March 22 This Week

Black Mountain News

Front Porch Theatre holds auditions

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts announces auditions for Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 and from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. We are seeking five diverse women of various ages, physicalities and ethnicities. Rehearsals begin in late April for performances May 11-13 and 18-20. Auditions will be held at 225 W. State Street. For more information contact or call 828-669-0930

Make quilts for the Linus Project 

A group of sewers and non-sewers who enjoy helping make quilts and other items for children and adults at Mission and in the community is seeking people to join. The group focuses on children’s quilts, which are given out by the Regional Linus Project Group to children in crisis in the local area.  The group also pins quilts, sorts donated fabric, stuffs pillows, and more for others in need.    

The group meets at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 23 on the lower level of the Lakeview Center for Active Aging at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain.   No experience is necessary. Fabric has been donated and experienced quilters are available to teach and help out.  There is no charge.  A sewing machine is not needed unless you want to sew some pillowcases.  Projects can be taken home to be finished.  Call Sara Hill at 664-0974 for more information. 

Lakeview Center hosts "Matter of Balance"

The Lakeview Center for Active Aging, 401 Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain, NC, will once again host “A Matter of Balance”, presented by Home Instead Senior Care and the Land of Sky Regional Council.

This free, eight week long program will help you learn how to change your environment to reduce fall risk hazards; teach you exercises to increase strength and balance; and learn how to set realistic goals for increasing activities.

Series begins Wednesday, April 4, from 10:30-12:30, downstairs at the Lakeview Center.  Last session will be held on May 23. Pre-registration is required.

To register, please contact Heather Bauer at (828) 450-6678 or email

For additional information contact Cyndy Kirkland @ (828) 669-8610 or

Apply for Martin Luther King scholarships now

Each year the Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Corporation offers educational scholarships and financial aid to graduating high school seniors in the Swannanoa Valley who are planning to enroll on a full time basis in a two-year or four-year college program. Scholarships are available for first time applicants and for students who wish to renew applications from the previous year. Applications are available at Owen and Community high schools and may also be downloaded at Deadline for applying (and postmarks) is April 12.

Join the annual Swannanoa Sweep Community Cleanup 

The annual Swannanoa Sweep community cleanup, sponsored by Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS), will take place 9 a.m. - noon on Saturday, April 14. Volunteers will gather in the parking lot of the Swannanoa Ingles near Bank of America to form crews. Gloves, vests and bags will be provided. Wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable working clothes, and bring a water bottle and a smile. Crews will fan out to a variety of areas to pick up trash and debris along the roadways. Almost every year, volunteers find some treasure buried among the trash. The biggest find to date was a very dirty but serviceable $100 bill. It pays to volunteer!

If you'd like to suggest an area to be cleaned, or want to learn more about volunteering, send an email to or call Maureen Dillow at 828-713-8836. Church, school, and scout groups are encouraged to participate.

All about the Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative

The Eco-Chaplaincy Initiative will offer a 9 a.m.-5 p.m. workshop on Saturday, May 5, on “The Work That Reconnects,” modeled upon the work of deep ecologist and renowned teacher Joanna Macy, PhD. The workshop will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain.

Who should attend? Activists, healers of body, mind, spirit and soil, artists and makers, dreamers and organizers, visionaries and change agents, this workshop is for you.

This experiential workshop prepares us to open our hearts and our actions towards the Great Turning and become a force of active hope. We first make room for our gratitude, then honor our pain for the world. This allows us to see ourselves and the world with new eyes, so we can go forth with a greater sense of clarity and purpose.

For more information, or to register for the workshop, please go to, or You can also reach the facilitators at