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Sandburg expert to speak in Flat Rock

FLAT ROCK — David Madden, a prolific author and authority on Carl Sandburg, will deliver the keynote remarks during the annual meeting of the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara at 2 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Flat Rock Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Madden has written 50 books and has published poetry, short stories, novels, autobiography and literary criticism and had his plays produced. His novel The Suicide's Wife was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and made into a CBS movie starring Angie Dickinson.
The founding director of the United States Civil War Center at LSU from 1968 to 2008, he is now Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing Emeritus. He and his wife, Robbie, moved four years ago to Black Mountain to be near their son and granddaughter.
In addition to the speaker, the annual meeting will include the latest news and activities occurring with the Friends, including the election of officers and new board members. For more information call Greg Brown at 828-338-0159.

Fletcher hosts
Cane Creek 5K
FLETCHER — The Fletcher Parks & Recreation and Foot Rx Running are sponsoring a free 5K run on the Cane Creek Greenway at Fletcher Community Park as part of National Trail Day on Saturday, March 28.
The route will go out to the new trail addition on the greenway and back. Runners will meet at the Steelcase Shelter at 8 a.m. to start. Coffee and doughnuts will be available after the run and Chick-fil-A will provide some runner rewards. For information contact Recreation Director Greg Walker at (828) 687-0751 ext. 140.

Birge featured as

'remarkable woman'
The second Conversations with Remarkable Women will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Dandelion Eatery, 127 Fifth Avenue West.
Pam Prather, Community Outreach Director at Mainstay, announced that Ruth Birge, former publisher of the Times-News and currently executive director of the United Way, will be the Remarkable Woman sharing her story.
Birge has led a life significantly impacted by loss.
"My life has been wonderful even though I experienced family deaths occurred consecutively," she says. "Those deaths changed my life and goals. Humor helped ease the pain of loss and still does."
Cost is $20, which pays for you and a "secret guest" who needs to hear the message, but who needs a scholarship. It is a pay-it-forward opportunity. RSVP is required. Call Mainstay at 693-3840 to make your reservation.

Club seeks sponsors
for golf tournament
The Hendersonville Kiwanis Club will host its annual Golf Tournament at Cummings Cover Golf & Country Club on Friday, June 6. This year's tournament will feature a long-drive competition and a closest-to-the-pin competition, each with a cash prize to the winner, as well as trophies and prizes to the overall winning teams.
The tournament will kick off with lunch provided to the participants at noon followed by a shotgun start with captain's choice scoring play beginning at 1 p.m. Teams cost $300 for four players, or individuals can register for $75 apiece.
Sponsorship opportunities include custom pin flags with company logos, as well as tee box signs and logo projections on the in-cart GPS. Sponsorship levels (which include a team) range in price from $400 to $1000. For information call (828) 393-5770 or email the club at
Proceeds from the event will fund the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club's many programs benefitting the children of Henderson County, including the Shoes & Socks Program, Balfour Babies, and annual grants to local non-profits.

Rotary Club serving
pancakes on Saturday

The Rotary Club of Hendersonville will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 29, at the McDonald's locations on Four Seasons Boulevard and Spartanburg Highway. The event raises money for programs that benefit children in Henderson County.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 11 a.m. for a $6 donation that includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, English muffins, and beverages served by Rotarians and McDonald's employees.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from any club member or at McDonald's the day of the breakfast.
Last year the Rotary Club of Hendersonville awarded 55 Henderson County teachers over $30,000 in grants. The proceeds also help fund many other programs along with scholarships to students in both the county and Blue Ridge Community College.

Plant sale set
on April 25-26
Bullington Gardens will hold its annual spring plant sale on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The sale features a wide variety of native and non-native perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetable starts and small trees and shrubs. Proceeds from the sale benefit the educational programs at Bullington Gardens.
Bullington Gardens is located at 95 Upper Red Oak Trail in Hendersonville. From Highway 64, turn north onto Howard Gap Road. Proceed one mile, and turn right on Zeb Corn Road. Go 2/3 of a mile and turn right on Upper Red Oak Trail.

Judge Fox, Welter
share their expertise
The staff and volunteers of Heritage Museum in the Historic Courthouse recently heard presentations by people knowledgeable about local history. The Monday events when the museum is closed give museum staffers and volunteers valuable information and insight they use when giving tours.
Retired Judge David Fox took the group through the Civil War and the Modern Wars rooms. Most all of the artifacts in both rooms belong to Judge Fox, and he graciously shares them with the Museum and its guests. He pointed to uniforms, weapons, and personal items that had once belonged to a soldier — perhaps a photo of a sweetheart or a child—and told stories about each one. The group was fascinated by Judge Fox's knowledge as well as his extensive collection of artifacts pertaining to the Civil War.
LuAnn Welter, a Hendersonville Planning Department employee who co-authored the book Images of America: Hendersonville with Galen Reuther, took the Museum group through the part of the Golden Age Exhibit known as Architects Hall. The Golden Age Exhibit covers the period of rapid growth in Henderson County that began with the coming of the train in 1879 and lasted until the Great Depression. Two prolific architects made a tremendous impact in the area, and the Museum's architectural display features buildings and homes attributed to them.
First was Richard Sharp Smith, who designed the 1905 Courthouse and many other public buildings and residences in Henderson County and elsewhere. The second was Erle G. Stillwell, Hendersonville's most active architect and the designer of City Hall, First United Methodist Church and many schools and residences.
Welter went from photograph to photograph pointing out interesting features of the structures and some of the details of each architect's life, adding to the volunteers' repertoire of colorful anecdotes.
The Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 pm Wednesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. and Sunday. Admission is free, and groups are welcome. For more information call 694-1619 or visit