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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.

Sister Chicks for Christ hold rally in Marion

McDowell County Sister Chicks for Christ will hold their ninth ladies rally on Monday, April 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Marion Community Building on North Main Street.

Tickets are $10 each and includes a light sandwich supper followed by the Addies Chapel Ladies Praise Choir and inspirational ladies speaker and former Marion native Carol Gentry Allen of Greer, S.C. Tickets can be purchased from any team member or Kathy Rabb at Realty Group 1 or by calling Donna Ledford (828-724-4808) or Jean Revis (828-925-1297).

All are invited to hear novelist Elizabeth Cox at celebration

Novelist, poet and essayist Elizabeth Cox will be the featured speaker at the 30th anniversary celebration of The Friends of the L. Nelson Bell Library at Montreat College, held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the library.

The history of the Friends of the Library will be also shared during the celebration. Leaders through the years will be acknowledged. The public is welcome to this free event.

The Friends of the Library, founded in July 1987, serves as an advocate for the library in the Montreat and Black Mountain communities by promoting the purposes and programs of the library and sharing an enthusiasm for books, reading and lifelong learning.    

Cox is an instructor at Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she shares the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities with her husband, C. Michael Curtis. She taught creative writing at Duke University for 17 years.  She has also taught at the University of Michigan, Tufts University, Boston University, and Bennington Low Residency Program and MIT.

Cox has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Robert Penn Award for Fiction for her body of work.  In April 2011 she was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers, which includes such writers as Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Ernest Gaines, Ralph Ellison, Walker Percy and Wendell Berry.

Get your cholesterol checked April 11

Givens LifeMinistries will provide cholesterol screening from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11 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.

Duplicate bridge group posts results from March 27

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain on March 27  and had a great time. Coming in first were George Ackerman. Coming in second were Suzy Harter/Lynda Briggs. Coming in third were Myra Schoen/Peter Schoen. The game is free on Tuesday nights, and if you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email for more.

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Hand in Hand holds spaghetti lunch fundraiser

Hand in Hand Inc. will sponsor a fundraiser for the students in the schools in the Owen Schools District on Friday, April 13. From 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. it will serve homemade baked spaghetti, garlic bread, tossed salad, dessert and tea, coffee or lemonade at Grovestone Baptist Church (take out is available, call 686-5501 or 669-7868). All funds go to the six public schools in the Valley.

See the play and help the homeless

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry and Charlotte Street Computers in Asheville are teaming up to raise money for the ministry's “Hope for Tomorrow” building project.  Charlotte Street Computers is hosting a nonprofit night at Asheville Community Theatre for a special performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19. A limited number of tickets are available at SVCM for $20 each.  All the proceeds will benefit programming for the mothers and children who will occupy the Hope for Tomorrow apartments.  To purchase tickets, contact Cheryl Wilson, SVCM executive director, at 828-664-9224. The theater is at 35 Woodfin St., Asheville.