Happenings This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

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.wil liams@townofblack mountain.org.

Swannanoa Library has events for July

Swannanoa Knitters meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1 and 15 at the Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston St., Swannanoa. This is a casual knitting and needlework group for all skill levels. The Swannanoa Book Club will meet at the library at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 9 to review “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. At 10:30 a.m. July 17, Kidsenses will blast off a rocket outside Grovemont Park in a lesson about force and physics. Call 250-6486 for more.

Black Mountain Library has events too

The Black Mountain Mystery Book Club will discuss “The Other Woman” by Hank Phillippi Ryan at 7 p.m. July 21. At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, all ages are invited to the library to create heroic scenes in shoe boxes in a Shadow Box Art class. There will be stories prior to the crafts. Call 250-4756 for more.

Groovin’ On Grovemont has two July shows

Featured at Groovin’ On Grovemont 2015 on July 7 are Alina Celeste (at 5 p.m.) and The King Zeros (at 6 p.m.). At 6 p.m. July 21, the event features the Groovemont Players. The Grovemont summer concert series in Grovemont Square next to the Swannanoa Library occurs on three Tuesdays in July and August. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for these family-friendly evenings of great music. The concert series is free and open to all.

Concessions including hot dogs, pizza, and home-baked goods will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Swannanoa Library and the Swannanoa Emergency Assistance Program. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Call 250-6486 for more.

Sarah Sunshine holds studio pottery show

Sarah Sunshine Pottery studio in Black Mountain will be open over the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate local craft and to let potter Sarah Vekasi demonstrate how pottery is made. All of the pottery at the studio - 110 Beech St. - will be for sale during the weekend event, held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4 and 5. For more, contact Vekasi at 333-1884 or at sarahsunshinepottery.com.

Next Concert on Quad features stephaniesid

UNC Asheville’s Concerts on the Quad series continues with local “pop-noir” band stephaniesid at 7 p.m. Monday, July 6. The show, “stephaniesid Covers the Great American Songbook,” is free and open to the public. As an ensemble, stephaniesid performs emotional music combining jazz, pop and rock. The free concerts will be held on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the UNC Asheville Quad. Attendees are invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Smoking, alcohol and pets are not permitted. The series will conclude on July 13 with a performance by bluegrass band Chatham County Line.

In July, free yourself of the painful past

Celebrate Recovery would like to help you free yourself from past hurts, habits and hang-ups. It meets 6:15-9 p.m. Tuesdays and offers free childcare and a free dinner, plus special entertainment, worship music, open share and 12-step study groups. Participants will find nonjudgmental fellowship and a place to belong. Celebrate Recovery meets at Mountain View Church, 2221 North Fork, Right Fork Road, Black Mountain. For more, call Connie at 669-1981. Celebrate Recovery will not meet July 28 due to vacation Bible School at the church.

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry updates needs

The Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry has updated its list of ongoing needs for clients. It needs 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, soap, baby wipes and diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6. Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome. Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave. in Black Mountain.

Red Cross Blood drives need your help

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Because many people are on vacation, summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. But the need for blood donations is constant. Here are some local blood drives by the American Red Cross:

  • July 2, 1-5:30 p.m., Ridgecrest Conference Center. Call 455-0217 to make an appointment.
  • July 23, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Black Mountain Fire Department. Call 800-733-2767 to make an appointment.
  • July 23, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Black Mountain Neuro Medical Treatment Center. Call 259-6908 to make an appointment.

Former teacher offers clay classes at BM Center for the Arts

Respected potter Maureen Joyce will be holding two very different clay workshops the first week in July at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio. Joyce is a former teacher at the studio.

From 4-6 p.m. July 8, Joyce will offer a “Make a Face” workshop to children and adult participants. She will demonstrate an uncommon way of sculpting a clay form, which is provided, into a character of your own. All materials are supplied, and no experience is necessary. The cost for the workshop is $45.

From 6-8 p.m. July 9, Joyce will assist potter Geoff Bird for a Raku workshop where adult and teen participants will glaze and fire a prepared form. The kiln will be set up outside, and the atmosphere is respectful (but not unlike a barbecue) as participants dip their pots into the flames. This ancient Japanese process of ceramics firing yields dramatic results and in just a few hours participants can leave with a unique pot. No experience is necessary. The cost for the workshop is $25.

The arts center is at 225 W. State St. To register, call 669-0930.

Arts Center’s summer camps offer cool fun

Have your kids escape the heat in the air-conditioned Black Mountain Center for the Arts and get them moving at the same time. The center’s Summer Arts Camp is held over three weeks, and spots are starting to fill up. The themed half-day camps - July 6-9, July 20-24 and Aug. 3-7 - are led by Amy Maze. Each week offers campers a different theme. The cost is $125 per week.

All three camps put an emphasis on creative movement and dance. Music and craft are also elements of the activities offered. For more, call the center, 225 W. State St., at 669-0930 or visit BlackMountainArts.org.

View plein air paintings for two more weeks

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 20 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 center is at 225 W. State St. For more, visit BlackMountainArts.org or call 669-0930.

Alderman holds his town hall meeting

Black Mountain alderman Carlos Showers will hold his usual town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 2 at the Black Mountain Library. All are invited.

Van Clan goes to Lake Lure for dinner

The Black Mountain Van Clan trip for July is a Lake Lure dinner cruise on July 10. As the sun sets on the lake and the surrounding mountains, you'll enjoy a three-course meal. The leisurely two-hour cruise on a luxury pontoon boat includes beautiful views. Leave Black Mountain’s Lakeview Center parking lot at 4:45 p.m. The cruise starts at 6 p.m. The cost, $65 per person, includes transportation and the dinner cruise ($75 per person for the meal with unlimited beer/wine). Sign up by July 2. Organizers need at least 14 people. For more, contact Brittany Williams at 669-8610 or brittany.wil liams@townofblack mountain.org.

Conservatives in Action meet over ice cream and conversation

Participate in free discussions led by Conservatives in Action. The group is composed of Democrats, Republicans and Independents and meets at 5:30 p.m. for one hour every week at Eye Scream Parlour, 2064 U.S. 70 near ArtSpace Charter School. Enjoy a free live bluegrass jam session afterwards. Available at the restaurant are milkshakes, ice cream floats, pizza, hotdogs, wraps and burgers. Call 301-4738 for more.

Town meeting is canceled

The town of Black Mountain’s Urban Forestry Commission regular meeting for July 7 has been canceled.

Learn job skills at Black Mountain Library

A job readiness workshop will be held at Black Mountain Library at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. The workshop is free of charge. The classes will be taught by Goodwill employment specialists and are designed to teach the best practices for job searches, creating or updating a resume and job interview preparation. Call Mike at 298-9023 to register. The library is located at 105 Dougherty St. in Black Mountain.

Drum circle drums at UR Light Center

The UR Light Center will host a sound/drumming circle form 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 3 outdoors at the Labyrinth. Ten dollars is the suggested donation. For more, contact UR Light Center, 2190 N.C. 9 South, Black Mountain at 669-6845 or URLight.org.

Marketplace Vacation Bible School 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 www.cccmontreat.org. For more, contact Sara Lynn Miller at Christ Community Church Montreat, 669-7577.

Judith Toy to lead puppet intensive

Adapting a 2,500-year-old Jataka tale to street puppetry will be the subject of a puppet intensive offered by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts on four Mondays and four Thursdays, July 6-30. The workshop, held each day 1-4 p.m., is for adults and children 12 and up. Instructor will be Black Mountain’s Judith Toy.

Similar to Aesop’s Fables, Jataka tales all have a moral. Participants will build puppets in the style of Peter Schumann’s famed Bread & Puppet Theatre, on clay molds which students will sculpt. Workshops will include instruction and hands-on experience in building paper mâché puppets, dyeing fabric and mounting puppets on bamboo. Workshop participants will create narration, chorus and percussion. The series will culminate in a performance at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30.

Tuition is $150 plus a $10 materials fee. For information on registration, contact the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 669-0930.

Join an exercise class at BM pool

Aqua exercise classes will be held at Black Mountan Pool at Lake Tomahawk in two sessions this summer, from June 22-July 17 and July 20-Aug. 14. The family-friendly classes will be from 9-10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Monthly passes are $33, and a 10-visit pass is $40. Register at blackmountainrec.com or 669-0252.

Donate to SVM annual rummage sale

The nonprofit Swannanoa Valley Museum will host an annual rummage sale fundraiser on Saturday Aug. 1 at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old U.S. 70. Gently used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, children's toys and furniture are appreciated (no clothing and electronics, please). Donors receive a tax receipt. To donate items, contact the museum's treasurer, Yolanda Smith, at 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.