n Dobson Rescue Squad Inc. hosts bingo with cash prizes every Saturday night. 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.
n 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. There’s 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.
n 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.
n A Jam Session will be held every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., free at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
n A Jam Session will be held every Saturday from 9 to 11 am, free at the Downtown Cinema Theater.
n WPAQ 740 AM presents a live radio broadcast every Saturday from 11 am to 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Cinema Theater.
n 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.
n 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 www.teana.org. Call or visit the Web site for meeting schedules and additional information. This is a 12-step recovery program.
n 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.
n 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.
n 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.
n The Woman’s Club of Mount Airy meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The club is seeking new members. The Woman’s Club of Mount Airy is a member of the General Federation of Woman’s 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.
n 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 www.yadkinvalleycraftguild.org.
n 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.
n 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.
n Meetings will be held each Thursday at Bojangles from 6 to 8 p.m. for those healing from a broken marriage.
n 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.
n 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 Brent Wall at 374-0830.
n 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. Thursday nights are “Game Night” at the library starting at 6 p.m.
n The Surry Arts Council presents 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., 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.
n The Surry Arts Council presents The Andy Griffith Museum. The museum is adjacent to the Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy. Eng and Chang Bunker, the world famous pair of conjoined twins, lived most of their lives and raised their families in Mount Airy. Dozens of Bunker descendants still reside in the area. The Surry Arts Council operates an exhibit on the renowned Siamese Twins. The collection is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is a minimum donation of $3 per person. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
n 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.
n 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.
n 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 will also 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.
n The Surry County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension has a new series of You, Me & Diabetes classes are planned. The series will be held as follows: April 28 from noon to 1 p.m. at Cooperative Extension; May 19 from 11 a.m. to noon at RCC; and June 2 from noon to 1 p.m. at Cooperative Extension. To register or for more information, call 401-8025.
n Neal Brower, author of “Mayberry 101,” will be giving a series of lectures on “The Andy Griffith Show” this spring at the Andy Griffith Museum, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy. Brower is a great scholar of “The Andy Griffith Show,” having taught a continuing education course entitled “The Andy Griffith Show: An In-Depth Study” more than 20 times at North Carolina community colleges. Each lecture is $10 and includes admission the Andy Griffith Museum. The lecture dates and topics are May 1 at 2 p.m., Music and Musical Scoring of The Andy Griffith Show; and June 5 at 2 p.m., The Influence of Southern Culture and Mount Airy on The Andy Griffith Show. For more information or to register for a lecture, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 786-1604.
n 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.
n Join the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History the first Friday of every month for fun and fantasy as stories related to the museum’s exhibits are read. Explore history and nature through books, activities and more.
n Enjoy the flowers of spring at New River Trail State Park with a senior van tour on April 20 and 21. Each guided tour covers 40 miles of trail and includes views of Claytor Lake, the New River and Chestnut Creek. A box lunch is included. The tour begins at 8:45 a.m. at Foster Falls and ends around 4:15 p.m. back at Foster Falls. This is for ages 55 and older. The cost is $25 per person. For more information and to make a reservation, call (276) 699-6778.
n Lunch and learning sessions will be held every Wednesday through April 21 at noon at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. These sessions will feature a regional musician and/or singer who will speak about the role roots music has played in his/her life as well as the importance of roots music in our community. These programs are free to the public and are held at the museum annex. Session #3 will be with Butch Barker and session #4 will be with Stevie Barr.
n 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 and children 12 and younger free. For more information, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998.
n The town of Historic Hillsville announces an expanded summer concert and classic car cruise-in series, all free of charge. This year’s schedule will include five events, all beginning around 5:30 p.m. and concluding around 9:30 p.m. Jailhouse Square will be home to beach music, food, beverages, children’s activities and dancing while the Historic Downtown area will house the ever-growing “Classic Car Cruise Ins.” This year’s band schedule is: May 22, The Embers; June 26, The Entertainers; July 24, Craig Woolard Band; Aug. 21, Jim Quick and Coastline; and Sept. 11, Mark Roberts and Breeze. The concerts begin around 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Larry South at (276) 728-2128 ext. 16 or email email@example.com.
n Mayberry Ballroom Dance will be having dances at Pro Health Fitness Center, 280 N. Pointe Blvd., Mount Airy, on May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11. Lessons will be from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and the dance will be from 7:45 to 10:30 p.m. Visitors are $8 and USA Dance Members are $5. Youth, full-time students, are $3. Dress casual and bring a snack. Beverages will be provided. For more information, call the Mayberry Ballroom Dance Committee at 374-2712 or (276) 755-3072.
n The Mount Airy Art League will have its Spring Art Show on exhibit at the Gertrude Smith House, 708 N. Main St., Mount Airy, through April 23. Open house times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 paintings and photographs are on display. Admission is free. For more information, call Ed Camin at 786-2307, Jan Atkins at 755-8646 or Ann Vaughn at 374-999-.
n LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center will have an annual walk for life on May 14 at Fisher River Park in Dobson and May 21 at Elkin Park. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. for the first walk and the walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. for the second walk and the walk will begin at 6 p.m. There will be a free meal for walkers at each event. For more information, call LifeLine Pregnancy Help Center in Mount Airy at 783-0011 or Elkin at 526-5433.
n The Mount Airy Public Library will have student poetry readings at 6 p.m.
n There will be a Community Watch Meeting held at Salem United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Sgt. Gerald LeFevre with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office will be the guest speaker.
n The Mount Airy Public Library’s Community book club meeting will be at 7 p.m.
n Home Vegetable Production Workshop will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, 210 N. Main St., Dobson, from 3 to 5 p.m. This workshop will teach how to grow early season vegetables and planting techniques to stretch a harvest by stagger planting. Site selection, variety selection, soil preparation, composting and traditional and organic weed and pest control will all be discussed. For more information and to register, call 401-8025.
April 22 and 23
n The Old Sckool Drama Club presents “The Day They Kidnapped Blanche” at the L.H. Jones Auditorium at 2 p.m. on April 22 and at 7 p.m. on April 23. There is no charge, but donations will be taken. For more information, call Annalisa at 786-6155 ext. 225.
n The Surry County Extension and Community Association (ECA) will travel to Wytheville, Va., to The Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre to enjoy a matinee performance of “The Sound of Music.” They will leave Dobson at 11 a.m. and return about 5:30 p.m. The cost of the play, lunch and transportation is $50 per person. Space is limited. The registration deadline is April 16. For more information, call 401-8025.
n Arc of Surry County will have port-a-pit BBQ chicken plates for sale at Central Surry Volunteer Fire Department in Dobson from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The plates include half a chicken, baked beans, slaw, roll and dessert for $7.50. Drive thru or delivery with 10 or more orders are available. For more information, call Linda Galasetti at 368-5403.
n A basket and pottery bingo will be held at Veterans Memorial Park. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and games will start at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will go towards an educational trip to Washington for Mary Jo’s After School Children. For more information, call Mary Jo Simpson at 789-3371.
n A FIN, Families In Need, benefit ride will be leaving from the Mount Airy Walmart at noon. Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The fee is $10 per rider. The price includes a meal at the car show. The ride will end at Families In Need cruise-in in Westfield. The best hand will win $100 in cash. There will be live music at the car show as well as door prizes and 50/50 tickets. Cars are welcome. For more information, call 325-6014 or 648-1323. Proceeds will go to Families In Need, Inc.
n The Lambsburg Ruritan Club will be having a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring The Sounds of Now and Then. Concessions will be available.
n The Friends of the Library have invited the Miss Julia series author, Ann Ross, to visit Haymore Baptist Church, Rockford Street, at 2 p.m. Hear Ross talk about her much-loved series for free.
n “Music Student Showcase” will be held at the Gertrude Smith House from 2 to 4 p.m. This event will showcase many of the talented students of the local music instructors. Admission is free. For more information, call Ann Vaughn at 786-6856 or 374-9990 or visit www.visitmountairy.org.
n The Mount Airy Public Library’s April meeting for the Book Chats book club will be at 1 p.m.
n The Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling Center is sponsoring a dinner and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Haymore Memorial Baptist Church. The meal is being catered by Gondola Italian Restaurant and will include chicken parmesan, salad, dessert and a drink. The evening also will include a guest speaker, the Rev. Paul Mullen, from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. His chosen topic, “What Keeps You Awake At Night,” will offer practical tips on stress management. Tickets are $20 per person and all proceeds will benefit non-insured and under-insured clients, while providing and maintaining professional counseling and the ministry of offering opportunities of growth, hope and healing in this community. For more information, call Marie Conzone at 786-5185.
n A Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held at Central United Methodist Church for Janet Sumner for medical bills. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and bingo will start at 7 p.m. The cost is $20 for 60 cards, three cards per game. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts will be available for purchase. The cover-all game is for the Retired File Basket with protector-liner valued at $300. Cover-all cards are $3 each or two for $5. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each for a chance to win a Coastal Tote Set. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. For more information, call Gina Gough at 710-3141 or Shelby Willis at (276) 251-5775.
n A senior trip, sponsored by Reeves Community Center, will be taken to the Billy Graham Library and Concord Mills Mall. Departure in Mount Airy will be at 8 a.m. in the parking lot between Blockbuster and Sonic. The group will return in Mount Airy about 6 p.m. The cost is $25 and lunch is up to participants. Transportation is provided by YVEDDI. Sign up by April 22 to reserve a spot. Make checks payable to Reeves Community Center. For more information, call Fonda Mooney at 786-8313.
n The second annual “Yadkin Valley Has Talent” vocal competition will be held at Lila Swaim Park in Jonesville during the “Jonesville Jubilee.” First place receives a recording session, 25 CDs, 25 photos and bios. Second place will receive $100 in cash, and third place will receive $75. Auditions will be held. For more information, call Alan Combs at (336) 835-1189 and Leon Reece at (336) 835-2916.
n A benefit gospel singing will be held for Movita Utt at 6 p.m. at St. Paul School in the gym, 231 Flower Gap Road, Cana, Va. The singing will feature Cross Road Band, The Willing Vessels, Rich In Tradition and The Bledsoes. Tickets are $10 for adults, children 6 to 12 are $5 and younger than 6 are free. Tickets are available at Gullions in Mount Airy, Winston-Salem and Statesville and St. Paul School. Door prizes and food will be available at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 326-5362 or 755-8026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
n The Piney Grove Baptist Church Brotherhood is sponsoring the Pfc. Adam Lee Marion Memorial Motorcycle and Car Ride with proceeds to benefit The Children’s Center of Surry, Inc. The ride will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $15 per motorcycle or vehicle. T-shirts will be available for sale at registration. Start and finish will be at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Upon return, meal will be provided. The rain date for this event is May 8. For more information, call David Creek at 374-5984, Dale Watson at 374-8199, Terry McCann at 745-1521 or Keith Wilmoth at 325-0988.
n A Young Eagles Rally will be held at Twin County Airport, Hillsville, Va., with a free introductory orientation and flight for children ages 8 to 17. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. A parent or guardian must be present to sign the registration and waiver form. A pancake breakfast also will be taking place with a $5 suggested donation. For more information, call (276) 233-9310.
n Winston-Salem poet Helen Losse will be reading from and signing copies of her poetry book “Better With Friends” from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pages Books and Coffee in downtown Mount Airy. Losse’s book was published by Rank Stranger Press in Mount Olive.
n Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held at Mountain Park Elementary School in the gym. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and games will start at 6:30 p.m. Pizza, drinks and snacks will be available. Proceeds will go to the Mountain Park Elementary PTO.
n The Mount Airy Rotary Club and Downtown Business Association will hold the Budbreak Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street in Mount Airy. Events will include fine art exhibits, food from top area restaurants and great music by Melva Houston, Steve Barr — No Speed Limit, Carolina Nights and Cheap Shot. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate and $10 for general admission. For more information, visit www.budbreakfestival.com or call Bob Meinecke at 719-2345 or Brandt Scholz at 786-1100.
n The 2010 Spring Chicken Dash, 5K Run/Walk, will be held in Stuart, Va. This event is sponsored by Women Caring for the Community, WCC. For more information or an entry form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (336) 601-0846.
n A tractor pull, tractor show and farm equipment display will be held by the Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and the tractor pull will start at noon. There will be a kiddy tractor pull with eight classes and ribbons for top three in each class. Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult are free. Bring a lawn chair. Concessions will be available. Alcohol and drugs will not be tolerated. Coolers will not be allowed in the grandstand area. For more information and to pre-register, call Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department at 368-4646 or email email@example.com.
n The Little Miss Mayberry Pageant will be held at the Eldora Ruritan Club from 9 a.m. until. The entry fee is $20 and the deadline to enter is April 26 due to limited space. There will be fun, food and raffles. The age groups are 1 and 2 year olds, 3 and 4 year olds and 5, 6 and 7 year olds. First prize is a $100 savings bond, trophy and tiara. Second and third place will receive a trophy and ribbon and fourth place will receive a ribbon. Proceeds will go to the Gaydon Family for medical bills. For more information, call 374-2734.
n There will be a Gala Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dr. Robert Smith House to announce the opening of a new second location of the Gallery Group Art Studio. The “Uptown Gallery and Art Studio” will be in the former visitors center and feature the creative works of local artists and students and space for visiting artists. Refreshments and entertainment are included. Admission is free. For more information, call Donna Jackson at 755-6624 or Ann Vaughn at 786-6856.
n The Surry Senior Center in Mount Airy will have a yard and bake sale from 8 a.m. until. For more information, call Annalisa at 786-6155 ext. 225.
n “Pickin’ On The Front Porch” will be held from 7 p.m. until at the Lowgap Community Center. The shows emcee will be Brent Carrick. Admission is $5 and concessions will be available.
n The Mount Airy Public Library’s teen theater group, The Dewey Decimal Players, will be presenting “Fairytale Theatre” at 3:30 p.m. This event helps the library celebrate Children’s Book Week is for all ages and is free.
n The Mount Airy Public Library’s May meeting of the Picture Books book club will be held to watch the May movie at 6 p.m. The May movie/book is “Julie and Julia.” Books are available for checkout at the library.
n The location for the regularly scheduled Carroll County School Board meeting has been changed to the band room at Carroll County Intermediate School, 1036 N. Main St., Hillsville, Va., at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Carroll County School Board Office at (276) 728-3191 or (276) 236-8145.
n The Mount Airy Public Library will have visiting children’s book author Sarah Sullivan at the library. She will be leading a writing workshop for older elementary students. This workshop is free.
n Griggs will be in jail again at the Mayberry Jail, 625 S. Main St., to raise proceeds for the Relay for Life. Come by and visit or call the jail. For more information, call 789-8855 or 401-5674.
n The 2010 Ramp Festival will be held in Whitetop, Va., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old-time mountain and bluegrass music will begin at 11 a.m. There will be face painting. BBQ chicken will be sold with fried potatoes with ramps, green beans and rolls. Adult plates are $7 and children’s are $4. Ice cream, popcorn, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, homemade desserts, funnel cakes and drinks also will be sold at the festival. The ramp eating contest will start at 4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Admission is $5 for adults and children younger than 12 are free. This is includes music and parking. All proceeds from these events goes to Mt. Rogers Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. For more information, call Mt. Rogers Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad at (276) 388-3422.
n The Ararat Tourism Association, Ararat, Va., will have an Ararat heritage and music jamboree. A parade will start at 9 a.m., and the day will end with fireworks at 8 p.m. For more information and vendors, call Janet Epperson at (276) 251-1182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
n Mount Airy Public Library’s Book Chats book club will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss the books participants are reading. This event is open to everyone.
n The Mount Airy Public Library’s Community book club meets at 7 p.m.
n ParkArt IV will be featured in the Dr. Robert Smith Memorial Park and Garden from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gilmer-Smith Foundation and the Gallery Group Art Studio and Uptown Gallery will team up for a fourth year to celebrate the arts in Mount Airy. Local artists and students will have their work on display for sale all day. For more information, call Donna Jackson at 755-6624 or Ann Vaughn at 786-6856.
n There will be a reunion for those who were involved in theater productions at Mount Airy High School, The Fine Arts Center, Surry Arts Council or the Andy Griffith Playhouse from 1971 to 1984. The guest of honor will be Don Nance and his family. For more information or to attend, contact Susan Hemric at 786-6868 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.