Oct. 5-11 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

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Owen High reunion reunites classes 1974-80

Owen High School Class of 1977 is getting together for its 40th reunion Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 for various activities. On Oct. 7, the Class of 1977 invites all classmates from 1974-1980 to join them at the Land of the Sky Shrine Club in Swannanoa for some music from OHS grads and a BBQ plate for $25 per person (make checks payable to OHS Class of 1977 and send to Rose Johnson at 6 Walker Cove Road, Black Mountain NC 28711 or PayPal Link For more or make a reservation, email

Help Arc of Buncombe County celebrate anniversary

The Arc of Buncombe County, which serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is celebrating 60 years of work by inviting the public to its anniversary party 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at the Asheville Event Center, 291 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. The $250-for-two tickets include drinks, a silent and live auction and dinner, along with a raffle entry to win a $6,500 diamond package. There will be music and dancing. To buy tickets or learn more, call 828-253-1255 or visit

Support Hand in Hand before Owen High's homecoming 

Hand in Hand will sponsor a fundraiser during Owen High School’s homecoming, Friday, Oct. 6. Come eat with Hand in Hand before the game and support Hand in Hand as it supports students in the Swannanoa Valley. The meal will be homemade chili or soup, cornbread, crackers, dessert and drink. Serving time is 4-7 p.m. at Grovestone Baptist Church.

Swannanoa Community Yard Sale is Saturday

Swannanoa’s popular community yard sale is Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Ingles parking lot at 2299 U.S. 70 in Swannanoa.

Vendors can still reserve a 10- by 10-foot space ($10) by contacting (828) 581-9131 or to reserve a 10’ x 10’ space for $10. For more, visit

Because you can never have too many books

The Black Mountain Friends of the Library Book Sale happens Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the library's education room. The sale will feature thousands of books, including many for children and homeschoolers.  Featured this year will be hundreds of vinyl albums, primarily opera and classical, in superb condition.

A Friends Membership Soiree on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for FOL members will feature refreshments and prize giveaways, including a $40 gift certificate to the Red Radish.  Members will be allowed to shop the book sale early.  Membership forms will be available for those who would like to join that evening ($15). For more, email

Library groups talks about "Devil in a Blue Dress"

The Friends of the Black Mountain Library offers the third in its “Let’s Talk About It” book series on Monday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The series, focusing on mysteries, continues with a discussion of "Devil in a Blue Dress" by Walter Mosley. Visiting scholar Julie Cantner will provide background information to enhance understanding of the book and its meaning.

Several copies of the book will be available for check out at the Black Mountain Library for participants in this program. To reserve a copy and register for the program, stop by the library. The program is free.

The series will continue with a program featuring a different book and visiting scholar every two weeks until Nov. 6. Programs are held in the Education Room of the Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St. For more, email

Duplicate bridge group posts results from Sept. 26

 The Lake Tomahawk Duplicate Bridge Group played at the Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain on Sept. 26 and had a great time.

 Coming in first were Jackie McNeese and Bill Anixter. Coming in second were Ron Gibson and David Hirsch. Coming in third were Elizabeth Lovejoy and Ed Zawaki. If you would like to join in, whether you are local or from out of town, email for information.

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Animal Haven of Asheville holds its fall fundraiser

Join Animal Haven of Asheville from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 for its annual fundraiser at its 10-acre sanctuary. Raise a glass and raise some money for the animals while enjoying live music by Southern Style Band. There will be a silent auction, craft beers, wine, vegan barbecue and side dishes. Tickets are $20 (children 12 and under are free). Visit the 80-plus animals at the sanctuary and shop at Animal Haven's thrift store. All proceeds benefit the animals at the sanctuary at 65 Lower Grassy Branch Road in East Asheville. Call 828-299-1635 for more.