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 a Bargain Room features $1 items. Something for everyone. Masks are REQUIRED inside the building. All COVID precautions will be followed as outlined by the CDC.
Monday, Oct. 11
The Martinsville City School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in the Martinsville City Municipal Building City Council Chambers (55 W. Church Street.)
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.
Thursday, Oct. 14
The Kiwanis Club of Martinsville will host its annual Pancake Day from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Big Chair Parking Lot in Uptown Martinsville. For the most up-to-date details, visit www.facebook.com/KiwanisMartinsvilleVA.
Saturday, Oct. 16
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society hosts its annual Blue Jeans & Bling fundraiser on the plaza of the historic Henry County Courthouse (1 E. Main Street.) Attendees will enjoy a BBQ dinner by Hugo’s, music from RagTop, cash bar, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Historical Society. Tickets are $35 per person or $250 for a table of 8 and can be purchased through any board member, in person at the Heritage Center and Museum, or by calling (276) 403-5361 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bassett Cruise-In will take place in downtown Bassett from 3-7 p.m. See hundreds of classic cars and enjoy great food and live entertainment. Visit bassettcruisein.com for more details.
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Horsepasture District Community Meeting, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Horsepasture Ruritan Building. Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Buchanan, County Administrator Tim Hall, Lt. Col. Steve Eanes of the Sheriff’s Office, and Lisa Huges, VDOT Resident Engineer will attend. 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, and “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.
Saturday, Oct. 23
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 much 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.
The 24th annual Great Goblin Gallop, presented by Henry County Parks & Recreation, starts at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume. Call or stop by the HCPR office to register. Awards will be held after the race. Food/snacks will also be available. Race location and packet pickup location at 746 Indian Trail, Martinsville.
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. Arts, crafts, food, and more.
Thursday, Nov. 11
Piedmont Arts will host a one-man play, “Brown v. Board of Education: Over 50 Years Later.” In 1952, the Supreme Court heard a number of school segregation cases, including Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. It ruled unanimously in 1954 that segregation was unconstitutional, overthrowing Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which set the “separate but equal” precedent. In this one-man play, Mike Wiley recounts the effects of the decision on the families who participated in the original court case, the impact of the ruling on school systems at the time and the challenges still being made today. Reception at 6:30 p.m., performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Piedmont Arts and PiedmontArts.org.
Sunday, Nov. 14
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will celebrate its 25th anniversary with “Silver Anniversary of a Silver Lining” at 3 p.m. at the M-HC Heritage Center and Museum. Phillip Stone will be the distinguished speaker and proclamations will be presented by the City of Martinsville and Henry County. The program will include music, cake, and a few surprises.
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. Proceeds 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.
The Martinsville Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday 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.
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