This Week in the Swannanoa Valley


Knitters meet to knit for others

The WNC Knitters & Crocheters for Others will meet from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, June 15 (and the third Thursday of every month, except December) at Givens Highland Farms, building G-H on Brookside Avenue, in the Birch Room.

All knitters and crocheters are welcome. The group makes items for single mothers, homeless shelters, ill, abused or traumatized children, victims of domestic violence and newborns at Mission Hospital. It welcomes acrylic yarn and new Teddy bear donations. For more, call Betsy Stobbs at 669-0680.

Board meets to discuss special use permit

The Black Mountain Planning Board will meet to review a special use permit for Sweet Birch, LLC, off Blue Ridge Road, at 6 p.m. Monday, June 26 at Town Hall, 160 Midland Ave., Black Mountain. The meeting is open to the public.

Owen High’s committee to meet on Friday

The School Improvement Team at Owen High School will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, June 16 in the school’s media center.

Get involved beautifying the town

Have a green thumb? Even if you don’t, the Black Mountain Beautification Committee can use your help. The committee will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at Black Mountain Town Hall.

Come out to learn what the committee does throughout the year, meet new people and get involved. For more, visit

Bridge group posts results from games

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played June 6 at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain and had a great time.

Coming in first were (tied) Myra Schoen and Peter Schoen, and Liz Ream and Hubert Ream; and third were Dan McGaughey and David Hirsch.

If you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email for information.

And coming up...

Nonprofit puts on horse event in Marshall

Heart of Horse Sense invites Valley residents to Marshall Saturday, June 24 for The Mane Event at its farm at 6919 Meadows Town Road, just off Leicester Highway. Holders of the tickets ($15-$25) will enjoy barbecue and Southern side dishes from 2-5:30 p.m., watch equine therapy and “whispering” demonstrations and learn how horses heal wounds and change lives.

For adults, there will be music and dancing, a silent auction and a cash bar. For children, there will be riding groups, horseshoe art, face painting and the Discovery Trail.

Heart of Horse Sense is a nonprofit organization that supports free equine-assisted therapy programs to help veterans and at-risk youth. Tickets are available at