Community calendar

First Posted: 4/25/2009

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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.
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.
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 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 Council 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 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.
The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will present Coffee and Dessert with the Artist: Pat Woltz at 3 p.m. in the museum annex. Pat Woltz will present 15 of her original works of art followed by coffee, tea and dessert. This event is free to the public, but donations will be appreciated. For more information, call 786-4478 or visit
RidgeCrest is having an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. in the club room. The afternoon will be filled with music, fun, refreshments and door prizes.

April 27
The Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library Spring Book Sale half-price sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the librarys multipurpose room.
The Surry County Relay for Life will be holding auditions for Relay Idol at the Old North State Winery from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25. Entry forms are available at the Old North State Winery and Mayberry Embroidery. Auditions are open to the public. All finalists will perform during Relay for Life 2009.
April 28
Surry Community College will host its annual Spring Athletic Banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. in the college gym. This event recognizes the achievements of the athletes, coaches and volunteers who participate in the colleges sports program. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dave Odom, special assistant to the President of Guilford College. Tickets are needed for the event and cost $15 per person or $25 per couple and include a buffet-style meal.
April 30
A Womens Self Defense Class, sponsored by MAJWC, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mount Airy Middle School auditorium. Class will be taught by Eric Latza. The cost is $20. For more information, call 719-2774.
The Senior Health and Wellness Fair, for ages 50 and better, will be held at the Armfield Civic Center in Pilot Mountain from 9 a.m. to noon. Health screenings, goodies, door prizes, refreshments and more will be available.
May 1
The Surry Arts Councils Summer Arts Series kicks off with The Embers at Blackmon Amphitheatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Blackmon Amphitheatre (across from the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy). Tickets are $10 or Surry Arts Council season pass. For more information, visit or contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
An indoor yard sale will be held at the Jones Rescource Center, old Jones Elementary School, at 9 a.m. Proceeds will go to community service projects.
May 1 and 2
The Surry Arts players present Lying in State. This fantastic comedic play will be performed at the Andy Griffith Playhouse (218 Rockford St., Mount Airy), 7:30 p.m. on May 1 and 3 p.m. on May 2. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. Brack Llewellyn directs this very timely political comedy, the first play of the Surry Arts Councils Summer Arts Series. Contact the SAC for further information at 786-7998.
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.
The second annual Music for Life will be held at Fisher River Park at the Edward Jones Amphitheatre. Fish for Fun will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, a blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and music, fun, games and food will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Music will be performed by Atomic Roots, None of the Above and Bretton & The Breakers. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, desserts and drinks will be available, no coolers will be permitted. Tye-Dye T-shirts, face painting and removable tattoos will be available. An inflatable Crayola playland, inflatable homerun baseball, inflatable full court basketball and a dunking booth will be supplied by Cooke Rentals, Inc. Sheriff Graham Atkinson; Life Alliance President/Owner Allen Byrd; Surry and Stokes County Assistant District Attorney Tom Langan; and Surry Parks and Recreation Director Adam McComb will be taking turns in the dunking booth. Admission is $3 per person at the gate. Children 5 and younger are free. Admission is free with blood donation at American Red Cross Blood Mobile on site. This event is sponsored by Life Alliance, LLC and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Special Olympics of Surry County, Autism Society of North Carolina and The American Red Cross. For more information or to volunteer, call Susan Edwards at Life Alliance at 386-4944.
The Twin County Humane Society will hold its second annual Dog Walk and Adoption Event from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carter Pines Picnic Shelter at the Carroll Wellness Center in Hillsville, Va. Everyone is invited to come walk their dog. Each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $25 in donations. Food will be available, items will be for sale and ribbon awards will be given out. All dogs must be on a leash and up-to-date on vaccinations. The rain date for this event is May 9.

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