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Friday, August 5
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society Hosts Uptown First Friday at the historic Henry County Courthouse from 6-9 p.m. Bring an instrument to play at open mic hosted by Kat and Dennis Calfee or just come enjoy an evening of music in Uptown. Food will be available to purchase and there will be a cash bar. The event is free and open to all.
Saturday, August 6
Please join the Providence United Methodist Church family on at 5 pm to celebrate the faithful work of paying for our new educational wing. The loan was obtained in April 2006 and now has been paid in full. The celebration will start in the new reception hall and then move to the picnic shelter, with special guests, food, music, and most importantly, the burning of the note.
Back to School Bash at Blackberry Baptist Church, with bouncy houses, games, and food from 4-6 p.m. The church will distribute school supplies to each child.
Monday, August 8
The Martinsville City School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:15 p.m. in the Martinsville City Municipal Building, located at 55 W Church St., Martinsville.
Wednesday, August 10
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.
Friday, August 12
Join Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) for an opening reception in honor of the museum’s new exhibits, “Private Domain,” “Continuity: Color + Texture,” “Seasons,” and “Colors of the Appalachian Trail and Works by Pat Coleman.” This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Blackberry Baptist Church (3241 Stones Dairy Road, Bassett) from 1-6 p.m. To schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Saturday, August 13
The Dan River Basin Association will host its annual Smith River Clean Up at 9 a.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex, 1000 Irisburg Road, Axton. Meet at the River Access. For more information, visit www.danriver.org or follow Dan River Basin Association on Facebook.
Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) hosts a Purrrfect Art Family day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden. Have a bark-tastic time with Piedmont Arts and the SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County enjoying critter-themed storytelling with Gael Buck, face painting, bubble art, crafts, Zumbini music and movement workshop, and a performance by Pirates of the Piedmont. Support our furry friends by bringing a donation for the SPCA to this free family event.
Tuesday, August 16
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at The Community Fellowship (2674 Virginia Avenue, Collinsville) from 12:30-5:30 p.m. To schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Thursday, August 18
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.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Martinsville Elks Lodge (300 Fairy Street Ext., Martinsville) from 12-6 p.m. To schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Friday, August 19
Henry County Parks and recreation hosts Movies in the Park at Jack Dalton Park (3300 Kings Mountain Road, Collinsville). Friday night’s movie is Boss Baby: Family Business. Music and games begin at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:55. Drinks, candy, and snacks are available for purchase!
Don’t miss the 2022 TGIF Concert Series in Uptown Martinsville! Located in the Bridge Street parking lot at 65 West Main Street, the Rotary Clubs of Martinsville and Henry County present an evening of music with The Pizzaz Band. The show begins at 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 21
The Spencer-Penn Centre (475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer) will host a Sock Hop from 2-5 p.m. with the ever-popular DJ What! spinning all genres of music. Admission is $5.
Tuesday, August 23
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) from 1-6 p.m. To schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Wednesday, August 24
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at New College Institute (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville) from 1-6 p.m. To schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Sunday, August 27
The Spencer-Penn Centre (475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer) will host a basic canning class from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (276) 957-5757.
Friday, September 9
The Spencer-Penn Centre (475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer) will host its popular music night with band Gap Civil. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6:15. Admission is a $5 donation. Concessions will be sold.
Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) hosts Savory September: The Art of Tailgating. Bring your crew and all your wacky tailgating traditions for a night of friendly rivalries, great food, and ice-cold refreshments. Food and custom cocktails by local chefs. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at PiedmontArts.org.
Saturday, September 10
The Southside Survivor Response Center will celebrate its second annual Community Without Limits at Jack Dalton Park in Collinsville from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Attendees at this free event will enjoy free lunch, giveaways, a DJ, games, face painting, a dance contest, and more! For more information, call (276) 734-0040.
The Spencer-Penn Centre (475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer) will host an advanced canning class, Soups and Such, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (276) 957-5757.
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.