CALENDAR FOR APRIL 7
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. See www.templeshows.com for more details.
• 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.
• U.S. Senator Kay Hagan will hold a Twitter town hall at 10:15 a.m. to have a conversation with North Carolinians about key issues veterans face. Hagan is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats
• The Downtown Sanford Inc. monthly board of directors meeting will be held from 8–9 a.m. at 226 Carthage St., Sanford. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call (919) 775-8332, email email@example.com, or visit www.downtownsanford.com.
• The Democratic Women of Lee County will meet at 6 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters at 143 Charlotte Ave. Bob Joyce, President of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, will present the program, “Poised for Growth.” For further details, please call Lynda F. Turbeville, president, at (919) 776-9916.
• A workshop titled “Built to Thrive: Nonprofit Leadership in 2013” will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the McSwain Center in Sanford. This event will feature Don Wells, who brings to Lee County experience as a board chair, board officer, committee member, executive director and staff member in the nonprofit field. It will also include a special Volunteer Lee announcement. A cost of $20 includes lunch; registration is required. To sign up or learn more, visit http://www.sanford-nc.com/calendar_1.cfm?calID=732 or call (919) 775-7341.
• The Lee Small Business Center will present a free seminar titled “Starting a Small Business (CBS)” from 1-4 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. At this seminar, participants will discover how to find the business that fits them, where to find resources to get started, how to plan a small business like a big business, the five resources everyone has to work with and how to turn a little business into a bigger business. They will also learn how to prepare a simple business plan. The presenter is Mike Collins, president of The Perfect Workday Company. To register, please call (919) 774-6442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Central Carolina Community College will highlight career options during an open house celebrating North Carolina Manufacturing Awareness Week from 5-7 p.m. at the Sanford campus.
• Registration opens today for a summer Natural Chef Youth Nutrition and Sustainability Camp, offered by Central Carolina Community College’s Continuing Education Department. The camp is for students ages 8-14 at the college’s Chatham County Campus, 764 West St., Pittsboro. Two sessions are offered: July 8-July 11 and July 15-July 18. It will host 30 students per week and will run 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The camp will teach sustainable culinary practices, natural foods and the personal art of working in the kitchen. For more information and scholarship opportunities, visit www.cccc.edu/culinaryarts and click on “Culinary Kids Summer Camps” or email Chef Gregg Hamm at email@example.com.
• 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, starts tonight at 7 p.m. at New Life Fellowship, located at 4714 Olivia Road in Sanford. The course meets once a week, with a different lesson being 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 Gail Dickens at (919) 499-5136 for more information or to register.
• A Comprehensive diabetic nutrition class, for people with diabetes, their families and caregivers to provide an overview on what diabetes is and how it relates to diet, will be held at 4 p.m. in the community classroom at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. Carborhydrate counting and the plate method will be reviewed. To register, go to http://www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-US/CWSApps/FindAnEvent.aspx?ClassLink=4500.
• The Southern Pines Garden Club's 65th annual Home and Garden Tour will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Area homes and gardens will be open to the public. The cost is $25 for advance tickets and $25 on the day of the tour. Advance tickets are available at The Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines; The County Bookshop, 140 N.W. Broad St., Southern Pines; and Lyne's Furniture Gallery, Pinehurst. For further information, visit www.southernpinesgarenclub.com.
• The Veterans Remembrance Group will meet at 2 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Veterans Service Officer John Sandrock will be the speaker. He will share his experiences while serving in the Navy. Registration is encouraged. Call The Enrichment Center at (919) 776-0501 x 2201.