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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.
A moment of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m. at the Martinsville Farmer’s Market in honor of the anniversary of September 11. Featured speakers include former congressman Virgil Goode and State Senator Bill Stanley.
Fido’s Finds at 119 East Main Street, UpTown Martinsville will hold a BIG BASEMENT SALE on Friday, September 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to benefit the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA. Thousands of items are at rock bottom prices. Come save money while saving animals.
The third annual Henry County Emergency Services Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Show your appreciation for fire, EMS, law enforcement, and 911 communications along the parade route and at the Martinsville Speedway to support local responders and honor those impacted by 9/11. Parade begins on Fairystone Park Highway in downtown Bassett, continues along Virginia Avenue to Memorial Blvd., Greensboro Road, and finally ends at the Martinsville Speedway.
Sunday, Sept. 12
The Henry County Bike Club’s Sunday Road Ride begins at the Ridgeway Library at 2 p.m. Bring your bicycle and join in. For more information call Tommy at (276) 618-0343.
Monday, Sept. 13
The Martinsville City School Board will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers in the Martinsville Municipal Building, 55 W Church Street, Martinsville.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
The Virginia Employment Commission will host a virtual job fair for the Western Virginia area, including Martinsville, Danville, South Boston and Roanoke from 1-5 p.m. This is an opportunity meet hundreds of employers with thousands of jobs. To register, visit www.vec.virginia.gov/find-a-job/job-fairs to register.
The Martinsville City Council will hold its bi-weekly meeting at 7 p.m. in the City Municipal Building.
Friday, Sept. 17
Miles in Martinsville will host the Harvest Moon 8K & 5K. Starting time is 6:30 p.m. Participants may pick up their packets on Friday, September 17 from Noon – 4 p.m. at the YMCA – 3 Starling Avenue; and from 5 – 6 p.m. at the Gazebo on Depot Street. No race day registration. Runners are strongly encouraged to register online at www.milesinmartinsville.com. COVID-19 protocols in effect. The races start and finish at the Gazebo on Depot Street. Runners will follow the Uptown Connector Trail to the Dick & Willie Passage. They then run along the Dick & Willie Passage to a turn-around point, before returning to the finish. A course map with details is shown at www.milesinmartinsville.com.
Saturday, Sept. 18
The Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise-In will take place from 3-7 p.m. in downtown Bassett. See hundreds of classic cars and enjoy great food and live entertainment.
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.
Tuesday, Sept. 28
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will hold its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Room of the Henry County Administration Building, Collinsville.
Friday, Oct. 1
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society celebrates its final First Friday of the year from 6-9 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse (1 E. Main Street, Martinsville) with a special performance from the band Midnight Pony. There will be cornhole, a cash bar with proceeds benefitting the Historical Society, and more! Free for all to attend.
The world premiere of the film “39 Ghosts” will be held at the Spencer-Penn Center at 7 p.m. Made by Myron Smith, the movie was filmed in Martinsville. Attendees will be able to meet with cast and crew. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door. There is a reduced rate for groups of five or more. Visit 39Ghosts.TicketLeap.com or call (276) 409-0865 for more information or to buy tickets.
Thursday, Oct. 7
The Henry County School Board will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Room of the Henry County Administration Building, Collinsville.
Friday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 16
The Blue Ridge Regional Library in Martinsville will be hosting a book sale at the library from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 16.
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 Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday 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.