This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Comment on the town’s Veterans Park master plan

The Black Mountain Recreation & Parks Department has updated the master plan for Black Mountain Veterans Park and invites residents to comment on the plan at a presentation to the Black Mountain Recreation Commission on Thursday Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Carver Community Center. Residents are also encouraged drop in for comments, questions and viewing throughout Sept. 19-22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Linus Project meets at Lake Tomahawk

The Linus Project is a group of sewers and nonsewers who enjoy making quilts and other items for children and adults at Mission Hospital and in the community. It focuses on children’s quilts, which are given out by the regional Linus Project group to children in crisis in the local area. It also pins quilts, sometimes sorts donated fabric and stuffs pillows, all for others who are in need. It is open to all.

Project Linus meets next on Friday, Sept. 23 from 1-3 p.m. on the lower level of the Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. It will be cutting and stuffing pillows, as well as pinning quilts. 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. However, projects can be taken home to be finished. Call Sara Hill at 664-0974 for more.

Hand in Hand supper raises money for students

From 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, before the Owen High School homecoming football game, Hand in Hand will offer a chili and/or soup supper at Grovestone Baptist Church to raise money for students in the Owen School District. The menu will include chili, potato soup and vegetable soup, cornbread, dessert and drink. Baked goods will be sold also. Take-out meals will be available – 777-9543.

Broad River fire dept. hosts yard sale

The Broad River VFD Auxiliary is making spaces available for the community yard sale at Broad River Community Center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The auxiliary is also looking for crafters for its crafts show the same time and day. The suggested donation for a space and table is $10. Contact Susie at 828-779-7876 or 828-669-7876.

Show support for the Owen High School band

Support the Owen Marching Band this year by buying from a wide variety of school shirts, jackets and hats. Money raised covers uniforms, instruments, instructors and travel for the award-winning band. To purchase, find a band member, come by the Owen High football stadium concession stand, or go to Orders are due by Monday, Sept. 26.

Next blood drive is coming up

The Black Mountain Fire Department will host the next area American Red Cross blood drive from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the fire department in downtown Black Mountain. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors will receive a haircut coupon via email, courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts. The coupon is valid through Nov. 6, 2016, at participating Sport Clips locations.

Christian ministry needs to refill its shelves

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry is in need of the following: canned items (corn, mixed vegetables, pinto beans, pork and beans, diced tomato, red kidney beans), cooking oil (small bottles), toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, bar soap, diapers (size 4, 5 and 6), baby wipes, towels, wash clothes and sheets. Monetary donations designated to food are welcome (send to P.O. Box 235, Black Mountain, NC, 28711). Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain.

Woodcarvers group meets at Lakeview Center

Local carvers, come carve, chip, and chat with carvers of all skill levels every Monday from noon to 3 p.m. Share your skills, share your stories. Bring gouges, chisels and wood to the downstairs meeting room at Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain. It’s all free. For more, call Eddie Wacaser at 669-6079.

Owen class of ‘61 wants you

It's not too late to sign up to attend the Owen High School Class of '61 Oct. 15 class reunion to be held at Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. The potluck gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m. To register, contact Pattie T. Sibbett at 828-298-1828.

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Local Civil Air Patrol squadron celebrates 75th anniversary

The Asheville Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will hold an open house on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The open house will mark the 75th anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol as a national organization.

During the event, the squadron’s two aircraft will be open and on display for the public to see and ask questions of the pilots. There will also be communication demonstrations, a static display of the unit’s communication van and audio visual presentations of the history of the CAP and the local squadron. Refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held.

CAP, a nonprofit auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, was established Dec. 1, 1941 just days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today CAP serves the nation as part of the Air Force’s Total Force. For more, contact Clint Parker at 828-712-6117.

Local artists participate in WNC Open Studio Tour

Four Black Mountain artists are among 40 in Western North Carolina who will open their studios Oct. 1-16 for WNC Open Studios. The featured Black Mountain artists are Steve Miller (woodturning), Marianne Shepardson (fused glass), Sarah Vekasi (ceramics) and Dan and Tekla Howachyn of Black Mountain Iron Works (metalsmithing).

Thirty of artists live in Buncombe County. Stop in the studio of any participating artist to pick up a printed tour guide or go to for times, dates and maps to each location.

Speaker scheduled for next prostate cancer meeting

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. This month Jonathan L. Stokes, MSML, a pharmaceutical rep for Abbott Labs, will discuss exercise programs, products and the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk on Nov. 5. There is no fee to attend. For more, contact 828-273-7698 or

Lead a rescue dog on a hike through the woods

On Friday, Oct. 7, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy will lead a 5.5-mile hike within the protected forests of the Montreat wilderness. Volunteers will hike along the well-shaded Greybeard Trail, winding alongside numerous streams, giving the rescue pups a chance to splash and drink. They will continue as far as the small but peaceful Greybeard Falls before returning along the same trail.

On the day of the hike, participants will choose a dog from the Brother Wolf adoption center and take them along for a walk in the woods. This opportunity allows the dogs to get outside and stretch their legs and will give them a day full of the love and attention they deserve.

To take part, email or call (828) 253-0095 ext. 205. There is no charge.

Buy holiday greenery and support local beauty

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee is having a holiday greenery sale as a fundraising event. All proceeds will benefit the beautification of Black Mountain.

Made by a local farm enterprise, it is offering beautiful evergreen garlands and wreaths for sale - a great way to decorate for the holidays and to support the nonprofit Black Mountain Beautification Committee and a North Carolina farm.

Orders must be received by Saturday, Oct. 8. For details on prices, delivery dates and order information, visit