This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Palestinian activist to speak at Warren Wilson

Iyad Burnat, a Palestinian activist, will speak at 6 p.m. March 24 at Warren Wilson College in the Canon Lounge of Gladfelter Hall. He will also be hosting a discussion at 3 p.m. that day at Firestorm Café and Books in West Asheville. Both events are free and open to all.

Burnat is the coordinator for the Popular Committee in Bil’in, Palestine, a small farming village seven miles west of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. For 11 years he and the Popular Committee have organized the people to Bil’in to participate in weekly nonviolent demonstrations against the confiscation of their land, destruction of their olive trees, and Israel’s separation wall and settlements. The story of this resistance is the subject of the award-winning film “5 Broken Cameras.”

Burnat recently released the book “Bil’in and the Nonviolent Resistance” describing his village’s ongoing struggle and what inspires them to continue nonviolent resistance.

The event is cosponsored by the local Asheville/Black Mountain group Just Peace for Israel/Palestine and Warren Wilson’s Department of Religious Studies and Peace and Justice Studies program.

First Baptist Church holds Easter events

Easter events at First Baptist Church, 503 Park St., Swannanoa, include the Worship Choir’s singing “God So Loved the World” at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Palm Sunday, March 20. Also to be held is the Drama Ministry’s presentation of “I Am the Way,” a living re-enactment of a Living Last Supper, at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 24 in the church Worship Center (no reservations required). The evening starts with a free dinner at 6 p.m. (reservations required; contact 686-5123 or A love offering will be received.

Ministry’s pantry needs food items

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs the following to replenish items it gives to those it serves - ramen noodles (beef or chicken), canned fruit, canned tomatoes (diced or stewed), canned mixed vegetables, canned beans (red kidney, pork and beans, baked beans), canned corn, canned tuna, all-purpose flour, sugar, coffee, tea, toothbrushes and toothpaste, bar soap, toilet paper, large size diapers (sizes 3-6), laundry detergent, towels (bath, hand, washcloth) and bedsheets. Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome. Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain.

New players fare

well at bridge club

Welcoming several new players to the group, the Max Woodcock Bridge Club played a five-table Mitchell rotation on March 8. North/South saw the perennial favorites Roger Fenna and David Hirsch in first place, but they were tied with a strong showing by Helen Kraus and Joan Tolley, who also had a 58-percent night. In the East/West direction, a new pairing of Ron Gibson and George Ackerman won with a 59 percent score overall, with a tie for second going to Peter and Myra Schoen and Duane Wilson and Ed Zawaki at 50 percent. This pairing was also new and was the first time Duane played in this game.

Linus Project changes meeting date

The local Linus Project group has changed its meeting date. It will meet from 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 18 on the lower level of the Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain to cut and stuff pillows and pin 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. The group makes quilts and other items for children and adults at Mission Hospital and in the community.

Concert and seminars occur at Light Center

At the UR Light Center, Mary Cook Nadler presents “Self-Realization Seminar” from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 19. On Sunday, March 20, the center is hosting three events: “Sacred Celebration” with Rev. Kiah Abendroth (at 11 a.m.), Toning for Peace & Transformation with Yvonne Rainbow Teplitsky (1 to 2:30 p.m.) and a solo piano concert in the geodesic dome by composer Richard Schulman (3-5 p.m.). For more, contact the center at 669-6845 or

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 debra.

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.

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 holds reunion, open house

Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families 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, visit or call 686-3451.

Buy seeds, Support Owen High’s band

Garderners, 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.