This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Asheville Citizen Times

Hoping to avoid a nursing facility?

Cheshire Fitness and CarePartners PACE are sponsoring a discussion about living independently. The talk will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Cheshire Fitness, 25 Jane Jacobs Road, Black Mountain. For more or to RSVP, contact Laura Baker-Seseika at 828-779-7223 or

Cuba surviving ‘peak oil’ is focus of film

The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Swannanoa Valley at 500 Montreat Road in Black Mountain will sponsor a showing of the film “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” on Thursday. March 23 at 7 p.m.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans in the film talk how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.

Beginning with this film, the discussion will focus on personal stories from the audience about resilience; in the case of this film, observers will look at community and the twin pillars of economic and social justice. Call 828-581-0564 for more.

Fuel fund is low, so are night temps

The SVCM Fuel Fund is low, and winter is not over yet. Buncombe County Crisis Intervention Program funds have been used up, so even Eblen has no more funds available for heat at this point.

It looks as if temperatures will be cold at night for at least the next two weeks, and Valley residents will still be in need of oil, gas, kerosene, and firewood. If you would like to contribute to the SVCM fuel fund, send donations to P.O. Box 235, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Flea market will help local cancer patient

The Black Mountain Women of the Moose are putting on a flea market from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Black Mountain Moose Lodge, 3049 Old U.S. 70 Ext. East. Rent a table for $10 to sell your own stuff, or donate your sellable items (drop off at the lodge by Friday, March 24; leftover items will be donated).

Food and drinks were be available for purchase. Available at no charge will be an easy child and elderly ID system that provides parents and caregivers data for the national Amber and Silver Alert systems (info at Proceeds from the flea market will benefit a local breast cancer patient. For more, call 669-2220 after 4 p.m.

Church celebrates its pastors 22nd year of preaching

Mills Chapel Baptist Church in Black Mountain invites everyone to morning services Sunday, March 26 to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the Rev. Bobby Hill and his family. The guest speaker will be Pastor Marshall Erwin. Also invited are the choir and congregation of Bethal Baptist Church in Brevard.

‘Spring clean’ your body with free Bounty & Soul classes

Bounty & Soul’s “Rooted in Health” class series March 27-May 1 will address “spring cleaning” for the body, mind and spirit. Led by Valerie Holbert and Christine Elliott, the free Monday classes from 6:30-7:30 p.m. will be at Bounty & Soul, the green building behind Swannanoa Medical Center, 999 Old Highway 70, Black Mountain).

Here’s the schedule:

  • March 27: Cleansing spring foods
  • April 3: Brain health
  • April 10: Pantry makeover
  • April 17: Reducing your toxic load
  • April 24: Decluttering physical and mental space
  • May 1: DIY safer products

Register at one of Bounty & Soul’s weekly markets - St. James Episcopal Church (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays), Owen Middle School (4:15-6 p.m. Thursdays) and Black Mountain Elementary School (3:45-5:45 p.m. Fridays).

Or call Holbert at 828-275-6339. Read more about Bounty & Soul at

Montreat book club takes up the book ‘The Boys in the Boat’

The Montreat Community Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 28.

The club will meet at L. Nelson Bell Library at Montreat College.

The club is sponsored by the friends of the library.

Sam Taylor will lead a discussion of Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat.”

This New York Times best-seller is a story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany.

The book inspired the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36.” All are welcome to attend.

Pisgah beer release benefits Wild South

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Pisgah Brewing Co. will release its new Hellbender barley wine. It will donate $1 per bottle to Wild South, a local nonprofit and forest conservation organization with offices in Asheville and Alabama.

Pisgah named its beer after the Hellbender salamander, a large creature that is endangered by stream and watershed pollution.

Screening at 6:30 p.m. will be “Red Wolf Revival,” a short film about the last remaining red wolf population living on the coast of North Carolina. Full Moon Farm will be attending with one of its wolf dogs. The event is being organized by Defenders of Wildlife, a large national conservation organization focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity.

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Tabernacle Methodist holds an Easter Fun day

Easter Fun Day at Tabernacle United Methodist Church will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 8. There will be an Easter egg hunt, story time, lunch and more. The church is at 385 Tabernacle Road, Black Mountain. For info, call 828-774-7408.