CALENDAR FOR FEB. 15
• The Sanford Rotary Club's annual Charity Gala will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Sanford Elks Club. The public is invited. Tickets are $50 per couple. Profits will go to support local 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations and Rotary International's quest to eradicate polio worldwide. The gala includes dancing to a live orchestra, heavy hors d' oevres, door prizes and a live auction. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
• Jayne Holland is raising funds for Children's Organ Transplant Association in honor of Evie W, a child who needs a kidney transplant, by running 10 races over 10 months. The first is today's President's Day Freedom Run, a 5K sponsored by Black Belt Academy, at 10 a.m. at San-Lee Chapel on Keller Andrews Road. Those who would like to help are invited to cheer Holland on or can sponsor her efforts by visiting www.COTAforEvieW.com.
• The antique shops of Cameron will hold their annual “Winterfest Sales Event” today with all shops included, featuring clearance sales, specials, just-arrived merchandise and more. To learn more, visit www.antiquesofcameron.com or call (910) 245-3020.
• Central Carolina Hospital will offer free lipid panel (total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides and glucose screenings from 8-10 a.m. at the hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. This is a blood draw, and the results will be mailed. Participants must be at least 18 years old, and the screening requires fasting (nothing to eat after midnight) for accurate results. The screening consists of a blood draw. Register at http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4243 or call at 800-483-6385 to learn more.
• A community blood drive, hosted by the Sandhills Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Xi Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church, 240 Fields Drive, Sanford. Those who would like to be a donor or to get more information, please contact the chairman of this project, Jocelyn McKoy, at (919) 356-9639.
• The Stevens Center’s annual Valentine prime rib dinner and auction benefit will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Stevens Center, 1576 Kelly Drive in Sanford. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a complete dinner, including a salad bar, prime rib or roast chicken, sweet or white potatoes, vegetable, fresh-baked rolls, a beverage, and a selection of home-baked desserts. During dinner, couples will be serenaded by the Karen Huey string ensemble. A silent auction with more than 50 items will also be running. After dinner, the the Temple Teens will provide 40 minutes of of love songs, and then auctioneer Jerry Harris will call a live auction. Tickets to the event are $25 per person. Table sponsorships are $200 and include six tickets and a $110 tax deduction. Tickets are available at Capital Bank branches in Lee County, at Hair Associates on Tramway Road, at the Stevens Center and online at stevenscenter.org or facebook.com/stevenscenter. People may also call the Stevens Center at (919) 776-4048 for tickets.
• A “Prescribed Fire” presentation will be held at 2 p.m. at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington. They are not medical doctors, but park rangers help create their own fiery “prescriptions” to help keep the park healthy. There will be a presentation showing the differences between prescribed fire and wildfires, as well as the benefits of having a prescribed fire plan for our park and an introduction to the equipment rangers use. Participants will meet at the visitor center.
• A Valentine's mixed doubles, with squad times from 1:30-3:30 p.m., will be held at Kendale Lanes. There is a $40 entry fee ($10 optional singles HDCP and scratch). $500 will go to first place.
• The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from North Carolinians regarding their transportation priorities as part of its efforts to implement the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investments law. In Division 8, which includes Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties, an open house is planned from 4-7 p.m. at the Division Traffic Services Office, 150 DOT Drive in Carthage. In addition, written comments can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail at STI, P.O. Box 1067, Aberdeen N.C. 28315. The comment period for this division has been extended to accommodate this new date. All comments must be received by Monday, Feb. 24. More information about the Strategic Transportation Investments law and how it works, and the public meetings can be found on the NCDOT website.
• A free Small Business Center seminar titled “Dynamite Marketing on a Firecracker Budget,” featuring Mike Collins, will be held from 6–9 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Entrepreneurs are using big business strategies like targeted ads, letters and phone calls to reach potential customers. They are looking to manufacturers and suppliers for more help and using tactics that range from flyers and brochures to open houses and sales open only to special customers. This seminar will help participants create a low-cost marketing plan for their business. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8mh05i1c5ef2db3&oseq=&c=&ch= and call Kelly Dehring, Central Carolina SBC, at (919) 718-7424 to learn more.