Nov. 09, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• The first annual 5K Run for Education, supporting The Griffin Academy Montessori School, will begin at 8 a.m. at Kiwanis Park, 1800 Wicker St., Sanford. To register or sponsor, visit Registration is $25. This is a family-friendly event; strollers and kids are welcome. All proceeds go to support The Griffin Academy Montessori School. To learn more, email

• Lee County Library will be closed in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

• Wings of Carolina Flying Club will be hosting a runway reopening celebration starting at 8:30 a.m. at the club, located in the 700 block of Rod Sullivan Road. The day will start with a spot landing and flour drop competition (something the club has not done in at least 25 years). The competition will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Lunch will be catered by Ron’s Barn and will cost $12 per plate. To purchase tickets, go to

• Temple Theatre will present “Relive the Magic: An Elvis Christmas Show” at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. Audiences will travel back in time as three world-renowned Elvis Presley tribute artists take them on a trip from from '56, through the 60s, and on to the Vegas years. They will hear all the classics sprinkled in among Christmas standards. General admission seats are $25. Call the box office at (919) 774-4155 or order online at

• A Christmas open house will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at CCH Auxiliary This &That Gift Shop (located across from the cafeteria) at Central Carolina Hospital. This pre-Christmas sale will offer 20 percent off of all items (excluding candy, flowers, cards and books). Patrons are invited to come for a cup of hot cider and cookies. Proceeds from the gift shop help fund the special projects of the Auxiliary to the benefit of hospital patients and healthcare in the community.

• The Rev. Aaron Johnson, a civil and human rights speaker, will give a talk at 1 p.m. in the Turners Chapel Church fellowship hall (adjacent to large parking lot), 1344 Colon Road, Sanford. Born a black sharecropper’s son in rural North Carolina, Johnson has worked as a tireless advocate for social justice for more than 50 years. After leading sit-ins under Martin Luther King Jr.’s tutelage, Johnson advised three North Carolina governors on race relations and served as the state's corrections secretary while pastoring a Fayetteville church. He tells his story of service, struggle, faith and hope in God. For more information, visit the website The public is invited to this one-hour lecture and question time.

• The second annual Sanford Women's League Holiday Market will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Vendors of many different companies will be participating, as well as artisans and crafters. This year's event will give attendees an opportunity to get deals and check items off of their holiday shopping lists.

• An all-day concealed carry permit class will be held at 8 a.m. at Tramway Fire Department. There is a $30 nonrefundable registration fee. This will go toward the total cost of the class, which is $60. Class size will be limited. Participants will need to bring a handgun (or share with someone in class), ammunition (80 rounds), safety glasses, earplugs, holster and a ballcap for the shooting range. Those who would like to register for class or have any questions can contact Matt Smith at (919) 708-2103, Josh Dunigan at (919) 498-4480 or Kelli Dunigan at (919) 478-2082. If minimum class size is not met, the date will be rescheduled.

• The fifth annual Fatherhood Summit will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1101 W. Raleigh St. in Siler City. All are invited to participate in the events, which include raffles and group discussions. There will also be free HIV testing and information booths. Lunch will be provided at no charge as well. For more information and to register, contact Anthony Izzard at (919) 545-8382 or Manuel Colorado at (919) 742-7320. The summit is sponsored by the Chatham County Public Health Department, Smart Start and Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services of Chatham County.

• Belk will hold a company-wide fall charity sale from 6-10 a.m. at its area locations, including the Sanford store in Riverbirch Shopping Center, that will benefit thousands of schools and charitable organizations across the South. The event provides an opportunity for customers to support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts of 20-70 percent off of purchases. Charities get to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from each $5 ticket sold. The first 100 customers in each store for the sale will receive free Belk gift cards, ranging in value from $5 to $100, and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards awarded company-wide. Charity sale tickets are now being sold by participating nonprofit organizations and at Belk stores.

• The Carolina Pines Ballroom Chapter 6091 USA Dance invites guests to its annual holiday formal dance at 7 p.m. at 105 McReynolds St. Carthage (across the street from Fred's on the second floor of the Sinclair Building). The dance begins with dinner and social time, and then open dancing from 8-10 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. Participants are asked to bring an appetizer or side dish to share if possible; the turkey, ham and beverages will be provided. This is a smoke free/alcohol free event. The cost is $7 for members, $10 for guests. All first-time guests get in free. For more information, call Asunda at (919) 356-2784 or visit

• A Veterans Day parade will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Broad Street in downtown Southern Pines. At 11 a.m., those in attendance can head to the Southern Pines downtown park for a chili cook-off challenge. For more information, see


• Lee County Library will be closed in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

• Sanford 2nd Sunday will be held from noon-4 p.m. in downtown Sanford. The festival will feature street vendors, musicians and more — in addition to open stores and restaurants. For more information, email

• Eleven Bar East Ranch will present a fall special team roping event, with signup at noon and roping at 1 p.m., at 2805 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford. Stalls and camper hookups will be available; contact Chad Sheperd at (813) 477-4740 or email to reserve. For more information, see


• Lee County Library will be closed in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

• The O’Neal School, a pre K-12 private college preparatory school, will hold its first student visitation day from 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at 3300 Airport Road, Southern Pines. Students and families who wish to learn more about the school will be paired with a current student, attend classes, meet the teachers, participate in a Veterans’ Day program and be treated to lunch. To register visit and click on the admission tab, then the visitation day link. Contact Alice Droppers at or (910) 692-6920 x 103 for more information.

• A Veterans Day program will be held at 11 a.m. at the North Carolina Veterans Memorial pavilion in Broadway. The program will honor and celebrate veterans and active duty members of the armed forces. Men and women veterans and present military personnel from all branches and from all wars, conflicts and peacetime service will be honored at this program in appreciation of their service, commitment and sacrifice. The program is sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit #5. For more information, please call (919) 498-9823.

• The First Baptist Church of Sanford and Sandhills Center MCO will be sponsoring a free, community-wide event about “Reducing Holiday Stress” from 5:30-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 202 Summitt Drive, Sanford. The speaker is Donna Rogers, therapist with Peace of Mind Inc. The event will include discussion and tips on handling the stress and expectations of the holidays. Childcare and light dinner will be provided free, but registration is required. To register, contact Linda Swann, or call toll free 1-877-776-6702.