On the way: entertainment and cultural events in the area from Wednesday 20 July | lifestyles | Pro Club Bd

Calendar entries may be sent to, brought to the office at 19 E. Church St., Martinsville, or mailed to PO Box 3711, Martinsville, Virginia, 24115. Pictures are welcome. Date and time must be included.

Martinsville Uptown Partnership has a “Third Thursday in Uptown‘ which takes place on Thursdays from 3pm to 9pm and then again on August 18th and September 15th in the Franklin/Depot Street parking lot below the Black Box Theatre. Food trucks this Thursday include Fridays Subs on Wheels, Daddy Q’s BBQ and Country Cuisine and Bahama Sno-Shack. Kasey “DJ What” Lucas provides entertainment and Mountain Valley Brewing offers beer and wine. Christina Kinzer of “Zumbini with Chrissy” is offering free sessions from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., including Zumba Kids.

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Henry County Longbeards JAKES will host free activities for children from 17 years from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Saturday at the Boxwood Hunt Club, 1818 Barker Road, Axton. It includes fishing, canoeing, shotgun, archery, BB and pellet shooting, a live snake presentation and more. Prizes will be awarded. Each child must be registered by an accompanying adult. Lunch is sold. For more information, contact Jeff McCambridge at 276-340-7820 or

Greater Bassett Family Fun Float will be held on Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at River Walk, 3321 Fairystone Park Hwy, Bassett. It will feature live music, food trucks, vendors and shuttle service. Bring a chair/or blanket to listen to music and your kayak or canoe to get out on the water.

276 adult field day will be held on Saturday, July 30th at Fisher Farm Park in Ridgeway. It features dodgeball, spoon egg racing, tug of war, potato sack racing, relay racing and kickball. “Leave the kids at home,” warns host ML Venable — this only applies to adults 21 and over, and proof of age is required.

Heads of state will host the Third Annual Summer Festival August 3 at the Smith River Sports Complex Amphitheater. Gates open at 1pm and a judging of what organizers call “the largest car and bike show on the Southside” and the talent show begin at 3pm. Vehicle admission fee is $25. There will also be The Incredible DJ Joe, a bouncy house, a “Bass Off” contest and vendors. Hosted by The Legendary Bobby Blue.

That Smith River Fest will be held on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex. Activities include a river race, mud run, live music, demo pool, climbing wall, magic show, petting zoo, food, free tubing, kids’ area and free river shuttles. Visit for more information.

Hosted by the Virginia Museum of Natural History Dino Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the museum. It will feature life-size cast skeletons and skulls of some of the most famous dinosaurs that ever lived, a wide range of dinosaur fossils, dinosaur-themed activities and crafts, food trucks and the opportunity to interact with expert paleontologists

Chix with Stix are knitters who gather at Piedmont Arts every other Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Bring your own materials to knit in company. The cost is $5 for non-Piedmont Arts members. The next dates are July 26th and August 9th and 23rd.

Naomi Hodge-Muse will teach Painting courses for techniques by Bob Ross at Piedmont Arts. Each class runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $85 each. The next one will be on Thursday, August 4th. Register at

Virginia Foothills Quilter Guild meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am and the second Tuesday at 6:30 am at the Piedmont Arts.

Artist Kimberly Boyd will lead one Painting course step by step at 6 p.m. Thursday at Piedmont Arts. The motif is a silhouette on a cliff overlooking the sea. Participants are welcome to bring snacks and wine. The cost is $45; Register at Minimum age 18.

in the “Drawing studio: learn to see and draw”, Instructor Ginnie Conaway guides students through this essential beginner drawing course. Students work on simple line drawings and learn the five principles of drawing: perception of edges, space, relationships, light and shadow, and perception of the whole. The same course will be offered on two dates of your choice: Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Thursday 28 July from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $40 and the minimum age is 15 years. Register through

Ginnie Conaways “Drawing Studio: Intermediate Drawing” is for students who have taken Learn to See and Draw as well as other experienced students. Two options of the same class are available: 6-9pm Tuesday, August 2 and 9:30am-12:30pm Thursday, August 4 at Piedmont Arts. The cost is $40. Register at

Meanwhile, Ginnie Conaway teaches the kids how to draw “See it… Draw it! Painting course youth” from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Piedmont Arts. This course is best suited for children with some drawing experience. All supplies are provided. Students are encouraged to bring their current sketch pads. Register at

Melani Helms will teach Alcohol ink painting workshop Saturday, July 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Imagination Lavender Farm, 3590 Greenhill Drive, Martinsville. The cost of $40 includes all consumables. To register, call or text 276-734-2828.

Virginia Horticulture Extension Agent Melanie Barrow will teach the class “Cultivation and Use of Herbs” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 28, at the Imagination Lavender Farm, 3590 Greenhill Drive, Martinsville. There are no fees, but call or text 276-734-2828 to respond to participation.

DaCapo Inspire presents a free concert, “Summer Session Finale: The Trip of a Lifetime” Thursday at 6 p.m. at New Life Community Church, 415 Mica Road, Ridgeway. A catered dessert reception will follow.

Hard Times Band will perform on Friday night Cascade School Community Center Music and Dance, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at 3561 Huntington Trail. Admission is $8. Upcoming bands include Oldskool on July 29th.

A open jam Held every Friday at 7pm at the Willis Gap Community Center, 144 The Hollow Road.

The next TGIF concert will be with The Kings in the Martinsville Bridge Street parking lot at 7 p.m. on August 19, presented by the Martinsville Uptown Rotary Club. The last TGIF concert of the year will be Slick Jr. & the Reactors on September 16th.

That 8th Annual Riverside Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 2pm to 7pm at the Smith River Sports Complex hosted by the Matthew Wayne Wade Foundation. Tickets cost $10-15. It will feature groceries, craft vendors, various wineries, and several beer vendors. Visit for more information.

“Clifford the Big Red Dog” is shown free of charge after dark (around 8:30 p.m.) on the premises of the Uptown Farmers Market hosted by Martinsville Uptown. The event, which also includes games, starts at 7 p.m.; Bring chairs for the film. Bahama Sno-Shack sells snacks.

People whose art is on display at Piedmont Arts “expressions” The exhibition was scheduled to collect its pieces between 10am and 2pm on July 30th.

“Tower, Music & More”, every Friday from 10am to 12pm at the Bassett Ruritan Club on Philpott Dam Road, is a fun and relaxing time for people to get together to play games, puzzles, crafts and tower. Feel free to do something or bring food to share.

TheatreWorks Community Players will audition for the drama “12 Angry Jurymen” 10am to 2pm Saturday and 2pm to 4pm Sunday at the Black Box Theatre, 44 Franklin St. The play has 13 performers, five men and the rest are flexible. All performers must be over 18 years of age. The auditions require cold reading of the script, and callbacks are announced when necessary.

Feast on the porch takes place from 1st to 4th September at Spirithaven Farm in Stuart. Bands include The Vagabonds, Larry Keel Experience, Consider the Source, Little Bird, Big Daddy Love, Erin & The Wildfire, Into the Fog, Tim Sawyer, The Judy Chops, Striking Copper, The Get Right Band, The Freeway Jubilee, Free Union , Slick Jr. & The Reactors, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Annabelle’s Curse, Oh Christopherh, Dirk Quinn Band, GOTE, Isaac Hadden Project, Fluidity Performance Troupe and The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs. Ticket options include general admission for 4 days for $130.

Piedmont Arts’ the annual open-entry exhibition, Expressions, runs through July 29. During your visit you can vote for the winner of the audience award.

The Martinsville 7 Initiative’s Pardoned But Not Forgotten exhibit is located in the Fayette Area Historical Initiative Museum211 Fayette St., Martinsville.

That Virginia Museum of Natural HistoryThe latest exhibit from , The Science of Flight, is now open.

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