Dec. 14, 2012 @ 10:42 AM

n St. Stephen Church is conducting citizenship classes for those permanent residents who may wish to apply for citizenship. The classes are held every Saturday from 6-7 p.m. There is no charge for the classes, and the Rev. Robert Ippolito, pastor of St. Stephen Church, who is also a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative, will process the required applications free of charge. Call (919) 776-1532 for more information.

n Girl Scout Troop 101 is aiming to fill at least 101 care packages for children undergoing medical treatment at the North Carolina Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill and their families. The items needed to complete this service project include, but are not limited to, coloring/activity books, small blankets, stuffed animals, small toys, travel games, washcloths, crayons/coloring pencils/markers and 3-gallon Ziploc bags. To make a donation, email or call (919) 499-3817 to schedule a pick up. Drop-off locations are Buffulo Presbyterian Church, 1333 Carthage St., and First Baptist Church, 202 Summit Drive. Items will be accepted through Dec. 21.

n Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary’s 28th annual “Lights of Love,” remembering those we love, those we lost, and special memories, is now underway at the hospital. The special ornaments on the “Lights of Love” Christmas Tree symbolize those special people or moments. A “Book of Remembrance,” adjacent to the Christmas tree, contains the names of those remembered and those honored. The community's support enables the Auxiliary to continue the projects that benefit the patients and their families of Central Carolina Hospital. Those who would like to make a donation, the cost is $10 per name/light; return to CCH Auxiliary Gift Shop or mail to CCH Auxiliary – 1135 Carthage St., Sanford, N.C. 27330. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15.

n "The Taste of Southern Charm” Southern Supreme Carolina Sampler Gift Basket [$53 retail value] is on display in This-N-That Gift Shop and features fruitcake, pecan pralines, maple crispy peanuts, peanut brittle, chocolate-covered pecans, cheese florets, fruitcake cookies and a Bear Creek lazy turtle. Raffle tickets are $1 per entry, and a drawing will be held Dec. 21. Entrants do not have to be present to win! Proceeds benefit Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary projects.

n Sanford Area Habitat for Birds and more, at 220 E. Main St. in Jonesboro, continues its fund-raising efforts with its Christmas merchandise, as well as a wide selection of bird feeders and food. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (919) 775-1371 to learn more.

n Habitat Re-Store(Home-Store), at 964 N.Horner Blvd., is requesting donations; call and schedule a donation pick-up. The schedule is limited, so call early to not miss out on the tax deduction. Donations can also be dropped off at the store during store hours Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call (919) 774-6767 for further details.

n A support group for victims of sexual assault will meet every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call HAVEN In Lee County for more information at (919) 774-8923.

n Those who love to sew are invited to join Find X Designs for its Monday morning and Thursday evening sewing circles at 719 Carthage St., Sanford. Bring a sewing machine and current project and enjoy the fellowship of fellow sewers from 9 a.m.-noon on Mondays and 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays. Find X Designs also offers a Sit ‘N Stitch group Saturdays from 2-5 p.m. for those who like to knit or crochet. To learn more, call (919) 774-4700.

n The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension has teamed up again with the Chatham County Beekeepers' Association to conduct an eight-week beekeeping school, which will be held Jan. 2-March 6, 2013, on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Agricultural Building Auditorium in Pittsboro. The cost is $60 for members of the Chatham County Beekeepers Association and $65 for non-members. To view the course outline and download a registration form, go to the Growing Small Farms website at For more information, email or call (919) 542-8202.

n Project Point Five, Men Under Construction, meets each Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Brick Capital Community Development Center, 403 Makepeace St., Sanford. Men from all walks of life unite in one circle to reclaim and redeem themselves as brothers, fathers, husbands and role models. The goals for members, including obtaining employment, achieving educational milestones and reuniting families, are achieved by mentorship strategies, one-on-one counseling, group discussion and individual goal-setting. To learn more, contact Leon D. Jackson, project director, at (919) 356-4199.

n The Central Carolina Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women who share a desire to quit drinking, meets at 319 Moore St., Sanford. Meeting times are Monday-Saturday at noon, Sunday-Saturday at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 8 p.m. All meetings at Moore Street are open to the public except the Tuesday at noon and 6 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. meetings. The Anonymity Group meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Jonesboro Methodist Church, 407 W. Main St., Sanford. Please call (919) 776-5522 to learn more.

n The Lee County Library system holds story times on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Broadway branch, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the main branch for toddlers and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at the main branch for preschoolers.

n Awesome Asperger Teens, a social group designed to help Asperger teens meet other kids, learn social skills, and especially have fun, meets on the second Thursday of every month and is open to all students in grades 6-12. For more information, contact Beth Ann Arbogast at or (910) 722-9775, or visit or

n American Legion Post 382 will have bingo every Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. These events will help support veteran activities.

n Car seat checks are offered every Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Central Fire Station on Hawkins Avenue in Sanford. Be sure to make an appointment with Krista at (919) 775-8310 by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before you want to stop by.

n The Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. in the Women's Center at Central Carolina Hospital, 113 S. Carthage St.

n Overeaters Anonymous 12-step recovery program for eating disorders meets Sundays from 4-5 p.m. at Kerr Drugs, 1050 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. Call Marie for additional information at (919) 498-2722 or (910) 850-7863, or Martha at (919) 542-0551.

n The Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance Support Group meets every second Monday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Enrichment Center of Lee County. The group's purpose is to bring those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance together to share experiences, knowledge, information, suppliers, recipes and support.

n The Sanford/Lee County Stroke Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. The group, facilitated by Joy Murphy, will offer education and support for stroke survivors, their families and caretakers. Please call (919) 776-0501 x 2230 for further information.

n Community Home Care and Hospice provides blood-pressure checks the second Monday of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at The Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. No registration is needed.

n Let's Talk, with Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive, is held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at The Enrichment Center of Lee County. Come and share concerns and views with Mayor Olive. Stop by or register by calling The Enrichment Center, (919) 776-0501 x 2201.

n Coffee and Contacts Women's Power Networking meets on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at Dandalia Bakery, Sanford.

n Circle M City will offer free bluegrass music every Monday night at 7 p.m. at 74 Cowboy Lane in Sanford. For further information, please call (919) 499-8493.

n The Republican Women of Lee County meet on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Cafe 121. Dinner is optional and usually consists of a sandwich with soup or salad and drink. Contact, or the RWL President at (919) 352-6788 for further information.

n The caregiver support group ANGELS (angels now getting empathy, love and support), with facilitator Gail Valentine, provides a forum for families and friends of individuals caring for loved ones. ANGELS meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County to share experiences and information, discuss mutual problems and learn coping skills.

n The North Carolina Christian Cyclists #129 meet from 9-9:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral on the first Saturday of the month for breakfast and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for the meeting. Weather permitting, a chapter ride follows the meeting. Newcomers are welcome; the chapter serves western Lee County and Harnett County.

n The Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center. Please call (919) 776-6588 for more information.

n Join a group of bicycle riders every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. at Courtyard Coffee and Soda Cafe, 223B N. Chatham Ave., Siler City. All are welcome, from beginning to experienced riders. This is a no-drop ride, and the leader will lead from the rear. Contact or for further details.

n The Al-Anon Family Group meetings in Sanford are held Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at Jonesboro United Methodist Church, 407 W. Main St., and Thursdays at noon and Fridays at 8 p.m. at the AA Hut, 319 N. Moore St. For more information, call (919) 776-5522.

n A diabetes support group, facilitated by Liberty Home Care, meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Meetings include special speakers, information on new treatments and answers to questions about living with diabetes. Group is for the diabetic, as well as their caregivers, and registration is not necessary.

n The veterans discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County.

n The Barn Dance 6341 Philippi Road, Julian, will host karaoke on the first and third Friday night of each month. Doors open at 6 p.m., karaoke begins at 7:30 p.m.

n The Sanford Area Photographers Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at The Enrichment Center of Lee County from 6-7:45 p.m. with facilitator Jerry Bachelor. Come share ideas and methods of picture taking with fellow photographers.

n Sanford Aglow Lighthouse meets every third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Lee County Arts and Community Center, 507 N. Steele St., Sanford.

n Hand N Foot, a form of canasta, meets on the third Thursday of each month from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Any interested card players are welcome. Please call The Enrichment Center at (919) 776-0501 x 2201 to register to attend.

n The multiple sclerosis self-help group meets on the second Monday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Please call (919) 499-4230 for further information.

n The Winners Circle will offer a free blackjack tournament every Wednesday and a free keno tournament every Friday at 7 p.m. at 2637 S. Horner Blvd.

n The Caring Connection meets at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. This is a cancer support group that provides a time for patients and family members to discuss feelings and concerns. This group is co-sponsored by Sanford Hematology/Oncology and Community Hospice and facilitated by nurse Betsy McNeill. For further information, call (919) 718-5417.