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Out & About: entertainment and cultural events in the region from January 20 | Lifestyles

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Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19, Martin Luther King Jr. Leaders Breakfast which had been scheduled for last Saturday has been postponed to March 12. The breakfast is sponsored by the Tau Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc. and will be held at 9 a.m. March 12 at New College Institute, 191 Fayette St. Speaker will be Brittny McGraw of WSLS News 10. Entrance costs $10. For more information, call Ben Gravely at 276-806-0515.

The MHC Historical Society has postponed its Founders Day event through March 20 at 3 p.m. at the Old Henry County Courthouse. Will Pannill, grandson of William Letcher Pannill, the founder of Pannill Knitting Co., will speak about the region’s textile heritage.

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A historical marker about the Martinsville Seven will be unveiled Saturday, February 26 in front of the Old Henry County Courthouse.

Genius Elgin will teach a painting lesson from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 at the Spencer-Penn Center. The cost is $25, which includes all supplies. The options are two snowmen or a penguin holding a snowflake heart, both mostly blue. To register, call 276-957-5757.

A barn quilt class will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 30 at the Spencer-Penn Centre. All supplies will be provided. Options range from a 12-inch square for $35 to a 36-inch square for $85. Lauren Byron will teach. Register by calling 276-957-5757 or emailing [email protected]

The P&HCC Dalton IDEA Center will host a “Paper Craft Series” teach various methods of making homemade cards. To register for any course, call 276-656-5461 or visit The subjects are:

Rubber stamps: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 2; $15

Ink Creations: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 16; $15

Drip Paintings: 6.30-8pm, Mondays February 21 and 28; $25.

The P&HCC Dalton IDEA Center will hold “Fab Lab Family Day”, use the laser cutter to create personalized valentines, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 5. The cost is $15; register by calling 276-656-5461 or visiting

We create at Piedmont Arts, children ages 2 to 5 make crafts. A session will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on February 8. The cost is $10; register by contacting 276-632-3221 or [email protected]

The Spencer-Penn Center will host a Charcuterie class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. Jessica Minter will teach how to create a charcuterie platter for two to share for students to take home. The value of this food platter is estimated between $30 and $40. The cost is $20. Register by calling 276-957-5757.

A Social Media Workshop “Ask the Expert” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 27 at the P&HCC Dalton Idea Center. The cost is $15; register by calling 276-656-5461 or visiting

the Town of Ridgeway is interested in hosting local bands and musicians looking for a free venue to perform in 2022. For more information, call the Mayor’s office at 276-956-2328 or email [email protected] .

Actors from the TheatreWorks community will present “Piano bar” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Black Box Theater. Get tickets ($10) at

The Spencer-Penn Center will host a sock jump Sunday, February 20 (time to be determined). It will include refreshments, games, dancing, with $5 admission (free for volunteers and donors).

Woofstock 2022, the eighth annual fur ball, will take place on Saturday March 12 at the Chatmoss Country Club. This fundraiser for the MHC SPCA will feature the music of Seven Til Sunrise. For more information, call 276-252-9014 or email [email protected]

Rooster walk 12 will take place from May 26 to 29. Bands scheduled to perform include Little Feat, Lettuce, Tab Benoit, BIG Something, The War and Treat, Andy Frasco & The UN, Sammy Rae & The Friends, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Yarn, Mountain Heart, The Nude Party, Mike & The Moonpies, The Wooks, Sol Driven Train, Crawford & Power and Pirates of Piedmont. For more information, visit

The New College Institute LIFE Lecture Series on February 9 will feature “Mindset-Motivation-Movement” by Janet Steward of Smart Body Dynamics, 12-1:30 p.m.

The Virginia Museum of Natural History will unveil its latest exhibit, “The Science of Flight” with a festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition allows you to discover in depth the multiple modes of flight of animals and how man understood the mechanics of flight by studying the first masters of the air: birds, bats, reptiles and insects. The festival will feature aviation-themed activities and crafts for all ages. Admission is $10 for ages 18-59, $5 for children, and free for seniors and museum members.

“Our Living Past: Platinum Portraits of Southern Music Makers”, “Dear BJ: Postcards from the Pandemic” and “Tara Compton” open Saturday at Piedmont Arts.

NCI’s LIFE series will feature lawn and garden maintenance programs by Virginia Cooperative Extension Officer Melanie Barrow, beginning with “Gardening for Beginners” from 5:30-7 p.m. on February 22. Other sessions will take place on March 23, May 25 and September 28.

Rudy Girl’s Media’s Episodes “The Hustle of Hometown” are now streaming on Rudy’s Girl Media YouTube page.

In this new reality series, Natalie Hodge and Devin Pendleton together set the scene for DeShanta Hairston of Books and Crannies, Herb Atwell of Mountain Valley Brewing, Jailyn Draper of Social Butterfly Media Management, Abraham Gonzalez of Ape’s Frozen Yogurt, Teresa Martin from Teresa’s School of Baton and Dance and Wayne Draper from TAD Space & Right Now Remediation, Restoration & Repair tell the story of their company.

Arts of Piedmont Magical Mask-erade is for fathers (or other trusted adults) and young girls. DJ What will play kid-friendly music, and there will be crafts and snacks. The event, from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 4, is free for members and $20 per pair, with $5 for each additional child, for others; RSVP to or 276-632-3221.

Henry County Parks and Recreation Dad-Daughter Dance will feature food, music, dance, games and professional photography from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at 395 John Redd Blvd., Collinsville. $25. Call the HCPR at 276-634-4640 to register.

the Dance for the arts The fundraiser for Piedmont Arts in Martinsville will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at the auditorium of Martinsville High School. (The fundraiser was scheduled to take place in 2020, but was postponed as a precaution against COVID-19.)

The dance teams and their coaches are: Jennifer Bowles and Justin Chandler with Stacey Davis; Rebecca Crabtree and Gerald Kidd with Jane Leizer; Kathy Deacon and Jim Wilson with Stacey Davis; Brooke Holyfield-Quirk and Brian Williams with Catherine Rodenbough; Marlana Lackey and Ian Hogg with Davis; Demi Chapman and Hasan Davis with Rodenbough; Joyce Staples and Josh Bires-Grodensky with Shannon Hornsby and Sandy Strayer and Taylor Shank with Leizer.