SOLARIZE WNC will hold a public forum Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Marianna Black Library. The forum will feature presentations by reputable solar and energy efficiency contractors who then answer questions and speak with people interested in energy independence for their homes, businesses and industries. Information includes the practicalities of investing in solar and efficiency measures, as well as available financing, tax credits and utility industry programs. The forum will be live-streamed by The Canary Coalition. For those who cannot attend, it can be viewed at Call 631-3447 or email for more information.


MARGE ABEL will talk about how to create border gardens around walkways, sidewalks and fences on Friday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist fellowship hall. Attendees are also welcome to bring a covered dish to the gathering before the event at 5:30 p.m. Call 828-524-3691 for more information.

THE AMAZING GRAZING livestock education program will meet Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the pasture of Gary Taylor (1469 Sugar Fork Road in Franklin). The three major themes of the program include improved profitability, improved animal health and well being, and improved environmental sustainability. When these three themes can be achieved in a production system, it becomes clear that pasture-based systems are good for farmers, good for their neighbors and good for the non-farming population, according to Rob Hawk. Lunch will be provided at the event. Call Pam Bell at 828-421-2909 or Hawk at 828-736-6919 for more information.

A DROP-IN RECEPTION will be held in the Macon County Library meeting room on Tuesday, May 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Chuck Coburn recently took a photography trip to the Southwest and will have his work on display during May. Refreshments will be available at the reception.

REACH OF MACON COUNTY will host the seventh annual American Girl Tea Party on Saturday, May 9, from 2 until 4 p.m. at Cowee Baptist Church. There will be hot teas, light finger food and sweet treats, door prizes for adults and children, a silent auction and a photo booth. Tickets are $10 for children, $25 for adults and $150 for a table. Call the Macon County office at 828-369-5544 or the Jackson County office at 828-586-8969 for more information or to purchase tickets.


THE 82ND ANNUAL RAMP FESTIVAL will be held Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, from noon to 6 p.m. The festival will feature ramp dishes, entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, a ramp-eating contest, a jam tent (attendees are welcome to bring their instruments) and clogging. Other foods will also available.

HART THEATER will hold auditions for chorus, dance corps and supporting roles for it’s production of “OKLAHOMA!” on Sunday, May 3, and Monday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. Principal roles in this show have been cast, but all other roles are still open. All actors should come with sheet music. There will be an accompanist provided. Anyone unable to attend the scheduled auditions should contact HART at to arrange another time.