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The Martinsville-Henry County Lions Club regularly meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Pacific Bay Restaurant, 530 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville.
Thursday, October 5
The Henry County School Board’s Monthly Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by closed session, on the 1st Floor, Summerlin Room, County Administration Building, Collinsville.
Friday, October 6
Henry County School Board will hold a Special Meeting at 9 a.m., for a School Board Retreat at Chatmoss Country Club in Martinsville.
Tuesday, October 10
Community Meeting, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Horsepasture Ruritan Building, with Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Buchanan, County Administrator Dale Wagoner, Deputy County Administrator JR Powell, Sheriff Wayne Davis and Lista Hughes, resident engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
Friday, September 29-Saturday, September 30
Fieldale Recreation & Pools will have a fundraising YARD SALE from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 70 Marshall Way, Fieldale. Lots of bargains! Great Christmas gifts!
Saturday, September 30
Bassett Community Center Festival, to help save the Bassett Community Center, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 119 Blackberry Road, Bassett, with something for everyone from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., including free children’s activities, prizes and inflatables. Food and various vendors, plus a Cornhole Tournament, with a Bassett Furniture prize awarded to the winners. Concerts that include a Legacy Motown Revue, 3-5 p.m., and a Willie Nelson Tribute (Jimmy Wilson), 1-3 p.m. will be held. Concert tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, visit Facebook @savethebassettcommunitycenter or https://bassettcommunitycenter.ticketspice.com/bassett-community-center-family-festival.
J&D Ministries Inc., & One Accord Baptist Church will host a free Community Fish Fry at 600 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, October 6
Bingo Fundraiser at Bassett Moose Lodge, 62 Spring Garden Lane, Bassett. Doors open at 6 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. $25 for 20 games plus one cover all game. Sponsored by the Martinsville Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization of women educators. Proceeds will be used for scholarships for students in the Martinsville and Henry County Schools.
Saturday, October 7
Storytime, 10 a.m. at Spencer Penn Centre. This monthly program will include special readers, crafts, and other fun activities related to Pumpkins Smile, Too! Come out and join us for this free program, fit for all ages! No registration needed.
Monday, October 9
Storytime at the Pumpkin Patch, from 4 to 7 p.m., every hour on the hour, along with other fun activities when you come to purchase your Halloween pumpkin at Grace Network Pumpkin Patch in uptown Martinsville.
Friday, October 13
Music Night at the Spencer Penn Centre, Long time favorite, Jus Cauz, will play in Alumni Hall. Gate opens at 5 p.m. with the band starting at 6:15 p.m. Admission is a $5 CASH donation. Come enjoy some great mountain music and dancing! Concessions, including our ever-popular Spencer Penn hotdogs, will be sold.
Early Childhood Community Connections Event. Elementary Education students, Early Childhood Education students, and ALL students are invited to attend the second annual Early Childhood Community Connections Event. Representatives from seven collaborative colleges, Longwood University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, George Mason University, Bluefield University, James Madison University, and Virginia Commonwealth University will share information about their programs and the required steps students need to take to successfully transfer to their colleges and will also answer any questions students may have. The event will be held in the Frith building, room 129-Exhibit Hall, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14
P&HCC’s Fab Lab, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dalton Idea Center. No experience or technical knowledge needed.
Piedmont Arts’ Arts Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden. Find fine art, crafts, jewelry and more creations by Southwestern Virginia artists at this first-annual outdoor art show in Piedmont Arts’ Gravely-Lester Art Garden. Face painting will be provided by the Teen Arts Council. Enjoy food from several local food trucks and live music. Admission to the festival is free.
Saturday, October 21
Race Night at Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise In, 3 to 7 p.m. at 3525 Fairystone Park Hwy., Bassett. Free and open to all racers.
Tuesday, October 24
The Bassett Historical Center will host April 1865: Danville, Martinsville, and the End of the Civil War, at 10:30 a.m., as local historian Jarred Marlowe takes a look at the last week of the Civil War and the roles that both Danville and Martinsville played in the final few days of the war. The program is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Susan L. Adkins Memorial Meeting Room.
Saturdays through 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 Bassett Ruritan Club hosts Rook Music & More on Fridays from 10 a.m. – noon. Play Rook, work puzzles, make a craft and listen to a mixture of bluegrass, country & gospel music by different bands each week. If you want, you can bring a snack to share. This event is free to the public. Any donations received will go to the Bassett Ruritan Club to pay for electricity etc.
Registration is underway for UPWARD Basketball and Cheerleading, for youngsters 5 years old through 5th grade, $65 each at Fort Trial Baptist Church in Stanleytown. Call (276) 629.2964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Medicaid eligibility renewals have resumed. 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. MHCCHW’s specially trained Medicaid/FAMIS Outreach Advocate is available to help. 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.