This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Asheville Citizen Times

Church puts on a “down home” pork chop dinner

Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church is holding “down home cooking” pork chop dinner sale from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, April 7 at the church, 124 W. College St., Black Mountain. The $10 dinner includes potato salad, baked beans, rolls and dessert. Call 669-2221 for local delivery.

Come hunt Easter eggs at Black Mountain church

There will be an Easter egg hunt open to the public at Black Mountain United Methodist Church (at the corner of Church and State streets) on Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m. You do not have to register. The hunt will be held in the open field between the church and Harwood Home for Funerals. Call 699-8248 for more.

Palm Sunday in Graham Chapel

The Chapel Choir will present an Easter Cantata titled "In His Place" at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 in Graham Chapel.

Montreat authors to share work at Montreat College

The Friends of the L. Nelson Bell Library at Montreat College will hold its monthly community book club meeting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 in the library. In honor of National Library Week, three Montreat authors will share their works. Ruth Douglas Currie will discuss her latest book Kwajalein Atoll,the Marshall Islands and American Policy in the Pacific. Tom Frist will discuss his latest novel Can These Bones Live and his recent memoir, Before the Grass Withers. Mia Topple will discuss her memoir Out of Norway.

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Friends hold events about Native American injustice

The Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting is hosting two public events on racial and religious injustice regarding Native Americans. Navajo educator Mark Charles will lead discussions from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 21 during “Truth-Telling on Racial Conflicts” and a film about the “The Doctrine of Discovery,” a legal domination framework still encoded in the U.S. legal system that gives Christian governments moral and legal rights to invade, seize and enslave non-Christians.

The April 21 event, free and open to all, will be at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, 101 Chapel Drive, Swannanoa. Donations will be welcome.

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Charles will lead a workshop on “Decoding America’s Greatness” and “The Difference between Power and Authority.” The event, limited to 30 people, will be at the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting, 137 Center Ave., Black Mountain. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 by April 1 and $35 thereafter.

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Museum book club meets again

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum Book Club in 2017 to read a list of titles that span fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and prose that are related to local interest, history, and Appalachian heritage and culture. The next meeting is Friday, April 14. We will be reading Ron Rash’s The World Made Straight. The book club meets at the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, at 11:30 AM. Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions, and more! For more information contact, 669-9566 or

Robin Bullock Concert Tickets on Sale

For the fourth year in a row, multi-instrumentalist and guitar virtuoso Robin Bullock will be having a “Homecoming” concert at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. This year’s concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Tickets for the show are $22.

Audiences may be familiar with Bullock from performances over the years at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and Swannanoa Solstice at Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 828-669-0930 or visiting

Volunteers needed for Black Mountain Library book sale

Friends of the Library are looking for volunteers for the upcoming book sale April 29 and also looking for individuals interested in serving on the board. If you are interested, please stop by the library and talk with Melisa Pressley, the new librarian or email her: The book sale will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 28 for members and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 29 for the general public. We are currently accepting and wanting donations. Drop your books off anytime at the Black Mountain Library.