March 7 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Inviting all Bridge players

Whether you're a "lapsed" duplicate player or an enthusiastic social player, please consider visiting our Duplicate Bridge group down at Lake Tomahawk Tuesday evenings. To learn more, call Roger at 828-200-2539.

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs 

A current list of needs at the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry: Cooking oil, canned corn, and coffee. Also in need of travel size toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, etc.). 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.

Veterans Town Hall Meeting

A Veterans Town Hall Meeting will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, in the lower level Atrium of the Medical Center located at 1100 Tunnel Road. The event will allow Veterans and their families a chance to present questions and concerns about their VA healthcare and services to leadership.

The event is open to the public.

Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care can bring their military discharge paperwork (DD-214) and apply for enrollment during the event. Staff will be available to help in determining eligibility, filling out enrollment requests forms and scheduling appointments. There will also be VBA representatives on site to assist with questions regarding claims.

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, March 6, 20 and 27. Families needing a different time can call the school at 828-338-2073 to schedule a class visit.

Auditions announced

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is casting its upcoming production of As It Is In Heaven by Arlene Hutton. Auditions will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, and from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. The production calls for nine strong actresses to play various ages.

This will be the spring production for the Front Porch Theatre’s sixth season. Rehearsals begin in early April and the production runs through much of May. Detailed descriptions of characters and parameters of the audition process can be found on the BMCA website’s theatre page.

For more information contact or call 669-0930.

Community Lenten Worship Series

The Swannanoa Valley Ministerial Association is sponsoring Community Worship Services for the Wednesdays of Lent and on Good Friday. Each service begins at noon and lasts for about 30 minutes. A light lunch follows each service (with the exception of Ash Wednesday and Good Friday). An offering will be taken at each service for the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries' "heating fund." All are invited to these services which help us to prepare ourselves for our holiest day of Easter. Each event will begin at 12 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

March 6 - Ash Wednesday, St. James Episcopal (No Lunch)

March 13 - Black Mountain United Methodist

March 20 - Montreat Presbyterian Church & Montreat Conference Center (In Upper Anderson Hall)

March 27 - Tabernacle/Swannanoa UMC (at Tabernacle UMC)

April 3 - Warren Wilson/Black Mountain Presbyterian churches (at Black Mountain Presbyterian)

April 10 – First Baptist Church Black Mountain

April 19 - Good Friday Service, First Christian Church (No Lunch)

And coming up...

End-of-life care discussion 

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, the Swannanoa United Methodist Church will host "Walking Each Other Home," a conversation about emerging options in end-of-life care. 

Kori Waterman, and end-of-life doula will lead the discussion. 

Swannanoa United Methodist Church is located at 216 Whitson Avenue.