CALENDAR FOR AUG. 27
• Louise Penny, the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of nine previous Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, will be coming at 6:30 p.m. to McIntyre's Books at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. This is a ticketed event; call (919) 542-3030 for details.
• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sanford for networking, job leads and job fair information. All are welcome. At 9:30, there will be a sign up for those who would like to take the eight-week Jobs For Life Study, an intensive job search and job skill class complimented by the Bible. No charge, but a definite commitment will be required. Each attendee will be matched with a business mentor. Call (919) 776-6137 for more information.
• The next session of “Jobs for Life” classes begins Sept. 3 at First Baptist Church, but an information session about the program will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the church, located on Summit Drive, just off Horner Boulevard in downtown Sanford. Jobs for Life, sponsored by First Baptist and The Salvation Army of Lee County, is a free eight-week, faith-based program designed to teach job-seeking skills and life skills. Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays from Sept. 3-Oct. 22. For more information, contact Cindy Hall at First Baptist at (919) 776-6137 or Chris Kelley at The Salvation Army at (919) 718-1717.
• HAVEN in Lee County will offer training for shelter volunteers from 9 a.m.-noon at the HAVEN office, 215 Bracken St., Sanford. Call Jean at (919) 774-8923 with questions.
• The 12th annual Boomer, Senior and Caregiver Expo will be held from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. It will include 100-plus vendors, educational seminars, massages, 20-plus health screenings, bingo, a painting workshop, hourly prize giveaways, manicures and haircuts and grand prizes. The event is presented by the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Call the center at (919) 776-0501 to learn more.
• The High Hopes Chorus will begin rehearsals for the 2014-15 season at 2 p.m. at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church in Sanford. The group sings at rehab centers, assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the Lee County area. The group always is looking for new members who love to sing and want to contribute to this ministry. Anyone interested in joining or wanting general information can contact Mary Ann Ludwick at (919) 776 4502.
• A Chatham Development Briefing will be held from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Governors Club, 11000 Governors Drive, Chapel Hill. RSVP requested by Aug. 20 to the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, (919) 742-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for Chamber members is $25 and for non-members $35. Registration and networking begins at 7:30 a.m., along with a full breakfast. The public is encouraged to attend. Attendees can expect to hear the latest information on residential, commercial and agricultural development for Chatham County. Information will be presented by real estate professionals, county representatives, consultants, economic development experts and others.
• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at FirstHealth Conference Center, Highway 211 and Page Road in Pinehurst. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
• Legal Aid of North Carolina will hold an intake day from noon-2 p.m. at Christians United Outreach Center, 2885 Lee Ave., Sanford. Topics that can be addressed include consumer issues, foreclosures, evictions, Medicaid Disability, expungements and much more. Legal Aid of North Carolina is a nonprofit that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people to ensure equal access to justice and remove barriers to economic opportunity. For more information, please call (919) 542-0475.
• A webinar titled “Even Monkeys Fall From Trees: Learn From Your Mistakes and Embrace Change” will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m., hosted by Express Employment Professionals. The event will feature Doug Lipp, author, professional speaker and expert on customer service, leadership and change management. During the webinar, Lipp will take participants on a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the Walt Disney Company, where he served as the head of training at Disney Studio's Walt Disney University, to learn about both its successes and how it overcame obstacles by challenging the status quo and embracing change. Register at ExpressPros.com/WebinarRegistration http://expresspros.com/WebinarRegistration.
• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new location of Thrivent Financial at 8 a.m. at 900 S. Vance St., #250, Sanford.
• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pinehurst Surgical, 5 FirstVillage Drive, Pinehurst. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
• The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office is bringing services to eligible locals from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the DAV Michael J. Thomas Chapter #5, 146 S. Main St., Broadway. During this stop, a trained DAV national service officer will provide counseling and claim-filing assistance. The services are free, and DAV membership is not required. Attendees should bring their claim number, Social Security number and any other pertinent documentation. To learn more, please call Michelle Colpaert, DAV NSO, at (336) 631-5481.
• The Temple Theatre will present “Impossibilities: Magic, Mind-Reading and Mayhem” at 7:30 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Mentalist Erik Dobell have spent a combined 40-plus years traveling from South Dakota to South Korea entertaining NFL football players and celebrities at private and public events. For their new project, they wondered what would happen if a magician and a mind reader worked together as a duo — which resulted in this show. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Advance tickets for military service members and their families are $12. VIP passes are available for $55. Call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or order via www.templeshows.com.