CALENDAR FOR DEC. 9

Dec. 09, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The 2012 20th Annual Chatham Artists Guild 20th Annual Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This is an opportunity to tour and visit the studios of 50 local artists. Visit www.chathamartistsguild.org/ to learn more.

• The Temple Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol" at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. It also is open one hour before curtain on show days for will call and walk-up sales only. To learn more, visit www.templeshows.com.

• East Coast Concepts and Organizational Solutions will present the Central Carolina Winter Arts and Crafts Festival from 4-9 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. This family-friendly event was created to provide funding to participating Lee and Chatham county high school art departments through a silent auction and make-and-take classes, provide an opportunity for the public to "experience the arts" with local artists and small businesses, and to showcase the importance and creativity of the arts in the community. A silent auction will be held during the festival to raise funds for the Lee County High School National Art Honor Society and the Northwood High School art department. The festival will also spotlight performing arts through live performances. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.experiencetheartsnc.com.

MONDAY

• The Victims of Sexual Assault Support Group meets tonight and every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call Haven In Lee County for more information at (919)-774-8923.

TUESDAY

• The Chatham County Council on Aging and Piedmont Health Services invite residents to a free series of talks scheduled through Dec. 13 on health and aging topics, such as nutrition, home and community resources, and medication. A talk will be held today from 12:30-1:30 p.m. called "Aging Options for Older Adults - Maintaining Quality of Life" at the Pittsboro Senior Center. The talks are open to people of all ages, and Piedmont Health's Moncure Community Health Center will provide speakers and meals for the events. For more information or to register, please contact Lindsay Hickling at (919) 542-4512 or lindsay.hickling@chathamcouncilonaging.org.

• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, with co-sponsor The CCCC Small Business Center, will host a lunch and learn program, titled "Entrepreneur's Rocket Fuel," from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The session will be presented by Steve Carver — business owner, management trainer and public speaker with more than 45 years of experience in developing and teaching skills to beginners and experienced professionals. The cost is $10 for lunch and seminar; seating is limited. Please call (919) 775-7341 or go to sanford-nc.com to register.

• Hope for the Holidays, an event to bring comfort and joy to children and their families who have lost a loved one, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Family Doc Counseling Center, 1415 Greenway Court. This free event is open to all who have experienced a loss. Family Doc Counselor Katie Thomas will lead this event in a brief presentation, followed by snacks and a memorial craft. Those planning to attend must reserve a space. Call (919) 895-6334.

WEDNESDAY

• The Veteran's Remembrance Group will meet at 2 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Speaker George Newport is a veteran who served in Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War and Afghanistan. The Veteran's Remembrance Group meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month. Call The Enrichment Center, (919) 776-0501 x 2201, for more information.

• A training will be held from 1-5 p.m. in the auditorium of the agriculture building in Pittsboro. The free workshop is hosted by the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and will address how local farmers can achieve USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) certification, provide information on risks behind specific GAPs requirements and outline logistics for preparing and scheduling a GAPs audit. The USDA GAPs certification program is an independent audit of produce suppliers that focuses on best agricultural practices to verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. Get complete details about the workshop (including the three other workshop dates and locations) on the Growing Small Farms website at http://bit.ly/GSFworkshops. To register, email Debbie Roos at debbie.roos@chathamnc.org and put "GAPs workshop" in the subject line. Please include name and county in the email.

THURSDAY

• The Chatham County Council on Aging and Piedmont Health Services invite residents to a free series of talks scheduled through Dec. 13 on health and aging topics, such as nutrition, home and community resources, and medication. A talk will be held today from 5:30-6:30 p.m. called "Aging Options for Older Adults — Maintaining Quality of Life" at the Pittsboro Senior Center. The talks are open to people of all ages, and Piedmont Health's Moncure Community Health Center will provide speakers and meals for the events. For more information or to register, please contact Lindsay Hickling at (919) 542-4512 or lindsay.hickling@chathamcouncilonaging.org.

• The Temple Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. It also is open one hour before curtain on show days for will call and walk-up sales only. To learn more, visit www.templeshows.com.

• Meals on Wheels of Sanford will hold its monthly meeting of the board of directors at 9:30 a.m. in the library of the First Presbyterian Church on Hawkins Avenue. All interested parties are invited to attend and learn about this caring ministry.