CALENDAR FOR JAN. 12
• The Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance Support Group, with facilitator Theresa Miller, will meet at 6 p.m. today and every second Monday of the month at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. The group provides an opportunity to share experiences, knowledge, information, suppliers, recipes and support.
• The Sanford Youth Council will meet from 4–5:30 p.m. at 225 E. Weatherspoon St., Sanford. Teens in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to participate. Meetings are held at the Sanford Municipal Center (West End Conference room) unless otherwise noted.
• Susan Tillis will speak to the Lee County Republican Women from 6:30-8 p.m. at Lee County GOP headquarters in Sanford.
• Area residents are invited to a public comment session at 6 p.m. at the Goldston Public Library. 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 county-wide survey, the results of which will form the basis of these discussions. For more information, call project coordinator Jennifer Gillis at (919) 545-8083.
• Lee County Superintendent Andy Bryan will hold a meet-and-greet event at 5:30 p.m. at East Lee Middle School.
• Central Carolina Community College will hold a “Going Beyond the Resume!” class today and Jan. 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pittsboro campus. Those attending the class will learn what employers are looking for, access career assessments and receive information on preparing for job interviews. The class will be held in the Continuing Education Building (103G Conference Room). For more information, call (919) 545-8045.
• The Democratic Women of Lee County will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Elizabeth's Pizza, Riverbirch Shopping Center, Spring Lane, Sanford.
• The Broadway Library will hold story time for preschools and toddlers today and every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the library, 206 S. Main St., Broadway. This week's theme is “Let It Snow.” Those in attendance will share stories, sing songs, do rhymes and more. For more information, please call Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.
• The Goldston Lions Club, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, will sponsor a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. at the Goldston Baptist Church, 190 N. Church St., Goldston. The public is urged to come out and generously support this opportunity. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments may be made by calling (919) 898-4624. Candidates must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent) and weigh 110 pounds; they should bring a photo ID or Red Cross donor card. The North Carolina Lions Mobile Screening Units will be on site providing free vision and hearing screenings for ages 6 to adult. All kids ages 6-18 must have a parent/guardian sign their registration form. No appointment necessary for the screenings.
• Area residents are invited to a public comment session at 2 p.m. at Chatham Community Library, Pittsboro, and 6 p.m. at Wren Library, Siler City. 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 Ruth Pauley Lecture Series will present “Silent Too Long: What Southern Foods Would Tell Us If They Could Talk” at 7:30 p.m. in Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College campus in Pinehurst. SCC’s Ray Linville will discuss the influences of history and culture on the nutrition of the South and how they affect the region's public health. He will explore how historical, political, socioeconomic and other cultural factors of this region shape the eating habits and food choices of those who live in the South. This lecture will be presented in memory of Mrs. Agnes Buckley. Admission is free and open to the public with no tickets required.
• The Parkinson's Support Group for those with Parkinson's disease, their family members and friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. The meeting will feature a roundtable discussion about Parkinson's and how it affects sense of taste and smell.
• Story time for toddlers will be held at 10 a.m. at the Main Library on Hawkins Avenue in Sanford. This week's theme will be “Let It Snow.” For more information, please contact: Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.
• The High Hopes Chorus will begin its spring season with their first rehearsal at 2 p.m. at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church. All newcomers are welcome. The group practices or performs on Wednesdays only. For more information, please contact Mary Ann Ludwick at (919) 776-4502.
• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce's am buzz event will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1414 Bragg St., Sanford. The networking event will include coffee and a light breakfast, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their business cards for networking and cash for a chance to win prizes. To learn more or register, visit www.anford-nc.com/ or call (919) 775-7341.
• The Temple Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings” at 2 and 7 p.m. at the theater, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. In the 1930s, Susannah, a white woman from a privileged New York family, travels the South recording folk songs and indigenous music. When she hears Pearl singing in a Texas high-security lockup, she knows she's tapped a rich vein of treasured music reaching into the past. She wants the songs, but Pearl needs something from her in return. As the two negotiate an exchange, their friendship grows. Susannah bargains for Pearl’s parole and arranges for several public performances. Soon, though, the two women find themselves walking a delicate line between exposure and exploitation. 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).
• The Lee County Arts Council will offer a grant writing class at 6:45 p.m. (class is roughly two hours) at the LCAC office at 507 N Steele St, Sanford. The cost is $10 dollars per person. Space is limited, so please call (919) 774-6139 or (228) 239-1807 (executive director's phone number) to reserve a seat.
• Story time for preschoolers will be held at 11 a.m. at the Main Library on Hawkins Avenue in Sanford. This week's theme will be “Let It Snow.” For more information, please contact: Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.
• The Carolina Mountain Dulcimers will meet at 7 p.m. at the Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill. Beginners, experts and all stringed instruments welcome. For more information and directions, contact Shirley Ray at ShirleyRay@aol.com or (919) 929-5359.
• The Central Carolina Community College adult high school diploma and GED graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford.