Saturday, Nov. 20
Piedmont Arts hosts Painting with Karen Conner from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Instructor Karen Conner will lead students in creating a unique painting. The theme for this painting is “cardinal on a lamppost.” 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.
Refuge Temple Ministries will host a community Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Sportsman Club, 47 Fayette Street, Martinsville.
The annual Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade gets underway at 5 p.m. in Uptown Martinsville. The theme for 2021’s parade is “Let it Snow.” Bring your family and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with this favorite festive tradition.
Monday, Nov. 22
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Collinsville Church of Christ (2114 Daniels Creek Road, Collinsville) from 1-6:30 p.m. To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 23
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meeting at 3 and 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building.
Wednesday, Nov. 24
Kingdom Point Church will be giving away food boxes beginning at 6 p.m. at Kingdom Point (352 Lee Ford Camp Road, Ridgeway.)
Friday, Nov. 26
The Martinsville Elks Lodge (300 Fairy Street Ext.) will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is currently a critical shortage of blood. To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Saturday, Nov. 27
Small Business Saturday – support small businesses. Use your free $10 voucher (available at the MHC Visitor Center) at participating local restaurants. Get out and shop your favorite, locally owned businesses to help support our homegrown business community.
Friday, Dec. 3
C-PEG and Martinsville UpTown are hosting First Fridays from 4-8 p.m. at the Uptown Martinsville Farmer’s Market. Join in as many of your favorite Oktoberfest and Farmer’s Market vendors sell products of arts, crafts, food, and more.
Uptown Martinsville will kick off the holiday season with the Uptown Martinsville Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. on the city’s municipal building lawn. Bring your friends and family to celebrate the season on this festive occasion.
Thursday, Dec. 2
Piedmont Arts kicks of the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Art Garden Christmas Tree. The lighting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden.
Saturday, Dec. 4
Join the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA for annual Pictures with Santa from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. No appointment is needed. Photographs will be taken by Dawson Photography and the cost is $10 per pose. Families, children, and pets are all welcome.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Stanleytown Elementary School (74 Edgewood Drive, Stanleytown) from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Sunday, Dec. 5
Roanoke Symphony’s Holiday Pops by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. David Stewart Wiley conducts the Holiday Pops with all the magical elements you have come to expect—high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth. Tickets available at Piedmont Arts and piedmontarts.org. $15 general admission, $25 reserved, $5 K-12 students.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Martinsville City Council will hold a community conversation about reversion. The topic of this week’s meeting is schools. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in city council chambers. Each meeting is limited to twelve participants per session. Anyone who wishes to participate must pre-register by emailing their name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (276) 403-5182, faxing (276) 403-5280, or mailing the City of Martinsville, attn: Karen Roberts, P.O. Drawer 1112, Martinsville, VA, 24114. Registration is required by noon the day before each session. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and priority will be given to city residents. The meetings will also be televised on MGTV-21 and linked on the city’s website and social media.
Thursday, Dec. 9
Patrick & Henry Community College will present a Lunch & Learn via Zoom entitled “Setting Achievable Goals” Pre-registration is required. To learn more or to register, visit ph.augusoft.net or call (276) 656-0260.
Piedmont Arts hosts Wee Create! for tots ages 2-5 and their trusted adult(s). Spend time making simple crafts with seasonal and exhibit themes. Young artists will use printmaking to create holiday cards. Sessions are from 10:30-11 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. Advanced registration is required. Call (276) 632-3221 or email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Parsons Buchanan and the Salvation Army are hosting the 26th annual Coat Drive for Kids. Donations of new or gently used coats may be made at Hollywood Cinema, the Salvation Army, or at One-Hour Martinizing on Rives Road. Call Debra at (276) 358-1463. The deadline for donations is November 30.
Piedmont Arts is hosting two exhibits, “Print/Imprint: Asheville Printmakers” and “Carl Chiarenza,” on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Both exhibits are on display through January 8.
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 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 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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