Sep. 22, 2013 @ 05:00 AM


• 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 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, email 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

• 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


• A Small Business Center seminar titled “Financing Your Small Business” will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. at 400 Progress Blvd., Siler City. This course will provide information about the current U.S. lending environment. Participants will discuss the commercial loan process and lending programs available with the SBA. Contact Kelly Dehring, Central Carolina SBC, at (919) 774-6442 to learn more; see to register.

• A Small Business Center seminar titled “Finding and Writing Grants” will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. This seminar will focus on how to get organized to prepare grant proposals with grant-writing tips. Contact Kelly Dehring, Central Carolina SBC, at (919) 774-6442 or to learn more; register at

• The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. The program will be an Endor Iron Furnace Update, presented by Bob Brickhouse. Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.

• The Lee County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. The guest speaker will be former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird of Carrboro. Sen. Kinnaird, who served 17 years in the North Carolina General Assembly, recently resigned after witnessing the reversal of progressive legislation she and her colleagues had worked for and supported. For more information, please email or see

• The public is invited to the 25th annual Central Carolina Small Business Expo from noon-4 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The event is put on by the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center. For more information, call (919) 775-7341 or see

• The Chatham Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and silent auction is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Shady Wagon Farm, 2312 Pea Ridge Road, New Hill. Motivational speaker and SkillsUSA Director Peyton Holland will be the speaker. Admission is $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. RSVP by Sept. 16 by emailing or calling (919) 742-3333.

• The Family Medical Supply Business Fest 2013, Dunn’s 22nd annual business expo, will be held from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Dunn Community Building and Dr. PK Vyas Recreation Center in Dunn. Business Fest allows businesses to exhibit, demonstrate and promote their products and services, as well as network with other people in the business community while gaining exposure and discovering new customer markets. For additional information or an application, call the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce at (910) 892-4113. Applications are available at Booth space is limited.

• The Lee County Republican Men’s Club will meet at noon at the Lee County Republican Headquarters, 101 S. Steele St., Sanford. State Senator Ron Rabin and Representative Mike Stone will review the most recent North Carolina legislative session and answer questions. All men registered as Lee County Republicans are invited to attend the meeting by emailing and making reservations. Attendees can enjoy a lunch ($10) catered by Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House and Tea Room.