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 Crossroads Institute in Galax, Va., annual “Bluegrass Gravy & River Quilts” series will continue from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the exploration of “Home Remedies and Food from Nature.” Local residents including Danny Wingate, Mule Miller and Hattie Collins will talk about the use of herbs in treating illnesses and about gathering wild food to feed the family. A local herb merchant will talk about the market for ginseng and other herbs.
• The 2013 Spring/Summer Super 75 Kidz Closet children’s consignment sale will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Mount Airy Wesleyan Church gym to raise funds for the Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. For consignors only, a special preview sale will be held Thursday. Being sold will be gently used children’s spring and summer clothing, toys, baby equipment, kids furniture, maternity clothing and more. Those interested in consigning can email firstname.lastname@example.org for an information packet. Registration deadline is March 13.
• The Round Peak Masonic Lodge #616 AF & AM, 825 Old Lowgap Road, Mount Airy, will hold its annual pancake and sausage fundraiser in the masonic cafeteria. Hours will be Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Meal will be dine in or take out for $7, and proceeds benefit masonic charity.
• Grace Moravian Church Brotherhood will have its annual pine straw sale for $4.50 per bale. Those interested can pick up the bales, or they can be delivered. Call 786-5627 to place an order. Proceeds benefit community projects.
• A Longaberger basket and pottery bingo will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 691 W. Lebanon St., Mount Airy, to raise funds for an educational trip to Niagara Falls, Canada, for the Mount Airy after-school children. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for 60 chances, three chances per game. There will be more than 100 door prizes. There will be all Longaberger products for bingo prizes. Concessions include hot dogs with all the trimmings, BBQ, homemade desserts and more. For more information, call Mary Jo Simpson at 789-3371.
• Longaberger basket and Thirty-One bingo will be held at the Copeland Elementary School cafeteria sponsored by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization with doors opening at 5 p.m. and games at 6 p.m. A $20 donation includes 20 games with three cards each. Door prizes will be given out, and refreshments will be sold, including BBQ, pizza, chips, drinks and desserts. Anyone wishing to make a donation, sponsor a basket or needing directions can call Kimberlee Conner at 401-7279.
• A benefit supper will be held by the South Westfield Ruritan Club featuring chicken stew, hot dogs with trimmings and desserts from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the South Westfield Community Building, Cook School Road, Pilot Mountain. All proceeds will benefit the SCC scholarship fund and the Westfield Elementary School music program.
• A singing will be held featuring The McKameys, The Preachers Choir, at the Carroll County High School auditorium in Hillsville, Va., to benefit the Galax Hope House, the area homeless shelter, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 276-236-3550, 276-233-6425 or 276-768-6042. Concessions will be available.
• The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will host its annual Easter Bonnet workshop, parade down Main Street and egg hunt at the Robert Smith Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The event begins in the second floor conference room of the museum. Cost is free to members and $5 for nonmembers. Children ages 4 to 11 are welcome, but those younger than 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Pick-up will be at noon at the park, 615 N. Main St. Preregistration is encouraged because space is limited. Call 786-4478 by March 21.
• The Ararat-Longhill Ruritan Club will hold a country breakfast on Saturday, March 23 from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., with proceeds going to community projects and needs. Breakfast will consist of sausage, bacon, eggs, grits, gravy, biscuits, toast, juice, and coffee.
• The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will host a Batik egg workshop for adults from 1 to 4 p.m. in the museum classroom. Participants will be able to learn the ancient method of decorating Easter eggs using simple, primitive tools to “write” intricate designs in beeswax. Cost is $10 for museum members and $15 for nonmembers and will include supplies. The workshop is limited to 15 people ages 12 and older. Call 786-4478 by Feb. 15 to reserve a spot. There will be $20 prepaid take-home kits available for participants, which must be ordered when making reservations.
• The Carroll County, Va., School Board will hold a board meeting including approval of budget at 5:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room of the Carroll County Governmental Complex in Hillsville, Va. For more information, call 276-728-3191 or 276-236-8145.
•The Crossroads Institute in Galax, Va., annual “Bluegrass Gravy & River Quilts” series will continue from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with “Jack Tales and Ghost Stories of Southwest Virginia.” The Jack Tales were outlandish stories about the adventures of a boy named Jack and were popular through the Appalachian mountains. Joe Tennis and Brandon Ayers will talk about ghost stories and mysteries of this area.
• St. Paul School will host a spring fling in the cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a number of vendors, both commercial and crafts. There will be concessions available. Funds raised benefit the school. Those interested in vending can contact Dana Lewis at 648-7074 by March 20.
• The Autism Walk of Surry will be held at Riverside Park, Mount Airy, with registration at 8 a.m. and walk after the 9 a.m. kickoff near the playground shelter. The kickoff will feature Austin Caviness, WXII 12 weatherman. Also, Ingram Johnson from Move 2 Melt Studio will be present. For more information on the walk, call Bridget Soots at 789-2982 or 786-7355 or Lisa Jeffreys at 789-9639 or email email@example.com.
• Maranatha Homeless Outreach, Extended Grace Outreach and God’s Helping Hands are coming together to raise funds for the homeless and needy of the community from 8 a.m. until at Veterans Park, West Lebanon Street. Cruise-In for Christ will host a car show, and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be for sale. There will be face painting, as well as a photographer to take family portraits for a price. Other events will be added closer to time for the event. For more information, call 276-263-4101.
• Registration is open for the 2013 Susan G. Komen Northwest NC Race for the Cure. Those interested in registering can go to komennorthwestnc.org. The 14th annual event will be held at Old Salem in Winston-Salem.
• Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less programs will be held at Rockford Elementary School, Dobson, every Monday at 3:45 p.m. from now through April 29. The program fee is $10. Call 401-8025 to register by Jan. 4. Sponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the program will explore behaviors that help participants achieve and maintain a health weight, identify strategies to help participants eat smart and move more and show participants how living mindfully can help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
• The Surry County Beekeepers Association will hold a beginning beekeepers school beginning Feb. 25 at the North Carolina Farm Bureau building in Dobson in the downstairs meeting room. The other classes will be March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost for registration is $35, which includes a study book and classroom instruction. The cost of an additional family member without the book is $25. Children 16 years and younger may attend free with a registered adult. Additional books are $10 each if available. To register, call the Surry County Cooperative Extension Service office at 401-8025.
• Barn quilt classes are being offered by Surry Community College at the Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., March 8 and April 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes are limited to six students. Those interested should call Terri Cockerham at 386-3244 or Sonnie Hardy at 386-3229.
• Dobson Downtown Cruise-in on the Square will be held the second Saturday March through September from 3 to 8 p.m. Classic cars, trucks, rods, rats and bikes are welcomed. There will be a 50/50 drawing, and those entered must be present to win. Door prizes will be drawn for registered vehicles. Also, there will be live music, deejays and special entertainment. The event is sponsored by Cruise In for Christ and Dobson Downtown Association. For more information, call 374-8590 or 648-2309.
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 March schedule includes Country Magic March 1; Classic Country March 1 and 8; Stan Bobbit March 9; Country Magic March 15; Dennis Tolbert Band March 16; Stan Bobbit March 22; Classic Country March 23; Country Magic March 29; and Dennis Tolbert Band March 30.
• The Beulah Ruritan Club hosts bands most Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. The schedule includes March 22, Stan Bobbit Band; March 23, Classic Country; March 29, Country Magic; March 30, Dennis Tolbert Band; April 5, Two Young Two Old; April 6, Classic Country; April 12, Sounds Now and Then; April 13, Classic Country; April 19, Sugar Loaf Mountain Band; April 20, Dennis Tolbert Band; April 26, Classic Country; and April 27, Sounds Now and Then. 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 Downtown Cinema Theatre, 142 N. Main St., Mount Airy. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 or free with a 2011 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 clogging workshops and classes taught by Samantha Wilhelmi. 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., 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, Wilhelmi is 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 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Dobson Coupon Club meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Dobson Community Library, 113 S. Crutchfield St., Dobson, in the Joseph P. Badgett room. Participants can bring coupons for trading, get free gifts and learn to save money from experienced couponers.
• 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 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 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 Golden Corral, 2226 Rockford St., 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 Mondays at 9:30 a.m. at Fountain of Life Family Worship Center and 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.
• Dobson Rescue Squad Bingo will be held every Saturday. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Early bingo will begin at 6 p.m. with regular packs at 7 p.m. Concessions will be available. All proceeds benefit the rescue squad to assist in daily operations.