Apr. 09, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• 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, or visit

• The Democratic Women of Lee County will meet at 6 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters at 143 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. 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.

• “Built to Thrive: Nonprofit Leadership in 2013” is the theme of this year's Compassion 13' — the fifth annual community roundtable to enhance human services throughout Lee County. It 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 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

• 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.


• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. A light breakfast will be served, and networking and job lead opportunities will be available. Those who are serious about looking for work are encouraged to attend this support group. Those planning to attend should bring an up-to-date resume’. Call First Baptist for more information at (919) 776-6137.

• 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.-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 and click on “Culinary Kids Summer Camps” or email Chef Gregg Hamm at

• 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

• 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

• 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.


• The Sanford/Lee County Stroke Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The topic will be “How my stroke has affected my life, and what I've done to make it better.” Speakers include Janet McNeill, Ed Byrd and Earl Murphy, with a roundtable discussion; the facilitator is Joy Phillips Murphy. Come and join other stroke survivors, caregivers and family members who understand what you're going through.

• Learn to carve rubber stamps and learn unusual stamping techniques with out-of-the-ordinary materials for card making, scrapbooking, and art making in the Stamp Making McGyver-Style class with Amy Smith from 6-8 p.m. at the Carolina Artists’ Colony, 148 S. Moore St., downtown Sanford. A $40 fee includes instructions and all materials needed during class. Visit EVENTS at for more info. Call the Colony at (919) 776-3489 to register.

• Temple Theatre will present “The Smell of the Kill” at 2 and 7 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 See for more details.

• Doors to the “Relish” Magazine Cooking Show will open at 5 p.m., and the show will begin at 7 p.m., at Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road., Southern Pines. Relish chef Brian Morris will conduct the two-hour show that features authentic recipes, cooking tips and new ideas for the kitchen. The show will offer high-energy family entertainment, with plenty of audience participation. The event includes a pre-show expo showcasing products and services presented by local vendors, book signing by chef Brian Morris and food sampling with chef Mark Elliot. Each show attendee will receive a gift bag.

• Friends of the Chatham Community Library will hold a spring book sale today from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., continuing through April 13, at the library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Admission is free, and purchases may be made by cash or check, but not by credit card. Today, most hardcover books are $3, trade paperbacks are $2, and small paperbacks are 50 cents — plus sales of $200 or more earn a 20 percent discount. More than 15,000 books and audio and video materials will be available for purchase. For more information about the sale, as well as membership and volunteer opportunities, visit the FotCCL website at

• A newborn care class, designed to educate parents on the physical care of the newborn, development needs of the young infant and adjustment to parenthood, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the community classroom at Central Carolina Community College, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. To register, go to

• The Lee Small Business Center will present a free seminar titled “Determining Your Capital Needs to Start a Business” from 1-3 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. The presenter is Rich Trogdon. To register, please call (919) 774-6442 or email

• Meals on Wheels of Sanford will hold its monthly board of directors meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Library of the First Presbyterian Church on Hawkins Avenue. The public is invited to learn more about this ministry.