March 28 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: canned corn, canned pork and beans, canned red kidney beans, canned mixed vegetables, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, and men’s jeans. 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.

Celebrate Recovery meetings

Are you or someone you know struggling with anger, codependency, eating disorder, love & relationship addiction, abuse, alcohol, drug of other forms of addiction? Celebrate Recovery, which meets every Tuesday evening at Mountain View Church on 2221 North Fork-Right Fork, features inspiring teaching and testimonies of God’s healing power by our family in recovery.

Meetings begin at 6:15 p.m. with a free meal, before worship, testimony, or lessons begin at 7 p.m. Small groups take place at 8:00 p.m. for open share and 12-Step studies,before dessert is served at 9 p.m. Free child care is available. For more information contact Connie at 669-1981 or Jeanie at 669-4146.

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.

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 27 and Friday, March 29. Call the school at 828-338-2073 to schedule a class visit.

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 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)

Falconry demonstration lands at Black Mountain Library

"Falconry: Sport of Kings" will be presented at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, by falconer Eric Harrold, who holds a masters degree in Biology from UNC Charlotte. Harrold will bring his hawk Harris with him to the demonstration. 

The event is free, and open to all ages. For more information call the Black Mountain Library at 250-4756 or email 

And coming up...

Sign up for youth and adult tennis

Black Mountain Recreation and Parks and Black Mountain Tennis Association will be offering their 13- and 14-year-old Junior Clinic on Tuesdays from 5 - 5:45 p.m., beginning Tuesday, April 2. Clinics for 11- and 12-year-old children will be held on Thursdays, from 5 - 5:45 p.m., beginning April 4. Call 669-2052 for more information.

Adult (beginning) Tennis classes will begin April 3, 6-7:00 for 6 weeks. Register at

Food Connection fundraiser at the Black Mountain Ale House

The Black Mountain Ale House will host a fundraiser for local nonprofit organization Food Connection from 5 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3

Food Connection relieves hunger while reducing waste by connecting surplus freshly prepared food from caterers, institutions and events to nonprofits that feed the hungry.

The event will feature music from Renae and Jamie Brame, who have led music at many church events locally and around the Southeast. Also they have performed benefit concerts for Habitat for Humanity, Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry and St James Episcopal Church.

Fundraiser to benefit local schools 

Hand in Hand is holding a fundraiser from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Grove Stone Baptist Church on Friday, April 5

The menu includes baked spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink. The price of a meal is $7.

Take-out and delivery orders are available if you call (828) 775-5602 or (828) 686-5501 in advance. All proceeds go to the six schools in the Owen District.

In 2018, Hand in Hand contributed more than $20,000 to the schools, which used the money to meet the needs of students. 

Help clean up our town this spring

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee will be holding their annual spring Litter Sweep from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Orange trash bags will be provided. and safety vests and gloves will be provided while supplies last. 

Once filled, orange bags can will be left at the curb for the town to pick up. If you or your group would like to participate, please contact Anne Dale at or visit the website at

Cholesterol and pre-diabetes risk screening 

Givens LifeMinistries will screen for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and glucose from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Swannanoa United Methodist Church, located at 216 Whitson Avenue. 

The blood sample will be collected by finger-stick and fasting the night before is required. The cost of the test is $15. 

To set an appointment call 696-5284. 

Easter sunrise service 

Tabernacle Church will host a community Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, in the paved parking lot between Mountain View Memorial Park and the front of the church. 

This year will be the 182nd time the event has been held, and a complimentary continental breakfast will follow.