Saturday, Dec. 11
The Friends of the Blue Ridge Regional Library will host a book sale from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the basement of the Martinsville Branch Library, 310 E. Church Street. Books are on a variety of topics – decorating, crafts, entertaining, and cookbooks; lots of Christmas themed children’s books, young adult, and inspirational and religious books. There are even some special books on trains for that train lover on your Christmas list. Proceeds benefit the library system.
Piedmont Arts will host 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 x 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. Advanced registration is required by visiting PiedmontArts.org.
Sunday, Dec. 12
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society is hosting its annual Christmas Music Program beginning at 3 p.m. in the historic Henry County Courthouse. All are invited to enjoy the talents in our community and beautiful Christmas trees on display. Admission is free.
TheatreWorks Community Players will perform a Reader’s Theatre production of “An O. Henry Christmas” at 2 p.m. Reader’s Theater combines the magic simplicity of a radio drama with the intimacy of the Black Box experience. The cast will explore these soulful characters as they encounter O. Henry’s classic Christmas tales and allow the hope and spirit of Christmas to change their lives. Tickets are available online at twcp.net or at the door.
Monday, Dec. 13
The Martinsville City School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers of the Martinsville Municipal Building, 55 W. Church Street, Martinsville.
Tuesday, Dec. 14
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will hold its monthly meeting at 3 and 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building, 3300 Kings Mountain Road, Martinsville.
Thursday, Dec. 16
Patrick & Henry Community College is hosting a Workforce Programs Open House from 6-7 p.m. in the Frith Exhibit Hall (645 Patriot Avenue) on the campus of P&HCC. This free event will offer information about the short-term workforce training programs offered at P&HCC and the funding assistance available.
The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Martinsville Elks Lodge (300 Fairy Street Ext.) from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Saturday, Dec. 18
The Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department (17815 A.L. Philpott Highway, Ridgeway) will host a country buffet breakfast from 6-10 a.m. The cost for adults is $8 and $4 for children under 10. All carry outs are $8.
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Mount Hermon Church of the Bretheren, 144 Mount Hermon Church Road, Bassett. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Monday, Dec. 20
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at New College Institute from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022
Martinsville City Council will hold a community conversation about reversion. The topic of this week’s meeting is town/city changes. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in city council chambers. Each meeting is limited to twelve participants per session and 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. Citizens must register 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.
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.
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