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Modern childhood brings to mind hours of video games and television, but author Donald Davis grew up surrounded by the outdoors. Davis will read from his memoir Tales from a Free-Range Childhood on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at Malaprop’s, as well as several other locations. Free. Info: ddavisstoryteller.com.

Vinegar doesn’t have to come in a pre-sealed jug. It can be made at home, along with alcohol and glycerin extracts. On Thursday, May 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. participants will learn how to make herbal teas, tinctures and vinegars. Held at the A-B Tech Enka Campus. Free. Info: herbalmedicinemakingseries.eventbrite.com

Take geology out of the classroom and into kids’ imaginations at Hands On! Gallery in Hendersonville. A Geology Rocks class will be held on Friday May 13 at 3:30 p.m. Open to children 1st grade and up. Free with $5 admission/free for members. Info: handsonwnc.org.

Dig out your fishing pole and cast your line at the French Broad River Fins and Gills Classic. The event will feature casting lessons, raft and canoe trips and more. Held at the Asheville Outdoor Center on Saturday May 14 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. $10. Early registration discounts are available. Info: 52-8474, ext. 11.

The Celebration Singers of Asheville, a community children's chorus, invites the public to its annual spring concert, "Celebrate the Beautiful World," at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., Asheville, on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. Info: 230-5778 or singasheville.org.

Join researchers, farmers, consumers and policymakers at Green Monday for a presentation on sustainable agriculture. Presented by the Blue Ridge Sustainability institute in the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce second floor conference room on Monday, May 16 at 3 p.m. Info: blueridgesustainability.org.

Head for the garden or drop by the farmers market to pick up ingredients for Malaprop's "Salad Days of May" food competition on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to prepare a salad "using mostly (or all) local ingredients." One winner will be chosen from both the raw foods salad and pasta-based salad categories. A tasting will follow the competition. Info: malaprops.com.

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