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Saturday, April 30
The Blackberry Baptist Church (3241 Stones Dairy Road, Bassett) is hosting a cruise in from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. Breakfast will be provided.
The Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County is hosting a Spring Fling fundraiser at the Smith River Sports Complex (1000 Irisburg Road, Axton) to help raise money for area youth. Live music by Riggs Roberson & Co., food trucks, vendors, petting zoo, children’s activities, and more! Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. Contact a Charity League member for tickets or message them on Facebook.
The Martinsville Uptown Farmers’ Market opens for the season from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 65 West Main Street, Martinsville. The market will be open Saturdays through Nov. 19, with additional Wednesday hours July 6 through Sept. 28.
Sunday, May 1
Join the Henry County Bike Club in a ride at Jack Dalton Park (3300 Kings Mountain Road, Collinsville) to promote biker awareness. All bikes are welcome and all are encouraged to participate. The ride begins at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 3
It’s Bluegrass Jam Night at the Spencer-Penn Centre (475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer, with open jam in the Alumni Hall/Spencer Room from 7-10 p.m. Free to all musicians and donations are welcomed. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
Thursday, May 5
Visit Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) for Art at Happy Hour. Enjoy happy hour with a self-guided tour of the museum’s current exhibits along with an ekphrastic poetry open mic led by the Poetry Society of Virginia. Complimentary drinks and light snacks provided by the Piedmont Arts Guild. RSVP to email@example.com by May 4.
Friday, May 6
Uptown First Friday is back. Visit the historic Henry County Courthouse plaza (1 East Main Street, Martinsville) from 6-9 p.m. for open mic hosted by Kat and Dennis Calfee. Bring an instrument you play, a poem you wrote, or a stand-up routine you have been eager to try out. Admission is free, and food and a cash bar will be available. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Tuesday, May 10
Join the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society for a book discussion on “Justified by Her Children” beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the courtroom of the Historic Henry County Courthouse (1 East Main Street, Martinsville). Admission is free. The building is fully handicap accessible. Joyce Staples will lead a thought-provoking and stimulating discussion on the book written by Pastor Roy Pollina.
Come join the Bassett Historical Center (3964 Fairystone Park Highway) at 10:30 a.m., as Native American speaker, storyteller, and recently published author of the book entitled “The Poems and Stories That Fulfill the Promise,” Renae “Spring Morning” Wagoner, presents a “catch-all” program consisting of legends and stories while attempting to dispel some misconceptions surrounding Native People. This program is free and open to the public and will be held in the Susan L. Adkins Memorial Meeting Room. Masks are optional.
Wednesday, May 11
The Virginia Museum of Natural History offers children ages 3-5 the opportunity to experience science first-hand with its annual “Doodle Bugs!” program. The hour-long programs include imaginative stories, fun activities, games and crafts that spark creativity and curiosity. This is the perfect opportunity for adults and grandparents to learn and have fun with their children. The cost is $7 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sunday, May 15
Join in the fun at the Spencer-Penn Centre (475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer) for a sock hop from 2-5 p.m. DJ What? will provide the music and refreshments will be served. Games will be on hand for non-dancers who prefer to socialize. Admission is a $5 donation at the door.
Saturday, May 21
The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA will be at Petsense in Martinsville (240 West Commonwealth Blvd) from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for an adoption event. Come meet some of the furry friends available for adoption from the shelter.
The Magna Vista Horiculture Spring Plant Sale is open. Weekday hours are 9-3 p.m.; some additional hours will be held. For complete information, sales, and additional hours, visit the Magna Vista Horticulture Facebook page.
The Louise R. Lester Spay/Neuter Clinic is hosting wellness clinics on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Clinics are by appointment only—walk-ins are not accepted. Call (276) 638-7297 to schedule 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. 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. Contact the Center for Community Learning (15 Primary School Road, Collinsville) at (276) 647-9585.