This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

OLLI “students” present art for sale

The fourth annual OLLI Art Bazaar, presenting art and crafts for sale, will take place on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, home of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Center.

The free OLLI Art Bazaar offers a chance to get a head start on holiday shopping, with painting, photography, jewelry, textiles, handmade soaps and lotions, pottery, knitted scarves and hats presented by more than 40 members of OLLI, including Gail Wiley, whose ceramics have been sold at Mountain Made in the Grove Arcade and painter Diane Chambers whose works in watercolor reflect her love of science and nature.

New at the OLLI Art Bazaar this year are hourly drawings to win an exhibitor-donated piece. The bazaar will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12. For more, visit or call 251-6140.

UNC Asheville holds open house for students and their parents

College-bound students and their families will have a chance to explore UNC Asheville, ranked first in the nation by The Princeton Review for “making an impact,” when the university hosts an open house Saturday, Nov. 12.

UNCA’s final fall open house happens just days ahead of the deadline for early action applications for admission. Early action applications are nonbinding; students applying early are considered for UNCA merit scholarships. The early action deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Lipinsky Hall, and the formal program will begin at 9 a.m. Preregistration is encouraged; complete information and online registration can be found at

Broad River hosts a homemade soup fest

Come enjoy various delicious homemade soups and desserts on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Broad River Community Center, 46 Broad River VFD Road, Black Mountain. This fundraiser event is for maintenance and upkeep of the community center. A $5 donation is suggested.

Shape note singers invite others to join in

The 23rd annual Black Mountain shape note singing will take place on Saturday Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Saint James Episcopal Church. Shape note singing is an early American style of singing that uses a variety of shapes for the musical notes. Over the years, it has become a southern Appalachian tradition.

Beginners are welcome, and there is no admission fee. Those attending are asked to bring a food item for the potluck lunch. For more, call 669-7260.

Church women to meet in Asheville

Church Women United of Western North Carolina will celebrate World Community Day on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Hill Street Baptist Church in Asheville. Registration is 9:30-10 a.m., and the program is 10-11:30 a.m. This is one of four meetings the organization holds each year. Church Women United was started in 1941 to work for peace and justice. All are welcome.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Celebrate Recovery and some support people

It’s time for Thanksgiving, and Celebrate Recovery invites you all for a free Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The group meets for a free meal every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at Mountain View Church, 2221 North Fork,

Right Fork Road, Black Mountain. Worship/testimony/lessons begin at 7 p.m., then at 8 p.m. there are small groups (Open Share and 12-Step studies). At 9 p.m.. there’s dessert. Free child care is available. Questions? Contact Connie at 669-1981 or Jeanie at 669-4146.

Order smoked turkeys, help school children

Hand in Hand is offering smoked turkeys as a fundraiser for schools in the Owen District.

There are a limited number of turkeys available, and orders can be placed by calling Lois Nix at 669-7868.

Turkeys will be available for pick-up at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Christian ministry needs items for holiday meal boxes

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry will again be providing holiday meal boxes during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season for those in need. It needs frozen turkeys, turkey gravy, instant mashed potatoes, dressing, canned corn, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, cake mixes and rolls. The food pantry welcomes donations. Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome (send to P.O. Box 235). Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain.

Acoustic Corner instructors to give concert

The ninth annual Acoustic Corner Instructors’ Concert will take place on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. There is a $15 donation at the door with no advanced sales or reserved seats. Join Laurie Fisher, Matt Kinne, Billy Presnell, Dov Deustachio, Paco Shipp, David Zoll and special guests for this popular evening of eclectic musical styles. For more, call the arts center at 669-0930 or Acoustic Corner at 669-5162.