This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Montreat College holds its annual Christmas concert

Montreat College will hold its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Ridgecrest Conference Center's Spilman Auditorium. This year's theme is “A Christmas of Promise: A Musical Celebration with Montreat College.”

The concert will feature the Montreat College Choir and Montreat Chamber Orchestra. Musical highlights will include the “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughn Williams, as well as Mannheim Steamroller’s “Stille Nacht,” the popular classic “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and a Christmas carol sing-a-long.

Admission is $10 adults, $5 students and free for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at

Church puts on a Christmas ‘fun day’

Story time, crafts and lunch are all part of Children’s Christmas Fun Day at Tabernacle United Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Learn about the birth of Jesus Christ during the event; all children are welcome. The church is at 385 Tabernacle Road, Black Mountain. Lunch is provided. For more, call 828-774-7408.

Church choir to perform special choral work

Black Mountain Methodist Church Chancel Choir will perform “Lead Me Back to Bethlehem” by Pepper Choplin during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 worship service. The public is invited.

Cheshire invites all to an advent yoga series

Join in on the Advent Yoga and Meditation Series at Cheshire Fitness Club from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Mondays (Dec. 12 and 19). All are welcome as participants integrate their bodies and spirits in worship and center themselves on the themes of advent - hope, peace, love and joy. Yoga practices will be gentle, appropriate for all levels and will include movement, breathing, relaxation, reflection and prayer.

Free childcare is available. Bring $3, as well as coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to be donated to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry this winter season. For more, call 664-0400.

Celebrate Recovery serves up “Breakfast for Dinner”

Christmas is upon us and Celebrate Recovery invites everyone to join for Christmas “Breakfast for Dinner” on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:15 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday evening at Mountain View Church, 2221 North Fork, Right Fork Road, Black Mountain. Meetings begin at 6:15 p.m. with a free meal, then 7 p.m. for worship/testimony/lessons, 8 p.m. for small groups (Open Share and 12-Step studies) and 9 p.m. for dessert. Free child care is available.

Questions? Contact Connie at 669-1981 or Jeanie at 669-4146 for information.

Irish harper gives Christmas concert

Aislinn Gagliardi, a professional Irish harper from Chicago, will present a concert of Christmas and Irish music at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 advance and $15 at the door, available at

Influenced by a diverse musical range from classical to Cape Breton, Gagliardi’s performance will draw upon her background in Irish dance. Known for her syncopated and rhythmic accompaniment, her compositions and arrangements offer a fresh perspective of the Irish music tradition. She will be playing selections from her new CD, “The Thin Place.”

Swannanoa church presents musical Christmas

A Bethlehem cantata and musical program will be held at Swannanoa United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Featured will be the Bias family and the church choir.

Musical selections will include “O Holy Night,” “Joy to the World,” What Child is This?,” Sweet Little Jesus Boy” and “Star of the East.”

Music director Judy Bias welcomes anyone with the Christmas spirit to hear her family sing and perform, including Sasha on clarinet and granddaughter Kayla on piano. Other performers include soloists Ken Lanter, Dale Helton, Terry Hall, Betty Crowder and Becka Arnold. Narrator will be Churck Werle.

Pastor Cindy Arnold will offer a prayer after the service.