Community happenings


• Oct. 24, 1 to 5 p.m., Edwards-Franklin House, 4132 Haystack Road, Mount Airy. Sonker Festival presented by the Surry County Historical Society with old time and bluegrass music, quilters, Civil War exhibit and flat foot dancing. No admission. Sonkers $3 and beverages $1. Bring your lawn chair.

• Oct. 24, 5 to 7 p.m., Fairview United Methodist Church, 3692 Quaker Church Rd, Pinnacle. Trunk or treat. Call 336-325-2498 for details.

• Oct. 27 to Nov. 19, 6 to 9 p.m., The Pilot Center, 612 East Main Street, Pilot Mountain. iPhone and iPad Fundamentals. The class will meet every Tuesday and Thursday. 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.

• Oct. 29 to Nov. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m., The Pilot Center, 612 East Main Street, Pilot Mountain. Line Dance Classes. Learn the latest line dances in this four-week session: Wobble, Cupid Shuffle, Biker’s Shuffle, Copperhead Road, All About that Bass, and more with instructor Pat Adkins. Held every Thursday, pre-registration and pre-payment of $35 are required. For more information, contact Sonnie Hardy at (336) 386-3229 or hardysc@surry.edu.

• Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., Whitaker’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 751 Whitaker’s Chapel Road, Pilot Mountain. Trunk or treat. For additional information contact: Linda Covington at 336-394-9974 or the church at 336-374-7377. Everyone is welcome!

• Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Pilot Mountain State Park, Summit Parking Lot, Astronomy Program. Join members of the Forsyth Astronomical Society as they provide a public observation to look at the stars and other heavenly bodies not always visible by the naked eye. Telescopes will be provided for public use. If available you can bring your own telescope and binoculars. The viewing will take place in the summit area after dark weather permitting. Please contact Pilot Mountain State Park at 336-325-2355 if the chance of bad weather is in the forecast. This event is free of charge and open to the public. The rain date for this event is Nov. 14.

• Nov. 7, 11 a.m., Pilot Mountain VFW Post 9436, 142 Veterans Drive, annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. The public is invited to attend this ceremony and if anyone has a flag to be retired they can bring it that day or before if desired. A blue barrel will be placed in the parking lot of the VFW building at to put retired flags in. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. This event will provide an opportunity to teach our youth and adults the proper method of retiring our flag.

• Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m., 7th annual Basket and Tool Bingo in Surry Community College gym. Proceeds go to SCC Knights’ athletic program. $20 for 20 regular games. $30 combo includes 20 regular games, 2 bonus game cards and 12 door prize tickets. Hot dogs, pizza, nachos with cheese, baked goods and cold drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, call 336-326-5362 or 336-386-3276.

Ongoing

• Sundays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 p.m., Granite City Al-Anon Family Group meets at Central United Methodist Church, 1909 N. Main St., Mount Airy.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 is host for 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.

• 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, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., The Art of Massage, 215 East Main Street, Pilot Mountain, Beginning September 9, Tai Chi classes taught by Rick Baudino will be offered for all ages. There is no charge for class, however donations are accepted.

• 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.

• Second Saturday of each month May through October, 6 p.m., Pilot Mountain Town Hall. The Mystery Walk is a half mile historical walking tour of the town of Pilot Mountain sponsored by the Tourism Development Authority. Solve the clues to discover an actual crime in Pilot Mountain’s history. All donations go toward area trail development. For more details visit www.visitpilotmountain.com.

• 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.

• 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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