July 4 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

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. 

Dinner plates are available for $5. A $5 credit will be awarded to the winner of each tournament.

Museum Hosts Independence Day Fireworks Hike

This year, celebrate the Fourth of July with your family, friends, guests, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum on a 1.5-mile, moderate hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain.

Here, Museum guests will enjoy an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and then stay to watch the sun set and the fireworks explode over the town of Black Mountain.

Hike leaders will share the history and vintage photographs of this most historic place over dinner.

Bring a picnic, water, folding chairs, cameras, and flashlights. The Museum will provide watermelon and transport cargo to the summit. Thursday, July 4 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Cost is $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers, or $25 for under 18. Please register at or by calling 669-9566.

Harwood Home for Funerals hosts annual July 4th cookout

Harwood Home for Funerals & Cremation Services invites the public to attend its annual cookout from 12 - 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 4

The free event takes place on the lawn of the West State Street business and features barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. 

Planning a fall vegetable garden

Would you like a fall vegetable garden?  Do you want to learn more? 

Join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6 for a workshop on planning a fall vegetable garden given by Barb Harrison, Buncombe Extension Master Gardener Volunteer at the Black Mountain Library, 105 North Dougherty Street. 

Learn what and when to plant and tips on extending the growing season with row covers, hoops and cold frames. This hour long presentation is free and sponsored by Black Mountain Blooms Seed Lending Library and Buncombe County Extension Master Garden Volunteers. 

Celebrate America's birthday with your veteran community

Beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, Black Mountain VFW Post 9157 will host an event to celebrate America's birthday. 

The free event at 165 Cragmont Road will feature food, beverages, door prizes and raffles throughout the day. All are welcome. 

Summer camp at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is offering a half-day themed summer camp for children July 8 - 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost for the camp is $125.

Campers of pre-school age (3-5-years old) will explore the depths with Under the Sea while campers of elementary age (6-9-years old) will have Fun in the Sun learning songs and dances that fit with the theme.

Both camps put an emphasis on creative movement and dance led by Amy Maze and music led by Kylie Brown, returning for her third year. Campers work through the week to create an informal performance to be shared with family and friends.

These camps frequently fill up, so call now to register for this or an additional camp taking place July 15-19. There are no open spots available for the July 29-August 2 camp.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 West State Street. For more information about camps or classes call 669-0930 or visit

And coming up...

Black Mountain Beautification Committee meeting 

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee will meet at Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18. Gardeners, non-gardeners, artists and folks who like hands-on community involvement —we welcome all who want to make Black Mountain an even more beautiful town. Join us. 

If you would like more information about this committee, please visit our website at

EmpTea Bowls returns to Black Mountain

The Dr. John Wilson Community Garden will host its 7th annual EmpTea Bowls event at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 28

The event, which supports the garden's internship program, will feature live music, herbal tea and various other activities. Admission is free and locally made tea bowls, and an endless cup of tea, will be available for $20. 

The community garden provides food for hundreds of local families and is a vital resource in helping reduce food security in the Swannanoa Valley. Each year over 80 local residents and hundreds of volunteers come together to grow fresh produced in the garden, which is located at 99 White Pine Drive. 

The garden is currently accepting donations for raffle items and food for the event. For more information contact Diana McCall at

Gently-Used Donations Needed for Museum Rummage Sale

Donate your gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, children’s toys, furniture to the non-profit Swannanoa Valley Museum’s fiscal year end Rummage Sale. We can arrange pick up for bulky items. 

The museum is unable to accept donations of clothing or electronics. Donors will receive a tax receipt.

To donate items please contact Yolanda Smith at 669-1679 or Or support the museum by visiting our Rummage Sale.

This year’s sale will take place in the same location as previous years – under a large red and white tent at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old U.S. 70 in Black Mountain and will be open Friday, August 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, August 3 from 8 a.m. until noon.