CALENDAR FOR DEC. 12

Dec. 12, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The Pittsboro area grassroots citizen organization Pittsboro Matters invites area residents to a citizen workshop on Chatham Park at 7 p.m. at the community library in Pittsboro (Central Carolina Community College). Those in attendance can learn more about the issues concerning Chatham Park, ask questions and contribute ideas to what will ultimately be a citizens' report on Chatham Park. For information on Pittsboro Matters and Chatham Park, go to http://pittsboromatters.org/. To access town and developer documents related to the project, go to http://pittsboromatters.org/.

• The Sanford/Lee County Stroke Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The topic is “How stroke looks and feels from a caregiver's view.” The speakers will be Ray McNeill, Mitchell Watson and Joy P. Murphy. Those affected by stroke are invited to join other survivors, caregivers and loved ones who understand what they are going through. The facilitator is Joy Murphy.

• This week's story time for preschoolers will be held at 11 a.m. at the Main Library on Hawkins Avenue in Sanford. The theme will be “Gingerbread/Christmas!” For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.

• Meals on Wheels of Sanford will hold its monthly meeting of the board of directors at 9:30 a.m. in the library of the First Presbyterian Church on Hawkins Avenue. All interested guests are encouraged to attend.

• The board of directors of Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action Inc. will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room at Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action Inc., 1102 Massey St., Smithfield.

• The Temple Theatre will present “Plaid Tidings,” the Christmas sequel to “Forever Plaid,” at 2 and 7 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Filled with Christmas standards that have all been “Plaid-erized,” our boys are back to do their Christmas special. The show runs through Dec. 22, with performances Thursdays through Sundays. Prices range from $13 for children/students to $23 for regular adult admission. Call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or visit www.templeshows.com to buy tickets or learn more.

• The public is invited to attend an open house and ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. for Piedmont Health SeniorCare, located at 163 Chatham Business Drive, Pittsboro. Dennis Streets, director of the Division of Aging & Adult Services, will speak at 3:30 p.m.

• Saltydog House Concerts, a newly organized venture where musicians perform in the intimate atmosphere of a living room, will present Flagship Romance at 7:30 p.m. at 21578 N.C. Highway 24/27, Cameron. Flagship Romance is a guy and girl duo of singer-songwriters who sing ballads and love songs in pop/folk style. For more details and directions, call (919) 353-1278 or email Rob120m@aol.com. Suggested donation is $15. All proceeds go to cover the cost of the musicians.

FRIDAY

• The Temple Theatre will present “Plaid Tidings,” the Christmas sequel to “Forever Plaid,” at 8 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Filled with Christmas standards that have all been “Plaid-erized,” our boys are back to do their Christmas special. The show runs through Dec. 22, with performances Thursdays through Sundays. Prices range from $13 for children/students to $23 for regular adult admission. Call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or visit www.templeshows.com to buy tickets or learn more.

• A fried chicken plate sale will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the office of Another Choice for Black Children, 610 W. Main St., Sanford. The cost is $7 per plate, with proceeds going toward a mission trip. Delivery is available for orders of seven plates or more. Call (919) 775-1107 with orders.

• Local musician Paul Murphy and his family return for the second annual Murphy Family Christmas-Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater, 250 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines. Paul, a fixture of the Sandhills area music scene, will perform with his wife, Sharon, and all four of their children, Kent, Drake, Anna, and Greene. Also joining the family will be Paul’s brothers, Robert Murphy, Jr. and George, as well as nephew, Jerry Brown, and Dr. Larry Arnold from UNC-P on bass. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sunrisetheater.com or by calling (910) 692-8501. They will also be available at the door.

SATURDAY

• A fun shoot will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School, 284 Cletus Hall Road, Sanford. The event is a 100-target, NSCA-registered shoot.

• Chick-fil-A of Sanford will host a breakfast with our Santa and Elf Cow from 9-10:30 a.m. at 3224 N.C. Highway 87 South, Sanford. Those in attendance can write a letter to Santa and get their picture taken with the cows.

• Carthage Elementary School's Annual Frosty Paws 5K and WinterFest will kick off at 9 a.m. at Carthage Elementary, 312 Rockingham St., Carthage. Times are as follows: 9 a.m. for Puppy Paws Fun Run; 9:30 a.m. for Frosty Paws 5K, and WinterFest following the race from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $25 for Frosty Paws 5K or $20 for Puppy Paws Fun Run. Register at http://queencitytiming.com/search/event.aspx?id=23684. A chili cook-off, silent auction, raffle, crafts, family pictures, reindeer games, face painting, a cake walk, bounce house and more activities will be offered.

• Benjamin Moore reps will be back in Sanford to celebrate the Main Street Matters makeover, which is scheduled to be complete this week. The party will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in front of the First Citizens Bank, located at 206 Carthage St. There will be a DJ, free food, a cake modeled after our downtown, a paint scavenger hunt for prizes and a photo booth. Plus, area businesses will be offering special promotions.

• The Broadway Optimist Christmas Celebration and Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Center; the parade is at 2 p.m. in downtown Broadway. The Broadway Optimist Club is still in need of sponsors, and anyone who can help please contact Connie Brown with the Broadway Optimist Club.

• The public is invited to the Malcolm Blue Christmas open house from 1– 4 p.m. at the historic 1825 Malcolm Blue Farm House, located at 1177 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. Activities include storytelling, popcorn stringing, making a grapevine wreath to take home, baking, caroling, decorating the farmhouse and pioneer games for the children. There is no admission charge although donations are accepted and encouraged.

• A landowner and mineral rights workshop will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the McSwain Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. The event, hosted by RAFI USA and Southern Environmental Law Center, is a workshop for landowners who have leased their land, those considering a lease and anyone concerned about landowner rights and the impact of natural gas and fracking. The workshop is free and open to the public. To learn more, call Brooks Rainey Pearson at the Southern Environmental Law Center at (919) 967-1450 or James Robinson at RAFI at (919) 542-1396 x209.

• The Temple Theatre will present “Plaid Tidings,” the Christmas sequel to “Forever Plaid,” at 8 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Filled with Christmas standards that have all been “Plaid-erized,” our boys are back to do their Christmas special. The show runs through Dec. 22, with performances Thursdays through Sundays. Prices range from $13 for children/students to $23 for regular adult admission. Call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or visit www.templeshows.com to buy tickets or learn more.

• House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site will host a colonial Christmas, with the site open to visitors from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The historic house, located 10 miles north of Carthage on Carbonton-Carthage Road (State Road 1006/1631), will be garbed in Christmas decorations. Colonial era costumed re-enactors will demonstrate various 18th century crafts and skills. Musket and cannon firings also will occur during the free program, but donations are accepted. Period music, finger food and light refreshments will also be offered. For information, call (910) 947-2051.

• The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 USA Dance will hold its “Christmas Candy Cane Dance” at 7 p.m. at 105 McReynolds St., Carthage (across the street from Fred's on the second floor of the Sinclair Building). The dance starts with snacks and social time, then from 7:30-8 p.m. is a free complimentary dance lesson, followed by open dancing from 8-10 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. Please bring an appetizer or snack to share if possible. Beverages will be 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 see www.DancingInTheCarolinaPines.org.

• Lillington wil hold its annual Christmas parade and celebration, featuring free events from 3:30-5:30 p.m. downtown, including an ornament-making workshop at Eleven One Studios, 10 W. Front St., and a photo session with Santa at Town Hall, 106 W. Front St. The gathering and tree-lighting will begin at 5:30 p.m., including performances by local vocalists, followed by the Christmas parade at 7 p.m. The downtown stores will be open for shopping.

• Active Chatham’s ninth annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk will kick off at 8 a.m., with the race starting at the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro and winding through downtown before finishing at the community college. Rudolph's Family Fun Run will take place at 9 a.m., immediately following the 5K. Rudolph will lead children and families around the CCCC THANKS trail and through fun reindeer challenges. All of the proceeds will be used to enhance and support outdoor facilities in Chatham County that increase opportunities for physical activity. Runners and walkers may register online at www.sportoften.com or in-person at the Chatham County Parks and Recreation Department’s office at 90 East St., Pittsboro. To find out more, see www.chathamnc.org/ReindeerRun.

• The U.S. Postal Service will extend Saturday retail hours for the Sanford Post Office, 1200 S. Horner Blvd., during the last two weekends before the Christmas holiday. The post office will be open from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. today (Saturday) and Dec. 21. The extended hours are designed to help alleviate the holiday rush and provide additional mailing and shipping convenience to customers during what is projected to be a busy shopping season.

• The “Total Praise in Song” trio will perform at 6 p.m. at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 211 S. Main St., Broadway. The concert is free, but a love offering will be accepted. For additional information, see www.totalpraiseinsong.com or www.BroadwayPresbyterianNC.net.

• A senior citizens' dinner, sponsored by Morning Star Temple #615 and Security Lodge #688, will be held at noon at the Elk's Home, 708 Cox Maddox Road, Sanford. Those age 60 and above are invited.