CALENDAR FOR MARCH 23
• 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.
• A “Books are Fun” event will be held from 7 a.m.-3 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.
• A seminar titled “50 Low Cost Marketing Ideas” will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Some of the best marketing tools are free or very low cost, and this discussion will include creative ways to get the word out without breaking the bank. Presenter is Alyssa Mako, assistant director, The Women's Business Center of N.C. To register, please call (919) 774-6442 or email email@example.com. Seminars are subject to cancellation without a minimum number of pre-registrations.
• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Lee County Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Society member Lois Bayer will lead a hands-on session in the library's computer lab on how to use the website Findagrave.com. Meetings are open to the public, and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661 to learn more.
• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 2 and 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. Three malicious wives, three miserable husbands and plenty of odd situations add up to uproarious laughter in this dark comedy. Mainstage tickets are $23 for adults and $13 for children and students. Discounted tickets are available for $19 for Thursday night performances, active-duty military, Lee County teachers and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available from the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (The box office is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. It also is open one hour before curtain on show days for will call and walk-up sales only.)
• Paint a Monet-inspired masterpiece with artist Shirley Patterson from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists' Colony, 148 S. Moore St, downtown Sanford. A $20 fee includes instruction and all supplies needed to create an acrylic painting on canvas, which will complement paintings created in the Feb. 28 class or the upcoming April class, or stand alone as a gorgeous artwork in its own right. Visit EVENTS at www.carolinaartistscolony.com for more info. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register.
• A gestational diabetes nutrition class will be held at 10 a.m. at Central Carolina Hospital in the rehab services classroom, 1135 Carthage Road, room 110, Sanford. Dietitians Holly White and Marsha Kenner will offer free gestational diabetes classes for pregnant women who have been diagnosed with the condition. The class will also be followed by a question-and-answer session. To register, visit http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4021.
• Dietitians Holly White and Marsha Kenner will offer free classes for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes, followed by a question-and-answer session, at at 11 a.m. in the rehab services classroom at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage Road, room 110, Sanford. To register, visit www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4022.