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Monday, Jan. 23
The P&HCC Local Board will meet at noon at the Dalton IDEA Center, located at 26 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA 24112.
The Patrick & Henry Community College Local Board Budget & Finance Committee and the Legislative Committee will meet jointly at 11:30 a.m. at the Dalton IDEA Center, located at 26 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA 24112. This is a public meeting, but the Committees will not receive public comment.
The Patrick & Henry Community College Local Board Academic & Student Affairs Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Dalton IDEA Center, located at 26 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA 24112. This is a public meeting, but the Committee will not receive public comment.
Saturday, January 21
Walk in wellness clinic from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Martinsville Henry County SPCA. Proof of public assistance required to get the low income price. If you do not have proof with you, you will be charged standard price. (We are not spaying and neutering at this time.) Proof of income includes Food stamps/EBT card, WIC or SNAP benefits, Medicaid, Section 8 housing, Disability, Cat colony management (pre-register with the SPCA).
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 is January 13.
Tuesday, Jan. 24-Tuesday, May 9
Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC) will hold a NC3 Festo Certified Industry 4.0 Certification Program at the P&HCC Patrick County site. The class will meet Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-9:30 p.m. Tuition is $4,200 or $1,400 for the FastForward Price. For more information, call (276) 656-0260.
Friday, January 27
Exhibit Opening Reception, 5:30 p.m. at Piedmont Arts. Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum’s new exhibits, Freeman Vines’ Hanging Tree Guitars, Rupe Dalton Retrospective, The World Beside the Rails, and Works by Rocky Wall. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, January 28
Bug Festival 2023 at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10/Ages 18-59, $5/Ages 3-17, $5/Seniors 60+, FREE for children under 3, VMNH Members, members of ASTC Passport participating institutions, EBT card holders who present their EBT card and official photo ID.
Free EBT card holder admission is made possible by The Institute of Museum and Library Services and Hooker Furnishings. Admission is available at the gate. Groupons are accepted.
The Briarpatch Amateur Radio Club will hold an in-person at the First Christian Church in Galax. Elections will be held at the BARC meeting, membership dues will be collected, an auction of analog gear is anticipated, and the 2023 events calendar will be discussed. All amateur radio operators and interested non-hams are welcome to attend. Find important test prerequisites and other club activities on our *new* webpage, wwwbriarpatcharc.com, and our BARC Facebook page. And join us on air each Tuesday, 8 p.m. on 147.090+ with 103.5 Tone.”
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, 8 a.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.