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Saturday, Nov. 27
The Chamber of Commerce reminds you to support your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday (and every other Saturday!) Make sure to 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. Many favorite Oktoberfest and Farmers’ Market vendors sell their products, with arts, crafts, food, and more/
Uptown Martinsville Tree Lighting, 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’ annual lighting of the Art Garden Christmas Tree. Enjoy holiday music by the First Baptist Church and Chatham Heights Baptist Church choirs, cookies and hot cocoa, and a visit from Santa. Visits with Santa (and the chance to take your own pictures!) will be 4-6 p.m., a Christmas wreath ornament craft session will begin at 4 p.m., story time with “Elsa” at 5 p.m., and the tree will be lit at sunset.
Saturday, Dec. 4
Bassett will ring in the holidays with its annual Christmas parade beginning at 2 p.m.
The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA hosts its annual Pictures with Santa, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Photographs will be taken by Dawson Photography for $10 per pose. Families, children, and pets are all welcome.
The Fab Lab at P&HCC’s Dalton IDEA Center in Martinsville is hosting DIY Ornaments at Fab Lab Family Day, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Participants will use the Fab Lab’s laser cutter to create unique, custom-designed Christmas ornaments. Tuition is $15. Registration ends Friday, Dec. 3 at 11:59 p.m.
The Martinsville Speedway will host the 17th annual Christmas Toy Drive from 6-9 p.m. Donate unwrapped toys or $25 and drive laps around the iconic track in your personal vehicle. The Toy Drive benefits the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.
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
The Roanoke Symphony’s Holiday Pops by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. David Stewart Wiley conducts. 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 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, with priority given to city residents. The meetings will also be televised on MGTV-21 and linked on the city’s website and social media.
The Martinsville Wrestling Academy is hosting boys and girls wrestling for all sizes in Philpott Hall on the campus of Patrick & Henry Community College in Martinsville. Classes begin Dec. 7 and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Grades 2-6 will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and grades 7-12 will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per month. Temperatures will be taken before all practices. Bring wrestling shoes. No street shoes on the mat. Parents may stay for their child’s first practice, but must be masked. Club fees are due the first Thursday of the month. USA Wrestling card required. To obtain card visit www.usawmembership.com. Join the only wrestling club in Martinsville, Henry, Floyd, Patrick & Pittsylvania counties.
Thursday, Dec. 9
The Henry County School Board will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building. Closed session follows.
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! This class is for tots ages 2-5 and their trusted adult(s). Spend time making simple crafts with seasonal and exhibit themes. For December, young artists will use printmaking to create holiday cards. Sessions are from 10:30-11 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call (276) 632-3221 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot.
Saturday, Dec. 11
Piedmont Arts hosts Winter Barn Quilt Painting from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for artists and aspiring artists ages 12 and up. Participants will paint a 12×12 inch barn quilt with instructor Lisa Martin. Choose from 8 design options! All supplies will be provided. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Advance registration is required by visiting PiedmontArts.org.
Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Parsons Buchanan and the Salvation Army are hosting the 26th annual Coat Drive for Kids. New or gently used coats may be dropped off at Hollywood Cinema, the Salvation Army, or at One-Hour Martinizing on Rives Road. Call (276) 358-1463 for more information. 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 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. Contact the Center for Community Learning (15 Primary School Road, Collinsville) at (276) 647-9585.