This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Red Cross holds blood drive at Ingles

Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help save a patient’s life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to their loved one.

There will be a blood drive from 1:30-6 p.m. Friday, June 17 at Ingles Markets, 2299 U.S. 70, Swannanoa. For more or to schedule an appointment please visit or or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Yoga on the Square changes location

The Yoga Service Movement, a local nonprofit organization that works to make the practices of yoga and meditation more accessible, will host an event called “Yoga @ BM Tailgate Market” every Saturday through Sept. 24 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This is a free, all-levels yoga class led by Danielle Rottenberg, Allison McLeod and other local teachers. Mats are available. The schedule of teachers will be posted on and rain cancellations will be posted on The Yoga Service Movement’s Facebook page.

Free community meditations are offered

The Yoga Service Movement will hold free community meditations from 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Black Mountain Center For Small Business, 1141 Montreat Road. This will be silent sitting with no instruction that is hosted by Allison McLeod. See for more.

Light Center puts on healing sessions

Join the Light Center on Saturday, June 11, at 2 p.m. for “Heal Yourself, Heal the World!,”a Reiki healing session with Odilia Forlenza. At 7:30 p.m. on the same day, Richard Schulman and Jonn Serrie present “A Stellar Evening,” a concert with laser light show on the geodesic dome ceiling. At 11 a.m. Sunday, June12, the Rev. Heidi Peck will offer an inspirational message and crystal bowl meditation, followed by the World Peace Prayer at noon. For more, contact the Light Center at 669-6845 or

Beautification Committee is

looking to attract new volunteers

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 to enhance the natural beauty of Black Mountain. It will meet on Tuesday night, June 21 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. To learn more, visit or visit its Facebook page at Black Mountain Beautification.

Church holds revival through June 10

Kerlee Baptist Church in Black Mountain is holding a revival/jubilee at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, June 8-10. There will be a special singing each night. On Wednesday, the Rev. Ray Williams of Sevierville, Tennessee will speak. On Thursday, the Rev. Dennis Pittman of Harriman, Tennessee will speak. On Friday, the Rev. David Hicks of Lafollette, Tennessee will speak.

Broad River center holds ice cream social

Broad River Community Center Council is holding an ice cream social fundraiser from 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, June 11 to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. Come join participants at Broad River Community Center for hot fudge sundaes, banana splits, bowls and cones of ice cream with toppings that include toppings and gummy bears. The cost of the treats is a small donation to help with the upkeep of the community center.

Owen High class of ’66 plans reunion

The Charles D. Owen High School Class of 1966 is planning its 50th reunion. On Friday, Aug. 19, a picnic is planned at the Lake Tomahawk Park picnic pavilion starting at 3 p.m., and a gathering and dance is planned for Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Lake View clubhouse beginning at 5 p.m. If you are member of the class of 1966 or would just like to attend this reunion, contact one of the following: Lynn Swann at, Edward Meyers at or Bruce Creasman at 669-6136.

Got a prize-winning garden?

Is your flower garden bursting with beautiful blooms? Is your veggie garden filled with incredible edibles? If you said “Yes”, you should enter the Black Mountain Beautification Committee’s fifth annual garden contest. To enter, bring a picture of your garden with your contact information on the back to Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack, 304 W. State St., or email the same to

Gardens must be in Black Mountain and created by the homeowner. The deadline for applications is June 20. Judging will take place on June 24. Two winners will be selected – Best Flower Garden and Best Veggie Garden. Prizes are $100 gift cards to Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack.

And coming up ...

Swannanoa Valley Medical Center holds its annual meeting

The Swannanoa Valley Medical Center would like to invite the public to its annual meeting on Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the center, 997 Old U.S. 70, Black Mountain.