Washburn Community Outreach Center Thrift Store: Stocked with Spring/Summer clothing. Formal Dress Sale, $10 ea. Thurs.-Sat. 9am-2pm. Food pantry for Rutherford County residents, 9:30am-1:30pm. 2934 Piney Mountain Ch Rd, Bostic. 828-245-5603.
Paws of Rutherford County: Offering Free Spay & Neuter for Rutherford County Pitt Bulls, Pitt mixes & other Bully breeds. 2 dates every month. Free pet food & dog houses for those in need. If you have any dog houses you would like to donate please call. If you need to re-home your pet or have a litter of puppies, we may be able to help you. 888-422-7303, leave message.
Flowering Bridge Free Events: April 12, 10am, Photographing in Nature & the Garden- Learning the Basics, Lake Lure Town Hall (back entrance); April 17, 10am, Photographing in Nature & the Garden- Shooting on the Bridge, meet at lion fountain on bridge; April 26, 10am, Gardening & Feeding to Attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, Town Hall. 828-625-2540.
Blood Drives: •Fri. 4/13, 2:30-7pm. Big Spring Baptist Ch; 534 Big Springs Baptist Ch Rd, Ellenboro. 828-245-5061. •Sat. 4/14, 7:30am-12pm at Cliffside Masonic Lodge; Old Main St., Cliffside. 828-429-0212. •Tues. 4/24, 8am-1:15pm at RS Central High School; 641 US 221 Rutherfordton. •Tues. 4/24, 2-6pm at Gilkey School Community Ctr; 217 Gilkey School, Rutherfordton. 828-287-5673. •Mon. 4/30, 3-7:30pm at Ellenboro Fire Dept; 175 Depot St., Ellenboro. 828-453-8141.
Spaghetti Dinner: a Senior Project, Sat. April 14, 4-7pm. Tickets $10. Long Branch Road Baptist Church. Proceeds go to local Police Departments. Info: Misty Roach 254-383-5061.
VFD Benefit: Bill's Creek Community Auxiliary Yard Sale, Sat. April 14, 7am-2pm. 1118 Bill's Creek Rd, Lake Lure. Breakfast, lunch, bake sale. 828-625-5517.
Buffet Breakfast: Sat. April 14, 7am-10am at Gilkey School Community Center. Adults $6, kids 6-12 $3, 5 & under free. Proceeds help Support the Community Center.
Game Days: Sat. April 14 & 28, 11am-2pm at Mountains Branch Library in Lake Lure. Come play some of our fun new board games. Popcorn provided! All ages. 828-287-6417.
Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon featuring fashions from April's Boutique, Mon. April 16, 12pm at Legends on the Lake Restaurant at Rumbling Bald Resort. Tickets, 828-625-2411. Sponsored by Fairfield Mountain Chapel Women of the Church as a fundraiser for local charities in Rutherford County.
Brother Wolf Community Volunteer Meeting: Mon. April 23, 6:30-7:30pm at Empire Gaming, 139 S Powell St., Forest City. Learn how you can get involved in animal rescue & make a difference. Maybe you would want to help with events/fundraising, fostering, volunteering, or sponsoring. However you want to help, we would love to have you!
Walk for Life: Hands of Hope for Life Pregnancy Center will have their Walk for Life, Sat. April 28, 10am. Rain or shine! It will begin & end at North Powell St., Forest City. The walk is under 2 miles. Registration 9am. Sponsor forms can be picked up at the center or on their Facebook page.
Hospice In Need of Items: Trash bags, laundry & dish detergent, cleaning products, Lysol, liquid hand soap, paper towels, Kleenex & toilet tissue. Info: 828-245-0095.
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, 9am-2pm. 1604 Chase High Rd., Forest City. 828-247-0096.
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.
Advanced Care Planning: Sessions consist of a private consult to understand the purpose & use of living wills & health care powers of attorney.Free. Joey Revis Hospice of Rutherford County 828-245-0095 for appt.
Are You Ok Phone Reassurance Program: Designed to check on senior citizens & help them have peace of mind. Provides a knowledge that someone cares and will check on them. No cost for program. Contact Lt. Godlock, 828-287-6395.
Crime Stoppers of Rutherford County: To obtain info about criminal activity & fugitive felons. Have info about a crime? You don't have to reveal your name. Could get you a cash reward. Crime Stoppers, 828-286-8477.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Monday 7pm women's meeting, Thursday 7pm open meeting. 1st Presbyterian Church; 438 W Main St., Forest City.
New AA Meeting: Sundays, 11:30am. Rectory of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Bat Cave.
Al-A-Non Family Groups: Patience AFG: Mondays, 7pm Rutherford UMC. 828-288-2767. Lake Lure AFG; Tuesdays 7:30pm Mountains Branch Library. 828-748-8583. www.al-anon.alateen.org
Support Group: Parents as Leaders (PALS) a parent & family support group of pre-school aged kids, meets weekly to discuss issues, concerns & the joys of raising kids. 828-286-3901.
Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group: Meetings last Thursday of every month 4pm at Willow Ridge Rehab; 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.
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.
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.
Sons of Confederate Veterans: Lt. William Corbitt Camp 525 invites you to visit with us every 3rd Friday at the County Annex Bldg., 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton to learn the truth about the Civil War and the Confederacy. Over 2000 men voluntarily left their homes here in Rutherford County to sign up and fight. Meet at 6:30pm for refreshments and 7pm for the meeting. For more details Contact Commander C.L. Lovelace at 828-305-8654 or Adjutant G.W. Harwood at 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.
DAV, Chapter #25: Welcomes all veterans to attend our monthly meetings held the 2nd Monday of each month. Potluck Dinner is provided 6pm, meeting at 7pm. 828-288-1595. National Guard Armory; Withrow Rd, Forest City.
Veterans Clothing Center: Free! First Monday of the month, 10am-1pm. Snacks provided. American Legion Post 74; 2501 US 64/74A Hwy. Rutherfordton.
NAMI South Mountains NC (National Alliance on Mental Illness) •Tuesdays 6pm. Family Support Group and Connections Group. •Grief Recovery Group •Creative Expressions Group. Visit: namirutherfordclevelandburke.org for other events/classes or our Facebook page NAMI Rutherford-Cleveland. 828-771-6305. 124 S. Powell Street, Suite D, Forest City.
Veterans Meal: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 5pm. Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. 828-286-7200.