Jan. 31-Feb. 6 This Week

Black Mountain News
This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Owen High holds a Service Learning Fair

Owen High School is having a Service Learning Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and is inviting organizations to explain their mission to students and parents who may want to learn more. The fair, meant to build empowering community relations, will be at the school's media center from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Organizations aren't required to be there the whole time, and time for lunch and supper are built into the schedule. The Service Learning Fair coincides with Owen's Spring Semester Open House. For more, contact media specialist Samantha Gallman at or 828-318-4017.

Owen High Advisory Council changes meeting date

The Owen High School Advisory Council meeting date has been changed from Tuesday, Feb. 6 to Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center.

Ministry seeks items for its food pantry

The Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry pantry for its clients needs restocking, the ministry says. Here's what it needs: canned goods (red kidney beans, pork and beans, black beans, corn, vegetable soup, chicken broth, tomato products and mixed vegetables), coffee, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, toilet paper and diapers (sizes 5 and 6). Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome (send to the ministry at P.O. Box 235, Black Mountain, NC 28711). Drop items off at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Duplicate bridge group posts results from Jan. 23

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 Larry Pearlman/Dan McGaughey and Linda Briggs/Ron Gibson. Coming in second were Myra Schoen/Peter Schoen. Coming in rhird were Liz Ream/Hubert Ream. 

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


Babies and Boomers benefit from church's lending closet

Do you need a car seat for a child?  A walker for a friend or a loved one?  First Baptist Church Black Mountain operates a “Babies and Boomers” equipment lending closet.  Located at 130 Montreat Road in Black Mountain, the closet has a wide variety of car seats, bath chairs, toddler beds, Pack-n-Play playpens, walkers (regular and rolling), wheelchairs, bedside toilets, crutches and more. 

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry frequently receives donations of baby and medical equipment, which it passes on to the lending closet at First Baptist.  This works out well, as the ministry has no room to store these types of items but often has clients who need them. 

If you or someone you know needs baby or medical equipment, contact Bill Walker at 273-0025 or Harold Grogan at 230-4487.

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Garren Creek VFD holds its quarterly meeting

The regular quarterly board meeting of the Garren Creek Volunteer Fire Department will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the main station (10 Flat Creek Road, corner of Flat Creek and Chestnut Hill/Old Fort Roads). Residents are invited to attend.

Zoe & Cloyd tickets are on sale at Arts Center

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts welcomes to its stage favorites Zoe & Cloyd on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. This charming young couple - renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Cloyd Miller - have come into their own in front of Black Mountain audiences and continue to grow as they celebrate their second full-length album "Eyes Brand New."

Tickets are $16 and available at or by calling the arts center at 669-0930.

Get your cholesterol checked Feb. 14

Givens LifeMinistries will provide cholesterol screening from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Swannanoa United Methodist Church, 216 Whitson Ave., Swannanoa. The cost is $15. Fasting the night before is required. With a finger-stick blood sample and blood pressure check, you’ll have your total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, ratio and glucose results in five minutes. Counseling with a register nurse is available. Cash or checks only. Call 686-5284 for an appointment.

Black Mountain Primary plans kindergarten orientation

Black Mountain Primary School welcomes all new kindergartners with an orientation from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. Registration is 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Call 669-2645 for an appointment.