This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Asheville Citizen Times

Tag and release Monarch butterflies to help them survive

Hop’n Blueberry Farm will hold its annual Monarch butterfly tag-and-release event at the farm at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. During the free event, all are welcome to help tag and release Monarchs that the farm has raised and that children will catch in the farm’s pollinator field.

The event helps Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas track the migratory patterns of this endangered species. Hop’n Blueberry Farm has participated for more than a dozen years. Donations will help defray the costs of the event. The farm, at 24 Middle Mountain Road, Black Mountain, holds the event every year about the time the Monarchs are passing through town on their way to Mexico for winter. For more, call 664-1166.

Town holds meeting on land use map

An ad-hoc committee of the Black Mountain Planning Board has been working with Kristi Carter from JM Teague Engineering on a future land use map for the town. The map will go along with the 2014 Comprehensive Plan.

The Town will be seeking public input on the map at a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 5:30 p.m at Town Hall, 160 Midland Ave. Carter will provide information and explain what the committee has found for future land use.

For more, contact the town planning department at (828) 419-9300, ext. 604.

Cheshire benefit will help community garden

The Cheshire Village Garden Club will hold a tag sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 inside Cheshire Barn at Cheshire Village. For sale will be furniture, applicances, art, holiday decorations, tableware and more. Proceeds will help the garden club install a small orchard and pay for a watering system for the garden at Cheshire.

Montreat shop helps Habitat build homes

On Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1-5 p.m., Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat (in the Moore Center at 303 Lookout Road, Montreat, ) will once again support Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity by donating 15 percent of sales to Habitat’s “Shiloh: Let’s Build!” campaign, an initiative in which Habitat will build 15 new houses by September 2017 and complete 30 home repair projects in the historically significant neighborhood of Shiloh in Asheville.

Ten Thousand Villages will serve Women’s Bean Project soup and gluten-free cornbread during the shopping benefit. The shop is open an extra hour for this benefit.

Help Red Cross avert a blood disaster

Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 117 Montreat Road will be the site of an American Red Cross blood drive from 1:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.