Nov. 22-28 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

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This Week


Shop local at the Hometown Holiday Market

Local artists and vendors will sell holiday items and more at the Hometown Holiday Market from 10 a.m.-3 pm. Saturday, Nov. 25 at White Horse Black Mountain. For sale will be jewelry, clothing, wreaths, essential oils, pine needle basket and more. Organizers ask that shopper being canned and dry goods to donate to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry.

Montreat book club discusses book about mortality

The Montreat Community Book Club, sponsored by the Friends of the Montreat College Library, will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the library to discuss “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi.

 This memoir chronicles Kalanithi's journey from being a neurosurgeon at Stanford University to becoming a patient and a new father confronting his own mortality while trying to answer the question “What makes a life worth living”?

The book will be reviewed by Shirley McIntosh and Guy Sayles, associate professor at Mars Hill University and former pastor of First Baptist Church of Asheville. The public is invited.

Gift memberships available for Friends of Library

What do you get for the person who has everything? A gift membership to the Friends of the Black Mountain Library. Memberships are $15, and a gift card is provided to let the recipient know of your generosity. Memberships also make an excellent hostess gift during the holiday party season.

Gift memberships are available at the circulation desk at the Black Mountain Library. For more, email

Duplicate bridge group posts results from Nov. 14

 The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain Nov. 14 and had a great time.

 Coming in first were Dan McGaughey and David Hirsch. Tied for second were Ed Zawaki and Elizabeth Lovejoy, and Jackie McNeese and Dr. Bill Anixter. Coming in third were Betty Gibson and Ron Gibson.

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

'A Slice of Life' storytelling tickets on sale

Black Mountain Center for the Arts is happy to host "A Slice of Life," Connie Regan-Blake's storytelling showcase featuring six story spinners, to happen at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets for the performance are $15 in advance and $20 the night of the show.  

Regan-Blake, a nationally celebrated storyteller and coach, will host her “Taking the Stage” workshop participants for an enchanting evening of storytelling. The show will highlight a variety of stories and storytelling styles featuring tellers Christine Phillips, Christine Westfeldt, Darcy Ruth Darcy, Jane O. Cunningham, Lee Lyons, Frannie Oates and Laura Hope-Gill.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more or to purchase tickets, call 669-0930 or visit

And coming up ...

Quilt for the Linus Project

The Linus Project is a group of sewers and nonsewers who enjoy helping to make quilts and other items for children and adults at Mission Hospital and in the community.  They focus on children’s quilts that are given out by the Regional Linus Project Group to children in crisis in the local area.  They also pin quilts, sometimes sort donated fabric, stuff pillows, etc. - all for others who are in need.    

There is a change in during the holidays. On Friday Dec. 1, they will meet 1-3 p..m. on the lower level of the Lakeview Center for Active Aging at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain.  There will be no meeting later in the month but they will start up meetings again late in January. 

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. 

Free yoga class is in the spirit of the season

Join other yoga practitioners for a peaceful time of gentle yoga, breath-work, relaxation, reflection, and prayer to engage bodies and souls in the season of peace, hope, joy, and love. This free class, led by yoga instructor Kelly McLellan, will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Cheshire Fitness. All levels are welcome.

Arrive early, wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat, if you have one. The class is free. Donations are welcomed and will go to support the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry. For more, call 664-0400.

Cub Scouts to collect stuffed toys during Christmas parade

 During the Black Mountain Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 2, Cub Scout Pack 42 will be collecting new stuffed toys to donate to Mission Children’s Hospital. New stuffed toys may also be taken to St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain.