CALENDAR FOR APRIL 13
• A “Showers of Blessings” fashion show will be held at noon at St. Luke United Methodist Church, featuring clothing purchased from area thrift stores. The items will afterward be donated to “Blessed to be a Blessing” — a community outreach of the church. Tickets for the fashion show and luncheon are $10 each, and all proceeds will go toward the ministry. To learn more, please contact Cindy Gay, coordinator of children's ministry and music, or Terri Kirkman, (919) 774-2779.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
• A vendor and craft fair to benefit Daniel Barbour will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Jim's Family Restaurant, 1600 Tramway Road, Sanford. Barbour was diagnosed with kidney failure on Valentine's Day, and funds raised at this event will go toward his medical expenses.
• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 2 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 email@example.com. See www.templeshows.com for more details.
• The Jonesboro Youth Group will host a flapjack fundraiser from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Applebee's located at 1325 Plaza Blvd., Sanford. All proceeds raised will help purchase supplies, plane tickets and transportation for upcoming events. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (919) 200-3217.
• The Lee Small Business Center will present “The Art of Marketing and Advertising a Small Business (CBS)” from 1-4 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The presenter, Steve Carver of Fast Forward Services Inc., will share experiences, tips and methods to teach small business owners and managers the art of opportunities of long-term marketing, short-term advertising fundamentals, and strategies. The primary focus will be on how to develop strategies to make marketing investments produce better traffic and increased sales. To register please call (919) 774-6442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The next bus driver class offered by Chatham County Schools will be held today through April 17. Times will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Central Office South conference room on the Horton Middle School campus.
• Today is the deadline for grillers to submit their entry forms and fees for the first annual backyard BBQ cook-off and antique car/motorcycle benefit, presented by the Three Rivers Organization in Moncure on June 15 at the Chatham County Fairgrounds. All interested grillers can enter to win, with prizes ranging from $100-$500. Cook-off participants must submit their forms and submit the $50 entry fee. Entry in the antique car and motorcycle show carries a $20 donation/entry fee. First- and second-place trophies will be awarded separately in the antique car, truck and motorcycle categories. Call Clarissa Toomer Neal at (919) 924-8407 for details or for entry forms. Applications can be downloaded at www.chathamnc.org.
• This week, the third Chef Challenge is coming to cafeterias across Chatham County Schools. Cafeteria staff creates special meals for students and staff, and area chefs and The Abundance Foundation partner with Chatham County Schools for the Chef Challenge — which works to encourage students to try new foods. The local produce feature days for the 2013 Chef Challenge will be: Today, local tomatoes; Tuesday, local sweet potatoes; and Thursday, local apples.