Community Calendar: February 2, 2014

Feb. 02, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Monday, February 3

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.

Pink Ladies Support Group: First Monday of every month, 5-6:30 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.; Newcomers Meeting at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regularly scheduled meeting; call 288-2767 for more information.

Tuesday, February 4

Baby-Parent Connection: Rutherford Regional Medical Center, 6-9 p.m.; registration required, call Lucy Calhoun at 828-286-5065 or e-mail at lucy.calhoun@rutherfordregional.com.

Financial Aid Nights: Hosted by the McNair Educational Foundation; 6 p.m. at Chase High School,  6:30 p.m. at R-S Central High School; parents and students encouraged to attend to learn the basics of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Watercolor Techniques Class: Four-week class for beginning and intermediate artists; beginning today and running through Feb. 25; hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; cost is $56 for four sessions; class located at Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, 160 North Main Street in Rutherfordton; call 828-288-5009 for more information.

25th Annual Poetry Contest: Sponsored by the Writers' Workshop of Asheville; open to any writer regardless of residence; entry fee is $25 for up to three entries, multiple entries accepted; entries must be postmarked by Feb. 28, 2014; visit www.twwoa.org for entry rules.

Wednesday, February 5

Rutherford County Humane Society Thrift Shop: New hours for the shop, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; located at 305 Buffalo Creek Road in Lake Lure.

The Blood Connection Blood Drive: Norris Biggs Conference Room at Rutherford Regional Medical Center, noon to 6 p.m.; walk-ins welcome and donors receive a gift; for appointments call 828-286-5338.

RCVAC Open Studio: For artists working in any paint medium; every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Thursday from noon-3 p.m.; free for Guild members and $5 per session for non-members; studio located at 160 North Main Street in Rutherfordton; call 828-288-5009 for more information.

DAR Meeting: Griffith Rutherford NSDAR Chapter Meeting at the Scout Hut, 271 Toms Street in Rutherfordton; meeting begins at 3 p.m.; guest speaker will be Lori Spurling.

Thursday, February 6

Mastectomy Fittings: Every other Thursday at Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center; fitting provided by Smith's Drugs of Forest City; for an appointment call 828-245-4596.

Norris Library Art Show: Featuring the oil, acrylic and scratchboard works of artist Nikki Hicks; on display at the Norris Public Library, 132 North Main Street in Rutherfordton; 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. until noon Saturday; art on display January through March; call 828-288-5009 for more information.

RCVAC Art in the Window: February artist featured is Donna Marie Sabolovic, watercolorist and calligrapher; center open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; call 828-288-5009 for more information.

Beach Bingo: Come out to Lane's Hog Heaven BBQ in Forest City for Bingo from 6-8 p.m.; cards are 50 cents per game; all proceeds go to the Community Pet Center.

TJCA Winter Concert (rescheduled from Jan. 30): Featuring the Junior High and High School Orchestras and Classical Guitar Ensembles; directed by Mr. Eben Mann; concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public; in the Leitner Auditorium, 2527 U.S. Highway 221A in Mooresboro.

Friday, February 7

Yarn Lovers Open Studio: For artists working with yarn; every Friday, 10 a.m.-noon at the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, 160 North Main Street in Rutherfordton; free for members of the Guild, $5 per studio session for non-members; call 828-288-5009 for more information.

Rutherford County Shag Club: Music and dancing with DJ Mike McDaniel at the Forest City Diner; begins at 8 p.m.; all shaggers or those interested in learning to shag are welcome; for more information, call 287-9228.

Free Beginning Beekeeping Course: The public is invited to attend the McDowell Honey Bees' Bee School, beginning Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; class held at McDowell Technical Community College, 54 East College Drive in Marion; course continues on Feb. 15 and Feb. 22; register at http://www.mcdowellhoneybees.org or by phone, 828-724-4444.

Saturday, February 8

Gilkey School Community Center Breakfast: All-you-can-eat buffet at the community center beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 10:30 a.m.; adults are $5, kids 6-12 are $3 and kids 6 and under are free; the center is located at 172 Gilkey School Road in Rutherfordton; call 828-286-1172 for more information.

Italian Night: Hopewell-Hollis Community Clubhouse dinner, 4-8 p.m.; includes spaghetti, lasagna, salad bar, bread, dessert and drinks; adults $7.50 and children (ages 6-12) $5.

Art from the Heart: Display of handmade gift items and treasures created by local artists and crafters, featured at Rutherford County Visual Arts Center through Feb. 14; located at 160 North Main Street in Rutherfordton and open 10 a.m.-3 p.m Tuesday through Saturday; call 828-288-5009 for more information.

Reserve the Scout Hut: The Rutherfordton Scout Hut located on Toms Street and next to Kiwanis Park is currently available for community events; for more information and to rent the hut, contact Eric Wells at 828-223-9064 or Eric Gibson at 828-289-1179.