Weekend round-up —bear talks, Hunger Games; plane rides soon

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 04:51 AM

There are bears out tonight.

Danny Ray of The N.C. Wildlife Commission will give a presentation at 5:30 p.m on Friday, Sept. 6 regarding the dangers of feeding wildlife, with an emphasis on bear issues. The presentation will be in the mountains room at Rumbling Bald Resort in Lake Lure.

Officials in Lake Lure said summer has been an active bear season and there have been an increase in citizen calls about the fears of the bears.

According to one report, in some of the Lake Lure communities there are one or more bears that are making frequent visits and destroying garbage containers. 

Each year during this time the town receives inquiries as to whether the town or state can do something about the problem. 

Ray will answer questions about the nuisance of the bear and if anything can be done.

According to the town's website, since much of the land around Lake Lure is now owned by the state park or by conservation organizations that do not allow bear hunting, the bear population may increase.

There will a time for questions and answers during the presentation.


"Hunger Games" on the big screen in Chimney Rock 

Movie on the Meadows Saturday


CHIMNEY ROCK — Advance tickets are on sale for only $9 per car at the Ingles Market in Lake Lure  for the outdoor showing of The Hunger Games at Chimney Rock State Park Saturday, Sept. 7.

While the 8 p.m. movie shown on a 35-foot screen framed by Chimney Rock’s towering cliffs will be the highlight, Movie on the Meadows offers fun movie-themed adventures for Hunger Games fans in the afternoon. Event details are posted at chimneyrockpark.com.


Movie fans can experience a part of The Hunger Games by shooting a bow with Archery Tag™ foam tipped arrows, dressing up in costume with film props and taking their photos with likenesses of their favorite characters starting at 3 p.m. Included with paid Park admission, the activities are hosted by the Hunger Games™ Unofficial Fan Tours, which have received national recognition and were featured on NBC, ABC, the NY Times and USA Today.


After archery, learn about ten essential survival skills taught by Chimney Rock State Park Rangers starting at 6 p.m. Guests with paid admission arriving before the Ticket Plaza closes at 5:30 p.m. are welcome to stay in the park to enjoy the movie at no additional cost. The gate will reopen at 7 p.m. for movie goers, and parking capacity is limited to the first 250 cars. Event parking for the 8-10:30 p.m. movie is $12 per car or $8 per car for Annual Passholders.

Bring a blanket or chair and a flashlight.

 Attendees will have a chance to win gift cards and cool schwag from event sponsors Ingles Markets, Mast General Store, Element Advertising and Southern Outdoor Cinema, and additional community partners.

The Hunger Games is the trilogy’s first award-winning movie and was filmed entirely in Western with the primary film locations in the areas of DuPont State Forest, Shelby and Charlotte. The sequel, Catching Fire, is set to hit the big screen on Nov. 22.

Free airplane rides

RUTHERFORDTON — The Forest City Kiwanis Club in conjunction with volunteer pilots of the Rutherford County Airport will be offering free airplane rides for children ages 8-17 on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Flights will take place from 9 a.m. until noon, weather permitting.

On-site registration will be first-come, first-serve and based on available seating. Pre-registration is highly recommended and may become full due to limited aircraft.

Pre-registration is available by emailing the child's name, age and guardian contact information to mhendrix@kchservices.com or by calling 828-245-9836.

Signed permission of an accompanied parent or guardian is required before each flight, and participating children will receive a Discovery Flight Certificate following their flight.

The 57 Alpha Cafe located at the airport will also be open for lunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information regarding the flights contact Kyle Hankinson at khankinson@kchservices.com.


"Made for the Shade" garden class 


FOREST CITY — The Extension Successful Gardener Programs continues Sept. 13 with“Made For The Shade.”  Featured guest speaker, John Vining, County Extension Director-Polk County, will share the many plant materials that can be used for landscapes with limited sunlight.   

The Made For The Shade program will be held on Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.the Rutherford County Extension Center located at 193 Callahan-Koon Road in Spindale.  

 The program is free, but call the Extension Center at (828) 287-6011 to register.