Happenings This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Marketplace Vacation Bible School is happening soon

Marketplace community-wide Vacation Bible School, to be held from 6-9 p.m. July 13-16 at Black Mountain Primary School, is coming soon. Hosted by local churches at no cost to participants, the school is for all rising kindergarteners to rising 6th graders, regardless of any church affiliation. Kids will enjoy crafts, outdoor games, drama and receive free T-shirts and music CDs. Registration opens June 1 at For more, contact Sara Lynn Miller at Christ Community Church Montreat, 669-7577.

Judith Toy to lead puppet intensive

Adapting a 2,500-year-old Jataka tale to street puppetry will be the subject of a puppet intensive offered by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts on four Mondays and four Thursdays, July 6-30. The workshop, held each day 1-4 p.m., is for adults and children 12 and up. Instructor will be Black Mountain’s Judith Toy.

Similar to Aesop’s Fables, Jataka tales all have a moral. Participants will build puppets in the style of Peter Schumann’s famed Bread & Puppet Theatre, on clay molds which students will sculpt. Workshops will include instruction and hands-on experience in building paper mâché puppets, dyeing fabric and mounting puppets on bamboo. Workshop participants will create narration, chorus and percussion. The series will culminate in a performance at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30.

Tuition is $150 plus a $10 materials fee. For information on registration, contact the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 669-0930.

Project Linus seeks ‘blanketeers’

The local chapter of Project Linus, a national non-profit organization that donates handmade blankets to children in crisis, is seeking local volunteers to create blankets. The new “blanketeers” can contribute knitted, crocheted, quilted, no-sew fleece or flannel blankets. The local chapter has distributed more than 53,800 blankets during the past 16 years; there is still a need for additional blankets. If interested contact, Ellen Knoefel, chapter coordinator, at 645-8800.

Join an exercise class at BM pool

Aqua exercise classes will be held at Black Mountan Pool at Lake Tomahawk in two sessions this summer, from June 22-July 17 and July 20-Aug. 14. The family-friendly classes will be from 9-10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Monthly passes are $33, and a 10-visit pass is $40. Register at or 669-0252.

Max Woodcock bridge group celebrates a birthday

The Max Woodcock Bridge match on June 9 was played with five tables. Coming in first place NS was Dot Kaylor and Peter Schoen, and in second was Myra Schoen and Barrie Watters (it was nice to see Barry again, as he has not play in this group for some time).

East/ West was won by Barbara Lilenfeld and Elizabeth Lovejoy, with David Hirsch and Mary Lou Gillum claiming second place. It was appropriate for Elizabeth to win, as we also celebrated her birthday, with a nice cake provided by Barbara. However, the singing of “Happy Birthday” proved that we are all better bridge players then vocalists.

The group plays at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday; contact Walt Tolley at 669-4563 to join in.

WNC Knitters & Crocheters convene once again

The WNC Knitters & Crocheters for Others will meet from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, June 18 (and the third Thursday of every month except December) at Givens Highland Farms, Building G-H on Brookside Avenue in the Birch Room, (formerly the Upper Core Room 1), upstairs.

All knitters & crocheters are welcome. The group makes items for single mothers; homeless shelters; ill, abused or traumatized children; victims of domestic violence’ and newborns at Mission Hospital. It welcomes acrylic yarn or new Teddy Bear donations. For more, call Betsy Stobbs at 669-0680.

Church to hold yard sale

On June 20 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Grove Stone Baptist Church will hold a yard sale, proceeds of which will go toward vacation Bible school.

Buddhist ethics classes come to Cloud Cottage

Based on an ancient ethical system that grew out of yogic and Brahmin practices in India 2,500 years ago, the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing - founded by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh - constitute the moral core of Buddhism. A new class that addresses the trainings will be held 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays beginning June 23 at Cloud Cottage Community of Mindful Living, 219 Old Toll Circle, Black Mountain. Class facilitators are Dharma teacher Roger Shikan Hawkins and Rev. Judith Toy.

Participants are asked to bring an unlined notebook to class. Suggested donation per class is $10. For more, contact Judith Toy at 669-6000 or

Shulman holds free workshop

Cliff Shulman, director of Black Mountain Physical Therapy, will teach a free workshop in neck, shoulder and back care at Cheshire Fitness Center from 1:40-3 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Participants will learn strategies to move without pain, improve mobility, posture and balance. Shulman will respond to questions from participants.

Dollars may grow in your garden

Your time in your garden may be rewarded with a $50 prize. The Black Mountain Beautification Committee’s fifth annual Garden Contest featuring the Best Vegetable Garden and the Best Flower Garden has begun. Take photos of your flowers and vegetables to Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack, and you may win the $50 gift certificate to Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack.

Garden contest participants are limited to residents of Black Mountain; gardens need to have been created by the homeowner and not by a professional landscape company. Submit one picture of your vegetable or flower garden to Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack by July 6. On the back of your picture, include your name, address and phone number. Judging will be at the end of the end of the second week of July.

Art in Bloom tickets available

Tickets are still available for the ninth annual Art in Bloom at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts on June 18-20. Events include the Gala Preview Dinner Party (6 p.m. June 18, $40) with catered buffet dinner, a gallery display of Ikebana and Western floral designs (10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 19 and 20, $5), the Cottage Garden Tour (10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 19 and 20, $20, includes gallery access), and a reading by honorary chair former N.C. Poet Laureate and fellow flower-lover Fred Chappell (3 p.m. June 20, by donation). The arts center is at 225 W. State St. For more, call 669-0930 or visit

Dance camp begins at arts center

Dance instructor and choreographer Amy Maze at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is leading three weeks of half-day camps for kids who like to move. Each week offers campers a different theme for children 3 to 5 year olds and those 6 to 9 years old. Crafts and music round out the day as campers work through the week to create an informal performance for family and friends. Camp starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon, Monday through Friday on July 6-10, July 20-24 and Aug. 3-7. The cost for camp is $125. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more go to or call 669-0930.

The Rev. Earl Palmer will preach at Montreat

In the pulpit June 21 during the Summer Sunday Worship Series hosted by Montreat Conference Center, is the Rev. Earl Palmer, pastor emeritus of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington, and founder of Earl Palmer Ministries, whose mission is to encourage, mentor and assist others in finding their call to Christian living.

A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Palmer celebrates 60 years as an active pastor, having served churches in the Philippines, Seattle and Berkeley, California and, in his “retirement” before establishing Earl Palmer Ministries in 2008, at The National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. His relationship with Montreat began in the summer of 1972 when he first came as a conference leader.

Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m. in Montreat’s Anderson Auditorium. Child care is provided for children six months through kindergarten at the Updike Center on Texas Road. For more about the June 21 service or the whole spectrum of summer programs, conferences and other activities at Montreat, visit or call 669.2911.

Event combines Vietnamese cooking and mindfulness

Vietnamese vegan cooking combined with mindfulness will mark an upcoming retreat day at Cloud Cottage: Savoring Life, Nourishing Families, with chef Gary Massey. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20, participants will practice seated and walking meditation, engage in preparing several savory dishes and have lunch. Suggested donation is $40. Cloud Cottage is at 219 Old Toll Circle, Black Mountain. For information on how to register, visit or call Judith Toy at 669-6000.

Mind, Body, Spirit Day happens at UR Light Center

UR Light Center will have Mind, Body Spirit Day on Saturday, June 20. At 11 a.m., Rev. Heidi Peck will lead crystal bowl meditation, followed by Toning for Transformation and Peace with Yvonne Rainbow Teplitsky at 1 p.m. and concluding with Odilia Forlenza's Reiki Circle at 3 p.m. The cost is $12 per event or $30 for the day. At 11 a.m. June 21, Peck offers “The Hero’s Journey,” an inspiring message in honor of Father’s Day, along with a mini-crystal bowl meditation (by donation).

For more, contact UR Light Center, 2190 N.C. 9 South, Black Mountain, at 669-6845 or

Black Mountain gets into book club and birding

The town Recreation and Parks Department has created a new bookclub that meets at 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month (June 24 is the next meeting). The club aims for books that can be obtained free through libraries, online or by some other means. For more, contact Virginia Rainey at The department has also announced that local birder Jim Poling is leading bird watchers around Lake Tomahawk and in other nearby locales at 8 a.m. June 20. For more, contact him at

Vacation Bible school to be held at Homer’s Chapel

Homer’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church is having a vacation Bible school for children 4- to 18-year-old from 6-8:45 p.m. June 28-July 2. The school will be at 202 Chapel Road, Black Mountain. Transportation is available. For more, call 669-2343 or 712-9525.

Celebrate Recovery invites all to enjoy spring

Despite the warm breezes and beauty of this time of year, many people find it hard to live life to the fullest. If you feel burdened by the past, struggle to find happiness or are unable to change bad habits, you’re invited to come to Celebrate Recovery from 6:15–9 p.m. every Tuesday. Dinner and childcare are free, plus there are special entertainment, worship music, open share and 12-step study groups. Celebrate Recovery meets at Mountain View Church, 2221 North Fork, Right Fork Road, Black Mountain. For more, call Connie at 669-1981.