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Saturday, July 2
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (540) 570-3511.
Slick Jr. & The Reactors will perform a free concert at the Ridgeway Jaycee’s Centennial Park (Morehead Ave, 404 VA-87, Ridgeway). Music begins around 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 9
Come learn all about canning at the Spencer-Penn Centre (475 Spencer Penn Road, Spencer) with instructor Melanie Barrow. This hands-on preservation workshop will teach you how to safely preserve your fresh foods for year-round enjoyment using proper pressure canning and boiling water bath techniques. You’ll learn the science behind these techniques and receive step by step guidance on how to do them at home. All supplies are provided. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Call the Centre to register by Friday July 1 at (276) 957-5757.
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.
Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 29
Patrick & Henry Community College and Verizon are preparing the next generation for a future filled with opportunities with the Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program– an engaging, hands-on program developed to enrich learning through design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, social entrepreneurship and mentorship. This program creates a more diverse pipeline for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields; no prior knowledge or experience is required. The program is for rising 6th-8th-grade students and is held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lunch and transportation are provided. To register, visit https://bit.ly/STEMAchievers. For more information, contact Amy Reed at email@example.com or 276-656-5461.
Tuesday, July 12
Join Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC) for a Workforce Programs Open House beginning at 6 p.m. in the Frith Exhibit Hall on the P&HCC campus. At this free informational session, learn about the short-term workforce training programs offered at the college and the funding assistance available. For more information, call (276) 656-0260 or visit ph.augusoft.net.
Thursday, July 14
Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC) will host a continuing education for gas fitter course from 5-6 p.m. Journeymen, master plumbers, electricians, HVAC mechanics, and gas fitters are required by the Virginia Board of Contractors to take a pre-determined number of continuing education hours specific to their trade. This course covers code changes, general requirements, impacts on the job, and special equipment included in the codes. The cost for the course is $65. Pre-registration is required. To register or learn more, call (276) 656-0260 or visit ph.augusoft.net.
Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC) will host a continuing education for plumber course from 6-9 p.m. Journeymen, master plumbers, electricians, HVAC mechanics, and gas fitters are required by the Virginia Board of Contractors to take a pre-determined number of continuing education hours specific to their trade. This course covers code changes, general requirements, impacts on the job, and special equipment included in the codes. The cost for the course is $125. Pre-registration is required. To register or learn more, call (276) 656-0260 or visit ph.augusoft.net.
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.
Thursday, July 21
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. Food trucks will be on-site 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.
Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC) will host a continuing education for electrician course from 6-9 p.m. Journeymen, master plumbers, electricians, HVAC mechanics, and gas fitters are required by the Virginia Board of Contractors to take a pre-determined number of continuing education hours specific to their trade. This course covers code changes, general requirements, impacts on the job, and special equipment included in the codes. The cost for the course is $125. Pre-registration is required. To register or learn more, call (276) 656-0260 or visit ph.augusoft.net.
Friday, July 22-Saturday, July 23
Dino Fest returns to The Virginia Museum of Natural History (21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville)! The event features life-size dinosaur cast skeletons & skulls, a wide variety of dinosaur fossils, dino-themed games & crafts, and all of the festivities you’d expect at a VMNH Science Festival! Dino Fest takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.vmnh.net.
Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24
TheatreWorks Community Players will hold auditions for the drama “12 Angry Jurors” Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Black Box theatre at 44 Franklin Street, Martinsville. The play requires a mixed cast of 13 men and women, all adults (over 18-years old.) Show dates are Sept. 8-11 and 15-17. Those auditioning must be available for all show dates. All cast and crew members must be completely vaccinated for COVID-19. For more information, visit www.twcp.net.
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 on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. 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 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.