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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. 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 if you choose to spectate. For more information on the event and how to register, visit Young Life Martinsville-Henry County on Facebook.
Smith River Trout Unlimited invites the public 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. Participants are asked to dress according to the weather forecast. Ice cold bottled water will be provided. The workshop is limited to 12. Contact Jeff Deering (email@example.com) or Eric Tichay (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign-up. 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.
The Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing beginning at 1 p.m. in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the County Administration Building.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church (8911 Fairystone Park Highway, Bassett.) To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
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.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Horsepasture Christian Church (1146 Horsepasture Price Road, Ridgeway) from 12-6 p.m. To register for your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Friday, May 27
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Martinsville Elks Lodge (300 Fairy Street Ext., Martinsville) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. To register for your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
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.
The Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department (17815 A.L. Philpott Highway, Ridgeway) will host a country buffet breakfast from 6-10 a.m. The cost for adults is $8, children under 10 are $4. All carry outs are $8. The buffet includes eggs, bacon, sausage, country ham, grits, biscuits and gravy, and apples.
Sunday, May 29
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will premiere 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.
Thursday, June 2
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Martinsville Elks Lodge (300 Fairy Street Ext.) from 12-6 p.m. To register for your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
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.
A “Stop the Violence and Say No to Drugs” Walkathon will take place in Martinsville. Participants will meet in the Big Chair parking lot in Uptown Martinsville at 11 a.m. with the walk beginning at noon and ending at Baldwin Park, where speakers will discuss their experience with addiction. Piedmont Community Services will provide information on substance abuse and recovery services. There will be a live band and free food and beverages. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the walkathon may call Anthea Barbour at (276) 806-0932.
The Fieldale-Collinsville Rescue Squad (1827 Daniels Creek Road) will host a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser from 7-11 a.m. Plates are $5 (cash or check only) for both dine-in and to-go and include 3 pancakes, 2 sausage links, 2 eggs, and a choice of juice, coffee, or water. Proceeds will be used to buy much-needed equipment.
The Magna Vista Horticulture Spring Plant Sale is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 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 on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Clinics are by appointment only—no walk-ins will be accepted. Call (276) 638-7297 to schedule your appointment.
Henry County Parks & Recreation invites you to explore the trails of Martinsville-Henry County, make new friends, and get some fresh air and exercise with Trail Trekkers. The group meets on Thursdays, weather permitting, at 1 p.m. in the fall and winter and 9:15 a.m. in spring and summer. Call the HCPR Senior Services office at (276) 634-4644 for more information.
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 their 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 at (276) 647-9585.
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