CALENDAR FOR FEB. 23
• The Chatham County Historical Association Inc. will present a program on a book titled “Civil War in the North Carolina Quaker Belt — the Confederate Campaign Against Agitators, Deserters and Draft Dodgers” at 2 p.m. at the Historic ChathamCounty Courthouse in Pittsboro. The program will consist of a video interview with the late author, William T. Auman, and a special guest visit from his sister, Ann Brown of Pittsboro. Copies will be available for purchase at the meeting. A CCHAbusiness meeting will follow.
• A monthly mileage hike will be held at 2 p.m. at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington. This challenge for 2014 puts a unique twist on the months of the year, and every month, a hike will be offered that covers the mileage that is equivalent to the month of the year. With this being February, participants will do a two-mile hike that includes a hike on Fish Traps Trail and LongleafLoop Trail to complete the two miles. Hikers will meet at the picnic shelter.
• A Valentine's mixed doubles event, with squad times from 3:30-5:30 p.m., will be held at Kendale Lanes in Sanford. There is a $40 entry fee, with an optional $10 singles HDCP and scratch. The first-place prize is $500.
• An engagement party will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Sanford Belk store, 1065 Spring Lane, Sanford. The event, held twice each year, allows brides and grooms to add to their registry or create a new one, all while having a chance to win prizes. To learn more, call (919) 774-4428.
• Instrumentalist group Trio Solisti, composed of a violinist, cellist and pianist, will perform at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.) at Sunrise Theater, Southern Pines, as part of the Classical Concert Series presented by the Moore County Arts Council. The Jefferson Inn is offering a pre-concert dinner costing $38 per person (tax and gratuity included); reservations are required and can only be made by calling the Arts Council at (910) 692-2787. Classical Concert Series brochures are available at the Arts Council offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or call (910) 692-2787 to receive a brochure by mail. For additional information about the Arts Council or CCS, visit www.MooreArt.org.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Martin Farley, professor of geology at UNC Pembroke, will discuss techniques of extracting fossil pollen from geologic sediment and how the pollen can be used to determine flora present in past periods. Eastern N.C. will be used as an example of climate reconstruction based on fossil pollen from sediments of Carolina Bay lakes. Visitors are welcome. Call (910) 692-2167 for more information or visit www.sandhillsnature.org.
• Audiences can attend a free viewing of the documentary “Toot Blues” at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines. “Toot Blues” tells the story of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, an organization founded in 1994 to provide a voice and support to hundreds of blues artists, most over age 55 and living on minimum income. Representatives of the Music Maker Relief Foundation will be in attendance to answer questions about the documentary. Please call the theater at (910) 692-8501 for information and directions.
• Sarah Curry, director of fiscal policy studies at the John Locke Foundation, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Lee County Republican Men’s Club, set for noon at Lee County Republican Party Headquarters, 101 S. Steele St. in Sanford. All men registered as Lee County Republicans are invited to attend the meeting and asked to email mensgroup@LeeGOP.org to make reservations. Attendees will enjoy a lunch ($10) catered by Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House.
• The Lee County Democratic Party will meet at 5 p.m. at the new headquarters at 139 Chatham St, Sanford. The meeting will provide an opportunity to congratulate and welcome the speaker, Robert Reives II, the newly appointed North Carolina House District 54 representative. Please call (919) 774-4797 for additional information.
• Consumers with questions about the Affordable Care Act are invited to attend a free presentation sponsored by Legal Aid of North Carolina and FirstHealth of the Carolinas from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Monroe Auditorium, located in the Conference Center at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, 9305 N.C. Highway. Certified application counselors with FirstHealth will be available to answer questions following the presentation. No advance registration is necessary.
• A Chatham County Democratic Party precinct meeting for Hadley will be held at 7 p.m. at Brown's Chapel, 355 Chicken Bridge Road, Pittsboro, with a 6:15 p.m. potluck before the meeting.
• Anderson Creek Club Charter School will conduct a public information forum for parents interested in enrolling children for the 2014-2015 school year at 6:30 p.m. at Patriot Hall, 216 Anderson Creek Drive, Spring Lake. Anderson Creek Club Charter School is a tuition-free public charter school that will serve students in grades K-5. The school is seeking students for a rigorous academic program designed around the Common Core State Standards and the North Carolina Essential Standards. The school will conduct open enrollment from Feb. 24, 2014 through March 25, 2014. Applications are available at www.andersoncreekcharter.com. Space is limited to 180 students. If applications exceed the number of spaces available for any grade level or classroom, a lottery will be held on April 8, 2014, at a location to be announced.
• The Lee County Genealogical & Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Peggy Taphorn, producing artistic director for The Temple Theatre, will present the program on “The Temple Theatre, Then and Now.” Meetings are open to the public, and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661 to learn more.
• The Temple Theatre will present Sweet Potato Pie at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. The group performs a blend of Americana, bluegrass, country and gospel music that they call “sweetgrass.” Hailed as “The Lennon Sisters of Bluegrass,” the group’s show revolves around their three-part harmonies, hard-driving instrumentals and down-home humor. The performance will feature classic songs from Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe and the Judds, as well as the group’s original, chart-topping material. General admission seats are $15. Call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or order online at https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?m=81e3ccd7551f3180c82536e4cd325e2a&t=tix.