May 9 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.

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.

Owen High School Goodwill fundraiser

Owen High School PTSO is hosting a Goodwill fundraiser, from May 7-21, to benefit the school. Please drop off gently used items in the Goodwill trailer parked in the upper school parking lot , 

Items can be dropped off weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the front office at 686-3852

"As it is in Heaven" Opens at Front Porch Theatre

Friday, May 10 is the opening night of the Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts’ presentation of Arlene Hutton’s "As It Is In Heaven," which will run May 10-11, May 17-18, and May 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on May 12, 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and on sale now.

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.

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 Street. Tickets can be purchased by calling 669-0930 or by visiting

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.

Poet Tina Barr offers Brown Bag Presentation

Popular poet Tina Barr will read and share insights from her latest collection of poetry Green Target on Friday, May 10 at a Brown Bag Lunch presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. This event is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring lunch and take part in the discussion.

Green Target, published in 2018, is Barr’s third full length collection and won the Barrow Street Press Book Prize. Her second book, Kaleidoscope, was released in 2015 by Iris Press.  Her first book, The Gathering Eye, won the Tupelo Press Editor's Prize.   She has also published 3 chapbooks, all winners of chapbook contests.

For more information please call 669-0930. 

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. 

And coming up...

"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.