CALENDAR FOR JAN. 20
• 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.
• A free workshop titled “Reaching Beyond the Limitations of Dementia,” with Teepa Snow, dementia care specialist, will be offered from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The general public is invited. To sign up, call (919) 776-0501 x 2230.
• 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.
• An Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program held through the Chatham Council On Aging — an eight-week program to help control arthritis symptoms — begins today from 1-2 p.m. and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Western Chatham Senior Center at 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City, by a certified Arthritis Foundation Instructor. The classes are free to the public. Those wanting more information can contact Kay Maddox at (919) 742-3975.
• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting for a 'Show and Tell' session at 7 p.m. at the Lee County Library Auditorium at 107 Hawkins Ave. Members and guests may bring personal or historical artifacts or genealogical stories to share. The meeting is informal, with each presentation lasting fewer than 10 minutes. Call (919) 499-7661.