April 26 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News
This Week

Make quilts with the Linus Project

A group of sewers and non-sewers who enjoy helping make quilts and other items for children and adults at Mission and in the community is seeking people to join. The group focuses on children’s quilts, which are given out by the Regional Linus Project Group to children in crisis in the local area. The group also pins quilts, sorts donated fabric, stuffs pillows, and more for others in need.

The group meets at 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 27 on the lower level of the Lakeview Center for Active Aging at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. No experience is necessary. Fabric has been donated and experienced quilters are available to teach and help out. There is no charge. A sewing machine is not needed unless you want to sew some pillowcases. Projects can be taken home to be finished. Call Sara Hill at 664-0974 for more.


Montreat College professor to read from his new book

On Monday April 30, Montreat College English professor Don King will read from his new book, "Sudden Heaven: The Collected Poems of Ruth Pitter, A Critical Edition," at Gaither Fellowship Hall on campus. The 3 p.m. event is presented by Montreat Library Friends of the Library.

King has been on the college faculty since 1974 and is now a faculty fellow. He served as editor of the Christian Scholar's Review form 1999-2015. King has published several books and more than 60 articles. He is a recipient of the distinguished Professor of the Decade Award at Montreat College.

A book signing will follow his presentation.

Prostate group hears from nutritionist this month

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. This month Jeffrey Whitridge, Clinical Nutritionist Educator with Mission Hospital, will speak. There is no fee to attend. For more, contact 828-242-8410 or or

Tennis association starts its spring youth clinics

Black Mountain Recreation and Parks and Black Mountain Tennis Association will hold these Spring Junior Clinics:

  • KinderTennis: Ages 3-6 and 7-8, 5-5:45 p.m., Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22. Cost is $30.
  • Tennis: Ages 9-10: 5:00-5:45 p.m., Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24. Cost is $30.

Register at or call 669-2052.

Duplicate bridge group posts results  

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain April 17 and had a great time. Coming in first were Dan McGaughey/Larry Perlman.  Coming in second were Ron Gibson/Suzy Harter. Coming in third were Helen Kraus/Lynda Briggs.

The game is free on Tuesday night, and if you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email for information.

Ministry seeks items for its food pantry

The Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry pantry for its clients needs to restock its shelves with pork and beans, black beans, mixed beans, white great northern beans, canned fruit, corn, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant and toilet paper.  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., Black Mountain.

And coming up ...

Discovery Days Tour to explore town's greenways

The Black Mountain Greenways Commission invites area residents to experience the local greenway trail system on Saturday, June 2 on the annual Discovery Days Tour.  The tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the pavilion at Lake Tomahawk and will finish at the same location at noon. 

Tour guides will provide information about area history, greenway construction techniques and plans for the greenways' future. Guests will visit each section of the system.

The tour will include riding on town recreation department vans, with occasional stops to walk portions of the greenways.  Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and a hat. 

The event is free, but pre-registration is required as seating is limited.  To register, visit  For more, email