CALENDAR FOR DEC. 8

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders of Southern Lee High School invite all youth, ages 5 years through eighth grade, to the first annual SLHS Junior Cavalier Cheer Clinic from 9 a.m.-noon in the Southern Lee High School gym. Participants will learn basic cheer skills and then be able to show them off at the home basketball game on Dec. 18. The cost is $30 per child if prepaid or $35 per child on the day of the clinic. There will be a $5 discount for siblings. (Example: child 1-$35, child 2-$30, cost for 2 children-$65). Make checks payable to Southern Lee High School. This is non-refundable.

• 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 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.

• The American Legion Riders of Sanford, Post 382, will hold the first annual Red Sleigh Ride (and Poker Run) for the Vets from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Registration is from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., kick stands go up at 12:30 p.m. and the event will finish at Sanford Post 382 at 3:30 p.m., with burgers and chips following ($5). All proceeds afterward for highest and lowest hand will be donated to support the medical center and veteran needs. The riders ask the community to help them remind the vets that they are not forgotten. Anyone who wants to help make these veterans' holiday better by making a monetary donation, please make checks or money order donations payable to American Legion Post 382 and put For Red Sleigh Event in the memo section and please mail directly to the post (Attn: Legion Riders).

SUNDAY

• 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.