Nov. 15-21 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley


WNC Knitter knit (and crochet) for others

The WNC Knitters & Crocheters for Others will meet Thursday, Nov. 16 (and the third Thursday of every month, except December) from 1-3 p.m. at Givens Highland Farms, building G-H on Brookside Avenue, in the Birch Room.

All knitters & crocheters are welcome. The group makes items for single mothers, homeless shelters, ill, abused or traumatized children, victims of domestic violence, as well as newborns at Mission Hospital. It welcomes acrylic yarn and new Teddy Bear donations. For more, call Betsy Stobbs at 669-0680.

The Acoustic Corner takes the Arts Center

Every November for the last 11 years, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts has opened its stage to the musician instructors at Acoustic Corner. This year’s concert of eclectic musical styles will take place Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Due to the popularity of the show, tickets ($20) will be sold in advance this year.

The lineup this year includes newcomer and two-time Georgia state fiddling and mandolin champion Gary Mackey. It also includes fiddler Laurie Fisher, guitarist Matt Kinne, banjo player Billy Presnell and guitarist David Zoll (special guests are bound to show up). This special performance represents the only time that the group gets to play together during the year.

Pick up your 2018 Market Dogs calendar

This calendar celebrates the Black Mountain Tailgate Market’s many canine attendees and is also a fundraiser for the market. It’s available for $10 at the market on Saturdays through Saturday, Nov. 18. Located at 130 Montreat Road, the tailgate market, open form 9 a.m. to noon, features locally grown and raised food and handmade craft items.

Friends of the Library are at Holiday Market

The Friends of the Black Mountain Library invite all to do their holiday shopping at its booth at the Holiday Tailgate Market on Saturday, Nov. 18. There, people will find a wide variety of special volumes suitable for gifting and sure to please all the book lovers. In addition, gift wrapping for all market purchases will be available on a donation basis.

The Friends will also offer a raffle at the market. The prize is a North Carolina Gift Basket featuring an array of N.C. treats and treasures. Tickets will be available at the market for a suggested donation of $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held at noon at the market; you need not be present to win.

The Friends of the Library exists to support and enhance the Black Mountain Library. For more about getting involved, email or visit its booth at the Holiday Market. The Friends of the Black Mountain Library is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts, greatly appreciated, are tax deductible.

Fundraiser supports future farmers

The Owen High School Future Farmers of America will be holding its annual fruit and nut fundraiser through Monday, Nov.20. See an FFA member, Mr. Pasour or Mrs. Hite for details. Fruit options include citrus mixes, apples and pineapples, various mixed nuts and chocolate covered varieties as well. The items will be available for pick up in early December. Proceeds benefit FFA members as they compete, attend leadership conferences and other regional, state and national events. For more, call Owen High School at 828-686-3852.

Garren Creek Fire Depart. selling nuts

The Garren Creek Fire Department Auxiliary is selling nuts again this year. It has pecans, both halves and pieces, and black walnuts in one pound bags (great for holiday baking and healthy snacks). The cost is $10 a bag.

Call Elizabeth Simmonds at 669-2846 or 230-3986. Nuts are also available at The Cutting Crew.

Operation Christmas Child gets underway

On Monday, Nov. 13, several locations in the Black Mountain and Asheville area opened as drop-off sites collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

During the project’s National Collection Week (Nov. 13–20), the sites will collect shoebox donations filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys for children living in poverty overseas. This year, Black Mountain and Asheville area volunteers hope to contribute 26,600 shoebox gifts to reach children in need.

Opioid forum to be held at St. James Episcopal Church

Black Mountain Counseling Center, with Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry and the Black Mountain Police Department, will hold a public discussion and forum on the national opioid and prescription painkiller epidemic - and specifically the crisis in Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley.

The presentation will be held at St. James Episcopal Church from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20. Light refreshments will be served from 6:45 to 7 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Joe Wilkerson, LCAS, counselor with Black Mountain Counseling, will present the program with a question-and-answer session to follow, including members of the Black Mountain Police Department PACE (Police and Citizen Enrichment) team.

Beautification comm. meets again

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Come out to learn what the committee does throughout the year and what the upcoming plans are to make Black Mountain even more welcoming for residents and visitors. For more, visit blackmountain

Open Table offers its annual Thanksgiving lunch

A free Thanksgiving lunch will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the Open Table, held at Black Mountain United Methodist Church. The festive lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chef Paul Drummond will prepare turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and all the traditional fixings for the community meal.

The Open Table serves a free lunch every Wednesday, often serving up to 150 people. Everyone is cordially invited to enjoy this special Thanksgiving celebration with friends and neighbors.

Ministry sends out appeal to fill pantry

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs to restock its pantry to serve its clients. Needed are these canned goods - green beans, yams, cranberry sauce, corn - as well as stuffing, sugar, all-purpose flour, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, bed pillows and larger size pull-ups. The ministry’s homeless shelter needs high-efficiency (HE) washing machine pods, coffee (regular and decaf), nondairy creamer, sugar packets, new socks and new underwear (all sizes). Monetary donations designated to food or SVCM Homeless Shelter are also welcome (send to P.O. Box 235). Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Duplicate bridge group posts results

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played Oct. 31 at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain and had a great time.

Coming in first were Dan McGaughey and David Hirsch. Coming in second were Ron Gibson and Lynda Briggs. Coming in third were Jackie McNeese and Bill Anixter.

If you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email

And coming up ...

Chamber reschedules annual rocking chair auction

The Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce's annual "Little Town that Rocks" silent auction has been rescheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 2 at the town Visitors Center beside Town Square, just before the Christmas parade. Silent bids, starting at $75, will be taken until 11:30 a.m.

Rockers with photography of scenes in the Swannanoa Valley will be for sale. Be prepared to take your chair home. For more, call 669-2300.