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Saturday, Aug. 28
The 10th annual Bikers for Babies Charity Ride and the first annual Celebrating Life Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bassett Furniture.
Piedmont Arts celebrates its 60th anniversary with a free Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy crafts, games, magic workshops, a performance by Gypsy Geoff Marsh, and complimentary food.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
The Martinsville City School Board will hold a special closed session meeting via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. to discuss and consult with legal counsel and briefings by staff members, attorneys or consultants pertaining to actual or probable litigation, or other specific legal matters requiring the provision of legal advice.
Thursday, Sept. 2
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Martinsville Elks Lodge (300 Fairy St. Ext.) from 12-6 p.m. To sign up for a donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org
TheatreWorks Community Players will host an improv comedy workshop on Sept. 2 from 6-8 p.m. and Sept. 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. At the end of each workshop, you can audition for an upcoming improv show! All members of the community ages 14 and up are welcome. Visit twcp.net for more info.
Friday, Sept. 3
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society celebrates First Friday Open Mic at the Historic Courthouse (1 E. Main Street, Martinsville) from 6-9 p.m. Open mic is open to singers, musicians, dancers, stand-up comedians, or performers of any type who would like to share their talents with the community. A cash bar featuring beer and wine, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society.
Tuesday, Sept. 7 through Thursday, Sept. 9
Public hearings by the Commission on Local Government on Martinsville’s reversion process will be held at the Martin-Lacy Lecture Hall at New College Institute. The city will present on Sept. 7 from 9-5 p.m. and the county will present the following day. Public comment will be heard Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. All meetings will be open to the public. Anyone wishing to attend the meetings is required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Thursday, Sept. 9 through Dec. 2
P&HCC’s Latin Dance Workshop begins. Classes will be held Thursdays from September 9 through December 2 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Students learn salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, and kizomba dances with intensive dance workshops covering frame, posture, lead and following technique, cross-body, and pattern combinations. Cost of the class is $59. Pre-registration is required. To for more information or to register, call (276) 656-5461 or visit ph.augusoft.net.
Friday, Sept. 10
Miles 4 Vets 6th annual golf tournament will take place at Forest Park Country Club. Entry is $50 per play or $200 per team. Entry fee includes cart, lunch, and beverages. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. For more information contact Mandy Folman: (276) 632-6442 or email@example.com. Sign up online at www.mile1.net.
Saturday, Sept. 11
The Bassett Heritage Festival, in Bassett, gets underway at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast to benefit the Stanleytown Ruritans. Festival vendors will be set up by 10 a.m..
Sunday, Sept. 12
The Henry County Bike Club’s Sunday Road Ride begins at the Ridgeway Library at 2 p.m. For more information, call Tommy at (276) 618-0343
Sunday, Sept. 19
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will present a lecture, The Hairston Family Homes: Exploring 18th and 19th Century Architecture in Southern Virginia. The speaker is local historian and collector Jarrad Marlowe, 1st Vice President of the George Waller Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Marlowe will discuss the history of the architecture of the George Hairston family, owners of the Beaver Creek Plantation and other properties. The talk begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Saturday, Sept. 25
The Martinsville-Henry County Relay for Life will take place at the Smith River Sports Complex from 3-7 p.m. The 5k event begins at 9 a.m. Visit relayforlife.org/MHCVA for more information or to register.
MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness offers no contact Medicaid application assistance for eligible Virginia residents from birth to 64 years of age. No sign-up fees, no premiums, no deductibles. Including Children’s Medicaid/FAMIS, Pregnancy Medicaid and Adult Health Care -19 to 64 years old. Questions can be answered, and applications completed by phone. In-person application assistance is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays at The Community Storehouse.
Call or text Ann Walker 276 732-0509 to see if you qualify.
The Henry County Adult Learning Center offers free in-house and online classes to help prepare for college, career, or earn your high school equivalency or GED. Classes can help improve your digital literacy, job skills, English language skills, and earning potential. Contact the Center for Community Learning (15 Primary School Road, Collinsville) at (276) 647-9585.
Two exhibits are on display at Piedmont Arts now through October 9. Artists Charlie Brouwer and Jennifer L. Hand collaborated Leaves of the Tree, a unique exhibition based on life-giving trees. Narrative by Nature features work from artists Leslie Pearson and Jennifer Reis.
The Martinsville Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. through November 20, and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. through September 29. Shop with SNAP/EBT and receive up to $20 in free fruits and vegetables each week. To shop market vendors online, visit martinsvilleuptown.com.