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Friday, October 14- Saturday, October 15
The Friends of the Blue Ridge Library will host a Book Sale in the basement of the Martinsville Branch, 310 East Church Street from 1 to 5 p.m. Interested parties can become a member at the door. The book sale features a variety of used books. Hard covers are $1, and paperbacks are 50-cents.
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. Food vendors will be onsite.
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 even 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.
The Spencer-Penn Centre’s Fall Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be games, children’s activities, vendors, and more.
Sunday, October 16
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society presents “Behind Brothel Doors,” a socially acceptable program explaining the impact of prostitution on American history. Researcher Jan Mackell Collins will present the free lecture that begins at 3 p.m.
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 form 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration because Oct. 13. To register, call (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.
Thursday, October 20
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society is hosting Breast Cancer Awareness Yoga at the Historic Henry County Courthouse plaza at 6 p.m. A few loaner yoga mats will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own.
Saturday, October 22
The 25th annual Great Goblin Gallop 5k will be held around Lake Lanier. Onsite registration begins at 9 a.m. at 746 Indian Trail, Martinsville and the race begins at 10 a.m. Early online registration is $20 and onsite registration is $25.
The Matthew Wayne Wade Foundation will host the 8th annual Wine by the River festival at the Smith River Sports Complex from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with food and artisan vendors, live music, and wine and beer distributors.
Sunday, October 23
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will sponsor “Local History Challenge SH” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, at Scuffle Hill Brewing Company, 2620 Virginia Avenue, Collinsville. Joshua Duncan, Historical Society board member and local history teacher, will serve as game show host. The winning team and runner-up will receive cool prizes – but most importantly, bragging rights. Enjoy a cold one from a special tap, and the Historical Society will receive 10% of the designated tap sales. Scuffle Hill Brewing Company will be open 2-7 p.m. Musician Forrest Taylor will perform beginning at 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 27
The City of Martinsville will host Uptown Trick or Treat beginning at 4 p.m. Businesses can sign up to distribute candy. The event is for ages 12 and under and will take place along Church and Main Streets.
Saturday, October 29
The Virginia Museum of Natural History will host “Boos and Bones” from 4 to 10 p.m., with fire performances, stilt walkers, magic shows, carnival games, a beer garden, live music, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is $5 for ages 3-17, $10 for ages 18-59, $5 for seniors age 60+, and free for children under three and VMNH members. Parking will take place off site.
Friday, November 4
Piedmont Arts will host an Exhibit Opening Reception at 5:30 p.m. for their 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.
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.
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 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.
MHCCHW’s specially trained Medicaid/FAMIS Outreach Advocate can answer questions about existing coverage or help you apply for new coverage by phone Monday – Friday, 8a.m. to 5p.m. In-person application help is available on Wednesdays at Community Storehouse’s new location UPTOWN at 128 East Church Street LOWER LEVEL from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call or text Ann Walker today at (276)732-0509 to see if you may qualify and get help applying.