CALENDAR FOR JAN. 24

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• 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.

• Dietitians Holly White and Marsha Kenner will offer free classes for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes, followed by a question-and-answer session, at at 11 a.m. in the rehab services classroom at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage Road, room 110, Sanford. To register, visit www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4022.

• 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

• HAVEN in Lee County will host an informational meeting, concerning the completion of a local count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness, at noon at HAVEN, 215 Bracken St., Sanford. Service providers to the homeless are encouraged to attend this session, as well as those who would like to volunteer to help count. On Jan. 30, HAVEN will be taking part in the count along with homeless coalitions throughout the state. For more information, please call Kenosha Davenport, Executive Director at (919) 744-8923.

• 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

• Nakia LaTrelle, with Melody and Freddy P., will perform live at 9 p.m. at Dreams Cafe and Gourmets, 153 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. Doors open at 8 p.m. The event will feature a special dinner menu and $5 wine; the cover charge is $10.

• Chatham Charter School will hold an open gym pizza party from 4-9 p.m. at the school, 2200 Hamp Stone Road, Siler City, 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 www.chathamcharter.org/high-school-updates.

• 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.