First Posted: 3/1/2009
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]
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.
Stewarts Creek Ruritan Club in Lambsburg, Va., will raffle off 20 silver dollars in groups of five as a kickoff to a series of fundraising activities. Tickets are $1 and drawings will be held every third week. Money raised will be used for operating expenses and community projects. For more information, contact Martin Shatley at (276) 755-0158.
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 though February. 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 March 7; Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band, March 14; Cranford Creek Bluegrass, March 21; and 2 Young 2 Old, March 28. 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 7, Cana Ramblers, $15; March 14, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, $20; 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 am 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 and includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes and firing. Start any date, work on the project of your choosing. A master ceramics artist will be available during open studio time. 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.
Registration is now open for a Beginners Genealogy Course, sponsored by the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. The course, presented by Esther Johnson, will be a five-part series designed for the individual who is interested in researching his/her family tree. The classes will be held on Feb. 26 and March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. The first two classes will be held in the Mount Airy Museum Annex. The third class will be at the Surry County Register of Deeds Office, and the fourth will be at The Carlos Surratt Research Room at Surry Community College. The final class will be back at the museum. There will be a small fee of $15 for the entire course, $3 per class. Museum members will not be charged. Anyone interested in participating should contact Heather Coe at 786-4478, ext. 228, or email [email protected]
The Surry Arts Council presents free fiddle, guitar and banjo lessons for kids downstairs at the Andy Griffith Playhouse every Thursday evening. Master musician Jim Vipperman of Vips Violins teaches fiddle at 5:30 p.m., and guitar and banjo at 6:15 p.m. No sign-up is required and instruments are available for use during the lessons. Often parents and/or guardians stay and watch the group lessons. For more information call 786-7998.
The Picture Books book club at the Mount Airy Public Library will be showing Big Trouble, March 19; 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 will open with a reception on Feb. 27 and 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 thru April 5. Early bird registration will be from March 1-27 and will cost $8. Final registration will be from March 28 thru 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 Mount Airy Public Library is celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss birthday by reading Dr. Seuss books. The following books will be read: 10 a.m., Mayor Loftis Cat in the Hat; 10:30 a.m., Dean Brown Green Eggs and Ham; 11 a.m., Jon Cawley My Many Colored Days; 11:30 a.m., Benny Brannock To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street; noon, Pat Gwyn Yertle the Turtle; 12:30 p.m., Todd Harris Sneetches; 1 p.m., Ann Vaughn Daisy-Head Mayzie; 1:30 p.m., Ashley Hinson Oh, The Thinks You Can Think; 2 p.m., Deborah Friedman Horton Hears a Who; 2:30 p.m., Darrin Hartness Horton Hatches the Egg; 3 p.m., Brack Llewellyn Oh, The Places Youll Go; 3:30 p.m., Debbie Cochran 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; 4 p.m., Tim Frye Gerald McBoing Boing; 4:30 p.m., Linda Wright I Can Read With My Eyes Shut; 5 p.m., Roger McCreary How the Grinch Stole Christmas; 5:30 p.m., Graham Atkinson Lorax; 6 p.m., Tom Bagnal Youre Only Old Once; 6:30 p.m., Angela Llewellyn Happy Birthday to You! and Dr. Seuss Biography; and 7 p.m., Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss with a visit from the Cat in the Hat. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.
The Senior Democrats will hear Molly Beacham speak. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Lantern in Dobson.
The Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library will begin their 2009 Lunch with the Author series with author Scott Dickson. This program series takes place at noon each Tuesday in March at the library. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. Dickson has written the book In Search of Mayberry, a fascinating look at 12 small North Carolina towns. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
March 4 and 5
The Mount Airy City Schools 2009-2010 kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration will be held at Tharrington Primary School from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your childs birth certificate, Social Security Card, immunization record and proof of address. For more information, call Tharrington at 789-9046 or the Mount Airy Central Office at 786-8355.
A basket bingo will be held at the St. Paul School cafeteria for the girls AAU team. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. The $30 combo package includes 20 regular games, two bonus game cards and 12 door prize tickets. Hot dogs and nachos will be served as well as baked goodies and cold drinks. For more information, call (276) 755-4828.
Longaberger basket bingo will be held at Flat Rock Elementary School as a PTO fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. in the Flat Rock gym. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for 20 games. Every bingo winner receives a Longaberger prize. Door prizes will be given away. Hot dogs, funnel cakes, drinks and more will be available.
There will be a free adult CPR class given at the Surry County Red Cross in Mount Airy and the Edward Armfield Civic and Recreation Center in Pilot Mountain from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free drinks and snacks. To register, call Jeanette at 786-4183.
The 2009 ArtsBall will be held at Cross Creek Country Club, 1129 Greenhill Road. Presented by the Surry Arts Council, this event includes cocktails, hors doeuvres, a seated dinner, a silent and live auction, and music by award-winning blues and soul band Coastline. The evening is black-tie optional and begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75. All proceeds from the 2009 ArtsBall directly support School Cultural Arts Programs in the 22 Surry County schools for the 2009-2010 school year. For reservations and further information, call 786-7998.
The Francisco Ruritan Club will be hosting bingo at the Francisco Community Building, 7104 N.C. 89 West. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. A hot dog supper will start at 6 p.m.
A Longaberger basket bingo will be held at the Willis Gap Community Center, Ararat, Va. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and bingo will begin at 6 p.m. Concessions will be sold. All proceeds go to benefit the Hunters Chapel Assembly in Ararat, Va.
A benefit for Carrie Elmore, an 8 year old cancer patient, will be held at Blues Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Red Brush Road, Mount Airy, from 4 to 8 p.m. On the menu will be hamburger steak, french fries, slaw, roll, drink and dessert. Take outs are available. Donations are asked for.
A benefit spaghetti supper will be held at the Mount Airy Rescue Squad, Fredrick Street, from 4 to 8 p.m. Spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink are on the menu. Adults are $6 and children 10 and under at $3. There will be a door prize of a $100 gas drawing. Delivery is available for a minimun of four orders and must be place by 3 p.m. Proceeds go to Perry E. March, a cancer patient, to help pay medical expenses. For more information, call 648-4631.
The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College. John Edwards, who will have a program on the Worth and Davis family, will be there to speak. This meeting is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 755-9462 or email [email protected]
Joe Lampl will be the featured author at the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library Lunch with the Author program at noon at the library. Lampl is a Master Gardner, designer and landscape professional who has written books, numerous articles including a nationally syndicated newspaper column, hosted the GardenSMART series on PBS and has appeared as a guest expert on such shows as Good Morning America and the Victory Garden. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
The Granite City Queens Book Club will meet to discuss the book The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker at 7 p.m. New members are welcome. For more information, call Alison at 429-1411.
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present Going Green with Diabetes from noon to 1 p.m. at the NC Cooperative Extension in Dobson.
The Surry County Arc is holding a port-a-pit BBQ chicken fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Central Surry Volunteer Fire Department, across from Surry Community College in Dobson. For $7, get a half a chicken, baked beans, slaw, roll and dessert. Delivery is available for 10 or more orders. For more information, call Linda Galasetti-Simmons at 268-5403. Orders and money are due by March 2.
White Plains Christian School will be hosting a spaghetti supper from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. Plates are $5 and include spaghetti, salad, bread and a drink. Proceeds go to support WPCSs teachers convention.
Libby Bagby will be the featured author at the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library Lunch with the Author program at noon at the library. Bagby has written the childrens book Luckys Plott. The book is based on her personal story of rescuing a dog and finding that he had a special North Carolina relationship. Come here this heartwarming story and meet Lucky. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
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.
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.
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.
The 2009 Spring Chicken Dash 5K Run/Walk will be held at the Patrick Springs ball field, Mountain View Loop, Route 625. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Storytelling will be done every afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for elementary students at the Mount Airy Public Library.
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.
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.