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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.
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.
Friday and Saturday, October 13 – 14
The Friends of the Blue Ridge Regional Library are hosting a book sale in the basement of the main branch, 310 E. Church St., Martinsville. Friday’s sale, from 2-5 p.m., is “Members only” (you can join at the door). Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., is open to the public. Lots of “new to us” books in young adult, children’s, cookbooks, fiction, gardening, hoodies, & many more great finds! ALL paperback books are .50¢ & ALL hardback books are $1, unless otherwise marked. All proceeds go back into the library system. Next sale is Dec. 9.
Saturday, October 14
American Legion Homer Dillard Post #78 Fish Fry, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (rain date Saturday, October 21, 2023), 139 Creekside Drive, Martinsville, VA (adjacent to Jordan Creek Park in Fieldale Community). This is a Drive-Thru event with limited Dining-In. Fish sandwiches – $8; Homemade Desserts – $2; Sodas & Water – $1. Call 276-224-5679 or 276-340-5169 to place orders.
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.
Sunday, October 15
Deadline to submit play for One-Act Play Festival – A TheatreWorks original presentation. For questions or additional Information, email email@example.com.
The Freemans will be singing at The People’s Church of the Living God, 8065 Fairystone Park Hwy., Bassett, at 6 p.m. All are invited.
Saturday, October 21
Free Community Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Patrick Henry Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia. Serving time is: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., with carry out plates available after 9 a.m. if food is available.
Bassett Highway 57 Cruise-In, 3-7 p.m., Downtown Bassett. This is the Final Event of 2023. Will honor “Ole Time” modified and present day drivers and their race cars. A FREE EVENT, sponsored by the GBAC. ALL ARE INVITED.
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.