Here’s more of what’s going around, …

-The N.C. Community Action Association is hosting an Opioid Forum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, according to a press release. The day-long event will address North Carolina’s battle with opioid addiction, as well as prevention, education and possible solutions to reduce or eliminate the state’s opioid epidemic. A community-wide resource fair that is free to the public will begin at 2 p.m. and will include service providers who partner in reduction and treatment efforts, according to the press release. The event includes a keynote speaker, panel discussion and the screening of a UNC-TV film about the opioid crisis in North Carolina.

-The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has reached agreement with Chemtronics Inc. to place 526 acres of non-contaminated land in Swannanoa into a conservation easement, land adjacent to a Superfund site.

-The Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County has a slick new logo and website design.

-The city of Asheville wants your input has Asheville City Council prepares to hire a new city manager.

-North Carolina lawmakers want feedback on a plan to create districts for the election of Asheville City Council members.

-The spring edition of the annual LEAF music festival is happening this weekend in Black Mountain. Such great music, including Ani Difranco, Rising Appalachia, Snarky Puppy and much more.

-It’s spring, and that means bears are on the move in and around Asheville. Here’s how to stay bear safe, according to city officials.

-Asheville author Robert Beatty, the author of the Serafina Disney-Hyperion mystery-thrillerseries of young adult novels about a mysterious girl who lives the bowels of the Biltmore House, has a new book launching in July called Willa of the Wood.

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