First Posted: 11/28/2009
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 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 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 www.yadkinvalleycraftguild.org.
– 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.
– 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 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: 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 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.
– A new eight-week session of Chi-Kung class will begin on Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Surry Senior Center and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Pilot Mountain Senior Center. The class is $24. This is open to all ages. For more information, call 786-6155 ext. 255.
– The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre in downtown Galax, Va., will present its fifth annual production of The Nutcracker at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Galax High School Auditorium. Tickets are on sale. Reserved tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 13 and younger. General admission is $1 for adults and $4 for children. Discounts are available for civic, church and school groups of 10 or more.
– The Mount Airy Public Library will have Wii Wednesdays beginning at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday. In order to play, players will have to have a library card in good standing.
– The Mount Airy Public Library is holding a Gingerbread House Contest. Bring a decorated Gingerbread House to the library for display on Dec. 14. Patrons will vote on their favorite and a $50 Wal-Mart card will be awarded to the winner during the Christmas Storytelling on Dec. 22. Be creative and help put the library in the Christmas mood.
– Through Jan. 11, 2010, the Mount Airy Art League has artwork for sale at the Mount Airy Public Library. For more information, call (276) 755-3040.
– The directors of the February Fairy Tale One Acts at the Surry Arts Council are looking for actors. There are three separate one-act plays planned for the weekend of Feb. 19-21. These plays are focused on kids, both as actors and as an audience, and include a version of Alice in Wonderland and Snow White. There are roles for adults and youth ages 8 and older. There are also opportunities for those interested in doing behind-the-scenes work. If interested, stop by the Surry Arts Council Old-Time Heritage Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. There is no need to prepare a reading ahead of time. Fill out an audition form and read from the scripts. For more information, call Cari Robertson at 786-5851.
Dec. 1, 2 and 3
– Surry County Schools bus driver classroom training at the Human Services Building, U.S. 601, Mount Airy, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information or to register, call 386-8211 ext. 124.
– The Mount Airy Appearance Commission will sponsor its 14th annual tree lighting at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Mount Airy Municipal Building. Kelly Epperson will be the Master of Ceremonies with an invocation to be delivered by Mount Airy Commissioner David Beal. Eleanor Powell, of The Mount Airy News and a member of the commission, will light the tree. Music will be provided by the NoneSuch Playmakers and the House of God Mass Choir. Free hot chocolate will be furnished by the Beacons of the First Presbyterian Church. Santa will be there with treats for the children.
– The Twin County Humane Society will hold its annual membership meeting, 2010 elections and holiday social at the Carroll County Public Library, Hillsville, Va., at 6 p.m. Bring a plate of finger food or holiday goodies. Drinks will be provided. Those attending must be a current member in order to vote.
– Millennium Charter Academy is hosting a Chili Christmas from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This is a community event. Smack Your Mouth Chili will be served with all the fixings, homemade desserts and drinks are available for $5 per person. There will be Christmas caroling, lighting of the MCA Christmas tree that will be raffled off at 7 p.m., a marshmallow roast and bonfire, an ornament making room for the kids, six ornaments for $5, music by the MCA advanced music class and middle school science fair project awards will be given out.
Dec. 3 and 4
– The Old Sckool Drama Club presents The Challenge of Bureaucracy, a play that shows the ordeals of dealing with the government, and Spreading Christmas Cheer, a hilarious play addressing the many stereotypes against older adults, at L.H. Jones Auditorium, 215 Jones School Road, Mount Airy. There are no ticket sales. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted and appreciated. For more information, call the senior center at 786-6155 ext. 225.
– Basket and tool bingo will be held in the Surry Community College Gym for the Knights Athletic Program. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games start at 6:30 p.m. The 20 regular games cost $20. The $30 combo includes 20 regular games, two bonus games cards and 12 door prize tickets. There will be lots of door prizes and hot dogs, pizza and nachos with cheese as well as baked goods and ice cold drinks. For more information, call Linda Davis at 374-5914 or 326-5362.
– The Mount Airy Junior Womans Club will have its second annual toy drive and distribution. Drop of new or gently used toys to First Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Main St., from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Toys will be given out to local families within the community.
– New River Trail State Park is hosting the sixth annual Foster Falls Festival of Lights. Bring the family to the holiday charity event to see the historic Foster Falls village alight with more than 100,000 colorful lights. Enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride and antique tractor hayrides. Warm up with complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and pastries. Visit Santa and tell him about any holiday wishes. This event is free for those donating canned food or an unopened toy. Make sure all canned food items have not passed its expiration date.
– The Surry Storm Volleyball Club East Team is having a Longaberger basket and Signature Homestyles bingo at Pilot Mountain Middle School in the cafeteria. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with bingo to start at 7:30 p.m. Hot dogs, chili beans, chips, desserts and drinks will be sold.
– The 37th annual Pilot Mountain Christmas Parade will start at 6 p.m. Line-up begins at 4 p.m. at East Surry High School. Do not leave floats in parking lot unattended before 4 p.m. For more information and entries, call Chris Wall at 351-5957, Derrick Manuel at 462-3144 or Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad at 368-4280. If there is no answer, leave a message. The parade is sponsored by Pilot Mountain Rescue & EMS, Inc.
– The Mount Airy Elks Lodge will have a pancake breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. in the ballroom. The cost is $6 per plate. Take-outs are available. For more information and for tickets, call 786-2061.
– The Lambsburg Ruritan Club, Va., will be having a dance featuring Sounds Now and Then from 7 to 10 p.m. Concessions will be available. Admission is $6 for adults and children 12 and younger enter free. There will be music for all ages. For more information, call Gretta Brown at (276) 733-8558.
– The Dobson Lions Club Christmas parade will start at 2 p.m. Parade participants will start lining up at 1 p.m. in the Surry Community College parking lot. Horse, wagons and riders are welcome. Float participants may distribute candy. Santa will be there. For more information, call Jerry Weaver at 356-4193.
– The Gallery Group and Art Studio, Inc. in Mount Airy will be hosting a reception for Artist of the Month, Jan Atkins. She is an expert at Oriental Chinolserie, a special technique of ornate art. She has created a style that puts her award-winning artwork into a class of its own. This event is free to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to peruse the gallery, meet the artist and partake of light refreshments. The reception time is from 3 to 5 p.m. Parking is available on the street and at the Municipal Parking Lot of Historic Downtown Mount Airy, behind the studio. For more information, call Donna Jackson, Gallery Group Director, at 786-0057.
– The regular Carroll County School Board meeting has been changed to meet at Oakland Elementary School, 4930 Pipers Gap Road, Galax, Va. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Carroll County School Board Office at (276) 728-3191 or (276) 236-8145.
Dec. 9, 10 and 11
– The Dobson Lions Club will be selling citrus, apple, nuts and fruit baskets from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday in the uptown parking lot and Lowes parking lot in Dobson. Proceeds from the fruit sale will go to the sight and hearing impared, including eye research.
– A water quality testing workshop will be offered at Creekside Carp & Catfish Lakes, 2991 Sam Houser Road. The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Basic water quality parameters will be reviewed. Get hands-on experience on testing water quality using chemical test kits. Feel free to bring testing kits or equipment. For more information and to register, call Cheryl Mitchell or Molly Sandfass at (828) 652-7874.
Dec. 18 and 19
– The NoneSuch Playmakers present The Gift of the Magi at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the L.H. Jones Auditorium, Jones School Road. Admission is $5.
– Have milk and cookies with Santa and give him any last-minute wishes, during the Christmas Storytelling at the Mount Airy Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Hear stories of the season, just before Santa begins his annual trek around the world. This event is free to the public.