Aug. 22 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs 

A current list of needs at the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry: Fitted sheets (king, queen, and twin in particular), towels, pillows, toilet paper, jelly, pancake syrup, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and 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.

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 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.

Hand in Hand fundraiser at Grove Stone Baptist Church

Hand in Hand of the Swannanoa Valley, a nonprofit dedicated to meeting basic needs of students in the Owen school district, will hold a fundraiser at Grove Stone Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. The church is on 1568 Govestone Road in Black Mountain.

The lunch will feature hamburgers with all of the trimmings, potato salad, baked beans, dessert and a drink. Plates are $8 and take-out is available by calling (828) 686-5501.

Proceeds will benefit Hand in Hand, which collects paper, pens, pencils, tissues, backpacks, crayons and more to be given to Swannanoa Valley students who need them. 

The organization gave more than $20,000 to local schools in 2018 and has donated over $230,000 to the six schools since its founding. 

Blessings on the River

Blessings on the River will take place from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Friends Meeting, 137 Center Avenue in Black Mountain. 

We will celebrate the fresh and salt waters of the earth with drumming, music and prayer by the Wild Bodema Drummers, the Venerable Omileye Achikeobe-Lewis and Sahara Peace Choir. 

Donations will benefit free food markets at Bounty and Soul. Bring a camp chair.

Call 712-6745 for more info.

And coming up...

Calling on crafters and yard sale managers

The Auxiliary of the Broad River Volunteer Fire Department will host a Fall Flea Market & Fair from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday., Sept. 28, at 44 Broad River VFD Rd., 28711. 

This will be a craft, yard and bake sale with a hot dog lunch, plus games and raffles for all ages. 

Tables may be reserved for $10 by calling Jeannette Stender at 828-329-3531.