CALENDAR FOR AUG. 23
• A Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast to support KIDZ First will be held from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 1325 Plaza Blvd., Sanford. The cost is $5 per person, and there will be a gas card raffle during the breakfast.
• The Sanford Farmer's Market will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. All products are locally grown or hand crafted; credit, debit and SNAP EBT are accepted. Check the market's Facebook page for biweekly updates of what's in season, recipes and more at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sanford-Farmers-Market/219549214730985 or call (919) 343-8440 or email email@example.com.
• A concealed carry training class will begin at 8 a.m. at Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School, 284 Cletus Hall Road, Sanford. This class is designed for those who have decided to get their permit to carry a handgun, but it also is ideal for those who desire to learn more about protecting themselves. The class covers information on selecting a handgun, basic fundamentals and laws applicable to protecting yourself and your home. The cost for the class is $90. To register, contact the Pro Shop at (919) 774-7080.
• A dog wash and pet adoption event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Tractor Supply, 3004 Horner Blvd., Sanford. A dog wash is $7, ear cleaning $4, nail trim $5 and the works $15. Proceeds will allow for continued animal rescues.
• A benefit for Kelly and Terrie Gibson of Kelly’s Clean Cars, whose business was destroyed by fire, will be held from noon-6 p.m. at Schooly’s Bar and Billiards, 102 E. Trade St., Sanford. The event will include an auction, raffle and $6 dinner plates.
• More than 200 book bags and other supplies will be given away at 2 p.m. at the M.T. Birch Center, and there also will be hot dogs for the kids. Local celebrities are expected to help out with the distribution, including Aaron Mellette who plays in the NFL and is a recent graduate of Elon University; Akeem Richmond, who graduated from East Carolina University and is waiting to sign a professional contract, is scheduled to be on hand to sign autographs and encourage and promote the importance of education.
• Temple Theatre and New York City-based production company All The Way Around have teamed up to present the theatrical premiere of “Country Gravy & Other Obsessions” at 8 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Two special ladies, Mavis Applebee and Myrtle McGillicurdle, will fix relationships with husbands, wives, cars, food, bosses, relatives, can openers ... you name it. And sometimes they'll demonstrate how to dole out tough love. Tickets cost $23 and are available from the Temple box office at (919) 774-4155 or via www.templeshows.com. The show runs through Aug. 24.
• The Chatham County Farm Bureau, along with partners Chatham County Cooperative Extension and Central Carolina Community College, will host an Ag Awareness Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the CCCC campus in Pittsboro. There will be educational displays and fun for all ages. The first 500 visitors will receive free food. Those interested in being a vendor or exhibitor, and whose business is related to agriculture (farming, landscaping, gardening, beekeeping, composting, agribusiness etc.), contact Shannon Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 542-7810.
• Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption's sixth annual “Run for Their Lives” 5K and 10K race will begin at 8 a.m. at Kiwanis Park in Sanford. The race course winds through Kiwanis Park and Sanford’s Greenway, as well as into the historic neighborhoods of Sanford. Leashed/vaccinated dogs are allowed to run with their owners. Strollers are welcome. Register and learn more at cara-nc.org/run, or contact Eva Rogers at email@example.com or (919) 478-1090.
• The Dennis Family will perform at 6 p.m. at Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church, 4440 Piney Grove Road, just east of Angier, during a special musical worship service. No admission will be charged; however, a love offering will be received. The group has enjoyed national radio airplay and was also featured at the 2013 National Quartet Convention, Southern Gospel Music’s premier event, which took place in Louisville, Ky. Complete information is available by calling (919) 639-2481 or visiting www.pineygrovechapel.org.
• Temple Theatre and New York City-based production company All The Way Around have teamed up to present the theatrical premiere of “Country Gravy & Other Obsessions” at 2 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Two special ladies, Mavis Applebee and Myrtle McGillicurdle, will fix relationships with husbands, wives, cars, food, bosses, relatives, can openers ... you name it. And sometimes they'll demonstrate how to dole out tough love. Tickets cost $23 and are available from the Temple box box office at (919) 774-4155 or via www.templeshows.com.
• Eleven Bar East Ranch and Parker Arena will present a Saddle Series (round robin), with sign up at 1 p.m. and roping at 2 p.m., at 2805 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford. Membership is $25, and members are the only ones eligible for the saddles; no membership required to rope. Stalls and camper hookups are available; call Chad Shepherd at (813) 477-4740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Classes resume for Lee County Schools.
• The Small Business Center will present a free seminar titled “Starting a Small Business” from 6-9 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. At this seminar, attendees will discover how to find the business that fits them, where to find resources to get started and how to plan their small business like a big business. They also will learn how to prepare a simple business plan to get started. Speaker will be Mike Collins. To learn more, call (919) 718-7544 or register at https://www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=110340118.
• North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Lee County Environmental Health will sponsor a SERVSAFE managers' training today through Aug. 27 in the Lee County Farm Bureau Auditorium at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. Classes will be held today (Monday) and Tuesday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and the certification exam will be given on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Food Service employees will be trained, tested and certified in critical food safety practices and will be offered techniques for implementing effective food safety training in their own operations. The course cost is $100 before Aug. 8 and $120 after. Enrollment will be limited to 25 participants. Contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension at (919) 775-5624 or Lee County Environmental Health at (919) 718-4641.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Jennifer Archambault, research associate in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University, will give a presentation introducing us to native freshwater mussels and their ecology, followed by some highlights of Jennifer's mussel research, including thermal ecology and toxicology. Visitors are welcome. Call (910) 692-2167 for more information or visit online at www.sandhillsnature.org.
• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Chick-fil-A, 10735 Highway 15/501, Southern Pines. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.