Happenings around the Swannanoa Valley this week

Clear sailing marked recent regatta at Lake Tomahawk

Black Mountain Yacht Club held its May Nirvana regatta on Lake Tomahawk on May 9. On a beautiful day with warm temperatures and shifting but steady winds, eight boats competed in 10 races, with Gerry Provost dominating the day with six wins to take the top spot. Dick Weaver, David Groce, Arlin Geyer and Bill Jenkins rounded out the top five.

For information on the club visit blackmountainyachtclub.word

Ten Thousand Villages benefits beautification committee

June is the month of grads, dads and brides. Ten Thousand Villages Montreat will donate 15 percent of sales from 1-5 p.m. June 7 to the Black Mountain Beautification Committee, which maintains public gardens and sites throughout Black Mountain, as well as decorates for holidays, hosts an annual garden show and holds an annual flower and vegetable garden contest.

Magazine writer demonstrates old window restoration

Steve Jordan, a contributor to Old House Journal and author of “The Window Sash Bible: A Guide to Maintaining and Repairing Old Wood Windows,” will put on a window preservation workshop from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 30 at Black Mountain Town Hall.

The workshop, free of charge and limited to 75 people, is geared toward property owners, do-it yourselfers, building contractors and all-around old building enthusiasts. Jordan will discuss the benefits of repairing existing windows and demonstrate restoration methods and tools.

The workshop is open to historic preservation commission staff and members, who will receive education credit for attendance of the full workshop. To register, email jennifer.tipton@townofblack or call 419-9373.

Gallery invites artists who recycle

Arrowhead Gallery in Old Fort invites you to enter its art exhibit “Reused, Repurposed, Recycled.” This is an opportunity to use your creativity and inventiveness by incorporating at least one reused, repurposed or recycled item (leaves, wood, stones, for example) in your 2-D or 3-D art.

Work must be original and fit the theme.

Entries are due from 4-6 p.m. May 21 at gallery at 78 Catawba Road, Old Fort. An opening reception will be 4-6 p.m. May 23. For more, contact Carolyn Foster at

Tractor Supply hosts a pet adoption event, with vet

Tractor Supply Co. in Black Mountain is hosting a pet event from 8 a.m.-noon May 30 to encourage adoptions and to support local animal groups. Foothills Mobile Veterinary Service will be on site during those hours; it will hold a large animal clinic.

Along with products to care for a variety of pets and animals, Tractor Supply will have free adoption kits throughout Purina Days (May 27-31) for the first 10 customers who adopt a pet or animal from a local shelter or rescue. Tractor Supply is at 125 Old U.S. 70-E. Contact the store at 669-0725.

Retro furniture up for sale at ReStore in Asheville

Love Mid Century Modern furniture? Like to help Habitat for Humanity? The Asheville ReStore, 31 Meadow Road, is holding a silent auction until 2 p.m. May 27 on a collection of mid century furniture including Norman Cherner molded plywood chairs, a set of six J.L. Moller Model chairs, a L. Jacobson Model table with two extending leaves and other collectible items. The auction also includes many other non mid century items to appeal to a wider array of customers. The auction, like the ReStore itself, provides funds for Habitat’s building programs.

Chance encounter at BM Center for the Arts leads to book cover

Tina Barr lives in a cabin off North Fork Road in Black Mountain. The poet, who teaches at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts through the Great Smokies Writing Program, was giving classes there when she learned her book of poems, “Kaleidoscope,” was accepted for publication by Iris Press, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

And when she saw Joyce Black-Woerz’s watercolor, “Monarch Kaleidoscope,” in center’s exhibition “Bring Back the Monarch” butterfly art exhibit last September, she wanted it as the cover for her book. Barr will read poems and talk about developing the book cover at a free Brown Bag and Books Lunchtime event at the arts center from noon-1 p.m. May 22 (bring a lunch). The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St and 669-0930.

Family Night Yoga returns to BMY

Black Mountain Yoga, at 116 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, will host Family Yoga Night from 6-7 p.m. May 22 with Brandon Hudson. It will also host Yoga’s Breath, a workshop of powerful breathing practices to reduce stress and quiet the mind, from 1-3 p.m. May 24. For more, visit or call 669-2939.

Richard Shulman plays concert at UR Light Center

Asheville composer/pianist Richard Shulman will play a meditative concert in the acoustics of the Light Center’s geodesic dome from 3-5 p.m. May 24. Advance registration is $15, or $20 at the door.

Author Jonna Rae Bartges will facilitate “A Crash Course in Practical Spirituality” from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 30. This experiential workshop uses music, guided meditation, workbook, and humor to put you in touch with your inner psychic. Tuition is $99. Pre-registration is encouraged.

For info on these events, contact UR Light Center, 2190 N.C. 9 South, Black Mountain, at 669-6845 or

Bridge game results are in

The Max Woodcock Bridge match on May 12 was played with five tables and 20 players. Coming in first place NS was Peter and Myra Shoen, with Elizabeth Lovejoy and Barbara Lilenfeld in second. East West saw Dot Kaylor and Ron Gibson winning; the team of John Gilbert/Walt Tolley was in second. The group plays every Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m. Contact Walt Tolley at 669-4563 to join

Church event benefits buildings

Victory Baptist Church is having a breakfast and yard sale at 7 a.m. May 23 at the church, 57 Vance Ave., Black Mountain. The event, held rain or shine, will benefit the building fund.

Sign up for spaces at the Owen Middle School yard sale

Reserve space now for the community yard sale that Owen Middle School Career Club is hosting from 8 a.m.-noon June 6. Drop off the $10 fee at the school. For more, email amanda.venturella@bcsemail.

New SV Fine Arts League show to open at Red House

“Americana,” the new show by the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. June 5. SVFAL shows at the Red House next to the Monte Vista Hotel rotate every two months, and artists exhibit as well in the hotel. Founded in 1967, SVFAL is one of the oldest art organizations in the area. The show runs through the beginning of August. Red House hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Montreat book club discusses Maya Angelou book

The Community Book Club, sponsored by the Montreat College Friends of the Library, will meet at 3 p.m. May 26 in the Montreat College Library on Lookout Road in Montreat. The book to be discussed isI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”by Maya Angelou. Margo Smith will lead the book discussion.All interested readers are welcome to attend. For more, call 357-5171.

Want to teach pottery?

Arrowhead Artist and Artisans League is seeking local potters to teach pottery classes at Arrowhead Gallery and Studios in Old Fort.Teachers and students have access to its classroom and kiln. If interested, send contact information to Lorelle Bacon at 595-6007. Arrowhead Artist and Artisans League is a North Carolina nonprofit organization that supports local artists and bring art education to the citizens and visitors of Old Fort and the surrounding communities in McDowell County.