This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain Litter Sweep is April 2

This year the Kiwanis Club and Black Mountain Beautification Committee will partner to make Litter Sweep 2016 a successful community initiative. Volunteers are needed to clean up trash around town on Saturday, April 2.

The general public may show up at the Town Square parking between 9 a.m.-noon to pick up trash bags, vests, gloves and assignments. Kiwanis Club members may show up between 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Kiwanis Thrift Store. Children who are accompanied by an adult are welcome to participate; no special experience is needed. Come for any amount of time you are able.

If you want to help but cannot come on this date, you may pick up trash bags at no charge at Town Hall on Midland Avenue during business hours any time until May 2. For more, contact Laurel at Town Hall (828) 419-9300, ext. 602.

Quaker yard sale is coming up

The annual Quaker community yard sale will be 8 a.m.–1 p.m. April 9 at the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 137 Center Ave., Black Mountain.

To get there, take Scotland Street across from the primary school and turn left on Center Avenue.

For sale will be camping equipment, tools, nice dishes, handmade baskets, household items, children's toys and games, a special collection of books and more.

Celtic concert tickets now on sale

Tickets are on sale now for Duo Galilei, a Celtic crossover concert featuring award-winning Celtic harpist Sue Richards and Carolyn Surrick, master of the viola da gamba at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $15 plus tax and can be purchased by calling 669-0930 or visiting

Arts Center offers new round of clay sessions

Monday, March 28 marks the start of a new clay session in the Clay Studio at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

Located behind the arts center in the old town garage, the Clay Studio offers five classes for beginners and experienced potters.

Classes in hand-building and wheel throwing are taught by Mathilda Tanner on Monday from 6-8 p.m. and Charles Freeland on Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m.

Freeland also teaches a beginners class on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. Geoff Bird leads a class on Thursday from 4-6 p.m.

The cost for a six-week session is $185 and includes a lab fee for 25 pounds of clay, glazing and firing and all the open studio time you need to practice.

Class size is limited, so call ahead to register.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St.

For more, call 669-0930 or visit

Boy Scout selling cards to raise money

Boy Scout Troop 50 and Cub Scout Pack 50 are selling fundraising cards to help support scouting activities and operations.

The cost of the card is $5 each; card includes a $5 gift certificate for Ingles, varying percentages off at Dick's and other sporting good stores, plus numerous other restaurants and businesses.

Cards will be sold until early May.

If you wish to purchase, contact parent Margaret Hurt at, 808-9933

Lecturer to talk about Cleopatra, Egypt’s last pharaoh

Archaeologist and author John Hale will present “Cleopatra: An Archaeological Perspective on Egypt’s Last Pharaoh,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, in the Mission Health System Mountain View Conference Room. This event is free and open to all.

Cleopatra may be the most famous female ruler in all of history, but according to Hale, her image may also be among the most distorted.

“If we look past the long-standing stereotypes of popular culture, from Plutarch and Shakespeare to Elizabeth Taylor and Hollywood, the archaeological evidence paints a very different picture of Cleopatra,” said Hale.

Hale will present an illustrated lecture, providing a tour of the Egypt Cleopatra inherited and inhabited, following her from the Nile to the Tiber, and from desert shrines to her capital city of Alexandria, now sunken beneath the waters of Alexandria harbor.

Hale is the director of the Liberal Studies Program at the University of Louisville in KentuckyThis lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and UNC Asheville’s Department of Classics. For more, contact Classics Lecturer Laurel Taylor, or 828-251-6290.

Light Center holds Easter prayer celebration

The UR Light Center will hold an Easter prayer celebration on March 26-27. The group prayer times are Saturday, 10 a.m.–noon, 2-4 p.m., and 7-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon. Donation will be accepted.

For more, contact the center at 669-6845, or via

Junior tennis clinics are back on

Black Mountain Tennis Association and Black Mountain Recreation and Parks Department will begin their annual Junior Clinics in April. The clinic for children 13- to 15-years-old will be 5-5:45 p.m. every Tuesday in April beginning April 5.

The clinic for kids 9- and 10-years-old will be 5-5:45 each Thursday beginning April 7. Sign up with the recreation and parks department at 669-2052.

Scholar to talk about Syria and climate

Colin Kelley, senior research fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, will discuss the cases of Syria and Yemen in a lecture about the impact of climate upon global politics, from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, room 038. This talk is free and open to all.

In his post-graduate work, Kelley investigated how climate change has contributed to the political destabilization of Syria. His talk will focus on understanding the complex relationship between regional climate variability and change, and state vulnerability.

Before joining the Washington D.C.-based Center for Climate and Security, Kelley was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and studied for two years as a post-baccalaureate student in UNCA’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences. For more, contact Christopher Hennon, UNCA chair and professor of atmospheric sciences, at

Rising kindergarteners can get a taste of school

Kindergarten Transition Night at Black Mountain Primary School is from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Children and parents are invited to tour the school, meet kindergarten teachers and visit the different classes where the children will work.

Church’s ladies auxiliary holds fundraiser

Homer’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church will hold a breakfast fundraiser from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The cost is $5. The menu is bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs and grits. For deliveries, call Lisa at 713-5119.

Church announces Holy Week services

The Church of the Incarnation, 116 Vance Ave., Black Mountain, will hold Holy Week Services. Its Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. March 24. Its Stations of the Cross (Good Friday) service will be at 1:30 p.m. March 25. Its Good Friday Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified will be at 7 p.m. March 25. It’s Great Vigil of Easter service will be at 8 p.m. March 26. It’s Easter Sunday service, followed by brunch and an Easter egg hunt, will be at 10 a.m. March 27. All are invited. For more, call 669-2320 or 828-419-5047.

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.

Children’s short story contest is open

The Friends of Black Mountain Library are sponsoring their 2016 Children’s Short Story Contest, open to Buncombe County residents or members of the Buncombe County library system who are 17 years old and younger. All stories must be typed, double-spaced and no more than 5,000 words. The writer’s name, age and contact info must be on a separate sheet of paper.

All stories must be submitted to the Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., by April 12. No electronic submissions will be accepted. First-place awards are $100 in the 13-17 age category and the 12 and under category. Second place in each is $50. An awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Black Mountain Library.

Black Mountain church hosts 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.