Community Calendar: July 30, 2014

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

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Wednesday, July 30

Open Studio for Artists: Every Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Thursday noon-3 p.m. at the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, 160 North Main Street in Rutherfordton; free for guild members and $5 per session for non-members; for more information call 828-288-5009.

Blood Drive with the Blood Connection: Beginning at noon and ending at 6 p.m. in the Norris-Briggs Classroom at Rutherford Regional Medical Center; donors receive T-shirt and gift coupon; free meal served after blood donation; to schedule a time to donate or for more information call 828-286-5338.

Camp at South Mountain Christian Camp: Still room for kids ages 9-15 in SMCC's last week of camp; applications are on and once completed can be sent via mail and/or fax to PO Box 9, Bostic, NC 28018 or 828-245-1659; financial assistance available; for more information call 828-245-3322.

Thursday, July 31

Senior Center Special Speaker: Dr. Luther Person with Rutherford Regional Medical Center will discuss screening exams like mammography, aortic ultrasound and bone densitometry and answer questions about screening exams; 10:30 a.m. at the Rutherford County Senior Center.

Farmers Market of Rutherford County: Now open on Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.; stop by and shop for fresh produce and meat for the weekend; many vendors accept WIC and Senior vouchers.

RS Youth Football & Cheerleading: Football conditioning practice has started but it is not too late to sign up; stop by the practice field on Old Ball Park Road in Spindale at 6:30 p.m. today or Monday, Aug. 4; $25 for one child and $15 for each additional child; for more information call 286-7686 or email

Coat Drive: The Gilkey School Community Center is accepting new and gently used coats through September; for information about donating call Gail Parton at 287-4830 or 289-5208, or Hilda Roper at 287-5673.

Art Goes Wild: Themed show/sale of art and fine crafts in "wild" themes, designs and colors at the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center; on display through July; for more information call 828-288-5009 or drop by the center.

Friday, August 1

Early Registration Deadline for Meet me at the Fountain 5K: Race is 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 and costs $20 if registered by today; run/walk for Relay For Life, sponsored by Smith's Drugs of Forest City; registration goes up to $25 after today and on race day; to register visit

Yarn Lovers Open Studio: Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon at the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, 160 North Main Street in Rutherfordton; free for guild members and $5 per session for non-members; for more information call 828-288-5009.

Rutherfordton Raiders Youth Football League & Cheerleading Sign-Ups: For ages 5-6 and 11-12 during regular practices at Crestview Park on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 6-8 p.m.; for more information contact Heath McSwain at 828-429-9596.

Music at the Mills: Free live bluegrass music featuring Rocky Creek Band; 7 p.m. at Union Mills Learning Center, 6495 Hudlow Road in Union Mills; for more information call 828-748-7956.

Rutherford County Shag Club: Meeting at the Forest City Diner Party room for dance and new member sign-in; beginning at 7 p.m. and free lesson at 7:15 p.m.; open to anyone interested in becoming a member or learning how to shag; for more information call 287-9228.

Saturday, August 2

County Breakfast: All-you-can eat breakfast at Union Mills Learning Center 6-10 a.m.; plates are $6 per person, $5 for center members and free for children 6 and under; center is located at 6495 Hudlow Road in Union Mills; proceeds go toward educational programs and building renovations; for more information call 828-748-7956.

Bostic Lincoln Center Fundraiser: Bostic Lincoln Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization, will hold a fundraising sale at 7:30 a.m., rain or shine; sale will be located in firehouse adjoining the Bostic Lincoln Center; for information call Lydia Clontz at 828-817-0108.

Farmers Market Pasta Festival and Pie Contest: Featuring pasta from Valley Fine Foods of Forest City; August pie contest highlighting peaches; contestants can contact Tracy Davis at the Rutherford County Cooperative Extension office for details on participating in the pie contest; market hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride and Festival: Two-day cycling event (today and tomorrow) in Lake Lure; participants can choose from 30, 60 or 100-mile routes both days; rides begin at 8  a.m. both days; free festival from 3-9 p.m. today at Lake Lure's Morse Park Meadows; food, beer, spirits, vendors and live music; lawn chairs and blankets welcome but no coolers; for more information on the ride and festival or to still register visit

Art at Norris Library: On-going project of the Rutherford County Visual Artist Guild featuring work of calligrapher/watercolorist/artist Donna Sabolovic; on display through September; exhibit at the Norris Public Library, 132 North Main Street in Rutherfordton; hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday; for more information call 828-288-5009.

Fish Fry & Rib Plates: Unionville Lodge, 399 Ledbetter Road in Spindale; sandwiches, NY style hot dogs and plates with all the trimmings served 11 a.m.-until; carry-outs welcome and all proceeds go toward the building fund.

Sunday, August 3

Homecoming and Memorial Service: Gilboa United Methodist Church will hold its annual homecoming/memorial service at 11 a.m.; covered dish meal will follow at the Fellowship Hall of Gilkey United Methodist Church after the service, commencing about 12:30 p.m.; all are invited to attend the service.