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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 meet at 3 and 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Room of the Henry County Administration Building, Collinsville, VA.
The Martinsville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in Martinsville City Municipal Building.
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. The event includes a cash bar, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society, food provided by Hugo’s, cornhole, and more! Free for all to attend.
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. 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 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!
Saturday, Oct. 2
The local 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 with local actors. 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 meet 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.
Caring by Sharing will be held at Fort Trial Baptist Church (170 Oak Level Road, Stanleytown) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free clothing, toys, and household items will be available for babies and school-age students.
Tuesday, Oct. 12
Longwood University’s Small Business Development Center presents a free Zoom class, Building the Foundation for Your New Business with Lin Hite, Longwood SBDC Regional Director. Some of the most popular reasons to start a business include having a unique business idea, designing a career that has the flexibility to grow with you, working toward financial independence, and investing in yourself. The class will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit sbdc-longwood.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Horsepasture District Community Meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Horsepasture Ruritan Building. In attendance will be Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Buchanan, County Administrator Tim Hall, Lt. Col. Steve Eanes of the Sheriff’s Office, and Lisa Hughes, VDOT Resident Engineer. Social distancing will be observed.
Longwood University’s Small Business Development Center presents a free Zoom class, Marketing on a Budget. Participants will learn free and low cost ways to market their business and increase sales. Topic will include: getting the most out of social media, using email marketing effectively, and free resources to make your business look great. The class will be held from 6-7 p.m. For more information or to register, visit sbdc-longwood.com.
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.
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.
Wednesday, Oct. 27
Longwood University’s Small Business Development Center presents a free Zoom class, CO.STARTERS Get Started with Brandon Hennessey, Longwood SBDC Director of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. What if you could spend all your time doing what you love? Or finally stop talking about that idea you’ve had and start moving toward actually doing it? The CO.STARTERS Get Started Workshop is here to help. Whether just getting started, stuck on a particular issue, or in need of a refresher, this workshop will provide the jumpstart needed to get you moving. This interactive workshop will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information or to register, visit sbdc-longwood.com.
The Fontaine Ruritan Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday at its headquarters, (1903 Joseph Martin Highway, Martinsville). Doors open at 5:30 and games begin at 7 p.m. Money from Bingo supports 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 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.