CALENDAR FOR APRIL 6

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• NTRL roping will be offered from 9 a.m. (signup)-7 p.m. at Eleven Bar East, 2805 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/11bareastranch, or call Chad Shepherd at (813) 477-4740.

• A fundraiser for Maylonnie Downey, a child fighting cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia, will begin at 7 a.m. at Depot Park. There will be plate sales, yard sales, raffles, auctions and more. Please call (910) 578-5377 or (919) 353-1097 to learn more, or visit Strait Gate Tabernacle of Faith's Facebook page.

• The Sanford Farmers Market opens today from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park.

• The Phi Beta Lambda Chapter at Central Carolina Community College will be hosting a flapjack fundraiser from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Applebee's located at 1325 Plaza Blvd., Sanford. All proceeds raised will go toward travel expenses and fees for upcoming conferences. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (828) 713-1047.

• Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club will host Patriot Run XI at 10 a.m. (kickstands up, 8 a.m. registration), starting at VFW Robert Miller Post #9103 (Highway 210, 1.5 miles north of Manchester Road in Harnett County). Participants will ride to the N.C. Capitol in Raleigh for the POW/MIA ceremony at noon and end up at the VFW Franklin-Sloan Post 7383 (522 Reedy Creek Road, Cary). A $15 donation per person for the ride includes a meal, door prizes, a T-shirt (while supplies last) and entertainment at 1 p.m. You need not ride to donate at the door. The run benefits the Fisher House. For more information, call (919) 770-1042.

• The Chatham County Arts Council’s 12th Annual ClydeFEST will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bynum Ballpark. The event will feature live music, food trucks, hands-on art activities and children's games inspired by Clyde Jones, the "Critter Master" of Bynum and internationally known folk art hero. There will be a critter-making demo, a chance to win a critter at the critter auction, and critter raffle, too. Raindate for the event will be Sunday, April 7, from 1-5 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to watch the website, at www.chathamarts.org, if inclement weather looks possible.

• The Sanford Area Society of Shaggers will hold its 16th annual golf tournament for Make-A-Wish and other local charities starting at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at Sanford Golf Course. The event will feature auctions, refreshments, prizes and more. Those who would like to make a donation can make a check payable to SASS and mail it to P.O. Box 1785, Sanford, N.C. 27331. To learn more, call Gary and Teresa White at (919) 775-9769 or (919) 499-5505, or email gary.white.email@gmail.com.

• The seventh annual Carolina FiberFest, to celebrate the fiber arts, continues today from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, 505 N. 7th St., Sanford. Today is children's day, sponsored by the Triangle Weaver's Guild. To learn more, visit CarolinaFiberFest.org.

• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. Mainstage tickets are $23 for adults and $13 for children and students. Discounted tickets are available for $19 for Thursday night performances, active-duty military, Lee County teachers and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available from the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or boxoffice@templeshows.com. See www.templeshows.com for more details.

• Author Walter Bennett will be reading from his highly acclaimed novel “Leaving Tuscaloosa” at 2 p.m. in Pittsboro. The novel is a mystery set in Alabama during the early 1960s. Bennett will be joined by Jennifer Evans, who will open the event with some songs of the Civil Rights era. Pittsboro’s indy bookstore Circle City Books & Music is sponsoring the event, which will be held at Davenport & Winkleperry Café (18A Salisbury St). The author will sign books following the reading at Circle City Books (121 Hillsboro St.). For more information, call (919) 548-5954.

• The 62nd running of the annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford. The event draws thousands of spectators each year and is considered to be the kickoff social event of the spring season in the Sandhills area. Events begin with the Run for the Ribbons 5K race benefiting the FirstHealth Cancer CARE Fund. General admission gates open at 9:30 a.m. Post time for the running of the Steeplechase Races is at 1:30 p.m. Advance tickets may be purchased at Harris Teeter, online at www.stoneybrooksteeplechase.com or by calling the CHP at (910) 875-2074. Tickets are also available at the gate on race day. Admission is free for children 12 and under.

• The Friends of the Lee County Library will hold their spring meeting at 10 a.m. at the main branch of the library. There will be a short business meeting, followed by e-book training with the staff. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given away. Memberships may be renewed at this time, and new membership applications will also be accepted. Contact Susan Laudate, president, at (919) 776-1230 with questions.

SUNDAY

• A Spring Fling Vendor Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Holiday Day Inn Express in Sanford. Vendors will include Damsel in Defense, Lia Sophia, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Jewelry, Perfectly Posh, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple and Thirty-One.

• NTRL roping will be offered from 9 a.m. (signup)-7 p.m. at Eleven Bar East, 2805 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/11bareastranch, or call Chad Shepherd at (813) 477-4740.

• The New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR) will kick off its 2013 ride season from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. by celebrating the science of railroading. Opening day activities include train rides, free science demonstrations and kids’ events — all part of the North Carolina Science Festival, which is a statewide series of events showcasing technology, engineering and mathematics. Diesel train rides depart at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Steam train rides depart at 12:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Diesel train tickets are $10 per adult and $7 per child ages 2 to 12. Steam train tickets are $12 per adult and $8 per child. Children under 2 ride free.

• The seventh annual Carolina FiberFest, to celebrate the fiber arts, continues today from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, 505 N. 7th St. Sanford. To learn more, visit CarolinaFiberFest.org.

• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 2 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. Mainstage tickets are $23 for adults and $13 for children and students. Discounted tickets are available for $19 for Thursday night performances, active-duty military, Lee County teachers and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available from the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or boxoffice@templeshows.com. See www.templeshows.com for more details.

MONDAY

• The April Republican Women of Lee County meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lee GOP headquarters at 101 S. Steele Street in Sanford. A dessert social will follow from 7:30-8 p.m. Speakers include Rebecca Gray from the John Locke Foundation and Jim Womack from the Lee County Board of Commissioners. The organization supports Christians United Outreach Center in Lee County, so please bring a nonperishable donation.