Sept. 19 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 Wednesday, 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.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

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.

Up-cycled fabric workshop at BMCA

Find a new life for old fabric by joining artist Nica Bello at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts as she offers a three-week workshop entitled Parting Ways and Cutting Ties: an Up-Cycled Workshop devoted to re-purposing fabric that has meaning but is no longer viable, and transforming it into something new and usable.

This workshop is designed to be experienced by an adult and child (over the age of 6). and will be held from 2 - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 22, 29, and Oct. 6. The cost is $75 per group of two for all three sessions.

Over the course of the class your creative team will learn how to turn old and unwanted fabrics into yarn and then weave them into great unusable items such as rugs and scarves.  Join this class to learn weaving techniques, be creative and spend quality time with your kid!

Bello studied textile design at the Rhode Island School of Design and taught children at Art Space Charter School’s after-school classes. She is a Black Mountain resident and daughter of the owners of Design Driven Studio. 

To register or for more information call 669-0930 or visit 

And coming up...

Tickets on Sale for Comedy Improv

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is proud to host the Asheville based improv comedy troupe, Reasonably Priced Babies (RPB) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Sept. 27.

RPB is a formidable improv comedy group consisting of Tom Chalmers, Mondy Carter, Karen Stobbe, Kim Richardson and Josh Batenhorst with Aaron Price.

This is how it works: RPBs will ask the audience for suggestions and then they make that come to life in technicolor! Get ready to be a part of the experience because this show will push the envelope of ridiculous fun.

Tickets are $12 each. Seating is general admission and first come first served. Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets or more information call 669-0930 or visit 

Have fun at the BRVFD Fall Flea Market and Fair

Come one and all to the Fall Flea Market and Fair, which takes place from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Broad River Volunteer Fire Department, 44 Broad River VFD Road.. 

Activities will include free games for kids, a bake sale, a craft sale, a yard sale and raffles with prizes up to $100 cash. Hot Dog Lunch with all the fixings, nachos, and multiple cake walks will be offered from 12 - 1 p.m.  Come help us support our first responders.

Mills Chapel holds outreach service

Mills Chapel Baptist Church will hold its annual outreach service from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Lake Tomahawk pavilion. 

The Mills Chapel Outreach Committee is hosting the event, which is free and open to the public. 

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.