CALENDAR FOR SEPT. 28

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

TODAY

• The South Chatham Ruritans will present Hart's Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 885 Meronies Church Road, Bear Creek, featuring food, music, entertainment and more. Admission is $5 per person, with children 4 and under free. Parking is free.

• The Eleven Bar East Ranch will host the North Carolina U.S. Team Roping Championships starting at 9 a.m. at 2805 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford; children's roping begins at noon. Participants are expected from across the Northeast and Southeast, as well as a number of states such as Florida, Texas and Oklahoma. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge. For more information, see ustrc.com.

• The Northview Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. at 104 Perkinson Road, Sanford. Visitors can tour the station, check out the fire trucks and learn more about fire safety.

• A “Nature Crafts” program will begin at 1 p.m. at Raven Rock State Park, located six miles west of Lillington off of Highway 421 North. Participants will learn how to use natural items to create fun crafts. They will meet at 1 p.m. in the visitor center, and there will be be an easy half-mile hike to discuss what natural items can work in making nature crafts. Natural items for the crafts will be furnished. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Preregistration is required, and the class is limited to 25 participants. Sign up by calling the park office at (910) 893-4888 x 107. The program will take place rain or shine.

• The 44th Malcolm Blue Historical Crafts & Farmskills Festival will be open to the public from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at the 1825 historic Malcolm Blue Farmstead, located at 1177 Bethesda Road (Highway 5 South) in Aberdeen. Music and entertainment are scheduled throughout the day. Admission is $5 for adults, children age 13 and under are $3 and preschoolers are free. Active duty military personnel with ID will enter fee. Festival proceeds will be used for the Stone Soup Children’s Museum programming, restoration of the Grist Mill and preservation of the stable and farm buildings. For further information, call Martha Clayton Swaringen, founder of the Malcolm Blue Historical Society and festival, at (910) 944-7685.

• A concealed carry permit class will be held from 8 a.m.-until (depends on turnout) at the Tramway Fire Department. Participants will need 80-90 rounds per person and safety glasses. The cost of the class is $60. Those in attendance can pay a $30 deposit or pay in full the morning of the class. To learn more, call Matt Smith at (919) 708-2103, Josh Dunigan at (919) 498-4480 or Kelli Dunigan at (919) 478-2082.

• The Lee County Harvest Walk, to feed the hungry in the local area, will start at 8 a.m.; the approximately two-hour walk will begin and end at First Presbyterian Church at 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford (parking lot in back of the church). Organizations to be helped include the Christians United Outreach Center, the Bread Basket, Meals on Wheels, Outreach Mission (homeless shelters) and Lee County Backpack Pals. Please address questions to (919) 538-5885. Signup sheets are available through First Presbyterian and other local sponsoring churches.

• 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 Fall Book Sale of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library continues today from 9 a.m.-2 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, customers can fill grocery bags with books and materials they choose for $5 each bag, with no limit on the number of bags. 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.

SUNDAY

• The South Chatham Ruritans will present Hart's Pumpkin Festival from noon-5 p.m. at 885 Meronies Church Road, Bear Creek, featuring food, music, entertainment and more. Admission is $5 per person, with children 4 and under free. Parking is free.

• The Eleven Bar East Ranch will host the North Carolina U.S. Team Roping Championships starting at 9 a.m. at 2805 Lower Moncure Road, Sanford; children's roping begins at noon. Participants are expected from across the Northeast and Southeast, as well as a number of states such as Florida, Texas and Oklahoma. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge. For more information, see ustrc.com.

• The 44th Malcolm Blue Historical Crafts & Farmskills Festival will be open to the public from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the 1825 historic Malcolm Blue Farmstead, located at 1177 Bethesda Road (Highway 5 South) in Aberdeen. Music and entertainment are scheduled throughout the day. Admission is $5 for adults, children age 13 and under are $3 and preschoolers are free. Active duty military personnel with ID will enter fee. Festival proceeds will be used for the Stone Soup Children’s Museum programming, restoration of the Grist Mill and preservation of the stable and farm buildings. For further information, call Martha Clayton Swaringen, founder of the Malcolm Blue Historical Society and festival, at (910) 944-7685.

• Chatham Charter School will hold a high school building dedication at 3 p.m. at 2200 Hamp Stone Road, Siler City. Everyone is invited to this public event. There will be a high school family open house following the dedication ceremony.

• 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.

MONDAY

• Chatham County government's department leaders encourage residents to donate non-perishable food items and drop them off at several locations in Siler City and Pittsboro today through Oct. 3. Donations will be delivered to CORA Food Pantry in Pittsboro and West Chatham Food Pantry in Siler City. Residents may bring their non-perishable food donations to the following locations from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Health Department Pittsboro Clinic, 80 East St. (behind Hardee’s); Social Services Department, 102 Camp Drive, Pittsboro (entrance is off the traffic circle in front of Chatham Community Library); Health Department Siler City Clinic, 1000 S. Tenth Ave.; and Siler City Town Hall, 311 N. Second Ave. (main lobby area where water bills are paid).