Community calendar

First Posted: 12/27/2008

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 [email protected]

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.
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 Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy. Professional tribute artist Jimmy W. Johnson brings a unique Elvis performance each month, beginning Feb. 14. Showtime is 3 p.m. Prices are $25 for reserved seats, $20 general admission. Tickets are available at the door. Contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 for tickets and information.
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 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 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. 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.
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 for the month of December are Mac Snow from 7:30 p.m. to midnight and a variety of bands, 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 [email protected], 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 six-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 835-2025 to reserve by phone, or email [email protected]
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.
Jan. 6
There will be an opening reception for the Local Quilters Show from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin. Talented quilters from across the region will display handmade quilts of all shapes and sizes. The show will be in the main gallery through mid-February. For more information, call 835-2025 or visit
Jan. 12
The Surry County Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the Teaching Auditorium at Surry Community College. The speaker will be Joe Hicks, who will speak on the history of Rockford that was the county seat. This meeting is free, and everyone is invited. For more information, call 786-2545.
Jan. 13
Fight the winter blues with some creative relaxation. Susan Fulcher presents The Art Caf: Food Crafting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin. For $10, shrug off the stresses of the morning and craft something delicious. All materials are included. Call 835-2025 to sign up. Visit the Web site for more information on upcoming exhibits, workshops, classes, events, and more at The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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