Friday, December 4
Farmer’s Market: Come shop for the holidays with local vendors selling handmade soup, woodwork, yarn work, homemade baked goods, local honey, elderberry syrup, and ready-to-eat meals. Event lasts from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Submit pre-orders at martinsvillefarmersmarket.com; 65 W. Main Street, Martinsville VA, 24112
Christmas Parade: Theme is “Saving Christmas.” Parade will begin at 5 p.m. The MHC Christmas Parade will be for vehicles only — although people can watch it at home. The parade will be covered by local media and televised. The parade’s grand marshal will be Barbara Guthrie Lay, a Martinsville native who was Miss Virginia in 1958. For more information, contact (276) 656-3900.
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 Road, Axton. A course map with details can be found at: 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. Call (276) 632-6427.
Thursday, December 10
Piedmont Arts: Join artist Ashleigh Pritchard for a virtual watercolor class via Zoom. A kit, including everything you need to complete the class, can be picked up on Wednesday, December 9 before 5 p.m. The class link will be sent after registration. Register online or call (276) 632.3221. Registration is required 48 hours prior to class. The event starts at 6 p.m., and the admission is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.
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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org