Community Calendar

First Posted: 2/27/2009

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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 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 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, Cana Ramblers, $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
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 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. 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 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 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.
Registration for the Yadkin Valley Senior Games will be March 1 thru April 5. Early bird registration will be from March 1-27 and will cost $8. Final registration will be from March 28 thru April 5 and cost $12. The Yadkin Valley Senior Games are scheduled for the month of May. Volunteers from the area are welcome. Anyone interested in becoming a staff member, participant, sponsor or volunteer, contact Adam McComb at 401-8235.
The Surry Community College Ballroom Dance Class for beginners will be on Mondays from March 16-May 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jones Family Resource Center in Mount Airy. Tuition is $41. The Surry Community College Ballroom Dance Class for non-beginners will be on Thursdays from March 12-April 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jones Family Resource Center in Mount Airy. Tuition is $41. For more information, call 386-3244.
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 Sandy Level Community Council is having a chicken/fish dinner at 238 W. Virginia St. to benefit the Sandy Level Community Building. The event will start at 11 a.m. The meal will include fish or chicken with slaw or potato salad, pinto beans, cornbread, dessert and a drink for a donation of $6.50. For more information, call 786-7289.
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 (800) 286-6193. Winners will be announced during the Tommy Jarrell Concert, beginning at 7 p.m. that evening.
A Longaberger basket bingo fundraiser will be held at the White Plains Ruritan Building. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food available for purchase. Bingo will start at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for 20 games. All proceeds go to Caiden Soots, son of Mark and Bridget Soots. Caiden was diagnosed with severe autism in 2008 and proceeds will go to help pay medical and therapy expenses.
A pancake breakfast will be held at the White Plains Ruritan Building from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Proceeds will go to community projects. The cost is $5 for all you can eat. Carry outs are available.
Animal Welfare of Surry will be meeting in the basement of the public library in Pilot Mountain at 10:30 a.m. to plan the event calendar and upcoming fundraisers. Anyone interested in participating is invited to attend. Interested teens and parents are also welcome. For more information, call 786-5256.
The Voc Spring Concert will be held at the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 3 p.m. The theme of the show is Broadway: On & Off and will feature Blue Skies, Anything Goes, highlights from Wicked and Sweeney Todd, and much more. Sandy Beam directs this auditioned chorale considered Surry Countys premier vocal ensemble. Several of Sandys voice students from area grade schools will also take part in the performance, including Will Bryant, Peyton Marion, Shelly McClusky and Savanna Mumford. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will be celebrating the birthday of old time fiddler player Tommy Jarrell with a concert at 2:30 p.m. in the Museums Annex. Students of Chester McMillian will be playing in the old-time style. Birthday cake will be served after the performance. The event is free, but donations will gladly be accepted. For more information, call 786-4478.
A benefit for Joe Lowe will be held at the Dobson Community Building from 1 p.m. until. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts will be available at no charge, but donations will be appreciated. An auction will be held after the meal. Tickets will be sold for chance to win a TV.
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.
The Senior Democrats will hear Molly Beacham speak. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Lantern in Dobson.
March 3
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. Dickson has written the book In Search of Mayberry, a fascinating look at 12 small North Carolina towns. For information, contact the library at 789-5108.
March 4 and 5
The Mount Airy City Schools 2009-2010 kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration will be held at Tharrington Primary School from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your childs birth certificate, Social Security Card, immunization record and proof of address. For more information, call Tharrington at 789-9046 or the Mount Airy Central Office at 786-8355.
March 6
A basket bingo will be held at the St. Paul School cafeteria for the girls AAU team. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. The $30 combo package includes 20 regular games, two bonus game cards and 12 door prize tickets. Hot dogs and nachos will be served as well as baked goodies and cold drinks. For more information, call (276) 755-4828.
Longaberger basket bingo will be held at Flat Rock Elementary School as a PTO fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. in the Flat Rock gym. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for 20 games. Every bingo winner receives a Longaberger prize. Door prizes will be given away. Hot dogs, funnel cakes, drinks and more will be available.
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.
The 2009 ArtsBall will be held at Cross Creek Country Club, 1129 Greenhill Road. Presented by the Surry Arts Council, this event includes cocktails, hors doeuvres, a seated dinner, a silent and live auction, and music by award-winning blues and soul band Coastline. The evening is black-tie optional and begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75. All proceeds from the 2009 ArtsBall directly support School Cultural Arts Programs in the 22 Surry County schools for the 2009-2010 school year. For reservations and further information, call 786-7998.
The Francisco Ruritan Club will be hosting bingo at the Francisco Community Building, 7104 N.C. 89 West. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. A hot dog supper will start at 6 p.m.
A Longaberger basket bingo will be held at the Willis Gap Community Center, Ararat, Va. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and bingo will begin at 6 p.m. Concessions will be sold. All proceeds go to benefit the Hunters Chapel Assembly in Ararat, Va.
A benefit for Carrie Elmore, an 8 year old cancer patient, will be held at Blues Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Red Brush Road, Mount Airy, from 4 to 8 p.m. On the menu will be hamburger steak, french fries, slaw, roll, drink and dessert. Take outs are available. Donations are asked for.
A benefit spaghetti supper will be held at the Mount Airy Rescue Squad, Fredrick Street, from 4 to 8 p.m. Spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink are on the menu. Adults are $6 and children 10 and under at $3. There will be a door prize of a $100 gas drawing. Delivery is available for a minimun of four orders and must be place by 3 p.m. Proceeds go to Perry E. March, a cancer patient, to help pay medical expenses. For more information, call 648-4631.
March 9
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]

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