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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 is 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.
Fort Trial Baptist Church, 170 Oak Level Road, Stanleytown, will hold its Fall Festival from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
Friday, November 11
The MHC Veterans Service Organization will hold a Veteran’s Day Service at the HJDB Event Center, 3289 Riverside Drive, Bassett, at 11 a.m.
Theatreworks will perform their Piano Bar, “Shake, Rattle, and Rock” at 7 p.m.
The Coats for Kids Coat Drive will be 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. Call or text Ann Walker today at (276)732-0509 to see if you may qualify and get help applying.
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 Rd, 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.