*Use caution in public spaces and maintain social distancing guidelines.*
*Facemasks are strongly recommended in public settings. *
Saturday, October 3
Charity League annual Bargain Fair, 242 Franklin Street, Martinsville. Doors open promptly at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit the children of Martinsville and Henry County. Sporting goods, furniture, books, home goods, holiday, toys, shoes, treasures and clothing for everyone in the family. Per COVID19 guidelines — only 25 shoppers will be allowed inside at a time. Masks must be worn the entire time (no exceptions). Temperature checks will be conducted at the door. Social distancing – shoppers must stand 6 feet apart from others (there will be floor markings). Anyone who cannot follow the safety guidelines will be asked to leave.
Thursday, October 8
Piedmont Arts: Happy hour from 5-7 p.m., with a casual gallery walk and talk through the museum’s current exhibits. Complimentary drinks and light snacks provided by the Piedmont Arts Guild. Admission is free. 215 Starling Ave, Martinsville.
Friday, October 16
Piedmont Arts: Live music by Griffin Haley. Beer, wine and Brunswick stew in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden. Event starts at 6 p.m. Ticket includes a meal of Brunswick stew, cornbread, water or tea. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Limited capacity. Advance $20 tickets required. Sponsored by Burton & Company, Martinsville Eyecare Center. Cash bar. 215 Starling Ave, Martinsville.
Thursday, October 29
Horsepasture Christian Church will host a Red Cross Blood Drive, from 1-7 p.m. at 1146 Horsepasture Price Road, Ridgeway. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
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.
PHCC: Learn how to use the Fab Lab laser cutter to cut, etch, and engrave designs in a variety of materials in this introductory class. The class is every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the IDEA Center from Sept. 15-Oct. 6. Tuition: $104
Danville Community College: The TRiO EOC (Educational Opportunity Centers) is a federally funded grant program to assist high school seniors and adults attending college. Free assistance ranges from selecting a career path and potential college to applying for financial aid and scholarships. Contact your local TRIO EOC today for your confidential appointment at (276) 694-8778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Children’s Book Festival: Attendees are encouraged to register for free, unlocking worlds of science fiction, hip hop, illustration and more in October. Interested guests can register by visiting www.vachildrensbookfestival.org and selecting “Register Now.” Registration is free, and guests can opt to register for either a single week or the entire month. The link is suitable for educators as well as individuals and contains access to helpful, supplemental materials for each author’s sessions. Sessions will live stream on the VCBF website every weekday at 1 p.m. ET. Each week has a different theme.