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Saturday, October 8
A fundraising concert will be held on the lawn of Fieldale Recreation Center, from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Music will be by “220 SOUTH.” No coolers. Bring a chair.
Monday, October 10
Martinsville City School Board will hold its monthly meeting at the City Municipal Building at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 11
Martinsville City Council will meet at the City Municipal Building at 7 p.m.
Friday, October 14
Piedmont Arts will host “Blues, Brews, and Stews,” with Brunswick stew, a bar, and live music by the Griffin Haley Band. Bring a chair or blanket. Admission is $20.
Spencer-Penn Centre will host Music Night with Jus’ Cauz Bluegrass Band. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is $5. Show begins at 6:15.
Saturday, October 15
The final Bassett Highway 57 Cruise In of the year will be held in Downtown Bassett, sponsored by Papa’s Pizza. Admission is free.
The American Legion Homer Dillard Post # 78 will hold a Fish Fry at the Post Home, 139 Creekside Dr., Martinsville, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is a drive thru event with limited dine in. Fish sandwiches are $7 and homemade desserts are $2. To place an order, call (276) 340-5169.
Spencer-Penn Centre’s Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with games, children’s activities, vendors, and more.
Tuesday, October 18
The Blue Ridge Regional Library will host a “Beat Saber” VR game night at the Martinsville Branch, 310 East Church Street, Martinsville from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Registration by Oct. 13 by calling (276) 403-5430.
Wednesday, October 19
Piedmont Arts will host a meet and greet with the Virginia Commissioner for the Arts at 10 a.m.
Friday, November 4
Piedmont Arts will host an Exhibit Opening Reception at 5:30 p.m. for its upcoming exhibit The Art of the Quilt and Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Saturday, November 5
A Veterans Day Banquet will be held at the Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department, 17815 A L Philpott Hwy, Ridgeway, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be obtained from any member of American Legion Homer Dillard Post # 78.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Horsepasture District Community Meeting, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Horsepasture Ruritan Building, with Debra Buchanan, who represents the district on the Henry County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Dale Wagoner, Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry, and Lisa Hughes, resident engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
The Coats for Kids Coat Drive is accepting donations at Hollywood Cinema and One Hour Martinizing on Rives Road until Nov. 30. For more information, call Debra Buchanan at (276) 358-1463.
Grace Network’s Pumpkin Patch is located at First Baptist Church Martinsville, 23 Starling Ave, Martinsville, through Oct. 31. It is open Monday-Friday from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Martinsville Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. through November 20. 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 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 (MHCCHW) continues to offer “no-touch” Medicaid/FAMIS application assistance for Virginia residents from birth to 64 years of age. No sign-up fees, no premiums, no deductibles. In-person application help is available on Wednesdays at Community Storehouse’s new location Uptown, at 128 East Church Street, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call or text Ann Walker at (276) 732-0509 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information.
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 a new book club, “Books and Brews,” at Mountain Valley Brewing, 4220 Mountain Valley Road, Axton. Talk about the month’s books while sipping on a good beer. The club meets the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. The book for October is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.