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Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs 

As temperatures drop, needs for the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry grow. The Black Mountain-based nonprofit is currently seeking toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and sop. Coats for children and men, gloves, blankets and children's winter clothing are needed, as well.

SVCM's homeless shelter is seeking regular coffee, decaffeinated coffee, laundry pods, disinfectant wipes and gloves. The SVCM Johnny Raines Program is now seeking sponsors for families. The program has expanded this year to include children ages 13 - 18. 

Monetary donations designated to food, the shelter or the Johnny Raines Christmas Program are also welcome and can be sent to P.O. Box 235, Black Mountain. 

Items can be dropped off 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.

Red House Gallery presents Mountain Rhythms holiday show 

Red House Gallery, home of the The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, is hosting Mountain Rhythms, a holiday show that will run through Sunday, Dec. 29. The exhibit features features artwork, gifts, and ornaments handcrafted for the holidays and inspired by mountain life.

Non-functional and functional work, painting in all mediums, photography, collage, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, assemblage, clay, metal, glass, fiber, and wood are represented in this broad ranging show, which also features creative holiday trees decorated with artful ornaments.All artwork is for sale. 

Red House is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Get involved with the Black Mountain Beautification Committee

Did you enjoy seeing all scarecrows and other fall decorations around our town? That’s just one of the many things The Black Mountain Beautification Committee oversees to keep our town looking its best. 

Find out what else we do and how you can get involved at the monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., in Town Hall, on Tuesday, Nov. 19. For more information, visit the website at www.blackmountainbeautification.org.

Book club to discuss "Where the Crawdads Sing" 

The Montreat Community Book Club, sponsored by the Friends of the L. Nelson Bell Library, will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the library. The book to be discussed is "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. Annie Hall will be the discussion leader.  

A New York Times best-seller, "Where the Crawdads Sing" is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. The setting of the story  is the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast.  

Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. 

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. 

Instructor’s Concert Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for the 13th Annual Acoustic Corner Instructor’s concert are on sale now. This popular annual event takes place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

The lineup includes David Zoll, Laurie Fischer, Matt Kinne, Gary Mackey and exciting newcomer to the Acoustic Corner fold, multi-instrumentalist Bryan McDowell.

For many regular fans of this event, the Instructor’s Concert marks the beginning of the holiday season. Join us in the celebration. Tickets are $20, sell quickly and can be purchased by calling 828-669-0930 or online at blackmountainarts.org.

Hand in Hand Smoked Turkey Fundraiser

Swannanoa Valley nonprofit Hand in Hand, which supports the six schools in the Owen District, is holding its annual smoked turkey fundraiser, Tuesday, Nov. 26. Turkeys can be ordered in advance and will be available to be picked up in the parking lot of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, at 385 Tabernacle Road. 

Turkeys are 12 - 14 pounds and $35 each. For more information call Lois Nix at 669-7868. 

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