Feb. 21 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.

Fairview Preschool hosts open house

Fairview Preschool for ages 2 - 5 is holding an open house for the 2019-20 school year from 10 - 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 27, and March 6, 20 and 27. Families needing a different time can call the school at 828-338-2073 to schedule a class visit.

Family & Friends Day at Thomas Chapel 

The pastor and members of Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church cordially invite you to the annual Family & Friends Day program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24

The program will feature gospel songs performed by various groups. Dinner will be served after morning worship, around 1:30 p.m. 

Montreat Book Club to meet

The Montreat Book Club, sponsored by the Friends of the L. Nelson Bell Library at Montreat College will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the library.

The book to be discussed is "The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival" by Terry Roberts. Sue Diehl will be the discussion leader. 

The main character, Jedidiah Robbins, is a man on a crusade. From town to town, his Gospel train rides the rails of 1920s Appalachia, spreading the good news with his daughter and a loyal group of roustabouts in tow. But Jedidiah’s traveling revival company has a secret: in addition to offering the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it also delivers spirits of another kind. 

Told with haunting lyricism, this is the story of a preacher full of contradictions, a man for whom the way is never straight and narrow.  It bends like the river, a river that leads him in the paths of a different brand of righteousness—and perhaps even salvation. 

Terry Roberts is no stranger to the Friends of the Library. He was the featured speaker at the 2018 summer luncheon where he discussed his two previous novels, "That Bright Land" and "A Short Time to Stay Here."

And coming up...

Local nonprofits encouraged to apply for endowment fund grants

The Black Mountain – Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is accepting applications for its spring grant cycle from nonprofits serving the Swannanoa Valley. 

The grants will range in size from $2,500 - $10,000, and will focus on projects and programs relating to health and wellness, education, cultural and natural resources and people in need. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1. The online application can be accessed at For more information, contact Virginia Dollar at The Community Foundation, 828-367-9907.

Registration open for the annual Owen Golf Tournament

The 24th Annual Owen Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 2, at the Black Mountain Golf Course with a weather make-up date of March 9. The format will be four person captain's choice. There will be trophies and prizes provided. The cost is $50 per person or $200 per team, which includes lunch.

Sign up at the golf course or by contacting John Knight at 828-713-1005.

Annual Auction for the Arts tickets on sale

There is limited seating for the Black Mountain Center for the Arts annual Auction for the Arts planned for 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. The event includes a catered buffet dinner, silent auction and live auction featuring professional auctioneer Dean HIttleman and the on-stage antics of artist Julia Burr. This will be the 14th year this lively event has been held. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the auction if tickets are still available.

The range of items available for bid include vacation rentals, jewelry, furniture, pottery, artwork, accessories, baskets of goodies, gift certificates for goods and services and much more. This is an important fundraiser for the non-profit organization which has brought “arts to the people and people to the arts” for the past 20 years.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 828.669.0930.