Oct. 4 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

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),

Cholesterol screening in Swannanoa 

The Swannanoa United Methodist Church at 216 Whitson Avenue will host a Givens Life Ministries cholesterol screening from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The $15 screenings include a finger-stick blood sample, blood pressure check, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Ratio and glucose results in five minutes. 

Fasting the night before is required, as are appointments. TO make an appointment call 686-5284. 

Local author reads from new book

Black Mountain author Shelly Frome will read from his latest book, Moon Games, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.  

Following the reading will be a discussion and book signing. This event is free. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 West State Street. For more information call 669.0930.

Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League juried art show 

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts located at 225 West State Street welcomes the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League’s bi-annual juried show to the Upper Gallery on Friday, Oct. 12. There will be an artist reception from 6-8 p.m. The show runs through November 21. The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information call 669.0930.

October Sowing Circle at Black Mountain Library

Target some plants in your garden now that will need dividing and share them with us for plants in return. The Black Mountain Blooms Seed Lending Library October Sowing Circle will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 with a free plant exchange in the parking lot of the Black Mountain Library at 105 N. Dougherty Road. A presentation from Buncombe County master gardener volunteer Beth Leonard will follow. 

What to bring? Bring all types and sizes of healthy plants from small to full-size but please don’t bring any invasives. Label them to include ~ plant name, sun/shade preference, height and any other successful growing information.

For flowering plants, bring a picture as it’s worth a thousand words. Bring plants in a pot, bag or newspaper. Make sure to bring a box for carrying your new plants home. The event will be held rain or shine. Contact with questions. 

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.

Breakfast fundraiser on Chapel Road

Homer's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church will hold a breakfast fundraiser from 7-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 202 Chapel Road in Black Mountain. Food options for the meal, which costs $6, will include biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, grits, sausage and bacon. 

For deliveries contact Lisa at 713-5119. Proceeds will support the church's ladies auxiliary.