This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Visual journaling class held

at Red House Gallery

Visual journaling goes deeper than words. It can be used to reduce stress, release anger, resolve conflicts, get in touch with feelings and give voice to your soul. Dialog with your inner self from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays May 10, 17 and 24, June 7 and 14 and July 5, 12 and 19 at The Red House Gallery and Studios, Black Mountain. Registration is $150 (pre-registration is necessary). Teacher Lorelle Bacon and students will use the book “Visual Journaling” by Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox. Learn more and register by contacting Bacon at 828-595-6007 or

Imam of Islamic center

to speak at UUC church

Mohamed Taha, Imam of the Islamic Center in Asheville, will speak on Sunday, May 15 at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, 500 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. His topic is “We Believe the Same.” Everyone is invited to attend the service.

Taha studied in Cairo University, where he received two bachelor degrees, one in Islamic studies and the second one in languages. Taha is an active Imam and a frequent public speaker.

Cholesterol screening held in Swannanoa

Givens LifeMinistries is holding a cholesterol screening at Swannanoa United Methodist Church from 8:30-10-:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18. Fasting the night before is required. The test is a finger-stick blood sample. Within five minutes, participants will have their total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, ratio and glucose results. A registered nurse will be available for counseling. The cost is $15 - cash or check. The church is at 216 Whitson Ave., Swannanoa. For an appointment, call 686-5284.

Class of 1974 invites you to supper

Owen High School Class of 1974 will hold a class dinner at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at The Yama Steakhouse & Sushi Bar out Patton Avenue in Regent Park, Asheville. After dinner, diners will motor back to the Dairy Bar in Black Mountain for homemade Coca Cola Cake and ice cream. All classmates are welcome.

It will also hold a dinner Saturday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at Straightaway Café, a favorite eatery of the class’s, on N.C. 9. Younger people and older classmates and staff from Charles D. Owen are always welcome.

School puts on self-defense class

Swannanoa Valley Montessori School is sponsoring a women’s empowerment and self-defense workshop from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Carver Community Center. For more, contact or 828-772-8435.

Church holds chicken pie dinner

Tabernacle United Methodist Church will have a chicken pie dinner from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the church, 385 Tabernacle Road, Black Mountain. Music by the Black Mountain Ramblers follows at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 adult, $5 children. To reserve, call 669-8697 and leave your name and the number of tickets needed.