CALENDAR FOR MARCH 8
• A wild game dinner will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Flat Springs Baptist Church, 4148 Deep River Road, Sanford. The annual dinner will include game from the air, land, and sea, as well as side dishes and dessert prepared by church members. There will also be a speaker and door prizes. Admission is free.
• A grand opening celebration will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Dandalia Bakery, 1907 Bragg St., Sanford. The store will offer face painting, giveaways and more. There will also be a live radio remote.
• The Temple Theatre will present “Smoke on the Mountain” at 8 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. The show tells the story of a Saturday night gospel sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen bluegrass songs, played and sung by the Sanders Family. Admission prices range from $23 for general adult admission to $13 for children and students. Purchase tickets through www.templeshows.com or call the box office at (919) 774-4155.
• Sporting Clays Fun Shoot will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School, 284 Cletus Hall Road, Sanford. This is a 100-target, NSCA registered shoot.
• Doors will open at the Boogie Fever Dance Convention and Championships at 8:15 a.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The schedule is as follows: mini and petite solos at 9 a.m., awards at 10:15 a.m.; ages 12 and under duet/trios at 10:45 a.m., awards at noon; 12 and under groups and production at 12:45 p.m., awards at 5 p.m.; junior solos at 6:30 p.m., awards at 8:15 p.m. To learn more, visit http://boogiefeverdance.com/schedule/2014-sanford/.
• A Bowdacious Bow Making Class will be held from 3-5 p.m. at Karma Boutique in Sanford. Participants will learn how to make bows for wreaths, packages, mailboxes, light posts etc. They also will be taught how to use a bowdabra bow maker. The cost for this class is $25, and pre-registration is required by calling (910) 297-4965 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bowdacious-bow-making-class-tickets-10603291731.
• The North Carolina Democratic Party will hold annual precinct organizational meetings at 10 a.m. at the Lee County Democratic Party Headquarters, 139 Chatham St. The meetings are open to all registered Democrats in Lee County. Attendees will be electing delegates to the Lee County Democratic Party County Convention on Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m. at the Lee County Courthouse. Coffee, juice and donuts will be served. For more information, please call (919) 774-4797 or (919) 498-6935.
• Cara Black, author of the Parisian-based mysteries featuring Aimee Leduc, returns at 2 p.m. to McIntyre’s Books, located in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. She will be on hand to discuss her latest work, “Murder in Pigalle,” which is inspired by a true crime story of a serial killer who wreaked havoc on Paris in the summer of 1998. To learn more, call (919) 542-3030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The 79th Annual Highfalls Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention will be held at 4 p.m. at North Moore High School Auditorium, located on North Moore Road between High Falls and Robbins. Registration for participants will begin at 3 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. Bands can participate without preregistration. Admission is $7 per person, and tickets can be purchased at the door. A concession stand will be open throughout the evening. More than $1,800 in cash prizes and ribbons will be given in numerous categories. This event is sponsored by Highfalls Elementary, with the proceeds being used to benefit the school. For more information, call Highfalls Elementary School during school hours at (910) 464-3600 or visit http://tinyurl.com/27gq84c.
• The Above and Beyond 21st Century Open House will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County O.T. Sloan location, 1414 Bragg St., Sanford. This open house will include a tour of the new STEM modules that high school participants are now working on. All current and new high school participants have been awarded free membership to the Boys and Girls Club because of their participation in the 21st Century program.
• The 2014 March Spring Open Barn event will be held from noon-5 p.m. today and Sunday at Celebrity Dairy, 144 Celebrity Dairy Way, Siler City. Visitors can see the goat kid population, which is growing past the 100 mark. Lunch will be available featuring Celebrity Dairy goat cheese and other fresh, local products.
• The Temple Theatre will present “Smoke on the Mountain” at 2 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. The show tells the story of a Saturday night gospel sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen bluegrass songs, played and sung by the Sanders Family. Admission prices range from $23 for general adult admission to $13 for children and students. Purchase tickets through www.templeshows.com or call the box office at (919) 774-4155.
• Doors will open at the Boogie Fever Dance Convention and Championships at 7:15 a.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The schedule is as follows: Teen solos at 8 a.m., awards at 9:45 a.m.; ages 13 and up duet/trios at 10:30 a.m., awards at 1 p.m.; 13 and up groups and production at 2 p.m., awards at 5:45 p.m.; senior solos at 6:45 p.m., awards at 9:15 p.m. To learn more, visit http://boogiefeverdance.com/schedule/2014-sanford/.
• Sanford 2nd Sunday will be held from noon-4 p.m. in downtown Sanford, featuring music, vendors and more. Patrons can browse along the streets of downtown Sanford, where many local businesses will be open in addition to numerous vendors. Second Sundays will be held monthly through the fall. To learn more, visit http://sanford2ndsundaync.weebly.com.
• A Chatham County Democratic Party precinct meeting for Albright will be held at 4 p.m. at the Earl B. Fitts Community Center, 111 S. Third Ave. Siler City.
• The Youth Arts Month Reception, Spring Market and Kids Art Day will be held from noon-4 p.m. at the Lee County Arts Council, 144 S. Steele St., Sanford. The reception will include live music, dancing, booths demonstrating how to make soap, paint a personal masterpiece, improve your photographs and more. Refreshments are available while they last. An exhibit featuring the work of young artists will be on display and remain through March 21. Those interested in setting up a table/booth in the Steele Street Mall during this time to sell their wares, promote their organization or volunteer can email Leecountyarts@gmail.com or call (919) 774-6139.
• The Lee County Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. at Lee GOP Headquarters, 101 S. Steele St., Sanford. The lineup of speakers includes all GOP candidates for the Lee County Board of Education. Those in attendance are invited to enjoy hors d'oeuvres from 6:30-7 p.m., followed by the meeting from 7-8 p.m. with guest speakers Sandra Bowen, Christine Curkendall and Steve Schau. It is time for members to pay their 2014 dues of $30 for regular membership (Republican women who reside in Lee County), $15 for associate members (Republican women who reside in other counties as well as Republican men and students). Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate in support of Christians United Outreach Center.
• The First Baptist Church of Sanford and Sandhills Center MCO will be sponsoring a free community-wide event from 5:30-7 p.m. at First Baptist, 202 Summitt Drive, Sanford. The topic is "Changing Roles/Changing Families." This should be an informative session for parents, foster parents, professionals and others working with children. Discussion will be led by Linda Swann, family advocate for Lee and Harnett Family SupportChildcare, and a light dinner will be provided free, but registration is required. To register, contact Linda Swann, email@example.com or call toll free 1-877-776-6702.
• The Harnett County Cooperative Extension will host a “Hats off to Reading” celebration from 5-7 p.m. at the extension office, 126 Alexander Drive, Lillington. The event is for all ages and will include a reading room, healthy snack ideas, a photo booth, a character meet and greet, tips to promote literacy at home, literacy activities, a crazy hat contest (winner announced at 6:45 p.m.) and more. Questions may be addressed to (910) 893-7530.
• Today is the deadline to register for a free community training event, held in partnership with Moore County Public Safety, North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry, Sandhills Baptist Association and the Office of State Fire Marshal, from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on March 15 at the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center at 302 S. McNeill St., Carthage. The purpose of the training session is to educate participants in addressing the home safety needs of aging adults who live at home. Fire alarms will be distributed first to those who have registered. Learn more or sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (910) 947-2238.