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Saturday, September 17
The Spencer-Penn Centre, 475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer, is hosting the MHC is for Book Lovers Book-fest, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Attendees will enjoy vendors, food trucks, and meet and greets with attending authors. Admission is free.
The Blue Ridge Regional Library will host its new series, “At Home, Baking Edition” for adults at 2:30 p.m. at the Martinsville Branch, 310 E. Church Street, Martinsville. Attendees will learn to make a gourmet banana putting cheesecake for 50 Shadez of Flavor co-owner Latoya Hodge. The class is free, but registration is required. To register, call (276)403-5430.
The Bassett 57 Cruise In will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Bassett. There will be raffles, food vendors, door prizes, and more. Admission is free to the public. There will also be a “Back the Blue” ride fundraiser starting at CrossPoint Church in Ridgeway at 2:15 and ending at the Cruise In. To register for the ride, visit bassettcruisein.com.
Monday, September 19
The Patrick & Henry Community College Board Budget & Finance Committee will at 11:30 a.m. in Room 124 in the Frith Economic Development Center. This is a public meeting, but the committees will not receive public comment.
The Patrick &Henry Community College Board will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Hooker Exhibit Hall, Frith Economic Development Center. This is a public meeting, but the board will not receive public comment.
Tuesday, September 20
The Blue Ridge Regional Library will host a Beat Saber Game Night for ages 13 and up from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Martinsville Branch, 310 E. Church Street, Martinsville. Beat Saber is a Virtual Reality, rhythm based music game. Registration is required. To register, call (276)403-5430.
The Blue Ridge Regional Library will host a parent/child playshop titled Building Blocks: Child Development and Play from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Martinsville Branch, 310 E. Church Street, Martinsville. Parents can learn about their child’s development and how to encourage it through play. The playshop is free to parents and their children ages 1-3. Registration is required. To register, call (276)403-5444.
Saturday, September 24
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 Col. George Waller Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution will host the Fall Muster at 9 a.m. at Historic Martinsville-Henry County Courthouse, 1 E. Main Street, Martinsville. Chapter member and Virginia SAR Chancellor Eric Monday will be the program presenter. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Sunday, September 25
The Spencer-Penn Centre, 475 Spencer-Penn Road, Spencer, will host a Barn Quilt class from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Supplies are provided. Pricing is based on size: 12” by 36” exterior $75, 24”x24” exterior $65, 36”x36” exterior $85. Pre-registration is required by Monday, September 16. To register, call (276) 957-5757.
Tuesday, September 27
The Bassett Historical Center will host a discussion with Pittsylvania County author William Guerrant at 10 a.m. Guerrant will discuss his first novel, “Jim Wrenn.” The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Susan L. Adkins Memorial Meeting Room at the Bassett Historical Center, 3964 Fairystone Park Highway, Bassett.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will meet at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Henry County Administration Building.
The Martinsville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the City Municipal Building.
The Blue Ridge Regional Library will host “Paint and Pass” challenges at all branches from Sept. 20 to Sept. 24. Preregistration is required. The events will be hosted Sept. 20 at 2:30 at the Ridgeway Library, Sept. 21 at 2:30 at the Collinsville Library, Sept. 22 at 3:30 at the Patrick County Library, Sept. 23 at 2:30 at the Bassett Library, and Sept. 24 at 2:30 at the Martinsville Library.
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 second and fourth Tuesday. 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 p.m. 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.
The Blue Ridge Regional Library hosts their new book club, “Books and Brews,” at Mountain Valley Brewing, 4220 Mountain Valley Road, Axton on the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. The book for October is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.