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Thursday, December 1
Henry County School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m., 1st Floor, Summerlin Room
County Administration Building, Collinsville.
Piedmont Arts’ annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held in the Gravely Lester Art Garden, 207 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, at 4 p.m., with hot chocolate, candy canes, music from the Martinsville High School Jazz Band, and a visit from Santa.
Piedmont Arts will hold a Bob Ross Painting Class at 9:30 a.m. Participants should bring a roll of paper towels, all other supplies are provided. Advanced registration is required. The cost is $75 for members and $85 for non-members.
Friday, December 2
Fido’s Finds’ “Fall into Winter” Basement Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All sales benefit the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA.
Saturday, December 3
The City of Martinsville will hold the “Fall into Winterfest” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be craft vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities, a beer garden, entertainment, and more. Admission is free.
Uptown Martinsville’s tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m. at 55 West Church Street.
The Ridgeway Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. starting on Main Street and ending at the Ridgeway branch of the Blue Ridge Regional Library. Santa Claus will be on hand for family pictures. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, roasted chestnuts, and sounds of the season.
The Bassett Volunteer Fire Department will hold an ‘All You Can Eat Breakfast with Santa,’ from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Admission is $8.
The Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County will host its Winter Gala fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at the HJBD Event Center. The dress is cocktail attire. Tickets are $45 each or $400 for a table of ten and can be purchased at tinyurl.com/CLwinterGala.
Fido’s Finds’ “Fall into Winter” basement sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All sales benefit the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA.
Santa will be at Studio 107 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pictures. A 5×7 picture can be purchased for $15.
The Martinsville Speedway will be collecting toys for its 28th annual Christmas Toy Drive. Toys will be collected from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the speedway. A $25 donation can also be made. Donators 18 years and older have the opportunity to take a lap around the speedway.
Sunday, December 4
The Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Spectacular will take place in the Martinsville High School auditorium at 3 p.m. Altrusa will collect non-perishable food items for Grace Network in the lobby during the symphony’s performance.
Santa will be at The Ground Floor from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Photos are $10 per family.
Saturday, December 10
Piedmont Arts will host “Yoga in the Gallery” at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own mat, block, water bottle, and other supplies. The class is free to members and $10 for non-members.
The SPCA’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Families, children, and pets are all welcome. The cost is $10 per pose.
Come to the Spencer-Penn Centre for Storytime and Cookies with Santa from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cookies, crafts, and pictures will also be available. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. To register, call (276) 957-5757.
The Briarpatch Amateur Radio Club serves amateur radio operators in southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina. They invite all amateur radio operators and interested public to their on-air weekly net held each Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. with a frequency of 147.090 + with 103.5 tone. Additional information can be found at www.http://vaemcommdb.org/BARC/, and their BARC Facebook page.
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 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. 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. Contact the Center for Community Learning, 15 Primary School Road, Collinsville, at (276) 647-9585.