CALENDAR FOR MAY 19
• One By One meets at 4 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage St., Sanford. William Johnson of the Lee County Boys and Girls Club will be the speaker. One By One welcomes all people who are interested in improving race relationships in an atmosphere where frank and open discussion is encouraged. For more information, please call (919) 774-4797.
• Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE) will host the 10th annual Bash and Auction to benefit dogs and cats in need from 5-8 p.m. at Shady Wagon Farm, 2312 Pea Ridge Road, New Hill, N.C. to raise funds to support CARE’s targeted spay/neuter program and homeless cats and dogs in Chatham County. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Temple Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 2 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Tickets can be bought in person or by contacting the box office at (919) 774-4155 or email@example.com. Ticket prices are: adult, $23; Thursday night adult, $19; children/student, $13; Lee County teacher/educator, active military and groups of 10 or more, $19. See www.templeshows.com.
• Lee County Community Orchestra's silver anniversary season continues with “Celebrating the Audience” at 3 p.m. at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. (rain site: Arts Center). The performance will feature music by Copland, Dvorak, Gershwin, Mozart, Richard Rodgers and John Williams. In tribute to the military, the “Armed Forces Salute” will honor active and veteran personnel. Admission is free. See www.leecountycommunityorchestra.com to learn more.
• The annual Ole Mill Crank-Up will continue from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ole Gilliam Mill, located on Highway 42 West, four miles west of Sanford. The cost is $5 per person, children under 12 free. Camping is first come, first served; RVs or campers are $10 per night, and tents are $6. Vendor space is $25 for the weekend. In addition to other attractions and activities, a church service wil be held at 8 a.m. To learn more, call Jimmy Bass at (919) 774-5554 or (919) 498-5324.
• The Telling Takes Us Home — A Celebration of American Family Stories and Music with Joe McHugh will be held at 7 p.m. atChatham Community Library, located on the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College at 197 NC Highway 87 North. NPR producer and traditional fiddler Joe McHugh brings his program of word and music to the library. McHugh will also discuss and sign copies of his new book, “Slaying the Gorgon,” about the impact technology has had on our personal stories. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Chatham Community Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, call (919) 545-8084.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. In the program, "Bats by the Millions," Ranger Scott Hartley will share slides and video from a recent trip to several Texas caves containing huge maternity colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats. Discussion will include their life cycle and ecology, and how they were almost used to fight in World War II. Call (910) 692-2167 for see www.sandhillsnature.org to learn more.
• Swim lessons registration will be held today through May 24 from 3-6 p.m. at O.T. Sloan Pool. Available class dates and times are June 3-13 at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and June 17-27, July 1-11, July 15-25 and July 29-Aug. 8 at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $29 per session for county residents and $39 per session for non-county residents. After May 27, register at Lee County Parks and Recreation, 2303 Tramway Road. Class size is limited, and enrollment will be accepted in person only on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff have scheduled a public meeting and open house today to discuss the agency's assessment of the 2012 safety performance of Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. An open house and poster session is set from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. in Holly Springs. At 6:30 p.m., the NRC staff will make a brief presentation and be available to answer questions.
• The survivors of sexual assault support group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the HAVEN in Lee County conference room, 215 Bracken St., Sanford. Call (919) 774-8923 for more information — completely confidential.
• Those who are unemployed or underemployed can learn the skills needed to land a job in the Central Carolina Community College Continuing Education Department's Course #2156: Career Readiness and Pathways. Participants will explore career opportunities and learn how to find and keep a job, as well as the skills needed to succeed in school or job training, such as how to take notes, reduce test-taking anxiety, and prepare for certification training. The course, taught by Dedrick Petty, meets 9 a.m-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays today through July 25, for a total of 72 hours. The cost is $175. Registration fee waivers are available for those who qualify. The class will meet in Room 118 at CCCC’s Lifelong Learning Center at W.B. Wicker, 900 S. Vance St., Sanford. For more information, call (919) 777-7793.
• A Regional Caregiver Education Conference, a one-day event to address trends is Alzheimer's care for families, professional caregivers and people interested in knowing more about this disease, will be held from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, Sanford. Registration is at 8 a.m., program starts at 9 a.m., and lunch is provided. Guest speakers are Melanie Bunn, dementia training specialist, and Martha Lee Ellis, author of “The Other Side of Alzheimer's” Contact Judi Womack, family caregiver advisor, at (919) 776-0501 x 2230 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Respite care is available upon request.
• Sen. Ron Rabin (R-Harnett), Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Rep. Mike Stone (R-Lee) announced that they will make five stops on their Harnett County Town Hall Tour. The town of Coats will host them at 7 p.m. at the Coats (NEW) Town Hall, 25 E. Main St., Coats.
• An all-day concealed carry permit class will begin at 8 a.m. at Tramway Fire Department. There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee. This will go toward the total cost of the class, which is $60. Class size will be limited. Participants will need to bring a handgun (or share with someone in class), ammunition (80 rounds), safety glasses, earplugs and a ball cap for the shooting range. Those who would like to register for class or have any questions, please contact Matt Grant Smith at (919) 770-0111.
• Swim lessons registration will continue today from 3-6 p.m. at O.T. Sloan Pool. The cost is $29 per session for county residents and $39 per session for non-county residents. After May 27, register at Lee County Parks and Recreation, 2303 Tramway Road. Class size is limited, and enrollment will be accepted in person only on a first-come, first-served basis.