CALENDAR FOR DEC. 18

Dec. 18, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The Lee County Arts Council will host a modpodge class, taught by local artist Mary-jo Albright, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Artists' Loft. The cost is $10 and includes art supplies. Participants are asked to bring photos to attach to their art. Please call (919) 774-6139 to register.

• A free vision screening will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Prevent Blindness North Carolina will be offering adult retinal camera vision screening. Retinal image screening assists in the detection of issues and diseases such as cataracts, diabetes, retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Funding is provided by The Kate B. Reynolds Foundation. Registration is required. Call The Enrichment Center, (919) 776-0501 x 2201 to register.

• Strata Solar will host a hiring event from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pittsboro Joblink on the CCCC campus, 764 West St., Pittsboro. Strata Solar is building large solar farms and has positions for those interested in entering the solar field. Strata is the largest solar company in North Carolina with farms under construction in the Piedmont and coastal plain. The company offers entry-level positions with defined career ladders for those who would like to make a career in solar energy. To learn more, call (919) 545-8054.

WEDNESDAY

• A support group for those with with Parkinson's disease, their family members, caregivers, and friends meets at 10:30 a.m. at The Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. Call (919) 776-0501 to learn more.

• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with an emphasis on job leads and job search support skills. This week’s program will be presented by Sarah Courtwright from Well Centered on “Handling Holiday Stress When You are Unemployed.” Call (919) 776-6137 for more information.

THURSDAY

• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce's AM Buzz December event will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Tractor Supply Company, 3004 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford. The event will feature door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, coffee and breakfast.

• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and Central Carolina Hospital will hold a ribbon-cutting event, celebrating the grand opening of the new diagnostic catheterization lab, at 4 p.m.

FRIDAY

• A drawing will be held for "The Taste of Southern Charm” Southern Supreme Carolina Sampler Gift Basket [$53 retail value], which is on display in This-N-That Gift Shop at Central Carolina Hospital. The cost is $1 per entry, and entrants do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary projects.

SATURDAY

• The Central Carolina Jaycees will host Breakfast with Santa, consisting of pancakes, sausage and beverage (milk, juice or coffee), with three sessions available: 7:30-8:15 a.m., 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 9:30-10:15 a.m. The event will be held at the Jaycee Hut, 809 Tryon St, Sanford, and the cost will be $3 for children and $5 for adults. Seating is limited, so spots must be reserved in advance. To register, please contact any Central Carolina Jaycee member or email info@centralcarolinajcs.org. Those with dietary restrictions or allergies, please make them known beforehand.

DEC. 26

• Gregg Gelb Jazz Band will perform from 7-10 p.m. at the Flame Steakhouse, 109 Carbonton Road. A saxophonist, clarinetist, band leader, arranger, composer and educator, Gelb brings many years of experience to all his performances. For more information, check out TheFlameSteakhouse.com.

DEC. 31

• The Bluegrass Experience with Tommy Edwards will perform its 13th annual New Year's Eve concert at 8 p.m. at Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. The group, led by Tommy Edwards, was named the world champion bluegrass band in 1972 and still attracts a sold-out crowd to ring in the new year. Tickets are available from the Temple Theatre box office at (919) 774-4155.

JAN. 4

• Chatham County invites the public to attend the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Justice Center in Pittsboro, which will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a judicial ceremony on the third floor. In the event of bad weather, the ribbon cutting will be held in the second-floor foyer. After 3:30 pm, the public is invited to tour the public areas of the Justice Center.