This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Seniors get Thomas Wolfe Memorial for half price

In honor of Julia Wolfe, Thomas Wolfe’s mother who would have turned 156 on Feb. 16, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial at 52 N. Market St., Asheville, will admit seniors for $2.50 (50 percent of admission price) Feb. 16-19. For more, contact the site at 253-8304 or

Local nonprofits encouraged to apply for grants

The Black Mountain–Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is accepting applications from Swannanoa Valley nonprofits for its spring grant cycle. The grants will range in size from $2,500-$10,000 and will focus on projects and programs relating to health and wellness, education, cultural and natural resources and people in need. The deadline to apply is March 1. The online application is at For more, contact Virginia Dollar at CFWNC, 828-367-9907.

Meet the Democrat candidates

in Black Mountain

The Dems on the Move, a grassroots group for eastern Buncombe County, will sponsor a forum for the four Democratic candidates for county commissioner. The forum will be at 7 p.m. Monday Feb. 15 in the education room of the Black Mountain Library. Candidates are Scott Bissinger, Nancy Nehls Nelson, Matt Kern and Larry Dodson. The event will allow the public to become familiar with the candidates, who will respond to questions from the audience. All are welcome to participate. For more, contact Robert Stackman at 828-231-0453.

The Curiosity Shoppe

holds artist reception

Come celebrate the Art of Alligator Jane at The Curiosity Shoppe in Black Mountain during the artist reception 4-7 p.m. Feb. 13 with wine, cheese, light bites and good times. The artist will be showing at the shop through March. Call Chelsea Morning, 118 E. Cherry St., at 669-7467.

Happy Body Black Mountain reschedules workshop

The “Be Good to Yourself: Self-Care Massage and Gentle Stretch Techniques” workshop postponed because of the winter storm will take place from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 5. The cost is $25. Pre-register at

Gospel groups leads

service in Swannanoa

Emmaus Road Gospel Quartet from Dalton, Georgia will lead worship at the First Baptist Church in Swannanoa at the traditional worship service at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14.

This male quartet has had the opportunity to travel and share its music across the United States. The young quartet sings many traditional Southern gospel songs, including “He Touched Me” and “I’ll Fly Away,” as well as the chart-topping originals “Jesus Is the Rock” and “I Got My Healing Today.”

All are invited to worship with the church, located at 503 Park St. in Swannanoa. A love offering will be received. For more, contact 686-5123 or

Max Woodcock

Bridge Club Results

In a lively four table match on Tuesday, Feb. 2, John Gilbert and Walt Tolley scored a come-from-behind victory with a 60 percent total result. Roger Fenna and David Hirsch claimed second place with a 55 percent standing and Peter and Myra Schoen had a close third finish at 53 percent.

Black Mountain Yoga classes

Learn or revisit yoga alignment, breathing & meditation at Yoga Basics, Thursdays, Feb 11-25, 7-8:30 p.m. with Katie Hay at Black Mountain Yoga. Also this week, join Diana McCall for a Bhangra Dance Party, Friday, Feb 12, 7-8:30 p.m. For more information visit or call 669-2939.