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Meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at The Shak in Forest City, eat at 6:30pm, meet at 7:30pm. Anyone interested in motorcycles is welcome, no matter the brand. Contact 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.

MED instead of Meds - for better health

Tues. March 14. Featuring the Mediterranean-style of eating. Free to Attend, pre-registration required 1 week prior to each session. Small taste samples and recipes provided in each session. Designed to fit a working schedule - it's fine to bring your lunch! Find all sessions on: rutherford.ces.ncsu.edu

Washburn Community Outreach Center

Great Price Reduction on all clothing. Every piece of clothing will only be .50¢. Come by and help us empty our clothing racks in preparation for our Spring/Summer display. Open Thurs.-Sat., March 9-11, 9am-2pm. Our food pantry will be available for Rutherford County residents from 9:30am-1:30pm. 2934 Piney Mountain Church Rd, Bostic.

Country Ham & Chicken Pie Supper

Sat. March 11, 4:30-6:30pm at Mt. Vernon Community Clubhouse, located across from Mt. Vernon Ruth School on Hudlow Road. Adults $9, kids 6-12 $5, kids 5 and under free. Fund raiser for Clubhouse.

4H Bake Sale

Sat. March 11, 1-3pm at Tractor Supply, Forest City. Come support these terrific local kids who belong to the Betsy Ross 4H Club. Homemade cookies, cakes, pies, truffles, gluten free items, quality and variety will amaze you! 828-287-6010.

Buffet Breakfast

The Gilkey School Community Center March 11, 7am-10am. Adults $6, kids 6-12 $3, kids 5 and under Free. Proceeds goes to help Support the Community Center. 217 Gilkey School Road, Rutherfordton.

Blood Drive

Mon. March 13, 11am-3pm at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. To schedule an appt call 1-800-733-2767. Please bring photo ID. Walk-ins welcome!

Paws of Rutherford County

Two Low Cost Spay and Neuter Transports, Tues. March. 14 & 28. Pits & Pit mixes will be fixed for FREE as long as funds are available! Other breed dogs are $35 and cats are $25. For Veterans or those on Public Assistance, please call us for other financial options. If your pet needs a rabies vaccine, the cost will be an additional $10. It is mandatory that your pet be updated on all basic core vaccines one week before transport or they will be ineligible to go. You can either get these vaccines through your vet or by purchasing them at Tractor Supply and administering them yourselves. Please call 888-422-7303, select option 2, leave your name/number, and a volunteer will return your call to schedule your pet. Thank you for being a responsible pet owner.

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.

Chase Corner Ministries

Second Harvest Mobile Food Truck, Tues. March 14, 10am at Mountain Creek Baptist Church; 710 Mountain Creek Rd, Rutherfordton, (Gilkey area). Arrive Early, first come-first served. Rutherford County residents only. Currently, we are in need of canned meat like tuna or salmon, chicken, spam, potted meat/vienna sausages, ham, etc. We are located across from Chase High School. 828-247-0096. Check us out on Facebook for up-to-date announcements!

Friends of Agriculture Breakfast

Wed. March 15. Each breakfast features a speaker on areas of interest to our community of farmers, gardeners, and food enthusiasts. This month will feature a presentation from Alex Arnold, Project Coordinator with Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council. Arnold will discuss the Energy Cost-Share Assistance Program and funding available for farm and small business energy projects. Don't forget our community members in need! Donations of canned foods will be collected at this event to benefit the clients of Thermal Belt Outreach Ministries. This is a free event held at the 4-H Building, 135 Locust St., Columbus, NC.

American Cancer Society: Relay for Life Survivor Dinner, Thurs. March 16, 6pm at Florence Baptist Church, RSVP by March 10 to Tracy at 828-691-0474. Rutherford County Relay for Life 2017, April 1, 4pm-10pm at Charles Summey Park. For more info contact Caroline at Caroline.Wheless@cancer.org

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

Lighthouse Haven Men's Homeless Shelter

Needed Items: Cups, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, sugar, creamer, coffee, cleaning items, personal hygiene items, canned food. 199 W. Main St., Spindale. 828-755-5986.

Sisters In Christ Ministry

In Need of: volunteers, latex gloves, hand sanitizer, donations, meats, paper products, personal hygiene, baby items, laundry detergents, cleaning supplies, clothes, socks, linens, pillows, firewood, handyman. 828-395-0705. 514 East Main St., Spindale.

Chase Corner Ministries

Needs: Canned meat, fruit, and veggies, spaghetti & sauce, soup & crackers, rice and dried beans, and toiletry needs such as: toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and laundry detergent.

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. Report anonymously. Could get 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. Providing support for recovery for 80 years!

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

Advance 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.

American Legion Bingo: Every Thursday, doors open at 6pm. 2501 US 64/74A Hwy. Rutherfordton. Food concession available.

Domestic Violence Education/Support Group meets every Tues evening, 6-8pm. If you have ever been abused physically or mentally, or you never want to be abused, please come meet with us! We learn together using a great curriculum and fun activities, and have informative guest speakers. Call Dr. Johnnie Martin for more info & meeting place, 828-286-9590.

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.

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 Rd., Forest City. 828-245-0095.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Pet Adoption Center & Thrift Store. All donations and purchases support the animals we rescue in Rutherford County. We take donations for Thrift Store. We need temporary foster homes & volunteers. New Spring items in store and lots of cats & dogs to cuddle with. 1366 US 221 Hwy. North, Rutherfordton (1 mile past RS Central High School). Mon.-Sat., 10-6. 828-287-7338.

Rutherford County Humane Society Thrift Shop

Open Wed. thru Sat., 10am-4pm. Proceeds benefit the Rutherford County Humane Society, a no-kill, non-profit 501(C)(3) animal rescue organization. We accept donations of food and bedding supplies for dogs/cats waiting to be adopted. Donations are tax deductible. 305 Buffalo Creek Rd., Lake Lure. 828-625-1042.

Low Cost Spay and Neuters

You can afford to have your pet spayed or neutered with our low cost program. Community Pet Center, 828-287-7738.

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