Community happenings


• July 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brim’s Grove Baptist Church, 3509 N.C. 268 East, will host Vacation Bible School kick-off celebration. VBS runs July 13-15 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. with a meal included each night. Call Gerald Jones at 336-409-0333 for more information.

• July 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., VBS will be held at Unleashed Worship Center, 296 Veterans Drive, Pilot Mountain. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Call 336-444-0059 for more information.

• July 11, 6 p.m., town of Pilot Mountain Visitor Center, Guided Mystery Walk to be held. The Mystery Walk is a real live game of clue based on actual events in Pilot Mountain history. Become the detective and put together the pieces. Who was involved? What did they do? How did they do it? Discover clues during a tour through town to solve the crime. Hosted the second Saturday of every month. Maximum of 15 people allowed in the group. Call 336-504-1646 to make reservations or for more information.

• July 12, 2:30 p.m., Danbury Public Library, 1007 N. Main St., Danbury, is site of the Genealogical Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties’ next quarterly meeting. The speaker will be Dale Riddle who will share his experiences of growing up in Stokes County. Riddle is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has spent his life in evangelism. His memories of boyhood in Stokes are vivid and guaranteed to be very entertaining and thought provoking. Everyone is invited to attend. An unknown “cousin” at the meeting may be found with which to “share and compare” one’s family history. Light refreshments will be served.

• July 12, 1 to 5 p.m., Northern Triad Farm Tour, five very diverse farms in Forsyth, Stokes and Surry counties are opening their gates to visitors for guided tours. This is a great opportunity to learn more about where food comes from and have a behind-the-scenes glimpse of these five highly regarded Triad-area farms. Where: Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC in Germanton, Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve in Westfield, Plum Granny Farm in King, Truffles NC at Keep Your Fork Farm in King, and Yellow Wolf Farm in Walkertown. Cost is free. Map your Farm Tour route at: www.zeemaps.com/northern_triad_farm_tour.

• July 14-Aug. 6, 1 to 4 p.m., Smartphones for the Android User will provide users of Android Smartphones basic knowledge of their device. Students will learn how to set up email accounts, do messaging, navigation and use controls. The class will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. The class fee is $71, but the students must provide their own Android device. For more information, contact Susan Ratcliff at 336-386-3309 or ratcliffs@surry.edu.

• July 14-Aug. 6, 6 to 9 p.m., iPhone and iPad Fundamentals will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. The class fee is $71, but students must provide their own iPads and/or iPhones. This course will provide users of Apple’s iPhone and iPad basic knowledge of both devices. Students will not only learn the basics such as setting up email accounts, messaging, navigation and using controls, but will also be introduced to the newest iOS operating system and learn the basics of working with iCloud. Security, iTunes, popular apps from the Apple App store and handling photos will be emphasized during this course. For more information, contact Susan Ratcliff at 336-386-3309 or ratcliffs@surry.edu.

• July 14 and 16, 6 to 9 p.m., Beginner Sewing Class: Easy Apron will guide you through the process of creating a handy, attractive, professionally constructed apron. You will learn how to read and use a pattern, properly cut and mark fabric. Students will discuss straight and cross grains in fabric, and the importance of proper pressing. Class will be held at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. Registration and advanced payment is due by July 10. Go online to www.surry.edu to register. For more information, call 336-386-3229.

• July 14-Aug. 11, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Intermediate Shag Classes is set. With several venues in the area for outdoor concerts and shagging, you’ll be able to join the fun once you’ve learned the summer dance that began in the Carolinas. Partners are encouraged but not necessary. Intermediate classes are also available. Advanced registration and payment of $45 is required. The classes will be held at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. For more information, contact Sonnie Hardy at 336-386-3229 or hardysc@surry.edu.

• July 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Church Yard Sale, Unleashed Worship Center, 296 Veterans Drive, Pilot Mountain. Serving sausage biscuits for breakfast and hot dog combos for lunch. More details at www.unleashedworship.com or 336-444-0059.

• July 25 9, a.m. to 4 p.m., Barn Quilt Class. Paint a barn quilt in this hands-on class held at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. All materials will be provided. Advanced registration and payment is required by July 10, and can be done online at www.surry.edu. Details and future class dates available by calling 336-386-3229.

• July 30, 6 to 9 p.m., Cover Crop for Produce Fields and More. Learn how the adoption of cover crops after a produce crop can reduce soil erosion and add nutrients into the soil. Various cover crops and their production practices will be examined. The Farm to Table Training Series is offered by Surry Community College, in partnership with the Surry County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, to prepare people to farm for profit. Tuition is free thanks to a grant provided through the Project Skill-UP program and made possible by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. The class will be held at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call 336-386-3618.

Ongoing

• Mondays, March 30 through April 20, 6 to 8 p.m., The Pilot Center, Sports and vacation photography course. Call 336-386-3229 for more details.

• Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Bible study at Pilotview United Methodist Church, 659 Pilot Church Road, Pinnacle, led by the Rev. Jack Lutz.

• Every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m., Tai Chi will be offered at the Living Room, 215A Main St., Pilot Mountain. Everyone is welcome. No charge for class, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, call Shirley Key at 368-2012, ext. 203.

• Third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., various locations. The Winston-Salem Ski & Outing Club is a year-round skiing, outdoor activities and social club for singles, couples and families of all ages in the Winston-Salem area. Check wssoc.org for meeting location and membership information.

• Fourth Thursday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., Mountain Valley Hospice, 129 Veterans Drive, Pilot Mountain. Prayer Shawl Ministry: knit/crochet prayer shawls and throws for hospice patients. Open to anyone who can knit/crochet or would like to learn. For more information, contact Linda Wall at 368-1260 or 789-2922. Drop off donated yarn at the office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• First Friday of each month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Goodtimes BBQ cafe, 425 e.52 bypass Pilot Mountain. The Hardtimes Bluegrass Band will be performing FREE of charge, no obligations. Come enjoy the music.

• Every Sunday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Nondenominational Family Worship Center, 962 Albion Church Road, Westfield, casual but neat attire, worship service, Bible study, Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information and directions, call 368-9646.

• Every Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Canaan’s Shore Old Regular Baptist Church, 213 East Marion Street, Pilot Mountain, old-time preaching and singing; service also will be held every third Saturday, at 6 p.m. For information, contact Elder Chris Newsom at 351-4860 or 423-557-8043; https://www.facebook.com/CanaansShore.

• Every third Sunday, 5:30 to 7 p.m., fellowship dinner at Pilotview United Methodist Church, 659 Pilot Church Road, Pinnacle. No charge.

• First Monday of each month, 7 p.m., The Pilot Ruritans meet at Armfield Civic Center. The group would like to learn more about local nonprofit agencies and invite the public to contact members for dates and details. The meetings are open to the public. Call Donna Sutphin at 351-2161 for more information.

• Every Monday, 6 p.m., Charles Stone Memorial Library, Pilot Mountain Outreach and area churches sponsor a free community dinner. Everyone is welcome.

• Every Monday, 7 to 9 p.m., McDonald’s of Pilot Mountain presents Cranford Creek Bluegrass Band; door prizes; dancing. Free event. Food and drink available for purchase on site; no purchase necessary.

• Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 10-minute Chair Massage by Debra Barton, LMBT 09784, at Blue Mountain Herbs, 106 W. Main St., Pilot Mountain. Donations appreciated.

• Every Tuesday, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Pilot Mountain. Pilot Peace Al-Anon Family Group. Enter through side door facing West Marion Street.

• First Tuesday of each month, 7:30 a.m., The Pilot Center, The Pilot Mountain Area Business Association meeting. All businesses, including retailers, service providers, non-profits and other organizations, are invited to attend this free business and networking meeting.

• Every Tuesday, 10 a.m., story time for ages birth to 5-years-old will be held for free at the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library

• Every Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., Yoga class for seniors to be held at the Armfield Civic Center, instructor Blanche Waddell. No cost.

• The Educational Opportunity Center can help people find a GED center nearby, sign up for GED orientation, fill out applications for college, financial aid and/or scholarships, choose a college that is right, choose a program of study, choose a career. Call and schedule an appointment to discuss needs with Coordinator for Surry and Yadkin County Pete Farmer at 648-0652 or 386-3668. These services are free.

• Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, is in need of patient/family and administrative volunteers. For more information, contact Linda Wall at 368-1260 or visit the Hospice office at 129 Veterans Drive, Pilot Mountain.

• For information concerning Extension and Community Association Club (ECA) meetings, contact the NC Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.

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