Community Calendar

Friday, August 14

Blackberry Baptist Church will host a blood drive in their Fellowship Hall from 1-6 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment.


Saturday, August 15

Smith River Mile: The Martinsville Speedway Mile is now The Smith River Mile. Same date.  Same distance. New name. New course. Run starts at 7 p.m. The Smith River Mile is a salute to the historical allure of the one-mile run. This race will not be run on a standard 400-meter track but rather at the Smith River Sports Complex in Henry County. Course is one lap around soccer fields on concrete footpaths and asphalt surfaces. Race will be run in multiple small heats to facilitate social distancing. COVID-19 precautions will be observed. Liquid refreshments and awards to follow. Fee varies from $15 to $25. Call: (276) 252-2011.


Thursday, August 20

Piedmont Arts will honor Dr. Barry Dorsey and Triangle Electric at the 17th annual Clyde Hooker Awards. The museum will also recognize Arts in Education Award recipients Sandy Strayer, superintendent of Henry County Public Schools, and Dr. Zebedee Talley, Jr., superintendent of Martinsville City Public Schools, as well as the recipients of the Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarship Breanna Ferguson and Caitlyn Kidd. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Call (276) 632-3221.


Saturday, August 22

Bikers for Babies, to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville-Henry County, begins at the Broad Street Parking Lot in Uptown Martinsville and proceeds to Snow Creek, then towards Sontag and south on U.S. 220 back to Collinsville to conclude at the Pregnancy Care Center on Fairy Street Extension. Food will be served. All bikers are welcome. Entry fee of $10 for bikes or $15 with a passenger. All riders are entered into drawing for door prizes but must be present to win. All vehicles are welcome. Registration begins and 10 a.m., kickstands up at noon. Rain Date is Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. Contact: (276) 734-9585 or (276) 732-4100.



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-years-old). Applications completed by phone (no contact). Call or text Ann Walker (276) 732-0509 to see if you qualify.


*Use caution in public spaces and maintain social distancing guidelines. Facemasks are strongly recommended in public settings. *


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