May. 29, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Job leads, encouragement and job search support are available. This week's program: Sarah Courtwright of Well-Centered Counseling Services will give some tips on stress reduction during unemployment. Call (919) 776-6137 for information.

• Goldston Library will reopen at 10 a.m. following closure for Memorial Day weekend.

• Belk stores in more than 300 locations across 16 Southern states will celebrate the company's 125th anniversary with activities today — the date that William Henry Belk opened his first store in Monroe, N.C. Events will include special decorations, entertainment and refreshments, as well as sales promotions. The first 100 customers arriving at each store at 9 a.m., including the Sanford store at Riverbirch Shopping Center, will receive a free Belk gift card.

• The annual Gay 90’s luncheon will be held at noon at The Enrichment Center of Lee County. This lunch is in honor of Lee County residents who are 90 and above. Those wanting to attend or learn more, please contact Debbie Williams at (919) 776-0501 x 2203 to register.

• Today is the deadline to register for the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's hands-on queen-rearing workshop for beekeepers from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 1 in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The workshop will be repeated on Monday, June 3. Class size is restricted to 25 participants for each session. Each step of the process will be demonstrated in the bee yard, and participants will have an opportunity to practice grafting. This workshop is for beekeepers who understand the basic principles of queen rearing. Details are on Cooperative Extension's Growing Small Farms website at

• The Triangle South Workforce Development Board will host a free Business Services Connection event from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Attendees will learn about the services offered by the TSWDB and its partners and network with other business representatives. Speakers are Mike Peluso, WIA Business Services coordinator; Pamela Senegal, vice president of economic and community development at Central Carolina Community College; Russell Hieb, TSWDB chair; and Rosalind Cross, director of Workforce Development and WIA. Register at or contact Mike Peluso at (919) 777-7725 or <> for more information.


• Cumnock Preservation-A Chapter of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League will hold a workshop titled “Do You Own Your Mineral Rights?” from 3-7:30 p.m. at Quality Inn, 1403 N. Horner Blvd., Sanford. The chapter will be helping landowners to research their mineral rights using the Lee County GIS maps. This is a floating event, and people may come at any time during the designated hours.

• Carve stamps from rubber blocks for use in card making, scrapbooking and art making, and learn a variety of stamping techniques with unusual materials, in the “Stamp Making McGyver-Style” class with Amy Smith from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists’ Colony, 148 S. Moore St. in downtown Sanford. A $40 fee covers instruction and materials needed to create stamps. Students are encouraged to bring lino carving tools if they already have them and a beverage and snack to enjoy. Visit for complete details. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to pre-register.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at CCCC in Sanford.

• A newborn care class, designed to educate parents on the physical care of the newborn, development needs of the young infant and adjustment to parenthood, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the community classroom at Central Carolina Community College, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. To register, go to

• 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 Erwin will host them at 7 p.m. in the Erwin Town Hall meeting room at 100 W. F St., Erwin.


• The Malcolm Blue Historical Society will host a Friday night fish fry rom 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Blue Farm, 1177 Bethesda Road, Aberdeen. The meal consists of filets, hush puppies, Napa slaw, Carolina caviar and tea; the cost is $8, and dessert is optional. An odds-and-ends auction will be held from 5:30-6 p.m., and back porch music will be offered from 4-7 p.m. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair.

• The Relay For Life of Pittsboro will begin today at 6 p.m. and continue through tomorrow at Northwood High School to benefit the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants will come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. See (enter Pittsboro in the search field) to learn more.

• The banquet on the Camelback Bridge fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Deep River Park, 3485 R. Jordan Road, Cumnock. Patrons can drive through or eat on the Camelback Bridge. Plates of chicken tenders, green beans, bread, homemade slaw and dessert are $7 per piece, and delivery is free with 10 plates or more. The rain location is the Old Station by Bud's barbecue in Cumnock. For details, or to place an order, contact Phil Oldham at (919) 776-8154, Dick Harrison at (919) 356-5678 or Bill Corder at All proceeds go to Deep River Park for maintenance and upkeep.

• A Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Tree of Life new studio location will be held at 4 p.m. at 126 W. Main St., Sanford.

• The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/ Lee County will host its first female youth summit titled “Proud 2 Be Me” today and tomorrow, starting with a session at 7 p.m., at the O.T. Sloan Facility — 1414 Bragg St. in Sanford. This summit will inform and empower every participant and show them they have the ability to harness their own power and inner strength. The cost is $12 per participant, and this will include three meals, a gift bag and several resources. The first 50 young ladies to register will receive a free “Proud 2 Be Me” T-shirt. For more information, please contact Dana Petty at (919) 776-9743 or by email at