Community and Church Calendar

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March 28

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Goodwill Career Connections Center, 1457 N. Bridge St., Elkin, will host a Surry job fair including employers such as Wayne Farms, PGW, Applied Polymerics, Leonard Buildings, The Resource, TalentForce, Johnson Granite, Unifi, YVEDDI, Workforce Unlimited, ResourceMFG, Carl Rose and Sons and Bayada Home Health.

• 10 a.m., the Elkin Public Library will host a Mountain Valley Hospice Services and Volunteer information session with free coffee and doughnuts.

• 3 to 7:30 p.m., a blood drive will be held at Temple Baptist Church, 3615 Rockford St., Mount Airy.

March 29

• 11 a.m., the East Bend Senior Center will hold its Easter celebration with games and an egg hunt. Those attending should bring a favorite snack to share.

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Surry Community College Student Government Association will host the annual Eggstravaganza on the campus at 630 S. Main St., Dobson. The egg hunt and organized games for children will take place outside near the Betty Kay Vaughn Clock Tower. The event is free and the public is welcome. Activities will include a variety of games and prizes, including a DJ and bounce house. The hunt will be divided into three age groups: birth to 5 years; 6 to 10 years; and 11 and older. All of the eggs will contain a prize, and there will be three lucky golden eggs witha special prize. Peter Cottontail also will be available for hugs and photos.

• 7 p.m., Elkin First United Methodist Church will hold a celebration of the Eucharist and Tenebrae Service on Maundy Thursday. The service will begin with subdued lighting, and as the candles are extinguished, the darkness deepens. The service will conclude by stripping the sanctuary, and after benediction, the congregation will leave in silence to honor this solemn occasion.

March 30

• 8 a.m., a yard sale will be held beside Dollar General on U.S. 268 in the Fairview community to kick off a fundraiser for Second Chance Church. At 11 a.m., a port-a-pit chicken fundraiser will begin. Plates are $10 and include chicken, cream potatoes, green beans, roll, dessert and drink.

March 30-31

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Yadkin Valley Senior Center’s Prayer Shawl Group will host its annual bake sale at the Foothills Meat Center, 224 Bridge St., Jonesville. All proceeds benefit the purchase of yarn to make prayer shawls for Mountain Valley Hospice. To purchase 60/40 raffle tickets or raffle tickets for a $500 gift certificate from Foothills Meat Center, contact Sandra or Dee at 336-526-1087.

• Grassy Creek UMW will hold a bake sale March 30 at Fairfield Inn and Suits at 4 p.m. and March 31 at Tractor Supply at 9 a.m. All proceeds benefit mission work.

March 31

• 10 a.m., Elkin First United Methodist Church will host an Easter egg hunt.

• 10 a.m. until, White Rock United Methodist Church, 2204 Thurmond Road, Thurmond, will hold a port-a-pit chicken sale. Plates cost $9 and include chicken half, baked beans, slaw, roll and dessert. Chicken halves only can be purchased for $6.

• Noon, Arlington First Baptist Church will host its community Easter egg hunt and hot dog dinner, with prizes awarded after the egg hunt.

April 1

• 8:45 a.m., Elkin First United Methodist Church will host a Service of First Light as the congregation gathers around a fire in front of the chapel for the lighting of the Paschal Candle and process inside singing, “Alleluia!” Then, at 10:55 a.m., Easter worship will include congregation members bringing fresh flowers for the Easter cross as resurrection is celebrated. Following the service, Larry Irwin will take photos of those who are interested in front of the cross.

• 10 a.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 451 Winston Road/N.C. 67, Jonesville, will celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord with songs, story and meal of Holy Communion. Those attending can bring flowers to brighten the tall, flowering cross. A lunch of homemade dishes and dessert will follow the worship service. For more information, call 336-722-1732.

• 10 a.m., a community-wide Easter service, the Risen Christ, will be held in the Elkin High School Dixon Auditorium presented by Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Elkin. Nursery will be provided. For more information, visit www.phbcelkin.com or call 336-835-3401.

April 2-3

• Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital’s Volunteer and Auxiliary departments will host a Masquerade $5 jewelry and accessories sale form 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 2 and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3 in the medical staff conference room.

April 6-7

• The ninth annual Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be held on the campus us of Surry Community College. The event will kick off April 6 at 7 p.m. with a square dance for $5 admission and music by Slate Mountain Ramblers and New Ballards Branch Bog Trotters. On April 7, the fiddlers convention will take place with adult and youth competitions all day begining with registration at 10 a.m. Contestants and children 12 and younger are admitted free, all other are admitted for $5. There will be $5,000 in prizes and ribbons awarded. Also, during the day will be workshops on fiddle by Earl White, banjo by Frank Lee and guitar by Allie Burbrink. For more information, visit www.surryoldtime.com.

April 7

• 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Surry County Democratic Party will hold its annual county convention at the Surry County Courthouse in Dobson. All registered Democrats are invited to attend. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and convention starts at 10.

• 4 p.m., the Surry County Republican Party will host a candidate forum at Temple Baptist Church, 3615 Rockford St., Mount Airy. Due to the large number of candidates for office, organizers may split the forum into two segments, one beginning at 4 and the other about 7 p.m. Food will be offered between the events for a minimal cost.

April 10

• 4 to 7 p.m., Boonville United Methodist Church will be the site of the Share-A-Home annual port-a-pit chicken fundraiser. Tickets are $10 per plate and includes chicken, baked potato, slaw, roll and dessert. For tickets and more information, call 336-367-5420.

April 14

• 7 a.m., the Habitat Hammer 5K/10K, a fundraiser for Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity, will be held at the Elkin Municipal Park large picnic shelter. Registration opens at 7 a.m., races start at 8 a.m. Race-day registration is $35 for both events. There will be awards, door prizes, food, music, kids’ games, face painting and more. Registration is available online at active.com or pick up a registration form at the Elkin Rec Center or Habitat ReStore.

• 9 a.m. to noon, the Elkin Farmers Market, corner of North Bridge and Market streets, will open for the 2018 season.

April 15-18

• Fall Creek Baptist Church, 3345 Fall Creek Church Road, Jonesville, will host revival featuring Dr. Randall Jones of Conway, South Carolina, as speaker. Times will be Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m.

April 16

• 6:30 p.m., the Elkin Public Library will host a free Gentle Yoga Class. For more information, contact the library at 336-835-5586.

April 21

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Surry Baptist Association’s Ladies Conference will be held at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 922 Banner St., Mount Airy, featuring speaker Jennifer Thoppil on “Discover Where You Stand.” All ladies are invited. Cost is $8 per person for catered lunch due by April 11. Contact Tanya Benfield at 336-874-2404.

April 24

• 6 to 8 p.m., the fifth annual Girls Empowering Girls Symposium will be held in Coley Hall at The Liberty, 222 E. Main St., Elkin, for girls ages 8 to 18. The goal is to inspire the girls to follow their dreams and be confident in themselves. For more information on attending or sponsoring the event, call Misty Matthews at 336-749-4791.

April 25

• The Yadkin County Senior Centers are holding a fundraiser 60/40 raffle at a cost of $2 per ticket or three for $5. Forty-percent of the proceeds go to the winning ticket, with the rest benefiting the senior centers. Drawing will be held April 25. Contact a local senior center to purchase tickets.

April 27

• Opening ceremonies of the Yadkin Valley Senior Games will be held at Fisher River Park in Dobson. Registration, open to those living in Surry and Yadkin counties, has been extended through April 6. Registration fee of $10 includes lunch at each event, goody bag and T-shirt. The Silver Arts and Follies Show will be June 7. Register at any local senior center or recreation center.

June 28

• A raffle drawing will be held for a $500 gift certificate from Foothills Meat Center in Jonesville. Tickets are $2 each. Proceeds benefit the YVEDDI Meals on Wheels program, with tickets available for purchase at area senior centers.

Ongoing

• 10 a.m., Sunday morning closed speaker discussion group for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Sunday downstairs at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy.

• 3 p.m., a community drum circle is held each Sunday at Central Park in King. No experience is necessary and extra drums are available for use. Weather updates and additional information can be found on Facebook at Pinnacle Drum Circle. For more information, email pinnacledrumcircle@yahoo.com or call 336-368-3866.

• 8 p.m., Granite City group closed discussion for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet the last Sunday of each month downstairs at Central United Methodist Church, North Main Street, Mount Airy.

• 10 a.m., line dance class is being held each Monday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville, with Shirley Bell as instructor.

• 11 a.m., quilting class is being held each Monday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• 5 to 8 p.m., clogging classes are being held every Monday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville, with beginners from 5 to 6 p.m., intermediate from 6 to 7 p.m. and team practice from 7 to 8 p.m. Cost is $20 per month and it’s open to those 10 and older. Call teacher Janice Nixon at 336-835-4912 to sign up.

• 8 p.m., Tri-County group open meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Monday at 118 N. Elkin Drive, Elkin.

• 8 p.m., Mayberry group open meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Monday at the old train depot, 580 Granite St., Mount Airy.

• 5 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church has a free community meal on the fourth Monday of each month at 451 Winston Road, Jonesville.

• 10:30 a.m., exercise class is held each Tuesday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• Noon, Tri-County group closed meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Tuesday at 118 N. Elkin Drive, Elkin.

• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., weaving class is held each Tuesday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• 5 p.m., the Yadkin Valley Senior Center will host Weight Watchers meetings each Tuesday.

• 6 p.m., a monthly Alzheimer’s support group will be held every second Tuesday at Chatham Nursing & Rehab Center, 700 Johnson Ridge Road, Elkin. If area schools are closed due to inclement weather the group will not meet. For more information, call 336-567-7600.

• 6:30 p.m., Alanon Family Group meeting is held each Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Elkin’s main church building next to the church office. This is an open meeting. For more information, call 336-468-0395.

• 6:30 p.m., beginner shag 1 is held each Tuesday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• 7 p.m., the Stone Mountain chapter of Trout Unlimited meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Foothills Arts Council in downtown Elkin. For more information, visit www.smtu.org or the group’s Facebook page.

• 7 p.m., Pilot Mountain group closed meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, N.C. 268 and Marion Street, Pilot Mountain.

• 7:30 p.m., Serenity group closed meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Tuesday at 209 W. Main St., Yadkinville, at the Presbyterian church.

• 7:45 p.m., beginner shag 2 is held each Tuesday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• 8 p.m., Tri-County group closed 12&12 Study for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Tuesday at 118 N. Elkin Drive, Elkin.

• 10 a.m., pickleball is held each Wednesday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• 10 a.m., bingo is held each Wednesday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• Noon to 1 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month, a free informational webinar is held for those interested in learning about the Guardian ad Litem program. These volunteers are court-appointed and serve as the judge’s eyes and ears on children going through the foster care system. To register or for more information, call Tammy Baity at 336-651-4465.

• 12:30 p.m., prayer shawl group is held each Wednesday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• 7 p.m., Mayberry Men’s Meeting closed discussion for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Wednesday at Rockford Street United Methodist Church, 520 Rockford St., Mount Airy.

• 8 p.m., Tri-County group closed big book study for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Wednesday at 118 N. Elkin Drive, Elkin.

• 8 p.m., Mayberry group closed big book study for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Wednesday at the old train depot, 580 Granite St., Mount Airy.

• 9 a.m., sewing is held each Thursday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• 10 a.m., the Elkin Public Library, 111 N. Front St., hosts Book Babies each Thursday, featuring stories and songs for caregivers and their babies in a 20- to 25-minute program for those ages birth to 24 months.

• 10 a.m., bingo is held each Thursday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• 10 a.m., Tribune news is held each Thursday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• Noon, Tri-County group closed meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Thursday at 118 N. Elkin Drive, Elkin.

• 2 p.m., cards is held each Thursday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Drive, Jonesville.

• 5:30 p.m., the Jonesville Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center.

• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Women In Sobriety, a closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, is held each Thursday at First Baptist Church of Elkin, 110 Gwyn Ave., Elkin. For more information, call Maureen at 336-258-2520.

• 6:30 to 8 p.m., 4G Club – Girls Growing in God’s Grace, is held each Thursday at the Fairfield Inn’s Conference Room in Elkin. It is a meeting for girls 13 to 25 to come together and bond. Regular rap sessions are held about depression, fear, anger, jealously and other topics the girls want to discuss. They will learn about talents and how to help others by using what each is already gifted with. For more information, call Christy Martin at 336-514-9452 or Joyce Martin at 336-258-2338.

• 7:30 p.m., Serenity group closed meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Thursday at 209 W. Main St., Yadkinville, at the Presbyterian church.

• 8 p.m., Mayberry group closed step meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Thursday at the old train depot, 580 Granite St., Mount Airy..

• 6 p.m., the Yadkin Valley Senior Center will host Art Party with Jan each first Friday of the month. The event is open to the public and cost of $35 includes all materials needed. Registration is required prior to the day of the art party by calling the center at 336-527-1087.

• 7 p.m., Girls Night Out group closed meeting (ladies only) for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Friday at First United Methodist Church, N.C. 268 and Marion Street, Pilot Mountain.

• 8 p.m., Tri-County group closed meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Friday at 118 N. Elkin Drive, Elkin.

• Noon, Tri-County group closed meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Saturday at 118 N. Elkin Drive, Elkin.

• 8 p.m., Hope Valley open meeting for Alcoholics Anonymous will meet each Saturday at Hope Valley, Prison Camp Road, Dobson.