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Friday, December 23
Ride and Dine every Friday afternoon with members of the Henry County Bike Club. Each week fellow cyclists meet at the Liberty Street access point of the Dick & Willie Trail to put in some miles and to refuel with a delicious lunch at a local eatery. A different lunch locality is chosen each week so that your Friday afternoon is always unique and interesting. For more information on Ride ‘N Dine, call Marti at (276) 358-1312. Rides are year-round but are canceled if it’s raining or if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Check Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
Sunday, January 1
Whiskey Run Hike, 10 a.m., Stuart’s Knob Trailhead, Fairy Stone State Park, 967 Fairystone Lake Drive, Stuart. Includes the history of moonshining and how residents of Fayerdale used Stuart’s Knob to provide for their families.
Mayo River Trails Red Bud Trail Hike, 1 p.m. at The Trails at Mayo River, 500 Pratt Road, Spencer. Hike 1.3 miles and discover the history of Native Americans who inhabited the area and the importance of William Byrd’s expedition. For more details, visit www.virginiastateparks.gov/firstdayhikes.
Thursday, January 5
Henry County School Board will hold its monthly/organizational meeting at 6 p.m., in the Summerlin Room, located on the 1st Floor of the Henry County Administration Building in Collinsville.
Friday, January 13
Music Night at the Spencer-Penn Centre with the hard drivin’ oldtime dance band from Sparta, NC, Gap Civil. Gate opens at 5 p.m. and the band starts at 6:15 p.m. Admission is a $5 cash donation. Concessions, including the ever popular Spencer Penn hot dogs and BBQ, will be sold.
Sunday, January 15
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will have speakers at the Historic Henry County Court House for “Founders Day: Lumber” in an educational program about the history of lumber in the area. The event will begin at 3 p.m.
Sunday, January 22
The Spencer-Penn Centre will host a barn quilting class from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Class will be filled on a first paid first served basis. Once payment is received by Spencer-Penn, design choice should be sent to the instructor, Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline in January 13.
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 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!
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.
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.
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