This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Swannanoa church hosts cholesterol screening

There will be a cholesterol screening March 9 at Swannanoa Methodist Church. The cost is $15. For an appointment, call 686-5285.

A-B Tech offers biz class for artists

A new workshop series developed for craft entrepreneurs will launch at A-B Tech on March 7. Advanced Business Skills for Artists is a five-week series of six seminars focusing on operations, finance, marketing, and sales. Participants will learn about production space design, production efficiencies, merchandising, product line development, inventory control, bookkeeping, financial health and selling, branding and pricing.

The series is $250 (or $50 per seminar). All will be held at the Hive/the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in downtown Asheville. Visit for more.

12-step meeting provides safety, child care

Celebrate Recovery is a place where you can get rid of those hurts, habits and hang-ups that keep you sad, lonely and tired. Meetings start at 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday with a free meal, 7 p.m. worship hour, 8 p.m. small groups (open share and 12-step studies), and dessert at 9 p.m. Free child care is provided. Celebrate Recovery meets at Mountain View Church, 2221 North Fork, Right Fork Road, Black Mountain. For more, call Connie at 669-1981.

Apply for Martin Luther King scholarships now

Each year the Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Corporation offers educational scholarships and financial aid to graduating high school seniors in the Swannanoa Valley who are planning to enroll on a full time basis in a two-year or four-year college program. Scholarships are available for first time applicants and for students who wish to renew applications from the previous year. Applications may be downloaded at Deadline for applying is April 5.

Children’s Home welcomes guests

Guests are welcome to tour Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families on Wednesday, March 9. Come at 10 a.m. for an introduction to the ministry followed by a guided tour of campus. The day wraps up by noon with refreshments.

It will hold its annual alumni reunion and campus-wide open house on April 9. The reunion is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the open house for the public from 1-3 p.m. Come out to reminisce or learn about the ministry while enjoying refreshments and seeing the campus in bloom. To learn more about either event, visit or call 686-3451.

National security at heart of UNCA exhibit

UNC Asheville will host a national traveling exhibition, “The Tragedy of War: Japanese American Internment” through March 25 in the Karpen Hall lobby. The exhibition tells the stories of the 120,000 ethnic Japanese, two-thirds of them American citizens, forced into internment camps amid fears that they were loyal to Japan and might aid a Japanese invasion of the U.S. The exhibition asks a question that resonates today: when, if ever, is it acceptable to limit the rights of citizens to ensure national security? For more, contact Deborah Miles, director of UNCA’s Center for Diversity Education, at

Buy seeds, Support Owen High’s band

Gardeners, support the bands of Owen High School this spring simply by doing what you love - gardening. Purchase Sow True Seeds (at no extra cost) using the code “OWENBAND2016,” and the Asheville-based business will contribute 25 percent to the band. Order online at, over the phone (254-0708) or at their Asheville store, 146 Church St.

Master gardener volunteer to offer planting tips

The Friends of Black Mountain Library welcome Bob Wardwell, a Black Mountain resident and Extension Master Gardener volunteer, to its meeting at 7 p.m. March 22. Wardwell will give tips on spring planting and soil preparation. The public is invited.

Lenten services are at Ridgecrest this week

Lenten Services for the Community, sponsored by local Ministerial Association and churches, continue at noon Wednesday, March 9 at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center (for the first time). Since the mountainside Rutland Chapel will be the service location, the front gate will offer directions for parking or for the shuttles provided. Services will be led by Dr. Bill Henderson of First Baptist and executive camp director Ron Springs.

CNA meeting held for prospective students

The next CNA informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 15 in the G-2 Training Room at Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center. The meeting will let prospective students know when the next CNA class will be offered at the center and what is needed to participate in the class.

Attending the free meeting is the first step in getting into the CNA class. The cost of the class $178, to be paid on the first day of class. The cost of the state test $101, to be paid on the last day of class. For more, call 259-6766 or email

GED classes meet in Black Mountain

GED classes meet at Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry’s Opportunity House from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For registration information. call A-B Tech at 828-398-7433 or 828-398-7136.

Owen golf tournament returns March 5

The 21st Annual Owen Golf Team Tournament will be March 5 at the Black Mountain Golf Course, with a rain/snow date of March 12. The format will be four-person captain's choice. There will be trophies and prizes. The cost, which includes lunch, is $50 per person or $200 per team. Sign up at the Black Mountain pro shop or by contacting John Knight at 669-7043.

Military officers meet at Highland Farms

The Military Officers Association of America meeting will be 11:30 a.m. March 9 at Givens Highlands Farms in the lower Fountain Room. To make reservations, call 828-505-5511.