May 16 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: Sheets (flat and fitted – especially queen and king sizes), laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, baby wipes, diapers, pull-ups, and men’s pants and 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" running at the Front Porch Theatre

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts will present Arlene Hutton’s "As It Is In Heaven," on May 17-18, and May 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on May 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.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 West State Street. Tickets can be purchased by calling 669-0930 or by visiting

"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.

St. James Episcopal Church hosts free concert

The Smoky Mountain Brass Band, a British-style brass band based in Asheville, will perform at St. James Episcopal Church on 424 West State Street in Black Mountain at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18

The event is free and open to the public. 

Pastor appreciation at Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church

The members of the Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church are hosting a pastor appreciation event at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. The event is open to the public and will recognize Reverend Monte Miller and his wife Sharon. 

Dinner will be served at 1 p.m., following the morning service. 

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.

Unitarian Universalist of the Swannanoa Valley to host concert

Renowned singer, songwriter, and storyteller David Roth will touch your heart, tickle your funny bone and lift your spirit.

He strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter.

Join us for “An Afternoon with David Roth” at 4 p.m.(doors open at 3:30 p.m.) on Sunday, May 26. UUCSV is at 500 Montreat Road.

Suggested donations of $15 - $20, but no one will be turned away. For more information contact