Nov. 29-Dec. 5 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

This Week

Make quilts 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.

Local historian will talk about his new book

Local author and historian Dan Pierce will join the Swannanoa Valley Museum at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 to talk about his new book, "​Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park." The guidebook, created with award-winning illustrator Joel Anderson of Anderson Design Group and travel writer Nathan Anderson, takes readers on a tour of the Smokies. The book is scattered with historical photos and including 40 full-color posters inspired by New Deal​-​era artwork​.

Pierce will also be at the museum for Holly Jolly on Saturday, Dec. 2. He’ll have the book and other books for sale and signing. Both events are free and open to all. ​

‘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

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.

Prostate cancer support group meets Dec. 5

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members will meet Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm at First Baptist Church of Asheville on 5 Oak St. This month Dr. Mehul Bhakta from Mission Health will speak. There is no fee to attend. For more, contact 828-242-8410 or

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

And coming up ...

Black Mountain Center to hold annual Christmas parade

The 35th Annual Holiday Parade on the campus of Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Featured will be more than 20 entries, including the Owen High School Marching Band and Dance Team and the Owen High School JROTC, as well as dancers, classic cars, balloons - and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The center is at 932 Old U.S. 70, Black Mountain. For more or to register an entry, contact Anika Harper at 828-259-6771.

Museum Book Club talks about Jim Wayne Miller

The Swannanoa Valley Museum Book Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8 to discuss “Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader,” edited by Morris Allen Grubbs and Mary Ellen Miller.

The book is a collection of poems and essays by Jim Wayne Miller, a Leicester (North Turkey Creek) native and grandfather of the Appalachian studies renaissance. The book includes excerpts from his seminal work, “The Briar Poems,” and a rare autobiographical essay.

The Swannanoa Valley Museum Book Club meets regularly to read and discuss a list of titles that span fiction, nonfiction, poetry and prose, all related to local interest, history and Appalachian heritage and culture.

​ The book club will resume in 2018 on Friday, Feb. 9 with Fred M. Burnett's "This Was My Valley." For more, contact, 669-9566 or