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Sep. 20, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

Kidsenses Children's Health Festival and Touch a Truck


RUTHERFORDTON— Kidsenses Children's Museum in Rutherfordton is hosting two events this Saturday in conjunction with the Rutherfordton Merchants Association's Shop and Play Saturday.

The museum will hold a Touch a Truck event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children will be able to see and touch police trucks, army trucks, utility trucks and fire trucks which will all be parked in the Toms Street parking lot next to the museum's Discovery Garden.

"We wanted to provide children the opportunity to see and touch real trucks," said Joseph Knight, director of education at the museum. "We are going to have some of the truck drivers in attendance and they will be able to tell the children how the trucks work and what they are used for."

The museum will also be holding a Children's Health Fair sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System.

"We are going to have local representatives from different medical organizations talking to kids about why it's important to live healthy lives," Knight said. "We can provide opportunities for children to learn how to take care of themselves. We want to teach children the importance of eating healthy and getting adequate exercise."

Local representatives from medical organizations will be at the museum talking to children. There will also be arts and crafts, healthy trail mix, a health show and organs for the children to see.

Both events on Saturday are free to children under 18 and seniors 65 and up. Adults will be $5.

"We are very excited to offer free admission to those people on Saturday," Knight said. "We are going to be able to connect with families who have never had the opportunity to visit our museum before."


Merchants Association to host Shop and Play


RUTHERFORDTON— Rutherfordton Merchants Association is hosting its fourth Shop and Play Saturday in downtown Rutherfordton on Saturday.

The merchants will each be having sidewalk sales, highlighting their products and allowing parents to shop and engage with their children. There will be big deals and sales.

Children's activities will include the Touch a Truck event from 10 a.m.- 3p.m. and the Children's Health Festival from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The last Shop and Play event will be Saturday, Oct. 19.

For more information about Shop and Play Saturdays or Rutherford Town Revitalization, go to or call 828-287-2071.


RRHS Baby and Children's Fair


SPINDALE— Rutherford Regional's Baby and Children's Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Isothermal Community College's Student Activities Center.

The event will focus on education about services, programs and products for families planning a pregnancy, expectant parents, new parents, grandparents and families with children birth to age 5.

Various door prizes will be awarded to those who attend and concessions will be available for purchase. Admission to the event is free.

Car seat inspections will also be provided by Safe Kids of Rutherford County during the fair. Nationally-certified technicians will help properly install a car seat in the parking lot outside of the gymnasium.

For more information on this event or The Birth Place at Rutherford Regional, contact Lucy Calhoun, nursing director, at 828-286-5065 or


50 Year All Class Celebration


FOREST CITY— All classes from East Rutherford High School are invited to Forest City on Saturday to show their Cavalier pride. The event will be from 1-10 p.m. in on Mill Street in downtown Forest City. It's free to the public and anyone who has any affiliation with the school or is a graduate of Cool Springs High School is welcome.

Cavalier award-winning marching band will parade through Main Street at 12:50 p.m. and into the festival playing their show songs for the year.


Speakers will include:


1 p.m.- Randy Herring,

1:30 p.m.- Superintendent Dr. Janet Mason and Principal Brad Teague

2 p.m.- Kathy Weir and Boyd Sharp

2:30 p.m.- Mayor Dennis Tarlton and Keith Price

3 p.m.- Tribute to Louise Gary

3 p.m.- Rev. Wayne Blackwoood and Dr. Bobby England

4 p.m.- Debbie Smith and Cyndi Justice

5 p.m.- David Smith and Tony Smith

6 p.m.- Lewis Jolly and Randy Ingle

6:30 p.m. Brad Levine and Alan Carver

7 p.m. Ruth Hidge and Roella Melinck


This event was put together by the Cavalier Class of 1983.


'Flock to the Rock'


CHIMNEY ROCK— Chimney Rock State Park is a destination for year-round birding and beginning Saturday, it will host it annual premier fall migration birding event, Flock to the Rock.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when sometimes hundreds can be seen during their flight south.

Th weekend is full of bird walks guided by local experts and workshops ranging from bird photography to bird-friendly gardening. Special to the event are live birds of prey program both days and an "Early Bird" Migration Watch led by Simon Thompson, a world-traveled bird expert, from 7:30-10 a.m. Sunday.

The live birds of prey programs feature a non-releasable Red-tailed Hawk and a Great Horned Owl. Presented by Emily Walker, park naturalist and education manager, the half-hour education programs will be held at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Park's Birdhouse. The programs will be followed by a guided family nature walk from 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Flock to the Rock is included with paid park admission, which is $12 for adults and $6 for youth ages 5-15. An extra fee applies only to the "Early Bird" Migration Watch on Sunday, which required advance registration.

For more information and a schedule of birding activities visit