LIFE: Old Days of Pickin’ & Grinin’ Early Country Music of Southwest Virginia

Discover the heritage of your favorite music!

Discuss the early days of the 20th century with the tradition and commercialization of country music in the region of the Birthplace of Country Music.

Discover The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and The Henderson School of Traditional Appalachian Arts.

LIFE: Uptown Martinsville Architecture & History

Learn about Martinsville’s local history!

Martinsville Henry County Historical Society’s President, Virginia King, will give a presentation of the architecture and history of Uptown Martinsville.

Team Engineering Day

Can your team successfully design the hull of a ship in virtual reality?

For Grades 8 – 11 | Lunch Provided

Experience  hands-on, innovative technologies to explore virtual reality, augmented reality and laser scanning using engineering design principles in this challenge. Students will design a ship hull in virtual reality, create their hull from a laser cutter, and test their design in a towing tank with augmented reality! Explore engineering principles of stability, buoyancy, and function in this exciting workshop employing real-world applications of STEM design modules in advanced manufacturing!

Engineering Week

Did You Know?
-Technologies used in digital shipbuilding such as augmented reality, 3D modeling, and 3D printing have applicability in a wide variety of other industries.
-Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) has a supply chain of 14 companies from Southern Virginia.

See For Yourself!
-See how 3D modeling and laser scans create new ways to manufacture equipment.
-View how augmented reality can perform underwater maintenance.
-Explore how 3D printed parts are used in sectors throughout Southern Virginia.

Free to attend and open to the public.

LIFE: Photography

Discover the history and modern applications of photography.

A fascinating coverage of the history of photography, including:

  • The care and handling of old and new photos
  • The restoration of photos with examples
  • The state of digital printing
  • Digital cameras
  • Storage of files
  • A comparison of film to digital
  • Discussion about Photoshop

Presented by Bill Heroy, owner of Old Photo Specialists.


LIFE: Life as an Organ Donor Recipient

Learn more about organ donations!

Learn how organ donations not only change the life of the recipient, but the lives of all involved. Participants will hear first hand experience from a donor recipient and will be able to register to become organ donors.

LIFE: Dementia Friends Champion

Become a Dementia Friends Champion!

This Information Session is an in-person experience run by a Dementia Friends Champion. It is not a formal training. The session has activities and discussion that cover the five key messages everyone should know about dementia. Everyone who attends is asked to do a dementia-friendly action as part of becoming a Dementia Friend, but the choice is yours.

Presented by Glenda Clark, Dementia Friends Champion

LIFE: Tour & Taste at Hamlet Vineyards

Enjoy a tour, tasting, and discussion of the founding of Hamlet Vineyards, agritourism, and the growth of the Virginia wine industry.

Group will meet at Hamlet Vineyards, located at 405 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA 24055.

Free to attend; wine may be purchased. Must be 21 to participate.

Limited spots.

UVA Informational Webinar

Join NCI and UVA for an informational session for a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

To register for this webinar visit:

For more information contact Chris McDonald at or by calling 276-403-561

LIFE: Home Fit

Turn your house into a home!

The AARP Home Fit Guide was created to help people stay in the home they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone in their household. The guide offers solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that require skilled expertise.