First Posted: 2/13/2009
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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.
Stewarts Creek Ruritan Club in Lambsburg, Va., will raffle off 20 silver dollars in groups of five as a kickoff to a series of fundraising activities. Tickets are $1 and drawings will be held every third week. Money raised will be used for operating expenses and community projects. For more information, contact Martin Shatley at (276) 755-0158.
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 Peoples Church Soup Kitchen is open every second Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dine in and delivery is available for those who live within the immediate area. For delivery, call before 3 p.m. that day. Contact Gene Brinkley at 789-1555 or Debbie Wall at 755-6746 for more information.
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.
The Foothills Blues Society has a Blues Jam every second and fourth Tuesday at B52s, 972 U.S. 52 in Mount Airy, from 8 p.m. until. The society is seeking new members. Musicians and blues fans are welcome.
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 24/7 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 Downtown Cinema Theatre, 142 N. Main St. in Mount Airy. Professional tribute artist Jimmy W. Johnson brings a unique Elvis performance though February. 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 Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band, Feb. 14; Hauling Grass, Feb. 21; 2 Young 2 Old, Feb. 28; Zephyr Lightning Bolts, March 7; Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band, March 14; Cranford Creek Bluegrass, March 21; and 2 Young 2 Old, March 28. 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 Councils 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 Fairview Ruritan Club show schedule for 2009: Feb. 28, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, $20; March 7, Blue Highway, $15; March 14, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, $20; March 28, 20th annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention, $10; April 4, Daily and Vincent, $20; and April 18, Bill Yates and Country Gentlemen Tribute, $15. Artists and schedules may change. Call to reserve tickets. Fairview Ruritan Clubs number is (276) 236-2171.
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 am 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 and includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes and firing. Start any date, work on the project of your choosing. A master ceramics artist will be available during open studio time. To register, call the Yadkin Valley Graft Guild at 835-2717. For more information, visit www.yadkinvalleycraftguild.org.
Every Thursday in February, 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 Foothills Arts Council presents Dancing Women, an interpretive belly dancing class for exercise and fun. Led by Susan Fulcher and Sharon Whitman, Dancing Women meets every Tuesday in January from 11:30 am to 12:30 p.m. at the FAC building, 129 Church St., Elkin. Cost is $25 for all four classes. For more information about various classes, workshops, exhibits and events, call 835-2025 or visit www.foothillsartscouncil.org.
The Foothills Arts Council announces the next session of After School Arts! This program for kids offers four different art classes, each meeting once a week for six weeks. Each class is $40 per six-week session. Need-based scholarships are available. This program is made possible by a grant from the Richard T. Chatham fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation. After School Arts! will be ongoing throughout the entire 2008-09 school year, with different art classes offered every six weeks. Call 835-2025 to sign up.
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 www.foothillsartscouncil.org. 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.
The Westfield Ruritan Club will host breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Westfield Ruritan Community Building, Westfield Road, with proceed to benefit medical bills of the family of Chuck Chilton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Westfield Booster Club will be holding its annual Sweethearts Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. The dance is open to kindergarten through eighth grade students. Admission is $4. All children must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian. Pictures can be made for $2. Pizza and drinks will be available to purchase.
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 their unique mix of bluegrass, newgrass, acoustic country, folk and old-time fiddle music around North Carolina for over ten 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.
The Youth Old-Time Talent Competition will be held at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Part of the Tommy Jarrell Festival, this event features old-time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, dance, and vocal categories. Two age groups of youth musicians, ages 5-12 and 13-18, compete for cash prizes. The competition starts at 5:30 p.m. There is no registration fee. To register contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 or toll free at 1-800-286-6193. Winners will be announced during the Tommy Jarrell Concert, beginning at 7 p.m. that evening.
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.
The Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library will begin their 2009 Lunch with the Author series with author Scott Dickson. This program series takes place at noon each Tuesday in March at the library. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. Mr. Dickson has written the book In Search of Mayberry, a fascinating look at twelve small North Carolina towns. For information contact the library at 789-5108.
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.
The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College. John Edwards, who will have a program on the Worth and Davis family, will be there to speak. This meeting is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 755-9462 or email [email protected]
Joe Lampl will be the featured author at the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library Lunch with the Author program at noon at the library. Lampl is a Master Gardner, designer and landscape professional who has written books, numerous articles including a nationally syndicated newspaper column, hosted the GardenSMART series on PBS and has appeared as a guest expert on such shows as Good Morning America and the Victory Garden. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
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.
Libby Bagby will be the featured author at the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library Lunch with the Author program at noon at the library. Bagby has written the childrens book Luckys Plott. The book is based on her personal story of rescuing a dog and finding that he had a special North Carolina relationship. Come here this heartwarming story and meet Lucky. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
Welcome the return of spring with an excursion into the Art and Wine Country of the Yadkin Valley from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., artists, artisans and craftsmen of Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes and Alleghany counties will open up their studios to the public. Painters, potters, fiber and glass artists and a host of others will be a part of the show. Get a first look at the new work that these fine artisans have created since the holidays and take this rare opportunity to see the places where the work is created. The arts council is still signing up artists, wineries and restaurants interested in participating. Registration ends Feb. 14. Visit www.foothillsartscouncil.org for an application. A map and participant list will be available on the FAC Web site prior to the tour. This is a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their work to residents of the Yadkin Valley and beyond. For more information, contact Bill Colvard at 835-2025.
Lorrie Riccitello will be the featured author at the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library Lunch with the Author program at noon at the library. Riccitello, the owner of Meadows of Dan Trading Company, has written an inspirational novel about her son, Jacob, and their challenge of living with his autism. It is a story of love and perseverance. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
Tom Perry will be the featured author at the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library Lunch with the Author program at noon at the library. Perry has written several history books about Patrick County and Henry County, Va., and has just published book is North Carolina Has Done Nobly about J.E.B. Stuarts North Carolina connections. Perry is the founder of the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust. A boxed lunch will be available for $3. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present Put Some Spring in Your Step from 11 a.m. to noon at Reeves Community Center.
A creative writing workshop, led by Sarah Wright, will be held at the library at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Angela Llewellyn at 789-5108.
A poetry workshop, led by Sarah Wright, will be held at the library at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Angela Llewellyn at 789-5108.
A poetry reading and reception will be held at 11 a.m. Each area school is to submit two poetry selcections written by students. The poetry will be read by the authors.
Storytelling will be done every afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for elementary students at the Mount Airy Public Library.
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present May Be High or May Be Low-What Should I do? from 11 a.m. to noon at Reeves Community Center.
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present Traveling with Diabetes-Dont let it trip you up from noon to 1 p.m. at the NC Cooperative Extension in Dobson.
The Mount Airy High School class of 1964 will hold its 45th reunion. Anyone who is a member of this class and has had a change of address since the last reunion or knows of anyone who has, contact Tom Fawcett at 789-2002.