CALENDAR FOR OCT. 5
• 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. at the Lee County Public Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. 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.
• First Sunday will be held from noon-4 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro. On the First Sunday, of each month, notable artists and craft-persons are invited to exhibit their work and visit with their neighbors. The event features food, artists, vendors and more. Those with questions are invited to contact the First Sunday coordinator at email@example.com.
• 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.
• The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Public Policy Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at The Flame Steakhouse in Sanford. The cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Lee County Commissioner and Mining and Energy Commission Chair Jim Womack will provide an update on the commission's work, which is developing a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration in North Carolina, including the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. His remarks are expected to touch on compulsory pooling, experience in other states, local impact and the commission's soon-to-be-released first report. Registration is required; call (919) 775-7341 or visit sanford-nc.com.
• The Democratic Women of Lee County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Elizabeth's Pizza & Italian Restaurant in Sanford. Those in attendance are asked to come early if they plan to dine. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State, will be the speaker. For questions, please call Lynda F. Turbeville, president, at (919) 776-9916.
• Cumnock Preservation , a chapter of Blue Ridge Environment Defense League, will hold an organizational meeting for Split Estate Landowners in Lee County from 5-8 p.m. at the Lee County Library Auditorium. The group will be discussing strategies to protect surface land owners. All are welcome.
• The North Carolina Farm Bureau's Healthy Living for a Lifetime initiative will provide free health screenings from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, located on South Horner Boulevard in Sanford. The Farm Bureau's Healthy Living for a Lifetime mobile unit will be equipped for the following screenings: cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density and lung function. Fasting for eight hours is recommended but not required. There will also be organizations from throughout the community to provide local resources to attendees. This event is open to the public. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (919) 706-4159 or visit www.healthylivingforalifetime.com.
• The Downtown Sanford, Inc. monthly board of directors meeting will be held from 8-9 a.m. at 226 Carthage St. (federal building), Sanford. The public is encouraged to attend.
• The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series will present “Churches in Crisis: The Future of Christianity in America” at 7:30 p.m. in Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College campus in Pinehurst. Christopher Evans, award-winning author and professor of history of Christianity and Methodist studies at the Boston University School of Theology, will give insights into the growing crisis facing mainstream religion in the 21st Century. Admission is free and open to the public with no tickets required.