Community Calendar

First Posted: 10/10/2009

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]

– Dobson Rescue Squad Inc. hosts bingo with cash prizes every Saturday night starting in January. 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 for kids 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 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
– 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.
– 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.
– 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 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.
– Surry County Health and Nutrition Center, assisted by Reeves Community Center, will be having classes for diabetics to learn and meet others who understand. The following classes will be held: Grocery Store Tour, a limit of 24 people, Oct. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension in Dobson; Start Your Holidays on the Right Foot, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon at Reeves Community Center; and Hints for a Healthy Holiday, Dec. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension in Dobson. People with disabilities who would like to participate can be accommodated. For more information, call Kelly Whittington, RN at 401-8459 or Carmen J. Long at 401-8025.
– The Lambsburg, Va., Ruritan Club will be having a dance on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. featuring Sounds Now and Then. Concessions will be available. Adults are $6 and children 12 and under are free.
– Corn Maze Days will run through October on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 84 Concord Road, Meadows of Dan, Va. Special events planned include a moonlight couples night and a haunted corn maze. For more information, call Sue Shelor at (276) 952-6575 or (276) 952-5568 or visit
– The Wings of Glory Christian Bikers Ministry will meet the first Monday night of each month at Prime Sirloin in Mount Airy. Fellowship will begin at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Anyone who rides a motorcycle or who would like to join with helping is invited to attend. For more information, call Wayne Todd at (336) 200-0359 or Patsy Payne at 648-5055.
– Enjoy the fall foliage with a guided van tour along 40 miles of an old railroad route at New River Trail State Park on Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21. Discover the natural and cultural history of the region. The trip includes brochures and a boxed lunch. This trip is for those 55 and older. This is an all day event and the cost is $25 per person. For more information, call (276) 699-6778.
– Pancake Days in Meadows of Dan, Va., will be held on Oct. 18 and 25 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. sponsored by the Meadows of Dan Ruritans and Volunteer Fire Department. Enjoy made from scratch buckwheat and buttermilk pancakes, fresh sausage and good sausage gravy with butter and syrup. For more information, call the Meadows of Dan Ruritan Club at (276) 952-2800.
– AARP Driver Safety classes will be taught by Bill Lundy on Oct. 2 at RidgeCrest; and Oct. 30 at the Surry Senior Center. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for each class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To register, contact the location of the class.
– Spaces will be available at Walmart for the Autumn Leaves Festival, Oct. 9, 10 and 11. This is for craft vendors only. The cost is $50. Proceeds will go to Duke Childrens Hospital. For more information, call Tammy Sizemore at 719-2300.
– The Gallery Group and Art Studio, Inc., is inviting the public to visit the Fine Art Village on Oct. 9, 10 and 11, during the Autumn Leaves Festival. The Mount Airy Art League and juried artists from surrounding communities will be on-site. There will be custom Autumn Leaves jewelry and accessories made exclusively by the Gallery Groups special needs adults available for purchase. For more information, call the Gallery Group and Art Studio, Inc. at 786-0057.
– Medi-Home Care, 530 N. Renfro St., will be having a Diabetic Shoe Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Oct. 21 and being held on every third Wednesday of each month. Senior Citizens with Medicare and a supplement insurance can get one pair of diabetic shoes each year at no cost. There are several different shoe styles to chose from.


– Local photographer Robert Merritt will present several of his original works at 3 p.m. at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. Hear how Merritt selects his shots, the stories behind some of his photographs and answers any questions. Refreshments will be provided. This program is free although donations are always accepted.
– The Hall family reunion for the descendants of James and Elizabeth Hall will be held at the Willis Gap Community Center in Ararat, Va., at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish and a friend. Paper products will be provided.
Oct. 12
– The Carroll County School Board will hold a meeting in the board room on the second floor of the Carroll County Government Complex in Hillsville, Va., starting at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Carroll County School Board Office at (276) 728-3191 or (276) 236-8145.
– The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College. The speaker will be Cory Stewart who will be speaking on the American Revolution in Surry County. If anyone knows the name of an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, come tell their name. This meeting is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call Esther Johnson, President, at 755-9462 or email [email protected]
Oct. 15
– Join the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History for an evening with Edgar Allan Poe. Local actor and storyteller, Paul Hodges, will tell about Poe and his life at 6:30 p.m. This program is free but donations will be accepted.
Oct. 16
– The East Surry Community Music Boosters will be raffling off four tickets to Martinsville Fast Relief 500 during the third quarter at East Surry High Schools homecoming football game. Proceeds will go to the band and choral programs to help replace outdated equipment and uniforms, pay for competition fees and traveling fees in order to expose students to all aspects of music. For more information, call 368-3780 or 648-4136.
– The Surry County Senior Center is planning a trip to Concord Mills Mall for a day of shopping. Departure will be at 8 a.m. in the Blockbuster/Sonic parking lot. The group will return in Mount Airy at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 to cover transportation. Sign up by Oct. 7 to reserve a spot.
– The Surry County Senior Center is planning a trip to Harrahs Casino in Cherokee. Departure will be at 8 a.m. in Mount Airy and 8:30 a.m. in Jonesville. A photo ID is required to enter the casino and participants must be at least 21 years old. A charter bus will be used as transportation. The cost is $40 and participants will receive $20 in coins upon arrival. For more information, call Annalisa Davis at 786-6155 ext. 255.
Oct. 16 and 17
– The 1979 graduating class of North Surry High School will be hosting a reunion. Class members will meet on Friday night for the North Surry vs. Mount Airy football game at 6 p.m. and sit together at the tennis courts. On Saturday, there will be Social Hour from 2 to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call John Moseley at 789-1600, Teresa ODell at 320-3866, Karen Tickle or Doug Jones.
Oct. 17
– 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 ext. 7367 or visit
– The Twin County Humane Society will hold a Fall Dog Walk, rain or shine, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carter Pines Picnic Shelter, above Carroll Wellness Center off East Grayson Street in Hillsville, Va. Each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $25 in donations. If a walker preregisters by Sept. 25 with a minimum of $35, they will receive a Dog Walk T-shirt. At 11 a.m., a dogs costume contest will be held with an entrance fee of $2 per dog. All dogs in contest must be up to date on shots and have rabies certificate. Prizes will be given out. Kristina Webb will be available to take pet photos. Hot dogs, BBQ, chips, drinks and desserts will be on sale. To register, visit or call the helpline at (276) 728-4038.
– The Mount Airy Senior High School Classes of 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991 will have their 20ish-year class reunion at Cross Creek Country Club at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Facebook or email [email protected]
– A ham supper will be hosted by the Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary at the Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department from 4 to 7 p.m. or until they run out. Adult plates are $6 and children 12 and under are $3. Eat in or take out. Plates include country ham, green beans, baked apples, baked potato, biscuit, drink and dessert.
– The Greater Mount Airy Ministry of Hospitality is sponsoring a community $1 Bag It sale at 235 Market St. in Mount Airy, between Oak and Franklin streets, from 7 a.m. to noon. Fill a bag for a buck with womens, mens and childrens clothing.
– A benefit ride for kids, to support needy children at Christmas, will be sponsored by the Red Bank Ruritan Club. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with departure at noon. The cost is $20 per biker and passengers are free. There will be a free chicken stew dinner. The ride will leave Pilot Mountain and end in Claudville, Va. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.
– Fox River Bluegrass Band will be doing a benefit breakfast at Applebees in Galax, Va. This event is for the Joy Ranch Childrens Home and will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. For more information, contact Fox River at
– The Carolina Travelers present an evening of bluegrass music at the Downtown Cinema Theatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and children 12 and under free. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
– A cruise-in benefit for families in need will be held on Hwy. 89 East, one-tenth of a mile on the right past Westfield Superette, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be 50/50 tickets, door prizes, live music and hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and chicken stew. For more information, call 351-4235.
– Harold Mitchell Appreciation Day will be held at Fairview Ruritan Building, Galax, Va., at 2 p.m. The cost is $10. Big Country Bluegrass, Pathway, The Cana Ramblers, Johnny and Jeanette Williams, Sammy Shelor and Kenneth Berrier will all be performing. For more information, call Mitchell Freeman at 789-6088.
– The Francisco Ruritan Club will be having bingo at the Francisco Community Building, 7104 Hwy. 89 W., starting at 7 p.m. Hamburger steak plates and hot dogs will be available for purchase at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 351-3772.
Oct. 19
– The Willis Gap, Va., Community Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. at the Willis Gap Community Center. Deputy David Haymore and Sheriff Dan Smith invite everyone to join their efforts in making Willis Gap, Va., a crime-free community. For more information, call Patrick County Sheriffs Office, Va., at (276) 694-3161.
Oct. 23
– Surry Cancer Awareness Team will be having a Longaberger basket and Southern Living bingo at Central Methodist Church, 1909 N. Main St., Mount Airy. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and games will start at 6:30 p.m. There will be various types of door prizes to give away. The cost is $20 for 20 games. The cover-all game will cost $3 for one card or two for $5. Ink daubers are required to play the games and will be sold for $1. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1. For more information, call Kim Humphries at 786-5335.
– The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will have Haints in the Hollows at 6:30 p.m. This program is free but donations will be accepted.
Oct. 24
– Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be having Longaberger basket bingo at the fire station on Reeves Mill Road. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and games will start at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available. The cost is 20 games for $20 and includes one door prize ticket. A separate cover-all game will be played for the beverage basket and wrought iron stand, a $159 value. $1 raffle tickets will be sold for the cake basket set with Grandma Bonnies pie plate, a $100 value. Ink daubers are required to play the games and will be sold for $1.
– Millennium Charter Academy will be holding a pride ride and poker run starting at the school. Registration will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. The ride will leave at 11 a.m. There will also be a cook out, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. The registration fee is $15 and a second card will be $5. For more information, call Von McCoy at 789-7570 or 401-5790.
– Household Hazardous Waste and Pesticide Day will be held at Veterans Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pesticides, paints, paint strippers, weed killers, drain solvents, gasoline, oil, acid, thinners, solvents, antifreeze and pool chemicals will all be accepted. Do not bring ammunitions, radioactive materials, unidentified materials, explosives, medicines, syringes, LP gas cylinders, infectious waste and lead batteries. This is for Surry County residents only. No commerical waste will be accepted. For more information, call Surry County Public Works Department at 401-8376.
Oct. 30
– Parents Night Out will be held at Reeves Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. for newborns to 12-year-old children. The cost is $10. They will have board games, fun with fall crafts, the Fit-n-Fun Zone and gym activities. Sign up to hold a spot for the kids. The last day to sign up is Oct. 28.
Oct. 30 and 31
– The NoneSuch Playmakers present Rehearsal for Murder directed by Angela Llewellyn at the L.H. Jones Auditorium. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. each night and tickets are $5. Tickets are available at the door.
Oct. 31
– 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.
– A princess brunch will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 1909 N. Main St., Mount Airy, at 10 a.m. Dress as your favorite princess. Princess and parent or grandparents are $18 or $25 at the door. Each additional princess is $5. Crowns in Honor and/or Memory are $5. There will be manicures, story time, pictures, crafts and place the princess in her castle. All proceeds go to Surry Cancer Awareness Team. For more information, or to buy tickets, call Paige Badgett at 374-7052, Judy Smith at 789-2460, Dana Draughn at 320-3595 or Abby Gallimore at 789-4844.
– The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will have a Halloween Carnival and trunk-or-treat at Veterans Park from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is open to ages 12 and under. Admission is free. Care packages will be taken for troops.
– Mayberry 4 Paws second annual Bark in the Park will be held at Veterans Park. There will be vendors, blessing of the animals, fashion show, costume contest, raffles, music, food and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If anyone would like to be a vendor, contact Debra Holt at 351-4688. For more information about the event, call Michelle Edwards at 789-4775.
Nov. 1
– The Copeland Masonic Lodge will be holding a BBQ pork dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Copeland Ruritan Building. Plates are $8 and carry-outs are available. Proceeds go to the Masonic Home for Children and the Masonic Eastern Star Home.
Nov. 7
– The 2009 Busted Pumpkin 5K run/walk will be held at the Mt. View Loop, Patrick Springs, Va. Registration will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m. This event is sponsored by Women Caring for the Community, WCC, and proceeds go to support Christmas Cheer in Patrick County, Va. For more information, call (336) 601-0846 or email [email protected]
– The Mountain Park Fall Bazaar will be held by the Mountain Park Ruritan Club at Mountain Park Community Park starting at 8 a.m. Spaces are available for rent. A 12×12 space is $25 and a 12×24 space is $35. Businesses, churches and families are all welcome. A space must be reserved by Nov. 5. Spaces must be set up by 7:45 a.m. The Ruritans will be selling ham and sausage biscuits for breakfast and hot dogs for lunch. Raffle tickets will be sold on a rifle with three interchangable barrels. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m.
Nov. 13
– The Surry County Senior Center is planning a trip to Charlotte for a day of shopping at the Southern Living Christmas Show. Departure will be at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Blockbuster/Sonic. The group will return in Mount Airy around 6 p.m. The cost is $30 to cover the ticket to the show and transportation. Sign up by Nov. 4 to reserve a spot.

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