CALENDAR FOR SEPT. 26
• The Mural Society of Lee County will meet at 6 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. The group's focus is on creating murals on building facades in Sanford and Jonesboro. To learn more, call Mark Coggins at (919) 478-4549. The public is invited.
• 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,” as part of its 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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. 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 St., 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.
• The full North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. in the ground floor hearing room of the Archdale Building, 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Other groups of the Mining and Energy Commission may meet Sept. 27. If other meetings are scheduled, a list of times and dates will be added to the commission’s schedule of meetings, which can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mining-and-energy-commission/mec-schedules-and-agendas.
• J. Fletcher Rosser Day in Lee County, with barbecue plates sold to benefit the Breadbasket, will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Sanford. Tickets are $8.
• Downtown Sanford and the Central Carolina Jaycees will present free Halloween movies in the park on Friday nights through Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. Tonight's movie is “The Haunted Mansion.”
• 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.
• The Southern Ideal Home Show, the area’s largest home and outdoor living event, will host three days filled with home products, services and ideas to thousands of local homeowners today through Sept. 29 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds; show hours are Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-8p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9 at the door and free for children under 15 years of age (with paying adult). For more information, call (800) 849-0248 or visit www.southernidealhomeshow.com.
• The Fall Book Sale of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library continues today from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 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. Today, all books and materials are half price. All proceeds from the book sale are used to benefit Chatham Community Library for underwriting programs; purchasing needed books, materials and equipment; and improving technology and services. For more information, see www.friendsofthechathamcommunitylibrary.org or call (919) 545-8084.
• Two local authors from Sanford will be featured in the first author showcase from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Raleigh Street Gallery, 120 W. Raleigh St., Siler City. The first is Karen Matthews, author of “The Legend of Lizard Lick,” A North Carolina folktale. The second is Carolyn Miller, author of “Murder in the Old Courthouse.”