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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 7p. Admission  is $5 on Tuesday and $6 on Saturday. Line Dancing classes are also offered on Monday nights beginning at 6p. 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 6p. Come and play or just listen. No charge, but a donation is appreciated. 336-372-5473

Shop Downtown 
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 downtown 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, 10a to 5p. 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 just for veterans every Wednesday from 8:30-11a. Click to learn more.
The VFW Military Museum is open to the public, 10a-2p, 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 20, 2016
4-H News
If you're interested in knowing what is going on with our local
4-H'ers, it has just gotten much easier! The Alleghany 4-H Clover News is now available online here. Check it out!
2nd Annual Blue Ridge Golf Tournament & Kickoff Dinner
This April 23rd tournament will be held at the Roaring Gap Club, starting at 8am. For golfers, of course, the main attraction is a challenging Donald Ross designed course. This special event supports funding for the Blue Ridge Christian School student scholarships and vital needs. We hope you will join us for a great day of fun! The kickoff dinner is on Friday, the 22nd, @ 6p, $20 for adults, $10 for 12 and under. Entertainment by Richard Shatley & Hillbilly Wes, plus a dynamic speaker from One7 Crew. You also may choose to participate by sponsorship or by being a tournament player. For more information on sponsorship or registration, please call Nikki Wilborn at 704-995-1561. For Roaring Gap Club information, please contact Katee Hettleman at 336-572-2576.
Dedication of the Alleghany County Veterans Memorial wall.
SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 26 at 4p for the Dedication of the Alleghany County Veterans Memorial Wall at Veterans Memorial Park located just off Duncan Street in Sparta. Rain date will be April 28. The public is invited to attend.
Dining with Diabetes.
Dining with Diabetes is a series of classes presented by nutrition professionals including food samplings, recipes and help with planning menus for individuals with Diabetes.Classes begin on Tuesdays starting April 26 until May 17 from 5-6:30p at the Alleghany Wellness Center; cost $12 per person (covers cost of food for all 4 classes).Registration deadline: Friday, April 22; participation cap: 15 people. Registration and money collection by Cooperative Extension by mail or in person. Mail checks along with participants name and contact phone number to Attn: Carmen Long, PO Box 7, Sparta, NC or in person at Alleghany County office building, 90 S Main Street, Sparta. Checks payable to Extension Fund. Call 336-372-5597 for more information.
Small Business Center: Understanding Ebay Stores
Here's an eBay e-commerce experience that offers a step-by-step approach to become an eBay store owner. Learn how to optimize your store website. Understand how to market your eBay store more effectively, and learn how to use the "Quick Store Tune-up" feature and the "Manage My Store" page. This class offers tips for search engine optimization (SEO) to increase Internet traffic to your eBay Store via Google, Yahoo!, and Bing search engines! Tuesday, April 26th from 6-9p. Call Benita Hampton at 336-372-5061 for more information.
Becca's Backwoods Bean wine tasting.
Our monthly wine tasting will be on Friday April 29th. We taste 4 wines, and it runs from 6pm to 8pm. We usually go with two whites and two reds, but in the winter, we generally feature more reds. But if Becca tastes something fantastic, we'll change it up. Cost: $5 Come by the store and check out our display for next month. We hope to see you there! 336-372-7888.
Highland Camerata Sings Songs of the Americas
We invite you to experience a wonderful selection of music from Canada, Jamaica, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, the USA, Mexico, and Newfoundland. We are sure you will enjoy this sampling. There will be three performances: the first on Friday, April 29th at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence VA at 7:30 pm, the second on Sunday, May 1st at First Christian Church in Galax VA at 3:30 pm, and the final performance on Tuesday, May 3rd at First Baptist Church in Sparta NC at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, although donations are greatly appreciated.
Alleghany County Schools Pre-K and Kindergarten Screening
Pre-K Screening will be held on Tues & Wed, May 3 & 4 at Sparta School for the 2016-2017 school year. Call 372-4345 to schedule an appointment. All children who will be 4 years old by August 31st are invited to attend. 

Kindergarten Screening will be held on the following schedule:
Sparta School - Thursday, May 5th
Glade Creek School - Friday, May 6th
Piney Creek School - Monday, May 9th

Please call the individual school for an appointment.

If your child is entering Alleghany Schools for the first time, please bring the following documents: Birth Certificate, Social Security card, Immunization Record, verification of income (W2 preferred), verification of physical address, Physical Form completed by doctor or Health Department, Insurance or Medicaid card.
Small Business Center: Using Google Analytics to Develop Your Business Platform
How many people visited your website this week? What parts of the world are they visiting from? How long did they stay, and what page attracted their attention longest? Google analytics offers free tools to track and improve your business. We will spend time adding tracking codes to your site and cover navigating and understanding basic reports. Don't miss this chance to learn how to use this free tool that can help drive business your way. Tuesday, May 3rd from 6-8:30p. Call Benita Hampton at 336-372-5061 for more information.
Rotary Club Drawdown
The Alleghany Rotary Club is holding their annual "Drawdown" (reverse raffle) fundraiser again this year. It's scheduled for 6PM Saturday, May 7th at Alexander Hall (formerly the Silver Dollar Music Park) and includes a dinner for two. Only 300 tickets will be sold. The top five finalists win cash with a top prize of $5000 for the very last ticket drawn. A monetary prize is also given for every 25th ticket drawn. Tickets are $100 a piece and can be shared if you want to split the cost with someone. Get yours now from any member of the Rotary club or Becca's Backwoods Bean, or Heather Klein's office. All proceeds will help fund Rotary and Alleghany County organizations.
Backwoods Beat Music Festival
Singers, songwriters and storytellers will converge on Sparta May 13 & 14, as Skyline/Skybest presents the first Backwoods Beat Music Festival in Crouse Park. Tim & Myles Thompson, a Nashville father/son duo perform Friday, May 13 @ 7p. Kate Campbell, a popular performer with Sparta audiences, performs Saturday evening @ 7p. Galax native, Dori Freeman, opens the Saturday performance at 6:30p. Performance costs: $5 for Friday, $10 for Saturday ($5 if you bring your ticket from Friday), kids 12 and under, free. Saturday songwriting workshop goes from 9a-11a & 1-3p with a break for lunch. Registration closes May 9. T-shirt and lunch included with $10 fee. Private sessions also available. Registration forms available at Alleghany Chamber of Commerce or on the Backwoods Beat Facebook page
Weekly Rotary Program
The Club meets every Thursday at 7 a.m. in the Alleghany Memorial Hospital Solarium for a buffet breakfast and program. Visitors are welcome. 

April 21st: Ineke Wilson, District 7680 Governor, Update on District accomplishments and District Conference May 13th-15th in Asheville.

Questions? Call Matt Kovacich at 336-200-2215. Learn more about the Alleghany Rotary Club at sparta-nc.com/rotary.
Studio Redwood Classes
Let's Take a Look at Paul Cezanne! - We will study Paul Cezanne briefly and then paint an interpretation of one of his works. All supplies (including pre-sketched canvas), aprons & pastry furnished. Saturday, April 23rd 9a-noon. Cost: $40.

Class sizes are limited. Please pre-register for any class at least one week prior to the scheduled class. SRI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any class.

Studio Redwood, Inc., 16 S. Main, Lower Level, Sparta, NC 28675 336.372.7111
Alleghany Jubilee Happenings!
Join us for the Hillbilly Hoedown with Rise and Shine Band every Tuesday night. Admission $5 on Tuesday, $6 on Saturday, under 12 years old free.  Admission $5 on Tuesday, $6 on Saturday, under 12 years old free. Hours are 7-10p with all ages welcome, unless otherwise noted.

Schedule for April:

Saturday, April 23 - Buck Mountain Band
Saturday, April 30 - Mountain Park

Line dance lessons on Monday nights from 6-7:30p, $3 per person per lesson.
For information call Agnes Joines (336) 657-1441, or for recorded schedule call (336) 200- 4949, or visit their website here.
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Friday, April 22

Go Fish! - Join a ranger for a children's program about the trout that inhabit the streams at Stone Mountain. Meet at 2p the parking area located at the end of the paved portion of the park road. For more information call 336-957-8185.
Saturday, April 23

Igneous Intruder - Come celebrate the NC Science Festival and join a ranger at 2p at the Hutchinson Homestead for a program on how Stone Mountain was formed. For more information call 336-957-8185.

Sunday, April 24

Stone Mountain Falls HikeMeet a ranger at the Upper Trail Head Parking Area at 2p for a .5 hike to Stone Mountain Falls. For more information call 336-957-8185.