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Helping Hands Food Pantry
Helping those in need of food in Rutherford County. Call for schedule of give away 828-287-2207. Operated through prayer, volunteers & donations. 225 West Main St. Spindale, NC.
Stainless Ministries
Food Distribution every Monday from 9am-1pm at the Old Dunbar Community Center. 
The Military Order of Purple Heart 
Is starting a chapter in the Forest City, NC area and is seeking all veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard who has been combat wounded in America’s wars and have received the Purple Heart medal. For info or to join, write or call Peter Meletis; 1007 Briarcliff Rd., Mooresville, NC 28115, 704-664-7766 or write Bailey Gillespie; POB 365 Spindale, NC 28160.
Farmers Market-Columbus, NC. 
Now Open! 8am-12pm at the Courthouse Square. Veggies, Breads, Meat & Eggs, Crafts. Keep It Local!
Substance Abuse Meeting
Every Wednesday 12:30-1:30pm at the Empowerment Center, located on First St. Forest City.
Relay for Life Book Sale 
Held at Rutherford EMC; 186 Hudlow Rd., Forest City. Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm. Hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1. All proceeds benefit the Rutherford County Relay for Life. The sale will continue throughout the summer or until the books are sold.
Rutherfordton 225th Anniversary Celebration
Rutherford County’s county seat, the education subcommittee is looking for pictures and/ or info regarding any schools that have existed in Rutherford County, particularly the earliest schools. If you have info or pictures, please contact Phillip White at 828-657-6139 or Robin Salicki at: rsalicki@rcsnc.org or 828-305-8666.
BBQ Benefit Dinner
Bat Cave Fire & Rescue will be holding it’s annual Forth of July BBQ on Sat. June 30, 5pm-7:30pm at the firehouse. Come out and enjoy a really good BBQ plate and then add your choice of the many delicious homemade desserts. All proceeds will go to buying much needed equipment and your support will be greatly appreciated.

ICC Classes In July
•ServSafe Food Safety Training •Overview of Apple Computers •Understanding Your Digital Camera •Real Estate Broker Pre-licensing •Monoprinting on Plexiglass •Exploration of Drawing Methods •Zumba •Ceramics •Yoga •Creating Garden Liqueurs •Usui Reiki- Second Degree •Disk Golf •Chassis Fabrication •Understanding Auto Maintenance •Grantwriting •Notary Public •NC Concealed Carry Handgun •Alive at 25 Defensive Driving •Let’s Get Organized- Computers •Composting/Vermicomposting •Herbs as  Natural Health Choice •Into to Social Networking •Sell It on Craig’s List •Beginning Illustration Methods. To register contact 828-286-3636 ext. 346, or www.isothermal.edu/learnstuff
Talent Show Sign-up
S.D.O Volunteer Fire Dept. is hosting its very first talent show. Held at Bethany Baptist Church. For sign up and more info, please call Heather Green @ 828-447-0537. Open to everyone.
Harris High School Alumni & Friends Breakfast 
Tues. July 10, 9am at Turner’s Restaurant, (back dining room) Chesnee, SC. All welcome, Dutch treat. Please RSVP by Sun. 7/8/12. Info, 828- 245-2658 or gerjoj@aol.com.
Early Registration 
For Chase Youth Football and Cheerleading on Thurs. June 28, 6-8pm, and Sat. June 30, 9am-1pm at Chase High School Allen Stadium field.  The cost is $50 for one child and $25 for each additional child of same household. Open to boys and girls from ages 5-12. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. If possible, please bring your child so we can check on uniform sizes. Info: 828-305-4631 or 828-748-7739.
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.
Ellenboro July 4th Big Day Festival & Parade
Vendor space available. Call 828-453-7414. Parade participants welcomed, 828-453-8932.
Rutherfordton July 4th Festivities
Festivities kick off in Downtown Rutherfordton at 12pm in the first time ever Old Time July 4th Freedom Festival with a walking parade and end with fireworks beginning at 9:30pm. Fireworks will be visible from Downtown Rutherfordton. Info: www.rutherfordtown.com or call 828-287-2071. 

Grace of God 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. 
Blood Drives
Wed. July 11, 1pm-5:30pm at Smith’s Drugs of Forest City (139 E. Main Street) call Alex Moore at 828-245-4591 for appt. Mon. July 16, 1pm-5:30pm at American Red Cross Rutherford Chapter (838 Oakland Rd., Forest City) call Eric Kehres at 828-989-3126 for appt. Thurs. July 19, 10am-2:30pm at Lowe’s Forest City (184 Lowe’s Blvd.; Forest City) call Lisa Crawford at 828-351-1023 for appt. Sat. July 21, 7:30am-12pm at Cliffside Masonic Lodge (Old Main Street; Cliffside) call Wayne Millis at 828-429-0212 for appt. Tues. July 24, 2:pm-6:30pm at Green Hill Fire Dept. (Rutherfordton) call Scott Moore at 828-755-1329 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.
Bingo at the VFW 
Every Thursday night at 6PM. Refreshments & food are available for purchase. The top prize for the last game is $500. Proceeds from bingo benefit veterans in the surrounding communities. Located on Withrow Road. Forest City.
Stop Smoking Now
Free stop smoking classes are offered at Rutherford Regional Cancer Resource Center on Monday evenings from 4-5pm. For more info or to register; 828-245-4596.
The American Legion Post 423
Now have a charter for “Sons of American Legion”! Meets 1st Monday of every month at the Legion Building on Boss Moore Rd., Caroleen. Supper at 6pm, meeting at 7pm. Info: Johnny 828-657-6145. 
Gilkey Chain Gang 
Meets Saturdays from 2-3:30pm at Gilkey School Community Center (this is the old Gilkey Elementary School)If you love to crochet, or love to knit, or you want to learn. All ages are welcome. Free. Bring a crochet hook or knitting needles and yarn. Info 828-289-2563. 
Crime Stoppers of Rutherford County
Is a program established for the purpose of obtaining information about criminal activity & fugitive felons. Have information about a crime? Report is anonymously. You do not have to reveal your name. Your information could get you a cash reward. Crime Stoppers 828-286-8477.

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