CALENDAR FOR OCT. 4
• Patrons are invited to participate in Ruby Tuesday's Community GiveBack Program today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday at 3210 N.C. Highway 87. When guests present a flyer (available at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=584209021635440&set=a.204022636320749.51082.146536705402676&type=1&theater), 20 percent of each purchase will go to Lee County Industries. Call (919)776-0292 make a reservation, or visit www.rubytuesday.com to learn more.
• The Central Carolina Jaycees Annual Turkey shoot is from 7-11 p.m. tonight (Friday) and every Friday through Nov. 22 at the empty field next to Walmart, located at 3310 N.C. Highway 87. It's $3 per round, except for specialty rounds, and 12, 16, 20 and 410 gauge shotguns are accepted. All kinds of meat will be awarded as prizes, and it benefits the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center. For more information contact (919) 353-2108 or visit www.centralcarolinajcs.org.
• The Chatham County Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to be part of events related to National Visit a Park Day. The department is hosting a free Zumba class at 6 p.m. for ages 12 and up at Northwest District Park (Silk Hope) in the dining hall. Those who visit a park facility today are encouraged to submit photos via Twitter or Facebook documenting the visit, using the hashtag #VisitaParkDay. To find out more about the county’s parks, visit www.chathamnc.org/Index.aspx?page=150
• Today is the registration deadline for the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour. It will be held on Oct. 10 from 2-5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. 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. Visit the Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/gsfworkshops to download a registration form.
• Gene Watson and The Farewell Party Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Road, Garner. A native Texan, Watson has six No. 1 country Hits, 23 top tens and more than 75 charted songs. Order tickets online at www.garnerperformingartscenter.com/ or call (919) 661-4602. Ticket prices are $28-$33.
• 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 “Paranorman.”
• A “Dance Concert for Shelter Animals” will be held at 7 p.m. (doors open) at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw to raise awareness for euthanasia of shelter animals. The event is sponsored by the Goathouse Refuge for cats in Pittsboro and other rescue and animal welfare partners. Music starts at 8 p.m. Admission is by voluntary donation. For further information (including requests by other performers to participate in this event), call (919) 542-6815 or go to www.goathouserefuge.org or www.hawriverballroom.com.
• Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market in Pittsboro will host a fall plant sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the market. Local nurseries Niche Gardens, Mellow Marsh Farm, Cure Nursery, Full of Life Farms/Triplants Nursery, Deep Chatham Gardens and Carol’s Good Earth Farm will be bringing native plants, ornamentals, fruit trees, flowers, fall annuals and more. Some of these nurseries are wholesale only, so this is a unique opportunity to buy retail from them. Visit the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market website at http://chathammillsfarmersmarket.com/ for more information.
• Western Harnett High School Booster Club's annual fundraiser raffle for $10,000 cash will be held in the WHHS Cafeteria; participants can come at 6 p.m. with a ticket to eat, then the drawing begins at 7 p.m. Only 400 tickets will be sold, and other opportunities to win cash and door prizes will he offered throughout the event. Tickets are $100 each and are a taxable donation to the school. Plus, tickets include steak dinner. Participants do not have to be present to win. For more information, contact Steve Chrisco at (919) 708-3717.
• A special Latin jazz concert will be held at 8 p.m. at the Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford. The concert will feature Latin jazz musician Ray Vega performing with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. Prior to the show, Vega will present a free lecture on the history of Latin jazz at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 student. Call the Temple Theatre box office at (919) 774-4155 between 2-6 p.m. for tickets, or see www.templeshows.com.
• The annual Fall Fling antiques street fair will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Cameron. The event will feature refreshments and parking by local churches and civic groups; all antique shops will be open, in addition to 250 vendors. Call (910) 245-3055 (910) 245-3020 or see www.antiquesofcameron.com to learn more.
• North Carolina Big Sweep activities will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with all 100 counties expected to participate. The one-day event is an effort to clean up litter found in N.C. watersheds. In Lee County, volunteers can report to the following locations: Carbonton Dam Park (Highway 42), Deep River Park (Camelback Bridge) or San-Lee Park (572 Pumping Station Road). To volunteer, call Lee County Solid Waste at (919) 718-4622.
• The Abundance Foundation will present the sixth annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival, a celebration of sustainable agriculture, farmers, renewable energy and the creativity of the Piedmont's chefs, brewers and artisans, from 3-7 p.m. at Boulder Park in Briar Chapel, Chatham County.