Aug. 1 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.

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.

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.

Free seminar for caregivers of people with dementia 

The Lakeview Center for Active Aging has partnered with the Western Carolina Chapter Alzheimer’s Association to conduct a series of free Caregiver Dementia Educational Seminars for those affected by Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. 

These seminars, which will be held from 11 - 11:45 a.m. on the first Monday of the month from August through November, are for caregivers or anyone wanting more information and resources. 

The Lakeview Center is located at 401 Laurel Circle Drive in Black Mountain.

For more information contact Melinda Polites  at or call 669-8610.

And coming up...

Gardening with native plants

Do you use native plants in your landscape?  Join the Black Mountain Blooms Seed Lending Library and Buncombe County Extension Master Garden Volunteers at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 for a workshop on Gardening with Native Plants at the Black Mountain-Tyson Library located at 105 North Dougherty Stereet. 

The presentation will be given by Debbie Green, Black Mountain resident and Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.  

Learn about the benefits of choosing plants native to our area to reduce maintenance while attracting pollinators and wildlife to your garden. Many natives are easy to share from plant divisions and seeds, making them budget-friendly choices for enhancing your home’s curb appeal. This hour-long presentation is free and open to the public.