Community Calendar: December 19, 2013

Dec. 19, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Rutherford County Landfill and 10 convenience centers close at noon on Christmas Eve and will be closed all day on Christmas. All will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26.

Thursday, December 19

"The Nutcracker": TJCA-CFA Dance Project presents the ballet performance of "The Nutcracker" at its annual family event that includes dinner; dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 6:30 p.m.; show only tickets are $5 adults, $3 school-age children, free for pre-k; show and dinner tickets are $15 adults, $13 students, free for pre-k; contact Keith Darby at kdarby@tjca.org for information.

Friday, December 20

KindSenses Santa Puppet Fun: Create Santa Clause puppets using paper bags; prizes awarded from Santa Clause himself; event 5-7:30 p.m.

WinterFest in the Gorge: From Lake Lure Beach to Chimney Rock Village, winter fun will abound during WinterFest 2013, today and tomorrow from 5-9 p.m.; hay rides and trolley tours, hot chocolate and cider, beach bonfire and s'mores, Lake Lure Flowering Bridge lighting and visits with Santa; for more information call 828-625-2725.

Music at the Mills: Bluegrass performed by Rocky Creek Band at 7 p.m. at 6495 Hudlow Road in Union Mills; doors open at 5 p.m., free admission, vendors on site for Christmas shopping, concessions available; for more information call 748-7956.

Visit the Santa House in Forest City: Friday and Saturday nights until Christmas; 6-9 p.m. on Fridays and 4-9 p.m. on Saturdays. No charge for children to talk with Santa; donation to Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy-CFA School is appreciated; $3 for a photo with Santa.

Ice skating in Downtown Forest City: Friday and Saturday nights until Christmas; beginning at 6 p.m. Rink located at the Santa House on East Main Street at BB&T parking lot; sponsored by Kidz Play; tickets $7; call 245-4543 to book skating parties.

Hayrides in Downtown Forest City: Fridays in December until Christmas; 6-9 p.m. across from the fountain; tickets are $2 for children and adults. See the holiday lights from a hay wagon pulled by an antique tractor; sponsored by Carson Farms.

Saturday, December 21

Short Stacks for Big Change Pancake Breakfast: Hosted by Fatz in Forest City from 8-10 a.m.; tickets are $7 per person; proceeds go to Florence Baptist Youth mission trips; benefits Community In Schools.

KidSenses Winter Wonderland Christmas Party: Design your own Christmas cards to send to Santa, make paper plate snowmen, enjoy holiday treats and play holiday games; beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

WinterFest in the Gorge: From Lake Lure Beach to Chimney Rock Village, winter fun will abound during WinterFest 2013, today from 5-9 p.m.; hay rides and trolley tours, hot chocolate and cider, beach bonfire and s'mores, Lake Lure Flowering Bridge lighting and visits with Santa; for more information call 828-625-2725.

Ice skating in Downtown Forest City: Friday and Saturday nights until Christmas; beginning at 6 p.m. Rink located at the Santa House on East Main Street at BB&T parking lot; sponsored by Kidz Play; tickets $7; call 245-4543 to book skating parties.

Carriage rides in Downtown Forest City: Saturdays in December until Christmas; 6-9 p.m. across from the fountain; tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Last tickets sold between 8-8:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 22

Santa Paws photos with your pets: Bring pets by the Santa House in Forest City for a photo with Santa from 2-6 p.m.; Sundays in December until Christmas; sponsored by the Community Pet Center as a fundraiser for a $5 donation.

Beginners Bee School Registration: Register now for the Rutherford County Beekeepers Association's bee school that begins Jan. 18 at the Rutherford County Annex; school runs for six consecutive Saturdays; cost is $35 per person or $60 per couple and space is limited; to register or for more information, contact Jackson Corbin at jacksoncorbin71@yahoo.com.

Monday, December 23

Freedom from Smoking Class: Every Monday, 4 to 5 p.m., Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center; for more information, call 828-245-4596 or e-mail jamie.ingraham@rutherfordregional.com.

Al-a-non meets at First United Methodist Church, 264 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton Mondays at 7 p.m.; 288-2767.

KidSenses Winter Science Day Camp Registration: Discover the science behind winter weather, make liquid nitrogen ice cream, identify winter animal tracks and more; camp for ages 5-7 on December 27, camp for ages 8-10 on December 30; $40 for KidSenses members and $45 for non-members; registration deadline today; call 286-2120 to register and for more information.