This week in the Swannanoa Valley

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Roast beef is on this fundraiser’s menu

Grove Stone Baptist Church will hold a fundraiser from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 to raise money for mission projects. Come get some roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans seven-layer salad, dessert and drink, $9, eat-in or take-out. The church is at 1568 Grove Stone Road, Black Mountain.

Rite of Catholic Initiation of Adults classes begin

If you've been thinking about the Catholic faith - maybe you're new to the church or perhaps baptized Catholic and have been away for a while and considering a return to your faith, the “R.C.I.A.” Rite of Catholic Initiation of Adults classes begin Sunday, Sept. 17. The place is St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 102 Andrews Place, Swannanoa.

All are welcome. Just show up, or call Linda at 828-230-7225 or Karen at 828-545-0588 for more.

Try a group harp lesson, for free

Award-winning Celtic harpist Sue Richards is offering a free lesson at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts (just four seats available). Anyone aged 7 and up who is interested in trying the Celtic harp should pre-register for this group lesson by calling the arts center at 669-0930. Harps will be available.

Richards teaches 45-minute lessons ($50) on Tuesdays at the arts center. She hopes to spread her love of this beautiful instrument with the free group lesson.

She teaches students of all ages and abilities, and welcomes anyone interested in Celtic repertoire. She teaches the traditional way, by ear, with music given out later.

The arts center is at 225 W. State St. For more, contact it at 669-0930.

Beautification Committee looking for holiday decorators 

Would you like to help decorate our town for the upcoming holidays?  The Black Mountain Beautification Committee coordinates the decorating and will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.  Come out to learn what the committee does throughout the year, meet new people and get involved.  For more, visit

Get a free health screening at Veterans Home

September is Healthy Aging Month. Local healthcare providers and community partners will provide free health screenings and health awareness information at N.C. State Veterans Home, 62 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. For more, contact Tonia Holderman at (828) 257-6801.

 Duplicate bridge group posts results from Sept. 5

                The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain and had a great time.

                Tied for first were Dan McGaughey/George Ackermen and Larry Pearlman/David Hirsch. Coming in second were Lynda Briggs and Ron Gibson. Coming in Third were Helen Kraus and Walt Tolley.

                If you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email for information.

Swannanoa Library needs donations for its book sale

The Friends of the Swannanoa Library is gratefully accepting book and media donations for its library book sale. The proceeds from the sale help the Friends provide media for the library as well as upkeep for the library building (textbooks, tapes, Reader' Digest Condensed Books and magazines will not accepted).

The book sale is open during library hours. The Swannanoa Library is located at  101 W. Charleston St.  in Grovemont,  Swannanoa.

For more, call 828-250-6486.

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Reserve a spot at Broad River’s indoor yard sale

Broad River Fire Department will hold an indoor craft and yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 23. Craftsmen and yard sale enthusiasts can reserve an indoor table at the Broad River Community Center to sell their goods. The cost is $10 per table; to reserve a space, call Susie at (828) 779-7876 or Becky at (828) 388-0360. This is one of the fire department’s annual fundraisers.

Church invites all to fall picnic

Swannanoa Valley Presbyterian Church will hold a fall picnic at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the church, 115 Rockdale Ave. Everyone is invited for hot dogs and fixings, lawn games and music by Mindy & Ryan. Call 686-5716 for more.

Library’s mystery series picks up “Time’s Witness”

The Friends of the Black Mountain Library offers the second in its “Let’s Talk About It” book series at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25. Focusing on mysteries, this series continues with a discussion of “Time’s Witness” by Michael Malone. Visiting scholar Julie Cantner will provide background information to enhance understanding of the book and its meaning.

Copies of this book will be available for check out at the Black Mountain Library for program participants. To reserve a copy and register, stop by the library. There is no fee to register. This series will continue with a program about a different book and visiting scholar every two weeks until Nov. 6.

For more, email

Asheville Christian holds Christian College Fair

The campus of Asheville Christian Academy is the host site for the 2017 Asheville Christian College Fair on Friday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ACA is at 74 Riverwood Road in Swannanoa. 

More than 40 representatives of Christian colleges in North America will be there. The fair, free and open to all, features a college financial aid seminar.  For more, contact Joe Hagan at (828) 581-2217 or 

Attendees may go to to register in advance and receive a printed bar code to use when visiting college representatives at the fair.  An up-to-date listing of colleges attending is on the website.