Community Calendar

First Posted: 2/8/2009

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]
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. 5, 12, 19, 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 Chocolat, Feb. 17; 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 council will be accepting entries for this juried show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 25. Pieces that are not juried into the show can be picked up after 2 p.m. on that Wednesday. The entry fee is $10 per piece or $25 for three pieces. A full prospectus can be found at 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.
The Mount Airy Public Library has a new program for February. Each Thursday, at 3:30 p.m., it will be offering the series Science Thursdays. Call, or come by, the library to sign up. Following are the descriptions of the projects the group will be doing: Budding Science: Light, water, and temperature germinate. Discover how different conditions affect seed germination by taking a closer look beneath the soil. Take home an edible science experiment to be shared with the family. Geology: Join in as the group performs an experiment that will give a closer look at the three different types of rock and how they form. No previous knowledge is required on this journey of discovery. Take home a lucky stone. Electric Snacks: What is electricity? Where does it come from? Join in as the group uncovers the mysteries of this powerful energy and its many uses. Participants will enjoy making some tasty treats by using some Microwave Magic. Worm Wonders: Join in as the group explores how these small creatures have such a BIG impact on the environment. Take home a vermicompost bin to help get the family composting today. Sign up so supplies can be ordered.
Join the Glenn Miller Orchestra for an evening of gourmet dining, dancing and the best music of the Greatest Generation. The event will be held at Cross Creek Country Club. Tickets are $75 per person. Dont miss the special evening featuring the classics of big band music, performed by the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Contact the Surry Arts Council for tickets at 786-7998.
The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College in Dobson. Bring pictures, genealogy and anything that could be shared about the family or the area. This meeting is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 786-2545, 755-9462 or email [email protected]
Rapunzel-Uncut will be performed at the library by a local childrens theater group, made up of middle school students. This event begins at 6 p.m.
Create something sweet for the sweetie with The Art Caf: Valentines Keepsake. Susan Fulcher presents this workshop from noon to 1 p.m. at the Foothills Arts Council. For $10, shrug off the stresses of the morning and get in touch with an artistic side. All materials are included. Call 835-2025 to sign up.
Renowned fashion designer Bill Colvard presents Corsets and Crinolines, an art history lecture covering womens fashion through the ages. This free lecture will be held at the Foothills Arts Council beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 835-2025 or visit
Floral Design from 9 a.m. to noon at Surry Senior Center available thought Surry Community College. Participants will need to register on this date. Participants should bring a grapevine wreath, flowers to cover it and wire cutters. The class will run until March 23 on Mondays. Judy Marshall is the instructor. Free to ages 65 and better. $41 is charged for all others.
Feb. 11
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Surry Community College will be holding The Power of Change change campaign as a fundraiser for the United Fund of Surry. Campus drop-off locations are the V-Building, H-Building, Cosmetology and Knights Grill.
Needle Art is offered on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and will run until March 25. Classes will be held at the Surry Senior Center available through Surry Community College. Participants will need to register on this date. Free to ages 65 and better. $41 is charged for all others. Ed Gaskins is the instructor.
Feb. 14
The Childrens Center of Surry, Inc. is having its 15th anniversary celebration from 6 p.m. until at Cross Creek Country Club. There will be a dinner, silent auction and entertainment. The cost is $75 for individuals and $125 for couples. For more information, contact Robin Testerman at 356-9145 or [email protected] or Cory Tucker at [email protected]
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Mount Airy Interact Club and Mount Airy High School will be holding The Power of Change change campaign as a fundraiser for the United Fund of Surry. Bring loose change to Mount Airy Rescue Squad, Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad, Ararat Rescue Squad or Dobson Rescue Squad.
Feb. 18
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present The Fat Facts of Olive Oil from 11 a.m. to noon at Reeves Community Center.
Feb. 19
A cattle production meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Kulynych Family Life Center, across from the courthouse, Wilkesboro. A sponsored meal will be served followed by an educational program. Representatives of a major farm equipment manufacturer will discuss tractor and machinery selection. Machinery will be on exhibit. Also, information on cattle feeds and minerals will be presented. Make a reservation by calling the Wilkes County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension at (336) 651-7331 by Feb. 16.
Feb. 20
The Surry Arts Council will host the 19th annual Black History Month Celebration at the Andy Griffith Playhouse on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The master of ceremonies for the evening will be Leon Shuff. Gospel groups from across the region will perform including the Gospel Spirits of Walnut Cove and the Gospel Truths of Winston-Salem. Groups ranging from instrumental to gospel musicians lead the annual celebration of African American heritage. SAC is still looking for groups to perform. Contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 or (800) 286-6193 to reserve a place on the program. The event is free to the public. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Grassroots program of the NC Arts Council.
The United Fund of Surry is holding an award luncheon at First Baptist Church at 714 N. Main St. at noon. For reservations, call 789-3087.
Feb. 21
The Carolina Travelers welcome special guests None of the Above to an evening of bluegrass music. Based in Mount Airy, None of the Above has been playing its unique mix of bluegrass, newgrass, acoustic country, folk and old-time fiddle music around North Carolina for over 10 years. Voice of the Blue Ridge is held every third Saturday at the Downtown Cinema Theatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 for Surry County residents and Surry Arts Council members. Children 12 and under free. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
There will be a benefit supper for Charlie Smith at the Red Bank Ruritan Club in Claudville, Va., from 5 to 7 p.m. On the menu are pinto beans, corn bread, potatoes, slaw, drink and dessert for $5.
Feb. 27 and 28
Join the Surry Arts Council and Old-Time Music enthusiasts in celebrating Tommy Jarrell and his music during the sixth annual Tommy Jarrell Festival. Featuring renowned old-time musicians Ira Bernstein, Benton Flippen, Willard Gayheart, Richard Bowman, Richard Dotson, Kirk Sutphin and more. The festival includes jam sessions, lectures, music, film, dancing, instrument makers, youth talent and tours of Mount Airy. The Tommy Jarrell Festival commences with a dance on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys and the Slate Mountain Ramblers play the old-time music that has its roots in Surry County. Wayne Jarrell, Tommys son, will be on hand to call the dance. Tickets are $4. Join world-class dancer Ira Bernstein and accompanist Riley Baugus as they lead a free dance workshop on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Youth old-time fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dance and vocal categories compete for cash prizes during the Tommy Jarrell Old-Time Youth Music Competition at 4:30 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. A special birthday concert will be held at 7 p.m., also at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Join mentees of Tommy Jarrell as they celebrate Tommys birthday and ensure that his music is preserved in his hometown. Kirk Sutphin, Kevin and Trish Fore, Ira Bernstein and Riley Baugus, Slate Mountain Ramblers, Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys, The Toast String Stretchers, Backstep and others join in the celebration that is hosted by Lew Bode. Tickets for this event are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information on these events, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
March 2
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.
March 7
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.
March 11
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.

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