April 11 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Kiwanis Club seeks grant applications from local nonprofits

The Kiwanis Club of Black Mountain-Swannanoa is inviting local nonprofit organizations to apply for community service grants to fund projects or programs aimed at improving the lives of children and families in the Swannanoa Valley.      

Interested organizations should Email Carol McNally at cmercmcnally@gmail.com for a grant application.  Completed applications must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, June 28, 2019.

Completed applications sent via U-S mail should be addressed to the Kiwanis Club of Black Mountain-Swannanoa, P.O. Box 491, Black Mountain, NC 28711, Attn: Carol McNally.

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.

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:

April 10 – First Baptist Church Black Mountain

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

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. 

Join the Black Mountain Center for the Arts when it opens its gallery doors this month for Becoming Whole: A Study of Art and Healing presenting work from the counselors, clients and community associated with the Black Mountain Counseling Center. The show opens April 12 with an artist’s reception from 6-8pm in the BMCA Upper Gallery, and runs through May 10. The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm.

Exhibit opening at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Join the Black Mountain Center for the Arts when it opens its gallery doors this month for "Becoming Whole: A Study of Art and Healing" presenting work from the counselors, clients and community associated with the Black Mountain Counseling Center. The show opens with an artist's reception from 6 - 8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in the BMCA Upper Gallery. The exhibit runs through May 10. The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Black Mountain Counseling Center hopes that this show will reduce the social stigma that still surrounds counseling and mental illness. The works of art have been created by members of the community along with counselors and clients of the center.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is committed to its support of artist and creatives from the region with gallery shows, classes, theater and events throughout the year. For more information call 669-0930 or visit BlackMountainArts.org.

"Hope in Light" by Marty Sawyer was was one of the pieces on display last year when Black Mountain Counseling Center presented "Ten Days in May" at the Red House Gallery. On April 12, the center will present "Becoming Whole: A Study in Art and Healing" at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. The exhibit will focus on the connection between art and mental health.

Museum book club hosts April meeting

The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center's Book Club will meet again at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12, at the Black Mountain Public Library. April’s read is "The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home" by Denise Kiernan - the untold, true story behind Asheville's Biltmore Estate. For more information, visit swannanoavalleymuseum.org/book-club/

The club is free and open to the public and meets every second Friday of the month.

Broad River Volunteer Fire Department hosts annual pancake breakfast

The Broad River Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual pancake breakfast from 8 - 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Broad River Community Center on 44 Broad River VFD Rd., Black Mountain.

Enjoy the best pancakes ever with plenty of fixings. A donation of $5 is requested. Come on down and enjoy the start of a great day.

And coming up...

Easter Eggtravaganza 

The Black Mountain Church of God, on 116 North Fork Road, is hosting an Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 20

The event, which will include hot dogs after the hunt, is for children ages 2 - 10. 

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. 

Aging veterans presentations

The Vietnam Veterans of America North Carolina State Council, the Buncombe County Veterans Council and the Charles George VA Medical Center are holding a series of presentations geared toward aging veterans on Saturday, April 27, in the Ferguson Auditorium at AB Tech. 

The presentations begin at 8:30 a.m and include discussions about healthcare, survivors' benefit programs, burial at state and national cemeteries and more. Pastries, coffee, juice and water will be provided and the event runs until 1 p.m. 

For more information contact Thomas Whetstine at thomas.whetstine@yahoo.com.