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 Meetings will be held each Thursday at Bojangles from 6 to 8 p.m. for those healing from a broken marriage.
n 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.
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 A clothes give-away will be held at Independence Amoco from 10 a.m. until.
n “Folkways, Fried Pies, and Fiddle Tunes” will take place at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm as part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources “2nd Saturdays” program. For more information, call Horne Creek at 325-2298.
n The Hillsville VFW will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. with music by Sounds Now and Then. Admission is $6 with a drawing for two free tickets for the next dance. 50/50 tickets will be sold with the drawing at break time. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and other snacks will be sold.
n Good wine, good musice and a taste of Mount Airy will all be set in the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History’s picturesque courtyard. This month’s free program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and will showcase regional wineries as well as local musical talent. There will be wine tastings and sales along with a brief educational program about the wines between musical sets. Round Peak Vineyards will be featured and music will be provided by Foothills Blues Society. In case of bad weather, Toast and Jam will be held in the museum annex.
Today and July 11
n The 60th Thompson reunion will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Mount Airy.
n The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College in Dobson. This will be a meeting by Jacob Stewart. Some will be dressed in the Revolution time period clothes. This meeting is free. For more information, call 755-9462 or email email@example.com.
n A community meeting on crime will be held at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the Mount Airy Municipal Building on South Main Street. City police will provide crime prevention tips and address citizens’ concerns about recent criminal activity.
n Angel Food orders will be taken from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mount Airy Wesleyan Church, 2079 S. Main St. To order online, go to angelfoodministries.com and follow the steps. For more information, call the church at 786-7250 ext. 2 and speak to Tammy.
n Missoula Children’s Theatre is bringing “Robinson Crusoe” to the Surry Arts Council. Kids ages 5 to 18 will work with Missoula’s directors to learn auditioning and drama skills from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. The show is rehearsed daily and will be performed for the public on July 17 at 2 p.m. It is an exciting week full of drama, music, games, crafts and more. The cost is $150 and includes lunch and additional workshops. Scholarships are available from the Kester Sink Scholarship Endowment. For more information, visit the Missoula Children’s Theatre Web site at www.mctinc.org.
n There will be a Gravley reunion at Salem United Methodist Church, Wards Gap Road, Mount Airy, at noon. Bring food, soft drinks and family pictures.
n The 70th annual Easter reunion will be held at the St. Paul School in the cafeteria. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish.
n The Jim Booker family reunion will be held at 1 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.
n A community watch meeting will be held at Salem United Methodist Church, Wards Gap Road, Mount Airy, at 7 p.m. with guest speaker Capt. Alan Freeman with the Mount Airy Police Department.
n The Goins family reunion will be held at the Flat Rock Ruritan Building beginning at 10 a.m. Family members and friends should bring a well-filled picnic basket with food and desserts.
n Mount Airy Bears Little League will be holding a football camp from 8 a.m. to noon for ages 7 to 12. Camp will be held at MAHS Wallace Shelton Stadium and hosted by Mount Airy High School football coaches and players. The cost is $10. All participants should wear shorts and sneakers or cleats. For more information, call Travis Sizemore at 786-8308.
n Author and historian Tom Perry will give a presentation on Civil War Confederate Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown (J.E.B.) Stuart, who was born in Laurel Hill in Ararat, Va. This program is free to the public, however, donations will be appreciated.
n The United Fund of Surry and the Yadkin Valley United Fund will have a fuel up fundraiser at all Neighbors locations in Surry County. Neighbors will donate 3 cents for every gallon purchased to United Fund.
n Mount Airy Oil Co. and Southern Community Bank will hold the sixth annual Greater Granite Open at Cross Creek Country Club to benefit the United Fund of Surry. Participate as a game sponsor, tournament sponsor or a player. For more information, call the United Fund at 789-3087.
n Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Center will have a Clutches and Clubs fundraiser with a golf tournament to tee-off at 8:30 a.m. and ladies luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Both events will be held at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. The tournament is captain’s choice and registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams. The cost for a four person team is $260 or $70 for individuals. The entry fee includes range balls, golf cart, green fees and goodie bag with lunch. The clutch event and luncheon will start with a silent auction and lunch at noon with live auction at 12:30 p.m. Items will include new handbags, purses and clutches. Celebrity donated handbags will also be featured.
n The Surry County Senior Center will take a trip to Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee. The cost is $40 and participants will receive $20 in coins upon arriving. Participants must be 21 or better and have a photo I.D. A charter bus will be used for transportation. Pick-up in Mount Airy will be at 8 a.m. Pick-up in Jonesville will be at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call Annalisa Davis at 786-6155 ext. 255.
n Mount Airy will be the scene of a gathering of the dogs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be various canine contests and dog-related activities. Animal advocacy groups will be on hand for educational and entertainment purposes. Bring the dogs out for pampering, play and socializing. Leashes are required. Clean-up bags are available from free dispensers along Main Street.
n The Surry County Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a golf tournament at Pilot Knob Park Country Club. Teams should register by Aug. 5. The game will be captain’s choice, four person team. The entry fee is $100 per person. Sponsorship is $500 and includes a team. Prizes and gifts will be awarded. Breakfast will be provided at 7 a.m. with on-site registration. Tee-off will be at 8 a.m. Drinks and snacks will be provided. For more information, call Cathy at 374-0491 or Tom at 401-6044 or 786-4183.
n Chef Rob Creel will be speaking at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Dobson on “Back to School Cooking Celebration.” Participants will make and taste food for breakfast, snacks and lunch from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event is for ages 12 to 19 to have the chance to gain some great food ideas as well as learn more about the field of culinary arts as a career. Spaces are limited so reserve a spot. The Piedmont Triad Chapter of the National Culinary Foundation is supporting this event so there is no cost to participate. For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
n Horne Creek Living Historical Farm will host a Fabric and Fiber Arts Festival as part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources “2nd Saturdays” program. For more information, call Horne Creek at 325-2298.
n The United Fund of Surry’s campaign kick-off event, Downtown Rocks ‘n Runs, will be held at the Blackmon Amphitheatre from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a 5K run/walk and kids’ fun run with great music, prizes and fun. For more information, call the United Fund at 789-3087.