South Hill Banks

South Hill Banks will perform Saturday at the Rives Saturday — after a Kentucky Derby party, which will begin at 4 p.m.

  • “Mamma Mia!”: The Patriot Players’ “Mamma Mia!” will continue its run this week. Shows will be held at 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The musical is about a daughter who takes advantage of her upcoming wedding to try to figure out which of the three men from her mother’s past could be her father, and it features music from Abba. For ticket ($15) information, visit the MHC Visitor’s Center or call 276-656-0244.
  • South Hill Banks and Kentucky Derby: South Hill Banks will perform and a Kentucky Derby Party will be held on Saturday at the Rives Theatre. A party will start at 4 p.m., and the concert will begin after a race is done. Tickets cost $12/$15.
  • Language and food: The Martinsville Library will have a free Conversational Spanish class, taught by Nancy Thomas, at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Traditional Mexican food will be served. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 276-403-5430.
  • Beekeeping: The Martinsville Library will host an “All the Buzz” workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lynn Berry of Southwest Beekeepers Association will talk about bees and how they impact the food supply. He also will bring a bee aquarium and samples of honey to taste. For more information or to sign up, call the Martinsville Library at 276-403-5430.
  • STEAM activity: On Thursday the Martinsville Library will have available a “Top Shelf STEAM” activity from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Martinsville Library at 276-403-5430.  All are welcome.
  • "2nd Thursday Science Talk":  Nancy D. Moncrief, the Virginia Museum of Natural History's curator of mammalogy, will present the talke “Tree Squirrel Secrets Revealed: The Wonder of Mechanisms for Survival in Forests” at 6-7 p.m. Thursday at VMNH.
  • Art class: Lighthouse: Ed Gowen will teach the adult art class “Quoddy Head Lighthouse” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Piedmont Arts. The cost to take it is $85. To register, contact Piedmont Arts at or 276-632-3221.
  • "Moon Over Buffalo": TheatreWorks Community Players’ “Moon Over Buffalo” will open on Thursday in the Black Box Theatre. The show is a hilarious romp through the messy lives of two fading stars of the 1950s and their attempts to hit the big time. The show will be held May 9-11 and May 16-18 at 7 p.m.. The cast is Scott Guebert, Jackie Scaffidi, Betty Joe Fulcher Turner, Valerie Clark, Demi Richardson, Max Hall, Corey Thompson and Rick Ward.
  • Music Night: The Spencer-Penn Centre’s Music Night on Friday, May 10, will feature a band new to the area: The New Habit Band, performing at 7:40 p.m. The vent will start with an open mic session at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Rock Castle Ramblers at 6:20 p.m. Concessions will be available. Admission costs $5.
  • Martinsville Handbell Ensemble: The Martinsville Handbell Ensemble will perform classic gospel tunes, accompanied by violin, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, drums, bass and trombone, at 7 p.m. May 11 at Broad Street Christian Church.
  • Artspiration: "Proud Peacock": Piedmont Arts will offer an adult art class from 6-8:30 p.m. May 16 at the museum. The subject will be “Proud Peacock.” The cost is $35. To register, contact Piedmont Arts at or 276-632-3221.
  • An Overview of Native American Myths, Legends, and Storytelling: Renae “Spring Morning” Wagner will give the program “An Overview of Native American Myths, Legends, and Storytelling” at 11 a.m. May 14 at the Bassett Historical Center. Wagner, who is of Shawnee/Cherokee/Metis descent, has been a Native American speaker and storyteller for several years. This program will be free and open to the public.
  • "This Old Thing": The Martinsville Library will host another session of its popular antiques program, “This Old Thing,” at 5:30 p.m. May 14. Debra Buchanan will talk about her collection of costume jewelry.
  • Patriot Players auditions: Auditions for the Patriot Players’ summer show of “Beauty and the Beast” will be at  6-8 p.m. May 15 and at 1-4 p.m. May 18 in the Walker Fine Arts Theatre at Patrick Henry Community College. Those auditioning should prepare a song in their key and be ready for any movement that the director may require. Minimum age to audition is 8. Getting a part commits the actor to 40 rehearsals, 6-9 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and then two weeks of performances. Justin Hall will be the director.
  • Billy Strings in concert: Billy Strings will perform in concert on May 16, at the Rives Theatre. Tickets cost $30.
  • Opening Reception: Expressions 2019: The opening reception for Piedmont Arts’ annual open-entry art exhibit, “Expressions 2019,” will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 17 at Piedmont Arts. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served; RSVP to Piedmont arts at or 276-632-3221. “Expressions 2019” will open Saturday, May 18. The exhibit features artwork by local people.
  • Friday Night Jamboree: The New Habit Band of southwestern Virginia and Dan Smith and the Foggy River Boys will perform for Friday Night Jamboree on May 17 at the HJDB Event Center (former high school) in Bassett. The event will start with a jam band at 7 p.m., followed by Don Smith at 7, then The New Habit at 8. Concessions will be available. Admission costs $5. The center is at 3289 Riverside Drive, Bassett.
  • Strawberry Festival: The 16th Annual Strawberry Festival will be held in downtown Stuart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18, rain or shine.
  • PCMA Music Jamboree: Destination Bluegrass will be the featured group for the Patrick County Music Association’s Music Jamboree on May 18. They will take the stage at 7 p.m. The event will begin with an open jam session at 4:45 p.m., followed by By Grace at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available; bring a chair. The Music Jamboree is held in the Rotary Building at 420 Woodland Drive, Stuart.
  • Smith River Singers: The Smith River Singers will present their spring concert, “Love, In All Its Glory,” at 7 p.m. May 20, at Galilean House of Worship, 5078 A.L Philpott Highway, Martinsville. The concert features composers from multiple areas, with an opening number by Sandra Ford of Martinsville. Special performances will include the First United Methodist Church Children’s Choir, as well as the Alma Ensemble, which is comprised of Sarah Wardle Jones on flute, Michelle Smith Johnson on clarinet and Erica Sipes on piano.
  • Hindi culture: Damanpreet Narula will hold a free Hindi Language class at 5:30 p.m.  May 21, at the Martinsville Library. Traditional Indian food will be served. For more information or to sign up, call the library at 276-403-5430.  
  • Gardening: The Martinsville Library, in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, will hold a gardening workshop at 1 p.m. May 21. To register, call the Martinsville Library at 276-403-5430.  
  • Bus to Broadway: "Hello, Dolly!": Piedmont Arts will host a bus trip for the performance of “Hello, Dolly!” at 7:30 p.m. May 22, at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The bus will leave at 4 p.m. The cost is $110 per person, with an additional optional boxed dinner for $10. Tickets are available at Piedmont Arts and over
  • Landscaping: The Martinsville Library, in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, will hold a landscaping workshop at 1 p.m. May 21. To register, call the Martinsville Library at 276-403-5430.  
  • Rhythms by the River: GBAC and Bassett Historical Center will present “Rhythms by the River” at 6:30-9 p.m. May 25 on the grounds of the historical center. Bring lawn chairs. The program is free.
  • "Faith Around the Globe": On May 28 the Martinsville Library will start a new lecture series, “Faith Around the Globe,” at 5:30 p.m. Martha Woody of Ohev Zion Synagogue will give the first lecture, about Judaism. Other speakers will be: Pastor Keith Ritchie of First United Methodist Church about Christianity, on June 4; Damanpreet Narula on Sikhism, on Aug. 6; and Barbara Stein of Dharmapala Kadampa Buddhist Center on Buddhism on Sept. 24. A session on Islam also is in the works.
  • Spring Carnival: Infinity Acres Ranch will have its fifth annual spring carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1. The event will include a petting animal area and music. Kids’ activities, with a $5 wristband, include a dunking booth, face painting, corn hole and more. There will be vendors, crafts and concessions llama-walking, games and a hay wagon. An open mic session will be at 1-3 p.m. Infinity Acres is at 136 Joppa Road, Ridgeway. Vendor spaces are available; call 358-2378 to reserve.

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