This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Nearby church holds Christmas bazaar

Trinity Presbyterian Church, about 10 minutes from Black Mountain at 17 Shawnee Trail, Asheville, is holding its One Stop Christmas Shop from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 14. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping and support local artisans who will be selling food, jewelry, home decor, stationary, crafts and other unique, handcrafted items.

See the ‘Deck the Trees’ at Monte Vista

The public is invited to the Historic Monte Vista Hotel from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3 for the first viewing party of its annual “Deck the Trees” Christmas Celebration. Beautiful and unique hand-decorated Christmas trees in the theme of “Christmas Is . . .” will be on display Dec. 3-31.

Your vote by cash or check for your favorite tree helps to raise funds for those in need within our community. Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries receives all funds raised through this annual celebration of the Christmas season. Award-winning trees will be announced 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

Black Mountain Center holds Xmas parade

The 33rd annual Holiday Parade on the campus of Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. There will be more than 30 entries, including the Owen High School Marching Band and Dance Team, Owen High School JROTC, beauty queens, city and county dignitaries, floats from local schools and churches, dancers, clowns, classic cars, balloons, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center is at 932 Old U.S. Highway 70, Black Mountain. For more or to register an entry, contact Anika at 828-259-6771.

Free classes are offered at Greenspan Wellness Center

Kay Wise-Denty, a certified Ageless Grace educator, is offering free Ageless Grace classes at Greenspan Wellness Center in Black Mountain on Wednesdays from 12:30-1 p.m. until January.

Comfortable clothing is all that’s needed since all movements are performed in a chair and the focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind. For more, contact Wise-Denty at 361-463-1471 or Greenspan Wellness Center (3174 U.S. 70, Black Mountain) at 669-5314.

Lovejoy and Lilenfeld win at bridge

Three tables of tight competition in a Howell movement at the Max Woodcock Bridge Club resulted in a win for Elizabeth Lovejoy and Barbara Lilenfeld. Second was claimed by Lynda Briggs and Ron Gibson; and third place went to David Hirsch and Walt Tolley.

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

Linus Project quilters at it again

Come and join the work day for quilters who would like to learn about quilting while they and other volunteers make quilts for hospitalized and traumatized children through the Linus Project.

All meet from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 on the lower level of the Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain (a change due to the Thanksgiving holiday). Everyone will be stuffing pillows and pinning quilts.

No experience is necessary. Fabric has been donated, and experienced quilters are available to teach and help out. 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.

Owen Craft Fair benefits school

The 12th annual Owen Craft Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at Owen Middle School in Swannanoa will include juried artisans, music, food, homemade concessions, door prizes and a raffle. Handcrafted items include pottery, metalwork, woodwork, fabrics, jewelry and more.

A free children’s area with holiday activities and Santa will also be provided; children will be supervised while adults shop. All funds raised benefit OMS. For more, contact Owen Middle at 686-7917.