Thursday, September 20
What: ecoExplore (See it. Snap it. Share it.)
When: Sept. 20, 4pm
Where: Mountains Branch Library, 150 Bill's Creek Road, Lake Lure
More Info: Ages 5 to 13, but all ages are welcome to attend. 828-287-6392.
What: The Town of Forest City celebrates the World Equestrian Games with a free concert!
When: Sept. 20, 7pm-9pm. We welcome local favorite Ol' 74 Jazz Band!
Where: Concert in grassy area across from Family Video- Main Street, Forest City.
More Info: Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us in!
What: Blood Drive
When: Sept. 20, 10am-2pm
Where: Spindale House - Upstairs Meeting Room, 125 Reveley St., Spindale
More Info: Give blood a& help save local lives!
Thurs.-Sat., September 20-22
What: Colfax Free Fair,
When: Sept. 20-22
Where: Old Ellenboro School Fairground
More Info: 828-453-8185, exhibitor info 828-453-7768
What: Colfax Free Fair Car Show
When: Sept. 22, register 2-5pm, voting 3-5:30pm, judging 5-5:30, awards at 6pm
Where: Old Ellenboro School Ball Field
More Info: 828-453-8185
Monday, September 24
What: Support Group, Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) - Rutherford County Chapter Meeting
When: Mon. Sept. 24, 6-7:30pm
Where: Ellenboro Elementary School, 813 Piney Mountain Ch Rd, Ellenboro.
More Info: Join us for a presentation by Maryann Haskell, Family Partner with VAYA Health, on the services available through VAYA & how families may access them. 828-289-6671
Tuesday, September 25
What: Low Cost Spay and Neuter
When: Sept. 25
Where: PAWS of Rutherford County
More Info: Call to make appt, 888-422-7303
Thursday, September 27
What: Blood Drive
When: Sept. 27, 2-6:30pm
Where: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 250 Hudlow Rd., Forest City
More Info: Give blood & help save local lives!
What: Flowering Bridge Free Event: How to build a fire pit. Led by local craftsman Mark Hoek
When: Sept. 27, 10am
Where: Meet at West end of the bridge (Chimney Rock), Lake Lure
More Info: 828-625-2540
Saturday, September 29
What: 10th Anniversary Cruise-In
When: Sept. 29, 10am-4pm
Where: Bennett Classics; 241 Vance St. Forest City.
More Info: Free Vehicle Entry. Museum discounts, music, food, 50-50 raffle, Good Humor Ice Cream Truck. Partial proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. Little Detroit Chapter of the AACA invites you to join. 828-247-1767
What: Annual All Class Reunion and Community Event
When: Sept. 29, 3pm
Where: Gilkey School Community Center
More Info: Everyone welcome. Raffle drawing 6pm.
September 30 - October 5
What: Hope in the 'Boro
When: Sept. 30-Oct. 5, 6:30pm each night.
Where: Old Ellenboro School
More Info: Special music from our local churches and God anointed preaching by Dr. David Horton, President of Fruitland Baptist Bible College. Children's church for K-5th available for all who are interested.
Monday, October 1
What: Second Harvest Mobile Food Truck
When: October 1, arrive no later than 8am for the 10am distribution. First come, first serve.
Where: Race Path Baptist Church, 1171 Race Path Church Rd, Ellenboro
More Info: Must be Rutherford County resident & meet income requirements. Chase Corner Ministries, 828-247-0096.
Saturday, October 13
What: Cliffside Day Car Show
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, registration 8am-12pm, awards 2pm
Where: Presented by Cliffside Masonic Lodge #460
More Info: Breakfast served and Smoked BBQ lunch. 828-447-4602
Ever been a victim of Domestic Violence? Never want to be? You are invited to the Domestic Violence Education/Support Meetings which meet the first Tuesday of every month, 6-8pm, facilitated by Dr. Johnnie Martin. Call Sally Claroni, 828-245-1390 ext. 104 for location or more info. Women only, no charge. Support one another!
Chase Corner Ministries Needs: Canned meat, vegetables and fruits, pasta & sauce, soups & crackers, rice, dried beans, kid friendly items, mac-n-cheese, toiletry items. 1604 Chase High Rd., Forest City. 828-247-0096.
Rutherford County Farmers Market: Saturdays now thru October 27, 9am-1pm. Meet local farmers and artisans. Shop for flowers and plants from local nurseries, fruits and veggies, arts and crafts. 172 Depot Street, Forest City.
"Illuminate the Bridge" Installations: Stroll the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge after dark to view luminaries created by Lake Lure artists and bridge gardeners to celebrate the bridge's fifth anniversary.
Paws of Rutherford County: Offers low cost spay and neuter twice every month. Free pet food and dog houses for those in need. If you have a dog house you would like to donate, call. If you need to re-home your pet or have a litter of puppies, we may be able to help. Please check with us before taking the to Animal Control. In need of fosters. 888-422-7303, leave message.
Coffee and Conversation: Coffee Social for Veterans every 3rd Thursday monthly, 9am-10:30am. Coffee, treats, conversation and a good time. Rutherford County Veteran Service Office, 303 Fairground Rd, Spindale. Info, Susan 828-287-6185.
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.
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.
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.
Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregivers Support Group: Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm. Perry Moore House; Main St., Rutherfordton. 828-287-5475.
Veterans Clothing Center and Meet & Greet Coffee: Free! 1st Monday of the month, 10am-1pm. Snacks provided. American Legion Post 74, 2501 US 64/74A Hwy. Rutherfordton.
Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group: Meetings last Thursday of every month 4pm at Willow Ridge Rehab; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. 828-286-7200.
NAMI South Mountains NC (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Weekly Family Support Group every Tuesday at 5:30pm. NAMI P.E.A.C.E. Community Center, located at 124 S. Powell St., Suite D, Forest City. This group is for those who have family members who are dealing with mental illness.
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.