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Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs 

A current list of needs at the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry: We still have a desperate need for blankets of all sizes; also need sheets (all sizes), linens, towels, hats, scarves, gloves, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, disposable razors, deodorant, and soap.  Monetary donations are also welcome (send to P.O.  Box 235).  Drop off items at 101 North Ridgeway Avenue, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Poker night at the VFW

VFW Post 9157 is hosting Wednesday night poker night. The weekly tournaments are open to the public, with the first one beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. tournament. 

Lou the Commander will cook dinner plates and dinner is $5. A $5 credit will be awarded to the winner of each tournament. 

Wrap holiday gifts away from curious hands and prying eyes

Every Tuesday in December (11, 18) the Education Room in the Black Mountain Public Library will be open 2 - 6 p.m. for you to wrap your presents.

The library is providing large tables, tape, and scissors, but you must bring your own wrapping paper. 

We’ll also have seasonal music and treats. No registration required. For additional information, call 828-250-4756 or visit our Facebook page @blmtlibrary

Holly Jolly in downtown Black Mountain

Holiday cheer will fill the air in downtown Black Mountain from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, as Holly Jolly returns. 

Merchants will keep their doors open; Santa Claus will pose for pictures with children at the Old Depot; dancers from Black Mountain Center for the Arts, ArtSpace Charter School and Owen High School will perform. 

The free annual event is organized by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce.

Black Mountain Christmas Parade

Spectators will line State Street through the center of town for the annual Black Mountain Christmas Parade, which begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8

The grand marshal will be longtime Black Mountain resident and beekeeper Edd Buchanan, a mainstay at the Sourwood Festival for over four decades. 

The parade, which is organized by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, begins at Flat Creek Road and makes its way west before ending at Cragmont Road.

Circle of Lights at Lake Tomahawk

Immediately following the Black Mountain Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, the town's recreation and parks department will host the annual Circle of Lights at Lake Tomahawk. 

The free event will include music, hayrides, food a bonfire and an appearance by Santa.

Breakfast with Santa

The Black Bear Tavern in Cheshire VIllage is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 9 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8

Santa Claus will visit and take pictures with breakfast customers. 

OMS Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

The 15th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at Owen Middle School will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 in the gymnasium. 

The event includes work by local artisans, music, food and homemade concessions. For more information visit owenmiddlecraftfair.weebly.com. 

Gospel quartet concert

FourEver His, a Gospel quartet, will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Swannanoa Valley Presbyterian Church on Rockdale Avenue and Old U.S. 70. 

A love offering will be taken up during the show. 

Christmas Murder Mystery Dinner at the Monte Vista

The Monte Vista Hotel and Milton's Cuisine and Cocktails will host a Christmas Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9

Tickets for the event are $55 each and include dinner, desert and an opportunity to be part of the interactive show. 

For more information call 669-8870.

And coming up...

Holiday potluck at the Lakeview Center

The Lakeview Center for Active Aging will host a Holiday potluck at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. The event will feature music by the Presbyterian Hand Bell Choir. 

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by Monday, Dec. 10, at 669-8610 and bring a covered dish to share. 

"A Christmas Pudding" tickets now available

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts presents A Christmas Pudding by David Birney at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.

The production is a celebration told in songs, stories, poems and tales by Dickens, Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Shaw, Longfellow, St. Luke and many others collected with a host of traditional carols and holiday songs.

Tickets are on sale now for $20 and available by calling 669-0930 or online at blackmountainarts.org. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street. 

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