Community calendar

First Posted: 12/29/2008

Submissions to the community calendar need to be in writing and arrive or be brought into The Mount Airy News office before 5 p.m. at least five days before the event should appear in the newspaper. 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, P.O. Box 808, Mount Airy, NC 27030; faxed to 789-2816; or emailed to

Every Saturday night, Dobson Rescue Squad Inc. hosts bingo with cash prizes. 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.
Stewarts Creek Ruritan Club in Lambsburg, Va., will raffle off 20 silver dollars in groups of five as a kickoff to a series of fundraising activities. Tickets are $1 and drawings will be held every third week. Money raised will be used for operating expenses and community projects. For more information, contact Martin Shatley at (276) 755-0158.
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. Theres 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.
The Peoples Church Soup Kitchen is open every second Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dine in and delivery is available for those who live within the immediate area. For delivery, call before 3 p.m. that day. Contact Gene Brinkley at 789-1555 or Debbie Wall at 755-6746 for more information.
The Surry Arts Council presents free fiddle, guitar and banjo Lessons 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.
A Jam Session will be held every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., free at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
A Jam Session will be held every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., free at the Downtown Cinema Theater.
WPAQ 740 AM presents a live radio broadcast every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Cinema Theater.
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.
The Foothills Blues Society has a Blues Jam every second and fourth Tuesday at B52s, 972 U.S. 52 in Mount Airy, from 8 p.m. until. The society is seeking new members. Musicians and blues fans are welcome.
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 24/7 at (800) 365-1035 or at Call or visit the Web site for meeting schedules and additional information. This is a 12-step recovery program.
Catch a tribute to The King on the second Saturday of each month at the Downtown Cinema Theater, 142 N. Main St. in Mount Airy. Professional tribute artist Jimmy W. Johnson brings a unique Elvis performance each month, from now to February. 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.
The Mount Airy Elks Lodge is having a Shag-Ballroom-Latin Dance, on the first and third Thursday of December, Dec. 18. The open dance will be from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost for the dance is $8. Lessons will be from 5 to 6 p.m. for $6. This event will take place at the Elks Lodge, 221 Elks Drive, Mount Airy. Dinner may be purchased in the dinning room. For more information, call the Mount Airy Elks Lodge at 786-2061.
The Ararat Ruritan Club, Va., has dances every Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free. Performing is Cranford Creek, Dec. 27; and New Years Eve Dance, Jerry George, Snow Creek Band, and 2 Young 2 Old with breakfast at 11 p.m., Dec. 31; Zephyr Lightning Bolts, Jan. 3, 2009; Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band, Jan. 10, 2009; Benton Flippen Smokey Valley Boys, Jan. 17, 2009; 2 Young 2 Old, Jan. 24, 2009; Mac Snow Round Peak Ramblers, Jan. 31, 2009; Cranford Creek Bluegrass, Feb. 7, 2009; Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band, Feb. 14, 2009; Mac Snow Round Peak Ramblers, Feb. 28, 2009; Zephyr Lightning Bolts, March 7, 2009; Jerry George and Snow Creek Olde Tyme Band, March 14, 2009; Cranford Creek Bluegrass, March 21, 2009; and 2 Young 2 Old, March 28, 2009. For more information, call (276) 251-5436.
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.
Join the Foothills Arts Councils 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.
The Fairview Ruritan Club show schedule for 2009: Jan. 3, 2009, 111rd Time Out, $15; Jan. 17, 2009, Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mt. Boys, $20; Jan. 31, 2009, Big Country Bluegrass with Wayne Henderson and Friends, $15; Feb. 7, 2009, Anita Fisher Band with Ray Deaton, $15; Feb. 28, 2009, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, $20; Mar. 7, 2009, Blue Highway, $15; Mar. 14, 2009, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, $20; Mar. 28, 2009, 20th Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention, $10; April 4, 2009, Daily and Vincent, $20; and April 18, 2009, Bill Yates and Country Gentlemen Tribute, $15. Artists and schedules may change. Call to reserve tickets. Fairview Ruritan Clubs number is (276) 236-2171.
The Womans Club of Mount Airy meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The club is seeking new members. The Womans Club of Mount Airy is a member of the General Federation of Womans 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. If you are interested in attending a meeting, contact Wendy at 786-5747.
The Treble Makers, a community choir, will be presenting seasonal programs of secular and sacred music in the sanctuaries of the following churches on these dates: Dec. 16, Stokesburg UMC, 604 Stokesburg Road, Walnut Cove; and Dec. 28, First UMC, 202 S. Stephens St., Pilot Mountain. All performances are free and begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call Steve or Olivia Shelton at 593-2136.
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 and includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes and firing. Start any date, work on the project of your choosing. A master ceramics artist will be available during open studio time. To register, call the Yadkin Valley Graft Guild at 835-2717. For more information, visit
The Surry Arts Council presents an eight-week series of classes on the fundamentals of directing. Taught by esteemed director and teacher Ray Collins, the classes will consist of lecture, discussion, critical analysis, readings, group work and rehearsal both inside and outside the class. Scenes from contemporary plays will be cast among the class participants. The class will meet downstairs at the Andy Griffith Playhouse from 7 to 9 p.m. for eight Mondays, beginning Jan. 26. Cost is $75 for the entire series. Class size is limited so call now to reserve a space. For more information, contact the SAC at 786-7998.
Every Thursday in January and February, 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.
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. Performers will be variety of bands on Dec. 31. There will be no bingo until Jan. 3, 2009. For more information, call 352-3383.
The Mount Airy Art League will exhibit artwork and crafts at the Mount Airy Public Library from now to Jan. 5 during regular library hours. The public is invited to visit the exhibit and browse for holiday gifts. Proceeds will support the art leagues annual Spring Art Show. For more information, call 786-2307.
The Gallery Group and Art Studio, Inc., 162A W. Pine St., Mount Airy, will have exhibit hangs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 20, 2009. For more information, call 786-0057, email, or visit
The Foothills Arts Council is excited to present Dancing Women, an interpretive belly dancing class for exercise and fun. Led by Susan Fulcher and Sharon Whitman, Dancing Women meets every Tuesday in January from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the FAC building, 129 Church St., Elkin. Cost is $25 for all four classes. For more information about our various classes, workshops, exhibits and events, call 835-2025 or visit
The Foothills Arts Council is excited to announce the next session of After School Arts! This program for kids offers four different art classes, each meeting once a week for six weeks. Each class is $40 per 6-week session. Need based scholarships are available. This program is made possible by a grant from the Richard T. Chatham fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation. After School Arts! will be ongoing throughout the entire 2008-2009 school year, with different art classes offered every six weeks. Call 835-2025 to sign up.
New Years Eve
The Foothills Arts Council is having a New Years celebration from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with live music, buffet and cash bar. There will be special activities for the kids in the upstairs gallery throughout the evening. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations are required by Dec. 27. Call (336) 835-2025 to reserve by phone, or email
The Mount Airy Elks Lodge will have a New Years Dance in the ballroom. The entertainment will be the Klassix band. The band will start at 8 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This dance will be open to the public. Tickets are $50 per couple in advance and $60 at the door. Singles are $25 each. Hors doeuvres will be served. Breakfast and champagne will be served at midnight. Call and reserve tickets at 786-2061. There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds benefiting Elk charities.
A New Years Eve watch meeting will be held at Clarks Temple, 450 Nelson Hill Road in Mount Airy. It will begin at 10 p.m.
Jan. 3
The Copeland Ruritan club will host a big country breakfast at the Ruritan Building. Country ham, sausage, biscuits, gravy, eggs, apples and grits will be served. Donations will be taken. Proceeds go to fun community projects.

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