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Saturday, October 22
The Blue Ridge Regional Library will hold a free class, “Do More with Less: How to Declutter Your Home” at the Martinsville location, 310 East Church Street at 2:30 p.m. The class is for ages 18 and up and registration is required. To register, call (276) 403-5430.
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. There will be food vendors, artisan vendors, live music, and wine and beer distributors. Tickets are $15 in advance in $25 at the gate. They can be purchased at http://www.winebyriver.com/
Purple Honey Farms, 350 Charlton Drive, Ridgeway will have its Fall Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for ages 12 and up.
Tuesday, October 25
The New College Institute will host its Slingshot racing event “Stories of Racing” starting at 5:30. Admission is free. Enjoy food trucks, talks from Clay Campbell and Rhett Vandiver, virtually race on the Martinsville Speedway, and more.
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 “Bonez and Booz” from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be 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.
The Blue Ridge Regional Library will be having a “Books & Treats” event at the Martinsville Branch, 310 East Church Street, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be candy and treats while supplies last. Interactive Halloween story times will take place at 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:15 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to children ages 2-12.
Monday, October 31
A hayride and trunk-or-treat will be held at Jack Dalton Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., hosted by Henry County Parks and Recreation and Martinsville-Henry County 4H.
A “Halloween Haunted House for Kids” will be held at the Bassett Train Station Event Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
BTW21 and the Bassett Fire Department will hold a “Family Fun Night” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 3735 Fairystone Park Highway, Bassett.
Friday, November 4
The Spencer-Penn Centre will hold a Dehydrating Foods class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To register, call (276)957-5757.
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.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History will host “An Evening of Music and Dinosaurs” from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Jam out with museum favorite’s and enjoy a cash bar and food. Tickets are $15 and advance tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased at www.vmnh.net/events/an-evening-of-music-and-dinosaurs.
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 Post # 78 member.
Piedmont Arts will hold a Mini Art Quilt Class at 1 p.m. All supplies are provided. Cost is $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Registration is required.
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.
The Grace Network Pumpkin Patch is underway at First Baptist Church Martinsville, 23 Starling Ave, Martinsville, through Oct. 31. It is open Monday-Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. 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 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 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. Get more information or apply for new coverage via phone Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.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 at (276) 732-0509.
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 its 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.