Saturday, March 12
The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA is hosting the WOOFSTOCK Fur Ball at Chatmoss Country Club (550 Mt. Olivet Road, Martinsville) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $95 per person and include food, live music by Seven Til Sunrise, and an open bar, as well as a live auction, silent auction, and raffle tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets visit spamhc.org or call (276) 252-9014.
Wednesday, March 16-Thursday, March 19
The Blue Ridge Regional Library is hosting a deco mesh wreath-making class celebrating pollinators, bees and butterflies. All supplies will be provided. The class will take place at the Collinsville branch on March 16, the Patrick County branch on March 17, the Bassett branch on March 18, and the main Martinsville branch on March 19. Pre-registration is required due to limited space. Call your local branch to reserve your spot.
Thursday, March 17
The Henry County School Board will hold a special meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building, 3300 Kings Mountain Road, Martinsville.
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Martinsville Elks Lodge (300 Fairy Street Ext., Martinsville) from 12-6 p.m. To schedule a donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Friday, March 18
March Madness in uptown Martinsville. Palumbo’s Hoagie House will be selling food in the Bridge Street parking lot beginning at 11 a.m., local entertainers will perform in the Wall Street alley from 4-6 p.m., Mountain Valley Brewing will be set up in the courthouse square beginning at 4 p.m., and Pirates of the Piedmont will perform on the square beginning at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Uptown Partnership and Move to Martinsville.
The Spencer Penn Centre is hosting Bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6 p.m. $20/20 games. $1 game for members only at intermission.
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Hillcrest Baptist Church (18075 AL Philpott Hwy, Ridgeway) from 1-6 p.m. To schedule a donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. Call or text Doug Rubel at (540) 352-9157 with questions or concerns.
Friday, March 18-20
P&HCC is offering a motorcycle basic rider course. This 3-day course is for those who want to learn to ride a motorcycle properly and safely. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use during the course. Sessions meet Friday from 6-9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The cost is $100. Call (276) 656-5461 or visit ph.augusoft.net.
Saturday, March 19
The Spencer-Penn Centre is hosting a grapevine wreath class from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Students should wear gloves and bring a flathead screwdriver to class. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling the Centre at (276) 957-5757. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Monday, March 21
The Patrick & Henry Community College Board Budget & Finance Committee and the Facilities Committee will meet jointly at 11:30 a.m. in Room 124 in the Frith Economic Development Center. This is a public meeting, but the committees will not receive public comment.
The Patrick &Henry Community College Board will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Hooker Exhibit Hall, Frith Economic Development Center. This is a public meeting, but the Board will not receive public comment.
Tuesday, March 22
Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) hosts Chix with Stix from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Knitters are invited to work together in the museum’s classroom. Sessions are self-guided and provide a space to socialize while creating. Bring your own supplies. Free for members, $5 for non-members (pay at the door.)
Piedmont Arts is holding a pollinator barn quilt class from 6-9 p.m. for ages 12 and up to celebrate Bee Month in April. Participants will create a 12×12 inch pollinator barn quilt which they will have the option of including in a display at Piedmont Arts during the month of April. All supplies provided. BYOB and snacks. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members and can be purchased at piedmontarts.org.
Thursday, March 24-26
VMFA on the Road will be at Piedmont Arts. The program is a traveling art museum from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond that brings art to remote corners of Virginia by way of the Museum’s Statewide Partners program. Visitors will be able to tour “A View from Home: Landscapes of Virginia.”
Friday, March 25
Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum’s newest exhibits beginning at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. The reception is free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 26
The Martinsville-Henry SPCA, the Martinsville City Police Department, and PetSense are partnering to host a microchip clinic from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at PetSense (240 Commonwealth Blvd. W, Martinsville.) The cost of a microchip and registration is $10. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers for the safety of the animal.
The Spencer-Penn Centre is hosting Painting with Genie beginning at 1 p.m. All supplies are provided. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling the Centre at (276) 957-5757. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Sunday, March 27
The Spencer-Penn Centre will host a barn quilt class from 12-4 p.m. All supplies are provided and pricing is based on size, ranging from $75 to $85. The registration deadline is Friday, March 18. For more details or to register, call the Centre at (276) 957-5757.
Tuesday, March 29
The Bassett Historical Center will feature music from the local country and gospel group the Southern Gentlemen from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Masks will be required.
Thursday, April 7
Piedmont Arts hosts the Earl White String Band, a mainstay of the old-time, folk, and dance community for more than 45 years and one of the few Black Americans preserving and playing Appalachian old-time string band music. General admission tickets are $20 and are available at Piedmont Arts and online at piedmontarts.org.
Wednesday, April 13
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society is sponsoring its annual “Be a Part of History” blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center and Museum. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call/text John Phillips at (276) 806-5022.
The Louise R. Lester Spay/Neuter Clinic is hosting wellness clinics every Tuesday. Clinics are by appointment only—no walk-ins will be accepted. Call (276) 638-7297 for an appointment.
Patrick & Henry Community College is organizing a virtual Leadership Learning Community. If you have leadership questions, P&HCC can connect you with answers through this virtual community. Participants have the opportunity to collaborate and brainstorm current, real-time challenges and successes with fellow leaders while learning from each other or gaining insights from professionals skilled in areas of concern. Sessions will be held from 4-5 p.m. every other Wednesday through June 22. Prices range from $225 for 12 sessions all the way to $25 for individual sessions. For more information or to register, visit ph.augusoft.net or call (276) 656-0260.
Henry County Parks & Recreation invites you out for a trek along the trail. Meet as a group and walk along a different trail each week. Explore the trails of Martinsville-Henry County, make new friends, and get some fresh air and exercise. Call the HCPR Senior Services office at (276) 634-4644 for more information. Trail Trekkers meet Thursday of each week (weather permitting) at 1 p.m. in the fall and winter and 9:15 a.m. in spring and summer.
The Blue Ridge Regional Library offers free one-day passes to the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Henry County YMCA with your library card. The passes are good for one day and exclude special events. There is a wait period before you can check out the pass again. For more details and exclusions, visit brrl.lib.va.us.
The Fontaine Ruritan Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday at its headquarters, 1903 Joseph Martin Highway, Martinsville. Doors open at 5:30 and games begin at 7. Money from Bingo supports community service awards, scholarships, and other community efforts.
MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness offers no contact Medicaid application assistance for eligible Virginia residents from birth to 64 years of age. No sign-up fees, no premiums, no deductibles. Including Children’s Medicaid/FAMIS, Pregnancy Medicaid and Adult Health Care -19 to 64 years old. Questions can be answered, and applications completed by phone. In-person application assistance is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays at The Community Storehouse. Call or text Ann Walker 276 732-0509 to see if you qualify.
The Henry County Adult Learning Center offers free in-house and online classes to help prepare for college, career, or earn your high school equivalency or GED. Classes can help improve your digital literacy, job skills, English language skills, and earning potential. Call the Center for Community Learning at (276) 647-9585.
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