VU hosting talk by Mike Veny

Professional speaker, author, and drummer Mike Veny will share his testimony of how he turned his mental health challenges into assets at 11 a.m. today at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, 20 Red Skelton Blvd. Veny will present “Transforming Stigma: How to Become A Mental Wellness Superhero.” This free program is open to the public. Veny has delivered a TedX talk and has been featured on national television.

Natural Gardeners Club to meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the Natural Gardeners Club will be 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the teen area downstairs at the Knox County Public Library, 502 N. Seventh St. Members will taste the Fire Cider made at the December meeting and discuss the Grow City Garden and other possible programs and events.

Preceding the meeting, from 6-7 p.m., there will be a pitch-in dinner. Those wanting to participate in the dinner need to bring food to share and their own beverages. Bringing one's own table service is a sustainable and encouraged option, though disposable items will be available.

The Natural Gardeners Club is an area network of people interested in organic gardening and sustainable living. Members and others gather on the second Wednesday of each month to share experiences, questions, advice, resources, stories and harvest. There are no dues or officers, and all are welcome.

For information and questions, or to be on the contact list, email There is also a Facebook page called Natural Gardeners Club.

Grow City Garden Workshops start on Feb. 18

The Grow City Garden 2020 Spring Workshops will begin on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in the sunroom at the Knox County Public Library, 502 N. Seventh St. Future workshops will be held on March 17 and April 21. The workshops are free but space is limited. To register, contact Tracey Johnson at the Soil And Water Conservation District at 812-882-8210, Ext. 3, and by email at

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