May 2 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 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 black beans, canned mixed vegetables, Ramen noodles (beef or chicken), coffee, cooking oil, laundry soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, pull-ups, 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.

"As it is in Heaven" tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale now for the Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts presentation of Arlene Hutton’s "As it is in Heaven" running May 10 and 11, May 17 and 18, and May 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on May 12, 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.

Set in a 1930 Shaker community in Kentucky, nine women navigate the claims of newer members of the community while wrestling with questions of trust and faith. The scenes are tied together with traditional Shaker songs and hymns. Audience members may be familiar with some of the tunes depicted in the play, such as Simple Gifts.

The show is directed by Candice Dickinson, stage managed by Genie Gunn, choreographed by Amanda Klinikowski with Marianne Lyon serving as Dramaturg. "As it is in Heaven" is produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 West State St. Tickets to "As it is in Heaven" are $20 and can be purchased by calling 828-669-0930 or by visiting

Beacon Blanket exhibit opens with reception

In honor of May Day, known around the world as International Workers’ Day, the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center will officially celebrate the opening of their Beacon Blankets exhibit with an evening reception. Since 1891, May Day (May 1) has been commemorated with week-long events including marches for workers’ rights, campaigns for the eight-hour work day and celebrations of working people everywhere. Between 5 - 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 3rd, the public is invited to see the new exhibit and gain an appreciation for the lives and culture of Beacon workers in the early 20th century. Refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public.

Swannanoa Community Yard Sale

Dozens of sellers and hundreds of buyers will come together from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, for the bi-annual Swannanoa Community Yard Sale in the parking lot of the Swannanoa Ingles at 2299 U.S. Hwy. 70.

Seller spaces are approximately 10 feet x 15 feet and cost $10 to reserve. For information and reservations, call (828) 581-9707 or email Sponsored by Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS),

Swannanoa Valley Musuem & History Center Book Club: Flight Behavior

The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center's Book Club will meet again at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 10 at the Black Mountain Public Library. May’s read is "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver. 

For more information, visit

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

Native Kitchen host fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Native Kitchen is partnering with Black Mountain Counseling Center to celebrate. 

On Monday, May 13, 25 percent of proceeds at Native will go to support the counseling center. 

Women's Mission Union honors local law enforcement with lunch

The Women's Mission Union at First Baptist Church Swannanoa, on 503 Park Street, will honor local law enforcement and emergency responders from 12 - 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in the church's Family Life Center.

Enjoy dessert and beverages with law police and firefighters from Old Fort, Black Mountain, Asheville, Buncombe County and more. 

For more information call (828) 582-3846. 

"Artus Moser of Buckeye Cove" to be screened by museum 

Join the Swannanoa Valley Musuem & History Center for the first film in their new Historic Documentary Series at 5:39 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. May's film is “Artus Moser of Buckeye Cove” (1985). 

This program explores the richness and variety of his long life as an early collector of ballads for the Library of Congress, as a teacher, singer, storyteller, actor, painter, sculptor, gardener, naturalist, and husband and father.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Register at in advance to reserve your space as there are only 40 seats available.

A child's perspective on Black Mountain College 

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20 for a presentation by John Corkran, son of Black Mountain College professor David Corkran.

John will share his experiences of growing up at Black Mountain College’s Lake Eden campus in the 1940s and 1950s, from climbing Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome to organizing student and faculty softball games outside the dining hall.

The presentation will include a screening of a 12-minute film made about John’s experience. Register at in advance to reserve your space as there are only 40 seats available.

Junior tennis clinics

Black Mountain Recreation and Parks and Black Mountain Tennis Association Junior Tennis Clinics:

KinderTennis, ages 3-6, Tuesdays in May, 5-5:45 p.m., $30.

7 and 8 Year Old Clinic, Tuesdays in May, 5-5:45 p.m., $30.

9 and 10 Year Old Clinic, Thursdays in May (beginning May 9), 5-5:45 p.m., $30.

Register at blackmountainrecreationandparks. For more info, 669-2052.