CALENDAR FOR APRIL 23
• The first meeting of the Lee County Republican Men's Club will be held at noon at the Republican Headquarters at 101 S. Steele Street in Sanford. Lunch will be provided by Ron's Barn. Our guest speaker will be Cherie Berry, the N.C. Commissioner of Labor. Everyone is welcome to this organizational meeting.
• The Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will host a public input session to gather feedback for a conceptual land use plan for Chatham County from 7– 8:30 p.m. at the Earl B. Fitts Center in Siler City (111 S. Third Ave.). The Chatham EDC will present four growth scenarios that cover Chatham County from the present until 2040. The conceptual land use plan focuses on balance, preservation, economic prosperity, collaboration among public services and local government and flexibility to adapt with change. For more information, contact the EDC at (919) 542-8274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Lee County Arts Council presents "Mini Masters" with Laura Newman from 6-8 p.m. at the Artists' Loft on the mezzanine above the Shops at Steele Street. Participants will create three mini-canvases. The cost is $35 for LCAC members and $45 for non-members, which includes all supplies and a mini-easel to display your mini-masterpiece. Call (919) 799-6596 to preregister.
• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Chatham County resident and author Timothy Tron will present a program on his genealogical family search that led to his writing of the book, “Bruecke to Heaven.” Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661 to learn more.
• The Moore County Board of Commissioners will hold a dedication at 2 p.m. of the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center, 302 S. McNeill St., Carthage.
• The Lee Small Business Center will present a seminar titled “Where Do I Start?! Introduction to Business Plans (CBS)” from 1-4 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Creating a business plan seems like a daunting task, but it does not have to be. In this introductory seminar, presenter Kelly Klug of Lighthouse Documentation and Training will walk participants through a sample plan and give them a step-by-step strategy for gathering the needed pieces. To register, please call (919) 774-6442 or email email@example.com.
• An annual card party will be held from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at The Enrichment Center of Lee County. The cost is $4 per person per session; all proceeds go to The Helping Fund to assist Lee County residents who are in a crisis situation. Interested parties can join for refreshments and prizes, but most of all to know they have helped an older adult in need. The event is co-sponsored by Miller-Boles Funeral Home, and registration is required. Call The Enrichment Center at (919) 776-0501 x 2201 to register.
• The Lee County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m, at the Lee County Democratic Headquarters, 143 Charlotte Ave. Rep. Deb McManus, District 54, will be the speaker. For more information, please call (919) 774-4794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Gregg Gelb and His Jazz Trio, with Court Stewart, piano, and Bob Jackson, drums, will perform from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Flame Steakhouse, 109 Carbonton Road, Sanford. Please call (919) 776-7111 to learn more.
• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Those who are unemployed are encouraged to come and network. Please call (919) 776-6137 for more information.
• The Chatham County Center for North Carolina Cooperative Extension will conduct a hands-on Small Ruminant Parasite Control Training from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Celebrity Dairy in Siler City for those who raise goats and sheep. North Carolina State University Meat Goat Specialist Jean-Marie Luginbuhl will conduct this hands-on training session for the FAMACHA parasite evaluation system and to teach producers how to conduct a fecal egg count on manure samples. Celebrity Dairy's Brit and Fleming Pfann will be cooking lunch, and there is a fee for the FAMACHA certification, so there will be a $20 fee to cover the costs of the workshop. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Details are on Cooperative Extension's Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/mld1uq
• The Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will host a public input session to gather feedback for a conceptual land use plan for Chatham County from 7– 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, 764 East St. The Chatham EDC will present four growth scenarios that cover Chatham County from the present until 2040. For more information, contact the EDC at (919) 542-8274 or email@example.com.
• Sen. Ron Rabin (R-Harnett), Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Rep. Mike Stone (R-Lee) have announced that they will make five stops on their Harnett County Town Hall Tour. The Town of Lillington will host them at 7 p.m. at The Commons, 311 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington.
• An evening devoted to information about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” will be held at 7 p.m. in the Southern Pines Civic Club at the corner of Ashe Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Save Our Sandhills (SOS) will host James Robinson, research and policy associate of The Rural Advancement Foundation International, who will offer a brief overview of hydraulic fracturing and detail North Carolina’s shale gas basin and leasing history. Then he will discuss the current law and existing bills on hydraulic fracturing and how to get involved in the MEC process. The event is free and open to the public.
• The Lee Small Business Center will present a free seminar titled “Credit for the Entrepreneur” from 10 a.m.-noon at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The session will focus on how a small business owner should manage good credit for himself/herself personally; it also covers the business credit report. The presenter is Alyssa Mako, assistant director, The Women's Center of N.C. To register, please call (919) 774-6442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented the 2013 Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service to three recipients from Lee County: Ruth Conder, Don Schreiner and Doris Sylvester. This year marks the 35th consecutive year for the award, which honors people who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. A local reception will be held to honor these volunteers at 9 a.m. at The Enrichment Center, 1615 S. Third St. The public is invited, and registration is requested. For more information or to register, please contact Janice Holmes, volunteer services coordinator, at (919) 776-0501 x 2206.
• A gestational diabetes nutrition class will be held at 10 a.m. at Central Carolina Hospital in the rehab services classroom, 1135 Carthage Road, room 110, Sanford. Dietitians Holly White and Marsha Kenner will offer free gestational diabetes classes for pregnant women who have been diagnosed with the condition. The class will also be followed by a question-and-answer session. To register, visit http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4021.
• Dietitians Holly White and Marsha Kenner will offer free classes for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes, followed by a question-and-answer session, at at 11 a.m. in the rehab services classroom at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage Road, room 110, Sanford. To register, visit www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4022.