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The West District 4-H Horsemanship Clinic will be held at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher, June 13-15. The clinic is open to all youth — ages 9-18 as of January 1 — not just 4-H youth. Youth participants from the counties in the West Extension District will have priority for spaces until June 1. The remaining spaces may be filled by applicants from outside of the district on a first-come first-served basis, until the allotted 120 spaces are filled.

The horse clinic is designed for youth to increase their horsemanship knowledge and riding skills. Each child brings his/her horse and throughout the three days, participates in riding class in selected disciplines as well as demonstrations and lectures. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced rider, the clinic offers something for you.


Macon Program for Progress Head Start parents and staff developed the Back to School Angels Project with a goal to provide backpacks to children leaving Head Start and going into Macon County Public School kindergarten classrooms in the fall. Head Start children receive free backpacks that are filled with ageappropriate school supplies.

MPP, a community action agency, has a limited number of projects that are self-supporting and depend on local donations. The Back to School Angels was developed based on parents in need of assistance who are experiencing financial difficulties.


A benefit gospel singing for the Victory Christian School will be held on Friday evening, May 27, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Ole Mater Farm on Greens Creek near Dillsboro.

The singing will feature Blue Ridge of Franklin along with the Carolina Crossmen of Cullowhee, Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion and Mountain Faith (which features three teens who attend Victory Christian School).


Economists predict rising food costs will continue to affect many families in this area.

N.C. Cooperative Extension provides a program called EFNEP: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

Families learn how to get the most from their food dollars by planning, shopping and preparing foods the smart way.



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