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Saturday, June 18
The Virginia Museum of Natural History (21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) is hosting its first ever Wildlife Festival! Join the museum for a scientific celebration of creatures big and small, furry and scaly. The festival will include animal taxidermy mounts, specimens from the collection, live animals including an American alligator, animal-themed face painting, wildlife-themed activities and crafts, and special presentations by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and other wildlife experts. For more information including pricing, visit www.vmnh.net.
Mountain Valley Brewing in Axton is hosting Pour for Paws to benefit the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA. $1 for every pint sold goes to the SPCA as well as proceeds from the brewery’s giving tap!
The Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise-In will take place in downtown Bassett from 3-7 p.m. See hundreds of classic cars and trucks while enjoying great food and music along the beautiful Smith River. There will be a 50/50 drawing to benefit the Patrick-Henry Volunteer Fire Department. Admission is free. Visit bassettcruisein.com for more information.
Sunday, June 19
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society’s Sunday Afternoon Lecture Series will feature “History’s Greatest Map Mistakes” with Historical Society board member and cartographer Zack Fleming beginning at 3 p.m. at the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center and Museum (1 East Main Street, Martinsville.) This talk is free and open to the public.
Monday, June 20
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Martinsville-Henry County YMCA (3 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. To schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Tuesday, June 21
End the first day of summer, the longest day of the year, and International Yoga Day with sunset yoga on the beautiful brick plaza of the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum (1 East Main Street, Martinsville.) Instructor Sheila Hubbard will guide yogis of all experience levels during this free event. First-timers are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, visit https://fb.me/e/3gy1BNFJi.
Interested in playing some music? Come on out to bluegrass open jam nights at the Spencer Penn Center (475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer)! The sessions are held every first and third Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. in the Alumni Hall/Spencer Room and are free to all musicians, though donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
Wednesday, June 22
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Collinsville Church of Christ (2115 Daniels Creek Road, Collinsville) from 1-6 p.m. To schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
New College Institute’s (NCI) L.I.F.E. will host a program on dementia from 12-1:30 p.m. at NCI (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville.) What is dementia? How common is it? What are the signs? These are just some of the questions that will be answered by SOVAH Health’s Dr. Matthew Arroyo. To register, visit https://share.hsforms.com/1M_qNSGshRpSIQs_gN_2wFQ4gd0j.
Thursday, June 23
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Hillcrest Baptist Church (18075 AL Philpott Highway, Ridgeway) from 1-6 p.m. To schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
The Henry County School Board will hold a special meeting to close out the current fiscal year at 9 a.m. in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building in Collinsville. A closed session meeting will follow.
Friday, June 24
Henry County Parks and Recreation invites you to enjoy the movie “Sing 2” at Jack Dalton Park! Admission is free for all. Drinks, snacks, and candy will be available for purchase. The movie begins at 8:55 p.m.
Monday, June 27
Martinsville City Council will hold a Northside neighborhood meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Clearview Wesleyan Church (925 Barrows Mill Road, Martinsville). Council will tour the area prior to the meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28
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 (3300 Kings Mountain Road, Martinsville).
Martinsville City Council will hold its regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in the City Municipal Building (55 West Church Street, Martinsville).
Friday, July 1
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society hosts Uptown First Friday on the plaza of the historic Henry County Courthouse (1 East Main Street, Martinsville) from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy open mic hosted by Kat and Dennis Calfee, food, and a cash bar. Admission is free!
Saturday, July 2
The Dan River Basin Association will host its monthly First Saturday Outing (FSO) with a 4-mile paddle on Philpott Lake from Ryan’s Branch Recreation Area to Calico Rock. To enjoy cool morning temperatures, participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Ryan’s Branch launch on Fairy Stone Park Road (GPS 36.850780, -80.100160). Participants are asked to dress in layers of quick-drying fabric, to expect to get wet, to provide their own boat, paddles, life jacket for each boater, lunch and water, and are required to sign a waiver. For more information, contact Wayne Kirkpatrick at email@example.com or at (540) 570-3511.
Calling all lovers of board games! Come by the Martinsville branch of the Blue Ridge Regional Library (310 East Church Street) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a monthly Board Game Day. Bring your friends and your favorite games or try one out of the games on hand at the library. Monthly Board Game Days will be held the first Saturday of every month and are free and open to the public.
Sunday, July 10 through Friday, July 15
Fort Trial Baptist Church will hold a Vacation Bible School. School will be held from 6:15-8 p.m. for children ages 2-5, from 6:15-8:30 p.m. for grades K-12, and adult sessions will begin at 7 p.m. Each night will have a different emphasis. For more information or to register, visit www.forttrialbaptist.com/events.
Friday, July 15
Henry County Parks and Recreation invites you to enjoy the movie “Space Jam: A New Legacy” at Jack Dalton Park! Admission is free for all. Drinks, snacks, and candy will be available for purchase. The movie begins at 8:55 p.m.
The Martinsville Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays, 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.
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.