Make it purty: The Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will host a flower-arranging demonstration on Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at the WNC Ag Center Youth Building, gate #1. The demo, for individuals interested in entering the Mountain State Fair Flower and Garden Show, will include info on how to prepare displays, what judges look for, basic floral design and how to design a container water garden. To register for the class or for more info about the show call 255-5522.
Show us your squash: Madison County Farmers and Artisans Market at Mars Hill College will host a Squash Appreciation Day on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will offer samples of favorite squash recipes and Chef Michael Gentry from the Swannanoa School of Culinary Arts will be on site doing unusual and wondrous things with squash (zucchini canoes?). There will be an award for the farm with the biggest squash and a weight-guessing contest. The best guesser will win (what else?) a basket of squash. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 649-3373.
Flapjack heaven: The Black Mountain Tailgate Market will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. You can shop for local food and chow down on organic griddlecakes. Chef Shannon McConnaughy of the Green Light Café will be flipping pancakes, and assorted homemade toppings will be available, including locally grown jams, fruits and sorghum syrup. The market is held every Saturday morning in the yard of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation at 500 Montreat Road (Hwy. 9) in Black Mountain. For more info, e-mail email@example.com or call 664-0060.