CALENDAR FOR DEC. 6

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 05:01 AM

TODAY

• CCCC will host its first Christmas Tree Lighting and Photos with Santa event from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Lee County Campus Plaza at the main campus entrance. The event is free and open to children of all ages. The Southern Lee High School Marching Band will parade through campus, leading Santa into the plaza. The jolly old elf will ride in on an antique Deep River Fire Department fire truck. The lights on the college’s 18-foot Christmas tree will be turned on, and Julian Philpott, chair of the CCCC Board of Trustees, will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Hot cocoa prepared by CCCC’s Chef Gregg Hamm’s Café 121 and cookies prepared by student inmates at the Harnett Correctional Institution will be served to all. Ornaments made by HCI students will be distributed to children while the supply lasts. The CCCC Plaza is located at the main entrance to the campus, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford.

• The Carthage Christmas Parade will be held at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Carthage.

• A Quilt Magic craft class will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Quit Magic is like painting by numbers, except for using fabric instead of paint. Purchase a kit that includes all the necessary items to complete this craft. For more information contact The Enrichment Center at (919) 776-0501 x 2201.

• The Siler City Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. in downtown Siler City. This year's parade theme will be "The Wonder of Christmas Morning." Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three floats. Organizers invite the public to the courtyard on Chatham Avenue for the following: An on-stage performance of "Midst of Lions" before and after the parade, Siler City Merchant's Association's annual tree-lighting, and Santa, who will be available to visit with children in the courtyard after the parade. To learn more, contact the Chatham Chamber of Commerce at (919) 742-3333 or visit www.ccucc.net.

• 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.

FRIDAY

• After months of planning and hard work, The Noble Christmas Light Show will be offered from about 6-10 p.m. at 677 Harvey Faulk Road in Sanford. Visitors can tune their radios to FM 102.3 during the show, which is about an hour long.

• 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.

• Carbonton United Methodist Church's drive-thru Christmas display, featuring biblical scenes and stories, lights, luminaries, cookies and hot chocolate, will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 5442 Goldston Carbonton Road in Goldston.

• Carolina Artists' Colony will hold an open house from 5–8:30 p.m. at 148 S. Moore St. Visitors will be treated to free refreshments, short readings and book signings by N.C. authors, and special savings during the Secret Santa and Quick Reads event. For details, visit www.facebook.com/carolinaartistscolony/events#!/events/560671000616164.

SATURDAY

• The Noble Christmas Light Show will be offered from about 6-11 p.m. at 677 Harvey Faulk Road in Sanford. Visitors can tune their radios to FM 102.3 during the show, which is about an hour long. Tonight is the grand lighting with everything on, including the virtual Santa.

• The Broadway Optimist Club will present Broadway's Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. in downtown Broadway. Festivities will begin with a Christmas celebration at 10:30 a.m. at the town community center on Main Street, with vendor booths, activities and food.

• Community members, partners and volunteers with the Active Chatham Coalition will join together for the eighth annual 5-K Reindeer Run, plus the one-mile Rudolph's Family Fun Run, which starts at 8 a.m. at the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro. Runners and walkers will start the 3.1-mile, USATF-certified course on the college's T.H.A.N.K.S. trail, and then on to downtown Pittsboro and back to the finish at the community college. Rudolph's Family Fun Run will follow and is free for children in grades K-5. Afterward, Santa Claus will visit with the children. Runners and walkers can register online at www.sportoften.com or complete the registration forms available at the Chatham County Parks and Recreation Department, 90 East St., Pittsboro. For more information, or to volunteer or sponsor these events, contact Jennifer Park at (919) 545-8444 or jennifer.park@chathamnc.org.

• A gospel benefit extravaganza, for adult care unmet needs, will be held at 4 p.m. at the Lee County Arts and Community Center, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford. Non-perishable items or personal hygiene items will be accepted for admission, and other donations will also be accepted. The event will include door prizes, a gospel comedian, gospel singing, a blues band, mime dancers and much more. For more information, contact sponsors Charles and Janet Taylor at (919) 353-4975, (919) 499-0343 or charlestaylor482012@hotmail.com.

• The 2012 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.

• The House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site will host a Colonial Christmas event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The historic home will be decorated for the Christmas season and open for visitors. Colonial era re-enactors will be on site, attired in period dress and demonstrating various 18th century crafts and skills, complete with musket and cannon firing throughout the day. Visitors can enjoy period music and finger food with light refreshments. The House will remain decorated until after the first of the year. Admission is free, however donations are accepted. The site is located 16 miles west of Sanford off N.C. 42 and 10 miles north of Carthage on the Carbonton-Carthage Road. For more information, call (910) 947-2051 or visit www.nchistoricsites.org/horsesho/horsesho.htm.

• The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 USA Dance will hold its Sleigh Ride Dance, starting at 7 p.m. with food and snacks, then a free dance lesson from 7:30-8 p.m. and open dancing from 8-10 p.m., at 105 McReynolds St. Carthage (across the street from Fred's on the second floor of the Sinclair Building). Singles and couples are welcome. If possible, please bring an appetizer or food to share; beverages are provided. This is a smoke free, alcohol free event. The cost is $7 for members, $10 for guests. All first-time guests get in free. For more information, call Asunda at (919) 356-2784 or visit www.DancingInTheCarolinaPines.org.

• The Northwood High School advanced course of study in foods group will host an international food gala in the school cafeteria at 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for anyone over the age of 10. All four high schools in the area will be participating in the gala, which will feature foods from all over the world. Chatham Central will provide American regional food; Jordan-Matthews will provide food from Trinidad and Tobago; Northwood will feature foods from 10 different nations, including Greece, Spain, Jamaica, Mexico, Cuba and Asian countries. Several other area high schools and two Wake County businesses, Jacks Seafood and Peak Olive Oils, will be special guests. Contact Northwood teacher Yanique Walters at ywalters@chatham.k.12.nc.us or (919) 542-4181 for additional information.      

• Carbonton United Methodist Church's drive-thru Christmas display, featuring biblical scenes and stories, lights, luminaries, cookies and hot chocolate, will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 5442 Goldston Carbonton Road in Goldston.