Surry Arts Council members. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, call the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
A benefit plate sale will be held at the home of Elder Billie L. King, 515 Riverside Drive, from 11 a.m. until. On the menu is chittling or chicken, pintos or green beans, cole slaw or potato salad, cornbread or rolls and dessert. The cost is $6 per plate. Proceeds go for Glenda Ivory. For more information, call 789-4345.
The Humane Solution is having a rabies clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. One-year and 3-year vaccines available for $7. Must have current immunization record for 3-year vaccine. Proceeds will benefit Humane Solution spay and neuter program. Animal Welfare of Surry is having a bake/craft sale at PetSense from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A N.C. damage control agent/wildlife rehabilitator will be at PetSense from 10 to 2 p.m. to answer questions regarding wildlife rehabilitation/care and concerns regarding wildlife causing damage to home or property. For more information, call 786-5256 or visit www.animalwelfareofsurrync.com.
March 22
The Voc Spring Concert will be held at the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 3 p.m. The theme is Broadway. This performance is free. For more information, call the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
March 23
Learn how to make one of the fastest growing art forms. Donna Pumphrey will lead the Artist Trading Card Workshop from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin. Artist trading cards are small works of art, 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches, and can be done in any style of media. This workshop is free, and blank cards will be provided. Bring paper, paint, glue or glue gun and objects to be attached to the cards. For more information, contact FAC at 835-2025 or visit www.foothillsartscouncil.org for more details.
March 24
Lorrie Riccitello will be the featured author at the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library Lunch with the Author program at noon at the library. Riccitello, the owner of Meadows of Dan Trading Company, has written an inspirational novel about her son, Jacob, and their challenge of living with his autism. It is a story of love and perseverance. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
March 25 and 26
Artists are invited to submit artwork from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Gallery Group and Art Studio, 162 W. Pine St. For more information, call 786-8028 or 786-2307.
March 27
The Franklin Ruritan Club will be hosting a spring pancake supper with buckwheats and sausage gravy from 4:30 to 7:30 a.m. Adults are $5, children 5 to 12 are $3 and children under 5 are free. Proceeds will go towards community projects.
The Round Peak Lodge will be having a pancake supper in the Masonic cafeteria from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 and ages 6 and under are free. Carry-outs are available.
March 28
The Copeland Masonic Lodge will be hosting a port-a-pit chicken from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Plates are $8 and carry-outs are available. Proceeds go to the Masonic Home for Children and Masonic Eastern Star Home.
The Round Peak Lodge will be having a pancake supper in the Masonic cafeteria from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 and ages 6 and under are free. Carry-outs are available.
The 2009 Franklin Greyhounds will host the Spring Blue/Grey Football and Cheerleading Recreation Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Surry High School. Everyone from all area schools grades second through eighth are welcome. The Greyhound Pride Awards will immediately follow. To register for Blue/Grey Day, contact Tim Lowe at 368-1015, football, or Velvet Tucker at 368-4001, cheerleading. Registration for fall 2009 football and cheerleading will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. costing $75 per participant. More information is available at www.teamhounds.com.
A benefit for a cancer patient will be held at the Webb Community Center just across the Virginia state line on Hwy. 52 in Cana. A country-style breakfast, spaghetti supper, rummage sale, raffle drawings and gospel music will be held throughout the afternoon beginning at 7 a.m.
An auction will be held to benefit the Shriners Childrens Homes and burn center at 10 a.m. at 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain, inside the East Main Merchandise Building. Carnival glass, antiques, tools, furniture, glassware, glass jars, household items, box lots, antique dolls, old bicycles, old toys, antique baby rocker, blanket dresser, old wringer washer, saddles, jewelry and many more items will be up for sale. This auction is open to the public. If anyone would like to sale or donate to this auction, contact Carl Craddock at 710-1977 or on weekends 368-5700.
The Greater Mount Airy Ministry of Hospitality is sponsoring another community $1 bag it sale on Market Street in Mount Airy between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be ladies, mens and childrens clothing, toys and miscellaneous items up for grabs.
March 30
The Cooks in the Kitchen will take place at 7 p.m. The price is $25 and proceeds will benefit the Foothills Arts Council. To reserve a space, call 835-2025.
March 31
Tom Perry will be the featured author at the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library Lunch with the Author program at noon at the library. Perry has written several history books about Patrick County and Henry County, Va., and has just published book is North Carolina Has Done Nobly about J.E.B. Stuarts North Carolina connections. Perry is the founder of the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
April 2
A free workshop for artists and craftspeople will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Yadkin Center, Yadkinville branch of Surry Community College. Marketing expert Barnsley Brown will present Creative Marketing for Artists and Craftspeople and will present the top ten marketing methods of more than 25 artisans who make their living from their art. Artists will come away with a palette of bold, new ideas and a plan to implement them. This free workshop is being co-sponsored by The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild and Surry Community College and is for any artist who is interested in learning to improve their marketing abilities. The workshop will be held in Room 202 of the Yadkin Center at 4649 U.S. 601 North in Yadkinville. To pre-register, call 386-3211.
April 3
A Relay for Life Dance, sponsored by the Ararat Ruritan Club, will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Ararat Ruritan Building in Ararat, Va. Music will be provided by Charles Bowman, Downtown Boys, Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. Food will be available. All proceeds go to Relay for Life of Patrick County, Va.
April 4
The 2009 Spring Chicken Dash 5K Run/Walk will be held at the Patrick Springs ball field, Mountain View Loop, Route 625, Stuart, Va. Registration will be from 7:30 to 8:20 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by Woman Caring for the Community. For more information, email [email protected] or call (336) 601-0846.
The Genealogical Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties will have a meeting from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Mayodan Public Library, 101 N. 10th Ave. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge. Members of the society will be available to answer any question on researching. Light refreshments will be provided. Come dresses as an ancestor and tell about them. GSRS cookbooks will be for sale. One cookbook will be $15 or two for $25.
East Surry Little League will be having a spring fundraiser port-a-pit chicken from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Armfield Civic Center. Chicken, baked beans, slaw and a roll will come with the plate. Softball, baseball and T-ball games will start at noon.
Home and garden bingo will be held at the Francisco Community Building, 7100 N.C. 89 W. by the Francisco VFD Ladies Auxiliary. All prizes are household and garden items. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with games to begin at 7 p.m. A $20 donation includes 20 games and six door prizes. The final game is for the chance to win a patio table with chairs and an umbrella. There will be door prizes after each game. Hot dogs, drinks and dessert will be available for purchase.
A benefit fishermans breakfast will be held from 5 to 11 a.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Lowgap. On the menu is bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, applesauce, juice and coffee. Rich In Tradition will be performing at 10 a.m. This event will benefit Betty and Cullen Galyean for medical expenses. Donations will be accepted.
April 6
The Senior Democrats will hear Molly Beacham speak at the Lantern Restaurant in Dobson at 11:30 a.m.
University transfer information sessions will take place at Surry Community College in room A121 from noon to 1 p.m. These sessions are to answer general transfer questions. University representatives will be on hand to answer questions. The following schools will have representatives: UNC-Greensboro, Appalachian State University, High Point University, Lees-McRae College, Winston-Salem State University, Gardner-Webb University and Salem College. These colleges will also be available at the Knights Grill from 9 to 11:15 a.m. before the information sessions. Additional sessions with SCC personnel will be held April 7 at 6 p.m. and April 9 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information about these sessions, contact Scott Wilson at 386-3370.
April 8
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present Put Some Spring in Your Step from 11 a.m. to noon at Reeves Community Center. For information, call 401-8025.
April 9
A creative writing workshop, led by Sarah Wright, will be held at the library at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Angela Llewellyn at 789-5108.
April 13
The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College in Dobson. The speaker will be Dean Brown, who will speak on the early commissioners records of Mount Airy that go back to the 1800s. This meeting is free, and everyone is invited. For more information, call 755-9462 or email [email protected]
April 14 and 15
Enjoy the spring flowers with a guided van tour along 40 miles of an old railroad route in Virginia. Discover the natural and cultural history of the region. The trip includes brochures and a boxed lunch. Its for those 55 and older. The cost is $25 per person. Not that this is an all day event. To make a reservation, call (276) 699-6778.
April 21
The Salem Community Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend.
April 21 and 22
Enjoy the spring flowers with a guided van tour along 40 miles of an old railroad route in Virginia. Discover the natural and cultural history of the region. The trip includes brochures and a boxed lunch. Its for those 55 and older. The cost is $25 per person. Not that this is an all day event. To make a reservation, call (276) 699-6778.
April 23
A poetry workshop, led by Sarah Wright, will be held at the library at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Angela Llewellyn at 789-5108.
The first Pfc. Adam Lee Marion Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Cedarbrook Country Club. Lunch will be at noon, and tee time will be at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $75. Proceeds go to the Childrens Center of Surry, Inc. For more information, contact the Childrens Center at 386-9144, Ralph Holt at 325-9559, John Lawson at 428-8637, Wayne Atkins at 356-8061 or Todd Dockery at 244-8909.
April 25
A poetry reading and reception will be held at 11 a.m. Each area school is to submit two poetry selections written by students. The poetry will be read by the authors.
The P.E.O. is sponsoring The Granite City Spring Tour of historic granite homes, churches, Sobotta Manor garden and Granite quarry and headquarters. Following the tour will be traditional Moravian refreshments at Grace Moravian Church. Tour hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Mount Airy Visitors Center. For more information, call 789-7977.
The spring swap meet for the Genealogical Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties will be held at the Francisco Community Center, 7104 N.C. 89 W. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to share research and resolve some brick walls. Bring family research, photos and other materials to share with everyone. A copying machine will be available for use for 10 cents per copy. Light refreshments will be provided.
May 2
The Mountain Park Elementary PTO is holding basket bingo in the gym. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the games will start at 6:30 p.m. A donation of $20 includes 20 games. A $25 package will be available. There will be door prizes after each games. The last game will be for a Library Basket with protector. A raffle will be for a large Boardwalk Basket. Pizza, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.
May 11-15
Storytelling will be done every afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for elementary students at the Mount Airy Public Library.
May 13
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present May Be High or May Be Low-What Should I do? from 11 a.m. to noon at Reeves Community Center. For information, call 401-8025.
May 15
The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will present the Annual Book and Author Dinner at Cross Creek Country Club. One speaker for the evening will be Jerry White, author of I Will Not Be Broken and co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace for his work toward banning the use of land mines. The other speaker will be Martin Clark, whose newest book is The Legal Limit. He is a native of Stuart, Va., and a judge in the court system there. For ticket information, call the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 786-4478.
May 26
A Special Education Advisory Committee for Carroll County Public Schools will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the school board conference room on the third floor at the Carroll County Governmental Complex, Hillsville, Va. This meeting is for reviewing the Special Education Annual Plan for 2009-2010. The public is invited for comments.
June 10
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present Traveling with Diabetes-Dont let it trip you up from noon to 1 p.m. at the NC Cooperative Extension in Dobson. For information, call 401-8025.
Aug. 22
The Mount Airy High School class of 1964 will hold its 45th reunion. Anyone who is a member of this class and has had a change of address since the last reunion or knows of anyone who has, contact Tom Fawcett at 789-2002.
Oct. 3
The Mount Airy High School class of 1982 will hold its 27th class reunion. Anyone who is a member of this class, or know someone who is, contact Annette Rigney Timmons at 371-0424, Carol Vaughn Surratt at 374-8186 or David Nance at (704) 562-7241. All of these people have texting. For more information, call or visit Facebook.

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