Happenings this week in the Swannanoa Valley

Center to put on fireworks display

Fireworks, barbecue, tram rides and more will occur during the annual fireworks display and carnival at Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center, 932 Old U.S. Highway 70, on Thursday, June 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Festivities include carnival games and prizes for children, teenagers and adults, barbecue, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, clowns, balloons, tram rides and a 50/50 raffle.

Live music will feature Simple Folk. Susan Mundy will be master of ceremonies. The highlight of the evening will be a huge fireworks display beginning at dusk. The event is a tradition that is sponsored by the Black Mountain Center Foundation for the enjoyment of the residents of the center and the Black Mountain/Swannanoa community.

Parking is available on campus until 8:30 p.m; no pets will be allowed on the grounds. For more, call 259-6700.

Jazz happens at Monte Vista Hotel

The Monte Vista Hotel has announced the June line-up for Jazz Fridays on the Patio. This summer, jazz pianist and band leader Michael Jefry Stevens is curating free music every Friday night on the patio of the Monte Vista Hotel. The patio, bar and restaurant open at 5 p.m., and music is from 6-9 p.m. In the event of rain, music continues inside in the lobby. Here’s the June line-up:

  • June 12 - Mark Guest, guitar
  • June 19 - Daniel Keller, guitar
  • June 26 - Michael Jefry Stevens, keyboard

WNC Knitters & Crocheters convene

The WNC Knitters & Crocheters for Others will meet from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, June 18 (and the third Thursday of every month except December) at Givens Highland Farms, Building G-H on Brookside Avenue in the Birch Room, (formerly the Upper Core Room 1), upstairs.

All knitters & crocheters are welcome. The group makes items for single mothers; homeless shelters; ill, abused or traumatized children; victims of domestic violence’ and newborns at Mission Hospital. It welcomes acrylic yarn or new Teddy Bear donations. For more, call Betsy Stobbs at 669-0680.

Ongoing and new Tai Chi classes offered

Tai Chi, often described as a moving meditation, is an ancient internal martial art that combines slow, controlled and low-impact movements with breath management while enhancing the powers of concentration and relaxation. Roberto Vengoechea has an ongoing class that meets 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays at Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk. Included in the $40 monthly fee is an otherwise free (and new) class from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Lake Tomahawk.

Greenville pastor to speak at Montreat

What does it mean for Christians that the kingdom of God is like the smallest of all seeds that grows up, mysteriously in time, to reach out and provide a home for those who seek shelter and rest? Michael Hoyt, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C., uses this question as the theme for his sermon on Sunday, June 14 as guest preacher in the summer worship series. Hosted by Montreat Conference Center, these Sunday morning services are held at 10:30 a.m. in Anderson Auditorium. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.

After graduating from Presbyterian College, Hoyt received his master of divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., and his doctor of ministry, with an emphasis in gospel and culture and missional church, from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.

Pair of churches to hold yard sales

Black Mountain Church of God will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 13 at the church, 116 North Fork Road, Black Mountain. On June 20 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Grove Stone Baptist Church will hold a yard sale, proceeds of which will go toward vacation Bible school.

Free croquet lessons offered near lake

Free croquet lessons will be given to anyone ages 12 and up by the Black Mountain Croquet Club at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays at the croquet club at Lake Tomahawk during June, July and August. Instructors will be club members.

Kids invited to Imagination Library

The Black Mountain Rotary club will have a free event in the Town Square Park on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20 to promote its Imagination Library. Club members invite all folks with kids in the Swannanoa Valley to come and play in the Rotary Splash Fountain, eat hot dogs and just have fun. Information will be available about enrolling your child (age 0-5) in the Imagination Library, which provides a free book, mailed to the child each month, at no cost. For more, contact John DeWitt at 357-8081.

Knitters and Crocheters to meet

The WNC Knitters and Crocheters for Others will meet on 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2015 at New Hope Presbyterian Church at 3070 Sweeten Creek Road. The group has been making handmade items for eight years, donating its creations to 18-20 local charities. It makes a variety of items, such as afghans, men and women’s hats, scarves, baby hats and booties, mittens, knitted dolls, sweaters and dishcloths. All skill levels are welcome. If interested, contact Janet Stewart at 575-9195.

Project Linus seeks ‘blanketeers’

The local chapter of Project Linus, a national non-profit that donates handmade blankets to children in crisis, is seeking local volunteers to create blankets. Contact, Ellen Knoefel, chapter coordinator, at 645-8800.