CALENDAR FOR MARCH 23
• The Sunrise Theater will present McKenzies Mill in concert at 7:30 p.m. at 250 N.W. Broad St. in downtown Southern Pines. Tickets are on sale now for $15. Seating is reserved. The show starts with an opening performance by local band Dirt Road Senate. For tickets, call the Sunrise Administration office at (910) 692-8501 or visit www.sunrisetheather.com.
• The Sanford community is invited to a motorcycle poker run starting at 11 a.m. (kickstands up, registration at 10 a.m.) at the Horner Boulevard Kangaroo Express to help send kids to Victory Junction — a year-round camping environment for children ages 6 to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The poker run will be $5 a hand, and the event will include family-friendly activities such as a bounce house, pie in the face, a hula hoop contest, raffles, line dancing and giveaways, as well as a kids' karaoke contest with a $1 entrance fee.
• The Gregg Gelb Jazz Trio, with Grant Osborne, keyboard, Gregg Gelb, saxophone, and Chris Gelb, drums, will perform from 8-11 p.m. at the Brick City Oyster Bar & Grill, 1609 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford.
• A Lee Christian School yard and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m.-noon on Keller Andrews Road. Clothes, furniture, toys and other items will be available.
• Broken Plow Farm welcomes visitors to an Easter egg hunt, offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the farm at 1851 Avents Ferry Road, Sanford. The cost will be $10 per person, and children under 2 are admitted free. The event includes the hunt, with hundreds of eggs, prizes, visits with the with Easter Bunny at Easter Village, barrel rides, 30-minute hay rides, access to a fort, rope maze, petting zoo, and games, and an educational portion about farming. The Easter egg hunt will last for about two hours, and sessions will be limited to 40 people. Please make a reservation by calling (919) 770-6223 or by visiting www.brokenplowfarm.com. At this time, Broken Plow Farm can only accept cash and checks as payment for services. Please plan accordingly.
• An intro to aquaponics workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Plant, 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, N.C. Aquaponics is a self-contained, sustainable system for growing fish and veggies. Join Mike Yablonski and Rachel Tinker-Kulberg for an introduction to the world of aquaponics. During this hands-on workshop, Mike and Rachel will show participants how to build their own backyard system. Registration is limited to 15 people, and pre-registration and pre-payment are required; the cost is $40 for the aquaponics workshop and $50 for the workshop plus a sandwich from Angelina’s. Mail checks to The Abundance Foundation, 220 Lorax Lane #5, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312, or register online at http://theabundancefoundation.org/diy-2013/aquaponics-workshop-march-23-2013.
• The Central Carolina Jaycees will present their annual Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kiwanis Family Park, 1800 Wicker St., Sanford. The event will feature egg hunts divided by age, games, prizes, face painting, balloon animals, an Easter basket raffle and Easter Bunny visits.
• A plant, shrubbery and long-leaf pine straw sale will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lee County Arts & Community Center, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford. Long-leaf pine straw costs $4 per bale, and delivery will be available; contact Kevin at (919) 888-1158. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Lee County Arts & Community Center.
• A food drive to feed Moore County will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Walmart, located at 250 Turner St. in Aberdeen. This is a drive to stock the shelves of United Way partner agency Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care with pasta, cereal, tuna, canned beef stew, instant mashed potatoes, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, canned beans, 1-2 pound packages of rice and bar soap. Any non-perishable food items are appreciated. Visit www.unitedwaymoore.com to learn more.
• The fifth annual Spring Fling Open House will be held from 1–5 p.m. in Downtown Sanford. Open house activities may include special offers, events and complimentary refreshments. The event is put on by Downtown Sanford, Inc. and participating downtown merchants, who are asking consumers to “Shop LocalLee.”
• Christians United Outreach Center will hold a jewelry fundraiser with Tony Ciaravino (one of our volunteers) to showcase his new line of “Paparazzi Jewelry” from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the CUOC break room Everything will be $7, with $2 from each item sold going to CUOC.
• The 14th annual “Beginning Life With Books” community spelling bee, presented by the women educators of Delta Rho, will begin at 7 p.m. (registration and refreshments at 6 p.m.) at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Admission is free (donations are welcome) and the public is invited to come watch, listen and enjoy the sport. Attendees are encouraged to contribute gently used children's books for the Book Buddy program of Communities in Schools.
• A “Books are Fun” event will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Central Carolina Hospital GI waiting room adjacent to the ER entrance and waiting room. The event is sponsored by the CCH Auxiliary and will offer books and gifts for men, women and children of all ages. Proceeds benefit Auxiliary projects.
• N.C. Good Farmers’ Market Practices Training will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Agriculture Building auditorium in Pittsboro. N.C. Good Farmers’ Market Practices is a new NC Cooperative Extension program developed to educate farmers’ market managers and vendors about measures to minimize food safety risks. Chatham County Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent Phyllis Smith will conduct the training, which is free. Although there isn’t a charge for the program, pre-registration is requested. Pre-register by emailing email@example.com (put “GFMP workshop” in the subject line) or by calling (919) 542-8202.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods auditorium, 1024 Ft. Bragg Road, Southern Pines. The program is titled "The First Carolinians;" join Nick Radko from UNC Pembroke to learn all about the original discoverers of the Southeast. He'll discuss the Paleoindians who arrived more than 13,000 years ago, where they came from, how they got here, and their cultural adaptations to an environmental landscape that was radically different from today's. Visitors are welcome. Call (910) 692-2167 for more information or visit online at www.sandhillsnature.org.
• “Spring Fling Monet Gardens and Impressionism – How to Paint like an Impressionist” will be held today through March 29 from 10-11 a.m. at the Joy of Art Studio, 139 East Pennsylvania Ave., B., Southern Pines. For ages 7- 10, call (910) 528-7283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.