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Saturday, Oct. 2
The Martinsville-Henry County Charity League hosts its fall Bargain Fair from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 242 Franklin Street in Martinsville. Bargain-hunters can browse toys, books, games, clothing for children and adults, housewares, holiday décor, furniture, electronics, and more. All proceeds support the Charity League’s annual programming, which benefits children in the area. Cash and card payments are accepted.
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. Reduced rates offered for groups of five or more. Visit 39Ghosts.TicketLeap.com or call (276) 409-0865 for more information.
A Blessing of the Animals Service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 146 East Main Street in UpTown Martinsville at 2 p.m. The service celebrates animals that share our lives and touch our hearts. Animals will receive a blessing and a gift. Unable to bring your pet? You may bring a picture to be blessed. Children may have their stuffed animals blessed. Animals available for adoption from the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA will also be on hand. Please ensure animals are on leashes or in carriers for their safety.
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.
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.
A Fundraiser Yard Sale will be held at the Fieldale Recreation Center on October 9, November 6, and December 4 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Books, blankets, and miscellaneous items for sale. Shoppers will be given a bag they can fill for $5 (large items excluded) and there will be a Bargain Room of $1 items. Masks will be REQUIRED at all times inside the building. All COVID precautions will be followed as outlined by the CDC.
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, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Horsepasture Ruritan Building, with Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Buchanan, County Administrator Tim Hall, Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Steve Eanes, and Lisa Huges, 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 host 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 Oct. 19.
Saturday, Oct. 23
Join the MWW Foundation at the Smith River Sports Complex festival grounds for the 7th Annual Wine by the River from 2-7 p.m. Come for a good cause, support the community, and enjoy wine, brews, live music, games, artisan vendors, food vendors, and more. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the door. Non-taster tickets are $10. Advance tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or via winebytheriver.com.
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.
Friday, Nov. 5
C-PEG and Martinsville UpTown are hosting First Fridays 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.
The Fontaine Ruritan Club hosts Bingo every Tuesday at their headquarters (1903 Joseph Martin Highway, Martinsville). Doors open at 5:30 and games begin at 7. 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. Call the Center for Community Learning (15 Primary School Road, Collinsville) at (276) 647-9585.
Two exhibits are on display at Piedmont Arts now through Oct. 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. Shop with SNAP/EBT and receive up to $20 in free fruits and vegetables each week. To shop market vendors online, visit martinsvilleuptown.com.