CALENDAR FOR APRIL 11

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The Sanford/Lee County Stroke Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The topic will be “How my stroke has affected my life, and what I've done to make it better.” Speakers include Janet McNeill, Ed Byrd and Earl Murphy, with a roundtable discussion; the facilitator is Joy Phillips Murphy. Come and join other stroke survivors, caregivers and family members who understand what you're going through.

• Learn to carve rubber stamps and learn unusual stamping techniques with out-of-the-ordinary materials for card making, scrapbooking, and art making in the Stamp Making McGyver-Style class with Amy Smith from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists’ Colony, 148 S. Moore St., downtown Sanford. A $40 fee includes instructions and all materials needed during class. Visit EVENTS at www.carolinaartistscolony.com for more info. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register.

• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 2 and 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. Mainstage tickets are $23 for adults and $13 for children and students. Discounted tickets are available for $19 for Thursday night performances, active-duty military, Lee County teachers and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available from the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or boxoffice@templeshows.com. See www.templeshows.com for more details.

• Doors to the “Relish” Magazine Cooking Show will open at 5 p.m., and the show will begin at 7 p.m., at Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road., Southern Pines. Relish chef Brian Morris will conduct the two-hour show that features authentic recipes, cooking tips and new ideas for the kitchen. The event includes a pre-show expo showcasing products and services presented by local vendors, book signing by chef Brian Morris and food sampling with chef Mark Elliot. Each show attendee will receive a gift bag.

• Friends of the Chatham Community Library will hold a spring book sale today from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., continuing through April 13, at the library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Admission is free, and purchases may be made by cash or check, but not by credit card. Today, most hardcover books are $3, trade paperbacks are $2, and small paperbacks are 50 cents — plus sales of $200 or more earn a 20 percent discount. More than 15,000 books and audio and video materials will be available for purchase. For more information about the sale, as well as membership and volunteer opportunities, visit the FotCCL website at www.friendsofthechathamcommunitylibrary.org.

• 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 http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=1863.

• The Lee Small Business Center will present a free seminar titled “Determining Your Capital Needs to Start a Business” from 1-3 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The presenter is Rich Trogdon. To register, please call (919) 774-6442 or email sbc@cccc.edu.

• Meals on Wheels of Sanford will hold its monthly board of directors meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Library of the First Presbyterian Church on Hawkins Avenue. The public is invited to learn more about this ministry.

FRIDAY

• The FAITH Players, from the FAITH home schooling co-op in Lee, Harnett and Cumberland counties, will be performing an original musical at 7 p.m. at the Lee County Arts and Community Center, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford. "Screwtape, B.C." was written, scored and directed by two brothers from a local home schooling family and follows the biblical tale of Joseph. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 11 and younger, and $20 for large families.

• The Central Carolina Jaycees and Downtown Sanford Inc. are teaming up again to offer free, family-friendly movies in Depot Park every Friday night from April 12 through May 17. This year's theme is adventure, and the movie tonight is “Brave.” Movies will start at sunset each Friday night. Additional nights may be scheduled in the case of inclement weather.

• Friends of the Chatham Community Library will hold a spring book sale today from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., continuing through tomorrow, at the library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Admission is free, and purchases may be made by cash or check, but not by credit card. Today, all books and materials are half price. For more information about the sale, as well as membership and volunteer opportunities, visit the FotCCL website at www.friendsofthechathamcommunitylibrary.org.

• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. Mainstage tickets are $23 for adults and $13 for children and students. Discounted tickets are available for $19 for Thursday night performances, active-duty military, Lee County teachers and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available from the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or boxoffice@templeshows.com. See www.templeshows.com for more details.

SATURDAY

• The FAITH Players, from the FAITH home schooling co-op in Lee, Harnett and Cumberland counties, will be performing an original musical at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Lee County Arts and Community Center, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford. "Screwtape, B.C." was written, scored and directed by two brothers from a local home schooling family and follows the biblical tale of Joseph. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 11 and younger, and $20 for large families.

• The Robbins, N.C., Spring Fest will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a classic cruise-in at 10 a.m., cash mob at town hall at 12:30 p.m., and downhill derby at 1 p.m. A 50/50 drawing will be held to benefit the Robbins Farm Incubator Project, and the event will also feature food vendors and music by DJ Yank Miron. Contact town hall for more information at (910) 948-2431.

• A sporting clays fun shoot begins at 9 a.m. (registration) at Deep River Sporting Clays, with the last shooter on the course at 1 p.m. This is a 100-target, NSCA-registered shoot; non-NSCA shooters will compete in an open class. Entry is $50 for non-members. Everyone is welcome.

• The Chatham Social Health Council will host a flapjack fundraiser from 8-10 a.m. at the Applebee's located at 1325 Plaza Blvd., Sanford. All proceeds raised will go toward purchasing a new mobile testing unit. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (919) 742-3762.

• Biologist turned artist Forrest C. Greenslade will exhibit a selection of paintings depicting local scenes at the Café at the Chatham Marketplace during the month of April. There will be a meet the artist wine and cheese reception today from 1-3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.chathamartists.blogspot.com/2013/03/organic-forrestry-at-chatham-marketplace.html

• The Museum of NC Traditional Pottery will present the fifth annual North Carolina Pottery Festival at 10 a.m. at Seagrove Elementary School, 528 Old Plank Road, Seagrove. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, email ncpottery122@embarqmail.com or call the Museum of North Carolina Traditional Pottery at (336) 873-7887.

• The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 USA Dance will host a “Roaring 20’s” dance” at 7 p.m. at 105 McReynolds St., Carthage (across the street from Fred's on the second floor of the Sinclair Building). The event starts with snacks, then from 7:30-8 p.m., a showcase will feature some of the dance members performing various ballroom dances, followed by open dancing from 8-10 p.m.. Singles and couples are welcome. Please bring an appetizer or a food to share if possible; beverages are provided. This is a smoke free/alcohol free event. The cost is $7 for members, $10 for guests. All first-time guests get in free. Those who have any bonus bucks left from the last dance can use them at this or any of our dances through out the year. For more information, call Asunda at (919) 356-2784 or visit www.DancingInTheCarolinaPines.org.

• The Sanford Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park. For further information, or for those interested in selling at the market, please call Sue Buie at (919) 356-3007 or email DonnaBuie@aol.com. For further details, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985

• Smithfield"s Chicken n' Bar-B-Que will be having a classic cruise-in from 4-8 p.m. Besides the assortment of vintage cars, there will be a disc jockey, shagging and free balloons for the kids.

• Central Carolina Community College will host its 2013 Earth Day celebration: “Healthy Planet, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” from 8 a.m. to noon at the college's Chatham County campus. The day starts with a rabbit run 5K and children’s fun run and includes a health fair, disk golf tournament, student farm and Chatham Cottage tours, classes, and much more. The event is free, except for registration for the 5K and children's run. For more information about Earth Day and health and sustainability programs at CCCC, visitwww.cccc.edu/.

• Friends of the Chatham Community Library will hold a spring book sale today from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Admission is free, and purchases may be made by cash or check, but not by credit card. Today, customers may fill grocery bags with books and materials they choose for $5 each, with no limit on the number of bags. For more information about the sale, as well as membership and volunteer opportunities, visit www.friendsofthechathamcommunitylibrary.org.

• The fourth annual spring barn dance, to benefit Prancing Horse Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, will be held from 6-10 p.m. at McLendon Hills Equestrian Center, West End. The event will include a silent auction, music by DJ Prince Pete and dinner by Dickey’s Pit BBQ.. Tickets are $60 per person and available by visiting, http://www.prancinghorsecenter.com/ or The Country Bookshop, Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlor, Given Book Store and Sandhills Winery. Call (910) 246-3202 to learn more.

• The city of Sanford will work with volunteers, community leaders, and businesses today to help restore homes in East Sanford during the "East Sanford Block Party." This joint effort provides landscaping, home repairs, painting and general cleanup for lower-income neighborhoods. 2013 marks the third year for the event, which will focus on Maple Avenue. This area is also the site of the city's newest pocket park. Last year, the Block Party targeted McIver Street between Seventh and Market streets. In 2011, volunteers worked on Charlotte Avenue. To learn more, contact Karen Kennedy at (919) 777-1113.

• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. Mainstage tickets are $23 for adults and $13 for children and students. Discounted tickets are available for $19 for Thursday night performances, active-duty military, Lee County teachers and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available from the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or boxoffice@templeshows.com. See www.templeshows.com for more details.

• A free performance of Aesop’s Fables by an award-winning group known as the Red Herring Puppets will be held at 3 p.m. at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities. The Ragan Writers Series brings this lyric program that tells children about such things as bullying, competition, ingenuity and the fact that ‘little beings can achieve great things.’ Refreshments will follow the performance. For more information, call (910) 592-6261.

• The Lee County Democratic Party Convention will be held at 10 a.m. (coffee reception at 9:30 a.m.) at the Lee County Courthouse. In addition to the election of party officers, a keynote speech will be given by Chris Rey, chair of the 2nd N.C. Congressional District. For more information about the convention or the Lee County Democratic Party, please call (919) 774-4797 or email chair@leedemocrats.org.

• Haywood Bible Church will present its 11th annual Hee-Haw to benefit Relay for Life at 6 p.m. in Moncure. Special guests will include Haywood's Hee-Haw Band, George Sisters, Corbin and Linda Whitaker, comedian Henry Eubanks and many more. Please come out for a night of fun and fellowship, refreshments to follow.

• American Legion Post 382 invites the public to a dance Saturday from 8-11 p.m. at the post on Legion Drive. The price is $8 per person or $15 per couple. The Reflections II Band will be playing. Other dances in the near future are Saturday, May 18, with Gene Dickens of Second Chance, Saturday, June 15, with Reflections II Band, and Saturday, July 27, with Reflections II Band.