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Saturday, Sept. 18
Back the Blue Night at the Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise-In will take place in downtown Bassett. The event is to show support and appreciation for local law enforcement. It will begin at 2:15PM with the ”B99.9 Ride to Back the Blue” starting at Cross Point Church in Ridgeway, VA and ending at the Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise-In. The ride will be a fundraiser for the Benevolence Funds of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the Martinsville City Sheriff’s Office, and the Martinsville City Police Department.
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.
A Parade for Literacy, 5 p.m. at the Martinsville Speedway. The event is presented by Martinsville City’s and Henry County’s Adult & Career Education. For more information, contact Lealice Hagwood (email@example.com) or Robin Gravely (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Monday, Sept. 20
The Patrick & Henry Community College Board will meet at noon at the MET located at 65 Motorsports Drive, Martinsville. This is a public meeting, but the board will not receive public comment.
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 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. A cash bar, with proceeds to benefit the Historical Society, food provided by Hugo’s, cornhole, 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. Reduced rate for groups of five or more. Visit 39Ghosts.TicketLeap.com or call (276) 409-0865 for more information or to buy tickets.
Blues, Brews & Stews will take place at 6 p.m. in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden at Piedmont Arts. Enjoy food, drinks and live music in the Art Garden. T.C. Carter Band will perform a blend of blues, country and rock. Ticket price includes Brunswick stew, cornbread, banana pudding and water/tea. Cash bar. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. No outside food or drinks. In case of rain, Blues, Brews + Stews will be held at Piedmont Arts. Tickets are $20 and are available at Piedmont Arts and PiedmontArts.org.
C-PEG and Martinsville UpTown are hosting First Fridays October 1, November 5, and December 3 from 4-8 p.m. at the Uptown Martinsville Farmer’s Market. Join in as many of your favorite Oktoberfest vendors sell products the First Friday of October, November, and December! There will be arts, crafts, food, and more!
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, VA.
Latin Ballet of Virginia will present Verde at 6:30 p.m. at Piedmont Arts. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for K-12 students. Verde is an immersive dance/theatre production focusing on the preservation and promotion of the sacred love and respect to planet Earth. Inspired by the exhibit, Leaves of the Tree, the performance will take place in the museum’s galleries where the dancers and audience will be surrounded by falling leaves and a towering tree created by artists Charlie Brouwer and Jennifer L. Hand. Reception at 6:30 pm. Performance at 7 pm. Tickets available at Piedmont Arts and PiedmontArts.org.
Saturday, Oct. 9
Household Hazardous Waste Day at the Bassett Service Center, 2285 Fairystone Park Highway, from 9 a.m. until noon. All residents of Henry County and Martinsville may drop items off that day. The event is not open for commercial business use. In addition to the usual items, residents may also drop off up to four boxes of paper for off-site shredding provided by EMI. No documents larger than 8.5” x 11”will be accepted.
Friday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 16
The Blue Ridge Regional Library in Martinsville will host a book sale at the library from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 16.
Friday, Oct. 22
Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum’s new exhibits, Carl Chiarenza on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Print/Imprint: Asheville Printmakers and Tools of Happiness. Gallery talk at 6:15 pm. Music by Amy Stuart and Ann Nichols. Complimentary wine and light refreshments. Free and open to the public. RSVP required to 276.632.3221 or PiedmontArts.org by October 19, 2021.
The Fontaine Ruritan Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday at 1903 Joseph Martin Highway, Martinsville. Doors open at 5:30 and games begin at 7 p.m. Funds support community service awards, scholarships, and other community efforts.
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.