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Rutherford County Guardian ad Litem needs volunteer advocates for children. Becoming a GAL child advocate is a volunteer opportunity like no other. You will help a child have a voice in the decisions affecting their future, while learning more about our local courts and family services. Being a child advocate for G.A.L. is challenging, rewarding, and has a real impact on a child's life. Volunteers have access to full-time staff support, an attorney advocate, annual training opportunities, and monthly support meetings with other volunteers. Please visit: volunteerforgal.org to apply. Summer training session begins July 28th, 2017.

Washburn Community Outreach Center Thrift Store: Well stocked with Spring/Summer clothing. ALL ladies clothing will be .50¢ each. Also, we have scrubs, stop in and check us out. Open Thurs.- Sat., June 29-July 1, 9am-2pm. Our food pantry is available for Rutherford County residents, 9:30am-1:30pm. 2934 Piney Mountain Church Rd, Bostic. 828-245-5603.

Casar's July 4th Celebration: Tues. July 4th, 10am-10pm at Casar Park; 137 Deviney St. Casar. Car Show, Chili Cook Off, Bounce House & Inflatable Water Slide, Games, Food, Watermelon Eating Contest, Fire Truck Sprays Kids, Fireworks at dark!

Gilkey 4th of July Celebration: Tues. July 4th, 4pm until. By Gilkey Ruritan and Gilkey School Community Center. Food, Games, Music, Tractor Show, and Fireworks! 217 Gilkey School Rd., Rutherfordton.

Freedom Fest: Free Community Event, Tues. July 4th at McNair Stadium, 10am-2pm. Contests, Games, Walking Parade & Music. Fireworks afterward. Info, 828-247-4430.

Buffet Breakfast, Sat. July 8, 7am-10am at Gilkey School Community Center; 217 Gilkey School Rd., Rutherfordton. Adults $6, kids 6-12 $3, kids 6 and under free. Anyone that would like to yard sale may do so at no charge.

Second Harvest Mobile Food Truck, Tues. July 11 at First Baptist Bostic; 188 E. Church St., Bostic. First come, first serve - should arrive around 8am. Food distributed around 10am. Call 828-247-0096 with questions. Rutherford county residents only and must qualify financially.

Paws of RC's Low Cost Spay and Neuter: Tues. July 11 & 25. Cats: $25. Dogs: $35. If they need a rabies vaccination: $10 charge. Call, 888-422-7303. Also collecting gently worn shoes. Drop off at Tractor Supply in Spindale or call 888-422-7303 to arrange pick up. Proceeds used in our spay and neuter program and the shoes will benefit those in impoverished countries.

Willow Ridge Rehab & Rutherford County Veterans Feeding the Community; Donations will be given to families with children in need in Rutherford County. Collections distributed July 21. Items needed: canned goods, boxed & non-perishable items. Drop off locations: Willow Ridge Rehab; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. Veterans Affairs Office: 303 Fairground Rd., Spindale and Bi-Lo in Rutherfordton.

Pink Ladies Support Group: 1st Monday of each month from 5pm to 6:30pm at Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center; for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. 828-245-4596.

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.

Sons of Confederate Veterans: The Polk Volunteers Camp # 919 meets on the 1st Tuesday monthly. Visitors wlecome. Membership open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces. For more info or questions e-mail James McGuin: commander@polkncscv.org

A.B.B.A. Anorexics, Bulimics, and Bingers Anonymous: Meetings held each month on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 1-4pm at the fellowship hall at Tanners Grove UMC. Info, call Sharon at 828-245-1983 or email: srkennedy@liberty.edu

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.

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 & 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: Program established for the purpose of obtaining info about criminal activity & fugitive felons. Have information about a crime? Report is anonymously. You do not have to reveal your name. 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

New AA Meeting: Sundays, 11:30am. Rectory of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Bat Cave.

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.

Domestic Violence Education/Support Group meets every Tuesday evening, 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.

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.

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

PAWS of Rutherford County: Bringing No-Kill to Rutherford County. Low Cost Spay/Neuter, Pet Re-Homing, Pet Food Pantry. Help us save lives by becoming a foster. (PAWS) Pets Are Worth Saving! Toll free, 1-888-422-7303. Email: pawsofrc@gmail.com or Donate at: www.pawsrc.org

Annual Coat Drive: Bring coats to the Gilkey School Community Center. Also taking Tobaggans, Gloves, Blankets, Sheets. For deliver or pickup, call Gail 828-287-4830, Hilda 828-287-5673 or Kay 828-286-1172. 217 Gilkey School Rd., Rutherfordton.

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