CALENDAR FOR FEB. 18
• A Small Business Center seminar titled “How the Affordable Care Act will Affect Your Business” will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. In this workshop, participants will be able to determine how the ACA will affect their business and about accessing available subsidies for health insurance. They will also come to know what compliance requirements they must meet, understand defined contribution plans and learn how to prepare for 2014 and beyond. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8mgka1n1fefe4bd&oseq=&c=&ch= or call (919) 774-6442.
• Story time for toddlers and preschoolers will be held at 10 a.m. at the Broadway Library, 206 S. Main St., Sanford. This week's theme is “friendship!” For more information, please call Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.
• The Lee County Arts Council's “Art With A Heart” event will be held at 6 p.m. at the council office, 144-E S. Steele St, Sanford. The council invites guests to join them for a night to see how they bring arts to the community, along with some good social networking. Those planning to attend are asked to sign up by calling (919) 774-6139, via email or through the Arts Council's Facebook page.
• Grace Christian School will host an open house for prospective students and parents from 7-8 p.m. at 2601 Jefferson Davis Highway, Sanford. Those in attendance could win a drawing for $500 toward their tuition and learn how to qualify for a $4,000 voucher to be applied toward tuition. For more information, call (919) 774-4415 or visit www.gcscrusaders.org.
• The Parkinson's Support Group for people with Parkinson's disease, their family members and caregivers, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The focus of the meeting will be looking at recent news of Parkinson's disease research.
• This week's story time for toddlers will be held at 10 a.m. at the Main Library on Hawkins Avenue; the theme will be “Friendship!” For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.
• Today is the deadline to register for The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's cut-flower production workshop, part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series, on Feb. 26 from 1-5 p.m. at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope. The workshop will cover the latest new cut-flower species and cultivars, high tunnel production, cut-flower fertilization, harvest and post-harvest handling and more. Speakers include John Dole, Alicain Carlson and Iftikhar Ahmad, all from the North Carolina State University Horticultural Sciences Department. Details and registration information are posted on the Extension's Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/gsf-workshops.
• Master potter Mark Hewitt will discuss his art and his book, “The Potter’s Eye,” at 7 p.m. at Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro. The program, which was previously scheduled for Jan. 29, is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. Mark and his wife, Carol Peppe Hewitt, opened their Pittsboro pottery in 1983. His work has been featured in the “Smithsonian” magazine and on the cover of “American Craft” magazine; he has written extensively in the ceramic press, and he has exhibited in London, New York and Tokyo, as well as throughout the U.S. A farm-to-table dinner will be served at Central Carolina Community College’s Natural Chef café preceding the program from 6-7 p.m. Dinner reservations are strongly suggested and are accepted at (910) 545-8076.
• New York Times bestselling novelist Alice Hoffman will read from her latest novel, “The Museum of Extraordinary Things,” at 6:30 p.m. at McIntyre’s Books, Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. Hoffman will read and discuss her latest work prior to signing copies of her novel. The book will be available for purchase. To learn more, contact the store at (919) 542-3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org; its website is www.mcintyresbooks.com.
• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. All who are looking for a job are welcome. Job leads and encouragement will be available. This week's program: Sarah Courtright from Well Centered will speak on de-stressing and surrounding yourself with positive people. Call (919) 776-7137 to learn more.
• A free Small Business Center seminar titled “LinkedIn: Beyond the Profile,” featuring Kelly Klug, will be held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. As a businessperson, you have probably created a LinkedIn profile, but have you explored other ways LinkedIn can help you? Whether you are just looking to network or trying to drive more customers to your door, LinkedIn has an entire toolbox to assist you. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8mh0zvxc433a1f1&oseq=&c=&ch= or call (919) 718-7424.
• The Carolina Mountain Dulcimers will meet at 7 p.m. at the Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill. Beginners, experts and all stringed instruments are welcome. For more information and directions, contact Shirley Ray at ShirleyRay@aol.com or (919) 929-5359.
• The Rufus Barringer Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. at the Southern Pines Civic Club, located at Ashe and Pennsylvania avenues behind the tennis counts in Southern Pines. The roundtable will welcome North Carolina native John Peacock, who teaches at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount. Peacock will focus on his presentation of Pitt County resident Maj. General Bryan Grimes. Grimes was one of the American Civil War's outstanding examples of the "citizen soldier." He fought in all the major battles in the Eastern Theater and was legendary for his miraculous escapes. New members are needed, and visitors are always welcome. Refreshments will be served. For information, please call (910) 235-0946 or (910) 695-9058.
• This week’s story time for preschoolers will be held at 11 a.m. at the Main Library on Hawkins Avenue; the theme will be “Friendship!” For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.
• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce am buzz February event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at TRP CPAs PLLC, 306 Court Square, Sanford. The networking event will include coffee and a light breakfast, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and more. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their business cards for networking and cash for a chance to win prizes. To learn more or register, visit www.sanford-nc.com/ or call (919) 775-7341.
• A community meeting concerning the upcoming U.S. Open will be held at 7 p.m. at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 S. Steele St. The purpose of the meeting is to generate and execute a plan to make the U.S. Open tournaments successful for Lee County businesses.