This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Chili dinner benefits Broad River Fire Department

Broad River Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual chili dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. The fire department is located at 46 Broad River VFD Rd., Black Mountain. Dinner includes homemade chili, a fresh hand tossed salad, a big baked potato, drink and desert for a suggested $5 donation.

Historic haunted house tour

Take a trip to the 1920’s at In-the-Oaks on Oct. 23-24 for a haunted tour through the Terry Estate manor house.

Each two-hour tour leaves every half hour starting at 5 p.m., with the last tour leaving at 8 p.m.

The event, which is part of Montreat College’s 100th birthday celebration and features 60 volunteers dressed in costumes from the period.

Garren Creek Fire

Department fundraiser

The Garren Creek Fire Department Auxiliary is selling nuts again this year. We have pecans -- both halves and pieces -- and black walnuts in one pound bags.

They are great for holiday baking and healthy snacks. The cost is $10 a pound.

Please call Elizabeth Simmonds (669-2846 or 230-3986). Nuts are also available at The Cutting Crew.

Workshop to be held

at Light Center

On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 3-5 p.m., the Light Center hosts composer/musician/teacher Richard Shulman for "Recognizing and Expressing the Divine," a workshop on bringing the consciousness behind healing music into day-to-day interactions. This teaching has developed from twenty-eight years of creating Musical Soul Portraits for individuals, couples, and groups. The Light Center is located at 2190 NC Highway 9, South, Black Mountain. Tickets: $15 in Advance; $20 at door.

Discussion at the Black Mountain Library

Friends of the Black Mountain Library will hold its program for the month at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Time Means from Pack Library will be leading a discussion on “Learning How To Download Digital Books from the Buncombe County Library System.”

Art on the Lawn

The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League will host Art on the Lawn on Oct. 23-24. The will be held in front of The Monte Vista Hotel and the Red House Studios & Gallery. Art will be displayed from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

Veterans Day celebration

The VFW on Cragmont Road will be holding a cookout on Saturday, Nov. 14 to celebrate Veterans Day, which is observed on Nov. 11. The event is open to the public and everyone is welcomed. For more information contact Mike Lear at 606-0605.

Openings for Volunteers

The Montreat College Chapel of the Prodigal Docent Program consists of community members and friends who volunteer their time to be at the Chapel on scheduled weekends and for special group tours during the week.

The volunteers are trained in docenting, which involves welcoming visitors, giving information on the college, the history of the chapel, brief history of frescoes and symbolic aspects of the Return of the Prodigal fresco which portrays the story of forgiveness.

Docents are issued a guidebook and materials. Being a docent is rewarding and fun. If you would consider volunteering as a docent, please call Teresa Price at 828-669-8012 ext. 3821.

Wellness center open house

The Greenspan Wellness Center is hosting an open house from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Meet the center’s new soft tissue rehab specialist, enjoy refreshments and learn about new classes. Door prizes will be given away.

Girl Scout Troop 2498 fundraiser

Girl Scout Troop 2498 is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, upstairs at the Lakeview Senior Center at 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Plates are $10 each and guests can eat at the center or order food to go.

Contact Jackie Vale at 712-4103 for more information.