CALENDAR FOR JAN. 23

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• HAVEN in Lee County will continue its volunteer training with the second of four required sessions from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 215 Bracken St., Sanford.

• San-Lee Park's Conservation Cubs will meet from 10-11 a.m. at the park, 572 Pumping Station Road. Children ages 3-5 are welcome with parent. The cost is $6 per child for the day, or $10 for both days for those who participated Jan. 9 (includes a healthy snack). Preregistration is preferred. Call (919) 776-6221 and ask for Jaime Osborne or Carrie Council. The theme is snow.

• For those who recently made the switch to a smartphone or tablet, or simply upgraded their device this past holiday season, U.S. Cellular will offer a free device workshop at 8:30 a.m. at 3274 N.C. Route 87 South in Sanford. U.S. Cellular associates will help attendees get the most out of the features on their Android-powered, Windows phone and BlackBerry devices. The workshop is open to both new and existing smartphone and tablet users, and attendees do not have to be U.S. Cellular customers.

• Sanford Jobseekers will meet Wednesday at First Baptist Church from 8:30-10 a.m. Job leads, support, and assistance with job search skills will be provided. All who are seeking employment are welcome. Call (919) 776-6137 for information.

THURSDAY

• The lonesome cowboy will ride again when award-winning Hank Williams tribute artist Jason Petty’s newest creation called “The Swingin’ Cowboys” serenades a special audience with the music of the great American West at Temple Theatre at 7 p.m. This trip down memory lane consists of songs from Stephen Foster to the Singing Cowboys to western swing. Petty's tribute to the music legend has received critical praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and National Review. Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption ticket holders will have champagne and desserts after the show and have a chance to visit with Jason Petty and get an autograph as well. The event will help raise money for the Holly Fund and CARA's spay-neuter program; the cost is $30 for show only. Tickets for this one special evening must be purchased through the CARA website, http://www.cara-nc.org/. The show, which opens today with a 2 p.m. performance, will run through Feb. 10. To learn more, visit www.templeshows.com.

• The Lee County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will be starting “Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less,” a 16-week weight management program, at noon 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.

• A gestational diabetes nutrition class will be held at 10 a.m. at Central Carolina Hospital in the rehab services classroom, 1135 Carthage Road, room 110, Sanford. Dietitians Holly White and Marsha Kenner will offer free gestational diabetes classes for pregnant women who have been diagnosed with the condition. The class will also be followed by a question-and-answer session. To register, visit http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4021.

• Covenant Preparatory School will host a parent informational meeting at 7 p.m. at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 1305 Hulsey Road, Carthage (located between New Century Middle School and Union Pines High School). Tuition rates and further details about this classical Christian school will be announced. Interested parties can also visit the school's website at www.covenantprep.com for more information about the school.

FRIDAY

• 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 can be bought online at www.templeshows.com.

SATURDAY

• 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 michael.matochik@leecountync.gov.

• Those looking for ways to make a living or supplement their income off of their land are invited to attend the “Putting Small Acreage to Work” conference from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Gaston County Citizens Resource Center in Dallas, N.C. The goal of this conference is to encourage the success and viability of small farm operations through educational workshops, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities. Pre-registration forms and a fee of $35 per person and $20 for each additional person are due by Monday, Jan. 23. Checks should be made payable to Gaston County Cooperative Extension. To register, go to http://smallacres.eventbrite.com or call Gaston County Cooperative Extension at (704) 922-2112 for more information.

• 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.

SUNDAY

• 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 online at www.templeshows.com.

JAN. 28

• Lee County Community Orchestra’s annual Winter Interlude, a benefit evening of food, wine, and music, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Cafe 121. Chef Gregg Hamm will again offer his restaurant and has prepared a three- course dinner menu. One glass of wine will be served with the meal unless not desired, and $3 will purchase an additional glass. (Water, hot or iced tea, and coffee will be available instead of or in addition to.) Music Director Tara Towson Villa and her fiancée, principal horn player Eric Keith, will provide the entertainment. The $35 per-person ticket includes a $17 tax-deductible donation to LCCO. Checks may be made to LCCO and sent to P.O. Box 3174, or to Reinette Seaman at 600 Valley Road. To reserve or to learn more, contact Seaman at (919) 776-4628 or rseaman@windstream.net.

• 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.

• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. The presentation is titled "Box Turtles in the Sandhills;" join John Roe as he shares information about his research on box turtles and the use of radio telemetry. Visitors are welcome. Please call (910) 692-2167 for more information, or visit online at www.sandhillsnature.org.

JAN. 29

• The Lee County GOP will meet at 7 p.m. at the GOP Headquarters at 101 S. Steele St.

• Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU), a nine-week course providing families and individuals with tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success, begins today at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Flat Springs Baptist Church, located at 4148 Deep River Road in Sanford. The course meets once a week, and in each session, a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD, followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. Contact Emma Cotten at (919) 775-5922 for more information or to register.

• 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 North Carolina Senior Citizens Association has had many requests from seniors and veterans to provide an educational session on long-term care and has now scheduled a workshop today at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville. The event is free and open to the public. Due to the popularity of this workshop, seating is limited. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve a seat by calling the reservation hotline 24 hours a day at (910) 678-3039 or (800) 622-8686.

JAN. 30

• HAVEN in Lee County will continue its volunteer training with the third of four required sessions from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 215 Bracken St., Sanford.

JAN. 31

• 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 preregister. 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.

FEB. 1

• 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.