The High Point Public Library is hosting a Black Business Expo on Saturday, March 11.

The event will feature local vendors showing off a variety of products and services, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library’s first-floor lobby at 901 N. Main St.

Even though the event is free, you may leave with more than you came with: There will be door-prize drawings for the attendees who pick up a ticket at the entrance.

Those who would like more information on the expo should contact Maxine Days at 336-883-3646.

After the expo, attendees are invited to a discussion with author Vanessa Miller at 3 p.m. in the library’s Morgan Community Room, where she’ll talk about her book, ‘What We Found in Hallelujah.”

That event is also free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Miller is a North Carolina-based Christian author and motivational speaker who’s written several well-reviewed novels including “Ramsey’s Praise,” “Dream Come True,” “Halsey Street” and “Something Good.”

Following the discussion, Miller will be available to meet and sign copies of her novel.

The library is also gearing up for the Farmer’s Markets it hosts each year.  The markets begin next month.  The High Point Farmers Market will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday from Saturday, April 22 through Saturday, Oct. 28. In addition to food vendors, the market has craft vendors, live music and a food truck each week.

An e-newsletter contains information on available seasonal produce and weekly events at the market. To sign up, you can visit and click the “notify me” tab.

For the third year, Bethany Medical and the Lenny Peters Foundation is sponsoring the High Point Farmers Market’s “Double the Bucks” program. With their $5,000 donation, the market now has the funds to double the value of SNAP customers’ EBT transactions. Each dollar charged to a SNAP account will be matched dollar for dollar through the gift – helping more people get more fresh produce, baked goods, vegetables, herbs and other locally produced foods.

In the past two years, nearly $22,000 in SNAP and Double the Bucks dollars have been reimbursed to the twelve participating vendors.