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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 April 26, 2017
New Chamber Director

The Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Chrystyne Murphy as the new Executive Director.
Please join us in welcoming Chrysty to her new position of leadership with the Chamber of Commerce.
Welcome New Member

Please help welcome Magic Vaper to the  Chamber! They are located at 665 S Main Street Sparta, NC 28675. 
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.
Live Music!

The local Blue Grass band, Lonesome Willow, will be performing at Main Street Pizzeria & Taphouse this Saturday, April 29 from 7 PM-9 PM. Everyone is welcome!
Beans & Boards!
Sparta Presbyterian Church

You're invited to a supper of Pinto Beans and ham, cole slaw, cornbread and dessert and bring your favorite board game---so it's beans and boards, Friday, April 28., 6:00 PM. The meal is free.  Any contributions will go to the Emergency Fund of the Alleghany Ministerium

  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

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. 

April 27:
Travis Vance, District 7680 Membership Chair
May 4 : Mike James, county manager
May 13: Draw Down 6pm-9pm

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.

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, April 29: Mountain Park
Saturday, May 6: Buck Mountain Band
Tuesday, May 9: May birthday party with Rise and Shine
Saturday, May 13: Mountain Park
Saturday, May 20: Crooked Road Ramblers
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. 

Studio Redwood 

Paint Couture! Painted Tray Class. Studio Redwood, 16 S. Main, Lowe r Level, Sparta. All supplies and dessert furnished. $35. Bring your own beverage. Ages 14-Adult. Thanks for asking for this! Chris Many stencils, paint colors and glaze colors to choose from.
Annual Blue Ridge Golf 
The Annual Blue Ridge Golf Tournament will be held on April 28th at the Roaring Gap Club benefiting the Blue Ridge Christian School. Tee Times 8
 AM and 1:30 PM. For more information or to register, visit
Blue Ridge Spring Gala Dinner

The Blue Ridge Christian School presents the Blue Ridge Spring Gala Dinner on Saturday, April 29th,at 6 PM. This will be a great family event featuring an inspirational speaker, gourmet meal, music, and a silent auction. The dinner is $20 a person and tickets can be purchased at the Alleghany Chamber of Commerce. 
Ladies Night Out

Baywood Boy's BBQ will be having a ladies night out event on Friday, April 28 from 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM. Come eat, shop, drink, and mingle! There will be presenters from LulaRoe, Plunder, Younique, and a wine tasting. 
Located at 41 N Main St. in the downstairs venue

This is a great opportunity for high school students to get the volunteer hours needed for graduation and those that love to help out your state parks. Come and join a ranger on Saturday, April 29 at 9 AM and learn how to maintain the trails here at the 221 access. Bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes. Dress for the weather. 
Located at New River State Park
358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, NC 28644
Leave it to Beavers

Join a park ranger to learn about natures "dam builders"...the good...the hazards...and their role in the eco-system of our forests and waterways. There will be a short hike to look for beaver signs on Sunday, April 30 at 2 PM.
Mountain Soul Music Festival 

April 30th The Faithful Four (Gospel) from Greensboro, NC and The McMillian Ministries Adult Choir (Gospel) from Galax, Virginia will be performing at Christ Episcopal Church. The Mountain Soul Music Festival will be held on every last Sunday of the month starting in April until December. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
Located at 2543 US-21, Sparta, NC 28675

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!
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 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.