CALENDAR FOR MARCH 16
• The Johnsonville Ruritan Club will be having a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8-10 a.m. at the Johnsonville Community Center located on Highway 24/27. The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
• The Circle of Friends' annual homemade barbecue event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Broadway Community Building. A barbecue sandwich combo costs $5, and barbecue by the pound costs $7; a bake sale will also be offered. The event is sponsored by The Circle of Friends, a gold sponsor for Relay for Life of Lee County — friends fighting cancer and helping friends along the way.
• The Grand Trees of Chatham will hold a winter tree identification hike at 2 p.m. in Siler City. Jordan Matthews High School science teacher Phil Cox will lead this walk, which will look at ways to identify trees before they burst into spring glory. The walk will last about one hour, and participants will meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Technology Way, which is just past Chatham Hospital heading south on Progress Boulevard. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring their own beverages. Those planning to come, please send an email to email@example.com.
• A Girl Scout talent show, featuring all local Girl Scout troops in observance of Girl Scout week, will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Lee County Arts Center.
• Christian healthcare Adult Daycare is commemorating its 13th anniversary of serving the elderly and disabled, and providing assistance to their caregivers, with a celebration from 2-6 p.m. in the Lee County Art Center's Auditorium, 507 N. Steele St. For further information, please contact Reginald and Wanda Marsh or Velma Mclean at (919) 775-5610.
• A concealed carry permit class will start at 8 a.m. at Tramway Fire Department. There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee that will go toward the total cost of the class, which is $60. Class size will be limited. This is an all-day class, and participants will need to bring a handgun (or share with someone in class), ammunition (80 rounds), safety glasses, earplugs and a ball cap for the shooting range. Those would like to register or have any questions can contact Matt Grant Smith at (919) 770-0111.
• The Lee County Community Orchestra program for its March concerts will include six soloists and a violin quartet — all of them musicians who play regularly with the community group now in its 25th season. "Celebrating the Musicians" will take place tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Grace Chapel Church. A reception honoring the artists will follow each of the free concerts. Special edition pottery bells by Kevin Brown and Sandy Cole of North State Pottery will be available. This Bells for Music project supports the commissioning fund that will bring Dr. Mark Petering, composer of a brand-new, silver anniversary celebration piece for LCCO, to Sanford in October 2013, when its premiere will kick off the 26th season.
• Sanford and the surrounding communities are coming together to help the loved ones of Aaron and Kathy Powers, Becky Powell and Chris Baker, who died in a car accident. Participants will meet at Crossroads Church in Broadway at 8:30 a.m. for registration and leave for a poker run at 10 a.m. The Poker Run will make a pit stop for lunch and a burn-out competition at Honda Suzuki of Sanford and will then head to the Lee Regional Fairgrounds for a motorcycle and car show. There will be several 50/50 raffles, bake sales, a cornhole tournament and vendors. The music will start at 1 p.m., ending with a concert by Dark Water Rising. The event will end with an auction at 6 p.m. by Sanford's Lisa York. Those wanting to donate to the auction or register for the poker run can reach Jennifer Sallaz at (919) 353-1736 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made at Capital Bank; to learn more, contact Krystle Ray at Capital Bank at (919) 775-2800.
• Clean Jordan Lake volunteers will once again participate in the annual Haw River Assembly's Clean-Up-A-Thon, which will remove trash from a stretch of shoreline that extends from Poe's Ridge Boat Ramp to the B. Everett Jordan dam. The group has introduced a trash treasure hunt this year with prizes. Volunteers can hunt for several odd items, along with the usual assortment of bottles, cans and Styrofoam. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Assistance Center at the end of Jordan Dam Road; the event will end at 1 p.m. Water, snacks, bags and gloves will be provided. Children under age 11 may not participate, and those between 11 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit www.meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake.
• Temple Theatre will present “Forever Plaid” at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. The show runs through March 17; ticket prices are $23 for adults (Thursday night adult ticket is $19), $13 for children/students and $19 for Lee County teachers/educators, active military and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased in person or by contacting the box office via phone or email at (919) 774-4155 or email@example.com.
• The San Lee Trail half marathon will start at 9 a.m. at San Lee Park, 572 Pumping Station Road, Sanford. The registration fee is $35 in advance, $40 on the day of if available. The event will have a maximum of 150 participants, and there will be six race categories with awards offered to winners. Participants can register on the Storm Endurance website, www.stormendurance.com/ses/. Packet pick-up and final registration (if available) will be at San Lee Park on Friday, March 15, from 2-4:30 p.m. Race day pickup is at San Lee Park at 8 a.m.
• The Sanford Area Society of Shaggers will hold its “Shaggin' in the Sandhills” fundraiser dance, benefiting Make a Wish and other local charities, from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Sanford Elks Lodge, 910 Carthage St. The cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. The event will feature heavy hors d' oeuvres, a silent auction and a cash bar, as well as special entertainment by the Junior Shag Dance Team. Those who are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please make a check payable to SASS and mail to P.O. Box 1785, Sanford. To learn more, contact Jobie Deese at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 774-3168 or Sandy Forsythe at email@example.com or (919) 776-9059.
• A benefit dinner for Ronald “Red” Patterson will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at White Hill Presbyterian Church, 3301 White Hill Road, Sanford. Pork barbecue and chicken plates cost $8 each (dine in or carry out). Donations are also accepted. Ronald was in an accident that almost cost him his legs, as well as his life. The benefit proceeds will go toward all household expenses. For more information, please call Phyllis at (910) 551-9697 or Vera at (919) 776-3119.
• Gun dealers, retail gun shop owners, shooting range and gun club leaders will convene from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ed’s Gun Shop, Highway U.S. 1 South, Vass, for the organizational meeting of N.C. Firing Line. Once formed, NC Firing Line will actively support the Second Amendment by creating a unified voice to fight efforts at gun control. Pre-registration is requested. To register, or for more information and a list of accommodations, contact Kenneth Benway, group organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 949-3856. To help defray costs of the meeting and lunch, a $5 donation is requested.
• A program titled “Owls, Owls, Owls” will be held at 11 a.m. at Raven Rock State Park Visitor Center. Participants can learn about the owls that live in Raven Rock State Park. There will be owl crafts for the children. Visitors can also meet special guest owls Screech, Nimue, Sera and Kotori from the Wildlife Rescue Center in Sanford.
• A hike to Raven Rock will begin at 1 p.m., departing from the Raven Rock State Park Visitor Center. Participants can hike with a ranger to Raven Rock and discover some of the natural wonders of this prominent landmark. This is a 2.5-mile hike. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water. For more information, call the park office at (910) 893-4888. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• A first-ever event, the Chatham County Schools Arts Extravaganza, will begin at 5 p.m. on the Northwood High School campus. An elementary/middle school concert will be followed by a 6 p.m. art walk and a 7:30 p.m. high school concert. Students from across Chatham County schools will be showcasing their skills, and there will be instrumental and vocal music, an art exhibit and dance and theatrical performances. All events are free and open to the public. Also visit the Arts Incubator in Siler City through March 20 to see additional samples of student artwork.
• The Lee County Community Orchestra program for its March concerts will include six soloists and a violin quartet — all of them musicians who play regularly with the community group now in its 25th season. "Celebrating the Musicians" will take place at 3 p.m. at Grace Chapel Church. A reception honoring the artists will follow.
• Friends of the Harnett County Library will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a social event at 2 p.m. at the Harnett County Public Library, Lillington. Featured entertainment for the afternoon is Southwind, performing traditional Irish, Scottish, New England, French-Canadian, and Cape Breton music. The band consists of Alison Arnold on wooden flute and tin whistle, Julie Gorka on Celtic harp, and Gordon Arnold on cello. A short business meeting will precede the entertainment with election of new officers. Refreshments and a social hour will follow the free program, which is open to the public.
• Doors open and registration begins for the Bouldergeist III mountain bike race, the second race in the Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series, at 8 a.m. at San Lee Park, 572 Pumping Station Road, Sanford. The race includes several classes, and the cost to enter is free for youth 10 and under, $15 for juniors and $35 for some women and men's classes; the day-of-registration fee is $10. Register at www.usacycling.org/register/2013-517.
• Temple Theatre will present “Forever Plaid” at 2 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. The show runs through March 17; Ticket prices are $23 for adults (Thursday night adult ticket is $19), $13 for children/students and $19 for Lee County teachers/educators, active military and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased in person or by contacting the box office via phone or email at (919) 774-4155 or email@example.com.
• The public is invited to learn about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and how North Carolina is opening the door to this controversial industry, when the Chatham County Democratic Women meet at 3 p.m. in the Holmes Room, Chatham Community Library (on CCCC campus, Pittsboro). The meeting will show how other U.S. communities are coping with this industry, environmental pitfalls and legal ramifications for property owners. The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission is now creating the rules on how this industry will operate.
• One By One meets at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage St. One By One welcomes all people who are interested in improving race relationships in an atmosphere where frank and open discussion is encouraged. For more information, please call (919) 774-4797.
• A free seminar titled “Access to Capital, Understanding the 5 C's of Credit” will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. This seminar will give new and/or existing business owners a better understanding of what underwriters look for when analyzing their loan requests. The following topics will be discussed: Basics of the 5C's; what should be in a business plan; business financials to have ready for a loan request; collateral versus equity; how a loan request is analyzed; and resources to help get ready. Presenter is G. Edward Timberlake, small business lending manager, The Support Center. To register, please call (919) 774-6442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seminars are subject to cancellation without a minimum number of pre-registrations.