Community Calendar: December 31, 2013

Dec. 31, 2013 @ 08:04 AM

Tuesday, December 31

KidSenses New Year's Eve Party: Ring in the New Year from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.; create festive New Year's Eve hats and play games; countdown to noon to ring in the New Year early.

New Year's Eve Celebration and Comedy Night: Esmeralda Inn on Main Street in Chimney Rock; dinner and entertainment featuring comedian Matthew Lumpkin, emcee Peter McDowell Smit and comic Herbie Gill; after the show enjoy a champagne toast in the second floor leisure room and watch the ball drop at midnight; doors open at 7 p.m., seating at 7:45 p.m. and dinner from 8-9:45 p.m.; $178 per couple or $89 per person plus tax, gratuity and alcohol; call 828-635-2999 for reservations.

Wednesday, January 1

6th Annual Lake Lure New Year's Day Polar Plunge: Hosted by the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge, the freezin' festivities will be held at the Lake Lure Beach, 2774 Memorial Highway; registration is 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the plunge starts at noon; entry fee is $20 and includes a Polar Plunge toboggan; awards given following the event including "Best Costume" and furthest traveler; proceeds benefit the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge; for more information call Kat Canant at 828-243-0540.

Rutherford County Senior Center closed today.

Thursday, January 2

Nutrition During Cancer Treatment; First Thursday of every month at 1 p.m., Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center; presented by Rutherford Regional dietitians; call 828-245-4596 to register.

Friday, January 3

New Year's Dance: Rutherford County Senior Center Dining Room, Callahan Koon Road; begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.; magical night of dancing and fellowship with friends and DJ Pat Nanney; cost is $5.

Saturday, January 4

Bluegrass Music Night: local and talented Shady Oak Ramblers Band at 7 p.m.; Union Mills Learning Center, 6495 Hudlow Road in Union Mills; fun, safe family atmosphere and concessions will be sold; doors open at 6 p.m. and free admission; call 748-7956 for more information.

Monday, January 6

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

Pink Ladies Support Group: First Monday of every month, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center; for women who have been diagnosed with cancer; for more information, call 828-245-4596 or e-mail

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

Clothing Sale: Chase Corner Ministries is having a $1 sale on adult clothing and a 50 cent sale on children's clothing; sale runs January 6 until January 31; some restrictions and limitations do apply.

Tuesday, January 7

HOPE Group: Support group with facilitator Terry Honeycutt and Hattie Williams at Annette Cash Whitaker Center of Living in Forest City; a series of four consecutive Tuesday sessions every other month; today and January 14, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m.

Beach Bingo: Lane's Hog Heaven BBQ in downtown Forest City (formerly Ole Blue's BBQ); cards are 50 cents per game and event runs from 6-8 p.m.; all proceeds go to the Community Pet Center's spay/neuter programs.

Wednesday, January 8

Chess Club Meeting: Rutherford County Chess Club meets at 5:30 p.m. at 175 N. Main Street in Rutherfordton (law office of Marvin Sparrow and John Byrd); players of all ages and skill levels welcome.

Thursday, January 9

Blood Drive: Crestview Baptist Church, 630 South Church Street in Forest City; drive runs 3-7:30 p.m.; for information call Sam Edwards at 828-429-3827.

Grace Group: Support group with facilitator Cy Miller at Rutherford Lifecare in Spindale; second Thursday of each month at 4 p.m.