*Use caution when in public spaces and remain a minimum of six feet away from others. Facemasks are strongly recommended when in public settings. *
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). Applications completed by phone. 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, 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, Fieldtrip 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, 1000 Irisburg Road, Axton. All routes will be marked and supported with sag and rest stops. Meal provided at the conclusion of the ride. Participants will be eligible for great door prizes. Registration Fee includes lunch and T-shirt. Call for pricing. Registration at 7 a.m.; ride begins at 8:15 a.m. Call (276) 632-6401.
Friday, August 7
WECD: Learn to ride a motorcycle and be prepared for state licensing. The Basic Rider Course provides classroom and actual motorcycle operator training in controlled range conditions. Riders learn basic operation skills: effective braking, cornering, obstacle avoidance, and safe street-riding strategies. Student Handbook and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Motorcycle Operator Manual are provided. Motorcycles are provided or participants can use their own. Note that these are 3-day courses. A complete course consists of a three-day session on Fridays 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Time subject to change due to weather and temperature conditions. Cost: $100. Contact: (276) 656-5461 Address: 1024 Dupont Road, Martinsville.
Saturday, August 8
Gobblin’ Thunder Poker Run: The Henry County Longbeards will host its inaugural poker run. This will be a fundraising event for the chapter to help the National Organization to meet their needs during COVID-19. The run will be held at Jack Dalton Park in Collinsville. Registration begins at 9 a.m., kickstands up at 11 a.m. Prizes will be given for the best hand and worst, plus many more door prizes. Hamburger/hot dog dinner follows. The entry fee $20 per vehicle. Register the day of the event or follow the link below to pre-register. Donations also are accepted to support the Henry County Longbeards and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Pre-registration or donate at https://events.nwtf.org/460071-2020
Blackberry Baptist Church: is hosting a Bible Club Day from 1-5 p.m., for students that are entering 1-6th grade. Due to Executive Orders on Health and Safety guidelines, the event is limited to the first 50 children that sign up. Children in the same family will be kept in the same tour group. Those attending will be “Briefed for Security Check” as an agent. (This means they will have their temperature taken before entering.) Should any child in a family have a temperature, no children in that family will be admitted. Due to Health and Safety guidelines, the church is not permitted to use vans for this activity. All transportation must be provided by family members.