Tuesday, Jan 11
Piedmont Arts hosts a class, Kreate with Kolinski, from 2-4 p.m. at the museum (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville.) Participants of all experience levels will explore the beautiful world of alcohol inks by working on jewelry, earrings, and a necklace. Please bring a cover-up to protect your clothes. This class is for participants ages 18+. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. To register, visit PiedmontArts.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
The Virginia Museum of Natural History (21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) is offering its monthly Doodle Bugs! program, an opportunity for children ages 3-5 to experience science first-hand. The theme is winter wildlife. The hour-long workshop includes imaginative stories, fun activities, and games and crafts that spark creativity and curiosity. This is the perfect opportunity for parents and grandparents to learn and have fun with their children. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the program and the cost is $7 per child. Masks are required for all indoor activities. For more information or to register, contact VMNH at discover.vmnh.virginia.gov, call (276) 634-4187 or register online at www.vmnh.net.
Thursday, Jan. 13
Patrick & Henry Community College hosts a virtual professional development workshop, Setting Achievable Goals, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Registration is $49 and can be completed at ph.augusoft.net or by calling (276) 656-0260.
Friday, Jan. 14
Come join in the fun for Music Night at the Spencer-Penn Centre. This month, the Rock Castle Ramblers will entertain. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6:15. Admission is a $5 donation 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 a donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
Saturday, Jan. 15
The Tau Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc. will hold the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. at New College Institute (191 Fayette Street, Martinsville.) The event’s guest speaker is Brittny McGraw of WSLS News 10. Tickets are $10. Masks are required for attendees.
Friday, Jan. 21
Join Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) in celebrating the opening of its first new exhibits for the new year. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., guests can enjoy music by Lauren Luther as well as complimentary wine and refreshments as they get their first look at three new exhibits: “Our Living Past: Platinum Portraits of Southern Music Makers,” “Dear B.J.: Postcards from the Pandemic,” and works by Tara Compton. All three of these exhibits are open through March 12. This opening reception is free and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 18. For more information, visit piedmontarts.org.
Saturday, Jan. 22
Soar over to the Virginia Museum of Natural History (21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) for the grand unveiling of its newest special exhibit, “The Science of Flight!” This day of flight-focused fun includes live birds of prey, balloon animals, food trucks, flight-themed activities and crafts, and more! The first 500 children in attendance will receive a free giveaway. For more information and pricing visit www.vmnh.net.
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 children under 10 can eat for $4. All carry outs are $8.
TheatreWorks will present another fantastic “Piano Bar” at the Black Box Theatre (44 Franklin Street) in Uptown Martinsville. Tickets are just $10. Get yours at www.twcp.net.
Thursday, Feb. 3
Patrick & Henry Community College hosts a professional development workshop, Wow with Public Speaking, from 9-11 a.m. This class can be attended virtually or in person and the cost is $49. To register, visit ph.augustoft.net or call (276) 656-0260.
Friday, Feb. 4
Make magical memories with your little princess at Piedmont Arts’ Magical Mask-erade. This daddy-daughter-style dance offers an enchanted night of music and dancing featuring kid-friendly tunes from DJ What. Guests can create fun crafts and enjoy light snacks. The Magical Mask-erade will be held at Piedmont Arts (215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville) from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per non-member couple with a $5 charge for each additional child. The event is free for Piedmont Arts members. Get your tickets at the museum or at PiedmontArts.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.
Patrick & Henry Community College is organizing a virtual Leadership Learning Community! If you have leadership questions, P&HCC can connect you with answers through this virtual community. Participants have the opportunity to collaborate and brainstorm current, real-time challenges and successes with fellow leaders while learning from each other or gaining insights from professionals skilled in areas of concern. Sessions will be held from 4-5 p.m. every other Wednesday from January 12 through June 22. Prices range from $225 for 12 sessions all the way to $25 for individual sessions. For more information or to register, visit ph.augusoft.net or call (276) 656-0260.
Henry County Parks & Recreation invites you out for a trek along the trail! Meet as a group and walk along a different trail each week. Explore the trails of Martinsville-Henry County, make new friends, and get some fresh air and exercise. Call the HCPR Senior Services office at (276) 634-4644 to find out where the week’s trek is happening! Trail Trekkers meet Thursday of each week (weather permitting) at 1 p.m. in the fall and winter and 9:15 a.m. in spring and summer.
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 p.m. 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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