CALENDAR FOR MARCH 9
• 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or by calling (910) 947-2238.
• The Democratic Women of Lee County will hold a “Meet the Candidates” event at 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the historic Wilrick Hotel, 152 S. Steele St., Sanford. Democratic candidates will meet and greet in the ballroom. Doors open at 6 p.m.,, and candidates will be introduced at 6:30 p.m. Questions may be addressed to Lynda F. Turbeville at (919) 776-9916.
• Story time will be held at 10 a.m. at the Broadway Library, 206 S. Main St., Broadway. This week's theme is green. Those in attendance will share stories, sing songs, do rhymes and more. For more information, please call Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665, x 5484.