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LOCAL BRIEFS: Swing Band, Bookfest,

Jerry Zink is a trombone player, band leader and emcee. Jerry Zink is a trombone player, band leader and emcee.

Here are happenings this weekend and other community events.



Swing Band plays Saturday

Music of the Big Band Era will fill the auditorium of Hendersonville High School on Saturday when the Hendersonville Swing Band plays its 13th annual concert in support of Kiwanis Club scholarships.

This year the band will play a total of 14 numbers from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s with band leader Jerry Zink keeping the program lively with jokes and energizing patter. The show is at 3 p.m.
The show features trumpeter Jim Lane on “The Man with the Horn” and alto saxophonist Tim Meadows on “In a Sentimental Mood”. The spotlight will be on the entire trombone section of the band for “Darn That Dream”. The concert will also include “Back in Your Own Backyard, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Stella by Starlight, Sentimental Journey,” and the lively Joe Garland number “Leap Frog.”
Proceeds go to the Morris Kaplan Kiwanis Scholarships, which are awarded to Henderson County high school seniors with excellent academic records and financial need. Tickets for this year’s concert are $10 and are on sale from any member of the Kiwanis Club and at the Hendersonville Lightning, 1111 Asheville Highway (across from Walgreen’s). Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the concert.

Blue Ridge Bookfest

More than 40 local authors will be on hand to sign books during the Blue Ridge Bookfest today and Saturday at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at BRCC.
Admission is free except for a Friday reception featuring Joe Galloway, author of We Were Soldiers Once and Young ($25) and a Saturday box lunch with a panel discussion on “Examining the Legacy of the Vietnam War through Literature” ($10).


Playhouse poppies will benefit veterans

Flat Rock Playhouse is joining organizations throughout the world in memorializing the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI in 2018 with the Playhouse Poppy Project.
The Flat Rock Playhouse Master Gardeners have fashioned beautiful poppies out of recycled vinyl records with stems made of cork. The poppies will be placed on the lot at Flat Rock Playhouse. Once a donation in the amount of $25 has been made in the name of any member of the armed forces – past or present – the name of this person will be written on the decorative poppy and then “planted” in a dedicated memorial bed in the Playhouse gardens. All proceeds will directly benefit the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville.
Operated by the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, the Veterans Restoration Quarters is a local shelter for homeless male veterans that offers housing, meals and a variety of other facilities and services including a comprehensive vocational training program.
The Playhouse Poppy Project will continue through Nov. 11, 2018, the 100-year anniversary year of the Armistice that ended WWI.
Those wishing to participate in the Playhouse Poppy Project may make a donation in person at the Flat Rock Playhouse box office in Flat Rock and downtown or call 828.693.0731 to make a donation over the phone.
LSU Alumni holding crawfish boil
The WNC chapter of the LSU Alumni Association will hold a crawfish boil from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Land of the Sky Shrine Club in Swannanoa.
Local craft beer, sodas and bottled water will be provided. Hot dogs and jambalaya will also be provided. Please bring folding chairs/camping chairs, a side dish or dessert.
From I-40 take exit 55, go to stop light, turn right on to Hwy. 70, turn right on Jim’s Branch Road, turn left on the first road on the left and go up the hill to the Shrine Club, 39 Spring Cove Road, Swannanoa. Cost is $35. Admission is free for children. RSVP by April 27 to Bill Oglesby at or 828.299.8855.

AWAKE service announces speakers

Richard Rhodes, who leads revivals in churches, prisons and other venues, will speak at the AWAKE service at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church, 600 N. Grove St., at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. The speaker on May 1 will be Steve Harris, strategy coordinator in the Blue Ridge area for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He will discuss the “Power of Prayer Walking” and plans to organize prayer walks in the region for the National Day of Prayer.

AWAKE is a weekly series of worship, teaching, prayer and ministry focusing on spiritual awakening. The public is invited and there is no charge. For more information visit or call the church office at (828) 692-3211.

Credit union offers $500 scholarships

Self-Help Credit Union will award a $500 scholarship to students active in their community. With 19 branches, Self-Help expects to award $9,500.
Students will be judged on their proven commitment to community service through leadership or volunteer activities. All students enrolled or planning to enroll in a postsecondary college or vocational school are eligible to apply. Applications require a 300-word essay and are available at your local branch and at and
Applications are due in a Self-Help Credit Union branch by close of business Monday, May 4. Local branches are at 855 Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville and 5565 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher.