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 (The Al-a-non meeting held Mondays at First United Church of Rutherfordton WILL NOT meet Christmas Day or New Years Day).
Washburn Community Outreach Center Thrift Store: Stocked with Fall/Winter clothing, Christmas item's and decorations will be 75% off. Adult clothing $1. Open Thurs.- Sat., Dec. 14-16, 9am-2pm. Food pantry available for Rutherford County residents, 9:30am-1:30pm. 2934 Piney Mountain Church Rd, Bostic. 828-245-5603.
NAMI South Mountains NC (National Alliance on Mental Illness) •Tuesdays 6pm - Family Support Group and Connections group. •Grief Recovery Group •Creative Expressions Group - Christmas Adult Coloring. Check our webpage at namirutherfordclevelandburke.org for other events/classes or visit our Facebook page NAMI Rutherford-Cleveland. 828-771-6305. 124 S. Powell Street, Suite D, Forest City.
Rutherford County Humane Society Thrift Shop: Open Wed. - Sat., 10am-4pm. Grand Re-Opening on Fri. Dec. 15, 5:30-7:30pm. We accept donations of food and bedding supplies for dogs and cats waiting to be adopted. Sales & donations will benefit the Rutherford County Humane Society. Donations are tax deductible. 305 Buffalo Creek Rd., Lake Lure. If interested in volunteering, Cathe Frierman, 828-625-9946.
Fund-Raising Spaghetti Supper: Thurs. Dec. 14, 5:30-6:45pm at R-S Central High cafeteria, 641 Hwy 221 North, Rutherfordton. Fund-raiser for Rutherford Housing Partnership, a local nonprofit that provides urgently needed repairs to the homes of qualified low-income homeowners. Suggested donation: $7. Supper precedes Carolina Christmas, a Southern gospel show featuring Carolina Quartet and Heart 2 Heart. Tickets on sale at the door.
Grahamtown Community Food Giveaway & Christmas Dinner: Thurs. Dec. 14, food giveaway 4pm. Dinner 4:45pm. The community is invited as we celebrate the holidays and 11 years of community service. 129 First Street, Forest City.
Christmas in the Park: Casar Park Fri. Dec.15, 6pm. Free horse & wagon rides, meet Santa, tree lightning, crafts, music, ugly sweater contest, fudge contest & much more!!! It's all free! For more info please call 704-312-9029.
Holiday Storytime Tues. Dec. 19, 3:30pm. Thurs. Dec. 21, 3:30pm. Fri. Dec. 22, 3:30pm, kids can wear their Christmas Pajamas & share hot cocoa & Christmas cookies. Kids ages preschool -10. Mountains Branch Library. 828-287-6392.
Veterans Christmas Meal: Tues. Dec. 19, 5pm. Please RSVP by December 15. Willow Ridge Rehab; 237 Tryon Rd., Rutherfordton. 828-286-7200.
Beginner Beekeeping Course: Begins Jan. 20 thru Feb 17, (5 Saturdays), 8am-12pm. Cost $40 per person or $70 couple. Sponsored by the Rutherford County Beekeepers Association. Covers the basics to get started in the world of beekeeping. To pre-register email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jackson Corbin, 828-980-1823.
Hospice In Need of Items: Trash bags, laundry & dish detergent, cleaning products, Lysol, liquid hand soap, paper towels, Kleenex & 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 and fruits, spaghetti & sauce, soups & crackers, rice, dried beans, mac-n-cheese, spaghetti o's, toiletry items, and 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 and use of living wills and health care powers of attorney. Free. Call Joey at Hospice of Rutherford County 828-245-0095 to schedule an 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.
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.
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 Road, Forest City. 828-245-0095.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.