This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Old Fort gallery announces classes, exhibit

Arrowhead Gallery and Studios in Old Fort will be receive work for its Self Portraits Exhibit from 4-6 p.m. April 14.

Photographs, paintings and 2-D work depicting how you view yourself at any age will be accepted. All media and styles will be accepted. The exhibit is open to all artists. Go to to view details and print the prospectus. The reception will be held 4-6 p.m. April 16.

Also at Arrowhead Gallery, Anne Bevan will continue her Go Big Go Bold classes on Mondays starting in April. To learn more, call her at 828-803-4858.

On April 9 and 30, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Teena Stewart will lead a clay bead making workshop. The cost is $47 for members $57 for nonmembers, with a $12 supply fee. Students will make a variety of beads from rolled clay that will be hand-glazed and kiln-fired. To learn more, visit Arrowhead Galley, 78C Catawba Boulevard, Old Fort or 828-668-1100.

Yoga class is followed by meditation

The Yoga Service Movement will host a free Move & Meditate class, from 7-7:30 p.m., followed by a community meditation, from 7:45-8:15 p.m. every Tuesday at 1141 Montreat Road. Space is limited. Contact Allison McLeod at 828-216-7414. Visit for more.

Shy of two dozen, bridge players play on

With 20 players on March 20, the Max Woodcock bridge club played the standard Mitchell rotation. Jackie McNeese and Bill Anixter dominated the North/South competition with a 73 percent win. In a tight battle for second place, the team of John Gilbert-Walt Tolley came in at 49 percent. East-West was a closer match with David Hirsch-Roger Fenna at 62 percent and Ron Gibson-Lynda Briggs at 60 percent.

Light Center offers yoga and services

Starting April 7, the UR Light Center will offer Traditional Gentle Light Yoga with Karen Barnes from 10:30-11:45 a.m. every Thursday. The suggested donation is $10. From 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, Odilia Forlenza offers New Moon Manifesting for a New You, a guided crystal bowl meditation combined with Reiki healing.

The suggested love offering is $15.On April 10 from 11 a.m. to noon, a Sunday celebration with the Rev. Heidi Peck will offer a crystal bowl meditation and message. A World Peace Prayer follows from noon-12:30 p.m. By donation. For more, contact the center at 669-6845 or

Donated books will support

Black Mountain library

Want to make room on your shelf for spring book releases and help Black Mountain Library? You can by donating some of your books for the upcoming Friends of Black Mountain Library book sale on April 30. All proceeds from the book sale will support the monthly library programs and assist in purchasing children and large-print books. Through April 22, you can drop off books at Bi-Lo in Black Mountain and the Black Mountain Visitors Center. Books will also be accepted from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at the Black Mountain Library Education Room in the rear of the library. Questions? Call Lori at 357-8476.

Children’s short story contest is still open

The Friends of Black Mountain Library are sponsoring their 2016 Children’s Short Story Contest, open to Buncombe County residents or members of the Buncombe County library system who are 17 years old and younger. All stories must be typed, double-spaced and no more than 5,000 words. The writer’s name, age and contact info must be on a separate sheet of paper.

All stories must be submitted to the Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., by April 12. No electronic submissions will be accepted. First-place awards are $100 in the 13-17 age category and the 12 and under category. Second place in each is $50. An awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Black Mountain Library.

Quaker yard sale is coming up

The annual Quaker community yard sale will be 8 a.m.–1 p.m. April 9 at the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 137 Center Ave., Black Mountain. To get there, take Scotland Street across from the primary school and turn left on Center Avenue. For sale will be camping equipment, tools, nice dishes, handmade baskets, household items, children’s toys and games, a special collection of books and more.

Church’s ladies auxiliary holds fundraiser

Homer’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church will hold a breakfast fundraiser from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The cost is $5. The menu is bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs and grits. For deliveries, call Lisa at 713-5119.

Church sponsors trip to Billy Graham Library

First Baptist Church Swannanoa is sponsoring a 47-passenger motor coach to see the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte on April 11. The bus will leave the church parking lot at 503 Park St. at 8 a.m. and will return by 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to see the library. The cost of the trip is $27 per person. Lunch at the Graham Brothers Diary Bar on site will be on your own. Also on your own will be the Cheese Cake Factory. For more, call 686-5123.