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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.

Let's Talk About It Book Club: Every 3rd Thursday 5:30pm. Bring whatever you are reading. Open to everyone. Rutherford County Library; 255 Callahan Koon Rd., Spindale. 828-287-6115.

Sons of Confederate Veterans: Lt. William Corbitt Camp #525 monthly meeting every 3rd Friday, 7pm Rutherford County Annex Bldg; 289 N. Main St. Rutherfordton. Creighton Lovelace, 828-305-8654 or Gaither Harwood, 828-287-3412.

A.B.B.A. Anorexics, Bulimics, and Bingers Anonymous: Meetings monthly 1st and 3rd Saturdays 1-4pm at the fellowship hall at Tanners Grove UMC. Info, call Sharon at 828-245-1983 or email: srkennedy@liberty.edu

American Legion Post #74: Meetings 4th Tuesday monthly; 2501 US 64/74A Hwy. Rutherfordton. Dinner 6pm, meeting to follow. Bingo Thursdays, doors open 6pm. Food available. Chuck Brooks, Commander 828-287-1294.

Fundraiser: South Mountain Christian Camp's Pumpkin Patch has opened! Oct. 1-31. We have all shapes and sizes. All donations for pumpkins go towards our scholarship fund for kids to come to camp next summer! Open during daylight hours. Come send a kid to camp and bring some pumpkin fun into your family!

Family Story Time: Join us each week for stories, crafts, music, and fun. Every Tuesday, 10:30am at Haynes Branch Library; 2669 US Hwy. 221A, Mooresboro. 828-288-4069. Every Wednesday, 10:30am at Rutherford County Library; 255 Callahan Koon Rd., Spindale. 828-287-6115. Every Thursday, 10:30am at Mountains Branch Library; 150 Bill's Creek Rd., Lake Lure. 828-287-6392.

Chase Corner Ministries Thrift Store: $3 Bag Sale on Thurs. & Fri. Oct. 19 & 20, 8:30am-2:30pm. Also, $2 Bag Sale on Mon. & Tues. Oct. 23 & 24, 8:30am-2:30pm. Proceeds go back into the ministry of helping your neighbor in need. The Emergency Food Pantry is open 5 days each week for families in need from 9am-2pm. We also have two other food programs. 1604 Chase High Rd., Forest City. 828-247-0096.

Washburn Community Outreach Center Thrift Store: Well stocked with Fall/Winter clothing. This week all clothing will be BOGO of equal or lesser value for ½ price. Also, all Halloween items will be ½ off. Open Thurs.- Sat., Oct. 19-21, 9am-2pm. Our food pantry is available for Rutherford County residents, 9:30am-1:30pm. 2934 Piney Mountain Church Rd, Bostic. 828-245-5603.

October Movie Mania: Hocus Pocus on Fri. 10/20, 5:30pm. Curious George on Mon. 10/30, 10am. Monster House on Tues. 10/31, 3pm. Haynes Branch Library; 2669 US Hwy. 221A, Mooresboro. 828-288-4039.

Rutherford Housing Partnership Week of Caring: Oct. 21-28. Lend your hands to our annual effort to help our neighbors in need. Volunteers are needed for all types of projects. Call 828-248-3431 to reserve your spot.

Pumpkin Painting Party: Sat. Oct. 21, 11am at Rutherford County Library; 255 Callahan Koon Rd., Spindale. Ages 16 and older, registration required. No carving, materials supplied. Call to register, 828-287-6115.

Piedmont Pleasant Hill Community Club: Yard Sale & Baked Goods, Sat. Oct. 21, 8am-1pm. Proceeds go to the upkeep of the clubhouse. 1761 Maple Creek Rd., Rutherfordton.

Rutherford County NAACP will sponsor the Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Sat. Oct. 21, 5pm at New Bethel AME Zion Church. Guest Speaker: Rev. Reginald Keitt, President of the Iredell County NAACP. 828-748-4680.

The African American Heritage Museum of Rutherford County invites all to the Fall Fest, Sat. Oct. 21, 11am-4pm. Inviting creative talents of all ages to display as well as demonstration their creative arts. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Teresa Bennings for more info or register your arts, 828-245-2479.

Gun Show: Sat. & Sun. Oct. 21 & 22, 9am-5pm at old Green Hill School; 2501 US 64/74A Hwy., Rutherfordton. Be entered to win a Marlin Bolt Action 22 Magnum Rifle with paid admission of $5. Hosted by the American Legion Post #74. 828-395-2223.

Flowering Bridge Events: •Oct. 24, 10am: Fall Pruning Class. •Nov. 7, 10am: Fairy Garden Workshop (bring materials), Lake Lure Town Hall back entrance. •Nov. 28, 10am: Wreath, Garland, and Swag Making (bring wreath form), Lake Lure Town Hall back entrance. 828-625-2540.

October is Fire Safety Month: Join Cliffside Fire Department at Haynes Branch Library to see the Fire Truck, Turn Out Gear, and Real Firemen!! Tues. Oct. 24, 10:30am. 2669 US Hwy. 221A, Mooresboro. 828-288-4039.

Advanced Care Planning: Helping you have a say in your health. Joey Revis, Hospice Social Worker, will join us at Rutherford County Library to talk about Health Care, Power of Attorney, Living Will, 5 Wishes Program and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders. Tues. Oct. 24, 3pm. 255 Callahan Koon Road, Spindale. 828-287-6115.

Book to Movie Book Club: Thurs. Oct. 26, 1pm at Haynes Branch Library; 2669 US Hwy. 221A, Mooresboro. Join us to discuss The Shack, by William P. Young, and watch the video. 828-288-4039.

Candy Apple Party: Thurs. Oct. 26, 6-7pm at Rutherford County Library; 255 Callahan Koon Rd., Spindale. Ages 6-12. Reservations required. Call 828-287-6116. Spots are limited, so call early!

Movies and S'mores: Disney's Tower of Terror, Oct. 27, 3:30pm. Free S'mores at 5:30pm. The Adams Family at 5:45pm. Free family event. Haynes Branch Library; 2669 US Hwy. 221A, Mooresboro. 828-288-4039.

Trick or Treat in Downtown Forest City: Tues. Oct. 31, 4-6pm.

Fundraiser: Annual South of the Mountain Trail Run, Sat. Nov. 4 at South Mountain Christian Camp; 1129 South Mountain Road, Bostic. All proceeds go towards our scholarship fund to send kids to camp next summer. Sign up today to guarantee your players packet! Visit: www.southofthemountaintrailrun.com

Rutherford County Toy Run: Sun. Nov. 19, 12:30pm. Meet at old K-Mart, next to Denny's. Depart at 1:30pm, ride will end at the National Guard Armory. Food served for all participants. If unable to attend, donations can be dropped off at House of Payne Cycle Works or any CCIB Member in form of toys or money. Hosted by: Prior Moose Lodge Members & CCIB.

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.

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.

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? Report is anonymously. You do not have to reveal your name. Your info could get you a cash reward. Crime Stoppers, 828-286-8477.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Weekly meetings: Monday 7pm women's meeting, Thursday 7pm open meeting. 1st Presbyterian Church; 438 West Main St., Forest City.

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

New AA Meeting: Sundays, 11:30am. Rectory of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Bat Cave.

Domestic Violence Education/Support Group meets every Tuesday evening, 6-8pm. If you have ever been abused physically or mentally, or you never want to be abused, please come meet with us. Call Dr. Johnnie Martin for more info & meeting place, 828-286-9590.

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.

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 Rd., Forest City. 828-245-0095.

Low Cost Spay & Neuter: You can afford to have your pet spayed or neutered with our low cost program. Community Pet Center; 861 Piney Ridge Road, Forest City. 828-287-7738.

PAWS of Rutherford County: Bringing No-Kill to Rutherford County. Low Cost Spay/Neuter, Pet Re-Homing, Pet Food Pantry. Help us save lives by becoming a foster. (PAWS) Pets Are Worth Saving! Toll free, 1-888-422-7303. Email: pawsofrc@gmail.com or Donate at: www.pawsrc.org

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue: Pet Adoption Center & Thrift Store. Weekly Specials! All donations & purchases support the animals we rescue in Rutherford County. We take donations for Thrift Store. We need temporary foster homes & volunteers. 1366 US 221 Hwy. North, Rutherfordton (1 mile past RS Central High School). Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. 828-287-7338.

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