This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Montreat students ready to field

questions about their research projects

Montreat College will host its fourth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 15. Most of the college’s 19 undergraduate majors will be represented.

“This event is an excellent opportunity for our students to participate in the kind of research that many of them will continue in grad school,” said Montreat College English professor Rich Gray, faculty coordinator for the event. “It is one of the highlights of our academic year.”

The symposium will be broken into two sessions. The poster session will occur 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the L. Nelson Bell Library. During the poster session students stand alongside easel-mounted posters which detail their research project. Guests will be able to go from poster to poster and ask questions about the projects.

The essay session will take place from 2-4 p.m. in Bell Library’s Hamilton Gallery. During the essay session students will give a spoken presentation about their research, typically accompanied by a slide presentation.

Both sessions are free and open to all.

Reserve space now for Swannanoa yard sale

There’s still time to register for the Swannanoa Community Yard Sale on Saturday, April 30. If you'd like to reserve one or more spaces, email or call 828-581-9707 with your name, phone number and the number of spaces you'd like to reserve. The cost for each space, about 10 by 10 feet, is $10 (you’ll need your own tables). Payment for reserved spaces must be made in cash when you check in on the morning of the sale.

Pancake breakfast supports the

work of Broad River firefighters

A pancake breakfast is being held at Broad River Fire Department by the Auxiliary on Saturday, April 16 from 8-10 a.m. The menu includes homemade buttermilk pancakes, sausage, baked apples, coffee and orange juice. Top your pancakes with fresh strawberries, whipped cream and chopped pecans, all for a suggested $5 donation.

Join the Beautification Committee

in sprucing up Black Mountain

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee wants you. Whether you are a professional gardener, a would-be gardener, or just like to play in the dirt, the Beautification Committee would like you to join it as it has fun enhancing the natural beauty of Black Mountain. It meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at Town Hall. For more, visit or its Facebook page (Black Mountain Beautification).

Arts Center celebrates pinhole photography

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is happy to be expanding its participation in Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with a gallery show of pinhole photographs curated by Black Mountain photographer Lynette Miller.

At noon, Friday April 22, Miller will lecture about and demonstrate pinhole photography. Come by the arts center Sunday, April 24 between 1-4 p.m. to celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with the rest of the world and contribute to Black Mountain’s presence in the event.

Through April 29, the arts center gallery will display pinhole photographs taken by past WWPD participants. Also on display is a collection of unique pinhole cameras and an explanation of how photography was born in a box.

The arts center is at 225 W. State St. For more, visit or call 669-0930.

UR Light Center puts on programs

Join the UR Light Center at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays for Traditional Gentle Light Yoga with Karen Barnes (suggested donation is $10). From 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Bonnie Grace Gilda-Kennedy presents “Manifesting the Life You Desire: Your Dreams Can Come True!” (seminar fee is $50).

On Sunday, April 17, the center hosts two events - “Sacred Celebration” with Rev. Kiah Abendroth from 11 a.m.-noon, followed by “World Peace Prayer” at 1 p.m. Yvonne Rainbow Teplitsky leads “Toning for Peace & Transformation” (suggested donation is $12). For more , contact the UR Light Center at 669-6845 or

Local performer puts on workshop production

The Front Porch Theater at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts welcomes actress and playwright Murphy Funkhouser Capps for a workshop production of her one-woman show “Carry On” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29. Tickets for the show are $10 plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling 669-0930 or by visiting The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St.

‘Shepherding a Child’s Heart’ speaks as ACA

Renowned author Tedd Tripp will speak at a weekend conference at Asheville Christian Academy on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. Tripp is the author of the best selling child-rearing book, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart.”

He also authored “Shepherding a Child’s Heart Parent’s Handbook” and co-authored with his wife Margy “Instructing a Child’s Heart.” Tripp is considered to be an expert in child development and parenting skills.

A graduate of Geneva College, Philadelphia Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary, Tripp founded a school and served as a counselor a pastor.

Seminars at ACA start April 15 at 7 p.m. and continue through April 16 at 12:30 p.m. More information and registration is available at

Shop puts on a mingler with wine

Chifferobe Home and Garden will host a “meet and greet” for newcomers to the Asheville area from 4-6 p.m. Thursday April 14. Come meet like-minded folks and other folks looking for a chance to chat with friendly people and have a glass of wine and light refreshments. Everyone is invited. Chifferobe is at 118 Cherry St. in the Cherry Street Courtyard beside Dark City Deli.

Knit a traumatized life back together

The WNC Knitters & Crocheters for Others will meet from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, April 21 (and the third Thursday of every month, except December) at Givens Highland Farms, Building G-H on Brookside Avenue in the Birch Room, (formerly the Upper Core Room 1), upstairs.

All knitters and crocheters are welcome. The group makes items for single mothers; homeless shelters; ill, abused or traumatized children; victims of domestic violence; and newborns at Mission Hospital. It welcomes acrylic yarn and new Teddy bear donations. For more, call Betsy Stobbs at 669-0680.

Owen Middle School holds its Spring

in the Valley Plant Sale & Craft Fair

Get your garden ready for spring while selecting crafts and enjoying food and supporting a great cause. Owen Middle School is having its first-ever Spring in the Valley Plant Sale & Craft Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday April 30 at the school, rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit school projects. Owen Middle is at 730 Old U.S. 70 in Swannanoa. For more, call the school at 686-7739.

Montreat book club hosts Wayne Caldwell

The Friends of the Montreat College Library will host a book discussion in honor of National Library Week at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the college library. Novelist Wayne Caldwell will discuss his two novels, “Cataloochee” and “Requiem by Fire.” Refreshments will be available. The public is invited to attend. For more, contact the library at 669-8012, ext. 3504.

Take part in a Greenways Discovery Day tour

Black Mountain Greenways will lead the first of five Greenways Discovery Day tours at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23. Meet at the Lake Tomahawk Pavilion in Black Mountain to hear about the history, flora, fauna, geography and special features of Lake Tomahawk. Tour guides will lead a leisurely 90-minute walk around the lake. Water and refreshments will be available after the walk. No dogs allowed. For more, call 828-989-3269.

Ministry needs to restock its shelves

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs canned soups (all kinds), canned fruit, canned tomatoes (diced or stewed), canned mixed vegetables, canned beans (red kidney, pork and beans, baked beans), canned corn, canned tuna, coffee, tea, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, bar soap, toilet paper, large size diapers (sizes 3-6), laundry detergent, towels (bath, hand, washcloth), bedsheets. Monetary donations designated for food are also welcome. Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Avenue in Black Mountain.

Church sponsors trip to Swan Lake

First Baptist Church in Swannanoa is sponsoring a one-day bus trip to Swan Lake/Iris Gardens in Sumter, South Carolina on Monday, May 23. The cost per person for the Young's motor coach is $35. There is no cost to view the gardens with the swans. The bus trip leaves the church parking lot at 8 a.m. and returns by 4:30 p.m. For more or to reserve your seat, call call 686-5123. The church is at 503 Park St.

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.

Montessori school holds Spring Fling and Family Disc Jam at Pisgah Brewing

Spring Fling and Family Disc Jam, hosted by Swannanoa Valley Montessori School, is set for noon-6 p.m. SaturdayApril 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.

Donate some books to help support Black Mountain Library

Want to make room on your shelf for spring book releases and help Black Mountain Library? You can by donating some of your books for the upcoming Friends of Black Mountain Library book sale on April 30. All proceeds from the book sale will support the monthly library programs and assist in purchasing children and large-print books. Through Friday, April 22, drop off books at Bi-Lo in Black Mountain and the Black Mountain Visitors Center. Books will also be accepted from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at the Black Mountain Library Education Room in the rear of the library. Questions? Call Lori at 357-8476.