Feb. 7 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs 

A current list of needs at the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry: ramen noodles, canned black beans, canned red kidney beans, canned pork-n-beans.  We are also in need of toiletry items:  soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, and shampoo.  Also needed are towels and queen size sheets.  Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome (send to P.O.  Box 235).  Drop off items at 101 N. 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.

Ten Thousand Villages Montreat collects silverware for local nonprofit

Ten Thousand Villages Montreat is collaborating with Bounty & Soul to make their regular food sampling sessions more sustainable by replacing plastic ware with dishwasher safe metal spoons and forks. 

Bounty & Soul, which is hoping to collect 80-100 sets of silverware, provides healthy homegrown food to local people in the Swannanoa Valley who are food insecure. Nutrition classes promote education on the benefits of a plant-based diet. Sessions encourage sampling and provide healthy food for participants to take home.

Please bring donations to,Ten Thousand Villages is located at 303 Lookout Road in Montreat, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or Sunday 1 - 4:30 p.m. during the month of February. 

Contact the store at 669-1406 or for more information.

Red House Studios & Gallery to host reception for art show opening

An opening reception for "The Art of Passion" will be held at the Red House Studio & Gallery on 310 West State Street from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8

The exhibit will feature a variety of work from members of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League and will run from Feb. 8 - March 12. 

The reception is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast returns 

The 29th Annual Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast returns to Camp Dorothy Walls on 495 Cragmont Road at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9

The event, which celebrates the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., raises money that is used to award scholarships to graduating seniors from the Swannanoa Valley. 

Tickets are available at the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and are $15 for adults and $6 for children. For more information visit 

The Valentine 5K is back for its 20th year

The 20th Annual Valentine 5K returns to Lake Tomahawk at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The event features a free fun run for children ages 16 and under, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The fun run is followed by the 5K, which takes runners along some of the town's greenways. 

Runners can register online at or Registration is $25 for adults. 

Zoe & Cloyd Tickets on Sale

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is happy to announce tickets are now on sale for the Zoe & Cloyd concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16.

Every year since the Arts Center has been open, husband and wife duo Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller have held a concert in February at the Arts Center. Previous iterations have included Will Straughn when they were acclaimed Americana trio Red June. Joining them this year will be Kevin Kehrberg on bass and Bennett Sullivan on banjo. Tickets go quickly for this highly anticipated concert.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and can be purchased online at or by calling 669-0930.