VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED at Equinox Ranch to transform the building to meet the needs of the program for combat veterans. Volunteers of all experiences and skill levels are welcome. Contact Margo Capparelli at equinox.ranch@yahoo.com or 356-8307.

FRIENDS OF PANTHERTOWN celebrates National Trails Day on Saturday in Panthertown Valley with informal guided hikes led from the Salt Rock Gap and Cold Mountain Gap trailheads. Meeting points are 9:30 a.m. at the Salt Rock Gap trailhead in Cashiers or at the Cold Mountain Gap trailhead in Toxaway. Group size is limited. RSVP is appreciated. More information is at panthertown.org.

THE CANEY FORK COMMUNITY BUILDING will host its annual barbecue fundraiser event from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music, a cakewalk and raffle. For more information, contact Kristin Stevens at 293-5225 or visit the Caney Fork Community Facebook page.

THE FIRST FRIDAY BOOK GROUP will meet at 10 a.m. June 7, in Room 129 of the Jackson County Senior Center. The book to be discussed is “The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez. The selection for July 5 is “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. For more information, call 586-4940.

THOMAS CROWE will visit City Lights Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. Friday to present a collection of poems by Yvan Goll that he edited. “The Inner Trees” includes translations spanning 60 years that have been out of print for decades. The translators include Kenneth Rexroth, Robert Bly, W.S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell, William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Patchen, Paul Zweig and Nan Watkins. Crowe is an author and translator of more than 30 books, including the multi-award winning nonfiction nature memoir “Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods.” To reserve copies of “The Inner Trees,” call City Lights at 586-9499.

SWAIN COUNTY POET BENJAMIN CUTLER will read from his debut collection, “The Geese Who Might Be Gods,” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at City Lights Bookstore. Local poets Catherine Carter and Megan Lucas will read poems and prose, and introduce Cutler. To reserve copies of “The Geese Who Might Be Gods,” call City Lights at 586-9499.

DOGWOOD CRAFTERS will hold two heritage workshops next week at the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge. The first – Poplar Bark Basket – is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday. Joe Williams will instruct participants in making a basket from one piece of poplar bark that is scored, folded and laced up with a leather handle attached. Cost for the class is $24. At 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6, Bill Douglas will teach a workshop on making Celtic hair bands. This hair band or scarf pin is woven using two contrasting colors of reed into a shape inspired by the Celtic knot. Cost is $6. Materials will be furnished. Register to attend by calling Dogwood at 586-2248 by Saturday.