Washburn Community Outreach Center Thrift Store: Stocked with Fall/Winter clothing, Christmas decorations on display. Open Thurs.- Sat., 9am-2pm. Food pantry available for Rutherford County residents, 9:30am-1:30pm. 2934 Piney Mountain Church Rd, Bostic. 828-245-5603.
Community Event: Dancing in Rutherfordton every Sunday, 6-8pm. Country and Rock 'n' Roll music. Info, 828-692-1162.
New AA Meeting: Sundays, 11:30am. Rectory of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Bat Cave.
Operation Santa Paws: Help Brother Wolf Animal Rescue! Donate pet related items to Haynes Library from now until Dec. 30. 2669 Hwy. 221A, Mooresboro. 828-288-4039.
Holiday Concert: Handel's Messiah at Ambassador Baptist College, Fri. Dec. 1, & Sat. Dec. 2, 7pm. Doors open each night at 6:15pm. 101 Stockton Street, Lattimore. Info, 704-434-0303 or visit www.ambassadors.edu
Union Mills Learning Center Presents: Indebted and The Parton Young'uns, Fri. Dec. 1, $5 meal at 6pm and singing at 7pm. Door prizes will be given, we will also be taking non-perishable food items for a family at Christmas.
Town of Rutherfordton-Spindale Christmas Parade: Sat. Dec. 2. Spindale Parade at 3:30pm, Rutherfordton Parade at 5pm. Also enjoy many decorated store live window displays along Main Street. Rutherfordton Tree Lighting and Jazz concert at 6pm.
Chase Corner Ministries Thrift Store: Declining Bag Sale, Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 4-7, $4, $3, $2, & $1. We provide the bag, you stuff it with clothes & shoes. Proceeds go back into the ministry of helping your neighbor in need. 1604 Chase High Rd, Forest City, across from Chase High School.
Depression and Anxiety Support Group: meeting every Tuesday starting December 5th at the Cleveland County Memorial Library, 6-7pm. For details please visit www.depressionanxietysupport.com
Hospice In Need of Items: Trash bags, laundry detergent, cleaning products dish detergent, Lysol spray, liquid hand soap, paper towels, Kleenex tissue, toilet tissue, etc. Info: 828-245-0095.
Grace of God Rescue Mission 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.
Chase Corner Ministries Needs: plastic grocery bags, canned meat, vegetables and fruits, spaghetti & sauce, soups & crackers, rice, dried beans, mac-n-cheese, spaghetti o's, toiletry items, and volunteers. Open M-F, 8:30am-2:30pm. 1604 Chase High Rd., Forest City. 828-247-0096.
Advanced Care Planning: Sessions consist of a private consult to understand the purpose and use of living wills and health care powers of attorney. Free Sessions. Call Joey Revis at Hospice of Rutherford County 828-245-0095 to schedule an appt.
Are You Ok Phone Reassurance Program: Designed to check on senior citizens & help them 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: Program established for the purpose of obtaining info about criminal activity & fugitive felons. Have information about a crime? Report is anonymously. Your info could get you a cash reward. Crime Stoppers, 828-286-8477.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Weekly meetings: Monday 7pm women's meeting, Thursday 7pm open meeting. 1st Presbyterian Church; 438 West Main St., Forest City.
Al-A-Non Family Groups: Patience AFG: Mondays, 7pm at Rutherford UMC. 828-288-2767. Lake Lure AFG; Tuesdays, 7:30pm at Mountains Branch Library. 828-748-8583. www.al-anon.alateen.org
Support Group: Parents as Leaders (PALS) a parent and family support group of pre-school aged children, meets weekly to discuss issues, concerns and the joys of raising young children. 828-286-3901.
Domestic Violence Education/Support Group meets every Tuesday, 6-8pm. If you have ever been abused physically or mentally, or you never want to be abused, please come meet with us. Call Dr. Johnnie Martin for more info & meeting place, 828-286-9590.
Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group Meeting: Last Thursday of every month 4pm at Willow Ridge Rehab & Living Center; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. 828-286-7200.
HOPE Grief Support Group: Free support group for any adult who has lost a loved one. Offered at the Hospice Annette Cash Whitaker Center of Living, 374 Hudlow Road, Forest City. 828-245-0095.
Pink Ladies Support Group: 1st Monday of each month, 5-6:30pm at Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center; for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. 828-245-4596.
Rutherford Family Support Group: Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6pm. Crawford Building; Rutherford Regional. Info: 2-1-1, ask A/B Group.
A.B.B.A. Anorexics, Bulimics, and Bingers Anonymous: Meetings held each month 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 1-4pm at Tanners Grove UMC. Sharon, 828-245-1983 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GWRRA NC CHAPTER NC P-2: Meets monthly 2nd Tuesday at The Shak in Forest City. Meal 6:30pm, meeting 7:30pm. Anyone interested in motorcycles is welcome, no matter the brand. Charlie Cook, 828-248-2754.
Grahamtown Community Center: Blessed are those who serve. The GTeam will be serving bags of food to those in need, every 2nd & 4th Thursday beginning at 4pm. First come, first serve. 129 First Street, Forest City. 828-229-3380.
Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregivers Support Group: Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm. Perry Moore House; Main St., Rutherfordton. 828-287-5475.
Stroke Support Group: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 3:30-5pm in the Crawford Building at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. 828-286-5509.
Isothermal Amateur Radio Club: Monthly meeting every 3rd Tuesday, 7pm at the County Annex Building on Main St., Rutherfordton. Don Whisnant, 828-453-1698 or Bob Cooley, 828-429-2924.
Veterans Meal: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5pm. Willow Ridge Rehab; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. 828-286-7200.
Sons of Confederate Veterans: Lt. William Corbitt Camp #525 monthly meeting every 3rd Friday, 7pm at the Rutherford County Annex Building; 289 N. Main St. Rutherfordton. Creighton Lovelace, 828-305-8654 or Gaither Harwood, 828-287-3412.
American Legion Post #74: Meetings on 4th Tuesday of each month; 2501 US 64/74A Hwy. Rutherfordton. Dinner at 6pm, meeting to follow. Also, Bingo every Thursday, doors open 6pm. Food available. Chuck Brooks, Commander, 828-287-1294.