CALENDAR FOR APRIL 25
• The Autism Society of N.C.-Moore County invites patrons to the second annual Autism Awareness Event from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Mellow Mushroom in Southern Pines.
• Make a stained glass butterfly ornament with artist Jeanne Hunter from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists’ Colony at 148 S. Moore St, Sanford. Glass will be precut so participants can focus on mastering the art of soldering copper foil. A $35 fee covers instruction, supplies and use of tools. Students are encouraged to bring a soldering iron to use if they have one. Class size limited to eight. Visit EVENTS at www.carolinaartistscolony.com for more info. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register.
• 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.
• The Harnett County Relay for Life will begin today at 6 p.m. at Triton High School, 215 Maynard Lake Road, Erwin. For more details, see www.facebook.com/pages/Relay-For-Life-of-Harnett-County-NC-Triton-High-School-April-26th-27th/124674217687708
• The 14th annual Southern Side by Side Championship will begin at 9 a.m. at Deep River Sporting Clays, 284 Cletus Hall Road, Sanford. One of the nation's premier shooting competitions, the Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition Spring Classic features competitions for all gauges of side-by-side shotguns. Exhibitors from the U.S. and Europe will occupy four tents offering a wide variety of fine guns, sporting clothes, accessories, books, art, fine jewelry, dog kennels, sporting travel providers and auction houses. Contact Deep River Sporting Clays at (919) 774-7080 or email@example.com to learn more.
• The city of Sanford will host its second Arbor Day Celebration at 10 a.m. at the city of Sanford Golf Course on Hawkins Avenue. As part of the celebration, the Appearance Commission will plant a Japanese dogwood tree. This event is free and open to the public.
• People who live and work in Chatham County are invited to participate in a half-day workshop on the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization's (TARPO) Locally Coordinated Human Service Public Transportation Plan from 9 a.m.- noon at the Orange County Southern Human Services Center — 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. The workshop will focus on the needs of rural Chatham and Orange Counties as a part of the larger TARPO region. TARPO staff will facilitate the workshop with assistance from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the local transit service agencies. To complete a survey that will be used to provide information for the Locally Coordinated Plan, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/9N3SNYF.
• The Central Carolina Jaycees and Downtown Sanford Inc. are teaming up again to offer free, family-friendly movies in Depot Park every Friday night through May 17. This year's theme is adventure, and tonight's movie is “Hook.” Movies will start at sunset each Friday night. Additional nights may be scheduled in the case of inclement weather.
• Contemporary Christian Artists Russ Taff, Clay Crosse and Bob Carlisle will perform at 7 p.m. at Sanford’s Westview Baptist Church. The event, called the Surrender Tour, brings together three of the best-known voices in Christian music of the ‘80s and ‘90s. The tour is traveling to several U.S. cities in 2013, and this will mark the first time these artists have performed together on one stage. For more information about this event, contact the tour publicist, Tim Hall, at (615) 224-3575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Three Rivers Organization will hold its first annual fashion show at 8 p.m. at Cypress Manor, 1040 Buck Jones Road, Cary. The event will highlight fashions from the School of Fashion and Textile of Meredith College, as well as local designers and others from New York and New Jersey. The event will benefit Project R.O.S.S. (Remembering Our Seniors thru Serving), which focuses on senior citizens within the southeastern sector of Chatham/Lee County. Tickets are available for a donation of $20 in advance, $30 VIP, and $25 at the door. Invited guests include Project Runway finalist, fashion celebrity and acclaimed designer Emilio Sosa. For tickets and additional information, contact Quentin Murray at (919) 478-9673.
• The 14th annual Southern Side by Side Championship will continue today at 9 a.m. at Deep River Sporting Clays, 284 Cletus Hall Road, Sanford. One of the nation's premier shooting competitions, the Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition Spring Classic features competitions for all gauges of side-by-side shotguns. Contact Deep River Sporting Clays at (919) 774-7080 or email@example.com to learn more.
• The 18th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour will be held today and tomorrow from 1-5 p.m. — a self-guided tour, sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market, that features 39 scenic and sustainable working farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance, Durham and Person counties. Those planning to participate can pick the farms they want to visit on the interactive map at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/pft/ and can visit any farm in any order. Printed brochures are available at all Weaver Street Market stores, and proceeds support the work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. The tour once again features special programming for beginning farmers. Local experts will lead two half-day Beginning Farmer VIP tours to select farms. Tickets for this special program, limited to 23 beginning farmers per tour, are $3.
• Gregg Gelb and His Jazz Trio with Steve Anderson, piano, and Chris Gelb, drums, will perform from 8-11 p.m. at Dreams Café, 153 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. Call (919) 775-1200 to learn more.
• The Temple Theatre Art Walk will be held from 4-7 p.m., when shops throughout downtown Sanford will host wine tasting and display local artists’ work available via silent auction. Immediately following the art walk, there will be a live auction hosted at The Art Studio, where there will be additional wine and hors de’ oeuvres. The suggested tax deductible donation is $30 in advance or $35 day of. For advance tickets, visit the Temple Box Office or administrative offices. Visit www.templeshows.com to learn more.
• Well-known North Carolina author Jill McCorkle will be stopping in the Triangle for several events in March and April, including a visit today at 2 p.m. to McIntyre’s Books, 220 Market St., Fearrington Village, Pittsboro.
• Lee County's first Great Strides Walk, a fundraising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will begin at 9 a.m. (registration) at the picnic shelter at Kiwanis Park, and the walk will start at 10 a.m. The event will have a Kid’s Zone that will last for approximately an hour near the end of the walk, free to all registered families and their children, as well as a silent auction. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
• The Sanford Farmer's Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon in Depot Park, offering locally grown, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. For further details, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985