First Posted: 8/22/2009
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, 319 N. Renfro St., 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.
– 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 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.
– 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 hours a day 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 Andy Griffith Playhouse. 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. 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.
– 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. To register, call the Yadkin Valley Craft 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 town of Historic Hillsville, Va., 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 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]
– The Granite City monthly cruise-in will be held behind Quality Inn and Arbys on U.S. 601 the fourth Saturday of each month, Sept. 26. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold by White Plains Ruritan Club. Drink proceeds will go to the Childrens Christmas Fund. Cruise-ins will be held from 5 p.m. until. Door prizes and a 50/50 drawing will take place at 8 p.m. New members are welcome. See a club member for more information.
– Downtown Elkin will have the 4th Friday Celebration every fourth Friday of the month through October from 6 to 9 p.m. Live bluegrass music by The Mitchell River Band, and shops, restaurants, winery and galleries will be open late. For more information call 835-9857.
– Meetings will be held each Thursday at Bojangles from 6 to 8 p.m. for those healing from a broken marriage.
– The Lambsburg Cruisers will be at the Lambsburg Community Center, Lambsburg, Va., on Sept. 19, Philip Smith Band, from 5 to 8 p.m. There is no admission fee. All cruise-in events are open to all vehicles and motorcycles. Bring a chair, enjoy food, music and fun. There will be a 50/50 drawing for cash. Other events are scheduled for Oct. 17 Fall Festival.
– The Gallery Group and Art Studio, 162A W. Pine St., Mount Airy, is offering adult art classes this summer. Richard Zagurskis acrylic painting class is every Thursday from July 23 through Aug. 27. Arlene Daniel will be conducting an oil painting class every Wednesday from Aug. 5 through Aug. 26. All classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. The fee is $100 per class. Deadline for entry is one week before the class starts. Class sizes are limited. For more information or to register, call the Gallery Group at 786-0057.
– The Surry Senior Center is now offering basic computer classes exclusively to adults age 50 and better. The classes will take place on Fridays beginning July 31 and ending Aug. 28. Two class times are being offered, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Participants must preregister and prepay by calling 786-6155, ext. 225.
– Eating Great When Money Aint is a five-week program that teaches how to prepare easy, healthy, low-cost meals. Physical activity will be included each week along with tastings of recipes. Classes will start Aug. 17 and be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office, 210 N. Main St., Dobson. Parents or caregivers in Surry County who are eligible for or receiving Food Stamps are encouraged to attend. This program is free, but participants must register. For more information and to register, call 401-8025.
– Jam sessions will be held every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Willis Gap Community Center. Jammers of all skill levels are invited to attend. Enjoy a night of fun, food, friends and fellowship while hearing bluegrass, old-time, country and gospel music. Admission is free.
– Mayberry Ballroom Dance of Carolina Heartland will have dances at Pro Health Fitness Center in Mount Airy on Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Lessons will be held from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and the dance will be from 7:45 to 10:30 p.m. Visitors are $8, USA Dance Members are $5 and full-time students are $3. Beverages will be provide but bring a snack. For more information, call the Mayberry Ballroom Dance Committee at 374-2712 or (276) 755-3072.
– The Cherry Orchard Theatre will present the world premier of Frank Leverings play It Happened on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Aug. 28-30 and Sept. 4-7 at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Orchard Theatre, 163 Levering Lane, Ararat, Va. Admission is $10. The venue is outdoors. Bring a lawn chair and picnic suppers. For more information, visit www.leveringorchard.com.
– The second annual Wilson reunion will be held at Brims Grove Baptist Church fellowship building with a meal at 1 p.m. Everyone should bring a covered dish or something from the store. Drinks and ice will be provided. For more information, call Terry Joyce at 351-2952 or Diana Wilson Collins at 374-4644.
– The annual Beasley reunion will be held at the Francisco Community Building, 7100 N.C. Hwy. 89 W., with a business meeting at 12:30 p.m. and lunch at 1 p.m. Family and friends are invited. Bring a filled picnic basket. Eating utensils and drinks will be provided. Also bring family pictures to put on display.
– The W.L. Bud and Sarah Ashby Gwyn family reunion will be held at Salem United Methodist Church at 12:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish. All family and friends are invited.
– The Carroll County School Board will have a meeting at 7:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Carroll County Governmental Complex in Hillsville, Va. The purpose of the meeting will be for consideration of proposals for a Virtual Academy, personnel, and any other such business matters as they come before the Board. For more information, call the Carroll County School Board Office at (276) 728-3191 or (276) 236-8145.
– The Special Education Advisory Committee of Carroll County Public Schools will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the large conference room on the third floor of the Carroll County Governmental Center in Hillsville, Va. The purpose of this meeting is a planning session to prepare for the Services Fair and to discuss updates on the beginning of the school year, staff changes and to elect a chairperson. The public is invited to attend this meeting.
– A covered-dish luncheon and bingo will be held at the Surry Senior Center at 1 p.m. with no charge. For more information, call 786-6155 ext. 225.
– The Craig Woolard Band will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Blackmon Amphitheatre. Frontman Craig Woolard leads the band in beach, disco, Motown and R&B favorites. Cost is $10 or free with Surry Arts Council season pass. Shelton Wine and Dairy Center hot dogs will be sold at the event. For more information, visit www.craigwoolard.com or call the Surry Arts Council at (800) 286-6193.
– The Monthly Dance with Don Jarrell and the Country Magic at the Surry Senior Center will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $4. For more information, call 786-6155 ext. 225.
– Legendary bluegrass band JD Crowe and New South will perform at the Blackmon Amphitheatre in Mount Airy at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 or free with Surry Arts Council season pass. Shelton Wine and Dairy Center hot dogs will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, visit www.jdcrowe.net or call the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
– The Armfield Civic Center will be hosting a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spaces are available for rent. Spaces are $10 in advance and $20 after Aug. 31. Vendors must provide their own table. Tents are welcome. For more information, call the Armfield Civic Center at 368-2012 or Shannon at 416-3392.
– The Albert Hash Memorial Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Mt. Rogers School in Whitetop, Va., rain or shine. The day will be full of music, dance, workshops, crafts, instrument making demonstrations and great food. Performers include Whitetop Mountain Band, Big Country Bluegrass, Crooked Road Ramblers, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Wolfe Brothers Stringband, Elkville Stringband with Wayne Henderson, Heather Barry and Tony, Dale Jett and Hello Stranger, Gerald Anderson and Jimmy Edmonds, Possum Runners Dance Group and more. Admission is $7 and children 12 and under are free. This event is sponsored by the Virginia Foundations for the Humanities.
– There will be a blood drive at Blockbuster Video in Mount Airy from noon to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Givers can enter to win a $1,000 gas gift card. For more information, call 786-2292 or email [email protected]
– The North Surry High School Class of 1969 will hold its 40th class reunion at the Blackmon Amphitheatre from 7 to 10 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. For more information, contact Sandy Atkins at [email protected] or 386-8973 or Dub Blackmon at [email protected] or 786-2362. Additional information can also be found on www.classmates.com and www.classreports.org.
– The ESHS Class of 1989 reunion will be held at Pilot Knob Park Country Club at 6 p.m. For more information, visit eastsurryclass89.com.
– Kings Grant Retirement Community, 350 Kings Way Road, Martinsville, Va., is having a Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be entertainment, cultural events and good food. For more information, call (276) 634-1000.
– The Joseph Roy Kirkman Teacher Scholarship Foundation for Surry Community College will be held at Jomeokee Park, Pinnacle, in memory of a 30-year teacher for Surry County Schools. This is a festival event including live bands, childrens games, 50/50 cash drawing, food, vendors, fireworks and ticket giveaways.
– A benefit for Tasha McMillian, daughter of Troy T.H. and Sheryl, will be held Webb Community Center, U.S. 52, Cana, Va. There will be a yard sale, cake auction, hot dog basket, pinto bean dinner, gospel singing, auction and door prizes. Events will kick off at 7 a.m. Proceeds go towards helping with medical expenses. For more information, call (276) 755-3847.
– The Twin County Humane Society will pay half of any spay or neuter of a cat or dog that is adopted from the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter, 200 Fair St., Galax, Va., from 1 to 4 p.m.
– The Surry County Genealogical Association will be visiting Rockford at 6 p.m. Joe Hicks will take the group on a tour. Everyone is asked to bring a bag lunch and the group will eat together. For more information, call Esther Johnson, President of the Surry County Genealogical Association, at 755-9462.
Sept. 18 and 19
– Patrick County, Va., High School Class of 1984 will have its 25-year class reunion. If you are a graduate of that class, contact Jeff Bowman at (276) 694-5209 or Gary Gunter at 325-7172 and give them your address.
– Mount Airy High School Classes of 1978 and 1979 will have their 30-year class reunion. For more information, call Farah Smith Davis at 755-0770 or Cindy Tillotson Wilson at 648-3260.
– A cruise-in for charity will be held at CK Technologies, in the Piedmont Triad Industrial Park, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antique, original and modified cars and trucks and bikes are welcome. The cost is $15 for those who register ahead of time and $20 the day of the show. Admission is free to spectators. Awards will be given out. All proceeds will benefit The Shepherds House. For more information, call 786-2642 ext. 7610 or 7626 during the day or 429-7296 or 391-0819 at night.
– Davie, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin and Wilkes counties will be hosting a Heritage Skills Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yadkin County Senior Center. Classes include chrismons, chair bottoming, kudzu basket, two pie basket, decorative painting on glass and heritage scrapbooking. A registration form must be completed with a $12 registration fee to secure a spot. The fee includes lunch. Each class has a separate fee to cover the needed supplies to complete the projects which will be paid to the instructor. All participants are asked to pick a first and second choice. Registration deadline is Aug. 21. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Surry County, 401-8025, or visit www.surry.ces.ncsu.edu.
– The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Andy Griffith Museum will be held during the 20th annual Mayberry Days Festival. The museum is open seven days a week. Admission is $3 per person. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
– The Mount Airy High School Class of 1982 will hold its 27th class reunion. Anyone who is a member of this class, or knows 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.
– Local artists will have booths with artwork on display and sale at Tuggles Gap Restaurant/Motel, visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Post 165.2, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Demonstrations of painting and drawing will happen throughout the day. See the artists at work and enjoy the beautiful artwork during the peak of the fall foliage season. Artists who wish to display can contact the Floyd Artists Association for more details at (540) 745-PENS (7367) or visit www.FloydArtists.com.
– The Mount Airy High School Class of 1969 will hold its 40th class reunion. Anyone who is a member of this class, or knows someone who is, contact Sharon Greenwood Reid at [email protected] or 789-5857, Mimi Quesinberry Patterson at [email protected] or 786-8999, or Mike Bowman at [email protected] or 786-6500.