By Wendy Wood
Submissions to the community calendar need to be in writing and arrive or be brought into The Mount Airy News office by 5 p.m. Tuesday for the event to be in Sunday’s newspaper. The calendar runs each Sunday. 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@example.com.
• The Surry Quilter’s Guild will be in the Mount Airy Public Library’s multipurpose room with their quilts on display during Autumn Leaves Festival for the public to view.
• The Mount Airy Lady Lions Club annual fundraiser for scholarships to Surry Community College is a cash and gas giveaway for a $1 donation per ticket. Donations and tickets can be obtained from any Lady Lions member or for convenience at Jim Jackson Insurance Agency, 107 W. Independence Blvd., and Woodruff Accounting Agency, 1600 S. Andy Griffith Parkway, Mount Airy, or call 786-8549 for delivery.
• The Surry County Genealogical Association will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. in the Carlos Surratt Research Room at Surry Community College, Dobson. Those attending can bring laptops so they can get online. The meeting is free. For more information, call 831-6437 or email EPDJ1@triad.rr.com.
• The Mount Airy Public Library’s Dewey Decimal Players will present the Halloween play, “The Uninvited Guests,” at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
• An orientation for individuals interested in becoming prospective foster or adoptive parents will be held at the Surry County Department of Social Services, 118 Hamby Road, Dobson, from 6 to 7 p.m. Potential foster parents must be 21 years old, own or rent a home, and have steady income. The orientation will provide individuals with information about fostering and adoption, the licensing process, and how to provide a home for a child in the community. For more information, call Surry County DSS at 401-8800.
• The Mount Airy Public Library is inviting teens and young adults will have a Zombie Patrol at 6:30 p.m. Those participating will divide into teams of Humans and Zombies and track each other through the library.
• The Granite City Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will host a bingo fundraiser at Veterans Memorial Park, 691 W. Lebanon St., Mount Airy. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 with special bingo packages available. Prizes include Sabika jewelry, Silpada jewelry and Longaberger baskets. Food, door prizes and a raffle will be available. Tickets will be sold for a drawing on a Sabika ladies choker and matching stud earrings. Proceeds benefit the ABWA scholarship fund for Surry Community College. For raffle tickets or more information, call 786-8549 or 783-3926.
• A bingo and BBQ fundraiser will be held at the Jones Family Resource Center auditorium to benefit the center’s heating and air conditioning project. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with bingo at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for 60 chances and 10 door prize tickets or $30 for 60 chances, two coverall games and 10 door prize tickets. A silent auction will be held for some items, and a raffle is planned on a large handmade birdhouse. BBQ sandwiches, chips and desserts will be for sale. For more information, call Annalisa at 786-6155, ext. 222.
• A yard sale fundraiser for Veterans in Distress will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Surry County Human Recourses Building, 1218 State St., Mount Airy, behind the Burger King on Hwy. 601. Proceeds go to help local veterans in distress. For more information, call Linda at 783-8824 or Vicki at 783-8505 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
• The Lambsburg Community Center will hold a Cruise-In on Oct. 19 from 4 p.m. until dark. Folks are invited to bring their classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors or any other vintage vehicle. Music will be performed by The Soundfactory. The event is located two miles north on Lambsburg Road after exiting off I-77 from Exit 1 in Virginia. Concessions, an indoor estate/yard sale, and 50-50 tickets will be available. For more information, call 648-2078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Brack and Angela Llewellyn will present an evening of Halloween stories during “October Dreams: Spooky Stories for the Season” from 5 to 7 p.m. in the garden behind the Robert Smith House, 615 N. Main St. There will be a firepit, but those attending should wear sweaters, bring a blanket and hot chocolate and coffee will be provided. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
• A party in Pink Zumbathon at Move2 Melt, 160 N. Main St., in Mount Airy will be held on Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The party is hosted by Ingram Johnson, owner, and assisted by SCAT — Surry Cancer Awareness Team. Proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen organization in Northwest North Carolina. For more information, call Carolyn Largen, with SCAT, at 789-8235.
• A fall frolic bingo will be held at Francisco Community Building, 7100 N.C. 89 West, Westfield, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Cost of $20 includes 20 games (three cards per game) and four door prize tickets. Prizes are fall items. A coverall game will be played for $3 per card or two cards for $5. Door prizes will be given after each game. Concessions include hot dogs, drinks and desserts. All proceeds benefit the community building.
• A Bingo/Spaghetti Supper will be held at the Copeland Ruritan Club on Oct. 26. The meal will start at 6 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds go for community service projects. The cost is $15 per person at the door.
• Copeland Elementary PTO will be holding a His and Her Bingo at the school cafeteria. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m. $20 is the cost for 20 games (three per card). Refreshments will be available for purchase, and there will be door prizes. The school is at 948 Copeland School Road in Dobson.
• The Goins Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, starting at 1 p.m., at the Francisco Community Building on Hwy. 89 East, across from the school. Folks are requested to bring a picnic basket. For more information, call Cyndy at 648-6003.
• The Reeves Community Center is sponsoring Perserverance Day beginning at 2 p.m. Featured speaker will be Mayor Deborah Cochran and local author Sherry Creech will be releasing her book “Perservance, Inspiration for a Strong Heart.” For $20, attendees will receive a copy of the book, with proceeds going to benefit the community center.
• Local author Donna Smith will be at the Mount Airy Public Library for a book discussion and signing of her book, “Murder in Mayberry,” at 6:30 p.m.
• A Halloween craft class and storytelling for kids will be held at the Mount Airy Public Library at 4 p.m. The free event will allow kids to make spooky luminaries to put on their front porch for Halloween.
• The Surry Community College Knights Athletic Club will host its fifth annual Longaberger basket and tool bingo in the SCC gymnasium, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and games at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for 20 games, or $30 includes 20 games, two bonus game cards and 12 door prize tickets. Concessions include hot dogs, pizza, nachos with cheese, baked goodies and drinks. Proceeds benefit the SCC Knights athletic program. For more information, call 386-3276 or 386-3205.
• A benefit hot dog supper and auction will be held for cancer patient Barbara Moncus Nov. 2 at Northside Baptist Church fellowship building, 886 Fowler Road, Mount Airy. Hot dog supper will begin at 4 p.m. and cost is donations, and auction will begin at 5 p.m.
• A benefit spaghetti dinner will be held between 4 and 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Flatrock Ruritan Building in Flatrock. All proceeds go to assist with the medical expenses for Garry and Sherri Harriman. Sponsored by the Believers Baptist Church.
• A Big Country Breakfast will be held between 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 at the Copeland Ruritan Building, sponsored by the Copeland Ruritans. The menu will include country ham, sausage, gravy, biscuits, apples, eggs and grits. Eat-in for donations only. Carry-out for $5.
• Foothills Food Pantry, 233 Cooper St., in Dobson will start accepting applications for Open Your Heart Christmas food boxes during the month of November and starting on Nov. 4 on Mondays between 6 and 7 p.m.and on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Applications will be accepted from working families on Monday nights only. All other families must apply on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Applicants should bring a picture ID, a Social Security card for each person in their household, proof of one month’s income, and proof of one month’s expenses.
• The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Patrick County, Va., is seeking vendors to participate in the sixth annual Holiday Bazaar to be held Nov. 9 at Rotary Field in Stuart. To obtain a registration form, call Betty Conner at 276-694-5273.
• Lifespan will be hosting a play “How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the Love that Changed Him” beginning at 7 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Tickets are $5 and are available at Lifespan. For more information call 374-4466.
• Surry Community College will offer community Spanish classes Oct. 1 through Nov. 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Dobson campus, Sells building, room 213. The class will provide basic cultural information about Spanish-speaking groups to inform and educate English speakers about the unique aspects of Latino culture. Tuition is $71. If interested, call Sonnie Hardy at 386-3229.
• The North Carolina Cooperative Extension will host three seminars on “Unlocking the Mysteries of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans,” with all three from 10 a.m. to noon The dates are Oct. 18 at Elkin Center of Surry Community College; Oct. 25 at Pilot Center of Surry Community College; and Nov. 1 at Human Services Building, off U.S. 601 in Mount Airy. There will be food and gifts for those attending, with each participant receiving a key for a chance to unlock the treasure chest of prizes. Seats are limited, so call 401-8025 to register.
• The Surry County Farmers Markets are held Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. beside the Mount Airy Post Office and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon in the Elkin Town Hall parking lot.
• Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours will be held Friday and Saturday from 8 to 9:30 p.m. May 31 through the end of October. Those touring will hear about 13 of the area’s “less mortal friends” and some of Mount Airy’s resting places. Tours begin and end at the Old North State Winery, 308 N. Main St. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring a camera and umbrella, if needed. Tickets are $10 and advanced paid reservations are required. For more information, call the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 786-4478.
Ongoing music events
• The Lowgap Community Center hosts a jam session the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
• Open Jam is held every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Willis Gap Community Center, 144 The Hollow Road, Ararat, Va. For more information, call Mary Dellenback Hill at (276) 251-9906.
• Lambsburg Community Center, Lambsburg, Va., hosts Friday Night Jam each week from 7 to 10 p.m. Refreshments are served, and there is a playground and walking trail at the facility. For more information, call 648-2078 or email email@example.com or visit www.lambsburgcommunitycenter.org.
• 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 Beulah Ruritan Club hosts bands most Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the music schedule and activities of the club, visit the group’s Facebook page, Beulah Ruritan Club.
• Voice of the Blue Ridge is held every third Saturday at the Historic Earle Theatre, 142 N. Main St., Mount Airy. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 or free with a SAC Season Pass and children 12 and younger free. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
• The Surry Arts Council presents Rhythmic Expression Clogging Company with Samantha Wilhelmi every Tuesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The classes will take place at the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre, 218 Rockford St. The classes are for all skill levels and ages and cost $25 per month. For more information, call the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 or visit the website at www.surryarts.org.
Ongoing kids activities
• The Dobson Community Library, 113 S. Crutchfield St., has storytime each Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. They read a book, do a craft, color, sing and dance and have fun while learning. Those attending should feel free to stay longer and play with the toys and children’s computer.
• The Mount Airy Public Library hosts preschool story hours Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. for 2-year-olds and 10:30 a.m. for 3-year-olds and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for 4- and 5-year-olds.
• Join the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 10 a.m. for the first Friday of every month in fun and fantasy. Explore history and nature through books, activities and more. This program is free and is intended for preschool-age children.
• The 2012 Twelve Oaks Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. for the public.
• The Mountain Valley Hospice Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of eachmonth from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Mountain Valley Hospice main office, 401 401 Technology Lane in Mount Airy. Call (336) 789-2922 for more information, ask for Allison Hemrick, Community Outreach Specialist, Ext. 1030.
• GriefShare is a bi-weekly support group for people grieving the death of someone. Learn valuable information that will help. The program is held at Calvary Baptist Church, 416 S. Franklin Road, Mount Airy, at 6:15 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 786-4778.
• Mother’s Community Connection is for parents with concerns in education, discipline and family fun. Learn about nutrition, healthy living, raising a family on a budget and more. Group sessions are held every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Surry SCAN. For more information, call Heather Hunter at 789-0111 ext. 221.
• Meetings will be held each Thursday at Bojangles from 6 to 8 p.m. for those healing from a broken marriage.
• S.M.I.L.E. (Senior Monthly Informative Luncheon Event) is a covered-dish luncheon, followed by a brief learning information session, games (such as bingo) and activities. It is a time of fellowship for all. It is held the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Pilot Mountain Senior Center and the third Thursday of each month at noon at the Surry County Senior Center, Mount Airy. Call the Senior Center at 786-6155, ext. 225, with questions.
Ongoing veterans events
• VFW Post 2019 will meet the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park.
• The Marine Corps League of Surry County Detachment 1322 meets the second Tuesday of each month at First Baptist Church of Mount Airy at 7 p.m. All former Marines and FMF Navy corpsmen/chaplains are welcome. Call Todd Abbott at 320-4044 for more information.
• Mount Airy American Legion Post 123 and Ladies Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of each month. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 755-3231.
• Disabled American Veterans holds monthly meetings every third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the DAV office, 767 W. Lebanon St., Mount Airy, at Veterans Park. For more information, call 789-0328.
• The American Legion Riders have monthly meetings the last Tuesday of each month at Veterans Park. For more information, call Gary Willard at 345-7388.
• Pilot Mountain VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members meet the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post Home on N.C. 268. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is followed by finger food.
• The N.A.A.C.P. meets every third Sunday of the month at Spencer Funeral Home.
• The Surry County Beekeepers Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension office in Dobson. For more information, call 352-5751.
• The Siloam Extension and Community Association Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Siloam Baptist Church for a program and fellowship. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.
• The Busy Bee Extension and Community Association Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. for a program and fellowship. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.
• The Surry County Republican Party meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more information regarding location or specifics of each meeting, refer to the group’s website at www.surrycountygop.com.
• The Salem Fork Extension and Community Association Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Sue’s Restaurant in Dobson for a program and fellowship. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.
• The White Sulphur Springs Extension and Community Association Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the North Main Church of Christ for a program and fellowship. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.
• The Beulah Extension and Community Association Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Beulah Ruritan Building for a program and fellowship. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.
• The Photography Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month. Each meeting will have a brief presentation, addressing areas in which the group members have expressed an interest. Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity for questions on the presentation or other topics. There also will be time to show photographs. Email to be placed on the email list for meeting information and topics, Robert Merritt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hobart Jones at email@example.com, or call Hobart Jones at 710-0139. Meetings take place in the downstairs classroom of the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 7 p.m.
• The J.E.B. Stuart Camp 1598 Sons of Confederate Veterans meets the fourth Tuesday of each month with dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. at the Lantern Restaurant in Dobson. Programs are related to the war between the States and are geared toward historical preservation. For more information, call Gary Snow at 756-0620.
• The Plaid Cloth Literary Society meets every second Wednesday of the month at noon to share the love of reading in the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on the second floor in the library. Light refreshments are served. Call the museum at 786-4478 for more information.
• Copeland Seniors meet the second Wednesday of each month at the Copeland Ruritan Building, across from Copeland School, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a covered-dish meal.
• The Dobson Early Birds Extension and Community Association Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. for a program and fellowship. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.
• The Kiwanis Club of Mount Airy meets the first and third Thursday of the month at RidgeCrest Retirement and Assisted Living Community, 1000 Ridgecrest Lane, Mount Airy. The meal starts at 5:30 p.m., with meeting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Bruce Arnold, president, at 719-0063.
• New MOMS (Mothers of Many Seasons) Ministry, open to area ladies and their children, starts Thursday. The group meets the first and third Thursdays monthly from 9 to 11 a.m. at Salem Baptist Church, 430 Rockford Road, Dobson. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 374-4419.
• The Pilot Mountain Achievers Extension and Community Association Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Armfield Civic Center for a program and fellowship. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.
• The Wings of Glory Christian Bikers Ministry will meet the first Friday night of each month at the Lantern in Dobson at 6 p.m. For more information, call Tommy Freeman at 648-1566.
• Free Pilates classes are offered Thursdays at 4 p.m. at Jones Resource Center. For more information, email email@example.com.
• Dobson Church of God hosts quilting classes each Tuesday at 6 p.m. There is no charge. For more information, call 374-3248.
• The Lambsburg Community Center will host GED classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with Sandra Sharp. All students are eligible to attend no matter where they live. For more information, call Sandra Sharp at (276) 236-9221 and Phillip Berrier at 648-2078. (The class will be only be taught if there is enough interest.)
• American Legion Post 123 will have bingo on Thursdays at Veterans Memorial Park. Doors open at 5 p.m. Early bird games start at 6 p.m. The grill will be open and will have hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and drinks for sale.
• The Dan River Farmers Market, Dan River Park, Ararat, Va., will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
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