Community Calendar

First Posted: 1/11/2009

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]

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 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
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 Gallery Group and Art Studio, Inc., 162A W. Pine St., Mount Airy, will have exhibit hangs from now to Jan. 20. For more information, call 786-0057, email [email protected], or visit
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 a.m. 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
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.
The Surry Senior Center is now offering basic computer classes exclusively to adults ages 50 and better. The classes will take place on Fridays from now through the Feb. 6. Two class times will be offered, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. There will be a $10 class fee due on the first day of class. Participants must pre-register by calling 786-6155 ext. 225.
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 County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the Teaching Auditorium at Surry Community College. The speaker will be Joe Hicks who will speak on the History of Rockford that was the county seat. This meeting is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 786-2545.
Jan. 13
Fight the winter blues with some creative relaxation. Susan Fulcher presents The Art Caf: Food Crafting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin. For $10, shrug off the stresses of the morning and craft something delicious. All materials are included. Call 835-2025 to sign up. Visit the Web site for more information on the upcoming exhibits, workshops, classes, events, and more at The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 16
Reeves Community Center and the Surry County Senior Center are partnering together to host a Senior Health Fair, ages 50 and better, from 9 a.m. to noon in the gymnasium of Reeves Community Center, 113 Renfro St., Mount Airy. Seniors will be able to receive free health screenings. Refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be given away. For more information, call Fonda Mooney at 786-8313 or Annalisa Davis at 786-6155 ext. 225.
Jan. 16 and 17
Dont miss the Mount Airy premiere of Mandie and the Secret Tunnel at the Downtown Cinema Theatre before the films national release. One screening will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday for area schoolchildren. Tickets are $6 and include concessions. Two screenings will be held on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the general public. Saturday tickets $5 per person. Filmmakers Joy Chapman and Owen Smith will be present at all screenings. For more information, call 786-7998 or visit
A Road to Success Financial Training will take place in the Habitat ReStore Parking Lot, 1132 W. Pine St. Participants will board the BB&T Bank bus and have access to 11 computer workstations. Participants will be assisted by BB&T staff and receive a free credit report, information about financial management and credit counseling. This event is free and open to the public. This event is open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sessions will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Free food will be available from McDonalds, Subway, Biscuitville, Goobers and Arbys. For more information, contact Lynn Wilkes at 789-4663.
Jan. 17
The North Carolina Turkey Calling Contest will take place at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. The contest begins at 9 a.m. and is free to the public. It is sponsored by the N.C. Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation and is a qualifier for the national competition. For entry information, call 374-0241.
The Carolina Travelers welcome special guests Jamie Laval on the fiddle and Ashley Broder on the mandolin to an evening of bluegrass music. Both musiciians live in Asheville and play progressive acoustic roots music. Voice of the Blue Ridge is held every third Saturday at the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 218 Rockford St. in Mount Airy. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 or $5 for Surry County residents and Surry Arts Council members. Children 12 and under arer free. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History presents In the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Surry Countians Continuing the dream. The event is co-directed by Cheryl Yellow Fawn Scott and LaDonna McCarther. This spiritual program of healing will focus on the sacrifices, love, learning, service, perseverance and hope of the African-American community of Surry County. Refreshments will be served following the program. The event will be held in the museum annex, 144 W. Oak St. Call 786-4478 for further information. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Jan. 20
The Patrick County Genealogy Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community College Stuart site in the Community Room on Johnson Street in Stuart, Va. The DVD presentation of Melungeon Voices. The group will also work on Valentines for its PCGS Military Project. For more information, call (276) 692-5920.
Jan. 22
The Special Education Advisory Committee of Carroll County Public Schools will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the large conference room on the third floor of the Carroll County Governmental Center. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the budget impact and considerations for developing the Annual Plan for the 2009-2010 school year. In case of inclement weather, the alternate date for this meeting will be Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.
Jan. 26
The Surry Arts Council presents an eight-week series of classes on the fundamentals of directing. Taught by esteemed director and teacher Ray Collins, the classes will consist of lecture, discussion, critical analysis, readings, group work and rehearsal both inside and outside the class. Scenes from contemporary plays will be cast among the class participants. The class will meet downstairs at the Andy Griffith Playhouse from 7 to 9 p.m. for eight Mondays. Cost is $75 for the entire series. Class size is limited so call now to reserve a space. The Surry Arts Council offers this opportunity to work with a skilled and experienced theatre professional. For more information, contact the SAC at 786-7998.
Jan. 27
The January Picture Books book club at the Mount Airy Public Library has selected The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown. It will meet at 6 p.m. at the library to watch the movie. This event is free, and popcorn will be provided by the library.
Jan. 31
There will be a benefit for the John Martin family at the Ararat Ruritan Building, Ararat, Va., from noon to 4:30 p.m. John was diagnosed with cancer and this benefit is to help with medical expenses. Lunch, dinner and takeouts are available. On the menu are spaghetti, salad, rolls, dessert and a drink for $6. New items have been donated for sale.
Feb. 5
The North Carolina Ballet will present Tchaikovskys Swan Lake at the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. This performance is made possible by the support of the cARTwheels program of the North Carolina Arts Council. Contact the Surry Arts Council for tickets at 786-7998.
Feb. 9
Join the Glenn Miller Orchestra for an evening of gourmet dining, dancing and the best music of the Greatest Generation. The event will be held at Cross Creek Country Club. Tickets are $75 per person. Dont miss the special evening featuring the classics of big band music, performed by the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Contact the Surry Arts Council for tickets at 786-7998.
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.

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