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Farmers Market-Columbus, NC.
Now Open! 8am-12pm at the Courthouse Square. Veggies, Breads, Meat & Eggs, Crafts. Keep It Local!

Substance Abuse Meeting
Every Wednesday 12:30-1:30pm at the Empowerment Center, located on First St. Forest City.

Relay for Life Book Sale
Held at Rutherford EMC; 186 Hudlow Rd., Forest City. Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm. Hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1. All proceeds benefit the Rutherford County Relay for Life. The sale will continue throughout the summer or until the books are sold.

Rutherfordton 225th Anniversary Celebration
Rutherford County’s county seat, the education subcommittee is looking for pictures and/ or info regarding any schools that have existed in Rutherford County, particularly the earliest schools. If you have info or pictures, please contact Phillip White at 828-657-6139 or Robin Salicki at: rsalicki@rcsnc.org or 828-305-8666.

Talent Show
S.D.O Volunteer Fire Dept. is hosting its very first talent show. Held at Bethany Baptist Church on Aug. 18. For sign up and more info, please call Heather Green @ 828-447-0537. Open to everyone.

ICC Classes In May
•Introduction to Quickbooks •Notary Public •NC Concealed Carry Handgun Certification •Yoga. To register, or for more info: 828-286-3636 ext. 346, or visit www.isothermal.edu/learnstuff

Blood Drives
•Wed. May 23, 3pm-7:30pm @ Concord Baptist Church (720 Old Hwy. 74; Bostic) Please call Kim Jones at 828-245-6130 for appt. •Sat. May 26, 7:30am-12pm @ Cliffside Masonic Lodge (Old Main St.  Cliffside) Please call Wayne Millis at 828-429-0212 for appt.

Spindale Goat Festival May 18 & 19
Festival opens Fri. May 18th, 3pm-10pm. Main Street Goat Parade at 7pm, music, fun, vendors, drum circle & fire from 8:30-10pm. Sat. May 19th, 9am-6pm enjoy the ADGA Dairy Goat Show, Goat cheese, Goat milk ice cream, LOTS of music, Jack Roper’s Comedy Magic Show, entertainment, Bee Club Demos, dancing, water play and the Spindale Splatter!

Memorial Day Service
Sun. May 27, 2:30pm, public is invited. Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery; 1743 Chase High Rd.

Golden Nights
Street music, shops open and other activities in downtown Rutherfordton the third Friday of the month starting Fri. May 18, 6-9pm. Sponsored by RTR.

Pilot Club - Lights of Love
The Pilot Club of Rutherford County will present Lights of Love around the lake at ICC on Sat. May 19, beginning at dusk. Individualized luminaries may be purchased from any Pilot Club member for $2 in Honor or Memory of a family member, friend, team, graduate, anniversary, new baby, etc.  Info or to order, phone Donna Ohmstead 828-429-0258.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Sat. May 19, 4pm-7:30pm at Bill’s Creek Community Center for Linda Powell to help defray medical cost. Info: 828-625-5517.

VFW Post 5204 Membership Drive
Any military person who served overseas during a war, any wife, son or daughter is also welcome to join. Anyone interested in joining please come to our next meeting Tues. May 22, 6PM. You may also come to our bingo on any Thursday night starting at 6PM and talk to the Commander Larry Greene or any VFW member. We would like to see everyone come, young and old, and join a great organization. Located: Withrow Rd., Forest City.

NAMI Rutherford/Cleveland
Education Forum Tues. May 22, 7:15pm @ Henderson Care Center; 125 Henderson Circle Forest City. Speaker: Thomas LaBreche, Psychologist. Topic: Handling Stress. 704-434-5166.

Mooneyham Public Library
Book Sale May 24th & 25th, from 9am-3pm. The book sale will be held in the basement of the Library with parking and entrance in the back.

Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis
Great Strides 2012 - Sat. May 26th at Isothermal Community College. Check in 9am, walk starts at 10am. Form a team and walk to support and honor the children and young adults who have lost their battle and those who continue to fight cystic fibrosis. Info: www.cff.org/great_strides

Union Mills Learning Center
Music at the Mills on Fri. May 18, 7pm. Featuring; The Rash Family & Homegrown Music. Food 6pm. Vendors welcome.

Fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children Hospital
The Anchor Club is having their 2nd Annual Talent Show at East Rutherford High School Thurs. May 17, 6:30pm. Michael Jackson dance enthusiast and tribute artist, “MJ” Milam, will be performing.

Rutherford County Chapter of the NAACP
Meeting at Wells Springs United Methodist Church, Forest City on Thurs. May 17. 6pm. All are invited to attend. The Chapter meets every 3rd Thursday of each month.

ICC Classes
May 17-July 26. Telemarketing Skills for the Workplace. Learn telemarketing and phone techniques, customer service skills and how to create a resume. •May 17-Aug. 9. Computer Technology Skills for Job Seekers. Come learn basic computer skills, how to create a resume and learn job search skills to be successful in your next career. Call 828-286-3636, ext. 344 or 346, to pre-register.

The Community Empowerment Resource Center
Ever dreamed of running your own business? Find out more by attending an Information Session on Mon. June 4, 1pm-2pm. 129 First St. Forest City. Info: 828-247-4142.

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. 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 is anonymously. You do not have to reveal your name. Your information 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.

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.

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.

Stainless Ministries
Food Distribution every Monday from 9am-1pm at the Old Dunbar Community Center.

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.

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