Happenings this week in the Swannanoa Valley

UR Light Center hosts two June 27 events

From 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 27 at UR Light Center, Rev. Heidi Peck leads an experiential workshop exploring the practice of living our lives from a place of perfect balance.

Advance registration is required. Suggested donation is $25.

From 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 27, Mary Nadler leads in initiation into the sacred science of Mahavatar Babaji's Kundalini Kriya Yoga. By donation.

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

Blood drive at Ridgecrest helps meet summer need

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer.

The next blood drive in the area will be 1-5:30 p.m. July 2 at Ridgecrest Conference Center, 1 Ridgecrest Drive.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed.

To make an appointment to give blood, visit or call 800-733-2767.

Lakey Gap celebrates homecoming

Lakey Gap Presbyterian Church at 198 Old Lakey Gap Road will celebrate its 93rd anniversary and homecoming on Sunday, June 28. Former pastor Owen Lovejoy will preach. Sunday School for all is at 10 a.m., with worship service at 11 a.m. “Dinner on the Grounds” follows the service. The public is invited to attend.

Plan to attend Black Mountain July 4th

Join the town of Black Mountain for the annual July 4th Street Dance, held this year 5-9 p.m. July 4 on Sutton Avenue in downtown Black Mountain, in front of the old train depot. Fireworks will begin at dark. Music will be provided by The Rewind Band. Food vendors include Black Eyed Susan Catering, Carolina Pops and Hey Hey Cupcake. Fun for the whole family, the event will have face painting, a bounce house, magic and juggling and more. For more, contact Brittany Williams at 669-8610 at the Lakeview Center or brittany.williams@

Museum leads hike for Fourth of July

Celebrate the Fourth of July with an old-fashioned watermelon cutting and view the Black Mountain fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain. The Swannanoa Valley Museum will lead a 45-minute hike on a moderate-to-easy trail to the mountaintop where hikers will have their dinner and watch the fireworks explode over the town. Bring your dinner, water, a folding chair, a flash light, rain jacket (just in case), and warm clothes (it can get chilly after dark even in July). The museum’s team will provide watermelon and transport chairs and picnic baskets up the mountain. Hikers will carpool to the trail head. Advance registration is required (669-9566). The hike is $35 for museum members and $50 for nonmembers.

Goodwill presents job readiness workshops

Job seekers are invited to a series of six free job readiness workshops presented by Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina this summer. The workshops offer professional advice on resume writing, job searching, interview preparation and other topics.

The workshops take place from 2-3:30 p.m. on each of the days listed below:

  • Resume Tips & Tricks: Pack Memorial Library, July 13; Black Mountain Library July 14
  • Interview 101: Common Questions & Interview Practices: Pack Memorial Library, Aug. 10; Black Mountain Library Aug. 11

The workshops will be presented by staff from Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center in Asheville. For more, contact Mike VanGilder at 298-9023 ext. 1160.

Adult tennis clinics are back on court

Black Mountain Tennis Association and Black Mountain Recreation and Parks Department will hold their annual adult tennis clinics at 7 p.m. June 30 at the lower courts at Lake Tomahawk. For more, call BMTA at 664-0801 or BMRP at 669-2052.

Max Woodcock Bridge group had four tables

The Max Woodcock Bridge match on June 16 was played with four tables. Coming in first place was Carolyn Johnson and Walt Tolley. Second was claimed by Elizabeth Lovejoy and Barbara Lilenfeld ( they are always in contention), with Joan Tolley and Helen Kraus in third. A four-table Howell rotation was used so there is no North/South only nor East/West only positions for this playing scheme. The group plays at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Contact Walt Tolley at 669-4563 to join in.

Auditions held for children’s play

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is having auditions for its children’s theater production of “The Hive” written by Jessica Klarp and choreographed by Amy Maze. Auditions will be at 6:30 p.m. June 25 and 10 a.m. June 27. Rehearsals take place beginning July 6. The production will be Aug. 14-16. For more, call 669-0930. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. in the Old City Hall.

View the Garden Tour plein air paintings

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts wraps up its Art in Bloom celebration with a gallery show of plein air paintings created during its recent Garden Tour. The works by more than 10 painters will be on display through July 17. The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more, visit or call 669-0930.

Linus Project quilters are at it again

Come and join the Linus Project workday for quilters who would like to learn about quilting. From 1-3 p.m. June 26, volunteers will make quilts for hospitalized and traumatized children as part of the Linus Project. The work will be done on the lower level of the Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. No experience is necessary, and there is no charge to participate. Fabric has been donated, and experienced quilters are available to teach and help out. A sewing machine is not needed. However, projects can be taken home to be finished. Call Sara Hill at 664-0974 for more.

Duke University Chapel dean leads Montreat service

Fellowship, great music, contemplative art. Passing the peace. Receiving the grace of good health, the blessings of mountains’ majesty, the redemption of blue skies. Those are all a part of the summer Sunday worship service at Montreat on June 28 when the Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel in Durham, NC, leads the community in a celebration of personal commitments, local outreach, and the global rippling effects of following Jesus. Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m. in Montreat’s Anderson Auditorium. Child care is provided for children six months through kindergarten at the Updike Center on Texas Road.

Learn about Montreat’s emergency evacuation plans

At the town of Montreat agenda meeting at 7 p.m. July 2, Rob Townley will present a short program on the Weed Lane/Ridgecrest fire. Townley, an N.C. Forest Service ranger on the forefront of the 750-acre fire, will discuss the fire and share information about protecting your home. Montreat Police Chief Jack Staggs will present the town of Montreat Fire Evacuation Plan. Everyone is invited to the meeting at the Walkup Building in Montreat. (Directions: Take a right off of Assembly Drive onto Community Circle. The Walkup Building is towards the childrens’ park. Park at Anderson Auditorium.)

Vacation Bible school at Homer’s Chapel

Homer’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church is having a vacation Bible school for children 4- to 18-year-old from 6-8:45 p.m. June 28-July 2. The school will be at 202 Chapel Road, Black Mountain. Transportation is available. For more, call 669-2343 or 712-9525.

Prize in garden contest: $50 certificate

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee’s fifth annual Garden Contest featuring the Best Vegetable Garden and the Best Flower Garden has begun. Take photos of your flowers and vegetables to Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack, and you may win the $50 gift certificate to Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack. Garden contest participants are limited to residents of Black Mountain; gardens need to have been created by the homeowner and not by a professional landscape company.

Submit one picture of your vegetable or flower garden to Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack by July 6. On the back of your picture, include your name, address and phone number. Judging will be at the end of the end of the second week of July.