CALENDAR FOR SEPT. 25

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sanford. All jobseekers are welcome. Job leads, help with job-search skills and encouragement will be provided. Call (919) 776-6137 for more information.

• A Lee HEALTh meeting will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Lee County Health Department, 106 Hillcrest Drive, Sanford. The work of this task force includes developing a pilot community garden and pocket park projects and connecting local growers, nutrition education and food pantries to increase access to healthy foods. Subcommittees will have updates for this meeting, and those in attendance will also hear from a representative from the Society of St. Andrews on gleaning.

• Lee County Schools will host its annual college fair from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. Representatives from more than 45 colleges and universities, along with the College Foundation of NC Inc., will be present to provide information and answer questions for juniors and seniors and their families.

• The Lee County Partnership for Children will hold an Early Childhood Summit from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Spring Lane Assembly of God, 1715 Spring Lane, Sanford. The special event will examine the status of young children in Lee County, with the goal of helping all children be successful and recognizing that children are our future. Call the Partnership for Children at (919) 774-9496 to learn more.

• The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour, part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series, will be held from 2-5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. Advance registration was required for this event. Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. 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 learn more.

THURSDAY

• Dr. Raymond Washington, medical director of the FirstHealth Bariatric Center at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, will present a free weight-loss surgery information session at 6 p.m. in classroom 103 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford. To register for the program, please call (800) 213-3284. For more information on weight-loss surgery, visit www.NCWeightLossSurgery.org.

• The Lee County Arts Council presents OpenArt with Irene Smith from 10 a.m.-noon at the Steele Street Mall, Suite 144 E, Sanford. She will discuss the Lee County Quilt Trail and the history of barn quilts. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to (919) 774-6139.

• Central Carolina Community College’s Chatham Campus sustainability programs, in collaboration with the Abundance Foundation, present “Global Warming: History, Causes, Effects, and the Future,” one of the Third Thursday Sustainable Speakers Series. A campus tour starts at 6 p.m. John Graybeal, fresh from the Al Gore Climate Reality Conference, speaks from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, Building 2, 764 West St., Pittsboro. His presentation includes a PowerPoint from the conference that describes the non-human, natural forces that have produced climate change in the past, the human forces that are causing global warming now, the actual and anticipated effects of current global warming and the conclusion that human-caused global warming can be and must be stopped. Admission is free. For more information, call (919) 545-8032 or email llauffer@cccc.edu.

• The 44th Malcolm Blue Historical Crafts & Farmskills Festival will feature school children's days today (Thursday) and tomorrow. The 1825 historic Malcolm Blue Farmstead is located at 1177 Bethesda Road (Highway 5 South) in Aberdeen. For school class reservations, call Ellen Marcus at (910) 603-2739.

• Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a free workshop giving participants information from experts in their field, will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Topics presented by professionals will include: legal trends for grandparents’ rights, how to advocate for your grandchild in school, emotional health of your grandchild and taking care of you, the grandparent. For more information and to register, contact Judi at (919) 776-0501 x 2230.

• 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.

• Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. There is a regional blood shortage, and Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is calling on the public to donate blood as soon as possible. All blood types are needed immediately. Call (704) 972-4700 or visit www.carolinadonor.org to make an appointment.

• An AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. AARP Smart Driver Instructor Philip Bruce will cover a course on age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road and local driving problems. The cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members, payable at class. Lunch is provided, registration required. Call The Enrichment Center to register at (919) 776-0501 x 2201.

• An evening of Cool Jazz, featuring Paul and Anna Murphy and Friends, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Malcolm Blue Farm in Aberdeen. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $20 at the door and $15 in advance. Order tickets in advance by calling (910) 603-2739 or (910) 944-7685.

• The Fall Book Sale of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library will be held today from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and continue through Saturday in the Holmes Family Meeting Room of the Chatham Community Library at 197 N.C. Highway 87 in Pittsboro. Admission is free, and purchases may be made by cash or check, but not credit cards. On the first day of the sale, prices are generally: hard-cover books $3, trade paperbacks $2 and small paperbacks 50 cents. All audio books are $3, CDs and DVDs are $3, and all VHS tapes are $1. Children's books are priced individually, and sales of $200 or more earn a 20 percent discount.

• Grief counseling, sponsored by Knotts Funeral Home, will be offered at 7 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, 3324 Truelove Street Sanford. The theme is “Celebrating Life,” and sessions will be held quarterly. Facilitator is Dorothy Waterson. Please RSVP to (919) 345-8002. Those with further questions can also call Mint Downey at (919) 478-9178.