Community Calendar

First Posted: 9/19/2009

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 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 Granite City monthly cruise-in will be held behind Quality Inn and Arbys on U.S. 601 the fourth Saturday of each month, 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.
– 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 Oct. 3, Nov. 14 and 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: Grocery Store Tour, a limit of 24 people, Oct. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension in Dobson; Start Your Holidays on the Right Foot, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon at Reeves Community Center; and 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 Lambsburg, Va., Ruritan Club will be having a dance on Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24 from 7 to 11 p.m. featuring Sounds Now and Then. Concessions will be available. Adults are $6 and children 12 and under are free.
– Corn Maze Days will run through September and October on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 84 Concord Road, Meadows of Dan, Va. Special events planned include a moonlight couples night and a haunted corn maze. For more information, call Sue Shelor at (276) 952-6575 or (276) 952-5568 or visit
– 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.
– Enjoy the fall foliage with a guided van tour along 40 miles of an old railroad route at New River Trail State Park on Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21. Discover the natural and cultural history of the region. The trip includes brochures and a boxed lunch. This trip is for those 55 and older. This is an all day event and the cost is $25 per person.
– Pancake Days in Meadows of Dan, Va., will be held on Oct. 18 and 25 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. sponsored by the Meadows of Dan Ruritans and Volunteer Fire Department. Enjoy made from scratch buckwheat and buttermilk pancakes, fresh sausage and good sausage gravy with butter and syrup. For more information, call the Meadows of Dan Ruritan Club at (276) 952-2800.
– AARP Driver Safety classes will be taught by Bill Lundy on Sept. 25 at Central United Methodist Church; Oct. 2 at RidgeCrest; and Oct. 30 at the Surry Senior Center. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for each class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To register, contact the location of the class.
– Spaces will be available at Walmart for the Autumn Leaves Festival, Oct. 9, 10 and 11. This is for craft vendors only. The cost is $50. Proceeds will go to Duke Childrens Hospital. For more information, call Tammy Sizemore at 719-2300.

– A recreated World War II-era Canteen will feature dancing, singing and stories of GIs at the Mount Airy Museum Annex at 3 p.m. A cell phone and mp3 player recycling drive will be held. The proceeds will go to the USO. This program is free to the public. For more information, call Heather Elliott at 786-4478 ext. 229.
– The Round Peak Lodge will have a barbecue chicken dinner in the masonic cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $7. Orders are made to go.
– The Arrington family reunion will begin at 1 p.m. at the Bannertown Ruritan Building in Mount Airy. All friends and family are welcome.
Sept. 22
– Auditions for the Surry County Senior Centers Christmas play will be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the L.H. Jones Auditorium beside the Family Resource Center. The play dates are Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. The play will address many stereotypes against older adults. Adults of all ages are needed and are encouraged to try out. No prior experience is required. For more information, call the Senior Center at 786-6155 ext. 225.
– The Surry County Tourism Development Authority will have a meeting at the Surry County Government Center on the third floor in room 335 at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24
– Senior Fun Day will be held at Veterans Memorial Park from 2 to 5 p.m. Live entertainment, contests, goodies and refreshments will be available. There is no charge. The event is for ages 50 and better. For more information, call 786-6155 ext. 225.
Sept. 24-27
– The 20th annual Mayberry Days will be held in downtown Mount Airy. There will be several events through the weekend including Mayberry Days Golf Tournament, Dinner and Entertainment at Cross Creek; Jim Quick and Coastline performing at the Blackmon Amphitheatre; Tied Up In Knotts performed by Karen Knotts, Don Knotts daughter, at the Downtown Cinema; The Andy Griffith Show Trivia; The Dillards; Vessels of Clay performing at the Blackmon Amphitheatre; VW Boys Salute to Mayberry at the Downtown Cinema; 11th annual Barbeque Cook-off at the Andy Griffith Playhouse; Professor Brower Lecture and TAGSRWC Meeting at the Downtown Cinema; Colonel Tims Talent Time at the Playhouse; Mayberry Idle at the Playhouse; and Mayberry Amped at the Blackmon Amphitheatre.
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 was Aug. 21. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Surry County, 401-8025, or visit
– Members of the Scottish Heritage Society of the Blue Ridge will meet in the Parish Hall of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Hwy. 52 Bypass, at 7 p.m. The members will hold a business meeting, program and light refreshments. People of Scottish and Irish ancestry are encouraged to attend.
Sept. 26
– The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Andy Griffith Museum will be held during the 20th annual Mayberry Days Festival following the Saturday morning parade. 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.
– Mayberry Amped will be performed at the Blackmon Amphitheatre featuring Joshua Moyer at 7:30 p.m., Janus 4-14 at 8:30 p.m. and Dylan Gilbert at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
– Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department will be having its fifth annual BBQ Dinner at the Holly Springs Station off of Holly Springs Church Road from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Plates are $5 and include BBQ, slaw, baked beans, hushpuppies, dessert and tea. Dine-in or carry-out.
Sept. 27
– The descendants of John Wesley and Mary King Strickland will have their annual reunion at 1 p.m. at the Webb-Southern Carroll Community Center, Cana, Va., Bring a picnic lunch.
Sept. 30
– Childrens Miracle Network will have a fall classic golf tournament to benefit Duke Childrens Hospital at Olde Beau Golf Club in Roaring Gap. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the afternoon shotgun start will begin at 1 p.m. A four-man team costs $200 and includes green fees for four, cart and range balls, lunch and soft drinks and goodie bags. Registration and payment must be received by Sept. 21. For more information, call 719-2300 ext. 132 or 220 or 755-7496.
Oct. 2
– The Mount Airy Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be hosting a basket bingo at the Mount Airy Rescue Squad building, across from Mayberry Mall on Fredrick Street. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with bingo beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for 60 cards, 3 per game. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and desserts will be available for purchase. Games will be played for Longaberger products. The 21st game will be played for the large hamper basket with lid, a $350 value. Cards for this game will be $3 each or two for $5. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $1 each for a chance to win the black cat basket set, valued at $120. This includes the basket, liner, protector and wrought iron cat. Participants do not have to be present to win the raffle. All proceeds go to help support the Mount Airy Rescue Squad Auxiliary. For more information, call Jessie Spencer at 710-3141.
– Shoals Elementary School will be hosting its annual Fall Carnival from 3 to 7 p.m., rain or shine. This years activities include food, games, dunking booth, hay rides, cake walk, prizes, chance to win $1,000 cash and entertainment by the students and fun for all ages. All proceeds go to provide educational items for Shoals students.
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.
– The 30th annual Sonker Festival, an event recognizing Surry Countys history, its traditional music heritage and the sonker, will be held on the grounds of the historic Edwards-Franklin House, 4132 Haystack Road, Lowgap. Sonker is an Appalachian term for a deep-dish fruit pie, otherwise known as cobbler. Old-time music and serving of sonker will be from 1 to 5 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Surry County Historical Society. Visitors are invited to bring a chair and enjoy the music, fresh air, friendly people and a second helping of sonker. There is no charge for the entertainment. Visitors pay only for the serving of sonker, made of apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Coffee and other beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, call 789-4304.
– A motorcycle ride and port-a-pit chicken will be held at Fisher River Park at the amphitheater in Dobson to benefit Christy Lawson. The ride will be hosted by Chariots of Fire and will leave the park at 11 a.m. and return around 2 p.m. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 for single riders and $20 for double. Route maps will be handed out the day of the event. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Port-a-pit chicken will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $8 a plate. Live music will be provided by New Century. To purchase tickets or to preregister, call Lisa Selba at 401-2507 or Susan Edwards at 366-7760.
– The descendants of Jake and Ella King Jessup will hold their annual reunion at 1 p.m. at Mt. Herman UMC picnic shelter. Drinks, plates and utensils will be provided. Bring a lawn chair, a well-filled picnic basket and photos to share.
– A basket bingo benefit will be held for Woltz Hospice House in Dobson at Central United Methodist Church in Mount Airy. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the games will start at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $30 which includes 20 games, two cover all cards and dauber. There will be door prizes, raffle tickets and food.
Oct. 4
– The annual Hall, Bowman, Bateman and Sawyers reunion will be held at Doe Run Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Ararat, Va. A covered-dish lunch will be at 1 p.m. All family and friends are welcome.
Oct. 5
– The Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library will host well-known local actor Paul Hodges in a presentation entitled The Ghost of Edgar Allen Poe at 6:30 p.m. in the librarys multi-purpose room. The program relates biographical information about Poes tragic life and the genius of his writing. This presentation is best appreciated by teens and adults. For more information, call the library at 789-1508.
Oct. 10
– There will be an antique tractor show with classic cars and trucks at the corner of South South Street and Franklin Street across from Koozies. Awards will be given out. Events include a silent auction, 50/50 cash drawing, old-timey chicken stew and music. The registration fee is $10, general admission is $5 and kids are free. The gate will open at 8 a.m. and awards will be given at 4 p.m. All proceeds go to Canaan Land Childrens Home Inc. For more information, call Junior at 374-8840, Walt at 648-3709, Lonnie at 326-5700 or Donnie at 786-2055.
– The Mount Airy Junior Womans Club and Reeves Community Center will be holding the fifth annual 5K on the Greenway. The run will start at 8:45 a.m. Registration and packet pick-up will be at the intersection of Independence Boulevard and the Emily B. Taylor Greenway from 7 to 8 a.m. Registration forms can be picked up at Reeves Community Center. Early packets can be picked up at RCC on Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners in male and female divisions. Metals will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each age division for males and females. The cost prior to Oct. 2 is $20 and $25 on the day of the race. Participants 18 and younger are only $10. The first 200 participants will get a T-shirt. For more information, call Darren Lewis at RCC or email [email protected]
Oct. 12
– The Carroll County School Board will hold a meeting in the board room on the second floor of the Carroll County Government Complex in Hillsville, Va., starting at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Carroll County School Board Office at (276) 728-3191 or (276) 236-8145.
Oct. 16
– The East Surry Community Music Boosters will be raffling off four tickets to Martinsville Fast Relief 500 during the third quarter at East Surry High Schools homecoming football game. Proceeds will go to the band and choral programs to help replace outdated equipment and uniforms, pay for competition fees and traveling fees in order to expose students to all aspects of music. For more information, call 368-3780 or 648-4136.
– The Surry County Senior Center is planning a trip to Concord Mills Mall for a day of shopping. Departure will be at 8 a.m. in the Blockbuster/Sonic parking lot. The group will return in Mount Airy at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 to cover transportation. Sign up by Oct. 7 to reserve a spot.
– The Surry County Senior Center is planning a trip to Harrahs Casino in Cherokee. Departure will be at 8 a.m. in Mount Airy and 8:30 a.m. in Jonesville. A photo ID is required to enter the casino and participants must be at least 21 years old. A charter bus will be used as transportation. The cost is $40 and participants will receive $20 in coins upon arrival. For more information, call Annalisa Davis at 786-6155 ext. 255.
Oct. 17
– Local artists will have booths with artwork on display and sale at Tuggles Gap Restaurant/Motel, visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Post 165.2, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Demonstrations of painting and drawing will happen throughout the day. See the artists at work and enjoy the beautiful artwork during the peak of the fall foliage season. Artists who wish to display can contact the Floyd Artists Association for more details at (540) 745-PENS ext. 7367 or visit
– The Twin County Humane Society will hold a Fall Dog Walk, rain or shine, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carter Pines Picnic Shelter, above Carroll Wellness Center off East Grayson Street in Hillsville, Va. Each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $25 in donations. If a walker preregisters by Sept. 25 with a minimum of $35, they will receive a Dog Walk T-shirt. At 11 a.m., a dogs costume contest will be held with an entrance fee of $2 per dog. All dogs in contest must be up to date on shots and have rabies certificate. Prizes will be given out. Kristina Webb will be available to take pet photos. Hot dogs, BBQ, chips, drinks and desserts will be on sale. To register, visit or call the helpline at (276) 728-4038.
– The Mount Airy Senior High School Classes of 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991 will have their 20ish-year class reunion at Cross Creek Country Club at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Facebook or email [email protected]
Oct. 31
– The Mount Airy High School Class of 1969 will hold its 40th class reunion. Anyone who is a member of this class, or knows someone who is, contact Sharon Greenwood Reid at [email protected] or 789-5857, Mimi Quesinberry Patterson at [email protected] or 786-8999, or Mike Bowman at [email protected] or 786-6500.
Nov. 7
– The 2009 Busted Pumpkin 5K run/walk will be held at the Mt. View Loop, Patrick Springs, Va. Registration will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m. This event is sponsored by Women Caring for the Community, WCC, and proceeds go to support Christmas Cheer in Patrick County, Va. For more information, call (336) 601-0846 or email [email protected]
Nov. 13
– The Surry County Senior Center is planning a trip to Charlotte for a day of shopping at the Southern Living Christmas Show. Departure will be at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Blockbuster/Sonic. The group will return in Mount Airy around 6 p.m. The cost is $30 to cover the ticket to the show and transportation. Sign up by Nov. 4 to reserve a spot.

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