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Friday, December 16
New College Institute’s Innovation Lab will celebrate its grand opening and holiday celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. The lab encourages learning through creative inquiry and experimentation. Food, drink, and gingerbread house fixings will be provided.
Saturday, December 17
A free toy give away, sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club and Performance 276, will take place at Performance 276, 714 Memorial Boulevard, Martinsville. There will also be a toy ride. Drivers must bring a toy for a boy and girl in order to participate. Drivers will meet at 11 a.m. at 100 Fair Oaks Drive, Stanleytown.
Gingerbread House Decorating, Ridgeway Library, 900 Vista View Lane Ridgeway. Graham-cracker “gingerbread” houses will be provided, assembled and ready to decorate with an assortment of sweets and treats. All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required by calling (276) 403-5430.
Sunday, December 18
Come to the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society Historic Henry County Courthouse for an afternoon of Christmas music. Music will begin at 3 p.m. Those in attendance are encouraged to wear festive attire.
Blood Drives will be held Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon Church of the Brethren; Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Martinsville Elks Lodge; Dec. 29 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Martinsville Elks Lodge; Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Martinsville Elks Lodge.
*The Briarpatch Amateur Radio Club serves amateur radio operators in southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina. Anyone interested is invited to the on-air weekly net held each Tuesday night at 8 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 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 at (276) 732-0509 to see if you may qualify.
*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.