CALENDAR FOR SEPT. 17
• CCCC Veterans Club, with state Sen. Ron Rabin as guest speaker, will meet at 3 p.m. on the CCCC Lee County Campus, science building, room 9106. Everyone is welcome.
• The Festival Singers of Lee County will rehearse at 7 p.m. in the choir room of First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. This community group welcomes new and returning members to come join and sing in the upcoming Dec. 1 holiday concert. For more information, please call (919) 774-4608 or (919) 776-3624.
• A Small Business Center seminar titled “Marketing with Pinterest” will be held at 6 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St. in Sanford. Participants will learn how to use Pinterest, the newest social media service to drive traffic to a business website, establish credibility, convey expertise and develop relationships with clients and partners. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e7ynuebg68509ae1&oseq=&c=&ch=, and call (919) 774-6442 to learn more.
• The public alert notification sirens around the Harris Plant will be tested between 10 and 11 a.m. The 83 sirens within 10 miles of Progress Energy's Harris Plant will be tested at full volume for approximately three minutes. The test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is conducted in cooperation with the state of North Carolina, as well as Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Wake counties. Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If there were ever a real emergency at the plant requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public. In the event of severe weather, the siren test will be postponed until a later date. Progress Energy Carolinas performs full-volume tests annually. Silent tests are conducted every two weeks, and short duration, full-volume tests every three months. Questions may be directed to county or state emergency management agencies.
• Chatham County Together will hold its annual meeting, kicking off its 25th anniversary year and discussion of its transition to becoming a Communities in Schools affiliate, from 5-6:15 p.m. at the Chatham Community Library, 197 N. Carolina Highway 87, Pittsboro. The gathering will include finger foods and snacks, speakers and celebration. Call (919) 663-0116 or email email@example.com with any questions and to RSVP.
• A free Small Business Center seminar titled “Writing a Business Plan, Part II” will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. at the CCCC Siler City Campus, Main Building Room 230, Siler City. This session will go into detail on each section of the plan, what is important to cover, and participants will learn the essential things every good plan must answer. Call (919) 545-8013 to learn more.
• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. All who are job seekers are welcome. Job leads and encouragement will be provided. Call (919) 776-6137 for more information.
• A Parkinson's support group for people with Parkinsons, their loved ones and caregivers will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. The meeting will include roundtable discussions about new treatments and research. Call (919) 776-0501 to learn more.
• Local author Carol Peppe Hewitt will read from and sign copies of her book, “Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money,” at 7 p.m. at Chatham Community Library. Published in April of 2013, her book recounts the experiences of Slow Money entrepreneurs who grow, process, distribute and sell local food and the people who become their Slow Money lenders. This program is free and open to the public. A special farm-to-table dinner will be served before the program at the Natural Chef cafe from 6 to 7 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (919) 545-8076. The charge for the three-course dinner is $15 per person.
• The Brownstone Home and Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Pointe Clubhouse. The group will have a covered dish luncheon.
• The Great Grocery Can-paign, a massive food drive to fill local emergency food banks, continues with a daylong public collection from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. Volunteers will be operating a "drive-n-drop" location, where people donating food can simply drive through and hand contributions out their car windows. The rain date is Sept. 25, one week later.
• The High Hopes Chorus will rehearse at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church from 2-3:30 p.m. All newcomers are welcome. The chorus really needs men to join. Information can be obtained by contacting Mary Ann Ludwick at (919) 776-4502.
• A free Small Business Center seminar titled “Free Online Resources for Small Businesses and Nonprofits” will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Small business owners and nonprofit managers often don't have a large budget for marketing, research and other business operations. In this seminar, participants will learn about free and low-cost resources available to them 24/7 via the Internet. To learn more, see http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=sydsldnab&oeidk=a07e7ynrsyfb9424fd9
• The Carolina Mountain Dulcimers will meet at 7 p.m. at the Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill. Beginners, experts, and all stringed instruments welcome. For more information and directions, contact Shirley Ray at ShirleyRay@aol.com or (919) 929-5359.
• The AM Buzz September event will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 S. Steele St., Sanford. The event will feature door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, coffee and breakfast. Call (919) 775-7341 or see www.sanford-nc.com to learn more.
• Advance registration is required by today for The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour, part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series, from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 25 in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and — just in time for fall planting — how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. The workshop will include a tour of Cooperative Extension's demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Marketplace, about half a mile from the Agriculture Building. Visit the Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/gsfworkshops to download a registration form.
• The Friends of the Lee County Library will hold their annual fall book sale from from 4-7 p.m., for Friends of the Library only, at the main branch on Hawkins Avenue, Sanford. Today (Thursday) and tomorrow, hardback books will be $2 each; paperbacks and children's books will be $.50 each or 3 for $1.
• The Temple Theatre will present “The Music Man” at 2 and 7 p.m. at 120 Carthage St., Sanford; the show continues through Sept. 29. Tickets are $23 for general admission; $19 for Thursday night shows, Lee County educators, military or groups of 10 or more; and $13 for children. To purchase tickets, see www.templeshows.com or call the box office at (919) 774-4155.