Nov. 7 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: Our clothing room is in desperate need of children’s coats, hats and gloves, men’s coats and men’s jeans.  With winter coming our shelves are bare and we need new or used blankets. We can also use sheets, and towels. 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 now hosting Thursday night poker night. The weekly tournaments are open to the public, with the first one beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. tournament. 

Dinner plates are available for $5. A $5 credit will be awarded to the winner of each tournament.

Free GED tutoring

Free tutoring for the GED is offered every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry Opportunity House on 101 North Ridgeway Avenue, Black Mountain.

Tutoring is available in all subjects. For further information contact Martha Hubert at 828-231-5748.

BMCA Offers Children’s theater classes

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is now offering PLAYground: A Children's Theatre Workshop as an after-school program for students ages 6-12, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5. The program explores the performance arts of acting, play-making, pantomime, storytelling, juggling, and creative dramatics. 

Classes are held on Tuesdays. Classes for ages 6-8 are held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and cost $45 a month. Students ages 9-12 have class from 4:45 - 6 p.m. and cost $50 per month.

Storyteller and theatre artist David Novak leads a creative experience, focusing on a wide variety of performance skills. Students will interpret poetry and scripts, improvise scenes, practice physical comedy, juggling, puppetry and public speaking.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts in located at 225 West State Street. For more information 828-669-0930 or visit

Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League hosts Mountain Rhythms

The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League will host an opening of its holiday show Mountain Rhythms, at the Red House Gallery, from 5 - 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8. The event will feature music by Darcy Orr and friends. 

Mountain Rhythms will run through December 29. Red House Studios is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Shape note singing at St. James Episcopal Church

The 26th annual Black Mountain shape note singing will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Saint James Episcopal Church fellowship hall. Shape note singing is an early American style of singing that uses a variety of shapes for the musical notes.

Over the years, it has become a southern Appalachian tradition. Beginners are welcome, and there is no admission fee. Those attending are asked to bring a food item for the potluck lunch. For more information, call 828-669-7260.

Black Mountain Library hosts voting laws event

In 2020, N.C. voters will be asked to show photo identification. Election Services will present an informational program, at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, about the upcoming changes. The event will feature equipment to make N.C. Voter ID card, saving you a trip to the Board of Elections.

For more information visit

Foothills Baptist Bible College

The winter quarter will begin for Foothills Baptist Bible College, in Marion, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov.19. The following courses will be taught on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 P.M. until 9:10 P.M. Courses on homiletics, hermeneutics (Bible interpretation), The Book of Nehemiah, and the Epistles of John will be taught on Tuesdays, from 6:30 - 9:10 p.m.

These classes are not just to train preachers and missionaries, but they are also for any anyone who wants to learn more about the Word of God.