This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Superfund Community Advisory Group to meet

The next meeting of the Swannanoa Superfund Community Advisory Group will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 7 at the Swannanoa Valley Fire Department Bee Tree training station. There will be a brief bit of group business and electing new officers. The balance of the meeting will focus on site updates and discussions.

BM Presbyterian Church hosts a blood drive

April is National Volunteer Month, and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood. It will hold a blood drive at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church from 1:30-6 p.m. April 7. To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross blood donor app, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Prostate cancer group meets in Asheville

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. This month, time will be utilized for open discussion. There is no fee to attend. For more, contact 273-7698 or

Montessori school holds

‘fling’ at Pisgah Brewing

Spring Fling and Family Disc Jam, hosted by Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, is set for noon-6 p.m. April 16 at Pisgah Brewing Co. The day will include a Pro-Am and Parent-Child Disc Golf Tournament, live music and dance performances, food and drinks, family fun booths and a shop-local basket silent auction. Admission is free. The school is enrolling for fall 2016-17 now.

Church sponsors trip to Billy Graham Library

First Baptist Church Swannanoa is sponsoring a 47-passenger motor coach to see the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte on April 11. The bus will leave the church parking lot at 503 Park St. at 8 a.m. and will return by 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to see the library. The cost of the trip is $27 per person. Lunch at the Graham Brothers Diary Bar on site will be on your own. Also on your own will be the Cheese Cake Factory. For more, call 686-5123.

Tiny yachts to race on Lake Tomahawk

The Black Mountain Yacht Club will open the 2016 season on April 9 at 12:30 p.m. on Lake Tomahawk. The public is invited to come and experience the sport of radio-controlled sailboat racing. For more, contact David Groce at

Libraries have busy schedules in April

There’s lots going on at the Black Mountain and Swannanoa libraries in April.

Swannanoa Knitters and Stitchers, a casual knitting and needlework group for all skill levels, meets at 5 p.m. April 6 and 20 at Swannanoa Library. Also at the Swannanoa Library, the book club there will discuss “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevon at 6 p.m. April 7.

Laughter Yoga, a free class for those at least 18 years old able to move during a moderately physical workout, takes place there at 11:30 a.m. April 13 and 27. Asheville Greenworks’s “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” a program that teaches children 5 and up about helping the earth, is at 4 p.m. April 15 at the Swannanoa Library.

At 4 p.m. April 15, it’s Game Day at the Black Mountain Library. Kids of all ages are invited to play board games. The Black Mountain Mystery Book Club discusses “At Risk” by Stella Rimington at 7 p.m. April 19. Coloring & Conversation, a social event for teens and older, at the Swannanoa Library is at 4 p.m. April 20.

Boy Scouts put on chicken

and dumplings dinner

Enjoy a delicious meal and support a great cause. Boy Scout Troop 50, chartered by Christ Community Church Montreat, will host its popular Chicken and Dumplings Fundraiser Dinner on Thursday, April 21 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lake Tomahawk Lakeview Center in Black Mountain. Catered by The Red Radish, the meal includes chicken and dumplings, salad, bread, beverage and your choice of dessert. Tickets are $10 each for eat-in or drive-thru pickup.

Proceeds from the event, the sixth annual of its kind, help support Montreat Troop 50’s activities throughout the year. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, so advance ticket purchases are encouraged and appreciated. See your local Montreat Troop 50 Boy Scout for tickets, or call 828-528-1218 for tickets and information.

Church hopes ethnic group members will share

First Baptist Church in Black Mountain is sponsoring a “Our Community - Our World” fair from 1-4 p.m. April 23. The purpose of the fair is to share the love of Christ with its neighbors through music, food, fun and fellowship. The church is looking for community members who are members of, or related to, ethnic/cultural groups who are interested in sharing about themselves and their culture through food, art or music. To participate, contact the church at 669-6461 and leave a message for the 360 Team.

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.

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.