Community calendar

First Posted: 6/29/2009

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]

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 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 June 27, The Entertainers; July 18, Showtime, Jim Quick and Coastline; 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, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22 and Sept. 26. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold by White Plains Ruritan Club. Drink proceeds will go to the Childrens Christmas Fund. Christmas in July will be held at the July 25 date and will include a special auction for Christmas gifts for children in need. A drop box for unwrapped toys for children in need will be available at all cruise-ins. 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.
Today-June 28
A wagon train benefit ride for Cole Chrisley will be held on Gene Culler Road. The cost is $15 per rider, $8 for non-riders and kids 12 and younger are free. Saturday night the Cotton Mouth Xpress will be performing. The rain dates are July 10-12. All proceeds go for chemotherapy treatments for Cole Chrisley, a 4-year-old boy who has leukemia. For more information, call Danny Harrison at 374-3221; Elizabeth Snow at 480-5510; Johnny King at 374-4241; Corey Stanley at 467-0157; Mark Huff at 710-8622; Barry Stanley at 469-2243; Grady Pilcher at 374-5270; Theresa Blevins at 648-2026; or C.L. Payne at 326-7218 or 366-4336.
Blue Ridge High School Class of 1964 will have its 45th reunion from 5 p.m. until at the Willis Gap Community Center in Virginia. Those attending should bring a covered dish. For more information, call (276) 251-5217.
The Virginia Highlands Festival Youth Committee will be hosting the first ever Miss Virginia Beauty Pageant at the Virginia Ball Room in Abingdon, Va. The pageant will have age appropriate divisions for girls birth to 18 years. Pageants are open to contestants from Southwest Virginia and the Greater Tri-Cities areas. For more information or entry forms, visit or call the office at (276) 623-5266.
The descendants of the late George Lee Shelton, Virginia Gardner Shelton and Celestine Vernon Shelton are invited to attend the annual Shelton reunion at Riverside Park, shelter number 1, from noon to 4 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch to share.
A benefit hot dog supper and bingo for Stephanie Shumate will be held at the White Plains Ruritan building from 4 to 7 p.m. Plates are $5. Bingo will begin at 7 p.m.
Animal Welfare of Surry is having a pet adoption fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PetSense in Mount Airy. Receive 10 percent off the cost of spay/neuter through the program when adopting any cat or kitten. In honor of Petfinders Adopt a Cat/Kitten Month, all feline adoptions fees are 50 percent off. Puppies and dogs will also be available. For more information, call 786-5256 or visit
U.S. Cellular, 1448 Edgewood Drive, is having a Child Safety Day from noon to 3 p.m. Officer Arnder will be there to teach the children how to be safe. There will be refreshments, door prizes and free giveways for the children. This is open to all parents to help with childrens safety. Officer Arnder will also be giving out free DNA kits to the children.
All Vietnam veterans are welcome to attend the weekly social of the VVA, Chapter #1021, held on Tuesdays at Goobers 52 in Mount Airy at 6 p.m. For further information, call Tom Parman at 789-7277.
July 2
The Mount Airy Public Librarys Summer Reading Program will have an ice cream party at 1:30 p.m. Create a sundae masterpiece on the lawn of the library. Ms. Jackie will teach childrens songs that everyone should know.
July 4
Celebrate Our Freedom at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 9:30 a.m. in the museum courtyard. Patriotic music will be played, the Declaration of Independence will be read and there will be free lemonade for everyone. Everyone is invited to stay and watch the 4th of July parade at 10 a.m.
Children are invited to enter the 4th of July Parade for RidgeCrest Assisted Living Living Retirement Community. Decorate your bike or trike, stroller or wagon in true 4th of July style. Be at Ridgecrest at 12:45 p.m. to wave flags and cheer. The Ridgecrest Residents will enjoy the festivities from the porch. Refreshments will be served. Prizes will be awarded for creativity, originality and costume design.
July 5
The Surry County Parks and Recreation Department, Surry County Recreation Advisory Committee and Surry County Veterans Services will host an appreciation picnic for military families at Fisher River Park from 4 to 6 p.m. The picnic will include live music, a cook-out for military families and games for children.
The annual Anderson reunion will be held in Claudville, Va., at the Red Bank Primitive Baptist Church. All relatives and friends are invited to come and bring a well filled basket. Lunch will start at 12:30 p.m.
Carpenter-Goings-Snow reunion will be held at Flat Top Primitive Baptist Church on Haystack Road in Mount Airy. Bring a covered dish and plan to eat at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Dewey Carpenter at 320-2582 or Nancy Edmonds at 356-8064.
The Gallery Group will be hosting a reception for Artist of the Month with award winning photographer Gin Denton. The Gallery Group Art Studio is at 162 W. Pine St. in Mount Airy, around the corner from Snappy Lunch and Fabric Menagerie. This event is free to the public and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist and view her work. Light refreshments will be served. The reception will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Jackson, Gallery Group director, at 786-0057.
July 7
All Vietnam veterans are welcome to attend the monthly meeting of the VVA, Chapter #1021, held on the first Tuesday of each month at the blue metal building next to Goobers in Mount Airy at 6 p.m. For further information, call Tom Parman at 789-7277.

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