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 age 10. All carry outs are $8.
Studio 107 (105 E. Church Street, Martinsville) is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Several local artists will be selling items and doing demos of their art for the public to enjoy.
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren, 144 Mount Hermon Church Road, Bassett. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
The Bassett and Martinsville branches of the Blue Ridge Regional Library will host an exclusive Letters to Santa program, with a special Express Mailbox directly from the North Pole set up at both the Bassett and Martinsville branches. Santa’s helpers will be available to assist with taking photos and putting letters in the mailbox. They will also be handing out special treats to children who bring in their letters (while supplies last).
Monday, Dec. 20
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at New College Institute (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville) from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
The Blue Ridge Regional Library system is celebrating its 2nd annual Holiday Cheer Food Giveaway. Each library branch will be providing meals for those in need in its signature red totes beginning Dec. 20 as long as supplies last. Patrons can stop by any one library branch to get a free tote that includes a meal. Totes will be distributed until all have been claimed.
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 an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 4
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.
Thursday, Jan. 6
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. 14
Come join in the fun for Music Night at the Spencer-Penn Centre. Music begins at 6:15 in the Alumni Hall and concessions will be available.
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. Contact the center (15 Primary School Road, Collinsville) at (276) 647-9585.
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