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Neighborhood Calendar Dec. 16th edition
City Park Winter Hours & Holiday Events
        Winter Schedule (December, January, and February) is Friday and Saturday from 1-5:00 PM and 1:30-5:00 PM on Sunday. This is “Carrousel Only” in Winter except for special holiday hours if the weather permits for the Rotary Train. Train reopens with Spring Schedule in March.
        Christmas Party with Santa at the Carrousel on Saturday Dec. 18, 2-4 PM. Admission to the party is a donation of non-perishable food. Party with Santa, hot dogs, hot chocolate and rides included.

American Red Cross Bloodmobile
        12/20 – Monday – Walgreens – 11:00 am – 3:30 pm – East Dixon Blvd., Shelby. Free Red Cross T-Shirts!
        12/21 – Tuesday –Shelby Presbyterian Church – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 226 E. Graham St., Shelby. Free Red Cross T-Shirts!
        12/28 – Tuesday – Christian Freedom – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – 246 Range Road, Kings Mountain, NC. Free Red Cross T-Shirts and Cleveland Mall Chick fil-A Coupons!
        12/29 – Wednesday – Walmart – 11:00 am – 3:30 pm – 705 East Dixon Blvd., Shelby. Free Red Cross T-Shirts.

South Mountains State Park Programs
        12/18 – Saturday – “Christmas Wintergreen Hike” – 11 am. Join a Park Ranger for a walk along the Hemlock Nature Trail and learn about some of the plants that stay green all year long and plants that are used for traditional Christmas decorating. Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area.
        12/18 – Saturday – “Bark, Buds & Twigs” –  2:00 pm. Winter tree and plant identification Hike. Learn about the plants around you and how they survived the winter. Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area.
        12/19 – Sunday – “Bark, Buds & Twigs” –  2:00 pm. Winter tree and plant identification Hike. Learn about the plants around you and how they survived the winter. Meet at the Jacob Fork Parking Area.
        12/26 – Sunday – “Skulls and Skins” – 2 pm - 3 pm. Look for a Park Ranger and his interesting display of skulls and skins at the Visitor Center. Drop by and hear about some of the animals that call South Mountains State Park home.
South Mountains State Park, 3001 South Mountains Park Avenue, Connelly Springs, NC  28612. (South Mountains State Park is located south of Morganton off of old Highway 18.) We welcome the community to join us for our monthly educational interpretive programs. Call the park office at (828) 433-4772 or www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/somo for more information.

Council On Aging/Neal Senior Center
        BINGO – Each Monday Night (except holidays) – Doors open at 5:30 (no admittance after 7:00 pm. Jackpot up to $500.00 – Public invited 12 years old an up. Council on Aging/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby.
        12/16 – Thursday – Blood Pressure Check – 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Council on Aging/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby.
        12/17 – Friday – Christmas Feast – 12:00 noon at Council on Aging, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby. Come by the Senior Center to register and pick-up ticket or call Mary Hamrick at 704-482-3488. Cost $7.50 per person.
        12/31 – Friday – New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance – 6:30 p.m. - 12:30 am at Council on Aging, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby. Tickets are now on sale at the Senior Center, please come by the Senior Center to pick-up your tickets and reserve your seat. Cost: $25.00 per person or $45.00 per couple. Includes: Dinner, Dance, Party Favors and a Midnight Toast. Music by Frank Love Orchestra. Reservations must be made by 5:00 pm on December 29. For further information call 704-482-3488.

Child & Adult Care Food Program
        Cleveland Child Development Center announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. The same meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled participants. Children who are TANF recipients or who are members of food stamp or FDPIR households or are Head Start participants are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. Adult participants who are members of food stamp FDPIR households or who are SSI or Medicaid participants are automatically eligible to receive free benefits. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider an employer.

Parents’ Nite Out
        The Pace Community Network is sponsoring a Parents’ Nite Out to allow you time to Christmas shop without your children. Someone will be available to watch and supervise your children on Fridays, December 17 and 24 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at Canaan Baptist Church, located at 300 East Ross Grove Rd., Shelby. Contact Melody at 704-957-3619 or Dim at 704-253-0305 for more information and to make appointments for Friday night. No drop-ins are allowed. Appointments for Parents’ Nite Out must be arranged in advance.

Council On Aging/Senior Center’s
Annual Christmas Feast
        The Council on Aginging/Senior Center will sponsor their Annual Christmas Feast on Friday, December 17, 2010, 12:00 p.m. The cost is $7.50 per person. Lunch will include: Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans, yams, bread, dessert and beverage. Takeouts will be available. (All takeouts must be picked up by 11:00 on December 17). Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2010 to 704-482-3488. Pre-registration is required.

Christmas At The Harvest
        Faith Harvest Church will hold “Christmas At The Harvest”, an evening of celebration honoring the Greatest Gift Of All on Saturday, December 18th, 5:00 pm. Each attendee is asked to bring a donation of a new or gently used baby item to support the Pregnancy Resource Center, a local non-profit Christian ministry that assists women and their families with unplanned pregnancies free of charge. The church is located at 1001 Buffalo St., Shelby. For more information call 704-300-0771.

Woodbridge Lawnmower
Christmas Parade
        The Woodbridge Lawnmower Christmas Parade (17th Annual Charlie Gane Memorial Parade) will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2010, 2:00 p.m. The parade includes: kids, pets, grandparents, lawnmowers, bicycles and classical cars, a hayride and a Visit From Santa. Parade forms are available at top of Dunes Drive. Caroling (no talent necessary). A Festival of Cookies will be held at 107 Quail Hollow Drive, immediately after the parade. Volunteer cookie bakers are needed. All Woodbridge residents, families and guests are encouraged to participate.  This is the longest running Lawnmower Parade in North Carolina. Be a part of history. For more information call Pat & Steve Bonino 704-480-8603, Cathy & Harry Barrett 704-482-3137, Norma & Doug Sharp, 704-480-1608 or Dot & John Slopey 704-487-6544.

New Support Group for Depression and Bipolar Disorder
        Now people living with depression or bipolar disorder will have a new place to find hope, help and support. The local chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will host regular, confidential, peer-led, self-help support group meetings on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00pm at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Shelby. DBSA support groups are open to anyone who is diagnosed with a mood disorder, has a family member or friend who is diagnosed, or who thinks they might have depression or bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression). DBSA support groups are not run by professionals, but instead offer peer-to-peer support which is an important component of recovery from mental illness for many people. DBSA is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder. The organization has over 400 independent local chapters that operate over 1000 self-help support groups around the United States. For More Info call 704-472-0596     or    visit www.dbsalliance.org/foothills.

Cleveland County Arts Council
        12/27 – Saturday – Roots Music Film Night – 6:00 pm at the Don Gibson Theatre. The Cleveland County Arts Council & Destination Cleveland County are excited to offer three great films in one evening in the Don Gibson Theatre. These films have all been award winners at the Real to Real International Film Festival and have a roots music connection. At 6:00 - Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubadour; 7:00 - Mountain Music Project; and at 8:00 - Crazy. Free to attend.
        12/29 – Wednesday – Winter Whimsical Fun Day Just For Kids – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Arts Center. Kindergarten through 5th grade – Cost is $15 per child and this includes materials. For more information call 704-484-2787.
        Calling All Artists – Interested in teaching art classes at the Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby. Classes for adults and children. For more information call Corine Guseman at 704-484-2787 or email: corine@ccartscouncil.org.

Fallston Light Up The Town
        The Fallston Annual “Light Up the Town” will be held thru December 17th. Judges will be out between those days, looking for 5 catagories: Most Creative, Most Elegant, Most Traditional, Most Brightest and Kids Choice. Winners will receive $25 each. So Fallston get decorated.
Windjammers 22nd Annual Toy Run
        The Windjammers will hold their 22nd Annual Toy Run Ride For The Children of Cleveland County on December 19. Line up will be at Cleveland Mall. Pull out at 1:30 p.m. Breakfast will held at the clubhouse. Free BBQ will be available at the clubhouse on ride while it lasts. Help make a child’s Christmas happier. Give a toy or a donation.

Disaster Fundraiser
        The American Red Cross will sponsor a Disaster Fundraiser. Boston butts will be available for $35.00 each. Includes slaw and sauce. Pickup times are Wednesday, December 22, 4-5 pm or Thursday, December 23, 10:00 a.m.-12 noon. Red Cross Building, 1333 Fallston Road, Shelby, NC. Deadline to order Thursday, December 17.



Uptown Shelby Luminaries / Court Square
        Join friends and family in Uptown Shelby on the 17th of December to add your own contribution to the glowing light on Court Square. For several years Uptown Shelby Association has organized the traditional display of lights to complement the Friday night horse-drawn carriage rides and other family fun in the Uptown district. A luminary donation of $5 adds a light to the display that can be made in honor of a friend or family member, or “You may choose to make a memorial donation that remembers a relative or friend who has passed on,” said Wade Nichols, Uptown Shelby Association’s Executive Director. “We will display the names of those honored and remembered, and the funds raised will be used to replenish the Christmas Lights around the Court Square.” If you wish to honor someone, send your contribution of $5 per luminary to Uptown Shelby Association by December 15th. Make checks payable to Uptown Shelby Association and mail them to: P.O. Box 2042, Shelby, NC 28151. Call with questions at 704-484-3100. Uptown Shelby Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization responsible for revitalization, special events and promotion in the historic Uptown Shelby district centered on Court Square. Uptown Shelby Association was one of the first designated Main Street communities in the U.S. under a pilot project by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1979.

Relay For Life Bake Sale
        The “Relay Rejects” Relay For Life team will hold a Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-noon at K-Mart in Shelby. Captain is Sandra Bowen. Cakes, pies, brownies and other items will be available. For more information, contact Sandra at 980-295-0506.

Breathe 4 Brycee 5K
        Breathe for Brycee 5K is on Saturday, December 18th at Shelby Fitness. We are having the 5K in honor of a very special little boy........Bryce Barbee. Bryce is a sweet boy suffering from 7 heart defects within his one little heart. WANT TO BE A PART? 1. Go to www.active.com and register to walk/run 2. Go to www.active.com and register your child 12 and under for the FUN RUN!   *Fun Run is $15 *You can also register the morning of the event at 8am. *The run will begin at 9am and the FUN RUN will begin around 10:30 am. We will have live entertainment, music, breakfast and much much more! Please join us for this wonderful cause! *But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:31

Camp Call Masonic Lodge BBQ Butts
        Order Now!! We are taking orders for our Christmas BBQ Butts with Slaw and Sauce to be picked up Thursday, December 23 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. They are only $30.00 each so please order now. To place orders call: 704-487-9776 or 704-482-8460 or 704-538-9467. The proceeds go to charity. The Lodge is located on Highway 226 North, Shelby.

Casar Fire Department Annual BBQ
And Turkey Sale
        Casar Fire Department will hold their Annual BBQ and Turkey Sale on December 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. BBQ shoulders are $40.00 (includes BBQ slaw and sauce). Turkeys are $25.00. All proceeds will benefit the Casar Volunteer Fire Department. Take the stress out of your Christmas cooking this year and enjoy a pit cooked shoulder or turkey. Items can be picked up at Casar Fire Dept. (5765 Casar Rd., Casar, NC). on December 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. To order you can contact any Casar Fireman or Jason Parker at 704-473-7646 or Dewey Cook at 704-538-3218.

Rutherford County All-Star Football Team Fundraiser
        The Rutherford County All-Star Football team will be holding a Car Wash and Hot-Dog sale at Auto Zone in Forest City from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm on Monday, December 27th. We want to raise funds to attend the UFIC Football Tourney in Greenville SC. Donations are Greatly Appreciated.

New Year’s Eve Dinner And Dance
        The Neal Senior Center will sponsor a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance, on Friday, December 31, 2010, 6:30 p.m.-12:30 AM at the Senior Center, 100 TR Harris Dr., Shelby. Music by: Frank Love Orchestra. Tickets are $25.00 per person or $45.00 per couple. This includes dinner, dance, party favors and a midnight toast. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are now available at the Neal Sr. Center. Come by the Center to purchase your tickets and reserve your seat. Reservations must be made by 5:00 pm on December 29, 2010. For further info call 704-482-3488.

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