Community calendar

First Posted: 8/1/2009

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]

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 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, 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. 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.
Meetings will be held each Thursday at Bojangles from 6 to 8 p.m. for those healing from a broken marriage.
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 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 Surry Senior Center is now offering basic computer classes exclusively to adults age 50 and better. The classes will take place on Fridays beginning July 31 and ending Aug. 28. Two class times are being offered, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Participants must pre-register and pre-pay by calling 786-6155 ext. 225.
The Galax Recreation Center will offer a new session of Carolina Shag classes going on now. Classes for beginners and seasoned shaggers will be taught by Bruce Leonard and Kay Weddle. The beginner class will cover the basic shag step, female turn, male turn and start position. The beginners II class will introduce the belly roll and pivot step. Advanced students will learn more advanced steps, turns and basic variations. All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Individuals and couples are welcome. Class sessions last for five weeks and are held in the Galax, Va., Municipal Golf Course Banquet Room, Country Club Lane. The five-week session is $40 per person. Register through July 29. For more information, call the Galax Recreation Center at (276) 236-3218 or Kay Weddle at (276) 233-8764.
The Gallery Group and Art Studio, Inc, 162 W. Pine St., Mount Airy, will be offering oil painting classes with instructor Arlene Daniel from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday from Aug. 5-26. The fee is $90. Materials are not included. For more information, call Donna Jackson at 786-0057.
Eating Great When Money Aint is a five-week program that teaches how to prepare easy, healthy, low-cost meals. Physical activity will be included each week along with tastings of recipes. Classes will start Aug. 17 and be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office, 210 N. Main St., Dobson. Parents or caregivers in Surry County, that are eligible for or receiving Food Stamps are encouraged to attend. This program is free, but participants must register. For more information and to register, call 401-8025.

Aug. 4
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1021 will have its monthly meeting at the blue metal building beside Goobers at 6 p.m. All Vietnam Veterans are welcme to attend. For more information, call Tom Parman at 789-7277.
Aug. 5
The Educational Opportunity Center presents Improving Your Study Skills from 2 to 4 p.m. at Surry Community College in room A 121. This event is free. Learn how to create a study area, how to prepare for tests, time management and how to take better notes. Light refreshments will be served. To pre-register, contact Heather Collins at 386-3328.
Aug. 6
The Peach Festival Gospel Music and Singing will be held at the Patrick Springs Fire House, Patrick Springs, Va., hosted by the JEB Stuart Volunteer Rescue Squad from 6 to 8 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. Admission is free.
Carroll County Public Schools will hold an open house for grades prekindergarten through ninth from noon to 6 p.m. This will give parents and students the opportunity to receive information about the school year, meet teachers and tour the school. Textbooks will be provided for students at no charge. An instructional materials fee of $5 will be collected from all students in addition to certain curriculum area fees. Fees are payable on this date for students K-7 and on the first day of school for students 8-12.
Carroll County High School, Hillsville, Va., will be holding an open house from noon to 6 p.m. Junior class orientation will be at 1 p.m. with class pictures being made after. Sophomore class orientation will be at 4 p.m. with class pictures being made after.
Aug. 7
The Virginia State Peach Pageant will be held at the Historic Star Theatre, 318 Patrick Ave., Stuart, Va., at 6 p.m. Admission is $3.
The Old Sckool Drama Club will present Emissary and How to Marry the Minister at 7 p.m. at the L.H. Jones Auditorium. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 786-6155 ext. 225.
The Mount Airy Public Library will be having an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the recent renovations to the young adult section of the library. This is open to the public and there will be door prizes and refreshments.
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.
The fifth annual Folk Fair in Meadows of Dan, Va., will feature mountain music, heritage demonstrations, food vendors, craft shows and Belgian horse and wagon rides. This event will be from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The Peach Festival, Stuart, Va., will be held at Rotary Field and include bands Sunset Drive, Upland Express and Downtown Boys. The gates will open at 3 p.m. and the music will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are $5. The ticket price does not include food cost. Advanced family packages are $30, which includes two adult tickets and four child tickets. Various food, crafters and exhibits will be available. This event will go on rain or shine.
The National Park Service will holding the annual Brinegar Celebration at the Brinegar Cabin on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There will be workshops and crafts and this event. Reservations are required. For more information, call (336) 372-1947 and talk to Amanda Carter-Sheahan.
A basket bingo will be held for Virginia Newman, Ms. Ginney, at Beary Country, Hwy. 89, Mount Airy. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with concessions being sold and the games will start at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for 20 games and one door prize ticket. Extra door prize tickets will be available. Cover-all tickets will be $3 each or two for $5. Ink daubers are required to play games and will be sold for $1. Raffle tickets are also being sold for $1 for a beverage tub basket and beverage tub wrought iron holder. For more information, call Rhonda Collins at 756-1581.
Aug. 9
The 31st annual Beasley reunion will be held at the Laurel Rescue Squad Building in Carroll County, Va., beginning at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Bring a well-filled picnic basket. Plates, cups, napkins, forks, spoons, coffee and Kool-Aid will be provided. Homemade door prizes will be given away.
The Genealogical Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties will have a research meeting at the Register of Deeds Office at the Stokes County Government Center in Danbury from 2 to 5 p.m. This research meeting is open to members and non-members. Help from the board will be available.
The annual ONeal family reunion will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fisher River Park in Dobson. Decendants of Buck, Fate, Woodson, Ben, Dee and Cebron ONeal should bring a picnic basket and enjoy fellowship. Friends and family are welcome.
Aug. 10
The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 6 p.m. at the Register of Deeds Office in Dobson. The office is open one night a year for the SCGA Society. The meeting is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 755-9462 or email Esther Draught Johnson, president of the Surry County, N.C. Genealogical Association, at [email protected]
Aug. 11
Sandy Level Community Watch will be holding a meeting at 7 p.m. at Franklin Ruritan Club. This is an opportunity to meet neighbors and obtain good informatoin on the community watch. For more information, call Tom or Lynne at 789-7277.
Aug. 13
The fifth annual Greater Granite Open, a benefit for the United Fund of Surry, will be held at Cross Creek Country Club. Registration is at 8 a.m. and tee off is at 9 a.m. Immediately following the tournament will be a luncheon and awards presentation. Payment and registration form must be turned in before Aug. 5. Several cash prizes will be given away.
Aug. 15
A spaghetti 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. 16
The Baldwin family reunion will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., rain or shine, at Whitetop Fire Hall, U.S. 58, Whitetop, Va. A covered-dish luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. Baldwin Genealogy books will be available. Bring photos, genealogy information and more to compare and share. For more information, call (410) 939-2395 or email [email protected]
The Gallery Group and Art Studio, Inc. in Mount Airy will be hosting a reception for Artist of the Month, Jessie Woodard. This event is free to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist and view her wonderful watercolors and partake of light refreshments. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Jackson at 786-0057.
Aug. 20
Meadowview Middle School will be holding open house from 2 to 4 p.m.
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 Knob Park 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. 19
A cruise-in for charity will be held at CK Technologies, in the Piedmont Triad Industrial Park, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antique, original and modified cars and trucks and bikes are welcome. The cost is $15 for those who registrate ahead of time and $20 the day of the show. Admission is free to spectators. Awards will be given out. All proceeds will benefit The Shepherds House. For more information, call 786-2642 ext. 7610 or 7626 during the day or 429-7296 or 391-0819 at night.
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 knows 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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