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The 40th annual Hot Fun in the Summertime Beach Music festival will be held at Wayside Park in Stuart Thursday through Saturday. Visit beachfestival.com for more information and to get tickets.
One Family Productions of Patrick County hosts Bushels & Barrels June 17-18. It features a local foods Farm-to-Table dinner, a homebrew competition and the festival. Five Brothers Jazz Band will perform Friday, June 17, when the dinner will be held. The festival opens at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, with performers Maggie Mae & the Summer Heat; Oh, Christopher; Slick Jr. & The Reactors; and Caitlin Krisko and the Broadcast.
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For information, visit www.bushelsandbarrels.com.
Patrick & Henry Community College is holding classes in paper-crafting at the Dalton IDEA Center The final one is Ink Creations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 15 ($15). To register, visit ph.augusoft.net or email 656-5461.
Chix with Stix are knitters who gather from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every other Tuesday at Piedmont Arts (June 14 and 28). Bring your own supplies to knit in companionship. The cost is $5 for people who are not members of Piedmont Arts.
Naomi Hodge-Muse will teach Bob Ross techniques painting classes at Piedmont Arts. Each class runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at $85 each. The next one is Thursday, July 7. Register at PiedmontArts.org.
Music Night at Spencer-Penn Friday features the Country Boys. Admission is $5. The event starts at 6:20 p.m.
Woody Powers and Midnite Express will perform Friday night at the Cascade School Community Center Music and Dance, from 7-9:30 p.m. at 3561 Huntington Trail. Admission costs $8. The band on June 17 will be Hard Times Band.
The Martinsville Handbell Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church. There is no admission charge.
First Friday Open Mic Night from 6-9 p.m. will be held July 1 at the Historic Henry County Courthouse Plaza, 1 E Main Street. Free admission, all ages welcome, food and cash bar opens at 5 p.m.
The 21st Bluegrass Festival will be held July 14-16, Wayside Park, 332 Wayside Park Road, Stuart. Johnny and Jeanette Williams are the hosts, with Junior Sisk Band, Lonesome River Band, Five Mile Mountain Road, Addie Levy Band, Goodfellers, Harrison Ridge, Wound Tight, Mike Mitchell Band, Tim White and Troublesome Hollow. Admission $50 for all three days; and other ticket options are available: 276-692-4149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rudy’s Girl Media is looking for small business people to feature in the second season of its series “Hometown Hustle.” Each 22-minute episode focuses on a local proprietor and the challenges he or she has faced in business. Season 2 of the feel-good series will include 10 22-minute episodes that feature small businesses from Martinsville, Henry County, Patrick County, Danville, Pittsylvania County, Prince Edward County, Halifax County, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte County and Brunswick County.
To suggest a business or for information on sponsorship, visit www.HometownHustle.tv. Filming will begin in summer.
See the current series of “Hometown Hustle” on the Rudy’s Girl Media YouTube page. In this web-reality series Natalie Hodge and Devin Pendleton together provide the setting 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 of Teresa’s School of Baton and Dance and Wayne Draper of TAD Space & Right Now Remediation, Restoration & Repair tell their business stories.
Martinsville Uptown Partnership has started a “Third Thursdays in Uptown,” to be held June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15, in the Franklin/Depot Street parking lot below the Black Box Theatre. Each one will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with food trucks.
Front Porch Fest will be held Sept. 1-4 at Spirithaven Farm in Stuart. Bands include The Vagabonds, Larry Keel Experience, Consider the Source, Little Bird, Big Daddy Love, Erin & The Wildfire, Into the Fog, Tim Sawyer, The Judy Chops, Striking Copper, The Get Right Band, The Freeway Jubilee, Free Union, Slick Jr. & The Reactors, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Annabelle’s Curse, Oh Christoperh, Dirk Quinn Band, GOTE, Isaac Hadden Project, Fluidity Performance Troupe and The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs. Ticket options include 4-day general admission for $130.
Piedmont Arts’ annual open-entry exhibit “Expressions” runs through July 29. When you visit, you can vote for the People’s Choice award winner.
The exhibit “Pardoned But Not Forgotten,” by the Martinsville 7 Initiative, is at the Fayette Area Historical Initiative Museum, 211 Fayette St., Martinsville.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History‘s latest exhibit, “The Science of Flight,” is open now.