CALENDAR FOR SEPT. 29
• 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.
• 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).
• The Festival Singers of Lee County will rehearse at 7 p.m. in the choir room of First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. This community group welcomes new and returning members to come join and sing in the upcoming Dec. 1 holiday concert. For more information, please call (919) 774-4608 or (919) 776-3624.
• The Downtown Sanford Inc. board meeting scheduled for today has been canceled and moved to Tuesday, Oct. 8.
• A free Small Business Center seminar titled “Cash Flow Management” will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Siler City Center, 400 Progress Blvd., Siler City. According to the SBA, more than 80 of small businesses do not manage their cash flow on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Cash flow is the pulse of a company, and managing it effectively often means the difference between success and failure. To register, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e82u7ufh75866090&oseq=&c=&ch=
• The world-renowned soloists from the China National Orchestra will return to Moore County for a concert at 7 p.m. at Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School. This event is called “Trans-Pacific Melodies: An East Meets West Concert” and will feature a mix of soloists and instruments; it will be under the direction of He Jiangguo. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children (At the door: $20 for adults, $5 for children). Tickets are available now at the Arts Council offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or by calling (910) 692-ARTS (2787).
• The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will present the annual Chatham County Farm & Industry Tour from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more than 20 years, the Chatham County Cooperative Extension team has led this popular tour to increase awareness of Chatham County agriculture, forestry, and industry. Tickets are $15 per person and include transportation, snacks and a local lunch. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the Cooperative Extension office in the County Agriculture Building located at 65 E. Chatham St. in Pittsboro. The tour is limited to 85 people on a first-paid, first-served basis. Stops will include Johnny and Tommy Glosson Farms, Vineyards at Southpoint, Jean's Berry Patch and Apex Nursery. For more information, call the Chatham County Cooperative Extension office at (919) 542-8202.
• The Lee County Friends of NRA will hold a banquet/auction at 6 p.m. at the Sanford Elks Lodge. Tickets or sponsor packages may be purchased by calling (919) 770-5343 or online at www.friendsofnra.org. Half of the money raised by this event will be spent in eastern N.C. on qualifying programs, and the other half will support national programs. The Lee County Youth Hunter Safety Teams representing the seven local middle and high schools in Lee County have received grants in the past. Friends of NRA is a grassroots entity that supports thousands of community services related to firearm education, hunter safety, wildlife conservation, law enforcement and other shooting and sports interest activities.
• Chatham Community Library, in collaboration with Triangle South Workforce Development Board, will hold a job search workshop at 6 p.m.at the library, located on the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College at 197 N.C. Highway 87 North. Each session is two hours long. Mike Peluso, business services coordinator at Triangle South Workforce Development Board, will share tips for navigating the world of online job searching and job applications. Participants will learn how to use job search engines, make employment information available online, keep personal information private, find and fill out online applications and identify common application mistakes. The workshops are free and open to the public. Participants must be comfortable operating a computer and navigating the Internet. Advance registration is required; please call (919) 545-8086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A card party will be held from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Enrichment Center of Lee County. Those who enjoy playing cards or games are invited to come and help an older adult in need. The cost is $4 per person per session. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. The party is cosponsored by Miller-Boles Funeral Home, and 100 percent of donations go to the Helping Fund, which directly assists Lee County residents who are in a crisis situation.
• On the first Tuesday of each month, Temple Theatre is teaming up with The Comedy Zone to present a lineup of standup comics. Doors open at 6 p.m., and shows start at 7 p.m., at 120 Carthage St. Single show tickets are $15; see www.templeshows.com to order. Tonight: Chris Wiles.