» “Sell” Short Film Opening Weekend: “Sell,” the movie made locally by Rudy’s Girl Productions (Natalie Hodge), will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. tonight; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and at 5 p.m. Sunday at Hollywood Cinema.
» ‘Rives on the Road’: Big Something, sponsored by Rooster Walk, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Conference & Event Center (formerly Bassett Country Club). Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and season passes are accepted. This is the first “Rives on the Road” concert.
» Meadows of Dan Christmas Parade: The parade is at 3 p.m., beginning at Light Bridge Road with a route down Jeb Stuart Highway into Meadows of Dan.
» Still Water Singers: Holiday concert by the Still Water Singers is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Henry County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St., Martinsville. Refreshments will be served following concert. Christmas tree collection will be on display.
» Oil-painting class: Ed Gowen will direct students step by step in creating a particular oil painting from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5, at Piedmont Arts. The theme is “Twilight Beauty.” The cost is $85, which includes supplies, for each session. Register by calling 276-632-3221 or visiting PiedmontArts.org.
» “The 2019 Christmas Spectacular:” Patrick Henry Community College’s Patriot Players will present “The 2019 Christmas Spectacular” on Dec. 5-8 at the Walker Fine Arts Theatre at Patrick Henry Community College.
» Christmas tree lighting: Piedmont Arts will host its second annual lighting of the Christmas tree in the Art Garden, with crafts, hot chocolate and caroling, at 5 p.m. Dec. 5.
» Grand Illumination: Christmas tree lighting in front of the courthouse is at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 on Main Street in Stuart will be official kickoff of the Christmas season.
» Christmas Parade: Stuart Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 in downtown Stuart, organized by One Family Productions, with a theme of “A Christmas Story.”
» Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: Ridgeway Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting (at the gazebo) will start at 5 p.m. Dec. 7.
» Holiday home tour: STEP into Christmas, a home tour fundraiser for Solutions That Empower People (STEP), will include five historic homes in the Claiborne Avenue neighborhood in Rocky Mount at 1-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour and can be purchased through Eventbrite.com (search for STEP Into Christmas Home Tour) or by calling 540-483-5142, ext. 3003.
» Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Spectacular: There’s something new with the Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops concert: It will be performed at a matinee, instead of the previous evening show, at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Martinsville High School auditorium. Admission ranges from $5 to 25, and Altrusa will collect donations of non-perishable foods for Grace Network.
» Holiday concert: Chatham Concert Series will present Rainer Trio and Leslie Mabe with favorite songs of Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the sanctuary at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 66 North Main St., Chatham. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the concert series.
» Smith River Singers: The Smith River Singers will perform their annual Christmas concert, “Carols & Cheer,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Galilean House of Worship. This season’s concert will feature a symphony orchestra led by Bassett High School band director Trey Harris. The orchestra is comprised of professional and local musicians as well as students from the Bassett High School band. The Smith River Singers and orchestra will be joined by internationally-acclaimed soloists Jill Gardner, soprano, and Jake Gardner, bass-baritone, for a performance of Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols.”
» Artspiration: Senior Studio: From 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 10, the studio at Piedmont Arts will be open for seniors to work together. The cost is $5.
» Drizzle + Drink: Alisha Bennett will teach how to create art through a mix of techniques in “Holiday Mixology” from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13. Wearing a smock or old clothes is encouraged. $40.
» Music Night at Spencer-Penn: Two Young Two Old and The Country Boys will be the featured performers during Music Night at Spencer-Penn on Dec. 13 at the Spencer-Penn Centre. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the music begins with an open-mic session at 5:30. Concessions include hot dogs, barbecue, homemade chicken salad sandwiches, pinto beans and cornbread, homemade desserts, popcorn and chips.
» Artspiration — Gingerbread House: Michele Minich will lead people step by step in painting gingerbread houses, at 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 14, at Piedmont Arts. Kids are welcome. People should dress to get messy. The cost is $25. Register at 276-632-3221 or piedmontarts.org.
» Concert: Patrick County Music Association begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Rotary Building, 420 Woodland Drive, Stuart. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.; music begins at 5 p.m. with Chords of Faith; Mike Hall at 6 p.m.; and Country Boys at 7 p.m.
» Christmas parade: Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade, postponed from earlier, will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and circle through uptown Martinsville, along Main and Church streets. The theme is “The Magic of Christmas.” For more information about the parade, call 276-656-3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Artspiration — Senior Studio: The studio at Piedmont Arts will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 for senior citizens to create art. $5.
» Holiday Winter Concert: The Martinsville High School Jazz Band will conduct its annual Christmas concert at noon Wednesday, Dec. 18, at New College Institute. Admission is free, and donations of canned and other nonperishable foods will be accepted for Grace Network.
» Art at Happy Hour: Complimentary snacks and refreshments from the Piedmont Arts Guild will be served during the informal “walk and talk” through Piedmont Arts’ galleries from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.
» Bassett Jamboree Christmas Concert: Mark Templeton Band will perform from 1-9 pm. Friday, Dec. 20, at the HJDB Event Center in Bassett. An open mic session will be held during the hour before they take the stage. Concessions will be available. $5.
» Photography show: Nancy Susan Reynolds Memorial Photography Show concludes Dec. 20 at The Reynolds Homestead. For questions, call 276-694-7181.
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