CALENDAR FOR APRIL 3

Apr. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• Find X Designs will host a demonstration for children from 11 a.m.-noon, teaching how to use a pom-pom maker to create monsters, animals and decorations, at 719 Carthage St. in Sanford. Those with questions can call (919) 774-4700. Space is limited, so please call ahead to reserve.

• The Lee Small Business Center will present a free seminar about CEED’s microloan program, which assists local entrepreneurs and current business owners with capital to support startup and growth of their business, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Topics to be discussed are requirements, including business plan and credit report, what is available for startup businesses and for expanding businesses, and how to make it happen. The presenter is Rayshonia Manuel, Center for Economic Empowerment & Development. To register, please call (919) 774-6442 or email sbc@cccc.edu.

THURSDAY

• Sanford Business and Professional Women will meet from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the Capital Bank Building, South Steele Street, Sanford. Each meeting has a different topic. More info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Business-Professional-Womens-Organization/121897982594.

• Make a ring from copper and a Snell Design lampwork glass bead with Tom Snell from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists' Colony, 148 S. Moore St, downtown Sanford. A $15 fee includes instruction and use of all supplies needed. As time allows, students can make additional rings for $10 each. Visit EVENTS at www.carolinaartistscolony.com for more info. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register.

• A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at CCCC. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS to learn more.

• Find X Designs will host a demonstration for children from 11 a.m.-noon, teaching how to make an artistic bowl with yarn, at 719 Carthage St. in Sanford. Those with questions can call (919) 774-4700. Space is limited, so please call ahead to reserve.

• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 2 and 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. 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 boxoffice@templeshows.com. See www.templeshows.com for more details.

• Dana Beach will discuss “The Legacy of Land Conservation in the Carolina Low Country” as part of the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College campus, Pinehurst. He is Director of the S.C. Coastal Conservation League. Admission is free and open to the public with no tickets required. For additional information, call (910) 245-3132.

FRIDAY

• The seventh annual Carolina FiberFest, to celebrate the fiber arts, will be held today from 4–6 p.m. (classes and marketplace), and will continue April 6 and 7, at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, 505 N. 7th St., Sanford. Knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters, tatters and other fiber artists will participate, and features will include classes, demonstrations, sheep shearing and herding. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit CarolinaFiberFest.org.

• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. 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 boxoffice@templeshows.com. See www.templeshows.com for more details.

• Enjoy a free, fun evening during “April Showers” from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists’ Colony at 148 S. Moore St, downtown Sanford. Rooms will be filled with made-in-N.C. pottery, jewelry, arts and crafts, and many of the artists and crafters who created it all. Also featured will be free handcrafted door prizes, samples of Country Lane Kitchens spicy pepper relishes, assorted other complimentary tasty treats, umbrella-embellished cups of punch, the Great Deal Umbrellas Search for special rainy day savings (good ANY one day in April) and more. Visit EVENTS at www.carolinaartistscolony.com for more info. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register.

SATURDAY

• NTRL roping will be offered from 9 a.m. (signup)-7 p.m. at Eleven Bar East, 2805 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/11bareastranch, or call Chad Shepherd at (813) 477-4740.

• The Sanford Farmers Market opens today from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park.

• The Phi Beta Lambda Chapter at Central Carolina Community College will be hosting a flapjack fundraiser from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Applebee's located at 1325 Plaza Blvd., Sanford. All proceeds raised will go toward travel expenses and fees for upcoming conferences. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (828) 713-1047.

• Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club will host Patriot Run XI at 10 a.m. (kickstands up, 8 a.m. registration), starting at VFW Robert Miller Post #9103 (Highway 210, 1.5 miles north of Manchester Road in Harnett County). Participants will ride to the capitol in Raleigh for the POW/MIA ceremony at noon and end up at the VFW Franklin-Sloan Post 7383 (522 Reedy Creek Road, Cary). A $15 donation per person for the ride includes a meal, door prizes, a T-shirt (while supplies last) and entertainment at 1 p.m. You need not ride to donate at the door. The run benefits the Fisher House. For more information, call (919) 770-1042.

• the Chatham County Arts Council’s 12th Annual ClydeFEST will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bynum Ballpark. The event will feature live music, food trucks, hands-on art activities and children's games inspired by Clyde Jones, the "Critter Master" of Bynum and internationally known folk art hero. There will be a critter-making demo, a chance to win a critter at the critter auction, and critter raffle, too. Raindate for the event will be Sunday, April 7, from 1-5 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to watch the website, at www.chathamarts.org, if inclement weather looks possible.

• The Sanford Area Society of Shaggers will hold its 16th annual golf tournament for Make-A-Wish and other local charities starting at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at Sanford Golf Course. The event will feature auctions, refreshments, prizes and more. Those who would like to make a donation can make a check payable to SASS and mail it to P.O. Box 1785, Sanford, N.C. 27331. To learn more, call Gary and Teresa White at (919) 775-9769 or (919) 499-5505, or email gary.white.email@gmail.com.

• The seventh annual Carolina FiberFest, to celebrate the fiber arts, continues today from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, 505 N. 7th St., Sanford. Today is children's day, sponsored by the Triangle Weaver's Guild. To learn more, visit CarolinaFiberFest.org.

• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. 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 boxoffice@templeshows.com. See www.templeshows.com for more details.

• Author Walter Bennett will be reading from his highly acclaimed novel “Leaving Tuscaloosa” at 2 p.m. in Pittsboro. The novel is a mystery set in Alabama during the early 1960s. Bennett will be joined by Jennifer Evans, who will open the event with some songs of the Civil Rights era. Pittsboro’s indy bookstore Circle City Books & Music is sponsoring the event, which will be held at Davenport & Winkleperry Café (18A Salisbury St). The author will sign books following the reading at Circle City Books (121 Hillsboro St.). For more information, call (919) 548-5954.

• The 62nd running of the annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford. The event draws thousands of spectators each year and is considered to be the kick-off social event of the spring season in the Sandhills area. Events begin with the Run for the Ribbons 5K race benefiting the FirstHealth Cancer CARE Fund. General Admission gates open at 9:30 a.m. Post time for the running of the Steeplechase Races is at 1:30 p.m. Advance tickets may be purchased at Harris Teeter, online at www.stoneybrooksteeplechase.com or by calling the CHP at (910) 875-2074. Tickets are also available at the gate on race day. Admission is free for children 12 and under.