May 23 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.

One weekend left for Shaker play

Tickets are on sale now for the final weekend of the Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts presentation of Arlene Hutton’s "As It Is In Heaven." 

Shows are at 7:30 p.m., May 24 and 25, with a matinee at 2 p.m.on Sunday, May 26. There will be a discussion following the matinee.

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 Street. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at, or by calling 669-0930.

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   

Community Book Club at L. Nelson Bell Library 

The Community Book Club sponsored by the Friends of the L. Nelson Bell Library at Montreat College will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the library.

The book to be reviewed is "Night Talk" by Elizabeth Cox, who will be the speaker at the Friends of the Library summer luncheon on June 8.

"Night Talk" traces the friendship of two girls, one white and one black, as they grow up in the same environment but in different worlds in the Civil Rights era.  The bond between the two girls is strained when the local high school is integrated and as their own fears and prejudices surface.  Over the years, their candid conversations reflect the alternate realities of black and white society. 

The story of their enduring friendship spans forty years and is told with understanding and compassion. 

Judy Shillinglaw will be the discussion leader. Everyone is welcome to attend.   

Registration open for adult kickball league 

The Black Mountain Recreation and Parks are accepting team registrations for the 2019 Adult Kickball League. The registration fee is $200 for the co-ed league that features an eight-game schedule. The league will begin play the week of July 8. Games will be played at Veteran’s Park.

Rosters are available at the recreation and parks office located at 304 Black Mountain Avenue. The deadline for entry is Friday June 28. The league will be limited to the first 8 teams registered. For more information, call 669-2052.

And coming up...

Thank you dinner at Broad River Community Center

To thank all who have helped the Broad River Community Center and Broad River Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary update our heating and air conditioning system, there will be a thank you dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. We truly appreciate the outpouring of love from this community and welcome you to see the fruit of your labors.

Cholesterol and pre-diabetes risk screening

The Swannanoa United Methodist Church, 216 Whitson Avenue, will host a cholesterol and pre-diabetes screening from 8:30 - 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12. An appointment is required and can be made by calling 686-5284. 

The screening, which will feature counseling with a registered nurse, is $15 and requires fasting the night before the test.