Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26
VMFA on the Road will be at Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville.) 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.”
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 (276) 957-5757. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
The Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department (17815 A.L. Philpott Hwy) will host a country buffet breakfast from 6-10 a.m. The cost for adults is $8 and children under 10 are $4. All carry-outs are $8.
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 (276) 957-5757.
Monday, March 28
A COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held at the Martinsville branch of the Blue Ridge Regional Library (310 East Church Street) from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and at Albert Harris Elementary (710 Smith Street) from 4-6 p.m. The vaccines will be administered free of charge for adults and children ages 5 and older.
Tuesday, March 29
The Basset Historical Center (3964 Fairystone Park Highway, Bassett) 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.
A COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held at the Bassett branch of the Blue Ridge Regional Library (3969 Fairystone Parkway) from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and at Patrick Henry Elementary School, 1810 East Church Street Ext., from 4-6 p.m. The vaccines will be administered free of charge for adults and children ages 5 and older.
Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2
Fido’s Finds, 119 East Main Street, Martinsville, is hosting a basement sale. Every sale benefits the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA. The sale will take place Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Fido’s Finds for more information at (276) 656-1101.
Saturday, April 2
The Friends of the Blue Ridge Regional Library is hosting a book sale at the Martinsville Library (310 East Church Street) from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds will support the library system. A members only book sale will take place Friday, April 1 from 1-5 p.m.
Monday, April 4
The Martinsville City School Board will hold its regular school board meeting at 6 p.m. in council chambers of the Martinsville City Municipal Building (5 West Church Street).
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.
A caregiver support group will meet from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Spencer-Penn Centre. This free program facilitated by Good Samaritan allows those caring for a friend or loved one to share the rewards and challenges of caregiving while connecting with others who understand. Attendees will learn tips on managing stress.
Friday, April 8
Music Night at the Spencer-Penn Centre, with Travis Frye & Blue Mountain will play in Alumni Hall. Gate opens at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6:20. Admission is a $5 donation. Social distancing will be required and masks when that is not possible. Concessions will be sold.
Saturday, April 9
The Spencer-Penn Center is hosting a spring grapevine floriculture/decorating workshop from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Participants will create their own decorative grapevine wreath. Don’t have a wreath? No worries! One can be purchased for $10. All other supplies included. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. For questions or to register, call (276) 957-5757.
Tuesday, April 12
Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Buchanan will host a community meeting at the Horsepasture Ruritan Building from 6-7:30 p.m. County Administrator Tim Hall, Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry, and VDOT Resident Engineer Lisa Hughes will attend.
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.
Saturday, April 16
The Bassett Volunteer Fire Department will host a benefit breakfast from 6:30-10:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital.
Saturday, April 23
The Spencer-Penn Centre is hosting its 11th annual Pig Cookin’ Competition from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This free event includes a barnival, vendors, cruise-in, silent auction, and more. BBQ will be available for purchase. Call (276) 957-5757 with questions.
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 to schedule your appointment. Beginning in April, the clinics will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, rather than weekly.
The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA is hosting an adoption special through April 16. Adoption fees for all dogs 40 pounds and over are $50. Come by Tuesday through Friday from 12-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. to find your furever friend.
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. 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 to find out where the week’s trek is happening. 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 (276) 647-9585.
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