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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 email@example.com or Hobart Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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 to 10 p.m. There is no admission. Concessions will be sold. All musicians are welcome. For more information, call Phillip Berrier at 648-2078 or firstname.lastname@example.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 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 Dobson Community Library is hosting free movies each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. October is Classic Movie Month and movies scheduled are “The African Queen” on Oct. 4; “Breakfast at Tiffanys” on Oct. 11; “Witness for the Prosecution” on Oct. 18; and “His Girl Friday” on Oct. 25.
• 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.
• Walking Tour of Historic Oakdale Cemetery is held each Saturday through October at 10:30 a.m. Learn about cemetery architecture and iconography and about the distinguished accomplishments of many of the area’s past residents. For more information or to book a tour, call the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 786-4478 or book online at www.northcarolinamuseum.org. Tours are $10 per person.
• 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 email@example.com.
• The North Surry High School Class of 1963 will have a reunion at 4 p.m. at Prime Sirloin.
• PetSense will hold its third annual adopt-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Seven area rescue groups will be bringing all types of pets available for adoption. There will be games and contests for kids and four-legged friends. A K-9 demo will be done, and the Mount Airy Fire Department will be on hand with hats and stickers and a fire truck. Llama and pony rides will be held for a donation, and there will be a donation box available for pet supplies to be divided among the rescue groups. Food also will be sold. There also will be a rabies/microchip clinic.
• Franklin Ruritan Club in Toast will hold its fall pancake supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a menu of pancakes and buckwheats with sausage gravy. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for those younger than 5. Proceeds benefit community projects.
• A benefit ride and 50/50 drawing is planned for Exavier Penn sponsored by Wings of Glory Christian Bikers Ministry with registration from 9 to 10:45 a.m. and kickstands up at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 for a single rider and $20 for a double rider. It will be held rain or shine. The ride will begin and end at Veterans Park at the VFW building. Food and drinks will be provided at the conclusion of the ride. All proceeds will help with medical expenses and the building of a ramp and a room for 6-year-old Exavier, who suffers from spina bifida, hydrocephalus, sleep apnea and grand mal seizures. Cars and trucks also are welcome. There will be music and other activities sponsored by The Church The Body of Christ. For more information, call Tommy Freeman at 401-3227 or David Jenkins at 401-6118.
• Mountain Park Ruritan Club will host a fall bazaar at the Mountain Park Community Park from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spaces are available for rent to sell yard sale items, crafts, food and more. Businesses, churches, families and other are welcome. Cost is $25 for 12x12 spaces, and $35 for 12x24 spaces. There also will be music, activities, buggy rides, pitch horseshoes and more. For more information, call 874-3636 or 813-5376.
• Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department will have its ninth annual BBQ fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holly Springs station, at the end of the airport runway off Holly Springs Church Road. Plates include BBQ, BBQ or cole slaw, hushpuppies, dessert and a drink for $6. Carry-outs and deliveries are available. To schedule a delivery, call 401-7657 or 401-2710.
• The descendants of Jake and Ella King Jessup will hold their annual reunion at 1 p.m. at Mount Herman United Methodist Church picnic shelter. Drinks, plates and utensils will be provided. Those attending should bring a lawn chair, a well-filled picnic basket and any pictures to share.
• The quarterly meeting of the Genealogical Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Mayodan Public Library, 101 10th Ave., Mayodan. The public meeting is free. Members of the society will be available to answer any questions on researching a family tree. Light refreshments will be provided. Chris Meekins of the North Carolina State Archives will be the featured speaker.
• A charity softball tournament is planned at Fisher River Park with registration at 8 a.m. and games beginning at 8:30 a.m. There is a three-game guarantee, and entry fee is $150 per team. There will be prizes for first and second place winners, as well as a 50/50 drawing, door prizes, a home run derby with a brand new Combat bat as the prize and a base running competition. All proceeds will benefit the Angel Tree Christmas Project. For more information, call Mickey Holcomb at 336-452-3522 or Eli Billings at 755-9330.
• The 33rd annual Sonker Festival will be held on the grounds of the historic Edwards-Franklin House, 4132 Haystack Road, Mount Airy with ole-time music and serving of sonkers from 1 to 5 p.m. The free event is sponsored by the Surry County Historical Society and will feature impromptu flat-footing, quilters, a quilt display and a Civil War exhibit. There is a cost for the sonkers. Drinks also will be available for purchase. For more information, call 789-4304.
• Blue Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary, 1961 Willis Gap Road, Ararat, Va., will have a spaghetti supper from 4 to 7 p.m. at the squad building. Plates include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drink with adults costing $6 and children 12 and younger costing $3. Carry-outs are available.
• A family reunion for descendants of Jim Payne and Minnie Lankford will be held at Peters Creek Community Building, 2130 Dry Pond Hwy., Rte. 103, Stuart, Va., with a meal at 1:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish. For more information, call Jesse Payne at 789-5762, Linda Smith at 276-251-5307 or Mildred Vass at 789-2789.
• The annual Spencer-Upchurch reunion will be held at Lambsburg Baptist Church in the fellowship hall at 1 p.m. Bring family photos and memorabilia to display along with a covered dish. For more information, call Myrtle Moncus at 276-755-4787.
• The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the teaching auditorium at Surry Community College, Dobson. The speaker will be Greg Cheek, who will speak on the Civil War. The meeting is free. For more information, call 831-6437 or email EPDJ1@embarqmail.com.
• The Francisco Ladies Auxiliary will host a Fall Food Folly Bingo at the Francisco Community Building, 7100 N.C. 89 West, Westfield, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and games starting at 7 p.m. Cost is a $20 donation and includes 20 games with three cards per game and four door prize tickets. Prizes are food-related items. The coverall game will cost $3 for one card or two cards for $5. There will be door prizes awarded after each game. Nachos, hot dogs, drinks and desserts will be available for purchase.
• A Ride for Carrie on local back roads will be held for Carrie Elmore, an 11-year-old six-year cancer survivor who is a Central Middle School student. The ride will leave from Copeland Baptist Church, 169 Stony Knoll Road, Dobson at 1:30 p.m. with lunch provided at 12:30 before the ride. The cost is donations only.
• During the Dobson Fall Fest, the Friends of the Dobson Community Library will host a half-price book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• The North Surry High School Class of 1965 will have its 65-year reunion with an informal gathering Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. Those who are members of the class and haven’t received a “save the date” postcard or a phone call should call Nelson (Tom) Snow at 786-7916 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Penny Moseley at 276-733-9704 or email email@example.com to update contact information.
• The Women’s League of Mount Airy will host a fly fishing expo at Riverside Park in Mount Airy. Anyone who loves to fish or wants to know more about fishing can attend this free rain or shine event. There will be food, vendors, demonstrations and lots of activities for children. For more information, call 710-3024.
• 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 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.