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Saturday, Sept. 4
Vision Uptown will hold a community visioning event from 1-4 p.m. in the garden courtyard of Albert Harris Elementary School. Team members will be answering questions about the Martinsville Uptown revitalization and presenting some initial ideas that are emerging from the visioning process so far.
Tuesday, Sept. 7
P&HCC invites the community to help kick off Dr. Greg Hodges’ first fill semester as president with a community celebration and COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The event will include music, food trucks, games, and a chance to meet the new P&HCC president. The vaccine clinic is open to anyone age 18 and over to receive first doses of the Moderna vaccine for free. Vaccines will be given on a first-come-first served basis. Anyone interested in participating should bring a photo ID and insurance card (if applicable.)
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.
The Spencer-Penn Center will host its monthly Music Night, featuring great music and dancing! The doors open at 5 p.m. The Hard Times Band and Two Young Two Old will take the stage. There will be no open mic. We will be back inside in the Alumni Hall for a great night of music. Concessions will be available. Admission is a $5 donation at the door.
Friday, Sept. 10 through Saturday, Sept. 11
Fido’s Finds at 119 East Main Street, UpTown Martinsville will hold a BIG BASEMENT SALE on Friday, September 10 from 10 – 5 and Saturday, September 11 from 9 – 2 to benefit the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA. Thousands of items are at rock bottom prices. Come save money while saving animals.
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 2:00 p.m. Bring your bicycle and join in! For more information call Tommy at (276) 618-0343
Tuesday, Sept. 14
P&HCC will hold and Equity vs. Equality discussion as part of its diversity, equity, and inclusion training from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The cost of the class is $85 if you register by August 21, $99 for any registrations after that date.
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 – 4:00 p.m. at the YMCA – 3 Starling Avenue; and from 5 – 6:00 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 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.
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.
Friday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 16
The Blue Ridge Regional Library in Martinsville will be hosting a book sale. The sale will be 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 Farmer’s 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.