Sept. 12 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: 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.

Adult tennis set to begin 

Lessons for beginning adult tennis players, and those wishing to return to the sport, will be offered by Black Mountain Tennis Association through Oct. 9 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, at the upper courts at Lake Tomahawk. 

To register go to The $40 registration includes a new Head racket, t-shirt, and six lessons.

Landscape workshops offered at BMCA

Anyone interested in trying their hand or improving existing skills at landscape painting should consider workshops presented at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts taught by artist and educator Nate Barton. Barton will offer three workshops entitled Mountain Landscapes Three Ways: Making Art of our Mountains from 6 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 12 and 19.

The workshops are geared towards all levels of ability, and in each class students will create a single piece to take home. Students will learn to make landscape images of our mountains with watercolors, pen and ink, and oil pastel respectively. Classes can be taken individually for $35, or all three classes can be purchased for $95.

For more information call 669-0930 or visit

Poling presents at Brown Bag Reading

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts welcomes author Nancy Poling from 12 - 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, as she presents her latest book, "While Earth Still Speaks."

The public is welcome to this free Brown Bag and Books presentation that invites you to bring a lunch and listen as the author reads from her book and answers questions after. Poling retired to Black Mountain with her husband Jim and she expresses her activism and interests through writing. Her published works include the non-fiction book, Before It Was Legal: a black-white marriage (1945-1987); a short story collection, Had Eve Come First and Jonah Been a Woman; and the novel, Out of the Pumpkin Shell.

For more information call 669-0930 or visit

Would you like to help decorate our town for the upcoming holidays? 

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee coordinates the decorating and will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Town Hall. Come out to learn what the committee does throughout the year, meet new people and get involved.  For more information, visit the website at

And coming up...

Outdoor movie at Grovemont Square 

Grab a blanket or a chair and head to Grovemont Square (101 West Charleston Ave., adjacent to the Swannanoa Library) at dusk on Friday, Sept. 20, for a free outdoor screening of one of Jim Henson’s classic fantasy-adventure masterpieces, combining brilliant puppetry and stunning visual effects.

Crafts and face painting for the kids will take place before the screening and popcorn and snacks are available for purchase.

The Cinema on the Square outdoor movie series is sponsored by Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS), the Friends of the Swannanoa Library, and the Swannanoa Community Council.

For more info, call the library at 828-250-6486.

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. 

Benefit Biker Ride for Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries

A motorcycle ride benefiting the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry will take place from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Participants will meet at Appalachian Tool & Machine, 121 Lytle Cove Road, Swannanoa. 

The motorcycle ride will be followed with food, music, and guest speakers until 4 p.m.  Riders, passengers, and volunteers eat free. 

All proceeds benefit Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries. The event is sponsored by Celebrate Recovery and Broken Chains JC. 

Contact Jeanie Wallace at 669-4146 or 828-331-1410.