Nov. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• The Carolina Artist's Colony will hold a Christmas open house from 1-6 p.m. at 148 S. Moore St., Sanford. Patrons can purchase one-of-a-kind, handmade North Carolina gifts, meet their favorite artist and enjoy a glass of wine or warm, spiced cider with cookies while they shop.

• A downtown Sanford merchant holiday open house will be held from 1-5 p.m. Downtown Sanford is home to a number of stores, many locally owned, and places to find unique holiday gifts. The event is presented by Downtown Sanford Inc. and participating merchants. For more information, please call (919) 777-1400, or

• The 100+ Years of Progress show, a festival featuring antique tractors and other attractions, will be held from 9 a.m.-dark at 644 Niagra Carthage Road in Carthage. The public is invited to the event, which will feature machines, tractor pulls, an auction and a Depression-era general store and other buildings. Admission is $10 for one day, $18 for two days or $25 for all three days. More information is available at

• The tone alert radio system around the Harris Nuclear Plant will be tested at 6 p.m. The tone alert radios are distributed to residents within a five-mile radius of the Harris Plant. Duke Energy Progress will coordinate this test with the National Weather Service. In the event of severe weather, the test will be postponed until Sunday, Nov. 10. The test is conducted in cooperation with the emergency planning offices of the State of North Carolina and Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Wake counties. Questions can be directed to county or state emergency management agencies or to the Harris Plant at (919) 362.3261.

• The Temple Theatre will present “The Dixie Swim Club” at 2 p.m. at 120 Carthage St. Adult tickets are $23; Thursday night adult, military and Lee County educator tickets are $19. Children and student tickets are $13. See to learn more.

• Ted's Flower Basket will hold a holiday open house from noon-5 p.m. at 111Vance St., Sanford. The store will be fully stocked for the holidays.


• A public policy luncheon, featuring a presentation on the proposed Sanford Area Chamber of commerce/EDC merger to members, will be held at 11:45 a.m. at the Flame Steakhouse in Sanford. All chamber members are encouraged to attend to hear about the program of work areas, specific key initiatives and projects, investments/budget outline, staff organization and a timetable for the merger. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Registration is required; call (919) 775-7341 or visit to learn more.

• The Celiac Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Marsha Kenner will be the speaker, and the topic will be “don’t let gluten-free scrooge your holidays.” This group meets regularly on the second Monday of each month. Due to the holiday on Nov. 11, the meeting date has been changed for the month of November.

• MadKap Productions will present “Side Effects May Include,” starring Andrew J. Pond, at 7:30 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $20, available online or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-3006. See to learn more.


• On the first Tuesday of each month, Temple Theatre is teaming up with The Comedy Zone to present a lineup of standup comics. Doors open at 6 p.m., and shows start at 7 p.m., at 120 Carthage St. Single show tickets are $15; see to order. Tonight: Al Goodwin.

• MadKap Productions will present “Side Effects May Include,” starring Andrew J. Pond, at 1 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $20, available online or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-3006. See to learn more.


• Junior Girl Scout Troop #1587 will be collecting turkeys and non-perishables for their” Turkey for Troops” drive from 5-7 p.m. at the Carolina Lakes Clubhouse. The Girl Scouts would like to give back to the soldiers and families of Fort Bragg, who have made great sacrifices for their freedom. Nonperishables will be donated to the 82nd Airborne chaplains' food pantry. Frozen turkeys will be delivered to soldiers and their families of 1-73 CAV who signed up with the chaplain assistant. If the public knows of any other soldiers who could use a turkey this holiday season, they are encouraged to contact the troop leaders Mandy Kruger and Amie O’Connor at and they will be able to arrange for a delivery or pickup. If you are unable to come to the collections site, the troop is willing to arrange a donation pickup earlier from your place of business.

• This week's story time theme at the main branch of the Lee County Library will be "Colors!" Story time for toddlers will be 10 a.m. at the library, located on Hawkins Avenue. For more information, please contact Delisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x 5484.