Community Calendar


First Posted: 2/6/2009

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]

Today
A free clothes give-away at the old Dobson Cleaners building in Dobson will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to anyone who has a need.
A benefit by Friends of Franklin and Sandra Collins will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Jimmy McCormicks race shop on Prison Camp Road, just up from Fisher River Park in Dobson. Hot dogs, drinks, chips and cake will be available. See Jimmy and Chases race car. Bring a street rod. Donations will be accepted by Frank Collins, c/o Dobson Trucking, P.O. Box 498, Dobson, NC 27017, or by contacting Chris Fleming at 325-0001, Mike Branch at 374-0694, or Nub McCormick at 320-2210 or 386-8952.
Feb. 8
The Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library will host a presentation by author Bill Thompson at 2 p.m. in the librarys multi-purpose room. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $5 and are available at the library. Bill Thompson has been a regular columnist in Our State magazine for almost a decade and is the author of three books. His books capture humorous stories of everyday life in North Carolina. For more information, contact the library at 789-5108.
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.
The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College in Dobson. Bring pictures, genealogy and anything that could be shared about the family or the area. This meeting is free and everyone is invited. For more information, call 786-2545, 755-9462 or email [email protected]
Rapunzel-Uncut will be performed at the library by a local childrens theater group, made up of middle school students. This event begins at 6 p.m.
Create something sweet for the sweetie with The Art Caf: Valentines Keepsake. Susan Fulcher presents this workshop from noon to 1 p.m. at the Foothills Arts Council. For $10, shrug off the stresses of the morning and get in touch with an artistic side. All materials are included. Call 835-2025 to sign up.
Renowned fashion designer Bill Colvard presents Corsets and Crinolines, an art history lecture covering womens fashion through the ages. This free lecture will be held at the Foothills Arts Council beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 835-2025 or visit www.foothillsartscouncil.org.
Floral Design from 9 a.m. to noon at Surry Senior Center available thought Surry Community College. Participants will need to register on this date. Participants should bring a grapevine wreath, flowers to cover it and wire cutters. The class will run until March 23 on Mondays. Judy Marshall is the instructor. Free to ages 65 and better. $41 is charged for all others.
Feb. 11
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Surry Community College will be holding The Power of Change change campaign as a fundraiser for the United Fund of Surry. Campus drop-off locations are the V-Building, H-Building, Cosmetology and Knights Grill.
Needle Art is offered on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and will run until March 25. Classes will be held at the Surry Senior Center available through Surry Community College. Participants will need to register on this date. Free to ages 65 and better. $41 is charged for all others. Ed Gaskins is the instructor.
Feb. 14
The Childrens Center of Surry, Inc. is having its 15th anniversary celebration from 6 p.m. until at Cross Creek Country Club. There will be a dinner, silent auction and entertainment. The cost is $75 for individuals and $125 for couples. For more information, contact Robin Testerman at 356-9145 or [email protected] or Cory Tucker at [email protected]
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Mount Airy Interact Club and Mount Airy High School will be holding The Power of Change change campaign as a fundraiser for the United Fund of Surry. Bring loose change to Mount Airy Rescue Squad, Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad, Ararat Rescue Squad or Dobson Rescue Squad.
Feb. 18
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present The Fat Facts of Olive Oil from 11 a.m. to noon at Reeves Community Center.
Feb. 19
A cattle production meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Kulynych Family Life Center, across from the courthouse, Wilkesboro. A sponsored meal will be served followed by an educational program. Representatives of a major farm equipment manufacturer will discuss tractor and machinery selection. Machinery will be on exhibit. Also, information on cattle feeds and minerals will be presented. Make a reservation by calling the Wilkes County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension at (336) 651-7331 by Feb. 16.
Feb. 20
The Surry Arts Council will host the 19th annual Black History Month Celebration at the Andy Griffith Playhouse on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The master of ceremonies for the evening will be Leon Shuff. Gospel groups from across the region will perform including the Gospel Spirits of Walnut Cove and the Gospel Truths of Winston-Salem. Groups ranging from instrumental to gospel musicians lead the annual celebration of African American heritage. SAC is still looking for groups to perform. Contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 or (800) 286-6193 to reserve a place on the program. The event is free to the public. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Grassroots program of the NC Arts Council.
The United Fund of Surry is holding an award luncheon at First Baptist Church at 714 N. Main St. at noon. For reservations, call 789-3087.
Feb. 21
The Carolina Travelers welcome special guests None of the Above to an evening of bluegrass music. Based in Mount Airy, None of the Above has been playing its unique mix of bluegrass, newgrass, acoustic country, folk and old-time fiddle music around North Carolina for over 10 years. Voice of the Blue Ridge is held every third Saturday at the Downtown Cinema Theatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 for Surry County residents and Surry Arts Council members. Children 12 and under free. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
There will be a benefit supper for Charlie Smith at the Red Bank Ruritan Club in Claudville, Va., from 5 to 7 p.m. On the menu are pinto beans, corn bread, potatoes, slaw, drink and dessert for $5.
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.
March 2
The Mount Airy Public Library is celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss birthday by reading Dr. Seuss books. The following books will be read: 10 a.m., Mayor Loftis Cat in the Hat; 10:30 a.m., Dean Brown Green Eggs and Ham; 11 a.m., Jon Cawley My Many Colored Days; 11:30 a.m., Benny Brannock To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street; noon, Pat Gwyn Yertle the Turtle; 12:30 p.m., Todd Harris Sneetches; 1 p.m., Ann Vaughn Daisy-Head Mayzie; 1:30 p.m., Ashley Hinson Oh, The Thinks You Can Think; 2 p.m., Deborah Friedman Horton Hears a Who; 2:30 p.m., Darrin Hartness Horton Hatches the Egg; 3 p.m., Brack Llewellyn Oh, The Places Youll Go; 3:30 p.m., Debbie Cochran 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; 4 p.m., Tim Frye Gerald McBoing Boing; 4:30 p.m., Linda Wright I Can Read With My Eyes Shut; 5 p.m., Roger McCreary How the Grinch Stole Christmas; 5:30 p.m., Graham Atkinson Lorax; 6 p.m., Tom Bagnal Youre Only Old Once; 6:30 p.m., Angela Llewellyn Happy Birthday to You! and Dr. Seuss Biography; and 7 p.m., Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss with a visit from the Cat in the Hat. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.
March 7
There will be a free adult CPR class given at the Surry County Red Cross in Mount Airy and the Edward Armfield Civic and Recreation Center in Pilot Mountain from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free drinks and snacks. To register, call Jeanette at 786-4183.
March 11
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present Going Green with Diabetes from noon to 1 p.m. at the NC Cooperative Extension in Dobson.
April 8
Reeves Community Center and the Diabetes Education Program of Surry County Health and Nutrition Center present Put Some Spring in Your Step from 11 a.m. to noon at Reeves Community Center.
April 9
A creative writing workshop, led by Sarah Wright, will be held at the library at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Angela Llewellyn at 789-5108.
April 23
A poetry workshop, led by Sarah Wright, will be held at the library at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Angela Llewellyn at 789-5108.
April 25
A poetry reading and reception will be held at 11 a.m. Each area school is to submit two poetry selcections written by students. The poetry will be read by the authors.
May 11-15
Storytelling will be done every afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for elementary students at the Mount Airy Public Library.

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