This Week in the Swannanoa Valley


Learn more about adoption on Nov. 14

Are you interested in adoption? Are you considering placing a child of your own? Do you want to learn about foster parenting?

Or maybe you’re an adoptive parent who wants to network. Come learn more at the Adoption Options Expo from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Ira B. Jones Elementary School, 544 Kimberly Ave., in North Asheville.

The free event is being put on by Adoption Options Consulting and Under One Sky Village Foundation. For more, contact 828-407-0409 or

Knitters & crocheters to meet again

The WNC Knitters & Crocheters for Others will meet 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 (and the third Thursday of every month, except December) at Givens Highland Farms, Building G-H on Brookside Avenue in the Birch Room, (formerly the Upper Core Room 1), upstairs.

All knitters and crocheters are welcome. The group makes items for single mothers, homeless shelters, ill, abused or traumatized children, victims of domestic violence and newborns at Mission Hospital. It welcomes acrylic yarn or new Teddy bear donations. For more, call Betsy Stobbs at 669-0680.

Chorus performs music from all over

The Wild Asheville Community Chorus will return to Black Mountain on Nov. 15 to perform its magic mix of dancing and singing acapella music. The selections for this performance will include music from South Africa, Bulgaria, the Balkans, American Shape Note tunes and elsewhere.

The performance is at 4 p.m in the Black Mountain United Methodist Church, 101 Church St. This very energetic and explosive choir consists of 80 members from all over Buncombe County, including Black Mountain residents. Co-directors are Nathan Morrison and Suzannah Park who have performed professionally in the U.S. and abroad.

Exploring islands as a way into Europe

Professor Robert Bauslaugh will discuss his investigations into the possible presence of humans in Paleolithic northeast Crete, as part of a talk, “Stone Age Crete: New Evidence of Paleolithic Hunters and Gatherers” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library, Whitman Room.

His lecture will examine the evidence for Paleolithic people using Aegean islands as way stations as they crossed to Europe. The event is free and open to all.

A specialist in Greek history, Bauslaugh is professor of ancient history and classics at Brevard College and former professor of classics at Emory University. For more, contact 828-251-6290 or

Beautification committee holds last 2015 meeting

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 at town hall. This is the committee’s last meeting this year, but its work is never over. Join members as they continue their work to enhance the natural beauty of Black Mountain.

Military officers meet at Highland Farms

The Military Officers Association of America luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in the Fountain Room at Highland Farms. The cost is $10. RSVP at 828-505-5511.

The McKameys sing gospel in Marion

The McKameys, a nationally known gospel singing group from Clinton, Tennessee, will be singing at the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Marion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. The church is at 1036 Zion Hill Road in West Marion. For more, call 828-738-0992.

Important dates at BM Primary School

Black Mountain Primary School sent parents its November news last week. In case you missed it, here are some important dates to remember: Nov. 6, PTO Movie Night; Nov. 10, PTO Skate Night; Nov. 11, no school (holiday); Nov. 17, holiday meal; Nov. 25-27, no school (Thanksgiving break).

UN president to speak at UNC Asheville

Mogens Lykketoft, president of the United Nations General Assembly, will give a talk, “The United Nations at 70: Reflections of the Past and Prospects for the Future,” at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, in the Reuter Center at UNC Asheville. His talk is free and open to all.

Lykketoft of Denmark was elected unanimously in September to serve a one-year term leading the General Assembly, the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the U.N., and the only one in which all 193 member nations have equal representation.

The issues facing the U.N. this year include the Syrian refugee crisis, climate change and sustainable development, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

For more, call 828-250-3870.

The next local blood drive is coming up

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Black Mountain Fire Department from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20. A seasonal decline in donations often occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with family gatherings and travel.

However, patients don’t get a holiday vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Arts Center has a new piano teacher

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts has a new piano teacher, Alicia Almaguer, who will teach private lessons for all ages on Mondays beginning Nov. 2. Fees vary based on the length of lesson time and the number of lessons per month. Discounts are offered for multiple in families.

A music teacher since 2004, Almaguer received her bachelor of arts at Montreat College in 2006. She has been teaching music since 2004. She teaches both classical and modern approaches to learning the piano.

She will also offer Wunderkeys - Piano for Preschoolers (ages 3-5). Contact the arts center at 669-0930.

Instructors’ concert returns to Arts Center

For the eighth consecutive year, the talented musicians at Black Mountain’s acclaimed Acoustic Corner are gearing up for their annual Instructors’ Concert at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Each year this popular concert brings new and familiar faces to the stage. There is a $15 donation at the door, with no advanced sales or reserved seats. For more, call 669-0930 or 669-5162.

Light Center presents author, peace prayer

On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 2-4 p.m., Joy Drake presents an overview of her recently published workbook, “Soul Infusions: Weaving our Soul's Light into the Fabric of Every Day,” at the UR Light Center on N.C. south of Black Mountain. The cost is $15 advance, $20 at the door.

At 3 p.m. Nov. 15, David Stowell and his crystal bowls will be part of the World Peace Prayer. By donation.

Yoga offered to align you with fall

At Black Mountain Yoga, Fall Yin & Restore with Rebecca Willman at 6:45-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 is a deep, slow and gentle yoga practice mean to align your spirit with fall.

From 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, Laughter Yoga returns with Karin Steinhaus. For more visit or call 669-2939.

Woodcock bridge club has a full house

Sixteen players gave the Max Woodcock Bridge Club a four-table Howell movement last week. Julie and Lee Wilcox came in first, and in a tight race for second place, Chuck Murdock and Mike Bernatovicz pulled ahead of Dot Kaylor and Phyllis Green at the end.

The club plays every Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. Contact Walt Tolley at 669-4563 to join in.

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.