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.
• Jam sessions are held every Friday night at the Lambsburg Community Center, Lambsburg, Va., from 7 p.m. until. There is no admission. Concessions will be sold. All musicians are welcome. For more information, call Phillip Berrier at 648-2078 or email@example.com.
• 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.
• The Uptown Gallery Group and Art Studio School will host Creative Mondays and Fridays, an informal working group for new and established artists. Those interested should bring an art project to work on, supplies and a refreshment. Sessions will be held Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the studio school on West Pine Street. There is no cost, but donations to the Uptown Gallery are appreciated. For more information, contact Cassie Snow at 325-5219.
• 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 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 Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, 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.
• Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours are held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through Oct. 27. These are 90-minute, lantern-lit walks through downtown and its historic past featuring 13 “less-mortal” friends and some of Mount Airy’s “final” resting places. The tours begin and end at Old North State Winery, 308 N. Main St. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera and umbrella if needed. Prepaid reservations are required. Visit www.hauntedmayberry.com for more information or call the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 786-4478.
• 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 American Legion Riders of the American Legion Post 123 of Mount Airy are selling tickets for an Old Henry 22 Lever Action rifle, octagon barrel, Golden Boy. Tickets are $1 each or 12 for $10. Funds will benefit children with catastrophic diseases. Ticketholders do not need to be present to win. For more information, call Doc at 401-818-0021. The rifle will be given away July 28.
• The Griggs Hampton Relay for Life team is having a Harley Davidson corn hole board raffle. Tickets are available at Donna’s Barbershop on Renfro Street for $1 for one, $5 for six, $10 for 15 and $20 for 35. Ask about how to get free tickets.
• The Dobson Community Library’s summer reading events will be Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Dobson United Methodist Church, 204 S. Main St., Dobson. The schedule includes: July 18, Mark Donnell with “Pantone, Arlequino and the Wonderful Dream”; July 25, storyteller Brack Llewellyn; Aug. 1, storytelling by Vicky Town.
• The Marshall reunion, for descendants of Garland and Polly Marshall, will be held at Willis Gap Community Center, Ararat, Va. at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish.
• The 72nd annual Easter reunion will be held at the St. Paul School cafeteria with doors opening at 11 a.m. and lunch at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish.
• The 34th annual Shot Tower Flea Market with more than 300 vendor spaces will be held beside Jackson Memorial School on Rte. 52, Austinville, Va. This event, sponsored by the Lead Mines Rescue Squad, has free admission and free parking. Concessions including homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, snow cones and more will be available. For more information, call 276-637-3274.
• Time Traveler summer camp is being held for those ages 5-7 and History Detectives is for those ages 8-11 at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. Morning sessions are for the Time Travelers from 9 a.m. to noon. Activities include exploring Native American culture, pioneer life, industrialization and more. Afternoon sessions are for History Detectives from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost for both camps is $75 for museum members and $100 for nonmembers, with $25 of that due at registration and the remainder due the first day of class. Call the museum at 786-4478 for more information.
• The Patrick County, Va., Genealogy Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the John D. Hooker Building at Rotary Field in Stuart. Joanne Hill will present a program on digital photography. For more information, call 276-692-5920.
• The Alleghany Fiddlers Convention will be held at the Alleghany Fairgrounds in Sparta with competitions beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. A band playoff is featured at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6 for Friday, $7 for Saturday or $10 for both. For more information, call 336-372-4957 or visit www.alleghanyfiddlersconvention.com.
• Willy Wonka bingo will be held at Cana Community Center/Webb Center, Cana, Va., to benefit the Angels on Earth Ranch and its goal to purchase land in Surry County for the mentally and physically challenged. Cost for a 20 game pack, two door prize tickets and one coverall is $25. Prizes for games is candy.
• The Gravley reunion will be held at Salem United Methodist Church, Wards Gap Road, Mount Airy, at noon. Anyone who wishes can plan an activity for that day, and those who have pictures and any family history are encouraged to bring them. Bring food and soft drinks for a day of fellowship. For more information, call 786-8175 or 704-628-6742.
• The Tyre Johnson family reunion will be held at Copeland Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Bring a picnic basket. For more information, call Maudine Johnson York at 786-7883.
• A $50 gift card bingo benefit will be held at Veterans Memorial Park with doors opening at 5 p.m., early bird games starting at 6 p.m. and regular games starting at 6:30 p.m. Prizes to be given are $50 gift cards for all games. All proceeds will be donated to Jason Hinson, a 38-year-old Iraqi veteran with multiple myeloma cancer, for medical expenses. Food will be available for purchase.
• The Hillsville High School Class of 1952 60th year reunion will be held at Shoney’s Restaurant in Hillsville. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.. Classmates are invited to attend. RSVP must be in by July 25. Contact Elizabeth B. Ingersoll at 276-236-1217 or 276-233-9042 or Olen W. Gardner at 540-382-8779 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Old Fiddlers’ Convention sponsored by the Galax Moose Lodge #733 will be held at Felts Park in Galax, Va. The schedule begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday with the youth competitions; Tuesday night are old-time fiddle, dobro and mandolin; Wednesday night are bluegrass fiddle, dulcimer and bluegrass banjo; Thursday night are clawhammer banjo, autoharp and guitar; Friday night are old-time bands and bluegrass bands; Saturday at noon are folk song and flatfoot dance; Saturday night are bluegrass bands and old-time bands. Tuesday through Saturday, the night competitions begin at 6 p.m. Admission costs $6 Monday through Thursday, $10 Friday with children younger than 12 admitted free, and $12 Saturday. A season ticket is $40, and contestant tickets are $40. No advance tickets are sold. Contestant and non-contestant camping inside the park area are first-come, first-serve at a cost of $80 per space. No camping is allowed before 7 a.m. Aug. 5, and no walk-in campers will be admitted after 4 p.m. Aug. 5. For more information, call 276-236-8541.