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 at least seven days before the event should appear in the 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.
• Meetings will be held each Thursday at Bojangles from 6 to 8 p.m. for those healing from a broken marriage.
• 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 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 N.A.A.C.P. meets every third Sunday of the month at Spencer Funeral Home.
• The Dan River Farmers Market, Dan River Park, Ararat, Va., will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
• The House of Recovery Faith and Hope will have a community feeding every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
• 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 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.
• VFW Post 2019 will meet the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• The Lambsburg Community Center will host a 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.)
• 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 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.
• The 2012 Twelve Oaks Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. for the public. Dates are Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.
• 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.
• 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 Lowgap Community Center hosts a jam session the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
• 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.
• 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 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 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 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 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 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.
• Beulah Ruritan Club, 5436 W. Pine St., will host live music and dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at a cost of $5 per person. While alcohol is not allowed, taps are. This is for all ages, and food and homemade desserts will be available. For more information, call Bob Boyette at 320-3351 or Goldie Sparger at 352-4761.
• Mount Airy Parks and Recreation and Reeves Community Center are hosting Mom’s Morning Out on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5 who are potty trained. Cost for city residents is $20 a week for program participants and $25 a week for non-participants and for non-residents it is $25 a week for participants and $31 a week for non-participants. The cost for a second child is half off. Activities include instructional activities, story time, games, arts and crafts. Snacks will be provided. There will be only 20 spots. For more information, call Fonda Mooney at 786-8313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Goins family reunion will be held at the Francisco Community Building, N.C. 89, across from Francisco Elementary School, with lunch at 1 p.m. Those attending should bring a picnic basket.
• The Jesse and Jennie Jones family reunion will be held from 1 p.m. until at the Webb Southern Carroll Community Center, U.S. 52, Cana, Va., with food, games, music and door prizes. Bring a covered dish, old pictures and family.
• Billy M. Britt, retired superintendent of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends, will sign copies of his newly published book, “Giants in the Land: North Carolina Yearly Meeting Leaders,” at 5 p.m. at Mount Airy Friends Meeting, 109 W. Wilson St. The signing is open to the public. The book tells the stories of 17 Quakers who became leaders in, and left a lasting stamp on, the North Carolina Yearly Meeting during the 19th and 20th centuries. Several have connections to Surry County, including Lewis McFarland, a former superintendent and pastor at Westfield and White Plains Friends meetings in the 1930s and 1940s, and Sam and Miriam Levering, who were active at the Mount Airy meeting.
• “Ghosts, Goblins, & Miss Gertrude” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gertrude Smith House, 708 N. Main St., Mount Airy, featuring spine tingling stories for the entire family with master storytellers, Brack and Angela Llewellyn and his band of ghoulish ghosts. There will be refreshments, and admission is free. For more information, call 786-6856 or 800-576-0231.
• Rockford Elementary School PTO will have its Halloween carnival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the school featuring a Halloween costume contest, games, pizza, popcorn, cotton candy and the school’s “Haunted Cafeteria” with the Crazy Cafeteria Lady.
• Four Way Volunteer Fire Department, 116 McBride Road, will have a Longaberger Basket bingo with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and games at 6:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be for sale, and gun raffle will be held during bingo. All proceeds benefit the fire department firefighters fund.
• The Mount Airy Lions Club will have its yard sale and Brunswick stew from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowes Foods parking lot on West Pine Street.
• The Smith family reunion will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ararat, Va., Ruritan Building. All family and friends are welcome. Dude Smith will provide chicken, baked beans and potatoes, and everyone else should bring a side dish or dessert. For more information, call Larry Smith at 276-251-5217 or Dude Smith at 276-251-1384.
• The P.E.O. chapter AV of Mount Airy is reorganizing. It is a philanthropic educational organization and will be holding an informational meeting and program at the First Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Main St., Mount Airy, at 1 p.m. Interested women and inactive members are welcome to attend. Call Elise Clark at 351-4620 for more information.
• The Surry Community College Knights’ Athletic Program is hosting a basket and tool bingo in the SCC gym with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and game beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for 20 regular games and $30 for 20 games, two bonus game cards and 12 door prize tickets. Concessions including hot dogs, pizza, nachos with cheese, baked goodies and drinks will be sold. For more information, call 326-5362.
• The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Patrick County, Va., will hold the fifth annual holiday bazaar at Rotary Field in Stuart, Va. Vendors who wish to participate can call 276-694-527 for more information.
• The Will and Rosella Johnson reunion will be held at 1 p.m. at the Eldora Ruritan Building, Ararat Road, Ararat. All family and friends are invited to the covered-dish meal. There will be pictures of past reunions on display, as well as a picture of the oldest members of the first reunion held.
• The Surry County Cooperative Extension will host a bus tour to the Southern Christmas Show at 8 a.m. and returning at about 5:30 p.m. Those attending will be able to take home ideas from the holiday designer rooms, decorated trees, mantels and doors. The cost for the day is $30, and spaces are limited. To reserve a spot, call 401-8025.
• The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 6 p.m. in the Carlos Surratt Research Room upstairs over the library at Surry Community College, Dobson. It will be a free meeting for those who need help doing research. For more information, call 336-831-6437 or email Esther Johnson at EPDJ1@embarqmail.com.
• The Special Education Advisory Committee of Carroll County Public Schools will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the large conference room on the third floor of the Carroll County Governmental Center. The public is invited to attend.