CALENDAR FOR FEB. 21

Feb. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• Artist Shirley Romero will lead beginners and experienced artists alike in a painting class from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists' Colony, 148 S. Moore St., Sanford. Monet's "Water Lily Pond" will be used as inspiration. Canvas, paints and tools will be provided to use during this $20 class. Participants may bring beverages and snacks of their choice to enjoy and share if they like. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register, as class size will be limited.

• Saltydog House Concerts will host a concert featuring Steff Mahan, a Nashville-based singer/songwriter, at 7:30 p.m. at 21578 N.C. Highway 24/27, Cameron. Saltydog is a new venture in Cameron in which nationally touring musicians come to perform in the intimate atmosphere of someone's living room. Friends, neighbors, and community members gather to enjoy different styles of music, food and fellowship. Those interested in attending can call (919) 353-1278 or email Rob120m@aol.com to get on the guest list. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Suggested donation is $15, and all proceeds go to cover the expenses and travel costs of the musicians.

• The Forestry Association will attend an outing to the White Pines Preserve, just over the Chatham County Line. Those in attendance will meet at 1 p.m. at the Lee County Extension Center, with plans to return by 4 p.m. This is a follow up to the January meeting on the work of the Triangle Land Conservancy. Those wanting to take part may RSVP to Rhonda Gaster at (919) 775-5624.

• The 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, recently signed by President Obama, ends the 40-year federal ban on growing industrial hemp. A screening of the documentary “Bringing It Home” will be hosted by the Siler City Development Organization at 7 p.m. in the Old Braxton Gym on Third Avenue in Siler City. This award-winning documentary explores the question of why this crop could not be farmed in the United States by exploring its history, industries and current farming legalization efforts. Learn more about this film on Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/n1755a.

SATURDAY

• Goldston Star Lodge #688, Morning Chapter #594 OES, will hold a community fish fry from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Goldston Lodge Hall, 419 J.S. Waters School Road, Goldston. Requested donation amount is $7.

• Crowned Cuties will host a princess tea party at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Church Fellowship Hall, 511 Church St., Sanford. Those in attendance can dress in their most elegant gowns, join the princess parade and enjoy a storyteller and treats. Each princess must be escorted by an adult. The event is free, but registration is required. Call (919) 727-9013 or go to CrownedCuties.com to register. There is limited space available. Questions? Contact Lyndra McLeod at (919) 727-9013.

• “Give Harnett Kids A Smile” will be held from 9-4:30 p.m. at the Harnett County Health Department, 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington. Free medical and dental services are available for pre-registered children up to 13 years old from uninsured families; application forms are available from https://www.facebook.com/HarnettSmiles or email harnettsmiles@gmail.com to learn more.

• A Project Linus Make A Blanket Day will be held from 9 a.m.-noon in the sewing room of Sew There Fabric Store, located at 11 S. Broad St., Angier.. Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need in Harnett County and across the United States. There will be fabric and fleece, volunteers to help and answer questions and tables to work on. Those who have a sewing machine, please bring it and a favorite pair of scissors.  Call (919) 331-2499 to learn more.

• A Chatham County Democratic Party precinct meeting for Oakland will be held at 7 p.m. at 3006 River Forks Road, Sanford.

• The fourth annual Lee County district final for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, sponsored by Lee County PAGE, will be held at 1 p.m. in Lee County High School's McLeod Auditorium. All participants should arrive at the auditorium by noon.

• The Carolina Lakes Polar Bear Plunge, benefiting wounded warriors at the Fort Bragg Soldier and Family Assistance Center, will be held at 10 a.m. at Carolina Lakes Marina. The event will feature a ski show presented by April Coble Eller and Pro Tour Driver Chris Eller of Coble Ski School. Register online at www.active.com; pre-registration is recommended. Participants may also register on the day of the event starting at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event. Wounded warriors and children under 10 jump for free. Food and drinks will be available. Sponsorships available beginning at $200. To learn more, contact Gretchen at (919) 721-4854 or see www.carolinalakes.info.

SUNDAY

• A monthly mileage hike will be held at 2 p.m. at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington. This challenge for 2014 puts a unique twist on the months of the year, and every month, a hike will be offered that covers the mileage that is equivalent to the month of the year. With this being February, participants will do a two-mile hike that includes a hike on Fish Traps Trail and Longleaf Loop Trail to complete the two miles. Hikers will meet at the picnic shelter.

• A Valentine's mixed doubles event, with squad times from 3:30-5:30 p.m., will be held at Kendale Lanes in Sanford. There is a $40 entry fee, with an optional $10 singles HDCP and scratch. The first-place prize is $500.

• An engagement party will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Sanford Belk store, 1065 Spring Lane, Sanford. The event, held twice each year, allows brides and grooms to add to their registry or create a new one, all while having a chance to win prizes. To learn more, call (919) 774-4428.