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February 20, 2019

Book Reading/Signing

6:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.

Speckled Paw Coffee, Mt. Glead, NC

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February 20, 2019

Book Reading/Signing

John will be reading selected passages from his latest book, Ben and the Art of Lawnmower Maintenance, discussing his writing process and answering audience questions. Books will be available for purchase at a special discounted price and John will gladly sign and personalize any of his books.

6:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.

Speckled Paw Coffee, Mt. Glead, NC

February 28, 2019

Introduction to Square Foot Gardening

5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

H.W. Little & Company Hardware, 109 N Greene St, Wadesboro, NC

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February 28, 2019

Introduction to Square Foot Gardening

Interested in gardening, but don't think you have the space, time or skills? With the Square Foot Gardening method, even beginners can grow bounteous crops of vegetables in almost any space and with less effort, chemical fertilizers, water and weeding. Author and Certified Square Foot Gardening instructor John Marek will present this FREE class covering everything you need to know to get started. Refreshments and prizes too!

5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

H.W. Little & Company Hardware, 109 N Greene St, Wadesboro, NC

July 4, 2019

Ocean of Storms Hardcover/E-Book Release

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July 4, 2019

Ocean of Storms Hardcover/E-Book Release

Join John as he releases his new book, a literary triptych featuring three separate but related stories: The Age of Rockets tells the mysterious story of the Fourth of July storm of 1969; Moonnight Laika offers a different perspective on the first manned lunar mission; and The Wreck brings the story full-circle as a fisherman happens upon an ominous discovery. 

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October 1, 2019

Craven Fork Paperback/E-Book Release

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October 1, 2019

Craven Fork Paperback/E-Book Release

Join John for the release of the first book in his Owen Sinclair series. Ranger Owen Sinclair's routine at North Carolina's Craven Fork State Park is turned upside down when a young girl disappears from one of the park's remote trails. In the search for the lost hiker, Sinclair instead uncovers dangerous secrets linking a popular outdoor TV show, the owner of the local baseball team and high-ranking officials in Raleigh.   

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Speaking Topics

Square Foot Gardening

 One-hour seminar-style program teaches the basics of the Square Foot Gardening method pioneered by Mel Bartholomew. Learn how to grow more in less space, using less water and with less work.

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The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region. 

Book Reading/Signing

Flexible-duration program with John Marek reading excerpts from his latest book, Ben and the Art of Lawnmower Maintenance, offering humorous anecdotes about his writing process and taking audience questions.

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The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region.

Rural Development 101

Half-hour presentation covers the basics of economic development best practices for rural and micropolitan communities. Excellent primer for EDO boards and elected officials, and a great way to kick off strategic planning. A longer-form presentation is also available and can be customized to community needs.  

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  The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region. 

Redefining Rural for a 21st Century Economy

Half-hour presentation demonstrates how rural communities can spark innovation and promote business start-ups through a variety of creative methods and explores different types of funding and option for promoting entrepreneurship and small business. A longer-form presentation is also available and can be customized to community needs.   

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The program is FREE. John does request mileage reimbursement for programs presented outside of the Charlotte region.

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