June 28 This Week in Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley

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Health care documentary shown at town library

The documentary "Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point" will be screened from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, June 28 in the education room at Black Mountain Library. A question-and-answer session will follow with Drs. Marsha Fretwell and Ellen Kaczmarek. The showing is sponsored by HealthCare for All WNC.

Unitarian Universalist congregation presents uplifting concert

Matt Watroba is an inspiring performer with an almost magical ability to turn any audience into a choir. His songs and stories lift up people, who leave feeling better than they did when they got there.

Watroba is a regular staff member at the Swannanoa Gathering during Traditional Song Week. He's coming to town early for a special concert Saturday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, 500 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. The suggested donation $15 to $20, but no one will be turned away. 

Stanley Rosenberg to speak at UR Light Center

Stanley Rosenberg, a pioneer in the field of body/mind therapies, will offer a talk on polyvagal therapy and sign copies of his book, "Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at UR Light Center in Black Mountain.  Admission is free, and the public is invited. 

Also at UR Light Center, Soul Support Systems' Flo Magdelena presents "Activating the Light Within: Transforming Duality into Union" on Tuesday, July 3 at 7 p.m. On Thursday, July 5, Nathan Dyke presents a "Sacred Sound Meditation Concert" at 7:30 p.m.  

Spaghetti dinner on Shumont Mountain benefits outreach

The Bald Mountain Baptist Church is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner for from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at 26 Bald Mountain Road, on Shumont Mountain in Black Mountain. Plates are $5, and all of the money raised will be used to fund community outreach projects in the greater Shumont area. Join in for some great food, fellowship, and a great adventure.

Help build a geodesic dome on Town Square

You can learn how to build a geodesic dome Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. on Town Square. The workshop is being put on by Swannanoa Valley Museum and​ instructors from Appalachian State University. ​The dome, which will remain on Town Square through Dec. 1, will be part of the museum's 2018 Black Mountain College exhibit, open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through November. ​

The concept for the geodesic dome was created by Buckminster Fuller, an American architect, author, designer, inventor and key figure at Black Mountain College, where he erected the first dome in the late 1940s.

​The workshop is free, but registration through the museum's website ( is requested, as space is limited.

VFW Post puts on an Independence Day celebration 

VFW Post 9157 at 165 Cragmont Road south of Lake Tomahawk will host its annual Independence Day cookout from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30 until closing. Live music starts at 4 p.m. The public is invited to join the post for cold beverages, pulled pork and brisket. 

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry begins new GED preparation classes

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry begins a new summer semester of GED preparation classes Tuesday July 3. Classes are 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 9. New students are welcome to enroll the first four Tuesdays in July. Classes are free.

Duplicate bridge group posts results from June 19

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain June 19 and had a great time. Coming in first were Ron Gibson/Betty Gibson. Coming in second were Roger Fenna/David Horsch. Coming in third were Myra Schoen/Peter Schoen. The game is free on Tuesday nights, and if you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email for information.

And coming up ...

Seed Lending Library hosts healthy soils speaker

The Black Mountain Blooms Seed Lending Library will be sponsoring a free Sowing Circle Presentation on Living Soil on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. in the Education Room in the Black Mountain Library.  Phil Roudebush, master gardener, will focus on the forms of life found in healthy soil and how gardeners can use this information to improve their gardening techniques.

Arts Center summer camps are starting up

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts ( is offering a half-day themed summer camp for children Monday-FridayJuly 9-13 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for the camp is $125. Campers of pre-school age (3-5) will sail the magical seas with "Off to Neverland," while campers of elementary age (6-9) will be "Broadway Bound," learning songs and dances from popular musicals.

Both camps put an emphasis on creative movement, dance and music led by Amy Maze and Kylie Brown. Campers work through the week to create an informal performance to be shared with family and friends. Additional camps take place July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3.

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

Friends of the Library to hold membership meeting

All current and prospective members of the Friends of the Black Mountain Library are invited to celebrate the completion of a successful year and hear plans for the coming year at the annual meeting Wednesday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Education Room of the Black Mountain Library.

Festivities include welcoming new board members Don Talley, Sarah Vekasi, and Dawn Wilson. A highlight of the evening will be honoring the late Bub and Betty Tyson for their work to make the library possible. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the current library building.

Membership information will be available at the event for those interested in joining. For more, email

Prostate group hears from nurse practitioner

Us TOO of WNC (, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members, will meet Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. Lee Ann Boyd, a nurse practitioner with Mission Urology, will speak. On Oct. 2, Dr. Brooks Hooper with Asheville Urological Associates will speak. There will be no meeting in July. There is no fee to attend. For more, contact 828-242-8410 or