CALENDAR FOR JAN. 28
• 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.
• Project United, a group of Lee County residents discussing ways to stop violence in Sanford, will meet at 6 p.m. at Dreams Cafe, 149 S. Horner Blvd. Everyone is invited, and people with questions can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church for job leads, encouragement and job search skills. In this week's program, Sanford’s new mayor, Chet Mann, will speak about his “Open for Business” concept for Lee County. Call (919) 776-6137 for more information.
• Story time for toddlers will be held at 10 a.m. at the Main Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. 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 Brownstone Home and Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Lee County Enrichment Center.
• Master potter Mark Hewitt will discuss his art and his book “The Potter’s Eye” at 7 p.m. at Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro. The program is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. Mark and his wife, Carol Peppe Hewitt, opened their Pittsboro pottery operation in 1983. His work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine and on the cover of American Craft magazine; he has written extensively in the ceramic press, and he has exhibited in London, New York and Tokyo, as well as throughout the U.S. He is well-represented in museum and private collections. A farm-to-table dinner will be served at Central Carolina Community College's Natural Chef café preceding the program from 6-7 p.m. Dinner reservations are strongly suggested and are accepted at (910) 545-8076. Chatham Community Library and the Natural Chef café are located on the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College at 197 N.C. Highway 87 North.
• Carolina Town and Country will hold a Nutrena Hay Party from 4-7 p.m. at 710 E. Main St., Sanford. Patrons are invited to drop off their hay sample and complete paperwork by Jan. 23, and at the party, they can pick up their results, learn how to read and use the data, get a customized feed program and enjoy refreshments and hospitality. Testing is free. See www.nutrenaworld.com/hay or call (919) 776-2790 to learn more.
• The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Cut Flower Production Workshop, part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series, will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope. Those in attendance will learn from nationally reknown cut flower experts at North Carolina State University. The workshop will cover the latest new cut flower species and cultivars, high tunnel production, cut flower fertilization, harvest and post-harvest handling and more. Speakers include John Dole, Alicain Carlson and Iftikhar Ahmad, all from the North Carolina State University Horticultural Sciences Department. Details and registration information are on Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/gsf-workshops. Space is limited.
• Chatham Community Library will host potter Mark Hewitt at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 197 N. Carolina 87, Pittsboro, and will have some of his work on display throughout the month.