Mountains Branch Library Solar Eclipse Programs: •Thurs. Aug 17, 5-6:30pm. This program is for adults and kids 12 and over who want to better understand a total solar eclipse and how it occurs. •Sat. Aug 19, 1-2:30pm. A family program for all ages to learn about how a solar eclipse happens with stories, demonstrations and refreshments. •Mon. Aug 21, 1-3pm. The Big Event - Solar Eclipse Viewing! Mountains Branch Library is partnering with Lake Lure Classical Academy to offer our patrons a great viewing spot to track the duration of the eclipse. Eclipse viewing glasses will be distributed and demonstrated.
Health Fair, Fri. Aug. 18, 2-5pm at Gilkey School Community Center. If you need assistance with any form of health care come and check with us. We will have all forms of health screening to medical assistance. This provided by the Community Health Council of Rutherford County (RHI) & the Gilkey School Community Center. OPEN TO ALL & NO COST TO ANYONE. 217 Gilkey School Rd., Rutherfordton.
Chase Corner Ministries Thrift Store: Ticketed Event, Fri. Aug. 18 & 25, every customer that comes in will get a ticket for a discounted or free store item at check out. All proceeds go back into providing needs in this community through our crisis center. 1604 Chase High Rd, Forest City, across from Chase High School. M-F, 8:30am-2:30pm.
Paws of RC Low Cost Spay and Neuter, Tues. Aug. 22. Cats: $25. Dogs: $35. Rabies vaccine: $10. 888-422-7303. We would like to thank everyone who donated shoes to our recent fundraiser. All of our donors are responsible for the great things we are doing for the pets of Rutherford County.
Flowering Bridge Events: Aug. 22, 10am: Planting to attract birds, not bears. Sept. 13, 10am: Monarch Butterfly Migration (at Lake Lure Town Hall, back entrance). Sept. 26, 10am: Workshop- The Language of Flowers. 828-625-2540.
Country Breakfast Buffet, Sat. Aug. 25, 7am-10am at Whitehouse Community Center, 5408 Painters Gap Rd., Union Mills. Adults: $6, kids 6-12 $3, under 6 free. Thank you for your support!
9th Annual Jace Man Run: In loving memory of Wendy Panther. Sponsored by CCIB & CBA/A.B.A.T.E of Cleveland County. Fri. & Sat. Aug. 25 & 26. New location; CCIB's Land, 1596 Racepath Church Rd., Mooresboro. Come enjoy live auction, games, door prizes, 50/50 drawing, vendors, live music & more. Proceeds go to the Abuse Prevention Council to help stop child abuse in Cleveland County. Public Welcome, no weapons or attitudes!
Chopped Sirloin Supper: Sat. Aug. 26, 4-8pm. Adults $9, kids $6. Hopewell Hollis Community Clubhouse; 2500 Hollis Rd., Ellenboro.
Pet Festival: PAWS of Rutherford County will host their 1st Annual PAWS Pet Fest, Sat. Aug. 26, 10am-2pm at Morse Park; 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure. Families and pets are invited to attend the many fun filled activities planned throughout the day. Pet adoptions will be available. For everyone's safety and comfort, all pets should be properly leashed or contained and up-to-date on all vaccinations. PAWS will provide water, treats, doggie play pools, and a large shaded tent, but owners must bring clean-up bags for their pets. PAWS is a 501(c)3 organization.
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.
1st Annual Gospel Explosion "Pick of the Week" Featuring: Sonny Wright, Hezekiah Walker, & Horse Watkins on Sun Sept. 3, 3pm until at Crowes Park, Forest City. Presented by Melvin "Big Dog" Patterson & Music City Records. Any gospel groups wishing to volunteer to sing may sign up at Music City Records. Info, 828-245-1701 or email: BoWhitesides714@gmail.com
Sons of Confederate Veterans: Lt. William Corbitt Camp #525 monthly meeting every 3rd Friday, 7pm at the Rutherford County Annex Building; 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 held each month on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 1-4pm at the fellowship hall at Tanners Grove UMC. Info, call Sharon at 828-245-1983 or email: email@example.com
American Legion Post #74: Meetings on 4th Tuesday of each month; 2501 US 64/74A Hwy. Rutherfordton. Dinner at 6pm, meeting to follow. Also, Bingo every Thursday, doors open 6pm. Food available. Chuck Brooks, Commander, 828-287-1294.
Exercise Class for Parkinson's Disease: St. Luke's Rehab offers a free exercise class the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 12:15pm-1pm. This 45-minute exercise class is designed to use big movements to help people maintain balance and gain confidence. Space is limited, so please call 828-894-8419. 101 Hospital Dr., Columbus, NC.
Washburn Community Outreach Center Thrift Store: Well stocked with Spring/Summer clothing. ALL clothing will be on sale for .25¢ each. Open Thurs.- Sat., Aug. 17-19, 9am-2pm. Our food pantry is available for Rutherford County residents, 9:30am-1:30pm. 2934 Piney Mountain Church Rd, Bostic. 828-245-5603.
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.
Lighthouse Haven Men's Homeless Shelter Needed Items: Cups, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, sugar, creamer, coffee, cleaning items, personal hygiene items, canned food. 199 W. Main St., Spindale. 828-755-5986.
Chase Corner Ministries needs: canned meat, fruits, veggies, spaghetti & sauce, soups, crackers, rice, dried beans, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and volunteers. Open M-F, 8:30am-2:30pm. 1604 Chase High Rd., Forest City. 828-247-0096.
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.
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.
Advance Care Planning: Sessions consist of a private consult to understand the purpose and use of living wills and health care powers of attorney. Free Sessions. Call Joey Revis at Hospice of Rutherford County 828-245-0095 to schedule an appt.
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.
Rutherford County Humane Society Thrift Shop: Open Wed. thru Sat., 10am-4pm. Proceeds benefit the Rutherford County Humane Society, a no-kill, non-profit 501(C)(3) animal rescue organization. We accept donations of food and bedding supplies for dogs/cats waiting to be adopted. Donations are tax deductible. 305 Buffalo Creek Rd., Lake Lure. 828-625-1042.
Low Cost Spay & Neuter: You can afford to have your pet spayed or neutered with our low cost program. Community Pet Center, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.