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Friday, June 2
Expressions Opening Reception, 5:30 p.m. at Piedmont Arts. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, June 3
Patrick Henry Volunteer Fire Department’s Hamburger Steak Fundraiser, 4 to 7 p.m. at 3125 County Line Road, Patrick Springs. Plates include hamburger steak, slaw, baked beans, French fries, dessert and drink for $10. Eat in or take out, call (276) 629-7677.
Storytime – Spencer-Penn Centre at 10 a.m. This monthly program will include special readers, crafts, and other fun activities related to Father’s Day. Free program, fit for all ages. No registration needed.
Tuesday, June 5
Registration for Summer Reading 2023 begins for All Together Now at local library branches for preschool and school aged youngsters, teens and adults. Register in person at any branch or online at https:/brrl.beanstack.org/reader365.
Thursday, June 8
The 2023 Summer Reading program kicks off. Enjoy Captain Jim Is Magic, presented by the Blue Ridge Library, at 11 a.m. in Stone Hall Gym, P&HCC Campus, 645 Patriot Ave., Martinsville. For more information, visit captainjimismagic.com.
Friday, June 9
Music Night at Spencer-Penn, with The Country Boys playing in Alumni Hall. Gate opens at 5 p.m. with the band starting at 6:15 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation. Concessions will be sold.
Saturday, June 10
Yoga in the Galleries, 10:30 a.m. at Piedmont Arts with instructor Ally Snead. Bring your own mat and equipment. Suitable for all ages. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and will be paid in cash to the instructor.
Alcohol Ink Painting Workshop with Melani Helms, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $40, with all supplies provided at Imagination Lavender Farm, 3590 Green Hill Drive, Martinsville. Call or text (276) 734-2828 to register.
Music from 5 to 8 p.m. at Imagination Lavender Farm with Dr. Jamie Woodall, David Oaks and Amy Stuart, no cover charge, donation appreciated.
Sunday June 11
Music in the Garden featuring the Alma Ensemble, 2 p.m. at the Gravely-Lester Art Garden. Free admission. The Alma Ensemble was founded by flutist Sarah Wardle Jones, clarinetist Michelle Smith Johnson and pianist Erica Sipes. Alma also means “nourishment” or “soul” which is something the ensemble endeavors to bring to every performance.
Floral Arranging with Sandi Hite at the Spencer Penn Centre. $40 members; $45 non-members.
Tuesday, June 13
Chix with Stix, 10:30 a.m. at Piedmont Arts. Knitters are invited to work together in the Piedmont Arts classroom on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Sessions are self-guided and provide a space to socialize while creating. Bring your own supplies. Free to members. $5 for non-members (pay at the door). Advanced registration required.
Saturday, June 17
Busy Bee’s Craft Meet, 3 p.m. at Piedmont Arts. The first of three informal circles to socialize, learn and share with fellow crafters. Bring your lap-sized handcraft, such as cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, paper crafts, hand sewing, needle felting, etc. Led by Jennifer Reis and Lara Blair. Advanced registration required. Tickets are available on the Piedmont Arts website and are free for members and $5 for nonmembers.
Friday, June 16
Free Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon at Imagination Lavender Farm. Right Plant, Right Place led by VA Tech Extension Agent, Melanie Barrow, Learn how to make gardening life easier by simply choosing the right plant for each spot in your garden. Call or text (276) 734-2828 to register.
Friday, June 23
Double Down For The Arts at this fun casino night fundraiser that begins at 7 p.m. Live music, games, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, photo booth and more. Black tie optional. Tickets are $75 and are available on the Piedmont Arts website.
Saturday, June 24
Painting Workshop led by award-winning artist Lisa Garrett, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $40, with all supplies provided at Imagination Lavender Farm. Participants will create their own 11 x 14 painting to take home. Call or text (276) 734-2828 to register.
Saturdays, April 29-November 18
Martinsville Uptown Farmers’ Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon, with the freshest fruits and veggies, homemade snacks, locally raised beef, and more. July 5-September 27, the market is open Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to noon.
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 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.
Book Bingo on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Martinsville Branch of the Blue Ridge Regional Library, 11 a.m. to noon. Call (276) 403-5430 to register.
The Disability Rights and Resource Center (DRRC) will be represented at the Henry-Martinsville Health Department in Martinsville every third Wednesday afternoon to provide information to health department visitors about DRRC and its services.
Medicaid eligibility renewals have resumed after almost 3 years. Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness (MHCCHW) offers Medicaid/FAMIS application and renewal assistance for Virginia residents from birth to 64 years of age in-person: Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Community Storehouse, 128 E. Church St (lower level of the old Leggett Building) in Martinsville, or by phone, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Medicaid members may need to update their mailing address to renew their health insurance. MHCCHW’s specially trained Medicaid/FAMIS Outreach Advocate can answer questions, let you know when to expect your renewal packet and help you apply or renew. Call or text Ann Walker at (276) 732-0509 to learn more or for an appointment.
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. Call (276) 647-9585.
Trail Trekkers meet as a group on Thursdays (1 p.m. Fall & Winter; 9:15 a.m. Spring & Summer) 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 Henry County Parks & Recreation (HCPR) Senior Services to find out more at (276) 634-4644.
Ride and Dine Friday afternoons with members of the Henry County Bike Club. Fellow cyclists meet at the Liberty Street access point of the Dick & Willie Trail to put in some miles and refuel with lunch at a different eatery each week. For more information, 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.