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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 
We just added some brand new books and refreshed our used book section. We also have DVD’s and some books on tape. 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. Held at Rutherford EMC; 186 Hudlow Rd., Forest City. Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm.
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.
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 •ServSafe Food Handler Training •Into to Social Networking •Sell It on Craig’s List info: 828-286-3636 ext. 346, or www.isothermal.edu/learnstuff

Blood Drives
•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. (2711 US 64 74A Hwy; Rutherfordton) call Scott Moore at 828-755-1329 for appt.
The Rutherford County Chapter of the NAACP
Will meet on Thurs. July 19, 6pm at the Well Spring United Methodist Church, Forest City. All are invited to attend.
Senior Dinner Club
The Senior Dinner Club (ages 45 & up) will meet at Shelby Senior Center (diner & entertainment), on Fri. July 20 (3rd Friday of each month), 6pm-8pm. Bring your friends or come alone. Have dinner & meet new friends. Have a fun evening out on the town. Bring a friendly smile. Bring a name tag if you have one. Info: Susan @ 828-453-0404.
RS Youth Football & Cheerleading Sign-Ups: 
Registrations with a special price at Spindale House, Sat. July 21, 11am-1pm. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate, open to boys & girls for youth football & cheerleading from 5-12 years old. Additional dates for registration: Tues. July 24, 6-8pm & Sat. July 28, 11-1pm. Regular fees will apply. 828-286-7686.
Food Demonstration
Free cooking demonstration, food samples, and recipes will be offered at the Rutherford County Farmers Market on Fri. July 20, 7am-9am. 1630 US 74A Bypass Hwy. Spindale. Come enjoy nutritious and delicious fresh foods. 828-755-6298 (Market Manager - Ricky Horne). Info: Cooperative Extension Office @ 828-287-6010 or e-mail: carol_horne@ncsu.edu
Samuel Graham Jenkins
In concert on Fri. July 20, 7pm at the Library Auditorium on Campus of ICC. Free admission, love offerings accepted. A local singer-songwriter. Special guest: David Roach
Whitlock Benefit & Ride 
Sat. July 28, 9:30am, 1st bike out 10am. Benefit & ride for Keegan Whitlock. He is a father of 6 children & is 44 years old. He has cancer & needs both prayer & financial support. Ride will start at old K-mart parking lot & end at Cool Springs Rental 956 West Main St., Forest City. Food, music and other events after the ride @ 11am. *Rain date August 4th* Info: Brandon; 828-980-3546 or Holly 828-980-4051. Donations appreciated!
Fundraiser at Lake Houser, Mooresboro
Sat. July 21, 3pm-7pm for Dan Marsch, Jr., who was injured in an accident and has medical bills. Silent Auction, entertainment & swimming. Hot Dog plates will be $4 each. Sponsored by Trinity Baptist Church & Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Mooresboro.
Heirloom Tomato Tasting
At Tri-City Tailgate Market next to the Retro Cinema every Sat 8am-12pm, now to Nov. Sat. July 21, try samples of 100% local heirloom tomatoes and vote for your favorite, 8am-12pm. Sat. July 28, results will be announced at 11am. One vote will be drawn, and the winner gets $25 in market credit. Must be present to win! Visit us online: www.tricitytailgatemarket.com
Community Empowerment Project’s IDA Program
Ever dreamed of running your own business? Would $4000 help? Find out more by attending an informational session Wed. July 25, 1pm-2pm. 129 First St., Forest City. Please call or email to register. Call Stanley 828-247-4142 ext. 7 or email: smcentire@ceponline.org
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.
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. Lt. Godlock 828-287-6395, Rutherford Co. Sheriff Office.
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.
Bingo at the VFW 
Thursdays 6PM. Refreshments & food 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 knit, or you want to learn. All ages are welcome. Free. Bring a crochet hook or knitting needles and yarn. Info 828-289-2563.

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