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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.
Sunday, July 24
The Spencer-Penn Centre (475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer) hosts a barn quilt class from 1-5 p.m. Price depends on the size of your barn quilt and all supplies are provided. Registration (with payment) is due July 15. For more information or to register, call (276) 957-5757.
Tuesday, July 26
Piedmont Arts hosts drawing studio lessons from 6-9 p.m. This is the first in a series of level-progression drawing classes and the focus will be on learning to see and draw. Classes in August will focus on intermediate drawing, perspective drawing, and drawing from start to finish. The cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. To register or learn more information, call (276) 632-3221 or visit PiedmontArts.org.
Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) hosts Chix with Stix, self-guided knitting sessions, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This session is geared toward knitters ages 12 and up. Bring your own supplies. Chix with Stix is free to members, $5 for non-members.
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 schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Thursday, July 28
Piedmont Arts hosts drawing studio lessons from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. This is the first in a series of level-progression drawing classes and the focus will be on learning to see and draw. Classes in August will focus on intermediate drawing, perspective drawing, and drawing from start to finish. The cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. To register or learn more information, call (276) 632-3221 or visit PiedmontArts.org.
Friday, July 29
Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue) hosts a youth drawing class, See It…Draw It!, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. for students ages 8 to 15. This is a basic skills class for youth with some drawing experience with instructor Ginnie Conaway. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. To register or learn more information, call (276) 632-3221 or visit PiedmontArts.org.
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 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. Contact the Center for Community Learning (15 Primary School Road, Collinsville) at (276) 647-9585.