This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

First Baptist Church extends Lenten invitation

First Baptist Church of Black Mountain invites the public to a community Lenten lunch and worship service on Wednesday, March 15 at noon at Ridgecrest Conference Center, 1 Ridgecrest Dr., Ridgecrest. The event is free, and no reservations are required. For more , contact 669-6461.

Hand in Hand sponsors a spaghetti lunch

Hand in Hand, an organization that assists students with lunch money, coats, shoes, textbooks and more, will have a spaghetti lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, March 17 at Grove Stone Baptist Church, 1568 Grovestone Road. The price is $7 adults, $4 for children under 12. The menu will be homemade spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink. Take-out orders will be available. To place an order, please call 775-5602 or 777-9543.

All proceeds will go to aid students in the Owen School District.

Veterans and friends hold a St. Patrick’s Day bash

VFW Post 9157 at 165 Cragmont Road will have a St. Patrick’s Day celebration from 2 p.m. “until” on Saturday, March 18. All are welcome to attend.

Dispose of unused prescription drugs with police department

Black Mountain police, in cooperation with NC SAFEKIDS and Operation Medicine Drop, will sponsor a medicine “take-back” event from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Health Ridge Pharmacy. Safely dispose of your expired, unused prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication and keep them out of the wrong hands.

Operation Medicine Drop cannot accept biohazard materials.

Lovejoy and Zawaki prevail in recent bridge game

In recent duplicate bridge news, Elizabeth Lovejoy and Ed Zawaki came in first in the March 7 Lake Tomahawk Bridge Group game at Lakeview Center. Jackie McNeese and Bill Anixter took second place, and Helen Kraus and Dot Kaylor came in third among all pairs.

Admission is $1. The club plays every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. To join in (visitors are welcome) or learn more, email

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Black Mountain merchants to hold sidewalk sale

On Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Black Mountain merchants will hold a sidewalk sale. Participating merchants will offer deals on new merchandise as well as vintage, slightly used and unique items.

Participating merchants are The Artisan Gourmet Market, Black Mountain Quilts, Black Mountain Yarn, Blue Ridge Pets, Bon-E-Fide Bakery, Bramblewood, Cherry Street Kids, Chifferobe, CW Moose, Europa, Giftcrafts, Key City Antiques, Krista Anne's, Score, Seven Sister's, Spice It Up, Swannanoa Valley Museum, Thyme & Again, Veranda Cafe & Gifts and Visions of Creation.

Swannanoa church stages Easter dramatic musical

The Easter dramatic musical, “Lead Me to the Cross,” will be presented Sunday, April 2 at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services at Swannanoa First Baptist Church, 503 Park St., Swannanoa. The public is invited to attend. For more, call 686-5123 or visit

Certified nursing assistant info meeting precedes class

The next certified nursing assistant informational meeting in the area will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the G-2 Training Room at Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center.

The meeting is to discuss with prospective students the next CNA class (May 1) to be offered at the center and what it takes to participate in the class. Attending the meeting is the first step in getting into the free class. The cost of the class is $178, to be paid first day of class. The cost of the state test is $101, to be paid the last day of class.

Questions? Call 259-6766 or email

“Music in Art” is theme of coming art exhibit

The Arrowhead Artists and Artists League in Old Fort invites artists to participate in a judged show, “Music in Art,” at the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios, 78-C S. Catawba Ave., Old Fort. The date for dropping off work is Thursday, April 6.

The show is open to all 2D and 3D artists in the region. See the prospectus at or call the gallery at 828-668-1100. The show’s opening reception on Saturday, April 8 at 3 p.m.

Church sponsoring bus charter to “Ark” museum

Swannanoa First Baptist Church, 503 Park St., is sponsoring a Young's bus charter to see The Ark and Creation Museum on Monday-Wednesday, April 24-26. For more, call 686-5123 or visit It needs 12 more people to reach its goal of 30.