July 12 This Week in Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley

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Yoga studio offers next in BMYtalks speaker series

Inspired by TED Talks, Black Mountain Yoga’s new speaker series called “BMYtalks” will next be about the gut-brain axis and will feature Dr. Brad Rachman, a functional medicine physician who will talk about understanding the relationship between food, digestion, mood and memory. Within the human body are many intricate and synergistic relationships, and one of the most dynamic partnerships is the two-way communication between the brain and the digestive tract. 

The event is 6:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 and is by donation. Sign up at

Friends of the Library to hold membership meeting

All current and prospective members of the Friends of the Black Mountain Library are invited to celebrate the completion of a successful year and hear plans for the coming year at the annual meeting Wednesday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Education Room of the Black Mountain Library.

Festivities include welcoming new board members Don Talley, Sarah Vekasi, and Dawn Wilson. A highlight of the evening will be honoring the late Bub and Betty Tyson for their work to make the library possible. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the current library building.

Membership information will be available at the event for those interested in joining. For more, email

Black Mountain arts center summer camps are starting up

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts ( is offering a half-day themed summer camp for children Monday-Friday, July 23-27 and July 30 - Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for the camp is $125. Campers of pre-school age (3-5) will sail the magical seas with "Off to Neverland," while campers of elementary age (6-9) will be "Broadway Bound," learning songs and dances from popular musicals.

Both camps put an emphasis on creative movement, dance and music led by Amy Maze and Kylie Brown. Campers work through the week to create an informal performance to be shared with family and friends. 

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more, call 669-0930.

Friends of the Swannanoa Library holds 'Groovin' book sale

The Friends of the Swannanoa Library will be holding half-price book sales from 5-8:30 p.m. during three shows in the Swannanoa concert series Groovin' on Grovemont this summer. The dates for the Tuesday evening sales are July 10, 24 and Aug. 7. All adult hard cover and large paperbacks will be available for 50 cents and adult mass market paperbacks will be 25 cents. Hard cover books for children and young adults will be 25 cents and paperback books for children will be available for 10 cents. 

Annual back to school event to be held at The Tack Room

Every year the Tack Room, a Black Mountain-based charity organization, hosts a back to school event to assist children in need in Buncombe County with school supplies. The event returns to 32 Vance Avenue from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 and is open to the public.  

Winston Churchill program sponsored by the Montreat Adult Summer Club

The Montreat - Black Mountain community is fortunate to have the opportunity to hear the Presidents of both the North Carolina and Tennessee Winston Churchill Societies speak in Montreat at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 in Upper Anderson Auditorium, a program sponsored by the Montreat Adult Summer Club, an organization that began in 1911 as the Montreat Woman’s Cooperative Association.