This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Prostate group to meet again

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. The topic this month will be the 2014 Prostate Cancer Conference. There is no fee to attend. For more, contact or call 828-273-7689.

Join quilters in

doing some good

Come join the work day for quilters who would like to learn about quilting while making quilts through the Linus Project for hospitalized and traumatized children. It will meet 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 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. 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.

Meditation classes offered at BM Yoga

Learn yoga practices and information so you can fully relax, rest, and sleep well at for Yoga for Better Sleep with Katie Hay from 6:45-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Black Mountain Yoga. Reduce stress and declutter the mind through an introduction to meditation with Heather Wallace at Black Mountain Yoga from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 10. Each class will include discussion, gentle yoga and 20 minutes of meditation practice. For more, visit or call 669-2939.

Center presents caregiver workshops

Lakeview Senior Center will present “Caring for the Caregiver” workshops and expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. For people providing care for seniors or someone with a disability, the center will have representatives from local area agencies and providers (Council on Aging, Land of Sky, AARP, CarePartners, Black Mountain Neuro and others) on hand to answer questions. In addition, it will have special presentations every hour.

For more and a detailed schedule, contact or 669-8610. The event is free. Light refreshments will be provided.

Church service to host archbishop

On Nov. 1 at 10 a.m., the Church of the Incarnation at 116 Vance Ave., Black Mountain, will hold a service of confirmation with Holy Eucharist, with Archbishop Chuck Jones from the Diocese of the Carolinas of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. The service will be followed by a covered dish lunch. For more, call 669-4174 or 419-5047.

Veterans welcome public to cookout

The local VFW is having a Veterans Day cookout Nov. 14 at the VFW on Cragmont Road. Everyone is welcome.

Church holds ‘trunk

or treat’ Halloween

From 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31, youngsters of all ages will enjoy a special “trunk or treat” Halloween event at Swannanoa United Methodist Church, 216 Whitson Ave. During the free event, church members will give out candy from the trunks of their cars. The church, two blocks south of Tunnel Road in Swannanoa, will provide free hot dogs and cupcakes. Everyone is invited. There will be games and prizes. For more, call the church at 686-5284.

Book sale at BM Library never stops

The Friends of the Black Mountain Library’s annual book sale isn’t until March, but it always has an ongoing sale. It invites everyone to see what it has for sale.

Take a shelter

dog on a hike

Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and Brother Wolf for a 3.5-mile hike along the Masters Park Trail in the Haw Creek Community. This free, moderate Nov. 5 hike begins at 10 a.m. switchbacks through a forest pine, poplar and oak trees. We will continue along the Blue Ridge Parkway and connect to the Mountains to Sea Trail. After 1.5 miles the group will stop at a large rock outcrop for a packed lunch.

Hikers will lead a dog from the Brother Wolf adoption center on the walk in the woods, allowing the dogs to stretch their legs and give them some attention. To register, email haley@appalachian. org or call 253-0095, ext. 205.

Tickets for ‘Art’

are now on sale

Tickets are on sale toArt,” a play by Yasmina Reza directed by Lyn Nihart and produced by the Actor’s Center of Asheville in partnership with the Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

The play will be performed Nov. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. “Art” won the Tony Award for best play in 1998. In this production starring Kevin Patrick Murphy, Dan Clancy and Robert Dale Walker, after one of three friends purchases an extremely expensive all-white painting, the characters must examine what constitutes art ... and friendship.

Tickets are $15 plus tax and can be purchased in advance through the Black Mountain Center for the Arts’ website ( The arts center is at 225 W. State St. For more, call 669-0930.

Broad River fire/rescue has annual meeting

The Broad River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Inc. Annual Corporate Meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Broad River Community Center, 44 Broad River VFD Road, Black Mountain. The agenda items include annual financial review, auditor’s report, review the past year’s activities, future planning and election of two board members. All Broad River taxpayers are encouraged to attend.

Get help enrolling in the health insurance marketplace

The ACA Partners of WNC and the City of Asheville will host the third annual open enrollment of the NC Health Insurance Marketplace from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7 at the US Cellular Center in Asheville. Valley residents can get free, unbiased health insurance information and enrollment assistance in the NC Health Insurance Marketplace, while Mission Hospital System and UNCA pharmacy students provide free health and wellness screenings.

Walk-ins are welcome, as well as reserved appointments. Appointments can be made by calling toll-free 855-733-3711 or visiting

Ten Thousand Villages holds food drive

Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat is having a food drive for Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry through Tuesday, Nov. 3. It will accept nonperishable food (no glass or homemade) during store hours. Donations qualify contributors to a one-time 25 percent off one-item coupon for use in the store on any nondiscounted item.Ten Thousand Villages is at 303 Lookout Road, Montreat. Contact 669-1406 or Montreat@ten