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Pumpkin Patch at South Mountain Christian Camp
Pumpkins available during the month of October. There will be suggested prices but all pumpkins will be for sale by donations only with the proceeds going to the camp scholarship fund. Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm, donation drop box will be available at all times. 
Rutherford County Animal Assistance Programs
For information on re-homing your pet, free pet food pantries, free or low cost spay and neuter, volunteering, fostering, adopting and more, please call 828-202-9112.
Fall Leaf Peeping at Chimney Rock
Oct. 15 – Nov. 7. Witness Western NC’s legendary fall colors from high atop Chimney Rock with up to 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills. Some of the region’s most stunning autumn foliage appears here from late-October to early-Nov. Get weekly fall color updates at http://chimneyrockpark.com/visit/fallcolor.php
American Legion Post 74
Formerly Green Hill Elem. Spaghetti Dinner, $6. Thurs. Oct. 16, 4-7pm. Bingo, 7-10pm. Purchase of dinner, get $5 off. 828-287-1294. Proceeds benefit Veterans Memorial Park & Veterans of Rutherford Co. 
Harris School Octoberfest
Fri. Oct. 17, 4-8pm. Games, concession, bingo, cake walk, face painting, inflateables. Food and Homemade desserts available. Drawing for prizes, 8pm. 3330 US Hwy. 221 South, Forest City. 
Community Pep Rally
At RS Central on Wed. Oct. 29, beginning with food, fun and entertainment at 5pm. Then starting at 7pm the rally will begin.
Yard Sale Benefit
Sat. Oct. 18, 7am at Tractor Supply, Forest City. Proceeds go toward CPC programs like the Building Fund. Community Pet Center, 828-287-7738. 
Spirit of America Rally
Sat. Oct. 18, 11am. Music 2-8pm. Sponsored by Jim Owens at Top Dog Fast Foods; 351 Oakland Rd., Spindale. Show is free, donations to American Cancer Society– Rutherford County Chapter. Donations of canned food or a winter coat for the needy will be accepted. Info: 828-287-8668.
Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Autumn Festival
Sat. Oct. 18, 10am-6pm & Sun. Oct. 19, 10am-4pm. Arcade building in Lake Lure across the street from the beach. Continuous live entertainment, music and clogging, food, kid’s zone, 100 plus vendors, all homemade crafts and it is free to get in. 828-625-4683.

Meet the Candidate Forum
The Rutherford County Branch of the NAACP, will host a Meet the Candidate Forum, Sat. Oct. 18, 4-6pm at Dunbar Community Center, Hardin Rd., Forest City, The public is invited.
Casar Halloween Bash
Trunk-or-Treat, Sat. Oct. 18, 4:30-8pm at Casar Park. Parade, 4:30pm. It’s All FREE!!! We need volunteers for Trunk-or-Treat. Info, Sharon 704-473-5739. Check us out on Facebook @ Casar, NC.
Bat Cave Fire & Rescue 
Fall BBQ with a bluegrass band, Sat. Oct. 18, 5-7:30pm. Drive out to beauty of the leaf colors in Hickory Nut Gorge & enjoy the music. Proceeds will be used with matching grants, to make your support go a lot further, to buy much needed equipment. 
Coat Give Away
Sat. Oct. 18, 9am-12pm at Gilkey School Community Center. Coats given to all that is in need of one. Must be present to receive a coat. 
Country Breakfast 
Sat. October 25, 7am-10am at Whitehouse Community Center; 5408 Painters Gap Rd., Union Mills. Adults $5, kids 6-12 $2.50, under age 6 free.
Benefit Motorcycle Ride
For Frances Radford (battling a rare cancer called Sarcoma), Sat. Oct. 25, 9:30am at Forest City Foursquare Church; 121 Mitchell St., Forest City. $10 per rider, $15 double, $5 per plate. Proceeds go to medical bills. Depart at 10am, lunch at 12pm. Info: 828-447-8986.
Come Build A Team
The Community Empowerment Project & 104.1FM Community Radio Station will host a town hall meeting Sat. Oct. 25, 6pm. Meeting held in the Old Dunbar Community Center; 421 Hardin Rd, Forest City. The purpose of this meeting is to identify local resources and talents as well as to encourage aspiring deejays, producers and engineers, announcers, fundraisers, graphic artist and all persons interested in the success of the station to get involved. Info, Stanley 828-247-4142.
Cat Information / Food Drive
Sat. Oct. 18, 10am-12pm. There is a solution for feral cats besides destroying them. We will have info, a sign-up sheet and will be taking donations of cat food among other things. The donations will be split equally between two local animals groups, the Humane Society of RC 828-286-0222 and the Community Pet Center 828-287-7738. 
Clyde Saine Memorial Benefit Concert 
Sat. Oct 18, 6:30pm RS Central High School. Performing: Eubanks Family, David Coffin, David Roach, and Rutherford County Line. $10 suggested donation at the door and a love offering will be taken. All proceeds go to the family of the late Clyde Saine for medical expenses.
Mobile Food Pantry
2nd Harvest Mobile Food Pantry, Tues. Oct. 28, 10am. Race Path Baptist Church; 1171 Race Path Church Rd, Ellenboro. Come early. First come, first serve.
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.
Advance Care Planning: Sessions consist of a private consult to understand the purpose and use of living wills and health care powers of attorney. Sessions are free. Call Joey Revis at Hospice of Rutherford County at 828-245-0095 to schedule an appt or for more info.
Domestic Violence Education/Support Group: Women who are victims of domestic abuse, or who never want to become victims, are invited to a free Domestic Violence Education/Support Group which meets 2 hours each week on Tuesdays. Contact Dr. Johnnie Martin @ 828-286-9590 or Sally Claroni @ 828-245-1390, Ext. 104 for times and location.  
Rutherford Family Support Group: Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6pm. Crawford Building; Rutherford Regional. Info: 2-1-1, ask A/B Group.
To All Veterans: Meeting 1st Monday of each month. Supper at 6pm, meeting at 7pm. We also welcome all transfers from other Legion Post. American Legion Post 423; 406 Boss Moore Rd., Caroleen. Info: 828-657-6145.
American Legion Post 74
Meets every month on the 2nd Tuesday at the Legion Hut; 947 US 221 S. Rutherfordton. Dinner at 6pm, meeting to follow. Chuck Brooks, Commander. 828-287-1294 or cwb1492@aol.com
Al-Anon 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. Info: www.al-anon.alateen.org
South Mountain Christian Camp
Is in need of basketballs, soccer balls, volley balls, ping pong paddles and balls, zip lock bags in sandwich, quart and gallon sizes, an automobile battery charger and outdoor benches. If you would like to donate new or gently used items in this list, please contact us at 828-245-3322, or bring them by the camp office anytime, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. 

Free Spay and Neuter
PAWS of Rutherford County and The Community Partnership for Pets (CPPI) in Henderson County have joined forces to offer free spay and neuter to any Pit Bull dog or Pit Bull mix dog in Rutherford County. We will spay or neuter every Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix for free. That includes a rabies shot, too. There is no income limit. There is no time limit on this offer. Learn more at www.pawsrc.com or call 888-422-7303.
GWRRA NC Chapter NC-P-2
Meets monthly 2nd Tuesday at Ryan’s Steakhouse, Forest City. Eat at 6:30pm, Meet at 7:30pm. Anyone interested in motorcycles is welcome, no matter the brand. Jim Brabb, 828-447-7739.
Rutherford County Humane Society Thrift Shop
We accept donations of food & bedding supplies for dogs/cats waiting to be adopted. Proceeds benefit the Rutherford County Humane Society, a no-kill non-profit 501(C)(3) animal rescue organization. Donations are tax deductible. Open, Wed.-Sat., 10am-4pm. 828-625-1042. 305 Buffalo Creek Rd., Lake Lure. 

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