CALENDAR FOR FEB. 14
• Sanford has been chosen as the official launch site of the 22nd annual Easter Seals Shop&Care program at Food Lion stores, allowing shoppers to purchase specially-marked products from more than 100 manufacturers to support the nonprofit's mission to help children, families and adults with disabilities. Kickoff ceremonies will be held at at 10 a.m. at the Food Lion located at 2581 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Children from Easter Seals Stepping Stones Children's Center will meet LEO the Lion. Faith and Isaiah, "The Cheerios Kids," will autograph boxes of Cheerios adorned with their pictures.
• Meals on Wheels of Sanford will hold its monthly board of directors meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the library of the First Presbyterian Church on Hawkins Avenue. The organization cordially invites interested members of the public to join the gathering and learn more about this ministry.
• The North Carolina Symphony, as part of its 80th anniversary season, will present Schumann’s piano concerto at 7:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The orchestra will also play selections from Mozart, Purcell, Britten and Prokofiev. Pre-concert dinner specials will be offered at several Sanford restaurants including Applebee’s, Cafe Vesuvio, Davidson’s Steakhouse, La Dolce Vita Pizzeria, The Flame and Ruby Tuesday. Concert tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $6 for students and available at the Temple Theatre box office, The Enrichment Center and Capital Bank on Steele Street. They are also available through ncsymphony.org or (919) 733-2750.
• A free informational session about the history of Black History Month, led by Robert Barnes, history instructor, Central Carolina Community College, will be held from 11 a.m.-noon at the Chatham Community Library, 197 N.C. Highway 87 North, Pittsboro. The event is open to the public; reservations are not required.
• 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 will be loving yourself enough to understand emotional changes after stroke, and the featured speaker will be Karen D. Sullivan, Ph.D., neuropsychologist with Carolina Behavioral Care, Pinehurst. Guests are welcome to come and join other stroke survivors, caregivers and/or family members who understand what they are going through. The facilitator is Joy Phillips Murphy. To learn more, call (919) 776-0501.
• Renown jazz saxophonist Virginia Mayhew will join Dr. Gregg Gelb and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra for a special two-day series of concerts and classes tonight and tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 16. Concerts will be held tonight at 8 p.m. at the Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., in downtown Sanford, and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center at 237 North Salem St. in Apex. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $10 (students) for the Temple Theatre show and $12 for the Halle Cultural Center show. Tickets will be available at the Temple Theatre Box Office ((919) 774-4155) or Halle Cultural Center ((919) 249-1120). In addition, on Saturday afternoon, Mayhew will offer a free master class (younger players welcome) from 5-6 p.m. at the Halle Center.
• A Be My Valentine supper, featuring the Storytellers Band, will start with dinner at 8:30 p.m. at Dreams Cafe and Gourmets, 153 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. Live jazz will begin at 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and $20 per couple. Like Robert Annette Wallace on Facebook for event updates.
• A southern favorite — chicken and dumplings — is on the menu for the Doubs Chapel United Methodist Church annual supper; the sale of eat-in or take out plates begins at 4 p.m. and will continue until the pots are empty. An auction of homemade cakes and pies will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doubs Chapel UMC is located at 1444 Doubs Chapel Road, West End. The folks of Doubs Chapel start working on Friday evening and into the early morning hours to prepare and cook the chickens. The next morning and throughout the day, dough is mixed, rolled, cut, and dropped into the seasoned broth. Generous portions of this meal, alongside coleslaw and a roll, are $8 per plate – with dessert and drink included. For more information, visit www.doubschapelumc.org/
• The Johnsonville Ruritan Club will be having a pancake breakfast fund-raiser from 8-10 a.m. at the Johnsonville Community Center located on Highway 24/27. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
• The Apex Arts Council will hold its first class in creative writing from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Apex at 1006 Marco Drive, just north of Highway 1 on Highway 55. Three published professional authors will share the techniques of writing. Those who are interested can register online at www.ApexArtsCouncil.org. The class fee of $75 includes lunch, and participants will have ample opportunity to meet their teachers and fellow students in a relaxed setting.
• The make-up SAT at Northwood High School will be offered today at the high school. Students should log in to their College Board accounts for details about the make-up administration.
• 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.
• The Antique Shops of Cameron will hold their annual winterfest sale today from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To learn more, visit www.antiquesofcameron.com or call (910) 245-3020 or (910) 245-3055. The next antiques street fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 4.
• The annual Sanford Rotary Club Charity Gala will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Sanford Elks Lodge. Dress is semi-formal and all profits will go to support local nonprofit organizations and Rotary International. Tickets are $50 per couple. Big Time Party Band will be performing, and there will be heavy hors d'oeuvres served. As always, the casino will be open, and the event will also feature door prizes and a live auction. Tickets are available from Rotary members or at BB&T Bank, VantageSouth Bank, Dossenbach's finer furniture, Lee Builder Mart and Perry Brothers Tire Service. For further information, contact Alan Dossenbach at (919) 775-7237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.