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Swannanoa Catholic church to hold Triddum services

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Swannanoa's "The Triduum" services Thursday-Sunday, March 29-April 1 are on its Facebook page (search for "St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Swannanoa ").

Red Cross holds two blood drives locally

Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Winter weather in parts of the country forced more than 270 blood drives to cancel, resulting in over 9,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations in the first two weeks of March.

Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross will hold donation opportunities from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 30 at the Black Mountain Fire Department, 106 Montreat Road. It will also hold one from 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road.

State park holds annual Easter sunrise service

On Easter morning, Sunday, April 1, the public is invited to witness the sun ascend over Lake Lure at Chimney Rock’s 63rd Annual Easter Sunrise Service. The service attracts more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year, with last year’s event drawing a record crowd of nearly 1,500.

The interdenominational community celebration includes live spiritual music by local musicians, an inspirational message and a beautiful sunrise with 75-mile views. The Rev. Wes Shields, pastor of The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Bat Cave, is coordinating the service. Dr. Zackery Williams from Bat Cave Baptist Church will deliver the message. The Easter service will feature bagpipes and special live music sung by local musicians.

Limited parking is available. Shuttle buses will transport guests between the Meadows and top parking lot. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Additional information about the park’s sunrise service can be found at ChimneyRockPark.com or 828-625-9611.

Admission to the service, which is held rain or shine, is free to the public. The park gate will open from 5-6 a.m., or until capacity is reached, for the 7 a.m. service.

Prostate group meets again in Asheville

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members, will meet Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. This month the group will have an open discussion. There is no fee to attend. For information, contact 828-242-8410 or wncprostate@gmail.com.

Ministry continues to hold GED classes 

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry wants to remind everyone that GED classes are being held in the Renae Brame Opportunity House at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain.  Evening classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., and morning classes are held from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Contact Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College at (828) 398-7433 to sign up for orientation.  Be sure to mention when you call that you want to study in Black Mountain at Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry. Online classes are also available. 

Ministry seeks items for its food pantry

The Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry pantry for its clients needs to restock its shelves with red kidney beans, pork and beans, corn, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, toilet paper and laundry pods.  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.

High School needs volunteers for senior project judging

Owen High School is looking for volunteers to help judge senior graduation projects at the school on Tuesday, April 10

The format will be the same as usual, with check-in and dinner in the cafeteria from 5:15-5:55 pm. Judges will then meet in the theater (if you choose not to eat, be at the school by 6 p.m., check-in and just go straight to the theater.  Reporting to classrooms is next, at which time you will be able to review the topics selected by the students who will be presenting to you.

To volunteer, contact Arlene Morgan at the school at 686-3852 or arlene.morgan@bcsemail.org.

Duplicate bridge group posts results from March 20

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain March 20 and had a great time. Coming in first were David Hirsch/Larry Pearlman. Coming in second were Myra Schoen/Peter Schoen. Coming in third were Walt Tolley/Helen Kraus. The game is free, and if you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email rongibson1@yahoo.com for information.

And coming up ...

Rev. Bobby Hill serves church 23 years

The Mills Chapel Baptist Church family invites everyone to morning services Sunday, April 8 to celebrate the Rev. Bobby Hill's 23 years at the church.

Broad River VFD Auxiliary holds pancake benefit 

     The Broad River Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual pancake breakfast and yard sale from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Broad River Community Center, 46 Broad River VFD Road. off N.C. 9 halfway between Black Mountain and Bat Cave. 

Sellers may reserve a $10 table for their yard sale items by calling Becky at 828-388-0360 or Jeannette at 828-329-3531.  Breakfast will include buttermilk pancakes, sausage, baked apples, toppings, coffee, juice, and milk for $5.  

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