Veterans of all ages Free Dinner, Tues. July 18, 5pm at Willow Ridge Rehab & Living Center; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. Please RSVP by July 17 to 828-286-7200. This is our way of saying thank you to those who have served and a chance to mingle with fellow soldiers. 828-286-7200.
Blood Drive, Tues. July 18, 12pm-3pm at Willow Ridge Rehab; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. All types needed. Call 828-286-7200 to schedule your appt.
Mobile Food Pantry, Wed. July 19, at The South Mountain Christian Camp; 1129 South Mountain Rd, Bostic. Any and all volunteers will be needed and greatly appreciated. Please call 828-245-5603 for further info. The food participants need to arrive early, between 6-8am and the volunteers need to arrive 8-9am. Hosted by The Washburn Community Outreach Center. Sponsored by Second Harvest of Metrolina.
Time to Grill, Fri. July 21, 11:30am-1:30pm at Willow Ridge Rehab & Living Center; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. This is an outreach event for the children of Rutherford County. 828-286-7200.
Willow Ridge Rehab & Rutherford County Veterans Feeding the Community; Donations will be given to families with children in need in Rutherford County. Collections will be distributed July 21. Items needed are canned goods, boxed items and 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.
Country Breakfast Buffet, Sat. July 22, 7am-10am at Whitehouse Community Center, 5408 Painters Gap Rd., Union Mills. Adults $6, kids 6-12 $3, under 6 free. Thank you for your support!
Paws of RC's Low Cost Spay and Neuter, Tues. July 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.
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. Visit: volunteerforgal.org to apply. Summer training session begins July 28.
Gathering School Supplies until July 31st. Items needed: Paper, pencils, erasers, kid scissors, pencil boxes, crayons, color pencils, pencil pouches for binders, 1" binders, rulers, 1 subject notebooks, pencil sharpeners, index cards. Drop off at Willow Ridge Rehab; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton.
Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregivers Support Group: meets on every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at the Perry Moore house on Main St., Rutherfordton. Free and open to all caregivers. 828-287-5475.
Stroke Support Group: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5pm in the Crawford Building (Auxiliary Room) at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. 828-286-5509.
Isothermal Amateur Radio Club: Monthly meeting every 3rd Tuesday at 7pm at the County Annex Building on Main St., Rutherfordton. Across the road from churches. Info, Don Whisnant, 828-453-1698 or Bob Cooley, 828-429-2924.
Coffee and Conversation: Every 3rd Thursday, monthly from 9-10:30am at the Rutherford County Veteran Service Office: 303 Fairground Rd., Spindale. If you have a topic of interest and would like to participate contact Beverly at 828-287-6185.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Washburn Community Outreach Center Thrift Store: Well stocked with Spring/Summer clothing. ALL clothing, men's, women's, & children's will be on sale for .25¢ each. Open Thurs.- Sat., July 13-15, 9am-2pm. Our food pantry is available for Rutherford County residents, 9:30am-1:30pm. 2934 Piney Mountain Church Rd, Bostic. 828-245-5603.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com or Donate at: www.pawsrc.org
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue: Pet Adoption Center & Thrift Store. Weekly Specials! All donations & purchases support the animals we rescue in Rutherford County. We take donations for Thrift Store. We need temporary foster homes & volunteers. 1366 US 221 Hwy. North, Rutherfordton (1 mile past RS Central High School). Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 828-287-7338.