Community calendar

First Posted: 12/5/2009

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 for kids 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.
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 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: 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 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.
A new eight-week session of Chi-Kung class will begin on Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Surry Senior Center and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Pilot Mountain Senior Center. The class is $24. This is open to all ages. For more information, call 786-6155 ext. 255.
The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre in downtown Galax, Va., will present its fifth annual production of The Nutcracker at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Galax High School Auditorium. Tickets are on sale. Reserved tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 13 and younger. General admission is $1 for adults and $4 for children. Discounts are available for civic, church and school groups of 10 or more.
The Mount Airy Public Library will have Wii Wednesdays beginning at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday. In order to play, players will have to have a library card in good standing.
The Mount Airy Public Library is holding a Gingerbread House Contest. Bring a decorated Gingerbread House to the library for display on Dec. 14. Patrons will vote on their favorite and a $50 Wal-Mart card will be awarded to the winner during the Christmas Storytelling on Dec. 22. Be creative and help put the library in the Christmas mood.
Through Jan. 11, 2010, the Mount Airy Art League has artwork for sale at the Mount Airy Public Library. For more information, call (276) 755-3040.
Bring your children ages 4-8 to the new Hands On Children’s Gallery at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History for holiday crafts, stories and activities. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Limited to the first 20 registrants. The cost is $10 per child. For more information or to make your reservation, call the museum at 786-4478 ext. 229.

The Gallery Group and Art Studio, Inc. in Mount Airy will be hosting a reception for Artist of the Month, Jan Atkins. She is an expert at Oriental Chinolserie, a special technique of ornate art. She has created a style that puts her award-winning artwork into a class of its own. This event is free to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to peruse the gallery, meet the artist and partake of light refreshments. The reception time is from 3 to 5 p.m. Parking is available on the street and at the Municipal Parking Lot of Historic Downtown Mount Airy, behind the studio. For more information, call Donna Jackson, Gallery Group Director, at 786-0057.
Dec. 7
The Lambsburg Community Center, Va., will have a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. A representative from the Carroll County Sheriffs Department will present a program on how to start a community watch in the Lambsburg, Va., area. Everyone in the area is invited to come and be a part of this endeavor. If other communities want to start a program, they are welcome to come learn more. For more information, call 648-2078 or email [email protected]
Dec. 8
The regular Carroll County School Board meeting has been changed to meet at Oakland Elementary School, 4930 Pipers Gap Road, Galax, Va. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Carroll County School Board Office at (276) 728-3191 or (276) 236-8145.
Dec. 9, 10 and 11
The Dobson Lions Club will be selling citrus, apple, nuts and fruit baskets from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday in the uptown parking lot and Lowes parking lot in Dobson. Proceeds from the fruit sale will go to the sight and hearing impared, including eye research.
Dec. 10
A water quality testing workshop will be offered at Creekside Carp & Catfish Lakes, 2991 Sam Houser Road. The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Basic water quality parameters will be reviewed. Get hands-on experience on testing water quality using chemical test kits. Feel free to bring testing kits or equipment. For more information and to register, call Cheryl Mitchell or Molly Sandfass at (828) 652-7874.
Dec. 11
Reeves Community Center and the Surry Senior Center are partnering together to host a senior Christmas dance for adults ages 50 and better at the Elks Lodge from 7 to 10 p.m. The dance will consist of live entertainment by Don Jarrell and The Country Magic. Food and lots of door prizes will be available. Tickets are $12 each and are sold in advance only. For more information and to purchase a ticket, call the Senior Center at 786-6155 ext. 225.
Dec. 15
MAHS will have a fine arts Christmas celebration at 7 p.m. in the MAHS auditorium. There will be refreshments, performances by the middle school, high school and girls chorus, theatre students, art students. There will also be a visit from Santa and a sing-a-long.
The Senior Centers of Surry County will be hosting a trip to the Tanglewood Festival of Lights and dinner at K&W. Pick-up in Mount Airy at 3:30 p.m. and pick-up in Pilot Mountain will be at 4 p.m. The cost is $15 and it covers transportation and the entrance fee to Tanglewood Park. Dinner at K&W is up to participants. Seats will be reserved once payment is paid in full. For more information and to sign-up, call Annalisa Davis at 786-6155 ext. 255 or Shirley Key at 368-2012 ext. 203.
Dec. 17
The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will be holding a history talk to N.C. Women in the Civil War starting at 6:30 p.m. Local writer, actor and storyteller Terii Ingalls will tell a story of three women caught up in the war. This program is free to the public but donations are always accepted.
Dec. 18 and 19
The NoneSuch Playmakers present The Gift of the Magi at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the L.H. Jones Auditorium, Jones School Road. Admission is $5.
Dec. 19
Children of all ages will enjoy meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Mount Airy Museum of Regional Historys new Hands-On Childrens Gallery from 10 a.m. to noon. Milk and cookies will be served. There is no cost for this event and reservations are not required. The museum will also be holding its fifth annual free Christmas Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and holiday music will be played.
Dec. 22
Have milk and cookies with Santa and give him any last-minute wishes, during the Christmas Storytelling at the Mount Airy Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Hear stories of the season, just before Santa begins his annual trek around the world. This event is free to the public.
Jan. 12
The Lambsburg Community Center, Va., will start a college class on the Book of Romans through Foothills Christian College at 6 p.m. For more information, call 648-2078 or email [email protected]

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