CALENDAR FOR JAN. 25
• The South Chatham Ruritans will hold their annual chili cookoff from 4-6 p.m. at the Goldston Fire Department. Proceeds benefit Chatham Central scholarships. The cost is $7 per person, which includes chili, grilled cheese, beverage and a dessert. To enter, drop off two quarts of chili in a crockpot by 2 p.m.; winners will be announced at 4 p.m. The entry fee is $10. Categories are regular, with beans, white and vegetarian. The winners in each category will receive a trophy.
• The Temple Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings” at 8 p.m. at the theater, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets can be purchased by phone or in person through the box office ( (919) 774-4155) or online via www.templeshows.com. Prices range from $23 for a regular adult ticket to $13 for children/students. Discounts available for military, Lee County educators and groups of 10 or more ($19 per person).
• Lee County Arts Council invites people to turn wine bottles into indoor or outdoor lamps from 1-4 p.m. at the council office, located in the Steele Street Mall in Sanford. Wine bottles will be available, but those with one they would like to use are welcome to bring it. The project should take no more than an hour to complete, and participants can come in any time during those three hours. The cost is $12 for an outdoor bottle and $15 for an indoor bottle (based on the hardware used). Call (919) 774-6139 to sign up, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Temple Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings” at 2 p.m. at the theater, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets can be purchased by phone or in person through the box office ( (919) 774-4155) or online via www.templeshows.com. Prices range from $23 for a regular adult ticket to $13 for children/students. Discounts available for military, Lee County educators and groups of 10 or more ($19 per person).
• An information session and campus tours will be held from 2–4 p.m. for all families interested in learning more about The O’Neal School. During the information session, families will have the opportunity to hear from and speak with Headmaster Alan Barr, Director of Admissions Alice Droppers, the division directors, faculty and current O’Neal parents and students. For more information about enrollment to The O’Neal School, please call Director of Admissions Alice Droppers at (910) 692-6920 or see www.ONealSchool.org.
• Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro will hold a public forum at 6 p.m. at the library. Chatham County residents are invited to provide comments on library programs and services. The forum is part of Chatham County Libraries’ strategic planning project to plan for the next few years. The forum is free and open to the public and will be moderated by library consultant Phillip Barton. For more information, call the library at (919) 545-8084.
• Area residents are invited to a public comment session at 6 p.m. at the Chatham Community Library, Pittsboro. Chatham County Public Libraries will hold four sessions in January to solicit public comment from county residents. Residents are encouraged to attend a session at the libraries they use most often. The discussions are free and open to the public. One winner of a VISA gift card will be announced at each session. More than 500 citizens responded to a countywide survey, the results of which will form the basis of these discussions. For more information, call project coordinator Jennifer Gillis at (919) 545-8083.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Bruce Sorrie, author of “Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region,” will speak about birding and botanizing in southern Brazil. Visitors are welcome. Call (910) 692-2167 for more information or visit online at www.sandhillsnature.org.
• Lee County Schools Superintendent Andy Bryan will hold a meet-and-greet session at 5:30 p.m. at West Lee Middle School, 3301 Wicker St., Sanford.
• The Small Business Center will hold a seminar titled “The Art of Marketing and Advertising a Small Business” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, Sanford. Those in attendance will develop strategies to make marketing investments produce better traffic and increased sales. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8mgho4e9dd2c064&oseq=&c=&ch= and call Kelly Dehring, Central Carolina SBC, at (919) 774-6442 to learn more.
• Story time for toddlers and preschoolers will be held at 10 a.m. at the Broadway Library, 206 S. Main St., Broadway. Story time is held every Tuesday, and this week's theme is “Polar Bears.” Participants will share stories, sing songs, do rhymes and more. For more information, please call Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665, x 5484.
• The Lee County Republican Men will meet at noon at the Lee GOP Headquarters, 101 S. Steele St., Sanford. All men registered as Lee County Republicans are invited to the meeting and can confirm their attendance by emailing mensgroup@LeeGOP.org and making reservations. Attendees will enjoy a lunch ($10) catered by Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House and Tea Room. Dr. Terry Stoops, director of research and education policy studies at the John Locke Foundation, will be the guest speaker.
• An AIG parent meeting, regarding information about the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, will be held at 6 p.m. at Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City. The meeting is open to all parents.
• The Temple Theatre will present Sweet Potato Pie at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. The group performs a blend of Americana, bluegrass, country and gospel music that they call "sweetgrass." Hailed as "The Lennon Sisters of Bluegrass,” the group's show revolves around their three-part harmonies, hard-driving instrumentals and down-home humor. The performance will feature classic songs from Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe and the Judds, as well as the group's original, chart-topping material. General admission seats are $15. Call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or order online at https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?m=81e3ccd7551f3180c82536e4cd325e2a&t=tix.
• Sanford native Dr. Evelyn McNeill, author of the book,"From Zero to Eighty, Over Unpaved Roads” will be the featured guest at an event at 5 p.m. at Country Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St, Southern Pines. The book begins with McNeill's childhood in Sanford during the depression.
• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting, featuring a "show and tell" session, at 7 p.m. at the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Members and guests may bring personal or historical artifacts or genealogical stories to share. The meeting is informal, with each presentation lasting less than 10 minutes. Call (919) 499-7661 to learn more.