CALENDAR FOR FEB. 2
•Today is the final day to RSVP for a Books at a Steal workshop, where attendees will learn how to create gift bows from paper from discarded books, hosted by Sharon Gordon. The workshop is from 1 -3 p.m. Monday at the store, located at 106 S. Steele St. Interested participants are asked to sign up by calling (919) 776-0642 by 4 p.m. today.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.). 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 who 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.
• Temple Theatre presents “The Swingin' Cowboys,” featuring Jason Petty, today at 2 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 can be bought online at www.templeshows.com.
• The Victims of Sexual Assault Support Group meets tonight and every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; HAVEN in Lee County encourages all survivors to attend. Please call (919) 775-8923 for more information.
• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce's Public Policy Luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m. at The Flame Steakhouse. The event will feature Common Cause Executive Director Bob Phillips in a discussion of redistricting reform. A growing bi-partisan coalition of citizens and organizations, including former state Republican Party Chairman Bill Cobey, former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr, John Hood of the John Locke Foundation and Chris Fitzsimon of N.C. Policy Watch, is calling upon the N.C. General Assembly to change how the state does redistricting. The coalition supports shifting the responsibility of redistricting from elected officials to an independent citizens' redistricting commission or non-partisan professional entity. The cost is $12 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required; call (919) 775-7341 or sanford-nc.com.
• Yada Yada Sisters will meet at 5 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Bring a favorite sandwich and stay to play cards. The sisterhood is a network with other females that offers the opportunity to receive support and encouragement from a sister.
• The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will hold a workshop at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center about price-risk management and how to better understand options for selling commodities, like the futures market. The workshop, which will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Extension Center, located at 2420 Tramway Road in Sanford, is free and doesn't require registration. More information can be found at www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/news-rel.htm.
• The Lee County Community Orchestra will rehearse from 6:30-9 p.m. in the practice hall of the Lee County High School Fine Arts Building.
• The Downtown Sanford Inc. monthly Board of Directors meeting will be held from 8–9 a.m. at 200 N. Horner Blvd. (the BB&T Building), Sanford. The public is encouraged to attend. The mission of DSI is to manage the development of Downtown Sanford as the primary economic, cultural and social center of the community; to educate the community on the unique assets and historical significance of the downtown area; and to promote and stimulate the improvement of these assets. For more information, call (919) 775-8332, email email@example.com or visit www.downtownsanford.com.