CALENDAR FOR SEPT. 14
• A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m. at Carolina Trace Fire Department, 37A Indian Trail, Sanford. Visitors can tour the new station annex, and there will also be brief fire prevention presentations, firefighter demonstrations, fire safety discussions, kids’ activities and refreshments. This is a free event.
• The Van Dorston Combat Cancer Team is putting on a 5K walk/run benefitting the American Brain Tumor Association at 8 a.m. at 1800 Wicker St. in Sanford. Luke Van Dorston, a U.S. Air Force combat controller, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011, and the money raised will go to research and development to help find a cure for brain cancer; as well as a starting a college fund for Abby and Luke's son, Brooks. Donations may be made at www.raceit.com/fundraising/?event=17713 - See more at: http://raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=17713#sthash.ytNScPzL.U6pSfhhq.dpuf
• The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 USA Dance invites the public to celebrate ballroom dance month at its “September Dance,” which starts 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 begins with snacks, then a complimentary dance lesson from 7:30-8 p.m. and open dancing from 8-10 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. Please bring an appetizer or a food to share if possible. 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.
• A fun shoot will be held at 10 a.m. (registration and Wobble Deck open at 9 a.m.) at Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School in Sanford. The entry fee for the 100-target shoot is $50 ($35 for members), and youth shoot for $30. Each class winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for goods or services at Deep River. See www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=458410750883469&set=a.225086220882591.54259.104413012949913&type=1&theater for details.
• The third annual Chatham Alzheimer’s Walk will begin at 9:30 (registration) at the Chatham County Library; the actual walk will begin at 10 a.m. Cambridge Hills Assisted Living of Pittsboro has partnered with Community Home Care & Hospice, the Laurels of Chatham, Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services, UNC Hospice, Chatham Council on Aging, Central Carolina Community College of Pittsboro and Homewatch CareGivers of the Triangle to help enhance the lives of those who have been affected by this disease. For further information, please email Julie Brown at email@example.com.
• Gates open at noon at the 76th Lee Regional Fair, which runs through Sept. 15 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds on Colon Road in Sanford. Admission is $7 (children under 36 inches tall admitted free). Carnival ride bracelets are $20. See www.sanfordlionsclub.com to learn more.
• Judy Hogan, an experienced backyard chicken farmer, will teach a class on raising chickens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The class starts at the Sanford campus of Central Carolina Community College and travels later in the day to Hogan's property in Moncure. Cost is $30.25. For more information, call Hogan at (919) 545-9932, and to sign up, call the college at (919)777-7793. There will be an identical class Sept. 21, only starting in Lillington instead of Sanford.
• The Temple Theatre will present “The Music Man” at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford; the show continues through Sept. 29. Tickets are $23 for general admission; $19 for Thursday night shows, Lee County educators, military or groups of 10 or more; and $13 for children. To purchase tickets, see www.templeshows.com or call the box office at (919) 774-4155.
• Animal Life Rescue will hold another dog wash to raise money to help find homes for shelter animals from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Store, 3004 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. Animals will be available for adoption. Baths are $6, and nail trims are $5. The organization will also be accepting donations of food and/or supplies for the animals.
• One By One meets at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage St., Sanford. One By One welcomes all people who are interested in improving race relations in an atmosphere where frank and open discussion is encouraged. Lee County Elections Director Nancy Kimble will review the new voting and election laws that were passed in the last session of the North Carolina General Assembly. For more information, please call (919) 774-4797.
• The Great Grocery Can-paign, a massive food drive to fill local emergency food banks, returns for its second year — kicking off today with The Fair Can-paign, a special promotion offered through the Sanford Lions Club. Visitors to the Lee Regional Fair can walk through the gates free of charge by donating five cans of nonperishable food. Food will be collected by volunteers at each admission gate and delivered where it's most needed in the community. The can-paign continues on Sept. 18, with a daylong public collection at Depot Park. This outreach is organized by the United Way of Lee County in conjunction with The Sanford Herald and WWGP-WFJA. Food will be distributed through The Salvation Army and Christians United Outreach Center.
• Gates open at noon at the 76th Lee Regional Fair at the Lions Club Fairgrounds on Colon Road in Sanford. Admission is $5 or five cans of food (children under 36 inches tall admitted free). Carnival ride bracelets are $20 for all rides, or attendees can pay by the ride. See www.sanfordlionsclub.com to learn more.
• The Temple Theatre will present “The Music Man” at 2 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford; the show continues through Sept. 29. Tickets are $23 for general admission; $19 for Thursday night shows, Lee County educators, military or groups of 10 or more; and $13 for children. To purchase tickets, see www.templeshows.com or call the box office at (919) 774-4155.
• CCCC Veterans Club, with state Sen. Ron Rabin as guest speaker, will meet at 3 p.m. on the CCCC Lee County Campus, science building, room 9106. Everyone is welcome.
• The Festival Singers of Lee County will rehearse at 7 p.m. in the choir room of First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. This community group welcomes new and returning members to come join and sing in the upcoming Dec. 1 holiday concert. For more information, please call (919) 774-4608 or (919) 776-3624.
• A Small Business Center seminar titled “Marketing with Pinterest” will be held at 6 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St. in Sanford. Participants will learn how to use Pinterest, the newest social media service to drive traffic to a business website, establish credibility, convey expertise and develop relationships with clients and partners. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e7ynuebg68509ae1&oseq=&c=&ch=, and call (919) 774-6442 to learn more.
• The public alert notification sirens around the Harris Plant will be tested between 10 and 11 a.m. The 83 sirens within 10 miles of Progress Energy’s Harris Plant will be tested at full volume for approximately three minutes. The test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is conducted in cooperation with the state of North Carolina, as well as Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Wake counties. Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If there were ever a real emergency at the plant requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public. In the event of severe weather, the siren test will be postponed until a later date. Progress Energy Carolinas performs full-volume tests annually. Silent tests are conducted every two weeks, and short duration, full-volume tests every three months. Questions may be directed to county or state emergency management agencies.
• Chatham County Together will hold its annual meeting, kicking off its 25th anniversary year and discussion of its transition to becoming a Communities in Schools affiliate, from 5-6:15 p.m. at the Chatham Community Library, 197 N. Carolina Highway 87, Pittsboro. The gathering will include finger foods and snacks, speakers and celebration. Call (919) 663-0116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to RSVP.
• A free Small Business Center seminar titled “Writing a Business Plan, Part II” will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. at the CCCC Siler City Campus, Main Building Room 230, Siler City. This session will go into detail on each section of the plan, what is important to cover, and participants will learn the essential things every good plan must answer. Call (919) 545-8013 to learn more.