July 25 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: Canned pork and beans, canned red kidney beans, canned vegetables of any type, sugar, all-purpose flour, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo. Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome (send to P.O.  Box 235).

Drop off items at 101 North Ridgeway Avenue, Black Mountain.

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.

EmpTea Bowls returns to Black Mountain

The Dr. John Wilson Community Garden will host its seventh 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

State Representative to speak in Montreat Adult Summer Club program

N C Representative D. Craig Horn will speak in Montreat at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. July 31, on how the character and foresight of three great world leaders in three different centuries are bound together. Rep. Horn will discuss why the legacies of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill should be honored.

Each cast a long shadow for succeeding generations. The program is sponsored by the Montreat Adult Summer Club and is open to the public except for the traditional $1 at the door. The meeting will be held in Upper Anderson Auditorium located on Lookout Road in Montreat.

Scholarships offered for young artists 

The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League is offering full tuition scholarships for young artists, ages 8 - 15 to attend an art class at the Red House Studios and Gallery. The class will be held 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. from July 29 - Aug. 2.

Please contact the instructor, Nora Mosrie, at for additional information regarding the class and application process. 

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.