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Saturday, May 14
Join the P&HCC Fab Lab for their monthly Family Day, featuring a fun, hands-on activity for the entire family! This month, participants will use the vinyl cutter to create unique, custom designed stickers! Family Day is held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The cost is $15.
The Southwest Piedmont Beekeepers Association will host a field from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bassett. Observe bees in the hive! Rain date is Saturday, May 28. Call or email for more information. 276-694-2769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Monday, May 16 and 23
The P&HCC Fab Lab hosts a two-part drip painting class. Participants will use the vinyl cutter and paint pouring to create a custom drip painting. Each class will be held from 6:30-8 p.m.. The cost is $25.
Wednesday, May 18
The P&HCC Fab Lab continues its paper crafting series with rubber stamps. In this workshop, students will learn unexpected and creative uses for rubber stamps. Techniques like mirror stamping, stamping off, and wax paper resist will be introduced. The class is held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and the cost is $15.
Martinsville City Council will hold a budget work session beginning at 6 p.m. in council chambers of the city municipal building.
Thursday, May 19
Uptown Partnership presents Third Thursdays in Uptown in collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Natural History. The events will be held in the Franklin Street/Depot Street parking lot in Martinsville. Palumbo’s Hoagie House, Daddy Q’s BBQ, and Tammy’s Grill will be present from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. with entertainment from DJ What and beer sales from Mountain Valley Brewing from 5-9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
The Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host the 2022 Business Appreciation Luncheon beginning at 12 p.m. at the Heritage Conference and Event Center (1230 Oak Level Road, Bassett.) This year’s keynote speaker is Terry Young, interim vice president of academic and student success services at Patrick & Henry Community College. Tickets are $18, payable at the door. Contact the Chamber at (276) 632-6401 or email@example.com to RSVP by Monday, May 16.
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 Bassett Cruise In returns for 2022! Join the fun at Bassett Furniture World Headquarters on Fairy Stone Park Highway from 3-7 p.m. All makes and models welcome. Be sure to grab a snack from the food court.
Join Young Life MHC for a day in the community with friends and family for a great cause at the Cornhole Classic beginning at 12 p.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex. Participants can compete in two brackets, a competitive bracket and a family fun bracket. Lunch is included in registration or can be purchased by spectators. For more information, visit Young Life Martinsville-Henry County on Facebook.
Smith River Trout Unlimited invites all to participate in the “Introduction to Fly Fishing for Adults and Youth” workshop. This is an entry-level event for people interested in learning about or getting started in the sport of fly fishing. The 2-hour event will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the picnic shelter Fieldale Park, 11 Fieldale Ave., Fieldale, Henry County. Participants are asked to dress according to the weather forecast. Ice cold bottled water will be provided. Sign up early, the workshop is limited to 12 persons. Please contact Jeff Deering (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Eric Tichay (email@example.com). This event is free.
The Spencer-Penn Centre (475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer) hosts a decorative grapevine wreath workshop with Melanie Barrow. All instruction, supplies, adornments, and ribbon are included in the cost of this 3-hour class. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register, call (276) 957-5757. Payment is required at registration.
Sunday, May 22
Support the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society with Afternoon Tea at One Starling from 3-5 p.m. Attendees will enjoy tea, sherry, mimosas, music, and traditional English refreshments. Reservations are $20 per person and must be made in advance by calling or visiting the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center and Museum or One Starling.
Tuesday, May 24
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meeting at 3 and 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building.
Martinsville City Council will hold its regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in council chambers of the City Municipal Building.
Wednesday, May 25
New College Institute invites the public to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a free culture showcase featuring education, music, and dance from 4-6 p.m. This event is free to attend.
Thursday, May 26
The Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a family fun game night from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Martinsville Farmers’ Market! Join in the fun with oversized games, a DJ, and Market vendors. The event is free to attend!
Saturday, May 28
Scuffle Hill Brewing, Gym 24, and Giving Back LLC are co-sponsoring a ruck march to honor fallen military and first responders. Participants should meet at Gym 24 at 9 a.m. for a formation ruck march around Uptown Martinsville. Wear your silkies, best motivational t-shirts, plate carriers, backpacks, flags, etc., though such items are not mandatory. After the march, participants may enjoy $1 pints at Scuffle Hill Brewing.
Sunday, May 29
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will premier the documentary film, “A Conversation with American Heroes from Martinsville & Henry County” at 3 p.m. in the Walker Theatre of Patrick & Henry Community College.
Saturday, June 4
Uptown Partnership will host its fourth community engagement conversation from 1-2:30 p.m. to hear feedback and engage with the public on Uptown revitalization priorities.
The Magna Vista Horiculture Spring Plant Sale is open. Weekday hours are 9-3 p.m., and some additional hours will be held. For complete information, sales, and additional hours, visit the Magna Vista Horticulture Facebook page.
The Martinsville Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. through November 20 and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. through September 29. Shop with SNAP/EBT and receive up to $20 in free fruits and vegetables each week. To shop market vendors online, visit martinsvilleuptown.com.
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.
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.