Patriot Players’ “Beauty and the Beast”: The Patrick Henry Community College Patriot Players’ production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” continues at 7 tonight and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets ($15) are on sale and will cost $20 at the door. Admission is free for children 5 and younger. Tickets are available on www.phccpatriotplayers.com/tickets and at the college.
2019 Dino Festival: The Virginia Museum of Natural History’s Dino Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the museum. It will feature life size-cast skeletons of some of the most iconic dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era, a huge variety of dinosaur fossils, presentations by renowned paleontologists and dinosaur-themed activities, crafts and concessions.
Dawn and the Deadlock concert: Dawn and the Deadlock will perform jazz, blues and soul music from 7-9:30 tonight at the HDJB Event Center in Bassett. The group says it will be their last show, including Angus Hobson, in Henry County this year. Tickets cost $12.
Paint Night: From 6:30-9:30 tonight, a painting party at HJDB Event Center in Bassett will lead participants step by step to paint “Set Out Some Flowers for Mama,” featuring bold dimensional flowers, using an impasto technique, in a terra cotta pot. Refreshments will be offered. The cost is $25.
Children’s theater: Bright Star Touring Theatre will present “The Wizard of Oz” and “Maximus Mars” at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Spencer-Penn Centre. Each show will be 45 minutes, with a 30-minute break in between. Admission to both shows is $2, and $1 for children 12 and younger. Participants in the center’s summer reading and SPICE programs and summer camps will get in free.
Summer Sunset Series in Ridgeway: “Family fun” is the name of the game from 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Ridgeway Town Park. There will be inflatables, games and fun for all ages. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Basketweaving: Kim Clayton will lead a workshop on how to weave a garden basket from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Arts Center, 334 Patrick Ave, Stuart. The basket is similar in size and shape to the standard peck basket but fancier. Attendees should bring lunch. All materials will be provided. The cost is $42. Register by calling the Reynolds Homestead at 276-694-7181.
4 Sundays @ 4: Jill Gardner, First United Methodist Church’s minister of music, will play that church’s organ at 4 p.m. Sunday for the second program of Robert Chapman’s “4 Sundays @ 4” organ recital series.
Studio Paint Party: Kimberly Boyd will teach a step-by-step painting class, all supplies included, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the HJDB Event Center in Bassett. The subject will be a sailboat on water, and the cost is $25. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, send a text to 276-618-0617.
Opening reception: Piedmont Arts will have an opening reception for the museum’s new exhibit, “FLASHPOINTS : Material : Intent : Fused, Ed Dolinger and Life, Love, Art: Works from the Collection of Judy and John Matthews,” at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Admission is free, and complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served.
Author reading: Writer A.D. Hopkins will make a stop in Bassett on Aug. 6 during his national book launch tour for “The Boys Who Woke Up Early.” Hopkins has worked for newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina and Las Vegas; “The Boys Who Woke Up Early” is his first novel. It’s about two teenaged friends in the hollers of western Virginia who had fun helping solve crime – until things got serious. The program will be at 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Bassett Historical Center.
Social media: As part of its L.I.F.E. (Learning Is ForEver) series at New College Institute, the program on Aug. 7 will be about social media. The class will give the basics of some of the most popular social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snap Chat. Two other programs later in the month will give an in-depth look at specific social media strategies, topics of Facebook, photo sharing and storage. To attend, RSVP to Ruby Jones at 276-403-5605 or email@example.com.
”Sweet Charity”: VisitMartinsville and the Rives Theatre are partnering to Celebrate 50 Years of Love in Virginia by showing a series of Throwback Thursday films made in 1969 on one Thursday a month at the Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville. The final film of the summer, “Sweet Charity,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 8.
Sunflower art: A painting party at 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the HJDB Event Center in Bassett will feature painting a sunflower quilt block on a 12-by-12-inch canvas.
Music Night at Spencer-Penn: The Shelton Brothers and Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys will be the featured performers during Music Night at Spencer-Penn on Aug. 9 at the Spencer-Penn Centre. The doors will open at 5, and the music begins with an open-mic session at 5:30. Concessions include hotdogs, barbecue, homemade chicken salad sandwiches, pinto beans and cornbread, homemade desserts, popcorn and chips.
Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge: The Reynolds Homestead’s 2019 Concert in the Park series will feature Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Fairy Stone State Park. The concert is free, but park admission rates apply.
Smith River Fest: The Smith River Fest will be at 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Smith River Sports Complex, featuring outdoor activities and events plus vendors.
Remedy in concert: The Mill Whistle concert series in Fieldale on Aug. 10 will feature Remedy. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Fieldale Recreation Center, 70 Marshall Way. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Fieldale Recreation Center and its pools.
Jerry Garcia Cover Band: The Jerry Garcia Cover Band will perform on Aug. 10 at Pop’s Farm in Axton, site of Rooster Walk. Gates will open to campers at 4 p.m. and non-campers at 7 p.m. The opening band will start at 8, and the Jerry Garcia Cover Band will start around 9. A food truck will sell dinner and drinks. People should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concert admission is $12. Tent camping costs $10 per vehicle, and the cost for RVs and tow-behind campers is $25.
”August: Osage County”: TheatreWorks Community Players will open “August: Osage County” at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Black Box Theatre. Following shows will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 16, 17, 23 and 24 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 25. The show tells the story of the Westons of Oklahoma. A pill-popping mother and three sisters harboring shady secrets unexpectedly reunite after the father disappears, and the family explodes in a whirlwind of repressed truths and unsettling secrets that uproariously expose the dark side of a Midwestern American family. The show is a winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Play in 2008.
Peach Festival: The 32nd annual Virginia State Peach Festival will be Aug. 16 at DeHart Park in Stuart. The gates will open at 5 p.m. A peach pit-spitting contest will be ongoing until 8 p.m. Music will start at 6, and a peach cobbler-eating contest will be at 7:30.
TGIF: The Pizzaz Band will perform for TGIF at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the farmer’s market area in Martinsville. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for ages 12 and older; free for younger. Hugo’s and Bahama Sno Cones will sell food. A bounce house will be set up for children. Infinity Acres will have some of their animals there.
Friday Night Jamboree: The Friday Night Jamboree at the HJDB Event Center in Bassett on Aug. 16 will feature Mark Templeton and Karen Web. A jam session will start at 6 p.m., and the band will perform at 7. Concessions will be available and dancers are welcome. Admission is $5.
Encaustic Art Family Day: Inspired by Piedmont Arts’ exhibit “Flashpoints,” kids can create an encaustic (hot wax) painting with guest instructors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 17 at Piedmont Arts. Complimentary snacks will be offered. All ages are welcome. Admission is free.
‘60s Sock Hop: VisitMartinsville and the Spencer-Penn Centre are participating in the “Celebrate 50 Years of Love in Virginia” campaign with a 1960s-themed dance at the center at 2 p.m. Aug. 18. The DJ will play classic tunes from that decade, when the Virginia Tourism Corporation started the “Virginia Is for Lovers” campaign. Admission costs $4 and includes Dippers ice cream on a sundae bar.
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