This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Workshop guides you in building a website

Building a website can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. SCORE’s free seminar from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 25 at A-B Tech’s Small Business Center in Candler will help you choose the right web developer for your business, know what questions you ask the developer, understand what duties must you undertake to work with the developer and identify what information and tools the developer should leave with you when the job is finished.

Instructor Steffi Rausch is the owner and web designer for Evolv, an Asheville company offering custom web design and development, website consultation, support, training, and e-newsletter design and development for small businesses.

The business center is at 1465 Sand Hill Road. To register, contact

Here’s the schedule for the Wednesdays of Lent

The Swannanoa Valley Ministerial Association will once again sponsor Community Worship Services for the first Wednesdays of Lent and on Good Friday. Each service begins at noon and lasts for about 30 minutes. A light lunch follows each service.

An offering will be taken at each service for the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries' heating fund. Everyone is invited to the services to prepare themselves for the holiest day of Easter. The schedule is as follows:

  • March 1 (Ash Wednesday): St. James Episcopal, 424 W. State Street
  • March 8: First Christian, 201 Blue Ridge Road
  • March 15: Ridgecrest (First Baptist as host)
  • March 22: Montreat Presbyterian/Montreat Conference Center
  • March 29: Black Mountain United Methodist 101 Church Street
  • April 5: Tabernacle United Methodist, 385 Tabernacle Road
  • April 15: (Good Friday) Black Mountain Presbyterian 117 Montreat Road

Swannanoa Library celebrates Seuss with Read Across America

Mom and dads, family and friends, come put on a special Cat in the Hat hat and read to your children in celebration of Dr. Seuss at Swannanoa Library 11 a.m .-noon Thursday, March 2. The library will have cupcakes and goldfish (but not red or blue fish) and a special Seuss Juice punch.

Church invites caregivers, others to presentation

Sometimes as we age, we face problems that seem to have no end such as, becoming a caregiver or unforeseen medical crisis. What steps can we take to avoid a disaster or a “train wreck”? Sandy Gregory, director of the N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry, will present “Skirting a Train Wreck” from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 3 at First Baptist Church of Swannanoa.

The workshop is based on the principals from “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman and will teach participants how to use “love languages” to improve the care of family members. Also presented will be “Confessions of the Preacher’s Kid” in which a presenter will give voice to a 5-year-old who has funny stories from the congregation and the parsonage. Free soup and salad will follow the event. For more and to register, call the church at 686-5123.

Sign up for Owen Golf Team tournament

The 22nd Annual Owen Golf Team Tournament will be Saturday, March 4 (rain/snow date is March 11) at Black Mountain Golf Course. The format will be four-person captain's choice. There will be trophies and prizes. The cost,which includes lunch, is $50 per person or $200 per team. You can sign up at the Black Mountain pro shop or by contacting John Knight at 669-7043.

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Owen High bands put on a spaghetti dinner

The bands at Owen High School are hosting a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 3 at St. James Episcopal Church to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Atlanta. Enjoy a delicious meal, complete with live music by student small ensembles. Advance tickets are $7 each (or four for $25), available from any band member, or contact At the door the evening of the event, tickets are $10. Eat in or take out. Vegetarians accommodated.