CALENDAR FOR JAN. 18
• The Lee County Democratic Party will host an inaugural celebration, awards banquet and fund-raising gala, starting with a 6:30 p.m. reception, at Carolina Trace Country Club. The reception will be followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. For further information, please call (252) 258-7588.
n Visitors can explore downtown Siler City’s art and culture tonight and every third Friday from 6-9 p.m. Shops and galleries stay open late while live music plays at the courtyard.
• A “Hungry Birds” workshop will be held at 11 a.m. at Raven Rock State Park, where participants will learn what they can do to help feed the birds this winter. After a brief PowerPoint introduction, the group will learn how to make homemade suet and different types of bird feeders. Supplies will be furnished, but guests can feel free to bring old milk jugs/cartons, paper towel rolls, mesh fruit bags and oranges. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the program. The group will also be discussing how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count coming in February. Please be aware that there will be peanut products involved with some activities.
• Temple Theatre invites guests to its annual Winter Ball fund-raiser from 5-9 p.m. at the ArtStudio on the corner of Steele and Carthage streets. The event will feature food, music, a raffle and more. Heavy hors d’ oeuvres will be served, and music will be presented by DJ Tommy D. The cost is $35 per person, or $200 for a silver table of six. Space is limited to the first 150 guests. For reservations, call Jordan at (919) 774-4512 X 221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Try Jesus Ministries will present “Fired Up for God,” starting at 7 p.m. at 311 Carthage St., Sanford; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature Pastor Marshall Blackmond, comedian D' Lo and Todd Curry and Focus. All proceeds go to Apostle Joseph and his family, who lost their home to a fire on the Sunday before Christmas.
• Elks Lodge the Security No. 688 will hold an MLK “I Have a Dream” unity celebration from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at 708 Cox Maddox Road, Sanford. A donation of $10 is requested for admission; come dressed to impress. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. For more information, call (919) 721-6491. Proceeds of dance to fund Elk charitable activities.
• The North Carolina Harmony Brigade's 21st annual show, featuring international bronze medalists A Mighty Wind, will provide an evening of barbershop harmony at 7 p.m. at the Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College campus. Tickets are $15 each and available at the Arts Council of Moore County office in the Campbell House, the Country Bookshop, The Givens Library Bookstore in Olmstead Village and The Red Door Cafe in downtown Pinehurst, or call Jerry Ritter (295-4138) or Bob Boone (695-3263).
• A wreath-placing ceremony in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be held at 1 p.m. at the MLK Memorial Park on South Horner Boulevard. The speaker will be Pastor Delores Washington of Ebenezer Gospel Assembly, and the guest soloist will be Vonda Reives. Wreath-placing will be done by elected officials. The event is open to the public. Attendees can park in the vacant lot next to the park.
• The Rooster's Wife brings an old friend , Jeff Mosier, and a first time visitor, Jack Williams, to the Sandhills 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 with the exception of Feb. 2, when Red June performs on that Saturday night in deference to the Super Bowl. This week offers storytelling, songs and string skill on banjo and guitar.
• An annual MLK unity event is set for 6 p.m. at Blandonia Presbyterian Church, 605 Wall St., Sanford. The guest speaker will be community organizer and social justice minister the Rev. Curtis Gatewood of Durham. Gatewood is a past president of the Durham branch of the NAACP and lifelong freedom fighter. This event is sponsored by Lee County Chapter #5447 of the NAACP. For more information, call (919) 775-7622, (919) 478-1664 or any member of the NAACP.
• Doors will open for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 16th annual community celebration at 8:30 a.m. for vendor set up at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Youth competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. with trophies awarded for first- and second-place mime, first- and second-place praise dance, and first- and second-place youth choir. The youth portion will be followed by the formal program with guest speaker, former Sen. Eric Mansfield, who is seeking the chairmanship of the North Carolina State Democratic Party. Music will be by the Dr. MLK Youth Choir, under the directorship of Minister Deon Allsbrook. The program will also include remarks on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the cutting and serving of a birthday cake by Brick Capital CDC, kick off of Volunteer Lee, presentations to outstanding community members and recognition of elected officials. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. The celebration is sponsored by C.E.A.D. (Council For Effective Actions & Decisions), the program offers vendors and information booths. Youth groups planning to compete must contact William Terry Wicker at (919) 774-4860. Vendors should contact Margaret Murchison at (919) 775-3525 or (919) 258-3277 or the law office of Wilson & Reives at (919) 775-5653.
• Lee County NAACP's Inauguration Watch Party will be held at 10 a.m. at the Dreams Cafe, 153 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford.
• Today is the final day to register for “Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less” through the Lee County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The program, a 16-week weight management program, begins at noon Jan. 24 at the Cooperative Extension Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. “Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less” is a support group of individuals who are fighting the “losing” battle together. Through weekly lessons, participants will learn to select sensible foods and increase their physical activity in order to lose weight. To qualify for the class, individuals must have at least 10 pounds to lose. There is an enrollment fee of $28, which includes all materials. More than 8,000 pounds have been lost through this program. For more information, contact Susan C. Condlin, County Extension Director, at (919) 775-5624.
• The Victims of Sexual Assault Support Group meets tonight and every Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call HAVEN In Lee County for more information at (919)-774-8923.