CALENDAR FOR SEPT. 21
• The Lee County Girl Scouts’ fall kickoff will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1414 Bragg St., Sanford. Current scouts and girls ages 5-17 interested in joining a troop are invited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• The annual Lillington Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Lillington on the first two blocks of East Front Street and 1st Street. The event begins with the opening ceremony featuring Sheila Frye, fourth-year ladies champion winner of the National Hollerin Contest. Free entertainment is offered all day, which includes gospel, bluegrass, rock, country and this year’s new addition, classical. The festival will also feature dozens of vendors and a variety of activities for children, including inflatables, face painting and games. Several local organizations that serve children will be on hand to provide information about resources. For more information, contact the Lillington Chamber of Commerce at (910) 893-3751.
• The Boy Scouts Touch-A-Truck event, open to kids of all ages, will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. rain or shine at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds, 505 N. 7th Street, Sanford. This is a day to see all kinds of vehicles up close, hear about their jobs and meet their drivers. The cost is $3 per person ($10 family maximum), with a suggested donation of food for local food pantries and Backpack Pals programs.
• A Goldston Cruz-N will begin at 4 p.m. in downtown Goldston, located at exit 159 on Highway 421 between Sanford and Siler City. Classic and antique cars and trucks are welcome. Concessions will be available from the local scouts, and there will be music from the oldie/goldie era. There also will be a 50/50 raffle, with a drawing at 7p.m. Door-prize drawings also will be held at 7 p.m., which is open to participants bringing classic vehicles. The cruz continues through October. For more information, contact Bruce Denkins at (919) 898-4937 or email email@example.com.
• U.S. Cellular invites current or potential smartphone users to a device workshop at 9 a.m. at 3274 N.C. Highway 87 South in Sanford, where they can learn more about the features, tips and tricks of a specific device, or decide whether a smartphone or tablet is right for their needs. At the workshop, U.S. Cellular associates will offer attendees hands-on assistance for all types of smartphones. Please call (919) 708-5311 for more information.
• An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and auction will begin at 4 p.m. at Moncure School. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and beverage; donations accepted to benefit MVFD Ladies Auxiliary. The auction starts at 7 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting Moncure School's music education and band program. The 2013-14 wish list includes musical instruments, music books, sheet music and other items needed for the programs.
• O.T. Sloan Park will be closed to the public from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for 3M Sanford's company picnic.
• The Friends of the Lee County Library will hold their annual fall book sale from from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the main branch on Hawkins Avenue. Today (Saturday), customers will be able to purchase a “Friends of the Library” bag and fill it with books for $5.
• The Temple Theatre will present “The Music Man” at 8 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.
• A “Classics to Customs” car show will begin at 9 a.m. (registration) at Western Harnett High School, 10637 N.C. Highway 27, Lillington. Awards will be held at 3 p.m. The cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the event. All proceeds will go to the WHHS Booster Club. To learn more, call Steve Chrisco at (919) 708-3717.
• The 8th annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour, happening today (Saturday) and tomorrow from 1–5 p.m. each day, will open the barn doors and farm gates of 27 scenic and sustainable farms in Durham, Wake, Chatham, Franklin, Granville and Person counties — including 6 new farms. The self-guided driving tour, cosponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market, allows participants to see how food is grown, taste farm-fresh treats, see farm animals and meet sustainable farmers. Tour tickets, good for both days, are $25 per vehicle in advance and $30 on the tour weekend. Or, attendees can pay $10 per farm (available for purchase at all of the farms during the tour). Tickets are available online at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/etft or at any Triangle Whole Foods Market.
• A fundraiser in memory of Fred Fackrell, who died in 2006 from lung cancer, will be held from 2-6 p.m. at Depot Park in downtown Sanford. Zumba will be offered from 2-3 p.m. with Jennifer Chappell and Cayce Maples. Jordan Rogers and Josh Daniels will DJ from 3-4 p.m., and Tim Hair and his band (Huckleberry Blue) will perform from 4-6 p.m. Hot dogs and drinks will be sold, as well as T-shirts, and a silent auction will be held. All proceeds will go to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America. A fundraising page on the Lung Cancer Foundation website can be accessed at https://lcfamerica.myetap.org/fundraiser/zumbathon/.
• The Durham Arts Council will present the 39th annual CenterFest Arts Festival today and tomorrow, featuring 130 juried fine artists and craftsmen from all over the country, continuous music and entertainment on five stages from more than 60 performing groups, Kids Zone art activities, locally sourced foods, a showcase of more than 40 nonprofits, government services departments, community organizations and sponsors, a Creative Community Exposition and more. The festival will be held today from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 120 Morris St,, downtown Durham; admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 at the gate. See centerfest.durhamarts.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 560-2787 to learn more.
• Judy Hogan, an experienced backyard chicken farmer, will teach a class on raising chickens from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The class starts at the Lillington campus of Central Carolina Community College and travels later in the day to Hogan's property in Moncure. Cost is $30.25. For more information, call Hogan at (919) 545-9932, and to sign up, call the college at (910) 814-8823.
• A benefit concert for Sam Holt, an eight-year-old cancer patient, will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Shady Wagon Farm, 259 Shady Wagon Farm Lane, New Hill. The event will feature performers Ivan Parker and Keith Henderson. Ticket price is $25, which includes the concert, dinner (barbecue sandwich, cole slaw, chips, dessert and drink). Children 12 and under get in free. A kids' meal can be purchased for $5 (hot dog, chips, dessert and drink). Tickets can be purchased in advance. Contact Cindy or Lynn at (919) 542-7172.
• The Temple Theatre will present “The Music Man” at 2 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.
• The Durham Arts Council's 39th annual CenterFest Arts Festival continues today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 120 Morris St,, downtown Durham; admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 at the gate. See centerfest.durhamarts.org, email email@example.com or call (919) 560-2787 to learn more.
• The Chatham Economic Development Corporation and EntreDot will host a free “meet and greet” for entrepreneurs and small business owners from 4-6 p.m. at the Pittsboro Roadhouse. Participants can enjoy some light food fare and learn about EntreDot’s approach to entrepreneurship and how it can help their small business succeed. For more information, contact the Chatham Economic Development Corporation at (919) 542-8274.
• The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Ft. Bragg Road, Southern Pines. The program will be "Can Restoration Actions Lead to Stable Populations of St. Francis Satyrs?" Guest Speaker Erik Aschehoug will present research on the endangered butterfly species, whose only known population is in the North Carolina Sandhills. Visitors are welcome. Call (910) 692-2167 for more information or visit online at www.sandhillsnature.org.
• VIP business-to-business after hours will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. during the 25th annual Central Carolina Small Business Expo, held at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. Vendor setup will be today from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The VIP hours are by invitation only. For more information, call (919) 775-7341 or see http://www.sanford-nc.com.