June 7 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

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Play Texas Hold'em at VFW Post in Black Mountain

VFW Post 9157 at 165 Cragmont Road south of Lake Tomahawk invites the public to join veterans for some Texas Hold'em. The first game is at 7 p.m., the second game is at 9 p.m.. It's free to play, and the post has the cheapest beer in town. Arrive 30 minutes early to earn bonus chips.

Lake Lure library invites Susan Boyer to speak

On Thursday, June 7 the Mountains Branch Library in Lake Lure presents award-winning author Susan Boyer who will talk about her just-released mystery thriller "Lowcountry Bookshop" at 11 a.m.. The donation for the luncheon is $25 and goes to support the library. Make reservations by calling 828-287-6392. The library is at 150 Bills Creek Road, Lake Lure.

Swami Kena to speak at UR Light Center

On his tour of the Southeastern United States, Swami Kena will offer a meditation program at the UR Light Center on Sunday, June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more, contact the Light Center at or on Facebook/TheLight Center.

Buckeye Baptist Church vacation Bible school starts June 10

Buckeye Baptist Church will hold its vacation Bible school, "Game On! Gearing Up For Life's Big Game," from 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Friday, June 10-15. Meals will be served. If you need a ride, call Donnie Haynes at 828-216-0385.

Get your cholesterol checked June 13

Givens LifeMinistries will provide cholesterol screening from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13 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.

Ministry changes its summer GED schedule

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry’s GED class schedule has changed.  During the summer, evening-only classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There will be no day classes.  If you have any questions or want to learn more about the ministry's GED program, contact Marty Hubert, GED instructor, at 669-9440. 

Duplicate bridge group posts results from May 29

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain on May 29 and had a great time. There were two winners. Coming in first for North/South were Helen Kraus/Lynda Briggs. Coming in first for East/West were Barbara Lilenfeld/Bill Abranson. 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.

Chamber of Commerce seeks Sourwood Festival logo designs

The Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Sourwood Committee has announce guidelines for the annual Sourwood Festival Logo Contest. Designers should submit designs including the festival dates (Aug. 11-12), and these phrases - "41st Sourwood Festival," "Downtown Black Mountain," "" and "Presented by Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce." The logo design should include one or more of these images: festival, honey, bees, bears, honeycomb or something related. Send logo as a high-resolution, large-format jpeg by June 28 to

Yoga studio offers next in speaker series

Inspired by TED Talks, Black Mountain Yoga's new speaker series called "BMYtalks" will next be about movement and cognition and will feature functional neurologist Michael Trayford. Explore the science on how various aspects of movement (gait, balance, timing) impact our higher human functions of memory, attention, impulse control, and more.

The event is 6:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 and is by donation. Sign up at 

And coming up ...

First Baptist Church vacation Bible school starts June 17

First Baptist Church in Black Mountain is hosting "Shipwrecked ... Rescued by Jesus," a vacation Bible school, from 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, June 17-21. Registration is 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Enjoy balloons and ice cream while you visit and register your child or children.

"Hebron" to be shown at Givens Highland Farms

The film "Hebron - No Way to Treat a Child" will be shown at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 in the Assembly Room of Givens Highland Farms. This film depicts the effects of the Israeli occupation of this historic city on the Palestinians, especially their children, many of whom have been imprisoned. Yousef Natsheh, a Palestinian who made the film, will be present for a Q&A session after the film. The program will end at 5:30 p.m., and all are welcome.