CALENDAR FOR DEC. 12

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The Lee Small Business Center will offer a free seminar titled "Record Keeping and Taxes for Existing and Prospective Small Businesses" from 9-11 a.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. This seminar will cover basic record-keeping and taxation for small businesses, including federal and state taxes, employment taxes, depreciation, deductible expenses, record-keeping systems and software, financial statements and resources for small businesses. There will be time allowed for questions and answers. Presenter: Lori Stiles, Fortis Accounting Service LLC. Call (919) 774-6442 or email sbc@cccc.edu to pre-register. Seminars are subject to cancellation without a minimum number of pre-registrations.

• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church for networking, job-seeking skills and job leads. The computer lab will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call (919) 776-6137 for information.

• The Veteran’s Remembrance Group will meet at 2 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Speaker George Newport is a veteran who served in Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War and Afghanistan. The Veteran’s Remembrance Group meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month. Call The Enrichment Center, (919) 776-0501 x 2201, for more information.

• A training will be held from 1-5 p.m. in the auditorium of the agriculture building in Pittsboro. The free workshop is hosted by the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and will address how local farmers can achieve USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) certification, provide information on risks behind specific GAPs requirements and outline logistics for preparing and scheduling a GAPs audit. The USDA GAPs certification program is an independent audit of produce suppliers that focuses on best agricultural practices to verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. Get complete details about the workshop (including the three other workshop dates and locations) on the Growing Small Farms website at http://bit.ly/GSFworkshops. To register, email Debbie Roos at debbie.roos@chathamnc.org and put "GAPs workshop" in the subject line. Please include name and county in the email.

THURSDAY

• The Chatham County Council on Aging and Piedmont Health Services invite residents to a free series of talks scheduled through Dec. 13 on health and aging topics, such as nutrition, home and community resources, and medication. A talk will be held today from 5:30-6:30 p.m. called "Aging Options for Older Adults — Maintaining Quality of Life" at the Pittsboro Senior Center. The talks are open to people of all ages, and Piedmont Health's Moncure Community Health Center will provide speakers and meals for the events. For more information or to register, please contact Lindsay Hickling at (919) 542-4512 or lindsay.hickling@chathamcouncilonaging.org.

• The Temple Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. It also is open one hour before curtain on show days for will call and walk-up sales only. To learn more, visit www.templeshows.com.

• Meals on Wheels of Sanford will hold its monthly meeting of the board of directors at 9:30 a.m. in the library of the First Presbyterian Church on Hawkins Avenue. All interested parties are invited to attend and learn about this caring ministry.

• The Lee Small Business Center will hold a free seminar titled "How to Raise Your Credit Score to Over 740 Points; Receive That Personal or Business Loan" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a personal or business loan, as well as determining the interest rate of loans, insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services. In this three-hour seminar, we will discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report, what factors are used in calculating a FICO or Beacon score and several other topics. Presenter: Bob Moore. Call (919) 774-6442 or email sbc@cccc.edu to pre-register. Seminars are subject to cancellation without a minimum number of pre-registrations.

• 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 is stroke support group project, with tips for keeping your brain healthy and ways to boost your brain health. The speaker is Ana C. G. Felix, stroke neurologist, UNC General Neurology. Facilitator is Joy Phillips Murphy. 

FRIDAY

• The Temple Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol" at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. It also is open one hour before curtain on show days for will call and walk-up sales only. To learn more, visit www.templeshows.com.