CALENDAR FOR JAN. 31
• It's Fashion Metro will reopen its Sanford store today, located in the Southside Plaza at 2920 S. Horner Blvd. The store was among those in the plaza that was destroyed in the April 2011 tornado. For more information, visit www.itsfashionmetro.com.
• The Lee County Arts Council announces two six-hour workshops taught by artist Beverly Brookshire. Artists of all levels of ability will create an architecture-inspired canvas using acrylics. One of the workshops is split three hours each today and tomorrow, Feb. 1. The second is a six-hour class on Saturday, Feb. 2. The cost is $80 for the class, plus a $20 paint fee. Lee County Arts Council members' paint fee will be waived. Call (919) 774-6139 for more information or to register.
• Participants will make a one-of-a-kind, hand-stamped, solid copper, adjustable cuff bracelet with the special phrase, name, lyric or words of their choice during a class held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists' Colony, 148 S. Moore St., Sanford. The class will be led by artist Jean Skipper. No experience is necessary. The class cost of $39 includes supplies. Attendees will receive a coupon for $10 off of a future class with Jean. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 with questions or to register. Class space is limited!
• CPR for Childcare Providers will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center.
• Temple Theatre presents “The Swingin' Cowboys,” featuring Jason Petty, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St. The show is a tribute to the music of the great American West. This trip down memory lane consists of songs from Stephen Foster to the Singing Cowboys to Western swing. Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for active military/Lee County educators/groups of 10-plus, and $13 for students and are available by calling Temple Theatre's box office at (919) 774-4155 or online at www.templeshows.com.
• The American Heart Association encourages everyone to join their mission to fight heart disease in women by wearing red this National Wear Red Day. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the day and the Go Red For Women movement. Thousands of hospitals, small businesses, corporations, news broadcasters, schools and individuals will “Go Red” today, Feb. 1, and throughout the month of February, to help raise crucial awareness and significant funds in the fight against heart disease in women. This year, Chatham County Public Health Department is joining the movement by going red, taking 30 minutes to go for a walk on the Robeson Creek Greenway and promoting educational materials in the health department for healthy eating and exercising.
• Temple Theatre presents “The Swingin' Cowboys,” featuring Jason Petty, tonight at 8 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St. The show is a tribute to the music of the great American West. This trip down memory lane consists of songs from Stephen Foster to the Singing Cowboys to Western swing. Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for active military/Lee County educators/groups of 10-plus, and $13 for students and are available by calling Temple Theatre's box office at (919) 774-4155 or online at www.templeshows.com.
• Piedmont Health Services Inc. presents the “Eat to Live — Move to Win” nutrition program at 11 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. All adults are welcome to attend. Call (919) 776-0501 ext. 2201 to register.
• O’Neal’s annual auction preview party will be held from 9 a.m.–noon at the Fair Barn, Pinehurst. To learn more, call (910) 692-6920 ext. 129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Rooster's Wife presents the Americana sound of Red June for a pre-Super Bowl celebration starting at 6:46 p.m. in the 100-seat listening room at the corner of Knight and Poplar in downtown Aberdeen. Shows continue this winter through March 24 on consecutive Sundays. All shows begin at 6:46 p.m..
• The Friends of the Lee County Library will have their "little" monthly book sale from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Lee County Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. The selection will be mostly adult fiction. To learn more, call (919) 718-4665.
• Chatham Charter School will hold an open gym and pizza party from 5-9 p.m. for rising freshmen and sophomores interested in learning more about the new high school. Activities will include a DJ, pick-up basketball, pizza, snacks, drinks and more. School officials will also briefly discuss the school, as well as answer any questions. More information is available online at http://www.chathamcharter.org/high-school-updates.
• The Lee County Library Quiz Bowl will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon in the Old Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church. Participating schools include Lee Christian, Lee Early College, Lee Senior and Southern Lee. Grace Christian will not participate this year. Those who would like more information or to volunteer, please contact Michael Matochik, library director, at (919) 718-4665 x 5488 or email@example.com.
• The Lee County Arts Council will host a six-hour workshop, taught by artist Beverly Brookshire, allowing artists of all levels of ability to create an architecture-inspired canvas using acrylics. The cost is $80 for the class, plus a $20 paint fee. Lee County Arts Council members' paint fee will be waived. Call (919) 774-6139 for more information or to register.
• Temple Theatre presents “The Swingin' Cowboys,” featuring Jason Petty, tonight at 8 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St. The show is a tribute to the music of the great American West. This trip down memory lane consists of songs from Stephen Foster to the Singing Cowboys to Western Swing. Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for active military/Lee County educators/groups of 10-plus, and $13 for students and are available by calling Temple Theatre's box office at (919) 774-4155 or online at www.templeshows.com.
• The 13th Annual Raise the Roof Concert, one of the biggest Sunrise Theater fund-raiser events of the year, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at 250 N.W. Broad Street in downtown Southern Pines. Doors open at 7 p.m. Since its start, Raise the Roof has been a concert event geared toward presenting a smorgasbord of musical talent and genres on the Sunrise stage. This year’s line up ranges from bluegrass, to swing to gospel. Swing Street Band is coming back as this year’s headliner, and Cousin Amy will represent the bluegrass genre. Other musicians include Tim Wilson and Friends, The Jubilaires and the Quicksilver Cloggers. Admission is $15 per ticket, with all seating reserved. Purchase a ticket online at www.sunrisetheater.com, in the administrative office or at the door. $2 of each ticket sold will go directly to the Sunrise Theater’s Digital Cinema Campaign.
• To celebrate the third season of the highly acclaimed PBS-TV series, “Downtown Abbey,” the Friends of the Chatham Community Library will hold a typical British afternoon tea at 3 p.m. in the library’s Holmes Family Room. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed; and space is limited, so reservations are required. To make reservations, attendees should visit the library, call (919) 545-8084 or visit www.chathamlibraries.org. The event is appropriate for children 8 years and older when accompanied by an adult. (The library is planning a special “teddy bear tea” for younger children at a later date.) In the lobby of the library, there will be displays of antique teapots, teacups, saucers and other serving dishes; books on history, fashion, tea and other subjects; plus other topical items. The event will showcase an assortment of teas served in authentic and reproduction trays, teapots, serving platters, cups, saucers and silverware, as well as appropriate sandwiches, tea cakes, scones, cookies, sweets and other light foods. Attendees are encouraged to dress in period costume and to bring their own tea cups and saucers. The Holmes Family Room will also be decorated with a few Edwardian elements, and there will be appropriate background music. The event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Community Library. During the event, attendees will be able to join the Friends. Membership ranges from $5 for students and $10 per household on up to voluntary classifications of donor, patron, sponsor and benefactor.
• Ballroom dance lessons for beginners will be offered at 6:45 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County with instructor Judith McDonald, president of Outreach Programs, US Dance. This is a free opportunity for anyone that would like to learn to glide across the floor with confidence. Wear comfortable clothing and bring dance or leather-soled shoes. Class size is limited; call (919) 776-0501 ext. 2201 to register or learn more.
• Guests can come to Raven Rock State Park's visitor center at 11 a.m. to find out how to participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count and learn how to identify by sight and sound the birds they can count in their own backyards. John Bartlett, an expert birder and associate professor of biology at Campbell University, is scheduled to be a guest at this program. Those in attendance should bring binoculars; binoculars will be also available for use during the program. There will be a short hike to locate and listen for birds, so participants should dress according to weather conditions. For more information, call the park office at (910) 893-4888. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.