What: Coat Drive (new & gently used coats, shoes, scarves, gloves, & hats)
When: Month of November
Where: Dropoff: Lake Lure, Rutherfordton & Forest City Police Depts, Rutherford Weekly & Daily Courier
More Info: Call Pam 828-447-5931 or Regina 828-639-2211 about becoming a sponsor
Saturday, November 16
What: Free for Veterans Clothing Center and Meet & Greet Coffee
When: Opening Nov. 16, 10am-2pm
Where: American Legion Post 74, 2501 US 64/74A Hwy. Rutherfordton
More Info: 1st Monday every month, 10am-1pm. Snacks provided.
What: .25¢ Bingo
When: Nov. 16, 4:30-7pm
Where: Gilkey School Community Center, Gilkey School Rd, Rutherfordton
More Info: Come have some fun!
What: Cruise In to Fat Tracy's
When: Nov. 16, 12pm until
Where: 1163 W Main St, Forest City
More Info: Oldies music & door prizes. Donations for Hospice. 828-429-7500 or 828-429-1181
What: Grand Opening Heart of the Foothills Animal Rescue
When: Nov. 16, Noon-4pm
Where: 380 US Hwy 221 N, Rutherfordton
More Info: Tour new adoption center, enjoy free snacks, meet pets up for adoption! 828-287-7338
Monday thru Monday, November 18-25
What: Operation Christmas Child Shoebox National Collection Week
When: Nov. 18-25
Where: To find a drop-off location, visit: samaritanspurse.org
More Info: 828-606-3636 or 828-429-3309
Saturday, November 23
What: The 28th Ellenboro Fiddlers' & Bluegrass Convention
When: Nov. 23, 6:30pm
Where: Ellenboro School Gym, 813 Piney Mountain Ch Rd, Ellenboro.
More Info: Admission $10, kids 10 and under free. Prizes & Trophies awarded. No electric instruments. No fee for performers/bands. 828-589-2126 or 828-453-7457. Proceeds benefit Ellenboro Elementary School.
Saturday, November 23
What: Turkey Supper
When: Nov. 23, 4pm
Where: Bill's Creek Community Center, Lake Lure
More Info: Adult $12, kids 11 & under $5. Carry out available. Annual raffle to benefit VFD, tickets $1 or 6/$5. 828-625-5517.
Thursday, November 28
What: Free Thanksgiving dinner for needy people in the community
When: Nov. 28, 11am
Where: Grace of God Rescue Mission, Forest City
More Info: For just $5, you can help. Visit: TheGraceOfGodRescueMission.com
What: 22nd Annual Turkey Trot 5K and Kids' Fun Run
When: Nov. 28
Where: Gardner Webb University
More Info: 704-434-0441
Monday & Tuesday, Dec. 2-3
What: Adult Volunteer Recruitment Fairs
When: Dec. 2 & 3
Where: Dec. 2, 5:30-7pm at Atrium Health Cleveland and Dec. 3, 5:30-6:30pm at Atrium Health Kings Mountain
More Info: Drop in & meet current volunteers to learn more.
Isothermal Amateur Radio Club: Monthly meeting every 3rd Tuesday, 7pm at 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 monthly, 6:30pm. Perry Moore House; Main St., Rutherfordton. 828-287-5475.
Veterans Meal: 3rd Tuesday monthly, 5pm. Willow Ridge Rehab; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. 828-286-7200.
Coffee and Conversation: Coffee Social for Veterans every 3rd Thursday monthly 9am-10:30am. Rutherford County Veteran Service Office, 303 Fairground Rd, Spindale. 828-287-6185.
Grief Share Support Group: The group meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday, 10:30am at Florence Baptist Church, Forest City. Anyone experiencing grief is encouraged to attend.
Sons of Confederate Veterans: Lt. William Corbitt Camp #525 invites you to visit with us every 3rd Friday at the County Annex Building; 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Meet at 6:30pm for refreshments and 7pm meeting. 828-305-8654 or 828-287-3412.
Rutherford County Farmers Market: The Winter Market is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Nov. 16, Dec. 7 & 21, Jan 4 & 18, Feb 1 & 15. Hours: 8am until noon. Hosted by the Main Street Market, 211 N. Main, Rutherfordton.
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, 124 S. Powell St., Suite D, Forest City. This group is for those who have family members dealing with mental illness.
Chase Corner Ministries: FREE USDA Food every Wednesday from 9am-2pm. Families who receive this food may only get it every other month. You must be a Rutherford County resident and meet income requirements to qualify. 828-247-0096.
All Souls Community: a congregation affirming Unitarian Universalist values, meet Thursdays at 7pm at The Grahamtown Community Center, 129 First Street, Forest City. All faiths, or the lack thereof, all races, all kinds of people are welcome. 843-708-1033.
Annual Coat Drive: By Gilkey School Community Center. Also taking Blankets, Gloves, and Toboggans. For Deliver or Pickup call Gail Parton 828-287-4830, Hilda Roper 828-287-5673, Kay Deyton 828-286-1172.
Advanced Care Planning: Private consult to understand the purpose & use of living wills & health care powers of attorney. Free. Joey Revis at Hospice of Rutherford County 828-245-0095.
HOPE Grief Support Group: Free for any adult who has lost a loved one. Offered at the Hospice Charles and Annette Cash Whitaker Center of Living, 374 Hudlow Road, Forest City. 828-245-0095.
Bingo in Green Hill at the American Legion Post 74. Doors open 6pm, Bingo at 7pm. 2501 US 64/74A Hwy. Rutherfordton. 828-395-2223.