Saturday, Oct. 30
Henry County Parks & Recreation‘s annual Halloween Hayride at Jack Dalton Park, 6 to 8 p.m. The hayrides around the park will get spookier and spookier as the evening goes on. Trunk-or-Treating will also be offered in the parking lot of the park.
Fort Trial Baptist Church (170 Oak Level Road, Stanleytown) will host Trunk of Treats from 2-4 p.m. The event will include candy, games, food, and giveaways for the whole family.
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 events, with arts, crafts, food, and more.
Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6
Fido’s Finds and Kitties Kollectibles at 119 East Main Street in Uptown Martinsville will hold a BIG BASEMENT SALE on Friday, November 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thousands of items will be at bargain basement prices and proceeds go to the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA. For more information, contact Fido’s Finds at (276) 656-1101 or the SPCA at (276) 638-7297.
Saturday, Nov. 6
Horsepasture Christian Church is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4:30-7 p.m.
Fieldale Recreation Center Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a fund raiser for the recreation center. Items for sale include furniture, blankets and miscellaneous Items. All books are 25-cents each.
Thursday, Nov. 11
The 73rd annual Veterans Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. at the HJDB Event Center in Bassett. Awards will be presented for Veteran of the Year and Outstanding Veteran. The event is free and open to the public.
Patrick & Henry Community College will present a Lunch & Learn via Zoom entitled “WOW with Public Speaking.” Participants will learn and practice methods of successful public speaking. Pre-registration is required. To learn more or to register, visit ph.augusoft.net or call (276) 656-0260.
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. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., the performance will begin at 7. Tickets are available at Piedmont Arts and PiedmontArts.org.
Friday, Nov. 12
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Hillcrest Baptist Church (18075 AL Philpott Highway) in Ridgeway from 1-6 p.m. To sign up for a donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Saturday, Nov. 13
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at County Line Christian Church (12711 Chatham Road) in Axton from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To sign up for a donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
The Disability Rights and Resource Center will hold its Annual Meeting, which is open to the public, at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, 21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, at 9:30 a.m. in the Distance Learning Classroom.
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 speaker and proclamations will be presented by the City of Martinsville and Henry County. The program will include music, cake, and a few surprises.
Thursday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 20
Piedmont Arts hosts Painting with Karen Conner from 1-4 p.m. Instructor Karen Conner will lead students in creating a unique painting. The class is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Advance registration is required. To register, visit PiedmontArts.org or call (276) 632-3221.
Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Parsons Buchanan and the Salvation Army are hosting the 26th annual Coat Drive for Kids. Anyone wishing to donate a new or gently used coat can drop them off at Hollywood Cinema, the Salvation Army, or at One-Hour Martinizing on Rives Road, or call Debra at (276) 358-1463. The deadline for donations is November 30.
The Blue Ridge Regional Library offers free one-day passes to the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Henry County YMCA with your library card. The passes are good for one day and exclude special events. There is a wait period before you can check out the pass again. For more details and exclusions, visit brrl.lib.va.us.
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 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.
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