This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Comics, costumes, toys and science fiction

Comic Con is coming to Black Mountain July 9 at the Montreat Conference Center. The event will include vendors and artists working in the fields of comics, anime, toys, science fiction, steam punk and anything “pop culture.” Organizers will host a costume contest and encourage anyone who has a costume to wear it.

The event will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $3 adults, $2 for those 12 and under, free for those 3 and under. For more, search for blackmountaincomicon on Facebook or call 675-8943.

Owen High class of ’66 plans reunion

The Charles D. Owen High School Class of 1966 is planning its 50th reunion. On Friday, Aug. 19, a picnic is planned at the Lake Tomahawk Park picnic pavilion starting at 3 p.m., and a gathering and dance is planned for Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Lake View clubhouse beginning at 5 p.m. If you are member of the class of 1966 or would just like to attend this reunion, contact one of the following: Lynn Swann at, Edward Meyers at or Bruce Creasman at 669-6136.

Summer Camp at BMCA

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is offering a half-day themed summer camp for children July 11 – 15 from 9 am to 12 pm. The cost for the camp is $125. Campers ages 3-5 will take part in a Royal Tea Party while campers ages 6-9 will be Broadway Bound. Both camps put an emphasis on creative movement, dance and music led by Amy Maze and Kylie Brown. Campers work through the week to create an informal performance to be shared with family and friends.

The last camp of the summer takes place July 25-29.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street. For more information about camps or classes call 828-669-0930 or visit

Celebrate Recovery urges personal independence

Make Tuesdays your personal independence days by getting rid of hurts, habits and hang-ups at Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery meets Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. and starts with a free meal, then worship and praise time, meetings and dessert. Free child care is available. Call Connie at 669-1981 or Jeanie at 669-4146 with questions.

Swannanoa River cleanup

Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) is partnering with Asheville GreenWorks to sponsor a river cleanup at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. GreenWorks will provide canoes to collect debris while volunteers wade in the river and walk along the banks, depositing trash into the boats. For more information contact FANS event organizer Maureen Dillow at or visit