This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Join free bird and wildflower walks

Local resident James Poling will conduct free wildflower and bird walks this month. The 9 a.m. March 17 wildflower walk will start at Lake Tomahawk. The 9 a.m. March 19 bird walk will meet there too. Both events will meet at the lower level of the Lake Tomahawk Senior Center. At 3:30 p.m. March 29, Poling will present photos of wild birds at the Senior Center.

Black Mountain church has Easter egg hunt

Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Black Mountain is holding an Easter Fun Day from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 26 at the church. All children are welcome for an afternoon of crafts, storytime, lunch, an egg hunt and a Bible story. For more, call 828-774-7408. The church is at 385 Tabernacle Road.

Bridge players defy cold with hot hands

In spite of the blast of winter weather we had recently, the Max Woodcock bridge game had spirited games of three tables on Feb. 23 and March 1. On Feb. 23, Ron Gibson and Linda Briggs won, with Walt Tolley and John Gilbert in second and David Hirsch and Roger Fenna in third. Roger and David prevailed on the first of March; Julie and Lee Wilcox, newly returned from the warmth of Florida, came in second. Barbara Lilenfeld and Elizabeth Lovejoy rounded out the field with a third-place finish.

Beautification committee invites all to meeting

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee welcomes everyone (its youngest member is 4, its oldest is 88). Age does not matter to gardeners; there is a place and work for all in the committee’s work. The committee meets next at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the Black Mountain town hall. To find out more about its work, visit blackmountainbeauti- or its Facebook page.

UR Light Center has guided meditation

Join the UR Light Center at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12 for New Moon Manifesting, a Reiki Circle. Reiki Master Odilia Forlenza will lead a crystal bowl-guided meditation for clearing and Reiki healing. There is a suggested love offering of $15. For more, contact the center at 669-6845 or via

Academy to hold blood drive this month

The American Red Cross has a blood drive coming up in the area. It will be 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 21 at Asheville Christian Academy, 74 Riverwood Road, Swannanoa (To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767.

Former inmates to sing songs of praise

Danny Hampton, director of McDowell Prison Ministries, is bringing two singing groups to Ridgecrest Baptist Church for a 10:30 a.m. March 13 service of worship, song, praise and testimonies. “Paid in Full” is a group composed of former McDowell Prison inmates. It and “Heart Cry” will lead the music service that will be followed by a meal provided by the church members and community friends. A love offering will be taken for Freedom Ministries. The church is at 41 Tucker Road, half a block past the post office.

Auditions held for ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts will hold auditions at 10 a.m. March 12 for its May production of “The Dixie Swim Club.” Because this ensemble piece spans 30 years, the director is looking for five mature women who can play characters whose ages range from 40 to 77. Auditions will be held at the arts center, 225 W. State St. Audition readings will be from the script. Headshots would be helpful, but not necessary. For more, visit or call 669-0930.

Public input forum for Veterans Park

The Black Mountain Recreation and Parks Department will host three forums in which public input will be gathered for potential future improvements to Veterans Park (formerly Rec Park). The first meeting will be held at the Lakeview Center from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Monday, March 14. Another forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at the Carver Community Center. The third and final meeting will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 28 at the town hall building.

Church presents “Last Supper” play

First Baptist Church of Swannanoa presents “I Am the Way,” a play that provides insight into the last evening Jesus spent with his closest friends before his crucifixion. On March 24, a free dinner, catered by The Olive Garden, will be served at the church at 6 p.m. The play will follow at 7 p.m.

Seating for dinner is limited; for reservations, go to the church website, and click the reservation link (or call 686-5123). Reservations are not required for the play. Child care will be available. Donations will be accepted. The church is at 503 Park St., Swannanoa.

Buy seeds, Support Owen High’s band

Garderners, support Owen High School bands 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, 254-0708 at the store, 146 Church St.