by By Wendy Wood
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Jayne Henderson, a feature luthier in the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History’s new exhibit, “The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge,” will be at the museum at 4 p.m. with a meet and greet and artist’s talk. She will be talking about the process of building a ukulele, with particular focus on the inlay work. Afterwards, she will be at Old North State Winery at 7:30 p.m. to unveil the uke she built specifically for the Luthier’s Craft exhibit. Both events are free, however donations are welcome.
• A Sabika and 31 bingo will be held to benefit Ricky Lambe, a mylodysplastic syndrome patient, to help with medical expenses at St. Paul School cafeteria, Cana, Va. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first game at 7 p.m. A $30 package includes 20 games and a coverall. Door prize tickets will be available, and food will be sold. An auction is being held after the bingo games. For more information, call Candi Hodges at 648-3242 or Hope Sechrist at 325-8889.
• The Westfield Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a 50-year celebration and community day from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be free hot dogs and hamburgers, and tours of the fire department and trucks. Also, there will be inflatables for the kids, and 50th anniversary T-shirts for sale.
• Descendants of George Washington and Elizabeth Childress Gates will have a reunion at noon at the Flat Rock Ruritan Club picnic shelter, Linville Road, Mount Airy. For more information, call Linda at 789-2626.
• The Granite City Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will hold its “Fashion Fallapalooza” at Cross Creek Country Club from 10 a.m. to noon. Proceeds benefit local scholarships. Tickets are $18 per person and include brunch, fall fashion ideas and prizes. Local business sponsors include Belk, What’s Needlin Ewe, Silpada representative Gina Gough , Mary Kay consultant Bridget Soots and Salon 222. Tickets can be purchased at Wyatt’s Trading Post, 705 W. Pine St., or What’s Needlin Ewe, 411 N. Main St.
• The Flat Top Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Trust will host a fundraiser from 4 p.m. until at the Old Beulah School cafeteria. There will be a hot dog supper with baked beans and the trimmings for eat in or take out; raffles for a John Deere mower, 46-inch flat-screen television, and $200 in gas; and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets for raffles are available from members of the trust or the day of the event, and ticket holders do not need to be present to win. For more information, donations or tickets, call Carol Shackelford at 352-4295.
• Two bluegrass gospel bands, The Gospel Plowboys and Travis Frye and Blue Mountain, will perform at the Blue Ridge Music Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Galax, Va., at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 with children 12 and younger admitted free. Advance tickets are available at Blue Ridge Music Center, Barrs Fiddle Shop, the Galax Visitor Center, www.blueridgemusiccenter.org or 276-236-5309, ext. 112.
• The annual Beasley reunion will be held at the Francisco Community Building, 7100 N.C. 89 West, Stokes County, with business meeting at 12:30 p.m. and lunch at 1 p.m. Family and friends are welcome, and should bring a well-filled picnic basket. Eating utensils and drinks will be provided. Bring any family pictures to display.
• The Gwyn reunion for descendants of W.L. (Bud) and Sarah Ashby Gwyn and friends will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, Wards Gap Road. Those attending should bring a covered dish.
• A baby shower/benefit party will be held for Baby Titus and parents Wade Stover and Patricia Melton from 6 p.m. until at Cooper’s Sports Bar, Main Street, Pilot Mountain. There will be a $10 cover with all proceeds going to the family. Dinner will be served with live music by Nine Lives. Baby Titus was born at 25 weeks and has a lengthy stay at the hospital until he is healthy and weighing enough to come home. The benefit will help with traveling and medical expenses for the family.
• The first-ever Skull Camp Fire & Rescue Coats for Kids poker run will be held to raise money to provide new coats to needy students at Cedar Ridge Elementary School. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $15 for single riders and $25 for doubles. Cars and trucks can ride, too. The station is at 9088 W. Pine St., Lowgap. For more information, call 352-4072.
• The seventh annual JOE FEST will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. at Fisher River Park in Dobson featuring live music, 50/50 cash drawings, food, door prizes, silent auction, children’s games and more. This is a free event, but donations will serve as a fundraiser for the Joseph Roy Kirkman Foundation Inc., who helps fund teacher scholarships. For more information, visit www.teachfundfest.org.
• The Goins family reunion will begin at 10 a.m. in the Midway Baptist Church gym, 1015 N. Franklin Road. Family members and friends should bring a well-filled picnic basket of food and desserts. Call 786-7744 for more information.
• A benefit gospel singing is being held for Rebecca Luffman, a Lyme disease patient, at the Mountain Park Amphitheater with food available at 1 p.m. and singing from 2 to 6 p.m. Performing will be New Vision, Heaven Touch, Melvin and Crossriver, and Crossroads. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. Proceeds will help with eye surgery which was affected by this disease. For more information, call 648-7779.
• The New River Trail Challenge triathlon will return for its 11th running Sept. 21 with athletes biking 40 miles, kayaking 12 miles and running 13.1 miles along the New River Trail State Park. Participants can compete solo or in teams of two or three with athletes of all fitness levels competing in several age groups and categories. The race begins and ends at Foster Falls complex and trails through Wythe, Carroll and Pulaski counties. Competitors can make reservations to rent kayaks from the park office. There will be family entertainment during the race. A pre-race party for the public will be held at the Pulaski Train Depot Sept. 20 from 4:37 to 7:34 p.m. Admission is one canned good or $1 per person with proceeds to benefit the New River Community Action Center of Pulaski’s food bank. E3 will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available as well. For the triathlon, individual registration is $50 until Aug. 19, and $70 until Sept. 13. Team registration is $100 until Aug. 19, and $140 until Sept. 13. The race is limited to the first 300, and registration fees include T-shirts, awards, two beverage tickets and assorted prizes provided by sponsors. Competitors must be 18 on race day to participate. For more information, visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/nrtc.shtml.
• 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 Arts Council summer series at the Blackmon Amphitheatre is in full swing. Most concerts are held at 7:30 p.m., and the schedule includes Aug. 23, North Tower; Aug. 24, VW Boys; Aug. 28, Craig Woolard Band; Aug. 29, Band of Oz; Aug. 30, Too Much Sylvia; Aug. 31, Legends of Beach; Sept. 5, The Embers; Sept. 6, Fantastic Shakers; Sept. 13, Jim Quick and Coastline; Sept. 26 at 8 p.m., Band of Oz; and Sept. 27, The Tams, not part of season pass. Tickets are $10 or get a season pass for $100. Call the arts council for more information at 786-7998. There will be Shelton Vineyards wine and Dairy Center food sold.
• The Surry County Farmers Markets are held Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. beside the Mount Airy Post Office; Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. on East Main Street, Pilot Mountain, near The Living Room Coffeehouse; 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.
• 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 email@example.com 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. The August band schedule is Classic Country Aug. 23 and 24; and Sounds Now and Then, Aug. 30.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
• 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.
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