Sept. 27 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge results

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain on Sept. 18. Tied for first was the team of Ed Zawaki and Elizabeth Lovejoy and David Hirsch and Roger Fenna. The third-place team was Dan McGaughey and Lynda Briggs. The game is free on Tuesday night, and if you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email for information.

Black Mountain Fire Department hosts blood drive

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Black Mountain Fire Department from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or visiting or in person at the department, located at 106 Montreat Road. 

Fundraiser in honor of Pam Brown

The public is invited to a fundraiser for the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry’s, Hope for Tomorrow project, in memory of Pam Brown. Some of Pam’s friends are hosting this fundraiser to remember their sweet friend who loved this community, people, and the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry.

Pam graduated from Owen High in 1974 and after graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne and Appalachian State, began her teaching career. She taught at Valley Springs Middle School for almost three decades before retiring. Upon retirement, she began working at Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry where she loved helping those in need. She loved serving others.

Pam also loved New York City where she went on several trips with friends, planning every detail. This fundraiser event consists of a NYC themed “Little Italy” dinner and a silent auction. It will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. at First Baptist Swannanoa. Suggested dinner donations are $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Craft and bake sale for Broad River Volunteer Fire Department

The Broad River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department will host its annual craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 44 Broad River VFD Rd., Black Mountain. To reserve a $10 table for selling crafts, please call Jeannette at (828) 329-3531 or Becky at (828) 388-0360.

Composer Pepper Choplin to perform at Montreat College

Composer, conductor and humorist Pepper Choplin will perform in the Chapel of the Prodigal at Montreat College at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event is free and open to the public.

Choplin incorporates styles such as jazz, folk, gospel and classical music into his work and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013. Choplin was perform, share stories and direct a community choir during the event. 

Cancer support group meets at First Baptist of Asheville 

Us TOO of WNC, a prostate cancer support forum for men, caregivers and family members, will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at First Baptist Church of Asheville on 5 Oak Street. This month Dr. Brooks Hooper with Asheville Urological Associates will speak.

Please mark your calendars for Nov. 6 with Dr. Eric Kuhn, Radiation Oncologist with Mountain Radiation Oncology and Dec. 4 with Stephanie Clark with Boston Scientific AMS Mens Health. No fee to attend.

For information 828-242-8410 or

And coming up...

Bannerman Alumni Golf Tournament

The annual Bannerman Alumni Golf Tournament, which is part of homecoming coming weekend for Warren Wilson College and supports the Warren Wilson Scholarship fund, will begin with a continental breakfast at the course at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. Registration deadline is Sept. 27, but late registration is available for a $10 fee. Register online at or by calling advancement database manager Mary Craig at 771-2052 or

Annual book sale at Black Mountain Library

The Friends of the Black Mountain Library Annual Book sale will take place at the library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 and from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event will be held in the education room at the Black Mountain Library and all proceeds support the branch. 

Friday's event is reserved for members of the Friends of the Black Mountain Library.
Saturday’s event is open to the public. The Friends group has been collecting and sorting books all year to prepare for the sale. 

Thousands of books will be available for purchase

Volunteers needed for playground build

On Saturday, Oct. 6, 200 local volunteers will help build the dream playground for the children of Black Mountain in one day. We want you to be one of those 200. 

Earlier this year, the YMCA of Western North Carolina, in partnership with Buncombe County Schools, was awarded a KaBOOM! grant. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit that funds community-built playgrounds across the country.

Black Mountain Primary was chosen as the site for the build.  If you would like to donate to our playground visit or to volunteer, please visit 

Swannanoa Community Yard Sale returns

Swannanoa's popular twice-annual community yard sale will take place, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Swannanoa Ingles parking lot, 2299 U.S. Highway 70.

Seller spaces (approx. 10' x 15'; bring your own tables) are $10 each.

To reserve a space, email or call 828-581-9707. The Swannanoa Community Yard Sale is sponsored by Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS),

Annual fall festival returns to Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families

Join Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 for their annual festival filled with family fun.

Activities include a silent auction, live music, a car show, Ridin’ on Faith Ministries, a BBQ sale, free games for the kids, and so much more. The event is free and all funds raised through the sale of food and auction items go to help meet the daily needs of children in care. Visit to learn more.

Pickleball clinic in Montreat

Professional IPTPA Certified Pickleball instructor Russell Elefterion will be hosting Pickleball clinics at the Montreat Conference Center's Tennis Courts on Saturday, Oct. 20.  Scheduled from 9-10 a.m. is a free pickleball clinic geared towards players that have never played the sport. 

From 10-11:30 a.m. is an intermediate class followed by advanced pickleball clinic from 11:30-1 p.m.  Intermediate clinics are $5 per person.  To register and for more Info contact Coach Russell at or (813) 298-2022.