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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 27, 2016
Hometown Historians
Bringing the past into the present with an afternoon of storytelling. Casual conversation about Alleghany County in the 30's, 40's, & 50's, including some of Sparta's longtime residents. Free to the public at Alleghany County Library on Thursday, April 28th at 2p. For more information please call the Chamber of Commerce at 336-372-5473.
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.
Prom Special at Nikola's
All juniors and seniors are invited to have dinner at Nikola's with a 15% discount. For more information please call 336-363-6060.
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.
Presentation on the Evacuation of Vietnam in 1975
Please join MGySgt John U Irwin Jr USMC (retired) for a presentation on a personal account of experiences during the evacuation of Vietnam in 1975. All attending veterans will be honored for their service! This program is offered free of charge as part of our ongoing Hometown & Heritage series. Light refreshments will be provided. Monday, May 2nd from 6:30-8p. For more information contact the Alleghany County Library at 336-372-5573.
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.
Relay For Life Survivor Dinner
All cancer survivors are invited, even if you did not receive an invitation by email. Please join us on May 5th at 6p. Dinner will be served at Sparta United Methodist Church, 190 North Main Street. For more information call Sandy Blevins at 336-372-6585 or 276-773-2811.
Small Business Center: Marketing Your Business
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment, and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques. Explore the components of an effective marketing plan in this comprehensive seminar. Thursday, May 5th 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 go to help community organizations, including Alleghany Memorial Hospital for a pulmonary function machine.
Alleghany Farmers Market Opens for the Season!
Beginning May 7th, vendors will have fresh vegetables, pastured meats and cheese, gourmet baked goods, artisan crafts and more. Open on Saturdays from 9a until 12p (May thru mid-Oct) and Tuesdays from 3:30-6p (mid-June thru mid-Aug) on E. Whitehead Street (NC Hwy 18) next to Crouse Park. For more information call 336-372-5473.
Studio Redwood

Spring Youth & Adult Student Show & Reception - Refreshments will be served. Saturday, May 7th 10a-noon.

Studio Redwood, Inc., 16 S. Main, Lower Level, Sparta, NC 28675 336.372.7111
Mother's Day Brunch
Everyone is invited to come out to Becca's Backwoods Bean for this Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8 from 8a until noon. 336-372-7888.
Mother's Day Luncheon
Higgins Lodge at Laurel Ridge is hosting a Mother's Day Luncheon on Sunday, May 8 from 11a-2p. Cost: $15 per adult, $7 per child 5-12 years old & Mom's eat FREE! Call 336-359-2951 to RSVP by May 1, 2016.
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
New Classes Offered at WCC/Alleghany Center!
Starting June 6th you can earn a Beef Production Certificate. Start or continue taking your classes this fall to earn your Animal Science Degree! The following classes are available: ANS 110 - Animal Science; ANS 115 - Animal Feed and Nutrition; ANS 120 - Beef Production; ANS 150 - Animal Health Management. For more information, contact Sabrienna Edwards at 336-372-5061 or Mindy Herman, Lead Instructor at 336-838-6226.
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 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.
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 28: Barbara Halsey & Fred Pfaender, Backwoods Beat Music Festival.

May 5: Rotary Recognitions of Alleghany High School Students.

May 12: Vickie Scott, Solid Rock Food Closet

May 19: Brian Edwards, Sparta Town Manager

May 26: Don Adams, Alleghany County Manager

Questions? Call Matt Kovacich at 336-200-2215. Learn more about the Alleghany Rotary Club at sparta-nc.com/rotary.
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Saturday, April 30

Astronomy Program -
Join members of the Forsyth Astronomy Club for a look at the night sky. Begins at dark in the Family Campground. Meet in the field between campsites 33 and 34 (A loop). We ask that you please use grass walkway between campsites 33 and 34 and not walk through visitors campsites. Weather permitting. For more information call 336-957-8185.