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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.
AWANA meets at Blackberry Baptist Church on Sundays, from 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, November 2
The Henry County School Board’s monthly meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Summerlin Room on the 1st Floor of the County Administration Building in Collinsville. The regular meeting will be followed by closed session.
Saturday, October 28
Books & Treats, a trunk or treat event, 5-7 p.m. at the Martinsville Main Library Branch, 310 E. Church St., Martinsville, with an interactive Halloween Storytime Schedule. Walk the Trail of Treats and visit the Spooky Garden. Books and treats will be available while supplies last.
Trucks and Treats with treats, prizes and games, 6 p.m., Marshall Way in Fieldale, sponsored by the Fieldale Volunteer Fire Company.
Tuesday, October 31
Uptown Trick-or-Treat, 4-6 p.m. Participating businesses include Barking Beauties LLC, Charity League of MHC, Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Food Lion-Greensboro Road, Just Breathe Yoga & BodyWorks, Teen Arts Council-Peidmont Arts. Park in the Broad Street Parking Lot and follow the loop of businesses down Church Street and back up Main Street.
Friday, November 3
Exhibit Opening Reception – Venus Inferred and Z.L. Feng, 5:30 p.m. at Piedmont Arts
Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum’s new exhibits. Gallery talk at 6:15 p.m. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments. Live music. RSVP by October 30.
Friday, November 3 – Saturday, November 4
Yard Sale 8 to 1 at Fieldale Recreation Center, 7 Marshall Way, Fieldale. Cash only. Lots of bargains and great Christmas gifts.
Saturday, November 4
Blackberry Baptist Church’s Free Event “FALL-O-WEEN JESUS FESTIVAL,” 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., featuring Four4One Quartet! Festive Foods, Kids Activities, Live Animals, Train Ride to Pumpkin Patch, Candy, Games and much more.
An afternoon of family fun is planned at “Hometown Heroes Touch A Truck Fundraiser,” hosted by the Bassett Library Building Expansion Committee at HJDB Event Center and Bassett Branch Library, 3969 Fairystone Park Hwy, Bassett, from 2-6 p.m. Children 2 & under are free. Child’s wristbands are $10; Adult $5 to touch everything. We will have representatives from Bassett Fire Department; Bassett Rescue Squad; Henry County law enforcement; VDOT; Air Life Helicopter; Henry Co. Mobile Health Unit; AEP; PSA; & more. There will be a bouncy house and slide. Snacks and water for sale. All proceeds benefit the Bassett Library Building Expansion Fund. The rain date is Nov. 5, 2-6 p.m. Call (276) 629-2426 with questions.
Storytime at the Spencer Penn Centre, 10 a.m. This monthly program will include special readers, crafts, and other fun activities related to Falling Leaves. Come out and join us for this free program, fit for all ages. Registration is not needed.
Friday, November 10
Music Night at the Spencer Penn Centre, with Gap Civil, to 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.
Sunday, November 12
“The Maps of Thomas Jefferson” by Zack Fleming: 3 p.m., at the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center & Museum, 1 E. Main St., Martinsville.
Tuesday, November 14
Renae “Spring Morning” Wagoner will present a Native American program, “We Are Still Here,” at 10:30 a.m. in the Bassett Historical Center. Renae is of Shawnee descent and lives in Spencer. Proud of her heritage, she is honored to be able to share a part of her culture, and hopes you will look with a more insightful view of the American Indian, with perhaps a better understanding of their views and how they came to have them all while having an enjoyable morning learning something new and realizing t yes, Native Americans are still here. This program is free and open to the public and 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.
Registration for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading for youngsters aged 5 years through 5th grade, until Nov. 30. Practices begin Jan. 6, with a first game on Jan. 27 and the last game set for March 16. Cost is $65. All practices and games are held at Fort Trial Baptist Church, 170 Oak Level Road, Stanleytown. For more information, call (276) 629-2964 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.