This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Sister Chicks for Christ hold rally

McDowell County Sister Chicks for Christ is hosting its seventh annual ladies rally on Monday, Oct. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Marion Community Building, 191 N. Main St., Marion. A meal begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and only 150 will be sold. Speaking with be Sheri Nasca, a Black Mountain resident who leads small group Bible discussions at The Cove. Music will be by Renae Brame, also of Black Mountain.

New bridge game starting up

Black Mountain, Swannanoa, East Asheville and other area bridge players will be offered a new morning series of Duplicate Bridge games at the Lakeview Senior Center in Lake Tomahawk Park at 9 a.m. Thursday mornings, starting Oct. 8. All levels are invited. For more, visit or call 484-1433.

Prostate cancer group

meets in Asheville

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. Attendees of the meeting this month will view selected USToo presentations about the latest research and treatments. There is no fee to attend. For more, call 273-7689.

Learn how to get

your poetry published

Eric Steineger, poet and instructor of English at Mars Hill University, will lead a workshop on publishing poetry from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 3 on the campus of UNC Asheville.

“Publishing Poetry: Finding A Home for Your Work” will explore the process from writing to publication.

To register, contact or 250-2353. The registration fee is $35.

Historic haunted house

tour tickets on sale

Explore the Terry Estate, also known as “In the Oaks,” during the Historic Haunted House tours on Oct. 23-24. The Black Mountain estate was once famous for the lavish Prohibition-era high society parties thrown there.

The tour, put on by the Swannanoa Valley Museum, features exhibits of photographs, objects, and ephemera from the museum collection, as well as guides dressed in 1920s attire offering historic interpretation of the grand estate. Feel free to come dressed for the occasion.

Two-hour guided tours begin on the half hour, with the first at 5:30 p.m. and the last at 8 p.m. (there are stairs to climb). Pre-registration is required.

Visit or call 669-9566. The cost is $25 for museum members and $35 for nonmembers, with reduced rate for Montreat students.

Thomas Chapel sells

fish, chicken plates

Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church is holding a fish or chicken dinner sale from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 1 and 2 at the church, 124 W. College St., Black Mountain. The cost is $8 dinner and $10 combo (no sandwiches). The sides are potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls and dessert. For local delivery, call 669-2221.

Final Stroll and Sip is Friday

The final Stroll and Sip event in Black Mountain is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Indulge in wine while you enjoy several of the unique shops downtown. Chifferobe, Mountain Nest, Europa, Seven Sisters, Hey Hey Cupcake and The Curiosity Shoppe, open at its new location in Cherry Street Square, are a few of the participating shops.

For more, call Chelsea at The Curiosity Shoppe 669-7467.

Bridge club results

in dogfight, again

Three and one half tables last week again resulted in the club’s using a Howell rotation; in that game all the players in the room test their skill against everyone else. Coming in first week were Lee and Julie Wilcox with a runaway win of 75 percent. Second went to Dot Kaylor and Phyllis Green, and third place was claimed by Chuck Murdock and Mike Bernatovitz.

The Max Woodcock Bridge Club plays every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact Walt Tolley at 669-4563 to join in.

Human rights expert

speaks at UNCA

International human rights scholar George Andreopoulos will present two lectures at UNC Asheville.

Andreopoulos’ talk, “From Humanitarian Intervention to the Responsibility to Protect: the Evolving Discourse on Human Protection,” takes place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, in UNCA Reuter Center. This lecture, part of the World Affairs Council fall lecture series, is $10 for the public and free for council members. His 4 p.m. Oct. 8 talk, “The Greek Crisis and Its Implications for the Future of Europe” UNCA’s Karpen Hall (Laurel Forum) is free to everyone.

Rotarians pumpkins

benefit children

Throughout October beginning Monday, the Black Mountain Rotary Cub is selling pumpkins at its pumpkin patch on the lawn between the First United Methodist Church and Harwood Home for Funerals on State Street. Profits will help underwrite Black Mountain Rotary Club projects which help local children, including the MANNA Backpack Project, which sends food home for needy kids over the weekend; care and training at The Children and Friends Day Care Center in Black Mountain; and The Imagination Library, a monthly mailing of a book to preschool children. Rotarians will be selling pumpkins from noon-6 p.m. beginning Oct. 5. For more, contact project manager Richard Hudson at Black Mountain Insurance and Realty on State Street.

Owen High gets the

band back together

The Owen High School Marching Band invites all Owen band alumni, and Owen parents from other bands to join it in playing the national anthem on Homecoming evening. Dust off your instrument (or check if the band has one to loan), put on your Owen maroon and join the band at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 on the band practice field.

Hang with the band to play pep tunes or sit in a special section next to the band and reconnect with classmates. To get music ahead of time, contact

Joy Yackley teaches

benefits of the gong

Feel the healing benefits of the gong with Joy Yackley on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Yoga for Chronic Pain continues Tuesday, Oct. 6 and 13 from 6:45-8 p.m. with Valerie Holbert. All are at Black Mountain Yoga, 116 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. For more, visit or call 669-2939.

School holds garage sale

Swannanoa Valley Montessori School will hold its second annual garage sale from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 3 at the school, 130 Center Ave., Black Mountain.

Class of ’95 has October reunion

The Owen High School Class of 1995’s 20-year reunion is Oct. 2-3. On Oct. 2, there will be a tour of the high school at 6:45 p.m., followed by the game at 7:30 p.m. (a section will be reserved for the reunion). On Oct. 3, there will be a picnic at noon on the front lawn of school (bring your own picnic lunch and yard toys). That night, all are invited to the Ale House from 7 p.m. until.