Henry County Parks and Recreation (HCPR) will hold a variety of activities throughout the summer.
Picnic pavilions in the parks and the Philpott Marina Group Campground can be reserved up to six months ahead. Reservations for the campground for five or more consecutive nights may be made up to one year ahead.
Geocaching uses Global Positioning System (GPS) to hide and find “caches” that have been placed by others. When someone finds a geocache, he or she signs in at the log book; takes the item in the cache-box, and leaves something for the next person. Anyone interested may find these caches at his or her own convenience. The coordinates below show the caches at the parks; participants need their own GPS systems.
Jack Dalton Park: N36 44.643 W79 53.431
Gravely Park: N36 36.625 W79 48.946
Philpott Marina: N36 46.740 W80 01.896
Lauren Mountain Nature Preserve: N36 44.643 W80 00.300
Doe Run Park: N36 40.386 W79 53.339
“New Cache of the Guide” (Hint: Use the dog trail at the Sports Complex): N36 38.111 W79 49.635
Group Fishing Pole Loaner Program
In conjunction with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, HCPR loans fishing poles and equipment. For more information or to reserve a pole, call HCPR at 634-4645. Use is free, and equipment may be picked up at the county administration building.
Movie in the Park
Each month, a recent hit movie will be shown on a 20- by 10-foot screen at Jack Dalton Park. Games and music will start at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will start at 9. Admission to the event is free, and popcorn and other refreshments will be for sale.
The movies will be: “Minions,” June 24; “Hotel Transylvania II,” July 8; and “Frozen,” Aug. 12.
Take a Kid With You to Golf
With a playing adult, children can either play for free or at a discounted rate, depending on age. Children ages 12 and younger can play for free, while teenagers ages 13-16 can play for half cart fee or only cart fee, depending on the course. The offer is valid at several area golf courses, and all times start at 6 p.m.
The days and participating golf courses are: first Monday of each month, Heritage Golf Course in Bassett; second Tuesday of the month, Beaver Hills Golf Club in Collinsville; third Wednesday of the month, Horsepasture Mini Par; fourth Thursday of the month, Forest Park Country Club in Martinsville.
Adult Kayaking Day
Smith River Outfitters is a co-sponsor for this river journey with a guide. Kayaks and a shuttle will be provided for those who need them.
Middle School Girls Beach Volleyball
Girls from ages 11 to 13 (as of May 31) may play volleyball on the sand court at Jack Dalton Park. Games will be self-officiated, and held in the evenings in June and July. Participation is free. Get a team together and register it with HCPR.
The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA will teach children ages 6-12 animal care through crafts and hands-on experiences with the shelter animals. Each participant will receive a certificate, gift bag and T-shirt.
Register at the SPCA. The camp will be held June 14-18, July 12-16 and Aug. 2-6 from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the SPCA. The cost is $55.
Kids Geocaching Days
Geocaching is an increasingly popular activity that is an outdoor scavenger hunt that uses Global Positioning System (GPS) to find objects that are hidden. Registration is required, and the groups are limited to eight people each.
Kids Fishing Day
HCPR, Martinsville Parks and Recreation and Martinsville Senior Services will sponsor a fishing clinic for children ages 7-14. Experienced anglers will help children learn how to fish. Registration is required, and the event is limited to 75 participants. Fishing poles will be provided.
It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4, at the Beaver Creek Reservoir, and there is no cost.
Basic Car Maintenance
HCPR and AutoTech will teach how to check and change oil, check spark plugs, rotate tires, check fluids and more.
The class will be held from 6-7 p.m. June 8 at AutoTech in Martinsville. The cost is $15. Register through HCPR.
The dates are 10-11:30 a.m. June 15 and July 15.
HCPR will offer a tie-dye session for children ages 5-14 at Jack Dalton Park. Participants will need to bring their own white T-shirt to dye. Call 634-4640 to register.
HCPR and the Virginia Cooperative Extension will help children ages 6-12 make and decorate cupcakes. Register by calling 634-4640.
Children’s Craft Class
Up to 10 children may take this class of making different crafts. Register by calling 634-4640.
Juniors Golf Tournament
The tournament will be held in July at a date to be announced later, and the cost is $10.
Up to 10 participants will make their own rockets, then see how they work, at Jack Dalton Park. Register by calling HCPR.
Parks-N-Recreation Night at Sportlanes
People who wear a Parks and Recreation jersey to Sportlanes will receive a special pricing of two games for $1. Jerseys can be from the basketball, volleyball and baseball seasons.
The offer is good from 3-9 p.m. July 29 and 30 at Sportlanes.
Bring a Kid With You to Bowl
Sportlanes will offer two games for $1 from noon to 7 p.m. Fridays, June through August. An adult must bowl with the children.
Chalk It Up
It will be held from 7-9 p.m. July 8, and admission is free.
Smith River Fest
The ninth annual Smith River Fest will include paddling, hiking, biking, fishing and nature-watching. Activities will include a river boat race, mud run, live music, petting zoo, children’s activities, beer garden, rock climbing wall, food and arts and craft vendors.
Hunters Safety Course
This class, offered in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, is required for first-time hunters, including all persons 12 or older who have not had a hunting license. Registration on www.dgif.virginia.gov is required. Students must download the book and bring it, and the completed test in the back of the book, to the course. For help in registering, call HCPR at 634-4645.
The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Henry County Public Safety Building. Bring snacks, drinks and lunch. There is no charge.
Register for camps by calling 634-4645.
This camp is for children ages 7-13 who have had limited experience with tennis. Children will be taught the rules of tennis and the fundamental skills such as serving and volleying. Each attendee will receive a camp T-shirt.
The camp will be held from 9-11 a.m. July 11-15 at the Collinsville Jaycee Park Tennis Courts. The cost is $30.
HCPR and Martinsville Parks and Recreation will offer a youth baseball instructional camp. This week-long camp for children ages 6-13 will focus on the fundamentals of pitching, fielding and hitting. It will finish with a scrimmage game against other campers on Friday, June 10.
It will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. June 6-10 at Southside Park. The cost is $25.
Martinsville Mustangs Baseball Camp
The staff of Martinsville Mustangs will teach this camp.
The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 25-29 at Hooker Field. The cost is $100. It includes lunch on Friday and two tickets to the July 29 home game.
This camp for children ages 7-13 will focus on individual skill development and game play as well as athletic competitions.
The date and time will be announced later. The cost will be $40, which includes a camp T-shirt.
Sportlanes and HCPR will offer a bowling camp for children ages 8-16. Participants will get hands-on instruction and learn different techniques, as well as bowl a couple of games, each day.
The camp will be held from 2-4 p.m. July 18-22 at Sportlanes. The cost is $25, payable to Sportlanes.
Kids in the Kitchen
The Virginia Cooperative Extension and HCPR will introduce way to make smart choices when it comes to eating out or at home. Children ages 6-12 will be taught how to prepare fast and easy home-cooked meals. Each session will include some exercise.
HCPR, Horsepasture Mini Par and Driving Range, Magna Vista High School and Bassett High School will offer a camp for children ages 7-13. Instructors will teach the full swing, pitching, chipping, putting, rules and etiquette of the game. Register by calling 634-4640.
The camp will be held from 9-11 a.m. June 16 and July 28 at Horsepasture Mini Par and Golf Range. The cost is $10, payable to the golf course.
This camp teaches children ages 3-6 years old the basic motor skills of playing baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. It will meet once a week for four weeks, covering a different sport each week. The program familiarizes children with different equipment and introduces them to the idea of organized sports. The classes are sponsored and run by HCPR and Martinsville Parks and Recreation.
The class will run from 6-6:45 p.m. Mondays, July 11 through Aug. 1, at the Collinsville YMCA. The cost is $10.
Children ages 5-13 will participate in still-life drawings, paintings, cartoons, abstract paintings and other forms of art.
Art camp will be held from 9-11 a.m. June 21-23 at the administration building. The cost is $25.
This camp will be held outdoors with fishing, hiking and other activities in nature.
It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 27-30, meeting at the administration building. The cost is $5.
It will be held at the high school, on dates to be announced later.
Champions in Motion
This cheerleading program is for children ages 4-18. It promotes coordination, poise, confidence, artistic expression, competitive spirit and physical fitness. Students will be taught fundamentals of cheerleading, dance routines, parade routines, cheers, chants, leaps, jumps, how to perform in front of an audience and preparation for school cheerleading.
There will be different sessions, all on Thursdays, for different age groups, at the administration building. The cost is $7 per week, with an $8 registration fee. The dates will be announced later.
Age groups and their classes will be: 4-6 years old, 5:30-6:15 p.m.; 7-9, 6:15-7 p.m.; and 10 and older, 7-7:45 p.m.
Fitness and Sport
Co-Ed Beach Volleyball
Games will be played on Thursday nights. Games are self-officiated and geared toward fun and socialization. A minimum of four teams is required to have the league, and coaches will receive a game ball for the season. A minimum of four players and maximum of six is required per team. There must be equal males and females on the court, or there may be more females than males. Up to 10 players, ages 15 and older, may be on the roster.
Adult Tennis Pick-Up Nights
Adult Tennis Pick-Up Nights will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays (single matches) and Thursdays (doubles matches) at the Jaycee Park. There is no charge.
Men’s Flag Football League
Miles in Martinsville
The Miles in Martinsville Series is an outreach program of the YMCA. There are distances for runners of all levels from 5K to half marathon. Runs will be:
May 29: Tuff Strutter 5K Trail Run
Aug. 13: Helgramite Hustle 5K Mud Run at Smith River Fest
Sept. 16: Harvest Moon 5K and 10K and Dancing on Depot
Run/Hike the Trails
Groups will walk on local trails at no cost at 7 a.m. Fridays June through August.
HCPR provides transportation services to Henry County residents, particularly those in rural areas, who are at least 60 years old. Preference is given to the elderly, transportation disadvantaged and disabled. For a ride, call 634-4644.
This program is for people at least 60 years old. It provides meals and socialization. To attend, call 634-4644.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, the meals are at Moral Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Axton. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays, they are at the former John D. Bassett High School building. Donations are suggested.
The breakfast club is designed to be a fun and socially interactive way to meet people. Each person pays for the cost of his breakfast. The group will meet: May 24 at Clarence’s Steak and Seafood in Ridgeway; June 28 at Skip’s Restaurant on Starling Avenue in Martinsville; July 26 at Sirloin House in Martinsville; and Aug. 23 at Fieldale Café.
The Bridge Club is for people ages 50 and older for both beginning and experienced players. Plan ahead on having four players per table by calling 634-4644.
The games will be played at 12:30 p.m. on the second and third Thursday of each month, except for July 14, in Room 1 of the administration building. Donations will be accepted.
This class will teach the fundamental yoga positions, focusing on alignment to balance the nervous system through many standing, seated and reclined poses; obtaining foundational knowledge of breath awareness; as well as meditation and relaxation techniques. The instructor will provide variations of the postures to meet the individual needs of each student. Register by calling 634-4644.
It will be held at 10:30 a.m. Fridays at Just Breathe Yoga and Bodywork Studio at 4 E. Main St., Martinsville. The cost will depend on the number of students enrolled.
The Out-to-Lunch Bunch meets at 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Days and times are: May 17, Skip’s Restaurant at 900 Starling Ave., Martinsville; June 21, Clarence’s Steakhouse and Seafood in Ridgeway; July 19, Los Nortenos at 2280 Virgina Ave., Collinsville; and Aug. 16, Wild Magnolia in Patrick Henry Mall. Each person will pay for his own meal.
It will meet from 1:30-3 p.m. May 24, June 18, July 26 and Aug. 23 at the Collinsville library. The event is free, and donations of books will be accepted.
Golden Crossfit 276
This senior exercise class can help with flexibility, strength and cardio in a supportive social atmosphere. The workouts are adapted to ability. To register, call 634-4644 or 632-3276.
The class will meet at 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Crossfit 276, 31 E. Church St., Martinsville, at a cost of $3 per class.
A free yoga class will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesdays at Stanleytown United Methodist Church. Each person must bring her own mat. Call 634-4644 to register.
Android Smartphone Class: Technology on the Move
The HCPR and Virginia Cooperative Extension will teach how to use Android Smartphones; each person must bring his phone to class. Register by calling 634-4644.
Art of the Month
Karen Eggleston will teach art classes from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Collinsville Branch Library, and from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Ridgeway Library.
The subjects and dates will be:
Mixed Media on Canvas: May 16 and May 24; $20 fee
Double-Sided Pocket Card: June 20 and June 28; $12 fee
Paint a Wine Bottle: July 18 and July 26; $25 fee
Beginner Zentangle (with pen an dink, this new form of art turns drawings into artistic designs): Aug. 15 and Aug. 23.
Walking on the Dick & Willie Passage.
Lunch at Chatmoss Country Club
A group will eat lunch, then take a tour of the club. Register by calling 634-4644 and pay the $16 fee before June 17, at which time menu choices will be provided.
The lunch will be held at 12:30 p.m. June 30.
Tour of Henry County and Martinsville
The tour will include Philpott Lake, the Philpott Marina, Hamlet Vineyard with a wine tasting, the Martinsville Speedway and Dippers Ice Cream. Register by May 16 by calling 634-4644 and pay the $25 cost by May 25.
The tour will be held on June 9.
Fundamentals of Bowling
Sportlanes and HCPR will host a class on how to hold the bowling ball, how to roll the ball, using proper stance and using the computer for scores. Register by calling 634-4644.
Sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays for five weeks, starting July 26, at Sportlanes. The cost is $20.
First Fridays at the Lanes Senior Social
The cost will be $1 per game, and coffee and refreshments will be served free.
It will be offered from 9-11 a.m. June 3, July 1 and Aug. 5 at Sportlanes.
Senior Kayaking Day
Participants will be on the river for 4.8 miles in about two hours. They will float from South Martinsville to the Smith River Sports Complex. Bring a water bottle and wear a wicking shirt, light jacket, old tennis shoes and other appropriate clothes. Kayaks will be provided for those who don’t have them.
Health Screening and Information
Martinsville Urgent Care staff will provide free Health Screenings, including blood pressure and blood sugar test. Blue Ridge Village will give information on alternative health care needs, and Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care will conduct an oxygen saturation test. Natalie Gongloff will discuss skin care needs.
The screenings will be done from 9-11 a.m. May 26, June 23, July 28 and Aug. 25 at the administration building.
Senior Bowling Appreciation Day
Bowling at Sportlanes from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, will be free for people ages 50 and older.
Thursday Trail Trekkers
The group, co-sponsored by HCPR and Dan River Basin Association, will walk a different trail every week. The trails will be senior-friendly, but there is no age limit to participate.
The group will meet at 9:15 a.m., weather permitting, starting in May. Each trail will be announced a month in advance and posted on www.henrycountyva.gov/parksandrec.
Rag Heart Wreath Workshop
This class will demonstrate how to use extra fabric or clothing items to make into keepsake wreaths. Bring fabric, or buy available fabric for $2. Registration may be made through the Virginia Cooperative Extension or HCPR.
The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 12 at the administration building in Room 2. The cost is $5.
Trips are planned for people of any age. They are:
Memorial Day Weekend in New York City
Prices range from $499 single occupancy to $379 quad.
The Man Who Moved A Mountain – Rock Churches
On June 11, a group will visit six historic churches in the counties of Carroll, Floyd and Patrick that were built by the Rev. Bob Childress.
The cost is $69 per person.
Tangier Island – James River Canal Cruise
June 25-26, the group will visit the Richmond Railway Museum; Monument Avenue; and Virginia’s five-star hotel, The Jefferson; and take a tour on the James River and Kanawha Canal, plus take a 90-minute narrated cruise on the Chesapeake Bay.
The cost ranges from $299 for single occupancy to $259 for quad.
Independence Day Weekend in New York City
Prices range from $499 single occupancy to $379 quad.
This trip on July 23 will go to Mooresville, North Carolina for a luncheon cruise on Lake Norman, then on the Catawba Queen Riverboat, then to Spencer, North Carolina, to ride a train and visit the North Carolina Transportation Museum.
The cost is $99 per person.
Washington D.C., Potomac Riverboat and Smithsonian
On Aug. 29 and 30, a group will ride a train from Lynchburg to Union Station, where people may eat lunch and visit shops, as well as the Roosevelt, World War II, Martin Luther King and Air Force Memorials.
The costs range from $299 single occupancy to $249 quad.
Labor Day Weekend in New York City
Prices range from $499 single occupancy to $379 quad.
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