Happening this week in the Swannanoa Valley

Old Fort gallery offers summer classes

Arrowhead Gallery in Old Fort offers art classes all summer. Here are some of them (to learn more, call 668-1100 or visit arrowheadart.org):

Beginners Jewelry Making: On Aug. 15, instructor Marilyn Minchey will teach beginners and others how to make their own connecting rings, hooks and more.

Basics of Chalk Painting Furniture: On Aug. 8, instructor Lynne Steppe will be doing hands-on chalk paint techniques on moldings and boards.

Portrait Painting: On Aug. 28, instructor Lorelle Bacon will teach beginners and others to make believable skin tones and realistic hair, as well as two approaches to portrait painting.

Weekly Creative Clay Classes: On Wednesdays, instructor Mathilda Tanner teaches beginners the basics of hand building with clay.

Join the Quilts for the Linus Project

Come and join the workday for quilters who would like to learn about quilting while we make quilts for the Linus Project (quilts for hospitalized and traumatized children). We will meet on Friday, July 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the lower level of the Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain.

No experience is necessary. Fabric has been donated and experienced quilters are available to teach and help out. There is no charge. A sewing machine is not needed. However, projects can be taken home to be finished. Call Sara Hill at 664-0974 for more information.

It’s School Night at Native Kitchen

Native Kitchen & Social Pub will host School Night on July 22, benefiting Creative Village Child Center in Swannanoa. Specials will include $1 off beer and cocktails and 20 percent of every check will be donated to the school.

Max Woodcock Bridge Club results

The weekly Bridge game on July 14 had some spirited play. Five tables competed, and the north/south winners were Elizabeth Lovejoy and Barbara Lilenfeld. A close second was earned by Chuck Murdock and Ed Hudgins. In the east/west direction, Myra Schoen and Barrie Watters continued to improve as they easily had the best result. Second was claimed by Lynda Briggs and Ron Gibson in a close contest with Joan Tolley and Helen Kraus for that position.

The Max Woodcock Bridge Club plays every Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. during the summer months. Please contact Walt Tolley at 669-4563 if you would like to join.

Join a beginner’s birding walk

Join local birder Jim Poling at 8 a.m. on July 18, for a walk to learn about and identify birds in our area. It’s free.

Park Rhythms continues Thursday

Celebrating 20 years of great, free, outdoor concerts for the whole family. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, and join other residents and guests every Thursday 7-9 p.m. for an evening of good music and good food. See blackmountainrec.com for the complete line-up.

Music at library’s Lunch Monday

Musicians bring the indie rock experience to family audiences at Lunch Monday, a program at the Black Mountain Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 29. The show is an energetic, musical salute to the stuff of childhood, such as blowing bubbles, pushing buttons, going to the library and getting dizzy. The library is located at 105 Dougherty St. Call 250-4756 for more.

Free croquet lessons offered near lake

Free croquet lessons will be given to anyone ages 12 and up by the Black Mountain Croquet Club at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays at the croquet club at Lake Tomahawk during June, July and August. Instructors will be club members.

Meet the teacher at Owen Middle School

Meet the Teacher at Owen Middle School is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. for sixth grade and 1-3 p.m. for seventh and eighth grades.

Eighth-grade parent meeting is set for 8 a.m. Aug. 20, for seventh grade at 8 a.m. Aug. 21, and for sixth grade at 9 a.m. Aug. 21.

Children’s Home welcomes guests

On Sunday, Aug. 16, guests are welcome to visit Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families. It will host an open house with refreshments at every stop starting at 2 p.m., with a presentation about the ministry at 3:30 p.m. The Crossflame Youth Choir from St. Luke’s UMC of Hickory will perform. To learn more, visit BlackMountain

Home.org or call 686-3451.

Remembering good ol’ days in Montreat

Dr. Jane Holt will speak at Montreat’s Chapel of the Prodigal at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 as part of the Montreat Adult Summer Club programs. She will share tales, often humorous, about Montreat in the good ol’ days.

She and her family moved to Montreat in 1945, and she worked in the old store, remembered fondly by many. She retired to Montreat after teaching biology many years at Presbyterian College. She is active in wilderness preservation and is an avid bird and wildflower photographer. The community is welcome to attend.

Red Cross needs your blood

Plan now to donate blood at the Aug. 6 Black Mountain Community blood drive at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. The drive will be held 1:30-6 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the church at 669-2725.

For those of you on the east side of Asheville, there will be a blood drive from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at George V.A. Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road. For more or to schedule an appointment there, please call 299-2514.