Thursday, December 3
Piedmont Arts: For the third year, Piedmont Arts will host a Christmas tree lighting in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden. Join the museum for hot chocolate, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa. Just like the sculptures in its Art Garden, the museum’s Christmas tree will be a work of art. Created by Ian Hogg using lights strung on wire, the tree will be lit at sunset on December 3 and brighten the Art Garden through New Year’s Day. Guests should gather around 5 p.m. Contact: (276) 632-3221
Friday, December 4
Farmer’s Market: Come shop for the holidays with local vendors selling handmade soup, woodwork, yarnwork, homemade baked goods, local honey, elderberry syrup, and ready-to-eat meals. Event lasts from 4-8 p.m. Submit pre-orders at martinsvillefarmersmarket.com; 65 W. Main Street, Martinsville VA, 24112
Saturday, December 5
YMCA: Miles in Martinsville and the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA, is pleased to announce the running of the Light Up The Night 5K, starting at 4 p.m. Runners are strongly encouraged to register online prior to December 4 at www.milesinmartinsville.com. The race starts and finishes at the Smith River Sports Complex located at 1000 Irisburg Rd, Axton, VA 24054. A course map with details can be found at: www.milesinmartinsville.com This event is a fun kick off to the holiday season with many runners and walkers dressed in festive costumes. As the Fall event for Miles in Martinsville’s YOUTH in MOTION program, the race is loaded with youngsters, enjoying an evening of fun and fellowship with parents and friends. Early registration starts at $25; Contact: (276) 632-6427
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.
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.
Southern Area Agency on Aging: SAAA is offering a series of “Fearless Caregiver Guides” from the publisher of “Today’s Caregiver Magazine” free to caregivers. Those interested can request all three titles “Successful Respite Solutions,” “Holiday Caregiving” and “Getting Friends and Families to Help” by calling SAAA at (276) 632-6442 or 1-800-468-4571. SAAA can also be reached by email at email@example.com
*Use caution in public spaces and maintain social distancing guidelines. Facemasks are strongly recommended in public settings. *