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Blood Drives
•Fri. Mar. 9, 10am-2:30pm @ Lowe’s (184 Lowe’s Blvd.; Forest City) Please call Ashley Loaces @ 828-351-1023 for appt. •Mon. Mar, 16, 2pm-7:30pm @ RS Middle School (405 Charlotte Road; Rutherfordton) Please call 828-286-4461 for appt. •Mon. Mar. 19, 1pm-5:30pm @ American Red Cross Chapter (838 Oakland Rd; Forest City) Please call Eric Kehres at 828-989-3126 for appt. •Sat. Mar. 24, 7:30am-12pm @ Cliffside Masonic Lodge (Old Main St; Cliffside) Please call 828-245-7606 for appt.

Gilkey Chain Gang
Meets Saturdays from 2-3:30pm at Gilkey School Community Center (this is the old Gilkey Elementary School)If you love to crochet, or love to knit, or you want to learn. All ages are welcome. Free. Bring a crochet hook or knitting needles and yarn. Info 828-289-2563.

The Military Order of Purple Heart
Is starting a chapter in the Forest City, NC area and is seeking all veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard who has been combat wounded in America’s wars and have received the Purple Heart medal. For info or to join, write or call Peter Meletis; 1007 Briarcliff Rd., Mooresville, NC 28115, 704-664-7766 or write Bailey Gillespie; POB 365 Spindale, NC 28160.

Helping Hands Food Pantry
Helping those in need of food in Rutherford County. Call for schedule of give away 828-287-2207. Operated through prayer, volunteers & donations. 225 West Main St. Spindale, NC.

Customer Appreciation Day
Friday March 16, 10am-4pm @ the Habitat ReStore; 686 West Main Street, Forest City. Come by and enjoy punch and cupcakes.

Spring for Free
Guided Hikes: Hickory Nut Falls Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24 & 31; 1-2pm. No additional cost with paid Park admission.

Country Ham Supper 
March 3, 4pm-8pm. Sponsored by Cane Creek Communtiy Club (Hwy. 64). Proceeds for Cane Creek Community Club building fund and Cane Creek Baptist Church.

Music at the Mills
Fri. March 9th. Featuring: Four Wheel Cab Company and Medicine Show & Homegrown. Music at 7PM. Supper begins at 6PM. Union Mills Learning Center.

Support Group Meeting
The first meeting of a support group for people with HIV/AIDS will be held Thurs. March 15, 7-8pm at Thera-ssage. Partners are welcome to attend. Suite #3, located at 431 South Main St. in Rutherfordton.

Forest City Lions Club
Is sponsoring a BBQ Sat. March 17, 4pm-7pm at First Baptist Church; W. Main St. Forest City. Adults $8.50, kids $4, under 6 free. Bag lunch also available, 11am-2pm, $5. Catered by “Just Friends BBQ”.

Spring Garden School
Sat. Mar. 10, 8:25am-12:30pm at Rutherford County Extension Center. Registration deadline is Fri. March 2, $5 registration fee. Pre-registration is required to attend. Sponsored by the Rutherford County Extension Center and the Rutherford County Master Gardener Volunteers. 193 Callahan-Koon Rd., Spindale. 828-287-6011.

Fish/BBQ Plate Sale
March 10th, 10am until at Sunbeam Masonic Lodge #46; behind Gold Hill Baptist Church and directly beside RS Central.

Harris High School Alumni & Friends Breakfast
Tues. March 13, 9am at Turner’s Restaurant, (Back Dining Room) Chesnee, SC. All are welcome, Dutch treat. Please RSVP by Sun. 3/11/12. To RSVP or for more info contact Joan at 828-245-2658 or gerjoj@aol.com

StoreHouse Pantry
Indoor Yard Sale Fri. & Sat. March 9th & 10th, 8am-4pm. Located at the Tri-City Mall, Forest City. Proceeds for food pantry. Lots of good bargains. Clothing, household, wide variety of items.

KidSenses events
•Fri. Mar. 9: Foam Frenzy, 5:30pm-8pm! Join us for a night full of fun and foam! •Sat. Mar. 10, Face Paint Fun, 11:30am-2pm.Talented and accredited face painter, Terra Fender from Bella Rouge Designs, will be in the museum.

Rutherford Outdoor Coalition
Equestrian Division, in conjunction with Lynn Brown of Transitions is providing a one day, hands-on safety clinic Sat. March 17, 10am-3:30pm, held at Transitions, located at 3184 Polk County Line Rd., Rutherfordton. Rain date: March 24. Registration: 828-447-9600. Proceeds to benefit ROC-ED trail building efforts in Rutherford County.

Spaghetti Dinner
Sat. March 10, 4pm until. Cost—donation, all proceeds go toward sending youth of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church to missions camp. Green Hill School Community Center; 2501 US 64-74A Hwy. Rutherfordton.  

Hospice In Need of Items
Trash bags, laundry & dish detergent, cleaning products, Lysol, liquid hand soap, paper towels, Kleenex, toilet tissue, etc. Info: 828-245-0095.

Grace of God Needed Items
Sectional plates, bowls, plastic forks & spoons, cups, napkins, paper towels, gallon canned foods, personal hygiene items, coffee, sugar & cleaning items. 828-245-9141.

Substance Abuse Meeting
Christian 12 step Open Arms support meeting every Wednesday 12:30-1:30pm @ Community Empowerment Building; 129 First St. Forest City. 828-305-1280.

Are You Ok Phone Reassurance Program
Designed to check on senior citizens & help them & their family have peace of mind. Program provides a knowledge that someone cares and will check on them daily. No cost for this program. Contact Lt. Godlock 828-287-6395, Rutherford Co. Sheriff Office.

Crime Stoppers of Rutherford County
Is a program established for the purpose of obtaining information about criminal activity & fugitive felons. Have information about a crime? Report anonymously. Your info could get you a cash reward. Crime Stoppers 828-286-8477.

Bingo at the VFW
Every Thursday night at 6PM. Refreshments & food are available for purchase. The top prize for the last game is $500. Proceeds from bingo benefit veterans in the surrounding communities. Located on Withrow Road. Forest City.

Stop Smoking Now
Free stop smoking classes are offered at Rutherford Regional Cancer Resource Center on Monday evenings from 4-5pm. For more info or to register; 828-245-4596.

The American Legion Post 423
We now have a charter for “Sons of American Legion”! Meets 1st Monday of every month at the Legion Building located on Boss Moore Rd., Caroleen. Supper at 6pm, meeting at 7pm. Info: Johnny Lowery 828-657-6145.

ICC Classes in March
•Real Estate Broker Pre-Licensing •Floral Arranging for Spring Holidays •Beach Bound Shagging Class •Digital Photography for Beginners •Fitness Swim/Swim Exercise •Introduction to Rock Guitar •Composting & Vermicomposting •Getting Paid to Talk- Voice Over class •Resistance Training to Enhance Metabolism •Pathways to Courage •Cake Decorating- Beginner •Program & Service Evaluation for Non-Profits •Millifoire Art for Spring •Aging Gracefully-Exercise •NC Concealed Carry Handgun Class •Forensics: Real Science VS Hollywood •T’ai Chi Chih •Zumba •Beginning Spanish II •Technology Tutoring •Yoga •Getting Creative w/Natural Paper. To register or for info 828-286-3636 ext. 346 or www.isothermal.edu/learnstuff

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