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Come just to listen or to dance to the blue grass and old time musicians who play every  Tuesday and Saturday beginning at 7pm. Admission  is $5 on Tuesday and $6 on Saturday. Line Dancing classes are also offered on Monday nights beginning at 6pm. The Jubilee is located on North Main Street, across from the Courthouse. 

Local blue grass and old time musicians jam each Monday, 2 blocks north of the Courthouse at the Crouse House in Crouse Park, beginning at 6pm. Come and play or just listen. No charge, but a donation is appreciated. 336-372-5473

Shop Sparta 
The town of Sparta offers a variety of art galleries, apparel and accessory stores, gift shops, restaurants and even an old fashioned hardware store. Click here to learn more about the merchants in Sparta. 
Barn Quilt Trails 

Barns and other buildings around the county display squares illustrating quilt patterns and add interest to a driving tour of the countryside. Drop by Alleghany Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Center for a brochure. We are in the rock building with the green awning (58 South Main Street, Sparta). Our foyer is always open and a brochure is always available.

Driving Loops
Brochures for three driving loops of the Alleghany country-side are available at the Alleghany Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Center. Each loop is about a leisurely hour's drive and includes information on historic points along the way. The Chamber office is in the rock building with the green awning (58 South Main Street, Sparta). Our foyer is always open and a brochure is always available.
Be sure to visit when planning a trip this Spring or Summer. Open Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. There's never an admission charge. Stop by to experience local history and to see the new displays, 7 North Main Street, Sparta.

Veterans' Morning Coffee & Breakfast
 at the VFW
The VFW hosts an informal full breakfast including, biscuits, gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, and coffee every Wednesday from 8:30-11am. All veterans are invited to attend.  Click to learn more .
The VFW Military Museum is open to the public, 10am-2pm, every Wednesday and Saturday in the basement of the VFW Post 7034, 1193 US Highway 21 S, Sparta, NC. Admission is free. 

Alleghany Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 800-372-5473
Weekly Chamber Brief
Alleghany Chamber of Commerce May 3, 2017
Notary Services

Notary services are now available Monday-Wednesday from 10 AM until 5 PM at the Chamber of Commerce. 
Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet Tickets

Chamber members may purchase tickets at the Chamber office through Monday, May 1.  
After May 1, tickets will also be offered to the general public. There are 100 tickets available for sale.  
Tickets are $35 per person. The Banquet will be located at High Meadows Country Club on May 20.
Mark Your Calendar! Open House Mixer

High Meadows Golf & CC will hold an Open House mixer on May 4. The Mixer will be from 5:00 till 7:00
For more information please call 336-363-2622
Open House

An Open House will take place on May 12, 3-6 P.M. at Dr. Olivers Office.
Located at 18 Grayson St, Sparta, NC 28675
For more information please call 

Help Keep the Music on Main!

We need your help! 

Sponsorship Levels

Virtuoso- $1,000+ Name on signage at all venues, banner on Main Street, posters, thank you list, and newspaper ads.
Maestro- $500: Name on signage at all venues, posters, thank you list, and newspaper ads.
Star- $250: Name in thank you list and newspaper ads.
Soloist- $100: Name in thank you list.

For more information please contact Barbara Halsey, Event Chair 336-209-0475 or Fred Pfaender 919-740-3855

  Please consider supporting the
2017 BB&T AMH Foundation Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 1st at Roaring Gap Club.

Gold Team Sponsor- $2500  
Silver Team Sponsors- $1250
Individual Players- $300
Hole Sponsors- $100

For more information please contact Helen Ruth Almond at Halmond@amhsparta.org
or 336-372-3281
To register online: www.amhsparta.org
Upcoming WCC- Alleghany Center Classes 
  • Self Defense: May 30th- July 25th: course is offered on Tuesday evenings 6-8 p.m.
  • Summer Gardening Series: June 17th, July 15th, August 19th, and September 16th: course is on Saturday mornings 9-11 a.m. 
  • One Stroke Painting: June 8th- August 3rd: Thursday afternoons 2-4 p.m.
  • Computer Basics: June 12th-August 7th: Monday Mornings 9am-12 noon.
  • Computer Basics: June 12th-August 7th: Monday Evenings 5:30-8:30
  • Excel: July 15th, 22nd, and 29th: Saturday mornings 8:30-12 noon
  • Intro to Smart Devices: June 5th-July 25th: Monday evenings 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Microsoft Office Suite: June 12th-August 7th: Monday evenings 5:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Windows 10: June 7th and 8th: Wednesday and Thursday mornings 8:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Nurse Aide 1: June 5th-July 31st: Monday-Thursday 8:15-3:15 pm
  • Nurse Aide 2: June 5th-August 31st: Monday-Thursday evenings 5:30-9:00 p.m.
  • CNC Machining: June 7th-August 2nd: Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Photography 101: June 6th-August 1st: Tuesday evenings 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • CPR/First Aid: June 24th: Saturday 8:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Baking Breads and Cakes: June 20th-August 22nd: Tuesday evenings 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Self Defense: May 30th-July 25th: Tuesday evenings 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Intro to Computer Graphics Concepts: July 11th-August 15th: Tuesday evenings 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Basket weaving: June 7th-July 26th: Wednesday mornings 9:00-11:00 a.m.
For more information or to register for a class, please contact Talina Pipes at WCC- Alleghany Center at 336-903-3143 or by email: tlpipes811@wilkescc.edu
Spring 2017 Seminars

May 16th: Owning Rental Property as a Small Business

There is NO cost to attend SBC seminars. Preregistration is required.

To preregister, call: Alleghany Center 336-372-5061 ext. 3.
For more information on SBC seminars and to preregister online, visit www.wilkescc.edu/SBC/  or contact Laurie Brintle-Jarvis at 336-838-6166.

Weekly Rotary Program

The Club meets every  Thursday at 7 am  in the 
Alleghany Memorial Hospital Solarium for a buffet breakfast and program. Visitors are welcome. 

May 4: Mike James, Alleghany County Manager
May 11: Fred Phaender and Barbara Halsey, Music On Main and Backwoods Beat Music Festival
May 13: Draw Down at Alexander Hall in Glade Valley
May 20: Brian Edwards, Sparta Town Manager
May 27: Club Assembly: Planning the Potato Bar for Get Outside Mountain Relay June 2-4, among other things!

Questions? Call Matt Kovacich at  336-200-2215. Learn more about the Alleghany Rotary Club at  sparta-nc.com/rotary.

Community Knitting

The Alleghany County Library invites knitters of all experience levels to enjoy knitting together at the library. Join us on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm for knitting and fellowship! For additional information, call 336-372-5573 or email dbrewer@nwrl.org.

Your Read, Your Choice, Your Vote

During May, choose the Lee Smith book you want our county to read this year. Vote for your choice at the Library, Books N' Friends, or online. Check out the Blue Ridge READ Facebook page or the Alleghany Library website for details.
Your choice will be announced at the Library on June 3rd. 
Lee Smith will be our Guest Austhor November 10th and 11th. 

Choose from:

1. On Agate Hill
2. Guests on Earth
3. Dimestore
Alleghany County Library: Family Story Time 
The second Monday afternoon of each month at 5:00 PM. Beginning May 8.

Contact the library at 336-372-5573 for more information

Alleghany Jubilee Happenings!
Join us for the  Hillbilly Hoedown  with  Rise and Shine Band  every Tuesday night. Admission $5 on Tuesday, $6 on Saturday, age 12 and under free.    
Hours are 7-10 pm unless otherwise noted. All ages welcome.

Saturday, May 6: Buck Mountain Band
Tuesday, May 9: May birthday party with Rise and Shine
Saturday, May 13: Mountain Park
Saturday, May 20: Mountain Park
Saturday, May 27: Whitetop Mountain Band

Line Dance lessons on Monday nights from 6-7:30 pm, $3 per person per lesson.
The Alleghany Jubilee is at 25 North Main Street in Sparta, NC. Doors open at 6 p.m. For information call (336) 407-2603 or (336) 200-4560. Recorded schedule information: (336) 200-4949. 

Republican Party Meeting 

The Alleghany Co. Republican party will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6 pm. The meeting will be located at the  Wayne Bruce Osborne VFW Post 7034 in Sparta. Our guest speaker will be Sherry Dawson, the new Director of Board of Elections.
The catered meals are $10 each. For reservations, please call Susan Murphy @ 336-657-1887 or Diana Hubbard @ 336-363-9598
A Picture is Worth MORE Than A 1000 Words

Take the challenge and create a piece of art which transforms the written word into visual format!
Presented by The Alleghany County Public Library in cooperation with the Alleghany Writers. 

Beginning May 1st, 2017, choose a piece of original written work to use as your inspiration
Any material or media may be used
Hanging entries must be no smaller than 8" x 10" and no larger than 16" x 20"
Three dimensional entries must be freestanding
Deadline for entries:
June 14th, 2017
May the 4th Be with You!

Join us at the Alleghany County Library ALL DAY on Thursday, May the 4th to celebrate all things STAR WARS
Come dressed as your favorite character to receive a special treat!
Located at 115 Atwood St. Sparta, NC 28675
The Araniska Winds 

The Alleghany County Library is excited to welcome back The Araniska Winds, whose members include Debbie Brady on Oboe, Mary-Emma Beres on Flute, Michael Beres on Clarinet, John Patton on Bassoon and Norma Whitfield on French Horn. Join us on Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 6 p.m. Araniska Winds is always a crowd favorite, featuring an electric mix of modern chamber music and arrangements of traditional classics.
For more information please contact the library at 336-372-5573. 
Sparta United Methodist Church Women's Retreat

This event is hosted by Sparta United Methodist Church for women of all ages on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person; registration is required by April 15. For more information please contact Margaret Connor at 336-657-8811, Gayle Cobb at 336-372-2577 or Jennifer Robinson at 704-293-0516.

Library Storytelling ReVonda Crow

Local storyteller, ReVonda Crow, will be telling stories at the library in Sparta on Sat., May 6 th at 11:00 am for 'Summer Fun Saturday Storytelling'. This event is geared for children, but, adults are 
very welcome to attend as well. ReVonda enjoys
 telling Brer Rabbit stories, and likes to incorporate stories from children about their own experiences with rabbits, and possums, and other local animals. ReVonda has called the Blue Ridge Mountains home since 1989, She lives in Wilkes County, and is a lover of stories. Come and enjoy the fun and sharing of the tradition that is storytelling. There might also be a tale about Little Red Riding Hood, with a different twist. Come and see if you can tell how this version is different than what you may have heard or told your children!  

 JAM Dinner Concert

A dinner concert will be taking place on May 11 starting at 6 pm. F eaturing Wayne Henderson, Helen White, and Herb Key with special guests, Kitty Amazral, Presley Barker, and Jam Students. Tickets are $50 a piece and the sale will close on May 4. Tickets can be purchased online at: alleghanyjam.org or at the Alleghany Chamber of Commerce. There will also be a silent and live auction. All proceed to go support Alleghany Junior Appalachian Musicians. 

Working Writers Workshop: Darnell Arnoult

Darnell Arnoult, award-winning poet and novelist, will appear at the Alleghany County Public Library in Sparta, NC., May 13, from 3-5 pm. The Library is now in its new location, 115 Atwood Street, adjacent to the Sparta campus of Wilkes Community College. Ms Arnoult will read from her recently published collection, GALAXIE WAGON, and also give short samples of her work in progress, followed by interview, Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for sale. Event is free and open to the public. For more information: 336-372-5573.

Arnoult will also teach a
poetry workshop on Friday, May 12, 9am to noon, and a writer workshop on Saturday, May 13, 9am to noon. Workshops are
free and open to the public. Donations will fund future writing programs.
Registration is recommended. workshops@2REDSagency.com.
Fishing Table Talks

Saturday, May 13 @ 10 am
Meet a Ranger at Hwy 221 Access - lower parking area for an informal question and answer about fishing the local area. Stop by to learn some tips and look at equipment needed and lures that work in the river.
Located at  358 New River State Park Rd, Laurel Springs, NC 28644

Skins and Skulls

Sunday, May 14th @ 10 am
Stop by the lower parking area at the Hwy 221 Access to look at some mammal skins and identify skulls that go along with them.
Great interaction for kids to get to see examples of these animals up close.
Located at 358 New River State Park Rd, Laurel Springs, NC 28644

Dirty Fingers: English Tea 

Piney Creek Dirty Fingers Garden Club will be presenting an English Tea at the Meeting House, located at the corner of NC Highway 93 and Piney Creek Post Office Road on Wednesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 18th at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $20 and are available from Sara McMillan (336-359-2285), Penny Moore (336-359-2141) or Judi Morton (919-961-3144). Come join us for a special afternoon of tea, delights, and entertainment.

The Highland Camerata
Is pleased to present the 2017 spring season.

Director: David Hoffman
Accompanist: Sherry Hoffman

Friday, May 19, 7:30 P.M. Independence, VA First Baptist Church
Sunday, May 21, 3:30 P.M. Galax, VA First Christian Church
Tuesday, May 23, 7:30 P.M. Sparta, NC First Baptist Church
Guided Canoe Trip

Sunday, May 21st @ 2:00 pm
Canoe the New River with a park ranger and learn the history of the river, and basic canoe instruction while you enjoy a leisurely trip down the river. Please wear clothing and shoes suitable for the water and be aware that the water temperature is cooler than the air. We will meet at New River State Park's Hwy 221 Access lower parking area.  Don't forget to log your canoe trip, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 mile challenge. For more information about the 100 mile challenge please go to www.nc100mile.org
Located at  358 New River State Park Rd, Laurel Springs, NC 28644