CALENDAR FOR MARCH 15
• A flapjack fundraiser will be held to support Tha Team M/C from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill, 1325 Plaza Blvd., Sanford. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call (919) 935-4537, (919) 935-3230 or (919) 279-4764.
• 2nd Annual San Lee Trail Half Marathon will start at 9 a.m. at San Lee Park, 572 Pumping Station Road, Sanford. There is a $35 registration fee, $40 day of if available. Call (919) 776-6221 to learn more, and register at https://stormendurance.com/ses/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=52&zenid=c4c0a13fd7f10d4bd59aec0179afbda6.
• Divas & Friends in Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. in the McIver Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. These singers return with music from the 60s and a tribute to the music of the Beatles. They will be backed up by Bobby Johnson on the drums, Don Gladstone on the bass and David Almond at the piano. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased from the church office at (919) 775-5216 or at the door.
• A book signing with Guy LoFaro, author of “The Sword of St. Michael,” will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville. Books also are available in the gift shop and may be ordered online or by calling (910) 643-2772.
• History Hounds, a group of home-schooled children ranging from grades four through 12, will be leading informational walking tours of downtown Sanford from 1:30-3:30 p.m., with tours starting at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot across the street from the old city hall/fire station (now better known as home to La Dolche Vita) at 143 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. History Hounds is a part of the Tar Heels Junior Historians Association, in association with the North Carolina Museum of History. It is a group of 45 home-schooled kids and teens that learn about the history of North Carolina. People will be on hand to guide participants from stop to stop. The last tour group will be leaving at 2:30 p.m.
• The Lee County Community Orchestra, under the direction of Tara Villa Keith, will present its concert “To and From America” at 8 p.m. at Grace Chapel Church in Sanford, featuring guest artists Jacqueline Culpepper, soprano, and Dan Boye, baritone. The concert will include works by Dvorak, Gershwin, Puccini and Mozart, along with fan favorites from musicals, like “Guys and Dolls,” “Porgy and Bess,” and “An American in Paris.” See www.leecountycommunityorchestra.com/season to learn more.
• The Parker Homecoming Celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The event will feature Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Harvesters Quartet, Ivan Parker and the Parker Family. General seating is $13 in advance, $15 at the door ($7/$10 for children 10 and under); and Artist Circle Seating is $16 in advance, $18 at the door ($10/$12 for children). Tickets are available from the Carpenter's Shop, Broadway Hardware and Danny Parker ((919) 776-4055).
• The Lee County Republican Party will hold its annual precinct meetings and convention at 9:30 a.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.) at the Republican Headquarters, located at 101 S. Steele St., Sanford. During the precinct meetings, elections of delegates to the county, district and state conventions will take place. All interested Republicans are invited to attend; however, to be a voting delegate at the precinct meeting, one must be a registered Republican as of Jan. 31, 2014. To be a voting delegate to the county, district, and state conventions, one must be a registered Republican as of Jan. 31, 2014.
• Clean Jordan Lake's participation in the Haw River Assembly's annual Clean-Up-A-Thon scheduled for today has been postponed until March 29. Heavy rainfall of late last week has caused the lake level to rise by 8 feet, forcing closure of boat ramps at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and cutting off access to shoreline paths that volunteers must follow to reach trash.
• Today is the registration deadline for a beginning workshop for adults interested in learning about quilting, set for March 22 and 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Auditorium of the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. This workshop is being sponsored by Hearts and Hands ECA Quilters’ Guild, and the cost is $75 per person, which includes instruction, fabric and batting. Participants will make a small quilt from start to finish and learn rotary cutting, piecing, applying borders, marking, simple machine quilting, fussy cutting and binding. Registration must be paid in advance, and class size is limited. For more information and a supply list, call Kay Morton at (919) 775-5624.
• The 2014 Sanford Mixed City Tournament, sponsored by the Sanford Bowling Association, will be held today and tomorrow at Kendale Lanes. Doubles and singles will be held today, with squads at 1 and 4 p.m., and the team event will be held tomorrow, with squads at 1 and 4 p.m.
• In partnership with Moore County Public Safety, North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry, Sandhills Baptist Association and the Office of State Fire Marshal, a free community training event will be held from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center at 302 S. McNeill St., Carthage. Because the aging are at greater risk to be killed or injured in a house fire, the involved agencies share a goal to reduce accidental death and injury rates for adults in North Carolina. 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; registration ends March 10. Learn more by emailing email@example.com or by calling (910) 947-2238.
• The Sandhills Antique Farm Equipment Club Inc. will hold a farm show, with gates opening at 9 a.m., at Sandhills Farm Park, 200 Alexander Drive, Lillington. The show includes antique tractors, farm equipment, classic cars, trucks and hit-and-miss engines, as well as demonstrations that may include pottery, weaving, soap making, local talent, well drilling, wood stove cooking, blacksmithing and other farm activities. Admission is $5, and military are $4 with ID; children ages 10 and under get in free.
• The Rotary Clubs of Lee County and the Siler City Rotary Club are sponsoring a Stop Hunger Now packaging event in two shifts, one at 10 a.m. and one at noon, at the Lions Club Fairgrounds. Stop Hunger Now is an organization dedicated to supplying meals to school children and families in developing countries, mainly in Africa, South America and the Caribbean. The packaging event is a festive, high-energy "happening" where volunteers get together to convert raw materials into meals for people in need overseas, under the guidance of personnel from Stop Hunger Now. Anyone who would like to volunteer to participate, please call either Mitch Reese at (919) 776-1095 or Sam Sillaman at (919) 499-2364 and indicate which shift you would like to work.
• One By One meets at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage Street. One By One welcomes all people who are interested in improving race relationships in an atmosphere where frank and open discussion is encouraged.
• The Lee County Community Orchestra, under the direction of Tara Villa Keith, will present its concert “To and From America” at 3 p.m. at Grace Chapel Church in Sanford, featuring guest artists Jacqueline Culpepper, soprano, and Dan Boye, baritone. The concert will include works by Dvorak, Gershwin, Puccini and Mozart, along with fan favorites from musicals, like “Guys and Dolls,” “Porgy and Bess” and “An American in Paris.” See www.leecountycommunityorchestra.com/season to learn more.
• Barrowburn, a Raleigh-based band, will be presenting traditional Celtic music on acoustic instruments at 2 p.m. at the Annual Friends of the Harnett County Public Library general membership meeting, held at the Harnett County Public Library in Lillington. Barrowburn has played at numerous festivals including the Gaelic Festival in Raleigh, Celtic Fest in Cary and the International Festival in Raleigh. For more than 10 years, they have been the house band at Tir na nOg, Raleigh's premier Irish Pub. Raffle tickets are $1 each, and they will be available from any member of the Friends group, as well as at the library. Refreshments and a social hour will follow the free program, which is open to the public.