Wednesday, Dec. 29
The West Piedmont Health District will offer free community COVID-19 testing from 1-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Martinsville Armory (315 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville.) No referrals or pre-registration is required and there are no age restrictions for testing. Masks will be required. Spread holiday cheer, not COVID! For more information, contact the Henry-Martinsville Health Department’s Care Resources Coordinator Gloria Martinez at (276) 638-2311.
Thursday, Dec. 30
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Martinsville Elks Lodge (300 Fairy Street Ext., Martinsville) from 12-6 p.m. To schedule a donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Saturday, Jan. 1
The Henry County Bike Club will host its annual New Year’s Day event, Get Outside and Ride, Run, or Walk! Start your new year off right by getting healthier while exploring the Martinsville-Henry County community. Anyone interested in participating should meet at Chain of Fools Bicycle Shop (28 Fayette Street, Martinsville) at 10 a.m. for some New Year’s Day exercise! Participants can meet at Hugo’s for lunch after the event. The club requests participants bring a donation of canned or perishable food for Grace Network. For more information call (276) 336-8529.
Tuesday, Jan. 4
Martinsville City Council will hold a community conversation about reversion in city council chambers at 6 p.m. The topic is town/city changes. The meeting is limited to 12 participants. 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 the 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, Jan. 6
The Henry County School board will hold its regular monthly meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building, 3300 Kings Mountain Road, Martinsville. The meeting will also be livestreamed on Henry County Public Schools’ Facebook page.
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Martinsville Elks Lodge (300 Fairy Street Ext., Martinsville) from 12-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Join Piedmont Arts for Art at Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. This event offers a final chance to view the exhibits “Print/Imprint: Asheville Printmakers,” “Carl Chiarenza” on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and “Tools of Happiness” before they close. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments are provided by the Piedmont Arts Guild. RSVP by Jan. 5 to (276) 632-3221 or online at PiedmontArts.org.
Friday, Jan. 7
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Blackberry Baptist Church (3241 Stones Dairy Road, Bassett) from 1-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Friday, Jan. 14
Come join in the fun for Music Night at the Spencer-Penn Centre! Music begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Alumni Hall and concessions will be available.
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Stone Memorial Christian Church (3030 Virginia Avenue, Collinsville) from 12-5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
The Warming Center of Martinsville and Henry County, located at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church (725 Beechnut Lane) is open to provide a warm place to sleep, a warm meal, and personal supplies at no cost to those in need. Anyone who needs transportation to the center can be picked up at 6:45 p.m. at the Martinsville library and 6:25 p.m. at the Collinsville library. Weekly schedules are posted at the Martinsville library, YMCA, and on the MHC Warming Center Facebook page every Saturday. For more information, call (276) 207-9660. Anyone who wishes to volunteer at the Warming Center or make a donation can find more information on Facebook or at www.foresthillspc.com/mhc-warming-shelter.html.
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 its 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. Call the center at (276) 647-9585.
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