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 annual reunion for descendants of John Wesley and Mary King Strickland will begin at 1 p.m. with a meal at the Webb-Southern Carroll Community Center, Cana, Va. Those attending should bring a picnic lunch.
• A fundraising trip to Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee will be held at a cost of $40 per person, with each receiving a $40 coupon upon arriving at Harrah’s. Those participating must be 21 or older and require a photo I.D. will be required at the casino. Pick-up in Mount Airy will be at 8 a.m. and in Jonesville at 8:30 a.m. To sign up or for more information, call the Jones Family Resource Center at 786-6155, ext. 222.
• The New River Bell Ensemble, a new community bell choir, is looking for handbell ringers. An organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, Va. Ringers can be experienced or novice who can read music. For more information, call 276-579-9856 or the Arts Council of the Twin Counties at 276-238-1217.
• The Surry County Republican Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Depot Restaurant, 112 Old Depot Lane, Dobson, in the general meeting room. Speakers include 6th congressional candidate Mark Walker of Greensboro and N.C. Sen. Shirley Randleman, District 30.
• Franklin Ruritan Club will host an all-you-can-eat buckwheat pancake supper with sausage gravy from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 5 to 12. Those younger than 5 eat free. Carry-outs will be available. Proceeds benefit community projects.
• The Mount Airy Public Library will hold an after-hours Glow in the Dark scavenger hunt at 6:30 p.m. Kids can look for glowing items on the checklist and put scrambled letters in order to find a word to solve a quiz.
• A benefit hot dog supper will be held for the Cathy Shelton burial fund at the Rock House Ruritan Building, N.C. 268 East, from 5 p.m. until. Plate includes one hot dog, chips, desserts and drink with a cost of donations only. There will be music by Riverview Band featuring Keith Pyrtle, Written in Gray band, Rodney Marshall and Joseph Pyrtle. An auction will be held as well.
• The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1021 will hold a spaghetti supper from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holly Springs Ruritan Building. Meals are $7 and takeouts are available.
• The Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual tractor show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. open to all tractor and lawn mower enthusiasts. Cars, trucks, tractors, lawn mowers, motorcycles and rat rods are welcome. There will be a 50/50 cash raffle, children’s games, craft table, fire department recruitment. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting the Pine Ridge Firefighters Fund. Admission is free, but entry to show a vehicle is $10. To register or for more information, call Justin Wilmoth at 648-6473 or Pepper Galyean at 325-0638.
• A fundraiser dance will be held for the United Fund of Surry in the Jones Auditorium, at the Jones Family Resource Center, Mount Airy, from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring music by Classic Country Band. Cost is $7 at the door. There will be concessions, a 50/50 raffle, and it’s open to all ages. For more information, call 786-6155, ext. 222.
• The 34th annual Sonker Festival will be held on the grounds of the historic Edwards-Franklin house, 4132 Haystack Road, Mount Airy. Old-time music and serving of sonker will begin at 1 p.m. and continue through 5 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Surry County Historical Society, will feature impromptu flat-foot dancing, quilters, a quilt display and a Civil War exhibit. Admission is free, with visitors paying for the sonker, and coffee and drinks. For more information, call 789-4304.
• The 11th annual reunion for the descendants of Jake and Ella King Jessup will be held at the Mount Herman United Methodist Church picnic shelter at 1 p.m. All family and friends are welcome and should bring a well-filled picnic basket. Bring lawn chairs and any pictures to share. Drinks and paper products will be provided. Call 351-2602 for more information.
• The Pilot Mountain VFW Post 9436 Ladies Auxiliary will have a hot dog luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the post home, 142 Veterans Drive, Pilot Mountain. Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 10 and younger. Plates include a hot dog, baked beans, chips, drink and dessert. Proceeds benefit National Military Services which consists of The Unmet Needs, Operation Uplink and VFW Military Assistance Program.
• The annual Hall, Bowman, Bateman and Sawyers reunion will be held at the Doe Run Baptist Church fellowship hall in Ararat, Va. A covered-dish lunch will be at 1 p.m.
• A family reunion will be held for the descendants of Jim Payne and Minnie Lankford at Peters Creek Community Building, 2130 Dry Pond Hwy. (N.C 103), Stuart, Va., with meal at 1:30 p.m. Those attending should bring a covered dish. For more information, call Jesse Payne at 789-5762, Linda Smith at 276-251-5307 or Mildred Vass at 789-2789.
• The Mount Airy Public Library will hots the Autumn Leaf Craft Class at 4 p.m. for kids. They will pick leaves from the surrounding trees and create artwork with them for display in the library through Autumn Leaves Festival.
• 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 Autumn Leaves 2013 Car, Truck and Bike Show will be held rain or shine at Veterans Memorial Park, Mount Airy, with gates opening at 8 a.m. and trophies and awards at 4 p.m. There is free spectator parking and free downtown shuttle. For competitors, advanced registration is $10, day of show is $15, kids 12 and younger enter free with an adult. Spectators entry is $5 at the gate, and vendor spaces are available for $15. There will be a classic car auction by Foster Auction Services with a $49 registration fee, for more information call 704-400-2836 or 648-1969. Also, there will be a 1955 Chevy giveaway raffle with 100 percent of proceeds going to Joy Ranch Christian Home for Children in Woodlawn, Va. For more information on the show, call Bryan Marion at 648-1969 or 789-5689.
• The annual 5K on the Greenway, sponsored by the Mount Airy Junior Woman’s Club and the Reeves Community Center Foundation, will be held on the Emily B. Taylor Greenway with the 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. and a kids fun run at 9:15 a.m. Chip timing will be provided by On the Mark Sports. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for kids, with the first 200 registered guaranteed a T-shirt. Register online at www.active.com.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or Hobart Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.