Community Calendar

First Posted: 7/11/2009

Editors note: Beginning with this edition, the community calendar will run in full for the week to come in each Sunday edition. It will run in other editions during the week as space is available. To guarantee an item makes it in the calendar in time for the Sunday edition, it must be emailed, mailed or hand-delivered to The Mount Airy News by Wednesday at 5 p.m. each week.

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]

– 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 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.
– 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 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, 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.
– 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.
n- Meetings will be held each Thursday at Bojangles from 6 to 8 p.m. for those healing from a broken marriage.
– The Mount Airy Public Library will be showing movies on Mondays on the back lawn of the library. Movies will begin at dusk. These events are free and open to the public. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. The movie schedule is, July 13, Marley & Me; July 20, Journey to the Center of the Earth; and July 27, City of Ember.
– The Lambsburg Cruisers will be at the Lambsburg Community Center, Lambsburg, Va., on Aug. 15, Sound Factory; and 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 July 4th Celebration and Oct. 17 Fall Festival.
– Town Hall in Hillsville, Va., will have Musical Styles on the Crooked Road exhibit up through out the month of July.
– The Gallery Group and Art Studio,162A W. Pine St., Mount Airy, is offering adult art classes this summer. Pike Sullivan will be instructing a watercolor class every Tuesday from July 14 through Aug. 18. 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 Gallery Group, 162A W. Pine St., Mount Airy, will be having Tots of Art for toddlers being offered July 27, 28 and 29 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. For $45 per day, the students will experience great artists like Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. In addition, snacks will be provided and each participant will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, call the Gallery Group and Art Studio at 786-0057.
– The Gallery Group invites students in first through sixth grades to attend acclaimed artist, painter and teacher Celeste Springthorpe Tsakliss art club on July 13, 14 and 15. The art club sessions will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $105 per child. For more information, contact the Gallery Group and Art Studio at 786-0057.
– The Genealogical Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties will be holding a meeting from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Danbury Public Library, 1104 Main St., Danbury. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge. Members of the society will be available to answer any questions on researching a family tree. Light refreshments will be provided.
July 13
– The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Janelle Johnson with the Rockingham/Stokes Counties, N.C. Genealogical Society. She will speak on the Poindexter family. This meeting is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 755-9462 or email Esther Draughn Johnson, president of the Surry County, N.C. Genealogical Association, email [email protected] or visit
– An AARP Driving Safety Class will be held at the Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. AARP members are $12 and non-members are $14. Pre-register by calling the Senior Center.
July 14
– The Sandy Level Community Watch will have a meeting at the Franklin Ruritan Club at 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and obtain good information on community watch. For more information, call Tom or Lynne at 789-7277.
July 15-17
– Children will earn an official Junior Ranger Patch as they become an observer of the natural world at New River Trail State Park, Foster Falls, Va. Activities will focus on the New River and its inhabitants. The children will even have time to try their hand at fishing. Junior Rangers will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $10 for children ages 6 to 11. For more information, call the park office at (276) 699-6778.
July 16
– The Mount Airy Public Librarys Summer Reading Program will present at dance workshop at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Learn different types of dance and dancers will teach the children a few moves of their own.
July 17
– The Ararat, Va., Volunteer Fire Department is having basket bingo at the Ararat Ruritan Building. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the games will start at 7 p.m. Food will be available. The cost is $20 for 20 games. For more information, call (276) 251-5750.
– The annual Jimmy Lowry Tribute concert will be held at the Blackmon Amphitheatre starting at 7:30 p.m. with the Lowry Gang, Steve Jarrell and other members of Sons of the Beach. The cost is $10 or free with SAC season pass. Proceeds will go to the Jimmy Lowry Memorial Scholarship Fund. Shelton Wine and Dairy Center hot dogs will be sold. For more information, call the SAC at 786-7998.
July 17 and 18
– The Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention will be held in Sparta at the Higgins Agricultural Fairgrounds. Bluegrass and old-time categories, bands, youths, individual and dance will be performed. There will be vendors and camping available. Admission is $6 on Friday and $7 on Saturday, or $10 for both days. For more information, visit or call (336) 372-8809.
July 18
– The first ever Memorial Ride for Brittany Nicole Hiatt will start at Veterans Park at noon. Sign-ups will be from 10 a.m. to noon Singles are $15 and couples are $20. 50/50 tickets will be sold and t-shirts are $10. Food and drinks will be available. Donations will be appreciated. Proceeds will be toward a memorial stone.
July 19
– Family Fun Day will be held at the Mount Airy Elks Lodge from noon to 4 p.m. Members, guests and children are all invited. The pool, ping pong, pool tables, horse shoes, a cook out and music will be some of the festivities. If anyone is interested in attending, call the lodge at 789-8304 and ask for Diane Chamberlain, Shannon Sutphin or Tim Richards.
– The 69th annual Easter reunion will be held at the Webb Southern Carroll Community Center. Doors will be open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish.
July 23
– The Mount Airy Public Librarys Summer Reading Program will present puppets with Justin Nichols, based on the story of Stone Soup. Then Nichols will teach about different types of puppets and demonstrate how they are used. Take-home puppets will be made.
July 24
– Longaberger bingo, sponsored by Amercian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 123, will be held at the American Legion Building at Veterans Park at 7 p.m. Packages are $25 and include 20 games, two coverall cards, 10 door prize tickets and one raffle ticket. Additional door prize tickets are $1 each. Raffle tickets are three for $5. A 50/50 cash drawing will also take place. Proceeds go to benefit PDSSN, Piedmont Down Syndrome Network. For more information, call Elizabeth at 325-0630.
July 25
– Granite City Rods and Machines Christmas in July cruise-in will be held at the Surry County Human Services Center from 5 p.m. until. Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. Admission is free. Music will be by Chuck. Food and drinks will be available. If you have something to contribute to the auction, bring it with you. Donations will be greatly appreciated.
– A Bad Year for Tomatoes will be preformed at 7:30 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Tickets are $10 or free with SAC season pass. For more information, visit or call 786-7998.
– Rockin Mount Airy Auction and Gala will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the annex of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. Heavy hor doeuvres and coffee from Mobys will be served. Music will be performed by the band Rhythm. Twenty locally decorated rocking chairs and other auction items and 10 silent auction items will be up for grabs. Tickets are $10 per person. For tickets and other information, contact Ginny Anderson at 789-4663.
July 30
– The Mount Airy Public Librarys Summer Reading Program presents Express Yourself starring the librarys own Dewey Decimal Players. This play is written by Brack Llewellyn and directed by Angela Llewellyn.
Aug. 8
– The fifth annual Staci B. Wertman Golf Tournament will be held at the Olde Mill Golf Course. Check-in will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Shotgun Start will be at 1:30 p.m. The format is 18 hold Captains Choice. The cost is $60 per golfer or $240 per team. Cash prizes will be given away. Deadline is set for Aug. 4. All proceeds made will go to the Staci B. Wertman Scholarship. For more information, call Janet Banks at (276) 728-2048.
Aug. 15
– A spagetti dinner will be held at East Surry High School in the cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per plate. Proceeds will go to the Pilot Mountain Cardinal football and cheerleaders. State football tickets will be raffled off.
Aug. 22
– 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.
Sept. 12
– The ESHS class of 1989 reunion will be held at Pilot Mountain Country Club at 6 p.m. For more information, visit
Sept. 18 and 19
– Patrick County 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.
Sept. 25
– 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
Sept. 26
– 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.
Oct. 3
– The Mount Airy High School Class of 1982 will hold its 27th class reunion. Anyone who is a member of this class, or know 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.

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