CALENDAR FOR JULY 15

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• A Small Business Center seminar titled “QuickBooks Basics,” led by Lori Stiles, will be held from 6–8 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The seminar will offer participants a basic understanding of the QuickBooks accounting software and the benefits of using it in a small business environment. It will cover setting up the system, user interface, common data input, forms and the many useful reports that QuickBooks generates. Participants will be able to "test drive" the program in the computer lab. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e90pwtpp490e92cd&oseq=&c=&ch=, and call Kelly Dehring at Central Carolina SBC at (919) 718-7544 to learn more.

• Today is the deadline to apply for the Leadership Sanford program, which begins in September with a day divided between orientation and lessons. Eight more monthly sessions follow. The sessions give participants an in-depth look at a range of topics, with input from experts and community leaders. Topics are designed to provide both personal development and community enrichment. The program concludes in May with a presentation of the group's selected project to local business and civic leaders. To learn more about the program and how to apply, see http://sanford-nc.com/leadership.cfm.

• Those wanting to learn how to can or needing a refresher course are invited to a beginner's step-by-step, hands-on class for canning tomatoes at 6 p.m. at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Lee County — 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. Class size will be limited, and registration must be paid in advance; there is an $8 fee. Participants are asked to bring four pounds of washed tomatoes. All other supplies will be provided. For more information, call the extension at (919) 775-5624.

• The Lee County Library will be “Fizzing and Booming with Science,” featuring Nate the Mad Scientist, during a summer reading program at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford; the program is for grades 1-3. For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484 or Sheneeta Thomas at x 5485.

• Legal Aid of North Carolina will hold an intake day from 10 a.m.-noon at Salvation Army of Lee County, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford. Topics that can be addressed include consumer issues, foreclosures, evictions, Medicaid Disability, expungements and much more. Legal Aid of North Carolina is a nonprofit that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people to ensure equal access to justice and remove barriers to economic opportunity. For more information, please call (919) 542-0475.

• The Coalition for Families in Lee County's summer reading program will be held today and every Tuesday through July from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lee County Community Arts Center, second floor, room 314, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford. The program will include story time, crafts, a snack and more; the theme is “Insects and Bugs.” Sessions are free and open to preschool children in Lee County. For more information or to register, contact Heather Garrity at (919) 774-8144 x 204 or hgarritycoalition@windstream.net.

WEDNESDAY

• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church for job leads, job fair information and encouragement. This week's program: “Ways to Save Money When You are Unemployed.” Call (919) 776-6137 for more information.

• A Parkinson's Support Group meeting for those with Parkinson's disease, their family members, caregivers and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m. at The Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. To learn more, call (919) 776-0501.

• A story time for toddlers and preschoolers will be held at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in the Harper Center, located next door to the Lee County Library on Hawkins Avenue. The theme will be “Booming and Dancing,” featuring Party People NC. For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484 or Sheneeta Thomas at x 5485.

THURSDAY

• Brick City South (classic rock, country, pop) will perform at the Function at the Junction summer concert series at 7 p.m. in Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. Attendees can bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic supper to the free outdoor concert provided by Downtown Sanford Inc. For more information, call (919) 777-1400 or contact downtown@sanfordnc.net.

• 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 are welcome. For more information and directions, contact Shirley Ray at ShirleyRay@aol.com or (919) 929-5359.

• The Lee County Library will be “Fizzing and Booming with Science,” featuring Nate the Mad Scientist, during a summer reading program at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford; the program is for grades 4-6. For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484 or Sheneeta Thomas at x 5485.

• A Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce am buzz event will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Sanford Auto Brokers, 1803 Keller Andrews Road, Sanford. The event will include door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, coffee and breakfast.

• A weekly hike will be held from 9–10 a.m. at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington. Participants will join Raven Rock's office assistant on a two-to-five-mile hike on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. The hike is for ages 12 and up; attendees should wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Please call (910) 893-4888 to register; meet at the visitor center rain or shine.

• The Lee County Arts Council is offering a free grant-writing seminar to local community nonprofits, with the first of two two-hour sessions planned from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lee County Arts Council office, 144 S. Steele St. (Steele Street Mall) in Sanford. The seminar will cover fundraising planning and strategy, organizing for writing grants, how to research and identify appropriate grant makers for your organization and writing effective grant narratives. Applications for the Arts Council Grassroots Grants will be available at the seminar, and the process for applying for a Grassroots Grant will be included in the seminar. Reservations are required. Space is limited, so those wishing to attend the seminar should call (919) 774-6139 or email leecountyarts@gmail.com to make reservations.

• The Sunrise Theatre will present “Casablanca,” part of its summer classic series, at 7:30 p.m. at 250 N.W. Broad St. in Southern Pines. Admission is $6. Call (910) 692-8501 to learn more.