CALENDAR FOR FEB. 16

Feb. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• 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.

MONDAY

• 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 mwbowman@ncdot.gov 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.

TUESDAY

• Story time for toddlers and preschoolers will be held at 10 a.m. at the Broadway Library, 206 S. Main St., Sanford. This week's theme is “friendship!” For more information, please call Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.

• The Lee County Arts Council's “Art With A Heart” event will be held at 6 p.m. at the council office, 144-E S. Steele St, Sanford. Those planning to attend are asked to sign up by calling (919) 774-6139, via email or through the Arts Council's Facebook page.

• Grace Christian School will host an open house for prospective students and parents from 7-8 p.m. at 2601 Jefferson Davis Highway, Sanford. Those in attendance could win a drawing for $500 toward their tuition and learn how to qualify for a $4,000 voucher to be applied toward tuition. For more information, call (919) 774-4415 or visit www.gcscrusaders.org.

WEDNESDAY

• The Parkinson's Support Group for people with Parkinson's disease, their family members and caregivers, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The focus of the meeting will be looking at recent news of Parkinson's disease research.

• This week's story time for toddlers will be held at 10 a.m. at the Main Library on Hawkins Avenue; the theme will be “Friendship!” For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.

• Today is the deadline to register for The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's cut-flower production workshop, part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series, on Feb. 26 from 1-5 p.m. at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope. The workshop will cover the latest new cut-flower species and cultivars, high tunnel production, cut-flower fertilization, harvest and post-harvest handling and more. Speakers include John Dole, Alicain Carlson and Iftikhar Ahmad, all from the North Carolina State University Horticultural Sciences Department. Details and registration information are posted on the Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/gsf-workshops.

• Master potter Mark Hewitt will discuss his art and his book, “The Potter’s Eye,” at 7 p.m. at Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro. The program, which was previously scheduled for Jan. 29, is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. Mark and his wife, Carol Peppe Hewitt, opened their Pittsboro pottery in 1983. His work has been featured in the “Smithsonian” magazine and on the cover of “American Craft” magazine; he has written extensively in the ceramic press, and he has exhibited in London, New York and Tokyo, as well as throughout the U.S. A farm-to-table dinner will be served at Central Carolina Community College's Natural Chef café preceding the program from 6-7 p.m. Dinner reservations are strongly suggested and are accepted at (910) 545-8076.

• New York Times bestselling novelist Alice Hoffman will read from her latest novel, “The Museum of Extraordinary Things,” at 6:30 p.m. at McIntyre’s Books, Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. Hoffman will read and discuss her latest work prior to signing copies of her novel. The book will be available for purchase. To learn more, contact the store at (919) 542-3030 or books@fearrington.com; its website is www.mcintyresbooks.com.