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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  March 22, 2017
Welcome New Members!

Please help the Chamber in welcoming new members Alan and Jane Wyatt!
Chamber Clean Up Day!

There will be a clean up day March 30th from 4:30- 6 PM and April 1st at 10 AM at the Chamber of Commerce to get the back building cleaned out and ready for the new renovation! 
Volunteers are needed and very much appreciated!
Located at 58 S Main Street Sparta, NC 28675
Tickets Available at the Chamber of Commerce 

Tickets for the 8th Annual Empty Bowls on April 10, 2017 are available for sale now at the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $30 each and all proceeds go to the Children's Feeding Program. 
Upcoming WCC- Alleghany Center Classes 
  • Gunsmithing II: starting on Monday, March 6th- May 1st 2017. Classes are Monday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm.  The cost of the class is $70.
  • Spanish in the Workplace: starting on Wednesday March 22nd-May 10th 2017.  Classes are Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm.  The cost of the class is $70.
  • Photoshop: starts on Tuesday, March 14th-May 2nd 2017.  Classes are each Tuesday night from 6:00-9:00 pm.  The cost of the class is $70.
  • Spanish in the Workplace class: starting March 22-May 10th on Wednesday nights from 5:30-8:30 pm. The cost is $70.
  • Escort Driving Initial class: on Thursday, March 30th from 8-4 pm. The cost is $70.

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. 

March 23: Bryan Maines, Sparta Sheriff
March 30: no meeting
April 6: Ed Farr, former sup't. of Stone Mtn. State Park
April 13: Mike Walker and Ashley Cannon, Polio Plus!
April 20: Richard Doughton, changes in the court system
April 27: Travis Vance, District 7680 Membership Chair
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, March 25: Cabin Creek Old Time
Saturday, April 1: James Stiltner and Johnny Jackson
Saturday, April 8: Mountain Park Old Time
Tuesday, April 11: April birthday party with Rise and Shine
Saturday, April 15: Earl White Old Time String Band
Saturday, April 22: Buckstankle Boys Old Time
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. 

Create A Serving Tray

Would you like a unique serving tray using paint couture for your use or to give as a gift? Studio Redwood will hold a Paint Couture class on Thursday, March 23 from 6-8 pm using different stencil offerings and color combinations. You will leave with a finished tray! All supplies furnished. $35. Please call 336-372-7111 to register by March 17.
Special Olympics- Alleghany 5th Annual Polar Plunge

Save the Date for the 5th Annual Polar Plunge will take place on March 25th at Lake Louise- Roaring Gap Club.  Laurelwood Cir, Roaring Gap, NC 28668
For more information, please call 336-306-4555. 
Pop-Up Market 

Be sure to come out to this Pop-Up Market on Saturday, March 25, from 10 am until 2 pm at the Blue Ridge Business Development Center at 115 Atwood Street, Sparta, This market is hosted by Th
e Blue Ridge Business Development Center and will feature 25 vendors and direct sale representatives. The director of Wilkes Community College's Small Business Center will be on hand to answer questions about small businesses. Take advantage of this opportunity to purchase items from the representatives and explore business opportunities in direct sales! For more information, call 336-372-1525.
Wine and Paint Night at Baywood Boys BBQ!

Baywood Boys BBQ is now offering wine and paint nights! Join them on March 27 from 6 PM until 8 PM to paint flowers
The class is $35 a person and all materials will be included. Sign up today! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 
To sign up please call 336-372-4227.
Located at 41 N Main Street Sparta, NC 28675
Studio Redwood Water Color Class 

Want to paint with watercolors? We will! Watercolor Birds on Sheet Music. We will finish this painting in one evening. Monday, March 27th, 6p.-8p. Studio Redwood, Inc., 16 S. Main, Lower Level, Sparta, NC Bring your own beverage. Snack provided. All Supplies, including mat board furnished. $30. Please call 336-372-7111 for more information.
Free Community Screening at the Library

The Alleghany Library Lunch 'n Learn
 is scheduled for
Thursday, March 30 at 12 pm. Please plan
to take advantage of this opportunity to view a FREEcommunity screening of the documentary "Being Mortal". After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation of how to take steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. Bring your lunch; the library will provide drinks and dessert. For more information or to pre-register, contact the library at 336-372-5573 or email dbrewer@nwrl.org.
Whitehead Community Building Annual Spring
 Fundraise r

Whitehead Community Building in Whitehead is having their Annual
  Spring Fundraiser on Friday, March 31, starting at 5 PM. They will have hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and desserts
 available for purchase. At 6 PM there will be Bluegrass music, auction, and a cake walk. At 8 PM they will be raffling off a beautiful handmade quilt. The quilt can be seen at the Barber Shop on Main St. and raffle tickets are available at this location as well. If you would like to donate items for the auction, please call Twyla Kennedy at 336-657-0859
All proceeds will go to the Alleghany County Rescue Squad.
Learn to Waltz! Free! And You don't Need A Partner!

Kelly and Brenda Weems will teach the Waltz dancing on Tuesday, March 28 at the Alleghany Jubilee in Sparta from 5:45 PM until 6:45 PM. Brenda and Kelly are Jubilee regulars who have been dancing together for 54 years.
Lessons will continue on subsequent Tuesdays (still free!) if people are interested. Don't miss out on a great opportunity! 
Volunteer Work Day at New River State Park

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 at New River State Park on March 25 and 26 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. 336-982-2587.
Project Wild Workshop

Project WILD workshops are for adults interested in teaching young people about wildlife. Participants receive the Project WILD K-12 educator guide along with materials specifically about North Carolina wildlife. The educator guide contains more than 150 hands-on activities that focus on wildlife and natural resources. Please come dressed for the weather as the entire workshop will be held outdoors. This workshop will be at Stone Mountain State Park on March 22 from 10 am until 4 pm. The six hour workshop can can count towards Criteria I, II or Continuing Education credit for the NC EE Certification Program. Prior registration is required; please contact Ranger Jeff Jones at jeffer.jones@ncparks.gov or 336-957-8185 to register. 

Rummage Sale

A Rummage Sale to benefit Blue Ridge Developmental Day and Alleghany Wellness Center is planned for Thursday-Sunday, March 23-26 at the Emerson Black Building at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds. Household items, holiday decorations, small appliances, linens, kids clothing, adult clothing and accessories, toys, garden items and much, much more!
For more information, please call 336-300-6162. 
Blood Drive 

The Sparta Lions Club will be sponsoring a Red Cross Blood drive on Monday, March 27, from 9:30 AM until 2:00 PM. The blood drive will be l ocated at the Sparta United Methodist Church.
This is for the Birds!
Bring you binoculars and join a Ranger to see what we can on this short, and easy hike along the river at New River State Park on Wednesday, March 15, at 2 PM. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, dress according to the weather for the day and bring water.
Located at 221 Access Lower Parking Lot.

Flight of the American Woodcock

Witness the amazing courtship flight of the American Woodcock. Also learn about its life history, and some cool facts about this unique woodland shore bird that is rarely seen. Meet at New River State Park's Visitor Center at Hwy. 221 access on Saturday, March 18 for a short slide show and then the main attraction. Program starts at 7:00 pm. Be prepared to spend at least 20 minutes outside in the cold air and dark skies.
Located at New River State Park
358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, NC 28644
100 Mile Challenge 

Need to add a few miles to your log? Join
 a State
Ranger at the Visitor Center off of Highway 221 in the New River State Park for a 2.4 mile hike on Friday, March 24 at 2 pm. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle.
Located at New River State Park
358 New River State Park Road
Laurel Springs, NC 28644
Alleghany County Rescue Squad
Chicken & Pork BBQ

Alleghany County Rescue Squad is
having a chicken & pork BBQ on Saturday, April 1. BBQ will be ready at the Rescue Squad Building on Trojan Ave. We will also offer free "Hands Only CPR" classes starting at 9 AM. All proceeds will go to support the Alleghany County Non-profit Volunteer Rescue Squad.
For more information please call 336-372-5473.