Oct. 25-31 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

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Front Porch Theatre holds auditions this week

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts will hold auditions for "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. for two women and three men with versatile voices to play multiple characters. Audition material is available at the arts center via email or at the auditions. The show will be performed Dec. 15-16  and 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more or to reserve an audition time, call 669-0930 or email

Linus Project reconvenes this week to help children

Project Linus is a group of sewers and non-sewers who enjoy making quilts and other items for children and adults at Mission Hospital and in the community. It focuses on children’s quilts, which are given out by the regional Project Linus group to children in crisis in the local area.

Project Linus meets next on Friday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m. on the lower level of the Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. It will be pinning quilts, cutting and stuffing pillows for Hospice and learning to sew magazine holders for Mission Hospital.  

No experience is necessary. Fabric has been donated and experienced quilters are available to teach and help out.  There is no charge.  A sewing machine is not needed unless you want to sew some pillowcases.  Projects can be taken home to be finished.  Call Sara Hill at 664-0974 for more information. 

Town holds 'Mini Monster Mash" at Veterans Park

Black Mountain Recreation & Parks Presents the annual "Mini Monster Mash" Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2-5 p.m at Veterans Park in Black Mountain. 

The free event is a fun way to celebrate a spooky holiday. Bring the little ones dressed in their cutest or scariest costumes for an afternoon of family-friendly fun. Town organizers will have games and prizes, hayrides, a juggler and a magician, a bounce house and other fun activities.  The event is appropriate for ages 2 to 12 years old. The costume contest is at 4 p.m. In case of bad weather, the festivities will be inside Grey Eagle. For more, contact 669-2052 or

Homer's Chapel church to have barbecue fundraiser

Homer's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church is having a barbecue fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 4 to raise money for the Homer's Chapel Gleaners Circle. The event, from 4-6 p.m., is $7 and gets you barbecue, baked beans, potato salad, slaw, roll, drink and dessert. The church is at 202 Chapel Road, Black Mountain.

Duplicate bridge group posts results from Oct. 17

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain and had a great time. Coming in first were Walt Tolley and Lynda Briggs. Coming in second were Helen Kraus and George Ackerman. Coming in third were Myra and Peter Schoen. If you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email for information.

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Beautification Committee invites all to a day outside

Lend a hand in helping the Black Mountain Beautification Committee spiff up the town before the holidays.   The committee will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the parking lot on Sutton Avenue (directly across from Black Mountain Avenue) to weed, prune and spread mulch.  Teams will be divided up to work in several garden sites downtown.   Bring trowels, rakes, gloves and any other garden equipment you like to use.

Prostate group meets in Asheville

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members, will meet Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 pm at First Baptist Church of Asheville on 5 Oak St. Dr. Eric Kuehn from Mountain Radiation Oncology will speak. There is no fee to attend. For more, contact 828-242-8410 or 

Celtic harp player offers lesson for free

Award-winning Celtic harpist Sue Richards is offering a free lesson, for four people ages 7 on up to adult, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Harps will be available for students to play. Preregister by calling the Black Mountain Center for the Arts at 669-0930. 

Richards teaches lessons, to students of all ages and abilities, on Tuesdays at the arts center ($50 for a 45-minute lesson). She teaches the traditional way, by ear, with music given out later. The arts center is at 225 W. State St.