Oct. 11 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge 

The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk on Oct. 2 and had a great time. Coming in first were Barbara Lilenfeld and Bill Abramson. Larry Pearlman  and Marti Saltzman finished second . Coming in 3rd were Lynda Briggs and Dan McGaughey. The game is free on Tuesday nights, and if you would like to join in, whether local or from out of town, email for information.

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.

Upcoming Front Porch Theatre auditions 

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is casting actors for its upcoming production of A Christmas Pudding by David Birney. Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts located at 225 West State Street.

We seek three males and three females of various ages and ethnicities – each an excellent singer and actor/storyteller. Each performer should have a range to handle a variety of material and characters in situations that are comic, or straightforward, or poetic, and/or that deal with memories of those loved and lost.

This piece is an anthology of characters, so performers ideally should be capable of a wide variety of styles and characters - demanding but tremendous fun. We need flexible, talented actor/singers - performers who can play a range of ages, physicalities, and genders -- and also sing well. Sides will be provided at the audition. No preparation necessary. Please bring a headshot and resume. For more information please contact or call 669-0930.

Tabernacle United Methodist celebrates 83rd year of program

Tabernacle United Methodist Church observes annual Lord's Acre Program at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 with a pot luck dinner, followed with a service in the sanctuary. The Lord’s Acre Program began in rural churches in Western North Carolina in 1930 and Tabernacle Church joined the program in 1935. Early on, church members would set aside a portion of a crop, animals, or wages to the church at the end of the harvest season.  Proceeds were always used for the physical upkeep  of the church structure.  This program has existed  at Tabernacle for 83 years to maintain the unique appearance of this country style church.  The cash donations of today are mostly symbolic of the early customs, but the donations are still used for church structure upkeep.

The annual gathering is always held in October to mark the season of harvest and to give thanks for its blessing.

One of the highlights of the recent annual event is  the attractive and artistic display in the sanctuary of the harvest of the season.  The display will be designed by local artist and church member Martha Raines and executed with the help of special helpers.

The public is invited to share in this event.  The sanctuary display will be up and intact for two Sundays.

And coming up...

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. 

Homer's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church offers barbecue suppers 

Barbecue suppers will be available from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Homer's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Plates are $7 and include barbecue, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, roll, drink and dessert. 

All proceeds benefit the Homer's Chapel Gleaners Circle. 

Donate 2 Educate at Owen High School

From Oct. 22- Nov.5, Owen High School is partnering with Goodwill for a school fundraiser an all are invited to help the school. Please place your unwanted items inside the Goodwill trailer located in the school parking lot 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The OHS PTSO will earn funds to support grants for teachers to attend professional development activities this school year. 

The most needed items are clothing, accessories, linens, home decor, furniture, electronics. Mattresses, broken or stained items, TVs or building materials cannot be accepted. For more information, please contact the OHS front office at 686-3852.