Community calendar

First Posted: 3/15/2009

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]

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 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 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 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: 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. Start any date, work on the project of your choosing. A master ceramics artist will be available during open studio time. Wheel throwing will be held on Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 19 through April 30. The cost is $90 and not class will be held on Easter. Open studio is between 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesdays. Start at any time and go for 12 weeks for $145. Work on projects with or without and instruction. Introduction to sculpture for ages 7 and up will be held on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. from March 21 through May 2, costing $65 with no class on Easter. Introduction to handbuilding for ages 7 and up will be held on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. from March 21 though May 2, costing $65 with no class on Easter. All classes includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes and firing. 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.
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 show opened 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.
Registration for the Yadkin Valley Senior Games will be through April 5. Early bird registration will be from March 1-27 and will cost $8. Final registration will be from March 28 through 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.
The Yadkin Valley Craft Guild will have lunchtime demos from noon to 2 p.m. March 16 will be Jerry Brady, a talented machinist who specializes in wine related products. Meet the artists will be held on March 14, Ralap and Jane Shoemaker from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; March 21, Yadkin Valley Studio and wine tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and March 28, Judy Buckner. All events will be held at the Gallery Shop in Elkin. For more information, contact the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild at 835-2717 or visit
LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center will be conducting volunteer training for those interested in helping at either the Mount Airy or Elkin centers. Training will be held on March 21 and April 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Street Learning Place in Elkin. The fee or $30 covers the cost of the training manual and a certificate of completion. For more information, contact LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center at 783-0011 or 526-5433.
The East Surry Little League will have food and fun at the Mayberry Shazaam from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on March 19 and 26. Go-cart rides are $5. One large pizza, one topping, for chocolate chip cookies, four large drinks and 20 tokens is $15.95.
White Plains Christian School will be hosting a spaghetti supper from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. Plates are $5 and include spaghetti, salad, bread and a drink. Proceeds go to support WPCSs teachers convention.
The Granite Masonic Lodge will be hosting a ham and egg breakfast buffet at the Masonic Temple, 212 Franklin St., Mount Airy, from 5:30 to 10 a.m. The buffet is dine-in only, but prepared carry-outs will be available by calling 786-6649. The price is $6. All proceeds are for the benefit of the Masonic Charities.
The Westfield Ruritans are having a country ham and egg breakfast with all the fixings from 7 to 10 a.m. Only donations will be taken. Proceeds go to fund two scholarships to Surry Community College in the name of Frank and June Tilley.
The Mount Airy Elks Lodge will be doing a home and beauty expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free for local businesses to set up. There will be a raffle for a basket that has an item from each vendor.
The annual Surry County Republican Convention will have a meeting at 10 a.m. at the new courthouse in Dobson. All guests are welcome, but to vote they will have to be verified as a registered Surry County Republican in the Board of Elections database. Bring photo ID. Registration will be verified the day of the convention.
March 17
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.
A St. Patricks brunch and bingo will be held at the Surry County Senior Center on Jones School Road, Mount Airy, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All red and pink hatters are invited. The cost is $5 for the lunch and bingo. Reservations and payments are due by March 13 by calling 786-6155, ext. 225. This event is hosted by the Mayberry Mad Hatters.
There will be a Pressed Flower Picture Workshop and luncheon at the Surry County Center, N.C. Cooperative Extension from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop is sponsored by the Surry County Extension and Community Association (ECA). The cost for the lunch, supplies and instruction for a pressed flower picture project will be $10. For more information or to preregister, call 401-8025.
An open house will be held by representatives from Waste Industries USA, Inc. at the Andy Griffth Playhouse from 4 to 7 p.m. Waste Industries officials will be on hand to present a plan for the operation of the Surry County Landfill.
March 19
Senator Sam will be presented at the Blowing Rock Stage Company beginning at 7 p.m. at the Cross Creek Country Club. Tickets are $35. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
March 20
Kirby Creek Equine Rehab and Support Center, in cooperation with Lexington Large Animal, is offering a horse vaccination and Coggins clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A processing fee of $10 per vehicle will be charged. For more information, call 368-2060.
Basket and pottery bingo will be held at the Family Resource Center, 215 Jones School Road. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and games begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for 20 games. There will be a coverall game, raffle, hot dogs and nice door prizes. Proceeds go to the L.H. Jones Family Resource Center. For more information, contact Annalisa Davis at 786-6155, ext. 225.
March 21
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 ended Feb. 14. Visit 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.
The Carolina Travelers welcome special guests Johnny Williams and friends to an evening of bluegrass starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 for Surry County residents and Surry Arts Council members. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, call the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
March 22
The Voc Spring Concert will be held at the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 3 p.m. The theme is Broadway. This performance is free. For more information, call the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
March 23
Learn how to make one of the fastest growing art forms. Donna Pumphrey will lead the Artist Trading Card Workshop from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin. Artist trading cards are small works of art, 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches, and can be done in any style of media. This workshop is free and blank cars will be provided. Bring paper, paint, glue or glue gun and objects that you would like to attach to your cards. For more information, contact FAC at 835-2025 or visit for more details.
March 24
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.
March 25 and 26
Artists are invited to submit artwork from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Gallery Group and Art Studio, 162 W. Pine St. For more information, call 786-8028 or 786-2307.
March 27
The Franklin Ruritan Club will be hosting a spring pancake supper with buckwheats and sausage gravy from 4:30 to 7:30 a.m. Adults are $5, children 5 to 12 are $3 and children under 5 are free. Proceeds will go towards community projects.
The Round Peak Lodge will be having a pancake supper in the Masonic cafeteria from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 and ages 6 and under are free. Carry-outs are available.

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