Community Calendar

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MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness: Offers no contact application assistance for Virginia’s free or low-cost Medicaid plans (Children’s Medicaid/FAMIS, pregnancy Medicaid and Adult Health Care (birth to 64 year-olds). During the current health crisis, it is more important than ever to have and understand your healthcare coverage. Applications completed by phone (no contact). Call or text Ann Walker (276) 732-0509 to see if you qualify. This project is supported by The Harvest Foundation and the Tobacco Revitalization Region Commission, in partnership with the Virginia Health Care Foundation.


Virginia Museum of Natural History: Now open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m.


Saturday, July 25

Dan River Basin Association: Volunteers needed for Spencer Penn Trail Work Day. Volunteers will move large metal debris (angle and sheet metal) from the trail to the adjoining woods; cut dead trees that are possible fall hazards and remove from trail; clean the trail of trash and other debris; prune limbs as necessary if overhanging trail and cut all rose bushes; repair bridge (wood is rotting) and steps leading to bridge; mow or weed whack a path from the bridge; build raised flower boxes; plant flowers and landscape. DRBA will supply building materials, we have limited gloves and some tools. If you have gloves, mower, week wacker, reciprocating saw, metal cutting blades, pruners, rakes, shovels or torch, please bring with you! Please dress appropriately for the heat and high grass/woods. If you plan to attend the trail work day, email with “Spencer Penn TRAIL” in the subject line with name and phone number.


Hollywood Cinema: Come on out and dance the night away with your favorite Hometown band! 220 South brings you today’s favorites and yesterday’s classics! Bring your dancing shoes, you will need them! Only $7 admission! From 8:30 p.m. until midnight.


Tuesday, July 28


Patrick Henry Community College: Workforce Programs Virtual Open House from noon to 1 p.m. via zoom. The open house will provide information on upcoming short-term and FastForward training options as well as financial aid. To reserve your zoom invitation, either call (276) 656-0260 or visit Additional virtual open houses will be held August 11 and August 25.


Wednesday, July 29

New College Institute: How can you cut out sugar? Sugar is the number one recreational drug of choice in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and attributes to the development of most chronic diseases that are running rampant. Learn about the dangerous effects sugar has on your body. Discover ways to reduce sugar and learn about safe sugar alternatives. Presented by Janet Steward, Health & Fitness Coach. Contact Brian Stanley at to register. Event from 12-1:30 p.m.


Saturday, August 1

Smith River Sports Complex: The Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Foundation presents the Annual “Tour de Scholar” charity bike ride. All proceeds benefit local teachers, students and schools. Some programs this bike ride has helped fund include: Operation: Porky Pig, “Roll Out the Red Carpet” – 5th Grade Release Party, School Garden, Field trip to Virginia Air & Space Center, Beating the Odds, Character Education Library, “Staying Green” – Expands to Citizenship and Service, Measuring the World Around Us, Computer Usage Assistance for Students with Disabilities, Climbing to Success at FCMS, Exhibition and VMNH + WEE 3’s = “Doodle Bugs.” The ride will start and finish at the Smith River Sports Complex. All routes will be marked and supported with sag and rest stops. Meal provided at the conclusion of the ride. Participants are eligible for great door prizes. Registration fee includes lunch and t-shirt. Call (276) 632-6401 for pricing. Registration at 7 a.m.

Ride at 8:15 a.m., 1000 Irisburg Road, Axton.

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