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Blood Drives
•Tues. Oct. 9 at Green Hill Fire Department 2pm-6:30pm, call Scott Moore at 828-755-1329 for appt. •Fri. Oct. 12 at Big Spring Baptist Church (Ellenboro) 2:30pm-7pm, contact Polly Gettys at 704-538-7172 for appt. •Fri. Oct. 12; Rutherford County Schools (Forest City) 12pm-4:30pm, contact Peggy Gregg at 828-288-2331 or schedule your appt at pgreggrcsnc.org  •Mon. Oct. 15; Ellenboro Community held at Corinth Baptist Church (Ellenboro) 4pm-8:30pm, call Linda McCurry at 828-453-8682 for appt. •Tues. Oct. 16 at Chase High School (8am-1:30pm, contact Beth Carroll at 828-245-5883 for appt. •Thurs. Oct. 18 at East Middle School 2:30pm-7:30pm, call Shane O’Donnel at 828-245-3750 for appt. •Mon. Oct. 29 at Spindale United Methodist Church 3pm-7pm, call David McKee at 704-286-2281 for appt. 
Pink Ladies Support Group: First Monday of every month from 5pm-6:30pm at the Cancer Resource Center; for women who have been diagnosed with cancer. Info: 828-245-4596 or e-mail jamie.ingraham@rutherfordregional.com
Look Good, Feel Better: 2nd Monday of each month, 2pm at the Cancer Resource Center; specially-trained cosmetologists teach women techniques to cope with skin changes & hair loss as they undergo treatment for cancer; to pre-register 828-245-4596 or e-mail jamie.ingraham@rutherfordregional.com
Survivin’ Cancer Support Group: Third Monday of each month from 5pm-6pm at the Cancer Resource Center; for anyone who has heard the words “you have cancer” for more info, call 828-245-4596 or e-mail jamie.ingraham@rutherfordregional.com
Stroke Support Group: Third Tuesday of each month from 3:30pm-5pm in the Crawford Building (Auxiliary Room) at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Info: 828-286-5198.
Free Parenting Skills Classes
Nurturing Parents class for parents, grandparents, stepparents, and care givers of children birth to 12 meets every Thurs. Sept. 6-Nov. 29, 10:30-12:30; Nurturing Parents class for parents and their teens together meets every Thurs. evening 5:30-7:30, Sept. 6-Nov. 29; Guiding Good Choices will meet each Tues. for 5 weeks, Sept. 11-Oct. 9, 5:30-7:30 for parents of children in grades 4-8.  All classes meet in Forest City Housing, Apt. H-6, Amity Drive, Forest City. Info: Dr. Johnnie Martin 828-286-9590 or Sally Claroni @ 828-245-1390, ext. 104. 
Everything Herbs Fest 
Sat. Sept 29th, 9am-4pm. 1927 Lake Lure Inn, Lake Lure. Demonstrations & Speakers: •9AM: Medina’s Village Bistro Chefs, •10AM: “What’s New with Kudzu” •11AM: “Raising Herbs for Health and Profit •12PM: “Eat Your Yard! Edible trees, vines, herbs and flowers for your landscape” •2PM: “Herbs for Mind & Body” Sponsored by: The Friends of Mountain’s Branch Library. Info: 828-625-0456.
Operation Medicine Drop
Sat. Sept. 29, 10am-4pm at the following three locations: •Holland Furniture, 177 N. Main St., Henrietta  •Food Lion, 169 Railroad Ave., Rutherfordton •Food Lion, 668 S. Broadway, Forest City. Operation Medicine Drop is a prescription drug take-back event that allows residents to turn in their unused/expired prescription and over the counter medications. Proper disposal of unwanted medications helps prevent accidental poisonings, drug abuse, and groundwater contamination. Equally important-- it also helps prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands. 
Grilling & Chilling Workshop
The Rutherford County Extension Center will host on Sept. 29 in the promotion of our local agriculture industry. This year’s focus is on “Youth in Agriculture”. Tickets will be available through the Extension Center through Sept. 24. For more info call 828-287-6011. 
Bill’s Creek VFD
Yard Sale & Bake Sale, Sat. Oct. 6, 7am-3pm. Sausage biscuit breakfast 7am & Hot Dog/Hamburger lunch at noon. Furniture & household items. 1118 Bill’s Creek Rd. Info: 828-625-5517.
Candidate Forum
The Rutherford County Chapter of the NAACP will sponsor a Candidate Forum of the 2012 Candidate Election for Rutherford County. The forum will be held at the Old Dunbar Community Center, Hardin Road, Forest City. Sun. Oct. 7, 5pm. The public is invited to attend.
Annual Turkey Shoot 
Every Saturday, Sept. 15th thru Dec. 8th (except holidays), 10am-1pm. 3788 E. Hwy. 108. VFW Post 10349 Mill Spring, NC.
Cliffside Day 
Dr. C. Eugene Scruggs, president of The Scruggs Family Association, will be attending Sat. Oct. 13. The SFA is a nation wide genealogical society dedicated to: searching, recording and preserving the history & genealogy of the Scruggs Family in America. He will be located in the Masonic Lodge.
Low Cost Spay & Neuter Services 
For Cats and Dogs. For an Appointment or Information Call the Community Pet Center @ 828-287-7738 “Please Don’t Litter!” In 3 years and as early as 4 months old: 1 unspayed female and 1 unneutered male can produce. Dogs: 512 Cats: 382.
Advance Care Planning
Oct. 2, 12:30-2pm at the Annette Cash Whitaker Center of Living. Sessions consist of individualized assistance with understanding the purpose and use of living wills and health care powers of attorney. Sessions are free. 828-245-0095 to register or for more info.
GRACE Group at Rutherford LIFECare
Oct. 2, 4-5:30pm: Meetings are for anyone in the community caring for a loved one with a long term illness. Free adult care is provided if reserved. Call Pat Keeter at 828-245-0095 for more info.
DVD conference
Oct. 4, 8:30am-12:30pm: “End-of-Life Ethics” provided by Hospice Foundation of America at the Carolina Event and Conference Center. This free conference explores ethical dilemmas that are likely to arise at the end-of-life, the principles of ethical decision-making and the effects of these decisions on staff and families. For more info and to RSVP, contact Travis Smith at 828-245-0095 or tsmith@hospiceofrutherford.org by Sept. 27.
Extension Successful Gardener Program
Composting-participants will learn how to turn all those fall leaves and vegetable/fruit materials from the kitchen into ‘black gold’ for your landscape-compost. Oct. 9th, 9am-11am at the Rutherford County Extension Center; 193 Callahan-Koon Rd., Spindale. The program is free, but you are asked to contact the Center to register. 828-287-6011.

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.
Are You Ok Phone Reassurance Program
Designed to check on senior citizens & help them have peace of mind. No cost. Contact 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. Info could get you a cash reward. Crime Stoppers 828-286-8477.
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.
Freedom from Smoking Class
Mondays 4pm-5pm at Rutherford Regional’s Cancer Resource Center. Info: 828-245-4596 or jamie.ingraham@rutherfordregional.com
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. 
Substance Abuse Meeting  
Every Monday from 7pm until. 131 Second St. Forest City. For more info: 828-305-1280.
Gilkey Chain Gang 
Meets Saturdays 2-3:30pm at Gilkey School Community Center. If you love to crochet or knit, or you want to learn. All ages welcome. Free. Info 828-289-2563. 
The Military Order of Purple Heart 
Is starting a chapter in the Forest City area & is seeking all veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force & Coast Guard who have been combat wounded in America’s wars & have received a Purple Heart medal. For info, write/call Peter Meletis; 1007 Briarcliff Rd., Mooresville, NC 28115, 704-664-7766 or Bailey Gillespie; POB 365 Spindale, NC 28160.
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. 
Substance Abuse Meeting
Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm at the Empowerment Center on First St. Forest City.
Washburn Community Outreach Center
Our Fall clothes selection on sale now. Please come shop with us 4 days a week. Wed.-Sat., 9am-2pm. 
Mental Illness Support Group
Holland House is a not-for-profit consumer-run Drop-In Center for adults with mental illnesses. It is a place for adults to meet and talk with their peers, obtain community resource information, to hang-out when other services are not open and to be among people who share similar experiences. Every Sunday at 2pm. 475 West Main St., Forest City. 
Heirloom Tomato Tasting
At Tri-City Tailgate Market next to the Retro Cinema every Saturday 8am-12pm, now to November. Visit us online: www.tricitytailgatemarket.com

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