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Colfax Free Fair
Ellenboro School Carnival “American Mixture” Sept. 21-25 at the old Ellenboro School grounds. Fan individual, group or business would like a booth, call 828-453-7457 or 828-453-7414.

2nd Annual Rutherford County Firefighter Challenge
Sat. Sept 18, 10am-4pm in the old K-Mart parking lot; 1495 US Hwy. 74A Bypass.  Music, games, food, car show, vendors, children activities & much more. Info: Chrissy Samuel at 828-305-2191 or www.rutherfordcountyfirefighterchallenge.com

Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild
Invites regional artists to participate in the 2010 Celebration of the Arts Show and Sale at the Foundation Performing Arts Center on the campus of ICC in Spindale from Sept. 15-19. Deadline for applications: Sept. 8. Applications may be picked up at the Visual Arts Center, 160 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, or downloaded from the Guild website www.rcvag.com.

Washburn Community Outreach Center
Offering a GED class this fall in conjunction with Isothermal Community College. Call 828-245-5603 for more details. 2934 Piney Mountain Ch. Rd. Bostic

Free Mental Illness Family Education Class
Thurs. Sept. 16, 6:30-9pm at United Way of Rutherford Co. Service Center; 668 Withrow Rd. Forest City. Info: Betty Frye at 704-583-0845 or 704-434-5177.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Class
Sept. 25 & 26 at Grand View Campground on Hwy 226. Space is limited, so call now to reserve spot & more information. Food & Camping available. 704-538-3901. Non-Profit Organization. Proceeds go toward Wildlife Rehabilitators of NC.

ICC Continuing Education Classes
Starting soon: Basic Electrical Skills for the Homeowner; NC Handgun Concealed Carry Permit Course; History and Techniques of Byzantine Iconography; Attachment Disorder in Children; Pet First Aid. Visit: www.isothermal.edu/learnstuff or call 828-286-3636 ext. 223.

2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Rotary Club of Rutherford County will host their annual golf tournament Fri. Sept. 10, at Meadowbrook Golf Course.  Lunch provided at 11:30am by Big Dave’s Family Seafood. Tournament starts at 1:00pm. Anyone interested in playing or sponsoring the event should contact Sheila Shehan at 828-289-8038 or Jesse McKinney at 828-245-9794. Proceeds benefit various projects hosted by Rotary Club of Rutherford County.

American Legion Post 423 Fundraiser
Hamburger/Hot Dog sale Sat. Sept. 11, 4:30-7pm. $5 per plate. Located: Boss Moore Rd. Caroleen.

Rutherford County Animal Control Facility
Closed for repairs, re-open Mon. Sept. 13, 12PM.  Officers will be available for law enforcement issues only.  No animals will be taken into the Facility during this time. The Community Pet Center Office will also be closed.

Rutherford Habitat for Humanity
We are hosting an information session on Tues. Sept. 14, 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Rutherfordton.  In this brief meeting we will explain the qualifications and requirements of owning a Habitat house.

Yokefellow Service Center
Storewide half price sale Sept. 3-13. Located at 132 Blanton St., Spindale. Store hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm.
Memorial Cookout In Memory of Christopher Scott Smith Sat. Sept. 18, 12PM until at Cliffside Park. Everyone is welcome to come. Info: Karen 828-980-4004.

Free Stop Smoking Classes
Rutherford Hospital is offering the Freedom From Smoking Program starting Tues. 9/28/10 at 5pm at the Cancer Resource Center. The program consists of 7 one hour classes, Tuesday evenings from 5-6pm. The classes provide practical ways to quit smoking and the support of others who want to quit smoking now. There is no charge for the classes or materials. To register, please call Jamie Ingraham at the Cancer Resource Center 828-245-4596.

Washburn Community Outreach Center
New hours: Thurs.-Sat., 9am-2pm. You’ve asked for it - PORCH BAG SALE all three days,  $5 per bag. Do not forget to register for the GED class at 828-245-5603. 2934 Piney Mountain Ch. Rd.

Shepherd’s Care Thrift Store
Will close Sept. 30. Store wide closing sale through September. The Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach organization volunteer hours after the store closes will be used to expand the agency’s food pantry, senior gorgers program and outreach service programs. www.hickorynutgorgeoutreach.org will be up Oct.1, 2010. Thanks to the community for its support. As we work to expand our services, we ask you for your continued financial support to help our agency reach out and make a difference in the lives of those in need that live in our community.

29th Historic Morganton Festival
Friday, Sept.ember 10th, 3:00pm-11:00pm & Saturday, September 11th, 9:00am-10:00pm. Location: Downtown Morganton, NC.

Benefit Bluegrass Concert Series
Friday, September 10th, 7:00pm at the Union Mills Learning Center; 6495 Hudlow Road, Union Mills. (Adults $5; kids under 12 free). All proceeds go to benefit the UMLC and its continuing programs for the community. Anyone interested in auditioning to sing the National Anthem prior to a future performance call 828-287-2191. Elementary school children welcome to audition to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

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. For more information, please call 828-245-0095.

Grace of God Needed Items
Sectional plates, bowls, plastic forks and spoons, cups, napkins, paper towels, gallon canned foods, personal hygiene items, coffee, sugar and cleaning items. For more information, please call 828-245-9141.

Substance Abuse Meeting
Christian 12 step Open Arms support meeting every Wednesday 12:30-1:30pm at Community Empowerment Building; 129 First Street, Forest City. For more information, please call 828-305-1280.

Chimney Rock Events
•Annual Passholder Sunrise Breakfast Saturday, September 18th, 7:00am. There’s really nothing like watching the sunrise over Lake Lure & Hickory Nut Gorge. •Naturalist Series: Birding Saturday, September 25th, learn all about birds from how to spot and identify them to how to provide the right food and shelter. •Flock to the Rock Saturday & Sunday, September 25th & 26th; Birds flock to Chimney Rock!

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