Community Calendar: December 6, 2013

Dec. 06, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Friday, December 6

Rutherford County Humane Society Annual Christmas Bazaar: Spindale Presbyterian Church, 125 Pleasant Street, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Great stuff for pets and humans; for directions and more information call 828-748-0682.

Let's Make a Gingerbread House: gingerbread creations at the Senior Center at 10 a.m.

Senior Friday at Mountains Branch Library in Lake Lure from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Annual Chili Cook-Off and Bingo: Chili cook-off from 5-7 p.m. at the Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department; $7.50 per person including chili, salad, cornbread, drink and dessert; Bingo from 7-9 p.m.

KidSenses Christmas Tree Lighting Extravaganza: Lighting of the KidSenses Christmas tree; create your own ornaments; event is 5-7:30 p.m., tree lighting at 6 p.m.

"A Bostic Christmas": hosted by the Bostic Lincoln Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.; open house at the museum, "A Christmas Chaos" performance by the Rutherford Community Center and Heuer Productions, special music from the First Baptist Church of Bostic and the True Grace Trio of Mt. Lebanon Baptist; prizes, free refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.

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.

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Reverse Raffle: Boots, BBQ and Bucks dinner and raffle event at 7 p.m., Isothermal Community College Foundation Performing Arts Center; one lucky winner will take home the grand prize of $10,000, plus over $5,000 in cash prizes will be given away. Tickets are $150 and admit two people; to purchase your ticket or for more information call the Chamber office at 287-3090.

Rutherford County Shag Club will meet and dance at the Forest City Diner; DJ Mike McDaniel will start the music at 8 p.m.; for more information call 287-9228.

Saturday, December 7

Annual Christmas Parades in Spindale and Rutherfordton: 3:30 p.m. in Spindale, 5 p.m. in Rutherfordton. Join local businesses, schools and sports teams as they ring in the holiday season; vendors and German Christmas marketplace in downtown Rutherfordton.

KidSenses Breakfast with Santa: Drink hot chocolate and munch on breakfast goodies with Jolly Old St. Nick, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.; breakfast with Santa is free with general admission.

Pancake Breakfast: Fatz of Forest City from 8-10 a.m.; tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door; proceeds will benefit Girl Scout Troops in Gilkey, Green Hill and Union Mills.

Rutherford County Humane Society Annual Christmas Bazaar: Spindale Presbyterian Church, 125 Pleasant Street, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Great stuff for pets and humans; for directions and more information call 828-748-0682.

Second Annual Holiday Kiln Opening and Pottery Sale: Stephenson Wood Fired Pottery at 121 Middle Oaks Trail in Rutherfordton; 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with 450 pieces to choose from; for more information call Andrew Stephenson at 828-712-3134.

Santa on the Chimney: Chimney Rock Park 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas in Chimney Rock Village from 5-7 p.m.; tree lighting at 7 p.m., music by the Lake Lure Classical Academy and Chase High Jazz Band, bake sale and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Family Resources 21st Annual Holiday Tour featuring the home of Bill & Leslie Saer Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Welcome Center Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 563 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Rutherfordton. Admission $8 advance and $10 at the door; proceeds benefit the PATH Shelter & Noah's House; call 247-1440 for more information.

The Joys of Christmas: Rutherford County Cooperative Extension office in Spindale from 1-3 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 287-6010 for more information.

Come See Santa: Gilkey School Community Center 2-5 p.m.; children will make Christmas ornaments and have photos made with Santa; refreshments available.

Salvation Army Toy Drive Dinner: Ryan's in Forest City at 6:30 p.m.; guests buy their own dinners and bring unwrapped toys to the private dinning room; for more information call April Lathan at 828-289-8877.

Christmas with the King - A tribute to Elvis: Travis Powell live in concert at 7 p.m. at The Performing Arts Foundation at ICC. Sponsored by Cleveland-Rutherford Kidney Association and Johnny Rockstar Entertainment. Houseseats $25, Meet and Greet Seats $35. Box Seats $50. Group Rates (10 or more) $20 each (house seats only). Ticket info 704-481-9535 or michellecrka@aol.com.

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 8

Second Annual Holiday Kiln Opening and Pottery Sale: Stephenson Wood Fired Pottery at 121 Middle Oaks Trail in Rutherfordton; 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with 450 pieces to choose from; for more information call Andrew Stephenson at 828-712-3134.

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.

Monday, December 9

Fairfield Mountains Chapel Women of the Church Christmas Walk from 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets $15 each; proceeds benefit nonprofit groups in Rutherford County and surrounding areas. Advance tickets at Fairfield Mountains Chapel or at one of the homes, or the Chapel on the day of the walk. A luncheon will follow at the Lakeview Restaurant at Rumbling Bald Resort at 12:30 p.m. ($15 in advance); 625-2411.

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Educational Symposium: Program beginning at 9 a.m. to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the Korean Conflict; Leitner Auditorium at the school's middle/high school campus in Avondale; members of the public welcome and veterans encouraged to attend.

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.

2nd Monday Book Club meets the second Monday of every month at Smith's Drug Store in Forest City at 5:30 p.m.; contact Susan Phillips at 289-7362 or essiep50@yahoo.com for book discussion title or more information.

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

Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery: experience the foot-stomping Americana vibe of post-modern Neil Young as this Midwest-founded folk-rock trio highlights the use of American folk instruments with lush reverbs and vocal harmonies; the Ultimate Basement in Spindale at 8:30 p.m.; for more information call 772-538-4051, contact jgpowell@anderson.edu or visit joshuapowellmusic.com.

Chase Corner Ministries Christmas Sale: Christmas items will be 50 percent off through December 31.

Tuesday, December 10

Breast Feeding Class: Rutherford Regional Medical Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; registration required for all classes; contact Lucy Calhoun at 828-286-5065 or lucy.calhoun@rutherfordregional.com.

Wednesday, December 11

The Blood Connection blood drive: Norris Biggs Conference Room at Rutherford Regional Medical Center, noon to 6 p.m.; walk-ins welcome; for appointments or information call 828-286-5338.

Thursday, December 12

Business After Hours: Carolina Chiropractic Plus presents Rutherford County Business After Hours event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 152 West Main Street in Forest City; massages, spinal evaluations, food, beverages and door prizes offered; for more information call 245-0202.

GRACE Support Group: Race Path Baptist Church at 6 p.m.; meetings are for free for anyone in the community caring for a loved one with a long-term illness; for more information call 245-0095.