July 11 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 Book Club: Rootabaga Stories

The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center's Book Club will meet again at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 12 at the Black Mountain Public Library.

July's read is "Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg. 

For more information, visit The club is free and open to the public and meets every second Friday of the month.  

Group holds "Lights for Liberty" vigil to raise awareness to detention camps

A local Facebook group called "Black Mountain's Indivisible" is hosting a Lights for Liberty vigil to raise awareness of detention camps for immigrants who are detained for entering the U.S. unlawfully. 

The event will take place in Town Square at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 12

The event will run in conjunction with other Lights for Liberty events around the state. 

The group's mission is to "end human detention camps."

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

Historic documentary series continues at Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center

Join Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center for the third film in their new Historic Documentary Summer Series at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18

July's film selection, produced by Appalshop Films, is “Peace Stories” (1991). In addition to the film, Vietnam veteran David Rozzell will speak briefly about his experience with a veteran's creative writing program. 

From Appalshop’s website:“In Peace Stories, three men from the South recount their war experiences [in WWI, WWII, and Vietnam] and discuss it’s effects on their opinions of war.”  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.

History Cafe: Sarah Gudger's Journey to Freedom

Join Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center for a presentation at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 22 by Katherine Cutshall, a librarian in the N.C. Room at Pack Library in Asheville.

Sarah Gudger’s oral history from the 1930s Federal Writer’s Project Slave Narratives is the only written, personal eye witness account of a person who was enslaved in Buncombe County. Cutshall will discuss the process of uncovering Sarah Gudger’s biography, a story trapped in a multitude of primary sources from census rolls to county budget records, and reflect upon how deciphering Gudger’s life history is indicative of the struggle to reveal African-American stories in Southern Appalachia.  

Register at or by calling 669-9566 in advance to reserve your space as there are only 40 seats available.

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, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon.