Master gardeners can answer your questions

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County are ready to answer your gardening questions. Beginning Thursday, March 1 and through September, the Garden Helpline is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Master Gardener volunteers are available at 828-255-5522, and at 49 Mount Carmel Road, Asheville (if you bring a plant sample to the office, be sure it is large enough for plant identification).

Each year, Extension Master Gardener volunteers answer hundreds of gardening questions. From October through February when the helpline is not open, your questions will be answered by Alison Arnold, Extension Agent, Consumer Horticulture.  

Prostate group meets again in Asheville

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members, will meet Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. This month the group will have an open discussion. There is no fee to attend. For information, contact 828-242-8410 or 

Duplicate bridge group posts results from Feb. 20

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain and had a great time. Coming in first were David Hirsch/Roger Fenna. Coming in second were Elizabeth Lovejoy/Barbara Lilenfeld. Coming in third were Myra Schoen/Peter Schoen. If you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email for information.

Join the Auction for the Arts on March 3

Tickets are still on sale for the 13th annual Auction for the Arts, the nonprofit Black Mountain Center for the Arts' biggest fundraiser on Saturday, March 3. Tickets are $30 and include a catered buffet dinner, a silent auction and a fun-filled live auction. Proceeds help fund the arts center's programs and classes. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. Purchase tickets at 669.0930, or Eventbrite.

Ministry seeks items for its food pantry

The Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry pantry for its clients needs to restock its shelves with these personal hygiene Items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, toilet paper, laundry detergent and diapers (sizes 5 and 6). Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome (send to the ministry at P.O. Box 235, Black Mountain, NC 28711). Drop items off at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave.

And coming up ...

Celebrate spring with book talk in Lake Lure

Friends of Mountains Branch Library in Lake Lure invites everyone to wear their most festive spring hats to the Books & Bites Author Luncheon at Lake Lure Inn at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20. Dick Wall will speak about his late wife, Carol Wall, and her book "Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening." 

Reservations are $25 and needed in advance by calling 828-287-6392. A prize will be awarded for the best hat.


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