This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Best-selling author

to read in Swannanoa

Diane Chamberlain, a USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author, has just released a new novel, “Pretending to Dance,” which is set partially in Swannanoa. Chamberlain will be at the Swannanoa Library at noon Sunday, Nov. 8 to read highlights and discuss the book. Come listen as she discusses how she chose her settings, characters and plot. The free event, sponsored by the Friends of the Swannanoa Library, is at the library, 101 W. Charleston Ave. For more, call 250-6486.


remembered in music

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville will present “Elegy,” an annual Holocaust remembrance concert by Pan Harmonia. The free 5 p.m. Nov. 8 concert in UNCA’s Reuter Center celebrates the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity.

The concert is presented in commemoration of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property in Nazi Germany and Austria throughout the night of Nov. 9, 1938.

Pan Harmonia is an independent repertory company based in Asheville, directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck. “Elegy” also features Franklin Keel on cello and Ivan Seng on piano.

Events go on at Light Center

On Thursday, Nov. 5 from 3-6 p.m., Maggie Trogler will offer Reiki healing sessions on a donation basis at the Light Center. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8, is the center’s annual homecoming advance, “A Gathering of Joy.” Presenters include Jonna Rae Bartges, Mary Nadler, the Rev. Kiah Abendroth and Lisa Rankin. Richard Shulman will play a concert on Saturday morning. August Worley will bring Pyradym on Saturday. Jonn Serrie performs a concert with celestial laser show at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

For more, contact the the Light Center at 669-6845 or

Learn to sing by shape notes

The 22nd annual Black Mountain shape note singing will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7 at Saint James Episcopal Church in the fellowship hall. Shape note singing is an early American style of singing that uses a variety of shapes for the musical notes. Over the years, it has become a southern Appalachian tradition. Beginners are welcome, and there is no admission fee. Those attending are asked to bring a food item for the potluck lunch. For more, call 669-7260.

Libraries host many

events this month

The Black Mountain and Swannanoa libraries have lots going on this month. In Black Mountain, the Barbara Kingsolver Book Club, which is reading Kingsolver’s novels in order, will discuss “The Bean Trees” at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Mystery Book Club will talk about “Haven” by Kay Hooper.

In Swannanoa, international bestseller Diane Chamberlain will read from “Pretending to Dance,” set in Swannanoa, at noon Sunday, Nov. 8. Laughter Yoga will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 4 and 18. At 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, the Swannnanoa Book Club will discuss “English Creek” by Ivan Doig.

Also, both libraries are holding a Meals on Wheels pet food drive through the end of December. Small kibble is preferred, as well as canned food. The Black Mountain Library is at 105 Dougherty St. Call it at 250-4756. The Swannanoa Library is at 101 W. Charleston St. Call it at 250-6486.

BM Yoga brings Sphere Therapy

Sphere Therapy is back at Black Mountain Yoga. Learn self-healing strategies with therapy balls and foam rollers combined with yoga at 6:45-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 with Katie Hay. Parents Night Out is 6-8 p.m Friday, Nov. 6. For more, visit or call 669-2939.

Garren Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, November 7th, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Everyone is welcome and donations are accepted. This event is a fund-raiser for the Auxiliary which supports the fire fighters and rescue workers.

Garren Creek firefighters

hold turkey dinner

Join the Garren Creek Volunteer Fire Department from 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 7 for its annual turkey dinner fundraiser, with home-cooked food (turkey, ham and all the fixings), at the main station, 10 Flat Creek Road, at the corner of Flat Creek and Chestnut Hill/Old Fort roads between Black Mountain and Fairview.

The meal is by donation. For more, call Elizabeth Simmonds at 669-2846.

Max Woodcock Bridge

Club reports results

The game Oct. 27 was a three-table Howell game. Even though there was a smaller group, players all had a lot of fun and some close competition. David Hirsch and Roger Fenna came in first, and tied for second were the teams of Chuck Murdock and Ron Gibson, and Helen Kraus and Walt Tolley. The group plays every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact Walt Tolley at 669-4563 to join in.

Madden reads at

Books and Brown Bag

Author David Madden will be featured at a Books and Brown Bag lunchtime reading of his recent book “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction” at noon Nov. 13 at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. The author will have copies of his book for sale and signing. The event is free; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more, call 669-0930.

Learn more about

federal health insurance

Free confidential assistance to enroll and select a healthcare plan in the federal marketplace will be available Nov. 5 at the Swannanoa library. Two appointments are available at 5 p.m. Call 855-733-3711 to schedule an appointment and find out what documents to bring.

A 45-minute presentation about the Affordable (health) Care Act will be given at the Swannanoa library at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Each presentation will address avoiding financial bankruptcy due to unpaid medical bills, the comprehensiveness of all plans, no-cost preventive care, no denial due to preexisting conditions, the tax penalty/exemptions for uninsureds, and subsidies. A new aid to estimate costs on the ACA website will be demonstrated. The enrollment period for the ACA ends Jan. 31, 2016.

Singers invited to

sing Handel’s ‘Messiah’

All singers are invited to join the chorus for Handel’s “Messiah,” to be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in Gaither Chapel at Montreat College. Rehearsals (required) are 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 10, 17 and 24. For more, contact Robert Boer at

Church puts on

Thanksgiving dinner

Join Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road, for a community Thanksgiving dinner at noon, Thursday, Nov. 26. Call 669-2725 by Monday, Nov. 23 to make your reservation.

Owen band holds mattress sale

The Owen High School marching band will hold a BoosterBeds fundraiser from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 7 and from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 8, in the school gym at 99 Lake Eden Road.

All money raised will help the band’s dream of performing in the Grand National Championship competition in Indianapolis, Indiana this month. Mattresses are discounted up to 60 percent below retail pricing. Mattresses can be delivered to the school or delivered directly to the buyer for a delivery fee. For more on how to donate or about BoosterBeds, contact Tracie Perkins at 828-230-6364 or