Happenings This Week in the Swannanoa Valley


Vegan cooking class at Cloud Cottage

Vietnamese vegan cooking combined with mindfulness will mark an upcoming retreat day, "Savoring Life, Nourishing Families," at Cloud Cottage. An immersion into healthy living with Chef Gary Massey and Greg Verlinden of Bounty & Soul, the event happens 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20.

Participants will practice seated and walking meditation and will engage in preparing several savory dishes. Lunch will be provided. The suggested donation is $40.

Cloud Cottage is at 219 Old Toll Circle, Black Mountain. For information on how to register, visit or call Judith Toy at 669-6000.

Marketplace Vacation Bible S chool is back

Marketplace community-wide Vacation Bible School, to be held from 6-9 p.m. July 13-16 at Black Mountain Primary School, is coming soon. Hosted by local churches at no cost to participants, the school is for all rising kindergarteners to rising 6th graders, regardless of any church affiliation.

Kids will enjoy crafts, outdoor games, drama and receive free T-shirts and music CDs. Registration opens June 1 at For more, contact Sara Lynn Miller at Christ Community Church Montreat, 669-7577.

Do some trailblazing at Carver Center

On June 6, there will be a National Trails Day event at Carver Center. The Recreation & Parks Department will join with the Greenway Commission to begin work on a trail at the Carver Center.

The event will take place between 9 a.m.-noon.

Activities will include raking, cutting brush, digging and moving vegetation. Come prepared with long pants and shirts, work gloves and sturdy shoes.

Refreshments and tools will be provided. Please RSVP to Jill Edwards at 669-2052.

Woodmen of the World put on a party

Woodmen of the World Swannanoa Chapter 970 invites the community to 125th birthday celebration at 4 p.m. June 6th. There will be live bluegrass music and a cookout.

Free and open to the community, it will be held at the Woodmen Chapter, 550 Old U.S. 70 in Swannanoa.

As part of its national focus on fighting hunger on a local level, it will accept food donations of nonperishable items to donate to its local food bank.

For more, contact field representative Marsha Patton at 713-3994.

Artists invited to explore power of three

Arrowhead Gallery in Old Fort has opened its new competition "Limited Pallette - Unlimited Possibilities." Artists are limited to three colors, plus white.

Any subject, any style, any medium, the competition is open to 2-D and 3-D artists (full prospectus is at Entries due 4-6 p.m. June 25. Judge is Pat Cotterill. Arrowhead Gallery is at 78 Catawba Boulevard.

New pottery classes to start in Old Fort

Pottery instructor Mathilda Tanner will offer four-week sessions on hand building with clay for beginners at Arrowhead Gallery and Studios in Old Fort beginning June 17 and 24 and July 1 and 8. Classes will be held from 1-3 p.m.

Weeks need not be consecutive, as these will be ongoing classes. Registration is $115 for gallery members and $125 for nonmembers and includes clay, glazes, firing and use of all tools.

Tanner, an accomplished potter and an encouraging and enthusiastic instructor, is a cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts. She currently teaches in the pottery program at Black Mountain Center for the Arts. To register, call 668-1100. For more, contact Lorelle Bacon at

Montreat workshop helps STEM teachers

Montreat College will host a free science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workshop for local middle school teachers on June 23-25. Register through June 1 at The workshop is the result of a collaboration between the Montreat College cybersecurity program and NICERC, the education division of the federally funded Cyber Innovation Center.

The workshop goal is to help local middle school teachers incorporate engineering, music, coding and cybersecurity concepts using STEM curriculum, according to Montreat College Cybersecurity Department Chair Dr. Jeff Teo. For more, contact him at

Celebrate Recovery invites all to meeting

Despite the warm breezes and beauty of this time of year, many people find it hard to live life to the fullest. If you feel burdened by the past, struggle to find happiness or are unable to change bad habits, you're invited to come to Celebrate Recovery from 6:15–9 p.m. every Tuesday. Dinner and childcare are free, plus there are special entertainment, worship music, open share and 12-step study groups. Celebrate Recovery meets at Mountain View Church, 2221 North Fork, Right Fork Road, Black Mountain. For more, call Connie at 669-1981.

Lots to do at Sw annanoa Library

Swannanoa Knitters, a casual knitting and needlework group for all skill levels, meets at 5 p.m. June 3 and June 17 at Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston St. At 6:30 p.m. June 10, the Swannanoa Library presents "Breaking Destructive Patterns with Dr. Mary Ann Iyers." On June 24 at 11:30 a.m., Laughter Yoga at the Swannanoa Library will be a stress-relieving event led by teacher Jacqueline Buchanan. It's free and open to all ages 18 and older.

Get some job-search help at home

This summer, Black Mountain Library is hosting a series of free job readiness workshops taught by Goodwill employment specialists that are designed to teach the best practices for job searches, creating or updating a resume and job interview preparation. To register, call 298-9023. All classes are at 2 p.m. Here's the schedule (the workshops are held the same time on the previous day at Pack Library in Asheville):

  • June 16: Tips for an effective job search
  • July 14: Resume tips and tricks
  • Aug. 11: Interview 101: Common questions and interview practice

Community High School graduates

Some 20 high school seniors will graduate from Community High School at 6 p.m. June 5 in the Asheville Christian Academy's auditorium.

BMY has another Parents Night Out

Black Mountain Yoga will host Parents Night Out from 6-8 p.m. June 5 with Brandon Hudson. Drop the kids off for yoga, music, crafts, reading and more while you enjoy some time to yourself. The studio is at 116 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. For more, visit or call 669-2939.

Blood drive returns to BM, Swannanoa

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30-6 p.m. June 4 at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road. For more or to schedule an appointment, call Lisbet Chrisman at 669-2725, extension 110. Another blood drive will be 1:30-6 p.m. June 19 at Ingles, 2299 U.S. 70, Swannanoa. For more or to schedule an appointment, visit (sponsor code: inglesswannanoa) or call 800-733-2767.

Missionaries to talk about work in Japan

The Presbyterian Heritage Center, whose mission focus this year is Japan, is hosting missionaries Bill and Ann Moore, who will be speaking on Presbyterian work in Japan, where they are currently serving. Their comments, at 2:30 p.m. June 6, will be on the third floor of Freeland Hall, which joins the center at 318 Georgia Terrace, Montreat. The reception that follows features two Japanese exhibits, one on Japanese missions and the other of kimonos and Japanese woodblock prints from the 1800s. Other exhibits are on evangelism and the history of the Presbyterian and Reformed churches.

Full Moon Farm invites all to Howl-In

Full Moon Farm in Black Mountain is asking for towels (new or gently used, no holes or tears) for its Howl-In event beginning at 3 p.m. June 6. The farm tour begins at 3:15 p.m., when you can meet the farm's wolf dogs and learn about the breed. A potluck supper begins at 5 p.m. ($5 donation requested to help with provided hot dogs, burgers and drink costs). Please bring a covered dish to share. The event will be held rain or shine. Full Moon Farm's wishlist is at

SVCM issues new list of things needed

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs the following nonperishable foods and items to give to clients in the Valley: canned fruit, green beans, red kidney beans, pork and beans/baked beans, sugar (small bags), all-purpose flour (small bags), cake mixes, Ramen noodles, pancake mix, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap. Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome. Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain.

Black Mountain by bike workshop held

Help make bicycling easier, safer and more fun for all ages and abilities in Black Mountain. Come prepared to share ideas and priorities for Black Mountain's Bicycle Plan at a workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 9 at the Carver Community Center, 101 Carver Ave.

Input is needed on popular destinations and routes, priority roadway and greenway projects, programs and policies, and identifying barriers to bicycling.

The Swannanoa Valley Museum is seeking donations for its annual rummage sale scheduled Aug. 1 at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old U.S. 70 East.

SVM accepting rummage sale donations

The Swannanoa Valley Museum requests donations for its annual rummage sale scheduled for 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 1 in the parking lot on the corner of Padgettown Road and Old U.S. 70 East. The sale benefits the nonprofit museum,, which serves as Buncombe County's primary museum of local history.

Donations of gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, children's toys and furniture are greatly appreciated (no clothing or electronics, please). Donors will receive a tax receipt for their contribution. Call 669-1679 to schedule a time to pick up donated goods. Volunteers will be available to take large and heavy items. Please do not bring donations to the museum.

Brian Blount to speak at Montreat service

On June 7, the community will gather to welcome the Rev. Dr. Brian Blount as guest preacher in Anderson Auditorium at Montreat. The service also celebrates the commissioning of Richard DuBose as the 15th president of the Mountain Retreat Association and Conference Center. Blount, a New Testament professor, is president of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. His sermon will focus on the subject of leadership and how people of faith are supportive of each other in various ministries.

All of the summer Sunday services in the series are at 10:30 a.m. in Anderson Auditorium, just off Assembly Drive in Montreat. Child care is available for children six months through kindergarten at the Updike Child Care Center on Texas Road. Rounding off the day's activities at 7 p.m. is a community hymn sing in the lobby of Assembly Inn. For more, visit or call 669-2911.

Reflexology to be shown at Cheshire

Phyllis Weimar, a certified reflexologist, is conducting a presentation on the benefits of foot and neck reflexology from 1:40-3 p.m. June 4 at Cheshire Fitness Club, Black Mountain. It's free for club members and $5 for everyone else. She'll also give tips to alleviate stress and allergy symptoms.

Light Center holds Tai' Chi Gung weekend

Join the Light Center for Tai' Chi Gung weekend on June 12. Master David Paul features the music of Tai' Chi Gung on violin and piano, accompanied by videos of nature photography.

On June 13, Paul leads a workshop with the Circle of Chi. Register online at For more, contact UR Light Center, 2190 N.C. 9 South, Black Mountain, at 69-6845 or