CALENDAR FOR AUG. 24
• 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 also was 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 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 email@example.com.
• 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.
• A concert featuring Nantucket will begin at 7 p.m. at Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. In the recent years leading up to the 35th anniversary of their first album, the band has been riding a wave a recognition within their home state of North Carolina and were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Charlotte Music Awards in 2008. In 2012, they were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Opening the show is Sanford's own Brick City South, led by frontman Britton Buchanan. General Admission tickets are $20. Call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or order online at www.templeshows.com.
• The Lee County Democratic Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. at party headquarters, 139 Chatham St., Sanford. The local Democrats running for seats in the General Assembly will be on the program. These candidates are Rep. Robert Reives ll (NC House District 54), Brad Salmon (N.C. House District 51) and Joe Langley (N.C. Senate District 12). For more information, please call (919) 718-4914 or (919) 774-479 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check www.leedemocrats.org and www.facebook.com/leedemocrats.
• The Republican Party of Lee County will hold a Lincoln Day/Reagan Day Dinner, starting with dinner at 6 p.m., at Ron's Barn in Sanford. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest. Ticket sales will begin online Aug. 1 through the Lee GOP website, www.leegop.org. To learn more, contact Lee GOP Chairman Charles Staley at email@example.com.
• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Ray Linville, recently retired associate professor of English and humanities at Sandhills Community College, will present the program “Southern Foods: Knowing Their Stories.” The meeting is open to the public, and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.