Washburn Community Outreach Center Thrift Store: Christmas decorations on display. Thurs.- Sat., 9am-2pm. Food pantry available for Rutherford County residents, 9:30am-1:30pm. 2934 Piney Mountain Church Rd, Bostic. 828-245-5603.
Caregiver Tips for the Holidays: For Alzheimer Patient Caregivers. Thurs. Nov. 9, 6pm at Rutherford County Library; 255 Callahan Koon Rd., Spindale. Free and no registration is required. Maria, 828-287-6118.
Harris Elementary School Fall Festival: Thurs. Nov. 9, 4-8pm. Games, Concessions, Bingo, Cake Walk, Face painting, Inflateables, raffle, food & more. 3330 US Hwy. 221S, Forest City. 828-248-2354.
Special Men's Prayer Breakfast Honoring All Veterans, Sat. Nov. 11, 8am at Pilgrims Way Baptist Church; 485 Hamilton Rd, Rutherfordton, off Hwy 64 in Greenhill. Pastor Wayne Stafford, 828-429-1616.
Country Ham and Chicken Pie Supper: Sat. Nov. 11, 4:30-6:30pm at Mt. Vernon Community Clubhouse, located across from Mt. Vernon Ruth School on Hudlow Road. Adults $9, age 6-12 $5, 5 and under free.
Buffet Breakfast: Sat. Nov.11, 7am-10am at the Gilkey School Community Center. Adults $6, kids 6-12 $3, 5 and under free. Proceeds help Support the Community Center. 217 Gilkey School Rd, Rutherfordton.
Paws of Rutherford County: Low Cost Spay and Neuter Transports, Tues. Nov. 14 & 28. Cats: $25. Dogs: $35. Rabies vaccine: $10. If you see a dog in need of dog food or a dog house, call and let us know. You will stay anonymous and help a dog in need. 888-422-7303 or Pawsrc.org
Surviving the Holidays Seminar: Sat. Nov. 18, 10am-12pm. Grace Chapel Foursquare Ch; 111 Mitchell St., Forest City. www.griefshare.org/holiday or 828-248-1635.
Rutherford County Toy Run: Sun. Nov. 19, 12:30pm. Meet at old K-Mart, next to Denny's. Depart at 1:30pm, ride will end at the National Guard Armory. Food served for all participants. If unable to attend, donations can be dropped off at House of Payne Cycle Works or any CCIB Member in form of toys or money. Hosted by: Prior Moose Lodge Members & CCIB.
Veterans of all ages: You are invited to join us for an early Thanksgiving Meal on Tues. Nov. 21, 5pm. Come and enjoy this meal with other Veterans in the community as well as our own. First responders encouraged to attend. RSVP by Mon. Nov. 20. Willow Ridge Rehab; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. 828-286-7200.
Community Thanksgiving Day Event: FREE MEAL & MORE! Thurs. Nov. 23, 9-11am at Cool Springs Gym; 400 W. Main St., Forest City. Free Giveaways: paper products, personal hygiene, canned goods and baby diapers. Sponsored By: Word Of Deliverance Assemblies, INC. R.O.T.W. Reaching Outside the Walls Ministries, Chesnee, SC. 864-461-7178.
Big Gospel Explosion: Sun. Nov. 26, 2pm at Legion Hut of Forest City. Free admission. Featuring groups from Forest City, Shelby, Marion, Gastonia, Spartanburg, Chesnee and Columbia. Special guest & MC Ricky Wilkerson. Presented by Big Dog Patterson and Music City Records Bo Whitesides.
Turkey Shoot: Sat. Nov. 25, 8-10am at The Gilkey School Community Center. Bring your 12gage gun. We will furnish the ammunition. Dale Smith, 828-287-4120 or Harry Deyton at 828-429-9075 for info. Gilkey School Rd., Rutherfordton.
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.
Chase Corner Ministries Needs: plastic grocery bags, canned meat, vegetables & fruits, spaghetti & sauce, soups & crackers, rice, dried beans, mac-n-cheese, spaghetti o's, toiletry items, & volunteers. Open M-F, 8:30am-2:30pm. 1604 Chase High Rd., Forest City. 828-247-0096.
Advanced Care Planning: Sessions consist of a private consult to understand the purpose & use of living wills & health care powers of attorney. Free. Call Joey Revis at Hospice of Rutherford Co 828-245-0095 for appt.
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? 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.
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 at Rutherford UMC. 828-288-2767. Lake Lure AFG; Tuesdays, 7:30pm at Mountains Branch Library. 828-748-8583. www.al-anon.alateen.org
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.
Domestic Violence Education/Support Group meets every Tuesday, 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.
Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group Meeting: Last Thursday of every month 4pm at Willow Ridge Rehab & Living Center; 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 Rd., Forest City. 828-245-0095.
Pink Ladies Support Group: 1st Monday of each month, 5-6:30pm at Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center; for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. 828-245-4596.
Rutherford Family Support Group: Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6pm. Crawford Building; Rutherford Regional. Info: 2-1-1, ask A/B Group.
A.B.B.A. Anorexics, Bulimics, and Bingers Anonymous: Meetings held each month 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 1-4pm at Tanners Grove UMC. Sharon, 828-245-1983 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Exercise Class for Parkinson's Disease: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 12:15pm-1pm. Space limited. St. Luke's Rehab; 101 Hospital Dr., Columbus, NC. 828-894-8419.
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.
Stroke Support Group: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 3:30-5pm in the Crawford Building at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. 828-286-5509.
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.
Veterans Meal: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5pm. Willow Ridge Rehab; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. 828-286-7200.
Let's Talk About It Book Club: Every 3rd Thursday at 5:30pm. Bring whatever you are reading currently. Open to everyone. Rutherford County Library; 255 Callahan Koon Rd., Spindale. 828-287-6115.
Family Story Time: Tuesdays, 10:30am Haynes Branch Library, Mooresboro. 828-288-4069. Wednesdays, 10:30am Rutherford County Library, Spindale. 828-287-6115. Thursdays, 10:30am Mountains Branch Library, Lake Lure. 828-287-6392.
Book to Movie Club: 4th Thursday of every month, 1pm at Haynes Library: 2669 Hwy. 221A, Mooresboro. 828-28-4039.
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.
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.