Nov. 8 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. 30 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 Rob Dimitrijevich / Michaelann Dimitrijevich. 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.

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.

Time to sign up for the annual Black Mountain Christmas Parade

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Black Mountain Christmas Parade, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8. This year's theme is "Christmas: Then and Now" and the grand marshal is Edd Buchanan. 

Apply online at or in person at the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Applications are $20 per entry. 

Get your miniature schnauzer in the Christmas parade

People with interest in participating in the 2018 Black Mountain town parade the day after Holly Jolly to march as a group with their miniature schnauzers should contact Dan Tanner at 828-775-7892 or There is no cost. Just participate and have a good time.

Indoor soccer registration

Registration for indoor soccer will continue until Friday, Nov. 9. The fee is $55 and the divisions offered are 7,9,11,13,15 and 17-and-under coed. Beginning on Saturday Nov. 10, the registration will be $65 per child. The skills day is scheduled for Saturday Nov. 17.

Practices will begin the week of Nov. 26 and games will begin in January. You may register online at the Black Mountain Recreation and Parks website ( or in person at the recreation office located at 304 Black Mountain Avenue.

Black Mountain Salutes celebrates Veterans Day

A trio of events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I will take place in and around Black Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11.

A Fort to Flag 5K, 10K and 20K hike, hosted by Paws & Effect, will get underway at the Mountain Gateway Museusm in Old Ford at 10 a.m. on Nov. 10. At 2 p.m. the White Horse will host “Over There,” a musical celebration of WWI. Tickets are $20 and $10 for veterans.

A Veterans Day Parade will be held on State Street in Black Mountain starting at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.

For more information visit the Veterans Day Parade, Concert and Hike Facebook page.

Shape note singing 

The 25th annual Black Mountain shape note singing will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 10, at Saint James Episcopal Church in the fellowship hall. Shape note singing is an early American style of singing that uses a variety of shapes for the musical notes.

Over the years, it has become a southern Appalachian tradition. Beginners are welcome, and there is no admission fee. Those attending are asked to bring a food item for the potluck lunch. For more information, call 669-7260.

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