Nov. 1 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. 23 and had a great time. There were two winners. Coming in first for North-South was the team of Roger Fenna and David Hirsch. The first-place East-West team was Liz Ream and Lynda Briggs. 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.

Wednesday night poker at the VFW

VFW Post 9157 is hosting Wednesday Poker Night. The event, which features a pair of Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments beginning at 7 and 9 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Lou the Commander is cooking for the vent and plates are $5.

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs list

The current needs at the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, a Black Mountain-based nonprofit that serves are residents in need, includes: a desperate need for blankets of all sizes, fitted sheets (double and queen size), towels, pull-ups (all sizes), adult diapers, men’s shoes (sizes 10-13).  Monetary donations are also welcome and can be sent to P.O.  Box 235. Items can be dropped off at 101 N. Ridgeway Avenue, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Thomas Chapel offers down home cooking for dinner

Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church at 124 West College Street is offering its "famous" fish and chicken dinners from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1 and 2

Dinners are $10 and combos are $12. They include potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls and a desert. 

For delivery call 669-2221. 

Annual Turkey Dinner for Garren Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Garren Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Turkey Dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Everyone is welcome and donations are accepted. This event is a fund-raiser for the Auxiliary which supports the firefighters and rescue workers.

Please join us for good home-cooked food at the main station (10 Flat Creek Road, at the corner of Flat Creek and Chestnut Hill Road between Black Mountain and Fairview).

For more information, please call Elizabeth Simmonds at 669-2846 or 230-3986.

Annual Broad River Volunteer Fire & Rescue meeting

The Broad River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department Inc. Annual Corporate Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The meeting will be at the Broad River Community Center located at 44 Broad River VFD Rd, Black Mountain. The agenda items include annual financial review; auditor’s report; review the past year; plans for the Departments future and election of two board members.

All Broad River fire district tax payers are encouraged to attend, see your tax dollars working to provide emergency services to you, your property, and the community. Get an update on the planned substation on the north end of our fire district

Homer's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church offers barbecue

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.

Bringing attention to potential smart meter health hazards

A group known as Swannanoa Valley for Safe Technology will hold a meeting from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the White Horse. The presentation will address potential health hazards associated with smart meters.

The meeting is open to the public and will look at the impacts of electromagnetic fields, or EMF, on the human body.

And coming up...

VFW chili cook-off returns

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, the VFW Post 9157 at 165 Cragmont Road will host its 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off. The event is a joint effort with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. The cook-off will feature live music and a raffle for a handmade “Quilt of Valor.”

Those interested in submitting chili can contact the Post through Facebook or stop by.

Hand in Hand fundraiser 

It's time for smoked turkeys. Hand in Hand is raising money by selling turkeys that will be ready for pick-up on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Tabernacle United Methodist Church at 385 Tabernacle Road. Turkeys are $35 each and supply is limited.

To order call Lois Nix at 669-7868. 

Blood drive at Black Mountain Fire Department

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the training room at the Black Mountain Fire Department from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. 

One donation can save up to three lives.

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 

Artists wanted for ‘Angels’ exhibit

Design Driven Studio is seeking artists for an exhibit that will raise funds for Black Mountain nonprofit Bounty & Soul.

Artists are asked to submit their work, 12-48 inches in size, before the Dec. 1 deadline. Pieces should reflect the artist’s depiction of angels and include a short bio, whether the piece is available for purchase and how much of the proceeds from its purchase can go to Bounty & Soul. Visitors will vote on their favorites with monetary donations.

Bounty & Soul is a Black Mountain-based organization that provides fresh food to community members in need and an education on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Those interested in submitting work for “Angels” can call Design Driven Studio at 357-5551 or email