Community calendar

First Posted: 12/26/2009

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. On Dec. 31, 2 Young 2 Old and Jerry George and Snow Creek will be performing. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Eating Great When Money Aint is a four-week program that teaches how to prepare easy, healthy, low cost meals. Physical activity will be included each week along with tasting of recipes. Classes will start Jan. 5 and be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office, 210 N. Main St., Dobson. Parents or caregivers in Surry County who are eligible for or receive Food Stamps are encouraged to attend. This program is free, but participants must register. For more information and to register, call 401-8025.
The Surry Arts Council presents new clogging workshops and classes taught by Samantha Wilhelmi, a very talented young clogger. These clogging lessons are perfect for all ages and dance abilities, from beginner to advanced. Workshops will be held before the monthly Old-Time Dances in the Old-Time Music Hall, below the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, 218 Rockford St., starting on Jan. 2, 2010, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The workshop is free with the purchase of a dance ticket. The dance starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $5. Popular old-time dance band The Slate Mountain Ramblers will provide the music for the dance. The Old-Time Dance and Clogging Workshop are held on the first Saturday of every month. Also, starting on Feb. 4, 2010, Samantha will be teaching clogging classes every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Surry Arts Council dance room. This class is perfect for all beginners as well as more advanced students, and all ages are welcome. The cost of the class is $25 a month. For more information, call the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 or visit

Jan. 11
The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College in Dobson. The speaker will be John Edwards, who will talk on murder or mysteries in family history. This meeting is free. Come learn the history of the county and the genealogy of the people. For more information, call 755-9462 or email [email protected]
Jan. 11 and 12
The Surry Arts Players present the play Gideon, which explores the relationship of an ordinary man with God through the story of Gideon, a judge in the Old Testament. The director is looking for 18 men, six women and one boy to fill roles for the play. There will also be opportunities for those interested in doing behind-the-scenes work. Auditions for actors as well as those wishing to be stage hands will be held at the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 6:30 p.m. Those auditioning will read an excerpt from the script and do not need to have anything prepared beforehand. Performances of Gideon will be on April 9-11, 2010. For more information, contact the director of the play, Riley Fillingame, at 368-2689 or the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
Jan. 12
The Lambsburg Community Center, Va., will start a college class on the Book of Romas through Foothills Christian College at 6 p.m. For more information, call 648-2078 or email [email protected]
The location of the regularly scheduled Carroll County School Board meeting has been changed to 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.

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