May 30 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Fred McCormick
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.

Free reflexology sessions in Black Mountain

Phyllis Weimar, ARCB-CR with Intuitive Reflexology-Healing in Black Mountain at 2665, 997 Old U.S. 70, is offering free 15-minute foot reflexology session.

The sessions are available from May 26 - Friday, May 31.

For more information call 669-4800.

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.

Art by the Tracks back for 22nd year

The Old Depot Association will present Art by the Tracks for the 22nd year from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, along Sutton Avenue. The event, which will feature over 50 juried artists and master crafters, is a fundraiser for the association, which raises over $8,000 a year to donate to art projects in Swannanoa Valley public schools. 

Art by the Tracks is free and open to the public. 

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.

Forum at Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting

At 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, Dr. Susan Murty, retired professor of social work, and a Spanish-speaker who volunteers with immigrants in Black Mountain, will discuss her volunteer experience at Annunciation House, in El Paso, Texas.  

Dr. Murty spent two weeks assisting refugees released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

The forum is free and open to the public and will be held at the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting at 137 Center Avenue, Black Mountain. Parking is limited and carpooling is recommended.  

For more information on the work of Annunciation House, visit their website:

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. 

Museum book club meets to discuss 'Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain'

The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center's Book Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 14, at the Black Mountain Public Library. June's read is "Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland" by Jeremy B. Jones.

For more information, visit

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

Documentary series highlights 'Quilting Women'

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center for the second film in their new Historic Documentary Series at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20

June's film selection, produced by Appalshop Films, is “Quilting Women” (1976). In addition to the film, the museum will also display quilts from its collections. 

From Appalshop’s website: “Quilting Women traces the process of traditional Appalachian quilting, from cutting out and piecing together the patterns to the quilting bee. Quilters comment on the origins of the generations-old patterns, the time and patience required, the satisfaction of accomplishment, the quilts as art, and the companionship offered by women working together over a quilting frame.”  

This event is free and open to the public. Register at or by calling 669-9566 in advance to reserve your space as there are only 40 seats available.

Montreat College basketball camp

Montreat College is hosting a basketball camp for girls and boys grades 1-8, June 17-21. Women's basketball head coach Tim Lewis and assistant coach Daria Sharova will coach the camp. 

The cost is $100 per camper. 

For more information visit or email Daria Sharova at 

ACA baseball camp

Asheville Christian Academy, 74 Riverwood Road, Swannanoa, is hosting a baseball camp from June 24-27. Registration for the camp, which is rising sixth- through eighth-graders and features morning and afternoon sessions, is open. 

For more information visit or call (904) 314-3008. 

Democrat Women of Buncombe County host dinner meeting

The Democrat Women of Buncombe County will hold its monthly dinner meeting at the Western Residence of Governon at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27

The event is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. 

To RSVP email by Thursday, June 20.